Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday


If in Christ we have been tempted, in him we overcome the devil. Do you think only of Christ’s temptations and fail to think of his victory? See yourself as tempted in him, and see yourself as victorious in him. He could have kept the devil from himself; but if he were not tempted he could not teach you how to triumph over temptation.

(Saint Augustine)


But Wait! There's More!

There usually is...

But... but... budgets balance themselves!

The country's dampened economic prospects could put the Liberal government on pace for $90 billion in deficits over its four-year mandate, a new report said Wednesday. 

Research by the National Bank of Canada predicts the public books will sink deeper into the red due to the combination of a hobbled economy and Liberal promises of billions in fiscal stimulus.

Delusional or stupid?

You decide:

The U.S. says Russia's counterterrorism campaign in Syria is actually helping the Islamic State.

Brett McGurk, the Obama administration's point-man for defeating the group, says a Russian-backed offensive in northern Syria is drawing local fighters away from the battle against the Islamic State, and to the front lines in the war against the Syrian government.

McGurk tells the House Foreign Affairs Committee, "What Russia's doing is directly enabling ISIL."
He says Russia is strengthening Syria's government, worsening a humanitarian crisis and fueling extremism.

McGurk, who will meet Russian and other diplomats at a conference on Syria later this week, called the developments "totally unacceptable."
So - Russia is helping the very people it is killing?


Explain how Russia's destroying of ISIS-controlled oil tankers and liberating once-controlled Syrian towns is somehow inadvertently aiding the enemy the US and Canada refuse to fight.

Seventy years after meeting, an American soldier is reunited with his war-time girlfriend:

A 93-year-old World War II veteran from the United States embraced his wartime girlfriend in Australia in their reunion Wednesday after more than 70 years apart.

Norwood Thomas and 88-year-old Joyce Morris laughed as they wrapped their arms around each other after Thomas flew from Virginia to the southern Australian city of Adelaide to reconnect with his long-lost love. ...

The two are planning to spend Valentine's Day together.

Mid-Week Post

Your the middle-of-the-week interlude...

Interim Tory leader Rona Ambrose calls PM Trulander's cowardly withdrawal from the fight against ISIS "shameful":

Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose says it’s “shameful” that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pulling back from the combat mission against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, even as the United States lauds the new Canadian contribution.

The Alberta MP said Trudeau's plan to pull CF-18 fighter jets back from the region by Feb. 22 was tantamount to surrendering Canada’s role in the fight against global Islamic terrorism.

“Mr. Trudeau likes to say ‘Canada is back,’ when in fact we are stepping back,” Ambrose told reporters in Moncton, N.B.

“Every ally in the fight against ISIS has stepped up their military efforts in the bombing mission, and Canada is now, today, ending our combat role against what is the most heinous terrorist organization we’ve seen in my generation.”

The interim Conservative leader pointed to the extremist group’s rampage through Iraq and Syria, its enslavement of women and children and its “barbaric” treatment of gay and lesbians as proof that ISIS is the “greatest threat to human rights in the world.”

“Mr. Trudeau doesn’t think its our fight,” Ambrose said. "If he doesn’t think that we should use our military against this group, I don’t know when he thinks we would ever use our military. It’s shameful, it’s absolutely shameful.“



When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks of the ineffectiveness of air power in the war against ISIS, I cannot help but shake my head at his ignorance.

During my time at the front, I witnessed on multiple occasions the effectiveness of coalition air strikes. 

At small towns and villages like Tal al-Ward and Rashad, where fighting on the ground was fierce, I saw Western air strikes brutalize and punish ISIS fighters when they were in the open and reduce their strongholds to rubble.

On another instance, my unit was made ready for battle late one January night because ISIS was launching a massive offensive on our position. However, the arrival of just two coalition jets destroyed the enemy attack and we were able to stand down without firing a shot.

Western air power has allowed Kurdish forces to liberate cities, towns and vast tracts of territory that were once under ISIS control. These are places where women and girls are no longer gang-raped by ISIS fighters, children no longer conscripted into the jihadist ranks, and men no longer summarily shot.
In a sense, civilization has returned to these places, but as long as the flags of the Islamic State fly on the horizon, the country and the world will never be safe.

Pulling Canada’s fighter jets from this war is a severe tactical mistake. Canadian sorties have made a difference; they have saved lives and prevented countless atrocities.

Air power alone isn’t going to win the war in Iraq and Syria, but we sure as hell aren’t going to win the war without it. Our allies are counting on us to continue the fight. The world needs us and now is not the time to run.

(Merci, good sir.)

Indigenous Affairs (because aboriginals are different from us!) Minister Carolyn Bennett pandered met with families of murdered aboriginal women:

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett met with the families of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Winnipeg on Monday and said she noticed a different tone from similar meetings in other cities.

"Today we heard many things a little bit different than other places," Bennett said halfway through the day-long meeting.

"Here in Winnipeg, there seems to be tremendous anger and cynicism. People are concerned about the police. They're concerned about the government. And ... they were quite skeptical as to whether an inquiry will help at all."

Bennett is on a cross-country tour to meet with victims' families and other interested parties so parameters can be set for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women that is expected to begin by summer.

The overall solve rate for female homicides in RCMP jurisdictions for 2013 and 2014 was 82%. Homicides of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women had similar solve rates of 81% and 83%. ...

Relationships between the offender and victim for 2013 and 2014 showed a trend similar to that found in the 2014 Overview (1980-2012). Offenders were known to their victims in 100% of solved homicide cases of Aboriginal women, and in 93% of solved homicide cases of non-Aboriginal women in RCMP jurisdictions in 2013 and 2014. Current and former spouses and family members made up the majority of relationships between victims and offenders, representing 73% of homicides of Aboriginal women and 77% of non-Aboriginal women in RCMP jurisdictions in 2013 and 2014.

Oil producing Saskatchewan First Nations are suing the federal government in a class action lawsuit. They say the government hasn't done enough to develop the resources on First Nations.

Why wasn't this done weeks ago?

The FBI has formally confirmed it is investigating Hillary Clinton's private emails, giving fuel to a controversy that the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination has been unable to put behind her.

Again, why aren't we holding China accountable?

Previously, NK News revealed that the Masikryeong Ski Resort was filled with foreign-sourced equipment, and identified most of the manufacturers (if you aren’t a subscriber, there’s a version here, at The Telegraph). The question left unanswered, however, was whether the North Koreans obtained the equipment directly from the manufacturers, or through China. The Times found evidence in China’s own customs data proving that it was the source of at least some of the equipment…

Move over, Japan:

A cat has done such a great job been guarding the railway at a station in Huddersfield, England that she’s been given a new title and a jacket to show for it. 

Monday, February 08, 2016

For A Monday

A merry Seolnal to all y'all...

It's time to ask the tough questions of the day. Who is more stupid: Justin Trudeau or the people who voted for him, and who deserves to lose their jobs more?

You decide:

The Canadian military has been ordered by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to draft plans to house more than 6,000 Muslim migrants on a long-term basis at military bases ...
Included in the Department of National Defence budgets are hundreds of thousands of dollars set aside for “religious support," including the purchase of Muslim Korans, prayer mats and foot-washing towels.

The plans also call for the construction of mosques or “worship centres," using taxpayers dollars.

Canada's fighter jets will end their fight in Iraq and Syria within two weeks, and be replaced by what the Liberal government is calling an expanded mission focused on training local security forces and helping to rebuild the shattered region.

Canadian bombs will stop falling by Feb. 22, but the complement of military personnel in the region will climb to 830 — up from the current 650 — and will provide planning, targeting and intelligence expertise.

The size of Canada's "train, advise and assist" mission will also triple, including additional medical personnel and equipment including small arms, ammunition and optics to assist in training Iraqi security forces.

"We think we ought to avoid doing precisely what our enemies want us to do: they want us to elevate them, to give in to fear, to indulge in hatred," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference Monday.

"The lethal enemy of barbarism isn't hatred, it's reason. And the people terrorized by ISIL every day don't need our vengeance, they need our help."

(Sidebar: Like raped children need parkas? Is that reasonable? It's like Trudeau went bowling with this guy who can't bring himself to hate the rapists of children and destroyers of priceless artefacts and sites.)


According to the IMF (, Canada sold 1.3 tonnes of gold reserves (43.3% of its gold reserves) in January 2016.
Update: It seems the sale happened in December 2015.
As of January 2016 Canada had 3.0 tonnes of Gold reserves and as of February 2016 only 1.7 tonnes.
Canada sold most of its gold in the 1990s with UK at the lowest price possible. Canada had 1,023 tonnes of gold reserves in 1965 the highest level recorded in its history.

Canada sold off half of its central bank gold holdings by 1985 down to 500 tonnes and then was a major participant in the western central bank collusion scheme to suppress the price of gold and sold gold at fire sale prices all through the 1990s up to 2002.

I know, right?

Premier Wynne spent $600,000 of taxpayer money on ads defending her rotten pension plan:

Premier Kathleen Wynne is defending nearly $600,000 the government spent in advertising the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan during the federal election campaign.

The Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation asked for the figure through a Freedom of Information request and was told that $592,834 was spent between Aug. 2 and Oct. 14, five days before the federal election.

The response also shows that the government spent more than $1.6 million in total on all ORPP advertising.

Ontario Liberal voters wanted this.

But smallpox can't be spread by blankets:

A Mi’kmaq leader says it’s an insult that a national park in Prince Edward Island bears the name of a military general who wanted to kill aboriginal people with smallpox. ...

Lord Jeff – as he was known around campus – was widely seen an oppressive figure who supported using blankets infected with smallpox to kill aboriginal people.

Observe the physical and personal fortitude of people who survive earthquakes like the one in Taiwan and those who tirelessly work to save them.

Is there a special place in hell for people who lie about Benghazi?

While introducing Clinton at a rally in New Hampshire Saturday, Albright, 78, the first female secretary of state, talked about the importance of electing a woman to the country’s highest office. In a dig at the “revolution” that Sanders, 74, often speaks of, she said the first female commander in chief would be a true revolution. And she scolded any woman who felt otherwise.

“We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done. It’s not done,” Albright said of the broader fight for women’s equality. “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”

My God never told me to kill others because they are different from me:

Wheaton College political science professor Larycia Hawkins has decided to part ways with the college just five days before a faculty hearing was scheduled to help decide her fate at the school, according to an email from president Philip Ryken to the campus on Saturday. ...

Hawkins was placed on administrative leave on Dec. 15 after she published a Facebook post suggesting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. The statement set off a wave of controversy across the country amid larger debates about the role of Muslims in America. “I stand by my concerns that Dr. Hawkins’ theological statements raised important questions,” Jones wrote.

Good riddance.

And she's not a victim.

This kind of wishy-washy theology is the reason why we have migrant rapists roaming about today. It's the sort intellectual laziness and Kumbaya soft-headedness that have become beyond tiresome.

Also: how curious that those who don't believe in God spend a lot of time talking about how much they hate Him:

I'm sure there are rants against the Tooth Fairy he would like to get off of his chest.

It wouldn't be Seolnal without yet another North Korean incursion into South Korean waters:

South Korea’s Defence Ministry said a South Korean naval vessel fired five shots into the water as a warning Monday when a North Korean patrol boat briefly moved south of the countries’ disputed boundary line in the Yellow Sea.

The incident came amid heighten hostilities between the rival Koreas, after North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders called a banned test of ballistic missile technology and another “intolerable provocation.” The U.N.’s most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with “significant” new sanctions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un went ahead with the launch just two hours after an eight-day window opened early Sunday, and a month after the country’s fourth nuclear test. He ignored an appeal from China, its neighbour and important ally, not to proceed, and, in another slap to Beijing, he chose the eve of the Chinese New Year, the country’s most important holiday.

In case one forgot about another incursion:

President Vladimir Putin has scrambled troops across southwestern Russia for large-scale military drills intended to test the troops’ readiness amid continuing tensions with the West.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that military units were put on combat alert early Monday, marking the launch of the exercise that involves troops of the Southern Military District.

The district includes troops stationed in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as well as forces in the North Caucasus and southwestern regions near the border with Ukraine.

To wit:

“The states where criticism of totalitarian ideology was prohibited were the ones that internationalized hate-speech laws,” writes Jacob Mchangama in a fascinating overview called “The Sordid Origin of Hate-Speech Laws”:
The [UN] voting record reveals the startling fact that the internationalization of hate-speech prohibitions in human rights law owes its existence to a number of states where both criticisms of the prevalent totalitarian ideology as well as advocacy for democracy were strictly prohibited.
The essay tracks the Soviet Union’s repeated attempts to attach hate-speech exceptions to the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how the historical push has expanded slowly from banning speech that directly incites violence…to speech that somehow only incites “hatred”…to speech that authorities merely tag as hateful. And the Soviet Union’s definition of “hate speech” was so broad that it deemed any speech that spoke favorably of capitalism as “fascist” and therefore ban-worthy.
The Soviets’ proposal included this clause:
Any advocacy of national, racial, or religious hostility or of national exclusiveness or hatred and contempt, as well as any action establishing a privilege or a discrimination based on distinctions of race, nationality, or religion constitute a crime and shall be punishable under the law of the state.
In other words, while the Soviets were working thought criminals to death in labor camps and pulverizing the minds of political dissenters in psychiatric hospitals, at least they were protecting their citizens from “hatred and contempt.”

There is a reason why the former Soviet Union liked the UN and why leftists adored that failed communist state.

A Vancouver family's pet dog is expected to survive after being rescued from a burning home.
Crews were called to a house in East Vancouver around midnight Sunday when the homeowners returned to find smoke coming out of a second floor window.

Firefighters found a dog inside the building suffering from smoke inhalation, and modified an oxygen mask to fit the animal's face.

Batt. Chief Peter Bridge says firefighters originally thought the dog was dead, but spent more than 20 minutes trying to revive the animal.

Eventually the dog came around, which Bridge says was "quite surprising."

The dog is being cared for by a local vet and is expected to be okay.

And now, to ring in the lunar new year- the year of the monkey- a musical that has everything:

(Merci beaucoup to all)

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Mid-Week Post

Where's my shadow?
Your middle-of-the-week joy...

Waiting for the spring to come...

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Or the House of Commons.

You wussied out of killing ISIS, is my point:

Kenney, a former minister of defence, directed the heckle Monday at Sajjan as he was answering a question about the government’s plan to deal with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). 

Conservative defence critic James Bezan and associate defence critic Pierre Paul-Hus both asked questions on the Liberals’ election promise to withdraw Canada’s fighter jets from the U.S.-led mission in Iraq and Syria. 

​ Bezan accused Sajjan of suggesting that Canada’s allies were to blame for the spread of ISIS, referring to Sajjan’s speech at an event organized by Canada 2020 on Friday. 

“Why are the Liberals lecturing our allies on how to fight terrorism while at the same time befriending [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and Iran?” asked Bezan. 

“It’s about consulting our allies and having a dialogue,” replied Sajjan. “These lessons, as I stated, were learned while working with our coalition partners, and that’s the plan that we’ll be putting forward and making sure that we get this right so we don’t make the mistakes of the previous 10 years.“ 

After question period, government House leader Kevin Lamoureux rose in the House of Commons and called for Kenney to apologize for his "inappropriate comment." 

"I’m wondering if the member would do the proper thing and apologize or at the very least explain his comments,” Lamoureux said. 

Kenney refused to apologize for his remarks, saying Sajjan's answer was “totally incoherent," prompting shouts of "shame” from Liberal MPs.

Playing the (insert own identifiable group here) card is a weaselly way of backing out of explaining one's self, Sajjan.

Yes, he is one of the good guys, Australia:

A Canadian who said he fought alongside Kurdish forces against Islamic State in Syria has been detained while trying to enter Australia and told he will be deported, his father said on Wednesday.

Another reason to love Rachel Notley:

Alberta’s finance minister quickly moved to quell any suggestion that the province’s New Democrat government will implement a provincial sales tax after a group of academics wrote an open letter to the premier calling for one.

Well, duh:

What, then, explains the premier’s obsession? A line buried in a recent budget perhaps holds a clue. By “encouraging more Ontarians to save through a proposed new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan,” it reads, “new pools of capital would be available for Ontario-based projects such as building roads, bridges and new transit.” It’s not about “helping” retirees: it’s about financing the premier’s infrastructure ambitions. How strange they do not make this point clearer.

A Chinese defector blows the lid off of Beijing's real intentions:

Ling Wancheng, the defector, has been undergoing a debrief by FBI, CIA, and other intelligence officials since last fall at a secret location in the United States, said officials familiar with details of the defection who spoke on condition of anonymity. The defector is said to be a target of covert Chinese agents seeking to capture or kill him.

Among the information disclosed by Ling are details about the procedures used by Chinese leaders on the use of nuclear weapons, such as the steps taken in preparing nuclear forces for attack and release codes for nuclear arms.

Other secrets revealed included details about the Chinese leadership and its facilities, including the compound in Beijing known as Zhongnanhai. That information is said to be valuable for U.S. electronic spies, specifically for cyber intelligence operations targeting the secretive Chinese leadership.

But... but... the videos were doctored!

On the day before David Daleiden turns himself in for allegedly trying to purchase human organs, the investigator has released a new video compilation showing Planned Parenthood officials agreeing to sell fetal organs.

The Center for Medical Progress had released the full video featuring Melissa Farrell, director of research at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC), discussing how PPGC could word its billing to make it appear its activities were within the law.

In a new extract, CMP features Farrell discussing payment terms that may violate laws against trafficking in human organs or tissue.

The undercover investigators catch Farrell describing the terms of a previous contract to provide "specimens" for medical research in exchange for money.

"Based on what I'm reading here, it looks like [the client is] paying for the specimen itself," she said. At the time of the budget she looked at, the consent fee was $25, she said smiling as she mentioned the dollar amount.

"There's margin," she said, adding that her department “contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization here.”


Rev. Brent Hawkes, 65, of the Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto, has been charged with indecent assault on a male and gross indecency. He was summoned to court in Kentville, Nova Scotia yesterday to face the charges. Local police have refused to provide further details.  

A box of Kleenex could beat  the eternally lacklustre Trudeau in a debate. I'm surprised that Ted Cruz didn't cause the Hair Apparent to literally disintegrate:

While the details are a bit hazy, Trudeau recalls an opponent who came prepared to dominate — and, apparently, Cruz did.

“If I recall correctly it was about an obscure monetary policy element that he had done an awful lot of research on,” Trudeau said in that pre-election interview.

“His poor opposition had no real capacity to rebut. It was a focus very much on winning the debate, rather than on any sort of fair chance to have a good and robust debate. But that’s the way university debating was played at that particular moment.”

(Sidebar: the mating call of a loser, Justin.)

Powered by the yellow sun, y'all...

Also: it's not Trudeau's cash so why should he care? Nothing seems to stop him.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emerged from a meeting Wednesday with a formal commitment to fast-track $700 million in previously committed federal infrastructure money to the struggling province.

Notley ruined that province overnight. Why encourage her to ruin it some more?

Personally, I think only God should play God. He's awfully good at it:

Scientists in Britain have been give the go-ahead to edit the genes of human embryos for research purposes, using a technique that some say could eventually be used to create "designer babies". 

When secular commentators have a problem with this, then one should not claim that this is strictly a religious issue.

And now, a cop saves a puppy:

This is Florida Police Officer Marcus Montgomery and his new BFF, Kylo. HOW EFFING CUTE ARE THEY.

And the history of Japan in nine minutes:

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Post

...  atque escas habeamus mentionem .....


A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, among 86 people officials say died in the latest attack by Nigeria's homegrown Islamic extremists.

Scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets from Saturday night's attack on Dalori village and two nearby camps housing 25,000 refugees, according to survivors and soldiers at the scene just 5 kilometres (3 miles) from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and the biggest city in Nigeria's northeast.

The shooting, burning and explosions from three suicide bombers continued for nearly four hours in the unprotected area, survivor Alamin Bakura said, weeping on a telephone call to The Associated Press. He said several of his family members were killed or wounded.

The violence continued as three female suicide bombers blew up among people who managed to flee to neighbouring Gamori village, killing many people, according to a soldier at the scene who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to journalists.

(Sidebar: um, was that hashtag for nothing?)

Thirty-one years ago, in revenge for the Indian government's storming the Golden Temple, Sikh extremists planted a bomb on Air India flight 182, killing three hundred and twenty-nine people.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was given a ceremonial robe of honour during her visit to the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar Sunday, amid controversy in the Indian press that suggested she would be denied the honour because of her views on same-sex marriage.

The only person convicted in the 1985 Air India bombings has been granted statutory release from prison to a halfway house.

Inderjit Singh Reyat was charged with perjury in 2006 for repeatedly lying during his testimony at the trial into the bombing deaths of 331 people, mostly Canadians.

Reyat was found guilty in 2010 and sentenced to a record nine years in prison, or seven years and seven months after accounting for time served.

Under the law, offenders must be granted statutory release after they have served two-thirds of their sentence.

If true, this guy has only days to live:

An EgyptAir mechanic whose cousin joined Islamic State in Syria is suspected of planting a bomb on a Russian passenger plane that was blown out of Egypt's skies in late October, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Speaking of airplanes and terrorism, Canadian companies can now exploit labourers in a mad theocratic state:

Iran is the second-largest economy in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region after Saudi Arabia, according to the World Bank.

As western nations imposed sanctions, Iran turned to China and India for many goods including gold, wheat, aluminum and steel.

However, Canada has lagged in joining other countries that have already lifted sanctions — including Britain and other European nations.

In fact, Italy’s Saipem, an oil-engineering firm, already has tens of billions in Iranian contracts.

Certain Canadian industries could still benefit from this. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has pinpointed some sectors that have good possibilities of doing work in Iran...

When Iran tightens its grip on the region, can Bombardier pat itself on the back for making that happen? 

I wonder when Kim Jong-Un will finally lay waste to Japan:

Speculation mounted Friday that North Korea is preparing a rocket or long-range missile launch to follow its recent nuclear test, with Japan reportedly ordering its military to shoot down any projectile that threatened its territory.

The three-ring circus of disgraced CBC "celebrity" Jian Ghomeshi begins:

Ghomeshi — the former host of CBC radio's popular culture show "Q" — has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.

The judge-alone trial, which is expected to last several weeks, involves three complainants and will be closely watched by many across the country.

And what a merry party it will be if he is acquitted. 

Also: of course Trudeau won't stop funding the CBC. It helped get him elected:

Thomas Mulcair and an NDP critic are expressing concern over a published interview where Canada's heritage minister appeared to leave open the possibility that the Liberals may back down from their campaign promise to raise the CBC's budget by $150 million.

We are being watched:

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service repeatedly obtained taxpayer information from the Canada Revenue Agency without presenting a court-approved warrant for the data.
The government has eyes on you...

Estate of Lucy Maude Montgomery, just sue these wastrels:

P.E.I.'s most celebrated red-head has been dragged into an ongoing dispute over access to abortion in the small province.

Abortion rights activists have enlisted Anne of Green Gables — the freckle-faced fictional character known for her bright red braids — in their campaign to pressure the provincial government to allow abortions to be performed on the Island.

And now, realistic-looking LEGO bites. Enjoy.