Tuesday, October 21, 2014

But Wait! There's More!

In what will not be termed "workplace violence", Patrice Vincent, a warrant officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, was run down and killed by Martin Couture-Rouleau, a convert to Islam, who "died like he wanted to".  His passport had been seized and he was under RCMP surveillance.

The buzzword today is "radicalized", as though adults do not make conscious choices to maim or kill those who are not like them but are somehow lured or brainwashed. Way to chuck aside moral culpability. Omar Khadr was not radicalised nor is he repentant for his terrorist acts. Did those who joined ISIS suddenly decide to rape and murder?

The attack shouldn't leave the prime minister or anyone "troubled" but angry (and don't get me started on "root causes"). If trained soldiers can be attacked, anyone is a target.

How refreshing would it be to admit that Islamism is the problem and then act accordingly?


A shocking discovery that will no doubt be treated lightly:

The discovery of several dead babies in a Winnipeg storage locker is "tragic beyond belief," say police.

Three or four bodies were found Monday afternoon in various states of decomposition, said police spokesman Const. Eric Hofley.

Why?

An animal rescue group in Pine Falls, Man., is raising alarms after seven abandoned puppies were found in a box at the community landfill over the weekend.

The puppies were between four and five weeks old and appeared to be in good health when they were discovered on Sunday, said Ernie Stacey, founder of Anishinabe Sunset Country Animal Rescue.
"It's kind of heart-breaking, but it's not the first time that we've seen that," he told CBC News late Monday.

Another six abandoned puppies were found last week, Stacey said, adding that the group has rescued a total of about 20 puppies from the dump in the last three months.


Lithuania will be able to survive without Russian gas after its liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal starts up soon, redrawing the energy map for the Baltic states, President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Tuesday.

The floating LNG import terminal at the port of Klaipeda is planned to open on Oct. 27, ending the supply monopoly of Russia's Gazprom and isolation from global gas markets. Commercial deliveries are due to start after the terminal's testing in the beginning of 2015.

Importing super-cooled gas by tankers will not only ensure Lithuania's energy security, but transform relations with its former Soviet master, Russia, Grybauskaite told Reuters in an interview.

"For us this would give a lot of leverage and freedom in decision making... Nobody will be able to blackmail or force us to pay the political price," she said from her office in Vilnius. "And this is the best result."

Lithuania will be able to meet all the gas needs of its 3 million citizens, and also supply LNG to Baltic neighbors Latvia and Estonia.
 
 More, please.


(Merci)


Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Post

The story so far....


As Canadians, we are fortunate enough to see how disastrous electing an incompetent, stuttering, self-indulged creation of the popular press really is by looking no further than the American experience. The memoirs of an unaccomplished empty-suit do not detract from one's transparent ambitions:

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said it was premature for Justin Trudeau to say the Liberals would take away a Conservative tax cut that doesn’t yet exist.

Mulcair reacted on Monday to comments over the weekend by the Liberal leader, who said, if elected, the Grits would rescind the promised income-splitting tax cuts.

Mulcair said his party doesn’t like income splitting because it doesn’t benefit a large enough percentage of the population. Income splitting allows couple to pool incomes in order for the higher earner to fall into a lower tax bracket.

However, Mulcair wouldn’t say if his party would take away the tax cut if they win the 2015 federal election.

While the benefits of income splitting are not unanimously praised in the Conservative Party, there has been no indication the government will renege on its promise to offer the tax-cutting measure if the spring budget is balanced and there is a surplus.

Trudeau said over the weekend that he’ll rescind income splitting and use the surplus to pay for education, innovation and other projects to benefit the middle class.

(Sidebar: as the NDP is no longer the far-left, Mulcair almost becomes a voice of reason. Almost.)



Related: Justin Trudeau's popularity falls after he fails to condemn ISIS as normal thinking, feeling human beings should do:

The Abacus Data poll, released on Monday afternoon, suggests that the federal Liberals have taken a six-point drop since last month. 

The respected pollsters still have Justin Trudeau’s party in the lead with 32 per cent support, but now have the Tories on their heels with 30 per cent and the NDP not far behind at 25 per cent support. 

Abacus’ David Coletto says the ”road for the Liberals may not be as smooth as appeared last month.”

"For the first time in our tracking this year," Coletto wrote, “we have seen some movement. Liberal support is down, NDP and Green support has ticked up, while Conservative support is holding at 30 per cent.”

A lot of people dismiss mid-term opinion polls, arguing that they don’t provide much value months or even years before an election.  

But this latest poll is interesting for a couple of reasons. 

It’s one of the first major polls conducted after the parliamentary debate about Canada’s mission in Iraq. It’s also the first poll after Trudeau’s latest gaffe when, during a Q&A, he inappropriately said that Canada can do better than “trying to whip out our CF-18’s” and show the international community “how big they are.”

This poll might just give us a glimpse of how much voter support a Justin Trudeau-gaffe can cost his Liberal party – at least in the short term. 

(Sidebar: "short term" relates to low-information voters who don't know or care that ISIS is a band of savages and that Canada has had humanitarian aid in place since before the debates that Trudeau often did not take part in.)


Ontario Liberal voters are getting more of what they happily voted for:


 A plan to "optimize" major public assets is a recipe for higher booze and electricity prices in Ontario, Interim PC leader Jim Wilson says.

The Ed Clark-led government assets council is proposing that the LCBO increase the service charge levied on beer producers to cover distribution costs, effectively giving the provincial treasury a greater share of the profits as a result of the government-sanctioned Beer Store monopoly.

"The way I read that part of the report is they're looking to squeeze beer customers," Wilson said Monday.

"They're not talking about reducing the size and the cost of the bureaucracy at The Beer Store, they're not talking about really selling it."

Clark's group of advisers is reviewing publicly owned Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the LCBO to determine if there are ways to maximize profits for taxpayers.

On Friday, Clark said in a major speech that he does not recommend selling off the assets, except for a majority share in Hydro One's distribution business.

Wilson said he supports keeping the assets public but believes Clark should have been given freer rein to look at all options.

Clark made it clear that the Kathleen Wynne government was not interested in selling Hydro One or OPG outright, or breaking up the monopolies of The Beer Store or LCBO.

It doesn't end there:

The Liberals are also facing demands from the opposition parties to release documentation surrounding a $224-million loan made years ago for the MaRS Phase 2 tower. MaRS and the developer have been unable to repay the loan and the province is now paying interest of up to $7.1 million a year on it until an agreement on the future of the new tower is finalized.

I could almost live with this if I knew for a fact that Liberal voters lived in such squalor that one had to put their faces on UNICEF boxes.


Good:

A Muslim woman wearing a niqab has been forced to leave a theatre in France after the cast refused to perform in protest against her attire.

The niqab is a traditional Muslim garment which covers the head and chest, with the exception of the eyes. It is illegal in France.

The incident occurred during the performance of La Traviata at Opera Bastille in Paris, the opera house's deputy director Jean-Philippe Thiellay told AFP.

The episode is believed to have happened on 3 October. However, French media did not report it until Sunday [19 October].

The woman, from the Gulf State, was visiting France with her companion. She was asked to remove the veil or leave the theatre as "performers said they didn't want to sing," Thiellay explained.

After the deputy-director was made aware of the cast's request, an usher approached the woman.

"He told her that in France there is a ban of this nature, asked her to either uncover her face or leave the room. The man asked the woman to get up, they left," Thiellay said, adding that it was unpleasant "to ask someone to leave."
 
At no point should Western culture tolerate the intolerable. In Islamic countries, women have had acid thrown in their faces or were abused if they didn't cover up. The desire for modesty is a fraud perpetrated on multicultural apologists who don't understand that wearing niqabs or any other covering is a thumb-in-the-eye of the popular culture where such adolescent reactionary garb-wearing is tolerated.


Just like ISIS, Saudi Arabia also beheads people:

A sudden surge in public executions in Saudi Arabia in the last two months has coincided with a U.S.-led bombing campaign against Islamic State. This has led to inevitable comparisons in Western media between Islamic State's beheadings and those practiced in Saudi Arabia.

Defenders of the Saudi death penalty say beheadings, usually with a single sword stroke, are at least as humane as lethal injections in the United States. They deplore any comparison between the kingdom's execution of convicted criminals and Islamic State's extra-judicial killing of innocent hostages.

But rights activists say they are more concerned by the justice system behind the death penalty in the kingdom than by its particular method of execution. And critics of the Al Saud ruling family say the latest wave of executions may have a political message, with Riyadh determined to demonstrate its toughness at a moment of regional turmoil.

Saudi Arabia beheaded 26 people in August, more than in the first seven months of the year combined. The total for the year now stands at 59, compared to 69 for all of last year, according to Human Rights Watch.

“It’s possible the executions were used as intimidation and flexing of muscles. It’s a very volatile time and executions do serve a purpose when they’re done en masse,” said Madawi al-Rasheed, visiting professor at the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics.

“There’s uncertainty around Saudi Arabia from the north and from the south and inside they are taking aggressive action alongside the U.S. against Islamic State, and all that is creating some kind of upheaval, which the death penalty tries to keep a lid on.”

For some reason, the West seems dependent on this house of sand.


The city of Richmond is considering a ban on Chinese-language signs:

The hottest language debate may no longer be in Quebec but rather British Columbia, where a city in Vancouver’s suburbs is again embroiled in a battle over whether English should be included on signs targeting the city’s Chinese community.

And thanks to the impending municipal election, the language debate has received a higher profile than ever before, with several council candidates weighing in for and against mandating the use of English.

Richmond, B.C., has one of the most significant Chinese communities in Canada, with more than half its population of 205,000 descending from the country.

As a result, companies are targeting the Chinese community through billboards and other advertisements written entirely in Chinese.

The debate routinely draws comparisons to Quebec, where “language police” have garnered headlines for seeking and destroying company signs posted exclusively in English.

Last week, the City of Richmond voted to seek a legal opinion to determine what, if anything, they could do about Chinese-only signs. ...

Independent candidate Janos Bergman, however, told the Post that Chinese-only signs “serve to exclude the rest of the community and this is very un-Canadian.”

On his Facebook page, council candidate Henry Yao says that it is important for cultures to remain unique in a multi-cultural society, but that harmony relies on communication.

"This is why I wish to emphasize the importance of English on all signs in Richmond," he writes

“Having a common language will help people to communicate and understand each other. If we all live together and do not share a common language, we will become an exclusive society of strangers.”
 
It is not always easy to learn another language or adapt readily to new surroundings. That being said, failure to do so in an environment as welcoming and affluent as the West suggests that there is an unwillingness more than an inability.


And now, fifteen tales of female ghosts to curdle the blood.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Freakout

Getting one in the mood for Halloween...


This commercial was deemed so scary that it came with a warning that anyone with health conditions or was faint-of-heart should not watch it:




To make up for that, watch these incredibly funny Panda cheese commercials:




Friday Post

Just in time for the week-end...


It is reported that ISIS has appropriated three fighter jets and are training pilots to use them:

Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time the militant group had taken to the air.

The group, which has seized swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, has been flying the planes over the captured al-Jarrah military airport east of Aleppo, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

If true, this opens up a new front in the battle against these child-murderers.


To another crisis Obama has no intention of handling:

President Obama said Thursday evening that he might appoint an “Ebola czar” to oversee the US government’s response to the virus. ...

Obama also addressed the question of whether the US should institute a temporary ban on travel into the US from the West African countries most affected by Ebola – Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. The president said he didn’t have a “philosophical objection” to a travel ban, but cited experts in infectious disease who say that a travel ban could be counterproductive.

(Sidebar: Obama does not lead, as his golf-playing clearly demonstrates. The Ebola crisis is one more distraction from his inability to be a principled and competent leader.)

Obama: moron or instigator? Discuss.


Now on to another little-vetted, inexperienced dope the popular press fawns over:

Tears in my eyes — from laughter, or despair, or both — I made it to the end of Chatelaine magazine’s feature story on the Liberal leader, which asks, “Is Justin Trudeau the candidate women have been waiting for?” In 2,500 words, the author takes us inside the Trudeau home, where readers watch the Liberal leader balance his youngest by his feet in his garden, pose for pictures with his family on the couch and in the pool and answer a few soft questions, including one on his favourite author. The profile is a rather lovely snapshot of a young, happy family of five, but as a political profile — indeed, one that suggests its subject might be the candidate for women — it is insulting, patronizing fluff. Many women in Canada complain that politicians don’t take them seriously as intelligent, informed voters. This article is proof positive.

I suggest that the kind of women who would be moved by this fluff piece are the sort of women who do their thinking on their knees anyway (and no, I'm not taking that back). If Trudeau's many gaffes, utter contempt for seriousness and his "ladies' night" wherein he gushed about China's dictatorship, the kind that kills female infants and allows the sexual servitude of North Korean women, do not clue them into what kind of self-indulged twit he is, this fluff piece is their rationale for the kind of leader they want.

Canada is too big for these idiots to fail.

Related: Jean Chretien, who presided over Ad Scam and did not seek justice for murdered Canadian Zahra Kazemi, defends Justin Trudeau.

Birds of a feather, ect.


Why we need to elect our judges, state the obvious and let Darwin be vindicated:

For Laurie Hill, resident of Canada’s largest aboriginal community, it’s just wrong to suggest that modern medicine is the only way to treat cancer and other serious diseases.

She stands firmly behind the Six Nations neighbours who took their 11-year-old daughter with leukemia out of chemotherapy, and are treating her with traditional, but unproven, native methods and other alternative health-care instead.

“There’s a fear of [aboriginal remedies] or denial of it. If things can’t be quantified or qualified, to them it’s irrelevant,” said Ms. Hill, as she shopped at Ancestral Voices Healing Centre Thursday. “Who are they [doctors] to say she will make it with their treatments. Just because they have a degree, that makes them more knowledgeable?”

Her perspective on what seems to be a widening cultural divide received some recognition from a surprising quarter Thursday: ­the judge deciding whether the cancer-stricken girl should be forced back into chemotherapy. ...

But Justice Gethin Edward of the Ontario Court of Justice suggested physicians essentially want to “impose our world view on First Nation culture.” The idea of a cancer treatment being judged on the basis of statistics that quantify patients’ five-year survival rate is “completely foreign” to aboriginal ways, he said.

First of all, I don't believe for one moment this girl decided this course of action and even if she did, she is a kid and cannot decide, so there one goes. One would think her parents would be wise enough to choose Western medicine which has a far better chance of treating this poor kid's illness than a Stone Age culture ever could. But if Western culture is so intrusive (as Justice Edward believes), so is the money and the accoutrements that stem from it.

This case extends far from the rights and abilities to choose the best course of action for one's self or family. It is a deliberate thumb-in-the-eye by someone who advocates unproven therapies and a willing participant in this madness.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mid-Week Post

Fifteen more shopping days until Halloween.


Prayers would be much appreciated.  


A new report states that not only were chemical weapons found in Iraq but that soldiers were ordered to keep quiet about it:

American troops found nearly 5,000 abandoned chemical weapons in Iraq from 2004 to 2011, but their discoveries were kept secret by the U.S. government, the New York Times reports.

According to the 10,000-word, eight-part interactive report ("The Secret Casualties of Iraq's Abandoned  Chemical Weapons") by C.J. Chivers published on the paper's website late Tuesday, at least 17 American service members and seven Iraqi police officers were exposed to nerve or mustard agents in Iraq after 2003.

On at least six occasions, American troops and American-trained Iraqi troops were wounded by the abandoned munitions, but news of the encounters was neither shared publicly nor widely circulated among the troops, the victims told the Times. Others said they were told to be vague or deceptive about what they found.

"'Nothing of significance’ is what I was ordered to say,” Jarrod Lampier, a retired Army major, said of the 2006 discovery of 2,400 nerve-agent rockets at a former Republican Guard compound, the largest chemical weapons discovery of the war.


Among the reasons for the secrecy? "The discoveries of these chemical weapons did not support the government’s invasion rationale," Chivers writes. "After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, [President George W.] Bush insisted that [Iraqi leader Saddam] Hussein was hiding an active weapons of mass destruction program, in defiance of international will and at the world’s risk. United Nations inspectors said they could not find evidence for these claims."

These were the weapons that allegedly did not exist but were still uncovered by ISIS.


Speaking of ISIS:

Two months after American bombs and missiles began pounding fighters of the so-called Islamic State, President Barack Obama’s undeclared war in Iraq and Syria finally has a name: Operation Inherent Resolve.

The Wall Street Journal had reported on Oct. 3 that the name had been considered and rejected, with one unnamed military officer saying “it is just kind of bleh.”

The long search for a name had sparked a flurry of jokes on Twitter, where one leading tongue-in-cheek suggestion was that it be called “Operation Hey Wasn’t That My Humvee” – a reference to U.S. airstrikes hitting Islamic State fighters using American equipment captured from Iraqi troops.

The Obama Administration announced the moniker a day after the president attended a meeting of defense chiefs from some 20 partners in the coalition trying to beat back the rampaging extremist group, which has captured broad swaths of Iraqi territory. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosted the gathering at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, best known for being home to the blue-and-white liveried airplane that serves as Obama’s Air Force One.

Veterans groups had complained that the lack of a formal name could shortchange Americans risking their lives to fight IS by leaving them unable to claim the recognition of a combat medal. One American, a Marine, has lost his life in the operations.
 
What resolve would that be? While Obama was golfing and certainly not coming up with a plan to liquidate ISIS,  thousands of Iraqi Christians and Yazidis have been forced from their homes (1.4 million if one counts Syrian refugees as well) with as many as 1,500 women and girls sold into sexual slavery. Obama isn't just indifferent; he does not care on purpose (SEE: "workplace violence").

This is what Obama is indifferent about:


During the ninth night of her captivity, Nadia seized an unexpected opportunity to flee. 
 
Back on the first day, the men who kidnapped Nadia and the other young women as hostages and sex slaves had away taken their shoes. Escaping barefoot was out of the question. As the women could see from the windows, the surrounding terrain was rough and rocky, and they would end up with bleeding cuts and gashes all over their feet. 
The house in which they were held captive had many rooms and the young women were frequently moved from one to another. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason for the frequent moves; they were apparently dependent on the whims of their captors. But in one room stood a wardrobe, inside of which Nadia found a pair of pink tennis shoes under some rags. Though they were a few sizes too small for her, they might just do.

Six men -- her captors, rapists and tormentors -- stood guard from day one. But on the ninth night, Nadia noticed that four of the men were apparently absent, perhaps sleeping elsewhere. Whatever the case, only two of the Islamic State fighters were sitting in the kitchen that night -- and they were distracted. It looked as though they were arguing.

The men had shut up Nadia alone that night and she didn't know where the other young women were. The lock on her door was defective and she was able to open it. She pulled out the tennis shoes that she had kept hidden, crammed her feet into them, slipped out of the room and was able to push open a terrace door. She scurried out of the house and rushed through the garden, filled with rustling dry bushes and trees. She was afraid that a dog would start barking, but she was lucky.

She came to a wall, a high wall, so it seemed -- reaching beyond her outstretched arms. "Now I had to climb over the wall," she says, "and I didn't have much time."


I'm sure those in charge are handling this with the utmost care and ability:

A top federal health official said Wednesday that a Texas nurse exposed to the Ebola virus never should have taken a flight from Cleveland to the Dallas area. She has now been diagnosed with Ebola and officials are now contacting other passengers on the plane.


China blocks access to a BBC site:

Chinese censors have blocked the website of Britain's national broadcaster, the BBC said in a statement late on Wednesday, coming as tensions rise in Hong Kong between pro-democracy protesters and police.

The broadcaster said that the move seemed to be "deliberate censorship". It did not say what may have prompted the move by Beijing, which also blocks the websites of the New York Times, newswire Bloomberg and the BBC's Chinese language website.

Censorship is what China does.


But... but... they said it worked:

Vancouver Coastal Health is trying to warn drug users about a bad batch of heroin that has caused 31 overdoses at the city's supervised injection site.

This is all as well-handled as the Ebola crisis.

Oh wait...


The war on Halloween:

A feminist theatre company in Calgary called Urban Curvz is fighting back against what they say is an increasingly sexualized holiday.

Pam Rocker, the organizer of Take Back Halloween, spoke on the Calgary Eyeopener about her inspiration for starting the event.

She says they are taking back the holiday from those who think a sexy leopard costume for a three-year-old, complete with fishnet stockings, is a good idea.

"When we saw that in a costume shop a couple of months ago, the artistic director of Urban Curvz and I thought, 'You know what, this is a problem for all ages,'" said Rocker. "And this is something that we want to take back by having something like a feminist costume contest where you actually have to be creative and think about things that don't gender stereotype and that maybe actually empower women."

There is no shortage of sexualized costumes for kids, says Rocker.

"There is also a 'mac pimp daddy' costume for eight-year-old boys, because it affects all genders. I also saw a sexy Bert and Ernie and a sexy pizza slice."

Rocker says Halloween is an indicator of a larger movement of rewarding over-sexualized behaviour.
"The culture perpetuates this — you're rewarded if you're not smart, you're not a leader and if you're something to be objectified."

The goal is not to tell people how to dress but give people more choice. 

"We are not saying that if you want to be a sexy nurse that's bad, but we want to provide an alternative to something that isn't gender stereotyping," said Rocker.

"Really the event is going tot be so much fun.... We'll have puppets, songs, stage fighting, imagining a future of feminist Disney princesses — so there is something for everybody.
Awareness doesn't have to be a drag and that's really important to us, so we want it to be an exciting night for people."

There will also be a patriarchy haunted house that highlights some gender issues in a fun scary way.

As revolting as people who clearly sexualise children are (especially those who worked alongside Ontario premiers), people who hunt for causes are just as insufferable.

Why not go to an Islamic country where women cover their faces all the time?

What? Not edgy enough?


And now, party snacks for your Halloween get-together. Enjoy.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Thanksgiving



Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'er-brimmed their clammy cell.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reaped furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers;
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,---
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir, the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft,
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Post


A post for a lovely Sunday....


I'm sure this is nothing to be concerned about:

A Texas health worker has contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian who died of the disease in Dallas last week, raising concern about how U.S. medical guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of the disease were breached.


The Kurds hold off ISIS in Kobani:

Kurdish defenders held off Islamic State militants in Syria's border town of Kobani on Sunday, but the fighters struck with deadly bombings in Iraq, killing dozens of Kurds in the north and assassinating a provincial police commander in the west.


This is why we should elect our judges:

The lawyer for the son of murdered Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi led the calls for Ottawa to close a legal loophole that the Supreme Court highlighted in its Friday ruling. By a 6-1 margin, the court ruled Stephan Hashemi is prohibited by the State Immunity Act from suing the Iranian government over his mother's death.

The justices handed the issue back to the government, saying legislators could simply change the act and open the door for Hashemi's civil lawsuit.

"Parliament has the power and capacity to decide whether Canadian courts should exercise civil jurisdiction," Justice Louis LeBel wrote for the majority. "Parliament has the ability to change the current state of the law on exceptions to state immunity, just as it did in the case of terrorism and allow those in situations like Mr. Hashemi and his mother's estate to seek redress in Canadian courts. Parliament has simply chosen not to do it yet."
 
This has stopped activist-judges when?

As a prologue, it was the Chretien government that dropped the ball on this matter. While the impetus should be put on Parliament to decide matters of the Crown, unelected judges have made law since someone put them in their judicial chairs. This, no doubt, is done to make the current government look heartless and inactive all the while forgetting what Chretien didn't do.



Oh, look! Street theatre!

A B.C. First Nation community has penned a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking him to spend one week living among them on their reserve.

Yawn.


More on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17:

The body of one passenger of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was found wearing an oxygen mask, Dutch prosecutors said Thursday, raising questions about how much those on board knew about their fate when the plane plunged out of the sky above Eastern Ukraine in July.


Why we need to privatise education and abolish teachers' unions:

Ontario's largest teachers' union is defending its decision to hold a workshop on "white privilege" at an upcoming convention, saying it has never been afraid to tackle controversial issues.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, which has 76,000 members, has a posting on its website looking for presenters for a workshop called "Re-thinking White Privilege."

"What we're trying to do is spark a conversation about this and raise awareness and a growing understanding about white privilege," ETFO president Sam Hammond said Thursday in an interview.

I would like to propose a Teachers' Privilege Workshop. Rather like the counter-productive shame sessions of the "white privilege" workshop, it would point out how the education profession lionises itself all the while never producing any real results, like students who test well, who can write in full sentences or locate their countries on a map. Maybe then they would feel real shame, leave and make room for the genuine educators who can mould students into productive, happy citizens.


And now, just in time for the Thanksgiving meal, cooking with spices. Enjoy.

 

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Mid-Week Post

Twenty-two more shopping days until Halloween.


The vote to send CF-18s and other materials to combat ISIS has been passed in the House of Commons with one hundred and fifty-seven in favour and one hundred and thirty-four against. Why such a margin (1:20 mark)?



That's why.

If the murder of historic populations by well-armed and bloodthirsty rapists is not sufficient a reason to militarily act then what is? How does one expect to provide aid safely to these embattled populations without air support? The arguments the NDP and Liberals provide (the very opaque and childishly contradictory ones) are not just morally unfeasible but impractical.


A Liberian man who made his way to the US while infected with Ebola has died:

The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died early Wednesday, officials with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital announced.

Thomas "Eric" Duncan, 42, passed away at 7:51 a.m., the hospital said.

Is it now time to take this seriously?


Why education needs to be privatised:

Malloy’s committee on the Newtown shootings is recommending that Connecticut require home-schooling families to present their children to the local authorities periodically for inspection, to see to it that their psychological and social growth is proceeding in the desired direction. For anybody even passingly familiar with contemporary government schools, which are themselves a peerless source of social and emotional dysfunction, this development is bitterly ironic.

This audacity is born not only out of some twisted need to micro-manage others but to continue lining one's pockets with money that doesn't go to one when people send their kids to alternative schools or if they home-school.

(Merci)


And now, kick up your feet in this scorpion chair and the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze (it's a two-fer tonight). Enjoy.