Thursday, November 18, 2010

Mid-Week Post


It may be the least surprising confirmation in American politics this year — Sarah Palin is considering a bid for the White House in 2012.

Although Palin has been dropping broad hints for months about a possible presidential campaign, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee has told the New York Times that she is in active discussions with her family about mounting a campaign.

“I’m engaged in the internal deliberations candidly and having that discussion with my family, because my family is the most important consideration here,” Palin told journalist Robert Draper in an interview for an article to be published Sunday.

Family considerations aside, Palin said another significant consideration is whether Americans believe she has enough experience to run the country.

“I know that a hurdle I would have to cross, that some other potential candidates wouldn’t have to cross right out of the chute, is proving my record.”

Ms. Palin is among a crowded group of potential GOP contenders, several of whom have more extensive records in government — including Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

A Gallup poll released this week found Romney holding a narrow lead among GOP hopefuls, with 19 per cent support of party members. Palin and Huckabee tied for second with 16% support.

Mrs. Palin has to raise that number in order to make a successful run.

Even the Americans know Harper has gotten it right:

It's an odd time we're living in. Canada, the semi-socialist state may have just taken over the U.S as being the biggest supporter of Israel, morally speaking

The Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his subordinates have taken a consistently admirable stance when it comes to defending Israel, and recently the prime minister gave a solid speech upping Canada's commitment to the bastion of civilization in the middle east....

 We've gotten to the point where Canada has become the sole vocal government in North America to morally defend Israel's right to exist? What's more shocking in a tragic way, is Canada is being punished both by the U.N (not surprised) and the United States (tragically surprised) for taking their courageous stance against the thugs attacking Israel.

This defense of Israel coming from Harper couldn't have come at a better time. The U.S government which has historically been Israel's greatest and most outspoken ally has all but abandoned them morally. The Obama administration has been spiting on Israel's right to exist through its consistent pandering to the Islamic world, which has always held the dream of seeing Israel stamped out of existence. This coupled with the abusive treatment he has given Israel and its leadership makes it clear that at least for the mean time, the U.S government won't be arguing for the Israeli side in the world's stage.

In world affairs, Canada's played the supporting role with the U.S for some time now. But in this case, let there be no doubt, Canada is the hero. In this time where Israel is being abandoned and disrespected by the Obama administration, and being constantly attacked by its enemies both through violence and denunciations, this North American country is taking a stand in the side of righteousness. And is willing to pay for it too. Just like a hero. Just like America not too long ago.

Once again, Christie Blatchford:

The government and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) had one thing in common: an enemy, Gary McHale, who was coming to town with his “March for Freedom” rally.

He had a standard message: “We’re having a rally. There’s no swearing, no racial slurs, no violence allowed, no criminal behaviour.” Yet, in short order, McHale had managed to offend just about everyone — every level of government, natives and their supporters, the OPP and the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA).

McHale and his wife Christine had just come off Highway 403 and turned onto Highway 6 south, heading for Caledonia, when they were approached by an OPP cruiser with lights flashing. It was about ten thirty in the morning.

One of the officers got out of the cruiser, walked up to McHale’s open window, and said the purpose of the stop was to advise him that if he attempted to raise a Canadian flag at the rally, he would be arrested.

The officer, Detective Sergeant Bernie Cowan, and his partner, Detective Sergeant Doug Cousens, had attended a “special briefing” about the planned McHale stop earlier that morning, where they were directed by Detective Sergeant Greg Walton to tell McHale that “raising flags in a certain location would be considered a breach of the peace because of the situation.”

The have-not province McGunity built will rely on hookers to tax dollars:

With just over one week to go before sex workers can openly do business in Ontario, the federal government is warning that the province will become Canada’s prostitution hub and there will be legal uncertainty in other provinces unless a judge stays a court ruling that struck down anti-prostitution laws. 

The Justice Department, in a written legal brief, asserts that “one single judge of one single superior court” should not be able to ravage Canadian law.

Failure to suspend Justice Susan Himel’s ruling, pending an appeal, will cause “irreparable harms to the public interest,” says the federal factum, filed in the Ontario Court of Appeal in advance of a Monday court hearing on whether to grant the stay.

Only slight improvement has been made on cutting wait times in five priority health-care areas, according to an annual report, and governments are failing to apply targets to a broader range of specialties.

The 2009 report card released Thursday by the Wait Time Alliance, says there remains “much unfinished business,” in improving the amount of time between when a patient is referred by a family doctor to when treatment is provided by a specialist. The WTA is made up of 13 medical associations including the Canadian Medical Association.

The report also notes that patients are still having a hard time accessing information about wait times.

The winds they doth blow...onto McGuinty's car:

Tuesday's rainstorm and high winds caused a portion of a construction wall to fall onto Premier Dalton McGuinty's car, his press secretary said. The storm, with its heavy rain and wind gusts of at least 50 kilometres an hour, lashed the city for most of the day, beginning in the afternoon. In an interview, Jane Almeida said Mr. McGuinty's car was parked on the east side of Queen's Park around 6:15 p.m. when a wind gust knocked a piece of scaffolding onto the Toyota hybrid. Mr. McGuinty, pictured, was still in his office at the time of the accident. The provincial legislature is undergoing repairs. "Basically, because of the high winds some of the scaffolding fell on the car," Ms. Almeida said. "I've been told that it's minor damage. There were no injuries."

Something disturbing:

Increasing the legal age of sexual consent does not protect youth most at risk, as children 12 years old and younger have reported sexual experiences with adults, new British Columbia-based research suggests. 

In the first study of its kind in Canada, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University researchers studied data of more than 29,000 students between Grade 7 and Grade 12 and found that some respondents had sex before they were 12 with partners who were at least 20 years old. 

"The law was changed to protect 14 and 15 year olds from adult sexual predators. But it turns out they're not the ones at greatest risk," said lead investigator Bonnie Miller. "We found children under 13, already protected by the existing law, were the ones most likely to report first sex with adults age 20 years or older."
Her team's findings were published on Tuesday in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. 

Legal age of consent increased in 2008 to 16 years old from 14 to protect younger teenagers. But the study shows the change clearly isn't helping children, said Elizabeth Saewyc, a UBC professor. 

She said Canadians need to work on preventing the sexual abuse children and teens are facing, first by making sure youth understand they need to tell a family member or guardian if they encounter sexual abuse.

Sexual activity has been normalised, even celebrated, and this is the result- perverts targeting children. We don't need more pamphlets or social workers. We need stronger penalties for mongrels who prey on children.

The shadowy underbelly. Or something:

In the past year, I've written roughly 5,000 pages of scholarly literature, most on very tight deadlines. But you won't find my name on a single paper.
I've written toward a master's degree in cognitive psychology, a Ph.D. in sociology, and a handful of postgraduate credits in international diplomacy. I've worked on bachelor's degrees in hospitality, business administration, and accounting. I've written for courses in history, cinema, labor relations, pharmacology, theology, sports management, maritime security, airline services, sustainability, municipal budgeting, marketing, philosophy, ethics, Eastern religion, postmodern architecture, anthropology, literature, and public administration. I've attended three dozen online universities. I've completed 12 graduate theses of 50 pages or more. All for someone else.

You've never heard of me, but there's a good chance that you've read some of my work. I'm a hired gun, a doctor of everything, an academic mercenary. My customers are your students. I promise you that. Somebody in your classroom uses a service that you can't detect, that you can't defend against, that you may not even know exists.

Who is worse- the miscreant who is willing to pay for a paper he or she claims to have written or the one who writes it?

South Korea's peaceful "Sunshine Policy" toward North Korea failed, a government report has found, saying there have been no positive changes to Pyongyang's behavior despite a decade of mass aid and encouragement.
Aid shipped to the North during the administrations of Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun from 1998-2008 also failed to make a difference to the lives of destitute North Koreans, said the Unification Ministry white paper, seen by Reuters on Thursday.

The policy review by current President Lee Myung-bak's government pointed to North Korea's pursuit of nuclear arms and the sinking of a South Korean navy ship in March that killed 46 sailors as key examples of Pyongyang's deceptive nature.

"The attack on the Cheonan proves that despite the qualitative growth in inter-Korea ties, North Korea has not changed," the report said.

See! Appeasing your enemies doesn't work!

And now for something completely cool.

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