Sunday, March 13, 2011

Saint Patrick's Day Week: The Greenhouse Effect

Not really. (though some sure thought it)

Not only did Japan suffer one of its worst earthquakes since it recorded them but now a volcano has erupted.

Pictures of the devastation.

The recent earthquake in Japan actually shifted the Earth four inches on its axis.

Just so we remember, Israel has its own apartheid week and the Palestinians who murder families in their sleep and hand out candy after the fact want a state of their own.

The world has taken crazy pills.

The Khadrs can take their brand of terrorism to people who value human life a lot less than we do:

A terrorist collaborator is walking the streets because a Canadian judge wrongly decided to stay extradition proceedings against him, the federal government asserts.

In documents filed with Ontario's highest court ahead of an appeal hearing, Ottawa maintains Abdullah Khadr should be handed over to the United States to face terror-related charges.

Instead, by ordering the stay, Ontario Supreme Court Justice Christopher Speyer put Canada's security at risk and damaged the fight against terrorism, the government argues on behalf of the U.S.

"Because of the extradition judge's errors, an admitted al-Qaida collaborator walks free," the documents state. "The security of Canada and the international community is put at risk, Canada's fight against terrorism is undermined, and the interests of justice are not served."

The U.S. wants to try the Ottawa-born Khadr, whose younger brother Omar is serving time in Guantanamo Bay for war crimes, on charges of supplying weapons to al-Qaida in Pakistan.


Because he's Rex Murphy:

IAW — as, alas, most know — is the annual festival of scorn and propaganda against the world’s only Jewish state, a yearl attempt to depict Israel as being in the same moral sewer as South Africa in the days of apartheid.

IAW tries to do much with big words like apartheid and genocide and racism, where they really do not apply at all. Israel is not perpetrating a genocide against the Palestinians. Nor is Israel a racist state.

Yet in cases where some of those big words might actually have applied — such as Saddam and the marsh Arabs, which is why I summoned the example — these campus activists forwent anything like a campaign equivalent to their tireless, annual, and at times feral denunciations of Israel.

Did I miss Saudi Arabian Gender Apartheid Week? Or let’s take another example: This very week in Libya, there is a zealous tyrant turning fire on his own people. Is there, or has there ever been, a Gaddafi Apartheid Week or its equivalent anywhere?

Even as injustices multiply against Christians in various Middle East countries, as Egypt roils with sectarian outrage, why is there not the same righteous fury that grips all the groups who annually appoint themselves scourges of the “Zionist entity” against the perpetrators of those depravities? Their moralism is so singular.

Rumsfeld obviously doesn’t deal with Israeli Apartheid Week in his book. But his whole way of thinking, as exemplified in the memoirs, shows a pattern of seeking contrasts and posing questions to highlight inconsistency or failed logic. By just such a method may we diagnose the brittle hysterias of anti-Israelism now on display.

It is an inverted moral calculus that tries to persuade the world to demonize one state that tries its civilized best to abide in a difficult time and place, and rides merrily by the examples and practices of dozens of states and leaderships that drop into brutality every day without a twinge of regret or a whisper of condemnation.

What he said.

Letters to the editor:

An example of a pampered fool with a useless degree:

Three waves and 100 International Women Days later, and I am continually disappointed by those who say that the feminist movement is an unnecessary thorn in our collective sides. Feminists are either accused of destroying families with their radical agenda or of being divisive, interfering with "larger" progressive goals.

The problem being that, while the fights (and wins) of our first-and second-wave sisters were relatively perceptible -allowing for women today to exist within a seemingly liberated state -these freedoms exist almost as a veil which works to hide enduring inequity.

Today, feminists fight for choices that may not be as tangible as the vote, but are imperative to our freedom. 

We fight objectification, the racialization and feminization of poverty, victim blaming and violence against women. And we still fight for Women's Studies programs.

More than ever, we need feminism. After 100 years, feminism's reputation is, simultaneously, a cause for celebration as well as a significant challenge, as we fight stereotypes and vicious attacks. Yet it is not a hangover I feel, but rather the energy and inspiration that comes from a century of fighting for our lives and still believing that we can win.

I seriously feel that some people need to be air-lifted to one of the globe's hot-spots to either shake them out of their stupid illusions or just to let them fester from the rest of the thinking population. The above writer is one of those people.

I am not saying people should or shouldn't own guns, only that people should apply the higher brain functions their species possesses before declaring that someone is "GI Joe":

Re: Self-Defence Vs. GI Joes, letters to the editor, March 9; Or Will It Just Turn Middle-Aged Men Into GI Joes?, letter to the editor, March 7, Taking a stand against the home ownership of army-style weapons is bound to get certain people up in arms. However, may I suggest the Post is guilty of "piling on" by running four letters in response to mine? I don't know which study Gary Mauser uses to come up with his preposterous claim that "Canadians use firearms to defend themselves or their property against threats from humans or animals approximately 66,000 times per year" but I bet it doesn't emanate from that left-winginfiltrated organization, Statistics Canada. Perhaps I don't live in the same Canada as these guys do, but I want to remind them that the original GI Joe did not wield his weapons in a home setting. Any Canadian, without a criminal record, can go to a firing range and fire Joe's army rifles to his heart's delight.


I have just returned from working for a few months on a fly-in-only native reserve in northern Ontario. Most houses there were no better than one might expect to find in a Third World community, yet some were beautiful. Most that were beautiful had families living in them with close ties to band council members. In February, the council stopped the lunch program for the elementary school. Funds were not available.

Yet the band's council liaison had just brought back on the ice road a brand new four wheel drive truck. Knowing the cost of the lunch program, it was not hard for me to connect the dots. That new truck could have easily financed the lunch program for many months to come.

The average First Nations person most certainly needs taxpayers' funding, if not only to get them out from under the control of their elite band councils, but also to help them become part of our modern Canadian society and rid the reserves of what can best be described as a serfdom.

Transparency will simply be a first step.

And now, do cats dream of paper fish?

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