Friday, April 01, 2011

Friday Post

Because it's Friday.

The fat cats get fatter:

Governor General David Johnston was the second highest paid public sector worker in Ontario last year, one of only two people paid more than $1 million by provincial taxpayers.

Johnston was paid $1,056,813 in salary and bonus as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo, but will be paid only $129,800 in the vice-regal position he took on last October.

Johnston was second to Ontario Power Generation president and CEO Tom Mitchell on the province's sunshine list of public sector workers paid at least $100,000.

Mitchell was paid $1.3 million in 2010, compared with the $2.1 million paid to his predecessor, Jim Hankinson, who was in first place on the 2009 list. Mitchell, who took over in July 2009, was No. 2 on last year's list with salary and bonus totalling just over $1 million....

Health Minister Deb Matthews, who spoke before the list was released, admitted hospitals pay very well, but said she wasn't concerned that 2,000 nurses also made the sunshine list.

"I share the concern that the public has with very high salaries in health care, so that's why we've taken some significant steps (like) tying compensation for senior executives in hospitals to achieving quality outcomes," said Matthews. "I'm not going to apologize for paying our nurses well. They're highly skilled people working very, very hard delivering front-line care."

There are 71,478 public sector workers on the list, up 11 per cent or nearly 7,400 workers from last year, but the finance ministry said the average salary on the list is down one per cent.

That wasn't exactly what the Liberal government had in mind when it asked for a two-year wage freeze in the broader public sector to help trim a deficit now at $16.7 billion. Arbitrators refused to go along because there was no legislation to back up the wage freeze.

"I don't disagree with those who look at very generous settlements at a time when people are losing their jobs, when other unions in the private sector are taking large concessions, it does irritate people," said Finance Minister Dwight Duncan.

The Opposition pounced on the growth in the sunshine list as proof the Liberals aren't serious about reigning in the bureaucracy.

"I just think it's shocking that during the eight years that Mr. McGuinty has been premier that list has tripled, and he's doubled the debt of the province," said Progressive Conservative critic Jim Wilson.

I don't object to qualified, hard-working people getting paid good salaries. I object to their feeding at a public trough that was supposed to be light on the numbers.

Now remember- these people are angry for no reason at all and need no rationale for setting fires and killing people. If these actions seem perfectly sensible, you might just be a dhimmi. Enjoy living on your knees:

Afghan protesters angered by the burning of a Koran by an obscure U.S. pastor killed up to 20 U.N. staff, beheading two foreigners, when they over-ran a compound in a normally peaceful northern city on Friday in the worst ever attack on the U.N. in Afghanistan.

At least eight foreigners were among the dead after attackers took out security guards, burned parts of the compound and climbed up blast walls to topple a guard tower, said Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, a police spokesman for the northern region.

Five protesters were also killed and around 20 wounded.

Are all cultures the same and perfectly valid? The discussion goes on....

Are there any schools that actually- you know- prepare students for the marketplace and not shove propaganda down students' throats?

At an equity conference next month, Ontario’s Dufferin-Peel Catholic school board will feature several homosexual activists including one gay magazine reporter who covered the 2010 Toronto Pride Parade, with video showing him gleefully interviewing various Pride participants, including men dressed in sado-masochistic thongs....

Pihach will deliver a workshop at the board’s ‘(In)equity Conference: Hope for All’, which is aimed at Roman Catholic educators.  The event takes place April 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. Marguerite D’Youville Secondary School.  A student panel from the high school will participate.

Les Storey, principal of equity, diversity, and inclusive education for the Catholic board, emphasized that it’s a conference for adults.  “It’s looking at making sure that our adults are aware of what the issues are when it comes to same-sex orientation,” he told LifeSiteNews.

Asked if there were speakers faithful to Church teaching that could have addressed the issue instead, he said the homosexual speakers will share about their experiences of discrimination.  “We’re still maintaining being faithful to the Church’s teachings,” he said.  “It’s definitely a Catholic-focused type of day. ... This is just one piece of the day.”

Should I start with the inappropriateness of the material, the creepiness of the pervert coming to speak at a Catholic school, the pointlessness of an "equity officer", or the plain and simple fact that schools are meant to teach necessary skills to impressionable future citizens, not inundate them with sexually freaky codswallop? Maybe I should ask who would allow this and how can he or she or even they be fired? Maybe I should ask the parents why they would think this is a good idea or how long they want this perverse pantomime to continue? Perhaps the bishops would like to weigh in. Where are God's go-to guys when you need them?

Because they are expendable. That's why. Don't let anyone tell you it's "humane".

The "Arab Spring" is going to be a really big problem:

A lawyer who works with various Islamist groups has predicted that 3000 leading figures of the Jama'a al-Islamyia and Egyptian Islamic Jihad groups will return to Egypt in a few days, as their names have been dropped from the "wanted" list maintained by Egyptian security forces.

It's not violence, it's 'violence':

Readers may recall Priyamvada Gopal and her efforts to redefine violence so as to include anything to which she and her peers take political exception, thereby elevating actual thuggery to the status of retaliation. For Ms Gopal, setting fire to occupied buildings isn’t “real” violence and is no more objectionable than “hypocritical language.” This bold and convenient philosophy appears to have been embraced by other Guardian contributors - among them, chronic confabulator Laurie Penny, whose recent pronouncements on Twitter included the following (now deleted):

I have no problem with principled, thought-through political ‘violence.’

What 'idiots'?

And now, chivalry with ducks.


Anonymous said...

I recently learned that, per capita, the most highly-educated, young Americans between the ages of 25-34 are settling in the Washington, DC area. The dream job is no longer believed to be available on Wall Street, or the Magnificent Mile, or in the later-emerging, technology sectors of Silicon Valley or Seattle. The dream job is believed to be in government where it is exceedingly difficult for anything to be taken away or cut back once it's been offered. This means that the U.S. is actually following Canada's lead - but in one of those areas where it would be better if that WEREN'T the case.


Osumashi Kinyobe said...

The pendulum has swung the other way. Now the US is a socialist wasteland.

Enjoy the downslide, guys.