Tuesday, May 22, 2012

It's Tuesday

And you know what that means!

Oh, lookSomeone just noticed:

Out-of-province money is flowing toward Quebec student activists amid signs their protest movement could persist into the summer.

Trade unions based outside Quebec have already confirmed depositing some $40,000 into the bank accounts of the province's largest student federations, cash that has helped pay for needs such as buses and food during demonstrations.

Unions in the rest of Canada, meanwhile, say their memberships will soon be asked to vote on new contributions for these student groups. Others are urging local union branches to consider making donations.

The cash injection from outside the province represents a fraction of the monetary support that has been sent to student groups. Quebec unions have given tens of thousands of dollars to the cause, including $35,000 just from the Confederation des syndicats nationaux.

Abolish unions or pass laws making their membership voluntary and the funding of non-union causes illegal.

Chen Guangcheng is now in the US:

Chen Guangcheng landed with his wife and two small children in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday evening, marking the end of the forced-abortion opponent’s long fight for freedom from Chinese oppression. ...

Chen, who was targeted for retribution by the Communist Party for defending Chinese women forcibly aborted under the one-child policy, said that he hoped others would join him in his fight for justice in his home country.

“We should link our arms to continue in the fight for the goodness in the world, and to fight against injustice. I hope everybody works with me to promote justice and fairness in China.”

Walk into a courtroom or on a plane with your Swiss Army knife and see what happens:

Last week Barbara Hall and her commissioners forced the Ontario government and the Toronto Police to agree to allow Sikhs to wear a ceremonial dagger, the kirpan, inside all public areas of Ontario’s courts. 

OHRC had been pursuing this case since 2006 when a female college student on a class trip to Old City Hall was refused entry because she was wearing a Sikh dagger and refused to take it off when asked to.

The “grievance” of this woman was taken up by the World Sikh Organization, who were helped by Hall’s staff and lawyers.

So scared are the rest of Ontarians and their political leadership of being called a racist that no one dares challenge this medieval edict that makes it mandatory for all baptized Sikhs to wear a dagger at all times to protect their “honour.”Kirpan is made of two words, kirpa (mercy) and aan (honour).

To give legal validation to a 17th century edict without discussing the merits of that edict in the 21st century, is to surrender our heritage of rationalism and reason to that of medieval religion, be it Islam, Sikhism or any other faith.

The order to Sikhs to wear the kirpan was made by the tenth Guru of the Sikh faith, Guru Gobind Singh in 1699 at a time when the Muslim armies of the Mughals were terrorising the nascent Sikh community of Punjab. Had I been alive then, I too would’ve worn a kirpan and fought with my Sikh brothers and sisters, so brutal were the Mughal warlords.

Today, the carrying of the kirpan carries no significance other than symbolic. Why then not just wear a tiny necklace-like symbolic dagger? Why the need for a 7.5 inch blade?

Did Barbara Hall ask the World Sikh Organization as to which Mughal army is terrorizing the Sikhs in Canada? Of course not. No one dare raise this question.

How can we go wrong with a multi-tiered legal system that embraces centuries'-old tribalism and flavour-of-the-month identity groups that could never rise to importance without shame and public funding?

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The words.... they fail...

The Obama administration, despite the nation’s economic woes, effectively killed the job-producing Keystone Pipeline last month. The Arab Spring is turning the oil production of Libya and other Arab nations over to the Muslim Brotherhood. Iraq is distancing itself from the U.S. And everyone recognizes that Iran, whose crude supplies are critical to the European economy, will do anything it can to frustrate America’s strategic interests. In the face of all of this, Obama insists on cutting back U.S. oil potential with outrageous restrictions.

Part of Obama’s apparent war against U.S. energy independence includes a foreign-aid program that directly threatens my state’s sovereign territory. Obama’s State Department is giving away seven strategic, resource-laden Alaskan islands to the Russians. Yes, to the Putin regime in the Kremlin.

The seven endangered islands in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea include one the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. The Russians are also to get the tens of thousands of square miles of oil-rich seabeds surrounding the islands. The Department of Interior estimates billions of barrels of oil are at stake.

The State Department has undertaken the giveaway in the guise of a maritime boundary agreement between Alaska and Siberia. Astoundingly, our federal government itself drew the line to put these seven Alaskan islands on the Russian side. But as an executive agreement, it could be reversed with the stroke of a pen by President Obama or Secretary Clinton.

The agreement was negotiated in total secrecy. The state of Alaska was not allowed to participate in the negotiations, nor was the public given any opportunity for comment. This is despite the fact the Alaska Legislature has passed resolutions of opposition – but the State Department doesn’t seem to care.

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Keep suing him even after he leaves office:

Forty-three Catholic dioceses and organizations across the country have announced religious liberty lawsuits against the federal government to challenge the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. 

The announcement was applauded by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, who called it “a compelling display of the unity of the Church in defense of religious liberty.”

“We have tried negotiation with the Administration and legislation with the Congress – and we’ll keep at it – but there's still no fix,” said Cardinal Dolan, who is the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

“Time is running out, and our valuable ministries and fundamental rights hang in the balance, so we have to resort to the courts now,” he explained in a May 21 statement.

The bishops’ conference is not a party to the lawsuits, although several individual dioceses across the country are.

Cardinal Dolan praised the “courageous action” as “a great show of the diversity of the Church's ministries that serve the common good and that are jeopardized by the mandate.”

The lawsuits argue that a federal mandate issued by the Obama administration violates their fundamental religious liberty. The controversial mandate will require employers to offer health insurance plans that cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, even if doing so violates their consciences. 

The mandate has drawn heavy criticism from bishops in every diocese in the U.S. They warned that the regulation could force Catholic schools, hospitals and charitable agencies around the nation to close down. 

At least 11 previous lawsuits have already been filed against the mandate by states, colleges, private employers and organizations throughout the U.S.
Now, 12 new lawsuits are being filed by 43 dioceses, hospitals, schools and church agencies in a dozen different jurisdictions across the country. 


Maybe there is a war on women:

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Seriously, I typed "liar" in the search box and got this. This woman is an incredible liar.

And now, breakfast creations. Enjoy.

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