Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday Post

Developing: three explosions occurring near the completion of the Boston Marathon have claimed two lives and injured more than one hundred people. Two other explosives were also found.

On Sunday, 103,741 people thought Justin Trudeau (or his hair) would bring the Liberals to the front burner of Canadian politics again.

Think about it.

Yes, and this is a problem:

According to FERME, an organization that recruits temporary foreign agricultural workers, more than 500 Guatemalans who were expected to arrive in Quebec are still waiting for their visas.
“As soon as the weather will warm up the workers will be needed in the field and the season will start so it could be huge losses if the delays are too long,” said Marie-Jeanne Vandoorne, a spokeswoman for the Agriculture Workers Alliance.

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About 70 per cent of the 10,000 foreign workers who come to Quebec every year are from Guatemala, according to Vandoorne.

She said in the past the federal government has tried to encourage farmers to hire local workers, but efforts were unsuccessful.

Last spring, Vandoorne said Ottawa stopped dozens of Guatemalans from entering the country. She said the government wanted farmers to hire Quebecers instead.

“It was impossible to find 60 Quebecers who will accept to be paid at minimum wage for maybe sometimes 50 to 70 hours a week,” she said.

It is unclear why the latest group of Guatemalan workers have been delayed.

The decision by Ontario’s Liberal government to scrap a partially-built gas plant in Mississauga, just days before the 2011 election, will cost at least $275 million.

Auditor general Jim McCarter’s special investigation found cancelling the gas-fired generating station cost $85 million more than the $190 million the Liberals have been estimating.

McGuinty and Wynne would like you to thank them for letting them stick you with the bill. Go on.

“This isn’t about me wanting to take your kids, and this isn’t even about whether children are property. This is about whether we as a society, expressing our collective will through our public institutions, including our government, have a right to impinge on individual freedoms in order to advance a common good. And that is exactly the fight that we have been having for a couple hundred years.”

Putting aside one’s gut reaction to this insidious clap-trap, I would suggest Miss Harris-Perry review John Locke’s and Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s views on the social contract upon which the Founding Fathers of the United States based their constitution which gives Harris-Perry the right to be a pseudo-Marxist know-it-all with a fascist bent.

In order to have total control over the people, the Khmer Rouge utilized segregation. They broke up family units to weaken family ties and indoctrinate the people in their own thinking. By segregating the children, the Khmer Rouge was able to brainwash them. Young children and young single adults were separated from parents and placed by age and sex category. All activities were controlled and strictly monitored by group Khmer Rouge leaders. In 1976, three of my brothers and three sisters were forced to go to labor camps. One sister, one infant brother, and I were allowed to stay nearby.

Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongyang residents spilled into the streets Monday to celebrate a major national holiday, the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung. ...
There was no sense of panic in the North Korean capital, where very few locals have access to international broadcasts and foreign newspapers speculating about an imminent missile launch and detailing the international diplomacy under way to try to rein Pyongyang in.

Elsewhere in the region, however, the focus remained on the threat of a missile launch as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up a tour to coordinate Washington’s response with Beijing, North Korea’s most important ally, as well as Seoul and Tokyo.

"I'm not a total idiot," said Rodman. "I know what Kim Jong-un is threatening to do regarding his military muscle. I hope it doesn't happen because America will take whatever actions to protect America and our allies. I do think, umm, you know, that we have to talk to people who want to cause us harm so hopefully they won't." That doesn't exactly make him sound like Roosevelt, but at least he's thinking about these things.

The logical and moral disconnect of celebrities goes unabated. He's gotten more attention now than he has before.

In separate letters to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the groups Special Operations Speaks and Operational Security (OpSec), along with 700 retired military special operations personnel, urged support for House Resolution 36 which is being sponsored by senior Republican Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA). House Resolution 36, if passed, would create a select congressional committee to thoroughly investigate the terrorist attacks in Benghazi and what the Obama Administration did and didn’t do. 

Also joining in support of Rep. Wolf’s proposed select committee is Ms. Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, the information management officer killed in the attack. For months, she has expressed her frustration with the U.S. Government for not being more forthright and responsive about what happened the day her son lost his life in a terrorist attack.

Her brave letter of support are strong words from a grieving mother who loves her country and is looking for closure: 

Please, Please help me find out who is responsible and fix it so no more of our sons & daughters are abandoned by the country they love. It is very difficult to find out Leon Panetta advised Pres. Obama that the attack was occurring and Pres. Obama went to bed without sending help. It is too late for my son but not too late for those that follow.

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince AlWaleed bin Talal, a nephew of King Abdullah, has thrown his support behind allowing Saudi women to drive, saying it makes economic sense.

Women are barred from driving in the Arab kingdom - leaving them reliant on mostly foreign drivers.
"(The question of) women driving will result in dispensing with at least 500,000 foreign drivers, and that has an economic and social impact for the country," the prince said on his Twitter account on Sunday.

He did not spell out the economic benefits, but Saudi officials have said they are worried about the amount of money being sent out of the country by foreign workers.

Many Saudi families would also have more disposable income if they no longer had to pay for drivers.

It sounds like he cares.

And now, the mochi donut.

(With thanks to all)

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