Monday, May 12, 2014

For a Monday

On the home front: Ontario is sinking in a red sea and all Andrea Horvath can think of child care no one wants nor can pay for:

New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath says licensed child care needs an immediate one-time cash infusion of $100 million in order to keep centres open. 

I don't think the NDP wants to win an election. I really don't. It's like the party has to be guided into thinking the way regular people think. Why do currently unemployed people need day-care? Factories that were once their workplaces have been shut down. They now can look after their kids themselves.

Why not focus on that, Andrea Horvath?

Ezra Levant talks to some smelly hippies with funny results.

Hey, UN, how's that North Korean thing working out? Did you get that sorted out yet?

The United Nations special envoy on the rights of indigenous people confirms he will publish on Monday his findings on the conditions in Canada's aboriginal communities, following a nine-day cross-country visit last fall.

“The report will be made public on Monday,” James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, told CBC News in an email on Saturday.

Anaya’s initial assessment of the conditions facing aboriginals in Canada was grim.

“From all I have learned, I can only conclude that Canada faces a crisis when it comes to the situation of indigenous peoples of the country," the UN fact-finder said last October.

Speaking of North Korea:

A rhetorical battle between the rival Koreas intensified Monday with a South Korean official saying North Korea "must disappear soon."

The comments, which will likely draw a furious response from Pyongyang, followed a series of sexist and racist slurs by North Korea against the leaders of South Korea and the United States. Pyongyang's state media likened South Korean President Park Geun-hye to an "old prostitute" and U.S. President Barack Obama to a "monkey" in recent dispatches.

If these insults are the straws that break the camel's back- not the kidnappings, not the human right violations, not the sinking of the Cheonan, or the shelling of Yeongpyeong Island- I shall be most disappointed.

In other news, Boko Haram, who burned and/or shot to death fifty-nine schoolboys, kidnapped, threatened to sell and may have mutilated two hundred and seventy-six schoolgirls and which Hillary Clinton refused to label as a terrorist group, now wants to swap prisoners for them:

Shehu Sani, who has previously brokered face-to-face peace talks with Boko Haram, said he believed that the video in which its leader threatened to sell the girls as “slaves” was proof that it planned to use them as bargaining chips rather than kill them.

The video released earlier this week showed Abu Bakar Shekau gloating that he would sell the captives “in the market” to anyone wishing to take them as wives.

But while the broadcast appalled the captives’ families and provoked worldwide outrage, Mr Sani saw it as a veiled attempt to reach out for a trade with the Nigerian government.

(Sidebar: if the Nigerian government were to agree to this, it can call each week-end "Girl Swap Saturdays" because these emotional retards will not stop doing this until they are blown to bits by unmanned drones.)

I shudder to think that the Nigerian government may be entertaining this idea.

What is also cringe-worthy is this, expressed with the acidic eloquence of Mark Steyn:
It is hard not to have total contempt for a political culture that thinks the picture at right is a useful contribution to rescuing 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by jihadist savages in Nigeria. Yet some pajama boy at the White House evidently felt getting the First Lady to pose with this week's Hashtag of Western Impotence would reflect well upon the Administration. The horrible thing is they may be right: Michelle showed she cared - on social media! - and that's all that matters, isn't it?

Just as the last floppo hashtag, #WeStandWithUkraine, didn't actually involve standing with Ukraine, so #BringBackOurGirls doesn't require bringing back our girls. There are only a half-dozen special forces around the planet capable of doing that without getting most or all of the hostages killed: the British, the French, the Americans, Israelis, Germans, Aussies, maybe a couple of others. So, unless something of that nature is being lined up, those schoolgirls are headed into slavery, and the wretched pleading passivity of Mrs Obama's hashtag is just a form of moral preening.


I imagine it has never occurred to the emasculated brain-trusts in the West to stop acting like a bunch of insulated giggling thirteen year old girls and be proactive like the Israelis:

A statement from the Nigerian president's office in Lagos later on Sunday said that Jonathan had "briefed Mr Netanyahu on actions already being taken by Nigeria's armed forces and security agencies to locate and rescue the girls, saying that Nigeria would be pleased to have Israel's globally acknowledged anti-terrorism expertise deployed to support its ongoing operations."

The Lord is my shepherd and Israel's wing man.

Putin's dirty work is still being done:

Pro-Moscow insurgents in eastern Ukraine declared independence Monday and sought to join Russia, undermining upcoming presidential elections, strengthening the Kremlin's hand and putting pressure on Kyiv to hold talks with the separatists following a referendum on self-rule.

Russia signalled it has no intention of subsuming eastern Ukraine the way it annexed Crimea in March. Instead, Moscow is pushing to include eastern regions in negotiations on Ukraine's future — suggesting that Russia prefers a political rather than a military solution to its worst standoff with the West since the Cold War.

The next time there is a war, we don't rescue Europe:

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst, popularly known as "the bearded lady," won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with the James Bond-theme-like ballad "Rise Like a Phoenix", before a global TV audience of about 180 million people in 45 countries.

To get your mind off of that, here's a wombat.

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