Monday, June 02, 2014

On A Monday

Here it is...

The same people who have a problem with Toronto mayor Rob Ford's peccadilloes don't have a problem with Liberal scandals:

"The media tends to over-play the importance of scandals when it comes to voter attitudes. First off, most voters aren't paying that much attention to the news so they are only vaguely aware of scandalous behaviour; secondly, voters can actually be forgiving of even the most egregious scandal if they believe the scandalous politicians in charge also happen to be the most competent," ...

(Sidebar: I wouldn't regard the current premier as competent.)

Everything the Liberals have done up until this point has directed the province of Ontario down. That the voters are unwilling to see this shows a shocking indifference that one can term suicidal. Kathleen Wynne isn't principled or competent. Should she win this election, her respite from gloating will be to further bankrupt this province.

Count on it.

Twenty-five years ago, pro-democracy demonstrators were killed in Tienanmen Square:

The subsequent scene remains seared into his memory, a quarter-century later. He recalls the tanks, and soldiers with AK-47s.

"(They) were randomly shooting at the protesters as they chanted slogans and tried to hold their ground," Xiong recalls.

"The sound of the bullets, shooting, crying and the tanks — (all) blended in together...

"As we continued to move forward, we saw a horrific scene of students, citizens, who were ... 
wounded, dying. Few knew First Aid. I remember having feelings of helplessness, as the people cried out for medical assistance."

Throughout the night, and into the early morning, he used a public phone to call updates into the student radio station. He was eventually placed on the list of 21 most wanted student leaders, got arrested, and spent almost two years in prison.

Xiong eventually immigrated to the U.S. in 1992, became an American citizen, converted to Christianity and now works as a military chaplain. So the Tiananmen Square dissident is now U.S. Army Maj. Yan Xiong.

He was among five witnesses invited to testify last Friday at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, where a historic democratic protest ended with hundreds dead.

We don't have to trade with China.

It is no coincidence that a president who has made overtures to Iran and Islamism, has apologised for the mere existence of the US and whose administration declared that a deserter did, indeed, desert, would eventually have him freed.

No surprise there.

I'm surprised why Russia didn't just declare it and make it so:

After months of blocking any Security Council action on Ukraine, Russia called an emergency meeting of the U.N.'s most powerful body Monday to introduce a resolution demanding an immediate halt to deadly clashes in eastern Ukraine.

Why is Russia bothering?  It didn't step in when pro-Russian thugs were killing Ukrainians.

Look for an ulterior motive, maybe deflection from its inaction in Syria.

How is a cake a human right?

A Colorado board has ruled that a Christian business owner must make wedding cakes for homosexual "marriages" despite his religious objections.

The same government that has no place in the bedroom has a place in private business.

And now, is Superman a great Batman foe?

It’s a storytelling standard that the villain thinks he’s the good guy in any plot worth watching. And that’s doubly true of Superman because he is usually right. One of the reasons DC loves pitting Superman and Batman against each other is that Batman has to struggle with his limits and the moral greys of crimefighting, and Superman can just make an executive decision and act on it. This is right, that is wrong, and what are you going to do, tell Superman no?

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