Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Mid-Week Post

A merry Canada Day to all y'all...

News from home:

Gee, I wonder who can be blamed for this:

Ontario’s manufacturing-led economy has slipped into a productivity funk, caused by slumping exports and lost market share in the United States, concludes a new study being released Monday by the Ottawa-based Centre for the Study of Living Standards.

Are you sure it's not Ontario's ridiculous energy policies? Really? No one needs cars or anything?

Screw you, Liberals.

That's nice. I wonder when he is going to raise money for the hundreds of churches destroyed in the Middle East:

After a Catholic church was vandalized last month, a nearby mosque donated thousands of dollars to help because it was “the least that they could do.” ...

Police later arrested Iqbal Hessan, 22, and charged him with break and enter, committing an indictable offence and five counts of mischief over $5,000 dollars.

At the bail hearing, Hessan said that he was “upset with the Christian religion.”

His father told the court that his son had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and after reviewing his mental health history, police decided that they were “not proceeding with a hate crime [prosecution]” since there was “no evidence of mal-intent.”

But despite all that has happened, Lando urges the congregation to “forgive and forget.”

“Our attitude is to pray for the one who did it,” he said.

When Slimi presented the church board with the cheque, he told them that his congregation was happy to lend a helping hand.

“I told them, this is what any Muslim would do.”

Let's stop feeling sorry for every fracking Muslim who seems to be mentally ill and desecrates a church. That's not a bug. It's a feature.

Oh dear:

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the province's firefighting budget has been depleted, but crews will keep working in the north, where flames and smoke have forced at least 3,000 people from their homes.

Evacuations started late last week in about a dozen communities around La Loche and La Ronge, which Wall tried to fly into Tuesday. A heavy haze blanketing the sky kept him in Prince Albert.

Um, well, if it's true...

The publisher of a Winnipeg-based newspaper has apologized for his handling of a recent column that criticized First Nations chiefs for not addressing social issues on reserves.
Theresa Spence is what I have to say.

But she's right:

Anastasia Lin won the Miss World Canada pageant in May. Lin, 25, is a theatre major at the University of Toronto, and spoke out frequently against China’s persecution of religious minorities during the competition...

I guess we should have expected nothing different:

 As the relationship between Russia and the West has deteriorated, some have hastened to blame the United States and NATO for starting a new Cold War, while others entirely blame Putin himself. There is, however, another way to think, both more plausible and more troubling: the question is not “Has a new Cold War started?” but rather “Did the old Cold War ever end?”

Shades of the Daegu subway disaster:

A man set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train in Japan on Tuesday, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, a fire official said.

At least 26 other people were injured, three seriously, mostly from smoke inhalation, Odawara Fire Department official Ikutaro Torii said.

And now, Canada because CANADA:

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