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A Hamilton school board trustee was shamed into being acquainted with the notorious death camp, Auschwitz:
A Hamilton school trustee running in the federal election for the New Democrats has apologized for making a crude reference related to Auschwitz, reportedly saying she had no idea that it was a notorious Nazi death camp.
In a Facebook note, Alex Johnstone conceded she should not have made her remarks.
"Attention was recently drawn to a comment I posted on social media seven years ago," Johnstone said. "While never intending any malice, this comment was clearly inappropriate. I would like to offer my unreserved apology."
The controversial remarks surfaced via the satirical web-based publication The True North Times which said it had been delving into Johnstone to get a better feel for how the "NDP candidate for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas" speaks when the cameras aren't rolling.
The publication turned up a Facebook posting from April 2008 featuring a friend's photograph of part of the electrified fence and its curved, concrete supports at the death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.
"Ahhh, the infamous Pollish (sic), phallic, hydro posts," Johnstone commented underneath.
"Of course you took pictures of this! It expresses how the curve is normal, natural, and healthy right!"
Someone actually gave this woman various degrees and eventually an office.
Charges have finally been laid against Gerry Lougheed for attempting to bribe a candidate:
Ontario's governing Liberals were rocked Thursday when police laid criminal charges against a veteran party fundraiser in connection with bribery allegations in a Sudbury byelection last February.
The Opposition immediately demanded Kathleen Wynne step down, saying "this case strikes right at the heart of the premier's office."
Gerry Lougheed, 61, a prominent Sudbury Liberal, was charged with one count of counselling an offence not committed and one count of unlawfully influencing or negotiating appointments.
Olivier released recorded telephone conversations with Lougheed, whom he describes as "a Liberal king maker," and with Wynne's deputy chief of staff, Pat Sorbara, in which he said he was offered a job or appointment to step aside.
Both Lougheed and Sorbara denied the allegations. Lougheed issued a release saying he "will be vigorously defending these charges in the courts."
Lougheed also resigned Thursday as chair of Sudbury's Police Services Board and as chancellor of Huntington University until the case is resolved.
Liberals being Liberals.
As motherhood and fatherhood are vocations and each person serves a particular function, how wise is it to diminish and then erase those two distinct and very important roles?
Ontario has become the first province to consider moving all government documents toward gender neutral language to refer to parents.
A motion from a Liberal backbencher to replace references to “mothers” and “fathers” on all government forms to “parents” and “guardians” received all-party support Thursday afternoon. The initiative is non-binding, but Cabinet ministers spoke in its favour and MPPs said it’s about creating a more “inclusive” environment in a world where there are many kinds of families.
First, there was a crane accident killing one hundred and eighteen people. Then seven hundred and seventeen people are killed during a bizarre ritual that has in the past caused many injuries and deaths:
At least 717 pilgrims from around the world were killed on Thursday in a crush outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi authorities said, in the worst disaster to strike the annual haj pilgrimage for 25 years.
At least 863 others were injured. Saudi King Salman said he had ordered a review of haj plans after the disaster, in which two large groups of pilgrims arrived together at a crossroads in Mina, a few kilometers east of Mecca, on their way to performing the "stoning of the devil" ritual at Jamarat.
Does lightning strike twice?
Trust me, Americans- with Obama and scores of cheap labour he's allowed in, no one wants to go to your country:
Failed Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker may feel some vindication in this number: 41 per cent of Americans say that if a wall is built along the Mexican border, one should also be erected on the Canadian one. And yes, the same percentage favors a wall erected along the nation’s southern border.
|These colours don't run to the border.|
Pope Francis became the first Pontiff to address Congress:
I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. I would like to think that the reason for this is that I too am a son of this great continent, from which we have all received so much and toward which we share a common responsibility. ...The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development. ...
His rather lukewarm and unspecific pleas for immigrants must have been the only thing that did not make the more rat-like of the Congress bristle.
And I trust Pope Francis is not fooled by Obama one bit:
The fate of those Iraqi Christians who had fled from the Islamic State only to be incarcerated in the United States has finally been decided by the Obama administration: they are to be thrown back to the lions, where they will likely be persecuted, if not slaughtered, like so many Iraqi Christians before them.
Fifteen of the 27 Iraqi Christians that have been held at a detention center in Otay Mesa, California, for approximately six months, are set to be deported in the coming weeks. Some have already been deported and others are being charged with immigration fraud.
Many of the Iraqi Christian community in San Diego -- including U.S. citizen family members vouching for the refugees -- had hopes that they would eventually be released. Mark Arabo, a spokesman for the Chaldean community, had argued that "They've escaped hell. Let's allow them to reunite with their families." One of the detained women had begged to see her ailing mother before she died. The mother died before they could reunite, and now the daughter is to be deported, possibly back to the hell of the Islamic State.
Why are Christian minorities, who are the most to suffer from the chaos engulfing the Middle East, the least wanted in the United States?
The answer is that the Obama administration defines refugees as people "persecuted by their government." In other words, the only "real" refugees are those made so due to the actions of Syrian President Bashar Assad. As for those who are being raped, slaughtered, and enslaved based on their religious identity by so-called "rebel" forces fighting Assad -- including the Islamic State -- their status as refugees is evidently considered dubious at best.
Because Mark Steyn:
Twelve years ago, it was said that the western armies in Iraq would be welcomed as liberators. (They were - for a while.) Today in Germany, another conquering army are being welcomed as liberators - liberators from the residual moral stain of what remains of ethnic nationalism and cultural identity. Watching European news broadcasts right now is like an insane demotic inversion of the Emperor's new clothes. "To a fool these thousands of fit young Muslim men appear well dressed and well fed. But a wise man such as Your Majesty can easily see that they are desperate starving refugees in rags." And so as the trains pull in to German railway stations to disgorge men who meet no known definition of "refugees" they are greeted on the platform by volunteers offering food and second-hand clothes. The cameras do their best to alight on a telegenic moppet or a covered woman, but, even when they do, you notice that they're surrounded by a sea of confident vigorous males - who, according to the UN, make up 75 per cent of the "refugees".
Also: oh, I'm totally sure this was spontaneous:
As Francis drew nearer and nearer in his open-sided popemobile and the crowd in Washington whooped, squealed and quivered, the little girl with black pigtails spotted her chance.
Her name was Sofia Cruz, and her story soon went around the world: how a five-year-old had the bravado to deliver a message to the pope on behalf of the United States' millions of undocumented migrants.
In a flash, Sofia clambered over a metal barrier, darted out onto stately Constitution Avenue and headed straight for the pontiff -- Secret Service agents be damned.
Guards nabbed her about half-way there, but the pope waved for them to bring her to him. For her trouble, she got a gentle hoist, a hug and a kiss from Pope Francis himself.
"The police wanted to move her aside, but the pope asked for his car to stop," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters.
As the crowd roared with surprise and excitement, Sofia slipped the pontiff her letter.
Kids always pen letters and sneak past security to deliver them.
And now, what to eat for Chuseok.