Thursday, September 03, 2015

For A Thursday

A sultry Thursday...

Lots going on at the Fur.

Today is "Beat Up Chris Alexander" Day.

Two boys, Galip and Aylan Kurdi, were found washed up on a Turkish beach after having drowned. Instead of doing due diligence, the popular press saw fit to ignore some rather iron-clad facts.

First of all, the boys' father, Abdullah Kurdi, paid human smugglers four thousand Euros to transport himself and his family from Turkey, where they were living, not in any immediate danger and in which exit visas are not issued to undocumented persons. They were to leave for Greece. They left on a dinghy at night. The craft capsized and Mr. Kurdi's family drowned.

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander heard the news and suspended his re-election campaign.

It has been flitted about that NDP MP Fin Donnelly had handed Alexander a file regarding the Kurdi case (on behalf of Mr. Kurdi's sister, Tima) and the claim for refugee status had been rejected.

It turns out that Tima Kurdi applied not for Abdullah Kurdi and his family but for another member of her family:

Earlier reports said Canada rejected a refugee application from the boy’s family in June. But the boy’s B.C.-based aunt clarified Thursday, saying she had not yet submitted an application to sponsor his immediate family. In fact, she had applied for another member of her family, she said.

All this while ignoring the obvious: the butchery committed by ISIS, the failure of the West to destroy them, the unwillingness for the UN and Turkey to document these refugees, the deliberate inaction by Islamic countries to step up to bat for their own people and the inevitable conclusion at which even the Europeans have arrived, that being unassimiable cultures are terrible replacements for their lowered and graying numbers.

Omar Khadr, the unrepentant killer of  Christopher Speer, wants his bail conditions eased:

Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr is asking a Canadian court to ease his bail conditions to allow him to fly to Toronto to visit his family, The Canadian Press has learned.

Among other things, Khadr also wants to be rid of his electronic monitoring bracelet, arguing it's embarrassing and intrusive, and his curfew eased.

"My release and reintegration into the community have been going great," Khadr says in a supporting affidavit.

"I have not gotten into any trouble of any kind with the authorities."

An Alberta judge granted Khadr bail May 7 pending his appeal in the U.S. against his 2010 conviction for war crimes — including the murder of an American special forces soldier — by a widely discredited military commission at Guantanamo Bay.

He transferred to Canada in 2012 and remained incarcerated until winning bail and tasting freedom for the first time since his capture as a 15-year-old in Afghanistan in July 2002.

However, bail came with stringent conditions — including that he live with his lawyer Dennis Edney in Edmonton and not leave Alberta — except to stay at Edney's vacation home in B.C.

(Sidebar: did you get that? Vacation home.)

Mother Khadr must be over the crescent moon.

There is no need to plead the Fifth if no wrong-doing occurred:

A staffer who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private email server while she was secretary of State is expected to plead the Fifth rather than testify before Congress.

Lawyers for Bryan Pagliano indicated the former IT employee will assert his constitutional right under the Fifth Amendment not to answer questions from the House Select Committee on Benghazi, citing the "current political environment."

(Merci beaucoup)

I'm sure there is nothing to worry about:

Five Chinese navy ships were sailing in international waters of the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska on Wednesday, in what Pentagon officials said was the first such foray by Beijing.

The move came on the last day of President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to Alaska, in which he became the first sitting president to travel to Arctic Alaska. The White House said that the intent of the Chinese operation was unclear, but that the Pentagon had not detected any threatening activities.

It never does.

And now, lies people tell children and a mother dog carries her puppy in a bag:

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