Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Week: The Revenge

On what, I am unsure...

Now that Stephen Harper has been unseated, plans to erect a memorial to victims of communism are dead. The new communist in charge won't like it, anyway:

It’s “highly unlikely” the Memorial to the Victims of Communism will ever be built on the proposed site near the Supreme Court of Canada now that the federal Liberals have swept to power, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson bluntly told the memorial’s backers when he met with them last week.

Watson has been an outspoken critic of the proposed monument’s location on Wellington Street and said Ludwik Klimkowski and Anna Dombrovska — officials from Tribute to Liberty, the charity behind the controversial memorial — clearly knew where he stood when the three met Friday in the mayor’s boardroom.

“I told them in very blunt terms that this project should be put on hold,” Watson said Monday in an interview with the Citizen. “We should have a proper consultation with the broader public, not just inside government, and seek greater consensus on where the monument should be placed.”

“I said, ‘I think you’re going to have to take a little water with your wine and come back with a scaled-back version at a different location that is more acceptable to the community.’”

(Sidebar: does he mean one that is never built?)

... for the country of North Korea and the believers who live there
These North Korean children won't get food or a memorial.

If there is anything Justin Trudeau will make sure is the prime minister's residence:

The Liberals announced Monday that prime-minister-designate Justin Trudeau and his family won’t be moving into 24 Sussex Dr. any time soon. Instead, they’ll be living across the street in a home called Rideau Cottage, on the 36-hectare grounds of Rideau Hall.

The announcement suggests that Mr. Trudeau will allow the National Capital Commission to make repairs to the prime minister’s official residence at 24 Sussex, though the Liberal Leader’s office said no final decision has been made.

Government officials have long recommended that the building be vacated for about a year to allow for repairs. However, the potential negative political optics of approving renovations worth millions of dollars meant the work has been repeatedly delayed.
First thing's first, eh, Justin?

Like this:

First up, of course, is Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau’s choice of defence minister. The chatter in industry circles in recent days has been about whether or not Andrew Leslie, former commanding general of the Canadian Army, gets the nod. He seems a shoo-in. Not only has he long been Trudeau’s senior adviser on defence matters,  he was also a key architect of the Grits’ defence platform and their winningest candidate nationwide on election night, garnering 46,542 votes in his Ottawa riding of OrlĂ©ans. Both Leslie’s grandfathers were Liberal defence ministers. It’s tough to imagine anyone but him being offered this job.

This Andrew Leslie:

“Israelis [are] using very heavy weapon systems, firing indiscriminately onto Palestinian women and children,” Andrew Leslie, a foreign affairs advisor to Justin Trudeau, is heard saying in the recording. “You know what the body count is now. So Israel has actually lost the war.”

I think one can guess how that appointment will go.

The NDP government in Alberta simply doesn't realise how important oil is to the economy:

The $48-billion budget projects a $6.1-billion deficit this fiscal year due primarily to a collapse in resource revenue. Deficits will continue, wiping out by the next fiscal year Alberta’s contingency fund and forcing the province to borrow after that to cover operating expenses. ...

For all its efforts lately to position itself as investment friendly, Alberta’s NDP government seems unable to appreciate that 42 per cent of the provincial economy is related to the energy sector, according to a Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers estimate, because that is its competitive advantage. No government-induced diversification drive will ever replace that and that if the energy sector doesn’t perform, no provincial government job is safe.

New Brunswickers deserve the government they voted for:

New Brunswick is giving up its status as a "have-not" province and is becoming a "will-not" province, according to the province's largest manufacturers group.

Joel Richardson, the vice-president of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters in New Brunswick, told a business luncheon on Monday the province's reputation is slipping as it fails to move forward on various job creation opportunities.

Richardson specifically pointed to Premier Brian Gallant's decision to put a moratorium on the development of the shale gas industry until more studies can be done on its safety.

"We believe that there is a tremendous opportunity to move our province to becoming a have province and not a will-not province," he said.

New Brunswick's jobless rate fell to 8.8 per cent in September, after remaining above 10 per cent for several months. The number of people employed in the province was 351,400, according to Statistics Canada.

By comparison, in October 2009, when the recession began to hit, Statistics Canada figures show there were 369,400 people employed in the province and the jobless rate stood at 8.5 per cent.
The Gallant Liberals won the 2014 election campaign with a promise to put a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, the controversial mining technique.

The manufacturing industry official said the natural resource industry could generate new jobs in the province. But he said that is not the only option.

Richardson pointed to the proposed Sisson mine near Stanley, the potential refurbishment of NB Power's Mactaquac dam, as well as other opportunities in the manufacturing sector.

"Many projects hit the table but no one is hitting the green light to say let's get going, let's get people back to work," he said.

The recent election of Justin Trudeau's Liberals could signal a new shift in job creation strategies, according to the industry official.


Brian Gallant has had over a year in office and the only thing he has done successfully is cripple a viable industry.

Justin Trudeau can't even dress himself.

Expecting Liberals to be miracle-workers because their dads were wealthy is expecting a climb up Mount Everest to be trouble-free and without risk of death.


One can't help but feel sorry for Chris Alexander. Once Aylan Kurdi's bloated little corpse served to turf Alexander from office, he was quickly forgotten and Alexander was left with unsubstantiated blame:

And Alexander takes issue with the way his opponents characterized the Tories’ stance on immigrants and refugees, especially in the wake of a photo of three-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi lifeless on a Turkish beach, which focused the world’s attention on a refugee crisis many feel Canada and other countries have failed to act on with urgency.

The government of Ontario is serious about violence:

As Ontario moves to legislate some of the reforms in its strategy to combat sexual violence, the blueprint is already making the province a leader in Confederation.

A Russian soldier has apparently committed suicide in Syria:

The body of the first Russian serviceman confirmed dead in four weeks of air strikes in Syria was delivered on Tuesday to his parents, who said they were not convinced by the military's account that their 19-year-old son had hanged himself.
In an interview with Reuters at their home in southern Russia before they received the body of their son Vadim, Alexander and Svetlana Kostenko said their son had sounded cheerful over the phone as recently as Saturday, the day he died while working at an air base on the Syrian coast.

Because Mark Steyn:

For the most part, the Continental media are content to downplay stabbed Jews. But what happens when all the Jews are dead or fled, and there's no one left to stab but Pierre and Fritz?

Not man's best friend?

This past weekend, a chocolate Labrador retriever named “Trigger” accidentally shot an Indiana woman in the foot during during a hunting trip, according to news reports. An Indiana woman had left her loaded shotgun on the ground with the safety off. Trigger stepped on it, inadvertently pressing the trigger. The woman took a shotgun blast to her left foot at point-blank range.

After getting patched up at area hospitals, she is expected to make a full recovery — joining a short list of Americans who apparently have been shot by their dogs, according to news reports — five others since 2011, and ten total since 2004.

And now, fourteen facts about Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark:


Research was a huge part of Schwartz's process for all his books. When writing his book Witcracks, Schwartz turned to the archives at the Library of Congress and those of the president of the American Folklore Society, using that research and his connections for Scary Stories. Among his sources were books like American Folk Tales and Songs and Sticks in the Knapsack and Other Ozark Tales. He also drew from publications like The Hoosier Folklore Bulletin and interviewed folklorists.

The illustrations for these books were outrageously creepy.

Some mood music.

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