Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday Post

Two quitters meet to talk about an environmental problem that just isn't and to pretend a real problem is not worth worrying about:

French President Francois Hollande appeared to give his blessing to Canada's proposed withdrawal of its fighter jets from the bombing campaign against Islamic militants after meeting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday at the Elysee Palace.

The fight against the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant, known variously as ISIL, ISIS and Daesh, has taken on new urgency in France after terrorists claiming to be inspired by the movement killed 130 people earlier this month in Paris in seven co-ordinated attacks.

Hollande has been travelling the world drumming up support for a massive military response, including more air strikes by more countries, at exactly the same time Trudeau's government says it will remove Canada's six CF18s from Iraq and Syria and step up military training instead.

The issue threatened to create some turbulence as Trudeau arrived in Paris for the start of UN-sponsored climate negotiations that formally get underway Monday.

"Canada must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with France," Conservative critic James Bezan said in a release Sunday.

"Prime Minister Trudeau has not yet explained how withdrawing Canada's CF18s from the air combat mission will help our coalition partners defeat ISIS. None of our coalition allies asked us to leave the air combat mission."
Can you believe that people actually voted for them?

Neither can I.

But what do you expect from vulgarians who have never had to work hard but do take all the perks of an opulent lifestyle, have no problem billing the taxpayer for everything and who lie through their teeth?

While it's true the economy and the 2015-16 fiscal situation eroded during the Conservatives' reign, the final few months of the fiscal year will fall under the Liberals' tenure.

What will the economic situation be in small towns who cannot afford the massive influx of Syrians?

It's time to bill Pierre's kid (one of the legitimate ones).

Maurice Strong is dead.

Pope Francis journeys into even more dangerous parts of Africa:

Pope Francis has issued an appeal from the altar of Bangui's cathedral for all the fighting factions in Central African Republic and elsewhere to lay down their weapons and instead "arm yourselves with justice, love, mercy and authentic peace."

Bangui is awash in weapons as a result of more than two years of sectarian violence between Christian and Muslim militants that has forced more than 1 million people to flee their homes.

In his first Mass on Sunday after his arrival, Francis said Christians had as their primary vocation love for their enemy "which protects against the temptation of revenge and against the spiral of unending retaliation."

Sorry, Holy Father, but that will not happen. 


Pope Francis is paying his respects to 19th century Ugandan Christians who were burnt alive rather than renounce their faith, the latest group of martyrs from around the world honoured by Francis in hopes of giving today's faithful missionary role models.

Francis will pray Saturday at shrines dedicated to the 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic martyrs who were killed between 1885 and 1887 on the orders of a local king eager to thwart the influence of Christianity in his central Ugandan kingdom. At Namugongo, where most of the martyrs were burned alive, he will celebrate Mass in their honour to mark the 50th anniversary of the Catholics' canonization.

Gunmen fired rockets in an attack on a UN base in Mali leaving two peacekeepers and a civilian contractor dead.

A further 20 people were injured - four seriously - in the armed dawn assault which took place in the northern town of Kidal.

Up to five rockets landed inside the base.

And now, lazy, lazy lions:

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