Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Mid-Week Post

You middle-of-the-week joy...

Shootings in California.

Moron-in-Chief claims shootings don't happen in other countries the way they do in the US:

Obama said the United States can do much more to reduce gun violence, citing the nation’s broad efforts to respond to terrorist attacks at home or abroad. 

“I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings, this just doesn’t happen in other countries,” he said.

Yes, about that:

President Obama has sparked some widespread fury over his recent comments to Vox about the Jewish individuals who were brutally killed by terrorists in Paris — specifically, he labeled them “a bunch of folks” who were randomly shot.

His comments: “It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris,” ...

(Sidebar: keep in mind, the "randomly shot" application is only for Jews and Fort Hood shooting victims.)

And this:

And this:

Wow. France seems to have a lot of random folks shot by lone wolves.

Also: is Hollande manning up?

Police shut a mosque east of Paris and arrested the owner of a revolver found in related raids on Wednesday as part of a crackdown called after the Nov. 13 attacks on the capital, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

He told journalists authorities had already closed two mosques last week - the first time France has taken such action against places of worship suspected of nurturing what he called "Islamist radicalization". He later also revealed to lawmakers in parliament the closure of a fourth mosque in the riviera city of Nice.

Security officers found jihadist documents at the mosque where Wednesday's raids took place and at related premises in Lagny-sur-Marne, placed a total of nine people under house arrest and banned another 22 from leaving the country, Cazeneuve said.

France, which declared a state of emergency after the Islamist attacks on Paris, has so far raided 2,235 homes and buildings, taken 232 people into custody and confiscated 334 weapons, 34 of then war-grade, Cazeneuve told reporters.

"In 15 days we have seized one-third of the quantity of war-grade weapons that are normally seized in a year," Cazeneuve said.

The other two mosques closed last week were in Gennevilliers, northwest of Paris, and in the southeastern city of Lyon, he added.

That's a lot of lone wolves representing Islam.

Lisa Raitt and Rona Ambrose point out that Justin Trudeau is a spoiled Liberal who expects taxpayers to foot the bill for looking after his brats.

But not in those words.

Conservative finance critic Lisa Raitt says it is "hypocritical" for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to bill taxpayers for nannies after he spent the last campaign telling voters he didn't need the Tory child tax benefit because he had more than enough money to support his children.

"Mr. Trudeau repeatedly, repeatedly said, 'I am wealthy,' Mr. Trudeau said, 'My family is rich, we don't need to use taxpayer dollars for our child care.' And now he is," Ambrose told reporters Wednesday after her party's caucus meeting.

Also filled with sanctimonious sense of self-entitlement, these guys:

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has appointed one of his former colleagues to an $1,800-per-day job as special co-ordinator for Syrian refugees – a move one critic called “ridiculous.”

Following a closed-door meeting with his executive council, Coderre announced that Michel Dorais will be paid $110,000 over three months to head the city’s refugee welcoming and resettlement efforts.

(Sidebar: but... but... that's un-Canadian!) 

Several special interest groups are questioning why mayors are spending taxpayers’ dollars to attend conferences and meetings overseas. This comes in light of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s trip to the UN climate change conference in Paris.

This year, Robertson has also taken trips to China and the Vatican, where he was the only Canadian invited to meet with Pope Francis to speak on climate change issues. 

While Robertson is known for championing sustainability and green living, some are criticizing his carbon footprint – partially at taxpayers’ expense – to attend the Paris summit, calling such travel hypocritical, particularly since other levels of government are in attendance too. 

No one cares about your dead woman-hating son:

The mother of the gunman behind the Montreal Massacre was in Whitehorse Tuesday night to speak publicly about how his actions affected her and how others can heal.

On Dec. 6, 1989, Marc Lépine entered École Polytechnique and murdered 14 young women before turning the gun on himself.

It took 17 years before his mother, Monique Lépine, could speak publicly about the killings. But after a shooting in 2006 at Montreal's Dawson College she finally spoke out in hopes that telling her story could make a difference.

More than 80 people crowded into the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre Tuesday night, many saying they were drawn to Lépine's unusual perspective.

"She's innocent of the whole process, you know, but she ends up wearing it?" Bill Webber said.

(Sidebar: she raised Gamil Gharbi wrongly, hence, the venom she deserves.) 

Watch this explode into an issue:

A prolonged struggle between a suspect and a Toronto police officer — seen in a video posted online on Monday — shows an officer making a lawful arrest despite "dangerous" levels of interference by members of the public, according to police officials.

But the person who posted the 16-minute video claims it shows the result of an unprovoked assault by an officer who was discriminating against black people while standing guard at the liquor store near the Sheridan Mall. 

The video was posted on Facebook by a Hamilton-area man who claims he and a friend were at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario store near Jane Street and Wilson Avenue when a confrontation between the officer and a young black man quickly escalated. Police officials say the officer, who was on paid duty for the LCBO, was trying to make a lawful arrest after the suspect struck him.

How much does private school cost? Not enough to bribe a teachers' union with:

A Statistics Canada study released earlier in 2015 found that students in private high schools scored significantly higher than their public school peers in reading, math and science at age 15, and had “higher levels of educational attainment by age 23.”

Impressive, but the study also found that two factors accounted for the differences: Students who attend private schools were more likely to have “socio-economic characteristics positively associated with academic success” and to have university-educated parents.

“School resources and practices accounted for little of the differences in academic outcomes,” says the report.

And now, your Christmas cookie guide. Enjoy.

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