Thursday, January 28, 2016

But Wait! There's More!

There usually is...

Challenger crew
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod   The high untrespassed sanctity of space,   Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

To thank the unions that worked so hard to malign the previous government, the Liberals have promised to repeal two bills that required the unions to disclose how much of their members' dues they've spent and how unions are certified:

The Liberal government is repealing two contentious union-related bills, a move it says heralds a new relationship with organized labour after 10 acrimonious years under the Conservatives.

Labour unions have wanted the government to overturn a law that changed how unions can certify and decertify, known as Bill C-525, and another that required unions to publicly disclose their spending to the Canada Revenue Agency.

The Liberals neutralized the latter bill, C-377, in late December when the government waived requirements for unions to track all transactions over $5,000.

Paul Bronfman, who backed Justin Trudeau's campaign for head puppet of Canada and whose party openly opposes Israel and refuses to liquidate ISIS, withdrew his support from York University until a pro-Palestinian mural was removed:

For over a decade, Paul Bronfman, president and CEO of Comweb Group Inc., has provided “goods and services in kind,” through its subsidiary William F. White International Inc., as well as financial support to York’s film program in the form of film production equipment, technical services, teaching and learning centres. (He wouldn’t reveal exactly how much he’s donated.)

After learning about a mural titled Palestinian Roots, which hangs above an entrance in the student centre, he decided to withdraw his support unless the painting came down.  

It features a man wearing a scarf that shows the Palestinian flag and a borderless Israel. He’s holding two rocks behind his back. In front of him are a bulldozer and a building. The words “Peace” and “Justice” are written in several different languages.

Bronfman says anyone who thinks he’s holding students’ hostage as a result of withdrawing his support should “get over it.”

“I’m not getting a lot of blowback from students; I’m getting a lot of support from them,” he tells Yahoo Canada News.

He says that the only way the university would resolve the issue would be to take the mural down. He learned about it after reading a column written by Avi Benlolo, president of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies.

A statement from Joanne Rider, York University’s spokeswoman, explains that since the mural is located in the student centre, it’s the centre’s decision, as it’s a separate and distinct legal entity.

“We have consulted widely with experts who have concluded that the University cannot compel its removal,” she wrote. “We know the subject of the artwork is offensive to some individuals and groups. We understand and respect their concerns. As a result, York’s administration continues to explore all available options to address the concerns in ways that will ensure we continue to foster an environment reflective of our core values of diversity, respect and inclusivity.”

And I say: go to hell, Paul Bronfman. You backed an Israel-hater. You can't complain about the hatred of Israel in a hotbed is Israel-hatred now.

Yes, but the current prime minister called prioritising persecuted Christians "disgusting" and shook hands with any number of potential rapists:

Newly released government documents paint the clearest picture to date of how the Conservative government's controversial approach to Syrian refugee resettlement played out last year.

Before last winter, the previous government had only committed to take in 1,300 Syrian refugees from the millions fleeing the civil war there and spilling into surrounding countries.

Former prime minister Stephen Harper had been under intense pressure — including from inside his own cabinet — to increase that total, but only agreed to accept a further 10,000 provided that religious and ethnic minorities were prioritized.

The policy, unveiled last January, was contentious. The vast majority of the Syrian refugee population is Muslim. The decision to hone in on "religious minorities" prompted allegations the government was biased against Muslims and was also violating United Nations principles governing refugee resettlement.

(Sidebar: is raping and murdering Christians and Yazidis a violation of human rights?) 

Manitoba MP Brian Pallister believes that notorious disabled person-hater Nellie McClung belongs on our money:

Manitoba's Progressive Conservative leader wants suffragette Nellie McClung to be given a prominent spot on a Canadian banknote.

The Queen is the only woman currently featured on a bill.

Brian Pallister says in a letter to the Bank of Canada governor that McClung should be recognized for her role in the enfranchisement of women.

The reason why Iran and other mad theocrats can make such inroads in the post-modern West is because of crap like this:

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has praised Italy as a "very hospitable" country after a controversy over the prudish cover up of naked statues at a Rome museum ahead of his official visit. Rouhani maintained he didn't ask for revealing sculptures at the Musei Capitolini (Capitoline Museums) to be concealed, saying there had been "no contacts" on the issue between his delegation and the Italian government.

He nevertheless implied the gesture was appreciated. "I know that Italians are a very hospitable people, a people who try to do the most to put their guests at ease and I thank you for this," he told a press conference in the Italian capital.

And there one has it. It has gotten to the point where, like good little sheep, the weak men of Europe do the bidding of an emotionally retarded culture.

Of course the mad men who run Iran can't appreciate art when it's not rubble. Why cover it up? Is Italy ashamed of its Classical past?


What does wearing pajamas in public say? It says that one is not only of an ovine personal nature but that one is so g-d- lazy and without any self-respect that one would rather look like one has just rolled out of bed and not showered than at least put on a decent (and might I say clean?) pair of jeans before traversing out. Just like those fat chicks who wear messy ponytails with headbands, puffy ski jackets, sweatpants and UGG boots (like a uniform, as El Barto might say), SLOB is now haute couture:

After noticing a growing number of adults wearing pyjamas – not just to the school gates in the morning, but also at meetings, assemblies and even the Christmas show and parents' evenings – primary school head Kate Chisholm wrote to parents asking them to wash and get dressed before the school drop-off.

"It just got to the point when I thought, 'enough's enough,'" she told the BBC. "I'm not trying to tell people what to do with their lives, but I just think being a good role model first thing in the morning – getting yourself up, getting yourself dressed, ready for business, out to school – is a really good example to set."

Chanel help us all.

Holy Father, please make your criticisms more Biblical. If you are going to rub elbows with wealthy eco-liar, Leonardo DiCaprio, then it helps to make it clear about whom you are really speaking:

In the light of this love, which is strong as death (cf. Song 8:6), the real poor are revealed as those who refuse to see themselves as such. They consider themselves rich, but they are actually the poorest of the poor. This is because they are slaves to sin, which leads them to use wealth and power not for the service of God and others, but to stifle within their hearts the profound sense that they too are only poor beggars. The greater their power and wealth, the more this blindness and deception can grow. It can even reach the point of being blind to Lazarus begging at their doorstep (cf. Lk 16:20-21). Lazarus, the poor man, is a figure of Christ, who through the poor pleads for our conversion. As such, he represents the possibility of conversion which God offers us and which we may well fail to see. Such blindness is often accompanied by the proud illusion of our own omnipotence, which reflects in a sinister way the diabolical “you will be like God” (Gen 3:5) which is the root of all sin. This illusion can likewise take social and political forms, as shown by the totalitarian systems of the twentieth century, and, in our own day, by the ideologies of monopolizing thought and technoscience, which would make God irrelevant and reduce man to raw material to be exploited. This illusion can also be seen in the sinful structures linked to a model of false development based on the idolatry of money, which leads to lack of concern for the fate of the poor on the part of wealthier individuals and societies; they close their doors, refusing even to see the poor.  

I don't expect most people to think deeper than that.

And, yes, I will be giving up sweets for Lent.

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