Monday, February 08, 2016

For A Monday

A merry Seolnal to all y'all...

It's time to ask the tough questions of the day. Who is more stupid: Justin Trudeau or the people who voted for him, and who deserves to lose their jobs more?

You decide:

The Canadian military has been ordered by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to draft plans to house more than 6,000 Muslim migrants on a long-term basis at military bases ...
Included in the Department of National Defence budgets are hundreds of thousands of dollars set aside for “religious support," including the purchase of Muslim Korans, prayer mats and foot-washing towels.

The plans also call for the construction of mosques or “worship centres," using taxpayers dollars.

Canada's fighter jets will end their fight in Iraq and Syria within two weeks, and be replaced by what the Liberal government is calling an expanded mission focused on training local security forces and helping to rebuild the shattered region.

Canadian bombs will stop falling by Feb. 22, but the complement of military personnel in the region will climb to 830 — up from the current 650 — and will provide planning, targeting and intelligence expertise.

The size of Canada's "train, advise and assist" mission will also triple, including additional medical personnel and equipment including small arms, ammunition and optics to assist in training Iraqi security forces.

"We think we ought to avoid doing precisely what our enemies want us to do: they want us to elevate them, to give in to fear, to indulge in hatred," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference Monday.

"The lethal enemy of barbarism isn't hatred, it's reason. And the people terrorized by ISIL every day don't need our vengeance, they need our help."

(Sidebar: Like raped children need parkas? Is that reasonable? It's like Trudeau went bowling with this guy who can't bring himself to hate the rapists of children and destroyers of priceless artefacts and sites.)


According to the IMF (, Canada sold 1.3 tonnes of gold reserves (43.3% of its gold reserves) in January 2016.
Update: It seems the sale happened in December 2015.
As of January 2016 Canada had 3.0 tonnes of Gold reserves and as of February 2016 only 1.7 tonnes.
Canada sold most of its gold in the 1990s with UK at the lowest price possible. Canada had 1,023 tonnes of gold reserves in 1965 the highest level recorded in its history.

Canada sold off half of its central bank gold holdings by 1985 down to 500 tonnes and then was a major participant in the western central bank collusion scheme to suppress the price of gold and sold gold at fire sale prices all through the 1990s up to 2002.

I know, right?

Premier Wynne spent $600,000 of taxpayer money on ads defending her rotten pension plan:

Premier Kathleen Wynne is defending nearly $600,000 the government spent in advertising the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan during the federal election campaign.

The Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation asked for the figure through a Freedom of Information request and was told that $592,834 was spent between Aug. 2 and Oct. 14, five days before the federal election.

The response also shows that the government spent more than $1.6 million in total on all ORPP advertising.

Ontario Liberal voters wanted this.

But smallpox can't be spread by blankets:

A Mi’kmaq leader says it’s an insult that a national park in Prince Edward Island bears the name of a military general who wanted to kill aboriginal people with smallpox. ...

Lord Jeff – as he was known around campus – was widely seen an oppressive figure who supported using blankets infected with smallpox to kill aboriginal people.

Observe the physical and personal fortitude of people who survive earthquakes like the one in Taiwan and those who tirelessly work to save them.

Is there a special place in hell for people who lie about Benghazi?

While introducing Clinton at a rally in New Hampshire Saturday, Albright, 78, the first female secretary of state, talked about the importance of electing a woman to the country’s highest office. In a dig at the “revolution” that Sanders, 74, often speaks of, she said the first female commander in chief would be a true revolution. And she scolded any woman who felt otherwise.

“We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done. It’s not done,” Albright said of the broader fight for women’s equality. “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”

My God never told me to kill others because they are different from me:

Wheaton College political science professor Larycia Hawkins has decided to part ways with the college just five days before a faculty hearing was scheduled to help decide her fate at the school, according to an email from president Philip Ryken to the campus on Saturday. ...

Hawkins was placed on administrative leave on Dec. 15 after she published a Facebook post suggesting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. The statement set off a wave of controversy across the country amid larger debates about the role of Muslims in America. “I stand by my concerns that Dr. Hawkins’ theological statements raised important questions,” Jones wrote.

Good riddance.

And she's not a victim.

This kind of wishy-washy theology is the reason why we have migrant rapists roaming about today. It's the sort intellectual laziness and Kumbaya soft-headedness that have become beyond tiresome.

Also: how curious that those who don't believe in God spend a lot of time talking about how much they hate Him:

I'm sure there are rants against the Tooth Fairy he would like to get off of his chest.

It wouldn't be Seolnal without yet another North Korean incursion into South Korean waters:

South Korea’s Defence Ministry said a South Korean naval vessel fired five shots into the water as a warning Monday when a North Korean patrol boat briefly moved south of the countries’ disputed boundary line in the Yellow Sea.

The incident came amid heighten hostilities between the rival Koreas, after North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders called a banned test of ballistic missile technology and another “intolerable provocation.” The U.N.’s most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with “significant” new sanctions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un went ahead with the launch just two hours after an eight-day window opened early Sunday, and a month after the country’s fourth nuclear test. He ignored an appeal from China, its neighbour and important ally, not to proceed, and, in another slap to Beijing, he chose the eve of the Chinese New Year, the country’s most important holiday.

In case one forgot about another incursion:

President Vladimir Putin has scrambled troops across southwestern Russia for large-scale military drills intended to test the troops’ readiness amid continuing tensions with the West.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that military units were put on combat alert early Monday, marking the launch of the exercise that involves troops of the Southern Military District.

The district includes troops stationed in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as well as forces in the North Caucasus and southwestern regions near the border with Ukraine.

To wit:

“The states where criticism of totalitarian ideology was prohibited were the ones that internationalized hate-speech laws,” writes Jacob Mchangama in a fascinating overview called “The Sordid Origin of Hate-Speech Laws”:
The [UN] voting record reveals the startling fact that the internationalization of hate-speech prohibitions in human rights law owes its existence to a number of states where both criticisms of the prevalent totalitarian ideology as well as advocacy for democracy were strictly prohibited.
The essay tracks the Soviet Union’s repeated attempts to attach hate-speech exceptions to the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how the historical push has expanded slowly from banning speech that directly incites violence…to speech that somehow only incites “hatred”…to speech that authorities merely tag as hateful. And the Soviet Union’s definition of “hate speech” was so broad that it deemed any speech that spoke favorably of capitalism as “fascist” and therefore ban-worthy.
The Soviets’ proposal included this clause:
Any advocacy of national, racial, or religious hostility or of national exclusiveness or hatred and contempt, as well as any action establishing a privilege or a discrimination based on distinctions of race, nationality, or religion constitute a crime and shall be punishable under the law of the state.
In other words, while the Soviets were working thought criminals to death in labor camps and pulverizing the minds of political dissenters in psychiatric hospitals, at least they were protecting their citizens from “hatred and contempt.”

There is a reason why the former Soviet Union liked the UN and why leftists adored that failed communist state.

A Vancouver family's pet dog is expected to survive after being rescued from a burning home.
Crews were called to a house in East Vancouver around midnight Sunday when the homeowners returned to find smoke coming out of a second floor window.

Firefighters found a dog inside the building suffering from smoke inhalation, and modified an oxygen mask to fit the animal's face.

Batt. Chief Peter Bridge says firefighters originally thought the dog was dead, but spent more than 20 minutes trying to revive the animal.

Eventually the dog came around, which Bridge says was "quite surprising."

The dog is being cared for by a local vet and is expected to be okay.

And now, to ring in the lunar new year- the year of the monkey- a musical that has everything:

(Merci beaucoup to all)

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