Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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After the murder of John Ridsdel by Islamists in the Philippines (the guys who say they are doing all of this for Allah), PM Trulander claims he is "outraged" and will not pay ransom to terrorists:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making it clear that Canada “does not and will not” pay ransom to terrorists.

Trudeau is responding to more questions about the death of Canadian John Ridsdel, who was killed Monday by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines after more than six months of captivity.

The prime minister says ransom payments are a key source of funding for terrorist groups like Abu Sayyaf, a Muslim insurgent group.

He says they also endanger the lives of the millions of Canadians who live, work and travel in various parts of the globe.

B!#ch, please.

From the start, Trudeau has always been supportive of Islamist endeavours and reluctant to criticise Islamism.

Many people call this his conversion:

He did not hide the fact that he visited a mosque that had known ties to al Qaeda.

Anything for a vote, eh?

He refused to call the mutilation and subjugation of women "barbaric" and attacked the use of the word in a guide for new immigrants.

After the terrorist bombing of the Boston Marathon, when asked how one should respond to such an attack, he sighed heavily and pondered whether finding the "root causes" was the way to go:

In an interview with the CBC’s Peter Mansbridge that aired Tuesday night, Trudeau was asked how he would have responded to the attacks that killed three people and left about 170 injured.

Trudeau said he would offer the American material support “and at the same time, over the coming days, we have to look at the root causes.”

“Now, we don’t know now if it was terrorism or a single crazy or a domestic issue or a foreign issue,” he said. “But there is no question that this happened because there is someone who feels completely excluded. Completely at war with innocents. At war with a society. And our approach has to be, where do those tensions come from? ..."

When he was finally and inexplicably elected as prime minister, one of his first actions was to withdraw Canada from the fight against ISIS.

Trudeau is no more outraged or adamant in fighting this scourge than one is have one of those deadly Australian spiders as pets.

Tremble with fear...

He offers lip service.

That's what failed substitute drama teachers like him do.

Given his past behaviour, empty promises and willing electorate, one wonders why Trudeau even bothers.

Also: the group Trudeau ran from is so cash-strapped that they can only afford to pay their rapists fighters $50 a month (but slightly more if they have their own sex slaves):

The base salary offered to the worker named al-Jiburi was a pittance, just $50 a month. But even the cash-challenged Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) knew it had to do more to sustain the loyalty of a man with nine mouths to feed.

A crinkled wage voucher breaks it down by family member: For each of his two wives, al-Jiburi would receive an extra $50. For each of his six children under age 15, he would get another $35. Any “female captive” — sex slave — would entitle him to an additional $50. For al-Jiburi, described in the document as a service worker for the terrorist group, the monthly total came to $360, payable in U.S. greenbacks.

Salary details and other minutiae of life in the Islamic State are contained in a series of unusual documents released on Friday by a scholarly journal. The records, all official documents from inside the group’s self-declared caliphate, collectively reinforce the prevailing impression of an organization under strain, struggling to compensate its fighters and workers and forced to ration electricity, fuel and other resources.

In the rush to broom anything associated with Harper, unelected judges from British Columbia forget that there were already mandatory (and lenient sentences) for dealing drugs. The mandatory year in prison for dealing dealing drugs to minors or in an area where minors frequent is soft in retrospect:

The former Conservative government's tough-on-crime agenda has suffered another blow as British Columbia's highest court strikes down two more mandatory-minimum sentencing laws, ruling them unconstitutional.

On Monday, the B.C. Court of Appeal overturned compulsory two-year minimum sentences for drug trafficking convictions that involve someone under the age of 18 or that occur in a public place frequented by youth.

A unanimous decision from the three-person panel says a minimum sentence of two years in such instances may be at times "grossly disproportionate" to the crime committed, and therefore amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

You knew what you were doing during the last election, Albertans:

Moody's Investor Service announced Monday it has downgraded Alberta's long-term debt rating to double-A1 from triple-A and has given it a negative outlook.

It's the second downgrade from a rating service since the province released its budget on April 14 that included removal of its debt ceiling and a forecast of $58 billion in debt by 2019.

Moody's says the downgrade "reflects the province's growing and unconstrained debt burden, extended timeframe back to balance, weakened liquidity, and risks surrounding the success of the province's medium-term fiscal plan given the outlook for subdued growth."

It also says the province forecasts oil prices to be higher than what Moody's is predicting.

The Poloz analysis had sailed into the archives of history until the other day when economist Ted Carmichael noted, among other things, that it flies in the face of previous theory and experience. In a posting on his blog ...  Carmichael recalls the work of Nobel economist Robert Mundell, who in 1963 concluded that Canada — with a floating dollar and open economy – is in no position to boost long-term growth with more government spending.

Mundell said that increased government deficit spending crowds out private sector investors, boosts interest rates and drives up the dollar, thereby offsetting the alleged benefits of government investment. “Fiscal policy thus completely loses its force as a domestic stabilizer when the exchange rate is allowed to fluctuate and the money supply is held constant.”

Even Bank of Canada research supports Mundell’s theories. Worst of all, as Carmichael argues, Canada is not in a recession. At best the impact of government spending — on green public sector projects, for example — will shift investment away from likely more productive projects such as pipelines that are stalled by regulation. The result will be more government debt and, likely, no gains in productivity or growth.

One wonders, as does Carmichael, how an allegedly independent Bank of Canada suddenly came to be a cheerleader for government deficit spending that could send Canada into a new era of unmanageable debt.

The answer may be found in the increasingly coordinated storylines flowing from the international institutions that seem to be clamouring for a new global round of fiscal stimulus. At the International Monetary Fund, the new edition of its fiscal monitor — titled Acting Now, Acting Together — calls for concerted fiscal action to stimulate a global economy it says is growing too slowly.  “With policy rates near zero … fiscal policy should stand ready to support demand and bolster monetary policy where needed and where fiscal space is available.”

At the same time, however, the IMF said “fiscal risks are rising almost everywhere.” In other words, every other country is going broke and Canada is being asked to stand alone and run up debt because it is not as badly in debt as others.

According to the Mundell analysis, the new debt will do nothing to boost the Canadian economy and it certainly will have no impact on the world economy.

Donald Trump has a message for some of the celebrities musing about leaving for Canada if he's elected president: Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

The billionaire candidate expressed delight Tuesday when asked about the phenomenon of famous Americans talking about becoming political exiles if he's elected.

He said he'd be glad to make it a reality.

"Well, now I have to get elected," Trump told the morning show Fox and Friends.

"I'll be doing a great service to our country. I have to (win). Now, it's much more important. In fact, I'll immediately get off this call and start campaigning right now."
I hate to spoil this for you, Donald, but they won't leave. They'll stick around for Cruz's presidency.

But... but... wedding cakes!

The Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida claimed responsibility Tuesday for the killing of a gay rights activist and his friend, undermining the prime minister’s insistence just hours earlier that her political opponents were to blame for the attack and for a rising tide of violence against secular activists and writers.

Also: as there will never be a country in a million years called "Gayistan", it's not like one should treat the torching of this piece of cloth with the same gravity they would the Canadian flag:

A charge of mischief under $5,000 has been laid following the burning of a rainbow Pride flag at the University of British Columbia.

Court documents show Brooklyn Marie Fink was charged last Monday in connection with the Feb. 6 incident at the Point Grey campus.

Fink is slated to appear in provincial court in Richmond on Tuesday.

The flag burning sparked outrage in February, during the university’s annual OUTweek celebrating gender and sexual diversity.

University officials condemned the vandalism as an act of hate violating the school’s deeply held values of equity, inclusion and respect.

Concern for participants’ safety prompted OUTweek organizers to cancel a march just days after the burning, but other events went ahead as planned and no further violence occurred.

South Korea warns of North Korea's further nuclear testing:

South Korea's president said Tuesday that North Korea has almost completed preparations for a fifth nuclear test, and the country has reportedly placed a new midrange missile on standby for an impending launch.

North Korea said two days ago it had successfully test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine in a continuation of its weapons tests during ongoing South Korea-U.S. military drills. Seoul officials said they could not confirm whether Saturday's test-firing was a success.

Meeting with senior South Korean journalists, President Park Geun-hye said South Korea believes North Korea can conduct a nuclear test anytime it decides to do so. She didn't elaborate on why South Korea made such an assessment.

Other South Korean officials have made similar recent comments without elaborating amid media reports of increased activity at the country's main nuclear test site. Park said last week there were signs North Korea was preparing for a new nuclear test.

One would think that their corrupt wealthy dads would buy them some manners:

Police in southern China have detained three airline passengers after they were caught on video slapping, verbally abusing and throwing food at ground staff in anger over a delayed flight, state media reported Tuesday.

And now, over seventy years later, film from the Second World War has been developed.

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