Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mid-Week Post


Your mid-week folly...

Now that's a drubbing!

Brian Pallister's Progressive Conservatives routed Premier Greg Selinger and the New Democrats to put an end to 16 years of the NDP in power.

Pallister, a former Canadian Alliance MP, joins Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan as another voice of conservatism on the Prairies.

With all the polls counted, the Tories won 40 of the 57 seats, with the NDP holding on to just 14 and the Liberals taking three.

The NDP is a corpse being propped up and it sounds as though western Canada is losing its love affair with the spend-happy Liberals.

Time will tell.

A missile defense system is only useful if it works and if the leader is not so willingly blind to external threats:

As the new Liberal government launches a review of military policy, the last defence minister in the Conservative government has expressed qualified support for joining the U.S. missile shield.

The issue has remained politically dormant for a decade but is now resurfacing, with ballistic missile defence (BMD) part of the wide range of topics up for review by the new government.

Jason Kenney says it's worth considering — should Canada be formally asked to participate. He says his former boss, then-prime minister Stephen Harper, never pushed the matter as there was no such request.

"My own view is that if we were to get a specific request for co-operation with the United States on BMD, we ought to look very favourably upon it," said Kenney, echoing the call of some former Liberal defence ministers.

"Canada should be prepared to co-operate with the United States. Insofar as this relates to continental defence, this is, I think, an obligation for us. This is not about stationing offensive weapons on Canadian soil. It's certainly not nuclear weapons.

"It's about the opposite — it's about stationing parts of a defensive system that really bring into the 21st century the Norad platform that was conceived of in the 1950s."

Let the next president deal with this:

But the brief exchange was hardly representative of the contentious issues on the agenda for both leaders. Obama arrived in the kingdom barely a day after publicly expressing support for releasing documents about possible Saudi involvement in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Saudis on social media were quick to note that while state television had closely covered the arrival of Persian Gulf heads of state, who were welcomed on the tarmac with pomp and circumstance by King Salman, Obama had been received by a much smaller delegation headed by the governor of Riyadh. His arrival was not shown on state television.

The documents — 28 pages of intelligence from a congressional report — have fueled suspicions for years, despite the conclusion of the official 9/11 Commission that no senior officials in the kingdom were involved in the attacks.
Obama has so alienated the Saudis and opened doors for the Iranians.

The next president has his work cut out for him.

Okay - why are we still part of the UN?

A Hezbollah media outlet in Lebanon says 290 Islamic State militants with 150 of their family members have been evacuated by a U.N. convoy from a Damascus-area town to Raqqa, the extremist group's de facto capital, in northeast Syria.


Norwegian authorities have violated the human rights of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik by holding him in solitary confinement in a three-cell complex where he can play video games, watch TV and exercise, a court in Oslo ruled Wednesday.

In the surprise decision, the Oslo district court said the isolation that Breivik faces in prison for killing 77 people in a bomb-and-gun massacre in 2011 is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.

“The prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment represents a fundamental value in a democratic society,” the court said. “This applies no matter what — also in the treatment of terrorists and killers.”

The court ordered the government to pay Breivik’s legal costs of 331,000 kroner, about $41,000. However, it dismissed Breivik’s claim that his right to respect for private and family life was violated by restrictions on contacts with other right-wing extremists.

So, can everyone leave David Daleiden alone now?

A new report from the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives, a committee spearheaded by Rep. Martha Blackburn (R-TN), released a shocking report Tuesday that confirms the Center for Medical Progress' investigative findings into Planned Parenthood, which was released last summer. The pro-abortion organization is profiting from fetal tissue procurement.

Years from now, people will read these words and wonder how low humanity sank to actively allow not suicide but forcing medical practitioners to kill the sick and the elderly:

When the government and the Supreme Court of Canada makes this decision that it’s going to be legal to kill another person… we do believe — I speak for Catholics — that when a person is dying that we do not need to give them all kinds of extra, disproportionate medical care to extend their life artificially. We’re all going to die. But when a person is dying we need to give them medical assistance.

I think we’ve all had personal experiences of people we love who have been dying. I think of my sister dying of pancreatic cancer, where getting medical assistance for pain control and things of that nature.

But that is profoundly different — medically helping a person who is dying — to killing them.

And now, colourful food. Enjoy.

Citrus Gradient ::

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