Friday, October 21, 2016

It's Friday

And you know what that means...

Moving on...

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On October 22nd, 2014, an Islamist convert shot and killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo before bursting into the House of Commons.

He was then taken out by Kevin Vickers.

And this man:

There are days when it’s hard to be a hero. Just ask Curtis Barrett. ...

An Ontario Provincial Police report into the terror attack on Parliament Hill on October 22, 2014, concluded that Zehaf-Bibeau “presented a serious and imminent threat to the lives of all persons inside Centre Block,” including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the entire Conservative caucus meeting in the Reading Room, just off the Hall of Honour.

The report concluded that the House of Commons’ former Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers, and Barrett “fired their weapons and neutralized the threat.”

But while Vickers was hailed as a hero by the nation and appointed Canada’s ambassador to Ireland, Barrett’s contribution was buried, redacted and generally forgotten, leading him into a downward spiral of post-traumatic stress.

After two years, the RCMP has finally recognized the valour of Barrett, and the three other officers who walked into gunfire that day — he will receive the Star of Courage from the Governor-General at a ceremony next Friday. But Barrett’s story is a cautionary tale about how this country treats those of its sons and daughters who put themselves at great peril to keep the rest of us safe.

(Sidebar: you, sir, are a hero.)

To date, there are no plans to commemorate either Patrice Vincent nor Nathan Cirillo, both victims of Islamist terror.

From heroism to the Ministry of Cowardice:

Canada and Russia traded barbs at the United Nations on Thursday as Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion led calls for an end to the bloody conflict in Syria.

Dion bravely stood by and did nothing while China's Wang Yi verbally attacked a journalist who asked China about its human rights record.

Trudeau said he would tell Putin off "to his face".

After watching Trudeau run away from reporters, does anyone actually believe that? He is a coward who refuses to protect women and children. Literally.

Watching Trudeau attempt to put on a "brave" face is like watching someone pepper PM Hair-Boy with pumpkin seeds. It's pathetic.

As pathetic as leaving EU trade talks crying or back-tracking on electoral reform after finding out that he couldn't get away with it.

Man up.

If there is anything else this country needs it's more activist judges:

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould appointed or promoted 24 judges Thursday as she unveiled sweeping changes to the way jurists in this country are appointed.

More costs on hydro bills:

A government board has told power companies across the province that by year-end they must send customers a hydro bill every month — a change that could cost up to $10-million, and will likely show up on the bills of consumers.

People voted for this, so...

Are mass graves of elderly women also war crimes?

The U.N. Human Rights Council said on Friday it would identify the perpetrators of war crimes in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo and launched a special inquiry into the use of starvation and air strikes there, as well as increased "terrorist" attacks.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, had earlier called for major powers to put aside their differences and refer the situation in eastern Aleppo to the International Criminal Court.

He said that the siege and bombing there constituted "crimes of historic proportions" that have caused heavy civilian casualties amounting to war crimes.

Zeid did not name Russia or the Syrian air force, whose jets have attacked the rebel-held districts of Aleppo for weeks, but his reference was clear.

If the UN truly felt that Russia is participating in war crimes, why doesn't it eject Russia from the organisation?

Speaking of the useless UN:

China and other countries exporting these non-essential goods are vulnerable to a global ‘naming and shaming’ campaign as well as secondary sanctions. Seoul, meanwhile, is in a much better position to push other states to enforce firmer sanctions now that it has shut down the Kaesong Industrial Park, a North–South collaborative economic project within the DPRK where the North provided workers to South Korean manufacturers. Turning a blind eye to Kaesong’s ‘forced labor’ conditions, not to mention the transfer of about US$9 million annually to the Pyongyang regime, has for years compromised South Korea’s principles. At a minimum, sanctions are a normative declaration that we are not oblivious to the North’s atrocities and that countries and firms which do business with Pyongyang are trafficking with an international pariah.

Read the whole thing.

The problem is that no one cares about the North Korean Holocaust enough to do something solid about it. When was the last time China was punished for its support of the Kim dictatorships? And Russia? North Korean workers in Russia are defecting. Even minders - the ubiquitous shadows of North Koreans everywhere - are defecting. Meanwhile, North Korea's concentration camps continue growing.

Does everyone have to defect before the world notices and cares what is going on?


Also in "the UN is super-useless" news:

Though a founding member of the Justice League, Wonder Woman is receiving pushback inside the United Nations.

More than 600 UN staff members have signed an online petition calling on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a professed feminist, to reconsider the appointment of the fictitious superhero as its ambassador for women’s empowerment.

(Sidebar: the newest incarnation of Wonder Woman is portrayed by Gal Gadot, an Israeli actress who is proud of her service in the IDF and was roundly excoriated for it. She is also a citizen of a country the UN singles out for global punishment.)


The World Health Organisation will change the standard to suggest that a person who is unable to find a suitable sexual partner or is lacking a sexual relationship to have children - will now be equally classified as disabled

This is the same WHO that thought the North Korean healthcare system was praiseworthy.

First, he wanted to break up with the US and then he didn't:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday he was not severing ties with his country's long-time ally the United States, but merely pursuing a more independent foreign policy by strengthening relations with China.

Is the Filipino electorate having second thoughts about this guy?

This must be embarrassing:

The emails show a transition plan being worked on before the 2008 election had taken place. According to an attached memo in one of the emails, Obama was already discussing his transition to office with members of the Bush Administration, including then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, prior to the election.
What an arrogant piece of crap.

I'm waiting for artistic impressions of Baby Mohammad's head:

The Ste. Anne des Pins parish in Sudbury, Ont., says the statue, which was beheaded by unknown vandals a year ago, was recently fitted with a temporary clay head crafted by a local artist.

The new head — a placeholder until the artist can sculpt a permanent replacement out of stone — has captured the attention of many in the parish and on social media.

Some online have compared the head, with its spiky clay crown, to a character on the popular cartoon "The Simpsons" or to the infamously botched restoration of a fresco of Jesus in Spain.

An escaped gorilla goes on a bender:

His shock escape from his enclosure at London Zoo grabbed headlines last week - and now we finally know what Kumbuka did during his brief spell of freedom.

Turns out the gorilla took full advantage of his escape - achieved by slipping through two unlocked doors - by knocking back five litres of undiluted squash.

And now, a real trooper:

It’s amazing he’s alive at all – because seven-year-old Bruno the chocolate Labrador retriever spent several weeks trapped at the bottom of a well near Estevan.

Bruno the dog
Hang in there, buddy.


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