Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mid-Week Post

Your post-Thanksgiving train-of-thought...

A man who allegedly shot an RCMP officer has been found dead:

Police say a man suspected of shooting a Mountie in British Columbia has been found dead.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the man's body was found near the southeastern B.C. community of Revelstoke on Wednesday, and the BC Coroners Service is now investigating his cause of death.

Investigators had been searching for 40-year-old Sheldon Thunderblanket since Tuesday when a female officer was shot in the arm after stopping a vehicle in a theft investigation on Highway 1.

Hillary Clinton laughing a twelve year old rape victim. Drink it in.

Fat lot of good any of this does anyone now:

Ontarians have long known that the provincial Liberals, under then-premier Dalton McGuinty, sold out the interests of law-abiding citizens in the community of Caledonia, rather than be forced to confront lawlessness among members of the aboriginal community. And now, a judge has said so.

The ruling dates back to the 2009 occupation by aboriginal protesters of a parcel of land outside town that was slated for development. They opposed development of the land, on grounds that it properly belonged to the nearby Six Nations reserve. The occupation of the would-be development site became a flashpoint of tension; aboriginal protesters engaged in acts of sabotage, intimidation and sometimes outright violence against locals and, occasionally, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), who had responsibility for policing the crisis.

The occupation and standoff was a bitterly unpleasant experience. ...

(Sidebar: unpleasant? People were chased and beaten. Cars were set alight. Yeah, that's unpleasant.)

The people of Caledonia spent more than a year knowing they were effectively defenceless. The police did nothing when citizens were harassed by protesters. They did nothing when an electrical transformer station was torched, leaving thousands without power. They even did nothing when fellow police officers were assaulted by the mob. But non-aboriginal citizens remained subject to the law and, in the case of Fleming, could even be injured and arrested without breaking it. This remains a black mark on the reputation of both the OPP and the former premier and his party.

And it has absolutely established a precedent in Ontario: in 2013, another Ontario Superior Court judge issued a rare, public rebuke to the police for refusing to enforce a court order to end an aboriginal blockade of a railway. “We seem to be drifting into dangerous waters in the life of the public affairs of this province when courts cannot predict, with any practical degree of certainty, whether police agencies will assist in enforcing court injunctions,” Justice David Brown wrote.

There are separate tiers of legality (not justice) for Canadians and their residents.

Guess who gets the short end of the stick?


After Jean-Paul Néashish, a former First Nations police chief, was convicted of sexual assault, his lawyer argued for a lenient sentence because the man had been sexually abused at a residential school.

But in a decision this week, Quebec Court Judge Jacques Lacoursière rejected the request, jailing Néashish for six years and noting he was not the only one in the case to have suffered because of his aboriginal status.

“We cannot neglect to take into account the particular situation of the victims, who are also aboriginal,” the judge said.

Being in a tribe doesn't allow you to get away with rape, @$$hole.

No, Donald Trump was not incorrect:

During Sunday's U.S. presidential debate, Republican candidate Donald Trump said Canada's "catastrophic" health-care system is prompting Canadians to head south for treatment — but a new report says the number of health tourists has fallen year over year.

The Fraser Institute report estimates that about one per cent of Canadian patients who received treatment from a specialist in 2015 got that treatment outside of Canada.

The report estimates that percentage translates into 45,619 Canadians, slightly lower when compared with the 52,513 who went abroad for medical treatments in 2014, but higher than the 41,838 in 2013.

The Fraser Institute's report is here.

Getting a new knee or hip to walk or getting timely cancer treatment isn't unnecessary but why let the wags be swayed by that?

Canadians voted to waste money:

  • The average expense for all 338 MPs was $18,823.76
  • By province, NL MPs had the highest average (thanks likely to Whalen) at $24,361.72. The four PEI MPs averaged the lowest at $12,252.31.
  • By caucus, Liberal MPs had the highest average at $19,380 for riding leases in the first six months of the year. The Bloc Quebecois had the lowest at $16,162.

Speaking of money...

Conservative MP Tony Clement is ending his bid for the leadership of his party, saying that he fell short of fundraising targets he set when he started his campaign.

PM Hair-Boy has some very wealthy backers.

The Liberals have a habit of wasting money and swaying elections:

Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk warned all the way back in her annual report in December, 2014 that: “By the time the annual deficit is eliminated in 2017/18, the net debt will stand at about $325 billion. That’s about $23,000 for every single resident of Ontario.”

She added that: “No matter which measure you use — total debt, net debt or accumulated deficit — this is a concern for the province for several reasons, including how much money will be available for providing services to Ontarians in future years after interest on debt is paid ...”

Extending teacher contracts — requiring a rewrite of legislation — would be a way for Wynne to ensure labour peace with the teacher unions in the 2018 election year.

Obviously she doesn’t want them disrupting the school year, as they have in the past, when Ontarians are going to vote.

All this has to be seen in the context of a Liberal government that has given some teacher unions millions of tax dollars to help pay for their labour negotiations with the government.

That under Wynne, according to Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk, gave them a $468 million sweetener after a bitter round of negotiations conducted by McGuinty in 2012, that froze teacher salaries, reduced sick days and limited their right to strike.

Teacher unions successfully challenged that legislation in court, which prompted the Wynne government to quietly approach the unions about the possibility of contract extensions beyond the 2018 election.

Ontario voters will have to decide in 2018 whether this cosy relationship between the Wynne government and Ontario’s teacher unions serves the public interest.

People vote for for this sort of thing, though.

Like his father, Justin Trudeau openly stated how much he admires China.

To wit:

In the end, it was three short paragraphs.

Sixty-six words.

But a statement released by Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion on June 4 to mark the 27th anniversary of China’s bloody crackdown on student demonstrators was reviewed by at least 26 pairs of eyes and underwent multiple revisions, according to email records obtained by the National Post under access to information laws.

A reference to China’s “indiscriminate use of force” against peaceful demonstrators was added, then dropped. A line urging Beijing to uphold its human rights obligations made the final cut, but was absent for a time in earlier drafts. The government also chose not to echo a call from Americans for a “full public accounting” of the atrocities.

Opposition MPs said Wednesday the seemingly watered-down statement was evidence of the governing Liberals’ tendency to “avoid straight talk” on difficult issues.

An estimated one hundred and eighty to five hundred people were killed in Tienanmen SquareThe crackdown itself is said to be more brutal than initially reported. 1,602 individuals were arrested.

Neither Pierre nor Justin Trudeau's admiration for the communist dictatorship running China was ever hidden or misconstrued.

Yeah, like this guy will ever return to Chinese-backed North Korea:

North Korea has purged a deputy foreign minister as punishment for the defection of a high-ranking diplomat, South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper said.

Kim Jong Un recently banished Vice Foreign Minister Kung Sok Ung and his family to a farming area after the mid-year defection to South Korea of Thae Yong Ho, who was second in command at the North Korean embassy in London, the paper reported Wednesday, citing a person familiar with North Korean affairs it did not identify.

South Korea is checking the report, Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said at a briefing. Kung oversaw embassies in Europe before being removed from his post, JoongAng said.

Today in "not in my neighbourhood" news:

Countries with diplomatic missions already located on the well-known boulevard include the United States, France, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

It is also home to Rideau Hall, where the Governor General lives, as well as the prime minister’s residence at 24 Sussex. Justin Trudeau and his family are living in a house on the Rideau Hall grounds while federal officials consider badly needed renovations to the traditional address of Canada’s leader.


Syrian migrant men in their twenties — some with full beards — are being dumped into classrooms at Fredericton High School, next to Canadian schoolgirls as young as 14.

And the results are what you’d expect.

Sexual harassment. Bullying. Picking on the Jewish kids. Threatening and swearing at teachers. Talking about terrorist weapons, like rocket propelled grenades.

Demanding that men and women be separated, sharia style. Refusing to speak English.

Carry on.

More voters blocks migrants:

Discussions are ongoing about how to best accommodate and support a rising number of immigrants that is driven in large part by Syrian refugees, say federal, provincial and territorial immigration ministers.

"I know that many provinces have expressed the same concern  ... regarding, when you get to the end of the federal support, what happens and what are the responsibilities," Manitoba's Ian Wishart said Wednesday after a closed-door meeting in Winnipeg.

"We are certainly all prepared to work with the federal government on this."

Some 321,000 immigrants arrived in Canada in the twelve months leading up to July 1, according to Statistics Canada. The agency said it was the largest number of immigrants in an annual period since the early 1910s, when a wave of European immigrants arrived in the western provinces.

The number was driven by more than 30,000 Syrian refugees under a special program launched last year. Both levels of government have struggled at times in terms of finding housing support programs for the new arrivals.

"Many of the refugees had large numbers of children, and that was not completely anticipated in the beginning and that created some challenges for finding appropriate housing and for schools," said John McCallum, the federal minister of immigration, refugees, and citizenship.

The federal government provides language and job training, as well as social assistance payments for one year. The provinces pay for other services.

(Sidebar: does Mr. McCallum mean these ESL classes?)
Financial support and what immigration levels should be were part of Wednesday's talks, McCallum said.

This is from the government where one of its ministers can lie about where she is from.


An appeal court has rejected the federal government's latest legal salvo in a long-standing bid to deport a Toronto man over alleged terrorist ties.

In a new ruling, the Federal Court of Appeal says there are no grounds to contest a judge's decision to strike down a national security certificate against Egyptian-born Mahmoud Jaballah.

"The appeal cannot proceed and I would order that the court file be closed," Justice Johanne Gauthier wrote on behalf of a unanimous court.

As a result, Jaballah, 54, is a step closer to remaining in Canada permanently.

Oh, wonderful:

Militant groups like Hezbollah and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have learned how to weaponize surveillance drones and use them against each other and foreign forces, adding a new twist to Syria’s civil war, a U.S. military official and others say.

And now, the amazing sock kitten:


Freaky vintage Halloween pictures:

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