Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Week: He's Coming to Town

You are being watched... by Santa.

ISIS is claiming responsibility for beating a Polish driver to death, stealing his lorry and then attempting to kill German Christmas shoppers (as it claims responsibility for most things):

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for a truck attack on a crowded Berlin Christmas market that German authorities said came right out of the extremist group's playbook, inflicting mass casualties on a soft target fraught with symbolic meaning.

The Monday night attack on the popular market by the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the heart of former West Berlin left 12 dead and 48 injured — the first mass casualty attack by Islamic extremists carried out on German soil. German security forces were still hunting for the perpetrator after releasing a man from custody for lack of evidence.

The claim of responsibility carried on the Islamic State group's Amaq news agency described the man seen fleeing from the truck as "a soldier of the Islamic State" who "carried out the attack in response to calls for targeting citizens of the Crusader coalition."
But, as with the Orlando and other shootings, detonations and other murders, it's not really anyone's fault and we shouldn't discuss it.

Get used to it, Germans.

A cameraman tells of his ordeal after watching a Russian diplomat get shot:

The event seemed routine, the opening of an exhibit of photographs of Russia. So when a man in a dark suit and tie pulled out a gun, I was stunned and thought it was a theatrical flourish.

Instead, it was a coolly calculated assassination, unfolding in front of me and others who scrambled, terrified, for cover as the trim man with short hair gunned down the Russian ambassador.

These little men like hearing the sounds of their own voices.

Oh, this must be embarrassing:

One glance at the hack’s timeline suggests that Russia planned the operation when Trump was still more of a media punchline and less of a contender. U.S. intelligence has traced the launch of the hacks as far back as the Spring 2015– months before Trump announced his bid for the presidency — and that launch almost certainly took several months of planning.

Why would Russia plan an unprecedented campaign to help elect someone who wasn’t yet running?

Alberta's carbon tax calculator: a vision of what is to come for the rest of the country.

Take a yearly salary of $52,381,  married, two children, 200 litres of gas usage per month, 135 GJ (gigajoules) of natural gas per month and grocery bill of $300 per month. One would have to pay $1799.58 in taxes in 2017. The following year, one would end up paying $2708.37 in carbon taxes.

I would like to take the time now to remind everyone that this is what they voted for.

(Merci beaucoup)

You're not going to do anything of the kind, you cowardly idiot:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he would not hesitate to protect the interests — and the values — of Canadians if they clash with the agenda of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump.

To wit:

‘There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada,’’ he claimed. ‘‘There are shared values — openness, respect, compassion, willingness to work hard, to be there for each other, to search for equality and justice. Those qualities are what make us the first postnational state.’’

(Sidebar: so compassionate that he offered parkas for children run into the desert by people he refused to fight because it makes them win or something.)



Here is PM Hair-Boy bravely running away from reporter, Daniel Proussalidis:


Justin Trudeau says MPs will get a chance to debate the Liberal government’s plan to send Canadian troops on UN peacekeeping missions, but he won’t quite promise a vote on any future deployment.

Democracy for me but not...

Oh, forget it.

And now, Rejoice All People, a very joyous Russian Christmas carol.

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