Tuesday, December 06, 2016

For a Tuesday

He's coming to town.

Quickly now...

Reconcile this:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told refugee sponsors in Canada who are frustrated by a lack of communication that the federal government must "make significant improvements" to a system that can be trying for both bureaucrats and immigrants.

With this:

Canadians from different backgrounds should get involved in politics so that "no party gets to run against Muslim Canadians or any other group," says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

And this:

Earlier today, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau angrily denounced the Prime Minister's Office for what he characterizes as politically motivated interference in the refugee application and approval process.

Trudeau says the PMO was making sure it could take political advantage of those families that were being accepted, something he calls "disgusting."

He says a Liberal government would "absolutely not" prioritize religious and ethnic minorities.

(Sidebar: the Trudeau government was shamed into now helping the Yazidis, something they criticised the Harper government during the 2015 election. Before that, Trudeau and his immigration minister were bringing in huge numbers of Syrians as voters blocks.)

And this:
Mourning the death of repressive dictator Fidel Castro, Trudeau hailed his longtime family friend as a “larger than life leader” who “served his people for almost half a century.” Actually, El Comandante ruled with an iron fist and firing squads – serving himself to all of the island’s land, private businesses, and media, along with his own private yacht, private island, 20 homes, fleet of Mercedes limos, and bevy of mistresses.

And this:

You know, there's a level of of admiration I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime and say 'we need to go green fastest . . . we need to start investing in solar.' I mean there is a flexibility that I know Stephen Harper must dream about of having a dictatorship that he can do everything he wanted that I find quite interesting."

And this:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was the top draw at a $1,500 Liberal Party cash-for-access fundraiser at the mansion of a wealthy Chinese-Canadian business executive in May. One of the guests at the event was a well-heeled donor who was seeking Ottawa’s final approval to begin operating a new bank aimed at Canada’s Chinese community.

The Globe and Mail has learned that wealthy Chinese businessman Zhang Bin who, with a partner, donated $1-million to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the University of Montreal Faculty of Law weeks after the fundraiser, also attended the event. Mr. Zhang is a political adviser to the Chinese government in Beijing and a senior apparatchik in the network of Chinese state promotional activities around the world.

Chinese Business Chamber of Commerce chair Benson Wong played host to Mr. Trudeau and 32 other people at his Toronto home. Among the donors was insurance tycoon Shenglin Xian, the founder of Wealth One Bank of Canada, and several Chinese billionaires.

Yes, just like his dad, it's very obvious that Justin serves anyone but Canadians.

What an @$$hole.

Also - he likes sticking voters with huge taxes:

The reaction on social media to the story the Trudeau government is considering making workplace health and dental coverage a taxable benefit was volcanic.

As Postmedia revealed Saturday, the department of Finance is reviewing the measure, which costs the government $2.9 billion in forgone revenue and lowers the tax bills of 13.5 million Canadians.

If it does prove to be a flagrant tax grab, the Liberals may have to pry health plans from the cold, dead hands of rebellious taxpayers.

But let’s credit the Grits with more political savvy than that.

No, let's not. They're thieves.

Where can I choose my leader through a series of riddles and conquests?

The best thing about the Trudeau government’s new online survey on democracy is that you can vote as often as you want. I completed it twice. Somebody tweeted that they’d answered all the questions at the government’s mydemocracy.ca site five times, each time with different answers.

Social media set fire to mydemocracy.ca in a bonfire of satire and ridicule all day Monday. One tweeted a mock question: “Would you rather fight one horse-sized party, or many small parties the size of a duck?”

Experts in the science of polling say this isn’t the best technique if you’re in the business of canvassing public opinion. Not that it matters, since this is not by any means a survey of Canadian opinion. At best, it’s an attempt to shape public opinion, to mobilize public opinion, to get Canadians to think about something that they have not thought about and would rather not think about: electoral reform. More likely, it’s the government’s effort to drive electoral reform off the policy reservation.

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef, having blundered her way through last week’s Common’s committee report, came under opposition attack again Monday for sending out a questionnaire to millions of Canadians that failed to ask key questions. Why, for example, does mydemocracy.ca fail to ask Canadians if they want a referendum on electoral reform?

(Sidebar: because that would be trusting the electorate. That's why.)

Smoke and mirrors.

The Green Party is still an anti-Semitic cesspool:

The Green Party of Canada has updated its policy book to reject the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, but maintain support for some of its practices within a broader policy.

At a special convention in Calgary this past weekend, about 350 party members voted in an update to its Israel-Palestine policy that supports nonviolent, economic methods of protest but reinforces support for the state of Israel itself.

The last sentiment can scarcely  be believed given how many times the BDS movement has come up.

Here's a clue - look for a job elsewhere:

While the debate over Trinity Western University’s community covenant rages on through the courts and the media, many Christian elementary and high schools that receive B.C. government funding are quietly operating with similar policies that essentially bar gay and lesbian teachers from employment.

The independent schools all belong to the Society of Christian Schools in B.C. (SCSBC), which requires each of its 31 member schools to draft “community standards policies” for employees to follow. The suggested language includes refraining from all sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage.

Several members of the society have posted policies that include these restrictions online, including schools in Abbotsford, Surrey, Langley, Nanaimo, and Houston. These policies also tend to include prohibitions on things like public drunkenness and watching porn.

“What a terrible message,” said former Vancouver school trustee Patti Bacchus. “Something like that, it just goes backwards. It’s flat-out discrimination and a violation of someone’s human rights.”

Were teachers looking an opportunity to watch gay porn with their students?

Shinzo Abe will be the first sitting Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbour since the Second World War:

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor with President Barack Obama later this month, becoming the first Japanese leader to visit the site of the attack on Hawaii 75 years ago that thrust America into World War II.

The joint visit comes after Obama went to Hiroshima with Abe in May, becoming the first American leader to visit the site where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb in 1945 to end Japan’s involvement in the war.

Abe said Monday that he would go to Hawaii on Dec. 26-27 to “pay tribute” to military personnel from both sides of the Pacific who died during the war.

“This visit is to comfort the souls of the victims. We’d like to send messages about the importance of reconciliation [between the two countries],” Abe told reporters in Tokyo.

The 75th anniversary of the attack falls this Wednesday, Dec. 7.

A Canadian company has taken rare images of North Korea with the International Space Station camera:


... and it still looks decrepit.

Um, taking a kitten from a drug addict is a good thing:

In January, Durham Regional Police Const. Beth Richardson responded to a 911 call to check on a woman in Oshawa who had been using drugs for several days. At the woman’s house, Richardson found a kitten “cowering under a table.” It was thin, smelled “foul” and didn’t appear to have any food, Richardson’s lawyer Joseph Markson said.

So the officer, herself allergic to cats, paid out of pocket for a veterinary clinician to examine the kitten and arranged for her friend to care for it until the local humane society reopened the next day, Markson said.

But by taking the cat without the owner’s knowledge or consent, Const. Richardson allegedly committed “discreditable conduct,” according to the official notice that ordered Richardson to attend the disciplinary hearing, which was signed by Durham Police Chief Paul Martin.

“This is the most ridiculous case I have ever encountered,” Markson said Monday. “I continue to be gobsmacked that this matter is before a tribunal.”

Hours after Richardson took the cat, the alleged drug user’s boyfriend called police, saying the kitten had been stolen and demanding it be returned. “The kitten was returned to the owner, who opted not to lay criminal charges,” the notice of hearing read.

According to the allegations against Richardson, she didn’t notify her superiors, any other officers or the pet owner that she was removing the kitten from the house.

Markson, however, said the pet owner was “out of control” after using crystal meth for several days, and “wasn’t in the position to consent” to the cat being taken.

And now, man-caves that are so awesome you will want one installed in your home:

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