Saturday, January 28, 2017

But Wait! There's More!

Everyone is freaking out over Trump's immigration ban:

The administration had serious concerns about abuses in immigration programs and needed to impose a ban while it comes up with new vetting procedures, according to a White House official who asked not to be identified because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

The official also addressed the priority it plans to give to Christians. “What is happening to Christians in the Middle East is genocide,” the official said. “Theres a difference between having an exclusion than making sure a specific group is not excluded.”

A federal law enforcement official who confirmed the temporary ban said there was an exemption for foreigners whose entry is in the U.S. national interest. It was not immediately clear how that exemption might be applied.

Some people forget that the president can actually do this.

Furthermore, it is not as stringent as people think. The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) is suspended for only 120 days. This is to add or streamline vetting procedures. After this, the USRAP will proceed as it normally would save the added procedures. Also added to this process, more interviews with migrants save those for whom an interview is not required by statutes.

In short, everything is at a stand-still until the Americans can figure out who people are, where they are coming from and if they are going to cause trouble.

Something that should have been done before. 

Not to fear. PM Hair-Boy will pick up the unvetted slack and add to the already-expensive migrant rolls:

They announced the move as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said they would take in refugees refused by the United States.

He tweeted on Saturday: 'To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength.'

To remind one, this is the country Trudeau most admires:

“Is there any female defector who had registered their marital status in China?” said Yoon Yeo Sang, a co-founder of the Seoul-based nonprofit Database Center for North Korean Human Rights. “For China, they were the ones who were supposed to be repatriated, and I wonder if China would accept their common-law marital status and take necessary legal steps.”

China’s foreign ministry did not reply to questions about whether it would help the women. The defectors say they deserve international attention because their plight was primarily caused by the North’s abysmal rights conditions and by China’s policy of repatriating North Korean defectors who are caught hiding in the country.


His refusal to call FGM and honour-killings barbaric:

Liberal MP Justin Trudeau said the government should not call honour killings "barbaric" in a study guide for would-be Canadian citizens. ...

Trudeau blasted the Conservatives for using the term "barbaric," even though it's been in the guide since 2009. Forced marriages are the only new item on the list. 

"There's nothing that the word 'barbaric' achieves that the words 'absolutely unacceptable' would not have achieved," Trudeau, the Liberal immigration critic, said.

His response to Yazidi children fleeing from ISIS:

Trudeau, who opposes Canada's part in airstrikes on Islamic States targets in Iraq, says we'd be more helpful offering “cold winter” advice for victims of the militants.

“There's a lot of people, refugees, displaced peoples, fleeing violence who are facing a very, very cold winter in the mountains. Something Canada has expertise on is how to face a winter in the mountains with the right kind of equipment," Trudeau said.


His anger at prioritising Yazidis and Iraqi Christians as refugees:

(Sidebar: he followed the example of a previous prime minister and would not learn from it.)


How the Liberal government had to be shamed into acting:

On October 25th the Liberals finally agreed to a Conservative motion to help Yazidis flee sex slavery and extermination with a plan to be in place within 120 days.

So far, only a handful of Yazidi refugees have arrived in Canada due to the efforts of private groups.

It can't be said enough: Trudeau is a piece of sh--.


For eight years Obama stalled on the “No” he knew he was going to give Keystone. Trump gave a go-ahead on his fourth day in office. He accompanied it with a pledge to purge the institutionalized procrastination that have become the essence of all such “assessment reviews.” 

His quick decision puts Trudeau on the spot. The Prime Minister who so recently emoted “We can’t phase out the oil sands tomorrow” did offer a tepid approval of Trump’s move. But there was no real joy in his assent. I wonder, in fact, if he really welcomes it. His supporters, those he courts most zealously in the halls of high environmentalism, certainly do not.

Back to snow-boarding, Hair-Boy.

Ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law, as they say:

An investigation has found that councillors in a Nova Scotia municipality who expensed money spent on a Liberal fundraiser were unaware that it breached the Elections Act.

The Richmond County councillors each paid $50 for a May 2014 fundraiser attended by Premier Stephen McNeil and Energy Minister Michel Samson, and were illegally reimbursed by the municipality.

In a report Friday, Elections Nova Scotia said it has entered into “compliance agreements” with six councillors, the chief administrative officer and the warden to follow the act in future.

Not that I believe that they were ignorant. They just didn't care.

Well, what is wrong with what he said? You can't give a carte blanche to people to over-hunt because they were here first or some such thing and then hope that the offending hunters are now law-abiding:

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is being criticized for saying young indigenous men with criminal records are responsible for night hunting which he previously said was fuelling a “race war.”

“Young indigenous men — a preponderance of them are offenders, with criminal records — are going off shooting guns in the middle of the night,” Maclean’s magazine quotes Pallister as saying from his vacation home in Costa Rica.

“It doesn’t make sense.”

His comments came after a speech he made last week in which he said tension surrounding night hunting is leading to a “race war.”

“Young indigenous guys going out and shootin’ a bunch of moose ’cause they can, ’cause they say it’s their right, doesn’t make any sense to me,” he said in the speech.

“This is a poor practice. A dumb practice … It should stop.

“So what are we doing? We’re organizing to bring indigenous people together and say the same thing I just said to ya, ’cause it’s becoming a race war and I don’t want that.”

The Opposition is demanding Pallister apologize for his latest comments and commit to educating himself about First Nations.

Oh, dear. What a surprise:

An ex-KGB chief suspected of helping the former MI6 spy Christopher Steele to compile his dossier on Donald Trump may have been murdered by the Kremlin and his death covered up.

Oleg Erovinkin, a former general in the KGB and its successor the FSB, was found dead in the back of his car in Moscow on Boxing Day in mysterious circumstances.

Erovinkin was a key aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and now head of Rosneft, the state-owned oil company, who is repeatedly named in the dossier.
Erovinkin has been described as a key liaison between Sechin and Russian president Vladimir Putin.

But people insisted that there would be no slippery slope:

A Dutch woman doctor who drugged an elderly woman and then asked her family to hold her down as she fought desperately not to be killed did not break the law, according to medical experts citing the country's euthanasia legislation.

The shocking case was referred to the so-called Regional Review Committee in the Netherlands which admitted that while the case involved some irregularities that merited a reprimand, the female doctor had effectively acted in good faith.

And now, things you might not know about the Chinese New Year:

Cherries are such a popular food during the Festival that suppliers need to go to extremes in order to meet demand: Singapore Airlines recently flew four chartered jets to South East and North Asian areas. More than 300 tons are being delivered in time for the festivities.

(Merci beaucoup)

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