Thursday, February 02, 2017


So much going on in the world...

The latest in the Ministry of Truth's latest fiasco:

The suspect in the shooting rampage at a Canadian mosque visited the site before Sunday's massacre, asking for money and scouting the scene before returning with guns and killing six men as they prayed, a member of the mosque said.


Police said that between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. an employee at the Khadijah Masjid Islamic Centre in Montreal's Pointe-Sainte-Charles neighbourhood discovered a window had been smashed with a heavy object. The building had also been egged.

The director of the mosque, Asik Ahmad, told CBC News the mosque was also spray-painted with graffiti a few days ago. He said he didn't think anything of that incident until the vandalism escalated this morning.
Oh, really?

There is something not quite right about this headline:

No, this headline simply will not do.

This one is more accurate:

Unable to Deal With A Leader With Real World Experience and Whose Reforms Could Really Screw Things Up for Canada, Trudeau Waits For Further Instructions Before Acting

That's better.

Don't take sides. Just watch the train wreck:

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May feels “betrayed” by the government’s decision to abandon its electoral reform promise, and has criticized the prime minister for throwing “two young women cabinet ministers under the bus” in the process.

The Saanich-Gulf Islands MP made the comments to reporters in the House of Commons foyer Wednesday, shortly after Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould confirmed the Liberals will break one of their marquee election pledges.

“I have to say as a woman leader of a federal political party in this country, I am deeply ashamed that our feminist prime minister threw two young women cabinet ministers under the bus on a key election promise, that he left them twisting in the wind and not fulfilling,” she said.

May referenced Gould, who replaced Maryam Monsef as democratic institutions minister after a January cabinet shuffle. Monsef was moved to Status of Women. Both are rookie MPs.

Never mind that neither could change Canadians' mind about how they elect their crooks politicians, but whatever...

Oh, look - more transparency

In addition, Defence department officials had earlier warned against buying an interim fighter jet. But the report containing those warnings, which had been on the department’s website for more than a year, was quietly removed after the Liberal government announced its Super Hornet purchase.

If a province needs welfare from another province to survive, it needs to be cut off:

The best way to understand this is to visit communities in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. Some are entirely dependent on transfer arrangements. For example, in 2014 the mayor of Souris, P.E.I. accused the federal government of murdering his town when it made minor adjustments to the EI program. A visitor to Souris would find the dependence noted by the mayor depressing. In fact, Souris is generally depressing. The retail community is minimal. Many businesses barely hang on. The housing stock appears dilapidated. Social indicators are poor. The town appears grey and worn.

Subsidy arrangements such as equalization have caused or contributed to these problems because they have discouraged economic-adjustment processes. 

It is also clear that remarkably large federal subsidies have not helped people in Souris avoid the circumscribed lives that living in a depressed community inevitably causes. Sadly, many communities resemble Souris.

Cut him loose:

Longtime conservative organizer Nick Kouvalis announced with a Facebook post Thursday evening he is resigning his position “because it has become clear that I have become a distraction to the campaign.”

“When a member of a campaign team becomes the focus of media coverage, the time comes to resign,” Kouvalis continued.

Among other things, Kouvalis has been criticized lately for using alt-right terminology on Twitter — such as the word “cuck” — to insult critics who didn’t like Leitch’s ideas.

He also claimed he deliberately tweeted false information about spending by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, later adding another post that explained he was trying to drive left-leaning people “nuts.”

“The campaign should be solely about the candidate and their plans, not their staff’s beliefs, nor their staff’s conduct,” Kouvalis’s statement read. “It has also become clear to me that the pressures that come with a stressful campaign leadership role are not conducive to my personal wellbeing.”

Oh, that doesn't sound good:

U.S. ties with staunch ally Australia became strained on Thursday after details about an acrimonious phone call between its leaders emerged and U.S. President Donald Trump said a deal between the two nations on refugee resettlement was "dumb."

Sally Yates could have resigned her post if she felt the ban was wrong.

But, oh no:

Yates’s attempt to justify her action is incoherent and untenable. The crux of her position was not that the order was illegal but that its legality is open to dispute and she had yet to be convinced it was legal. Indeed, she acknowledged that the department’s own Office of Legal Counsel had concluded that the order was legal. Instead, she vaguely suggested that the president could have hidden motives for the order that somehow affect its legality. She never explained what these are or how they could invalidate the order. She summarily justified her obstruction on the grounds that she was not yet “convinced that the Executive Order is lawful” and that she did not think it wise policy. While she was free to resign if she disagreed, neither her policy objection nor her legal skepticism can justify her attempt at overruling the president.

I don't know what Poland expects to get from this. The findings of this accident revealed that the weather and the pilots' inability to land (among other things) were chief factors in that disaster:

Poland’s government says it is taking Russia to the United Nations’ principal court over the continuing probe into the 2010 death of Poland’s president in a plane crash in Russia and Moscow’s refusal to turn over the wreckage.

There was a lot of talk at the Senate hearings on North Korea but when will there be action?

In his testimony, Snyder called for (of course) strengthening the alliances with South Korea and Japan, tougher secondary sanctions on North Korea’s Chinese enablers, and “that we erode Kim Jong Un’s internal support base by making the argument that North Korean elites can have a better future outside the regime than in it and by increasing the incentives and pathways for them to exit North Korea.”

Now, when will this oft-stated set of plans come into fruition?


And now, a restaurant in Japan offers, for a cheap price, one all the beef one could eat on Meat Day, which, apparently, is a thing:

Ironically, though, Onyasai’ restaurants specialize in shabu-shabu, a type of meaty hotpot. That means the chain is eager to take part on Japan’s periodicMeat Day celebrations, often held when the date can be written with the numerals 2 and 9, which can be read as ni and ku, the components of the Japanese word niku, or “meat.”

So on February 9 (2-9), Onyasai will be offering all-you-can-eat beef for just 290 yen (US$2.50)


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