Thursday, February 09, 2017

Thursday Post

Lots to talk about...

Trudeau has sent emissaries to Washington to soften Trump before official talks on Monday:

Several senior Canadian government ministers visited Washington this week to meet their U.S. counterparts as part of a charm offensive designed to persuade the Trump team not to single out Canada during the NAFTA talks.

Good luck with those selfies, Hair-Boy. That is all you will get out of this trip. If Trump is serious about NAFTA, relying on our "good neighbour" status is not going to work. That is blood in the water seeped from a wound on the colossally stupid. People depending on Hair-Boy to stand up for the Canadian economy haven't been paying attention to recent events on either side of the border. Trump wants American jobs, low tariffs and no "lone wolves" slipping into the US. Trudeau can promise none of that, but Trump can re-introduce tariffs in the event NAFTA is scrapped completely.

Once more, Trudeau's incompetence will stick it to the taxpayer.

Speaking of sticking it to the taxpayer:

Canadian troops critical to the fight against ISIS have lost a major tax break that had saved them more than $9,000 each over the course of a six-month tour.

The tax breaks, worth between $1,500 to $1,800 per month, are provided to soldiers who meet certain criteria related to the risk of their duties and the relative hardship of their living conditions while deployed overseas.

Fifteen soldiers at Camp Arfijan, a base in Kuwait, lost the tax break in September, after the military downgraded the risk level. They fought to get it back, arguing that they faced no less danger or hardship than other soldiers stationed in the country.

But instead of restoring the tax break to Camp Arifjan’s soldiers, the military took the exemption away from the more than 300 soldiers stationed in Kuwait who will no longer be eligible as of June 1st, 2017.

One soldier told CTV News that, out of all the nations fighting ISIS, he believes the Canadians are the only ones who will not be getting the tax break. The Pentagon confirmed to CTV News that all American soldiers deployed to Kuwait receive tax exemption status.
 But, then again, vets voted for Trudeau, so...

Trump's executive order - a ban of seven countries, three of which are on the terrorism sponsorship list - will not be reinstated any time soon:

A federal appeals court refused Thursday to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, dealing another legal setback to the new administration’s immigration policy.

(Sidebar: Cuba is also on the terrorism sponsorship list. Obama refused to help Cuban refugees towards the end of his presidency. There were fewer cries of protest.)

When the next terrorist attack occurs, American citizens can be sure where the allegiances of their judiciary lie.

Also - the biggest pantload you will read all day:

Canada has long prided itself on being a multicultural nation that values inclusion, opening its borders to refugees and immigrants, no matter their ethnicity or religion.

But has U.S. President Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban, his promise to build a wall on the Mexican border and months of pre-election anti-immigrant rhetoric led to a rise in racial intolerance in this country?

What else is Trump's fault? The Death Star?

Perhaps this sort of insanity should be encouraged. I mean - when you stretch credulity too far, no one will believe insane horsesh-- about Trump. 

Do not get me started on the veneer of political multiculturalism in Canada.


... they insisted poutingly.

Paris is spending 20 million euros ($22 million) to build a protective barrier around the Eiffel Tower to replace temporary structures that were put up after a series of terror attacks.

What's billions of dollars between friends?

A rough tally of the ballooning financial plight of the electricity sectors in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Newfoundland quickly runs to more than $50 billion in new debt and imbedded costs for investments that threaten to be money-losing drags on growth and consumers — and the federal government —for years to come.


On Wednesday night, after the mercury tipped 42 degrees Celsius in Adelaide, 90,000 homes and businesses had their power shut off for 45 minutes, in a process called load shedding, because there was not enough supply to meet demand.


A North Korean defector in Russia may be deported, something that is certain death:

A North Korean defector who had lived in Russia illegally for 20 years has been arrested and is now in danger of being sent home to the North. 

The Fontanka daily in St. Petersburg identified the man as Choe Myong-bok, adding that a court has ruled that he should be deported to the North.

Choe had worked as a logger in Siberia, but escaped in 1999 and hid from authorities in St. Petersburg for nearly two decades.

The decision to repatriate him comes under a controversial agreement between Pyongyang and Moscow from February last year on the detention and repatriation of defectors and illegal immigrants.
The court order is expected to be carried out on Friday.

Please, Santa, let this be true:
Sarah Palin's name been making the rounds for weeks as a prospective ambassador to Canada, and today the White House suggested that it's not outside the realm of possibility.

She points to where the smoldering embers of the House of Commons will be.

If this doesn't warm your heart, nothing will:

Kat Smith, a 41-year-old mother from Dorset, England, gave birth prematurely to beautiful twin girls in early November 2016 — approximately three months before they were due. Jasmine and Amber Smith-Leach were born at low birth rates, 2 lbs. 2 oz. and 2 lbs. 12 oz., respectively, and were fighting for their lives at Poole Hospital.

Miraculously, a crochet octopus toy helped provide comfort to the twins. When the girls were asleep, they held onto the tentacles tightly. By two weeks old, mom said that although the twins had a few conditions associated with premature birth, they were doing really well.


(Merci beaucoup)

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