Monday, May 15, 2017

For a Monday

 The day it was ...

Japan is on alert after North Korea pulls off a successful missile launch:

North Korea on Monday boasted of a successful weekend launch of a new type of “medium long-range” ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. Outsiders also saw a significant technological jump, with the test-fire apparently flying higher and for a longer time period than any other such previous missile.

Amid condemnation in Seoul, Tokyo and Washington, a jubilant North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised more nuclear and missile tests and warned that his country’s weapons could strike the U.S. mainland and Pacific holdings. ...

Japanese officials said Sunday that the missile flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan.

Japan is the only serious player left in this game. This is after the South Koreans committed national suicide and elected Moon Jae-In whose approach to North Korea and the lunatic who runs it is simply the Sunshine Policy Redux. Why would Kim Jong-Un worry about a sympathetic leftist who promised to re-open Kaesong Industrial Complex? I doubt Mr. Moon is even aware of malnourished North Korean soldiers tilling fields.

Inconsequential details, one supposes.

The next successful missile launch could end up as the next Yeonpyeong Island or Cheonan.

Japan could find itself standing alone.

Trudeau is the reason why we haven't withdrawn from the UN:

For more than a year, a United Nations agency in Geneva has been helping North Korea prepare an international patent application for production of sodium cyanide -- a chemical used to make the nerve gas Tabun -- which has been on a list of materials banned from shipment to that country by the U.N. Security Council since 2006.

How could this go wrong?

Just like this going wrong:

The Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, currently calling itself Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), has succeeded in getting itself off Canada's list of designated terrorist entities following its latest identity shift.

That complicates the task of prosecuting Canadians who travel to join the group, send it money or propagandize on its behalf.

Because those at the helm are simultaneously morally corrupt and stupid.

That would be my educated guess.

The United Nations is actively helping one of the worst regimes on the planet obtain a patent for a nerve gas. This is the same United Nations in which China sits permanently on the security council. The same China that safeguards North Korea no matter how reckless its dictator is. The same China Trudeau openly admires. The same Trudeau who will not commit to "peacekeepers" in Mali, whose alleged participation with the ethics commissioner is under wraps, never to see the light of day and scrutiny, who violates even his own conflict of interest guidelines by appointing John Herhalt of the accounting firm KPMG as the treasurer for the Liberal party after an investigation into its tax dodging (by a Liberal-dominated committee, one might add) ceased, the same one who will avoid the mess of an al-Qaeda affiliate removed from terrorist list and the same one who is probably unaware that there are TWO Koreas, let alone what to do if Kim makes a lucky strike off of the coast of British Columbia.

None of this will end well.

Moving on ...

While Trudeau was getting his hair done, someone thought to move without him:

While British Columbia was counting absentee ballots from this week’s election to find out who will form the next government — which could mean more political risk for proposed multi-billion-dollar liquefied natural gas projects — the United States was announcing a big deal with China that paves the way for an acceleration of its LNG industry.

And why would Trump empower China?

Rona Ambrose to resign as an MP:

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose is expected to resign her seat in the House of Commons this summer, sources confirmed Monday.

The longtime Alberta MP has been serving as the temporary head of the party since the fall of 2015.

Why not elect our judges?

An unelected judge has made a ruling that will significantly weaken the value of Canadian citizenship.

The landmark decision delivered by the Federal Court this week drastically restricts the government’s ability to revoke citizenship from people who gained it through fraud or misrepresentation.

The previous Conservative government introduced a streamlined process for stripping citizenship from fraudsters, liars and terrorists. Canada has long revoked citizenship from those who become Canadians on false pretenses – a policy that even Justin Trudeau defended in 2015.

Despite Trudeau’s big talk that “a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian,” his government stripped more citizenships in its first year in office than the previous Conservative government had in seven years.

But now, thanks to judicial activism pushing a big government agenda, the streamlined process will be dismantled.

Individuals found to have lied or cheated to become a citizen will be afforded more tax-payer funded resources to plead their case and appeal decisions they don’t like.

Yes, Justin's dad at that same feeling:

The awkward Canadian leader had long believed that he had been elevated to the prime minister’s office for a higher purpose. And as a holy feeling seemed to enshroud King as he entered the Third Reich, he determined that this meeting with the Fuhrer was it; the pinnacle of his spiritual journey — “the day for which I was born.”

“I imagine, Mr. King, this is the greatest day of your life,” King’s secretary, Edward Pickering, told his visibly enthralled boss.

In reality, he was striding into one of the darkest hours in Canadian diplomatic history. Hitler would fool many on his path to orchestrating the Second World War, but few more thoroughly than the envoy of Canada.

“As I talked with him, I could not but think of Joan of Arc,” wrote King in his diary that night.

But Saint Joan of Arc wasn't a fascist, so ....

And now,  packing tips because holiday season is right around the corner.

(Merci beaucoup to all)

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