Thursday, June 29, 2017

Canada 150 Week: the Eve of Canada Day Eve

The day approaches ...

The advising mission in Iraq has been extended by two years:

The federal government has ordered the military to stay in Iraq for at least two more years, as the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant prepares to enter a new phase.

This would be unnecessary had the Right Honourable Coward kept up air strikes.

Teepees aren't that sturdy. Just kick it down:
What should have been seen coming from the proverbial mile away arrived at Parliament Hill overnight Thursday as First Nations protesters erected a teepee within security barricades to give the middle finger to Canada's 150th birthday celebration.

Surprise, surprise.

Amid cries of "shame," a dozen or so indigenous protesters found themselves temporarily in handcuffs as the RCMP attempted in vain to quell the demonstration, only to eventually release them all on the promise they steer clear of Parliament Hill for six months.

As if that's going to happen.


That's what some call "desperation":

Francois-Philippe Champagne is in Cincinnati for a meeting-packed June day as part of a concerted Canadian outreach campaign ahead of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

U.S. President Donald Trump describes the 1994 pact as a disaster and has threatened to walk away from it.
Concerned that any moves to abandon NAFTA or curb trade could cost thousands of jobs, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to remind Americans how important bilateral trade is while seeking allies to press the Canadian cause if threats emerge. ...

"We have to hammer, hammer, hammer away at this and when we're exhausted, hammer again," said one person involved in the Canadian effort.

Champagne's message is simple: "We are your largest client."

That's nice, but no one is in this to be neighbourly.

Professor Jordan Peterson continues being right:

Outspoken University of Toronto Prof. Jordan Peterson says his latest mission is to try to “stop (university) indoctrination in its tracks” by advising freshman students to avoid certain disciplines “like the plague.”

Those university disciplines which have been “corrupted” by what he calls the Post-Modernist (neo-Marxist) academics include Women’s Studies, Racial Studies, Sociology, Anthropology and English Literature — with the very “worst offenders” based in the faculties of education.

“(The neo-Marxist) professors are playing these insane bordering on murderous intellectual games (with their students), he told a crowd of nearly 700 at the first free speech summit in downtown Toronto Wednesday evening.

“It’s a cult and a war of ideas and freshmen coming in from high school should be encouraged to stay away from them (these disciplines).”

What Professor Peterson is describing is a finishing process. It begins at home where indulgent parent (s) refuse to nurture children academically or prepare them in any way for life. The process' next phase is elementary and secondary schools (or puppy mills) where heavily compensated Liberal voting teachers pass on their opinions as fact all while doing the bare minimum from a pedagogical standpoint. Bereft of critical thinking skills and inundated with ego-massaging flattery since birth, these students are ripe for the political plucking. If university students are asked to rate potential speakers according to their offense level, one can clearly see that academic institutions are anything places of learning.


Either way, it won’t be easy since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s position on this very thing is abundantly clear, as he outlined during the last election campaign.

“I’ll give you the quote so that you guys can jot it down and put it in an attack ad somewhere that the Liberal Party believes that terrorists should get to keep their Canadian citizenship,” he said. “Because I do. And I’m willing to take on anyone who disagrees with that.”

Trudeau’s premise is “as soon as you make citizenship for some Canadians conditional on good behaviour, you devalue citizenship for everyone” and that he finds it “very, very scary” to see an immigrant’s citizenship revoked because of violations of law.

And this:

A few days ago, a sniper with Canada's special forces broke the world record for longest confirmed kill, picking off a Soldier of Allah at 3,450 meters - which is over two miles. That's phenomenal and unprecedented, and the JTF2 guy who did it deserves all the honours the Canadian state can confer on him. On this 150th birthday I only hope we can continue to produce more men like that.

But what's the point if, for every ISIS barbarian you pick off at 3,450 meters, back on the home front you're importing hundreds and thousands of loons who support him and share his world view, day in, day out. There are more "British Muslims" fighting for al-Baghdadi than for the Queen. Thousands more: they feel their allegiance to the Caliphate in a way that they do not for Britain. Likewise with Rehab Dughmosh: she feels her allegiance to ISIS, and not for Canada. Never did. Pace the socks symbol Trudeau, making citizenship conditional on "good behaviour" - ie, non-treason - does not "devalue citizenship for everyone". Tolerating ISIS fighters holding UK and Canadian and Belgian citizenship is what "devalues citizenship for everyone". Rehab Dughmosh's Canadian citizenship devalues that JTF2 sniper's Canadian citizenship.

When citizenship is no longer about allegiance to a country that has given one succour, what is the point? The Liberals have flooded this country with convenient voters blocks.

They won't remain loyal forever.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In is in Washington:

President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday embarked on a five-day visit to the U.S., where he will meet his counterpart Donald Trump. 

On arrival in Washington, Moon started his itinerary with a visit to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. He laid a wreath at a memorial there commemorating the Battle of Jangjin (Chosin) Reservoir, one of the fiercest in the 1950-53 Korean War that left 10,400 American soldiers dead or injured. ...

Moon will then attend a business round table and dinner hosted by the Korean and American chambers of commerce. ...

Moon wraps up his official itinerary by having lunch with Pence. On Friday evening, he will give a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies about the South Korean government's diplomatic and security policies.
I'm sure people would like to hear all about Sunshine Policy Redux.

Malaysia has decided to stop issuing work permits for North Korean laborers in the wake of the apparent assassination of the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year, according to Malaysian government sources.

Considering that the previous curricula were terribly anti-Semitic, this may be an improvement:

Young Palestinian Faris Abu-Mayyaleh will soon find out how he did in his final high school exams, in which he answered questions about Israel's founding fathers and the history of Zionism.
Faris, 18, chose to study the Israeli curriculum instead of the Palestinian equivalent in the hope that it will open more doors at colleges in Israel and help him get work there.

"I know it's the 'Occupation'. But Palestine, Israel -- I don't care. I just want to go to university," said Abu-Mayyaleh, who lives and studies in East Jerusalem, annexed by Israel after the 1967 Middle East war.

Israel hopes many other Palestinians will share his attitude after offering additional funding to Palestinian schools in East Jerusalem if they agree to teach the Israeli curriculum.

The aim, it says, is to help young Palestinians gain the qualifications they need to find work in Israel more easily. It also offers Israel a chance to steer some Palestinians away from a curriculum it says is rife with anti-Semitism and incitement.


“From 1939-1945, Jews were being murdered during the Holocaust,” said Maman, “despite the fact that everyone around knew it was going on. It was three years into the genocide [of Christians and Yazidis] yet nobody acted. That is why I did what I did. I didn’t trust anyone else to do it.” In November 2014, Maman founded the Liberation of Christian and Yazidi Children of Iraq (CYCI) to free hostages from ISIS territory.

Good man.

Iraqi government troops have captured a mosque in Mosul:

After eight months of grinding urban warfare, Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the ruined mosque at the heart of Islamic State's de facto capital Mosul, and the prime minister declared the group's self-styled caliphate at an end.

Iraqi authorities expect the long battle for Mosul to end in coming days as remaining Islamic State fighters are bottled up in just a handful of neighborhoods of the Old City.

The seizure of the nearly 850-year-old Grand al-Nuri Mosque -- from where Islamic State proclaimed the caliphate nearly three years ago to the day -- is a huge symbolic victory.

Santa Claus came to town:

They have come to pray for the health of loved ones. They have come to ask for help to pass a tough exam, or to just get by in hard times. But mostly, they have come to be part of a once-in-a-millennium spiritual event: Saint Nicholas has come to town.

Since relics of Russia’s most beloved saint were brought to Moscow on May 21, more than a million people have waited in lines lasting as long as 10 hours to spend just an instant at the gilded ark that holds one of his ribs.


A pregnant woman has been charged for assault after injecting herself with heroin, causing harm to her unborn baby:

A Pennsylvania woman who overdosed on heroin while pregnant and had to undergo a cesarean section is being charged with assault on her unborn child, authorities said.

From sea to sea:

Travelling across the immensity of Canada is a reminder of how relatively little of it belongs under man’s dominion. Leave aside the cities which only dot the map; even agriculture has only touched a portion of the land. As impressive as the railway was, and the TransCanada Highway is, they remain the narrowest of ribbons etched into the landscape.

I will be in Ottawa for Dominion Day. It is possible that I will be less than moved by the self-congratulatory uplift, coupled with faux contrition for historic wrongs, that will mark the day.

It ought to be an occasion of gratitude. So my modest Canada 150 project was to pray Psalm 72, first at Cape Spear and then here on the beaches of Tofino, that indeed the Lord would have dominion from sea to sea, and that across this gracious land, He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor… (that) in His days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.”

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