Tuesday, July 11, 2017

For a Tuesday

This fellow has the right idea.

As quickly as the Liberals were to cheat a widow and her children out of the money they richly deserve, the opinion against that despicable action has back-fired on them:

More than two-thirds of Canadians feel Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the wrong choice in awarding a $10.5 million settlement to Omar Khadr, according to a new poll by the Angus Reid Institute.

And while the survey shows that a majority of Liberals and New Democrats are opposed to the government's decision, how the numbers compare to previous polling suggests that views on Khadr have hardened over the last decade — and that he remains a divisive figure.

(Sidebar: by "divisive", I'm sure the CBC means that Canadians are appalled that a convicted murderer is essentially being rewarded for his crimes, that other terrorists will see this as a get-rich-quick scheme, that Trudeau is a coward for not only this but hiding away while this outrage went down and that the CBC's beloved government is a den of vipers so odious that no one can stand them.)

The poll was conducted by the Angus Reid Institute (ARI) between July 7 and 10, in the wake of news that the government had reached a financial settlement with Khadr and had apologized for the Canadian government's role in his incarceration and torture at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. military prison.

Fully 71 per cent of respondents agreed the government had "done the wrong thing" and should have fought Khadr in court, where he was suing the government for $20 million for breaching his civil rights. 

Only 29 per cent believed the government did the right thing, and just 35 per cent believed Trudeau had no choice but to offer the apology and financial compensation.

This disapproval with the government's decision extended to Trudeau's own supporters: 61 per cent of Canadians who said they voted Liberal in 2015 felt that the wrong decision had been made. That increased to 64 per cent among NDP voters.

But opposition was greatest among Conservatives, with just 9 per cent thinking the right decision had been made. The poll also found 69 per cent of Conservative voters would have offered nothing to Khadr — compared to less than a third of Liberals and New Democrats.

Just under 40 per cent of supporters of those two parties would have offered Khadr an apology and financial compensation were they in the government's shoes, while another 27 to 30 per cent would have offered an apology.

Nationwide, 29 per cent of Canadians would have offered Khadr an apology and compensation while 25 per cent would have only apologized. Forty-three per cent of respondents would have offered him nothing.

Frankly, I think some of these figures are appallingly low. Khadr is a hateful creature who bragged about killing Christopher Speer and wounding Layne Morris. Considering the account of the Speer's death and Khadr's capture, it is clear that Khadr not only was embedded with terrorists but threw the grenade that killed Speer. He positioned himself as an enemy of the country he is now bilking. Canada owes him nothing. 

Khadr’s civil suit was heavily focused on the unconstitutional conduct of the Liberal government in the 2002-2003 Chr├ętien-Martin period. Liberal heavyweights and officials from that epoch were included in formulating the Khadr settlement. Because of the deal’s convenient confidentiality clause it is not even clear whether or when Trudeau approved it or whether he learned of the deal’s contents only when everybody else did, last week.

Last Friday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale attempted to fault the previous Conservative government for the mess: “The Harper government could have repatriated Mr. Khadr or otherwise resolved the matter.” But that falls flat, and not just because Goodale was a cabinet minister back in 2002-2003 when misdeeds were being committed by Canadian officials apparently working on the instruction that Khadr’s constitutional rights did not exist.

Blaming someone else for the mess might work if Canadians across the spectrum forgot about Ad Scam, Aga Khan and all the other sh-- the Liberals tried getting away with. 

A further case in point:

Marilyn Poitras stepped down from the five-member commission, citing issues with the "current structure" of the inquiry.


The resignation of one of the five commissioners of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women has prompted calls for the commission to be restructured, for the chief commissioner to step down — and, from some quarters, for more patience.

But as the list of resignations grows longer, there’s no clear consensus from Indigenous leaders about what changes, if any, need to be made and what direction the inquiry should take.

There is nothing like an aimless and pointless waste of money to bring out the frustration in the people conducting a proverbial train wreck.

But if this was really about finding answers, as opposed to just blaming the white man or whatever bogey-man people are mad at these days,  this inquiry would never have taken off in the first place. It's a show trial spear-headed by a virtue-signalling hand puppet.

All hat and no cattle?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend the Calgary Stampede after all, backtracking on an earlier decision to skip the event that angered some Albertans.

(Sidebar: why? I imagine that having a conversation with him is like being hit on the head with a hammer.)

Trudeau over-estimates people's ability to forget what an @$$hole he is and how little charm he really possesses.

In other news ...

It's as though he is a sickly baby:

Chinese doctors were working to treat critically ill Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, as the government hardened its position against growing pleas to allow China's best-known political prisoner to leave for treatment overseas.

A stark update issued Monday evening by Liu's hospital said he was suffering from poor kidney function and bleeding in the liver from metastasizing tumors. It heightened pressure on Beijing, which has resisted appeals from several nations to let Liu and his family go.

Parents and doctors are facing up to fifteen years in prison for their involvement in FGM:

Doctors, parents and others involved in female genital mutilation in Michigan will face up to 15 years in prison under new laws signed Tuesday that were sparked by an ongoing criminal case involving six young girls.

The legislation stemmed from a federal case against six people connected to an India-based Muslim sect called Dawoodi Bohra who are accused of being involved in the genital mutilation of two girls from Minnesota and four from Michigan. The procedures were allegedly carried out by a doctor at a clinic in suburban Detroit.

Passing a tax on rich people only makes them move away:

Seattle’s wealthiest would become the only Washington state residents to pay an income tax under legislation approved by the City Council, a measure designed as much to raise revenue as to open a broader discussion about whether the wealthy pay their fair share.

The council voted unanimously Monday to impose a 2.25 per cent tax on the city’s highest earners. Personal income in excess of $250,000 for individuals and in excess of $500,000 for married couples filing joint returns would be taxed.

Baby teeth offer clues about an extinct branch of Neanderthals:

More than 100,000 years ago in a Siberian cave there lived a child with a loose tooth. One day her molar fell out, and fossilized over many millenniums, keeping it safe from the elements and the tooth fairy.

But she wasn’t just any child. Scientists say she belonged to a species of extinct cousins of Neanderthals and modern humans known today as the Denisovans. ...

Scientists exploring Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains discovered the worn baby tooth in 1984 and labeled it ‘Denisova 2.’ At the time, its origins were a mystery. But now, after performing DNA analysis on the deciduous, or baby, tooth, researchers say it was one of the elusive Denisovans.

“We think based on the DNA sequences that ‘Denisova 2’ is at least 100,000 years, possibly 150,000 years old. Or a bit more,” said Slon. “So far it makes it the oldest Denisovan.”

She said the baby tooth is at least 20,000 years older than the next oldest Denisovan specimen, a molar labeled ‘Denisova 8.’ It is also one of the oldest hominin remains found in Central Asia so far.

And now, award-winning beer:

Canadian breweries had a strong showing at this year’s U.S. Open Beer Championship, winning a total of 24 medals with one Ontario brewery placing in the top 10. Breweries from around the world – including Australia, Belgium, Venezuela and Vietnam – submitted more than 6,000 beers in over 100 styles.

Ontario brewers won 21 medals; while Quebec took home two and B.C. one. The big Canadian winner is Cameron’s Brewing of Oakville, Ont., which was named one of the Top 10 Breweries of 2017 and won medals in four other categories, including Bitter (Gold; One-Eyed Grouse) and American Lager/Pilsner (Silver; Captain’s Log Lager).

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