Friday, February 23, 2018

Friday Post

The above is a picture of a dancing turkey. This is also a picture of a dancing turkey.

Oh, boy ...

What can one say about Trudeau's disastrous, unproductive and cringe-inducing family vacation state trip to India that has not already been said by numerous individuals who have hid their faces in their hands?

The Liberal Party of Canada’s crass partisanship and dubious vote-seeking schemes are catching up with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his official state visit to India.

Trudeau is used to being met with acclaim and international fanfare during his many trips abroad. But his reception in India has been strikingly different.

He’s received a cold-shoulder from his counterparts in India’s central government. Prime Minister Narenda Modi, known for his gracious hospitality and warm bear hugs when greeting foreign dignitaries, has entirely ignored the Canadian PM.

Modi did not show up at the airport to welcome Trudeau, he didn’t accompany the Canadian delegation to his home state of Gujarat, and he hasn’t posted a greeting message on social media to welcome Trudeau to India, as he’s done for other visiting leaders. ...

While trying to win favour with the influential Sikh lobby, a highly-organized and vote-rich community that helps Liberals get elected in key ridings in Vancouver and Toronto, Trudeau and his officials are accused of sympathizing with a radical cause championed by a small minority within the Canadian Sikh community.

In April 2017, Trudeau attended a Khalsa Day parade in Toronto where he rubbed elbows with separatists who want an independent Sikh country carved out of Northern India, known as Khalistan. The parade featured shrines and posters of Sikh militants and terrorists, and Trudeau spoke in front of a Khalistan separatist flag.

Our allies in India have taken notice, and many are angry over Trudeau’s pandering to extremists and meddling in India’s internal political affairs.

An extremist like this:

After the embarrassing revelation that a convicted attempted murderer with links to a Sikh terrorist group was invited to dine with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his official visit to India, the Liberal government has been quick to describe the incident as a mistake caused by a backbencher. 

“Obviously we take this situation extremely seriously. The individual in question never should have received an invitation and, as soon as we found out, we rescinded the invitation immediately,” Trudeau told reporters in India. “The member of Parliament who included this individual has, and will, assume full responsibility for his actions.”

But Jaspal Atwal, who was photographed with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi at an event in Mumbai on Tuesday, already had something of a history of inserting himself into Canadian Liberal politics before he was invited to the event on Thursday by MP Randeep Sarai.

Atwal was once a member of the International Sikh Youth Federation, an extremist group aiming to establish an independent Khalistan that was banned in Canada as a terrorist group in 2003. He was one of four men who shot and wounded an Indian cabinet minister, Malkiat Singh Sidhu, on Vancouver Island in 1986, and was convicted of attempted murder for his part in the attack. He served jail time and was later paroled. 

Atwal was also charged with a 1985 attack on former B.C. premier and Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh, a vocal opponent of the Sikh separatist movement, but was later acquitted.

Mr. Dosanjh cannot believe that Justin invited Atwal but really it should be no surprise:

It’s never a great sign when a visiting foreign leader feels the need to state that he thinks the potentially violent breakup of their country is a bad thing. “We support one united India,” Trudeau said in Mumbai this week. He had to say this due to Canada’s long reputation as a home for a diaspora of Sikh fundamentalists who seek to carve an independent Sikh homeland, Khalistan, out of India. This issue boiled over into devastating violence in India in the 1980s, with vicious anti-Sikh pogroms, a pro-Khalistan insurgency and brutal crackdowns by the Indian military. Most notably for Canada, 1985 saw Canadian Sikh fundamentalists perpetrate the bombing of Air India flight 182, still our worst-ever act of terrorism.

(Sidebar: one would think that when Amarinder Singh gave Justin a list of known Canada-based Sikh extremists after the former's insistence that Canada did not tolerate Sikh extremism, Justin would be doubly careful to avoid further embarrassment. Nope.)

Then came the very clumsy attempts to whitewash this debacle:

A man who was convicted of trying to assassinate an Indian cabinet minister in 1986 should not have been invited to receptions held in Delhi, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.

(Sidebar: oh, you think, Justin?)


Liberal’ Canadian Prime Minister's Office on Thursday withdrew invitation to High Commissioner dinner for Outlook magazine. 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau feted the world over as the new face of “liberalism” seem to find it difficult to accommodate critical media coverage. An hour-before the high commissioner’s reception cum for dinner for Trudeau the invitation to Outlook was withdrawn.

An Indian official called up to apologise in withdrawing the invitation at the last minute. But admitted that he was instructed by the Canadian PM’s Office to withdraw the invite because Outlook which had done a cover story on “ Khalistan - II made in Canada” cannot be in guest list to welcome Trudeau.

The most "transparent" government in the country finds it terribly inconvenient when someone points out their incompetence and/or sympathy towards terrorists and miscreants of all kinds.

But the proverbial cat was out of the bag and not even the water-carrying CBC can explain it away:

A senior government official with knowledge of the prime minister's security protocols is suggesting rogue political elements in India may have orchestrated the embarrassing invitation of a would-be political assassin to a formal dinner with Justin Trudeau in an attempt to make the Canadian government appear sympathetic to Sikh extremism.

This has shades of Joshua Boyle. It wasn't Justin's fault. It was the security team's fault. It wasn't Justin's fault that he made a jack@$$ out of himself and invited a known extremist to dinner. It was shadowmen.

Right ...

What can be added to this stream of steady disgust is that Justin's Zoolander-ish exploits may have no effect on the dope-smoking millennials who thrive on empty platitudes that Justin stammers out or the uber-rich Laurentians who always vote for the children of their country club chums no matter how embarrassingly brainless they are or the even the ethnic vote which should not only not exist in a country where everyone should be unequivocally Canadian but should be mortified that a white liberal thinks he can wear the culture better than the natives.

Vaguely related:

When picking out a tattoo, many people decide to go with a word that means something to them, only written in Chinese or Japanese. The problem with that is if you don't speak those languages, you have to trust someone else more familiar with the foreign tongue. Usually that's fine, but it turns out, sometimes it's not, as Alan Wong recently learned.  

Wong was taking a flight when he glanced at his seatmate's ankle and saw a word in Chinese and Japanese that probably doesn't say what it's owner thinks it does. 

Apparently, the tat reads "miso" in both languages. Maybe she loves the soup, but more likely someone played a joke on her. 

But, like, multiculturalism and stuff!


When a New York Times bestselling author noticed a blue-and-red flag flying near her home, she tipped off the local newspaper to report a "Confederate flag." But there was just one little problem – it was a Norwegian flag. 
The tip-off to the Seattle Times came from true-crime author Rebecca Morris. “Hi. Suddenly there is a Confederate flag flying in front of a house in my Greenwood neighborhood. It is at the north-east corner of 92nd and Palatine, just a block west of 92nd and Greenwood Ave N. I would love to know what this ‘means’… but of course don’t want to knock on their door. Maybe others in the area are flying the flag? Maybe it’s a story? Thank you.”

The Seattle Times was on the case, driving directly to scene. But when they arrived, they didn't see the Confederate flag at all. It was a Norwegian flag, being proudly flown by a Norwegian-American, who is showing his support to the Scandinavian country during the Olympics. 

I suppose the worldliness of leftists is as mythical as sea monsters.

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The Norwegian flag: avert your eyes! It might turn into something to make a big deal out of!

Moving on ...

From the most "transparent" government in the country's history:

More than two years after the election of a federal government that says it wants scientists to speak freely, more than half of federal scientists who respond to a new poll say they still don't feel they can.

When asked if they agree with the statement "I am allowed to speak freely and without constraints to the media about work I do at my Department/Agency," 53 per cent of 3,025 respondents answered "No."

The poll was commissioned by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), a union that represents more than 15,000 federal scientists.

The voluntary survey, conducted online by Environics Research between May 29 and June 27, 2017, was sent to 15,398 members.

It's just money:

Canadians could be paying more than $1.5 billion extra as the operating life of the military’s aging CF-18 fighter jets is extended for another 14 years.

The jets were to be taken out of service after 2025, but as Postmedia recently reported, delays in the Liberal government’s plan to buy replacements means the jets will need to continue operating until 2032. While the Department of National Defence says it still has yet to figure out how much that will cost, a December 2014 report produced by DND and the Canadian Forces raised concerns about further extending the life of the CF-18s.

“Rough order of magnitude incremental costs for an Estimated Life Expectancy of 2030 are just over $1.5 billion and are primarily due to the requirement for a new structural life extension program needed to enable the CF-18 to be flown beyond its current safe life,” said the report, which was prepared for the previous Conservative government.

That roughly $1.5 billion would be on top of the $500 million the Liberal government has set aside to buy 18 used Australian F-18s as a stop-gap until it can acquire new planes.

It's just public policy that can never get off the ground:

Trudeau is the reductio ad absurdum of the illusion that the whole concept of practical difficulties is either a failure of imagination or a plot to thwart social justice. Hence his response to the failure of any high-minded sweeping promise to which no real practical thought was given, is to make an even more sweeping one with even less thought, including his recent third pledge of total transformation of Aboriginal policy in Canada. But this “gender-based policy analysis” is far more astoundingly cosmic.

A parting shot. Why not? :

In her last week in office, Canada's information watchdog is accusing the Liberal government of reneging on its promise to bring a new era of openness to Ottawa and of failing to defend the "Charter right" of Canadians to quick and easy access to federal documents and data.

"The government is sliding into more secrecy and actually not delivering on its promise," Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault said in an interview. "I think it is having a bit of a conflicting reaction, with its open government initiative and its pro-active disclosure on one side, and on the flip side, the way it is administering access to information in a reactive manner. Disclosure rates are down with this government, surprisingly."

After her appointment in 2010, Ms. Legault went through a number of public and legal battles with the Conservative government of Stephen Harper. Ms. Legault said she had high hopes after the Liberals won the 2015 general election with a promise to define government information as "open by default" and bring Canada's access regime into the digital age.

However, she said the reality has been different. While the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau spent much of its first year in government consulting Canadians on a wide number of topics, she said her views were never solicited before proposed amendments to the Access to Information Act were tabled last year.

"Bill C-58 is a bill for the bureaucracy, it's definitely not a bill for transparency," she said of the proposed legislation now in front of the Senate. "The government has made some amendments to the proposed legislation, but it is still regressive in many respects."

Well, that's "transparency" for you. 

If Zahra Kazemi did not matter, neither will Kavous Seyed-Emami:

Today, the family of Seyed-Emami has been essentially abandoned by this Liberal government. Sen. Linda Frum has been demanding the Liberals take action, but has gotten little response. Omar Alghabra, the parliamentary secretary for consular affairs, has expressed “concern” and asked Iran for information. It’s a scandalously weak response.

(Sidebar: this Omar Alghabra.) 

Raymond Cormier may be a sleazebag but he was found not guilty due to lack of forensic evidence. If the victim, Tina Fontaine, means more to people dead than alive, one must wonder at the soulless people who use her as a prop:

Supporters of Tina Fontaine plan to hold a walk in Winnipeg today to honour the girl a day after the man accused of killing her was found not guilty.

A jury acquitted Raymond Cormier, 56, of second-degree murder after 11 hours of deliberation.

The verdict was met with anger and sadness by Indigenous leaders who say the 15-year-old girl was completely let down by the social safety net that was supposed to protect her.

"The CFS (Children and Family Services) system has definitely failed Tina Fontaine, the Winnipeg Police Services failed Tina Fontaine and Canadian society failed Tina Fontaine," said Kevin Hart, the Assembly of First Nations regional chief for Manitoba.

"Everybody right now across this country should be ashamed of themselves for the injustice that just occurred here."

Why didn't her family protect her?

Considering that anyone can cry "residential school!" and skate on a drugs charge or get government funding, it's quite rich to demand more, more and more.

Oh, that must be embarrassing:

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Colton Haab said he was approached by CNN to ask a question at Wednesday night's town hall but decided not to after the network gave him a "scripted question," quashing one he wrote himself. Haab, a member of the Junior ROTC shielded students while the school was under attack from the shooter, said he was going to ask about using veterans as armed security guards.

(Merci beaucoup)

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