Friday, July 30, 2021

Friday Post



Odds and ends ...



What former Prime Minister Stephen Harper fails to bring to light is that Western civilisation, the best that humanity has ever seen, is dying because it would rather embrace the nihilism and antipathy of cultural Marxism (the left's guiding ethos) than the ingenuity, imagination and moral and physical fortitude that made the West great. The former's ethos is why so many morons vote for a scumbag (in a rigged game and not a checked and balanced system, one might add) who gropes or hits women and wastes a country's natural potential in lieu of a murderous dictatorship:

In a rare and uniquely candid interview, former prime minister Stephen Harper warned of a “nihilist” modern left bent on “ripping everything down” and seeking to “end the democratic system.”

“If it plays out, our societies fail,” Harper said in a Tuesday edition of the podcast American Optimist. He added, “the adolescent egos of the woke university crowd is not an alternative governing philosophy for any society.”



I smell another lockdown!:

Canada is headed towards a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, but how severe of a resurgence it’ll be depends on how many people are fully vaccinated, warns new national modelling released Friday.


(Sidebar: oh, from the "vaccinated" people?)


Canada’s top doctors say Alberta’s decision to end isolation requirements for those who test positive for COVID-19, or who have been in close contact with someone who has, could have ripple effects across the country.


Polling from the Association for Canadian Studies (ASC) also points to a widespread hesitation among vaccinated people to be among non-vaccinated people in dining rooms, gyms, airplanes, and at work. A big majority of vaccinated Canadians said they should be entitled to “greater freedoms” than non-vaccinated people.


F--- off, snowflakes.


Cabinet should mandate vaccine passports, says a federal executives’ periodical. The Prime Minister has called it an “extreme measure,” while one federal agency said any passport mandate would breach the Privacy Act: “It is an encroachment on civil liberties.”

There is only "transparency":

Cabinet yesterday proposed to appoint a chief internet censor with sweeping powers to block websites, investigate anonymous complaints and conduct closed-door hearings into legal but hurtful content deemed a threat to “democratic institutions.” Technical papers released by Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department said cabinet would determine “the threshold for what constitutes potentially illegal content.”


The Liberal government’s online harms bill would create a new regulator for illegal content with sweeping powers that critics say raise concerns about secret proceedings and Canadians’ charter rights.


The Charter is toilet paper and will not protect anyone from what China's Vichy government wants to do. 

Canadians also lack basic math skills, as well:

According to a new survey from Harris Poll, commissioned by staffing firm Express Employment Professionals, 59 per cent of Canadian businesses say they can’t find qualified employees to fill vacancies. And a third of those businesses say one big reason is because prospective hires don’t have soft skills such as dependability, flexibility and a willingness to learn.


Let them eat taxes!:

Elections Canada research shows a majority of electors oppose giving the ballot to high schoolers. A bill to lower the federal voting age to 16 was given Second Reading in the Senate on June 22: “What about running for public office?”


Whoa! Are there shoes for this? What about fire insurance?:

The priest, Rheal Forest, made the comments during a handful of masses at St. Emile Catholic Church in Winnipeg earlier this month. Forest was filling in for the parish’s regular priest.

During one service, Forest said he worked in the north for 22 years and believes students enjoyed their time at residential schools. He also suggested survivors claimed they were victims of sexual abuse to get settlement money.

“If they wanted extra money, for the money that was given to them, they had to lie sometimes,” Forest told parishioners.

“Lie that they were abused sexually and, oop, another $50,000. It’s kind of hard if you are poor not to lie.”


Some church in Winnipeg is going to burn down.



Unimaginative hack fan-boys, aging feminists and a Chinese-appeasing corporation helped destroy characters that were once appealing.

Not that Black Widow was that great but, you know, cash and all that:

A cinema industry executive familiar with the thinking at Disney said Iger is frustrated that Chapek may have harmed the company's carefully cultivated relationships in the all-important China market with its "Black Widow" release strategy.

Disney's choice of July 9 to release the latest Marvel movie internationally bumped into China's month-long celebrations of the Chinese Communist Party's 100-year anniversary. The cinema industry executive noted that China has yet to give a release date for "Black Widow." Widespread piracy of the movie also threatens to hurt the China box office.


As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, Johansson’s lawsuit argues that Disney’s decision to employ a simultaneous release strategy for Black Widow “intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel,” as the actress’ salary for appearing in the film was based heavily on its box office returns.

According to “a person familiar with details of her contract”, Black Widow’s Disney Plus release will purportedly cost the actress more than $50 Million USD.


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Mid-Week Post



Your middle-of-the-week tipple ...



It's just money:

Federal agencies yesterday declined comment on a $120 million housing loan to one of Canada’s wealthiest developers. Cabinet earlier defended the loan as critical: “Companies, given their financial statements, don’t seem to be worthy recipients of taxpayers’ largesse.”  


Net wealth taxes: The NDP is pushing for a one per cent annual net wealth tax on fortunes more than $20 million. The Parliamentary Budget Office predicts the tax would raise 0.2 per cent of GDP ($5.6 billion). The virtue is in supposedly making a few wealthy Canadians pay “their fair share” — even though the top 1 per cent already pays close to 20 per cent of personal income taxes. The extra revenue won’t make much of a dent in $500 billion in federal spending this year. Of the 12 countries that had general net wealth taxes in 1990, only four still do today (Colombia, Norway, Spain and Switzerland) and they collect only small amounts of revenue. Many countries have annual property taxes on housing that raise much more revenue.


(Sidebar: the NDP also like censorship, so there's that.) 


In its most recent Fiscal Sustainability Report, the PBO warns that the federal government will not return to a balanced budget until 2070 under the status quo.

In its estimate, the PBO says the government is projected to tack on an additional $2.7 trillion in debt before balancing the budget in 2070. Interest charged will cost Canadians approximately $3.8 trillion by 2070.


The newest entry is the Pay Equity Act requiring federally regulated employers and the federal public sector to pay the same wages to women as to men for work of the same “value.” Indeed, we have a brand-new Pay Equity Commissioner, with a host of highly paid bureaucrats under her, to ensure compliance.

Now, how can I be so churlish as to object to any of this, beyond its expense?

Because we live in a capitalist society where the price of labour is measured by a combination of competitive pressures and supply and demand. If our trucking companies have to pay their office staff the same as their truck drivers because a zealous government bureaucrat deems them to be of “equal value,” then our trucking companies’ wage burden will ascend dramatically. They will be unable to compete with U.S. trucking companies and eventually go out of business.


Also - wow. You know it's bad when even leftists who have no idea how a national economy works point out your crippling shortcomings:

The Liberals are pushing forward with the cuts even though the party acknowledges that many of the jobs wiped out by the pandemic aren’t coming back at the same rate of pay. In place of additional worker supports, however, the party is instead doubling down on its commitment to tech entrepreneurialism.

It’s yet another sign that Justin Trudeau’s party is reconciling itself to a post-pandemic austerity regime in which employers will impose a new regressive standard on working people across Canada, leading to widening inequality and rising precarity in the labor market — all in the name of innovation.



Did someone think that no one would notice this?:

The RCMP in Nova Scotia has replaced two members of the team assigned to provide information to the public inquiry into the April 2020 killing spree, after claims of a potential conflict of interest were raised.

Chief Supt. John Robin was assigned to lead the team. He’s married to Chief Supt. Janis Gray, who leads the Halifax RCMP.


 Quebec is special

The Quebec government has refused to approve construction of a liquified natural gas (LNG) facility in the Saguenay, north of Quebec City, following years of opposition from citizens, Indigenous communities and environmental experts.

The decision, announced Wednesday by Environment Minister Benoit Charette, effectively kills a $14-billion project that would have carried natural gas from Western Canada across Quebec to the Saguenay port, then shipped it to markets overseas.

Premier François Legault's government had initially been a proponent of the project, which it hoped would diversify the economy in a region largely dependent on the aluminum and forestry industries.

But the government also set out three criteria for approving the natural gas facility: it had to help with the transition toward greener forms of energy, lower greenhouse gas emissions and have sufficient public support.

Charette said an analysis by his ministry determined the Énergie Saguenay project couldn't meet the first two criteria. Ministry officials didn't bother analyzing the third.



Rather than be sensible and apologise to the potentially or perpetually offended later, the Liberals (who have screwed up and keep screwing up this Chinese-made crisis) opted to plow through everyone:

Canadians fault cabinet for waiting too long to ban international flights as a pandemic precaution, says in-house federal research. Canada did not restrict air traffic until ten weeks after the first Covid death was reported in Wuhan: “We remain concerned about social anxiety, misinformation and discrimination in the Chinese-Canadian community.”

Also - was it something China said?:

Canadians see the Communist Chinese regime as the biggest threat to Canada’s national security, according to a recent report by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).

“A clear majority, 58%, see China as the biggest threat to Canada,” said a report titled Attitudes To CSIS. “It is followed distantly by Russia (18%), North Korea (10%) and Syria (4%).”


Canadians rate China a more serious threat to national interest than Russia or North Korea. The findings follow in-house research by a federal agency: “Sometimes you have to face a crisis before you truly understand there is a problem.”

Because f--- human rights. That's why:

As part of its standard proposal to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1969, Canada as the host was expected to welcome all IOC recognized member countries to the 1976 Montreal Games.

Its diplomatic ties to the PRC — which started in 1970 — also forced Canada to not recognize Taiwan as the “Republic of China.” It was then Taiwan’s preferred and recognized name to the dismay of the PRC, as both parties wanted to be viewed as the one and only China amid their Civil War aftermath.

The problem wouldn’t be solved in Pound’s office, but instead would unravel on centre stage days before the 1976 Olympics were to begin, with Taiwanese athletes not being permitted into Canada, or to compete, using the “Republic of China” name.

For Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s Canadian government, they were met with criticism from their own Olympic committee and the IOC, who talked of cancelling the games. The U.S. considered boycotting, as presidential candidates in an election year lambasted Canada for playing politics with sports — especially with one of its allies involved. 

Back home, newspapers like the Ottawa Citizen called out the “shame and almost universal condemnation for Canada.” It was just another example of how politics interfered with sports, amid the belief that they shouldn't. But this time, Canada was putting itself in the position of becoming the first host nation to refuse entry to a recognized National Olympic Committee.

“Canada got a black eye through this scandal,” says Guoqi Xu, the author of Olympic Dreams: China and Sports. “Canada was seen as the bad guy violating the rules.”


David Shoemaker, CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee, paid a courtesy call on the Chinese Embassy six weeks after MPs censured China for genocide and voted to petition Olympics organizers to relocate the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing. Chinese diplomats “asked to stay in touch.”


This China:

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has made a rare visit to Tibet as authorities tighten controls over the Himalayan region’s traditional Buddhist culture, accompanied by an accelerated drive for economic development and modernized infrastructure.


The Department of Foreign Affairs spoke highly of Cuba’s Communist government, praising the government for “strong commitment to economic and social rights” in a briefing note obtained by Blacklock’s Reporter.

The note reportedly predates the mass arrests during Cuba’s crackdown on anti-government protests and internet censorship last week, which Amnesty International called a violation of human rights law.

“Under President (Miguel) Diaz-Canel, there has been some modest improvements in freedom of movement and expression until the impacts of COVID began to raise tensions in the country, and saw authorities begin to crack down on public dissent,” wrote staff at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

“Canada recognizes Cuba’s strong commitment to economic and social rights, particularly in the areas of education and health,” said the briefing note dated March 19.

“Canada and Cuba maintain strong diplomatic relations,” the note said. “We hope to advance regional collaboration and enhance trade and investment ties.”


Also - China's other vassal state

“We all feel for the people of the DPRK, who are indeed facing all the most difficult circumstances given the pandemic, and what it means as well for their food security,” U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told reporters in Seoul, referring to North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“We only hope for a better outcome for the people of the DPRK,” she said.


Then get Kim ousted. 

South Korean president Moon Jae-In is considering pardoning former president Park Geun-Hye:

President Moon Jae-in is considering a pardon for jailed ex-President Park Geun-hye and Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong on the occasion of Liberation Day on Aug. 15, sources said Wednesday.

Korea faces a protracted lockdown amid the collapse of the government's vaccination plans as new infections as new infections reached 1,650 as of Friday morning.


Why, it's like even the Europeans know that their governments have gone too far and are willing to resort to the old ways of ousting a government:

Anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine-passport protests erupted across Europe on July 24, according to media photos and videos.

Thousands upon thousands of demonstrators came out in London, Dublin, Paris, Rome, Athens, and other cities across Europe, according to footage and news reports.


See here and here


Also - the French warned the Americans about the lab in Wuhan

The U.S. federal government should have stopped funding research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2015 when China reduced its cooperation with the French in building and operating the lab, according to the leader of an investigation into COVID-19’s origins by the State Department under the Trump administration.

If one is going to lie, make sure that one does not get caught:


Also  - more on the US government's losing battle with reality:

The Department of Justice concluded in an opinion that federal law doesn’t prohibit public agencies and private businesses from requiring COVID-19 vaccines under the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization.


A top U.S. health agency on Tuesday altered its COVID-19-related guidance once again, telling people to wear masks in some areas even if they are fully vaccinated against the virus that causes the disease.





For his defiance, Pastor Artur was jailed for three days — one of four Christian pastors thrown in prison by the Alberta government, which had the most vicious anti-Christian lockdown in the world.

Well, the lockdown is finally over in Alberta. But incredibly, the government isn’t done yet with Pastor Artur.

They want to send him back to prison for 21 more days — all because he refuses to admit he was wrong.

There is no more lockdown.

Opening his church is no longer illegal.

But because he won’t apologize for doing so earlier, he is being prosecuted for “contempt” — and the government is demanding he serve 21 days of hard time.


Because the Narrative!:

New federal data confirm school, playground and rink closures negatively affected more Canadian schoolchildren than the pandemic. The Public Health Agency cited “significant disruptions” to daily life for the 99.9 percent of children who were never hospitalized with Covid: “Children generally experience mild symptoms if they do become infected.”


In Canada, the number of under-18 deaths is 14, roughly 0.1 per cent of the country’s total COVID-19 death toll. Since the pandemic began, at least five times that number of Canadian children have died of drowning.


(Sidebar: but don't tell resident stupid b!#ch Chrystia Freeland that because, you know, priorities.)


Yes, let's not upset the easily offended:

The Saint John Police Force has informed its officers to stop wearing thin blue line patches following social media posts of officers sporting the controversial patch.

Tweets posted on Thursday show Saint John police officers wearing the patches at King's Square on July 3, while present at a protest being held by members of the community.

The patch has acquired various connotations, with some supporters saying wearing the patch is a sign of solidarity between officers while critics say it fosters a dangerous attitude of opposition between police officers and civilians.

Community members say the protest on July 3 was about bringing awareness to the damage being done by colonialism, following ongoing news of the graves of Indigenous children being found at the sites of former residential schools.




Dancers, dramatists, and even circus performers are part of a “white supremacist” system, a leading UK conservatoire has claimed.

“Power is held by white people” at the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD), the institution has said, and this “white supremacist” structure must be “dismantled”.


Shut up.

One is saying to every performance artist (good ones, you know?) that their natural talents and ambition must disappear to serve your flimsy and emotionally stunted political purposes.

See Spock's response above. 

It took a long time for this:

The families of the 11 athletes killed had long asked the International Olympic Committee to hold a minute's silence at a Games opening ceremony but had been turned down for almost half a century.

"We, the Olympic community, also remember all the Olympians and members of our community who have so sadly left us, in particular, we remember those who lost their lives during the Olympic Games," said an announcer during the opening ceremony.

"One group still holds a strong place in all our memories and stand for all those we have lost at the games - the members of the Israeli delegation at the Olympic Games Munich 1972," the announcer added as the stadium darkened and a soft blue light illuminated parts of the arena.

On Sept. 5, 1972, members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage at the poorly secured athletes' village by Palestinian gunmen from the Black September terrorist group.

Within 24 hours, 11 Israelis, five Palestinians and a German policeman were dead after a standoff and subsequent rescue effort erupted into gunfire. The IOC at the time decided not to stop or interrupt the Games

"Justice has finally been done for the husbands, fathers and sons who were murdered in Munich," widows Ilana Romano and Ankie Spitzer, who watched the ceremony in the stadium, said in a statement. They lost their husbands – weightlifter Yossef Romano and fencing coach Andre Spitzer –in the attack.

"We went through 49 years of struggle and never gave up. [We] can't stop the tears from flowing. For this moment we waited," they said.



Saeid Mollaei won silver in judo at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, then used his victory to honor the enemy of his home country.

Mollaei, who is originally from Iran but is competing for Mongolia, dedicated his silver medal to Israel. Iran and Israel have been in a proxy conflict since 1985.

According to The Jerusalem Post, Mollaei told an Israeli sports channel, "Thank you to Israel for all the good energy." He added, "This medal is dedicated to you as well, and I hope Israelis is happy with this victory, todah," which means "thank you" in Hebrew.

Mollaei's abandonment of Iran stems from an incident at the 2019 World Judo Championships in Tokyo.

There, Mollaei represented Iran and advanced to the semifinal. He was looking to defend his championship after winning gold at the previous year's event in Azerbaijan. But Iranian authorities ordered him to intentionally lose the match to ensure he wouldn't have to face the Israeli champion Sagi Muki in the final, he said.

The International Judo Federation this year called Iran's tampering "a serious breach and gross violation of the statutes of the IJF, its legitimate interests, its principles and objectives" and suspended the country from the event for four years.

After exposing what Iranian authorities had forced him to do, Mollaei fled the country and went into hiding. He found asylum in Germany in August 2019 on a two-year visa, then became a citizen of Mongolia in December 2019.




Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Hey, Did Anyone Figure Out Who Burned Those Churches?

You know, these churches:

55 Christian churches in Canada have been vandalized, burned down or desecrated since the announcement last month of the apparent discovery of graves found near a residential school in Kamloops, BC.

Since then, three other first nations have announced similar findings of burial sites located near former residential schools. 

In response to these announcements, far-left radicals have used this opportunity as an excuse to terrorize Catholic and other Christian communities by targeting churches.

21 churches across the country have been lit on fire in the past two months, many of them have been completely destroyed.

A cross that stood atop Mount Tzouhalem in Cowichan, BC., was mysteriously removed sometime during the week of July 12th. Law enforcement have not provided an update on any potential suspects.   


Vancouver police are calling on witnesses to report suspicious activity around churches, following a major spike in crimes at religious properties.

“We’re reminding people to be proactive and to report anything unusual at church properties, because we’re concerned this could escalate into a situation where someone gets badly hurt,” said Sgt. Steve Addison.

“If you see anyone who looks suspicious and you think they’re about to commit a crime, please don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1.”

The department is currently investigating 13 incidents of “mischief and vandalism” relating to churches and church properties that have taken place since June 2.

Rocks being thrown through windows, buildings defaced with paint, and threats of arson are among the incidents listed by VPD, who has assigned specialized investigators from the Property Crime Unit to gather evidence.


When there are nearly 50 Christian churches from coast to coast suffering everything from vandalism to full destruction, it is a huge national event that calls for extraordinary responses from both government and police forces. This is nothing less than a sustained, violent and hateful rampage targeting a particular faith. It is a bigotry of fire, not words.

Yet, on the political front, considering the scale of these events, the reaction has been utterly underwhelming.


Or are some people more special than others?: 

At a July 2021 summit on “Islamophobia,” National Council of Canadian Muslims submitted a 100-page proposal to the Liberal government to counter anti-Muslim prejudice in Canada.

When asked if he would adopt the proposal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded by saying “we’re going to move forward” on the recommendations.

According to conservative journalist and social critic Ezra Levant, the demands contain “more police and political tools than Pakistan to hunt down anything judged to be critical of Islam.”

 There are 61 recommendations in the proposal, covering everything from internet censorship and amendments to the criminal code to a cut back in terrorism investigations. Additionally, the proposal calls for the Islamic faith to be promoted throughout schools, media and the arts across Canada.


Why not some pointless virtue-signalling and attempts to erase history?:

And while renaming institutions, streets and even townships has been an ongoing part of Canadian history, the intention behind it reflects where we are historically.


Weak, unsure of ourselves and ready to sate a mob. 


Youth from the non-profit Chokecherry Studios painted a few crosswalks orange along Broadway Avenue.

The inspiration for the project came from a ’60s Scoop survivor, Rob Denham, who reached out in June with the idea to memorialize Indigenous children who never returned from residential schools.


Because that will fix everything!


What About Aga Khan, SNC-Lavalin, The Trudeau Foundation, the CBC, WE "Charity" ...

 ... and all of those other scandals that the Liberals want everyone to forget?:

Erin O’Toole’s office gave nearly $240,000 worth of taxpayer-funded contracts to Conservative insiders in his first six months on the job, Global News has learned, even while O’Toole and many of his MPs were hammering the Trudeau Liberals for sending taxpayer-funded contracts to Liberal-connected firms.



I'll just leave some highlights of Justin's massive trail of corruption and favouritism

A federal attempt to shield documents related to the firing of two scientists is a violation of parliamentary privilege and must be tossed out of court, House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota says.

In a notice of motion filed Thursday in Federal Court, Rota says the House, by virtue of its parliamentary privileges, has the power to send for the “persons, papers and records” it deems necessary to its functions. ...

“Only Parliament itself has the authority to abrogate, modify or limit its parliamentary privileges.”

The Liberal government asked the court last month to affirm a prohibition on disclosure of records concerning dismissal of two scientists from Canada’s highest-security laboratory.



Despite receiving $1.2 billion annually from Canadian taxpayers, the Department of Canadian Heritage claims the CBC is under immense financial pressure.


This CBC:

The CBC remains under immense financial pressure despite ongoing federal bailouts and 55 percent staff cuts in one division, says a Department of Canadian Heritage briefing note. The network has not disclosed a quarterly financial statement since last December 31: “The effects of Covid will persist into 2022.”

A half-billion newspaper bailout did not create jobs as promised, admits the Department of Canadian Heritage. Staff counted a continued net loss of thousands of jobs though publishers claimed increased readership through the pandemic: “This crowd knows very little about the business of operating a newspaper.”

Trudeau Is A Disgusting Pig

But don't take my word for it:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took the unusual step Tuesday of criticizing a professional sports team when he weighed in on the Montreal Canadiens’ selection of scandal-hit London Knights prospect Logan Mailloux.

Trudeau said the selection near the end of the first round of last weekend’s NHL draft – arguably the most controversial pick in draft history – showed a lack of judgment from the organization.


Yes, you vile scumbag, about that: 

After weeks of discussion about the Kokanee grope, where Trudeau groped a female reporter and then apologized for being “so forward,” the PM kinda skated past the issue last July.

“I am confident that I did not act inappropriately,” Trudeau said at the time.

“I’ll be blunt about it — often a man experiences an interaction as being benign or not inappropriate, and a woman, particularly in a professional context, can experience it differently.”

Then he called the whole affair a “learning experience” for everyone in society.


(Sidebar: yes, we've learned that you're a f---ing disgusting animal.)



Reading about Kobayashi and Fortin brought to mind a young Canadian with a well-known name who had a definite taste for dressing up in costumes and painting his face (not to mention, chest, arms and legs) black or brown. When images emerged of Justin Trudeau making a spectacle of himself in blackface at various points of his pre-politics career, he was suitably mortified, apologized profusely and used it, as he often does, to share a homily with Canadians on the importance of learning from the past, examining our actions with honesty and using the lessons to better ourselves.

It was similar to his response to complaints that, as a young man, he had groped a young female reporter at an event in British Columbia. He was a bit less repentant in that case, insisting he didn’t recall doing anything wrong, but acknowledging that “someone else might have experienced that differently.”

He didn’t step down, of course. And no one in his cabinet or caucus suggested he should. Rather than stick to the high-minded code he demanded of others, he played for time, waiting to see if Canadians would forgive him, which they largely did.

 Canadians know how he treats women and do not care.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he isn’t angry that no one told him about a 2018 allegation of inappropriate behaviour made against now-retired Gen. Jonathan Vance, the former chief of the defence staff.


There’s really no way to sugarcoat this: Our prime minister is very probably lying to the public in order to cover up a cover up of a #MeToo complaint. That he, or at least his office, didn’t know the allegation against Vance was a sexual misconduct complaint simply beggars belief. The military ombudsman described it as sexual misconduct, the clerk of the the Privy Council described it as sexual harassment, and Trudeau’s own staff described it as sexual harassment in their emails.

If he’s not angry, there are only three credible explanations as to why not. One: The entire question is based on a false premise. He’s not angry because he knew all along. Two: His staff didn’t tell him in order to shield him and he’s not angry because he prioritizes protecting himself and his seat of power at all costs. Three: He’s not angry because he lacks empathy and really doesn’t give a flying fig about women.


(Sidebar: because everyone needs papers for the Chinese-spread virus but not for the measles or being a monster who preys on the innocent. Indeed.)

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Mid-Week Post


Your middle-of-the-week hug.

We pay for these communists:

Canadian diplomats in a briefing note praised Cuba’s Communist Party for embracing “social rights” and freer speech, and blamed human rights abuses on the pandemic. The note predates mass arrests and internet censorship by Cuban authorities: “Under President Diaz-Canel, there has been some modest improvements in freedom of movement and expression.”


Poverty is better explained by Cuba’s Soviet-style, centrally-planned economic system, which Cuban leaders have spent years promising to reform. When capitalist market reforms were implemented in China and Vietnam, they lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty (while leaving both countries only superficially socialist). Cuba has not followed suit, choosing poverty over transformative change which could threaten the regime.

Deflections to the embargo also fail to explain or justify Cuba’s repressive political culture, where opposition parties are outlawed and artists and intellectuals are jailed for daring to criticize the regime.

Yet the embargo has been a useful scapegoat for Cuba’s autocrats, allowing them to obfuscate their failures by pinning blame on a foreign power.



There is only "transparency": 

As an example, a colleague of mine at another Ontario university recently received a letter from her dean admonishing her for her social media content. A few students in her program had complained that the content “harmed them” and made them “feel unsafe.” One of their complaints was that the professor had cited a published study on gender dysphoria.

Siding with the students, the dean argued that an investigation was warranted because the opinions she expressed created a negative learning environment. While my colleague successfully defended her right to academic freedom and thus avoided formal penalty, she deleted her social media accounts.

Self-censorship is not the hallmark of a healthy university.


In a ruling that came down in support of free speech, Justice Maria Morellato said, “In a free and democratic society, the exchange and expression of diverse and often controversial or unpopular ideas may cause discomfort.  It is, in a sense, the price we pay for our freedom.”

PM Blackface spends money that isn't his on the mistreatment of black slaves to inflame the simple minds of simple voters:

Federal agencies will spend $110,000 producing a pre-election YouTube video on slavery with commentary by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Video participants include a Liberal-appointed senator who “felt a sense of hopelessness” after seeing images of Trudeau clowning in blackface: “It epitomizes how deeply rooted racism is in our country, how deeply rooted privilege and power is in our country.”

I'll leave this here:

The video, obtained exclusively by Global News, shows Trudeau covered in what appears to be dark makeup and raising his hands in the air while laughing, sticking his tongue out and making faces. He’s wearing a white T-shirt, and his jeans are ripped at the knees. It appears as though his arms and legs are covered in makeup as well.

Is there a sense of hopelessness here?


There is here:

Diversity Minister Bardish Chagger says a national summit on anti-Semitism the federal government is hosting Wednesday will allow community members to speak directly with politicians in an environment that ensures their safety.


(Sidebar: this Bardish Chagger.)


Oh, look what I found!: 

And pray, what do we say during these prayers? Pious and religious Muslims who pray five times a day invoke a verse that refers to Jews as people who have incurred the “wrath of Allah” and Christians as “people who have been led astray.”

Did anyone find out who burned those churches?

Farmer feed cities. Stalin and the Kim dynasty knew that and acted accordingly:

MPs yesterday summoned Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to explain cabinet’s opposition to a tax bill benefiting farmers, small business and fishing corporations. Freeland’s department questioned the validity of the law after it was approved by Parliament: “The government has fought this all the way.”


Canadian Farmers feed Canadians and people around the world. We have some of the best, safest, most reliable food sources.

Now our own government wants to reduce fertilizer use by 30%.

They don’t realize that when we can’t safely use science based fertilizer, that our crops won’t produce the food that we all need to make bread, pasta, cooking oil and hundreds of other foods. It also means reduced crops for exports and less profits for farmers.

They’re making these fool-hardy decisions without the science to support them.


It is curious that McKenna would point to spending as evidence of successful climate policy. She sold the Liberals’ carbon tax to the public by affirming that pricing emissions is the most efficient way to fight climate change, yet pricing and spending are decidedly different policies. McKenna also presents the government’s regulatory initiatives as evidence of wisdom, lauding the “no more internal combustion engines by 2035” diktat as a “signal to the market” — in reality, it is an attack on the market, not a signal — that will help Canada reach its Paris Agreement commitments. But she fails to present evidence to justify her praise for the initiatives she helped lead.


The only reason why this block was quashed was because someone had forgotten to ask Big Aboriginal:

A federal judge has quashed a cabinet order blocking expansion of an Alberta coal mine in the name of climate change. Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson failed in his duty to consult a First Nation that supported the mine as a job creator, the Federal Court ruled: “There was no consultation at all.”


Just awful but I'm sure some good engineering might have prevented some of this:

At least 25 people have died in China‘s flood-stricken central province of Henan, a dozen of them in a subway line in its capital that was drenched by what weather officials called the heaviest rains for 1,000 years.

About 100,000 people have been evacuated in Zhengzhou, the capital, where rail and road transport have been disrupted, while dams and reservoirs have swelled to warning levels while thousands of troops launched a rescue effort in the province.


China has accused Japan of grossly interfering in its internal affairs after Tokyo for the first time raised concerns about the stability over Taiwan in an annual defence paper.

 “The Taiwan issue is entirely China’s internal affair and external forces cannot interfere. The Chinese military will take all necessary measures to resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” China’s defence ministry said on Tuesday.

 The ministry said the report “exaggerated the so-called Chinese threat” and damaged the political foundation of China-Japan relations.


It really is vanity and idiocy run horribly amok:

The fire had already been burning for 12 days last September when 39-year-old firefighter Charles Morton was killed while trying to extinguish the blaze.

The inferno that ripped through California’s San Bernardino National Forest, burning more than 20,000 acres and prompting widespread evacuations, was sparked, prosecutors say, when Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr. and Angela Renee Jimenez tried to set off a smoke bomb to announce their baby’s gender. Now the Southern California couple is facing manslaughter charges, San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson said in a Tuesday news conference.

You simply could be happy about a new baby. You had to make it about yourselves and kill someone (allegedly).