28 February 2007

What would a Liberal do?

Demonstrating that famous progressive contempt for anyone who disagrees with their agenda... Liberal dream teamer Michael Ignatieff shits all over the widow of a man killed on 9/11...

-- "Sideshow? I was a victim of terrorism. My husband was murdered. I don't like to be a victim of politics.

The issue here is the security of Canadians," Basnicki remarked.
UPDATE: Where's Iggy on Harkat?

As long as the fiberals are kowtowing to the gods of political correctness...
-- OTTAWA (CP) -- Accused terrorist Mohamed Harkat was back in court today seeking to ease strict bail conditions that accompanied his release from custody last summer.
Let's just trust everyone... right, Iggy?

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Do as I say... not as I do

I saw this item on Global News the other day and wondered if it was going to be picked up by the larger mainstream media. Just something to think about, the next time the CBC tries to "warn" you about, the danger of, well... anything.

-- TORONTO -- Despite Ontario's strict prohibition on smoking in the workplace, employees at the CBC's downtown Toronto headquarters are legally lighting up inside two smoking lounges outfitted with plush sofas and ashtrays, a Global News investigation has found.

Hidden cameras captured smokers puffing away and ashtrays filled with cigarette butts inside the public broadcaster's Toronto building, and the CBC says its workers can smoke in similar designated rooms at its locations in Montreal, Moncton, St. John's, Nfld., and Saint John, N.B.
The same smug, sanctimonious twits who prattle on about helmetless tobogganing and the scary, hidden conservative agenda... in direct contravention of Ontario's prohibition against smoking in the workplace, nevertheless provide smoking lounges for their own employees.

Apparently, some legal loopholes are acceptable.

CBC BULLSHIT EXTRAVAGANZA: Butting Out: The Slow Death of Smoking in Canada

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Dion couldn't whip cream

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UPDATE: Steffi ready to do, uh... "something." -- just not to Paul Martin or Bill Graham.

-- OTTAWA -- Liberal MP Tom Wappel will face unspecified "consequences" for breaking party ranks and voting with the minority Conservative government on an anti-terrorism law vote, Liberal leader Stephane Dion said yesterday.

However, several of his colleagues, including three Liberals who also sided with the government but abstained from voting with Mr. Dion's blessing, say they do not believe Mr. Wappel will be, or should be, disciplined.
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Lemme see... this vote was supposed to be a three line whip... but what does it mean when the former Prime Minister and the former interim Party Leader run away and hide on the day of the vote?

Dion should have asked himself, "Do I really want to die on THIS hill?"
-- There were 12 Liberals unaccounted for, one who abstained and one who voted with the Tories. --

NOT IN HOUSE

Paul Martin

Bill Graham

Derek Lee

Ujjal Dosanjh

Brenda Chamberlain

Keith Martin

Colleen Beaumier

Roy Cullen

Bryon Wilfert

Larry Bagnell

Don Bell

Gary Merasty

ABSTENTION

Irwin Cotler

VOTED WITH GOVERNMENT

Tom Wappel
RELATED: 84,000 Muslim Canadian Jihadis
Fully 12% of Muslim Canadians polled by Environics said the alleged terrorist plot -- that included kidnapping and beheading the prime minister and blowing up Parliament and the CBC -- was justified.
LAST WORD: Blinded by the light
Today’s vote ordered by Stéphane Dion may have effectively killed the ongoing police investigation by making it impossible to compel testimony from material witnesses.

One must question the determination of the Liberals to leave unexamined the worst act of airline terror in history and its bungled 20-year prosecution, and to abandon those whose lives were shattered by this atrocity.”

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27 February 2007

I vote Kathy Shaidle...

For Federal Finance Minister...

Seriously, there is a solution to the Indian problem: give every card carrying Canadian Indian a million dollars cash.


Al Gore... hypocritical whore

All hail the ECO-HERO...

Gore’s mansion, [20-room, eight-bathroom] located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).
Much like the gospel of St David.

RELATED: Heroes sometimes fail
"As for David Suzuki, no one seems to think it should be held against him that he spent decades spreading nonsense about overpopulation and ended up not only being factually wrong but somehow siring five children along the way."

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Kill em all...

Let Allah sort em out...

-- KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN -- Taliban fighters say they have executed dozens of suspected informants, as they hunt for the spies who helped NATO target several of their leaders in recent weeks.

Muslim custom requires a quick burial after death, but the Taliban told the families of the executed men to leave them hanging for up to three days, as a warning to others who might work for the foreign troops.
A question for Taliban Jack Layton... "Can we book you that flight to Afghanistan now? You know... the one where you negotiate peace with these guys."

That's what I thought.

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26 February 2007

Down boy... down!

Fresh off his " -- Nationalise the Oil Sands and piss off the West 2007 Tour -- " Liberal pit bull Mark Holland has now turned to biting his friends and neighbours...

-- OTTAWA -- Two Liberal colleagues are in a dogfight over two different bills aimed at cracking down on animal cruelty.

Senator John Bryden has authored a private member's bill that would dramatically stiffen penalties for those who abuse animals.

But MP Mark Holland is urging his Liberal colleagues to defeat Mr. Bryden's "placebo" bill, arguing that it's meaningless to impose stiffer fines and jail terms without simultaneously closing loopholes that allow animal abusers to escape conviction.
Thank goodness Holland is bringing his unique talents to this matter, rather than, say... wasting energy on foreign policy, or the kerfuffle over domestic security.

Hey Mark... that constant barking and messy foaming at the mouth thing?

They've got an operation to fix that.

RELATED: Lib sled dogs also off the beaten path
"It's a mistake, it's divisive and has affected the morale of the caucus. If this was brand new legislation and the Liberals didn't have their fingerprints all over it from before, then it would be different but it's not.

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25 February 2007

Too many chiefs...

Not enough research.

Discussions in the media and among the public are tainted by the general sentiment that "the Indians have been treated badly," as if all Indians have been treated the same, and are equally deserving, and have identical histories, and have identical legal claims.
h/t to -- SDA --

UPDATE: Unhappy Anniversary

Step aside McShifty... let's have some leadership...
“There's a tool (Mr. McGuinty) has in his toolbox — it's called being the Premier of Ontario and acting like a premier,” Mr. Tory said.

“He should say to these people that it doesn't matter who you are, it doesn't matter what your claim is. We have certain ways of resolving disputes in our society.”

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So, even two thirds of...

The commie-pinko rabble at CTV, believe it or not... are in agreement with Stephen Harper on the terrorist threat...

I'm thinkin', the way things are goin'... if I saw Stephane Dion on the street today and he said, "Good morning" to me... I'd turn around real quick and head for my tornado shelter.

RELATED:
See also -- Liberal dominated Senate gives Dion a good spanking...

LAST WORD: You can't handle the truth...

Some people will read that and say, “ Big deal, all journalists are liberals anyway." They’d be mostly right.

Most of us are indeed urban, middle-class liberals with that point of view embedded in our collective consciousness. That doesn’t make it right, but it’s true.


Rolling the bones...

I guess you gotta have faith.

-- If you took the entire population of Jerusalem at the time," says Dr. Taber, "and put it in a stadium, and asked everyone named Jesus to stand up, you'd have about 2,700 men.

Then you'd ask only those with a father named Joseph and a mother named Mary to remain standing. And then those with a brother named Yose and a brother named James.

Statistically, you end up with one person.

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24 February 2007

Bob Rae only swings one way

C'mon guys, he got naked with Rick Mercer... that should count for something.

With Bill Graham's recently announced resignation, the parliamentary seat in Rosedale is apparently up for grabs... but not just for any candidate.

Who you nuzzle at night is apparently an important job qualification... to gay United Church minister Rob Oliphant anyway.

"I've been a Liberal all my life. Bob Rae has been a Liberal for a number of months," says Oliphant. "I think it's time for this riding to have an openly gay representative."
Representing the lesbian constituency is lawyer Meredith Cartwright...
"My political consciousness was formed in 1993 over the [failed] same-sex omnibus bill before the Ontario Legislature, and like so many of my peers, I have been working tirelessly to achieve these rights for the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans] community," says Cartwright.
OUTtv host Mathieu Chantelois, with the blessing of his partner Marcel is also apparently in the running.

So if you're a straight white guy with lifelong leftwing credentials, you better not show your skinny ass in this neighbourhood.

The sign is out, "Heterosexuals need not apply."

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RELATED: Birthing a Pink Dynasty?
I'm certainly not outing the man. Almost everyone in the gay community knows that Graham is gay -- even if he is married -- but mostly the press is not willing to say it in plain English.

So spake novelist, poet, filmmaker, director, actor, and drag queen extraordinaire.... Sky Gilbert.

Admittedly, Graham, instead of admitting his sexuality, deftly evades the topic.

"I was made foreign minister by the prime minister," he says. "I believe I have his support and I have the love and support of my family and friends. People might be interested in that aspect of my private life, but it is not relevant."
Say what you will about ole Sky... he isn't running some peek-a-boo game about his homosexuality... like some career politicians.

I can respect that.

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23 February 2007

Safety Break!

Nobody works... nobody gets hurt.

Veteran cartoonist Robert Weber had sketched two children chatting at a bus stop with the caption, “My parents named me Zbigniew because they were drunk.”
Let's see whether the Poles break out the guns and molotov cocktails.

RELATED: Accommodation OR surrender?
When it comes to specific questions about faith at work, though, managers often have to improvise.

IBM was faced with a tricky situation several years ago when a new hire, a veiled Muslim woman, showed up for her first day of work and was told she had to have her picture taken for her employee identification badge.

The woman objected on religious grounds to showing her face.

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Ahmadinejad pisses on United Nations

Again.

While the Canadian Supreme Court remains determined to err on the side of individual rights and freedoms, Iran takes another path.

Madman "Apocalypse Now" Ahmadinejad is so sure the Hidden Imam is just around the next corner, he's willing to battle the rest of the civilised world "to the end."

-- "The Iranian people are vigilant and will defend all their rights to the end," Iranian news agency Isna quoted Mr Ahmadinejad as saying, at a rally in northern Iran.

"If we show weakness in front of the enemy the expectations will increase but if we stand against them, because of this resistance they will retreat."
No fair play on this man's agenda.

UPDATE: Apocalypse Soon
Iranian officials have told the IAEA that they ultimately hope to install 54,000 centrifuges, a facility potentially large enough to provide fissile material for 20 bombs a year.

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22 February 2007

Liberal dominated Senate...

Gives Dion a good spanking...

If it wasn't for bad luck, it seems Stephane Dion would have no luck at all.

-- OTTAWA -- A Senate committee says controversial provisions in the anti-terror law should be extended for three years, but it has also suggested more safeguards for civil liberties be built into the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The special Senate committee says the two elements of the act dealing with preventive arrests and investigative hearings have a place in dealing with terrorism and should be renewed.
In a rare display of "appreciation of the greater good", the Senate has decided to back the Harper government's intent to renew the anti-terror legislation for another three years.

This should have been a no-brainer for the Liberals -- after all, it was their legislation originally -- but in his headlong rush to differentiate himself from Stephen Harper, Dion apparently decided to chuck common-sense out the window.

For all his reputed intellectual credentials, I have yet to see Dion pull a rabbit out of his academic tophat.

Oh yeah... he named his dog Kyoto.

RELATED:
Read the decision
The Supreme Court of Canada has voted unanimously to strike down a controversial federal procedure used to deport suspected terrorists as being a violation of life, liberty and security of the person.
With Canadian troops fighting in Afghanistan, most law enforcement and security specialists agree that it is only a matter of time, before the jihadis bring the holy war to our backyard.

While I see what the Supreme Court is saying regarding "security certificates", I think that this will all go by the wayside, once that first explosion kills Canadian citizens on Canadian soil.

At that point the families of the dead and injured will no doubt be screaming, "Where is OUR justice?"

I hope they have an answer.

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Like OHIP cards... only better

They did such a great job with those new OHIP cards... I'm sure this will work out just fine...

The Ontario government plans to start issuing new "high-security" drivers' licences by the end of the year, the Star has learned.

The government believes it can convince the U.S. to accept the new licences as alternatives to passports, which American lawmakers are saying must be used to cross the border by land as early as next January.
RELATED: Don't worry, Dalton will protect us
It has been estimated that there are as many as 18 million OHIP cards in the province, but we only have 12 million citizens.

How much of our health care budget is spent on services provided to people with counterfeit cards. The budget this year is $25.5 billion dollars, a 7.3 % increase over last year.
No wonder McGuinty lied about the "OHIP tax."

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21 February 2007

Worth every megaton

Which megalomaniacal Islamo-Prez is willing to risk national incineration for nuclear bragging rights?

"Obtaining this technology is very important for our country's development and honour. It is worth it to stop other activities for 10 years and focus only on the nuclear issue."
Yes... once again it's Madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the man who is waiting for the return of the Hidden Imam, the man who says, "Israel is a tumor" that must be "wiped off the map."
"O mighty Lord," Mr. Ahmadinejad intoned to his surprised audience, "I pray to you to hasten the emergence of your last repository, the promised one, that perfect and pure human being, the one that will fill this world with justice and peace."
And, apparently, nuclear devastation.

UPDATE: Book now... avoid the rush
Iran plans to create a paradise for women tourists by banning men from an island on a northwestern lake. All public transport, restaurants and facilities on Arezou in Lake Oroumiyeh, near the Turkish border, will be staffed exclusively by women.

"There will be no men on the island," said an official for West Azerbaijan province. "It will also boost tourism in the area."
Tourism, maybe... aggregate IQ... for sure.

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No room at the trough...

As Federal and Provincial Liberals sweep the Golden Sow Awards...

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation offered up its dubious golden sow trophies on Parliament Hill yesterday and named Liberal Sen. Colin Kenny as its national prize-getter for leading a $150,000 fact-finding defence committee trip to Europe.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty won a lifetime achievement award for his election vow not to raise taxes and signing a Canadian Taxpayers Federation pledge confirming the promise. He introduced a new health tax in his government's first budget.
Wow... who could have seen this coming?

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David Suzuki wants his mummy

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ECO-RAGE UPDATE: Mt Suzuki blows again

Albertans have always had the highest standard of living of any province in the country. What the hell do you need all this unlimited expansion, for God's sake, that's crazy," Suzuki told reporters Friday.
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I saw Saint David and his huge global warming campaign bus on the Rick Mercer show the other night. For the love of Gaia... somebody please tell me he's running that bio-cidal behemoth on recycled french-fry grease...

While Suzuki normally presents as the jolly old elf of environmentalism, it seems the glaciers aren't the only things having a very public meltdown these days.

The perpetually smiling, cherubic Eco-Hero, apparently stormed out of an interview when confronted with science that suggested, in the words of Michael Crichton... "that global warning is at best unproven and at worst pure fantasy."

I recently read the book that Barbara Kay references in her article... it's an absolute must have for anyone interested in the increasingly celebrity dominated "global warming" industry.

Oh yeah... I'm not so sure about the planet, but maybe David Suzuki needs to cool off a little.

UPDATE: Who exactly pays the freight here?
The David Suzuki Foundation also received donations from EnCana Corporation, a world leader in natural gas production and oil sands development, ATCO Gas, Alberta’s principle distributor of natural gas, and a number of pension funds including the OPG (Ontario Power Generation)...
LAST WORD: How gullible are you?
Fix the problem of climate change, but only if the Liberal Party is in charge.

And being organized by two Liberals who for years, and until only a few weeks ago, were lobbyists for industrial concerns who were aggressively opposing any attempt to regulate bromines, recognized as one of the worst contributers to ozone depletion and temperature rise...

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20 February 2007

Forget about your RRSP...

Have I got a sizzling hot stock tip for you...

-- MEXICO CITY -- Feb 20 (Reuters) - Mexico's armored-car makers predict 2007 will be a record year, their business boosted by reports of severed heads and heavily armed drug gangs murdering police.

Mexico counted more than 2,000 gangland-style killings last year, including grisly decapitations. Killings in northern and western states have continued at the same rate this year.
Sunny, friendly Mexico... where Kevlar is King.

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The shooting is the least of it

Is there anything anyone can possibly do, to make the situation in Afghanistan more of a mess?

The answer, apparently, is yes...

-- In its most recent effort to clamp down on Taliban activity within its borders, Pakistan has announced that all 2.4 million Afghan refugees, most living in camps, must return home by 2009.
This will take the pressure off Pakistan, in a directly inverse proportion to the weight it drops on Afghanistan's fragile emerging democracy. It's a shift that creates more problems than it solves.
-- According to Western media reports, the camp has incubated several high-profile terrorists, including Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the first attacks on the World Trade Center in 1993, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.
Now, I'm no geopolitical genius, but short of 25 of the world's wealthiest countries taking in 100,000 refugees apiece -- and that just isn't gonna happen -- I can't see a solution here.

Is there? Anybody?

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It's a problem alright.

It's not easy to know what to do, when, like so many other third world hellholes... there's a dozen villains for every decent person.

-- “Unfortunately, the majority of the lower and upper houses of parliament are warlords and people with blood on their hands,” said Nafas Gul, a female senator for Farah province who voted against the resolution.

“It's a betrayal of the rights of Afghans.”
There are those, like Jack Layton, who would have left all the warlords to their own devices... which translated into a society based on murder and torture and wholesaling heroin to the civilised world.

And there are those who opt to attempt to move such a society into the company of modern democratic nations.

Sometimes... I believe, despite all obstacles and compromises, you have to do what you can.

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Natural Floundering Party

There is blood in the water as Liberals begin to realise that Stephane Dion is more of a dog paddler, than a distance swimmer.

In view of his less than stellar performance, even party stalwarts are looking to toss Dion the water wings.

-- "The tendency must be to defer long-term efforts at party renewal in favour of short-term plans for an immediate election," Mr. Axworthy wrote in the letter to Mr. Dion.
So much for refitting the Good Ship Lollipop.

UPDATE: My apologies to the Doggerel Party, and indeed, to dogs everywhere...
"We think Dion swims like a cat, or possibly a brick."

-- The Corgis --
RELATED: What are Liberal core values?
Paul Martin solicited the support of the terrorist International Sikh Youth Federation in his failed bid for the federal Liberal leadership in 1990, The Vancouver Sun has learned.

At the time of Martin's spring 1990 speech, the ISYF had already been identified as a terrorist group by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

Four in the group had been convicted in B.C. of the attempted assassination of a visiting Indian politician. Other B.C. members had met with a young would-be assassin who shot newspaper publisher Tara Singh Hayer in 1988.
Any port in a storm, I guess.

NUMBERS UPDATE: Ipsos Reid -- Dion in a tailspin
"Even on Dion's ballot question, which is commitment to deal with global warming, someone else is ahead of him and he's tied with the guy who he points out as being the worst on this," he said.

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19 February 2007

Gazing into the crystal ball

He screwed Ontarians over with his, "it's not a tax" health care premium... how long will it take Dalton McShifty and his oh-so-green buddies, to throw up toll roads?

If he goes with the flow, we could see a few a changes...

-- Monday, London's controversial toll zone, in which motorists pay an £8 ($15.60) daily fee to drive, was extended westward into the upscale neighborhoods of Chelsea and Knightsbridge – home to such landmarks as Harrods department store. At almost 16 square miles, it's nearly double its original size. --
Never happen in Ontario, you say?
Premier Dalton McGuinty's plans to use tolls to pay for the four-laning of Highway 69 has an Ontario truckers group "nervous" about the province's objectives.

He calls upon the Liberals to spell out their plans with a policy framework, such as a toll-road user protection act, to ensure highway users "aren't being taken to the cleaners."
I wouldn't be so sure.

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Re-inventing Shakespeare

Hope nobody's dreaming about an indefinite run on Broadway, cause I'm thinkin'... not a snowball's chance in Jedda...

Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company is for the first time putting on a play in Arabic at its main theatre in William Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-on-Avon.

"What we've done is uproot the play from its Englishness and its Christian framework - and replant it in an Arab context," he said.
From the comments...
"A Midsummer Night's Beheading"

"The Stoning of the Shrew"

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18 February 2007

Taliban Jack craps on Canada

Yet again...

-- "The tragic fact is that we lure people to come here, we give them points for their experience, and their professional credentials," Layton, speaking in front of Toronto's Union Station, said Sunday. --
Yeah Jack... we lure them, you know... like pedophiles lure unsuspecting children.

Lure them... to a country where every citizen has the right to vote. To a country that doesn't shit on people because of their gender, race or sexual preference. To a country with due process, instead of kangaroo courts. To a country where you can spout any sort of socialist nonsense... and not be disappeared by the local dictator, or opposing religious faction.
"We ask them to go and drive cabs for 10 years and the come back and do your residency and practice your medicine. It's a very, very painful situation," said immigrant Abdul Khan.
To immigrant Abdul, I say, "Buddy, you're full of cous-cous."

The unfortunate reality is, there are places in the world, most notably the so called "third world" where accreditation just doesn't meet North American standards. And I for one, want the surgeon who is operating on my child to meet and indeed, exceed the standards. If you can't write the Ontario medical board exams that existing doctors have to pass... I don't want you operating on me, my family... or the guy down the street, for that matter.

If immigrant Abdul thinks he can snaffle up a surgical residency in Baluchistan, Baghdad or Bumfuck, Minnesota... then he should, by all means, hie off to paradise.

He'd be a fool not to.

But if he decides to stay, he should understand very clearly... that he has to meet the same standard as every other Dr. Tom, Dick or Mohammed.

RELATED:
The Globe wants a piece of this

They start off with the headline, "Popular MD gives up hope to settle in Canada..."

The article bemoans the sixty months it has taken this doctor to try get citizenship, then casually drops in a few little wrinkles... like moving out of the country which, quite reasonably, restarts the paperwork clock....
The doctor and his family moved between Canada and South Africa a number of times -- including moving back to his home country twice.

Dr. Kruger thinks his two-year compulsory stint in the apartheid-era South African army might be to blame. In 1987-88, he served as a lieutenant in the medical corps.

Some army units, and their medical officers, have been implicated in torture and other war crimes.
Can you imagine the international furore, if Canada actually let in someone who was accused of conducting experiments on blacks?

Perhaps the Globe needs to find another example.


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17 February 2007

Life altering invention

This man affected the lives of hundreds of millions of people... in retrospect, perhaps not in a good way.

-- Robert Adler, a US inventor best known for the creation of the couch potato's dream device, the TV remote control, has died at the age of 93.

His widow Ingrid said the remote was not his favourite invention, that he rarely watched television and was "more of a reader".
I wonder if, like Robert Oppenheimer, he ever regretted this one particular part of his life.

RELATED: Gone to the big info-mercial in the sky
-- NEW YORK -- Police called to a Long Island man's house discovered the mummified remains of the resident, dead for more than a year, sitting in front of a blaring television set.

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16 February 2007

Is Dalton letting this law die?

One of the few things the Ontario Liberals did, that I could actually support... was shutting down the use of sharia law. Now it seems Dalton is having second thoughts...

A curious delay in proclaiming into law changes aimed at shutting down the use of sharia law in this province is cause for alarm for one Muslim spokesperson and an MPP demanding to know why the government is dragging its feet.

Oddly, although the changes were passed Feb. 14, 2006 and given royal assent shortly thereafter, they have not formally been proclaimed into law.

A spokesman for Bryant said the law hasn't been proclaimed because the "nuts and bolts of the regulations" are still being worked out with religious leaders.

Well, let's hope the amendments get proclaimed before the election writ is dropped -- and everything dies on the order paper.
You can email Dalton McGuinty and Michael Bryant to let them know where you stand on sharia law in Ontario.

Or you can let it slide too.

RELATED: Dalton is no sloth on taxes...
The McGuinty health tax will siphon $2.5 billion from your wallet this year. Some on the left might find the outstanding tax performance marred by McGuinty's solemn promise not to raise taxes, but hey, it was election time.

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Quick... get Amnesty International

Here's everything you need to know about prisoner abuse in Canada... and Bloc Québécois MP Meili Faille...

-- Ms. Faille stopped short of saying whether detainees had suffered ill-treatment. But she noted that the guards' habit of observing and making notes on the men's most minute movements could be perceived as abusive. --
Allegations that guards were also making silly faces at the detainees will be investigated by a separate committee.

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15 February 2007

Lloyd dismisses all charges

Just watched trained monkeys Lloyd Robertson and Bob Fife "exonerate" the Fiberals on Income Trusts on CTV's national newscast. They actually used the word "gossip", which I hadn't previously recognised as a legal term.

Of course, Lloyd and Bob just read what's on the teleprompter... they're not actually allowed to think for themselves.

You get a different opinion when you ask, say... a Forensic Accountant.

"It's just, to me, impossible that it was only person involved," said Al Rosen, a prominent forensic accountant who has accused the accounting profession, governments, regulators and police of failing to protect ordinary investors.

"So, unless this guy's a multimillionaire and has dozens of brokers he deals with, this charging of one person makes no sense."

"I can see why the RCMP wants to close the whole thing down with one prosecution. But there was just too much trading volume that particular day in just too many stocks. So it can't possibly be one guy trading on his own behalf."
Let's also not forget how forthcoming former Liberal Leadership candidate Scott Brison was, when asked about emailing a stockbroker buddy... just before the announcement became public...
When asked later whether he personally had a communication in which he might have speculated on the outcome without firm knowledge, Mr. Brison said "No," adding, "You're asking me something in terms of communication that I don't remember."

"I don't recall anything."
UPDATE: MSM not totally on board
The force set out to find a stock market schemer who whispered a big secret to serious money players who, overcome by greed, drove up trade volumes and prices of several trusts in such ham-fisted form it was impossible for market watchers not to flag the trades as suspicious once the Goodale announcement on income trust taxation rolled out a few hours later.
LAST WORD: Business as usual?
Eight years ago, The Globe and Mail analyzed 28 friendly deals over a one-year period, each with a value over $150-million, and found half of the target companies saw their share price rise at least 25 per cent between the time the two companies first began talking and the night before the deal was disclosed to the public.

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You want terror... I'll give you terror

I'm thinkin'... you start to make "Commie Bob" Rae look like Augusto Pinochet... all the rules have truly gone out the window.

-- "For the first time in history we have a leader of the opposition who is soft on terrorism," -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper said during Question Period.

-- "He is refusing to take the advice of Bob Rae, John Manley, Anne McLellan and to back the anti-terrorism provisions that his own government put in place." --
That's Stephane "You can't get there from here" Dion.

RELATED: Dion the ladies man

Steffi slips Lady Dippers some tongue...
-- OTTAWA -- The federal Liberal party is attempting to increase its contingent of female candidates by trying to poach elected or formerly elected politicians from Jack Layton’s New Democratic Party, The Vancouver Sun has learned.

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Gearing up for the threat

So much for the bucolic image of the inoffensive, unarmed British Bobby...

Armed officers will be patrolling the streets as part of a new task force set up to tackle a spate of fatal shootings in south London.

It will run alongside Operation Trident, which investigates gun crime in London's Afro-Caribbean community.
Exactly how long do you put up with this kind of crime before you take off the rose coloured glasses. I guess the answer is... until you have "a spate" of killings.
The lack of role models in some households is an issue, he admitted. "Some of these young people have got very little connection to stable community lives," he added.
Oh please, spare me the politically correct leftbot mumbo-jumbo. There's a problem here and it's time for the good guys to gear up and resolve it.

Root causes my ass... "use a gun, you're done."

UPDATE: Tony Blair weighs in
"What has happened in south London is horrific, shocking and, for the victims and their families, tragic beyond belief.

"This tragedy is not a metaphor for the state of British society, still less for the state of British youth today, the huge majority of whom are responsible and law-abiding.

"It's a specific problem and a specific criminal culture among a specific group of people."

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Don't get sick...

If you live in Belleville, Ontario...

The Belleville hospital emergency department is full and Quinte Health Care officials have asked that people seeking medical attention find alternate care such as a clinic or family doctor.

Calling the situation serious, "three elective (non-urgent) surgeries have been cancelled, patients are being transferred to other QHC sites and more beds have been opened at Belleville", said Bruce Laughton, QHC’s president and chief executive officer.

“The bottom line is that our emergency department in Belleville is full,” he said, Thursday. “People should still come to the emergency department if they feel they need to; however, they should be prepared for a long wait if it is not a critical case.”
Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman, says he can't do anything because the cupboard is bare.

Strangely enough... Dalton McGuinty and his pal George found enough cash to vote themselves a big fat 25% raise just before Christmas...
Ontario is working toward measuring and reducing wait times for all surgeries but there's not enough money in provincial coffers right now to fund the extra nurses, anesthesiologists and operating rooms, Health Minister George Smitherman said Wednesday.
At least we now know where the OHIP Health Care "Premium" went.

Let's toss these crooks out.

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Liberals accuse Harper government...

Of making partisan judicial appointments.

What I found similarly interesting was another judge related matter...

TORONTO — An Egyptian who has been jailed in Canada for nearly seven years on suspicion of possible links of al-Qaeda was ordered freed on bail this morning by a Federal Court judge.

Mohammed Zeki Mahjoub worked on a Sudanese farm for Osama bin Laden in the mid-1990s but has faced no criminal charges since coming to Canada in as an asylum seeker.

He has been jailed under the Immigration Act's national-security provisions since 2000, but is now to be freed on some form of conditional release. Mr. Justice Richard Mosley has ruled that any threat that Mr. Mahjoub may represent has been effectively neutralized by his years of being locked away.
So what the judge is saying is... "Even if he was a terrorist... he can't be one ever again."

Which is typical Liberal pretzel logic
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Who is Mr. Justice Richard Mosley?
Appointed Justice of the Federal Court and ex officio, member of the Federal Court of Appeal, November 4, 2003. Appointed as a Judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada on March 23, 2004.
This one's not on Stephen Harper.

RELATED: Liberal Hypocrisy abounds
The president of the National Liberal Women's Commission is Nicole Foster Woollatt. But besides being a top level Liberal Party executive, Woollatt moonlights as a lobbyist, and has been doing so since 2004.

Dion has already made it clear he intends to strongarm Alberta's energy sector, bending it to his will for both economic and environmental reasons.

But that same sector has hired Woollatt to help bend Ottawa to its will. That must put Woollatt in a difficult situation:

• She is being paid to influence the government, but she is currently working hard to defeat that government.

• She is working to elect a leader who has made it clear that Alberta oil sands development will be brought under severe restrictions should he come into power, but her corporate bosses are almost certainly eager to make sure he never gets that chance.

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Pay no attention...

To the man behind the curtain...

A senior civil servant has been charged following a 14-month probe into the income trust investigation that helped turn the tide of the last federal election campaign.

The RCMP began their investigation in December, 2005 following a preliminary review of allegations of Liberal-inspired insider trading in income trusts.

On Nov. 23, 2005, trading of income trusts and related stocks spiked hours before an anticipated announcement by then finance minister Ralph Goodale.
Despite irrefutable evidence of trading activity in income trusts and related stocks -- prior to the actual announcement -- as well as Scott Brison's not so cryptic email to a stockbroker buddy, the Libranos kept insisting everything here was above board.

Finally we're getting some action... let's not stop here.

WHAT THEY SAID: That famous Librano misdirection...
Former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin refused to say during the campaign which staff members in his office or in the Privy Council Office knew in advance about the announcement.

During the campaign, Mr. Martin said members of his staff and the PCO take oaths to keep such information secret.

"I am satisfied that every single person in my office honoured those oaths," Mr. Martin said in January.

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The Houdini Party

While I'm sure the Liberals are patting each other on the back today for ramming through the Y2Kyoto Bill... which, in reality, will have about as much effect on reducing global warming as sacrificing virgins to the volcano god... I was outraged to hear about a very real problem caused by the Libranos thirteen year practice of progressively filling government positions with their idealogical brethren...

Records show 102,116 pardons were granted since 2000 -- including one for a first-degree murder conviction, another for a second-degree murder conviction and 162 for manslaughter convictions.
Even if I wasn't already a Harper Conservative supporter, the issue of cracking down on criminals, -- which the Liberals oppose at every turn, -- would be enough to turn my head... and my ballot.

It's time to get real about crime.


RELATED: Say what!!???
According to a National Parole Board "fact sheet" posted on the government website, pardons allow people who have proven themselves to be law-abiding citizens to have their criminal record kept "separate and apart" from other criminal records.

The record is removed from the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database and can't be disclosed without permission from the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada.

"The Canadian Human Rights Act forbids discrimination based on a pardoned conviction," the NPB website reads.
UPDATE: Pierre's graven image
Peter Bowal, a University of Calgary law professor, said the judicial selection committees, which Mr. Harper has just altered, were set up two decades ago in response to rampant Liberal patronage.

When former prime minister Pierre Trudeau left office, he said there was a "stampede" of party loyalists into plum positions, including the judiciary, that successor John Turner did nothing to stop -- giving rise to Brian Mulroney's 'You had an option, sir,' zinger during a televised debate.
ASK A REAL PRIME MINISTER
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the statistics are proof the Liberals were soft on crime while in power.

"I would like to know how he explains today the report that under his government, the National Parole Board awarded more than 100,000 pardons over the last six years, including two for murder convictions," the PM said in the House of Commons yesterday in response to a question from deputy Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff.

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14 February 2007

I came, I saw, I shook...

We either deal with this or we don’t. We will vanquish or we will be vanquished.

If you aren’t sure about that truth, use a Decision Tree of your own.
-- h/t Alice the Camel


The real deal

I hope the Crown Attorney who negotiated the Karla Homolka deal... dreams about it every night... especially after seeing this.

-- A teenager has been jailed for at least 30 years for the murders of a woman at a christening and a student teacher.

Roberto Malasi, 18, stabbed Ruth Okechukwu, 18, to death in Walworth, south-east London, in September 2005.

Two weeks earlier, he shot Zainab Kalokoh, 33, in the head when his gang raided a christening party in Peckham, south London.

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Never mind the Great Satan...

Iran can bite itself on the ass just fine... thank you very much.

-- Eleven people were killed when a car bomb ripped through a bus carrying members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards in a sensitive south-eastern border province.

An attack of this size and nature -- a bomb strike on an elite force in broad daylight in an open street -- is unprecedented in Iran.
Things haven't been so Sunni lately.

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C'mon Kathy, spit it out...

Tell us how you really feel.

Blogging is supposed to be rude, anarchic and distinctly "unofficial". Hiring a "campaign blogger" is like hiring a "campaign farter" or setting up a "campaign mosh pit."

Guys, I've written of Justin Trudeau that "there's never an avalanche around when you need one."

I've called Arabs "violent retards" repeatedly.

The Conservative Party of Canada would, if they thought of me at all, which they don't, dearly like me to go very far away.
She's the Jack Russell Terrier of the Blogosphere and much like that fierce little mutt... fascinating to watch, especially when she gets hold of something soft and juicy.

Coffee and Kathy, the pause that refreshes.

RELATED: Just another Invisible Woman

To Kinsella and the fembot army anyway...
The Obama campaign is running on melanin because it can't run on track record.

Having elevated a biomolecule to the status of "political virtue", what other outcome is possible, than to provoke debate about whether it is present in sufficient purity and quantity?
The lefties are always dancing around inconvenient truths... no wonder they're always trippin' over their ballet slippers.

postscript: I'm guessin' SDA will get 30,000 hits before end of day. Not bad for someone the leftbots have tagged as "beneath consideration."

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There's good news and bad news

First, the good news...

Winners and HomeSense customers can breathe a bit easier after a security breach was revealed last month. Company officials say Canadian banks apparently weren't affected by the problem.
The bad news... well, apparently they lied...
Thousands of CIBC and Bank of Montreal customers have been issued new credit cards from their banks along with warnings their old cards may have been used fraudulently, CBC News has learned.
Well, at least they're coming clean about the mistake...
The banks wouldn't say how many customers have been affected, what the security breach was or whether any credit cards have actually been misused. They also wouldn't disclose why they have reissued cards when other banks have not.
Crap.

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13 February 2007

UNICEF nails Child Abusers

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UPDATE: So what makes a winning country?

Here's how it's done in the Netherlands...

"It's almost a caricature that children are the ones that decide what happens within the family," says Mr Vangeert. "Their wishes become so strong that parents have to work very hard to give them what they want. Sometimes, there can be a lack of balance between the happiness of the child and that of the parent."
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If only I'd been born in Baghdad...
"The UK has been accused of failing its children, as it comes bottom of a league table for child well-being across 21 industrial countries."

CHILD WELL-BEING RANK

1. Netherlands
2. Sweden
3. Denmark
4. Finland
5. Spain
6. Switzerland
7. Norway
8. Italy
9. Republic of Ireland
10. Belgium
11. Germany
12. Canada
13. Greece
14. Poland
15. Czech Republic
16. France
17. Portugal
18. Austria
19. Hungary
20. United States
21. United Kingdom
Source: Unicef

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Bodies falling from tall buildings...

Watch for a trading panic... if Dion and the Liberal Doom-meisters ever get their hands back on the levers of power...

Companies representing 40 per cent of the Toronto Stock Exchange's total market capitalization would be directly affected by a legislated system of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caps and trading, and that impact will be negative for most of them, a new report from CIBC World Markets says.
Maybe Mark "Hugo" Holland will be "Minister of - Save the Planet - ."

Of, course, there's a good chance we don't really have to worry... when's the last time the Liberals kept their word anyway?

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And they're off...

It's only February and we have a promising contender for "Dishonourable Member of the Year."

Of course, lately, nothing seems to be taking a Fiberal bounce...

The latest poll shows that, on trust and competence and sleekness and teeth quality and all the usual indicators, Stephen Harper is performing way better than he did the weekend before he won the election.

And Stéphane Dion is, by most measures, doing measurably worse than Paul Martin was before he led the Liberals to their second-worst popular-vote performance since Confederation.

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Hillary, Billary... round and round

Maybe it's just me, but when you have to invoke the memory of a disingenuous serial adulterer -- who also happens to be your husband -- to drive the vote... I'm thinkin' you're in trouble.

“It helps her because we know Bill Clinton and we love Bill Clinton. We know him and his foibles. We know he loves his Dunkin’ Donuts; we know his love for burgers,” said State Representative Patricia M. McMahon, a longtime ally of both Clintons.
Yeah... that's not all he loved... is it?

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12 February 2007

A little off the top please...

And you thought toboggan helmet laws were going too far...

"Please do the needful within two weeks and let your son report back to school with you immediately he is well," a letter to parents from the school said.

Circumcision is not obligatory for admission to secondary school, but a study released in December said it reduced the risk of contracting HIV/Aids.

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Pop goes another weasel

While the mainstream media seems determined to only cover NATO setbacks, there is continuing good news in the War on Terror.

-- KABUL (Reuters) -- Several Taliban fighters were killed on Monday in an attack targeting a senior guerrilla leader closely linked to the Islamist movement's fugitive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, the U.S.-led coalition said in a statement.
There appears to have been a change in tactics. For anyone not following the minutiae of the conflict... in recent weeks there have been increasing numbers of surgical strikes on the Taliban leadership cadre.

I'm guessing the Tali-bosses are sleeping a little less soundly these days.


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Iranian Idol

Just when you think you've figured Iran out...

The key to Rajabpour’s success and why he is an unlikely modern revolutionary is that he succeeds as a pop entrepreneur by having a very good grasp of the laws and jurisprudence of the Islamic republic.

He’s now working on what he thinks is the perfect rock band for Iran. “It has the usual things: drums, bass, guitars . . . but with girls!”

They’re going to be Iran’s answer to the Spice Girls...
It's sometimes hard to believe this is a state that aspires to feudal theocracy...
I discovered a mass of contradictions. Tehran has one of the highest rates of cosmetic surgery among young people -- and terrible poverty.

One day I went to a pro-Hezbollah protest in the morning and a recording studio with Benyamin in the afternoon.
No wonder Ahmadinejad seems so schizophrenic.

RELATED: The Mother of all Delusions
In the interview with ABC Television in Tehran, Mr Ahmadinejad was asked if he feared a US military attack.

"Fear? Why should we be afraid?" he asked.
Hey, Mahmoud... you wanna play a little poker?

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This could be very bad

I'm having a little difficulty getting my head around all the possible ramifications here...

-- STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- A mysterious illness is killing tens of thousands of honeybee colonies across the United States, threatening honey production, the livelihood of beekeepers and possibly crops that need bees for pollination.

A recent report by the National Research Council noted that in order to bear fruit, three-quarters of all flowering plants -- including most food crops and some that provide fibre, drugs and fuel -- rely on pollinators for fertilization.
What the hell is happening here?

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11 February 2007

Little dialogue in Herouxville

I, for one, am pleased to hear that these Muslim women have stepped up in Herouxville and are willing to answer questions about their faith.

-- HEROUXVILLE, Que. -- A delegation of Muslim women is visiting a Quebec town that passed a controversial code aimed at immigrants.

The women were clad in traditional Muslim headscarves as they met with about 50 residents of Herouxville, where the town council passed the list of societal norms that would-be immigrants would have to adhere to.
I'm even willing to ask the first question...
If you found out your daughter was in love with a non-Muslim man, would you...

• Support her decision, even though it is anathema to Islam.

• Forbid her to ever see the man in question again.

Persuade the man in question to convert.

• Arrange a quickie marriage to an older man back home.

• Kill her to redeem the family honour.

• It's none of your "sons of pigs and apes" infidel business.

• Other (please elucidate).
Hey, relax... I'm just askin'.

RELATED: Then there's the Liberal line
"I think it's reflective of the fact that Canada is actually fracturing into two nations, he said.

"The urban nation where 80 per cent of Canadians live, and the rural parts of Canada which do not have a lot of interaction with immigrants and different cultures."
Which one are you... sophisticated, urban metro-sexual, or dumb-as-dirt rural racist?

It has to be true... CTV called an expert.

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And then the aliens...

Sorry... but if the IPCC can choose to ignore whatever science contradicts their political agenda... why would my extra-terrestrial theory be any different?

And what about those crazy, whacked out Solar Physicists?

Twenty years ago, climate research became politicised in favour of one particular hypothesis, which redefined the subject as the study of the effect of greenhouse gases.

The best measurements of global air temperatures come from American weather satellites, and they show wobbles but no overall change since 1999. That levelling off is just what is expected by the chief rival hypothesis, which says that the sun drives climate changes more emphatically than greenhouse gases do.

Solar physicists warn of possible global cooling, should the sun revert to the lazier mood it was in during the Little Ice Age 300 years ago.

What does the Intergovernmental Panel do with such emphatic evidence for an alternation of warm and cold periods, linked to solar activity and going on long before human industry was a possible factor?

Less than nothing.
But hey, screw it... it's easier just to hitch a ride with Al "Pinochio" Gore.

You can trust Big Al.

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Steffi the Safety Elephant

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UPDATE: 14 Feb 2007 - What now, oh wise Steffi?

Al-Qaeda has called for terrorist strikes against Canada's oil and natural gas facilities to "choke the U.S. economy."
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Stephane Dion and Taliban Jack know that Canada is "number one with a bullet" on the Taliban's shitlist. They know there's a pretty good chance that there will be a major terrorist incident... that will cost Canadian lives.

The Liberals know all this, because the anti-terrorism measures designed to prevent such attacks were introduced after 9/11 by, well... the Liberals.

So they must realise the danger of renouncing their support for those laws at this particular point in time.

Turns out... they're willing to take that chance.
-- OTTAWA -- Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion will join forces with the Bloc Québécois and the NDP next week to strike down the two most controversial anti-terrorism measures introduced by the Liberals in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Looking for any way to try to undermine the Stephen Harper government, Stephane Dion is teaming up with Taliban Jack to try make cheap political points.

That's how desperate Steffi is... he's playing with the safety and security of Canadian citizens.

Let's see what he says when the first bomb goes off.

RELATED: Let's just suppose...
“I ran to help and I saw destruction everywhere, along with charred bodies and body parts. Blood was spilled across a big area,” he said.

“I carried six people who I thought were still alive but then realized they had died after being torn apart by shrapnel.”
What would you say then?

LAST WORD: Hmmm, a total flip... since October?
As recently as October, the Liberals had said they would support extending the provisions that allow preventative arrests of terrorist suspects and investigative hearings.
Gee... what's changed since then, Mr. Dion?

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10 February 2007

Home Owner 1, Home invader 0

Forget about reality tv... let's play "Shank the Skank..."

A 23-year-old man who was wanted by Toronto police on a first-degree murder warrant has been stabbed to death in Montreal during a botched home invasion.

Ga-Yves Gandwimbi was fatally stabbed by a homeowner after he was involved in an early evening home robbery on Perraf St. Jan. 25, Montreal Police Const. Robert Mansueto said.
Proving the old saw about "honour among thieves", Gandwimbi was apparently abandoned and left to die at a gas station by his "home invasion homies".

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More stupid-ass pot stirring...

From the Globe and Mail...

"PM drops puck, but won't divulge when he'll drop the writ"
From the G and M comments...
-- I can see the G M Sunday headline: "Harper takes a piss, but not a drop about an election -- "

Then Monday: "Harper drops his car keys, but unlocks nothing about an election"

Then Tuesday: "Harper takes his wife to dinner, drops his napkin. Is an election far off?"
UPDATE: What about real news?
In the wake of the Adscam scandal, it was revealed that of all judges appointed by the Liberals -- not advisory panel members, but judges themselves -- nearly two-thirds had personal ties to the governing party.

If one added in those from law firms with Liberal connections, the total shot up to nearly three-quarters.

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