March 30, 2008

Reader Tips

A few related links picked up surfing.

Will he stay or will he go-go? A glimpse into the Zimbabwe election at This is Zimbabwe.

Dith Pran has passed away. If you have kids of a suitable age, you owe it to them to rent the Killing Fields.

The Religion of Peace, from A to Z

Don't let Jason Cherniak see this. Who knows what two giant legal minds might accomplish if they combined forces.

An interesting photo - it appears to show Chinese troops carrying monks robes, but I'd like to know the provenance.

Your Sunday tips in the comments.

Posted by Kate at March 30, 2008 11:01 AM

Sunday Morning Stupid: I just discovered that the Canadian Human Rights Commission has a lot of awesome posters and DVDs on their website. Best thing - they celebrate diversity. Bester thing - they're totally free. The CHRC has a budget of something like $150,000 allocated for propaganda of this sort, now if every SDA viewer ordered that free propaganda ... that'd cost something like $300,000. I know SDA readers wouldn't want to put a hole in the CHRC budget - but we all want to educate ourselves, right? You can order your materials here:

Posted by: RobertJago at March 30, 2008 11:11 AM

Ralph gets his a** handed to him on QP today(by Mulcair)Libs tied with NDP in new poll in Que(for last place) from Jean LaPierre and L.Ian McDonald..Bloc at 35,Cons at 30,Lib/Ndp at 15.Dion in terrible trouble!

Posted by: Sammy at March 30, 2008 11:34 AM

Uniformed Chinese Communist Soldiers Caught On Camera Holding Monk Disguises: Exclusive

Posted by: Canadian Sentinel at March 30, 2008 11:47 AM

"Naji Antoine Abi Khalil: Attempting to provide material support and military equipment to Hezbollah."

"D.C. Watson: Misunderstanders of Their "Peaceful" Faith
Our friend D. C. Watson updates his master list. Here is an incomplete list of Muslims in the United States" (ibid: jihadwatch)

In Canada, an incomplete list of supporters of murderous Muslim Hezbollah:

1. Liberal MP D. Coderre.
2. Bloc Quebecois chief/chef G. Duceppe.
3. Parti Quebecois ex-chief/chef A. Boisclair.
4. Amir Khadir.
5. etc. ?

"Leading the parade were Bloc Quebecois chief Gilles Duceppe, Liberal MP Denis Coderre, PQ chief Andre Boisclair, and Amir Khadir, spokesman for the new far-left provincial party, Solidarite Quebec.

Posted by: maz2 at March 30, 2008 11:55 AM

Don't knock Steve Dion. We want him around for the next federal election!!

Posted by: MJH at March 30, 2008 11:58 AM

Chinese communist party sympathizers hold rally in Toronto, urge death on the Dalai Lama, tell Tibetan-Canadians to "leave canada"...

Not a word yet from socialist el jefe maximo mayor D Miller (just as bad as Red Ken Livingstone, but even more smug)...(article indicates the rally flyers avail to city demonstrated racial / ethnic tone in advance).

Posted by: miller's monkey at March 30, 2008 12:02 PM

Is it true the CBC's top show is Hockey Night In Canada ?

The bitterness was very evident -- truth hurts, eh Suzuki ?

Was that shot off his deck ? Multi-Million Dollar$ view !!

Posted by: ron in kelowna at March 30, 2008 12:15 PM

Wasn't it just a short time ago that Harper was being dragged over the coals for meeting with the Dalai Lama? Oh dear, how things have changed.

Posted by: wallyj at March 30, 2008 12:23 PM

Regarding the Cherniak reference bit ... I checked out the blogger in question. I ask you ... Does this guy have the rap of a beauty queen contestant or what?

"About Me: I am a law student at the University of Ottawa, and a card carrying member of the Liberal Party of Canada. Although I don't always get the chance to Blog as often as I'd like to, I find it's a great way of expressing myself."

Hahahaha That's too pathetic. All that was missing was "and someday I plan to get my own apartment".

This guy would do better expressing himself on a dance floor.

I cannot imagine a criminal dumb enough to hire this guy for anything. Even Liberals don't want Liberal lawyers working for them. That's why they won't hire Cherniak or Kinsella.

Posted by: John West at March 30, 2008 12:26 PM

The provenance, Kate, is an email from a friend of mine, Jana, in Australia, who used to be a reporter for the Epoch Times and who's fighting the Chinese regime for its atrocities against inconvenients, particularly the Falun Gong, against whom the regime has been waging a sort of "final solution" in the runup to the Olympics in order to try to prevent embarrassment to the regime.

Jana received it from someone else via email and sent it to me.

I trust Jana. We just have the photograph, but then again, you know, the Chinese Communists themselves won't prove a bloody thing they claim, so they can't blame anyone who comes into possession of photographs that appear to damn the regime. They expelled the media and all foreigners, so whatever gets out is up to the beholder to judge.

Click on the link to the photo and you'll find a link to Jana's website. It's got plenty of information damning to the CCP.

Posted by: Canadian Sentinel at March 30, 2008 1:28 PM

Global Warming not getting enough news coverage!!!

Posted by: FredB at March 30, 2008 1:55 PM

For francophones, who comprise about 85 per cent of Quebec voters, support breaks down this way:

* Bloc: 35 per cent
* Tories: 30 per cent
* Liberals, NDP: Tied at 15 per cent

A key region is Quebec City, the so-called 418 region. The news for the Liberals there is even worse:

* Tories: 41 per cent
* Bloc: 25 per cent
* NDP: 17 per cent
* Liberals: 14 per cent

Yes Dion your lights really are out. Happy earth year!

Posted by: Sounder at March 30, 2008 2:50 PM

Todays read: Decline and Fall, Europe's Slow Motion Suicide by Bruce Thornton(2007)
Quote from page 56: "Like the extreme right's, the Greens' ideology is one predicated on hatred of the modern world and a distrust of traditional Christianity. It is no surprise, then, that romantic environmentalism has appeared in the program of some far-right parties, particularly in Germany, where Green support is high compared to the rest of Europe. Indeed, Hitler's Germany was the first modern nation to pass legislation protecting animals and nature: as historian Simon Schama says: "Exterminating millions of lives was not at all incompatible with the protection of trees."....." Meanwhile, it's back to ladies curling.

Posted by: Free Thinker at March 30, 2008 3:12 PM,

A new poll paints a devastating picture of a Liberal party completely reduced to a rump in Quebec if an election were held today.

" [...] Liberals, they are in a worse position than they were in the middle of the sponsorship scandal,"

political commentator Jean Lapierre told CTV's Question Period on Sunday.

For francophones, who comprise about 85 per cent of Quebec voters, support breaks down this way:

* Bloc: 35 per cent
* Tories: 30 per cent
* Liberals, NDP: Tied at 15 per cent

A key region is Quebec City, the so-called 418 region. The news for the Liberals there is even worse:

* Tories: 41 per cent
* Bloc: 25 per cent
* NDP: 17 per cent
* Liberals: 14 per cent

Posted by: Friend of USA at March 30, 2008 3:12 PM

CanadianPress/MSM writes up a screed to slag Minister Day. This is an example of the propaganda/bias from CanPress/MSM.

Smith's lawyer in Helena, Mont., "Greg Jackson told The Canadian Press."
Death row inmate's supporters bash Day

In other crime news:
Sex offender killed in B.C. prison riot

Posted by: maz2 at March 30, 2008 3:18 PM

Check out this lovely article:

Its theoretically about how McCain is benefitting from the Clinton/Obama slugfest but this pearl caught my eye (emphasis mine)

"On the most important issue, Iraq, McCain still insists he backs the five-year-old war that so far has cost more than 4,000 American and untold Iraqi casualties, and created four million refugees as a result of U.S.-sanctioned ethnic cleansing of Sunnis by Shia gangs."

Posted by: Daryl at March 30, 2008 3:19 PM

"Hope*" from Barf.

"Liberal brand continues to slide in Quebec"

Comment from muttsrus:

"The audacity of Garth Turner. Fresh off criticizing the Government sending out mailers, Garth is sending out some of his own and stealing , I mean , borrowing Obama's ideas. His leaflets are
titled HOPE and he says: "Some of the initiatives have been developed working with my Liberal colleagues in Ottawa, and some are achievable goals of my own. '

After the latest Quebec polls, could Garth be seeing another turn as an independent in his future?
Or is he just tilting at windmills?"

*Hope's little sister is Fear.

"The Turner Report
In short, we need hope. And hope needs a plan. Soon you will get mine."

Posted by: maz2 at March 30, 2008 3:32 PM


Other sites reporting...

Posted by: Canadian Sentinel at March 30, 2008 3:34 PM

Media Advisory
Release of a Final Report
Chair-Initiated Complaint
Into the public disclosure by the RCMP of its criminal investigation of the possible breach of security regarding the taxation of Canadian Corporate Dividends and Income Trusts
The report will be available on the CPC [Commission for Public Complaints] website at on Monday, March 31st at 1100 (EDT).

Complaints commissioner to discuss RCMP role in Goodale affair

Why have Librano$ Goodale/Martin, Jr./Brison, et al, not been investigated for criminal activities?

1. Canwest/MSM opens its report with a hit/poison arrow against the RCMP:
"OTTAWA -- Battered and bruised from a series of scandals, the RCMP could take another embarrassing hit to its reputation today".

2."Goodale has said the investigation and the political fallout was the worst thing he had ever endured in his long political career."

Posted by: maz2 at March 30, 2008 3:49 PM

I am sure someone else has noticed this, but there is a particularly bad poll at the G&M today:


In the next few years, under a new president, will America regain its lost status as the world's only superpower or will its current decline continue?


It will regain its lost status as the world's only superpower

Its current decline will continue


how do we answer such a loaded question?

Posted by: GreyOne40 at March 30, 2008 4:20 PM

greyone40 - write the editors of the Globe and Mail about their biased, loaded questions and ask them why they have a 'hate-on' against the USA.

garth turner is similar to norman spector. Remember Spector's statement prior to his interview with the House Ethics Committee over the Mulroney-Schreiber situation? He was, he informed everyone, going to 'blow the scene open' with his momentous testimony. He got what HE wanted, lots of publicity. Of course, being spector, there was nothing, absolutely nothing, in his testimony. As empty as himself.

daryl- eric margolis is a pathological anti-American, anti-Bush idiot. He's best ignored.

Posted by: ET at March 30, 2008 4:33 PM

'Nother expert's study; don't believe? It's a nobrainer. Nick is still worser than Al and Mary; 'specially when downed with coke and hairy.

Study: Cell Phones Could Be More Dangerous Than Cigarettes
A study by an award-winning cancer expert shows that cell phone use could kill more people than smoking, it is reported.
According to the U.K.'s Independent newspaper, the study, headed by Dr. Vini Khurana, shows that there is a growing body of evidence that using handsets for 10 years or more can double the risk of brain cancer.
Khurana — one of the world's top neurosurgeons — based his assessment on the fact that three billion people now use the phones worldwide. That is three times higher than people who smoke. Smoking kills some five million globally each year. ...-

Posted by: maz2 at March 30, 2008 4:33 PM

Goodale goes ballistic on NDP Mulclair on CTVs Question Period today - LOL

Mulclair touched a nerve when he said the Liberals stand for "nothing" and that's why they continue to abstain from voting.

By the end of the video Goodale is all frothed up and calls Mulclair "a joke"

Posted by: OttRob at March 30, 2008 4:48 PM

Chinese soldiers seen with monk's robes.

What is the Chinese army taking lessons from the CHRC?

Posted by: Joe at March 30, 2008 5:36 PM

ottrob - Goodale sees everything, his power, his status as MP, all dissolving in front of him. No wonder he's frothing.

Interesting how the CBC, CTV (question period) have only one focus. Not on any examination of Conservative government policies. No. Only on the problems around getting the Natural Governing Party back in power.
Endless discussions on the problems. Endless. But absolutely no interest whatsoever in the Conservative Government's policies. None.

So, they focus on Dion, and how he's losing/lost Quebec - and what that means for getting the Liberals Back in Power. And they focus on Rae as 'seasoned and savvy' - and how beneficial his presence will be to the Liberals. Ignoring his disastrous effect when he almost bankrupted Ontario.

They focused on Ignatieff being removed from Deputy Leader - which would go to Rae...
But nothing on policies. Either the non-existent Liberal ones or the productive Conservative ones.

Oh- wait. They did talk about policy. The new Immigration policy. But the focus was only that it would lose Liberals votes. So, the policy in itself wasn't examined as to how it would benefit Canada. Heck, who cares. The policy was only examined as to whether it would benefit or harm Liberals.

They felt that not allowing in any and all refugees, family members etc, would harm Liberals, because the Liberals got a LOT of votes in the Toronto/Montreal their open immigration and refugee policies. Of course, these policies didn't help Canada. But Liberals aren't interested in that...

Posted by: ET at March 30, 2008 6:33 PM


Mystery of CCP soldier photograph solved:

Photo caption reads:

This is not an uncommon 'tactical move' from the Chinese government as could be seen on the back-cover of the 2003 annual TCHRD Report


Canada Free Press [Friday, March 21, 2008 10:20] Brit spies confirm Dalai Lama's report of staged violence

More at the following link:

Posted by: The Canadian Sentinel at March 30, 2008 6:42 PM

In addition, it bears mentioning, in case one doesn't follow the link, to state that the CCP has done it recently:

Begin excerpt...

Canada Free Press [Friday, March 21, 2008 10:20] Brit spies confirm Dalai Lama's report of staged violence

By Gordon Thomas

London, March 20 - Britain's GCHQ, the government communications agency that electronically monitors half the world from space, has confirmed the claim by the Dalai Lama that agents of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, the PLA, posing as monks, triggered the riots that have left hundreds of Tibetans dead or injured.

GCHQ analysts believe the decision was deliberately calculated by the Beijing leadership to provide an excuse to stamp out the simmering unrest in the region, which is already attracting unwelcome world attention in the run-up to the Olympic Games this summer.

...End excerpt

Posted by: The Canadian Sentinel at March 30, 2008 6:52 PM

Russian, Iranian, Saudi media: US Forces building up for Iran attack

Who knows? Who can trust the Russian, Iranian or Saudi media? First I've heard about this alleged activity.

Posted by: The Canadian Sentinel at March 30, 2008 7:27 PM

We may carp about welfare-addicted layabouts here in Canada, but perhaps it's not all that bad when compared with Britain:

Posted by: Doug at March 30, 2008 7:30 PM

Saw the Goodale show on QP. What a laugh. Van Loan just sat and smiled, "loving it" as Jane Taber remarked. Does Goodale seriously think he can sell this idea that Liberals are controlling parliament, because they get to decide when an election is held? Yeah, he said that, and before claimed Tories tied their hands on election timing with fixed election dates legislation.

Oh yes, that makes sense - don't take a stand on major issues like fiscal policy (budget), collective security (Afghan) and immigration - no, just abstain because the "timing" isn't right. Only Liberals are "relevant" in the House, because their vote is required to defeat the government; and, Tories abrogated their leadership too, eh, apparently, by acting like a majority government.

What timing is that Mr Goodale. As stated elsewhere, it's so amazing the "right timing" for an election also happens to coincide perfectly to when Grits think they can win.

Nice to see NDP finally understands Libs are their natural adversary. If they do it right, organize properly, two things could result - a Tory majority and an NDP official opposition, and senior members regularly putting their foot in their mouth.

Right now, Liberals are a leftie version of old Reform party. An urban rather than rural rump party, shooting off in all directions without any clear plan for governing.

Liberals can't seem to shake this cliche your way to power thing. They seem incapable of policy formation, of taking a definitive stand on any issue, as Mulcair pointed out, right before Goodale called him a "joke."

No wonder Grits don't think "Canadians" want an election right now.

Posted by: Shamrock at March 30, 2008 8:08 PM

It was funny to watch Goodale get put in his place!
He looks like he close to stroking out. Truth hurts.

Posted by: MaryM at March 30, 2008 8:26 PM

Of course Ralphie Goodale would be owly nowadays.

He saw Davie Orchard as a future threat to his Sask Liberal power, and had Orchard turfed from a possible win in the Sask by-election.

Now the Liberals do not have a single rural seat in Western Canada which they can claim to represent western grain farmers in the fight over the CWB.

Freedom 2, Raphlie dick all.

Gee, I wonder that's why Sask Ritter is allegedly quitting as CWB pres too?

I'm lovin' it!

Posted by: rockyt at March 30, 2008 8:35 PM

Liberals are a leftie version of old Reform party

Except that the Reformers had clear ideas what they wanted to accomplish once they obtained power, something the Libs lack.

Posted by: Joe at March 30, 2008 9:26 PM

Got my hunting license today. Coyote and groundhogs beware!

Posted by: Aaron at March 30, 2008 9:46 PM

Shamrock: "shooting off in all directions without any clear plan for governing." . . . while this is true of the Liberals at the moment, I never felt this was the case with the ReformParty. They had very coherant policies under Preston Manning. And they had a significant impact on the government in their Opposition role. In fact, the Liberals would do well to emulate the Reform party's legacy.

Posted by: LindaL at March 30, 2008 11:25 PM

From CTV National news tonite,big story on the demise of the Libs in Que.Roger Smith did big blurb,then over to the wise old owl Oliver...must have made him almost puke to hear 'the Liberals are at FRINGE party status in polls in Quebec' I am lovin' it!

Posted by: Sammy at March 30, 2008 11:42 PM

Islam is now world's largest religion, according to the Globe and Mail.

Posted by: Paula at March 30, 2008 11:46 PM

"Goodale goes ballistic on NDP Mulclair on CTVs Question Period today" -- I watched this via the link provided -- funny stuff. Did anyone catch how Goodale is still complaining that the NDP is "guilty" of helping to bring down the Liberal gov. in 2005. This is very strange. Clearly Liberals are obsessed with the idea that Conservative rule is a disturbance in the natural order of things. I just find it totally weird that their comments do not reflect that they have at all moved on from 2005. They are stuck in a time warp.

Posted by: LindaL at March 31, 2008 12:15 AM


If you read the entire article, the Vatican says there are more Muslims than Roman Catholics.

Christians of all denominations are still at 33% of the world's population (second-last paragraph).

The headline is totally incorrect and misleading and does not reflect the contents of the article.

Posted by: set you free at March 31, 2008 12:21 AM

[ Tip. Are you technically inclined? . . analytical? ]

The more I look into this Pentadyne, the more it looks like a winner. This is just very interesting newtech that looks good.

We can*t get on board yet, but if it does go public then we are informed. = TG


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Its systems are used individually and in arrays (a 3.8 MW bank of 20 Pentadyne flywheels is the largest to date) in applications ranging from data center/corporate IT to television broadcast, healthcare, laboratory, financial services, education, utility, electronic gaming, manufacturing, transportation, government and the military.

The company is also designated the exclusive supplier of DX-A2 rated (certified for national defense use) flywheel energy storage products to a military procurement contract involving the delivery of more than 500 Pentadyne flywheels for recycling of energy at military facilities nationwide. It is believed to be the world’s largest flywheel supply contract.

And Tech / product PDF. .
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Posted by: TG at March 31, 2008 12:32 AM

@Set you free:
You are right that the headline is misleading. I was still surprised to learn Islam has outpaced Roman Catholicism though, but I guess that's been coming for a long time and I shouldn't have been.

Posted by: Paula at March 31, 2008 12:56 AM

Linda L., I agree Manning could formulate policy and offer clear vision - his 1988 speech is still a classic IMO. The problem was Reform had too many independent thinkers who talked out of school and blurred the message. I agree they are different from Liberals who never want to talk about policy, but with Reform's loose cannons, and MSM ever willing to exploit them, the result was like the Liberals - incoherent message. Like the Liberals, it made them easy to label.

Posted by: Shamrock at March 31, 2008 1:07 PM