March 31, 2009

Reader Tips

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome to SDA Late Nite Radio. Tonight, for your delectation and pursuant to our Monday night jazz show, here are Charlie Rouse and his quintet, featuring Blue Mitchell, Art Taylor, Walter Bishop, and Earl May performing Pretty Strange (5:21). I didn't know that Charlie and Blue had played together before! Cool, man. Mmm, mmm, this is yummy good.

Your Reader Tips are, as always, welcome in the comments.

Posted by Vitruvius at March 31, 2009 12:01 AM

Well, let's kick off the evening with some heartening news. A magazine called World Finance recently produced a list of the 50 safest banks in the world. All of Canada's big 5 made it, with the Royal ranked number 10. (Banks are ranked by market cap, not safety or quality.) Out of the 3300 banks in the USA, only 3 made the list, and none were in the top 10. Hope the news that Canada's banks are strong helps some of you rest easier tonight.

Posted by: KevinB at March 30, 2009 10:24 PM

Vitruvius: How you broadcast from the future?

Posted by: Black Mamba at March 30, 2009 10:25 PM

Vitruvius: Great selection -- but too bad Blue wasn't playing with Charlie on that one. He was one of the great jazz trumpeters of his time, taken from us much too early.

Posted by: MJ at March 30, 2009 10:28 PM

American radio show host Dennis Prager spoke of something today that I wanted to throw at all of you for feedback. Paraphrasing, this is what he said:

"The Left has never been spoken about Creating Wealth, the Left is only focused on Creating Equality."

I thought about this some and the only exception I could think of is the NDP gov't in Manitoba. I haven't lived there in some time so perhaps it's the case that their policies are not Left-centered in practice?

Anyhow, in the bigger picture, what do you think of Prager's statement?

Posted by: Robert W. at March 30, 2009 10:30 PM


As soulful as it gets...and at W 49th and Central Park.


Posted by: syncrodox at March 30, 2009 10:43 PM


Indian Chief 'Two Eagles' was asked by a white US. government official, 'You have observed the white man for 90 years. You've seen his wars and his technological advances. You've seen his progress, and the damage he's done.'
The Chief nodded in agreement.
The official continued, 'Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?'

The Chief stared at the government official for over a minute and then calmly replied:
'When white man find land, Indians running it, no taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, clean water. Women did all the work, Medicine man free. Indian man spend all day hunting and fishing; all night having sex.'

Then the chief leaned back and smiled 'Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that.'


Posted by: Tenebris at March 30, 2009 10:51 PM

It's too late, Kevin, we've already kicked off with some very heartening news, namely, that things are, as they have always been, Pretty Strange. Also, agreed, MJ, Blue wasn't featured in that tune, but apparently he was in the quintet, according to that album cover, which was what I was trying to say that I did not know before: sorry I wasn't more clear. Still, I did want to single out that Rouse work: rather a fine piece in my opinion. Wait, wait, wait a minute, sorry folks, I forgot, the sky is falling. Pardon my interruption.

Posted by: Vitruvius at March 30, 2009 10:53 PM

From the experience that the people of British Columbia have had with two NDP administrations and one Liberal one I think they can speak with some authority.
An example: in 1993 our mining exploration revenues were in the area of $700 million. By the end of the last NDP government, they were around $30 million. The Liberal Government has been a facilitator of business and we have all benefited.
My only complaint is that their social policies are largely left Liberal. The Great Bear Rain Forest, carbon tax (a tax increase) and spending like there's no tomorrow, family law skulduggery, soft on crime,name but a few areas of contention with me.

Posted by: Gunney99 at March 30, 2009 10:54 PM

Tough to Argue? Bullshit, Tenebris. Wheel, smelting,
Maxwell, and antibiotics. Don't be silly, old chap. ;-)

Posted by: Vitruvius at March 30, 2009 11:02 PM

Robert W - the left is about creating inequality. Not equality.

The Left asserts that the knowledge of 'How to live in the Best Way' exists; it is accessible to an Elite, a Chosen Set. These people have The Knowledge of The Best Way To Live. This knowledge is not found in the majority of people. Only these Few have it - They are defined as Guardians or Rulers.

The fascinating thing is that this perspective is not modern. It is not industrial. It is pre-industrial. The perspective of the Left is very much the mindset of 18th and 19th c Europe.

The class structure of pre-modern Europe consisted of an elite Landed Gentry...the people whose wealth (knowledge) wasn't made by themselves but was inherited from ancestors. Then, there was the up-and-coming mercantile merchant class - the businessmen. These people were sneered at and derided by the Landed Gentry, who scorned anyone having to 'make money' with their own work.
And..the rest were peasants, farmers, workers.

This pre-modern class elitism is exactly what is found in our modern Left. Our modern left are similar to the Landed Gentry. Their 'wealth' or knowledge isn't self-made; they are found in the universities, in the civil service...They certainly aren't in 'business'..which is condemned.

Notice how Obama condems the business and manufacturing peoples as based on 'greed'. That's such an 19th c statement..made by an elitist!

The Landed Gentry of the 18th c, who are now the modern Leftists, sneer at anyone who 'makes wealth' or 'makes knowledge'. They deride the investors, or the businessman, or industrialists, or the bankers. These people, who make the wealth - they are 'corrupt'. They merely make wealth; they are greedy.

The worker class, are the people who work for wages.

The Left, the modern Landed Gentry, the modern Guardians, do NOT consider the merchant and business class as their equal! After all, merchants and businessmen are 'nouveau riche', and are 'wealthy' out of greed..not out of ancestry and 'noblesse oblige'.
And they consider the workers..ignorant and and popcorn victims of the wealthy businessmen.

The agenda of the Landed Gentry, the Left, is not to enable equality, for they reject equality. It is to reduce the power of the people who make wealth - the industrialists, the businessmen. And, in this era of voting power, they'll give this wealth..first, to themselves (they'll always have high salaries and benefits and perks in office..Recall Pelosi's perks and plane rides)...and the keep them passive and meek.

Posted by: ET at March 30, 2009 11:02 PM

ET, Thank YOU!!! I will pass onto Prager and see if he responds on-air.

In point of fact, I think he meant the rhetoric or promises of the Left, whereas you're talking about their Reality.

Posted by: Robert W. at March 30, 2009 11:23 PM

Moral Victory for Islamists at the UN.

Watch for the NDP to be adopting this into their talking points by week's end!

How much money does Canada waste ... errr send to the UN each year?!?

Posted by: Robert W. at March 30, 2009 11:30 PM

The National Post, in an otherwise nice profile of Jason Kenney, refers to the Canadian Arab Congress as "arguably anti-Semitic." (Emphasis mine.)

I agree that the Post is probably the best of a truly awful MSM lot, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't call it out when it publishes crap lines like this.

Posted by: Liz at March 30, 2009 11:42 PM

Canadian Arab Federation. My bad.

Posted by: Liz at March 30, 2009 11:43 PM

I came across this evidence of the high quality of CBC reporting. Note the post from 27 March.

Posted by: momzilla at March 31, 2009 12:26 AM

"How much money does Canada waste ... errr send to the UN each year?!?" -- I hope less than we used to under Chretien. Under the previous Liberal government a great deal of money was channeled through the U.N., a pet agency of our Liberal government.

An example was money raised for the Tsunami victims. Funding could have been given to the Red Cross or charitable agency, but instead it was sent to the U.N. Since this was not too long after the U.N. was being scrutinized for creaming off Oil for Food dollars, I think there is a legitimate question about whether or not they were the best agency to distribute our dollars. I don't believe there was any request for the dollars to be accounted for, so heaven knows where they went.

Posted by: LindaL at March 31, 2009 1:00 AM

Liz, you got me curious so I checked the home page of the CAF. Their lead story is this:


The title itself is the first lie. Their organization might want to restrain Kenney but they don't speak for all Arab Canadians.

They go onto say that they oppose all forms of racism. Yet they were a key part of assembling the "protest" rallies in Canada a few months ago that we all saw the videos of. Those were nothing but "Hate Juice" [sic] rallies in disguise.

Posted by: Robert W. at March 31, 2009 1:07 AM

I always thought Angie Harmon was beautiful, but now she's my new hero!!!

Posted by: Robert W. at March 31, 2009 1:13 AM

Robert W @ 1:13......Damn....why can't there be more like her instead of "women" like Oprah,Behar,Walters,Pelosi,etc?!?!?!

Posted by: Justthinkin at March 31, 2009 1:48 AM

Linda's question reminded me of all the "trusts" that the Lieberal govenment created and funnelled money in to escape the Auditor General. Whatever happened to that money laundering scheme? This was even before adscam.

Posted by: Texas Canuck at March 31, 2009 5:59 AM

John Robson: Uncerebrally Unrealistic Saboteur, Liberals' Best Friend

Posted by: The Canadian Sentinel at March 31, 2009 6:28 AM

O's fascistsOcialist State: America as a constitutional republic is dead.

America is now a fascistsOcialist State.
Obama: I Am America.

"He is the most powerful player in American business today.*"

"In any business-government partnership, Obama himself expects to play the dominant role.*"

Mussolin, Il Duce:
"The Fascist State lays claim to rule in the economic field no less than in others; it makes its action felt throughout the length and breadth of the country by means of its corporate, social, and educational institutions, and all the political, economic, and spiritual forces of the nation, organised in their respective associations, circulate within the State. (p. 41).**"

*"Obama, the nation's CEO"

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2009 6:48 AM

Socialism in Ontario:

"Toronto & GTA
McGuinty boots Miller"

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2009 7:07 AM

"Heavy snow, high winds in Atlantic Canada
HALIFAX, N.S. - You'd never know it was spring in Atlantic Canada by looking out the window.

A severe storm driven by strong winds is dumping snow and freezing rain on many parts of the region."

"Bogeymen of the C02 hoax losing ground
By Dr. Tim Ball

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. Eric Hoffer

James Hansen, head of NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS), and Andrew Weaver, lead author of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports, made statements clearly designed to frighten people.

Both men are politically active in climate change and at the forefront of the attempt to convince the world that CO2 is a problem. Their remarks are intended to scare people by threatening impending doom – nothing new - except there is increasing urgency and fear because their message is failing. As Andrew Weaver summarized, ”All those fossil fuel emissions need to be eliminated. And we must do so quickly if we are to have any chance of stabilizing the climate and maintaining human civilization as we know it.”

Hansen increases urgency for action claiming we are on the verge of a tipping point, defined as follows. “Tipping points can occur during climate change when the climate reaches a state such that strong amplifying feedbacks are activated by only moderate additional warming.”

We’re reaching a tipping point, but it’s not the one Hansen anticipates. We’re close to the point where the public and politicians realize they have been totally deceived about the nature and cause of climate change. Even before a shift to concern about the economy polls showed a growing shift in public opinion."

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2009 8:55 AM

O'Narcissist: "my" "I" "composes a narrative"**.

"Obama refers to him rather differently as “my guy, Reggie. The kid brother I never had”*.

"or composes a narrative with a fictitious character in it, suspiciously autobiographical.**"


As Barack Obama sweeps into Britain today for the G20 summitwith his entourage of 500, armour-plated limousine, decoy helicopters, chef and medical team, one man will be at the centre of all the action.

To White House staff Reggie Love is the President’s “body man”. Obama refers to him rather differently as “my guy, Reggie. The kid brother I never had”."


Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2009 9:15 AM

Anybody for investing capital in France?

Posted by: Zeppo at March 31, 2009 9:16 AM

The Toronto Star is complaining about...the "Harperization of Premier Dalton McGuinty," of all things.

"McGuinty taking cues from Harper playbook"

If they keep up, the next Ontario PC slogan might very well be, "Why not the real thing?"

Posted by: Daniel M. Ryan at March 31, 2009 9:22 AM

Danny Whine for Wine Williams becomes Danny Whispers.

it was so cold the other day ,people saw Danny Williams with his hands in his own pockets.

Posted by: cal2 at March 31, 2009 9:30 AM

My favourite new picture!

Posted by: AtlanticJim at March 31, 2009 9:33 AM

Picture of the day.

Harper Govt. cutbacks in NL leaves firefighter stranded.


Posted by: Glenn at March 31, 2009 9:46 AM

Biased CBC reporting (read it all).
Fire. Them. All.

Notice CBC attempts to deflect the reader by using words e.g. "Pricey ads", etc.
Fire. Them. All.

"Pricey ads signed by scientists slam Obama's climate change talk

More than 100 scientists — including a number of Canadian government scientists and university professors — have signed a full-page newspaper ad denouncing U.S. President Barack Obama's remarks about climate change last November as "untrue."

"The Cato Institute ad takes issue with the following statement, made by U.S. President Barack Obama on Nov. 19, 2008:

"Few challenges facing America and the world are more urgent than combating climate change. The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear."

"Mr. President , your characterization of the scientific facts regarding climate change and the degree of certainty informing the scientific debate is simply incorrect," said the ads paid for by the Cato Institute that ran Monday in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. The ads cite evidence, referenced in four scientific papers, that the climate is not changing significantly."

"Among the Canadians who signed the ad were:

* Ian Clark, professor of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa.
* Paul Copper, Laurentian University (Emeritus).
* Susan Crockford, University of Victoria.
* Christopher Essex, University of Western Ontario.
* Neil Hutton, past president, Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists.
* Wayne Goodfellow, University of Ottawa.
* David Nowell, former chairman, NATO Meteorology Canada.
* Peter Salonius, Canadian Forest Service.
* Ross McKitrick, University of Guelph."

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2009 9:59 AM

Hansen: It's not the computer models! It's #1, and #2. Computer models are #3.
"This is not rocket science."

"* The reporter left the impression that my conclusions are based mainly on climate models. I always try to make clear that our conclusions are based on #1 Earth’s history, how it responded to forcings in the past, #2 observations of what is happening now, #3 models. Here is the actual note that I sent to the reporter after hanging up on him:"

"James Hansen sets the record straight on the New York Times article 'The Civil Heretic'

Dr. James E. Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York and an adviser to Al Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” is quoted and referred to several times in the New York Times article "The Civil Heretic - Freeman Dyson - Profile" - by Nicholas Dawidoff, March 29, 2009, New York Times, page MM32 and in the New York Times Magazine, March 25, 2009.

Dr. Hansen sent his response to the article to those who have subscribed to his e-mail commentaries the day before its publication in the Sunday New York Times. He has given me permission to convey his clarification in its entirety:

New York Times Magazine

Tomorrow’s NY Times Magazine article (The Civil Heretic) on Freeman Dyson includes an unfortunate quote from me that may appear to be disparaging and ad hominem (something about bigger fish to fry). It was a quick response to a reporter* who had been doggedly pursuing me for an interview that I did not want to give. I accept responsibility for the sloppy wording and I will apologize to Freeman, who deserves much respect.

You might guess (correctly) that I was referring to the fact that contrarians are not the real problem – it is the vested interests who take advantage of the existence of contrarians.

There is nothing wrong with having contrarian views, even from those who have little relevant expertise – indeed, good science continually questions assumptions and conclusions. But the government needs to get its advice from the most authoritative sources, not from magazine articles. In the United States the most authoritative source of information would be the National Academy of Sciences.

The fact that the current administration in the United States has not asked for such advice, when combined with continued emanations about “cap and trade,” should be a source of great concern. What I learned in visiting other countries is that most governments do not want to hear from their equivalent scientific bodies, probably because they fear the advice will be “stop building coal plants now!” These governments are all guilty of greenwash, pretending that they are dealing with the climate problem via “goals” and “caps”, while they continue to build coal plants and even investigate unconventional fossil fuels and coal-to-liquids.

I will send out something (“Worshiping the Temple of Doom”) on cap-and-trade soon. It is incredible how governments resist the obvious (maybe not so incredible when lobbying budgets are examined, along with Washington’s revolving doors). This is not rocket science. If we want to move toward energy independence and solve the climate problem, we need to stop subsidizing fossil fuels with the public’s money and instead place a price on carbon emissions."

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2009 10:13 AM

Wagoner will get 20 million retirement. There is talk he cannot get it because of the feds but it is not a bonus. If they break this contract they also have to break all the pensions. Eat crow O.

Posted by: Speedy at March 31, 2009 10:20 AM

Right, speedy - as noted in Hot Air:

"Wagoner’s resignation does not mean that he will leave the company immediately. He will continue to draw his $1 annual salary, because if he leaves the company he is entitled to a multimillion-dollar pension that the government does not want to pay, a source familiar with the matter said.
ABC didn’t report it as a “severance package,” and GM is on the hook to pay his already-negotiated retirement benefits — unless they can clear them in a bankruptcy proceeding (which is doubtful for pensions), but which will also void the union’s contracts at the same time. If he’s resigning, they’re going to have to pay those benefits, and probably sooner rather than later, and the White House can’t do anything about it."

So, what is Obama's agenda - does he have one that is clear to him or the public?

What is the real cause of GM's collapse? The unions, the unions, the unions - and Obama is a bosum friend of the unions, so he won't acknowledge this. Instead, like all leftists, who consider themselves 'landed gentry' and wise, he'll blame the 'mercantile class', the upstart peoples engaged in 'trade'. And 'trade' and 'manufacturing' is something all blue blood gentry sneer at.

The unions? They are parasites and have leeched on to industries and sucked all life from them.

They've transformed manufacturing and industrial production from its original focus on the product and the a focus only on the well-being of the employee. So, rather than the profits being re-invested in research for better products, new machinery, upgrades and better plants..the money was taken out of the industrial acts, out of manufacturing and instead spent on higher and higher and higher wages, benefits paid by the company, and enormous pensions for earlier and earlier and longer...retirements. This left no money for the product. And it is the product which makes profit. Only the product. Not the worker.

The unions have led to the demise of industrialism in the US; it is their greed, their parasitic attack on the product that have led to this.

Posted by: ET at March 31, 2009 10:59 AM

J.E. Dyer, The Mighty Middle

Something to keep in mind, as we survey the proto-Bolshevist approach of the Obama administration to taking over the civil government and means of production in the United States, is that what Obama and his cohort are doing has never been tried before in a nation with a huge, independent, self-sustaining middle class...

Posted by: Charles MacDonald at March 31, 2009 11:04 AM

John Cleese is an elitist snobby Eurotard.
You will never listen to him again the same way.

Posted by: richfisher at March 31, 2009 11:17 AM

"Most Americans choose to believe that none of this is real and that nothing like this could ever happen in their country, just as they believed nothing like 9/11 could ever happen, on 9/10/01.

Yet it is happening right in front of their eyes, out in the open in plain view, and they still can’t see it…

If they can’t see it, they won’t fight it. The left is counting on that!"

"False Hope Trumps Good Sense
America’s Eyes Wide Shut!

By JB Williams Monday, March 30, 2009

As each day of the new administration passes, the American taxpayer is driven deeper in debt, American savings, investment and retirement accounts lose more value, Washington DC leftists seize more control over private industries and private assets, and today, the Obama administration is directly engaged in the day to day management of multiple private corporations and industries. Still, the average American has allowed a false sense of hope to trump simple common sense, which is clearly no longer common in America.
Obamanation Now Running GM, Chrysler and Banks

CNN reports Obama aides flunk GM and Chrysler. Having already given a failing grade to the US banking industry, and using trillions in new American taxpayer debt to purchase federal controlling interest in several of the nations biggest financial institutions, Obamanation is now dictating employment and payroll policy for the financial sector.

Obamanation is seizing control of America’s largest manufacturing industry, the auto industry, firing GM CEO Rick Wagoner and forcing a merger between Chrysler and Fiat. Read Obama Forces Out GM CEO Wagoner.

Resident Obama steps to the White House microphone to announce that he is now running the auto industry, for the greater common good of the union employee, blaming the failure of capitalism, completely ignoring decades of labor union destruction of America’s competitive edge over foreign manufacturers.

“We think we can have a successful U.S. auto industry. But it’s got to be one that’s realistically designed to weather this storm and to emerge—at the other end—much more lean, mean and competitive than it currently is,” Obama said, as if the acting CEO of the US auto industry.

Though they refused immediate additional “bailout funds,” Resident Obama placed the American taxpayer as the new guarantor of all auto industry product warrantees in an effort to promote the sale of union labor autos. However, the American taxpayer too, has already been bankrupted by the fed. They are in no position to guarantee all that Obama is committing them to.

Investor Reaction to Marxist Obamanomics"

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2009 11:49 AM

Fire trumps Suzuki's Global Warming.

"*This was really a place where skiers came to gather as a community. That's pretty devastating."

"*Landmark Ottawa sporting goods store struck by fire

Daughter of Tommy & Lefebvre co-founder says loss
'devastating'" (cbc)

"Global warming could melt winter sport industry: report - 19 hours ago
Global warming could cripple Canada's winter sports industry, according to a report published by the David Suzuki Foundation. ..."

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2009 11:57 AM

More re Cato Institute ad. (See above.)

Moonbat George, one of the altarboys/spear carriers of the Gaia Church, is already on the attack.

Moonbat retreads the cliched canards: "Climate change deniers"; "wildly rightwing lobby groups that masquerade as thinktanks in the US".

Barf Alert: Beware of Moonbat's "bated breath".

"Climate change deniers: the usual suspects with no credibility

Rightwing Cato Institute fails to impress with predictable list of debunkers

I was waiting with bated breath. Last week the Cato Institute — one of the scores of wildly rightwing lobby groups that masquerade as thinktanks in the US — circulated an ad that it intended to place in American newspapers. It was the same old rubbish, debunked a thousand times:"

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2009 12:38 PM


“I'm not going to try running banks, but I hope our banks will see this as an opportunity to build the brand - the country's brand, their own brand – and to expand their scope and profitability over time,” Mr. Harper is quoted as saying in a front-page story.

“I can assure you that the steps we're taking in the financial sector will not be designed to promote greater protectionism,” he added.

(The lefty progressive reflects inward..."What the hell is he doing? This isn't what Obama is doing? We're Canadians, we get bought out by foreigners, we do not buy up the foreigners, I am soooo embarrassed".. continues reading...)

Suddenly, Harper inserts the shiv....

“Canada itself has shown that if you have a reasonable system of regulation, there is no need for governments to be nationalizing banks and directing executive compensation and trying to micromanage economic activity,” he said.

“One could say we were overregulated, but our solution is going to lead to us having the most free-enterprise financial sector in the world. We're the only one not nationalizing or partial-nationalizing or de facto nationalizing.”

Lefty's head explodes.


Posted by: Glenn at March 31, 2009 12:50 PM

If anyone had any doubt about whether the Obamanation could get worse, there's now no doubt. Enter Barney Frank and his new bill.

The only "good" thing about all of this will be watching the Obamunists twist like pretzels to keep defending their guys. Truly pathetic!

Posted by: Robert W. at March 31, 2009 1:19 PM

There can be no doubt that O is a fascistsOcialist.

O sends birthday wishes to socialist Chavez.

O + Chavez: comrades-in-arms.

"WH: Obama on Cesar Chavez's birthday

March 31, 2009


President Barack Obama today made the following statement to commemorate Cesar Chavez's birthday:

"Chavez's rallying cry, "S Se Puede" - "Yes We Can," was more than a slogan, it was an expression of hope and a rejection of those who said farmworkers could not organize, and could not take on the growers. Through his courage, Cesar Chavez taught us that a single voice could change our country, and that together, we could make America a stronger, more just, and more prosperous nation.""

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2009 1:31 PM

SDA is copied by MSM.

"Greg Weston (MSM)
Tue, March 31, 2009
The bucks stop here"

The Buck Stops Here. Posted by Kate at March 24, 2009 2:19 PM. Comments ...... Small wonder, with that kind of media "objectivity" there is more & more ...

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2009 1:41 PM has an article claiming a Swedish source thinks Obama's treatment of the auto industry is to socialistic. A couple of other readable essays there too.

Posted by: kakola at March 31, 2009 2:11 PM

Breaking News: Ontario judge grants bail to professor accused in Paris bombing

Story here

Posted by: Robert W. at March 31, 2009 2:11 PM

Someone has posted this link in the comments section of CBC's article the Cato institute ad. This is the Senate Minority Report re global warming. I believe it is an update from a previous report. It is very good -- some quite damning comments clearly illustrating the increasing vulnerability of the warming scammers:

Posted by: LindaL at March 31, 2009 2:24 PM

Another vacancy is filled in the PET Cemetery.

The chosen plot is next to that of Tommy Shoyama, latterly of the "Saskatchewan mafia".

"Remove judge, judicial panel urges

The Canadian Judicial Council is recommending Justice Paul Cosgrove be removed from office, leaving the former Trudeau cabinet minister facing what his profession describes as "capital punishment for a judge."

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2009 3:04 PM

Posted by: Glenn at March 31, 2009 9:46 AM

Nice to see you get so much happiness from someone's personal tragedy.

Exactly which left wing party is it that you vote for?

Posted by: AtlanticJim at March 31, 2009 3:15 PM

PETA Killed 95 Percent of Adoptable Pets in its Care During 2008

Hypocritical Animal Rights Group’s 2008 Disclosures Bring Pet Death Toll To 21,339

Posted by: Warwick at March 31, 2009 3:54 PM

L.A. County supervisors sip from customized water bottles

Zev Yaroslavsky and the four other Los Angeles County supervisors sip from custom-labeled bottled water during their weekly meetings.
Los Angeles County officials say the cost of printing and affixing their own labels -- to avoid having the brand visible on TV broadcasts of their meetings -- is a drop in the bucket.

Admittedly, the perk -- which has been in place for years -- is minor compared with the supervisors' option to buy a luxury vehicle and hire an armed chauffeur, included in a benefits package that is one of the region's most generous.,0,531322.story

Posted by: Warwick at March 31, 2009 3:56 PM

File under: "It's only wrong when Israel does it…"

Brazil builds walls around Rio de Janeiro slums

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 28 (Reuters) - The government of Rio de Janeiro is building concrete walls to prevent sprawling slums from spreading farther into the picturesque hills of this world-famous tourist destination, an official said on Saturday.

Posted by: Warwick at March 31, 2009 4:03 PM

Annoying SPAM just received from ("people around the world in taking action on pressing global issues")


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Sign the petition!
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Our CBC is a national treasure, and a pillar of public-interest journalism in a country whose media is owned by a few large firms. They are facing a budget shortfall that amounts to just $6 per Canadian, but their request to the government for a bridging loan to cover this was denied. The deep cuts the CBC is making will damage the organization across the board, and they will not be the last. If we don’t stand up for the CBC now, it stands to die a death by a thousand cuts. Harper’s minority government is politically vulnerable and falling in the polls – public outrage could turn the government around on this, but it has to happen now. Let's move quickly.

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Posted by: JM at March 31, 2009 4:16 PM

Yeah, JM. I got the same piece of CRAP, only from friends I knew in a different life. They're friends of the CBC and I'M NOT.

So, I wonder who's going to pay for "flying an airplane with a giant banner over Ottawa" in support of the Mother Corpse? These leftards are concerned about other media outlets "owned by a few large firms" but don't seem at all concerned that the CEEB is "owned" by the taxpayers of Canada who are being bled dry by this "national treasure, and ... pillar of public-interest journalism": NOT!!!

Posted by: batb at March 31, 2009 5:20 PM

"Outpouring of Skeptical Scientists Continues as 59 Scientists Added to Senate Report

More Than 700 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims

Washington DC: Fifty nine additional scientists from around the world have been added to the U.S. Senate Minority Report of dissenting scientists, pushing the total to over 700 skeptical international scientists – a dramatic increase from the original 650 scientists featured in the initial December 11, 2008 release. The 59 additional scientists added to the 255-page Senate Minority report since the initial release 13 ½ weeks ago represents an average of over four skeptical scientists a week. This updated report – which includes yet another former UN IPCC scientist – represents an additional 300 (and growing) scientists and climate researchers since the initial report’s release in December 2007.

The over 700 dissenting scientists are now more than 13 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media-hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers. The 59 additional scientists hail from all over the world, including Japan, Italy, UK, Czech Republic, Canada, Netherlands, the U.S. and many are affiliated with prestigious institutions including, NASA, U.S. Navy, U.S. Defense Department, Energy Department, U.S. Air Force, the Philosophical Society of Washington (the oldest scientific society in Washington), Princeton University, Tulane University, American University, Oregon State University, U.S. Naval Academy and EPA.

The explosion of skeptical scientific voices is accelerating unabated in 2009. A March 14, 2009 article in the Australian revealed that Japanese scientists are now at the forefront of rejecting man-made climate fears prompted by the UN IPCC."

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2009 5:26 PM

Lirpa Loof from Oz.

"Team of Climate Sceptics Invited to UN Copenhagen Conference

THE fifteenth United Nations Climate Conference (COP-15) will be held in Copenhagen in November. While only one official view on the science, that of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is usually put forward at these gatherings, this year the United Nations has agreed to support an alternative and probably rival overall assessment from a team of climate change sceptics.

This decision follows a recommendation from Vaclav Klaus, the well-known climate sceptic who currently holds the European Union Presidency.

The recommendation was first made to President Klaus by David Henderson, a former chief economist at the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) based on the work of Irving L. Janis on ‘Groupthink’."

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2009 5:36 PM

Posted by: Glenn at March 31, 2009 9:46 AM

Nice to see you get so much happiness from someone's personal tragedy.

...Not sure where you got that one from. I thought it was a great pic of a lone fireman doing his duty, just tried to act like a brain dead newfie where everything tis Harper's fault. I can say Newfie also since I is one by da jeezus, eh?

Exactly which left wing party is it that you vote for?

.... The Conservative Pary of Canada, that's who.

Posted by: Glenn at March 31, 2009 6:56 PM

Heather Mallick Applauds George Galloway

I actually support Galloway's right to free speech but if you want to gag on the latest from Mallick, click here. Be sure to read the plethora of Jew-hating commenters to realize how confused the Radical Left truly is!

Posted by: Robert W. at March 31, 2009 7:21 PM

As Zero's rescue spending approaches the GDP of the U.S. you should look at the graphs to see the planned financial estimates for the next 10 years in the U.S. And these are the 'planned' estimates !?!

Posted by: Rich at March 31, 2009 8:36 PM

William Sweet, The Biggest Little PV Plant in the East

...Yet this past winter, nestled in a Delaware River landfill that’s somewhat of a mecca of renewable energy, the largest photovoltaic (PV) plant east of Arizona came into operation. It’s doing a nice job of delivering electrons into the Pennsylvania–New Jersey–Maryland grid (the PJM Interconnection), but at a cost that’s a little hard to make sense of...

Posted by: Charles MacDonald at March 31, 2009 8:59 PM

Robert, I too believe that craphead Galloway should have been his podium in Canada (and then mocked to the max) but I could not stomach more than a paragraph and a half of that awful screed you linked. What a smug, bitter and petty hamster of a "writer"!

Posted by: felis corpulentis at March 31, 2009 9:31 PM

Robert, I too believe that craphead Galloway should have been given his podium in Canada (and then mocked to the max) but I could not stomach more than a paragraph and a half of that awful screed you linked. What a smug, bitter and petty hamster of a "writer"!

Posted by: felis corpulentis at March 31, 2009 9:32 PM

Felis, remember that episode of Monty Python about the Funniest Joke in the World ? In it, the military eventually realizes that in order to prevent people from dying, they have to let each person only read certain parts of the whole but not the thing in entirety.

After Mallick's infamous Sarah Palin hate screed, I've no longer been able to read anything she's written from beginning to end. So I do know where you're coming from!

Posted by: Robert W. at March 31, 2009 9:52 PM

P.S. I just left this msg on the CBC site:

I'm actually one of those Right of Centre people that so many of you Radical Lefties hate with a vengeance. But here's a shocker for you: In the same way that I believe neo-Nazis should be allowed to speak their minds so that their hate can be exposed to the light of the world (and then mocked incessantly) so do I believe that Galloway should be allowed the same rights. Then all of you can gather around him and express your support for Islamic terrorism and your hatred for Juice [sic] ... oh wait, you prefer the term "Israelis".

Posted by: Robert W. at March 31, 2009 9:56 PM

Canadian military gets dissed again, this time in the British media:

Posted by: clamdigger at March 31, 2009 9:59 PM

JM -- Why would people at Avaaz be petitioning for the CBC. As far as I know this is a group focussed on climate change issues -- maybe because CBC has been such a great promoter of their cause. Anyway, as an international group I am not sure how appropriate their lobbying for more money for the CBC is. I also believe that Avaaz itself is funded by George Soros. If Soros is so concerned, he can contribute the shortfall.

Posted by: LindaL at April 1, 2009 12:12 AM

Merrill Lynch Bonus Payments Dwarf AIG

"In the last days as an independent company, Merrill gave performance bonuses exclusively to employees earning $300,000 per year or more and holding a rank of vice-president or higher, according to their financial statements.
$3.62 BILLION was handed out to executives - a sum equal to 36.2% of the $10 billion in taxpayer funds that were allocated to Merrill as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program before the bonuses were paid."

AIG $165 million
Merrill $3.6 BILLION

From their comments - 'Lynch Merrill'

It will be interesting to find out how long US tax payers can continue to be outraged by a neverending string of bad actors screwing tax payers.

Posted by: rockyt at April 1, 2009 1:14 PM