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February 3, 2010

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Good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome to SDA Late Nite Radio. Tonight, for your delectation, here are Benny Goodman and his Slipped Disc sextet, featuring Red Norvo on vibes, either Teddy Wilson or Mel Powell on piano, and Slam Stewart on base, performing Tiger Rag ¤ in 1945 (3:06).

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

Posted by Vitruvius at February 3, 2010 12:01 AM

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The Attorney and the General
General Hayden has it right on Obama’s war-by-subpoena.

Michael Hayden, the former CIA director, penned a superb op-ed in the Washington Post on Sunday. Succinctly, he tallies the wages of having Attorney General Eric Holder make national-security decisions. Unlike the attorney general, Hayden is a real general, and very much worth heeding.

http://article.nationalreview.com/423597/the-attorney-and-the-general/andrew-c-mccarthy

Posted by: Revnant Dream at February 2, 2010 9:56 PM

Like they say over at hotair, a bit of a palet cleanser?

My favourite scene in any TV show. Hard to believe this was almost 28 years ago. Yike!

"Ivan, did you see the sunrise this morning?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7vW1oEKP1k

Posted by: AtlanticJim at February 2, 2010 10:08 PM

Michael Coren with climate scientist Dr. Tim Ball

Posted by: Mississauga Matt at February 2, 2010 10:11 PM

Jim Henshaw (actually, guest blogger Dave Barton) knocks it out of the park, again:

http://the-legion-of-decency.blogspot.com/2010/02/when-soldier-comes-home.html

Posted by: James Goneaux at February 2, 2010 10:30 PM

Revnant Dream - Great article written by a great General. Thanks for that.

Chairman O has got to go.

Posted by: a different bob at February 2, 2010 10:37 PM

Obama apologizes to Las Vegas:

http://www.lasvegasnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=11922024

He made a comment about when you're broke, you shouldn't go blow money in Las Vegas. Maybe he should have said Copenhagen.

Posted by: Erik Larsen at February 2, 2010 11:12 PM

Thanks, Mississauga Matt. I just watched the whole Tim Ball interview on the Michael Coren Show.

DY-NA-MITE.

And, wouldn't you know it? Maurice Strong right in the middle of the cabal: Elizabeth May, David Suzuki, Al Gore, John Holdren (Obama's Science Czar), etc., etc.. The Club of Rome. One World Government.

It'd make a good movie.

I wonder if Michael Coren got Dr. Ball a taxi back to his hotel, with an escort ...

Posted by: batb at February 2, 2010 11:12 PM

The Tim Ball interview was one of his best yet. Just makes me crazy thinking that our so called "environment minister" so called "conservative" Mr.Jim Prentice, refuses to listen to experts like Tim. Prentice deserves as much bad press as we can give him now. I'm betting Harper will be booted out and Jim Prentice will take over the Conservative party. becoming a rant so will stop now.

Posted by: wuberman at February 2, 2010 11:29 PM

Macleans has a poll up asking it's online readers to vote for the person whom they think should light the olympic torch.

For some reason, the Fruit Fly Guy (David Suzuki)is currently in the lead, with 50% of the votes. This seems strange to me.

One of the other nominees Canadians can vote for is a Member of the Canadian Forces.

I suggest that all SDA readers proceed to the voting page and make their preferences known.

Posted by: mark at February 2, 2010 11:51 PM

Someone should send the Ball interview to Bill Good. Good, perpetually stuck on stupid with respect to AGW, consistently refused to have Ball on his show.

Posted by: Colin from Mission B.C. at February 3, 2010 12:08 AM

Watching the Tim Ball interview was the fastest hour of TV I've experienced in a long time. No wonder no one wants to debate him. Thumbs up to Michael Coren. He invites guests that Peter Mansbridge and the CBC SHOULD be interviewing. Suzuki vs. Ball on prime time would see ratings through the roof but what does the CBC care about ratings.

Posted by: Boots at February 3, 2010 12:12 AM

Also in Kelowna - Phil Johnson has, as far as I know, refused to have Tim Ball on his radio show (1150AM).

But Phil did say, on air, that he would love to have David Suzuki on his program.

Go figure.

Posted by: ron in kelowna ∴ at February 3, 2010 12:14 AM

Meanwhile, over at Suzuki's DeSmog Blog, they are glad to have Osama Bin Laden on their side. Says it all.

Posted by: ron in kelowna ∴ at February 3, 2010 12:27 AM

ron, they are birds of a feather.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at February 3, 2010 12:38 AM

Not sure if my other post made it through the filter. Macleans has a poll up about who Canadians think should light the olympic flame.

Fruit Fly Guy (David Suzuki) is leading at 50% of the votes. This is just a tad surprising to me, seeing as how he's beating out the likes of Gretzky. Something smells funny to me.

Most importantly, you can also vote for a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.

I humbly suggest that all SDA readers go and make their opinions known.

Posted by: mark at February 3, 2010 12:45 AM

Link: http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/01/29/who-would-you-pick-to-light-the-olympic-flame/

Posted by: mark at February 3, 2010 12:45 AM

oh look larby, see the kind of xians there are in sask.?

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/cbc/100202/canada/canada_saskatchewan_sk_church_fraud_theft_charges_gravelbourg

luckily she wasn't armed.

Posted by: curious_george at February 3, 2010 12:55 AM

Carbon Credits
I Just watched the link regarding Dr. Ball. Glad he got air time.
Loved it when he used the word corrupt in reference to Suzuki and Strong.(Sue Them All!) It's to bad he didn't have the time to show the financial motivations for perpetrating this fraud.
It wasn't just about shutting down the industrial nations,,, it was about transfering the money out of them.
The transfer of wealth was the kingpin of this scam.
Trading of Carbon Credits is the means. (its still happening)
Follow the money.

Posted by: G at February 3, 2010 1:29 AM

Sorry ,,, I forgot the link
"Copenhagen is mainly about a massive wealth transfer from industrialized and energy-producing nations like Canada, to developing nations who will agree to curtail emissions in exchange for having their economic growth offset with welfare from the first world."
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/12/08/adrian-macnair-on-climate-change.aspx

Posted by: G at February 3, 2010 1:43 AM

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/williams-could-have-had-surgery-in-canada-cardiac-experts-say/article1454023/

but then he would have had to wait ...

Posted by: Gord Tulk at February 3, 2010 1:44 AM

Idiot paragraph from link above:

"But the Ottawa doctor doesn't begrudge the Newfoundland Premier for heading south for health care. “If he can afford to pay for that, who can deny somebody the right to drive a Mercedes as opposed to a Honda?”"

of course the doctor overlooks the fact that if I try to sell you the medical equivalent of a Mercedes in Canada I go to jail. I thought you had to be smart to be a doctor. I was wrong.

Posted by: Gord Tulk at February 3, 2010 1:49 AM

From the School of the Blatantly Obvious (or maybe Blatantly Stupid)...

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5iIF8F6YXkqoHaaKfnalAJW8WdkoA

Posted by: the phantom at February 3, 2010 2:27 AM

National Post, Tuesday, February 2. Front page.

Pope Benedict XVI has come out swinging against Britain's equality laws, calling them "unjust". The Church fears the law will force it to admit homosexuals to the priesthood or face prosecution for discriminating against them.

The Equality Bill is being pushed through Parliament. It contains a new, narrow definition of "religious worker", and clergy will not be able to opt out. Also, the bill is supposed to outlaw discrimination in the "provision of services". This would restrict the right of a church school to employ teachers who share the faith by making it impossible to keep others out. Similar issues have arisen in Canada, with regard to a Christian adoption agency (a month or two ago; I don't have the details at hand, but it was discussed on SDA) and with regard to the staffing of Ontario's separate school boards.

A gay rights activist says Benedict "seems to be defending discrimination by religious institutions and demanding they should be above the law ... Most British people will not welcome a meddlesome pontiff who opposes our equality laws".

I would argue that the Pope is saying the law is unethical and should not be passed, not that the Church is above it. And the law itself is the epitome of "meddlesome".

I think it's probable that a number of gay men are already in the priesthood, whatever the official policy. But another point is that the law could set upon the Church for not ordaining women as priests. That would obviously be a serious infringement on freedom of religion.

This case is another example of why an improper notion of "equality rights" is a wrecking ball that is destroying all the legitimate rights we have. The real rights here are freedom of association and of religion; the Church has the right to maintain its practices. Another example: we all know that the nonsense in certain "human rights" codes about not exposing "identifiable groups" to hatred or contempt is a violation of freedom of speech and/or expression. One purpose I suspect is ultimately to have socialists named as an "identifiable group" and thus clamp down on legitimate political discussion. Phony human rights are destructive of genuine ones.

Anti-discrimination is part of the Marxist extreme left's "political correctness" agenda. It is useful to them to attempt to draw a false contrast between communism and fascism based on the frequent racism of the latter, but it is a non-essential distinction, and the two totalitarian systems remain identical in all important ways. Another use is to get people accustomed to the idea of being coerced into doing things that in many cases they should be doing voluntarily anyway (or forced to refrain from doing things they should not do - many health rules fall under this category). Opposing racism is a good cause, but it has been corrupted by extremists. Most discrimination on most grounds is irrational and most people don't do it much these days, thankfully, but the strident leftist agenda does not let up.

A person's rights are not violated by a private individual's refusal to deal with him. The law should not discriminate and government officials in the performance of their jobs should not do so either, as a general rule.

Posted by: nv53 at February 3, 2010 2:36 AM

National Post, Tuesday, February 2.

Marc Garneau, Liberal technology critic, says Canada should set an "ambitious goal" of 100% Internet connectivity including remote areas.

This should not be up to "Canada", but up to the companies that provide the service and the public who wishes to purchase them. Most will do so, one expects, dependent on their resources and the time frame.

Also: "we must reform our laws to ensure the Internet remains a free and open platform for the sharing of ideas."

So how about getting rid of s.13 of the "Human Rights" code?

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National Post, Tuesday, February 16. Daniel J. Mitchell, Cato Institute.

Keynes' theory about "priming the pump" by spending money "overlooks the fact that, in the real world, government can't inject money into the economy without first taking money out of the economy."

You know that and I know that, but why are so many governments too stupid to figure it out?

He also says that Keynes, writing to another economist, mentioned that 25% of GDP is the maximum tolerable proportion of taxation.

Posted by: nv53 at February 3, 2010 2:48 AM

Globe and Mail, Monday, February 1. Column by Mark Hume, titled: "B. C. mine falling through very large crack in the system".

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled a couple of weeks ago against environmental activist group Ecojustice (note the phony name) that wanted a full federal environmental assessment for the proposed Red Chris mine in northern B. C. The kicker: a provincial assessment was completed as required first, and the feds looked at that instead of doing their own.

The columnist says that the ruling, which found the process flawed but did not order the feds to redo the assessmeht, lets the government know that its tactic "isn't fair".

"Fair"? Was there a victim of unfairness? If an environmental assessment is justified, why on earth should there be two separate ones? Isn't this duplication wasteful of scarce tax dollars? It's fine to note that the law requires both, and that "redundancy is built into the system" (as if this is the kind of "system" that needs it), but to call it unfair and "a large crack in the system" is ridiculous. Thou doth protest too much, methinks.

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Toronto Sun, Sunday, January 31. Connie Woodcock goes off half-cocked on the issue of raw milk.

She says Michael Schmidt's acquittal is being called a victory for consumer freedom, "but really it's a defeat for public health".

No, it's being called a defeat for "public health", but really it's a victory for consumer freedom.

Here's her real beef: "For 40 cows, Schmidt would have to spend nearly $1 million to acquire the quota that would allow him to sell milk to the [Dairy Farmers of Ontario]. Apparently he doesn't want to do that. In Ontario, you can only sell raw milk to the marketing agency. And you can't just decide to buy some cows and start shipping milk. You have to be licensed and purchase quota, a supply management system that has worked for decades. But Schmidt, the people's hero, apparently wants a free ride."

This is disgraceful. The true free riders are the dairy farmers who are trying to keep out competition. No one should have to buy "quota" to go into business. It's an irrational system that has kept the price of milk unnecessarily high for a long time. In Ontario, you should be able to sell raw milk to whomever you bloody well please.

Woodcock argues that the practice is unclean, that cows tend to lie in manure piles, and so on; she makes the whole thing sound unpalatable. That might discourage me from partaking in raw milk, but I'm not about to tell others what to do.

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Toronto Star, Friday, January 29, Jim Coyle column.

The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario has released a document giving its take on some political issues. Coyle says "it prefers 'upstream, long-term visionary thinking' to the false choices of social programs and public ownership versus deficit-cutting."

There is nothing "visionary" whatsoever about public ownership. The difference between government and the private sector is that the former can use coercion. If you don't like what one private businessman is trying to sell you, you can go to another. Under a government monopoly, you don't have that choice; you pretty much have to take what you are given. And since ownership is the right of use and disposal, if you can't dispose of your alleged property, you don't own it. Furthermore, there's rarely anything long-term about politicians' thinking - that's usually found in the private sector.

Coyle: "Among other things, the RNAO recommended: immediately increasing the minimum wage to $13.25 an hour; fast-tracking the provincial housing plan 'because safe affordable housing is essential to good health'; implementing both the poverty reduction plan and the Pascal report on full-day kindergarten and turning schools into community hubs."

So where are the resources going to come from to pay for all of this? Who knows? And the nurses (or more correctly, the union) don't care. Excessive government spending such as the RNAO wants will serve to bankrupt the province, which would put a significant dent in their own salaries, and probably send the competent ones running to the United States. Meanwhile the minimum wage hike would send the unemployment rate into the stratosphere.

I hope that, should I ever get sick, my nurses won't be so medically illiterate as the RNAO appears to be economically illiterate.

Posted by: nv53 at February 3, 2010 3:31 AM

If you need a chuckle this morning, you might want to check out "cracked.com" and look up the "six most full of sh*t professions". Quite amusing.

Posted by: KevinB at February 3, 2010 6:18 AM

O'embargOed.
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"Covered with a tarp

The TARP Inspector General’s report is out. The following is a verbatim extract from the executive summary. The penultimate paragraph of the summary states that the financial danger is not past. If anything it has gotten worse. Reflecting on what lasting change TARP has brought to the economy, the report said:

Stated another way, even if TARP saved our financial system from driving off a cliff back in 2008, absent meaningful reform, we are still driving on the same winding mountain road, but this time in a faster car.

The good news is that things will go just swimmingly … until we reach the next hairpin bend."

http://pajamasmedia.com/richardfernandez/2010/02/02/covered-with-a-tarp/#comments

http://www.sigtarp.gov/embargoed/embargo.pdf
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Commenter: 31. Armageddon Rex:

"Holy Crap!

In spite of W’s plainly stated admonition, I didn’t realize that almost everything in his initial post was word for word from the report, until I downloaded it from the .gov website and started reading it myself…

It reads more like an editorial piece form the WSJ or FT than a report generated by an apparatchick. Who ever wrote the executive summary wasn’t pulling punches and wasn’t afraid to call a spade a spade. To the best of my limited knowledge, everything in the executive summary is certainly true and is going to cause Rahm and company to have a stroke, a heart-attack, or both.

Who wrote that executive summary?

We need to know so that when their body turns up in a river, or they don’t turn up at all, at least Fox news can cover the story. We all know that nearly every other MSM outlet in the world will do their damndest to ignore this report entirely, and ignore the death or disappearanse of the straight shooter who penned it.

We really are in an ever steepening spiral into a financial abyss.

It seems the situation is probably worse than even a cynical pessimist like me understood it to be.

It sounds like it’s past time to find a remote piece of land far away from urban areas with fertile soil and adequate water supply, and to lay in a large supply of heirloom seeds and 19th century farm equipment.

It sounds like the wheels REALLY are coming off this time.

It’s just a question of next week, later this year, or five years down the road?

Pray for western civilization."

Posted by: maz2 at February 3, 2010 6:47 AM

Re all the journalists who won't touch Tim Ball with a 100-foot poll: Who are they afraid of?

It's very clear that Maurice Strong and his left- l/Liberal cabal are at the heart of this insanity -- making lots of money for themselves -- and it's not-so-secret that Mr. Strong is pulling the strings, so why the reticence to expose the hucksterism being passed off as "science"?

Strong is a nasty piece of work and, I suspect, there's a fear factor keeping media and other personnel from covering his and his l/Liberal cronies' central involvement in one of the biggest and most corrupt hoaxes of history.

Thank you, Micheal Coren, for helping to expose the rot. You've performed a great public service by interviewing Dr. Tim Ball and by allowing him to name names.

The only way to drive out demons is to first name them.

Posted by: batb at February 3, 2010 6:59 AM

I came across this yesterday and was surprised that the Canadian Press actually had it. I am not so surprised that it hasn't made the MSM, besides The Chronicle Herald in Halifax.

http://tinyurl.com/5lg7le

Having the rich and infamous struggling to make due while people are literally starving across the street is an eye opener. I guess the foreigners will take care of the poor.

Canada and others should look at putting some strings on the Haitian rebuilding programs so that we are not taking care of the perpetual poverty while the local gentry stand by and watch.

Posted by: Texas Canuck at February 3, 2010 7:00 AM

Will these guys Ever pay their debt?
You try going to your bank these days to see if you can get a Extension?

Dion, Five leadership canidates get extensions on campaign debts
NNW - Ottawa Citizen

Former liberal leader Stephan Dion & 5 other liberal MPs have been given a 2yr extentsions to repay more then $700,000 ...........

Posted by: bryanr at February 3, 2010 8:32 AM

First please read this sad tale of justice denied:
http://www.canada.com/news/story.html?id=2507132

Then read this Osgoode Hall law blog:
http://www.thecourt.ca/2010/02/03/3959/

The law blog seems to be saying that the elimination of conditional sentences for violent crimes means that instead of locking violent people up, the courts must give them (easier) probation. I would say the answer would be to lock them up as Parliament intended.

Posted by: Zeppo at February 3, 2010 8:52 AM

O'p*sses on Mao Stlong's Red Orympics? That's a wOwser.

""We would obviously love it if the President was here,".

>>> "The Chinese took it particularly seriously as the hosts of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, with a political interest in getting a good crowd to their party. George W. Bush went; Stephen Harper did not."
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"Obama passes on Olympics"

http://www.ctvolympics.ca/news-centre/newsid=29750.html

Posted by: maz2 at February 3, 2010 9:01 AM

Mohawks stand by ages long tradition of ethnic cleansing:

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=2515716

Posted by: Aaron at February 3, 2010 9:03 AM

Anyone out there have low blood pressure?

This story will cure it in about 15 seconds.


"Push on for prison syringe program"

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1165580.html

Posted by: AtlanticJim at February 3, 2010 10:23 AM

AtlanticJim,

Wow! The story gets the blood pressure up but the comments let us know that there are sane people in society (mostly).

Posted by: Zeppo at February 3, 2010 10:49 AM

Over at the National Post there's an article about non-natives being forced to leave the Kahnawake reserve...

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=2515716

I found this paragraph the most interesting:

In the 1980s, some Mohawks contested the policy before the human rights tribunal, but lost. The courts have ruled that Mohawks can make any membership policy they deem necessary for their survival as a people.

What was that about some being more equal than others?

Posted by: bryceman at February 3, 2010 10:49 AM

AtlanticJim,

Wow! The story gets the blood pressure up but the comments let us know that there are sane people in society (mostly).

Posted by: Zeppo at February 3, 2010 10:50 AM

Ironic statement of the week, by heart surgeon and Conservative senator Wilbert Keon in the G&M article referenced by Gord Tulk above:

"But the Ottawa doctor doesn't begrudge the Newfoundland Premier for heading south for health care. 'If he can afford to pay for that, who can deny somebody the right to drive a Mercedes as opposed to a Honda?'"

Who can deny somebody that right? Why, that would be Premier Williams himself, and all other politicians in this country who refuse to allow me and you to purchase from our own pockets the medical care that we want and force us to drive a Honda.

When it comes to the medical care debate in this country, there's no need even to think about the meaning of your words. Just stick to the old narrative.

Posted by: mj at February 3, 2010 10:53 AM

Ironic statement of the week, by heart surgeon and Conservative senator Wilbert Keon in the G&M article referenced by Gord Tulk above:

"But the Ottawa doctor doesn't begrudge the Newfoundland Premier for heading south for health care. 'If he can afford to pay for that, who can deny somebody the right to drive a Mercedes as opposed to a Honda?'"

Who can deny somebody that right? Why, that would be Premier Williams himself, and all other politicians in this country who refuse to allow me and you to purchase from our own pockets the medical care that we want and force us to drive a Honda.

When it comes to the medical care debate in this country, there's no need even to think about the meaning of your words. Just stick to the old narrative.

Posted by: mj at February 3, 2010 11:02 AM

Ironic statement of the week, by heart surgeon and Conservative senator Wilbert Keon in the G&M article referenced by Gord Tulk above:

"But the Ottawa doctor doesn't begrudge the Newfoundland Premier for heading south for health care. 'If he can afford to pay for that, who can deny somebody the right to drive a Mercedes as opposed to a Honda?'"

Who can deny somebody that right? Why, that would be Premier Williams himself, and all other politicians in this country who refuse to allow me and you to purchase from our own pockets the medical care that we want and force us to drive a Honda.

When it comes to the medical care debate in this country, there's no need even to think about the meaning of your words. Just stick to the old narrative.

Posted by: mj at February 3, 2010 11:02 AM

Ironic statement of the week, by heart surgeon and Conservative senator Wilbert Keon in the G&M article referenced by Gord Tulk above:

"But the Ottawa doctor doesn't begrudge the Newfoundland Premier for heading south for health care. 'If he can afford to pay for that, who can deny somebody the right to drive a Mercedes as opposed to a Honda?'"

Who can deny somebody that right? Why, that would be Premier Williams himself, and all other politicians in this country who refuse to allow me and you to purchase from our own pockets the medical care that we want and force us to drive a Honda.

When it comes to the medical care debate in this country, there's no need even to think about the meaning of your words. Just stick to the old narrative.

Posted by: mj at February 3, 2010 11:03 AM

apparently at Kahnawake is "two legs good. red legs better"

Posted by: cal2 at February 3, 2010 11:05 AM

Malfunction at the junction, Kate. Apologies for the multi-posting.

Posted by: mj at February 3, 2010 11:08 AM

Interesting piece about China.

Posted by: xiat at February 3, 2010 11:29 AM

David Warren in fine form this morning:

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Resisting+temptation/2515360/story.html

Posted by: NormB at February 3, 2010 11:40 AM

Thanks for the link NormB. I don't normally scan the Citizen.

Fun piece.

Posted by: AtlanticJim at February 3, 2010 12:25 PM

_http://www.wildersontrial.com/

Geert Wilders trial site.

Posted by: Mark Peters at February 3, 2010 1:10 PM

Pattern of delay: Ottawa's Kafkaesque
information denial

The Globe asked why federal agencies were taking so long to release information. The answer took two-and-a-half years to come

Gloria Galloway

Ottawa — From Wednesday's Globe and Mail Published on Wednesday, Feb. 03, 2010 12:00AM EST Last updated on Wednesday, Feb. 03, 2010 8:22AM EST

The Access to Information Act requires Ottawa to respond to requests in 30 days - unless that query is about how the federal government follows its own rules, in which case the response can take two-and-a-half years.

Thirty-two months ago, as a slowdown became apparent in the processing of access to information documents, The Globe and Mail filed requests with about a dozen federal agencies seeking an explanation.

Responses trickled in. The most recent arrived last week: a 27-page package of heavily redacted documents from the Treasury Board of Canada, the department responsible for this piece of legislation. E-mails between Treasury and the Privy Council seem to confirm what information officers in several departments had confided to The Globe - bottlenecks exist, the result of orders that the Privy Council review information requests...."

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/pattern-of-delay-ottawas-information-denial/article1454204/

Meanwhile, in related news:

BRODIE FENLON

Globe and Mail Update Last updated on Monday, Mar. 30, 2009 3:37PM EDT

Costs and delays – not excessive secrecy – drove the Conservatives to shut down a key Access to Information database, says Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Mr. Harper was forced to explain in the House of Commons Monday why his government quietly killed off a database called the Co-ordination of Access to Information Requests System.

Created in 1989 and revamped in 2001, the CAIRS database is a monthly compilation of all Access requests received by federal agencies. Canadians could use it to see the information that had already been made public or was in the process of being released, and could then make a request to see the documents themselves.

The database “was deemed expensive, it was deemed to slow down the access to information, and that's why this government got rid of it,” Mr. Harper said during Question Period.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/article684057.ece

Song of Canada: "The lies of the Cons, the theft of the Libranos..."

Posted by: hardboiled at February 3, 2010 2:45 PM

Welcome to Atlantic Canada - where regional vote buying and massive corporate welfare means never having to call in sick. Or advise your late. Or work weekends. Or anything.

I mean, $21 billion in transfers out of Alberta per year means alot of unfinished liberal arts degrees, and a guaranteed civil service call centre job for life on the taxpayer dime....

"Almost 40 per cent of university students quit without degree: report"

By THE CANADIAN PRESS
Wed. Feb 3 - 3:49 PM

A report on higher education says almost 80 per cent of Maritime students remain enrolled at the same university a year after admission and almost 60 per cent graduate within six years.

The report prepared by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission is part of an effort to develop areas of measurement, including persistence and graduation rates and course success.

It found that 39 per cent of students who began studies in 2001 had left university without completing a degree.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/9015062.html

Posted by: hardboiled at February 3, 2010 3:07 PM

Islam: the ally of the Separatist Coalition of the CBC/CTV, Liberal Iffy, Taliban Jack LaytoNDP, commie Duceppe Bloc.
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"Pakistan girls school destroyed
UPI.com - ‎Jan 24, 2010‎
24 (UPI) -- Suspected Pakistani Taliban militants have blown up a girls school in the North West Frontier Province, officials say"
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"Harper government violating Constitution: prof
CBC.ca - ‎37 minutes ago‎
The Conservative government has violated the Constitution and will be in contempt of Parliament if it continues to refuse to release uncensored documents regarding the Afghan detainee issue, a constitutional law professor says."

Posted by: maz2 at February 3, 2010 3:33 PM

O'snubs EU. O'snubbed Mao Stlong's Red Orympics.

Next O'snub?
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"EU summit scrapped after Obama 'snub'

EU summit off after Obama 'snub'

The European Union has scrapped a summit with the US, after President Barack Obama decided not to attend.

The event in Madrid in May was to have been the highlight of Spain's six-month EU presidency, and the cancellation is seen as a humiliating blow.

Officials say the summit may be take place later this year.

BBC European affairs correspondent Oana Lungescu says many see Mr Obama's decision as a snub to the EU's hopes of boosting its global role.

On Tuesday, the White House said Mr Obama had had no plans to attend the event, and aides pointed out he had visited Europe six times in 2009."

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2443667/posts

Posted by: maz2 at February 3, 2010 3:39 PM

Al Gore's Weather (AGW):

"Snowstorm 2/7/2010...again..more climate change!"
urlm.in/ecch
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"Climate debate heats up in court
Kyoto Lawsuit

The rest of the world may be contemplating Copenhagen's impact on the future of climate change. In Canada, we're still busily trying to figure out what our obligations are under the Kyoto Protocol and what our own laws require us to do to satisfy our treaty obligations. The Supreme Court of Canada just might tell us.

That's what's behind the country's first climate-change lawsuit, with Ottawa as the defendant. The plaintiffs are Friends of the Earth Canada (FOTE), represented by Chris Paliare and Andrew Lokan of Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein, who are cocounsel with Hugh Wilkins of Ecojustice. Peter Southey and Andrea Bourke represent the government."
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=2515867
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"‘Climategate’ inquiry shows scientist didn’t falsify data

An academic inquiry into the so-called "climategate" email scandal has concluded that a well-known U.S. scientist did not directly or indirectly falsify data in his research.

The review, by a panel of senior administrators at Pennsylvania State University, found no evidence that climatologist Michael Mann had manipulated research that indicates humans are causing global warming. However, the panel has recommended further review on questions about whether his conduct had undermined public confidence in his findings as a scientist."
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=2518632


Posted by: maz2 at February 3, 2010 4:51 PM

Poll at Macleans on who should light the olympic flame:

http://www2.macleans.ca/ SUZUKI is in the lead. Get over there and vote!

Good Lord.

Posted by: Soccermom at February 3, 2010 6:29 PM

recession is over

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20100203/giacometti_100203/20100203?hub=TopStoriesV2

Posted by: cal2 at February 3, 2010 6:45 PM

here is one for CBCpravda. harkens well for Khadr.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/03/siddiqui.trial/index.html?hpt=T1

Posted by: cal2 at February 3, 2010 7:16 PM

I'O'I'O'I'O >>> 'I'O = 49 I'Os.

Latest for Narcissist Book of Records.

"Thank you, guys. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you."
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"The I's Have It: Obama Reaches 49 I's in Washington, D.C.

FOXNews.com

Much attention has been given to President Obama's persistent use of "I" when giving speeches to sell his administration's agenda. Is he taking responsibility -- or, as his critics say, is he still in campaign mode? FoxNews.com is tracking the president's speeches all this month and will report back after each to see whether The "I's" Have It.

Today's Speech: Opening remarks at the Senate Democrats' annual issues retreat in Washington, D.C.

Subject: The Democratic legislative agenda

Speech Length: 2,449 words

Number of "I" References: 49

The following is a transcript of Obama's remarks:

Thank you, guys. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Everybody please have a seat. Thank you.

Listen, you guys had to listen to me at the State of the Union -- or at least pretend to listen to me. (Laughter.) So I'll try to keep it relatively brief, some opening remarks and then open it up for questions.

First of all, I just want to thank Harry Reid. (Applause.) I recently said he's got one of the toughest jobs in Washington -- managing an institution that by its very nature is, let's face it, you guys are a little difficult to manage. I've been a part of this caucus. I really don't think anybody could have done a better job under more trying circumstances than Harry Reid. And I think he deserves a huge round of applause. (Applause.)"

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/02/03/obama-reaches-washington-dc/?test=latestnews

(SDA gets results.)

Posted by: maz2 at February 3, 2010 7:49 PM

"*UK Greenpeace director calls for removal of UN IPCC Chair"

"IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri under pressure to go over glacier error

The head of the UN’s climate change body is under pressure to resign after one of his strongest allies in the environmental movement said his judgment was flawed and called for a new leader to restore confidence in climatic science.

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has insisted that he will remain in post for another four years despite having failed to act on a serious error in the body’s 2007 report.

John Sauven, director of Greenpeace UK , said that Dr Pachauri should have acted as soon as he had been informed of the error, even though issuing a correction would have embarrassed the IPCC on the eve of the Copenhagen climate summit.

A journalist working for Science had told Dr Pachauri several times late last year that glaciologists had refuted the IPCC claim that Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035. Dr Pachauri refused to address the problem, saying: “I don’t have anything to add on glaciers.” He suggested that the error would not be corrected until 2013 or 2014, when the IPCC next reported."

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article7014203.ece

(*H/T):
http://www.newswatchcanada.ca/

Posted by: maz2 at February 3, 2010 8:36 PM

O'Cult* of Personality.
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"The White House is a Shrine to Obama
You Tube ^ | 2/03/10 | RobtKraft/Granny Jan

Ed Schultz, the liberal talk show host, recently visited the WH. He called it a shrine to Obama.

(Excerpt) Read more at youtube.com"
(link here:)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2443937/posts
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"*Barack Obama - Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic?"

"The narcissistic leader fosters and encourages a personality cult with all the hallmarks of an institutional religion: priesthood, rites, rituals, temples, worship, catechism, mythology. The leader is this religion's ascetic saint. He monastically denies himself earthly pleasures (or so he claims) in order to be able to dedicate himself fully to his calling."

http://www.globalpolitician.com/25109-barack-obama-elections

Posted by: maz2 at February 3, 2010 9:19 PM
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