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April 19, 2011

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It's an historic day. I gotta do it: Here Comes The Sun.

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Posted by EBD at April 19, 2011 12:01 AM
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Juh-juh-juh.....Jeepers.

From Israel International News' "Obama, the Interpreter of the Message of Passover":

"Passover recalls the bondage and suffering of Jews in Egypt and the miracle of the Exodus, but U.S. President Barack Obama says its message is reflected in Muslim uprisings.

"In his annual message, prior to his third straight participation in the Passover Seder, President Obama stated, 'The story of Passover…instructs each generation to remember its past, while appreciating the beauty of freedom and the responsibility it entails. This year that ancient instruction is reflected in the daily headlines as we see modern stories of social transformation and liberation unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa.'

"Having constructed a link between the Arab uprisings and Chosen People's experiencing the miracles of the Creator that led them out of Egypt and towards the receiving of the Ten Commandments, the President concluded, 'As Jewish families gather for this joyous celebration of freedom, let us all be thankful for the gifts that have been bestowed upon us, and let us work to alleviate the suffering, poverty, injustice, and hunger of those who are not yet free.'

"For good measure, he also added the Hebrew term 'Chag Samayach,' which means 'Have a happy holiday.'


(h/t Weasel Zippers)

Posted by: EBD at April 18, 2011 10:03 PM

April 18th 2011: The day a whole new stratum of Canadian society learned what it's like to yell at the TV.

Posted by: max at April 18, 2011 10:05 PM

It's alright...

Posted by: syncrodox at April 18, 2011 10:10 PM

I hope and expect that the SUN will bring new light to the other side of much of the semi-information to which we have been subjected over the last many years. It's great to see this happen, maybe there's hope for yet for those of us who pine for liberation from the clutches of the CWB.

Now that SUN news channel is a reality, we must remain vigilant in keeping it on the air. Forget not, those who tried to prevent it will try to kill it. The left never sleeps!!

Posted by: Len Pryor at April 18, 2011 10:16 PM

On the very first night Sun TV talked about abortion, good oil, media bias, and got Catholic commentary from someone who loves his Catholic faith.

(sigh) I think I've died and gone to heaven.

Posted by: River Rat at April 18, 2011 10:25 PM

I want one.

Posted by: Black Mamba at April 18, 2011 10:26 PM

Doo bee doo bee

Posted by: a different bob at April 18, 2011 10:26 PM

"April 18th' 2011: The day a whole new stratum of Canadian society learned what it's like to yell at the TV." -- max

That's an absolute classic.

Posted by: EBD at April 18, 2011 10:27 PM

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/tory-mps-office-hired-niece-of-carsons-girlfriend-in-2008/article1990590/comments/

Wow, are they desperate or what? Comments off because of legal reasons or just because the story is so odious they don't want the challenge? Of course the usual lefties would just point and agree, that's what the msm is for, Liberal water carriers.

Posted by: Dwayne at April 18, 2011 10:28 PM

Enjoyed the new Sun News. Right of the bat they were calling out the CBC, showing the Mohamad cartoons, really explaining our health care problems and exposing liberal lies.

Can only get better. I never glanced at the other news channels. Gonna be fun watching the ratings.

Posted by: $ FKA gord at April 18, 2011 10:31 PM

I spent my eveningdoing something strange for me- - watch TV. Sun News is a bit rough at the edges but is immensly better than anything else. I was particularly impressed by Brian Lilley.

Posted by: manny at April 18, 2011 10:31 PM

Just watching Ezra.

He just showed the Danish cartoons. No blurring of the screen.

I'll keep watching.

Posted by: Eagle at April 18, 2011 10:32 PM

Tonight, Ms CBC is learning what it feels to be Stephen Harper. Good for them.

Posted by: manny at April 18, 2011 10:34 PM

April 18th 2011: The day a whole new stratum of Canadian society learned what it's like to yell at the TV.
Posted by: max


Out of the park, max.
Nice!

Posted by: richfisher at April 18, 2011 10:35 PM

I bet my sons on what the first story on Sun TV would be....Vote Compass....I won.

Posted by: syncrodox at April 18, 2011 10:38 PM

BBC Europe Editor Gavin Hewitt:

"Some time late yesterday evening a tremor hit the EU. Its epicentre was Finland. In elections an overtly anti-Euro party made huge gains, coming a close third. The consequences are unclear, but the True Finns party may now have real influence on whether Finland agrees to help bail out Portugal.

"The True Finns are an anti-immigration party, wary of the influence of Brussels. A measure of their rise is that at the last election they secured just 4% of the vote. Yesterday they got 19%, which put them in third place. They expect to be invited to talks about joining a coalition.

"Unlike other countries in the eurozone, Finland's parliament has the right to vote on EU requests to bail-out other countries. Potentially the strong showing of the True Finns could delay the rescue plan for Portugal.

"'This is a big, big bang in Finish politics,' Jan Sundberg, a professor from Helsinki University, says. 'This is a big, big change.'"

[...]

"The temptation in Brussels will be to dismiss the True Finns as populists and to ignore them. It would be more interesting to focus on what is stirring up the European grass-roots. The challenge for Europe's leaders is to listen to what is being said on the streets."

Posted by: EBD at April 18, 2011 10:45 PM

At last!

Posted by: Frank Q. at April 18, 2011 10:46 PM

So far, not a peep from the CBC. They must be too stunned to speak.

Posted by: manny at April 18, 2011 10:50 PM

Just a reminder to everyone to let your elderly parents know to never give money to someone claiming to be a grandchild. My father was scammed for $4500 today. Thought his Grandson was in trouble and wanted to help him out. I just want to find the scumbag and throw him in jail. Won't matter if the Liberals get their way....just give him a hug and tell him to never do it again. The great Canadian way!!

Posted by: Jonathan at April 18, 2011 10:52 PM

I love Ezra on TV. Mohammed cartoons. HRC inequalities and deceits not to mention the cost to taxpayers to prosecute a Canadian citizen, who then must raise his own defense fund for his own lawyer while the Imam gets his fees covered by the taxpayer. All this is old news, but not presented in a way the entire population would get the story. Now it is. They covered a lot today and I love it.
They need a top of the hour news break.
And for heaven's sake, could they not find anybody else to pay for political ads beside the liberals? Nothing but Harper bashing the whole broadcasting time. Where the heck is that Three stooges ad? It is hilarious and would be a perfect counter to Harper is a crook and a liar and will steal your health care, carve up your babies in the middle of the night and wants to be a dictator. Geez!
Vote compass was covered, good for them. U of Guelph nonsense and Elections Canadas nonsense and real threat to the security of the vote was given a good airing. ( I wanted to slap Rick Mercer over on CTV Newsnet and CBC!)
Now that Sun has their first day under their belt, let's hope they move faster and hit harder!

Posted by: Snowbunnie at April 18, 2011 10:52 PM

Sun is kicking butt. I love it.
And EBD here's another song that really seems to apply. The words fit quite well too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhUCQCTZnkk&feature=related

Posted by: Ghost of Ed at April 18, 2011 10:56 PM

It seems ironic that here in Calgary shaw is not showing Sun TV when shaw is headquartered here. They are still not listing a channel for it. I am very disappointed.

Posted by: altaguy at April 18, 2011 11:07 PM

Altaguy (11:07): Press "Interests" on your remote, then select "all programs", and then enter (or scroll down to) 517. Is Sun TV News there?

Let us know, svp.

Posted by: EBD at April 18, 2011 11:18 PM

ALTA GUY;TRY CH. 177.

Posted by: wallyj at April 18, 2011 11:19 PM

This could be the end of journalism in Canada as we know it!

Which isn't a bad thing at all,at all.

Posted by: dmorris at April 18, 2011 11:19 PM

BC's Smartest Man?

A pilot, Tiger Woods, BC NDP leader Adrian Dix, a priest, and a little boy were all in a plane together traveling through stormy conditions in Northern British Columbia.

Suddenly, the pilot came running back to the passengers and announced that lightning had hit the plane, and they were going to crash in a matter of minutes. "There are only enough parachutes for four of the five of us," he announced. "Since I'm the pilot, I get one!" After saying this, the pilot grabbed a parachute and jumped out of the plane.

"I'm the greatest athlete in the world," proclaimed Tiger Woods. "This world needs great athletes, so I must live." Tiger then grabbed a parachute and leaped out of the plane.

"I'm the smartest man in the world," bragged Adrian Dix. "The world needs smart men, so I must also live!" Adrian Dix grabbed a parachute and jumped out of the plane.

At this point, the Priest began to speak. "I have lived a long life compared to you, and you may take the last parachute. I will go down with the plane."

The little boy handed the parachute back to the priest and said, "Not to worry, Father. The 'smartest man in the province' just took off with my back pack."

Posted by: Robert W. (Vancouver) at April 18, 2011 11:20 PM

bomb threats coming to the Sun TV in 3, 2, 1...

Posted by: johnbrooks at April 18, 2011 11:21 PM

Ezra was worth the price of admission. BRAVO, Ezra!

Charles Adler was OK: but I wish he'd had someone from Elections Canada on to defend the decision they made to let the votes of the very dubious poll in Guelph stand. Or he should have told us they wouldn’t come on, if that was the case. This scandal needs much more coverage. There are still a load of questions about it that need to be answered. A good look at Elections Canada would also be a fine spin-off: I believe it’s another arm of the Liberal Party of Canada. (The porn story was a dud, IMO.)

Theo Caldwell was very good. The guests he had on moved the show along.

(Brian Lilley needs a new hairdo! And it would be nice if the busy background—picture montages and moving lines the whole time—didn’t compete with the very good content of the interviews.)

It was a delight to hear the CBC, CRTC, and HRCs loudly called out. It WILL be interesting to see how “official” Canada responds to having its wings clipped.

On Fox, it’s bothered me that the same story will be played on every show. However, I now see the importance of that. E.g., This evening, the Guelph Mob Vote was only featured on Adler’s show. It’s a VERY important story that needs to be known far and wide. I think SUNTV should decide on one (I guess the one today was the CBC) or two stories a day that need to be really exposed, and then each show should feature something about it. IMO.

The SUN`S here: YEAH!!

Posted by: lookout at April 18, 2011 11:28 PM

What, no wall to wall coverage by Evan Solomon how one campaign worker represents the whole party? A few Liberal signs are damaged and all we get is insinuation and raised eyebrows aimed at the CPC with no evidence whatsoever. Now there's a Liberal volunteer in Toronto CHARGED with possession of stolen material and not a peep. Maybe I missed it but I do know it really would have taken Solomon 15-20 minutes to ensure everyone was aware and of course to remind everyone of just about every sign theft/damage in the past 10 years were it a Conservative charged.

Posted by: RITFW at April 18, 2011 11:29 PM

I guess I need a newer TV. My channels only go up to 125.

Posted by: altaguy at April 18, 2011 11:29 PM

altaguy / EBD, @ 11.07 I was watching some on channel 177 in Calgary. I think some others were saying they needed a new box for the connection, but it's available.

*I'm just not used to watching Tv and not feeling violated... it's going to take some watching to get over that. :)

Posted by: marc in calgary at April 18, 2011 11:31 PM

Sun TV has far surpassed my expectations for the first day....they covered so much, it was almost a cathartic experience!! Bravo!

Posted by: Soccermom at April 18, 2011 11:34 PM

frequency...frequency...frequency...

Posted by: syncrodox at April 18, 2011 11:35 PM

Thanks Marc. I will call Shaw tomorrow.

Posted by: altaguy at April 18, 2011 11:37 PM

Sun TV is on channel 177 on Shaw. Digital Box.

Posted by: johnbrooks at April 18, 2011 11:37 PM

For months we were told that Canadians ought to have no right to listen to programs like this. I'm sooooooooooooo glad that Sun News TV is here to provide a little balance on the airwaves!

P.S. Do you think Leftists simply have a Totalitarian gene that they are incapable of fighting against?!

Posted by: Robert W. (Vancouver) at April 18, 2011 11:38 PM

All i know is the ctv,CBC, and all the rest are in a total tail spin melt down ...probly calling loawyers ,and police and everything else even jenifer lynch of the HRC to see if they can shut this down you know it people tonight are sqwerming and sweating over at cbc and lefty papers and tv stations thisi s great!!!


And i recall a few of you saying that sun t.v. was ging to be more central if not soft left ....WRONG!!1

true news!!

Posted by: paul in calgary at April 18, 2011 11:43 PM

oh yes, there will be numerous attempts at muzzling/shutting down Sun News Network...oh yes.

Posted by: Soccermom at April 18, 2011 11:45 PM

177 on Shaw. Really enjoyed it but alas, one needs to sleep.

Adler was good, never really had listened to him before.

Posted by: J at April 18, 2011 11:50 PM

"If it is to be, it is up to me (us)".

First, if you'd like to introduce others to SunNews, please find the channel for your area (it's 177 on Shaw Van. Island), because it isn't yet showing up in the channel listings.

Then e-mail your friends and acquaintances with the info and suggest they pass it on to their friends.

We need to see a ground swell of support in order to maintain this new outlet and to confront the MSM - you know they'll be waiting for SunNews to fail.

Posted by: No Guff at April 18, 2011 11:51 PM

Sun TV = CBC Kryptonite. Luv it!

Posted by: Strathy at April 18, 2011 11:54 PM

The comments on the CBC story about Sun TV are priceless!

As per one comment on there, can someone explain to me why so many on the Left absolutely hate Jews with such vitriol?!

But amongst the many negative comments about Sun TV was this one from "Big Cheese":

The cost to Canadians taxpayers for us to post on this forum.

$1000000000.00 dollars a year.

Cost of SUN TV.

$0.00

I think I'd like a $1B tax cut.

Posted by: Robert W. (Vancouver) at April 18, 2011 11:59 PM

More American deconstruction porn.

Michigan Union Leader: We Will Use Public Jobs as ‘Weapon and Shut This State Down’

http://www.breitbart.tv/michigan-union-leader-we-will-use-public-jobs-as-weapon-and-shut-this-state-down/

Posted by: Revnant Dream at April 19, 2011 12:05 AM

The piece on our failed health care system was a breath of fresh air.
It was informative, balanced and told it like it is...bottomless pit with no end in sight,ineffective delivery, going to break the bank etc...Adult approach to a tough situation.
Kieth Martin was excellent...as was the other fellow.
What specifically impressed me was that Kieth Martin was only posted as an MP, no (past)party affiliation which was good.(was mentioned in passing at end of piece...okay with that.

All in all the tidbits I could pick up on the internet were impressive.

Some things need a little polish,but not much.And that will come.

Posted by: old duffer at April 19, 2011 12:13 AM

"Can someone explain to me why so many on the left absolutely hate Jews with such vitriol?" -Robert W.

They hate the Jews because throughout history the Jewish people have succeeded magnificently through their own initiative, hard work, and brains. This runs contrary to the left's (violently, dumbly insisted-upon) narrative that life is a zero-sum game; when a leftist sees someone who has something - whether it be skill, money, discipline, the ability to work hard - they insist - belligerently and dumbly - that these attributes and assets have been seized unjustly from run-of-the-mill losers whose ideas and ambitions have in fact always revolved around the idea of seizing the fruits of other people's labour and initiative.

It's only natural that leftists will despise Jews, and it's never going to end. It's a built-in aspect of their fundamental thought processes.

Reader Tip:

Victor Davis Hanson:

"The electorate is not as it was when it finally sickened of Jimmy Carter in August 1980. Far more are on public assistance, unemployment, social security, food stamps, etc., or work for thousands of new state and federal bureaus. There are millions more illegal aliens that have become citizens since the late 1970s. And the voting rolls have expanded exponentially among ‘nontraditional’ voters. Thus the political calculus about which pundits and talking-heads debate is not always what half the electorate worries about. The national debt, the annual deficit, the problems with Obamacare, the tax code — all that matters very little. The key question for millions of voters in 2012 will be simply who ensures that my check arrives unchanged or augmented, and who either stops or reduces it."

(h/t AmericanDigest.org/sidelines)

Posted by: EBD at April 19, 2011 12:24 AM

Earlier today, I was watching CBC and it was awful. Forget about liberal bias, aside from a story on Goldstream Park the 'stories' were banal and insipid beyond belief. Just watched Akin talk to Keith Martin and then Theo Caldwell. Really good. Actual issues. Theo was charismatic and Akin a good interviewer. Minor problems: 'health' montage repeated more often than needed, and self-congratulatory messages at the bottom of the screen were a bit much. Guess I'll be typing 177 into my remote fairly often.

Posted by: libertariansaresmarter at April 19, 2011 12:35 AM

Seeing Rick Mercer being taken down for his ridiculous endorsement of illegal polling stations was an amazing moment!

Posted by: Exweb at April 19, 2011 12:39 AM

Another CBC poll that needs to go horribly wrong:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2011/04/sun-news-network-will-you-tune-in.html

Posted by: Mark R at April 19, 2011 12:42 AM

If I may add my not-terribly-original thoughts to what EBD said @12:24, remember as well that Jews have been treated horribly and have succeeded brilliantly despite that fact; this runs contrary to the lefty belief that any level of societal discrimination renders a minority incapable of making a success of anything and instead invariably drives its member to violent crime, an activity for which Jews have not been greatly noted as a general rule.

This is why the left imagines that there are Jewish conspiracies everywhere. They have to be the group that's secretly in power, they just have to.

And then as well Israel lucked out and got to represent the West among the "victims" in a world where civilization is increasingly hated for its own sake.

Also, Jews are often thought of as being "in trade", which is frightfully vulgar as I'm sure you're aware. No accumulation of Nobel Prizes awarded to Jews for genius work in science and the arts ever seems to shake this perception.

(On the plus side, someone came back from Israel today and to silence my screams of "where's my present!!!???" gave me a cool looking IDF sweatshirt. I might wear it and go looking for idiots in Che t-shirts.)

Posted by: Black Mamba at April 19, 2011 12:42 AM

http://www.thehilltimes.ca/dailyupdate/view/private_insurance_system_workable_solution_for_canadas_rising_health_care_costs_harper_said_as_ncc_head_04-18-2011

Is the Hill Times owned by the CBC? The Canadian Press? Too bad you have to subscribe to comment on this drivel.

The fact is the Mr. S. Harper, in 1999 isn't the same Prime Minister S. Harper of today. Of course, to a "progressive" what we say 20 years ago is just as valid today as it was when it was said. So, I guess all of the Iggy comments are just fine now, as long as all of the Steve Harper comments are just fine?

Posted by: Dwayne at April 19, 2011 12:45 AM

Iggy's fed up with the CBC as well ... here's the tube dub of Iggy's call for Sun TV.
http://tubedubber.com/#4eqMjoTIxOc:CySsg9AHm7A:0:100:0:0:true

Posted by: WalterF at April 19, 2011 1:11 AM

Just tried watching Brian Lilley. He has a loudmouth on called Rick Bell or something and he won't shut up. This is not good. It's unwatchable.

Posted by: libertariansaresmarter at April 19, 2011 1:11 AM

It couldn't have come at a better time.
Its why the leftist have gone bonkers foaming at the mouth at the mere mention of Sun TV.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at April 19, 2011 1:15 AM

WalterF- Iggy's rehearsal speech in front of his bathroom mirror after being 'pants'ed in grade school. Almost convincing. Epic Fail.

Posted by: Snagglepuss at April 19, 2011 1:26 AM

Michael Ignatieff, The Rights Revolution (House of Anansi Press). The book consists of the texts of five speeches made in 2000. The thesis, not stated explicitly but nevertheless clear, is that the concept of individual rights has been supplanted by a new notion of rights that includes group or collective rights such as the rights not to be offended or not to be discriminated against.

In reality, these phony notions of rights are a scam perpetrated by the extreme left as part of its goal of destroying western civilization and capitalism. Ignatieff claims to prefer capitalism to collectivism, but the speeches are full of contradictions. They cast severe doubt on his fitness to serve as prime minister of Canada.

First of all, note this sentence: "Rights not only help to make disputes precise, and therefore manageable, but also help each party to appreciate that the other has some right on its side." (page 9).

One notable aspect of the entire book is its lack of precision in concepts, especially that of "rights" itself.

Rights do not apply merely to disputes. If one person desires to kill another, it’s more than a mere dispute. In the conflict between the Nazis and the Jews, did both parties "have some right on their side"?

Ignatieff: "The rights revolution has been in the service of freedom, and we need to have the courage to continue with it until we can genuinely say that everyone shares its benefits and not just its costs." (112)

Certainly the concept of individual rights upholds freedom, but the attempt to introduce any other kind of rights, including "group rights" or phony "human rights" like the right not to be offended, is an attack on freedom.

A prominent leftist anti-concept is the word "progressive", used to denote anything that favours the enlargement of Big Government and a diminution of human freedom. Not surprisingly, it is an Ignatieff staple.

For example: "our rights culture entrenches our national identity as a progressive people." (foreword, page x)

"National identity" is a dubious collectivist concept; to whatever extent it describes reality, it means nothing other than geographical location and perhaps a nod toward culture. So-called "progressive" policies have arisen through the ballot box, and can be rescinded (the sooner the better, in many cases); they have nothing to do with national identity.

Ignatieff: "Maintaining these commitments is not easy. There is no stable political consensus in favour of them. It takes political leadership to articulate why these values matter, and why we need to make sacrifices in order to keep them flourishing." (x)

Who "committed" to it? Doesn’t all this sound like it’s being imposed from above without regard to democracy? What if a "stable political consensus" appears that favours throwing progressive policies in the trashcan? In this context, what he calls leadership others call propaganda. As Ayn Rand said, when you hear politicians calling for sacrifices, you should run in the opposite direction, because that is a one-way ticket to hell.

He continues: "It is also the work of political leaders to hammer out compromises when the rights and interests of competing groups conflict." (x)

Genuine rights cannot conflict, by definition. Nor is it an issue of balancing them. However, it is common that one broad right may take priority over another in some circumstances but not in others.

And more: "Active engagement in politics – by citizens and by leaders – is essential if we are to maintain our distinctiveness as a progressive people and to find the compromises that keep us together". (x)

In the leftists’ view, a "citizen" is a person who, when the government says "jump", answers, "how high?". Will the political leaders throw the citizens a bone once in a while to reward them for their "active engagement"? Most people don’t want to be "actively engaged" to a great extent because they have lives to live and don’t wish to become mired in debates over how to spend other people’s money. That’s why we elect representatives in a democracy.

Ignatieff: "For the first time, [Western liberal societies] are trying to make democracy work on conditions of total inclusion. Everybody has the same rights, and everybody has the right to be heard. Democracy is supposed to belong to everyone. No wonder Western elites have worried since the 1960s that our societies are becoming ungovernable. What they mean, of course, is that we citizens are becoming less obedient, less willing to leave politics to them. The rights revolution makes society harder to control, more unruly, more contentious". (6)

Are these worried "elites" the ones in charge of maintaining the "national identity as a progressive people" without a "stable political consensus in favour of [it]"? Maybe they should start fearing the Ceausescu treatment, if they don’t stop their ruinous policies of high taxation, over-regulation and worthless intervention in the economy.

The paragraph continues: "This is because rights equality makes society more inclusive, and rights protection constrains government power". (6)

Constraining government power is one thing rights are supposed to do. But almost every other word of the book screams out "Big Government". Human rights commissions staffed by professional malcontents, party hacks and other incompetents who essentially make up law on the fly, destroying genuine rights, without proper legal safeguards against the state, mean a vast expansion of government power.

Equal rights means that everybody has the same right to freedom of speech, freedom of association, and so on. This is not the same thing as a "right to equality", which is an excuse for redistribution of wealth – another vast expansion of government power over the individual.

There is a strong thread of Canadian narcissism running through the essays.

Ignatieff: "The rights revolution distinguishes us as a people, and has changed our politics". (14)

Compare: "When the Berlin wall was pulled down in … November 1989, the rights revolution changed history". (4)

This is a contradiction: If it distinguishes us, what does that have to do with the fall of the Berlin Wall? It certainly wasn’t Canada that brought it down. Is he saying that no other nations respect rights at all?

He seems oblivious to the fact that much of the progressive agenda that he so slavishly adheres to was concocted by people who would love nothing more than to put the Wall back up.

Ignatieff: "What makes Canada’s achievement distinctive? While all modern democracies protect rights, our system is special in the way it reconciles individual and group rights. Both our federal and provincial charters protect the group rights to language in order to guarantee the preservation of the French fact in North America". (viii)

There are no "group rights", and that includes one of language. It is up to individual speakers by their numbers to preserve a language; it’s certainly not a proper function of government, although a state should choose an official language. Our charters of rights are patchworks; the federal Charter of Rights and Freedoms has several dozen serious errors that should be corrected.

Ignatieff: "We have become a model for the world of how to balance majority and minority interests and how to maintain the unity of a complex federation". (ix)

We almost didn’t, back in 1995. Not much has changed since then.

Ignatieff says of the Americans: "The US Congress has repeatedly refused to ratify international human-rights documents, from the genocide convention to the Geneva convention’s additional protocols and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Congress construes these documents as either inconsistent with American law or an intrusion on the sovereignty of Congress and the American people. Behind this attitude lies what might be called rights narcissism, the idea that the land of the free and home of the brave has nothing to learn from anybody else". (46)

The context is comments about whether the west can imposes its standards on other peoples. Over the space of a few pages, he flip-flops between no and yes multiple times. Here, he’s trying to impose Canadian standards on another country himself. His comment about "Canada’s identity as a progressive people" is a clear example of "rights narcissism". And so-called "progressives" usually act as if they have nothing to learn from anybody.

Posted by: nv53 at April 19, 2011 1:42 AM

Once again there's a poll going the wrong way for the Liberals who call themselves conservatives in BC.

Very interesting - and without any help from sda...

http://www.radionl.com/

Posted by: Gen. Lee Wright at April 19, 2011 2:35 AM

WalterF: ..."here's the tube dub of Iggy's call for Sun TV."

LOL. There's something about Ignatieff's voice, demanding that Canada "rise up, rise UP" that just GRATES...He comes off as pushy, exasperated, obnoxious and lacking in anything even remotely resembling passion. It's all an act.

Posted by: chutzpahticular at April 19, 2011 5:21 AM

Headline: Elton John returning to the Las Vegas Strip for 3-year run at Caesars Palace

So much for being a full-time Daddy. Elton's gonna be a full-time MU$IC MONEY MAN! Who's going to take care of John-Furnish Jr., a poor little rich boy in the making.

Posted by: batb at April 19, 2011 6:26 AM

Good comments, all, re Here Comes the Sun: Yea!

lookout, agree with yours. Lilley definitely needs a news hairdo (possibly the very articulate and savvy Theo Caldwell, too).

I'm commiserating with Peggy Atwood today,
probably chewing her nails, socking back a strong scotch on the rocks, muttering *&%$#!@!@#%&$!!!

No doubt, she'll be on the phone to Soros, screaming "WHAT THE @#!!% happened, George? They're ON, #!@%#!!@!"

Posted by: batb at April 19, 2011 6:59 AM

I don't find the hairdo's that objectionable. Beats someone who shaves himself bald to look like Yul Brynner or some rap star. The message is more important to me.

Posted by: Robert at April 19, 2011 8:08 AM

I too caught bits of Sun TV yesterday. One neat thing I liked as they were going to commercial was a quotation by Ayn Rand:

"I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

Deep.

Posted by: PhilM at April 19, 2011 8:12 AM

First there is this one from Delacourt

The dirty war
On the road this week in Southern Ontario, I stopped by Frank Valeriote's campaign office in Guelph yesterday to see how things were going.

Guelph has already been the epicentre of a Liberal-Conservative dispute over ballot boxes at the university. When I arrived at Valeriote's office, he and his campaign workers were talking about how and when to issue a news release about some questionable tactics they've been seeing in that riding. They're not blaming anyone, but Valeriote says that none of the other candidates seem to be the target of these tactics/pranks.

One of Valeriote's campaign workers said they have had "numerous" complaints from Guelph residents who say they're getting calls after 9 p.m. from people claiming to represent the Liberals.

Valeriote isn't the only Liberal candidate complaining of these tactics. Joe Volpe alleges that it's happening in Eglinton-Lawrence too, and Bob Speller has told the media that harassing calls are being lodged in his name in Haldimand and Norfolk as well.

Valeriote also says that people with Liberal signs on their lawns have been getting visits from volunteers identifying themselves as Conservative campaign workers, who are warning these would-be Liberal voters that voting for Michael Ignatieff will result in handing control of the country to Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe.

http://thestar.blogs.com/politics/2011/04/the-dirty-war.html

*Then there is this one

"Volunteer charged with stealing election signs"
By Ian Robertson, QMI Agency http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/CanadaVotes/News/2011/04/18/18037701.html

TORONTO - A Liberal worker accused of ripping off a Tory opponent's signs will face a court nine days after the federal election, police said.

The arrest of incumbent Brampton-West MP Andrew Kania's worker was revealed Monday by Mitch Wexler, Conservative opponent Kyle Seebeck's campaign manager.

"It's disappointing," Seebeck said in a statement. "We want a fair election where everyone follows the rules."As Conservatives placed signs along a boulevard in the Toronto suburb, Wexler said a truck filled with Liberal placards stopped nearby.

"Our candidate drove past ... saw a pile of our signs in the back," and police were given its plate number, he said. "We've had reports of people stealing our signs."

After driving away, police who stopped Rachpal Singh Grewal's vehicle "found something stuffed behind his seat," said the lawyer and first-term MP in Canada's biggest riding.

"He's incensed and he believes they were planted,” Kania said. "He has a right to be judged.

"We tell all our campaign workers to obey the law," he said.

Const. Wayne Patterson told QMI Agency that "several" seized Seebeck signs remain in a police evidence room.

Charged with possessing stolen property, Grewal, 47, is due in court May 11.


Posted by: bryanr at April 19, 2011 9:02 AM

No Sun TV News yet on Sasktel Max. Any kind soul youtubing some highlights would be appreciated.

Posted by: glasnost at April 19, 2011 9:02 AM

Rogers Owen Sound only has SunTV up on the HD channels #567, so you dont get it in the digital section.

Posted by: bryanr at April 19, 2011 9:05 AM

Robert, you might note my exclamation mark after my hairdo comment: I think batb probably did!

Yes, substance is more important than style, but style doesn't hurt . . . But, if Lilley and Caldwell are happy with their eccentric hair, great.

I'll take SUNTV ANY DAY over the ossified CBC. I NEVER watch CBC: it'd give me ulcers. It's nice to think of the lefties getting ulcers over SUN: tit for tat, guys!

Posted by: lookout at April 19, 2011 9:12 AM

*first You have this one

Trudeau to the rescue: Justin in GTA to campaign in hotly contested ridings
Brett Popplewell
Staff Reporter

Some may regard her as toxic, but for all her very public nanny troubles Ruby Dhalla is still a Liberal.

And if you ask Justin Trudeau, she’s still his friend. She’s also an embattled incumbent in a GTA riding the party desperately wants not to lose.

For that reason, if for no other, Trudeau and a chorus line of Liberal stars are dropping in on Dhalla’s Brampton-Springdale riding this week in an effort to rally her supporters and promote her cause. Leader Michael Ignatieff himself is expected Tuesday.


http://www.thestar.com/federalelection/article/976798--trudeau-to-the-rescue-justin-in-gta-to-campaign-in-hotly-contested-ridings?bn=1
more...

*Then you have this one

Justin Trudeau faces tough battle
Former MP Vivian Barbot is popular in riding where winning margin was small

By Tobi Cohen, Postmedia News April 19, 2011 2:04 AM

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Justin+Trudeau+faces+tough+battle/4638225/story.html#ixzz1JyTNGltc

Posted by: bryanr at April 19, 2011 9:14 AM

Star Choice tells me I need to buy a new receiver to see it!!
I am not happy about this!! I do not believe they could not find room to slot it where it would make it deliverable to all receivers.

Posted by: ivbinconned at April 19, 2011 9:31 AM

I watched the opening of Sun TV on bell 213 and was favorably impressed. Levant, Lilley and Adler came as a breath of fresh air.
Loved the commercials for DR Ho's orthotics,I would like to see him debate Jill Duceppe,or just man in the street interviews in Quebec.

Posted by: nick at April 19, 2011 10:13 AM

Canada's TV newslandscape changed dramatically yesterday. Sun News hit the ground running with Ezra Levant's show (love his prhase "consensus media" to describe the Tweedle-dee-dum-and-dummer lame stream TV news media). The strongest performer was Charles Adler. We don't get his show in Ottawa so I am only vaguely familiar with him. He is a serious heavyweight.

I like Ezra's style and plain speaking. I have purchased and read his books on the human rights commissions and the oil sands, so he covered ground that was familiar to me. I wonder what he will be like as an interviewer. He is a great interviewee because of his knowledge, quick wit and command of the lanugage. Will these qualities intimidate his guests? Can he dial it down a bit when required?

Posted by: JMD at April 19, 2011 10:27 AM

I thought Levant seemed a bit stiff last night, like he was trying to follow tips on "how to be an effective public speaker", which was odd because I've seen him "live" and he came off much better. Maybe he just needs time to loosen up in front of the camera; at any rate, I'll be watching over the next few weeks to see how his show and the channel overall shape up.

Posted by: Dudley Morris at April 19, 2011 11:33 AM

When I contact telus they say they never heard of sunnews.

Does anyone know what channel it may be on in the telus lineup for vancouver?

Posted by: FREE at April 19, 2011 11:47 AM

Here is my contribution to the 'reader tips' section, as requested. Here is the video from Ezra Levant's mohammaed cartoon segment from yesterday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmwt07I3nqM

Posted by: Mike in Calgary at April 19, 2011 12:18 PM

58% Yes on the CBC poll.. keep up the good work.

I loved Sun. I have Fox News at home so I can compare. Sun is edgier and more upfront.

Hope it stays like that.

Posted by: James at April 19, 2011 1:42 PM

I watched Sun TV and liked it. On Ezra's show I already knew about his topics, but he was entertaining to listen to. More imporantly -- if someone tuned in who was oblivious to those topics their mind would have blown. Who is that blunt about criticizing our sacred institutions (CBC, CRTC). Lefties who tuned in would have been shocked out of their chairs -- we are so accustomed to toeing the politically correct line. I can't wait until Ezra gets to global warming. He will too, as his was one of the early (and very well researched) books on it. I think this stuff is new to a lot of people -- spread the word to those fence sitters who might not be paying attention.

Posted by: LindaL at April 19, 2011 2:09 PM

Channel 177 here in Vancouver.
You might like to know how I found out: easy -- a mere 30 minutes negotiating Shaw Cable's website!

This may get me me carted off (finally) to a padded room but with Shaw Cable we have our PVR set to record all tbe Becks (2pm EST). The software allows you to record a series.
GET THIS: At least a dozen times the series recording disappeared from the software. I thought it was weird but, shrug. Then I spoke to a good friend; he had the same experience. I pointedly asked him if he lost his series recording on any other show. Nope. Only Beck, he assured me.

I have a theory (hearing sirens now!) Some bored young cats at Shaw are having some fun.

The Me No household will now have TWO current affairs series recordings: Beck and Ezra. It will be so amazing to not feel like an alien in my own country.

Posted by: Me No Dhimmi at April 19, 2011 3:00 PM

Sun News seems to be as anti-gun as the Main Stream Media. It's is highlighting an accidental shooting at a elementary school in Texas. Searching the U.S. news to find a negative story about firearms and playing it as a leading story is a standard MSM tactic. It serves the Canadian civilian disarmament strategy of the "Lame Stream Media".

We'll have to see if they offer any coverage of the 600,000 yearly(Kleck-Univ. of Florida)defensive usages of firearms in the U.S. of A, or the fact that we in Canada have a rate of Home Invasions 500 percent higher than do our American cousins.

We'll see how they cover stories about stories about hunting, target shooting and self-defence and the Canadian Firearms Act, before we'll know if Sun News really are MSM or not.

Posted by: Larry at April 19, 2011 3:52 PM

Finally looked up how to change my home page in Opera.
It's now http://www.nuzcanada.ca/

Instead of Bourque.

I've finally had it with that lieberal hack sphincter.

Posted by: eastern paul at April 19, 2011 4:21 PM

Of Liberal Count Ignatieff and the Jews.

"Iggy flies through Winnipeg on a wing and a prayer"

Me and Me Great-Grandfather*.

Liberal Count Ignatieff doesn’t drag his great-grandfather* out of his skeleton closet.

Why is that?

>>> “Ignatieff noted it was important for him to mark a Jewish religious holiday.”

“My dad was a Russian Orthodox believer, so there’s kind of a sense of kinship with one of the most ancient of the rites of the Christian Church,” said Ignatieff.”

http://www.lfpress.com/news/decision2011/2011/04/19/18041326.html

…-

*Count Nicolai Ignatieff: Of the Jews.

“If you have lived in South Russia, you know
what the Jew is,” replied Ignatieff. *’ He is dirty,
he dresses differently from anybody else, he forms
a society of his own, and he oppresses the people.”

“Full text of “The Russian advance towards India. Conversations with Skobeleff, Ignatieff, and other distinguished Russian generals and statesmen, on the Central Asian question”

http://www.archive.org/stream/russianadvanceto00marv/russianadvanceto00marv_djvu.txt

Posted by: maz2 at April 19, 2011 4:42 PM

Cute warning. Kid calls 911 for help with his math.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=1dd_1303198099

Posted by: Speedy at April 19, 2011 5:01 PM

'Interesting that there are no stats put up at National News Watch under this headline:

More Canadians prefer Stephen Harper as PM: poll

Innovative Research poll (CityNews/Maclean’s) asked the question, "Who is best suited to be PM?"

Stephen Harper: 36%

Michael Ignatieff: 22%

Jack Layton: 20%

3%: Ellie May

http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/topic/cityvote2011/article/125706--majority-of-canadians-think-harper-will-make-best-pm-poll

Posted by: batb at April 19, 2011 7:32 PM

Converting diesel exhaust to drinkable water. The greenies will go mad. :)

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-04/new-condensation-tech-captures-water-diesel-slaking-militarys-thirst

Via Instapundit.

Posted by: Mark at April 19, 2011 8:42 PM

Yee-Haw the SUN is up in Red Deer Ab.

Posted by: billyboop at April 20, 2011 12:09 AM
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