October 4, 2011

Reader Tips

The late Frank De Vol was an American composer/arranger who, in addition to his Academy Award-nominated film scores, composed a number of familiar theme songs for hit TV shows including The Brady Bunch, My Three Sons, and Family Affair. Tonight, in his comedic role as the eponymous bandleader of "Happy Kyne and His Mirthmakers" on Martin Mull's 1970s talk-show spoof Fernwood 2Night, De Vol delivers a scorching performance of Boogie Fever.

The comments are open, as always, for your Reader Tips.

Posted by EBD at October 4, 2011 12:01 AM

Video: Douglas Murray and Michael Coren on European self-loathing.

h/t Danish blog "Snaphanen"

Posted by: EBD at October 3, 2011 10:25 PM

Well, knock me over with a dry kleenex: "Shock Photos: Candidate Obama Appeared and Marched With New Black Panther Party in 2007."

Oh well. That's not as bad as going hunting in an area where someone had painted a racist word on a rock years earlier...


Posted by: EBD at October 3, 2011 10:34 PM

Hey check this out ...

Pretty cool got this in my inbox today. i signed it !!!

Posted by: Paul in calgary at October 3, 2011 10:38 PM

Hey sorry for the double post this is the article about the cbc above if you care to read .

Posted by: Paul in calgary at October 3, 2011 10:40 PM

As a heart disease sufferer this is bad news indeed.
Than again with the World a bucket of lies, with researcher's on the Government fiddle. Who knows what true anymore in science.

Regular aspirin users at higher risk of sight problems, research suggests
People who take a daily dose of aspirin are twice as likely to suffer blindness in later life, a study suggests.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at October 3, 2011 10:40 PM

Umm, I don't think Roseanne Barr is joking, this is what she actually believes:

Posted by: Soccermom at October 3, 2011 10:52 PM

Hate preacher wins human rights payout... even though he shouldn't be here at all

A banned extremist who made a mockery of Britain’s border controls is now likely to pocket £5,000 in compensation because immigration officials could not speak his language.

Posted by: Shawn at October 3, 2011 11:27 PM

Jack Webb and Henry Morgan take on Obama.

Not sure, but maybe it's been posted before. Deinitely worth a repost if so.

Posted by: old Lori at October 3, 2011 11:52 PM

You'll love this one, Kate.

The Global Warming Alarmists at the CBC most have choked on this one. In a nut shell, extreme cold - not heat - has caused a hole in the ozone over the arctic.

Posted by: Trent at October 4, 2011 12:39 AM

cheer up. Victor Davis Hanson's take almost exactly mirrors my sense of the future:

Posted by: Gord Tulk at October 4, 2011 1:14 AM

Globe and Mail, Monday, Oct. 3, Barrie McKenna. "Time to rethink modern economics".

McKenna: "Flexible labour markets, massive unrestrained capital flows, floating exchange rates, and tax breaks for investors and businesses to drive production of goods and services were supposed to bring prosperity."

"But three decades of these supply-side policies have produced the same economic problems they were supposed to fix, including stagnant growth, high unemployment, deflationary pressures and piles of public sector debt, according to [John Curtis and Dan Ciuriak]."

Wrong, and spectacularly. These policies have improved the economy but they cannot help much as long as governments are spending their way to societal oblivion. That is the real problem that needs to be addressed.

What needs to be rethought is the massive fraud of Keynesianism.

Posted by: nv53 at October 4, 2011 1:50 AM

Attention! Mao*-Mart Shoppels.

Gleetings flom Gleeter Mao Stlong* Lepolt.


"To boost flagging economy, U.S. wants to import more shoppers"

"The United States has long imported its food and fuel, its cars and clothes. Now the faltering economy has sparked a push for another type of import: shoppers.

For the first time, lawmakers, businesses and even White House officials are courting consumers from cash-rich countries such as China, India and Brazil to fill the nation’s shopping malls and pick up the slack for penny-pinching Americans."


"China’s giant, deserted malls wait for reluctant consumers"

"When the New South China Mall opened to great fanfare in 2006, it immediately became the world’s largest shopping centre by floor space, knocking the West Edmonton Mall into second place. Newsweek magazine believed it to be one of the seven “new wonders of the world,” visitors are reminded in a video that plays on an endless loop over one of the mall’s many entrances."

"Five years later, the New South China Mall has achieved a very different, unforeseen notoriety. With an occupancy rate of just 2 per cent, the 660,000-square-metre New South China Mall is one of the world’s emptiest shopping destinations and one of the biggest white elephants ever built.

The 201 kilometres of Venice-style canals that wind through the mall’s heart are lined with stores that closed soon after the splashy opening. Advertisements promising “Fashion 2006!” hang beside naked mannequins in one deserted clothing shop. Long rows of stalls never even saw a tenant. A half-dozen gondolas that were supposed to transport tired shoppers from one wing of the giant mall to the next bob unused beneath the mall’s stone “San Francisco Bridge,” the gondoliers nowhere in sight.

In several hours of wandering the mall’s vast acreage on a Saturday afternoon, only a handful of shoppers could be seen.

It’s a long way down for a complex that was hailed five years ago as proof that China’s economy was finally transforming, and that a sizable chunk of this country’s 1.3 billion people were finally feeling wealthy enough to open their wallets a little. As Chinese began to spend, the hopeful thinking went, this massive market would more than cover for slackening demand in the West.

With the global economy on the brink of a second recession in three years, it’s clear that China’s consumption revolution hasn’t yet come to pass."

*Mo Strong is Liberal leader Basement Bob Rae's uncle.

Posted by: maz2 at October 4, 2011 6:35 AM

PET Cemetery Report.

Liberal Ad$Cam Chretien: Wad's a cripple ax?


"Party's over: Harper government moves to kill taxpayer subsidies for political parties"

"The Harper government will introduce legislation Tuesday to scrap direct taxpayer subsidies for federal political parties over three years, Postmedia News has learned.

The move eventually will save nearly $30 million annually for the federal treasury, but could cause critical financial shortfalls for many of the parties — particularly the opposition parties which have come to rely on the government subsidies for a large portion of their annual funding.

Ultimately, it will mean all parties will have to become much more aggressive and sophisticated in persuading Canadians to make their own donations.

The measure to kill public subsidies, which were first introduced by the Chretien government in 2003, will be contained in a bill which implements a variety of initiatives from Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's June 6 budget.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the pledge to scrap the subsidies during the spring election, and the governing Conservatives are framing the action as necessary to bring greater political integrity to the system and treat taxpayers' dollars with greater care.

But opposition parties have said Harper's motives are actually partisan, and that he is pressing ahead with the plan as part of a broader goal to financially cripple the Conservative party's rivals."

Posted by: maz2 at October 4, 2011 7:08 AM

When your number’s up, experts say … take one step forward, leading with …

The verdict: statisticians/statistics are liars, damned lies are lies, and Mark Twain is right.


“A formula for justice”

“Bayes’ theorem is a mathematical equation used in court cases to analyse statistical evidence. But a judge has ruled it can no longer be used. Will it result in more miscarriages of justice?”

“It’s not often that the quiet world of mathematics is rocked by a murder case. But last summer saw a trial that sent academics into a tailspin, and has since swollen into a fevered clash between science and the law.

At its heart, this is a story about chance. And it begins with a convicted killer, “T”, who took his case to the court of appeal in 2010. Among the evidence against him was a shoeprint from a pair of Nike trainers, which seemed to match a pair found at his home. While appeals often unmask shaky evidence, this was different. This time, a mathematical formula was thrown out of court. The footwear expert made what the judge believed were poor calculations about the likelihood of the match, compounded by a bad explanation of how he reached his opinion. The conviction was quashed.

But more importantly, as far as mathematicians are concerned, the judge also ruled against using similar statistical analysis in the courts in future. It’s not the first time that judges have shown hostility to using formulae. But the real worry, say forensic experts, is that the ruling could lead to miscarriages of justice.

“The impact will be quite shattering,” says Professor Norman Fenton, a mathematician at Queen Mary, University of London. In the last four years he has been an expert witness in six cases, including the 2007 trial of Levi Bellfield for the murders of Marsha McDonnell and Amelie Delagrange. He claims that the decision in the shoeprint case threatens to damage trials now coming to court because experts like him can no longer use the maths they need.”


"Femme Fatale"

"No sooner did an Italian court overturn the Amanda Knox conviction did pundits zero in on the really interesting psychological aspect of the case. As the Vancouver Sun put it: was she a “She-Devil’ or ‘Innocent Abroad’?” That’s what the public really wanted to know.

The trial was at least as much about how men perceive women than about Knox’s factual guilt or innocence. It was the inevitable outcome of a circumstance: Knox was a looker. And while that physical particular hardly seems relevant to the case, it set in train a whole sequence of psychological shifts; natural perhaps since it may be impossible for men — be they prosecutors or simply spectators watching from afar — to be neutral in the presence of feminine beauty. Even though there’s no good reason for it — and there never was — a sufficiently attractive woman almost always distorts the atmosphere in a roomful of men, and even a moderately attractive lady can produce a severe gravitational effect.

The male of the human species are an imaginative lot."

Posted by: maz2 at October 4, 2011 7:38 AM

Lets hope this Headline Wakes up the Province to a possible impending disaster, & puts an end to the liberal/Union control of Ontario.
And mindyou we all know that Graves is a Liberal Shill.

FRANK GRAVES: Liberals headed toward majority
as lead widens to 10 points McGuinty’s Liberals have opened a clear and, at this point, likely insurmountable lead in the final stages of the Ontario campaign.

At 39.1 points, they have a 10-point advantage over the flagging Progressive Conservative Party, which has fallen to 29.1 points. The NDP is stuck at 24.5, which would seem to rule out chances the party will form the balance of power role in a minority situation. The Green Party sits at 6.0 points. Barring unforeseen late shifts, McGuinty appears poised to comfortably secure a third successive majority.


Posted by: bryanr at October 4, 2011 10:44 AM

Liberal-socialist McGuinty Report.

Socialism's Grecian Formula.

"Two daughters are at university studying cosmetics and project management, but these days they have little hope of a job in those fields when they graduate."

"“The oldest wants to leave the country, but where would I get the money to help her out? I’ve given up planning for the future. I just accept life as it comes,” she said. “I’ve thought about suicide, but I have to look after my children.”"

"Despair and resignation in Greece as more pain looms"

Posted by: maz2 at October 4, 2011 10:55 AM

"Desmond Tutu Endorses Anil Naidoo"

"Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu is endorsing Anil Naidoo in the provincial election.

Naidoo is running for the NDP in Ottawa Centre against incumbent Liberal Candidate Yasir Naqvi, PC candidate Rob Dekker and the Green Party's Kevin O'Donnell.

Naidoo, who was born in South Africa, says he has worked with Tutu on international issues."


Posted by: maz2 at October 4, 2011 12:18 PM

Hank Williams Jr gets the boot from monday night football for comapring Obama to Hitler:

"Every time the media brings up the tea party it's painted as racist and extremists — but there's never a backlash — no outrage to those comparisons," Williams' statement continued. "Working-class people are hurting — and it doesn't seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job — it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change."

Posted by: Stan at October 4, 2011 12:24 PM

More O’green jobs cut.

Fwd. to Liberal Green McGuinty.

More cuts to Liberal Green McGuinty’s arts.


“$200 million green-tech subsidy results in -100 jobs”

What happens when job-stimulus funds get spent on a company that reduces its workforce? It looks like Barack Obama and Energy Secretary Stephen Chu made another “bad bet” in 2009, sinking $200 million into the non-profit National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. NREL isn’t going under, but it’s cutting back staff after getting a big taxpayer subsidy from Porkulus:

President Barack Obama’s “green jobs” initiatives suffered another major blow late Monday, as the nonprofit National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado, announced a plan to lay off roughly 10 percent of its staff through a voluntary buy-out plan.

According to the Denver Post, the lab plans to eliminate between 100 and 150 of its 1,350 jobs. The Obama administration supported the NREL in 2009 with roughly $200 million in stimulus grants. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu visited Golden in May 2009 to promote the NREL as a beneficiary of those funds.

Are you getting the impression that a visit from Obama or Chu might be the kiss of death for green-tech companies? Obama shows up to promote Solyndra and the company sinks into bankruptcy, taking over a half-billion taxpayer dollars with it. Chu personally delivers the jobs-stimulus check to NREL, which then starts trimming jobs.”

Posted by: maz2 at October 4, 2011 2:36 PM

Ok, just had an interesting experience.

Broke the light bulb in the fridge while putting away groceries (shakes fist at jar of pasta sauce). Quick easy clean up.

Now what if I had busted a CFL bulb inside my fridge? Do I now have to get a new fridge due to mercury contam?

Posted by: AtlanticJim at October 4, 2011 2:39 PM

I'm getting extremely tired of the so-called religion of peace.

Posted by: Mark at October 4, 2011 2:48 PM

Socialism = 21%.


"Spain endures unemployment woes as jobless total hits 4.2 million"

"Spain experiences worst September increase in registered unemployed in 15 years"

"Further gloom spread across Spain on Tuesday as it experienced its worst September increase in registered unemployment for at least 15 years to reach 4.2 million people.

The sudden pickup in the rhythm at which Spaniards have been signing on at unemployment offices was a further blow to a country that already has Europe's worst jobless rate of 21%. The latest surge was blamed on a number of public sector layoffs as Spain bowed to deficit control demands and regional governments sacked teachers and health workers.

Regional governments account for a third of public spending and are responsible for health, education and other services. With Spain's sovereign debt under pressure on the markets, however, they have been ordered to help rein in last year's 9.2% budget deficit. Cuts in public service workforces have swept the country, with populous Catalonia, for example, cutting its budget by 10% this year.

Although many of September's newly unemployed had finished seasonal tourism jobs, at least one in six were regional and municipal workers from health, education or social services, according to employment secretary Mari Luz Rodríguez.

More alarming still was a drop of 65,000 health, education and other public sector workers contributing social security payments – with the number of teachers at the beginning of the school year dropping for the first time in recent memory, according to officials.

Spain is just about on target to meet its 6% deficit target this year, though economic growth is grinding to a halt and tax receipts are lower than projected. The jobs pain, which has left 46% of non-students under the age of 25 out of work, is unlikely to go away soon."

Posted by: maz2 at October 4, 2011 2:49 PM

but it's legal to wear a hijab or turn a supposedly 'public' school into a mosque ?

12-year-old girl banned from wearing rosary necklace at school; she's told it's a gang symbol in her small Nebraska town

By Michael Zennie

Last updated at 12:08 AM on 4th October 2011

School administrators in a Nebraska town of 26,000 told a middle school girl to take off her cross necklace because it looks too much like a rosary, which they say is being used by gang members.

Twelve-year-old Elizabeth Cary says her necklace is a reminder of her faith. And she vowed to stand up for what she believes in and fight the Fremont, Neb., school district, where she is a sixth grader.

The local Catholic archdioceses has condemned the decision to ban rosaries from schools and says administrators should be smart enough to tell which students are at risk for gang activity.

Posted by: Bemused at October 4, 2011 4:06 PM

With Forbes today citing Canada as the premiere location to invest and do business, Hudak's policy of implementing a ten percent (10 percent) corporate tax rate is the main business clincher for Ontario.

The largest part of Ontario's economic salvo, meaning job creation will materialize, will stem from that initiative. So far, meaningful analysis of that tax rate and scouring for what it will attract is not forthcoming by any media.

Posted by: beancounter at October 4, 2011 4:52 PM

First, there was Attack Watch. Now, we have been gifted #AskMichelle.

Posted by: Black Mamba at October 4, 2011 6:10 PM

PET Cemetery Report.

H/T Liberal leader Basement Bob Rae, Mao Stlong's nephew.


"Suicide prevention strategy pushed by federal Liberals"


"Dion's wife goes rogue?"

"A scathing message attacking Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff appeared today on the Facebook site belonging to Janine Krieber - the wife of Mr. Ignatieff's predecessor, Stéphane Dion.

The message, a copy of which was obtained by The Globe, says the party "is falling apart, and will not recover." It also blames "the Toronto elites" for being out of tune, arrogant and unrealistic."

Posted by: maz2 at October 4, 2011 6:49 PM

Liberal Basement Bob walloped by reality.

"It's a majority government," said interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae. "It's in the budget. It's done."

"Opposition gives up fight on political subsidies"

Posted by: maz2 at October 4, 2011 7:04 PM

I just found that Michael Coren will be at North York Central Library in Toronto tomorrow (05.10). from 7 to 8:30 pm.
( NYCL is on 5120 Yonge St.)

Posted by: ella at October 4, 2011 10:02 PM

Black Mamba @ 6:10 p.m.: "First, there was Attack Watch. Now, we have been gifted #AskMichelle."

From the linked page: "Do you have a question about Let's Move!"

My question is: Are you prepared to move out of the White House on Jan. 20, 2013?

Posted by: nv53 at October 5, 2011 12:41 AM

Oh, there are some fun comments at #AskMichelle.

Posted by: Black Mamba at October 5, 2011 12:58 PM