Author: Robert

February 28, 2001: The Nisqually Earthquake

When the recent earthquake in Christchurch, NZ occurred I immediately contacted a friend of mine whose husband is a Kiwi and still has lots of family down there. At the tail end of our conversation she reminded me of the earthquake that occurred 10 years ago on the West Coast of North America.
The Nisqually Earthquake hit at 10:54am on Feb. 28, 2001. In the minutes before I happened to be in my 12th Floor Vancouver apartment, talking on the phone with one of my colleagues, who was over at our office in Victoria. The shock wave hit there first so I had about 10 seconds to prepare before it arrived in Vancouver. That was the LONGEST 10 SECONDS of my life!!!
Here are some more personal stories from that day, here is what it looked like inside of Microsoft in Redmond, WA when the quake hit, and here’s a fairly comprehensive video about the event and its after effects.
If you’ve ever been in the midst of a large scale natural event, please do share your story!

Canadian Leftist Blindness on Display

This video from Michael Coren’s show, courteously uploaded by Matt from Mississauga, is focused on recent happenings in America. Carefully listen to Toronto Newstalk 1010’s Britt Aharoni and you will hear a deep seated antipathy, if not hatred, for U.S. conservatives and libertarians, that rivals another Big Smoke “journalist” named Heather Mallick. Ms. Aharoni is completely blind to anything untoward that might possibly come out of the mouths of someone on the Left side of the political spectrum.
Do you think Bob Rae’s recent comment about Jihadists working in PM Harper’s office offended her? Unlikely. Do you think Mass. Representative Mike Capuano’s recent calls for violence against Tea Party members gave her pause for thought? Unlikely. Do you think that the campaign of vilification against Jews raged by the man to her right, the despicable Sid Ryan, has kept her awake at night? Unlikely.
Ms. Aharoni is typical of the vast majority of members of Canada’s Mainstream Media who deem themselves to be “liberals”. In their newsrooms, cocktail parties, and other bubble chambers they repeatedly tell each other how righteous and free thinking and unbiased they are. The reality is far, far afield from such group think delusions. This is a huge reason why an ever increasing number of Canadians feel alienated from them and no longer take them seriously.
As 2011 unfolds and a possible federal election campaign transpires, keep very clear in your mind that Britt Aharoni and other close-minded clones like her are the ones filtering the “news” you’ll be getting from Canada’s MSM. The Truth Is Out There but it sure ain’t comin’ from them!

Mathematically Challenged “Progressives”

A friend of a friend posted the following on Facebook:

Are you sick of highly paid teachers?
Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do – babysit! We can get that for less than minimum wage. That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan– that equals 6 1/2 hours). Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.
That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries). What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year. Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is! The average teacher’s salary (nationwide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student–a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) WHAT A DEAL!!!!
Make a teacher smile; repost this to show appreciation for all educators.

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Tavis Smiley is a Cultural Relativist Nitwit

PBS talk show host, Tavis Smiley, recently appeared on Bill Maher’s show. An interesting discussion ensued between these two Men of the Left about Cultural Relativism.
Cultural Relativism is one of the prime tenets of Multiculturalism, which is under attack in Europe these days. In a nutshell, belief in it means that you may not criticize or look down upon any other culture. Whether it be the repression of women or female genital mutilation or the execution of homosexuals (for just being gay), an adherent to Cultural Relativism will not criticize any of these things and considers anyone who does a bigot & a racist.
While Bill Maher is most certainly a Man of the Left, he is absolutely not a Cultural Relativist, but Tavis Smiley is, big time. Here’s an outline of Smiley and his views:

Smiley’s positions epitomize what happens when one mixes the tenets of moral and cultural relativism, cultural self-hate, postmodernism, and political correctness. I have often argued that tolerance toward any form of intolerance is self-inflicted barbarism. Bill Maher captured my position quite well on his most recent show when he stated, “When you tolerate intolerance, you’re not really being a liberal.”

Though I could not find a video of this exchange, comedian Adam Carolla obliterates Smiley in this podcast, beginning at 10:30. Language warning!
On a personal note, I must admit that I was not aware of this division of opinion amongst Leftists on this issue. Perhaps it serves as a good litmus test to determine if a person is Centre Left or Far Left. The former is home to the likes of Terry Glavin, Michael Ignatieff, Joe Clark, etc. The latter is home to Jack Layton, everyone in the Green Party, all SDA trolls, etc.

Did Lizzie May Recently Hit Her Head?

With apologies to all poetry purists:
Lizzie May sat behind a green wall,
When a big truck caused it to fall.
Onto her head the wall did fall down,
Which caused Lizzie May a great big frown.
The socialist doctors did their very best,
Albeit after two weeks of helping all the rest.
They fixed her head as best they could tell,
But clearly Lizzie May is not at all well.

Like you, I never heard any report about Lizzie May being in her office when the truck hit it, but then how do you explain this?

Obama, the DNC, & the Unions vs. The Rest of America

Christiane Amanpour: So, George, Wisconsin. Is this the sort of battle that we’re going to see shaping up around the country? Is this really the sort of political and philosophical debate that’s going on right now about what these cuts are going to mean?
George Will: It would have been even if the president hadn’t intervened. But in the span of three days, Christiane, he first submits a budget that would increase the federal deficit and, two days later, he mobilizes his party, his own political machine, and organized labor, which is an appendage to his party, to sabotage Wisconsin’s attempt to do what he will not do, which is deal with the insolvency of their government. In doing so, he has set the stage for 2012 by saying the Democratic Party is the party of government, not just in having an exaggerated view of the scope and competence of government, but because its base is in public employees.
h/t Fred

Who Are You Unionized Against?

Dave in Pa originally posted this in the comments of an earlier posting but it very much deserves to be published again here.
The following comes from a fellow in Wisconsin named Tim. He posted it at the Wisconsin Education Association Council (aka Wisconsin Teachers Union) website. Tim is not a teacher, is employed in the private sector, and is one of the taxpayers who has to pay the teachers. What he says is a breath of reality and, I’m sure, not at all welcome by these entitled-to-their-entitlements protesting teachers and their union:
Tim 2/14/2011
It is really troubling to see what many of you are writing.
I am a private sector employee, lucky to have my job and to be able to feed, clothe and house my wife and four kids – all of which attend a public school. I have a modest income of $50,000 per year gross. Out of this income, I pay 100% of my insurance premiums for my $10,500 family deductible health insurance plan. I have no 401k and pensions haven’t existed in my private sector industry for 25+ years. Like many of my coworkers, I have not seen a raise in the past several annual reviews. My company’s revenues are down, and we middle class workers share in the down cycle.
My wife and I love the commitment of our kid’s school teachers. We help and support them any way we can. But it is so difficult to hear the arguments and disdain against our family by all of you teachers.
Do you think you are organized against Scott Walker? Really?    

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