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March 31, 2008

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The story behind the Iraqi truce. "With the fifth day of fighting in Baghdad, Basrah and the South completed, the Mahdi Army has suffered major losses over the past 36 hours."

"All you need to know about how rotten the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) is -- how undemocratic and anti-freedom it has become -- is that in hate-speech complaints, the commission has a 100-per-cent conviction rate."

Kyoto for Dummies.

The all-powerful Mike Harris.

Add yours in the comments.

Posted by Kate at March 31, 2008 3:04 AM
Comments

Well it is Toronto and they do vote Liberal.

From the National Post

"Rowdy Toronto FC fans confront Columbus police"

http://www.nationalpost.com/most_popular/story.html?id=409821

Pissing and littering all over the place.

Posted by: Pissedoff at March 31, 2008 4:07 AM

Oh, hi there, all.

Just a little evidence that I'm spreading my wings, getting word out to the world... my first paid article...

http://tcs2.instablogs.com/entry/canadas-human-rights-commission-under-fire-for-violating-rights/

Hopefully my going international will help crush liberal fascism in Canada by embarrassing the Canadian liberal fascists on the world stage?

And please note that that website is a goldmine of news and opinion from all over the world. A goldmine. Some stuff actually appears there before I see it in the N.A. MSM.

Posted by: The Canadian Sentinel at March 31, 2008 5:14 AM

Al Gore plans $300 million climate change propaganda blitz during Presidential election campaign

http://tom15.instablogs.com/entry/gore-unveils-300m-climate-ads/

Begin excerpts...

Al Gore, elevated to almost prophetic status for his campaign against global warming, on Sunday night unveiled a new $300m advertising blitz intended to force a debate on climate change during the presidential elections.

(...)

The advertising campaign is being created by an advertising agency whose work is familiar to American television viewers. The same agency produced advertisements for Geico car insurance using talking lizards and spoof of Planet of the Apes.

Gore acknowledged that so far Clinton and Obama have devoted relatively little time to discussing their platforms on climate change. But, as he told CBS: "I'm not finished yet."

...End excerpts

Posted by: The Canadian Sentinel at March 31, 2008 5:21 AM

Al Gore to CBS: "I'm not finished yet."

I'll bet he hasn't. Megalomanica monsters like the Goreacle never are finished, they've only just begun.

Poor Tipper. It must be like living with The Hulk: Oh yeah, he's green too.

Posted by: batb at March 31, 2008 6:31 AM

Money flowing to CBC's ask hole for employee pay:

"But in a way I like the CBC ad too, because it reminds me that I should update the Access to Information Act request we posted to the CBC last month for individual salaries of the CBC and Radio-Canada in this province and all across Canada.

I'll say this for the CBC; it is consistent in its failure to discern the irony of its situation as a public institution funded by another public institution -- the taxpayer-supported federal government -- for which they are supposed to serve the public as a watchdog.

This plays out in the situation described above just as it did last month when a local CBC-Radio program roundly criticized the City of Moncton for refusing to divulge the individual salaries and benefits of its employees without prior clearance from the elected municipal council.

This, they said, based on their opinion that the public has the right to know what taxpayers are paying for in funding a publicly institution such as a municipal government.

Yet scant days later the local CBC refused to surrender the exact same information to a listener who called in citing his right to know, as a taxpayer, how his dollars are being spent by the local CBC."

Link to Times and Transcript Story

Posted by: bob at March 31, 2008 7:36 AM

"climate profiteering "
...-

The Global Warming Bubble

[...]
"So who in their right mind would push for this?"

"I met many of them up-close-and-personal last week at a major Wall Street Journal conference at which I was an invited speaker."

"My fellow speakers included many CEOs (from General Electric, Wal-Mart, Duke Energy, and Dow Chemical, to name just a few), California’s Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the heads of several environmental activist groups.

The audience—a sold-out crowd of hundreds who had to apply to be admitted and pay a $3,500 fee—consisted of representatives of the myriad businesses that seek to make a financial killing from climate alarmism."

"In the interlude between presentations by the CEOs of Dow Chemical and Duke Energy, for example, the audience was shown a slide—similar to this one—of the diverging relationship between atmospheric CO2 levels and average global temperature since 1998. That slide should have caused jaws to drop and audience members to ponder why anyone is considering regulating CO2 emissions in hopes of taming global climate.

Instead, it was as if the audience did a collective blink and missed the slide entirely. When I tried to draw attention to the slide during my presentation, it was as if I was speaking in a foreign dialect.

The only conclusion I could come to was that the audience is so steeped in anticipation of climate profiteering that there is no fact that will cause them to reconsider whether or not manmade global warming is a reality.

The callousness of their blind greed was also on display at the conference."
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/2307

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2008 7:40 AM

"But for Sultan herself, of course, they are nothing new."

Target of Jihad
By Robert Spencer

Wafa Sultan appeared on Al-Jazeera again earlier this month, and the shock waves are still reverberating throughout the Islamic world. The day after her appearance Al-Jazeera issued a public apology for her “offensive” remarks, but did not specify what exactly she said that was so terrible. Last week, however, the influential Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi was not so circumspect. Qaradawi, whom Saudi-funded academic John Esposito has praised as a “reformist,” in 2006 exhorted Muslims to fight against Israel by invoking the notorious genocidal hadith in which Muhammad says that on the Day of Judgment “even the stones and the trees will speak, with or without words, and say: ‘Oh servant of Allah, oh Muslim, there’s a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’” But now he has directed his rage against Sultan, a fifty-year-old Syrian-American psychologist: “She said unbearable, ghastly things that made my hair stand on end.” Specifically, “she had the audacity to publicly curse Allah, His Prophet, the Koran, the history of Islam, and the Islamic nation.” He repeated that she “leveled accusations against Islam and the Muslims, and cursed Allah, His Prophet, the Islamic nation, the shari’a, and the Islamic faith and culture.”

These are serious charges, and Qaradawi states them in terms that his jihadist minions will understand as meaning that she must be killed. Given that Qaradawi has justified suicide attacks against Israeli civilians and American soldiers in Iraq, it is clear that he has no distaste for violence, and thus law enforcement officials should take his latest fulminations against Wafa Sultan very seriously indeed."
http://tinyurl.com/2jub9o (frontpage)
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"Report: Dr. Wafa Sultan in Hiding
Dr. Wafa Sultan has been forced to go into hiding with her family following a fatwa (religious edict) from an Islamic scholar, according to Omedia. Sultan faces the fatwa following a recent debate on Al-Jazeera in which she challenged Egyptian Islamist Talat Rheim over Dutch cartoons of Mohammed, who Muslims revere as a prophet. Sultan argued that Denmark had the right to print the cartoons.

Sultan joins a growing list of public critics of radical Islam facing death threats. Her supporters have asked the American public to join them in writing to the embassy of Qatar, the country which sponsors Al-Jazeera, as well as to United States President George Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, asking them to defend Sultan’s right to free speech and personal safety."
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1994275/posts

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2008 8:01 AM

Woman beaten and shot to death for using Facebook. By her father.
Country? Saudi Arabia.
Motive? Yours to decide. (Hint: it's peaceful, so they tell us.)

Source:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=550569&in_page_id=1766&ito=1490

Posted by: Johann at March 31, 2008 8:09 AM

Several have asked where Susan B is after all the naftaflap. Well, she was doing something with the Green Chef. They are promoting going meatless one day a week, can you imagine, to reduce GHG.
Wonder if they know that for years Catholics did that and were constantly ridiculed for it.
What goes round comes around.
Who knew Catholics were reducing GHG for centuries.

Posted by: MaryT at March 31, 2008 8:57 AM

Mary

Do you have a link about Bonner? Where did you see it?

bob

Posted by: bob at March 31, 2008 9:19 AM

If gore does spend the three hundred mill it may be the jump-the-shark moment for AGW believers. As Kate noted a couple of days ago, only 1% of Americans think the environment is the #1 issue. Bleating on endlessly about AGW to a disinterested audience could fatally damage the hysteria.

Posted by: Gord Tulk at March 31, 2008 9:23 AM

Todays Tip:

Appears even the natives are getting restless and fed up with the CHRC racket. Now if only our politicians were brave enough to put and end to tyranny:

Saskatchewan: Chiefs vote to reinstate Ahenakew as senator

Citizen News Services
Published: Monday, March 31, 2008

David Ahenakew has been reinstated as a senator with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, five years after the group expelled him for anti-Semitic remarks that made headlines across the country. "I think he paid his dues," Chief Irvin Starblanket of Starblanket Cree Nation said yesterday. "He apologized. He won in the courts. And besides, he did more good for us as Indian people than he did wrongs." Chief Starblanket was one of 43 chiefs who voted to reinstate 74-year-old Mr. Ahenakew. Three chiefs, including Chief Marcel Head of Shoal Lake Cree Nation, voted against. "He hasn't changed at all," said Chief Head. "I'm quite worried and concerned. To accept him now, who knows what he'll do or what he'll say in the future."

Mr. Ahenakew made the contentious comments on Dec. 13, 2002, at a conference in Saskatoon in a disjointed, 45-minute rant blaming Jews for the Second World War. In an interview later, he went further. In 2005, he was convicted of wilfully promoting hatred. The following year, the conviction was overturned and a second trial ordered. The Court of Appeal rejected the Crown's appeal in the case earlier this year. Mr. Ahenakew's new trial is set to begin this fall.

© The Ottawa Citizen 2008

Posted by: The LS from SK at March 31, 2008 9:36 AM

Socialism's perverts; lberia's perverts.
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"Secret Stasi pornographic films found

Grainy pornographic films made for officers of the People's Army of former Communist East Germany have surfaced in the Stasi files in Berlin."

"Movies with titles like"

"Officially, to the overlords of the politburo, pornography was a disease of capitalism that held no place in the socialist paradise behind the Berlin Wall.

Unofficially, 160 officers and men beavered away with 16mm cameras to produce pornographic movies that were shown to top brass of the army in East Germany and for visiting generals from other Warsaw Pact nations.

According to the Stasi files, an "amateur film circle" was set up in Biesdorf in 1982 to make the films."
http://tinyurl.com/344bw9 (telegraph)

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2008 9:41 AM

It's official, just announced on the radio news (lite 96) that Calgary's power consumption went up during earth hour. Go Calgary!

Posted by: DrD at March 31, 2008 10:04 AM

Fearless Vampire Slayer

“Is The "Scientific Consensus" on Global Warming a Myth?
Yes, says internationally renowned environmentalist author Lawrence Solomon who highlights the brave scientists--all leaders in their fields-- who dispute the conventional wisdom of climate change alarmists (despite the threat to their careers)

Solomon calmly and methodically debunks Gore's outrageous charges, showing in on 'headline' case after another that the scientists who dispute Gore's doomsday scenarios have far more credibility than those who support Gore's theories. These men who expose Gore's claims as absurd hold top positions at the most prestigious scientific institutes in the world. Their work is cited and acclaimed throughout the scientific community. “

http://tinyurl.com/3e53kz

Posted by: Cal at March 31, 2008 10:15 AM

Wonder if Heather Mills has voted yet @ctv
Tension is mounting again over the annual seal hunt. Who do you support?

Posted by: B at March 31, 2008 10:32 AM

Breaking news on ctv just now..Coderre dumped as defence critic! Fife will be on in few minutes to discuss..Taber queried this 'rumor' yesterday on QP,and said MHFindlay rumored to be new critic,and Oliver scoffed!

Posted by: Sammy at March 31, 2008 10:40 AM

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Fitna is an Embarassment for the Dutch Cabinet

Hypocritical Respect

Who actually insults Muslims here? The democratically elected Member of Parliament who engages them by presenting them with painful, but highly relevant questions about their religion, or the Dutch cabinet that is suspicious of them while confessing to being respectful of their religion?

Mr. Wilders promised to start a nationwide campaign of debate with Muslims after launching his film. That is more respectful towards Muslims than all the predictions of catastrophe over their heads.Of the Dutch Muslim it can be assumed that he is reasonable. He lives in a free country, where he can choose whether or not to read, listen or view texts, sounds and images that are displeasing or distressing to him.

The fact that there are individuals in the Netherlands such as Mohammed Bouyeri who reach for the dagger, does not mean that all Muslims in the Netherlands do this as a matter of course. The cabinet may not prematurely confuse the 6 percent of Muslims, who are characterized as dangerous, with the other 94%.

Rather, the cabinet should put to Muslims the words that deputy Minister Ahmed Aboutaleb, a Muslim, enunciated clearly in the television program Pauw & Witteman: "Muslims must think about the fear generated by their religion. The majority [of Muslims] remains silent and that is not good. We have chosen for the Netherlands, precisely because of the freedom here. This has to be said. I miss the [Muslim] voice that distances itself from extremism." This is the fitting reaction to the core question of Fitna.

Posted by: Charles MacDonald at March 31, 2008 10:45 AM

From Fife just now..'There is a bomb exploding in Lib.caucus'..Brian Wilfert,a Dion loyalist is new defence critic..Coderre being 'punished' for being Iggy supporter.Dion feels he is being undermined by the Iggy camp,and by removing Coderre,this will hurt Iggy.
Fife:This is very serious.You don't want to make an enemy out of Coderre..he's a street-fighter.
Absolutely delicious!

Posted by: Sammy at March 31, 2008 10:46 AM

The economic costs of Kyotoism are high.

It is, as has been noted, not involved with the environment; Kyotoism is a money transference scheme to make the industrial nations financially pay the costs of industrializing the 'developing nations' (heh - China and India are 'developing nations'). It does this by several tactics.

First, it insists that the current industrial nations reduce their 'industrial emissions output'. This can be accomplished only by reducing manufacturing. Or, by paying millions to renovate their factories to put in new 'emissions lowering technology'. A problem with the latter is not only the cost but the availability. The technology isn't complete.

Second, either tactic will result in an economic loss to the West. Since the UN Kyotoists know this will be unacceptable, the 'favored tactic' is to impose huge fines on the West for their industrial emissions. This money will then be handed over, minus a huge handling fee to the UN brokers, to the so-called developing countries (China and India) for building new factories.

But these new factories are exempt from emissions and pollution controls. Totally exempt. So, the world pollution and emissions goes up, up up, as the new factories get more, more, more factories. Paid for by the West.

Third, another result pointed out elsewhere is that if the costs of 'being industrial' are going to increase in Western countries, due to these huge fines on your industrial plants, then many companies will opt to move out and set up new factories in countries (guess where: China and India) that are exempt from any pollution and emissions controls. So, more jobs and money is lost to the West, as these so-called developing countries get their factories built by the West, get their worker's wages paid by the West...

Quite the strategy. Cloaked in the emotional hysteria of 'purity of earth=purity of soul'.

Posted by: ET at March 31, 2008 10:48 AM

Melanie Phillips, Fitna

...Which leaves people like UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon looking pretty damn stupid:

I condemn, in the strongest terms, the airing of Geert Wilders’ offensively anti-Islamic film. There is no justification for hate speech or incitement to violence. The right of free expression is not at stake here.

Ah yes, Wilders has obviously incited the threats to his own life. Thanks, Ban, for that ever-handy insight!

Posted by: Charles MacDonald at March 31, 2008 10:53 AM

After being subjected to lots of headline and lead story coverage, and CBC documentary films, on the whacko Princess Di death conspiracy theories, and now that the British inquiry has concluded it was a tragic automobile accidental death and there is absolutely no evidence of any other complications or causes, will the Main Stream Media give equivalent coverage to the coroner's ruling or will they continue their philosophical agenda of evil banality and destructive revolution?

Posted by: abcd at March 31, 2008 10:54 AM

Melanie Phillips, What the west needs to know

A propos the Wilders film Fitna, another longer film is now on line which does a much better job at informing people about Islam and exposing the absurd (early) claims by Tony Blair and George W Bush that Islamic terrorism apparently had nothing to do with Islam. Called What the West Needs to Know, it explains in a scholarly, authoritative but nevertheless accessible and balanced manner how the basic tenets of Islam have given rise to the global jihad...

Posted by: Charles MacDonald at March 31, 2008 10:54 AM

Re: Dion demoting Iggy supporters. Does anybody else see Bob Rae's nefarious influence all over this? How very clever.

Bob Rae gets Dion to remove Iggy and Iggy supporters like Coderre so Rae can position himself as a "loyal" Dionista and then step up for a coronation as "acting" Liberal leader when Dion gets "sick" or "has as family emergency" or whatever it takes.

Then Rae's billionaire elite power brokers from PowerCorp and his "uncle" Maurice Strong et al "arrange" for Dion's $800,000 leadership debt to get paid off and a nice comfy fur landing somewhere for Dion and his outspoken communist/socialist wife.

Then, ta da....Canada is once again communist China's best friend and well on its way to communist Canada under the amiable leadership of smiling wink wink the media loves me because I can open doors and make you feel all warm and fuzzy while you give me a free pass to impose the will of the true masters of us all, Bob Rae and the backroom shysters who have controlled every PM since Trudeau.

Posted by: lmf at March 31, 2008 11:06 AM

Bob, no I don't have a link. Just watching cbc this a.m. and it was one of the stories. Seems she has done her penance as she is doing short pieces this morning-the Green Chef, Curling win etc.
I am waiting for the bombshell re Codere, that was on ctv. Nothing yet, at 9.00am.
Nancy Wilson on now with update on news. -RCMP report, Cancer report, nothing re Codere.

Posted by: MaryT at March 31, 2008 11:19 AM

CBC concerned about abortion - ONLY where gender selection is concerned. Anna Maria Tremonti joins Liberal MP Ujjal Singh Dosanjh in outrage! What happened to choice?

HOTSHEET FOR MONDAY MARCH 31, 2008 -- RADIO ONE -- 1. THE CURRENT: ...Also…a new product lets a woman learn the gender of her unborn baby only seven weeks into her pregnancy. Will this increase the number of parents who "choose" the gender of their baby? That's on The Current, with Anna Maria Tremonti, this morning at 8:30 (9:00 NT) on CBC Radio One.

http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/

Posted by: bob at March 31, 2008 11:24 AM

Over an hr has passed since ctv broke news re Coderre,yet not one word on cbc.I guess they are having trouble figuring out how to make this a 'good news for the Libs' story.

Posted by: Sammy at March 31, 2008 11:27 AM

Has anyone seen David Akin? He was a regular among the Liberal loving cabal of reporters/journalists, he's disappeared. Guess when the sh*t hits the fan the bosses of the skewers of the news go for the idea "out of sight, out of mind". Good luck to them on that score!

Posted by: Liz J at March 31, 2008 11:28 AM

Gabriel Schoenfeld, Dallastan

How are we going to win the long war against Islamic radicalism? The first and most essential step is to understand what we are up against. Part of that effort involves keeping track of the whereabouts and activities of extremist movements and grouplets. But beyond that, it is vitally important to understand how our adversaries think.

Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, a journal published by the Hudson Institute, has already emerged as indispensable source for both purposes. The current issue has a series of extraordinary–and extremely alarming — essays on the Muslim Brotherhood network in the United States...

Posted by: Charles MacDonald at March 31, 2008 11:33 AM

Philip H. Gordon, NATO: Enlargement and Effectiveness

Deploy Additional Troops. NATO needs at least 5,000-10,000 additional troops in Afghanistan, to provide adequate security for the population and to avoid relying so extensively on airpower, which causes the civilian casualties that put the entire mission at stake. If NATO had as many troops per capita in Afghanistan today as it did in Bosnia in 1995, it would have some 400,000 (instead of 42,000). Even the current NATO mission in Kosovo today (17,000) would be over 270,000 if scaled to the size of Afghanistan. The point is not that such troop levels are realistic for Afghanistan or even necessary, but simply to put in perspective the relative commitment we have made to Afghanistan given the importance of the mission...

Focus on Training and Resources for the Afghan National Army and Police. For many poor Afghans, the choice between supporting the Afghan government and joining the Taliban has nothing to do with ideology, but is simply a matter of who will better help make ends meet. None the less, many Afghan soldiers are still paid only around $100 per month, while admittedly imprecise reporting suggests that the Taliban pays many of its fighters around $300 per month...

Posted by: Charles MacDonald at March 31, 2008 11:36 AM

Further to Melanie Phillips, above:

Islam: What the West Needs to Know
(English with Dutch subtitles; 1 hr 39 mins.)

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8105709395775858867

Posted by: Charles MacDonald at March 31, 2008 11:49 AM

Haven't seen any news report on the shadow cabinet shuffle but Wells has a rundown.

Posted by: john g at March 31, 2008 12:03 PM

Dion's team becomes larger, more complex. I believe the population of the Priorities and Planning Committee is now actually larger than the population of Sarnia. But do you think it's easy to make priorities? Here's the rundown:

. Bob Rae continues as the Liberal Party's Foreign Affairs Critic and will join the Priorities and Planning Committee;

. Martha Hall Findlay becomes Associate Finance Critic, and will also join the Priorities and Planning Committee;

. Joyce Murray becomes Vice-Chair of the Caucus Committee on Environmental Sustainability;

. Geoff Regan replaces John Godfrey as Chair of the Caucus Committee on Environmental Sustainability;

. Denis Coderre becomes the Liberal Critic for Canadian Heritage, la Francophonie and Official Languages;

. Bryon Wilfert, formerly Associate Foreign Affairs Critic, moves to the Defence file;

. Gerard Kennedy becomes Critic for Intergovernmental Affairs; and

. Senator James Cowan and Dr. Bernard Patry join the Priorities and Planning Committee.

From Paul Wells Blog

Posted by: lmf at March 31, 2008 12:17 PM

Cherniak has begun the 'spin'...raving about the cabinet shuffle..he has all the new positions posted.All good according to the elfin one.

Posted by: Sammy at March 31, 2008 12:19 PM

The Earth Hour effectiveness poll over at the Globe and Mail needs a little work.

Posted by: Stan at March 31, 2008 12:21 PM

batb,

Your 6:31 Al Gore quote reminded me of this one -

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." - C.S. Lewis

Posted by: Kathryn at March 31, 2008 12:22 PM

Let's watch the Dion Dream Team become a nightmare.

At least Coderre won't have to bum a ride over to Afghanistan to visit Timmy's now he's no longer on the Defence watch.

Where is Kennedy hiding out? Ashamed of his choice for Leader?

Posted by: Liz J at March 31, 2008 12:33 PM

The unelected Kennedy has been given a shadow cabinet post- Critic for Intergovernmental Affairs. Great choice. A critic for IGA who is not even IN government. How very clever.

I'm thinking - how do the 90 or so sitting Liberal MPs who have given years and years to this party feel about being shunted aside for NDP newbies, imported professors, non -sitting wanna be leaders and now new MPs who have no experience?

How would any of you feel if the newbies came in and became stars over your years of loyalty and hard work?

Posted by: lmf at March 31, 2008 12:42 PM

Why didn't Dion make Coderre the 'English-speaking NHL player critic?'He sure proved himself on that file!

Posted by: Sammy at March 31, 2008 12:44 PM

Kathryn, your quotation from C.S. Lewis is spot on. Just got a memo from the institutional cafeteria on their having to raise the prices April 1st. Of course the highest price increases will be for the newly found "sin" foods like fries, burgers and pizza. It is for our good to encourage better eating (and more profit). To date, I have refrained on telling them what they can do with their carrot sticks...

Posted by: Texas Canuck at March 31, 2008 1:05 PM

The natural end result of socialism: silence; Death.

"only two daily newspapers inside Zimbabwe reported on these elections.

Both were owned by the state and neither published a single positive story about the opposition in the run-up to elections."
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Our silence is deafening

What will we say when our children ask what we did to end Robert Mugabe’s dictatorship?

When our children learn the history of post-colonial Africa, they will be confronted with a case history: Zimbabwe.

They will learn how the bread basket of Africa descended into chaos, with the highest inflation rate in the world.

They will learn that about four million Zimbabweans fled hunger and political persecution.

They will learn about a kleptocracy that lined its pockets while the poor died.

This will not be a history lesson. It will be a dissection of a massacre.

By the elections of March 29 2008, our children will read, the average life expectancy of a Zimbabwean woman was 34 years and that of a man 37.

Television footage of that day will show women with babies on their backs crawling under barbed-wire fencing into South Africa in the hope of finding food, safety and a life for their children.

Election day 2008 will be a slice of tragic history.

Our children will learn that, in a country with one of the highest literacy rates in the developing world and blessed with a vibrant press for more than two decades, only two daily newspapers inside Zimbabwe reported on these elections.

Both were owned by the state and neither published a single positive story about the opposition in the run-up to elections. ...-
http://tinyurl.com/2pt6mb (timessouthafrica)

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2008 1:07 PM

Liz,

Akin was picked up by Canwest. Though the NAFTAgate departure details are sorely lacking, he has great praise for his new employers:

David's blog

The press gallery will continue to cover for him, because this is a shining example of the kind of spineless integrity to which they collectively aspire.

He and Kevin Newman should make for some great spinning, er reporting.

Posted by: bob at March 31, 2008 1:47 PM

maz2: Just finised F.A. Hayek's The FATAL Conceit: The Errors of Socialism (my caps).

He does not exaggerate eh? Socialism cannot support an existing population, ergo, it quite literally means DEATH. von Mises said that socialism CANNOT work, and to the extent that it appears to in the short run, it is exclusively because of the existence of free market economiies from which to mimic prices.

Posted by: Me No Dhimmi at March 31, 2008 1:48 PM

From the "Mother nature can be a temperamental old bird" file: in the National Post -- "German town sinking after environment-friendly energy plan goes awry".

Posted by: DrD at March 31, 2008 2:02 PM

Berkeley: Home to violent peaceniks and police who only protect the left:

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?print=yes&id=25775

The nation’s largest pro-troop nonprofit organization is asking the U.S. Attorney’s office in San Francisco to investigate whether the city of Berkeley has broken federal laws by encouraging radical anti-war groups to “impede” a U.S. Marine recruiting office and failing to protect pro-troop demonstrators.

An attorney for Move America Forward asks in a letter to the Honorable Joseph P. Russoniello, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, to investigate the lack of police response during a Feb. 12 Berkeley rally at which anti-war agitators attacked and injured pro-troop demonstrators.

...

Anti-war protesters hit people with skateboards, threw rocks, push and shoved veterans, smashed people with protest signs, pinched and hit individuals. At least one male veteran went to a hospital emergency room after a protester smashed his foot. A Blue Star mother (among those who have children serving in war) had a huge bruise under her arm where an anti-war attacker grabbed her.

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Let's either nuke the place or let the terrorists have it. I'd like to see hippies forced to wear Burkas (forcing them to shower would help, too.)

Posted by: Warwick at March 31, 2008 2:33 PM

What have Ad$cam Chretien/Martin, et al, been up to with Mao Stlong in Red China? Investing. In what? Luxury. Where? Red China's gulag. Slave labour.
Mao Stlong say, Ho, Boob. You next Plime Ministel Canada. Lemembel me, Nephew.
Chop! Chop!
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"Canadian investors were instrumental in launching the luxury train company, although a majority stake was purchased by a Hong Kong tourism company for $52.9-million last November. Its 49 custom-built train cars were manufactured by a joint venture between a Chinese company and two Canadian firms - Bombardier Inc. and Power Corp."

Canadian bankers and miners help luxury train to Lhasa keep on track amid chaos

BEIJING -- The timing was awkward, to say the least. On March 13, as Lhasa was about to explode into bloodshed, a tourism company was announcing that China's first luxury train would soon be carrying "travel connoisseurs" to Tibet - complete with butler service "to cater to the whims of each guest."

The next day, Lhasa was in flames and Tibetan monks were battling Chinese police. Hundreds of people would be killed or injured over the following two weeks. But none of the violence has deterred the entrepreneurs - including Canadian financiers and mining companies - who still see Tibet as a happy hunting ground for potential profits.

China has banned almost all foreigners from entering Tibet since the protests began but foreign investors have managed to keep their projects going."
http://tinyurl.com/2y463f (g-m)

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2008 2:33 PM

Moonbat letter of the week:

(Toronto Star, where else?) "Most households on my quiet street observed the worldwide effort for at least part of the hour - most, that is, except for one neighbour. He stubbornly left on the porch light and seemingly every light in his house. He then packed his family into the car and drove away for the evening.

Was he afraid of a break-in or was he just sticking it to Mother Nature? At least my son and I talked about the stupid selfishness that has brought the world to the state she is in - a subject not just for Earth Hour but for a lifetime." - Terry Watada, Toronto

"Don't tell me the sky is not falling." - previous Star letter writer

Are we witnessing the beginnings of the next head chopping cult?

Posted by: irwin daisy at March 31, 2008 2:47 PM

Quote: Toronto Star, where else?) "Most households on my quiet street observed the worldwide effort for at least part of the hour - most, that is, except for one neighbour. He stubbornly left on the porch light and seemingly every light in his house. He then packed his family into the car and drove away for the evening.

Well Sir Moonbat, he probally works two jobs to pay for his municiple taxes. Supporting pologamist marrages is costing the working poor Millions someone has to pay for the leftards social experiments. Or perhaps Moonbat "Light bulb" police/asshole you need a life, a job or a hobby.

Irwin thanks for posting the mewlings of the leftard flat earthers.

Posted by: Rose at March 31, 2008 3:58 PM

Behind closed doors? Moh and Al lock the doors. Surprise?
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"Lawyers for Cdn sentenced to beheading kicked out of court

A Saudi court hearing the appeal of a Canadian man sentenced to a public beheading threw his lawyer out of the courtroom Monday and continued the session behind closed doors.

Family spokesman Mahmoud Al-Ken said the lawyer for Mohamed Kohail was ejected from the court in Jidda after the judges read the 27-page appeal form."
http://tinyurl.com/yu2lqf (canpress)
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Google's last reported sighting of "Brenda Martin":

Martin supporters hold rally on Parliament Hill
Community Press, Canada - 2 hours ago
Quinte West – Although the rally on Parliament Hill in support of Brenda Martin didn't draw the crowd organizers had hoped, the demonstration last Saturday ...

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2008 4:17 PM

How Alberta's human rights commission sees itself

The Alberta Human Rights Commission has launched a new website. I poked around it a bit and found this annual report. It’s an insight into how the HRCs see themselves."
"The HRCs aren't used to the kind of scrutiny they're receiving these days. They hate[link] it."
http://ezralevant.com/2008/03/how-albertas-human-rights-comm.html

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2008 4:27 PM

The next time there is some union clown advocating a pay increase for civil servants because otherwise employees "will leave for the private sector", remember this story. The union argument is the usual bullsh*t
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TORONTO - The head of Ontario's municipal pension fund was the highest paid civil servant last year with a $2.2-million salary as the number of bureaucrats earning more than $100,000 jumped a whopping 24 per cent over 2006.

The so-called "sunshine list" showed 42,000 Ontario government employees and workers at Crown corporations, municipalities, hospitals, colleges and universities pulled in more than $100,000 last year - an increase of 8,000 over 2006.

Since 2005, some 14,000 civil servants and public sector workers have been added to the list of those making over $100,000.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2008/03/31/5153171-cp.html

Posted by: OttRob at March 31, 2008 4:36 PM

The New Guardsmen of Israel.

Justifiable vigilantiism when the government refuses to perform its foremost duty.

While there check out the update at the top and the piece about Condi Rice's betrayal of Israel (ignoring Bush's 2004 comfort letter to Sharon to back up his decision to destroy Jewish settlements in Gaza and withdraw from the strip).
Condi has joined the jihad having confused the genocidal Nazi-inspired Mein Kampf/Blood libel loving "Palestinians" with 60s era southern blacks.

Posted by: Me No Dhimmi at March 31, 2008 4:40 PM

Sandy: Ten reasons people SHOULD count Dion out

[Dingwall's Gofercoffee] has a post today titled “Ten reasons why people SHOULDN’T count Dion out.” So, I thought it appropriate to have one titled “Ten reasons why people SHOULD count Dion out.”"
http://tinyurl.com/yw9885 (jacks)

Commenter LG said:

"Caught red-handed in Adscam - consequently, it is incumbent upon the people to grind them to dust. Such must be the penalty for breaking the trust of the people, because, like our banking system, our system of government rests upon trust. This should be done not just to punish them for what they have done to our country, but more importantly to serve as a warning and deterrent to those who follow.
There must be no “getting away with it”.
Their current leader represents their current state perfectly - unless their hand is in the cookie jar, they just don’t know which way to turn on anything."

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2008 5:18 PM

Kathryn: Great quote and so true. Then, that it's written by C.S. Lewis is icing on the cake.

The guy knew what he was talking about.

Thanks for that.

Posted by: batb at March 31, 2008 6:01 PM

From way above:

Al Gore plans $300 million climate change propaganda blitz during Presidential election campaign

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/2307

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Where did this $300 million comes from??

Posted by: foobert at March 31, 2008 6:43 PM

Where did this $300 million comes from??

Probably came from the Canadian Government, via the David Suzuki and hidden unaccountable Liberal foundations.

Oh yeah, and George Soros.

Posted by: bob at March 31, 2008 6:55 PM

This just in... PM Harper overtakes Paul Martin's time in public office

TORONTO—In his 2003 year-end interviews, then-prime minister Paul Martin declared his desire to remain in office for 10 years. Imagine a Conservative party strategist arguing during this juggernaut that Stephen Harper would eventually enjoy the confines of 24 Sussex Dr. more than the Liberal Party saviour. With all the hype of a potential 200-seat majority, the CPC pundit would have surely been labelled a fool."
http://tinyurl.com/2wsa5z
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Last news re Martin & Martin: That's Ad$cam Martin, Jr. Si.

Paul Martin visits jailed Canadian
Toronto Star, Canada - 13 Mar 2008
Brenda Martin's mother, Marjorie Bletcher, wept yesterday when told that Paul Martin was leaving meetings in Mexico City to fly to Guadalajara and visit her ...

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2008 7:37 PM

STOPIGGY 1123 | Boob, Mao's nephew 328

http://www.ratemyleader.org/

Posted by: maz2 at March 31, 2008 7:53 PM

I have just read a book titled The Volunteer by Michael Ross on his life as a Canadian who joined the Israeli Mossad. He served Israel for 20 years leaving after 9/11 and his views of the muslim world are quite insightful.

In one of the final chapters he wrote about our Liberals and Cretin's support of Hezbollah.

"To someone who has been on the front line in the fight against global terrorism, such attitudes are distressing. One senses that the jihadists will have to hit each Western nation individually befor they wake up to the threat, and stop trying to blame democratic nations like Israel and the United States for bringing the violence on themselves.

In this global age, jihadist terrorists are but a cheap plane ride away. And unless we go out and fight them where they breed, they will come attack us where we live."

These men and women of great courage like our soldiers are our main strength in this battle. Sad to see them undercut by the like of Jack Layton and his ilk.

Posted by: Dave at March 31, 2008 8:40 PM

More proof the Liberals are trolling the bottom for useless sludge bringing up the Walkerton tragedy in an attempt to tar Flaherty. Never mind the details of course, Walkerton would have happened under any government. It was down to the two people who were responsible for the safety of the water not doing their jobs, drinking alcohol on the job and they were tried and convicted.

Posted by: Liz J at March 31, 2008 8:40 PM

Does anybody else think that some "buddy" at Canada Post in Halton just might be in violation of privacy laws?

Here's what Garth Turner has to say about this Canada Post info. leaker. Just think, a post office employee is giving out confidential information on clients. What is this was your business?

From Garth:
"By the way, my buddy at the Canada Post substation in the middle of Halton sent me an email this afternoon. “This flyer is slated to go out to 29,000 homes tomorrow,” his note said, and along with it he sent a digital picture (below) of the latest Conservative flyer."

" The interesting point is that under House of Commons rules, the sponsoring MP from next door (Conservative Mike Wallace) is allowed to send only 7,000 of these to cover 10% of my riding. Instead, he sent 29,000. So much for rules. Right, Mr. Wallace?"

So, Mr. Privacy Commissioner - does your long arm extend into Canada Post? Just asking....

Posted by: lmf at March 31, 2008 10:11 PM

From Warren's list: Ten reasons not to count Dion out:
"If I were Dion, I'd do a campaign on government services - making 'em better, and not just eliminating them, the way Tories always do. Mix in some environment, some fiscal federalism, and voilà! " This sounds just like the way Liberals would "whip" up a policy -- not based on any convictions, mind you, just "bit of this" "bit of that" -- top this up -- blah, blah. I think the lack of clear policies at the moment may be a bigger issue for the Liberals than Dion (maybe, anyway). Trouble is, Liberals are not used to making policies -- mostly they steal them from other parties. I am biginning to think that Parliament would run a lot more effectively if the NDP were the official opposition. The Liberals just do not stand for anything anymore and their attacks on the Conservatives lately are these mindless, non-issues (like Nafta, Brenda Martin, even Mulroney which I continue to believe is a waste of everyone's time.)

Posted by: LindaL at March 31, 2008 11:11 PM

Funny lmf,I just read same thing at turner's blog,and immediately thot as you did.I can hear old Garth's outrage if he had seen this posted on say,John Baird's blog.He would be on the witch hunt of all time to have someone's head,and accusing PMSH of controlling the Postal service!I just find Garth is getting way too over the top,and he and Cherniak must be drinking the same koolaid.

Posted by: Sammy at March 31, 2008 11:43 PM

Ontario's Salary Disclosure for 2007

A few interesting numbers

1997
ONTARIO HYDRO
* Employees earning over $100,000: 778
* 14 "Human Resources" staff included in the list - Average Salary $132,411

1999
Ontario Hydro restructured into OPG + Ontario Hydro + Independent Market Operator

10 years later 778 vs. 8628 = 1009.00%

2007
ONTARIO POWER GENERATION
* Employees earning over $100,000: 6,461
* 55% of total employees (11,700)
* 17% increase from 2006
* 43 Vice Presidents - Average Salary $390,301
* 52 Human Resources staff - Average Salary $153,353.67
* 135 Directors - Average Salary $197,581

HYDRO ONE
* Employees earning over $100,000: 1,923
* 20 Vice Presidents - Average $298,034.23
* VP, Culture $338,655 ???

INDEPENDENT ELECTRICITY SYSTEM OPERATOR
* Employees earning over $100,000: 244

Posted by: JM at April 1, 2008 12:23 AM
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