Saturday, March 31, 2012

It's a Sign of the Times

How many of you have ever received a wedding invitation via email? I got my first such animal this morning, from my daughter. Perhaps that's because they had invitations all printed up and stuff and then the venue at which the wedding was supposed to be got sold and went private.

Although the various costs which had already been incurred, such as the printed invitations and the down payment on renting the venue, were reimbursed by the previous owner, my favourite girl decided to send out an email invitation to a select group instead of freshly printed new invites. My, how things have changed.

Must be hard to plan a wedding in British Columbia when you live in Ft. McMurray, Alberta and many of the invitees live in Saskatchewan. Sometimes eloping has it's advantages.

Anyhow, I know where I'll be on July 21st. Kelowna, here I come! Gonna see the grand-kiddies, too!! EEEEHHHAAAAAWW!

A little bit of historical trivia: about 32 years ago this daughter of mine, the bride to be, first stood up all by herself, in the middle of a playpen in a hotel room in Revelstoke, BC, which is not that far from Kelowna. Of course, there are no straight lines from point A to point B in the British Columbia interior. All there are is scary, narrow, winding, mountain hugging roads with a steep drop off the side of the road. And I get really claustrophobic in the mountains. But Kelowna is beautiful. Like my daughter, and she comes by it honestly. Ahem. Hem.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

European Elites are Waking Up!!!

Looks like they have finally realized that if they don't respond to the Islamist threat, they might actually, gasp, lose an election:

Sarkozy defends raids on Islamists
"Elite Raid police units and DCRI domestic intelligence agents yesterday seized 16 men, three women and weapons in several cities, including Toulouse, where the extremist gunman Mohamed Merah was shot dead by police last week. In series of cold-blooded shootings Merah killed seven people, including three Jewish children. The arrests were made a day after the Franco-Algerian was buried outside Toulouse. Algerian authorities had refused to accept the corpse.

Speaking shortly after the raids, Mr Sarkozy said: "It's our duty to guarantee the security of the French people. We have no choice. It's absolutely indispensable.""
"Among those arrested was Mohammed Achamlane, the suspected leader of the Salafist group, which France's council of ministers outlawed last month citing "incitement to armed struggle". Three Kalashnikovs, a Glock pistol and a grenade were seized at his home.

With about 100 suspected Islamist radicals on a watch list, Mr Sarkozy warned there would be "other operations"."
Of course, the lefties aren't having any of it:
"Mr Sarkozy's invocation of the September 11 attacks was branded as "totally disproportionate" by far-Left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon."
Messieur Melechon, this is the political class trying to catch up to the people they proport to represent. I've noticed you still haven't clued in to that. I submit to you, therefore, that the left, which you represent, is dead. There will be no catching up for you and your ilk.

Hey, and did you all notice the article uses the word "far" in front of the names of both the right-leaning party and the left-leaning party. How often do you see that?! It's usually a descriptor reserved for right leaning political thought.

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What is Canada Famous For?

Why, drunkards in the back seat of cop cars who can sing Bohemian Rhapsody, the whole thing, without prompting, that's what. It's in the news, on Facebook, YouTube, all over the place. And not just in Canada.

Here's a bit about our most famous drunk:

Bohemian Rhapsody in cop cruiser

It was bad enough that he was skunky-drunk, but he was downright stupid, too.

The "Bohemian Rhapsody" Dude Is An Unemployed Home Brewer Who Was Picked Up For DUI
"The video got out because Wilkinson, who is unemployed, decided to defend himself against the charges (of course), and the RCMP gave it to him as part of the case's discovery process. Wilkinson, in turn, did what any serious legal mind would do to prepare his defense: He uploaded the clip to YouTube to amuse his friends."
Unemployed!!?? In Alberta???!!!! ROTFLMAO!! This guy is one dumb fuck. Pardon my language, but there just doesn't seem to be a better way to describe him.

Meet The Talented Canadian Arrestee Who Belted Out "Bohemian Rhapsody" In The Back Of A Police Cruiser
"Before launching into “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Wilkinson, who was not handcuffed, lectured a RCMP officer, claiming that he was not intoxicated. “You’re actually an ignorant fucking cunt. So fuck you buddy,” Wilkinson told the cop, who had earlier pulled over his truck.

An RCMP spokesperson told TSG that the police footage was provided to Wilkinson in the course of discovery in his criminal case, which is pending. In a February Facebook post, Wilkinson reported that he was “seeking council for an impaired driving” charge, adding, “Got the DVD.” Wilkinson told TSG that he was convicted of mischief when he was 18, but that the charge was later expunged from his record.

In late-January, Wilkinson posted a Facebook photo showing the exterior of the Provincial Court of Alberta, along with the comment, “I only have like $1000. I am in trouble with police.” A home brewer, Wilkinson noted in a post last month that he was “solving the worlds problems, one beer at a time.”

Wilkinson's YouTube page includes a video chronicling his 2004 dismissal from the Vancouver Film School, as well as clips showing him twice getting punched in the face by a friend."

Poor Edson. Edson is a small town roughly half way between the City of Edmonton and the mountain resort-town of Jasper. It is literally in the middle of nowhere. Other than the bedroom communities just West of Edmonton, there is nothing but dense forest for miles and miles and miles between Edmonton and Jasper. Edson is one of two small single-industry towns on the road. The trip from Edmonton to Jasper takes about six hours and has to be one of the most boring drives in the whole province. I'm sure no one, other than Albertans and a handful of other Canucks, had ever heard of the town before this yahoo's video went viral.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012



Tories trim CBC budget
"The CBC will cost taxpayers $55 million less, if the federal government follows through with budget plans laid out Thursday.

That's a trim of about 5% of the state broadcaster's core funding spread out over three years."
...which brings us right up to the next election.

Could it be the big cut (ie. privatization) is scheduled to be a part of the Tory's election promises? I'm sure they've heard loud and clear what the citizenry think of our Grandmother's Corpse.

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Don't Hear Too Many Trudeau...Trudeau...

Trudeau...Trudeau chants. Do you?


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...I passed. With flying colours - 88%. Where's my citizenship papers?

And, oh, I can even spell it this way "colors". If I must.

But I did even better on this one. 95%, I'll have you know. I always get Yemen and Oman mixed up.

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The World Just Keeps...

...turning round and round, while everything seems to stay the same:

Former Pakistani dancing girl commits suicide 12 years after horrific acid attack which left her looking 'not human'
"At the time of her attack in May 2000, her ex-husband Bilal Khar was the man accused of entering her mother's house and pouring acid over Younus's face as she slept."
"Her nose was almost completely melted and she has since undergone 39 separate surgical procedures to repair her disfigured face over the past decade."
"...on March 17 she took her own life, after leaving a message saying she was committing suicide over the silence of law on the atrocities and the insensitivity of Pakistani rulers."
The horrific attack also burned off her hair, fused her lips, blinded her in one eye, destroyed her left ear and melted her breasts.

After being rushed to hospital she said, 'My face is a prison to me', while her distraught young son said at the time, 'This is not my mother'."
"More than 8,500 acid attacks, forced marriages and other forms of violence against women were reported in Pakistan in 2011, according to The Aurat Foundation, a women's rights organization."
"Tehmina Durrani, the ex-wife of Bilal Khar's father, had become an advocate for Younus after the attack, and said the acid attack victim had pledged to bring her attacker to justice when she had recovered.
"Durrani said Younus' case should be a reminder that the Pakistani government needs to do much more to prevent acid attacks and other forms of violence against women, and also help the victims.

'I think this whole country should be extremely embarrassed that a foreign country took responsibility for a Pakistani citizen for 13 years because we could give her nothing, not justice, not security,' said Durrani."
Ukrainian girl dies after horror gang rape
"A Ukrainian teenage girl died Thursday three weeks after being set on fire in a gang rape attack by youths which shocked the nation and raised doubts about the competence of police.

Oksana Makar, 18, was raped by three men in their early 20s, strangled with a cord, burned and left for dead in an attack in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolayiv, investigators have said.

The victim was found by a passer-by after she was dumped by her attackers at an abandoned construction site. She was hospitalised in a critical condition with burns over 55 percent of her body, requiring the amputation of one of her arms."
"She was strangled and they (the attackers) thought she had died. So they burned her. She was lying there 10 hours in the freezing cold and inhaled the by-products of the burning," Fistal said."
"If convicted, the three face between 15 years to life in jail, although the brutality of the crime has renewed public debate about the use of the death penalty which was abolished in Ukraine over a decade ago."

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Canada... the new Liberals:

The old ones have just been buried, as the NDP takes a step toward the centre, pissing off several of their own and appeasing Quebec at the same time.

I used to say I could vote Liberal if I was really pissed off with the Cons. Now that the NDP are the New Liberal Party, I'm not so sure. I might just have to hold my nose and vote Tory. One thing I won't do (I think) is not vote. Even if the choices all suck, it's far better than not being able to choose.

Parliamentary democracy is sooo much fun.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Speaking of Canadian Democracy

Here's a good idea with lots of info that too many of us are not very "up on":

Canada's Constitution

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Sarkozy in the Lead

Sarkozy clips Hollande's poll lead

"Conservative French President Nicolas Sarkozy has caught up with his Socialist challenger in the first round of a presidential election next month and is whittling away his strong lead for the runoff in May, three polls showed on Tuesday.

An IPSOS Logica poll found Francois Hollande, vying to be France's first Socialist president since 1995, would win 28 percent of the vote in the April 22 first round, narrowly ahead of Sarkozy's 27.5 percent.

The poll, conducted at the end of last week shortly after police shot dead an Islamist gunman who had killed seven people, showed Hollande had shed half a percentage point in a week while Sarkozy had held his ground."
And I like what the writer of this article implies may be the reason.

But overall, I like the way the French conduct their elections. First of all, their president is elected once every five years (used to be seven), which is certainly better than having them every year or even more frequently, as was recently the case in Canada.

Moreover, they have run-off elections, should there be no clear winner the first time around. The parties at the bottom are dropped from the ballet and only the two top contenders go at it for the second round. The result, a clear winner with more than 50% of the vote.

Think of how that would have felt in Canada this past May 2nd. The Liberals would have been dropped from the ballet. That would have felt real nice. I wonder how their vote would have been spread?

Speaking of Canadian elections, the robocalls fun and games keeps on rolling. The Council of Canadians, (short for Council of Canadians Against Anything and Everything) a hotbed of seething, slithering leftists is demanding by-elections in some ridings. I'd love to see what would happen, if they get their way. I don't think Canadians are in the mood for such shenanigans. It just might bring the Conservative candidate back with an even bigger roar, and that would be very, very funny to watch.

BTW, this group is comprised of some of the same folks who fought tooth and nail to keep Sun TV from ever broadcasting in Canada.

In your faces, assholes.

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Back Where It All Began...

A Victory for Arab Liberals
"Tunisia's Islamist party Ennahda has caved to overwhelming pressure from liberal, leftist, and other secular parties and abandoned its push for making Islam the basis of the country's new constitution.

Just a few days ago I spoke to several people here in Tunis who thought a compromise might be reached, that Sharia law would be described in the constitution as a source of legislation rather than the source, but it looks like the Islamists won't even get that much."
Let's hope, like the original Arab Spring, this victory for modernism will spread East.

It used to be that Egypt (under Gamel Abdel Nasser) was the center of the Arab world. Maybe that is changing. Interesting times.

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As If...

...this will stop them:

Is this finally proof we're NOT causing global warming? The whole of the Earth heated up in medieval times without human CO2 emissions, says new study

  • Evidence was found in a rare mineral that records global temperatures
  • Warming was global and NOT limited to Europe
  • Throws doubt on orthodoxies around 'global warming'
"Current theories of the causes and impact of global warming have been thrown into question by a new study which shows that during medieval times the whole of the planet heated up.

It then cooled down naturally and there was even a 'mini ice age'.

A team of scientists led by geochemist Zunli Lu from Syracuse University in New York state, has found that contrary to the ‘consensus’, the ‘Medieval Warm Period’ approximately 500 to 1,000 years ago wasn’t just confined to Europe.

In fact, it extended all the way down to Antarctica – which means that the Earth has already experience global warming without the aid of human CO2 emissions."
We already knew that, and there was plenty of good evidence, and the warmanistas still went on and on and on. This won't make any difference. My only hope is the politicians are listening.

I think I'll send this to Nancy Greene-Raine.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

I Wonder...

Hey, Yanks...

...please invade.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Wow! Just Wow!!

Courtesy of Dr. Roy, where there's more:

Perhaps my Yankee friends can do something about this. We are friends, right? Spread the word.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sarko Doing Some Good Things

The Teleprompter Must be Stuck... a broken record.

You'll notice that country to the north is not a strong ally. Do you suppose it could have something to do with that pipeline and Harper's decision to look elsewhere?

h/t my friend, Brian Buda, on Facebook

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Yes! Yes! Yes!

Tories want James' sentence appealed

Canada sucks. Tories rock.

Let's hear you leftards rant and rave against this.

And let's get that judge thrown off the bench.

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I Am Ashamed to Admit...

...that I once used to make regular monthly contributions to the David Suzuki Foundation. But that was long ago. Before this.

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More Funny Stuff From...

...The Sisterhood:

Why God Made Moms
Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of ?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you Your mother & not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your mom?
1. My Mom has always been my Mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did Mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your Mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between Moms & Dads?
1 . Moms work at work and work at home & dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but Moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your Mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your Mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd dye it, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your Mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

WHEN YOU STOP LAUGHING -- SEND IT ON TO OTHER MOTHERS, GRANDMOTHERS, AUNTS and anyone else who has anything to do with kids or just needs a good laugh!!!

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This One Stands On Its Own

No need for commentary from moi:

All hail SunTV!!

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Keystone Is Baaaack

Obama is making a fool of himself - again!

I guess stupid decisions bite back:

I luv what the American congressman(?) says at 2:14 and what the SunTV commentator says beginning at 2:53.

I wonder if his turn-around will help him come November. That's likely what's on his mind. Hopefully Yanks will have long memories.

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...Brad Wall's government brought down their budget and it included ending a subsidy for the "Arts Community". Today, the "Arts-Entitled-to-My-Entitlements-Community" is up in arms. Listening to them howl and whine is great entertainment in and of itself.

Thank you Brad Wall!

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More Funny Stuff...

...from The Sisterhood:

I'm so happy that we get along. Even happier that our poor lone brother likes us, after all we did to him when we were kids. Two older sisters, two younger - he didn't stand a chance, poor boy. But then Mom always liked him better, so he got some love to counteract the beating he regularly received from The Sisterhood.

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The Battle of the Sexes Continues...


7 Mistakes Women Make with Men

So far, we're winning:
"Here it is, with a bonus eighth mistake — just because I’m a woman."

8 mistakes men make about women

PS: I don't think women cry as much as we used to, though. That was more true back before the modern women's movement, when women weren't as powerful as they are today. Big girls don't cry.

The comments are interesting, though. Seems the war isn't over and probably never will be.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It's Harper's...

...fault. Or maybe we could say, it's Oblama's doing.

How's that working out for you, Stephen? Barack?

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Wanna Know My Opinion?

Well, you're going to get it anyway. I think Terri-Lynne McClintic did not kill Tori Stafford. She's a variant of Karla Homolka.

Nevertheless, I believe she should be locked up for good.

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Listening to the Radio...

...this morning, the issue of the courts and Graham James' light sentence seems front and centre, and it seems folks are pretty riled up about our so-called justice system. One suggestion that caught my attention was that our judges ought to be elected, not appointed. Good idea, but oh so American like!! Oh the horror!!! I can hear our leftards howling at the moon. ROTFLMAO!!

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Lamestream (Old) Media Strikes Again

A thinly veiled attempt to connect the Conservatives and the Speaker of the House (my MP, BTW) with Robocalls fails miserably.

Keep it up, lamestream media. It can only serve to hasten your demise.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I Didn't Know...

...this was in the works, but what a great idea!!
"It's a move that would change the game board for players in Canada's labour movement.

Bill C-377, a private member's bill put forward by Conservative MP Russ Hiebert, has passed second reading in the House of Commons and appears destined to eventually become law -- a rare feat for private member's legislation.

It would compel labour unions, and their associated groups, to disclose how and where they spend money, exposing their political spending to scrutiny."(Emphasis mine)
There will be howling and screaming from leftards, especially those of the Dipper persuasion. Mark my word.

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Graham James Gets...

...two years. (Updates from SunTV below) Not two years less a day, as is often the case, but two full years. The significance of that is that two full years is a Federal pen sentence. One day less, he'd be heading to a provincial pen, where all the petty thieves and whatnot go.

Two years means he has to spend seven hundred and thirty days with hardcore criminals. I hope his new bunk mates take care of things - every - single - one - of - those - days - for him (if you know what I mean).

Read Greg Gilhooly's victim's impact statement. Frankly, I don't think two years is enough. Perhaps two years for each of his victims, but not two years total.

UPDATE: The truth from one of his victims:

And another:

Sun TV has lots of videos reacting to this verdict.

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Now, There's a Job...

...I'd like:

Inspector on hand for erotic male show
"A Saskatoon events centre could face fines or other sanctions from the provincial government for hosting the famous Chippendales performers, an all-male erotic dance show.

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) is investigating the Odeon Events Centre after a provincial inspector visited the Chippendales event on March 17. The long-running and popular show, while featuring buff and scantily clad men, does not feature full nudity.

SLGA declined to detail the aspects of the Odeon event it is concerned with, but did say it continues to review the situation."
"No sanctions had been issued to the Odeon as of Monday, said David Morris, an SLGA spokesperson. He declined to say what the inspector was looking for at the Odeon."
Oh, I think I know what he was looking for.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

I'm Glad I Live Where I Do...

To the West: Sask.'s last blast of winter?

To the East: 4 trucks crash in fog near Whitewood, Sask.

Crazy country: Further east still:
"It has been a record breaking week for communities across Manitoba weather-wise and the temperature is expected to keep going up."
"Another temperature record was shattered in Winnipeg on Saturday with a high of 19 C. The previous record for March 17 was 12.2 C set in 1938."
I can hear them now. This is all because of the Alberta Tarsands. Those golfers should be grateful for Alberta's oil.

Maybe we can entice The One to come play a few links.  Maybe it'll change his mind about the evil Keystone XL Pipeline.

Anyway, where I live, it's been unusually warm. The snow is just about all gone. We've had fog, but it's lifted. And all I can see when I look out is the garbage revealed as the snow recedes from my lawn.  More work!! Aarrrrrrggghhh!

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Three Minutes and Eleven Seconds... the border of The Religion of Peace:

And one about Muslims killing Muslims (Warning: annoying music):

Muslim terror attacks since 9/11 to date: 18,601. That's attacks, not a head count of the dead, which would be many times that amount by now and the bulk of which would be the result of Muslim on Muslim violence.


More Murder and Mayhem... Afghanistan caused by - you guessed it - the Americans, er, make that the Taliban. What the mainstream media will not tell you.

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Wanna Weigh In...

...on a really good discussion about God and whether or not He/She/It exists?

Go here. I've had a bit of fun already trying to put atheist's in their place.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Listen to Lee Habeeb...

...interviewed by Charles Adler (March 16, Part 3). Mr. Habeeb (which, I believe, means "darling", "my dear" or "sweetheart" in Arabic. The Arabic language is like French and many other languages in which words and grammar are structured along male versus female lines. "Habeebee" and "habeebtee" are both terms of endearment, one for boys and men, the other for girls and woman) I believe, but could be wrong, that habeeb, is the general term, used when not referring to or addressing a specific male or female individual.

Mr. Habeeb feels the same way I do about the Arab Spring. He talks about it towards the end of the interview. To summarize, in the short term, it's gonna be ugly, but in the long term, because of the young people, democracy will come to the Middle East.

He recently wrote an article Arab Like Me which has provoked a strong response from both directions.

Many years ago, I wrote, perhaps on my blog or on another blog where I was one of several contributors, that it would be Westernized Arabs and Muslims that would stimulate reform in the Muslim world. These many years later, I have not changed my view on that. The only trouble is that cultural change takes place very, very slowly and often is spurred by horrific events, such as war.

And that's one of the reasons I hope the Mad Mullah's are bombed to smithereens, very soon.

It's also one of the many, many reasons I supported the War in Iraq and why George W. Bush will always be near and dear to my heart.

Bush Derangement Syndrome sufferers and Harper Derangement Syndrome sufferers can go you-know-what themselves.

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Taliban Practice the...

..."do as I say, not as I do" principle:

13 women and children killed in Afghan bomb
"The blast hit a station wagon travelling on a dirt road in Uruzgan province, provincial police spokesman Farid Ail told AFP.

"There are 13 people dead: nine children and four women," he said. Two others were injured, he added.

Ail blamed the incident on "Taliban, the enemies of our people who plant bombs on our public roads to kill our innocent children and women.""
If this had been an American soldier gone berzerk, we all know what would happen. The soldier would be court marshaled and given due process and the media would have waves and waves of orgasms or dilute it by mixing it in to other stuff. But who will arrest the Taliban operatives who planted the bombs or gave the orders to do so? And more especially, who among the Western media will dare to use the word Taliban in their reports or go on and on and on about it? Well, a few will. Some, in the not so Western world, will quote Afghans themselves, but not many. If it can't be blamed on the West, it ain't news.

h/t Michael Yon, on facebook.

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What to do Today...

...or whenever you have time:

Go here and listen to Charles Adler's broadcast about Tori Staffard's murder. Adler issues a call to bring back the death penalty. If you agree with him send him an email at

And while you're at it bookmark Charles Adler's home page. He's one of Canada's best talk radio hosts.

PS: I've written about the death penalty here, here, here, here, here, here and here.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Being in a State of Forced Withdrawal

Yesterday, as I was at the counter preparing to pay for some stuff I was buying at a local hardware store, the Internet died. Neither my bank card nor credit card worked. Thankfully, I had my chequebook with me. So I paid for my stuff by cheque, something I rarely do anymore. I'd almost forgotten how to fill out a cheque. The clerk had to print the sales receipt and write on it with her own hand that it had been paid for by cheque # such and such.

When I got home, my access to the Internet was down, too. As it turned out, there had been some major Sasktel cable severed at a construction site in Regina and a large swath of territory in Southeast Saskatchewan was without Internet or cell phone access. People couldn't even call 911 if there was an emergency. However, strangely enough, texting was possible.

Being an Internet freak, I kept trying to go online, but to no avail. On the radio, in the evening, a Sasktel spokeswoman said the problem may not be fixed until well into the night. So I packed 'er in early last night.

One good thing about it is I got lots of other stuff done, like long overdue housework. But communities all along the TransCanada highway from Regina to very nearly the Manitoba border were without access, so it sure shows how a major disaster might affect us all, if the Internet and cell phone service is knocked out. Good thing we still had electricity.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Joys of Home Ownership

Although I've been living in this little house since early June, 2011, just yesterday I noticed there is a smoke detector on the ceiling just outside the laundry room in the basement. I have no idea how long it has been since the battery was changed, so I have bought the correct sized battery, but try as I may, I can't get the lid on the little compartment where the battery goes to close properly. The instructions on the lid are barely readable, but they do refer to a manual.

So, off I go, searching various nooks and crannies in the house for manuals. What I found were manuals to things like the washer and dryer, the water heater, etc., all of which were dated in the 1950s, '60s and early '70s. Heavy sigh. The house was built in the '50s. Some of the stuff in it is really, really old. But it looks like I will have to buy a new smoke detector for the lower floor. If it isn't one thing, it's another....

I'm tempted to buy a lottery ticket...

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If You've Been...

...a regular reader of my blog for the past three or four years, you'll know that I have a thing for CBC and their left-wing bias, but I've been thinking lately that I should clarify that issue.

Even if CBC were to clean up their act and offer points of view that reflect the entire spectrum of opinion and ideology in Canada, I would still object to public funding of it, on the grounds that tax payers should not be funding broadcasters - period.

It gives them an unfair advantage over their competitors, who also pay taxes, for one thing. For another, why should tax payers of whatever stripe pay for political messaging that runs against what they believe in or supports a political party or cause that they don't support?

And no broadcaster can be completely bias free. That's the beauty of the free market, and that's why tax payers should not be funding a broadcaster. Let CBC sink or swim on the basis of how many people are attracted to their particular spin. If there are not enough Canadians whose political persuasion jives with that shown on/in CBC broadcasts, advertisers will head somewhere else and the Corpse will die a natural death.

Tax payers should not be supporting dinosaurs or political spin machines. Individuals can support whomever they choose, based on their own biases and preferences. Let those individuals who like the CBC pay for the CBC and leave the rest of us alone.

I'll support whatever broadcaster I so choose, or none, as the case may be. Personally, I prefer to follow new media, which itself has some risks to democracy, but my choice should not be made for me by bureaucrats and Ministries in Ottawa.

I'm willing to endure incessant advertising, to get the good stuff. But I should not be forced to pay for someone else's preference to not endure advertising. After all, if it wasn't for advertising, when would one be able to get up and go pee?

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Faux Outrage

A few days ago we had a story in the news about Manitoba First Nations goons having hissy fits over the slaughter of caribou by the evil "White Man", done apparently solely for the purpose of obtaining a rack of antlers as trophies, which is perfectly legal.

It wasn't that long ago that First Nations were slaughtering eagles:

Traditional regalia seized in raid for eagle feathers

for nothing but their tail and wing feathers, to be used for ceremonial purposes, of course, not for the profit motive, much less for food, Indians being so "spiritual" and all.

However, once the eagle was placed on the endangered list, they had to seek permits, which of course was a violation of their sovereignty.
"...aboriginal hunters would never have done such a thing because First Nations use every part of the animal, including the meat and hides."
Pure bullsh!t on every level.
"At the time the charges were laid, Bomok said an undercover officer visited her shop in the fall of 2007 and made the first payment on an Indian dance costume, called a bustle. Months later, conservation and police officers walked into the store and arrested her and employee Anthony Fineday. Bomok said she and Fineday spent six hours in jail while the officers searched her shop, seizing two bustles -- one made of goose feathers, one of eagle feathers -- a mounted deer head, mounted deer horns, her computers and records. The computers and records were returned and the pawn shop reopened the same day.

Provencher has said Saskatchewan Environment recognizes the treaty rights for First Nations people to use costumes such as feathered bustles."
Fineday is a very common name in the Battlefords area. The City of North Battleford and the Town of Battleford (just across the North Saskatchewan River from the City) are surrounded by several First Nations communities, and there are plenty of Finedays living in the Battlefords and on those reserves. I have to wonder what connections there are.

And how about that word "regalia". It used to be called "costume" until sometime in the 1970s that word became insulting. Since then it's "regalia", you know.

Some day I might write about this "every part of the animal" BS, too, but I've got too much on my plate for the next few days. Painting walls takes time, time away from my 'puter.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

News That Just Makes You Laugh

Drunk Amish youths crash buggy
"Four Amish youths were charged with underage drinking after their horse-drawn buggy collided with a police cruiser in upstate New York, authorities said Monday.

Police were dispatched to the town of Sherman on Sunday night in response to complaints about Amish youths drinking and drag racing their horse and carriages on the road..."

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Hah, hah!

Saskatchewan's best known ambulance chaser gets slapped down by the courts.

Regina lawyer Tony Merchant makes “patently bad decision”
"Tony Merchant “purposely” formulated and executed a plan intended to thwart a court order, says a decision finding the Regina lawyer guilty of professional misconduct.

“None of the member’s (Merchant) actions have done anything to inspire the public’s confidence in the administration of justice or the legal profession,” says a summary of the findings of the Law Society of Saskatchewan’s discipline hearing committee. It was released Tuesday by the law society, the governing body for the province’s lawyers.

Last month, the discipline committee released a decision finding Merchant guilty of two counts of conduct unbecoming a lawyer arising from his handling of a family law matter."
Merchant is notorious for exploiting aboriginal groups, undertaking class action suits, getting his hands on lots of cash from the feds. I'm glad to see he's had his knuckles rapped.  Too bad it wasn't for his exploitation of First Nations groups, though.  But it sounds like he was counseling a client not to pay support due to a divorcing wife. And it's not the first time he's been censured by the Law Society.

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In Answer, Perhaps, to One of the Questions... my previous post, there is this news, this morning:

Afghan soldier shot dead in village where civilians killed
"Taliban militants opened fire Tuesday on a delegation of senior Afghan officials — including two of President Hamid Karzai's brothers — visiting villages in southern Afghanistan where a U.S. soldier is suspected of killing 16 civilians."
The Taliban control the village.
"The militants killed an Afghan soldier who was providing security for the delegation in Balandi village, said Gen. Abdul Razaq, the police chief for Kandahar province where the visit took place. Another Afghan soldier and a military prosecutor were wounded, he said."
"Before the attack on the delegation, the Taliban vowed to kill and behead those responsible for the civilian deaths in the two villages in Panjwai district, considered the birthplace of the militant group."
"The killings have caused outrage in Afghanistan but have not sparked the kind of violent protests seen last month after American soldiers burned Muslim holy books and other Islamic texts."
Or at the very least, they're certainly exploiting it:
"Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement sent to reporters Tuesday that the soldier should be tried as a war criminal and executed by the victims' relatives."
And using the gullible media:
"Photographs of dead toddlers wrapped in bloody blankets in Panjwai started to make the rounds in Afghanistan on Monday. The images were broadcast on Afghan TV stations, and people posted them on social network sites and blogs."
Nuke 'em, I say. And while we're at it, nuke the Mad Mullahs, too. And I think we should start a "Burn a Koran Day". Several times a year. Perhaps on dates that the Taliban themselves have chosen for us.

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I Only Disagree With...

...a small part of this:

Everyone seems to assume the victims are entirely innocent. We don't know that. Or at least, I haven't read anything that would suggest beyond a doubt that they were. Both women and children have been used by the Taliban. No one seems to be probing this angle. Not even Sun TV:

Whose to say that this village, or whatever it was, wasn't a locus of Taliban zealotry? Why do Americans, and the West in general, keep doing this to themselves? Remember Dresden? Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Why don't we have the balls to do that today? We've forgotten how wars are won.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Just to Prove...

...that not all Liberals are jerks:

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Robocalls Lunacy Continues...

...with some humor (@ 1:46 & 3:26) thrown in for good measure:

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The Liberals won the Guelph constituency that is the focus of all the robocall righteous indignation.

The MP is Frank Valeriote. (Warning: If you click on his own website, it's infected with malware. Interesting, no?) Oh, ya. And he won by a margin of 6,000 votes. Some voter suppression.

And the Liberals are using this incident to....drumroll please....fundraise!! Of course!!
"With Canada’s trust in our democracy hanging in the balance—you can still join the hundreds of Liberals leading the fight to protect your right to vote.

Over 715 Liberals have donated $36,905 toward our Election Fraud Watch Campaign. Hundreds more have sent in tips to, filed complaints with Elections Canada, or spread the word. It’s an amazing response and we owe it all to Liberals like you.

But if you can donate $5 right now—just $1.25 after your tax credit—you can still be a part of it, especially at this critical point in the campaign."
Read the comment at the bottom and puke.
"Liberalism fundamentally is the pursuit of democracy, justice and human rights.

The Liberal Party must always be recognized as the party that respects due process of law and parliament."
I don't think so, my dears. This very Liberal Party website page suggests the contrary. But thanks for the laugh.

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Massive Robocall Protests... Ottawa,a city of 883,391 people, according to the latest census.

I wonder if they had to bus them in?

h/t BCF

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tories Offer...

...peek at budget.

It's usually a good idea to read the whole thing because sometimes they sneak something on another topic in where you'd least expect it. But on the topic of the budget, here's the moneyshot passage:
"Six federal cabinet ministers gave keynote speeches at a two-day Manning Centre conference, providing a broad-brush look at the March 29 budget that will include billions in budget cuts but also set forth a longer-term government strategy.

Part of the plan is to change the attitude of government entirely, Treasury Board President Tony Clement said.

"The real job that we have to accomplish is change the culture of official Ottawa from one of being spending enablers to one of being cost containers," Clement said in an early-morning speech Saturday."
And what is the hidden part about? Why the robocalls scandal, that's what:
"Polling done for the Manning Centre suggests confidence in politics and politicians is at historic lows.

"This disrespect, virtually contempt, is not so much rooted in antipathy to the policies of politicians as it is in a perceived lack of ethics -- unfair in many respects but nevertheless real -- that most politicians are unprincipled, dishonest, self-serving and untruthful," he said.

"In the public mind, this judgment is reinforced every time unethical conduct by someone in the political world makes the headlines, as in the case of the sponsorship scandal and now the more recent robocalling affair, to cite only two examples."

But one Conservative pollster suggested the robocalls scandal was being overblown.

Richard Ciano, a partner with Campaign Research, which was responsible for making calls into Liberal MP Irwin Cotler's riding last year that wrongly told voters Cotler was stepping down, said the Liberals and the NDP were inflating the issue, calling it a "systematic undermining of confidence in Canada's electoral process and fear-mongering.""

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Talk About Exposing...

...themselves, not to mention beclowning themselves:

Robocalls: Thousands expected to rally across Canada to denounce robocall scandal

Whoa! Wait a minute? Isn't Elections Canada investigating this? Do these "thousands" and their organizers know something that we don't know or are they just being leftards? You know the type. Jump to conclusions on scant evidence. Uncritically believe what the lamestream media offers up. Abandon all belief and commitment to concepts such as due process and innocent until proven guilty, etc., etc..

But really, what percentage of Canadians does "thousands" represent? Statistics Canada recently released the results of the 2011 census. We now have close to 33,500,000 people, so do the math. Even if 33,000 show up, that's less than .001% of our population. Ooooh. What a massive outpouring!

But go ahead. Protest. It's your right to make fools of yourselves and we could all use a good chuckle.

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Robocalls - What the Conservative Bloggers...

...are saying - Part III

Unambiguously Ambidextrous:---

Are we still whining about robocalls?
"Honestly, I’m not even paying attention. Most of this stuff is just created by the media hype. We basically started with about 1,000 complaints to Elections Canada, which is pretty standard for a country of our size, and when the media trumped up this non-story we wound up with roughly 36 times that number. I’m actually surprised it isn’t larger based on the sheer media attention."
He goes on. Unambig is pretty cynical about it all, which is not good, IMHO.

Halls of Macadamia:---

Instead of...You Know in which he links to SDA. Informative discussion in the comments, too, especially about Elections Canada. I, too, have heard things about Elections Canada over the years, but, unfortunately, I can't recall specifics or provide any verification, off the top of my head. I may have to see what Google can dig up.

And while we're on the topic of SDA, here is the commentary at Kate's site:

An Inconvenient Number posted by EBD.
"...there's another far more important number that hasn't been released, or at least, a number that certainly hasn't been widely reported, if it's been reported at all, a number that the reporters at the CBC and other anti-Conservative media could surely use their investigative smarts to come up with: precisely how many complaints did Elections Canada receive in the days immediately following the last federal election - as opposed to nine months later, after ample prompting - from voters who said they didn't get to cast their ballot because they'd been directed to the wrong polling station?"

And Ezra Levant:---

Sorry, robots didn't highjack the election
"The NSM - ­that stands for the non-Sun Media - ­thinks robots stole the last election for Stephen Harper by calling up Liberals and using their robotic powers to convince them not to vote.

The NSM is caught up in this conspiracy theory. It's become a mania. They've whipped each other up. It's a study in the madness of crowds, of pack thinking.

It's like the NSM's other bizarre obsessions. Like the long-form census that the Tories made voluntary. Or the NSM's obsession with unfounded rumours about our soldiers' treatment of Taliban prisoners; or the fake freak out over a common parliamentary procedure called prorogation; or, more recently, the fake freak out over the right to have gay divorces in Canada for gay marriages performed in other countries.

What all these fake scandalettes have in common is the NSM deciding, all together, that they've found some Watergate moment (Emphasis mine) that will make them heroes and bring down the hated Conservatives. So any facts that contradict their central theory are discarded."
He's right about MSM toadies trying so hard to find their "Watergate" moment. I lived through the Watergate era and observed a distinct turning point. That was the moment at which the mainstream media became the lamestream media. Thereafter, media existed solely to dig up scandal, and if they couldn't find one, they invented one. Every single journalist wanted to be a Carl Bernstein or a Bob Woodward, and they haven't stopped yet.

But back to the task at hand:

From Spin Assassin:---

Pierre Poutine: the smear within a smear
"When this faux scandal started, I didn't know what to think. Maybe some idiot did something dirty to "help" the CPC? How was I to know? How was anyone to know? All we had were baseless accusations and mass generated complaints from the left's smear engines.

I focused on the absurdity of the crime. On twitter I cracked jokes about the weakness of the left wing mind. I recommended a higher protein diet which would not only strengthen the resolve of a robocall victim but also increase the resistance to left wing arguments to begin with.

Then we found out who ordered the robocalls. Pierre Poutine. Now I am strongly suspicious that is a setup by the left. A rogue operative who was tuned in enough to order a sophisticated voter suppression campaign would buy a burner phone with a pseudonym that further harms the good name of the CPC? It doesn't add up.

The CPC is hypersensitive of the smears they are already accused of. They would never make an insulting affront to Quebec culture this way. Pierre Poutine from Separatist Street indeed."
Yes, that crossed my mind, too, especially the fictional, sarcastic quality of the name.

Stephen Taylor has a whole whack of good stuff, especially about the lawsuits flying all over the place. Can you hear the lawyers licking their chops?

Taylor also notes the catastrophic failure of the attempt by the left to create a scandal, accuse, try and pronounce guilty the Conservative Party, prior to any serious investigation:

Robocall protest falls flat
"A signature petition to demand a public inquiry does not a specific complaint of voter suppression make. Indeed, for those looking for the truth in the matter, flooding Elections Canada’s inbox only makes it more difficult to find the needles of legitimate complaints (if they exist) in the ever-growing spamstack. Troubling has been the media’s tone and volume on these contacts as they are seemingly equating lazily clicking a mouse and joining (re-joining) leadnow’s mailing list with the effective filing of a police report."

Moving right along. A new to me blog called Crux of the Matter has several good entries about this latest lamestream media's attempt to manufacture a scandal:
Why the Vikileaks & robocall hysteria
"Without a doubt, Canada’s Liberal and NDP opposition and all those who can be critical of Canada’s Conservative government almost reflexively– have finally jumped the shark.

First, it was the over-the-top hysteria about Bill C-30, the Twitter Vikileaks Account and Minister Vic Toews – although there was little appetite to actually identify the Twitter rogue. Then, there was the Robocall matter.

Yes, the automated telephone allegations are serious and yes, it could be about electoral fraud. But, the entire matter needs to be left to the authorities to deal with — Elections Canada and the RCMP. I mean, the last I heard people were still considered innocent until proven guilty in this country.

Yet, some media have clearly gone over the top with the latest allegations. As John Gormey writes (H/T BLY & BC Blue): “The Harper Derangement Syndrome has taken hold. And it’s not hurting the PM as much as what it says about his critics.” Exactly!"
You got that right, sister. She has an interesting analysis of the Conservative government's accomplishments to date toward the bottom of her post. Makes me kind of wonder if the current kerfuffle is designed to detract from that.

This Conservative got “official” robocall on May 2nd, 2011
"At first I wasn’t going to go public that I too had received an official-like robocall on election day on May 2nd, 2011 between 9:30am and 10am. I found it very odd at the time. But I proceeded to forget about it until the allegations broke this week about the Guelph riding and Bob Rae’s claims that Liberals lost ridings because of the calls.

What utter nonsense! I voted for my Conservative candidate — in a Niagara riding – nowhere near the ridings Rae is complaining about. And, as it turned out, my riding went heavily Conservative.

In any event, my automated caller had a very official sounding female voice. She said there had been a change of polling stations in my area. Then, the call was cut off. No alternative polling information was actually given. I remember thinking: “That is odd.” However, it didn’t bother me because I had already voted in one of the Advance Polls. And, even if I hadn’t already voted, I didn’t feel it involved voter suppression because all I would have had to do was call the telephone number on my voter registration card."
"However, I wish to make it very clear that I did not complain for reasons of voter suppression or inaccessibility. Rather, I complained because I am a Conservative voter and I am sick and tired of hearing that only Liberals got the robocalls.

In my opinion, the fake official robocalls went to supporters of ALL the political parties, and if any rule needs to be changed, it is the disallowing of any automated calls on election day."
Hear! Hear! Following this, I suspect political parties will no longer use robocalls for any purpose. The widespread disgust people have with automated phone calls, no matter whether their purpose is political or something else, should be enough to convince them that it is a stupid idea.

Update to why the Vikileaks Robocall hysteria
"What a difference a weekend makes. So, all the while the opposition was making hay out of the Vikileaks trashing of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, the individual was sitting comfortably in the Liberal parliamentary research bureau. Which only goes to prove once again that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones so readily.

Now, we know the rest of the story and a Liberal staffer has offered his resignation. Here is that breaking news from the National Post.

I look forward to equal time and treatment by CBC and CTV, particularly from their political commentators."
You'll be waiting a long time for that, love. Better plan on reincarnating.

CPC won 2011 election fair n’ square, yet media & opposition “stuck”
"I agree with L. Ian MacDonald’s Montreal Gazette column, not because I am a Conservative Government supporter (which I am), but because I too believe that there is more than enough evidence that the Conservative Party of Canada won a majority government on May 2nd,2011 fair and square. As MacDonald explains, the winning numbers are there.

Yet, apart from print journalists like MacDonald, Chantel Hebert, Ezra Levant and a few others at QMI and SunNews, who will write and present both pro and con sides to a story, there are few others in the mainstream media who are not part of the group-think “we-hate-Conservatives” consensus.

Truly, that attitude is irrational. I mean, the only thing the PM has done to the media is way back in 2006, he asked them to get a list of names approved before a press conference — exactly what President Obama has always done."
Pollsters put lie to CPC influence from robocalls

All I can say, is thank goodness for conservative bloggers. Without them we would never learn the truth because we would never be told the truth by the lamestream media. And the left, well they are all about abandoning due process and the principle of "innocence until proven guilty."

Anyway, it looks like I have discovered a few new conservative bloggers who should have a spot on my blogroll. I will be taking out some dead blogs and adding some new ones, perhaps today sometime. In any case, the wheels of justice grind slowly, and we likely won't see the end of this for a good long time. I suspect Elections Canada will have its dirty linen washed in public during the process. I'm reasonably certain this kerfuffle will have a whole slate of unintended consequences.

As for me, if the allegations are true, lets hope all wrongdoers are identified and face the full weight of the law. But don't be surprised if the investigation creates some unsuspected casualties.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Robocalls - What Conservative Bloggers...

...are saying - Part II:

Paul at CAW Worker's Voice of Reason is all over this one. (Emphasis throughout is mine.)

Is It News If The Media Refuse To Report It?
"Media once again running with the newest supposed scandal, this time robocalls. Almost every story from every media source quotes a story about someone named Carolyn Siopiolosz, who claims to have received a call instructing her to vote at the wrong polling booth. In fact, it was reported at the time of the 2011 election, and even acknowledged by the Conservative Party that indeed it was them who called and gave the wrong polling booth information.

So it is more than fair for the media to include that information. What isn't fair, no, what is sleazy and disgusting is what these supposed journalists seem to omit from almost every story when mentioning this incident:
"The Conservative party released a statement Tuesday that said the call Carolyn Siopiolosz received was a mistake. It said the party has Siopiolosz registered in both her actual riding of Kitchener-Conestoga (won by a 17,000 vote margin) and the riding of Kitchener Centre, in which the phone call told her to vote. The party claims the marketing firm RMG, which was charged with placing the calls, accidentally contacted her about voting in Kitchener Centre.""
"By the way, I also received a call prior to the 2011 election, that directed me to the wrong polling booth, stating I was to vote at a polling booth in north Ajax, rather than the appropriate one walking distance from my house on Pickering Beach. Given that I'm a card carrying member of the Conservative Party, and volunteered on MP Chris Alexander's campaign, had a lawn sign, attended two appearances by the PM in Ajax, I think it's safe to say the Conservative Party would not try and misdirect me to the wrong polling booth.

If any member of the media wishes to do a story on this phone call and the possibility the Liberals or NDP may have been involved, feel free to give me a call. In the meantime, I won't hold my breath."
There Were Election Canada Violations In The Guelph Riding, By The Liberals
"You remember, the one where they had an advance poll for students, not approved by Elections Canada, who allowed the votes to count anyways. There were allegations of Liberal campaign literature at the campus polling station. In fact I posted the photos seen here on my blog at the time. I also forwarded the pictures to Elections Canada. The one picture shows a person handing out campaign literature to people waiting in line to vote. The picture on top,you can actually read the Liberal candidates name on the pamphlet that was being handed out. (right-click, save picture, then enlarge) Elections Canada response? No big deal. Rules were violated. Never affected the outcome."
Does Bob Rae Think Elections Canada Uses "Nixonian" Tactics?
"Scott Reid, Conservative candidate for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington, is demanding that Elections Canada correct an error that may influence the outcome of the election in many rural seats across Canada.
Using his own riding as an example, Reid notes that Elections Canada has incorrectly placed thousands of voters in the wrong polls in Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington. Many electors in the riding have received Voter Information Cards that instruct them to vote at polling locations 100 kilometers or more from where they reside. Other individuals, who live in adjoining ridings, have received cards instructing them to vote in Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington. In this case, acting as instructed by Elections Canada would be against the law.

In an effort to correct this, a letter was sent to the Returning Officer on June 13, requesting confirmation that the Returning Officer would instruct Deputy Returning Officers in writing to not turn away voters who turn up at the polling stations closest to their homes. (A copy of this letter is included as an attachment to this press release.) Written instructions are needed in order to ensure that Section 6 of the Canada Elections Act is honoured at each polling station."
Oh my. I'm beginning to think Elections Canada may not want to get to the bottom of this. But Paul continues and it's a virtual gold mine (or should that be coal mine?):

BREAKING NEWS! CBC Had Reports Of Voter Suppression Complaints From Conservative Party In May 2011 Election....
"And apparently some of those calls, which also used an American area code, were traced to a robocall company with LIBERAL ties?"
Yup. There's no telling what they'll uncover.

Pierre Poutine's Real Name Is....

"probably going to be revealed in the next few days. Why?

"Elections Canada’s hunt for the identity of the political operative behind robo-calls designed to misdirect voters in Guelph has led the watchdog to records at PayPal Canada, a company that handles online payments and money transfers."

This is great news. It will put to rest who is the guilty party into those misleading phonecalls in the 2011 election. Whether the individual has ties to any of the political parties or is just a third-party agitator will also most likely come out.""
"To put it simply, Pierre Poutine is about to get busted, it's not if but when. And when that occurs maybe we can all return to normal."

Too many to continue quoting at length, but be sure to read them:

Elizabeth May's Campaign Manager Inadvertently Reavels (sic) Federal Green Party And NDP Members Had Training In Voter Suppression...

Can A Person Living In Nipissing Get A Robocall In Quebec

Green Party Of Canada Election Tactics 101...Or Robocalls For Dummies

Did The Illegal Liberal Robocall In Guelph Break Two Elections Canada Laws?

Green Party Of Canada Election Tactics 101- Part 2

Next up. Lots more conservative bloggers.

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Robocalls - What Conservative Bloggers...

...are saying:

BC Blue:--

Liberal MP caught playing dirty tricks in Guelph with robocalls
"Looks like a big plate of crow is being served to the sanctimonious Liberal MP Frank Valeriotte as a recording of a phone call has surfaced in which the female caller ‘worries’ about losing “a woman having the right to choose” if the Conservative candidate is elected. Valeriotte admits that it came from his campaign although there was no mention of who it was during the recording."
Green Party campaign manager apologizes for smearing robocall company
"The apologies stemming from the opposition parties and media libelling and slandering during the robocall saga are getting hard to keep track of."
Lots of stuff there about the Vikileaks scandal, too.

Blazing Cat Fur

Michael Coren & Kris Sims: Glenn Beck RoboCalls A Warning To Canada

Some good videos from Sun TV.

Blue Like You

Let's all take a breath
"For now let’s allow Elections Canada to do their work, but let us also keep an eye on those who would most benefit from this type of smear campaign"

About those 'American Style Dirty Tricks'
"Certainly some of the allegations (especially in Guelph) needed to be thoroughly investigated, but the massive pile-on from the left to push for a public inquiry seems rather suspect.

JR has a novel approach – He is using Leadnow’s own form to fight back!

Since the previous post has passed the 300 comment mark, perhaps we can continue the discussion here."

No one is smelling like roses
"Granted there does not appear to be anything criminal here – unethical or mean-spirited perhaps considering the nature of the call.  But it does allow some perspective on a story that most media prefer to skew against the Conservatives –  instead of waiting for Elections Canada to finish the investigation."
Bold Colors:---

Lust for scandal
"Good Lord, it’s the most repugnant and shocking political scandal since Louis-Napoleon carried out his coup in 1851, and President Nixon made a vicarious visit to Watergate.

"Yes, a few low-ranking Tories totally unknown to anybody around the prime minister may or may not have made some phone calls to potential Liberal voters giving them false directions for polling booths. And presumably those voters were so stupid, old or physically handicapped that they could not find the real place to vote, and just span around in sad confusion for hours on end."

Seriously, it defies belief. Not that it may have happened, but that the consensus media is pretending this is particularly important. Politics is a dirty business and nobody knows this better than politicians and journalists, yet these are the very two groups being most dishonest about the whole thing."
Deborah Gyapong:---

Concerned about those robocalls

Dr. Roy's Thoughts:---

Robo complaints

Includes video clip from Sun TV.

Tory base is solid
"Most Tories realize this is another grit dipper pseudo scandal. The opposition sees this as a fundraising opportunity. They have no ideas and most Tories understand this. HM Government needs to continue things that resonate with the base. They should cut the budget, especially of the cbc, get rid of section 13 a and continue with free trade negotiations. The Tory base wants that and will stay loyal. This pseudo scandal should also raise more money for the Tories without even asking. Chantal Hebert understands this as well."
The Iceman:---

Liberal Illegal Robocalls Not As Big Of A Story
"Interesting that the Liberals have been caught making illegal robocalls in the controversial riding of Guelph, but the story is noticeably absent from the CBC Politics page. The big headline is a request to investigate Julian Fantino's election finances. It would appear that confessed Liberal "dirty tricks" just isn't as interesting a news story as allegations of Tory "dirty tricks". Then again, the Liberals are in 3rd place and not promising to cut the CBC's budget by 10%, so I can see where they might get bumped down the priority list."

Is The Media Slowly Uncovering Elections Canada Incompetence?
"Over this past week the opposition and the media have been hammering the Tories with allegations and speculation of large scale election fraud, and their relentless "digging for the truth" may be about to uncover large scale election incompetence by Elections Canada's army of temporary low wage workers. For example, CBC's Terry Milewski reported today on several hundred incomplete or bogus registration forms in the riding office of Eglington Lawrence, where Joe Oliver defeated Joe Volpe (of course you might remember Joe Volpe, who formerly registered dead people to support his Liberal leadership campaign). The accusations that the Conservative candidate was responsible for sloppy paper work in the EC office started flying before anyone thought to point out that Elections Canada is responsible for ensuring that registration forms are properly completed with proof of ID provided before they add that voter to the list of electors. This is not Joe Oliver's fault, but that inconvenient truth is absent from Milewski's investigative report."
Teflon. All teflon, folks.

That's it for now. But I have a lot more to go through, so stay tuned.

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