Monday, February 28, 2011


This story makes me sick. How could people be so cruel. It is pretty depraved to treat your own Mom like that. I hope these dolts get the book thrown at them. I wonder if they have kids.

A 68-year-old woman is in life-threatening condition in hospital after her son and daughter-in-law allegedly moved her into an uninsulated garage at a northeast Toronto home for much of the winter.

Toronto police said Monday that officers responded to a call of elder abuse at a home near McCowan Road and Finch Avenue east last Wednesday morning.

Officers found the woman "freezing to death" in a garage adjoining the home, said Const. Tony Vella.

The woman, who was suffering from frostbite, was taken to hospital.

She was not being given an appropriate amount of food, Vella said.

Public Sector Unions

An excellent article from the WSJ. It something we in Canad and Quebec must think about. Public sector unions seem to believe there is endless money in government coffers. They also help elect their bosses and then askk for a good deal. This is particularly true in Quebec. The Rand formula must be changed to allow people the right not to allow unions to play political games with money which should be used for negotiations. The public sector unions in Quebec are powerful, well funded and are driving the province into bankruptcy.

How ironic that Wisconsin has become ground zero for the battle between taxpayers and public- employee labor unions. Wisconsin was the first state to allow collective bargaining for government workers (in 1959), following a tradition where it was the first to introduce a personal income tax (in 1911, before the introduction of the current form of individual income tax in 1913 by the federal government).

Labor unions like to portray collective bargaining as a basic civil liberty, akin to the freedoms of speech, press, assembly and religion. For a teachers union, collective bargaining means that suppliers of teacher services to all public school systems in a state—or even across states—can collude with regard to acceptable wages, benefits and working conditions. An analogy for business would be for all providers of airline transportation to assemble to fix ticket prices, capacity and so on. From this perspective, collective bargaining on a broad scale is more similar to an antitrust violation than to a civil liberty.

In fact, labor unions were subject to U.S. antitrust laws in the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, which was first applied in 1894 to the American Railway Union. However, organized labor managed to obtain exemption from federal antitrust laws in subsequent legislation, notably the Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914 and the National Labor Relations Act of 1935.

Oscar Night

I watched about an hour of the Oscars. It was a terribly done show. I couldn't watch it to the end, it was that bad.The hosts were horrific. The highlight was Bob Hope.

I did enjoy the Tory truth ad that was played during the program.

I was pleased that The King's Speech won multiple awards. It was a great movie. I saw it at TIFF last year.

It honours a great King. May HLIM King George VI Rest In Peace.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Saint Carmen of the Main

I saw the Can Stage production of the Michel Tremblay  play Saint Carmen of the Main. It is the first time I have seen this iconic play about the underbelly of Montreal. It is written as a Greek tragedy complete with chorus.  Tremblay writes most often about Quebec's poor and is an ardent separatist. The separatist theme is once again seen in this play, where the central theme is giving the poor and marginalized an independent voice. I actually enjoyed the performance. Though I did find it somewhat obviously preachy. The Chorus is dressed in red nylon. Carmen herself is dressed like Lady Gaga at a rodeo.

The reviews have not been great.

Billy Bishop Goes to War

This is the second time I have seen this play in the last year. I saw it at Soulpepper last year. This time it was done at the Segal Theater. Once again Peterson and Gray got a standing ovation. It was an amzing evening of theater and I enjoyed seeing it yet again. It was nice hearing God Save the King in Montreal! You really should go see this play. It is a fascinating retelling of our history.

Niall Ferguson on bo's "foregn policy"

Niall Ferguson ( who I met in Toronto a few years ago) talks about bo's failed foreign policy. He also has an interesting perspective on revolutions. He tells obama what he needs to do. Again explains why I admire Edmund Burke.

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Good Riddance

This violent thug , who was a false messiah, is gone. He will not be missed.

Cult leader Roch "Moses" Thériault was found unresponsive in his prison cell in Dorchester, New Brunswick on Saturday. The victim of an apparent assault, he would subsequently be pronounced dead.
Thériault was serving a life sentence for murder, one he committed while leading a bizarre cult at Burnt River, Ont., between 1977 and 1989. He killed one of his cult members, Solange Boislard, through disembowelling.

Public Sector Unions

Public sector unions are out of control. Unlike private sector unions, they don't worry about bankrupting their employers. THey help elct their boses and then make demans. This is particularly true in Quebec. Time to amend the Rand formula. Union members should only have to pay what is needed for negotiations and legitimate union activities. All political activity funding should be made voluntary. I would like to see more choice and allowing the Rand formula itself to be challenged, but one step at a time.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Welfare State

The burgeoning welfare state in the US is nothing compared to our Beveridgian programs. An interesting video on reeling it in. Remember the entitlement programs in Canada will also completely overwhelm our ability to pay in the no so distant furute.

Salim Mansur on Freedom

We are indeed in Canada to enjoy the blessings of freedom and peace. Salim Mansur talks about the changes in North Africa and about President George W. Bush

Freedom is ‘God’s gift to humanity’

As people’s insurrections spread in the Arab world, it might be useful for those watching the mayhem gather pace to take time out from television and reach for some historical perspective.

There is no substitute for such perspective to put in context the Arab drama unfolding before our eyes. And like a play of several acts, it will have many scene changes before the curtain eventually comes down.

From North Africa to the Persian Gulf, Arab regimes are trembling. Some will fall and others will change colours to barely survive.

The Libyan thug Moammar Gadhafi did not imagine his thugocracy could so quickly unravel. He might meet the fate of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, executed by his rebellious soldiers, or that of Saddam Hussein, with a noose around his neck.

But as the drama unfolds, three things will increasingly stand out.

First, former president George W. Bush, despite those who ridiculed him, was right in insisting, “Freedom is not America’s gift to the world; it is God’s gift to all humanity.”

Arabs could not be denied freedom, nor condemned to the rule of despots. Bush was right in promoting the freedom agenda — though fair-minded individuals can have disagreements on the details and how it is implemented — and right in bringing regime change in Iraq.

Property Rights

My friend Peter Jaworski and his parents tell the story of their oppression by petty bureaucrats. It was in support of MPP Randy Hillier and MP Scott Reid's attempts to bring property rights to be added to the constitution( and least in Ontario).

Cut the civil service

Both the Tories and the grits are guilty of allowing civil service numbers to explode. Lots of civil servants are retiring these days. They should not be relaced. We need to reduce the size of the bureacracy. Let's have a flat taxz and eliminate a lot more bureacrats. What are your suggestions?

This week, Statistics Canada released new numbers of public sector growth that showed that beginning in mid-2005, right before the Conservatives were elected, the growth in public sector jobs outpaced the growth of Canada’s population, after four years of lagging below the general population growth rate. And starting in 2008, that rate really began to soar, and it hasn’t stopped since. One of the biggest culprits in the last two years has undoubtedly been the Conservatives’ stimulus plan, notes Jack Mintz, the economist and chair of the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.

Jim Flaherty, the federal finance minister, spent 2009 and 2010 assuring Canadians that his government, while spending $65 billion on the “Economic Action Plan,” remained prudent fiscal stewards. The stimulus, you see, was “temporary” and “short term.” After all those enormous wads of money had been spent, Canada would emerge economically in a “position of strength.”

Senator Finley

Scott Feschuk is upset that giggles taber didn't tar and feather Senator Finley.
Apparently the lefties think taber is not pro grit enough.

Around political Ottawa, the Senator is a feared backroom operator. He has a reputation as an aggressive strategist who lives for campaigns. He fights hard; he has been called “Harper’s pit bull.”

As manager of the Conservative 2006 and 2008 national campaigns, Mr. Finley was the architect of the back-to-back Harper victories. For his good works, he was rewarded with an appointment to the Senate in 2009.

But the cancer diagnosis last fall sidelined him.

“I put it off, way, way, way too long, knowing something was wrong,” the Scotsman says in his distinctive brogue. He says he was possessed of that “great male optimism” in which he “always figured it would clear itself.” It took his wife, Human Resources Minister Diane Finley, finally to “frog march” him to his family doctor.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Dr Bernard Nathanson RIP

I didn't know Dr Nathanson graduated from McGill. He learned the truth and wanted to preserve life. Even Morgantaler doesn't do abortions after 18 weeks. It is increasingly difficult to find doctors to do abortions. Doctors should save life not destroy it. My sympathies to his family.

Father Raymond J. de Souza on Bernard Nathanson’s radical turn

Father Raymond J. de Souza
Perhaps the most influential graduate of McGill’s medical school spent more than 30 years trying to undo what he had done. Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who died on Tuesday, at 84, graduated from McGill in 1949, and returned to practice obstetrics and gynecology in his native New York.

In 1968 he cofounded the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (now called the National Abortion Rights Action League), and became a leading campaigner for the unlimited abortion license in New York and across America. When New York repealed its abortion laws in 1970, he became director of the world’s largest abortion clinic. By his own estimate he was responsible for some 75,000 abortions over the next decade, performing 5,000 of them himself. During that period he personally aborted his own child, after impregnating his mistress.

But by 1979, convinced by ultrasound technology that abortion was the destruction of an innocent human life, he stopped doing abortions and became a pro-life activist.

self aggrandizing bureaucrats

elections Canada is "independant" of Parliament ( but seem to be dependant on their grit masters). Their spending is out of control. One wonders why these bogus charges were laid before the decision of the court of appeals, which could come any day now. If the Appeal court rules in favour of the Tories , will the slime at elections Canada apologize for their actions? I doubt it and the media will spin it in favour of the grits as usual. A forensic audit of elections Canada needs to be done. Their budget needs to be cut by 70%. These self aggrandizing bureaucrats must be stopped from subverting democracy. The actions of elections Canada increasingly discredit them in the eyes of the public. The reason is clear. grit poll numbers are down and they needed some help. So the grits have gone all out. grit minion frank graves has a "poll" showing dropping Tory support inspite of the latest Abacus poll results. elections Canada and the grit media are also trying their best to help their grit masters.

Elections Canada costs soar as votes lag

Spending up fourfold, even as fewer voters cast ballots


Spending at Elections Canada more than quadrupled over a decade, growth the agency says is a symptom of major legislative changes and minority governments.

Overall spending, expected to reach $138.6 million this year, is up from $32 million in 1998-1999.

The portion spent on programs -which goes toward enforcing party financing rules, public education and redrawing electoral boundaries, among other things -has swelled more than tenfold since the late 1990s. It's expected to soar to $30.9 million by the end of this fiscal year from $2.6 million in 1998-1999.

Carlos Estevez needs help

It must be very hard for Martin Sheen to watch his increasingly out of control truther son. The latest:

The letter reads:

What does this say about Haim Levine [Chuck Lorre] after he tried to use his words to judge and attempt to degrade me. I gracefully ignored this folly for 177 shows ... I fire back once and this contaminated little maggot can't handle my power and can't handle the truth. I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon. Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words -- imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists. I urge all my beautiful and loyal fans who embraced this show for almost a decade to walk with me side-by-side as we march up the steps of justice to right this unconscionable wrong.

Remember these are my people ... not yours...we will continue on together...

Charlie Sheen

The sad thing is he has a number of children. Hopefully their mothers will keep them safe.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

elections Canada is on a witch hunt aginst the Tories

The elections Canada witch hunt against the Tories continues. Once this is over and the charges are found baseless. The entire elections Canada staff needs to be investigated for links to the liberal party. Everyone that can be fired must be fired at elections Canada.The whole point of elections Canada's existence these days is to try and make things easier for a liberal party which is unable to raise funds for itself. Courts have already ruled that nothing wrong was done but elections Canada seems to have a vendetta against the only party which is not beholding to them for money. The election laws should be changed and this useless partisan agency should be abolished. We need an election and a majority to fix the liberal infested civil service. Some of the them have already retired. Its time to clean house.
Both Senators named have actually recently been ill, so the harassment is doubly despicable.

More from Alberta Ardvark.

Property Rights

If trudeau had been a real believer in democracy he would have entrenched property rights in our constitution, but he gave in to the ndp. I am always wary of reopening the constitutional can of worms, but I do support property rights. It is a fundamental right. I would argue it is already there, considering a millennium, of jurisprudence, but given the so called charter of rights and freedoms we should entrench property rights as well.

On February 24, federal MP Scott Reid and Ontario MPP Randy Hillier held a joint press conference to promote the protection of a basic human right: the right to property. The two politicians will be introducing resolutions in their respective legislatures which would entrench constitutional protection to property rights in Ontario – and hopefully spark a move to enact similar protection in the rest of Canada as well.

Mssrs. Reid and Hillier’s effort was inspired by several recent cases, including one well-publicized matter involving the municipality of Clarington, Ontario. In 2010 the town wanted to fine the local Jaworski family $50,000 for holding a weekend student retreat on their rural property; the charges were only recently dropped after the family incurred substantial legal bills. The MPs also cited the case of a woman in Lanark County, Ontario, who wanted to refinance her property by dividing it and selling off one portion. Due to the presence of a protected bird species, she was legally prevented from doing so, couldn’t raise the capital she needed, and lost her land.

Had the Charter included a right to property, these individuals could have possibly launched a constitutional challenge to these laws and charges – or governments might have never imposed them in the first place. The absence of a constitutional protection for property rights means that municipalities and provinces can run roughshod over property rights without fear of reprisal. They can impose Heritage Building designations, declare land to be part of a Greenbelt, or deny citizens building permits to modify their homes, all with impunity.

Why are property rights not part of our Constitution? Thank the provinces and the federal NDP. In 1978, when drafting its proposal for the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the federal Liberal government of Pierre Elliott Trudeau included a guarantee to

the right of the individual to the use and enjoyment of property, and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with law.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Get Well Soon Tarek

I have been quite concerned about my friend Tarek Fatah. he has been hospitalized for the last few days. He seems to be doing better. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

When The Worst Of News Can Bring Out The Best In Others
Posted By: Dave Trafford · 2/23/2011 3:15:00 PM

An update on our friend and colleague Tarek Fatah.

In case you've been out of the loop lately, the co-host of Friendly Fire was hospitalized last week complaining of back pain and weakness in his legs. He thought he'd pulled a muscle or pinched a nerve. But it was something more serious. He required emergency surgery and doctors at St. Mike's hospital removed a cancerous tumour from his back.

He's been undergoing a battery of tests and assessments as the team at St. Mike's plans his radiation and chemo treatments. The question is whether the cancer has spread and as of Wednesday morning, things are looking good.

Needless to say...the cancer diagnosis is tramautic enough. But those of you who've been through it will know that the follow up tests and scans can be all the more nerve wracking. It’s difficult to measure the emotional toll of waiting for those results.

Lorne Gunter on the Quebec nanny State

The Quebec model only works because of masssive subsidies from Canada. It is not sustainable. Lorne Gunter hits the nail on the head.

Curious, isn’t it, that the province of Quebec has $200 million to contribute to a new hockey rink in Quebec City, yet overworks and underpays its Crown prosecutors so badly they went on strike this week until being ordered back to work? Now many of the 450 prosecutors are threatening to quit, declaring they are too ill-equipped for a province-wide war against organized crime. It’s yet another sign of just how badly governed the province is.

Typically, we don’t sympathize with civil servants’ claims of being worked too hard and paid too little, but Quebec’s Crown prosecutors seem to have a case. At a maximum of just under $103,000 a year – and that is for a prosecutor with at least 12 years experience – Quebec salaries are 40% below the national average and just half what the top Ontario prosecutors are paid ($198,000). Federal prosecutors and those in Alberta and B.C. make as much as 70% more than their Quebec counterparts. Additionally, Quebec, with a population of 7.9 million, has just 450 government prosecutors, roughly the same number as Alberta, which, at 3.5 million residents, has less than half its population.

No wonder it is so hard for police and prosecutors to control Quebec’s rampant drug gangs and crack down on what is believed to be widespread corruption and organized criminal activity in the construction industry. Claude Chartrand, the prosecutor in charge of organized crime cases in Quebec, resigned in disgust over the weekend, claiming the provincial government’s refusal to give prosecutors more pay, more clerical support and 200 additional prosecutors is putting at risk several high-profile drug and syndicate prosecutions.

Governor Walker

Governor Walker continues his fight to balance the budget and fight the public sector unions.

Ontario Hydro

in dalton mcliar's Ontario Ontario Hydro is increasing Hydro fees to make up for overcharging its customers and being caught. Why shouldn't Ontario Hydro be privatized? It;s time for a Tory government in Ontario!

Hydro rates rising to cover overcharging fines

Ontario Energy Board poised to rule on 6.2% hike

Electricity ratepayers in Ontario, already reeling from soaring prices, should brace for yet another increase.

The Ontario Energy Board is expected to rule shortly on a request from Ontario Power Generation for a 6.2 per cent increase in electricity rates effective March 1..

The Ontario Energy Board says utilities can raise rates to cover $18 million dollars in fines and court costs they had to pay after the courts ruled they were charging too high an interest rate on late payments.

The Liberal government has been under non-stop attack over rising electricity rates, especially since the HST was added to hydro bills last July, but Premier Dalton McGuinty said Tuesday he wouldn’t be directing the OEB on the rate request.

“The OPG request is the kind of thing that will have to be considered by the Ontario Energy Board,” said McGuinty.

The New Democrats predicted increasing electricity bills will cost the Liberals seats in the Oct. 6 election, and said the OPG rate hike would have a major impact on consumers.

“It’s a huge hike and in the context of electricity prices that have already been compounded and then added to by Mr. McGuinty’s HST, it just increases the crushing burden on Ontario families,” said NDP critic Peter Kormos.

“This is crushing Ontario families and is going to be a major issue in the upcoming provincial election, and it’s something around which Mr. McGuinty has no defence for himself and the Liberals whatsoever.”

In the legislature, the Progressive Conservatives accused McGuinty of treating Ontario families “like they’re bottomless ATM machines” when it comes to electricity bills.

More Savagery

This story is horrifying. It is beyond sad.

SUKKUR: An elderly woman was gunned down by her son on the pretext of karo-kari in Hajano village on Sunday night. Later, the accused surrendered before the police.
Begum Khatoon, 55, wife of Dhani Bux Lohar, was sleeping when her 25-year-old son, Hussain Bux Lohar, shot her. Hussain and his friends later threw her body into Sherkot Shakh, situated 50 metres away from the village. The victim’s husband had gone to the fields.

Hussain suspected his mother was having an affair with a man named Gulzar Jaffery. Lakhi Ghulam Shah police sent the body to Lakhi Ghulam Shah hospital for an autopsy. The victim’s brother, Mehram Ali Lohar, has lodged an FIR No. 07/2011 against his nephew and two other accomplices.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

More Good news for the Tories

The Tories will be in very good shape , if it comes to an election. canadians are in a very upbeat mood about the economy. No wonder iffy is back on the bus.

Superstar’ status in global economic poll strengthens Harper’s hand
Bill Curry
Globe and Mail Update

A new international survey shows Canadians are in a very positive mood about the state of the economy, suggesting the opposition parties face an uphill battle pushing for change on the eve of a possible federal election.

Describing Canada as a “superstar,” an Ipsos online survey of citizens in 24 countries finds 68 per cent of Canadians are feeling good about the economy. Those January numbers are up six points from a month earlier.

Pray for New Zealand

 My thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Dominion of New Zealand, a fellow Commonwealth realm. We share a Monarch and much more. At least 65 are reported dead in  yesterdays earthquake. Video here. Kiwis are wonderful, generous people and we should help them in any way we can. Please pray for the people of New Zealand.

Queen Elizabeth II 'shocked' by earthquake

Queen Elizabeth II says she is "utterly shocked" by the news that a powerful earthquake had killed at least 65 people the New Zealand's city of Christchurch.

The British monarch and New Zealand's head of state expressed her sadness at the 6.3-magnitude quake - which crushed buildings and left hundreds trapped - in a message to the Pacific nation's prime minister John Key.

"I have been utterly shocked by the news of another earthquake in Christchurch," wrote the Queen.

"Please convey my deep sympathy to the families and friends of those who have been killed; my thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this dreadful event.

"My thoughts are also with the emergency services and everyone who is assisting in the rescue efforts."

Mr Key said New Zealand could be witnessing its "darkest day" after the quake, which was the country's deadliest tremor in 80 years.

A 7.0 quake hit the city six months earlier but miraculously claimed no victims.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Study on Political Blogging

 I was asked to fill out a survey on political blogging. Some of you may find it interesting as well.

The Political Communication Research Lab (GRCP) at Laval University would like to invite bloggers to participate in a ground-breaking study of the Canadian political blogosphere (Research Ethics Board file number : 2010-289/16-12-2010).
Participants must be at least 18 years old, must live in Canada, must have the right to vote in Canada and must have a blog where they mostly or frequently post (more than once a week) on Canadian, international or Quebec politics.
The participants will complete an online survey on their socio-demographic profile, their political practices and their motivations for engaging in political blogging. The survey is made up of 76 questions, the majority of which are closed-ended. However, there are also open-ended questions that will allow participants to freely reflect on the themes of the survey. The survey can be completed in about 30 minutes.
All participants are invited to complete the online survey available from the website of the Political Communication Research Lab:
The survey will be open until 28 Feb. 2011. For more information about the study please contact :
Thierry Giasson Lead investigator Political Communication Research Lab (GRCP) Département d’information et de communication, Université Laval 1055, avenue du Séminaire, Québec, Qc, G1V 0A6 Tél : (418) 656-2131, 7709

Steve Crowder on unions

Steve Crowder on the situation in Wisconsin and the corruption of unions.

More good news from Nanos

I don't think there will be an election until 2012, but if there is one I am fairly confident that the Tories will demolish iffy and the grits. Another poll show a double digit lead.

Of the 826 committed voters, 39.7 per cent ranked the Conservatives as their top party of choice. That is up from 38.1 per cent who chose the Tories in a Nanos poll conducted in December.

While Conservative fortunes are on the rise, the news is less rosy for the Liberals. In the latest poll, 26.6 per cent of committed voters said they would cast their ballots for the Liberals, down from 31.2 per cent in December.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Gov Scott Walker on FNS

As I have said before a brave man, who seems to understand what Baroness Thatcher did.

Andrew Breitbart in Wisconsin>

iffy delusional on Corporate tax cuts

iffy's opposition to corporate tax cuts will only help the Tories. What a totally ineffective politician.

This is a huge source of comparative advantage over the United States, which has a federal corporate tax rate of 35 per cent. And there’s no way the U.S. can reduce that at this stage of the game, given a deficit that’s 10 per cent of GDP and a debt that will cross 100 per cent of output next year.

As Jack Layton pointed out the other day, Ignatieff and the Liberals didn’t oppose the corporate tax cuts in 2007. Most of them hid behind the curtains and stayed out of the House because they were terrified at the prospect of an election under Stéphane Dion. (They weren’t wrong about that.)

The suggestion that Flaherty would rescind the corporate tax cuts, one of his proudest achievements, is beyond ludicrous. It’s simply stupid.

Depending on the day of the week, Iggy says it’s either time to get rid of Harper or that he doesn’t want an election. But he’s prepared to trigger one over something that won’t be in the budget, and has zero prospect of being rescinded.

In trying to differentiate themselves from the Conservatives on this issue, the Liberals have inadvertently played to their strengths – competence, the economy and jobs. One study, by the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, says the corporate tax cuts will create 100,000 new jobs in the next two years in an economy that has already regained nearly all the jobs lost in the Great Recession.

Lorrie Goldstein Climate Realist

Climate realist Lorrie Goldstein answers some questions.

Clearing the air: Goldstein
Lorrie Goldstein sets the record straight on climate change, the positions he’s taken, and why


While I’ve had hundreds of worthwhile exchanges with readers over that time, there are a minority who maliciously misrepresent my views.

So, in order to, pardon the pun, clear the air, I’m going to re-state some of the things I’ve actually said and the positions I’ve actually taken — a selective list, not an exhaustive one.

Question: Have you ever been paid by the fossil fuel industry?

Answer: No. Anyone who says I have is lying.

Question: Do you believe in the science of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming?

Answer: Yes. Aside from the scientific evidence, it strikes me as logical that just as we affect air quality by burning fossil fuels, we have an impact (although obviously not the only impact) on climate.

Question: Do you believe anthropogenic global warming (AGW) poses an existential threat?

Answer: No. AGW is one of many problems we face, but it does not pose the threat of a mass extinction in the way, for example, a new Ice Age would, which, ironically, some prominent climate scientists today were predicting in the 1970s.

Dan Mitchell at CPAC 2011

Dan Mitchell on entitlement reform.

The Hollow shell

A pretty devastating piece on the once big red machine. Persichilli calls the grits the picture of Dorian Gray.

Persichilli: Lost generation haunts Liberals

By Angelo Persichilli
Political Columnist
In 2003 I wrote that the federal Liberal party was like The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde’s novel that depicts the moral decadence of Victorian England. The protagonist, the handsome Gray, made an evil pact to preserve his magnificent body despite his depraved lifestyle, while his aging figure was decaying in a portrait hidden in his attic.

Between that fiction and reality, there is what I call “the lost generation of Liberal leadership,” and the next election will be when the Liberals have to deal with the fake reality and the decaying “picture” in their attic.

In the last few years, the Liberals have had four leaders: the shrewd Jean Chrétien, the flashy Paul Martin, the intellectual environmentalist Stéphane Dion and (repatriated from the U.S.) Michael Ignatieff, who was supposed to be the next Pierre Trudeau.

But while the faces changed, the structure, mentality and apparatus with its backroom boys remained the same. This dichotomy goes back a few decades, but two specific events accelerated the fragmentation of the Liberal party between the leadership, the MPs and the grassroots.

First, the feud to replace John Turner destroyed the concept of loyalty. Ever since, no Liberal leader has been allowed to leave on his own terms.

Second, the split that reduced the Conservatives to a “party of two” in 1993 meant the Liberals were almost automatically re-elected time and again, creating a mentality of entitlement — especially in Ontario. The everlasting presence of incumbent MPs created a bottleneck that shut out a new generation of candidates and political thinkers. The few MPs who left generally were replaced by parachuting in so-called star candidates and making a mockery of the democratic process.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Billy Elliot

I saw Billy Elliot the Musical in London about 3 years ago. Mirvish Productions has brought it to Toronto. I enjoyed the show, but was reminded of Baroness Thatcher fight against the NUM, which brought to mind Governor Scott Walker's fight against the unions in Wisconsin today.

There is a vile song in the show wishing death on Baroness Thatcher.
The production was not quite as good as the London production , but it was still pretty good. In the end the union is broken and Billy gets what he wants, so it is a happy ending.

Mrs Thatcher's fight against the unions made me admire her all the more. I wish Governor Walker luck in his battle as well.

Steve Crowder At CPAC 2011

Comments on GoProud.

Good For Gerard Deltell

I agree with the ADQ leader that all Quebec kids should have access to English and French classes from a very early age. The ADQ is the alternative to the pq and Quebec grits that I support. Ex pequiste Frncois Legault has a new idea for a party that puts aside the issue of separation, but is nothing more than more of the same Quebec Statist Model. After 6 months of consultations, legault's proposals are pretty weak and disappointing.
I have far more confidenc in the ADQ!

Québec français, Québécois bilingues

Gérard Deltell
L'auteur est chef de l'Action démocratique du Québec.
Au Québec, nous sommes fiers de notre langue et de notre culture. Seule terre francophone en Amérique, le Québec s'est doté au fil des ans d'outils efficaces pour assurer la survivance du français. D'ailleurs, le sondage La Presse-Angus Reid confirmait cette semaine toute l'affection que les Québécois ont pour leur langue et réaffirmait leur attachement à la loi 101: pas moins de 79% d'entre eux la jugent nécessaire dans le Québec d'aujourd'hui.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Very Brave

Gov Walker of Wisconsin is taking on public sector unions and they are very angry. The Governors of New Jersey and Ohio, Gov Christie and Gov Kasich are also taking on their public sector unions. It's good that someone has decided to confront the elephant in the room. Too bad Canadian politicians are not so brave as Baroness Thatcher and these Governors

For Americans who don't think the welfare state riots of France or Greece can happen here, we recommend a look at the union and Democratic Party spectacle now unfolding in Wisconsin. Over the past few days, thousands have swarmed the state capital and airwaves to intimidate lawmakers and disrupt Governor Scott Walker's plan to level the playing field between taxpayers and government unions.

Mr. Walker's very modest proposal would take away the ability of most government employees to collectively bargain for benefits. They could still bargain for higher wages, but future wage increases would be capped at the federal Consumer Price Index, unless otherwise specified by a voter referendum. The bill would also require union members to contribute 5.8% of salary toward their pensions and chip in 12.6% of the cost of their health insurance premiums.

If those numbers don't sound outrageous, you probably work in the private economy. The comparable nationwide employee health-care contribution is 20% for private industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average employee contribution from take-home pay for retirement was 7.5% in 2009, according to the Employee Benefits Research Institute.

Mr. Walker says he has no choice but to make these changes because unions refuse to negotiate any compensation changes, which is similar to the experience Chris Christie had upon taking office in New Jersey. Wisconsin is running a $137 million deficit this year and anticipates coming up another $3.6 billion short in the next two-year budget. Governor Walker's office estimates the proposals would save the state $300 million over the next two years, and the alternative would be to lay off 5,500 public employees.

Eliminate Corporate taxes

I support lowering corporate taxes. Dan Mitchell makes a good point for eliminating them. It is double taxation! iffy wants to raise corporate taxes!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

More idiocy from barack

barack really wants to offend US friends and empower US enemies. Like Canadian grits he hasn't seen a tax yet that he doesn't like. Is this even legal under NAFTA? One of my friends says this is just the beginning, bo will start charging "fees"(taxes) on americans entering or leaving the US. He calls a TSA grope tax.

Obama proposes fee for Canadian visitors to the U.S. in draft budget

By The Canadian Press | The Canadian Press – Thu, 17 Feb, 2011 4:10 AM EST

TORONTO - President Barack Obama is floating the idea of charging a fee for every Canadian entering the U.S. by air or sea.

The proposal is outlined in the 2012 federal draft budget he submitted to Congress on Monday.
The $5.50 fee would not apply to visitors arriving in private vehicles.
Visitors from Canada, Mexico and a number of Caribbean countries are currently exempt from "passenger inspection fees."

When Middle East Politics Invade Campus

Dr Phyllis Chesler

Students from York University
Jonathan Kay
Student Panel
Dr  Richard Cravatts
Andrew Roberts

Dr Elliot Chodoff           Stephen  Posen        Dr Salim Mansur
Dr Gil Troy

Dr Salim Mansur

Dr Catherine Chatterly  

               Karen Mock         J Hill

I attended a conference put on by Advocates for Civil Liberties. The group has only been in existence for a few weeks so it was pretty impressive that they managed to do this with such an impressive list of speakers. The Conference video will be online soon.  The event was moderated by Jonathan Kay of the National Post.The first speaker ( via satellite link from Israel) was Israeli Judge Hadassa Ben-Itto who spoke about the hate propaganda book, protocols of the elder of Zion. She wrote a book called The Lie That Wouldn't Die. There was then a panel of students talking about their experiences on campus with the fights between Pro Israelis and pro Palestinian forces. Andrew Roberts talked about the horrible boycott of Israeli academics launched by British academics and the Friends of Israel Iniative, led by non Jews, that formed in response. Dr Cravatts showed a movie from a group called Stand with Us about some of the horrible anti semitic speakers and their sympathizers on campuses across North America. The shameful events that happened in Montreal in 2002 were part of the news reel.

Dr Elliot Chortoff gave a rather depressing assessment of Israel's security situation. The great Dr Phyllis Chesler exposed the hypocrisy of feminists when it comes to talking about dishonour killings or other jihadi misogny. The final panel had three academics including Salim Mansur discussing the situation on campus.
 I will post the video when it becomes available. I enjoyed the conference. I would have like to see more Muslims in attendance and as speakers, and more opposite views. Civil debate is always good.
 I sat with the grit candidate in Thorn Hill, Karen Mock. HM Minister of the Environment Peter Kent has little to worry about.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tories will have a Bigger Piece of the Rock

Danny Williams tanked federal Tory support in Newfoundland and Labrador. The people of that great province have decided having a seat at the table is a good idea. I expect 2-4 new seats from Newfoundland and Labrador. We need 12 for a majority!

John Ivison reports on breaking poll: Tories set for big gains in Newfoundland

John Ivison

UPDATE – the NTV poll also asked if Cabinet representation is important to Newfoundlanders. Ninety-five per cent of respondents consider it important, which suggests that any Conservative candidate looking set to win will receive an extra boost to ensure the province once again has a man or woman at the table, should the Tories win.

A new opinion poll is likely to have federal Conservatives on the Rock breaking out the Screech, kissing codfish and toasting that long may all their big jibs draw. The NTV/Telelink poll suggests a big resurgence for the federal Tories, who lost all three seats at the last election in the wake of former Premier Danny Williams’ Anyone But Conservative campaign.

The new poll has the Conservatives at 32.1%, double their percentage of the popular vote in 2008. The Liberals are at 21%, down from 47% last time, while the NDP are at 7.6%, down from 40% in 2008. The sample size was 754 and the poll has a margin of error +/- 3.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

RLQ IN Montreal April 16, 2011

So we are finally announcing the new RLQ event April 16, 2010 in the heart of leftist Montreal! We also have a new and improved website!
Our keynote speaker will be Danielle Smith leader of the Wildrose Alliance of Alberta. We are also announcing that Michel Kelly Gagnon will be speaking! We were sold out last time almost two weeks in advance. Buy your tickets now! Become a member of the RLQ now and get a $5 discount on the ticket price. We have more exciting news , that we will reveal over the coming weeks. Stay tuned!! It should be another very interesting and fun day!

Steve Forbes

Richard Martineau  Joanne Marcotte

Maxime Bernier   Steve Forbes   Paul Beaudry   Adam Daifallah

Eric Duhaime   Mario Dumont

Michel Kelly Gagnon
Jasmin Guenette

I just got home from a fantastic event with Steve Forbes put on by the IEDM. It was great to see and chat with so many friends. I even got to chat with Mr Forbes. What a gracious and intelligent man. He would have made an excellent US President. Given thetepid field for 2012, maybe he should run again! Mr Forbes gave a great speech giving some points from his new book, How Capitalism Will Save Us. He explains how capitalism and free markets are a moral force for good. How trade brings people together and how we should have a flat tax!!1 A great evening. Thanks so much to Michel Kelly Gagnon, Jasmine Guenette ( Happy Birthdya) and all the IEDM staff! Also the dinner was fantastic, which is unusual at such events.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tory Support in those polls

John Ivison has an interesting take that should make iffy scared ( unless he really does want to return to Harvard).

The Ipsos poll suggests the Conservatives are on the cusp of a majority, if they win a high percentage of close races. One recent survey by Bryan Breguet, who runs the electoral forecasting site Too Close to Call, suggested that the Conservatives have become increasingly efficient at converting close races (where the winner wins by less than 5%) in the past three elections. Of 33 close races in the 2006 election, the Tories won or held 28 of them in 2008. The Liberals were 10 for 44.

As Mr. Breguet pointed out: “The Conservatives lost 14 ridings by a margin of less than 5% in 2008. With a good targeting, the party won’t even need to increase its level of support substantially to win a majority.”

Despite the recent bump in the polls, one suspects the the message from the Conservatives will remain unchanged — no need for an election, continue governing, focus on the economy. The reasons are pretty clear — they are extremely vulnerable to the Bloc Québecois in Quebec, where the Quebec City arena issue has not gone well for them. At the same time, any losses in Quebec will likely be compensated for by gains in Ontario at the expense of the Grits. Stephen Harper will continue to claim he wants peace, while preparing for war.

None of this is good news for the Liberals, many of whom must now be questioning the wisdom of Mr. Ignatieff’s strategy of charging headlong toward the Conservative guns. For a number of Liberal MPs, the Doomsday Clock may just have moved one minute closer to midnight.

Media Bias

CTV hasn't been much better than cbc in it's shilling for their grit friends. What with giggles, craig I hate the tories oliver et al. At least they are private and mostly doing it on their own dime. I guess now that this grit can't get a grit senate appointment he gets this job. I can't wait for SunTv!

OTTAWA - A former high-ranking Liberal with a long career in television has been appointed to run CTV News Channel.

Jack Fleischmann, a former reporter who began his career covering Parliament Hill for CJOH and has recently run BNN, CTV’s business channel, also has a history with the Liberal party. During the 2004 and 2006 election campaigns, Fleischmann took a leave of absence from CTV to work for Red Leaf, the Liberal Party’s election advertising agency.

Red Leaf was responsible for a series of attack ads on Stephen Harper and the Conservatives that helped the Liberals win the election in 2004. In 2006, the agency came up with the “Soldiers with guns in our streets” ad, an ad that created a storm of controversy and backlash against the Liberals for going too far.

Monday, February 14, 2011

CPAC 2011

                                                              Cake Boss Reagan Cake
                                                          Rep   Allen West
Reince Preibus
Gov Mitch Daniels
                                                                    Gov Tim Pawlenty
                                                                      Margaret Stamp (my friend)
                                                            Gov Gary Johnson
                                                             Gov Luis Fortuno
                                                                               Brigitte Gabriel
                                                         Herman Cain

                                                         Sen Orin Harch
                                                                Gov Rick Perry
                                                        Rep Nan Hayworth
                                                         George Will
                                                                                Gov Haley Barbour

                                                                 Prof Horowitz

                                                          Andrew Breitbart

                                                                    Margaret Hoover
                                                                  Michael Barone
ACU Presidents Past and Present Keene and Cardenas

                                                          Rep Nan Hayworth

                                                                Steve Crowder

                                                                Sen Rand Paul

Dana Loesch
                                                             Sen    Pat Toomey
                                                                     Rep Michelle Bachmann
                                                                  Tabitha Hale
                                                           Rep Kristi Noem
                                                                Speaker Boehner

                                                                   Rep   Paul Ryan
                                                                                  Rep Dana Rohrbacher

 Some of my photos from last week's CPAC 2011 in Washington. You can see all the speeches here. I had an amazing week. I saw a lot of old friends and made many new ones. It was exciting and not without controversy. The Ron Paul kids hooted and hollered and tried to shout some people down and they made many of us mad. David Horowitz exposed jihadi infiltrators in the conservative movement. His accusations have been confirmed to be by other sources as well. Lots of presidential wannabes. Best speeches by Gov Mitch Daniels, Herman Cain, Gov Tim Pawlenty, Dana Loesch and of course Rep. Alan West. So many other good speeches Don trump was a narcissist and has terrible hair.THe GoProud party was a big success. It was amazing to see and hear the conservative Gov of Puerto Rico Gov Fortuno. Mitt gave a good speech, but I just don't trust him. More than 11000 came to the event and the parties were great. Lots of canadian friends also attended.

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