Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Climate Change: Science Getting Settled

Yes, the scientific debate over "global warming" is nearing end, but not the way Al Gore and other warm-mongers see it. Check out this Financial Post article by Lawrence Solomon:
The science is now all-but-settled on global warming, convincing new evidence demonstrates, but Al Gore, the IPCC and other global warming doomsayers won’t be celebrating. The new findings point to cosmic rays and the sun — not human activities — as the dominant controller of climate on Earth.

The research, published with little fanfare this week in the prestigious journal Nature, comes from über-prestigious CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world’s largest centres for scientific research involving 60 countries and 8,000 scientists at more than 600 universities and national laboratories. CERN is the organization that invented the World Wide Web, that built the multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider, and that has now built a pristinely clean stainless steel chamber that precisely recreated the Earth’s atmosphere.

In this chamber, 63 CERN scientists from 17 European and American institutes have done what global warming doomsayers said could never be done — demonstrate that cosmic rays promote the formation of molecules that in Earth’s atmosphere can grow and seed clouds, the cloudier and thus cooler it will be. Because the sun’s magnetic field controls how many cosmic rays reach Earth’s atmosphere (the stronger the sun’s magnetic field, the more it shields Earth from incoming cosmic rays from space), the sun determines the temperature on Earth.
So the science is getting settled - but who said that all those envirofascists out there are actually interested in science and scientific facts? For them it's all about money and power.
But the scientific establishment is working hard to suppress the findings. That’s why you probably haven’t heard of this research, which was first published a week ago today. If it had been an apocalyptic prediction from Al Gore’s hymnal, it would have been front-page news.
Of course. Nobody likes conceding defeat. Especially when so many research grants, so much money from carbon taxes, markets, credits and so many opportunities for power grab under the guise of "saving the planet" are at stake...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What Makes This Graphic Image Better?

It's not like the people who buy cigarettes are eager to see it. And yet - it's not like the people are too upset about those graphic warnings either. This image comes from Spain. Here in Canada we may not put that on the packs of cigarettes, but showing decayed teeth and lungs as a warning against smoking - that's common. You won't see much outrage about that even among smokers.

So, if it's ok to show graphic images to raise awareness of what smoking does to human body, why is there so much commotion over graphic pictures that raise awareness of what abortion does to the baby's body? Why similar looking graphic warnings are acceptable in one case, yet controversial in the other? Smoking damages one's health, but abortion doesn't merely damage - it destroys the baby, not to mention that leaves the mother physically and emotionally scarred. If anything - graphic warnings should be made mandatory for every abortion facility. But up until this happens, it will be up to the courageous volunteers to show what exactly the pro-aborts mean by saying "choice" or "reproductive health" or any other euphemism they can come up with:
The vision of EndtheKilling is to ensure the pro-life movement and all Canadians have 20/20 vision regarding who the pre-born are and what abortion does to them. Abortion, particularly in the first trimester, is perceived as “choice.” Until pro-lifers shift peoples’ understanding from “choice” in the abstract sense to what is being chosen, in the sense of what abortion actually is, things will never change.

It is important to point out that CCBR is an educational organization and, as such, cannot fulfill the entire vision on our own. That is why our goals are specific to CCBR’s educational approach. Other groups are essential in achieving the vision of an abortion-free Canada; in particular, political groups and post-abortion ministries. Our hope is that these groups will join us in making abortion unthinkable in a coordinated and intentional fashion with specific time frames. Everyone has their place in the movement and together we can EndtheKilling.
If graphic images are legitimate means to combat smoking or cruelty to animals - there's absolutely no reason why using graphic images to combat wholesale slaughter of innocent unborn babies should be looked at differently.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Exploiting Jack Layton's Funeral

No, they have no intention to forget about politics and think of a person, a family man that has died. They need to exploit his death and especially his state funeral for their own political advantage. Check out this great report by Ezra Levant. There are plenty of tough questions, from the very basic question since when do we give state funerals to opposition leaders and all the way to what was said at the funeral and how the media covered it.

Here's a couple more comments on the politicization of Layton's passing and funeral:

Won't fall in line - Mark Bonokoski and Anthony Furey discuss paying due respects, but nothing more, to the passing of Jack Layton.

Orange Overdose - yes, another input by Ezra Levant with the help of Michael Coren. See for yourself just how overboard the media's adoration of Jack Layton has gone. At what point do we say this is not a state funeral, this is a macabre attempt to bring back some political spirit from the dead?...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

BC Referendum - Right Move, Wrong Target

So, BC voters chose to scrap the HST and to return to the old GST/PST arrangement. Not a good choice if you ask me. I still believe that the HST is a better option - simply because it's a user-end value-added tax that doesn't have the cascading effect of a sales tax. Yes, in just 18 months, there will be no more provincial sales tax on snacks, newspapers and whatever else used to be PST-exempt. But office supplies, industrial equipment and other business expenses except for inventory purchases, will once again have the sales tax portion attached to them - with the obvious consequences for the businesses and for the consumers, to whom the extra expense will be passed.

Unfortunately, the HST idea was poorly implemented. First and foremost - because it extended provincial sales tax to some previously untaxed items - such as the above mentioned snacks, newspapers, basic cable etc. In the Maritimes, people were compensated with lower tax rate - 15% down from 18%(NS), 18.77%(NB) or 19%(NL). But in BC, the idea to lower the HST rate from 12% to 10% was only surfaced at the very last moment. The compensatory income tax reductions turned out to be too minor and all the rebate checks had been all spent, so... The voters chose to bring everything back the way it used to be.

A great victory for grassroots democracy? I'll get back to that, but first it's worth mentioning that BC has at least two other taxes that could have been targeted. One of them, of course is the health tax - which is in fact nothing but a "head tax" of $726 per individual, $1308 per couple or $1452 per family. The HST could have been a great opportunity to just eliminate the "health tax" altogether, which in turn could have been a great way to compensate taxpayers for the broader sales tax base. The advantage of the tax reform would have been clearly visible and there would have been no need for the rebate checks - the ones that the province now has to repay back to the feds. How come nobody in the provincial government ever thought of that option?

Another malicious tax is the carbon tax, the one designed to put a price on the air we breathe carbon dioxide. Applying to every stage of the production process, it has much greater cascading effect than the sales tax, punishing every activity, especially manufacturing and processing. In the end - all those extra costs, resulting from the extra carbon taxes, are passed on to the consumer. But, unlike the HST, carbon tax never reveals itself as an extra amount that one has to add to his purchase; it's a hidden tax, so its effect on prices isn't as noticeable as the one of the HST. When the provincial portion of the harmonized sales tax drives up the price of a snack from $4.20 to $4.48 - that is certainly frustrating. But how many consumers are aware of a hidden tax, without which the price of that same snack could have been even lower than the original $4.20?

So, the outraged taxpayers turned on the tax they considered to be the most annoying. They came together, different forces but with one common goal, they made countless efforts to make the referendum happen and then - to deliver their message to the voters - and they won. They made their voices heard. But they ended up striking down the tax, which was the most honest and, if not the most business-friendly, then at least the least harmful. That move will result in lost economic opportunities for BC. The predicted extra GDP of $2.5B by 2020 is not going to materialize...

But isn't the referendum a great victory if not for grassroots democracy? Didn't it set a precedent that could be used in the future to get rid of other malicious taxes? For now, I doubt it. After making so much effort to hit the wrong target - will people have any energy left to strike the right target, to fight the "health premiums" and the carbon tax? I'm afraid that most may choose to stop there; that once they've won back their PST-free snacks, they won't care about what gets attached to their gas bills, their hydro bills and their tax returns. Yes, the precedent has been set, but I'm afraid that many will be just too tired to take advantage of it again. This weekend, many taxpayers believe they're celebrating victory. But without another referendum, the one that would abolish both the "health premiums" and the carbon tax, this will be merely an effort well wasted.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Humor: "I'm Tired"

Yes, people are getting sick and tired of the leftist rule:
I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth around” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy or stupid to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes.” Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I’m willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the leftwing Congresscritters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them—with their own money.

I’m tired of being told how bad America is by leftwing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers...
...
I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America, while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore’s, and if you’re greener than Gore, you’re green enough.
The more people question "multiculturalism", "redistribution of wealth", "global warming" and other absurdities of the leftie-run society, the sooner we can bring back common sense.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Another "Planned Parenthood" Manager Quits And Converts To Pro-Life

When your cause is just, when the self-evident truth is on your side, persistence and peaceful prayer can go a long way:
DALLAS, Texas, August 25, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a story with clear echoes of the now famous conversion of former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson, four months ago a manager at a Planned Parenthood facility in Sherman, Texas resigned from her position with the abortion giant and is now speaking out about her pro-life conversion.

In a press release from 40 Days for Life-Dallas, Ramona Trevino explains that although the particular Planned Parenthood where she worked did not perform surgical abortions, she was struggling “with [her] conscience . . . on contraception, abortion and [her] role in it all.”

Just like Abby Johnson, Trevino credits a 40 Days for Life campaign outside her Planned Parenthood facility with helping her movement towards a pro-life way of thinking.
Keep reading, this is amazing. I can't wait for a similar story to take place here in Canada. And, with as many as 15 Canadian cities participating in the 40 Days for Life vigil this fall, it all depends on how much effort we put in to make this happen.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Planned Parenthood's Weak Link Webcast

If there's anything the abortion industry doesn't like - that's publicity. They did everything to prevent Abby Johnson, a former "Planned Parenthood" abortion center director from speaking publicly, exposing their dirty practices. They failed - and the results were swift:
We just got word that a Planned Parenthood office is CLOSING ITS DOORS forever -- directly due to the "Weak Link" that Abby Johnson (former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life advocate) will be revealing on tonight's one-time-only LIVE webcast event!
(From an e-mail release by Shawn Carney,
Campaign Director of the 40 Days for Life
)
Want to find out what drove them out of business? Want to discover what the abortion industry’s #1 greatest fear — and how YOU can help make it come true? Click here to listen to the webcast.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Jack Layton, RIP

It's hard not to think about Jack Layton, as a politician, as a charismatic leader; a rival, indeed, yet an honorable rival. But let's pause from politics for a minute and think of Jack as a person. As a family man who raised two children. As a man of integrity, who believed in what he stood for and acted upon his convictions. As a man of courage, who, on his death bed, took the trouble to share his experience with other people that are battling cancer, to give them a few words of encouragement. May he rest in peace...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Largest 40 Days for Life ever! Almost 300 Locations.

The blog mentions 291, but according to the later update on the 40 Days website it's 297:
It’s official! This fall’s 40 Days for Life will be a record-setter … and YOU are invited to help make history!
  • 291 locations (the most ever, and this number may still go up by a few as we work through a few final application details!)
  • 48 US states — plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico
  • 7 Canadian provinces
  • Australia, England, Spain and — for the first time — Germany and Argentina
  • Many NEW cities … 46 first-time campaigns
The full list of locations for the 40 Days for Life campaign has just been posted at: http://www.40daysforlife.com/location.cfm
That includes 15 locations in Canada (in 7 Canadian provinces,) including 2 here in New Brunswick. We started two years ago with the 40 Days for Life Vigil in Fredericton. Last year we held the 40 Days vigil in Moncton - and this year we're looking forward to hold the 40 Days for Life vigils in both cities.

And here's something that may eventually happen in our province, something worth looking forward for, worth praying for:
That is just one of the 14 abortion facilities that have completely shut down following local 40 Days for Life campaigns. 53 abortion workers have quit their jobs and walked away from the abortion industry. 4,313 lives reported as spared from abortion — and those are just the ones we know about. Isn't that worth the extra effort and devotion?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Copts Determined To Remove 4,000 Families From Government-Run Catholic Schools

They stand firm in spite of the smear campaign in the media:
News of the Coptics’ warning sparked a vehement media reaction with claims that Fr. Attaalla was “preaching intolerance.”

The Globe and Mail argued in an editorial August 10th that publicly-funded Catholic schools “must abide by the equality principles in the Canadian Constitution – even if they are out-of-step with the church’s own teachings.”

“Students’ welfare and equality rights trump official religious dogma,” they added.

But Toronto lawyer Geoff Cauchi said the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed in 2001 that Catholics’ denominational rights in section 93 of Canada’s Constitution are “absolute.”

“Canada’s self-proclaimed ‘national’ newspaper has sunk to a new low in either journalistic integrity or competence,” he told LifeSiteNews. “If the editor sought legal advice on this topic before writing this editorial, he ought to fire the lawyers. If he did not seek legal advice, the Globe ought to fire the editor for incompetence.”

“Any statute or government edict that would force Catholic schools to teach that homosexual behaviour is ‘moral’ would certainly” violate Catholics’ denominational rights, he added.
Then let's not forget the Section 29 of the Charter which talks about the rights of denominational, separate and dissentient schools. The Charter however says nothing about the government's implied right to shove some perverse ideology down the students' throats - in spite of the parents' objections.

And of course it's worth reminding the Globe and all those who share their opinion that those 4000 children are students too and that their welfare is no less important. Not to mention that their parents happen to be part of that very "public" that sustains this mammoth system of public education and all its corrupt bureaucracy with their tax money.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

B.C. Supreme Court Dismisses Assisted Suicide Challenge - For Now...

The case by the so called "farewell foundation" has been dismissed, but apparently they are allowed to join the other case for legalizing "assisted suicide" (which is still nothing but intentional termination of one's life):
VANCOUVER - One of two court actions pushing for the right to assisted suicide has been dismissed by a B.C. Supreme Court judge on Wednesday.

Judge Lynn Smith ruled the plaintiff, an organization called Farewell Foundation, did not have standing to pursue legalizing assisted suicide, but can submit an application to intervene in the second case, headed by B.C. Civil Liberties Association.

Since the foundation hadn't yet provided any assisted suicide services, the justice ruled its case as "hypothetical" and without standing.

But Russel Ogden, Farewell Foundation director, said he anticipated the ruling and had already started preparing an intervention application days in advance.

"This is nothing less than a victory," Ogden said. "It's an opportunity for us to move our interests forward."

The Farewell Foundation has until Sept. 2 to apply.

Intervention will allow the foundation to present their side in BCCLA's case.
So, it's merely merging the two separate challenges into a single court case. Which still has a chance to go through. And what happens then?

So far the government is committed not to reopen the debate on euthanasia. But what happens if instead of the debate we end up with the precedent-setting ruling handed down by the court (just the way it was with the definition of marriage)? Will the lawmakers have the guts to use the non-withstanding clause or will they choose once again to distance themselves from the debate, (either leaving a legal vacuum on the subject, or eventually rubberstamping the ruling,) arguing that "it's not them, it's the court that has made the decision"?...

We must demand unconditional pro-life stance from our politicians. If being Social Conservative and pro-life for them means merely not making things worse - that's not enough.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pro-Abort Jackboot Exposed. Photo Deletion By Constable Kravchenko Hits Prime Time

In case you didn't follow the story - back in late December of 2010, during the arrest of Mary Wagner, a Toronto police officer seized the witness' camera and deleted the videos. When asked by the camera owner to disclose his name and the badge number, he cowardly stormed away.
The videos were not incriminating but simply would have made the police look bad as they depicted the “big, burly” officers dragging the petite and peaceful pro-life witness along the road towards the police car, said Golob.

“I hold a great regard for the Toronto Police Service, so the blatant lies exuding from the testimonies given by the two policemen at the scene of the crime is very disheartening and only adds to the growing dissatisfaction of Torontonians by these so-called ‘law enforcers’,” said Golob. “This is not the first time injustice has been done to a law-abiding citizen because of their pro-life stance and it probably won’t be the last.”
Later, in response to an official complaint, Constable Kravchenko claimed that this was an accident, that he merely pressed the wrong button or two while trying "to ensure that it was a camera and not a weapon disguised as a camera"... Well, here's a video that Constable Yevgen Kravchenko won't be able to delete:

Too bad the officer's name is not mentioned. It would be great if it not just his deeds but his name (which is, again, Yevgen Kravchenko,) too was made known from coast to coast. What Constable Kravchenko did was cowardly and dishonest. I see no reason why viewers shouldn't be told that it was Constable Yevgen Kravchenko who did that.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sun News Network Stands Up To Intimidation From The Left

Finally, the TV network doesn't force a journalist to apologize for asking straightforward questions, but stand up for freedom of speech in spite of a massive campaign of intimidation and censorship waged by its opponents from the left:
OTTAWA - Sun News Network won't roll over in the face of an orchestrated campaign to silence its style of journalism and will continue to take on controversial subjects some deem to be off limits.

In a written response Friday to an unprecedented number of complaints to the broadcast watchdog over an interview between Sun News host Krista Erickson and dancer Margie Gillis over government funding of artists, the network submits the exchange did not violate guidelines or codes.

"It is part of the mandate of Sun News to explore topics and issues that have not been fully explored in other media, including other broadcasters," Tycho Manson, director of legal affairs for Quebecor Media Inc. writes in a letter to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.

"It is also part of the mandate of Sun News to explore such topics and issues in a thought-provoking, fearless and hard-hitting way."
And here's a great comment by Ezra Levant:
Some of the facts (such as - the secrecy of the CBSC trials) better be addressed. Hopefully, in light of the scandal, we may finally see some action from our lawmakers.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Social Justice: A Nice Idea That Destroys Humanity

Great essay by Craig Carter from The Politics of the Cross Resurrected blog:
Social Justice is an attempt to insert Christian charity into the concept of justice so that justice is then understood to include both the traditional Aristotelian-Biblical notion of justice and the Biblical notion of charity (love) within itself. To strive for social justice, then, is to strive for a society in which love has been institutionalized, which is to say, removed from the sphere of personal moral decision and incorporated into the impersonal, automatic functioning of the social system. If a woman loses her husband, she does not need neighbours or the local church to rally around because a welfare cheque automatically arrives in her mailbox from the government. What was once occasional, haphazard and personal has been rendered perpetual, organized and institutional.

This transference of the necessity of private charity into the realm of bureaucratic institutions is an attempt to implement a Utopia in which the social system is so good that no individual need be good. What goes naturally with such a society is the release of the individual for hedonistic satisfaction of the impulses of the lower nature – immediate gratification of the sexual urge being the primary form this lifestyle takes. Sex has been disassociated from family, economics, honour and duty and thus has been animalized. As the nanny state grows we observe that first the family becomes unnecessary and then, finally, the church becomes irrelevant. The all-powerful, provident, parental State now presents itself as the source of all goods and the provider of all needs. When the mask finally falls off, the tyrannous, ravenous Beast is revealed as the Idol which demands worship and stands in the place of God.

Social justice can have a perfectly innocuous and respectable meaning, which is totally different from that meaning described above. It can simply mean justice applied to social relations, as opposed to justice applied to the individual qua individual. It such cases it is basically redundant because justice is justice whether applied to the individual as individual or to the individual as a member of society. The traditional Aristotelian and Biblical notion of justice is “giving to each one what he is owed.” In fact, one can see from this definition that since there is a person who owes and a person who is owed, all justice is actually social. Prefixing the adjective “social” to the noun “justice” thus effects nothing except a redundancy unless the point is subtly to change the meaning of justice from “what one is owed” to “the right to be loved.”
Remember that saying about the road paved with good intentions and where does it lead? That basically says it all about those fancy theories that promise a just society, but result in nothing but tyranny and bloodshed.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Carleton Pro-Life Students’ Lawsuit Survives Challenge By Carleton University

In spite of the legal hurdles, the claim for wrongful arrest is allowed to proceed:
OTTAWA, ON. In the case of Lobo et al. v. Carleton University et al, Carleton University brought a motion before the Court asking it to end the lawsuit. Ruth Lobo, a named plaintiff in the lawsuit stated, “Carleton University claimed that our lawsuit was frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of the Court process but the Court ruled that we have grounds for a lawsuit and we’ll continue to fight for our right to free expression.”

This motion was in response to a lawsuit Carleton Lifeline filed against Carleton University after the University had members of the student club arrested for expressing controversial views. The lawsuit named Carleton University as well as members of the Administration as defendants.
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Carleton University sought to strike the entire Statement of Claim, thereby putting an end to the lawsuit, but Carleton Lifeline was successful in preserving the action. Carleton Lifeline is now in the process of amending their Statement of Claim so that it complies with the decision of Justice Toscano Roccamo. The Amended Statement of Claim must be filed by September 4, 2011.

Albertos Polizogopoulos, Carleton Lifeline’s legal counsel stated, “While this was a split decision, the fact that the lawsuit survived and that Ms. Lobo and Mr. McLeod have the opportunity to amend their Statement of Claim can be counted as a victory.”

A copy of Madam Justice Toscano Roccamo’s decision can be viewed online at: www.carletonlifeline.wordpress.com.
That's a good start. Hopefully, in the end, the university will be held responsible for resorting to arbitrary arrests in an attempt to silence pro-life students.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Green Radicals Advocate Assassinations And Destruction - For The Sake Of Discredited Theory

Yes, global warming alarmism is a discredited theory. Every new day brings more scientific data that confirms just that. And yet, for the eco-fascists, the planet is about to be ruined. Their solution is to dismantle the industrial civilization - by all means possible, including assassinations:
How can an author, or in this particular case a group of authors, advocate the overthrow of the nation state, the targeting of industrial facilities and the assassination of key people and then claim that’s not what they mean?

Well, it will happen tonight on Byline.
Brian Lilley must be commended for his patience. It takes lots of it to spend that much time interviewing a paranoid hate-monger and listening to his ideas of a cosmic magnitude and a cosmic stupidity...

Well, just to take a little break from the eco-fascist and his rant, here's some common sense - Lord Christopher Monckton debates so called "climate change" with Richard Denniss. Judge for yourself if it's worth going back to stone age just to please a bunch of enviro-freaks.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ezra Levant on Media Censorship

The CBSC and the CRTC... As the technology makes them more and more obsolete, they become more and more vicious in censoring our media. But guess what TV and radio stations are exempt? You may probably be able to name one of them, but that's not the only one. Watch this great video by Ezra Levant
Talking about free speech and controversial cartoons - here's an interview with the editor who posted one.
While there have been no "human rights" complaints yet, there are some angry calls to have the cartoonist banned. Gladly the editor is determined to stand up for freedom of expression. Way to go!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

UK Riots: Passersby Robbed, Forced To Strip On Their Way Home

Here's a picture that's worth a thousand words:
Humiliation: A young man is forced to strip to his underpants in the street, having apparently already handed his t-shirt and trainers to a looter. There were unconfirmed reports last night of victims being made to strip in Deptford, south London, and in Birmingham
When gang culture is regarded as part of some groups' cultural identity and heritage, when gun ownership is restricted and self defense is punished far more severely than the crime - what else could we expect? Oh, and some good news: the police is now getting ready to fight back. They may even use plastic bullets...

Darn, we're lucky that at least those shells and missiles that the British troops fired at the German warplanes back in the Second World War weren't made of plastic.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Video: The Black Hole Saga

A rather pessimistic outlook on the future of an open and tolerant society. And a not-so-satirical view on what Multiculturalism brings to the Western civilization. Considering the recent events in London, (and not just there,) and (what's most alarming) - the reaction on those events by the society that has lost the will to defend itself, some nations won't even have to wait till 2020.
video

P.S. You can also watch The Black Hole Saga on YouTube, while it's still there. [Part 1][Part 2]

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Video: Linda Gibbons Arrested For Peaceful Pro-Life Witness

The police may be reluctant to arrest a violent thug for punching an innocent bystander in the face, but they're always ready to step in and arrest a peaceful pro-life witness for being to close to an abortion mill:
Linda arrived at the Morgentaler Clinic at 8:55 a.m. Thursday morning. She had never attempted her counseling and protest at this particular location before. Here the injunction restricts any pro-life activity to a minimum distance of 500 feet from the abortion facility. That makes it impossible for any sidewalk counselors to offer alternative information or assistance to the women without risking certain arrest and severe penalties.

An abortuary staff woman soon came out and warned Linda to leave. At 9:15 a large, intimidating security guard arrived and posted himself at the non-descript baby-killing center entrance. At 9:30 two police arrived on bikes and a third, a woman officer, soon joined them. They consulted with abortion center staff, were given a copy of the injunction and consulted with each other over this mysterious document.

They took turns talking to Linda, finding out what she was doing and why, and trying to convince her to leave. They were notably professional and respectful in going about their business.

At 10:25 the police supervisor arrived in a cruiser to direct the officers who seemed unsure about what to do. This was all taking much longer than it usually does at the Scott abortuary on Harbord St. where Linda experienced all her previous arrests.
Here's the video of Linda's arrest. Yes, it took 6 police officers and 2 sheriffs.
You’ll notice at the 4:53 mark that they even stripped the little pro-life baby pin that she was wearing. Shades of Our Lord before the Roman guards, no?

What a paranoid and sick culture we live in to stop the peaceful demonstration by a grandmother who once was the victim of abortion herself.

So apparently, there’s “choice” for women to kill, but not so much choice for women who choose to peacefully protest that killing.

So, it’s back to jail for Linda.
So far, Linda has spent over 8 years behind bars for nothing more than peaceful prayers and sidewalk counseling on the public property outside of the abortion facilities. Think about it - what kind of a crime one would have to commit to be sentenced to more than 8 years? Except, of course, a thought crime...

Saturday, August 6, 2011

World Youth Day Is No Woodstock

Some weekend humor h/t Creative Minority Report. First - let's look at some major differences between Woodstock and a recent World Youth Day in Australia:
Woodstock - 6,000 patients were seen by doctors or nurses as a result of the concert/orgy.

Youth Day - 191 pilgrims presented themselves at emergency rooms. Notice they presented themselves. They weren't dragged in by mumbling friends who mentioned something about the brown acid before running out screaming about Richard Nixon.


Woodstock: A common diagnosis was overdose.

Youth Day: The most common diagnoses were lower limb strain or sprain, infections, and acute asthma.


Woodstock: Memorable line was "Don't take the brown acid."

Youth Day: Memorable line was "Bene! Bene! Bene! Oi! Oi! Oi!"


Woodstock: 3 Deaths. One from a heroin overdose, one from a ruptured appendix, and one from some dude passing out in a nearby field and getting run over by a tractor. Ouch.

Youth Day: Zero deaths.


Woodstock: Average number of months it took for leading Woodstock performers Janis Joplin and Jimmi Hendrix to die after Woodstock - 13 months.

Youth Day: Pope Benedict still living. He's 84.


Woodstock - Three tracheotomies performed. Not really sure I understand why that was happening but there's a lot I don't understand about Woodstock.

Youth Day - Miraculously, no tracheotomies reported. Man, how do you get through three days without emergency tracheotomies?


Woodstock - 80 lawsuits filed after the festival.

Youth Day - O lawsuits but Fr. Richard McBrien may still be considering one having to do with female ordination. Not sure.


Woodstock: 400 Festival-goers who freaked out on bad LSD trips

Youth Day: 0 people reported to be on bad (or for that matter good) LSD trips.


Woodstock: 30,000 sandwiches distributed by the Sisters of the Convent of St. Thomas to save the doped up kids who forgot to eat.

Youth Day: Everyone remembered all by themselves to eat. Amazing, huh?
There's also a couple of pictures to compare. Check them out :)

And, for the poor choice Christians, for those who believe that faith is all about "social justice" and that Jesus was merely a predecessor of Che Guevara - this lovely collage:

Friday, August 5, 2011

Language Watchdog Wants Businesses To "Actively Offer" Bilingual Services

This also applies to private businesses that have nothing to do with the federal government or government-owned properties:
Over the weekend, a report came out showing that official languages commissioner Graham Fraser is planning a secret shopping trip through much of downtown Ottawa.

Fraser, who spends his days making sure that there are sufficient French services in the public service, is now turning his eyes towards private businesses. According to the tender put out Fraser's office, he wants to check regions of Ottawa such as the Byward Market. Many of those shops actually rent from the federal government and have requirements to be bilingual in their contract but Fraser also wants to check private businesses renting from a private landlord that have nothing to do with the federal government.
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Go to Fraser's website and look at what he promotes. You'll see that it's about promoting French across Canada. Anglophones in Québec? They can look after themselves apparently, there's never any problems there. But French in Toronto, Vancouver and straight across Canada these are the issues that concern the Commissioner of Official Languages. Now he's looking to start grading private business.
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But the ability to serve someone in both languages isn't what Fraser will be grading the businesses on, not if we go by past reports. Government departments are graded on whether they provided an "active offer" in both official languages. It can be presumed that businesses will face the same test.

You might be wondering what an "active offer" is. That essentially means that as soon as you walk in the door of my store I must greet you in English and French or I fail the test.
It almost looks as if Quebec's bill 101 has been extended to the Federal level...

My opinion on this (as well as all those other "speak French or else" initiatives) is simple: if the government really wanted Canada to be bilingual - they should have put all their efforts towards teaching children both languages and ensuring that every high-school graduate can communicate freely in both English and French. Those 40 (if not 50) years that the government has spent promoting bilingualism would be enough to have everyone under 55 (or even 60) fluently bilingual. There would have been no need for bilingual signs, bilingual forms, bilingual offers etc, because vast majority of the population could have been able to easily switch from one language to another...

But the government seems to be more interested in all sorts of make-work projects, that have nothing to do with bringing the two linguistic communities together, but that create an illusion of an effort being made and that guarantee grants to their departments and high-paid jobs to thousands of bureaucrats.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Multiculturalism Revisited

Check out this article by Michael Curtis:
Multiculturalism in Western societies confers benefits on an ethnic or racial minority, enabling it to maintain its own culture. This may lead to friction and to both physical and cultural separation from the majority of the society. It also disparages individual rights, fragments society, and supports the politicization of group identities. The French writer Pascal Bruckner has defined multiculturalism as racism of the antiracists. It tends to chain people to their roots and to imprison them in an ethnic or racial definition of their group. It may not only undermine individuality and self-reliance, but also may prevent people from liberating themselves from their own group traditions. Celebrating differences among people has become a means of enforcing group identity.

In recent practice, multiculturalism has led to restriction rather than protection of free speech -- e.g., to laws making it a criminal offense to make critical remarks about some religious, ethnic, or national groups. It has led in the West to tolerating minorities that are themselves intolerant.

Contemporary European politicians have understood the political problem. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany in October 2010 declared that multiculturalism had failed in her country.
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Political leaders in both Britain and France have been similarly troubled by recent developments.
When are we going to hear a similar statement here in Canada? It's great to see some positive developments in the Ministry of Immigration, but when is the government going to acknowledge the self-evident truth - that multi-cult is nothing but a costly failure?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Toronto: Multiculturalism Is Turning Violent

Islamic thugs feel free to assault a journalist, while the police officer is perfectly fine with the assailant's excuse that she was merely trying to knock the camera out of his hands...
The details: I was at Yonge-Dundas Square with my nine-year-old son. We ate pizza. We drank bubble tea. And I used my new Canon camera to take photos of this neon shrine.

Suddenly, a woman wearing a hijab ran toward me. She was part of a group that included two women wearing full face-covering burkas. She was screaming: “We are Muslim! You do not take pictures of us!” (Odd. I can’t find the “no photos” rule in the Qur’an.)

I informed the lady I was in a public square in a democracy. I can actually take pictures of whomever I please.

And then: Ka-pow! Her fist collided with my face. Worse, she almost knocked my new camera from my hands.

My son and I were then surrounded by a mob of about 20 people, many of whom were speaking Arabic. One kept demanding I surrender my camera to him.

It was surreal. Was I in Toronto — or Riyadh?
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The cop walked back to me. No charges would be laid, he said, because he believed the woman’s story — namely, she was merely trying to knock the camera out of my hands.

Got that? Apparently, attempted property damage is OK. If a face gets in the way of a would-be vandalizing fist... hey, accidents happen.
Has the Young & Dundas intersection become Canada's first "sharia-controlled zone"? Well, if Great Britain can have hundreds of "no-go zones" for infidels, where you better do as you're told or the adherents of the "religion of peace" beat the c*** out of you - who said that Canada is immune?...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Now, That's Courage

These folks certainly didn't worry about losing their charitable status or turning away liberal parishioners or about being too judgmental or violating the sacred principle of separating Church and state...
TAOISEACH ENDA Kenny has been likened to Adolf Hitler in a newsletter distributed to Massgoers in a Co Louth parish, following his criticism of the Vatican.

The newsletter, which was in the Church of St Columcille in Togher on Sunday, carried an article about Mr Kenny’s Dáil speech of last week under the headline: “Heil Herr Kenny”.

Referring to Mr Kenny’s criticisms of the Vatican’s handling of clerical sex abuse, the article stated: “The last European leader to make such a blistering attack on the Pope was the ruthless German dictator Adolf Hitler”.
Straight and to the point. The Irish priests (or at least some of them) sure realize what a secularist government intrusion means. But what about Canadian clergy? Any Canadian priest comparing Canada's international socialists to German national socialists back during the marriage debate? Any Ontario priest raising his arm in a mock salute and exclaiming "Hail Herr McGuinty"? Any outraged Quebec priest exclaiming "Hail Charest"?