A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Someone Up There Is Interested in Me


Interesting.

Hezboliberal.com - Still Out There

Thanks to the good old Western Standard. Enjoy!

Insert Applause Here

Q. How can you tell a Liberal computer from a Conservative one?

A. On the Liberal computer, all of the files are corrupt.

I'm here all the time, folks.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Benoît Sauvageau, 1964 - 2006

My condolences tonight go out the family of Benoît Sauvageau, who was killed today in a car accident in Repentigny. Mr. Sauvageau leaves behind a wife and four children who must now somehow go on despite this terrible loss. I would ask you all at this time to please keep Mr. Sauvageau and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

From The Desk of Mahmoud, Part II

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Relax

The world is not going to end today. Seriously.

Of course if it does, you won't be around to say "Ha! I told you so."

But that's not something I'm concerned about.


Seriously.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Okay, I Lied

So sue me. I just thought this was too funny to pass up:
Pete Doherty was charged with seven counts of drug possession yesterday and pleaded guilty to five of them today, including possession of heroin and crack cocaine. It's a wonder the system hasn't already given up on this clown. If I was in charge I would've already sentenced him to be shot out of a cannon into an elephant's ass. Obviously jail and rehab can't set the guy straight. But by God I bet an elephant's ass will.

Unprofessional Posting Alert

I'm not going to say anything today, other than "I just finished my MCAT," and "I'm on top of the world" and "See you later, I've got some massive partying to do."


I'm out! :)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Bill Graham Uses AIDS Victims to Score Political Points

The Federal government announced today that AIDS related policy announcements have been postponed because the issue has become too politicized. Bill Graham, however, was quick on the draw to twist Health Minister Tony Clement's words into something horrific. Take a look at the original statement:

"The government of Canada is strongly committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS and continues to commit a significant amount of money to this issue," spokesman Erik Waddell said in an e-mail statement Thursday. "Our government is committed to doing more in the future. However, there are no announcements this week while the issue is so politicized."

Sounds reasonable, right? Now take a look at Bill Graham's statement:

"I understand that the prime minister has now said he is not going to come because the conference has been politicized," he added. "It’s like blaming the victim but unfortunately the victim in this case is people dying of HIV around the world."
The twist here was that while Clement said he would only be delaying policy announcements, Graham twisted the statement to say that Harper wasn't going to come to the conference because of the politics at work here. In doing so, Graham shows us that his game plan is to simply lie appeal to the lowest common denominator in order to gain some votes. For the Liberals, politics is the art of hoping you're not paying attention.

In addition, Graham's disgusting use of AIDS patients in the second sentence to score cheap political points is shameful. AIDS is a full blown epidemic is Sub-saharan Africa and it affects millions of people worldwide. For Graham to say that the government is completely indifferent to the plight of those dying from AIDS is simply outrageous, and he should apologize immediately.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Some Follow-Up Thoughts

The other day I said that I didn't have any evidence to show that Dr. Mark Wainberg was an anti-Harper partisan. That doesn't mean I don't think it's likely, however.

In addition, this surrender ceasefire that the UN has foisted upon Israel leaves a rotten taste in my mouth. All the Security Council has done is legitimize Hezbollah and tie the hands of the Israeli people.

Yeesh.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Hezbollah Ignores Ceasefire

And no one is surprised. Unless, of course, you happen to be the UN. Repeat it with me now: a ceasefire with a terrorist organization. A ceasefire with a terrorist organization. Welcome to the new millenium, my friends.

A little bit of unintentional clarity, provided by the AP:

Jamila Marina screamed and collapsed when she saw her destroyed home in Yaroun, a mainly Christian village a few miles south of hard-hit Bint Jbail.

"Why did this happen. What have we done to deserve this!" she yelled.

Rosetta Ajaka, also just returned, found her badly damaged home had been used as a Hezbollah outpost. A rocket launcher still sat in the front garden.

If Lebanese civilians aren't blaming Hezbollah for this conflict, I hope that clears it up for them.

But if you're still not convinced that Hezbollah is to blame, let's compare each side's response to the 'ceasefire.' Sheik Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, has defiantly stated that now is not the time to debate the group's disarmament. Meanwhile, on the other side of the border an Israeli colonel remarked that it was nice to finally be able to hear the birds. If you still have to ask yourself which side has peace as its goal, you're not listening to me.

I'm going on record here. This won't be the last time Israel will be forced to go to war against Hezbollah - of that, you can be sure.

Happy Birthday to Me!

I've been so busy studying for the MCAT lately that I actually flat out forgot about the fact that as of August 10th, Uncommon Truths is one year old. I started this blog last August after finishing up my summer job as a constituency assistant for my local MP - shortly after I first discovered the Blogging Tories - and it's been going strong since then.

Here's to many more years of blogging! (And thanks for putting up with me!)

From The Desk of Mahmoud: Part I of a Continuing Series...

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Prime Minister Takes Flak for Missing HIV Conference

The Prime Minister didn't show up to the International AIDS conference this weekend, offending organizers so much that they publicly spoke out against him in retaliation:

The best guess among organizers here is that Harper declined the invitation because he doesn’t want to be booed for his opposition to same-sex marriage.

“Same-sex marriage is a side show,” Wainberg said. “Mr. Harper knows full well that internationally this is a heterosexual disease. And so what if people boo him? If you want to be prime minister you have to be prime minister for all Canadians. (Former Prime Minister) Brian Mulroney knew that when he went to the international AIDS conference in Montreal in 1989 he would be booed. He was and he took it. He understood that the prime minister has to show leadership to the world. Mr Harper should have done the same.”

Before I passed judgment on Dr. Wainberg's comments, I did some preliminary research on him. The reason I did this was twofold:
  • Find out about Dr. Wainberg.
  • Examine if he held any political views that might give him an ulterior motive for attacking Harper.
Now before you mock me for investigating the "angry-liberal" angle, you've got to keep in mind that nothing is said in a bubble. You've got to dig deep.

I've got to say, I'm impressed with Dr. Wainberg's credentials. He's authored and co-authored an enormous list of journal articles on HIV and AIDS, and has contributed articles to the Globe and Mail. In addition, he was the head of the International Aids Society for two years and was inducted into the Order of Canada (presumably for his work on HIV). In addition, he has been extremely vocal in his criticism of HIV dissidents. I consider Dr. Wainberg's support of public health initiatives to combat AIDS to be quite laudable.

I couldn't find anything to suggest Dr. Wainberg had anything against Harper. So in light of the evidence, I have to go with my initial gut feeling on the matter at hand. He seems to be a man who is genuinely upset at the Prime Minister for supposedly making light of an issue Wainberg feels so strongly about. I don't blame him for his reaction. I do, however, think he's wrong.

One of the things people don't understand about politics is the busy schedule legislators must follow. Last summer I worked in a student position as a constituency assistant for a local MP. Believe me, it was a learning experience. The truth is, everyone wants face time with their MP. They might want to discuss something frivolous; they might want to discuss something of paramount importance. Regardless, everyone wants a piece of the pie, and somehow your local MP has to fit each person in. People can and will get upset when the meeting isn't on their own timetable. That's no one's fault - it's just the way it is.

I don't have a sweet clue what the Prime Minister's itinerary for this weekend was. All I know it involved a trip up north to announce protection for our sovereignty over the Canadian Arctic. Beyond that? Hell, he could have been eating ice cream and knocking back a beer on his front porch. But the more likely scenario was that he was busy running the country.

I'd be behind Dr. Wainberg in criticizing the Prime Minister for missing this conference, but I can't for a few simple reasons. One, both Bill Gates and Bill Clinton aren't spending the majority of their time running Microsoft or the United States anymore, so it makes no sense to criticize a world leader for missing an AIDS conference when he has an entire country to run (in the midst of an international crisis no less). Secondly, it makes no sense for Dr. Wainberg to criticize Harper for not showing up when, according to the Conference's own Speaker List (PDF file, see end of page 3), he sent someone more appropriate to attend. Someone like, oh, Tony Clement. You know - The Minister of Health. In light of the fact that Clement belongs to the Conservative Party, the "same-sex marriage" argument doesn't hold water. Hell, it doesn't hold anything. I also have no doubt that Clement is going to give Harper a full briefing on the conference. So why is Wainberg so upset?

This whole brouhaha is much ado about nothing. Dr. Wainberg likely doesn't understand the scheduling restrictions faced by the PM. On the other hand, in light of the fact that Tony Clement attended, Wainberg's arguments don't make much sense. My opinion? Since I've got no proof that he has a beef with Harper (although he might for all I know), he's probably just a well-intentioned man who believes in his cause and feels slighted by Harper.

And that's my two cents.

At Least Four Major Plots Foiled

LONDON, England (CNN) -- Terrorists are "highly likely" to mount another attack on Britain, the country's interior minister warned Sunday as police were questioning 23 men held over a suspected plot to blow up trans-Atlantic airliners.

Home Secretary John Reid said that although he believed the main suspects in the latest plot to smuggle liquid explosives on board jets had been apprehended, it was feared other potential attackers were at large.

"It is highly likely there will be another terrorist attempt," he said. "The threat of a terrorist attack in the United Kingdom is still very substantial."

Reid said that Britain has foiled four major terrorist plots since the July 7, 2005 bombings on London's transit system, adding that police were conducting at least 24 anti-terrorist investigations.

I'm tickled pink to see that British authorities are making good use of their intelligence agencies to take out terrorist cells. Although eliminating governments that sponsor terrorism is one facet of striking at Islamofacism, the crucial front in this war is being fought by western intelligence communities. After all, the foiling of the UK plot came about because a British agent infiltrated the terror cell and peeked at their playbook. This kind of humint is critical in infiltrating terrorist movements.

Unfortunately, while their use of technology to gather intelligence is second to none, the United States intelligence community doesn't exactly have a stellar record when it comes to the use of humint. But as these recent arrests show, western intelligence agencies are proving that they do indeed have the capability to adapt to and counter the tactics of Islamofacist extremists.

So the next time an odd-smelling, doofus college student with an out-of-control beard asks you, "but are we safer now than before September 11th?", keep news like this in mind.


And then promptly smack him as hard as you can. At least that's what I did. But you know, whatever works for you, right? Everyone has their own style.

One Eloquent Marine

Officially Screwed plays host to a poem written by a US Marine, posted on Cindy Sheehan's website. I highly recommend you take a look.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Cpl. Andrew James Eykelenboom

We count yet another noble young man among those who have given their lives so that innocent people in a country far from our's may live in peace and freedom. What could be more Canadian than to strive to make the world a more peaceful place?

My heart simply aches for the family of Cpl. Eykelenboom. Young men have always sacrificed their lives in the pursuit of something so we consider so basic as freedom, but for the people of Afghanistan freedom is precious. And so we salute our young hero, and bid that he rest in peace with the legions of Canadian heroes who have gone before him.

If you wish to send your condolences to the family, please do so here.

Hezbollah Timetable: Ceasefire Set For Monday

Destruction of Israel set for Tuesday.

Although I abhor the deaths of innocent civilians - and because I abhor the deaths of innocent civilians - I would have preferred that Israel had finished the job.

Friday, August 11, 2006

I'll Be Honest

I'm not going to say much about the latest terror plot, because there's very little that hasn't already been discussed, analyzed and filed away for storage. Suffice it to say this: I confess that after having removed my shoes for the fifth time before boarding a flight to Chicago last year, I inwardly grumbled that airpoirt security measures couldn't get much worse.

You may pass judgement on my perceived naïvety later, but in the meantime, I predict that this time next year they'll make you strip buck-naked (after a full body cavity search of course) and then strap you into your seat while armed guards with German Shepards patrol the aisles.


I should have knocked on wood, damn it.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Wikipedia: Problem Solved

And all it took was a speedy e-mail to the PMO. Take a look, the photo is much better.

Before

After

The amount of space wasted on the talk page over the "fair use vs. free use" arguments is simply ridiculous. Some people are excessively anal regarding the rules over there.

Which is probably why I avoid Wikipedia like the plague.

Wikipedia is Excessively Anal

This is the wikipedia article on Stephen Harper. Immediately you'll notice the terrible picture given for the Prime Minister. Check the talk section and you'll find a raging debate over the picture used for the PM.

I was under the impression that government photos (i.e., of the Prime Minister) are part of the public domain, although this isn't necessarily always so. Join in the discussion if you wish, and let them know what you think. In the meantime, I've e-mailed the PMO for a public domain portrait photo to be used.

Lieberman Fights On

Lieberman's out, but he's vowing to fight on as an independent. As a Democrat Lieberman seemed unpalatable to me. Now that he's been ousted in favor of a more radical candidate - by the party that once wanted him for vice-president - he's taken on the role of underdog. And I do love an underdog.

I never thought I'd find myself saying this, but here it is:

Take 'em to the cleaners, Joe.

Lieberman's Out

The Democrats slide even further left...and into irrelevance.

And since when has 50% ever been considered "heavy turnout?"

Source

Monday, August 07, 2006

The Answer to the Perennial Question, "Who Watches the Watchmen?"

Sunday, August 06, 2006

But They're Canadian at Heart, You See!

The role of the CBC is to be the guardian and protector of Canadian culture in an increasingly Americanized world. Without the noble vanguard of those defiant unicorn riding knights, radiant in their flowing white robes, the purity and nobility that is Canadian culture would be swamped by the dirty and unwashed hordes of American cultural imperialism.

Which is why tonight, when I turned on my TV, they were interviewing the Dixie Chicks.

4 To 1, Double or Nothing.

Old News, but Good news; This sort of stuff should bring a smile to the face of every proud Tory in Canada. It's interesting to see that the MSM has finally picked up on it.

It would appear that Conservative fundraising efforts have outpaced those of the Liberals by about 4 to 1. Additionally (and here's the kicker), the Conservatives nearly doubled the amount of all other party fundraising combined, including The Green Party.

The Conservatives raised $4,018,952.00, compared with:

  • $1,194,517.65 for the Liberals
  • 734,642.42 for the NDP
  • 193,808.12 for the Green Party and
  • 27,566.96 for the Bloc.
Even more interesting is the breakdown of the number of voters, and the average contribution made by each.
  • The Conservatives had a whopping 37,871 contributors, each of whom made an average donation of $106.12.
  • The Liberals, in comparison, had a 'paltry' 8,041 contributors with an average donation of 148.55.

I will leave you with the link to draw your own conclusions about the data, but it is interesting to see that the average donation to the Liberal party was a fair bit larger than the average contribution to the Conservative party (with a smaller base, to boot; If you're familiar with the phrase 'Champagne Socialism', you're probably not surprised by this).

It makes you wonder how conservativism in Canada ever became viewed as a movement driven by the agendas of plutocrats, as opposed to the ideals held by ordinary, middle-class Canadians.

Link (ctv)

Wake Up, Wakeham!

Bob Wakeham is a man who, after spending "more than 30 years as a journalist in Newfoundland and Labrador," currently writes for The [St. John's] Telegram. Recently Wakeham saw an article in The Independent on how the Premier of Newfoundland, millionaire Danny Williams, donates his premier's salary to charity. Wakeham took exception to the fact that Wiliams donates some of his salary to the Right to Life Association and made it the subject of his column in The Telegram today.

Working himself into a self-righteous frenzy, he ranted that the premier dared to send "money from our pockets...to a group who talk of murder and abortion in the same breath," and continued with a final damning condemnation of Williams for funding a group that holds a march every spring "designed to pass moral judgement on women who've made a choice to have a legal abortion."

I've got a bit of news for Mr. Wakeham: how the premier spends his salary is none of your damn business. If you've got a problem with the way Williams donates his salary to charity, who's next on your list of condemnations? Public servants? Doctors? Nurses? They all "feed from the public trough" as it were. Are they free to spend their money as they wish?

This may come as a suprise to you, Mr. Wakeham, but Williams isn't spending "money from our pockets," as you so self-righteously claim. It's his money. I think it's deserved considering the job he's done running the place - and he's not even keeping it for himself.

Readers should know that Wakeham is the type who strongly believes that the media has an obligation to act as the official opposition to any kind of non-Liberal government. This should come as no surprise considering he worked for the CBC (a while back he penned a piece on the joys of tearing strips off politicians). He ended today's column thusly:
"But my position on abortion is irrelevant; the more crucial point is public disclosure...that the pursuit of such information by the media is warranted"
That's Bob's way of saying "we know where you live, Mr. Williams."

Wakeham is free to think what he likes about abortion, as is the premier - whatever the premier's stance may be, since he has never publicly discussed it. Still, I find it highly ironic that Wakeham is angry at Williams for supporting a group that "passes moral judgement" on people for their beliefs on abortion while he does the exact same to the premier.

It's not your job to be the official opposition, Bob. That's the job of the Liberal party of Newfoundland and Labrador. I know that they're not doing so hot right now, but that doesn't mean you have to be their yap-dog.

Should we keep an eye on the premier and the provincial government? Absolutely. Should we tolerate partisan sniping from disgruntled journalists?

Not on your life.

"Attacks continue despite proposed UN peace plan"

"But...but...we're the UN! Hey! Stop Fighting! Guys? I mean it!"

source

And People Wonder Why We Distrust the MSM

Via LGF and Stephen Taylor:

The CBC distorts the Facts

Reuters doctoring photos?

I think that's reason enough.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

"Less High Profile Bloggers"

I don't know whether to be insulted or to thank him for the traffic. At least he called me lucid, a claim I can neither confirm nor deny.

Radwanski has an interesting follow-up to his piece in the National Post yesterday, in which he links to me (insert shameless self-promotion here). Check it out.

Turtle Power

I have no idea why a random nameless pizza outlet charges more for a jumbo Pizza than Pizza Experts (popular Newfoundland Chain) does, but I will say this: It's no elastic loaf. That's for sure.

Maybe I should blog about eating pizza more.

Nah.