Canada's New Government Nixes Drug Program
No word yet on the impact this move will have on the domestic munchies industry (stay tuned).
(Sorry for the delay in posting, this would have been up last night but Blogger was on a trip...)
A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.
In the view of some historians, the Pope's recent apology to enraged Muslims over use of a quote written by Manuel II Palaeologus in 1391 bears a striking similarity with a similar apology delivered more than 600 years ago by Manuel II Palaeologus himself to offended Muslim armies after they ransacked his Christian country, converted its citizens to Islam, and beheaded or enslaved those who resisted the forced conversions. In a public speech made shortly after the quote first appeared in Muslim press, Manuel II apologized to the Islamic community that besieged his controversial "Byzantine entity," the term used to describe the Greek-speaking Roman Empire of the Middle Ages, centered at its capital in Constantinople (now Istanbul). "I hope," said Manuel II, who was also known as a writer, poet and theologian, "that my apology will appease hearts and clarify the true meaning of my address, which was an invitation to a rational dialogue, with great mutual respect."
"In my seventh dialogue with an imaginary Islamic scholar," the learned Byzantine ruler continued as he evaded occasional critical arrows flying from the surrounding hordes, "I referred to the Koran's teachings about spreading the faith by the sword. And this, I said, could not come from God because violence is the opposite of reason, and God himself cannot act contrary to reason. But your passionate criticism has proven to me that there is, indeed, nothing evil or inhuman in spreading the faith by violent means, and that beheadings of non-believers and terrorizing communities in the name of religion are all signs of perfectly rational behavior and wonderful mental health."
"Taking quotes out of context is similarly a magnificent example of a reasonable dialogue from which we all should learn," Manuel II said, adding that the recent slaughters of thousands of his Christian subjects by the Muslim sword were the result of his own blindness to the true peaceful nature of Islam. "We can only hope that their sacrifice will help build real fraternity among us," he said, "so that all Muslims and Christians can learn to live with reciprocal respect of everyone's religious convictions, and that some 600 years from now conflicts and misunderstandings like this would be a thing of the past."
Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah told supporters Friday that his guerrillas will not surrender their weapons until a stronger Lebanese government is in place - including 20,000 rockets his group claims to still have after its 34-day war with Israel...Nasrallah also vowed not to allow U.N. peacekeepers and Lebanese troops to disarm Hezbollah militants in the south.
"No army in the world will be able to make us drop the weapons from our hands," he said.
"...You don't come into my country, you don't come into my congressional district, and you don't condemn my president. If there is any criticism of President Bush, it should be restricted to Americans, whether they voted for him or not. And I just want to make it abundantly clear to Hugo Chavez or any other president, don't come to the United States and think because we have problems with our president that any foreigner can come to our country and not think that Americans do not feel offended when you offend our Chief of State."
In his two page letter to leading Italian Rome based daily La Repubblica, Agca, who was a member of the Turkish terrorist cell the White Wolves, wrote: "Pope Ratzinger listen to someone who knows these things very well."
"Your life is in danger. You absolutely must not come to Turkey."
Pope Benedict you must know that between 1980 and 2000 I was in contact with various Western intelligence services and with the Vatican.In those twenty tears I learnt many things and I came into possession of many classified secrets."
The letter closed with Agca imploring Pope Benedict to resign for his own safety he wrote: "For your own welfare you must make a grand gesture of honour and resign.
"Then you must return to your native land (Germany) and in your place an Italian cardinal can be elected Pope, possibly (cardinal Dionigi) Tettamanzi or (cardinal Tarcisio) Bertone.
"PMSH has said the Lebanon experience has underscored the need to review dual citizenship, and I appreciate his support."
The Iranian leader also had harsh words about U.S. efforts in Iraq, saying "the occupiers are incapable of establishing security in Iraq" and every day hundreds of people get killed "in cold blood."
Ahmadinejad claimed that numerous terrorists apprehended by the Iraqi government were "let loose under various pretexts by the occupiers.""It seems that intensification of hostilities and terrorism serves as a pretext for the continued presence of foreign forces in Iraq," he said. *
"BERLIN, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A neo-Nazi party has embarrassed the German government by winning parliamentary seats in Chancellor Angela Merkel's home state.
The racist National Democratic Party, or NPD, took 6.4 percent of the ballot in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, where Merkel started her political career and to this day keeps her constituency.
Holy Crap. Holy Crap. Holy. Crap.
Conservative politics and U2 are my two joys in this world. Someone out there found a way to combine them both.
In a first reaction from a top Christian leader, the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church criticized the pope. "Any remarks which offend Islam and Muslims are against the teachings of Christ," Coptic Pope Shenouda III was quoted as telling the pro-government newspaper Al- Ahram."
"The derogatory remarks of the Pope about the philosophy of jihad and Prophet Mohammed have injured sentiments across the Muslim world and pose the danger of spreading acrimony among the religions..."
OTTAWA — The Auditor-General's Office is poised to release a scathing assessment of Liberal spending programs linked to the Kyoto climate accord. The report is expected to land Sept. 28, within days of the announcement of the Conservative government's environmental plan.
"The content will be extremely critical of how money and programs were handled," said a non-partisan source familiar with some of the report's findings.
The source said the audit's criticisms include actions at Environment Canada when it was led by former minister Stéphane Dion. Mr. Dion is currently campaigning for the leadership of the Liberal Party and has made environmental policy a central part of his platform. He was environment minister from July of 2004 until the government's defeat Jan. 23, 2006.
John Bennett, a spokesman for the Sierra Club of Canada, accused the new government of beginning “a campaign of stealth destruction” of the programs by allowing funding to lapse.
The PM said a refusal by the Senate to pass Bill S-4 -- which would no longer allow senators to keep their seats until they are 75 -- would send a message to Canadians. "It would indicate the Senate could not participate in this reform and there would be political repercussions," he said. Liberal Sen. Jim Munson quickly took issue with the remark.
"There are critics that believe you would like nothing better than to fight an election on the backs of the Senate," he said. "Don't give me the opportunity," Harper responded.
"I am saddened to announce that four Canadian soldiers were killed in today's operations and a number of others were wounded," said Brig. Gen. David Fraser at a press briefing.
"All but one of the wounded are expected to return to their duties within the next few days." CTV
Three Canadian soldiers were killed and six were wounded during a major NATO offensive in the volatile district of southern Afghanistan on Sunday, said an Afghan Defence Ministry spokesperson. Zahir Azimiaid also told Reuters news agency that up to 89 insurgents had been killed in fighting, following a major air and ground offensive by NATO and Afghan forces in Kandahar province that began Saturday. CTVIt is important to remember that regardless of the casualties that we suffer, we are making real progress alongside our NATO allies in transforming Afghanistan into a peaceful and democratic society, one that respects human rights and the rule of law. It is a terrible thing that young men and women should have to fight and die against terrorists who simply refuse to contribute to making the world a peaceful place. We did not choose it to be this way. But we must carry on in spite of it.