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

Friday, January 30, 2009

Judy Foote Is Not Taking a Risk Here

Judy Foote, one of Newfoundland and Labrador's newest Liberal MPs says she is going to vote against the budget. Some of my fellow Newfoundlanders may say that she is exhibiting a courage they feel was not shown by Tory MPs during the last couple of budgets and during the dispute over the Atlantic Accord. Some of my countrymen (and women) would be wrong. The Tory budget only needs the support of a few Liberal MPs in order to pass; therefore I am sure Ignatieff would have no trouble letting a few of his MPs look good for 'standing up for Newfoundland' whilst he takes credit for having his members oppose a budget he says he does not fully approve of.

The province's Conservative MPs considered long and hard their options regarding their support for previous budgets and took an awful lot of fire for supporting them in the end (whether those budgets were not good for the province is a matter of debate). Foote is under nowhere near the pressure Fabian Manning, Norm Doyle and Loyola Hearn were under. Foote is in opposition opposing a government bill; the Tories were in government under pressure to support their government lest it fall. Judy Foote isn't being whipped by her party to help save it from losing power.

As I'm not pleased with this budget I'm happy that Foote has chosen to oppose it, but should anyone think she is under anywhere near the pressure Newfoundland's Conservative MPs were under when they were pressured to vote for their budgets they are quite mistaken.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Not Impressed.

If this was Canada's first NDP budget, Then this must be its second.

The only sweet spot is the tax cuts aimed at the middle-class, which would have been more welcome about two years ago. It seems that the Conservative Party has decided to abandon its principles of smaller government and cutting spending and I, for one, am not impressed. I will admit that I haven't had a chance to digest all of the intricacies of the government's fiscal plan, but on the surface it does not look good - at all.

If the government feels that it 'needs' to 'spend, spend, spend' in order to survive a confidence motion then I would suggest it grow some cajones and put forward a plan that doesn't involve massive and wasteful government spending, followed by a proper and clear explanation of why to the Canadian people.

As usual, Andrew Coyne says it succintly.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

The Opposition Doing Itself in...Again.

Can we have more headlines like this, please?
(from CTV)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ontario NDP Votes to Stall Strike Legislation

After already being kept out of class by a two month strike, York University students have just learned that they will be kept from their studies even longer.

Members of the Ontario Provincial NDP caucus voted today against legislation that would have ended the labour dispute between CUPE Local 3903 and York University, allowing students to return to classes. Had the vote been unanimous in the legislature, the strike would have ended immediately, but 8 NDP MPP's who voted against the legislation effectively stalled such efforts.

It seems highly ironic (and quite telling) that the party that frequently claims to to be the flagbearer of student issues and rights is currently throwing a wrench into efforts to allow them to return to school. It's not surprising, however, given the "promise-everything-and-deliver-nothing" attitude that underlies most NDP policies.

Given this betrayal of sorts, one wonders how one of the most pro-NDP groups around, the Canadian Federation of Students, has handled the strike so far.

Well, the Ontario branch of the CFS gave CUPE $2,500 in support of the York Strike.

That's right people - the organization which is supposed to represent student rights... used mandatory student fees....to keep students out of class. York students are no doubt overjoyed.

With such a betrayal by both supposed 'advocates', I would be considering parking my vote elsewhere inthe next provincial election if I were a York student; I would certainly be furious with the Ontario branch of the CFS, since they clearly do not represent the best interest of York students, who should perhaps rethink their membership within this organization.

But this little fiasco is constructive, in that it shows the reality of the situation; groups like the CFS don't exist to help students; They exist to keep them in line with the ideology of the far left. Is it any wonder that voter participation in student union elections is always pathetically poor at universities across the country? Last year at Memorial University, only 15 percent of students voted, up from 8 percent the year before; students know the whole thing is a sad joke. Across the country, the CFS and it's affiliated student unions spend thousands of hours and just as much (if not more) money lobbying for radical left-wing causes while posting large fiscal deficits and generally ignoring actual student issues. Its great that you think U.S. military deserters 'war resisters' should be allowed to stay in Canada guys, really it is, but can we stop posting massive yearly deficits please?

Hopefully York students will respond accordingly and decide that, since their interest are not being represented by their student unions, they no longer wish for their university to be associated with one.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

LGF: News In Evolution Battle

Apparently, the Texas State Board of Education has voted to drop a requirement that forces schools to essentially criticize evolutionary science using creationist theory. This has been an ongoing controversy in Texas for some time. Creationist theory is all well and good for religion class, but has no place in a science class. It's summed up pretty well below by this handy Anthropomorphic T-Rex (courtesy of the super-classy Ryan North):



(Click the image to view the full sized version)

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When Harper Does It

He's a secretive bully.


(That's right, Barack Obama officially just intimated he wasn't familiar with the media - although there is growing credence that this is, ironically enough, true)


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Classy Left Strikes Again

And gets the wrong Bush while they're at it.

Like I said, over the past eight years you have not displayed even one ounce of grace or class, even as the president you mocked and hated exhibited it under the most trying circumstances. I have nothing but contempt for you.

(Wonder what that is ABC blurred out in picture 2?)

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Dr. Mads Gilbert

Why the sudden silence? Where are you now

h/t Ezra

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There's A Switch

The irony of Warren Kinsella being on the other side of a lawsuit is not lost on me. Most amusing.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Farewell, President Bush



"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful."

2, Timothy 4:7           

President Bush, thank you for eight years of service. In the face of often outrageous and unfair displays of criticism from political opponents, media elites, and hate-filled protestors, you have endured and led the freest nation through its toughest years since the Cold War. Through it all, you refused to put what was popular over what was right.

Through the dark days following September 11th you gave a nation the courage to rise up and endure. You led American forces to crush the theocratic regime of the Taliban and root out the terrorists who murdered over three thousand people on that day. 

In 2003, you led American forces in a quest to bring democracy to Iraq and to make both it and the world safe from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein. In the darkest days of the war when all believed victory to be hopelessly out of reach, you believed in the tenacity of the American soldier and the American people and went ahead with the Surge when all, including the current president, doubted you and said that it would only lead to an even worse defeat. You stood and endured it all - and you proved them wrong. 

Thank you for enduring what almost no one else could. You went on with your work in spite of all the mocking self-righteousness of a biased mainstream media. At times, the actions they took in spite of your warnings served to help the enemies of the free world.  The overwhelming hatred directed your way by so many seems to me an impossible burden to bear, and yet you took it stoically and continued on, day after day, with your job. And you succeeded. 

In the 2,688 days since September the 11th, 2001, not one terrorist attack against the United States has occurred. You kept your promise, and your resolve. 

And for that, I thank you, and I salute you. 

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That Didn't Take Long

Looks like the Obama Administration is already expunging everything 'Bush' from the White House Website. While searching for a proper photo of President Bush for a tribute post, I clicked on one particular one I found in a Google image search and this came up instead - a 404 with links to all the new Obama content, including a blog:

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Hamas Announces "Ceasefire"

A Hamas spokesman said today that the terrorist organization was declaring a ceasefire after more than three weeks of conflict with Israel. Many of you will be familiar with other, similar 'ceasefires' throughout history.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

It's Not a Ceasefire

It's victory. And hopefully, Hamas is crippled.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

KHAAAAAAAAN!!!

Canada's Bureaucrats Aren't Politically Motivated

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

When Obama Does It, It's "Change"

When Harper does it, it's "being a bully":


According to Sun-Times columnist and long-time Chicago journalist, Carol Marin, journalists at Barack Obama news conferences have come to realize that Obama has pre-picked those journalists whom he will allow to ask him questions at the conference and many of them now "don't even bother raising" their hands to be called upon.

Change You Can Believe In

Obama plans to name a pal from Harvard as his new FCC chair (change here meaning "friends of Democrats" as opposed to "Friends of Republicans."

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Guantanamo Inmates Return to Terrorism - Surprise.

In what is sure to shock liberals everywhere, the Pentagon released a report today stating that the number of inmates at Guantanamo Bay returning to terrorism after release has increased:


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Tuesday that 61 former detainees from its military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appear to have returned to terrorism since their release from custody.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said 18 former detainees are confirmed and 43 suspected of "returning to the fight."

He said the figures, updated at the end of December, showed a higher rate of recidivism than seen in a previous report showing 37 former detainees as active militants.

He provided no details about the detainees or their countries of origin.

"The overall known terrorist re-engagement rate has increased to 11 percent" from about 7 percent, Morrell said. *


I guess the US government should have given them green cards and jobs, to solve the root issue insanity (poverty)

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Go Vote For Kate!

Small Dead Animals is nominated for 'Best Conservative Blog' in the 2008 Weblog Awards. Kate is up against a lot of tough American competition;not only has she been holding her own, but she has been switching leads back and forth with Ace ever since this thing started! The deadline for voting is Tuesday January 13, 2009 at 10:00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is 5:00 p.m. (EST) and 2:00 p.m. (PST), so you still have some time left to push her into the lead again (SDA is about 200 votes behind at the time of this posting)!

Remember: You can vote once per computer per day. That means if you have access to more than one computer, you can cast a couple of votes.

Let's get out there and Make Canada Proud!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Ya think??

Sid Ryan acknowledges presence of foot firmly in mouth; TDSB Trustee makes sense.


"CUPE Ontario's president yesterday said a Nazi reference he used to justify criticism of Israel was "a poor choice of analogy," after a trustee with the Toronto District School Board condemned such references in calling on his board to disavow the union's proposal to ban Israeli academics from the province's post-secondary schools.
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Mr. Ryan said he would apologize to "any member of the Jewish community or Israelis who I've offended ... and I know I've offended some people."
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"The example I gave was inappropriate and left people with the impression I was trying to compare the people of Israel with the Nazis," said Sid Ryan yesterday."


Perhaps people got 'that impression' from Mr. Ryan because that is exactly the comparison he sought to make.


...“They deliberately targeted an institution of learning. That's what the Nazis did.”...

I thought most people were sensible enough these days to realize that comparing Israelis to National Socialists is just a tad insensitive, but, well...

Fortunately, a trustee of the Toronto District School Board injected some much needed common sense into this issue, noting:


..."His "outrageous, sensational rhetoric only creates conflict within our schools and our country," said Mr. Matlow.
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Mr. Matlow acknowledged it is not the school board's purview to debate Israel's action but said: "Mr. Ryan brought it here by trying to censor academics in a hateful way." He added: "We need to respond in an intelligent way and my motion is one response."
Thank goodness that there are still sensible adults out there who have the courage to stand up and call a spade a spade (or something else in this case...). Perhaps this will lead to CUPE members to finally reconsider the embarassing tenure of Mr. Ryan.

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Well, at least 'justice' will be served.

"Father of kids who froze will face sentencing circle"

"A Saskatchewan father whose two young daughters froze to death when he took them out in a numbing blizzard will face an aboriginal sentencing circle, but Christopher Pauchay's lawyer says that doesn't mean he'll get off lightly."
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Pauchay, 25, pleaded guilty in November to criminal negligence causing death. The single charge covered the deaths of both children and Pauchay's failure "to provide protection from exposure to the elements" in temperatures that would have felt like -50 C with the wind chill.

It was nearly a year ago when he left his home on the Yellow Quill First Nation with his daughters Kaydance, 3, and Santana, 1.

Court heard that Pauchay had been drinking and didn't remember much about that night. He did recall that one of his girls was hurt and he needed to get help.


This man's alcohol abuse led to the death of his young daughters; how much do you want to bet he gets off easy? Any other father subject to the regular Canadian judicial system would be facing a life sentence right now, and Mr. Pauchay should be treated no differently. It will be interesting to see what punishment the 'sentencing circle' hands down.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Ah, University.

The bastion of diversity, tolerance and freedom of speech. Well, unless of course your particular brand of speech is flavoured by views that don't tow the rigidly leftist ideological line.


"A proposed resolution by a major Ontario union to ban Israeli academics at the province's universities has sparked a bitter debate between leaders of both sides over an Israeli attack on a Gaza university.

The Ontario arm of the Canadian Union of Public Employees announced yesterday it would propose, in a meeting next month, “a ban on Israeli academics doing speaking, teaching or research work at Ontario universities,” if they do not explicitly condemn Israeli action in Gaza."...“Attacking an institution of learning is just beyond the pale,” CUPE Ontario president Sid Ryan said last night. “They deliberately targeted an institution of learning. That's what the Nazis did.”


Do you find this surprising? Are you, perhaps, shocked that such a censorious ban would ever even be considered? Sadly, you shouldn't be; this is a country where you can be hauled before a government tribunal and asked to explain yourself for publishing cartoons, questioning the changing population demographics in Europe, or professing your religious beliefs in a letter to your local newspaper. This is, sadly, the sort of rot that festers and is considered quite acceptable in the top leadership of many a union, student government, or academic faculty. One seriously wonders if Mr. Ryan has ever considered the blatant irony of his words; the suppression of free speech and the removal of the right to voice dissenting opinions in German universities was precisely the tactic employed by Germany's National Socialists, particularly against Jewish professors, researchers and intellectuals who were banned from teaching and working at such institutions. Mr. Ryan's sheer hypocrisy is outstanding, and the union members he 'represents' should be both furious and embarrassed. This is the same union, keep in mind, that passed a resolution in 2006 supporting the boycott of Israeli goods.

Not surprisingly, Ryan makes little mention of allegations that the university may have been used for the development and storage of explosives used by Hamas to kill Israelis, or that it was allegedly used as a meeting place for senior Hamas officials. But hey, whatever, right?