Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Afghan solution

It's the same prescription I gave eight years go on this blog:

Kill all the al Qaeda within reach. Send in surgical teams to keep killing them, wherever they are.
Kill all the Taliban who shelter al Qaeda.
Keep killing al Qaeda and those who shelter them, no matter where they run, until there's no place on earth that will shelter them.

Instead, we have chosen this approach:

How to start WWIII

Islamicist scumbags are threatening the life of Barack Obama.
Obama's personal safety is something the mullahs should work to protect, for if there is one thing that could set loose the full, united vengeance of the American people upon al Qaeda, similar terrorists and and their backers, harm to Obama would be it.
This is a guy who, despite the rage of the fascist right, still transcends politics. It is a strange thing for a North American to go into the homes and businesses of black Canadians, as I have recently, and see framed photographs of Obama in places of honour.
The mullahs have always had a tin ear for politics and a real thirst for martyrdom. Trashing and threatening Obama, a man who has the potential to build on his popularity in the Muslim world, strikes me as bad politics.
Following through with their threats strikes me as suicidal.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

What passes for Excitement in Today's PMO

A note from Dimitri Soudas, press secreatry to Stephen Harper:

The Prime Minister will be doing an interview with Maria Bartiromo.

The details:
DATE / LIVE interview time: Tues. 22Sept2009 @ 1515ET
Program: Closing Bell w/ Maria Bartiromo (CNBC)

Dimitri N. Soudas
Associate Communication Director/ Press Secretary
Directeur des Communications associé/Attaché de presse

Prime Minister's Office
Cabinet du Premier ministre


Monday, September 21, 2009

Personal Note

I'm trying to get ahold of my friend Rebel Steve in Lafontaine, ON. I can't fnd your phone number and wasn't able to get in touch when Frank and I left in a hurry.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Missile Shield

Interesting that Mark Steyn can write this piece without ever mentioning the US' ability to use its ICBMs to turn Iran into a flat piece of glass. The strategic nuclear force of the United States (and of the French, Chinese, Soviets and, locally, the Israelis) should be enough to prevent any sane person from entertaining any fantasies of removing Anglo-Saxons, Europeans, Israelis, Soviets, or Chinese people from the face of the Earth. (And don't discount Japan, which could develop a nuclear system in a matter of months if the Japanese people felt truly threatened by North Korea. For now, it exists under the American nuclear shield.)
It never really mattered if "missile defence" works. The system is just one way of deterring nutters, but the Iranians, masters of urban terrorism, know that there's more than one way to transport a bomb. You don't need a Long Dong when you can deliver a nuke to Prague or Warsaw in the trunk of a BMW.
So why not, huh?
Because there's no upside for Tehran. Except for the rent-a-crowds dancing in the streets, the smart Iranians, even the most Jihad-eager, will know the jig is up.
Not that the Iranians ever gave much thought to nuking Warsaw or Prague. The missile defence system was about marking territory in the parts of Europe that were occupied by the Red Army in 1944-45. This is about rolling the Russians back to their late September, 1939 borders (still keeping the half of Poland they seized under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of August, 1939, along with East Prussia).
Americans believe the fall of the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe had something to do with American military strength. That's because the American media can't see past New York. The Iron Curtain came down because of the European Union and the power of the West German mark (now renamed the Euro). Russia retreated from Europe because it could offer nothing to compete with the new Germany's political and economic hegemony that had spread into Hungary and the Balkans. P. J. O'Rourke got it right when he said nobody wanted to buy Bulgarian tennis shoes.
Now the old Warsaw Pact countries are members of the EU. They have what they want: Russians back in Russia, real money instead of zloties, freedom to travel, to publish, to listen to Kanye West. Putin may want back into Eastern Europe, to rebuild the Russian Empire to its old Czarist maximum (to the city of Warsaw). He might even want to try for the Elbe and the Danube. But he's up against the EU, especially Germany. And if anyone thinks Germany will give up economic dominance of Poland, the Danube Valley, the Balkans and the Baltic -- the very thing for which it fought two world wars -- they should never underestimate the skill of Germans with fine tools.
But, unless Putin is incredibly dense, this is not 1948. Russia no longer needs a buffer in Eastern Europe (and, in any case, has one with the Ukraine and Byelorussia, which will never be allowed to evolve into anything more that satellites). As Doug Saunders ably points out in the Globe and Mail, this game is about more than the fallout of the events of 1989. The geopolitical centre of trouble has shifted to Iran and the Middle East and will stay there as long as Islamicism remains an aggressive force in the region. There, many of the old rules don't hold -- at least in the minds of the Jihadists. The Russians know better than to use Iran for anything but mischief. Moscow's generals probably look upon the NATO campaign in Afghanistan with some mirth. In return for dropping its troublesome missile shield, Washington may have earned some Russian help in western Asia, the place where American troops are fighting today. But in the end, missile shield or no, the Iranians, the only people in western Asia who are likely to attack anyone with anything resembling a ballistic missile, have the ball.
What they do with it depends on whether they believe their own rhetoric, or if Tehran's nasty talk is just part of the mechanism that keeps the mullahs in power.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Nice tribute to Doug Fisher

Sandra Martin gives Doug a great send-off on the Globe web page.

The NDP sent out a pretty decent tribute from Jack Layton:
“I was saddened to hear this morning of the passing of Douglas Fisher, a man with a distinguished place in the history of this country and its Parliament,” said Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party.

“Douglas spent eight years serving Canadians in the House of Commons, as a member of the CCF and the NDP, and worked on the Hill for 30 more as a columnist and television host. He will always be remembered, not only for his defeat of C.D. Howe in 1957 and his work as an MP, but for his 50 years of political analysis. He was known as the dean of the Parliamentary Press Gallery,” said Layton.

“Doug Fisher led an incredibly accomplished life that included many careers: miner, teacher, fire ranger, construction worker, guard. He was a very active, and sometimes outspoken, Member of Parliament who was dedicated to his constituents,” said New Democrat MP Bruce Hyer, who’s riding, Thunder Bay—Superior North, encompasses Port Arthur, the riding Fisher represented between 1957 and 1965. “He was greatly appreciated for his integrity and commitment, and he will be deeply missed.”

“Douglas Fisher was a wise politician who was recognized as one of the best speakers in Parliament during his time there. We in the New Democratic Party look to him as one of the greats in our history,” said Layton. “I wish to send sincere condolences to Douglas’ five sons, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Tobias and to their families. May they take solace in his long life and his legacy.”

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Human Rights Act Sec. 13 RIP

And good riddance.
The Canadian Human Right Commission has neither the expertise nor the mandate to censor Canada's media.
Mark Steyn dances on the grave of Canada's upstart censorship system here.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Just What Was Said

Jack Layton today in the Foyer of the House of Commons:
I, I have a statement to make.

There are now 1.6 million Canadians unemployed. And unfortunately, throughout this coming winter, many more Canadians are going to lose their jobs. Most economists agree that the job losses will continue at least until next spring. These people need help. I spent the summer visiting many communities all across the country and met many people who had lost their jobs. I heard their stories and have, how much they need our help right now and they made a very direct appeal to me, to our party and I think to all parliamentarians. Many of them are coming to the end of their benefits and they face falling off assistance from EI and having to turn to welfare. Those people are counting on us right now.

The announcement today appears to be a step in the right direction. There is much more that needs to be done as well. Our preference remains fighting for the unemployed rather than fighting for a second election. But make no mistake about it, we have no intention of giving this government a blank cheque, like Michael Ignatieff and the Liberals did. We'll be studying the bill and considering it very, very carefully. We will evaluate this initiative on its merits and we'll do the same with everything else that is brought forward and we'll push for action. Thank you.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Welcome to Ottawa

Where your tax dollars go to die...

Ottawa Citizen photo

How could we have let ourselves lose this war?

They slaughtered 3,000 of our people in cold blood, and we argue over whether it's a crime to run stupid cartoons and nod when we're told it was somehow our fault.
Meanwhile, the new museum at the World Trade Center atrocity site will give the killers a permanent soap box for their propaganda.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Remember when I said we might have an election by accident?

Well, here's the accident:

Video shows two faces of Stephen Harper: Ignatieff
Source: The Canadian Press
Sep 10, 2009 13:24

MONTREAL_ Stephen Harper's chief rival is calling him two-faced.

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says the real prime minister only emerges when he thinks he can't be overheard.

Ignatieff said it's no longer possible to work with a man so contemptuous of basic Canadian values, and he reiterated his plan to bring down the Conservative government.

``(Harper's) already lost the confidence of the House once,'' Ignatieff told a news conference Thursday.

``He's about to lose it a second time.''

Harper was overheard in a video talking about winning a majority, squashing separatists and socialists, and keeping leftists out of the courts and other public institutions.

The Bloc says it's particularly bothered by the comment about the judiciary.

Leader Gilles Duceppe says, behind closed doors, Harper sounds like a member of the radical fringe of the U.S. Republican party.

The NDP calls the remarks low politics that undermine Canada's justice system.


(c) 2009 The Canadian Press

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Meanwhile, back at the Scarborough Town Center...

CHARLOTTETOWN, September 9, 2009 – Today, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, announced federal support of over $1.5 million for three projects aimed at preventing and reducing crime in Prince Edward Island.
“This government is committed to making communities in Prince Edward Island safer, and preventing crime before it happens,” said Minister Van Loan. “We believe that when it comes to addressing crime we have to take action. The funding announced today will support programs that offer youth faced with difficult circumstances the life skills to make smart choices and avoid negative influences.”
Through the National Crime Prevention Strategy, the Government of Canada is providing federal support to the Aboriginal Women’s Association of Prince Edward Island, the Adventure Group, and the John Howard Society of Prince Edward Island. These projects will work with at-risk children, youth and young adults in communities throughout Prince Edward Island in an effort to prevent and reduce crime, as well as provide those most at risk with alternatives to a life of crime.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

"It Takes All Kinds to Make a World" Department

On your most down day, when you question your reasons for sticking around and wonder if you're not a complete fuck-up, come back to this page, click this link and remind yourself that, whoever you are and whatever you've done, you're still a better person than that guy.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Today's Media Horror

The billionaire Desmarias family is threatening to shut La Presse, the only major Francophone paper in Quebec that is not a separatist mouthpiece or trash tabloid, unless workers take a big pay cut.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

After four years in office, Harper talks the talk on the economic disaster in Northern Ontario

REPORTER: Good afternoon Mr. Prime Minister. I represent a local youth advocacy group. We are the Sault Youth Association and we publish Fresh Magazine, which is a free publication for local youth, and like many youth, myself included, we couldn't wait to pack our bags and get out of town. And out migration is a definite issue, not only in this community but all northern rural communities, so I'm asking you, in the economic action plan, is there a realistic solution to our problem of losing our youth and our populations decreasing?

RT. HON. STEPHEN HARPER: Well, as you know, we have put, as a government, a big emphasis on rural and regional development. I've said repeatedly wherever I've gone it's essential if we're to take advantage of the strength that truly is Canada, what we have to do is make sure that we have all regions of this country strong and settled and retaining a decent population base. You know, we can't have…I fought long and hard when I was in opposition against what somebody was then calling an agenda for cities. Not because I'm against cities. I happen to be born and raised in the city, but Canada can't be reduced to just two or three or four cities. You can talk about a lot of countries like that. Canada is a big country with a lot of regions, a lot of resources. That's where a lot of our history and a lot of our future is, and that's why we continue through the economic action plan and Minister Clement, through the regional development agency and other things to investigate [sic] in key infrastructure to allow long-term diversified growth in these communities, because that is what we have to have. As I say, we can't have a Canada in the future where everybody just lives in three or four or five cities in this country.

An Election? Don't Think So

And here's why:

All of the "Class of 2004", the MPs elected in Paul Martin's winter election, become eligible for their pension in June, 2010. Don't expect any of them to show up in favor of risking their cash for life.

As well, the opposition parties know the last budget, especially its tax write-offs for home renovations, was very popular. The Tories will claim the budget puts those goodies in jeopardy.

It takes almost all of the MPs from all three Opposition parties to actually show up and vote against the government. Will all of these parties -- at the same time -- see an election in their best interests? Nope.

The Liberals have yet to find a good message to run on. I spoke with one Opposition Leader's Office strategist yesterday and his talking points were just old platitudes. This government won't be defeated unless the Liberals come up with a real issue, something like Free Trade in 1988. Smart Liberals know this and are working hard to come up with something.

Many in the media say Ignatieff pulled the plug on Harper yesterday. He didn't. He said the Liberals will not support the government any longer. Ignatieff should have done this last winter when the Tories were rubbing his nose in the coalition dirt. Let Harper go cap in hand to the Bloc and the NDP. he would have done it while the Liberals did their job of opposing Harper's policies. It seems Ignatieff has finally clued in.

So expect a nasty fall session. But an election? At most, it might happen by accident.

New Blood for the Depends Crowd

Spring chicken Diane Sawyer, 63, has been tapped to be the ABC News anchor.