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Saturday, January 31, 2004
If you have nothing better to do today, you could go over to The Communist Party of Canada and read the comments section of their web page. I read it the other day and it is very funny, these people need some serious help.
Hearing some of the theories about communism is a total blast, one guy's reason that communism never worked is because of humans, Really! If you're not going to use it on humans what is the point. So basically the system is sound just don't use it on humans, smart. Yet he seams all for the idea of communism, doesn't make sense to me how about you?
The U.N. has passed a new resolution to name countries that are not doing enough to fight terror groups like Al-Qaeda and related groups. This is a good way of putting pressure on countries that are not pulling their weight in the fight against terror, hopefully it will shame them into making moves to freeze assets and bank accounts of terror groups.
More than half of the nations in the United Nations have not submitted reports detailing what they are doing to combat terrorism. This resolution my speed up the process a bit, who wants to be named as being soft on terror.
It will be interesting to see which countries are dragging their feet on this, although there will be some countries out there that you know will be on the list, some countries just don't have the will to make the terrorists mad for one reason or another.
Hopefully the U.N. won't drag their feet either if a country is not doing enough to fight terror, just put their name on the list if they are in breach of the guide lines. Don't delay or give a country chance after chance to make changes, just put them on the list and keep them there until the proper steps are taken by the country to get themselves off the list.
Friday, January 30, 2004
I suggest that anyone who doesn't check out National Review Online at least once a week should do so.
While you're there make sure you read Victor Davis Hansen, he knows his shit. Read his old stuff and nine times out of ten he calls it right on the money, which is no small task. Here is the newest example of his work. The Mind of Our Enemies
Reading this site will help anyone out that is interested in what makes the world go around and besides is me telling you not enough reason to check it out, It's not, well you can..............oh well enjoy.
I was reading over at Townhall again today and read a good article by Oliver North, yes that Oliver North. He makes some good points about the state of the Democratic party that I found interesting.
He names some Democrats that are planning to back President Bush in the 2004 election. He also has a couple quoted, like Georgia Senator Zell Miller
"The way I see it, is that these next five years are going to be crucial in determining the kind of world my grandchildren and great-grandchildren live in, and I don't entrust that to any of these folks that are running out there on the Democratic side."
Remember that quote was coming from a Democrat, not a Republican. Which makes a lot of difference.
He also cuts up Wes Clark, which seems all the former and current Army brass do, (which says something about a man). Give the article a read and see what you think, remember it's probably not a good idea to disagree with Oliver North anyway. I bet you he knows some people that can take care of things if you know what I mean.
OpinionJournal.com has a link to poetry that's related to the War On Terror and Gulf War II. Here are a few notables:
Rob Rice knows just where he stands. This is his "Upon the War in Iraq":
The time has come for thunderboltsOn Oct. 7, 2001, the bombs began falling in Afghanistan, whose brutal, barbaric terrorist regime harbored al Qaeda. Tabitha Szalapski wrote this poem this year, but it expresses well the challenge America faced in the autumn of 2001:
Of steel from the sky.
It is now right that murderers
Instead of children, die.
They have forged chains and thumbscrews while
We have made pleas and threats.
The portraits of the killer smile
But he must pay his debts.
A mountainside is split in two,
His coward legions fall.
His shackled cities fade from view
Beneath a smoky pall.
Armored treads sound in the street,
The tanks are not his own.
He has bid many to be slain.
He'll face his death alone.
Cineas told Pyrrhus that
'Rome has a thousand heads.'
And Rome was a republic, strong
After that king was dead.
The tyrant butchers live in fear
And we go on and on.
A century shall find us here
And every tyrant gone.
Our carriers loom off his coast.
Our bombers fill his skies.
And brave, skilled men with stealthy tread
Prepare his grim surprise.
Grant, and Sherman, Patton, Greene
Have taught us to make war.
We now pick up their legacy
And free the world once more.
"War is hell," while not quite true,Tom Hedgecock contributes "America's Soul":
Expresses how we feel;
And, yet, to war we go anew
To quell a threat that's real.
We relish not the death and pain,
The loss of our dear sons;
But when the tyrants' terrors reign:
"Arise, courageous ones!"
Arise, rush forward to the fight,
Lift up sweet freedom's call--
If no one stands for what is right,
Oppression conquers all.
So--to the battle-line and wreak
Destruction swift and sure.
It is not power that we seek,
But life--for all--secure.
The bagpipe plays its somber trill through the last strains of "Amazing Grace",There's a lot of good stuff there so I suggest you check it out.
As New York's finest is gently lowered, to his final resting place,
The tears aren't dry and will flow again as the rites begin anew,
But from these mournings, there brings resolve, which will see this nation through.
The Twin Towers survived their mortal blows as both struggled not to fall,
But as one twin fell and skyward looked as if beckoning to call,
For it would not be the same with one twin left, in that skyline for all to see,
And soon the second came crashing down to where a memorial soon will be.
The memorial will list the names of those who gave their last full measure,
For they sacrificed their lives for others and thus increased our nations treasure,
It will be there to honor all who answered duties call just then,
For as the workers were rushing out, America's heroes were rushing in.
The Pentagon, where soldiers serve, was terror's next objective,
Steering the plane through death-throes course to unleash their grim invective,
They wreaked their havoc at the citadel where now planning does evolve,
In the name of fallen comrades their fate's been sealed, with steely-eyed resolve.
As an aircraft flew PA's uncharted course, a plan soon came to be,
If Americans must die, it would not be in vain; that's why freedom isn't free,
These heroes then fought back the terror, thus lessening the nation's toll,
And forever their battle cry will be, it's time to go, "Let's roll."
As witnesses to this martial play we know horrific deeds were done,
Yes bitter blows were struck that day; the ironic date was Nine-One-One,
The shocking disbelief our nation felt, was hard to rationalize,
But when knocked down, we do get up; soon the world would realize.
We dusted off our soot drenched clothes and began our work anew,
As our enemies began to ponder just, what would this colossus do?
With patience and devotion we planned to strategically reply,
For history's lessons taught us to prepare, and soon our enemy would die.
The true leaders of the world then met, to collate what would become,
A united front to fight a foe, who used terror as a gun,
We're now lead by those who know the price and are willing to pay it too,
To eradicate the world from terror and the patience to see it through.
Yes when terror struck we were not prepared and paid an horrific price,
But as a tribute to those who gave their all and made the ultimate sacrifice,
We have been strengthened and we have united to reach the final goal,
And since 9-11 the whole world now knows, the depth of "America's Soul."
Thursday, January 29, 2004
I don't know if anyone has noticed but we post the latest comments on the sidebar using an RSS feed. Nothing interesting in that I know but the title for each post is something like 'Thread: 107521179361365034. Post by Bob (184.108.40.206)'.
My question is does it bother anyone that the posters IP address is in the title?
This seems like a small security risk to me but to tell you the truth pulling up the RSS feed for any Haloscan user will give you the same thing so maybe I'm just being paranoid.
Anyways, if this concerns anyone let me know and I'll try and find another RSS viewer that lets me hide the titles.
It seems that the Liberal Party has once again pulled another one on the Canadian electorate:
Prime Minister Paul Martin's shipping empire had business dealings with Ottawa that were a thousand times more vast than the Liberal government previously admitted, totalling $161-million over the past 11 years, newly released records show.Now quite seriously, does this surprise any of you? Gun registry over-runs, a mistake. Human Resources loses $1 billion dollars, another mistake. Someone makes a type-o that underestimates the governments dealings with the P.M.'s companies by $161 million. Another mistake?
Although the government reported to Parliament a year ago that companies Mr. Martin owned did only $137,000 worth of federal business in the past decade, they admitted yesterday that the real amount was far more, including $46-million in contracts issued when Mr. Martin was finance minister.
In all honesty, the Liberals must be on to something. What would that something be? That the Canadian people have gone off their med's that's what! Either that or they've learned that all of Canada's public servants missed that class in grade 1 where you were told to 'carry...' the zeros.
"Lookit, I'm out of the company. But as far as I'm concerned, my dealings are an open book. That document is without a doubt the best document in terms of that involvement that could be created," he said.If the document he refers to is anything like the last... well Canada you get what you deserve.
And before I'm done with this how is transferring ownership of a company to your sons removing any conflict of interest? This has to be explained to me because I'm obviously missing something.
Hold on, I'm not done yet. Moving his companies headquarters offshore to avoid Canadian taxes is bad enough but to think over 50% of Canadians think he is suited to lead the country quite simply blows my mind away.
Courtesy of MEMRI here is the purported list of people and organizations Saddam tried to buy off:
Canada: Arthur Millholland, president and CEO of the Calgary-based Oilexco company, received 1 million barrels of oil.
United States: Samir Vincent received 10.5 million barrels. In 2000, Vincent, an Iraqi-born American citizen who has lived in the U.S. since 1958, organized a delegation of Iraqi religious leaders to visit the U.S. and meet with former president Jimmy Carter. Shaker Al-Khafaji,the pro-Saddam chairman of the 17th conference of Iraqi expatriates, received 1 million barrels.
Great Britain: George Galloway received 1 million barrels. Fawwaz Zreiqat received 1 million barrels. Zreiqat also appears in the Jordanian section as having received 6 million barrels. The Mujahideen Khalq  in Britain received 1 million barrels.
France: The French-Arab Friendship Association received 15.1 million barrels. Former French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua received 12 million barrels.  Patrick Maugein of the Trafigura company received 25 million barrels. Michel Grimard, founder of the French-Iraqi Export Club, received 17.1 million barrels.
Switzerland: Glenco Re, the largest commodity trader in Switzerland, received 12 million barrels. Taurus, which has been associated with Iraq for 20 years and was the first company to renew its business with Iraq after the fall of Saddam, received 1 million barrels. Petrogas, which is listed under three sub-companies – Petrogas Services, Petrogas Distribution, and Petrogas Resources - and is associated withthe Russian company Rosneftegazetroy, received 1 million barrels. Alcon, listed in Lichtenstein and associated with larger oil companies, received 1 million barrels. Finar Holdings, which is listed in Lugano, Switzerland, and is under liquidation, received 1 million barrels.
Italy: The Italian Petrol Union received 1 million barrels.West Petrol, an Italian company that trades crude oil and oil products, received 1 million barrels. Roberto Formigoni, possibly the president of Lombardia, received 1 million barrels. Salvatore Nicotra, a former NATO pilot who became an oil merchant, received 1 million barrels.
Spain: Basem Qaqish, a member of the Spanish Committee for the Defense of the Arab Cause, received 1 million barrels. Ali Ballout, a pro-Saddam Lebanese journalist, received 1 million barrels. Javier Robert received 1 million barrels.
Yugoslavia: Four Yugoslav political parties received vouchers: the Yugoslav Left party received 9.5 million barrels. The Socialist Party received 1 million barrels. The Italian Party received 1 million barrels. A nother party, whose name in exact transliteration is "kokstuntsha" – possibly Kostunica's party – received 1 million barrels.
Other political parties: The Romanian Labor Party received 5.5 million barrels. The Party of the Hungarian Interest received 4.7 million barrels. The Bulgarian Socialist Party received 1 2 million barrels. The Slovakian Communist Party received 1 million barrels.
Austria: The Arab-Austrian Society received 1 million barrels.
Brazil: The 8th of October Movement, a Brazilian Communist group, received 4.5 million barrels. Fuwad Sirhan received 10 million barrels.
Egypt: Khaled Gamal Abd Al-Nasser, son of the late Egyptian president, received 16.6 million barrels. 'Imad Al-Galda, a businessman and a member of the Egyptian parliament from President Mubarak's National Democratic Party, received 14 million barrels. Abd Al-Azim Mannaf,  editor of the Sout Al-Arab newspaper, received 6 million barrels. Muhammad Hilmi, editor of the Egyptian paper Sahwat Misr,  received an undisclosed number of barrels. The United Arab Company received 6 million barrels. The Nile and Euphrates Company received 3 million barrels. The Al-Multaqa Foundation for Press and Publication received 1 million barrels. 
Libya: Prime Minister Shukri Ghanem received 1 million barrels.
Sub-Saharan Africa: Chad's foreign minister received 1 million barrels.  Four South Africans are listed: Tokyo Saxville received 4 million barrels. Montega received 4 million barrels. Both are associated with the African National Party.
Palestinians: The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) received 4 million barrels. The PLO Political Bureau received 5 million barrels. Abu Al-Abbas received 11.5 million barrels. Abdallah Al-Horani received 8 million barrels. The PFLP received 5 million barrels. Wafa Tawfiq Al-Sayegh received 4 million barrels.
Oman: The Al-Shanfari group received 5 million barrels.
Syria: Farras Mustafa Tlass, the son of Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass, received 6 million barrels. 'Audh Amourah received18 million barrels. Ghassan Zakariya received 6 million barrels. Anwar Al-Aqqad received 2 million barrels. Hamida Na'Na', the owner of the Al-Wafaq Al-Arabi periodical, received 1 million barrels.
Lebanon: The son of Lebanese President Emil Lahoud received 4.5 million barrels. Former MP Najjah Wakim received 3 million barrels. Nasserist Party head Osama M'arouf received 3 million barrels. National Arabic Club Chairman Faisal Darnika received 3 million barrels.
Jordan: Former Islamist MP and head of the Engineers Union Leith Shbeilat  received 15.5 million barrels. Former MP and Jordanian Writers Union head Fakhri Qi'war received 6 million barrels.  Former Jordanian chief of staff Mashhour Haditha received 1 million barrels. Former MP Toujan Al-Faisal received 3 million barrels.  The Jordanian Ministry of Energy received 5 million barrels. Muhammad Saleh Al-Horani, the Amman Stock Exchange head and former Minister of Supplies, received 4 million barrels. Lawyer Wamidth Hussein Al-Majali received 6 million barrels. 
Qatar: Qatari Horseracing Association Chairman Hamad bin Ali Aal Thani received 14 million barrels. Gulf Petroleum received 2 million barrels.
The Indian Congress Party received 1 million barrels.
Indonesia: Indonesian President Megawati received 1 million barrels as "the daughter of President Sukarno," and 1 million barrels as Megawati.
Myanmar: Myanmar's Forestry Minister received 1 million barrels.
Ukraine: The Social Democratic Party received 1 million barrels. The Communist Party received 6 million barrels. The Socialist Party received 1 million barrels. The FTD oil company received 1 million barrels, as did other Ukrainian companies.
Belarus: The Liberal Party received 1 million barrels. The Communist Party received 1 ton [sic] of oil. The director of the Belarussian president's office received 1 million barrels.
Russia: The Russian state itself received 1,366,000,000 barrels. The list also included the following:
Companies belonging to the Liberal Democratic Party received 79.8 million barrels - t he list notes the name of party president Vladimir Zhirinovsky. The Russian Communist Party received 1 million barrels. The Lukoil company received 63 million barrels. The Russneft company received 35.5 million barrels. Vladimir Putin's Peace and Unity Party received 34 million barrels - the list notes the name of party chairwoman Saji Umalatova. The Gazprom company received 26 million barrels. The Soyuzneftgaz company received 25.5 million barrels - t he list notes the name Shafrannik. The Moscow Oil Company received 25.1 million barrels. The Onako company received 22.2 million barrels. The Sidanco company received 21.2 million barrels. The Russian Association for Solidarity with Iraq received 12.5 million barrels. The Ural Invest company received 8.5 million barrels. Russneft Gazexport received 12.5 million barrels. The Transneft company received 9 million barrels. The Sibneft company received 8.1 million barrels. The Stroyneftgaz company received 6 million barrels. The Russian Committee for Solidarity with the People of Iraq received 6.5 million barrels - the list notes the name of committee chairman Rudasev. The Russian Orthodox Church received 5 million barrels. The Moscow Science Academy received 3.5 million barrels. The Chechnya Administration received 2 million barrels. T he National Democratic Party received 2 million barrels. The Nordwest group received 2 million barrels. The Yukos company received 2 million barrels. One Russian company which phonetically reads as Zarabsneft received 174.5 million barrels. Vouchers were also granted to the Russian foreign ministry, one under the name of Al-Fayko for 1 million barrels, and one to Yetumin for 30.1 million barrels. T he Mashinoimport Company received 1 million barrels. The Slavneft Company received 1 million barrels. The Caspian Invest Company (Kalika) received 1 million barrels. The Tatneft Tatarstan company received 1 million barrels. The Surgutneft company received 1 million barrels. Siberia's oil and gas company received 1 million barrels.
In addition, the son of the former Russian Ambassador to Iraq received 19.7 million barrels. Nikolay Ryjkov, a former prime minister of the USSR, received 13 million barrels. The Russian President's office director received 5 million barrels.
Oil vouchers were also distributed to companies and individuals from the Sudan, Yemen, Cyprus, Turkey, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan, the UAE, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Panama, Thailand, Chad, China, Nigeria, Kenya, Ireland, Bahrain, and the Philippines. Two Saudi companies were also listed.
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Only Al Franken can figure out how was he supporting free speech by slamming to the ground someone that was voicing their opinion.
Franken Knocks down Dean Heckler
If I was a Democrate and this happened at a Republican rally I might even say Franken was acting very Nazis like. I wonder if he burned any books while he was supporting free speech by physically restraining people from saying what they felt.
It's a good thing I'm not, so all I'll say about the situation is IDIOTS!
I know Tom Friedman is a liberal and writes for the NYTimes but I like this article about Iraq. It's takes a look from a different angle, not just was America wrong or right for invading Iraq.
He makes the point that America is not the only one to blame for the sad situation in the Middle East like so many people seem to think. The countries of the Middle East themselves share the blame along with a lot of countries in Europe.
So many things have to change in the Middle East for any real progress is to be made and the U.S. should not be at fault for all the problems. People have to take responsibility for their own problems. The international community should back all efforts to remake the Middle East, it's everybody's problem.
With population growing in the Middle East and economies getting worse, problems are only going to get worse and spill into other regions of the world. Like Mr. Friedman says jobs are very important to helping people help themselves. Where do you go if there is no work and nothing to do, to the mosques that's where and we all know where that leads.
In Syria civil servants make up about 1.5 million jobs. The average average amount of time these workers are actually working a week is about an average of 37 minutes a day. All these jobs are payed for by oil money, what happens when the oil money runs out. Syria also has a 500 000 man army, what happens when Syria can't afford to pay these young men anymore.
Unless major changes are made in the Middle East things are going to get a hell of a lot worse than they are now. The U.S. is trying to make these changes in Iraq which had similar problems to Syria since they have shared the same Ba'athist ideology. The world should help American anyway they can now while there is still a small ray of hope left for the people of the Middle East.
Everything in the region is done with cash money, you can't get a loan for your small business or even to build a home. How are these people supposed to help themselves if there isn't a system in place that promotes business and innovation. Bribes are the only way to have goods shipped to your company or operation. If your business works too well, the government will squeeze you out unless you are an insider. A strong transparent economy is the only real way to save the Middle East.
I hope in a couple generations we can say that this is well on it's way to working out but I have my doubts. We all have to be in this thing for the long haul, it's not being to be easy but so many millions are depending on this, if they reailze it or not. If Iraq works the region has a chance, it's that simple.
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Adbul Karim is a 14-year-old boy who was injured while fighting with Al-Qaeda in Pakistan. His father Ahmed Khadr was killed in the same gun battle that his son was injured in, two other sons of Ahmed Khadr were also members of Al-Qaeda. One of the other sons made the news not to long ago too, he disappeared after he was released from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba but made his way back to Canada after a couple of months travelling around the Middle East.
Back to Abdul Karim, him being a Canadian citizen and being part of Al-Qaeda is not the story though. The story is that after he was paralysed in the gun battle with the Pakistan army he was kept in a hospital there. His family wants him returned to Canada, this is the good part. They want the Canadian government to pick up the tab for his return, which will cost up to $30000 dollars.
You have to be joking right, no I guess they're not? Abdul Karim shouldn't even be allowed back in the country if he could pay his own way. Maybe Osama will spring for it, Al-Qaeda must have some kind of medical insurance. The only way he should be let back in the country is if he's going to spend the rest of his life in jail.
When the family learned that the government wasn't going to pay for the youth's ticket, they questioned what Canada was all about. A family representative said " What is this nonsense, what are they going to do? They are Canadian citizens. This is a very strange kind of country".
That statement is totally insane, this young man and his family has chosen to fight against our own country and allies. He and his father went out of their way to travel to the region and join Al-Qaeda, they are all traitors. To top it all off when the father gets killed the the boy paralysed the family expects the Canadian tax-payer to foot the bill, give me a break.
This goes back to Canada taking to much crap from people abusing the rights and freedoms of this great country and I for one am sick of this HORSESHIT! If you want to live here and better yourself and this country, then by all means your welcome to live here. This Khadr family is another story, they are trying to take advantage of our kind ways. They should get a one-way ticket back to where ever they came from in the first place.
The Department of Foreign Affairs made the right decision by not paying the bill on this one. Little Abdul Karim can rot in Pakistan for all I care.
Last night Corporal Jamie Brendan Murphy of Newfoundland was killed while on patrol in Kabul. A murderer jumped on their vehicle strapped with explosives killing Jamie and injuring Lieutenant Jason Matthew Feyko, Corporal Richard Michael Newman, and Corporal Jeremy Gerald MacDonald.
To Jamie's family we offer our most heartfelt condolences. He served to bring a better life to others. There is no higher calling in this life and you can take pride knowing that, God willing, the people of Afganistan will someday enjoy a better life because of his service.
To those injured, we pray you have a speedy recovery, and we pray for your families in these difficult times.
God Bless You All.
Monday, January 26, 2004
Well France is up to it again. First off they light up the Eiffel Tower in Commie red and then they give grief to Taiwan for its unilateral actions...
France's president, in a strong show of support for the visiting leader of China, has warned Taiwan that it will be committing a "grave error" that could destabilize that region by holding a referendum in March.So let me get this straight. If Taiwan holds a referendum it is 'unilateral' as defined by the French. What exactly does France consider the hundreds of missiles that Taiwan has pointed at them? Last I heard China didn't ask the UN's permission to target Taiwan with a hundred intermediate range missiles.
Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian plans to ask voters whether the island that China claims as part of its territory should beef up its anti-missile defenses if Beijing refuses to withdraw the hundreds of missiles it has pointed at Taiwan.
At a state dinner to honor Chinese President Hu Jintao Monday, French President Jacques Chirac added his weight to China's opposition to the plan.
"Breaking the status quo with a unilateral destabilizing initiative, whatever it is, including a referendum, would favor division over unity," Chirac said. "It would be a grave error. It would carry a heavy responsibility."
Details, details, details...
This post is to get the readers involved. Let's say you've won a contest and you have been named Prime Minister for a day ( or President ). The rules to the contest state that you can make one law change while you are in power, no congress or senate can vote your new law change down. You make the law and it stands for all time. What would your law change be? Remember anything goes, be kind or cruel it's all up to you. Leave your suggestions in the comments.
Read this story then tell me what you think of this, Hamas Calls on E.U. Nations to Help Save Yassin.
O.K. your done now I take it? Well where to start with this, first Hamas is a terrorist group no ifs ands or buts. Second Hamas doesn't what peace with Israel or a two state solution. Third it wants to drive the Israelis into the sea or kill them all, which ever comes first.
In my view Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin is a legitimate target of the IDF. He leads a rejectionist group plotting to destroy the state of Israel, is that not enough? Under his leadership Hamas has carried out countless suicide bombings and terror tactics.
Not targeting Yassin would be like the U.S. not targeting OBL, after the 9/11 attacks. He is an enemy combatant plain and simple and I find it laughable that Hamas is reaching out to countries to try and pressure Israel not to assassinate him.
Hamas is not killing Israelis to get a better peace deal or more land for a Palestinian state. They are killing Israelis for one reason and that's to remove every Jew from the land of Israel. To side with Yassin and Hamas against Israel is to side with terror against peace. Every country that is contacted by Hamas should tell them straight up that there is no hope for them or their twisted cause.
I support a two state solution but there is no room for groups like Hamas and Hizbullah, they should be removed from the picture. The P.A. should cooperate with Israel in combating these groups and ending their reign of terror, then ended Jewish settlements could be seriously looked at and a major step towards peace would have been made.
As you may have noticed we've added a section on the sidebar titled Canada Votes 2004. We'll be collecting links concerning the upcoming election in the hopes of showing the alternatives we've got when it comes to political parties in Canada.
If you know of any national political parties we may have missed send us a note with their webpage or other relevant info. As well if any readers plan on having, or know of, any blogs or forums dedicated to the upcoming election let us know and we'll be happy to put up a link.
Sunday, January 25, 2004
I'm back on the topic of monkeys. Dennis Miller is going to be getting his own show on CNBC. Check out the rants on his homepage. This weeks is a keeper. Anyone who can make a reasoned argument about why the wheel has caused all of humanities problems has got his stuff together:
You know, I think this whole convenience thing started with the wheel. Before that crazy gizmo came along people didn't expect anything to be convenient. Once we were happy in our dank little caves, until we were able to use the wheel to see that others had caves that were bigger and weren't filled with as much bat guano as ours. With the wheel came envy, a lowering of our self-esteem, and greed. Fuck you wheel.Anyways back to my original point of Dennis and his new TV show. Dennis on President Bush:
"I like him," Miller explained. "I'm going to give him a pass. I take care of my friends."And what does all of this have to do with monkeys... well sit down before you read this:
Miller is a familiar figure from his years on "Saturday Night Live," HBO and "Monday Night Football," but he will be in a different role on his daily show that debuts 9 p.m. EST Monday.
This is the Miller who has appeared at fund-raisers for Bush, ridden with the president on Air Force One, sat in the gallery at last week's State of the Union speech and was even talked about as a Republican senatorial candidate in California.
His fans didn't necessarily know that Miller. Now they do.
"Nine-11 changed me," he said. "I'm shocked that it didn't change the whole country, frankly."
The show will feature interviews, a rant on a selected topic, a "Weekend Update"-like comic newscast and a pundit panel he calls "The Varsity."Dennis Miller, a big G.W. fan, and a monkey? So not only do monkeys now have a significant control over the internet, totally out of proportion to their numbers but they also have a presence on a prime-time news channel.
And a monkey.
You read that right. Miller wanted a simian presence, believing a monkey occasionally scampering across the studio floor will keep both guests and viewers on their toes, he said.
So does the theory in my previous post concerning the Monkey cabal secretly controlling G.W. seem so far fetched? I think not.
I was gonna write a post about this article that claims only 62% of Ontario high school students graduated last year. But then I thought who really cares about the little ankle biters anyways.
More interestingly, it seems that the internet is slowly being taken over by monkeys! It seems that in our first online poll 42% of the votes have been cast by actual monkeys. Now you might say 'Hey Dana! Your poll isn't exactly scientific.' And of course I'ld have to respond with 'You Punk! Show me one that is.'
Regardless I'm starting to wonder about the state of the world when monkeys are beginning to control one of the high-tech marvels of our age. Now perhaps online monkeys are a tight knit group and share all the wonderful links that they've come across. That would explain why they are all checking out canadiancomment. But seriously, what are the odds of that!? We don't cator to monkeys? I don't think anyways...
And if its the case that monkeys are a tight knit online community then of 1 billion people who accessed online porn last year that only 0.0000005% are monkeys. That seems reasonable and removes the threat of monkeys using the internet to conquor the world. Perhaps the Jewish or Neo-con cabal (depends on the fool you're arguing with) that control George W. Bush is actually a Monkey Cabal set on world domination? And seriously who could blame them. Us humans poke them with things, take some pictures, and walk around talking about how cute they are. Wouldn't that piss you off!
Monkeys... I wonder...
Saturday, January 24, 2004
Just got finished painting a room which I was doing since my last post today. The room was closed in and I was using oil paint instead of water. Bad choice I guess, but anyway now I know how liberals feel now. I'm light headed, emotional and I don't make a whole lot of sense right now. It's like I'm one of them now, It's kind of scary, HELP!
Here a little humor for you today, everyone needs a laugh now and then and what better way to get it than to poke a little fun at our left leaning buddies. Hope you enjoy.
I seen this a while back at Danegerus and just ran across it again today, I think it's pretty funny. It's a twelve step guide for recovering liberals.
Guide for Recovering Liberals
This guide relates to Canada a lot and could be very helpful for many people across the nation. This might not get out to everyone that needs it but even if it only helps a few it will be well worth my effort to post it.
Liberalism is a serious problem and it needs to be addressed, most people don't even know they have a problem until it's too late. Help them, help themselves by giving every liberal you know these helpful steps to becoming a better person.
The Liberals don't even realize it themselves or they would be throwing tax dollars at this problem by the trunk load. They would install a new tax called the "Oh My God We're Crazy Tax". It would be a 5% tax on all milk products, if that's not enough they would expand it to beer as well.
The country is in trouble folks and I'm here to help. We need money to fight this problem. If you would like to donate money to us to help, please contact one of us by E-mail and we'll set something up. We're hoping for a conservative George Soros type, someone really rich and crazy.
Friday, January 23, 2004
It appears Howard Dean is finished, to the dismay of conservatives everywhere. It would have been very enjoyable watching Dean run for president, what a beating he would have taken. Oh well it was a nice dream while it lasted.
Here is a good piece by Charles Krauthammer over at Townhall. It pretty well sums up what we are feeling about Dean's fall from grace. If only he would have hung on, if only he could of shut his mouth until he got the Democratic bid. I feel like a little piece of me has died along with Dean's run for the White House, what a shame.
Thursday, January 22, 2004
So I guess you guys care about Canada as I can see from the comments in the last couple of stories. Today we can talk about marijuana, see what everyone thinks about that.
I think marijuana should NOT be legalized, like we need more things in this country that people can get hooked on that are easy to get. Like the stinking government doesn't make enough on taxes from booze and video gambling machines (the vultures).
Since when is it alright for the government to kick people when there down. Tax the poor idiot with the drinking problem, tax the poor idiot that spends his whole check in the VLTs, now we need to tax people that smoke pot. One reason for this, the government can make a shit load of money because a lot of people smoke pot now a days. Liberals love their taxes! Tax the " Sex Trade Workers " , don't think they haven't thought about that, there's money to be made.
That's the only reason the government of Canada wants to legalize pot is because it can make money off of it and secondly it's a lot of work trying to stop people from doing it, GOD FORBID the government had to work for their yearly pay increase by coming up with new ideas to stop drug use.
What are the good points if the government decides to legalize pot, are there any? Just thought of one, the Toronto Raptors will be able to draw more free agents to Canada if marijuana is legal, just think about that for a second. Half the Portland Trail Blazers will play for free but besides that do the positives out-weigh the negatives. No they don't.
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
This is a funny story I seen on Right Wing News about Canada's new plans for a new fleet of Aluminum Warships. Of course it's not a true story but very funny all the same, but then again not all that funny at all considering our sad military budget.
Here is an E-mail I got from a friend today. It states some interesting things, not all I agree with but interesting none the less. It's worth a read anyway and besides I didn't have any other good idea for a blog tonight so here is a quick and easy one, for me anyway ( Right click, copy, paste and done ). Enjoy!
This is something I copied and pasted out of an email a friend sent to me. I didn't wish to include the source of this email, because being that it came from a government servant, that person could be punished by his chain of command for even harbouring thoughts like this...and that is the sad part...he is overseas now serving a country that doesn't even care because he is only a white, English speaking male...shouldn't they be on the list of endangered species in Canada these days?
Will we still be the Country of choice??
Will we still be the Country of choice and still be Canada if we continue to make the changes forced on us by the people from other countries that came to live in Canada because it is the Country of Choice??????
Think about it...
All I have to say is, when will they do something about MY RIGHTS? I celebrate Christmas, but because it isn't celebrated by everyone, we can no longer say Merry Christmas. Now it has to be Season's Greetings. It's not Christmas vacation, it's Winter Break. Isn't it amazing how this winter break ALWAYS occurs over the Christmas holiday?
We've gone so far the other way, bent over backwards to not offend anyone, that I am now being offended. But it seems that no one has a problem with that.
This says it all! This is an editorial written by a Canadian citizen, published in a Canadian newspaper. He did quite a job didn't he? Read on, please!
IMMIGRANTS, NOT CANADIANS, MUST ADAPT.
I'm tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. I'm not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to Canada. Our population is almost entirely made up of descendants of immigrants. However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and
apparently some born here, need to understand. This idea of Canada being a multicultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Canadians, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle. This culture has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom. We speak ENGLISH, not Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language! We are Christians, not Buddists, Muslims or Islamics because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture. If the Maple Leaf offends you, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from. This is OUR COUNTRY, our land, and our lifestyle. Our government gives every citizen the right to express his opinion and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Canadian freedom, THE RIGHT TO LEAVE.
If you agree -- pass this along; if you don't agree -- delete it!
I figure if we all keep passing this to our friends (and enemies) it will also, sooner or later get back to the complainers, lets all try, please
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Today I got a problem with Canada being too politically correct all the time. No one wants to say anything to offend anybody anymore, how come?
I'm going to ask you, when was the moment you knew Canada had become too politically correct for it's own good. My moment came yesterday when I was watching the news. Instead of hookers or prostitutes the news womon said " Sex Trade Workers ". Sex Trade Workers, for god sake what is the world coming to when we need a more politically correct word for prostitute.
I can live with Fishers instead of fisherman and things like that, because it is a more up to date saying which includes women. Sex Trade Worker though is going too far, the next thing you know we'll need a word for rapist so it won't sound as bad. Which is just plain stupid.
Give me the moment you came to this conclusion too, just leave it in the comments.
Monday, January 19, 2004
This might be getting old but hey, I'm having fun. With this story Dem's Don't Want This General In Command I can kill two birds with one stone, get a article from Mark Steyn on the site and secondly crap on Wesley Clark a little more. It seems Clark is now the official guy to crap on seeing as even all the Democrates realize now that Howard Dean is not going to win them anything.
It's now time to make the Democrates see the light again. All us conservatives made them realize what a moron Howard Dean is and now we are going to show them how big an idiot their second choice is too. As Steyn says
"So I'd say Howard Dean is a sane man pretending to be crazy. Whereas General Clark gives every indication of a crazy man pretending to be sane."
That's a funny little line from Steyn is it not, anyway when a stand-up guy like Hugh Shelton don't like you, I would say you don't have much going for you.
Everybody has an uncle, brother or cousin like Wesley Clark, you know that guy that comes around at family reunions and seems nice enough but doesn't make a whole lot of sense and seems a little off. You know what I'm talking about, that's him. I'm not saying Clark is stupid but something isn't right up stairs if you know what I mean. I think the odd day he forgets to take his medication, that's a no no.
A very interesting quote I can across in a post over at Common Sense and Wonder:
In Losing Ground, Charles Murray reported that it takes only three things to avoid poverty: finish high school; get married and stay married; get any sort of job at all and stay employed. If it's that easy, why have the Old Media and our "public intellectuals" been so ready to excuse those who won't do it?I've heard alot on the root causes of poverty but this is the most common sense statement on the topic I've ever heard.
Here's a little follow up on Dana's story from Saturday. Sharon Backs Diplomat It's from abcnews.
Zvi Mazel did the right thing in my opinion. There is always someone that doesn't understand the pain and suffering of the Jewish people, art or no art, it was wrong.
Sunday, January 18, 2004
No, not the way Clark would like it to be ( she's pretty hot! ). Since I already had an article bashing Clark this week, I say it's shit on Wesley Clark week.
Here is Coulter's story The Democrates Idea of A General about Clark and it's also at Townhall.
Coulter makes some good points about Gen. Clark, she is usually right ( funny too ) about most things she talks about except for going off the deep end every once and a while. If your a fan of Wes Clark I think I'll get off his case next week, Maybe.
No, not the wrestler, Johan Goldberg. He has asked a very good question in this article "Bush Lied" and the Lying Liars Who Perpetuate It at Townhall.
He asks if Bush is a liar for not finding WMD in Iraq, then why are all those on the left that supported invading Iraq not liars also? A lot of them had the same access to intelligence that the President had and came to the some conclusions that Iraq indeed had WMD. So why the double standard?
Saturday, January 17, 2004
[Via little green footballs]
The Israeli ambassador to Sweden smashed an exhibit at the Stockholm International Forum: Preventing Genocide - Threats and Responsibilities:
"This was not a piece of art," the ambassador told Sweden's SR radio news station. "It was a monstrosity."Dror Feiler the artist of the piece:
"For me it was intolerable and an insult to the families of the victims," he said. "As ambassador [of] Israel I could not remain indifferent to such an obscene misrepresentation of reality."
As a political activist, Feiler is president of Jews for Israeli Palestinian Peace, which initiated a campaign entitled "Jewish Manifesto: Sharon is Israel's Worst Enemy."Good for the ambassador.
Feiler describes himself as the "eye-bleeding ultimate composer of intifadic and eruptive lung-outs."
It turns out the left-wing screwball Michael Moore is endorsing Wes Clark for the democratic nomination. Moore Endorses Clark I find it very funny that somebody as anti-war as Michael Moore is would back Wes Clark's bid for the White House.
Does Moore even know who Wes Clark is, Wes Clark is the same guy as General Wesley Clark. The Gen. Clark that was going to start WW3 in Bosnia because the Russians took an airport that he wanted. It took that much to piss of Wes, an coalition member taking an airport that he deemed important, what choice did he have but to kill all the dirty Russians ( Moron! ).
If it wasn't for Wes's higher ups stopping him we would have gone to war with the Russians after the Cold War while they were on our side. That makes perfect sense doesn't it. Clark is a loose cannon, always was, always will be, as for people like
Clinton just wanted to bomb Serbia into a dialog so they could end the mass killing. Wes Clark didn't want to talk, he wanted ground troops to take the country, sounds like wants going on now that has the left all in a huff. Clark also thought all his coalition members were a royal pain in the ass. Sounds like Rummy to me. Imagine Moore and Madonna backing a Rummy bid for the White House, they don't have a clue what they what.
Friday, January 16, 2004
This isn't news but IMAO has the first two installments of his Scientifical Analysis of the Left. This stuff is funny as hell (I know hell isn't particularly funny but you know what I mean):
A Brief History of the Left
Types of Liberals
And who knew Allah was such a wizard with Photoshop?
In national news today:
I may hate Sheila Copps about as much as I hate a kick in the junk but what was happening to Tony when this picture was taken? Does he not have 'people' who's job is to tell him not to make faces like this in public?
All of you environmentalists out there... could any of you tell me when this global warming thing is supposed to kick in? Sweet suffering its cold!
For the leadership of the Conservative Pary of Canada we have two new contenders:
And check out Tony Clement's picture in the above link. Does it not appear that The Globe and Mail has a corporate policy that all pictures of people named Tony should show the subject in an unflattering light? Or perhaps I should talk to the Globe's webmaster and find out if he/she ever had a bad experience with someone named Tony?
Well we just can be from the hockey game. The Senators tied the Islanders 4-4. The Islanders had a 4-1 lead in the second so I was getting prepared to write a post about how bad the reffing was. Heck I could have done as good a job watching the game at home and calling the game by phone. Zdeno Chara was called with an Unsportsmanlike Dive. What the bloody hell is an Unsportsmanlike Dive?
I may have been out of the NHL loop for a few years but does anyone know if its become NHL policy to dream up a new stupid penalty call every year?
And whats up with those New York Islanders? Like please. Who in their right mind could cheer for such a slack bunch? The only thing the team ever had going for them was Mike Bossy but even still; have you ever seen a man goofier looking than Mike Bossy? I suppose they must have a few fans from the early 80s when they won the Cup a bunch of times, but even then, those fans would be nothing but a bunch of losers who jumped on the bandwagon when times were good.
A sad bunch indeed. I wonder if Bob has any ideas on what could possibly make a mind deranged and damaged enough to cheer for the Islanders?
Thursday, January 15, 2004
We entered the King of the Blogs tournament and for the first weeks judging we had to answer one question. The question was "Why" , no more, no less. You could have a million and one answers to that but this is what I came up with:
The eternal question of life is without a doubt "Why". How many times a day do you ask yourself that very question?So that was what I came up with, I hope it makes you think a little.
"Why" is a simple, yet at the same time a complex question. Asking "Why" helps you learn about yourself and life. Why am I doing this or that? Why did he or she say those things?
As long as you are alive "Why" is going to be a relevent question. Why are we here? Why did I turn out the way I did? Why do we get up in the morning and go to work or school?
The question "Why" is about finding the answers you need to make life more enjoyable. If you find answers that satisfy you, your life will probaly be a good one. If your answers don't add up or make sense your life will probaly be a grind.
Try and live the good life, don't dwell on the negatives. Being negative will only drag you down and make things more difficult. Stay positive, things will go better. The answers to "Why" don't always come easy.
Why live your life to the fullest? Here's a better question, why not?
Due to the input I received for this post you may notice a few small changes.
First off we have an RSS feed that you can find in the Description secton in the right column.
As for the RSS feed I couldn't find any automated RSS collectors (if that's the proper word) that would format the feed properly. I guess this is primarily a problem with Blogspot but who knows. If anyone has figured out how to get an RSS feed formated properly using a free online tool let me know. I've tried using blogmatrix but I couldn't get it to distinguish between the title and body of the post. Currently the feed is being done by hand by yours truely. Problem of course is that its time consuming. I do have XMLSPY to edit it in so that makes it a bit more tolerable but still...
Since I'm on the topic of RSS feeds, Abilon is an awesome freeware RSS reader I stumbled upon yesterday. This thing is sweet! Just put the URL to the RSS feed of your favourite blogs and tada! all your favourites are there at your fingertips. One of the few really kick-ass applications I've seen in a while. For those of you who aren't as cheap as I am you may want to check out FeedDemon another RSS reader I tried. It looked nice but the choice between free and $29.95 is an easy choice for me to make.
Anyways, I've also changed the structure of canadiancomment so that the columns resize properly. I hope it helps.
For all of you who sent me some comments, thank you very much. It's greatly appreciated.
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Just a quick point for you today. Since Saddam's capture all you hear about is the mass graves, torture and the oppression of the Iraqi people. Don't get me wrong all those things are terrible things, to say the least.
Something that I never seen or heard mentioned was Saddam's environmental record. Surely Saddam's disregard for the environment is no where near the torture and killing but pretty bad all the same.
During and after the first gulf war Saddam caused massive environmental damage to Kuwait and the surrounding area. Remember the oil well fires, trenchs filled with crude oil, the oil slick bigger than the Exxon Valdez and the draining of the marshes of southern Iraq. Add all those up and a few we never heard about and you come up with enough stuff to write a book about.
Saddam has caused why more damage than people realize, so just stop for a minute and put it all into context. This man has done more harm than anybody since Hitler and Stalin. Saddam must pay dearly for his crimes against humanity and the Earth.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
This article by Bill O'Reilly Yes, We Can't pretty well has the whole immigration debate the way I see it. Give it a read and see what you think. This O'Reilly guy seems to know his stuff, maybe we'll give his site a link and help him get his message out ( stop laughing now it wasn't that funny ).
I've just finished reading P.J. O'Rourke's Give War A Chance. The subtitle says it all... 'Eyewitness Accounts of Mankind's Struggle Against Tyranny, Injustice, and Alcohol-Free Beer'.
It's basically a collection of articles and book reviews he'ld written from the mid-80s to the early-90s. I've also read his Eat the Rich and a book of his about the Nixon campaign in the 70s but I can't quite remember what it was called.
He's kind of like David Horowitz, an ex-lefty who went right. Much more amusing though.
Andrew Apostolou has a great article at NRO about Kofi Annan's support for Saddam Hussein.
Mark Steyn has an interesting take on the BBCs handling of the Kilroy-Silk mess:
Let me see if I understand the BBC Rules of Engagement correctly: if you're Robert Kilroy-Silk and you make some robust statements about the Arab penchant for suicide bombing, amputations, repression of women and a generally celebratory attitude to September 11 - none of which is factually in dispute - the BBC will yank you off the air and the Commission for Racial Equality will file a complaint to the police which could result in your serving seven years in gaol. Message: this behaviour is unacceptable in multicultural Britain.Trevor Phillips of Britain's Commission for Racial Equality has this creepy proposal:
But, if you're Tom Paulin and you incite murder, in a part of the world where folks need little incitement to murder, as part of a non-factual emotive rant about how "Brooklyn-born" Jewish settlers on the West Bank "should be shot dead" because "they are Nazis" and "I feel nothing but hatred for them", the BBC will keep you on the air, kibitzing (as the Zionists would say) with the crème de la crème of London's cultural arbiters each week. Message: this behaviour is completely acceptable.
So, while the BBC is "investigating" Kilroy, its only statement on Mr Paulin was an oblique but curiously worded allusion to the non-controversy on the Corporation website: "His polemical, knockabout style has ruffled feathers in the US, where the Jewish question is notoriously sensitive." "The Jewish question"? "Notoriously sensitive"? Is this really how they talk at the BBC?
But apparently not. "What Robert could do," suggested the CRE's Trevor Phillips helpfully, "is issue a proper apology, not for the fact that people were offended, but for saying this stuff in the first place. Secondly he could learn something about Muslims and Arabs – they gave us maths and medicine – and thirdly he could use some of his vast earnings to support a Muslim charity. Then I would say he has been properly contrite."And once again Steyn's response to this is right on the mark:
Extravagant public contrition. Re-education camp. "Voluntary" surrender of assets. It's not unknown for officials at government agencies to lean on troublemaking citizens in this way, but not usually in functioning democracies.Its a shame that this is what things have come to in the West. As this story shows things aren't much better in Canada. Certain groups must be 'sensitive' to others, while others are basically given a free ticket to say anything they want. Another good example of this can be found here.
And in all actuality I can't figure out why things have come to this. There could be several reasons some of which could be:
- we are afraid of what they'll do if we get 'tough' with them and expect them to treat everyone respectfully
- we don't expect them to behave any better, which is a sort of reverse rasicm
- society as a whole my not be able to deal with the fact that our national creed of multiculturalism may have serious flaws and we would rather ignore the problems and pretend that they don't exist instead of dealing with them
Anyways as an aside, is Mark Steyn not the most entertaining writer at any of the major newspapers? I'ld have to say Jonah Goldberg would have to be a close second though I'm not sure if he is published regularly in any of the major news spreads.
Monday, January 12, 2004
All of Canada sits and waits to see which leader the guys from Canadiancomment will endorse for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada ( Yeah Right! ). Any way that sounded good or that we were some what important or have a vast input on the Canadian political scene but that's not going to stop me from giving my opinion.
In my humble opinion Steven Harper should get the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, I know that I had a story on the blog plugging Bernard Lord for the same role but is he running, NO! So my endorsement goes to Harper.
Some people think Harper and his crew are just staging a take over of the PC party but at this point in the race there aren't that many other good candidates. Harper will make a good leader so people should just put their egos away and live with it. This is a new beginning for the party and we all should put the whole Alliance, PC thing behind us and start worrying about the future instead of old differences that weren't the big anyway.
Electing a leader and winning an election should be what conservatives are concentrating on doing not in-fighting. Do we want fifty more years of the Liberals ( Hell No! ) or maybe have the NDP turn Canada into the People's Republic of Canada ( God No! ). Unite the right, I know that's a cheesy saying but who ever said politics were cool. Harper's the Man, unless Lord decides at the last minute to run. There you have it, easy decision isn't it.
Rob Anders has a article at National Review Online describing the P.M.'s office intimidation of a Canadian website.
The site in question, Paul Martin Time.ca, is quite frankly a standard satirical website. A site that discusses government policies and pokes some fun at the P.M. while they're at it. It's hard to imagine why this would draw such ire from the P.M.'s office.
Dru Oja Jay, developer of the site says:
I woke up on Wednesday morning to a phone call from a friendly guy named Tim, who informed me that I had one hour to take down the website, PaulMartinTime.ca, or he would set the lawyers loose on our asses (that's not a quote, but it's an accurate summary).The press release from Paul Martin Time.ca concerning this can be found here.
In between his friendly but businesslike remarks, he dropped a few remarks intended to make me nervous. He said, for example, that he "had a little trouble getting through privacy.ca, but they're no longer supporting your cause." If we had in fact been using privacy.ca, that would be pure power-play. It would mean that he had intimidated (legally or otherwise) a company whose function it is to protect the identity of people who use it into breaking its sole mandate. As it turns out, we don't use privacy.ca; the address of Rob Maguire, the person who registered paulmartintime.ca, is publically available, for all with an internet connection to see.
Paul Martin Time.ca may be a lefty site but anyone who criticizes Paul Martin can't be all bad...
Well canadiancomment has been online now for about two months and I think its about time that we ask for your input into how we are doing.
Any input is appreciated but please note that 'You suck, give it up!' is not input.
If you have a moment please comment and suggest improvements on:
- layout of the site
- ease of reading (or difficulty)
- writing style and content
- any 'blogging' features that are sorely missing
- and anything else you can dream up
I figure I would work on a site redesign and naturally the people who read canadiancomment are the most qualified to recommend improvements. The redesign probably won't appear anytime soon since I'm still trying to figure out how we really want the site to evolve.
As well if anyone has any ideas on server options they would be greatly appreciated. I've got an Apache server running on Linux here at home that would greatly improve our options over Blogspot. Do I hear MovableType anyone? Has anyone tried this and run into uptime problems. The server would run over a highspeed connection which in my past experiences isn't the most reliable of setups.
Anyways, thanks for your help.
Sunday, January 11, 2004
After all my ranting about Saddam Hussien and support for Operation Iraqi Freedom, who would have guessed that my result in the What Famous Leader Are You? test would end up being...
My result in the What Classic Movie Are You? isn't much better...
Saturday, January 10, 2004
I wasn't planning on writing anything today but on the way home from town tonight I noticed something very disturbing. What you ask? Something strange and mysterious. Still want to know? It's January the 10th and people still have their stinking Christmas lights on!
Small problem, I know but still all the same very annoying. I mean, tis not the season any more. Don't get me wrong I like Christmas, for about two weeks. From Dec. 1st to Dec. 31st lights are great but come on. When do you think these people are going to turn them off anyway, Easter?
If you are reading this and you still have your Xmas lights on, walk outside and turn them off, PLEASE! The only excuse for having lights on this time of year is that you had them on a timer and went away on vacation and forgot to come home. Anyway it's lights out time for me so to speak, I'm done bitchin' for tonight, so long for now.
Friday, January 09, 2004
It turns out that Howard Dean is being caught up to by Wes Clark, in the last nation wide poll Clark has closed to within 5 points of Dean after being down by more than 15 just last month.
What would you think the Dean camp would do to help Howard stay in front of the Democratic pack? You would think they would get him out more and spread his message (bad idea! he has no message except that he hates George W.) to the voters, wrong! Dean is cutting down on his appearances instead, do you know why. It is because when Howard Dean talks he gets himself in trouble (that sounds like a nice quality to have for a president) so his staff is keeping him out of trouble by shutting him up and hoping he can hold on to his lead.
The Democratic party is finally realizing that Howard Dean can not win them an election. Big surprise! The sad part is it took them this long to come up with that little piece of common sense. As Dean is beginning to find out you have to have a policy in place and know what your talking about to be a serious challenger for president, not just hate the incumbent.
This is bad news though for the people, like me, that were looking forward to George W. kicking Dean's ass in the election. You never know though, Dean might hold on and win the democrat nomination yet, only time will tell. If he does bring on the ASS KICKING!
Thanks again to Spin Killer for the link. Spin Killer has become required reading around here so I hope you check them out.
Anyways, Peter Worthington has a great article at the Toronto Sun about the follies of gun control. He quotes David Horowitz saying:
Horowitz tells of a six-year-old in 1999 who walked into a Michigan classroom with a loaded handgun and shot and killed five-year-old Kayla Robbins.This case reminds of the Montreal Massacre that was used here in Canada to justify many of the gun control changes we've seen over the years. Mark Steyn did a great write up on this a while back but unfortunately the original article is AWOL. I did manage to come across this snipet curtesy of The Canukistanian:
In the ensuing public outcry against "gun violence," President Clinton held a press conference deploring the tragedy and called for mandatory trigger-locks on all handguns.
"In the fantasy world of liberal gun-control advocates, Kayla Robbins might be alive today if a trigger-lock requirement had been added to the 20,000-plus gun laws already on the books," wrote Horowitz.
"In the real world, the little boy who shot Kayla Robbins lived in a crack house run by his uncle who was a career criminal with three outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was living with his criminal uncle because his father was in jail and his drug-addicted mother was out of the picture. Is there any law the government can design that this 'family' would feel compelled to obey?"
This six-year-old did not buy the murder weapon at a gun show to avoid loopholes in existing laws. He did not buy the gun at all. He picked it up, already loaded, from a bed in the crack house where he lived.
These realities refute the idea that a trigger-lock would have saved Kayla Robbins' life.
I loathe the annual commemorations of the Montreal Massacre. I especially dislike the way it's become a state occasion, with lowered flags, like Remembrance Day. But, in this case, whatever honour we do the dead, we spend as much time dishonouring the living -- or at least the roughly 50% of Canadians who happen to be male: For women's groups, the Montreal Massacre is an atrocity that taints all men, and for which all men must acknowledge their guilt. Marc Lepine symbolizes the murderous misogyny that lurks within us all.The above quote does not deal with gun control per say, but it does reflect how many gun control advocates use tragedies to pursue their political goals. In both cases gun control, or registries, would have made no difference. Yet many people agreed to impose weapon restrictions instead of looking at the underlying problem or problems that led to the tragedy.
M. Lepine was born Gamil Gharbi, the son of an Algerian Muslim wife-beater, whose brutalized spouse told the court at their divorce hearing that her husband "had a total disdain for women and believed they were intended only to serve men." At 18, young Gamil took his mother's maiden name. The Gazette in Montreal mentioned this in its immediate reports of the massacre. The name "Gamil Gharbi" has not sullied its pages in the 12 years since.
Ah, well, I would bring that up, wouldn't I? Just for the record, I'm not saying that M. Lepine is representative of Algerian manhood or Muslim manhood. I'm saying he shouldn't be representative of anything -- least of all, the best efforts of women's groups and the convenient gloss of that pure laine name notwithstanding, Canadian manhood.
Thursday, January 08, 2004
Here is a great picture I seen on Right Wing News, don't you think it's just funny as hell. As co-blogger Dana said:
Now why wouldn't they put that on the front page of the NYTimes?
As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Spin Killer put up this painting by Scott Lobaido called 'Have Faith'.
G.W. Bush with bin Laden's decapitated head. Sweet!
I've never heard of Scott Lobaido before but after checking out this CNN article I was quite impressed.
- LoBaido, 38, was arrested in 1999 after throwing horse manure at the exterior of the Brooklyn Museum of Art to protest its display of a painting of the Virgin Mary festooned with elephant dung.And according to this:
- Last year, LoBaido was arrested for hanging a large American flag on an awning outside the French Consulate as a sign of protest for what he considered France's contempt for the U.S.-led war in Iraq. He is on one-year probation.
- LoBaido, who protested the shuttering of a Williamsburg firehouse last August by painting a mural of a smiling mayor shooting a man in the back, has been asked by the National Arts Club to show his latest, Bloomberg bashing, a rendering of a cigarette-puffing Frank Sinatra giving him a bloody beating.This guy has some pizzaz!
The painting, titled "Black Eye, Bloody Nose and Fat Lip Courtesy of Frank Sinatra," shows a battered Bloomberg sprawled in an alley next to a "No Smoking" sign, as Sinatra walks away trailing a plume of smoke.
- He is on probation for hanging oversize American flags on the façade of the French Consulate. He also painted a flag on School District 3 headquarters after it ruled against requiring students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
It seems that the Taliban have been boning up on their public relation skills.
Afghanistan's ousted Taliban has apologised for a bomb attack in the southern city of Kandahar that killed 16 people, including many children, and called it a botched attempt to target U.S. troops.I have no idea why but the thought of a Taliban spokesman admitting to and apologizing for the bombing seems somewhat amusing to me.
The ousted Islamic militia initially denied involvement in Tuesday's explosion near a military compound as children were passing on their way home from school.
The blast came just two days after a new constitution was adopted in Kabul, which Afghans hope will usher in a period of peace and stability after a quarter of a century of bloodshed.
"It was a mistake by our mujahideen (holy warriors)," senior Taliban commander Mullah Sabir Momin said by satellite telephone on Wednesday.
"We wanted to target the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) office in the city, but because of a small mistake, this plan failed," he told Reuters.
[Via Best of the Web Today]
Who would have known?
The Howard Dean speech that would follow this discovery would go something like:
Deaniacs please be seated. Thank you Comrade Burns for your wonderful introduction.
As many of you are aware, bin Laden has been discovered on Mars by the NASA Spirit mission. And as you are surely equally aware, George W. Bush has once again failed to adequately plan ahead just as we have seen in his failed invasion of Iraq. We are now in the position of knowing bin Ladens whereabouts but without the means to return him to Earth. How can George W. be trusted with America's security when he fails to plan for a situation like we now find ourselves.
I have consistantly noted George W's lack of foresight and planning. If I am elected President, you can rest assured that such mistakes will not be made. I will be sure to equip all space missions with a full judicial panel and legal team capable of defending, I mean prosecuting, bin Laden to the full extent of American law. As well representatives of Amnesty International, the ACLU, and Human Rights Watch will be invited to join all future space missions in the event that an individual fighting again American hegemony, sorry liberty, is apprehended. This is to ensure that the individual is treated with the utmost respect and dignity deserved of all human beings.
As to how bin Laden came to be on Mars I've heard many theories... One is that a Nazi sympathizer, who is also George W's uncle, has developed a time and space travel device capable of transporting people anywhere's within our galaxy. As it goes, George Bush had apprehended bin Laden last July but did not make his capture public so that he could wage his unjust and criminal attack against poor Saddam, damn I mean the poor Iraqi people. This once again proves how deceitful and criminal the present administration has become. Now of course this is just a theory. I have no actual means of verifying if it is true. But regardless this is the kind of insight the American suckers, oops people, deserve from their President.
Elect me and I shall set the truth free!
As a final note, could all the 'Blacks support Dean' signs be left at the exit. Its much easier to bring the signs to each event since it seems none of you have any black friends.
Good night, and God Bless, I mean... just good night.
Wednesday, January 07, 2004
Seems multiculturalism isn't necessarily a two way street... B.C. Muslim newspaper accused of anti-Semitism.
And why does the title of the article say 'accused of anti-Semitism'. It is! Trying to be impartial really makes a paper look silly sometimes.
This is a good step toward smoothing relations between this two nuclear arms nations. Reasonable people can always come up with solutions to their problems and this is a start. Even if peace is not made at this time, the talks will open channels within the Pakistani and Indian governments. This will help prevent future conflict, like the hot line between Moscow and Washington did during the cold war.
Kashmir is very dear to both these countries and it will take bold steps by both countries to make these peace talks work. Gen. Muharraf and Prime Minister Vajpayee should be commended for their courage to step forward and make moves to solve the problems of this long disputed area.
Gen. Musharraf is doing a good job cracking down on the militants within Pakistan, not only for his own safety but to cut down on cross border raids into India as well. These raids have caused much friction between these two countries and ending them would be a good sign to India that Pakistan is ready for peace.
Many are worried about Pakistan's stability with the resent attempts on Gen. Musharraf life. There are two ways to look at these attempts. The first is that they succeed and Pakistan falls into the hands of the militants and a war breaks out between the two countries, that would be a disaster.
The other way to look at it is as a good sign. When Gen. Musharraf was going easy on the militants, they were happy for the support and causing no threats to him. Now that he is taking them on, they are turning against him. Which is a sign of progress that the crack down is taking effect. They see him as an enemy now, not just India.
That reminds me of something a NCO said to Gen. Chuck Horner on how he was running his command, the NCO said "Your pissing off the right people". Which generally means that your doing something right when all the low-lifes want you dead and the people that are helpful to the cause think your doing a good job.
I hope this works out well for both sides and the two countries become friendly and live in peace for centuries to come.
Paul Martin is hinting that changes are coming to the national gun registry. What changes we should expect are yet to be determined.
According to the article, only one arrest has been made related to the registry, and that was for someone failing to register a weapon. Its pretty bad that the only crime prevented by the gun registry is a crime that only occurred because the legislation is in place. No registry, no failure to register... right?
For $1 Billion you think they could at least jack up the numbers with some token arrests. Throw granny in jail and hail it as a great example of the registry's success.
And why has the national media not further questioned the registry and its lack of success in preventing crimes. The national media will report Liberal excuses and spin forever yet they never seem to get around to the lack of results inherent in this colossal waste of money. Lazy reporting as far as I'm concerned.
Tuesday, January 06, 2004
For those disappointed in the lack of conservative or libertarian viewpoints in Canadian journalism you finally have something to celebrate. The Western Standard will begin publication March 30th.
The publisher will be Ezra Levant well known to many conservatives throughout Canada and will feature many writers from the former Alberta Report.
The magazine will be published bi-weekly with hopes that it will become a weekly magazine after a year of publication. I have no idea how the magazines website will be handled after the launch but here's hoping that some content will be available there as well.
Check it out and sign up for a subscription.
Canadian radio stations are required by law to play a certain amount of Canadian music in their daily rotation. The law itself is not a bad law, it is there to promote home grown talent (which is a good thing).
My problem is with lazy radio stations that play the same tired old Canadian bands day after day so they can fill up on their Canadian content. We get to hear Celine Dion, Barenaked Ladies, Bryan Adams and Shania Twain five times each a day. They play these bands to death instead of doing their homework and finding new Canadian talent.
This law was put in to promote Canadian talent, not play the same old crap all the time and make us sick of our artists. It's a big country with millions of people, it's hard to believe that there are only about ten bands in all of Canada. At least that is what you would think if you only listened to public radio during the afternoons.
I need to be entertained, I have a short attention span so please start playing better music! It would be a good start to find it at home first. If you fail me station managers, I will be forced to buy a satellite radio system and listen to American radio. I know there are bigger problems in the world but I'll talk about them another day.
Oh yeah one more thing, congratulations to moveon.org for taking Bush bashing to far and proving that they are not to be taken seriously any longer.They knew damn well what they were putting on their site. As soon as you compare Bush to Hitler, Jews to Nazis or paint swatikas on American or Israeli flags you've proved without a shadow of a doubt that your a crackpot, case closed.
Monday, January 05, 2004
Well it's the start of the New Year. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all the best in 2004.
Nothing much today except for:
Iraq's Future - and Ours
Xmas present from Progressives: Starvation
Sunday, January 04, 2004
We're back for the new year after some time off for the holidays, I was to busy eating to bother coming up with any stories. I hope you missed us, but if you didn't it doesn't matter as long as your checking out the site often. We're going to start turning out the stories again very soon and I hope you stay around for our first full year of blogging.
Here is a article Keeping Up the Pressure by Mark Steyn that I enjoyed and besides he can say it better than I can, so check it out. It turns out George W. Bush is crazy, it's better for your enemies to think that anyway. Just look at Gaddafi, he thought for sure he was next so he gave up his weapons programs. I guess there is a method to the madness after all for all of you with no faith in Dudya's policies.