Thursday, July 27, 2006

Silly Season Synopsis

This time of year is noted as the silly season. A time when no real business is done, a time where Canadians lavish in the luxuries of a hard earned summer. This year something is different on the bar-b-que circuit.

War rages in the middle east, gas prices soar and yet we move on. So what is so different?

The tone.

For the first time in a generation we have a leader who takes his job seriously.

The results:

A definitive position on the ME rather than the mealy mouthed mulch we are used to.
An unprecedented evacuation of Canadian passport holders from a war zone.
An evacuation flight rather than a photo op.
Amends for a long past racist head tax.
Reparation for Hep-C victims of the blood system.
Squaring up with a WWII vet on pension issues.

The silly season is only half over and it seems this government has kept their nose to the grindstone.

When was the last time that Cretin/Martin did anything other than kiss ass in the silly season?

The LPC should be very afraid. BTW grab another dog boys......yer gonna need it.


Rhetorical Necessity??

The recent deaths of four UN peacekeepers including one Canadian in southern Lebanon has elicited a myriad of responses from the chattering class. Predictably the majority opinion in the MSM has been decidedly anti-Israeli, with some going so far as to suggest that this was a deliberate attack on the UNFIL observers for some Machiavellian purposes.

Those who hold this position reek of stupidity rooted in a firm commitment to ignore the facts at all costs. The lefty spin and brainless attempts at revisionist reporting are beginning to wear thin.

Case in point. This assessment of the incident by CP reporter Sue Baily has the basic facts but ventures off on the usual tangent.

OTTAWA (CP) - Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener, or "Maj. H.v.K." as he signed his e-mails, loved his work as a career soldier with a gusto that was his trademark.
Family, friends and former colleagues prayed for the best and braced for the worst as they waited for word on the UN observer's fate in one of the most precarious regions in the Middle East

Well you got that right Sue! The UNFIL observation post in question could be described as precarious. I laud your keen sense of the obvious. Tell me more Sue.

The incident is shaping up to be a major international embarrassment for Israeli leaders, who say the observer station was hit by accident.

But a preliminary UN report released to The Associated Press says the peacekeepers called the Israeli military 10 times in the hours leading up to the fatal strike, asking them to stop nearby bombings.

The debacle did not appear to soften Harper's support for Israel's powerful show of force.

Hmmmm....major embarrassment....unheeded pleas for mercy.......debacle.....and mean old Harper still supports the Israelis powerful show of force. Message received Sue. Not only do you have a keen sense of the obvious but your liberal use of hyperbole is supercalafragalisticexpealadocious. What else ya got Sue?

Hess-von Kruedener described in a July 18 e-mail to CTV the growing chaos surrounding his UN post in Khiam, a dusty village about 10 kilometres from where the Israeli, Lebanese and Syrian borders intersect.

"What I can tell you is this: we have on a daily basis had numerous occasions where our position has come under direct or indirect fire from both artillery and aerial bombing," he wrote.

"The closest artillery has landed within two metres of our position and the closest 1,000-pound (450-kilogram) aerial bomb has landed 100 metres from our patrol base."

"This has not been deliberate targeting, but has rather been due to tactical necessity."

Aha!!! Thank you so much for including some facts in your article Sue!!! I guess even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then. The really interesting thing about these facts is that they are the written words of the now dead CF officer. So how did Sue interpret this missive from Maj. HvK?? Well she didn't, rather she found someone with an opinion that supports her particular take on things.

Harry Bloom, eastern vice-president of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association, spent a year in the early 1970s patrolling the exact terrain where Hess-von Kruedener served.

"It's rocky, it's hilly, it's dangerous," Bloom said. "The area has always been dangerous for travellers."

Bloom, now retired at 66, said he wasn't surprised by news that an Israeli bomb had hit the post - and he doesn't believe it was an accident.

"I agree with (UN Secretary General) Kofi Annan's comment that it seemed to be an intentional hit. It would have to be. The outposts are so well-identified with blue and white paint and flags. A pilot cannot mistake that outpost for anything else."
Bloom described repeated "altercations" with Israeli forces when he was stationed there.

"They would fire from behind us, knowing that returned fire would land in our outpost. So to me, it's not a surprise. Not at all."

He also explained why he thought Israel would attack unarmed UN observers.
"The UN is no great friend as far as the Israelis are concerned," Bloom said in an interview from his home in Orleans, Ont., east of Ottawa.

"When the Israelis do anything on that ceasefire line, the UN is there. The Israelis don't necessarily like someone watching them."

Well done Sue!!! You managed to find a military expert who was at this very post some thirty years ago. Furthermore, this expert can attest to the dirty Jeewws propensity for hiding behind UN forces and their desire to keep their manic murdering ways from prying eyes.

But apparently some of the MSM have a very different take on all this. The Ottawa Citizen seems to have done a little more leg work.

The words of a Canadian United Nations observer written just days before he was killed in an Israeli bombing of a UN post in Lebanon are evidence Hezbollah was using the post as a "shield" to fire rockets into Israel, says a former UN commander in Bosnia.

Those words, written in an e-mail dated just nine days ago, offer a possible explanation as to why the post -- which according to UN officials was clearly marked and known to Israeli forces -- was hit by Israel on Tuesday night, said retired Maj.-Gen. Lewis MacKenzie yesterday.

"What I can tell you is this," he wrote in an e-mail to CTV dated July 18. "We have on a daily basis had numerous occasions where our position has come under direct or indirect fire from both (Israeli) artillery and aerial bombing.

"The closest artillery has landed within 2 meters (sic) of our position and the closest 1000 lb aerial bomb has landed 100 meters (sic) from our patrol base. This has not been deliberate targeting, but rather due to tactical necessity."

The same quote from Maj. HvK as the CP piece but with a different analysis from a military expert, Maj.-Gen Lewis MacKenzie. So what do you think Lew??

Those words, particularly the last sentence, are not-so-veiled language indicating Israeli strikes were aimed at Hezbollah targets near the post, said Maj.-Gen. MacKenzie.

"What that means is, in plain English, 'We've got Hezbollah fighters running around in our positions, taking our positions here and then using us for shields and then engaging the (Israeli Defence Forces)," he said.

That would mean Hezbollah was purposely setting up near the UN post, he added. It's a tactic Maj.-Gen. MacKenzie, who was the first UN commander in Sarajevo during the Bosnia civil war, said he's seen in past international missions: Aside from UN posts, fighters would set up near hospitals, mosques and orphanages.

Aside from the discrepancies on the timeline. (Sue typifies the UNFIL pleas to the Israeli Defense Force as being "in the hours leading up to the fatal strike", whereas the e-mail from Maj. HvK was sent 9 days prior to his demise, suggesting Hezbollah had been hiding behind the UN position from the onset.) Regardless of the fact that your military expert is of questionable pedigree. I have one question.

Was that piece of journalistic tripe you wrote a rhetorical necessity?


Wednesday, July 26, 2006


So let's do a little compare and contrast.

The previous Government went for the photo op. (flashback........... PMPM is rushed to Markham to empathize with a group of Sri Lankan immigrant kids about the horror of a tsunami. ) It takes 21 days for Canada to insert our DART team into the disaster zone.

We remove about 10,000 Passport Punks from Lebanon within 14 days from the shit hitting the fan.

You do the math.


Are We There Yet ???

I just watched the news. CTV and CBC...... I know...I know....
So the last boat from south Lebanon left with between 12 and 48 card carring Canadians, depending on who you beleive.

The running total of Canadians evacuated from the shitpile is running in the 10,000 range.
But this last ship had room (be it not all first class berths) for 1200 Canadians.

So who did we pick up?? Some U-Alls and some Aussies.

How was that fact spun?

I Bet you spotted the play !!!!


Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Lebs and I

There has been an untold amount of pissing and moaning regarding the Middle East Crisis. What I have not heard is an honest indictment of the Lebanese people.

Apparantly some 40,000 carry a Canadian passport. These folks at one time resided in Canada. Many made their bucks and went "home". And after all is said and done, isn't home is where the heart is?

The final numbers in the evacuation will tell the story.

How many men are on the boats? How many men stay and fight? How many of you are sick of a gang of thugs controlling your country? Did you learn anything while you were here?

It's time to climb out of the ditch.....NOW!!!!

Those of you that have worked with 40 mil and 80 mil know what I mean.

Fer F*cks Sake Stand Up!!


I'm Back

Hi All!!

I have taken a hiatis from blogging to deal with life. For those who are interested I'm back ( Hi Mom). I will continue with the Canada in 2020 thread when the CBC finds their whiny voice again.

Until then....bigger fish to fry.

Don't ya just hate it when realism creeps into the scene?

I think they do at MotherCorp.


Saturday, July 01, 2006

Canada in 2020...The Progressive Propaganda Offensive Begins

This seemingly innocuous article on the tax payer funded CBC website (ironically enough published on Canada Day) tweaked my intuitive spirit. In other words my spidey senses were tingling.

Being a proud "right of center" Canadian and this being Canada Day (Dominion Day), I decided to follow my intuition and see where it led. What I discovered may well be the first salvo fired in a concentrated and co-ordinated "communications war" by the "progressive left" to gain control of the hearts and minds of the average Canadian. This excerpt from the CBC website:

What will Canada look like in 2020?

How would the country change if the cost of oil double or triples in the coming decade? Where and how would we live if global temperatures rise dramatically? What will our cities, our health-care system and Canada's role in the world look like?

The CBC and the Dominion Institute have invited 20 leading thinkers to comment on the single issue or event that they think could transform Canada by 2020. will post the essays here as they are released over the next six months. Coverage on CBC-TV and CBC Radio includes interviews, commentary and mini-documentaries on the ideas raised by each of the thinkers. Tune into CBC News: Morning, The National, The Current, The Sunday Edition and local CBC radio stations across Canada for more.

Canada in 2020 is an initiative of Dominion Institute in association with La Presse, the Toronto Star and the CBC.

This brought to mind some interesting questions. What does the Dominion Institute stand for? How, if at all, are they linked to the recent 2020 conference held in Mount Tremblant, Quebec? What are the proven editorial tendencies of the MSM partners in this initiative? Who are the driving forces behind Canada 2020? Where and when was this initiative born? What do they hope to achieve? And finally, Why is the CBC committing the considerable resources noted above, to this effort?

As far as La Presse goes I have no basis for formulating an opinion on their editorial proclivities, being fluently uni-lingual. On the other hand the Toronto Star is a noted left leaning publication and is often refered to derisively as The Red Star by right leaning commentators. Finally, the CBC. As a taxpayer funded broadcaster the CBC claims to hold no editorial bias. I beg to differ. That said lets look at a CP article on the 2020 Conference in Mount Tremblant, Quebec.

Canada 2020, the brainchild of a troika of federal Liberal backroomers, fluttered to life this week, aspiring to be a non-partisan breeding ground that allows the airing of progressive public policy ideas unconstrained by immediate electoral considerations.

In fact the two-day conference, anchored by a keynote speech Wednesday night by former U.S. vice-president Al Gore, is expressly designed as an antidote to electoral-cycle policy making.

Most participants said a conference of this sort - focusing on a "small 'p' progressive agenda rather small 'c' conservative," in the words of organizer Susan Smith - is long overdue.

Others, perhaps less starry-eyed, see the conference as the third leg in a Liberal party reconstruction that will augment and provide some intellectual heft to the leadership race and the party's internal "truth and reconciliation" exercise.

Peter Donolo, Jean Chretien's former communications director, said the progressive or left side of the political spectrum has been outmanoeuvred over the past decade by conservative think-tanks, which have generated much of the public policy buzz in North America.

As I noted in a previous post on this site (More Inconvenientt Truth) the 2020 Conference participants were largely LPC operatives. The above quoted CP article confirms this fact and suggests that this conference was in fact "the third leg in a Liberal party reconstruction". Am I off base?? Lets see what The Toronto Star had to say about the 2020 Conference. This link from a progressive website carrying an article by Susan Delacourt of the Toronto Star.

MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec - "Father knows best" isn't just an old TV show any more, it's where Canada and the U.S. beg to differ, according to Environics pollster Michael Adams.
And the difference between Canadian and American attitudes toward big daddy may reveal something larger about how to rebuild the centre-left of the political spectrum in Canada, a task now under way at a big, "progressive politics" conference at the Mont-Tremblant resort.

One of Adams' most stunning illustrations of Canada-U.S. differences to the conference was on the question of family dynamics, specifically the idea of the father as head of the family.
In Canada, that notion has been slowly eroding since 1992. In the United States, it's been growing.

Conference attendees were excited by the Adams' finding.
They believed it underscores the idea that Canadians are far more wary overall of authoritarianism, hierarchy and other hallmarks of conservative politics.

Though this is a non-partisan gathering, it is organized around the idea of reinvigorating political policy that stands in opposition to conservatism and all that Harper appears to represent.

Justin Trudeau, son of the former prime minister, told attendees at the opening of the conference Tuesday night that their focus had to be on getting the left's act together so it can regain power.

"What are we going to do as progressives if we return to power? That's a big challenge and it's one that we need to think about it," Trudeau said.

He summed up the aim of this conference as a search for "what it takes to take over this country once again and make sure we are moving in the right direction."

So it seems pretty clear to me what the goals of the 2020 Conference are. As the eldest son of "himself" put it..."what it takes to take over this country once again"... As I pointed out previously, the 2020 Conference is the opening salvo in a propaganda war and the Toronto Star is clear about their role in this aim. But what are others saying about the 2020 Conference? This from The Hill Times.

MONT-TREMBLANT, QUE.--Former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan, whose Liberal Party was booted out of office in the last election, says all party members have to play an active role in its policy renewal process since it's the first time in 12 years that policy-making is coming directly from the grassroots and not from Cabinet or the PMO.

"Policy renewal process is important after you've been in government for 12 years, most of the policy is driven out of Cabinet, out of the government itself, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, the caucus. It's very important for grassroots Liberals to get back and involved in the policy process. They're the people who live in the streets, in the communities, go to the churches all over, mosques all over this country and they're the ones who know what the real challenges are for Canadian families and what those families and communities need to succeed, to be cohesive, to avoid conflict to be able to seize the opportunities that exist here. So, they have to drive this policy renewal process," Ms. McLellan said in an interview with The Hill Times in Mont Tremblant, Que., at the Liberal-dominated Canada 2020 conference.

Ms. McLellan co-chaired the conference entitled "Progressive Policies, Practical Solutions: Policy Choices for the 21st Century," along with another former Liberal deputy prime minister John Manley and Francois de Gasp Beaubien, chair and CEO of Zoom Media.

The Liberal Party currently is undergoing a policy renewal process and has set up 32 task forces under the leadership of Tom Axworthy, a Liberal policy guru, academic and a former senior adviser to former prime minister Pierre Trudeau. The policy renewal process will culminate in the form of policy resolutions to be voted on at the December Liberal Convention in Montreal. If passed by a majority of the delegates, the policies will become party policies.

Hmmmm.....By all accounts this "non-partisan" effort seems to have a decidely partisan bent. What I find particularly interesting is the timing. It seems the Canada in 2020 exercise will culminate in December at the same time as the LPC leadership convention.

But then again maybe I'm a paranoid right wingnut. Being a good Canadian I defer to the "most trusted news source" in Canada. Of course I refer to our nation public broadcaster...The CBC.

Where does the CBC stand? Now herein lies the rhetorical twist, the CBC is selling their ongoing coverage of Canada in 2020 as a "non-partisan" initiative by a "non-profit" institute and go so far as to describe these decidedly left opinion pieces as "News In-Depth." Of course they do not identify Canada in 2020 opinion as orginating in a "left wing think tank" as they do with Fraser Institute pieces which come with the "right wing think tank" moniker. A sample of the CBC's characterization of Canada 2020.

Canada in 2020 is an initiative of the non-partisan Dominion Institute in association with CBC News, La Presse, and The Toronto Star.

Canada in 2020 is a four month public dialogue initiated by The Dominion Institute to discover what Canadians think will be the single most important issue facing the country in the year 2020.

The Institute has brought together twenty leading commentators from across Canada to write essays on the single issue or event that they think could transform Canada by the year 2020.

The essays will be published in La Presse and The Toronto Star over four months starting July 1. CBC News will take the discussion started in both papers to a national audience by featuring interviews, commentary, and mini-documentaries on the ideas raised by each of the twenty contributing authors. The public will be encouraged to add its voice to the debate through the project's website and a $2020 essay contest. Canada in 2020 will conclude in December 2006 with a one-day citizens' symposium in Ottawa.

Well that all sounds very inclusive and afterall this is a "non-partisan" effort. So if I read this correctly the "non-biased" CBC is going to take these "non-partisan" essays and expand on the "ideas" they raise. This will be achieved through interviews, commentary and mini-documentaries. I can hardly wait!!

BTW I point you to the questions that were asked in this poll that coincided with the 2020 Conference. Once again back to the CBC. And just in case you didn't see the significance of the this type of polling I suggest this piece from Stephen Taylor on June 20th. (you will have to scroll down.)

Anyways.....I think I've made my point that Canada in 2020 is a propaganda exercise by the LPC and is supported by the usual suspects. Unfortunately right leaning taxpayers are funding a portion of this garbage through government funding of the CBC.

What is not clear are the personalities behind this propaganda push. In my next post I'll make the connections between the LPC, the Toronto Star, the CBC and at least one MSM columnist that I thought knew better.