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BC Liberal Party website — They obviously put out a news release announcing their leadership debate, stating, as even their own website states, that you can stream it at their website. The Globe and Mail said so too, even. But go to their website, and nothing like an anticipatory video teaser is there. Like they're not even set up for it. Or don't care if you watch it. You can, they say, watch it on Facebook. But I won't support that crap. So heckofa job, Libbies.

Click to (not) watch it

 

Canadians love their cheap Chinese trinkets despite the moral question

Globe and Mail — Startling reports out of the Port of Vancouver indicate just how much Canadians care that communist China was (and still is) holding Canadian and American citizens illegally, steals intellectual property from everyone around the world, is a rogue racist state, an authoritarian and totalitarian dictatorship, which is bent on global communist domination, which enslaves and arguably eliminates ethnic groups, and which pollutes the entire globe to beat hell.

The Port of Vancouver is sending record numbers of empty shipping containers to Asia ... The reason so many shipping containers are going back to Asia filled with nothing but air has to do with a surge in consumer demand for Asian goods ...

...There were 597,443 TEUs of empty containers exported from Vancouver in the first eight months of this year, up 89 per cent from the same period in 2020. And 2020 was previously the record-high year for empty-container shipments from the port.

Almost half of all the containers that have left Vancouver so far this year have been empty.

In total, the Port of Vancouver has handled 2.55 million TEUs of both imports and exports during the first eight months of 2021, up 17 per cent from the same period in 2020.

China is the largest shipper into the Port of Vancouver of containerized merchandise, including consumer goods.

What happened to all that bellyaching about "sustainability?" It doesn't apply to the country of Canada itself? Trudeau? Liberals? Maybe lose the woke BS, lose the love and admiration for "that basic dictatorship" and labels that read "Fabrique en Chine," raise the Canadian flag that you've shamed from its now months-long half-mast detention, and show you give more of a crap about Canada and its real, actual issues.

Hey has China relaxed its restrictions on tourists from the west yet? Asking for literally nobody.

Wall Street Journal —Don't plan your next trip to China without writing your will and saying goodbye to loved ones. The WSJ's editorial board is not impressed - with China or with President Biden and his team of surrender monkeys.

China’s Hostage Triumph

The U.S. lets Huawei’s CFO off easy, and Beijing frees two Canadians.   
By The Editorial Board
Updated Sept. 27, 2021 7:56 am ET

Westerners working in China are officially on notice. You could be arrested on trumped up charges at any time and used as hostages to promote Communist Party interests. That’s the message from the humiliating U.S. surrender to China’s hostage diplomacy in the case of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.

Canadian authorities arrested Ms. Meng in 2018 at the request of the U.S., which charged her with bank and wire fraud. Under a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) reached Friday, Ms. Meng was allowed to return to China without going to trial. She merely admitted to facts she had previously denied. Shortly thereafter, and right on cue, China released two Canadians it had arrested on phony charges not long after Ms. Meng’s arrest.

China’s immediate release of businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig proves their arrest was a hostage-taking to pressure Canada and the U.S. over Ms. Meng. In China the law serves the Party. But in the U.S. the law is supposed to operate independent of political interests. ...

I'd no sooner visit China than I would North Korea, Iran, or Cuba.

“Health Reasons.” Fer sure, China.

Globe and Mail — It's not the Globe and Mail's fault. In this case, they're just reporting. And it — China — is just utterly insulting our intelligence and totally disrespecting us. I didn't even read the article because I don't take well to being insulted by communists or a-holes. But on the other hand, this one is all Globe and Mail. For me it's about the contrast between how they treated the last president's handling of the border crisis — a problem not of his own making; and how they are treating this president's handling of a far worse crisis of his and his comrades' own making. Media bias 101? Or them more simply utterly insulting our intelligence and totally disrespecting us?

Joe Oliver for leader? Alas no. But heed to his leadership.

Financial Post — Joe Oliver penned a good column today offering good conservative sense for Conservatives. So that's something different and worthwhile for you to read today in the papers increasingly filled with total bunk and muck — usually from lefties — about how the Conservatives need to go still further leftward to win. It's headlined "Conservatives must persuade the electorate, not pander to the left." And it's worth your read.

"...There is an economic and cultural route to broaden the appeal of Conservative values and policies: bring the public to you, rather than mimic the left-wing’s latest faddish ideals and retreaded socialist truths. That is what leadership is all about. ..."

Ronald Reagan believed in and practiced this philosophy very effectively, making wonderful speaches counseling his fellow conservatives to speak up — "in bold colors" — to convince the electorate to vote for the values — conservative values — which most of their fellow electorate actually already believed in. And he was one of the best and most popular presidents in US history. Joe Oliver wrote today about some of those Canadian conservative values, which, similarly, are actually Canadian values.
Joe Oliver isn't running to be the leader. He's 81 and is rightly enjoying retirement. But anybody who wants to follow in Ronald Regan's — or Joe Oliver's — footsteps is more than welcome to step up at this time, please.

Advice to GOP, which Canada’s CPC should heed: Just. Say. No.

Washington Post — From this surprising source  — the...

Lefty Mayor caught maskless but it’s ok: “I was feelin’ the spirit!”

National Review — Another article you won't read in 99% of the "news" media because, oh do I even have to say it?... she's a lefty mayor! (and we can well imagine the "news" media's faux outrage if she was a he and he was a Republican):

The mayor of San Francisco [London Breed] says that she shouldn’t be criticized for breaking her own COVID rules, because, and I quote, “I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.” CBS reports:

“We don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing,” said Breed during an interview to address the controversy.

The city’s health order states attendees at live indoor performances must remain masked except when actively eating or drinking. Breed maintained that she was drinking at the time.

“My drink was sitting at the table,” said Breed. “I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.”
As Charles C.W. Cooke points out, the hideousness doesn't stop just at her hypocrisy, her failure to take responsibility for her own actions, or her elitist rule-breaking, it's the fact that she laments the notion of "the fun police," when, in fact, as mayor and as the perpetrator of these asinine rules, she IS "the fun police."

Best post-election headline so far

Wall Street Journal — They get the headline just about right: Their opener:

The late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher counseled that in politics “standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous. You get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.” That’s the lesson delivered to Canada’s Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole in Monday’s national election.

I like that they added this because Canadian "news" media are loathed to mention it:

Yet while they again won the popular vote, they finished a distant second in seat count with about 119, two seats down from 2019. (By the way, the Tories have won the popular vote in five of the last six elections, which is a lesson for Americans who think this only happens because of the Electoral College.)

They see what I see. O'Toole: Speaking in pale pastels — largely pink — instead of bold colors. Lesson #596 for the Conservative Party of Canada. They'll learn someday. Maybe.
Read the WSJ take here. (Free link)

BC’s NDP gov and their “news” media divisions hiding stats and facts? Here’s one.

health-infobase.canada.ca For all the noise from the Canadian national "news" media, you'd think Ontario was the only province in the country, and that it's doing terribly with regard to the Wuhan Virus (which everybody still calls "COVID" on orders from the Communist Party of China). That's not news to anyone outside of Ontario. What might be news to people both outside and inside of Ontario is that BC's rate of death is nearly twice that of Ontario.
Don't worry lefties, even people in BC don't know that, because the "news" media in BC are actually cheerleaders for the NDP government of BC — much as the national news media is actually a division of the federal Liberal Party (well and the Ontario Liberal Party of course). Ontario is led by a party with the word "Conservative" in it, even though "Progressive" is the first and foremost word and concept in their party name and style of governance. But, you know, it's just deathn shit. Politics is way more important to the "news" media.
Facts. Get 'em anywhere you can, because you can't reliably get them from the "news" media.
See also:
And from liberalvision CTV: Secrecy over B.C.'s true number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients

The Article

San Francisco has long been known as a bastion of anti-war sentiment. And as the oft-repeated mantra goes, local peace activists support the troops, just not the mission.

But in recent years, the rhetoric has been ratcheted up to the point where the U.S. military itself, and by extension, the preservation of American security, has come under attack. Without the U.S. military and its citizen soldiers, American security would indeed be a thing of the past. Yet this hasn’t stopped San Francisco’s left-leaning leadership from trying to effect that very outcome.

The latest such attempt comes in the form of an anti-war textbook approved last month for use in San Francisco public schools. It was authorized by History/Social Studies Content Specialist Pete Hammer, who reviews new materials for the San Francisco Unified School District’s Office of Teaching and Learning. Titled “Addicted to War: Why the U.S. Can’t Kick Militarism” and originally written during the Gulf War, an updated version of the textbook is to be used as a supplement in high school social studies and history classes.

Comic Propaganda

To call it a textbook is a misnomer for what it really is—a crudely drawn comic book filled with anti-American and anti-capitalist propaganda. The book’s author, John Hopkins University sociology professor Joel Andreas, doesn’t even pretend to provide a balanced view of American history. America is made out to the undisputed bad guy of the world, with no redeeming qualities and a military bent only on conquest and destruction. Conspiratorial “no blood for oil”-type themes run through the book, despite the fact that there has been no discernible oil advantage to America from its military involvement in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

The introduction of the book into the San Francisco public school curriculum comes via a donation of 4,000 copies from Bay Area peace activist Pat Gerber. With shining reviews from such leftist luminaries as Susan Sarandon, Noam Chomsky, Ramsey Clark, Medea Benjamin and Cindy Sheehan, an endorsement from the San Francisco Bay Guardian and a vigorous defense from Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval on the Fox News show “Hannity & Colmes” in January, “Addicted to War” comes highly recommended, in the eyes of the ideologically driven.

Since the books are considered a gift, their approval requires no action on the part of the San Francisco Board of Education—not that this would have impeded the book’s introduction into city classrooms. The school board has become known in recent years for its political partisanship.

The publisher of the book, Frank Dorrel, an Air Force veteran turned peacenik, makes no pretenses about where he thinks the sympathies of the San Francisco Unified School District lie. As he put it, “We’re really glad that the San Francisco School District, which is apparently against the war in Iraq, well not apparently, obviously is, has chosen to do this.”

Responding to criticism regarding his decision, Hammer maintains that teachers will not be required to use the textbook and that the school district is currently searching for books or other material that provide “different perspectives.” Here’s a thought: How about simply using a textbook that provides an objective view of American history and leaves the agitprop out of the equation? 

Banning JROTC

The anti-war textbook fiasco comes on the heels of another blow to the military emanating from San Francisco’s public schools. Late last year, the school board voted 4-2 to phase out the 90-year-old JROTC program from the city’s schools over the next two years and replace it with “alternative leadership programs.”

The 1,600-plus students—many of them Asian American—who were enrolled in the JROTC were none too happy with the school board’s decision. Nor were their families. Many students took part in rallies to protest the ban and also expressed their opposition at the school board meeting at which it was decided.

The prime reason for the ban, according to the school board, is the U.S. military’s enforcement of the federal “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy concerning gay service members. But, to quote an Associated Press article on the subject, the board’s “position was [best] summed up by a former teacher, Nancy Mancias, who said, ‘We need to teach a curriculum of peace.’” I’m sure Al Qaeda would agree.

If the deciding board members had been less driven by political bias and more by facts, they might have come to a different conclusion. For one thing, the JROTC does not enforce the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and, in fact, has openly gay students enrolled. As retired military personnel, instructors are not bound by the policy, either. The JROTC is not a military preparedness program, nor does it engage in recruiting. Its membership is entirely voluntary, and it provides students with valuable skills in leadership, discipline and community involvement. But such inconvenient truths apparently didn’t matter to the San Francisco school board.

SF Against the Military

Indeed, it seems that San Francisco’s reputation as a bastion of “tolerance” and “diversity” doesn’t extend to the U.S. military. The city has a history of anti-military conduct, including:

  • The Board of Supervisors’ refusal in 2005 to allow the WWII-era USS Iowa to dock at the Port of San Francisco as a floating museum because it was dubbed a “celebration of war.”
  • Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval appearing on “Hannity & Colmes” to defend the USS Iowa decision and claiming, with a straight face, that “the United States should not have a military.”
  • Voters passing an initiative in 2004 demanding the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
  • Voters passing the “College Not Combat” initiative in 2005, which sought to ban military recruiters from schools and colleges, although, in reality, it had little or no effect.
  • A contingent of anti-war groups, led by Code Pink, trying unsuccessfully in 2005 to get San Francisco radio station KMEL-FM to refuse Navy sponsorship for its annual Summer Jam in Mountain View.

No Draft, No Dice

Such actions have ramifications far beyond San Francisco. What’s really behind these local assaults on the U.S. military is an attempt by the anti-war movement to undermine the institution on a national level.

The anti-war movement has not yet succeeded in drumming up large-scale opposition to the war on terrorism, in part because it is a war of defense following the most brutal attack on this country’s soil in its history—but even more so because there is no draft. Opposing and, in many cases, evading, the draft was one of the prime motivations for anti-war activists during the Vietnam War. But despite the cynical efforts of such politicians as Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., to reintroduce the draft to make a political statement, the military has not yet felt the need to make that case. In fact, it is a widely held belief among both the military leadership and the rank and file that a volunteer force is the most effective.

The U.S. military continues to be a powerful engine for recruitment, as steady enlistment and re-enlistment rates and the generally high level of morale expressed by military personnel make clear. Camaraderie and commitment to the mission continue to be cited among military personnel as leading incentives.

Still, the anti-war movement has tried to paint this all-volunteer force as victims of the system, a view that many in the military find not only disingenuous but condescending. After all, anyone who signed up for the military after Sept. 11, 2001, knew full well what he or she was getting into.

Strategy of Indoctrination 

Faced with the inevitable conclusion that the U.S. military cannot be incapacitated in its current state, anti-war activists have turned their sights on those most likely to fill its ranks: the next generation. Using anti-military and often anti-American indoctrination, the movement seeks to instill in children’s minds contempt for the U.S. military and, ultimately, for their own country. And what better place to begin that process than in the nation’s public schools?

The gradual takeover of the San Francisco school board by ideologues bent on such goals is a natural extension of this process. The counterrecruitment movement, which seeks to ban military recruiters and military programs such as the JROTC and the ROTC from campuses across the nation, is a way to erase the idea of duty to one’s country from the consciousness of American youth. In this way, the anti-war movement hopes to make a dent, if not put an end to, the present state of support for the military in American society.

But anti-war activists may want to be careful what they wish for. If they succeed in their goal of cutting down American military strength and, by extension, American power, they may just find themselves in a world they could only have imagined in their worst nightmares. A world without a strong America would be no utopia. Other, truly sinister powers would simply fill the void.

As the fourth anniversary of the Iraq War approaches and anti-war groups gear up to hold rallies across the country, it might behoove the movement to think about the consequences of its actions. Demanding an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, pushing to remove funding from military efforts and exaggerating the problems in Afghanistan only strengthen the enemies of freedom, while creating insecurity in burgeoning democratic governments. In this way, the actions of the anti-war movement may actually end up prolonging the conflicts.

The “troop surge” strategy implemented by President Bush appears to be having a positive effect in Iraq. So, too, changing military strategies in Afghanistan. Before declaring defeat, it is incumbent upon the United States, its allies and the people of Iraq and Afghanistan to give victory a chance. Most important, we owe it to our men and women in uniform.

 

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