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National Post — Colby Cosh rounds up the latest election poll numbers and finds a shocker: the young-uns aged 18 to 34 are favoring — if barely and if reluctantly — "Conservative" Erin O'Toole over their hairy airhead girlcrush, "Liberal" Justin Trudeau (scare quotes are mine).
If you were hoping for a Conservative victory, Cosh lets you down in the first sentence: "Is it too soon to declare that the country is in the grip of Toolemania? Well, I’ll disappoint you: it is." Gosh, thanks for that headline then: "Is Canada on the verge of Toolemania?"
The apparent problem in making that final declaration of "Toolemania" (please let's find another sobriquet) seems to be women, as is the usual problem for any conservative (or pretend conservative) movement. And Conservative women (and especially actual conservative women), you can't blame men for that. This is all on you. You women need to get other women on board. Men can't do that, and if I understand correctly, you wouldn't have it if they could. I thought you had leaders amongst you.
National Post — Rex Murphy nails it as usual when talking today about Justin Trudeau and his callousness, his vacuousness, and his increasingly evident shallowness. This passage uses other such words, more nicely arranged:
"Taking all this, and so much more, into consideration, if one steps back a bit, the motivation for this election is clear: Ego, arrogance, hunger for applause and intellectual idleness."
"Hunger for applause" is half the problem today in politics and just about everywhere else in modern life. I see it amongst almost all politicians today because they don't know any better, or I might even venture to say they simply aren't any better. But objectively speaking, it is most pronounced — I dare say "systemic" —among Liberals and the NDP leadership. We should boo them all just to show them. Boo everything they ever say.
Good morning voters!
I have a hunger — we have a real, serious need — for someone who can rise above that, and shun the applause in favor of seriousness, and doing the right thing.
Trudeau Liberal Land Of Lies & Misinformation — The people and the party that wants to regulate your free speech and create a new Soviet-style state police for the internet to crush all "misinformation" and erase all the nasty things that their opponents say that hurts their feelz, has been caught lying and spreading misinformation about people they hate — all in their effort to lie and cheat their way into power (and in so doing, they reveal that they think you're total morons). Vote Liberal!
And to top it off, even their state-owned CBC division had to write it up as a news story, since the matter began on Twitter instead of the state-owned CBC, and thus more than 14 people actually saw it, which forced their hand. Which is hilarious.
The tweet says it all. It's not simple "misinformation," it's an outright, bold-faced, cheap-ass, lie. They even sort of doubled-down on what they knew full-well was a lie, by using the verbiage "He responded unequivocally: yes." He did exactly the opposite. He equivocated, vastly. He said the opposite of what the Liberals are lying about here. It's really quite an astonishing disgrace.
Axiom of the day: Whatever the left accuses you of, they are the ones actually doing it, and twice as bad as you think.
A newspaper should be a place where, first and foremost, you read the truth (and today, getting that isn't even remotely a "given" as you know); but secondly, it should present it using proper...
Daily Wire — Some people just lovvvve the mask mandates — in California and any other place they can still find one. But you just can't justify your mask love, and conversly your hatred of those deplorable freedom lovers, by saying "screw your freedom," and think nobody's going to say, "No, actually, screw you." Because actually, freedom is everything. Everything. Daily Wire writes:
"As The Daily Wire previously reported, the former California governor said, “Screw your freedom,” when he was asked in a CNN interview about Americans concerned that mask requirements infringe on personal liberties."That gave one of his employers, a company called REDCON1 - a sports fitness outfit, the freedom to fire his ass. (Actually, they always had that freedom anyway — it's America.)
"This stance didn’t sit well with REDCON1 founder Aaron Singerman, who announced in a press release that his company is cutting all ties with Schwarzenegger because the former governor’s views on freedom don’t align with American values.
"“Making the public declaration, ‘screw your freedoms,’ is dangerous and anti-America,” the release said [bold emphasis theirs]. “REDCON1 is a patriotic pro-freedom brand and community. We support everyone’s individual freedoms.” ..."
I love it. And P.S., Arnold, don't be back. That would make our day.
Twitter (ugh) — A point I also made once... from Canada where we've been "literally Jim Crow" since, well, since voting started in Canada and right through to today. Who wants to tell Joe Biden and the D gang? And Coke? And MLB? Ban Jim Crow Canada (after you ban New York)!
Honorable mention: someone tweeted this meme which only barely gets to the point inasmuch as it ignores the salient fact that O'Toole is personally pro-choice:
...And this related tweet, which makes a better point:
So many conservative outlets have complained about this exact same sort of treatment from the woke left big tech behemoths — the banning or de-platforming, the restricting in some way, harassing, and so on...
Globe and Mail — There is little I dislike more than those who think of themselves as above the fray and smarter than the rest of us. To wit, this guy is super smart and knew it all along, but "Canada and the U.S. must learn from the Afghanistan debacle": In fact, SOME Canadians learned a long time ago from this debacle... which hadn't even happened yet: Martin admitted so in his piece, but I guess it wouldn't fit into the headline! Conservative PM Stephen Harper was quite right, way back when, as Martin wrote, “We’re not going to win this war just by staying,” then-prime minister Stephen Harper told U.S. journalist Fareed Zakaria in a 2009 interview. “In fact, my own judgment, quite frankly, is that we are not going to ever defeat the insurgency.”
For actual good reading on this "debacle," read both Michael Tracy and Glen Greenwald, both on Substack.
State-owned CBC.ca — The Conservatives are being reported on by the state-owned CBC, which means watch out! And yet it's shockingly neutral. They don't call the Conservatives "the Cons" (the word "Conservative" appears 24 times in the report, showing you they CAN do it if they try!), and they didn't include a photo of their leader Erin O'Toole looking like a total doofus, or "angry," or "racist," or anything! They did (rightly) point out his ever-changing platform, as revealed in "the Cons'" official election platform: "During the Conservative leadership race, O'Toole promised to privatize and "defund" the TV and online division of CBC ... In the platform document, however, O'Toole said a government led by him would instead "review the mandate of CBC English television, CBC News Network and CBC English online" and "assess the viability of refocusing the service on a public interest model like that of PBS in the U.S., ensuring that it no longer competes with private Canadian broadcasters and digital providers." Sounds like another con, actually.
FoxNews.com — Headline: "Mainstream media crushes Biden for ‘flat-footed,’ ‘humiliating’ betrayal of Afghans as Taliban takes control". Pretty funky when the headline is how "even the mainstream media" is faulting Biden — a yummy Democrat. They write: "Mainstream, corporate media outlets have long earned their reputation of leaning left, often overlooking potential damning headlines aimed at Biden while criticizing conservatives at every turn. But some of the media industry’s most outspoken liberal pundits and progressive news organizations have taken Biden to task over scenes of chaos and desperation as the Islamist terrorist group takes power." ... And TWITTER is also getting everything totally wrong, again: "Jerome Riviere, the French politician, took to Twitter and posted: "Freedom and democracy are not doing well when #Twitter continues to ban #Trump’s account but relays the #Taliban spokesperson’s without any second thoughts."
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (whatever that is), includes “Chestfeeding” and “Fathers Milk” in its new guidelines. Why oh why is this happening? Well, because they're anti-science woke left-wing idiots. Actress Kirstie Alley (Cheers!) responded, “We do not have to buckle to the insanity of the minuscule minority of lunatics who make us feel guilty for not sharing their insanity.” According to reporting at the Daily Wire, after she got 16,000 likes on her tweet she later added, "My only point here today is don’t let insanity force you to pretend like you agree with the insanity. It’s part of the insanity to shame you into agreement.” We agree. Only women can breastfeed. Thank God. Cheers to breasts. And cheers to you, Kirstie.
National Post — The dirty
little huge secret — ar at least ONE of them — about electric cars is starting to reveal itself. The batteries die, the warranty is over, and now what? "The National Post conducted an informal survey of Western Canadian Nissan dealerships to ask the cost of replacing a battery pack on a 2013 Nissan Leaf. Estimates ranged from $8,000 to an eyewatering $30,953.28 plus $1,200 in labour." That's what.
¶ So yeah, electric cars are not ready for prime time. But thanks for subsidizing all that junk that will now end up in our landfills, governments.
Vancouver Sun The BC NDP occasionally betrays its native instincts, wherein they play out their perceived role as big yummy socialist mommy to the people (or daddy, or whatever these woke trendies call moms and dads these days — I think it's "non-binary parental unit" or something). They sincerely believe the government's role is to look after the plebeians like they are their helpless children, and provide everything from healthcare to housing and basic income and food and liquor and safety and entertainment and pot and car insurance and all the way up to emotional support and comfort... to all the stupid people (which is all the people aside from themselves who are super smart and far more capable and more mature and super-elite, make no mistake). ¶ Some small towns are suffering from an unusually troublesome wildfire season, and the nobs at the NDP tweet this out: “Wildfire season is scary, and that’s OK.” It got a lot of backlash, and what did the NDP do? Delete it and grovel out an equally sucky apology, as if I had to tell you. ¶ Aside from that sickeningly patronizing, paternalistic (or maternalistic, or non-binary or [email protected]%@) and gratingly condescending tone, they of course had to do it with that equally vomit-inducing and ever so trendy and woke-aware pro-gay Twitter logo.
National Post (and other Postmedia) — Here's a hot take: