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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

I mentioned the other day in a News Roundup item (here) that I found an opinion piece spotting the difference between the way politicians like Justin Trudeau handle the Wuhan Virus crisis — or “Covid-19” as they quaintly refer to it by order of the Chinese Communist Party and their WHO division — and how a man like Winston Churchill handled the Second World War. Spoiler: Churchill was calm, courageous, and inspiring. Read:

Preston Manning wrote yesterday, “Whereas the Trudeau style involves the stoking of public fears by the leader in order to secure public support for the health-protection policies of his government, ‘Churchill demonstrated a striking trait: the knack of making people feel loftier, stronger, and above all more courageous” – fearless, not fearful, in the midst of a crisis.'”

True that. He’s speaking of the 2020 Erik Larson best-selling book The Splendid and the Vile, coincidentally coming out in 2020 of all years, which describes in great detail how Prime Minister Winston Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless” in the face of a national crisis — Hitler’s attacks on the British Isles during World War Two.

Another line: “Whereas timidity and caution tend to characterize the Trudeau style, Churchill displayed the opposite. In seeking to inspire courage and hope among Londoners as the German bombs fell, Churchill showed conspicuous “disregard for his own safety.” He often refused to wear a helmet or scurry to the bomb shelter as soon as the warning sirens sounded. Time and time again he ventured out to be among the victims of the bombings even while the bombardment was still raging…”.

In contradistinction, I will always remember Justin Trudeau with that big-ass black mask covering half his head as he cowered in his “bunker” cottage looking freaked-out.

So a good case in point: With the panic-inducing, emotion-driven headline, “‘We’re in big trouble’: Doctors worry Canada’s 4th wave of COVID-19 could be biggest yet”, Global News proves it is no Winston Churchill. But there’s more to this freak-out story. And it has to do with politics.

‘We’re in big trouble’: Doctors worry Canada’s 4th wave of COVID-19 could be biggest yet

The Global story relies first and foremost on the testimony of one Dr. Joe Vipond to help advance its freak-out.

You’d think the news media would vet their experts or doctors who feed us the information we need regarding the Wuhan Virus. Vet, and then reveal their findings, if they should still see fit to use him or her. And to vet them not just for their expertise, but for their possible biases or politics, if perchance the subject matter evolves in any way around politics. If political affiliation or a bias is found, it can still be good expert information that we’re getting from them, it’s just that we ought to know where our information is coming from, so we can judge it — everything about it — accordingly.

There’s no question about this Wuhan Virus being primarily a health matter, but is clearly also a government matter and very much a political matter. (It’s also a theatrical or performative art matter, for many, it seems, but that’s another story.)

Turns out, as True North media first reported earlier this month, despite the good doctor holding himself out — and being held out by the national and local news media — as a regular independent concerned expert doctor, and despite his insistence on Twitter that he is in fact politically independent, and his threats that one may be engaging in “slander” for daring to say otherwise, he is actually, quietly, a big donor to the NDP — at least in Alberta, according to some exclusive reporting by True North. According to their research and reporting, he’s donated nearly $20,000 to the NDP in the past few years.

But he’s more active than just that, in politics:

“He also helped promote pro-lockdown rallies in Calgary and Edmonton, called for protesters to “take to the streets” and “topple this government,” called for a “general strike” and finally, called for the Trudeau Liberals to intervene in Alberta and reimpose strict Covid-19 rules.” —True North reporting.

Inciting a government overthrow or a “toppling” of the government and suggesting people “take to the street” or inciting people to engage in a “general strike” could be his way of ensuring better health outcomes for the population, I guess, but that’s a pretty political way. Maybe it’s some new style of post-modern personal health advice, but my doctor has never suggested anything that, so let’s just say I’m leary. It sounds exactly like activist political talk, to me, and I’m someone who would know.

This is a doctor who has a vested interest in the NDP being elected, and in the United Conservative Party of Jason Kenney being shamed into either resigning and calling an election —and losing, or by it being taken down by mass popular outrage and coercion via a street protest, a general strike, and a “toppling.” He is quite literally invested in that outcome, to the tune of a $20,0000 investment that we know of. And we should know that when we read how horribly he thinks the Alberta government is responding.

It doesn’t mean he isn’t a good doctor, and in fact I’m sure he is. Maybe he’s really passionate, and he is investing in our democracy, and that’s also great. And yes, yes, everybody has a right to participate in politics and engage in our democracy (obviously, and *yawn*). But engaging in a very public call (he’s got 2,600 Twitter followers) to “take to the streets,” and “toppling this gov’t” — a government of a party which he obviously, we now know, opposes — and calling for a calamitous “general strike” which it seems to me would help his politics more than the health of the people in Alberta, makes him more than simply a politically-independent health expert in an area where governments, and politics, unfortunately, play a huge concomitant role with health care and this virus.

Again, I’m sure the doctor is an excellent doctor as a general matter. But if he thinks this isn’t political, then he may need a doctor friend to explain it to him. And maybe that same doctor could explain these concepts to the news media which has held him out as nothing but a good doctor with no political ties or agendas that they felt we should know about.

We needed to know this stuff. For their part, according to True North reporting, the state-owned CBC has at least denied knowing the doctor was entangled politically, before running their stories with him as a totally apolitical, independent expert. Not so the others. So think about that, next time Global News or the others wants to “fully inform” you about something.

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