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And the science SAYSSS…

National Post —Move over Donald Trump. In their NP Platformed email available to subscribers, columnist Sabrina Maddeaux calmly explains that Justin Trudeau's recent uncontrolled angry outbursts — one at a citizen who was rude, and one at a reporter who dared challenge him with actual reporter-like questions — provides a clue as to his baser instincts. And if you saw these outbursts, you'd agree, it isn't a good look for him or any normal human. But moreover, it's a terrible look for anyone claiming the title of Prime Minister. But it's this new line of anti-science, pure crass political campaign bullshit that has me riled:
"...At a weekend rally in Oakville, Ont., Trudeau revealed his hand when he claimed that, “If you want this pandemic to end, go out and vote Liberal.” He repeated the message again, even turning it up a notch, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, saying, “If you want this pandemic to end for good, go out and vote Liberal!”
"This is the ultimate false promise by a politician who’s become infamous for making false promises. No one can guarantee he will be able to end the pandemic. In fact, the expert consensus seems to be that there will be no real end to it: the virus will become endemic and we will be forced to live with it, albeit hopefully more normally. ..."
So it's "follow the science," and "the science says... to vote Liberal”? Many, especially the media, would dismiss "bible belt" politicians who insinuated that "God wants you to vote [whatever way].  This blowhard — and his disciples — should be treated no differently.

Two NDP humans resign their candidacy for alleged racist tropes

The National Post headline reads, "Two federal NDP candidates...

Inflation races higher in Canada — another new emergent threat to any economic recovery

Globe and Mail — They're reporting that Canada’s inflation rate jumps to 4.1%, fastest pace since 2003, sending shockwaves to almost nobody in the news media ahead of the stupid election. For example, the state-owned CBC "news media" division of the Trudeau Liberals reports it as their news item number seven or eight from the top. The G&M, as if explaining it to the CBC, wrote:
"The Statscan report arrives just five days before a federal election that’s seen affordability emerge as a key theme on the campaign trail, with all major parties pitching ideas to rein in a variety of costs, including for housing, child care and wireless plans..."
The cost of "wireless plans" is something like priority number 18,539 for me and 99% of the country, but Jagmeet Singh and the NDP — and therefore their loyal media at every opportunity — make out like it's more important than... I don't know.... inflation at 4% and Canada falling out of the economic freedom top ten... to say nothing of trillion-dollar debts and out-of-control budgets, and that thing about the end of our freedom of speech 'n junk like that. But ma wireless plan!!%#

Not “election news,” apparently: Canada drops out of top 10 countries in annual economic freedom report

Fraser Institute — In a sane land with actual journalism, this would be front-page news, one week ahead of an election. "In this year’s report, Canada ranks 14th based on 2019 data, the most recent comprehensive data, part of a downward trend since 2016. (Last year, Canada initially ranked 8th, although data revisions later lowered its rank to 13th.)"
“Due to higher taxes and increased regulation in Ottawa and the provinces, Canadians are less economically free, which means slower economic growth and less investment in Canada,” said Fred McMahon, Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom at the Fraser Institute.
Economic Freedom of the World: 2021 Annual Report is the world's premier measurement of economic freedom, ranking countries based on five areas—size of government [Canada: 111th], legal structure and property rights, access to sound money, freedom to trade internationally, regulation of credit, labour and business. In this year's report, which compares 165 countries and territories, Hong Kong is again number one—although China's heavy hand will likely lower Hong Kong's ranking in future years—and Canada (14th) trails the United States (6th).

Why isn’t this the biggest story in Canada?

National Review — "Why Isn’t the Attack on Larry Elder the Biggest Story in America?"  Their sub-head put it exactly right:
"A white woman in a gorilla mask threw an egg at a black man seeking to become the first non-white governor of our largest state, and the media shrug."
And they begin their story much as I have over the years: "Do a search for “Larry Elder” and gorilla on the CNN website and nothing comes up. Washington Post? Zilch. Nothing comes up on the New York Times site either..." — only replace those outfits with CBC, CTV, Global, Globe & Mail, etc.
In case you're stupid, let me fill you in: Larry Elder is a black man, but moreover, and in fact almost entirely over, he is a conservative man of considerable intellect and conscience. A Republican.
Indeed, in Canada, wherein they talk endlessly about evvvvvvery instance of "racism" in America in their activist effort to have it spill over into Canada and create divisions here to help fulfill their political ends, they utterly ignored this overt racism doozy. Why? Because they're hypocritical, dishonest, ideological, political... anything but journalists. They should all be ashamed of themselves. But I bet they aren't.
And yet they are so self-assured and arrogant that despite their obvious corruption, which they don't even care if you notice, they continue to demand and accept YOUR taxpayer handouts.

WE: The liberals’, the Liberals’, and Trudeau’s shame —documented in 4-part podcast

The Podcastosphere — I've listened to four parts of the well-done series titled "The White Saviors," narrated by Olusola Adeogun. There will be one more episode. The series documents the "cult" — yes, cult is the word used by an interviewee who worked for them — that is the liberals' own WE organization. I always thought of this WE group as cult-y, and corrupt, and as phony as a Liberal or NDP campaign promise, and as a leftist brainwashing center of bullshittery, but now, more so. Including, or especially because of, Justin Trudeau's participation in it. And the news media's love of it. And Big Public Education's embrace of it. And all of that combined.
The podcast is well described as "the exclusive story of a charity that did well when it was supposed to be doing good."
Produced by Canadaland, which has been on it for years, and arguably broke the story of WE and Liberal Party corruption in 2020.

Click and learn:

Biden’s poll numbers are too embarrassing for the “news” media — I bring you the numbers because the others won't. The "news" media only bring you the news they want you to know, filtered through their very special way of telling it to you — because as you know, they're not really a "news media" at all. Therefore, Biden being increasingly underwater, as demonstrated by the scientific data that the news media studiously refuses to follow at, is ignored. They are lying through omission.
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Read a well-reasoned explanation of Biden's declining poll numbers by Rich Lowry, at Politico, but not at any of the "news media" outlets that couldn't stop reporting on Trump's declining poll numbers.

We won’t “get thru this together,” any more, boyfriend.

Globe and Mail — The Liberals' Globe and Mail division sounded off today on none other than their hero, liberalism's fancy-socked neo-liberal, The Right Woke Justin Trudeau. Seems the marriage is off.
"...We will never find comfort in the Liberal Leader’s corrupted line that we will “get through this together.” He doesn’t mean it. Only certain people matter to Mr. Trudeau – the ones he uses to prosecute identity politics for the singular purpose of furthering his destiny. ..."
The G&M, in a historic fashion reminiscent of the Maclean's revelation of two years ago, suddenly wakes up to discover that the Emperor wears no clothes; or at least those he does wear are just butt-ugly, overly showy, and of poor — possibly Fabrique en Chine —quality. He is, in fact, Right Woke, as I've been saying. And thus, the G&M finally seems to have woken up. Good morning.

Vacation in Progress – a Quicktake

I regret to inform you that even I have...

Vacation in progress

I regret to inform you that even I have to take time off. Plus, my office is getting re-carpeted, and thus my office furniture and computer (whatever that is) is currently jammed into another room, much of it standing on its end, and inaccessible. I could do all my work on a laptop, like I'm doing now, but I'm not an animal. Summer's nearly over, and thus, so will be my vacationing.

The Article

PTBC regulars know that I fought hard personally and through this web site and its previous personification to get what is now the best channel in Canada, Fox News Channel, unbanned and legally available in this country.  The enormous effort mounted by me and many other freedom-lovers succeeded, but as I mentioned at the time and have since, other channels are still banned—for other equally Iranian reasons. 

For example HBO is still banned in this country.  Banned

  See “Ottawa looks at putting HBO, ESPN on cable”.

This kind of protectionism and unfair trade practice is evident in several industries in Canada, as yet another result of liberal-left state meddling in our all aspects of our personal lives —like our own health care, the economy and how we spend our own cash, eating potato chips what with the trans fats, what we watch on TV and listen to on the radio and in what proportion of Celine Dion and other more insidious “Canadian content”, and all manner of our God-given, manifest rights and freedoms. 

As we know, Canadian liberals and the Left generally don’t trust Canadians to think for themselves.  The Left feels our purchasing—and TV-viewing—decisions are best left to them—“progressives” and liberal elites and appointed ideological liberal bureaucrats who of course know better than us.  By way of reminder, think of one of the Liberals’ recently leaked hidden agendas, Beer and Popcorn, um, Gate, wherein they accidentally admitted that Canadians should not be allowed to keep their own money and look after their own children and families, because by golly they’ll blow it on “beer and popcorn” instead of spending it raising their children properly —you know, like Liberal Party and other socialist party elites think we should.  And therefore, their thinking goes, the money must be taxed out of our hands and spent by them on state-run child care (and “early learning” —wink!) centers, where we’d all plug our children in to get proper care and attention (and all the “early learning” —wink!).  Just like in Saudi Arabia and Iran and Iraq (pre-Bush’s saving them) and Afghanistan and in several other such horrible places.

Fox News Channel logo Liberals and other even further leftists in Canada wanted the liberals’ state regulator of what we’re allowed to watch on TV, the Iranian-style CRTC, to continue the Fox News Channel ban, because they wanted to prevent any conservative points of view or ideas from getting into the Canadian consciousness just willy-nillylike in free countries! —so fearful were they (and still are) of the strength and lucidity of principled conservative arguments and ideas, and the obvious weakness of their own being exposed in comparison.  (Read my recent blog entry reminding Canadians of the sad facts about liberals in this country in relation to the Fox News Channel application, where liberals actually wrote the CRTC demanding the ban on Fox News Channel purely on the basis that it presented a conservative point of view —and the CRTC actually considered their concerns.)

They (the liberal-left in Canada) also want HBO to continue to be banned, because liberals fear competition where they are inferior.  And if liberals can’t win, then they find excuses to “protect” us from competition—even if the competitive product or service is clearly better and their choice of “protecting” us through their benevolent state bureaucracies results in our not having the best that life has to offer.  Like in health care and other such mundane issues.  “Protecting” us from competition.  Yay. Go team.

Also, the liberal-left in Canada are anti-American protectionists and want the Canadian state bureaucracy—which is stacked from top to bottom by years of liberal-left government appointments—to use its Soviet-style state powers (through their yummy CRTC tool in this case) to help keep American culture and competition out of Canada.  This helps advance their fabulous theory about supporting inferior junk for our consumption, just like in North Korea and the old Soviet Union, rather than allow superior products and services, which I think is because superior Americas can’t vote for the Liberal Party of Canada. 

Moreover, allowing superior products, services, practices and ideas into the Canadian mindset reveals what the liberal-left in this country has staked so much of its political capital on:  their failed, forced, liberal-left state-mandated and state (rather than free citizen)-invented “Canadian Culture” experiment, as the abject failure that it is.  Thus having “protected” us, they can—through the state—continue to create—for us—that fabulous “Canadian culture”—for us—although even after all these years and countless hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars, we’re still utterly bereft of just what the hell “Canadian culture” is, exactly (except—we’re told—it’s “not American” and it is chock full of “Canadian Values” like unlimited abortion, gay ‘marriage’, state-sponsored everything, the multiculturalism “mosaic” cult (apparently meaning being anything but “Canadian” is best), and hating conservatives and capitalism and Christians and freedom and of course George W. Bush that neo-con. 

The liberals-left generally call all of that “unfair” competition, much as they call Fox News Channel “biased” inasmuch as it presents a conservative point of view along with the usual liberal view, which is thus deemed unfair to liberals.  And let’s be frank:  I suppose it is a little unfair for the libs in that way. 

Don’t worry though liberals:  while the ban on HBO continues, al-Jazeera has already been approved in Canada.  And before Fox News Channel was.  And you’ve still got your state-owned, state-run CBC. 

It’s a wonder how the liberals’ CRTC and all of its apologists from the molly-coddled left can, with a straight face, concern itself with so-called “unfair competition” from the Americans, when in fact the Canadian state-owned, state-run CBC is broadcasting (junk) 24/7 in this country, with its BILLION-DOLLAR-PLUS annual taxpayer support, which competes against Canadian citizen-owned businesses like CTV and Global and others, and against projects (like PTBC itself). 

What kind of government competes against its own citizens? 

Where’s my “protections” from my own state competing against me?  That’s the only protection I demand, and we should all demand. 

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