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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.

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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

Canada: No more Mr. Nice Guy. Google the words and you’ll soon realize that the biggest surprise of the Vancouver Olympic Games is . . . Canada and its evil desire to “own the podium.” No longer is “after you” our competitive slogan and no longer are we the country whose citizens, according to author Peter C. Newman, “dream of being Clark Kent, instead of Superman.”

This new-found desire to achieve victory—not just excellence—is taking the world by surprise and other nations seem a bit put out by our intention to kick some Olympic butt. According to,“They used to be the nice guys; now they’d rather leave you buried in the snow on a ski trail.”

But the real story in Vancouver isn’t that Canadians are lusting after medals and pushing our national ‘niceness’ to the sidelines. It’s not even the number of medals we are winning. Rather, the real lasting story of these Games—and maybe even its Canadian legacy—is that patriotism has taken Canadians by storm and the city of Vancouver has been transformed into one giant celebration of Canada.

Just two weeks ago, it played the role of the reluctant host. Protesters were making public plans to disrupt the Games. Street closures, cutting off main arteries of traffic flow to make room for Olympic vehicles, security issues and ballooning costs of the Games were all pushing Vancouverites to the limit. Who would have guessed that these same stressed citizens would now take to the streets in record numbers, wearing Canadian Olympic gear and putting on a display of patriotism and spirit not seen previously?

This is our national moment and, surprisingly, Canadians have embraced it and turned it into a party with a purpose. Streets once filled with cars are now covered by a sea of red and white (and the obligatory black) Hudson Bay Olympic gear. Businessmen and women are accessorizing suits with Canada scarves and red mittens; hockey jerseys are the outfit of choice for the vast majority.

There are spontaneous outbursts of Go Canada and of “O Canada.” Frankly, you can’t pass by any of the bustling crowds without wishing you had the time to join them in their obvious celebration of Canada.

Yes, they are celebrating our victories and athletes. But their significant participation in every part of the Olympics—from culture and athletics to music and tourism—makes it clear that they are finally claiming and proclaiming their national identity.

An Ipsos Reid poll, released this week, is somewhat less convincing than the streets of Vancouver. It showed that roughly one-half of Canadians believe that the Vancouver Olympics will be a more defining national moment than the 1972 hockey summit or previous Olympics. In addition, 40 per cent were willing to display the Canadian flag and 33 per cent were planning to wear Olympic clothing during the games.

So will this moment last or is it a temporary exuberance? Some pundits are predicting that this powerful new spirit of nationalism is here to stay and will set the tone of our country for decades to come.

If our national identity is limited solely to our experience, then patriotism is doomed to fail. But our national identity is more than that. It is composed of both told and untold stories that share a common purpose and understanding among Canadians. Years from now, we won’t remember how many medals we won or lost. But we will always remember the Olympic triumphs and tragedies that are worthy of becoming part of our national story.

The youthful exuberance of Alex Bilodeau as he won the first gold medal ever on Canadian soil. The story of his brother’s inspiration that he so proudly shared with the world. Then there were the tears and apologies of Mellisa Hollingsworth. Most memorable is Joannie Rochette, who gave the performance of her life just days after her mother’s sudden death. The list goes on.

Think back to Turin in 2006. The men’s hockey team lost, but who can forget the Norwegian ski coach who gave his ski pole to Canadian cross country skier Sara Renner? Or the lucky loonie planted in the ice at Salt Lake City?

Our national identity and patriotic spirit can only be perpetuated by telling these stories. For 5,000 years, the Jews were scattered and endured assaults on their culture. Yet, they remain a strong and united culture because, for generations, they have passed on the stories that make up their national identity.

The Games will end, but we have an obligation to keep the stories alive.

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