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Take a Hint, Canada.

Yahoo News — Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag resigned on Thursday after parliament formally condemned her handling of the Afghanistan evacuation crisis.
Too bad Canada doesn't have a Parliament. Or a news media.

Canada Excluded From International China Security Pact

Globe and Mail Dismissed by Justin Trudeau as merely a crass American salesman's move to pawn off the latest high-tech US-built nuclear subs to what we have to therefore assume he thinks are the total idiot Aussies, the three-nation deal didn't even include Canada in the talks leading up to the historic pact. And after Trudeau's comments on the matter (and the aforementioned attitude toward the Aussies), you can understand why.
"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday played down Canada’s exclusion from the Indo-Pacific security deal, saying it is merely a way for the U.S. to sell nuclear submarines to Australia ... “This is a deal for nuclear submarines, which Canada is not currently or any time soon in the market for. Australia is.”"
In a clear indication that even Trudeau's political bro Joe Biden doesn't actually take him or Canada seriously anymore (forcing one to wonder if his high-fivin' bro Barack Obama doesn't also come off as a bit two-faced after Obama gave Trudeau a campaign "endorsement" this week), even Canadian officials were left in the dark. Almost like Canada can't even be trusted anymore on any level.

"Three officials, representing Canada’s foreign affairs, intelligence and defence departments, told The Globe and Mail that Ottawa was not consulted about the pact, and had no idea the trilateral security announcement was coming until it was made on Wednesday by U.S. President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison."

Trudeau, in contrast, delayed Canada's Wuhan Virus immunization program by signing a deal not with the Americans or Brits, but with... CHINA, for vaccines, in what turned out to be a total failure with countless Canadian lives lost as a result. What is going on here?

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.
Click to see chart
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.

The Article


That was my perfectly reasonable response, tweeted on my own dime, to this craptweet from the state-owned, taxpayer-funded, socialism-reliant, and generally dreadful CBC this morning:

Yes that is an example of how the god-awful CBC spreads the love and unites the country. In my world, you’d have to be high on crack to tweet that out on one of the state-owned news media’s official Twitter accounts.

The CBC actually seems to have taken to labeling people on what I imagine to be their enemies list, with horrible idiot-culture-derived names, now.

Oh they’re shifty, though. They do it by inserting quotes and form it as a question, in order to appear as though they’re simply the honest brokers asking a question. But since I’m not high on crack, I don’t believe for a second that they weren’t brazenly trying to get people to cotton onto the idea that Rob Ford is a so-called “homophobe.”

Toronto councillor Shelley Carroll is the one quoted by the ever fair and balanced and objective CBC in the first draft of their ridiculous “news story,” and extending it to their tweet. Thus the furtive CBC was able to put quote-marks around her smear, giving the CBC cover.

Carroll’s been rumored to be mounting a run in the next mayoral election (whadoyaknow!).

Their “news story” isn’t a news story at all, but rather an excuse to call Rob Ford a “homophobe,” by quoting his political opponents instead of doing it themselves.  And apparently no supportive point of view was available to the CBC and their intrepid journalists at press time (which on the internet is anytime, but hey look! There’s a squirrel!).

Insinuating that someone may be a “homophobe,” and building that “argument” simply on the basis that the guy isn’t going to appear to embrace a horrible gay pride parade, is as intellectually weak as it comes. And according to the story, Carroll did construct that “argument” based on the singular fact that Ford wasn’t going to the gay parade. See the snippet of the CBC “news story” below.

(Ironically, and hilariously, Carroll can be found in an earlier story at the National Post, complaining about Rob Ford spending too much time outside of city hall, and not enough time indoors at his office doing the people’s business.)

Gratuitously calling someone a “homophobe” in the way most people do these days is one of the laziest, most intellectually dishonest, vitriolic, vacuous, hateful, intolerant, and actually vicious “arguments” of our time.  That term belongs in the same heap as “Israel apartheid,” which coincidentally is one of the main causes that many Toronto gay pride paraders have infamously embraced in the past.

But let’s look at the evolution of the CBC’s perfidy: In the’s first draft of the story (“Last Updated: Feb 06, 2014 11:33 AM ET”), there was no balance whatsoever. They didn’t appear to want any more than Shelley Carroll’s yummy “thinly-veiled homophobia” quote, because that was how they left it. That was how they ended their “news story.” Here’s the headline and a graphic of how the article concluded, including the handy links to share the smear the world over:

Rob Ford will not attend World Pride

Mayor skipping out on queer parade again

CBC News Posted: Feb 06, 2014 11:28 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 06, 2014 11:33 AM ET story-2014-02-06_1

And yeah go ahead and note that “queer” sub-head of theirs!  “Mayor skipping out on queer parade again”.  I’d have gone another way, myself.

Next, in an update to their shoddy reporting (“Last Updated: Feb 06, 2014 12:52 PM ET”)  —  possibly after complaints from first-year journalism students or any number of sane and sober people, they finally managed to get a supportive quote to tack onto their new improved “news story” ending, from none other than… his notoriously loving and loyal brother, Councillor Doug Ford, whom you would totally expect to stand up for him.  Doug ever so shockingly stuck up for his brother, and said Rob Ford is not, in fact, a “homophobe.” Naturally, though, nobody else on Earth who was credible was available for a comment as to the veracity of the CBC’s alleged “homophobia” caper.

Rob Ford will not attend World Pride

Mayor skipping out on queer parade again

CBC News Posted: Feb 06, 2014 11:28 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 06, 2014 12:52 PM ET

Here’s that new conclusion: story-2014-02-06_2

Notice that snarky last sentence? Yeah you did.

In yet another update (“Last Updated: Feb 06, 2014 4:00 PM ET”), possibly after feeling more heat from normal people about the taxpayer-paid CBC’s abject bias and shoddy journalism, they changed it right up, and actually began their story with Doug Ford’s quote, although in the same sneering snark as their previous effort. (Note they also changed their headline to one making it appear as though Rob Ford was now forced to defend himself against random smears of “homophobia”  —  which of course he was in fact forced to do, thanks to the CBC which fomented it. Also note they changed that “queer” subhead, finally.)

Rob Ford not homophobic, says brother Doug Ford

Mayor will not attend any Pride Week events, according to sibling

CBC News Posted: Feb 06, 2014 11:28 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 06, 2014 4:00 PM ET

And here’s the new beginning: story-2014-02-06_3

By the way, since we’re counting, how many times has the CBC repeated their myriad snarks against anything not progressive-left? More than six times? I think so. But let’s count, right?

The fact that a news media  —  any news media but particularly the state-owned CBC  —  is the culprit here, instead of some left-wing troll twerp, well that’s just crazy stupid, in cbc-square logoany democracy. A Canadian state-owned media practically labeling a Canadian citizen with one of the most derogatory terms imaginable today? That’s just not OK.

The state-owned news media shouldn’t even have an opinion, much less foment one against an individual or any group of individuals. The state-owned media shouldn’t even be, for that matter.

The CBC is already an abomination. They seem to be going for broke now, which they would already be if they weren’t sucking taxpayers’ money out of their pockets, and getting special privileges.

Even if the CBC weren’t an abomination, as a matter of principle, state-owned media should be banned in this country, and that notion should be enshrined in our constitution. And if you don’t believe that, are you worse than Hitler? I don’t know. I’m just asking a question. I heard someone ask that once.

At least I’m asking on my own dime.

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