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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

When failed 2004 Democratic Party U.S. Presidential candidate John Kerry indulged his recent unconscionable slur against his country’s military, it was to be expected that the mainstream media and the rest of the liberal cabal would come to his rescue, particularly in view of the country’s midterm federal elections now upon us.

The loons did not disappoint. Before Kerry spoke of a “botched joke,” all media spoke in chorus of a “gaffe,” a “slip-up,” not quite foot in mouth and certainly not a “born with a silver foot in the mouth” syndrome. No media howled the standard loaded question, “should Kerry issue an immediate apology for such an unspeakable slur?” That’s only when a Conservative is involved.

No matter. Kerry’s real lifeline, no less, came from the very man who whooped Kerry good and proper in that ’04 race and who, in the face of one Republican scandal after self-inflicted scandal, has the most to lose in the upcoming race. President Bush.

We know how the media will play any victory by Democrats in terms of utterly undermining Bush for the rest of his term. Yet, there was White House Press Secretary Tony Snow stating flat-out: “We’re trying to help you out. We’re throwing you a lifeline, buddy. Just say you’re sorry. It’s not hard.”

All the while Snow’s boss was actually, properly, hitting hard, showing that he had plenty left from ’04 for the lamentable Senator from Massaswishetts.

So who exactly allowed Snow to go out there giggling like CNN’s reptilian Bill Schneider on the ’06 prospects of Democrats?

What we have here is a failure to capitalize. It’s been the story of the whole campaign. It’s the difference between diabolical Democrats and Republican naifs. I reported on all this before. Right after their ’04 debacle, Harvard professor Theda Skocpol, in the December 20 issue of the not crypto-commie Nation magazine, proved herself more than half a bubble off plum, counselling Democrats to fight back “without trying to be precisely fair,” to “demonize” Republicans, to attack Republican ideas, “without waiting to find out exactly what the plans are.”

I counselled that this was so brazen as to constitute hate speech. No lifeline here. I must have been the only Conservative to have read the savage piece. I shudder to think what these raging bigots will counsel if Democrats win. 

Yet Kerry’s abominable language lends itself so beautifully to the Republican cause in an election in which voters made mention that Iraq is their number one concern.

First, what Kerry actually said. “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

His insistence that he meant to conclude, “ you get us stuck in Iraq,” referring to Bush, has a pathetic, Clintonian comic touch. For one thing, Kerry was making a comparison, not a comment. He was telling students that studying would lead to result A, as opposed to result B, for failing to study, which result B is ending up in the army, and thus, in Iraq.

He was making a point about where you’ll end up, not where you’ll make others end up (if you don’t study). Surely, the power to control the destiny of others (where they’ll end up), indeed of a whole nation (get us stuck in Iraq), is hardly indicative of the failed life of the man wielding such power. If anything, the exact opposite is indicated. Otherwise, how do you explain the corrosive envy of people like Kerry for exactly that power, even if it would be put to an altogether different use?

The reference to Bush would leave Kerry’s comparison with nothing to compare, exactly like a dangling participle, a misplaced point of reference, making Kerry’s whole point semantically deviant.

But Kerry, the self-anointed man of refinement was willing to sacrifice grammar and embrace nonsense in order to save his crapatta. Can you imagine what Skocpol and her ilk would do if that were a Conservative on the line?

They wouldn’t throw him a lifeline, that’s for sure.

There’s more to the orbit of reference and concern in parsing Kerry’s crapatta. He spoke at a nice suburban (Pasadena) community college in California that boasts that state’s highest post-graduation transfer statistic to the State University system.

That underscores the comparison Kerry drew in terms of his whole point about the seriousness of education.

The college, the current defending champion of a two-year college competition in Mathematics, has a huge Asian/white mix as opposed to a very low black presence.

So. An ethnic component emerges from Kerry’s utterly patronizing observation, one that is notorious in his Northeastern “Patrician” circle. These are the people who even go so far as to say that the Asian brain for math and science is superior to the white man’s. These are the people who constantly condescend to the so-called “disproportionately” black military “brawn.”

Again, do you think pathologically race-baiting Democrats would have let such an explosive point go unexploited, indeed completely unexplored, if the shoe were on the other foot-in-mouth?!

Yet, again, someone in the White House told someone to throw that arrogant bastard a lifeline. Instead.

It placed me in mind of an incident that occurred right after the first presidential candidates’ debate in the ’04 race. Two young-looking men, one white, one black, approached Kerry. Maybe they were two of his staffers. There seemed to be a familiarity. Anyway, Kerry shook hands with the white man then reached, it seemed, to touch, to pat the black man on the head. He stopped short and I believe, patted him on the shoulder. I wrote of it at the time for my newspaper, The Afro News, out of Western Canada. I tried to be fair. I asked for confirmation from observers in the community. I drew no hard conclusions.

I do now. Kerry’s body language, his gesture, his tone, at this latest incident in Pasadena can only force one conclusion. This is the face of ugly liberal ethno-classism.

For failing so to see, here come the early results, the consequences, for Republicans ….

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