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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

The extreme left-wing Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives or CCPA, where the “alternative” they allude to is socialism, even though they’re too chicken to admit it, has suggested that the federal government expand the failing state-owned Canada Post, and get it right into the financial services sector.

Canada_Post_Mail-n-BurgersI’m still waiting for them to break into the fast-food hamburger business, and yoga pants. I mean they got all those increasingly useless (due to technological “evolution,” natch) post office outlets!

Socialists, liberals  —  progressives generally  —  always suggest expanding and throwing more money at their failed ideas, to make them finally succeed. This is a course of action which has never worked, ever. Google Canada’s health care. Or Greece. Or to save time, socialism writ large.

As you might have heard, the state-owned Canada Post is failing, as all state-owned “businesses” eventually do, and they have announced they’re stopping home deliveries, and increasing the price of home delivery stamps to a buck each. Hold the home delivery.

This latest example of a state-owned “business” failing isn’t all bad. Let me just slip in this spot-on tweet (if I do say so myself) I made this week with regard to this news:

All state-owned businesses get more expensive and crappier over time, while private enterprise gets cheaper and better. That’s a fact the CCPA left out of their 80+ page research/propaganda.

I will not cower, as does CCPA, and hide behind ridiculous, BS monikers, such as “Policy Alternatives,” designed solely to fake you out. This plan of theirs is socialism, disguised in happy-face, “Alternative” clothing.

Their inarguably socialist suggestions include the outright state ownership of what would amount to a full-service banking business. Indeed, in their words, it “could develop a full banking system … [c]reate a chartered bank wholly owned by Canada Post.” In fact it would be so full service that it would go against all that the left has recently protested against  —  that dastardly concentration of services in the financial sector. When you have no sound principles, you’re bound to get mired in hypocrisy   —  so it’s OK with them in this one instance!

Here’s an excerpt of their plans for the state to compete against private sector  —  i.e., the state competing against citizens:

Brand new services could consist of:
• access by all banks and credit union customers to their accounts to deposit or withdraw cash, as is the case in the UK;
• savings accounts and low-fee chequing accounts;
• low-interest credit cards; and
• prepaid debit cards. In the future, services could be extended to:
• mortgages;
• small-business loans and agricultural loans;
• insurance products;
• mutual funds and stocks; and
• special new products for low-income and Aboriginal peoples.

The CCPA’s “research” includes examples of several European socialist-light countries where the concept has been tested, but they canada-post-on-strikethen fail to mention how several European countries are currently going bankrupt as a result of their creeping socialism, exactly as exemplified in this idea for Canadian socialism.

Also highlighted is the mind-blowing fact that the left-wing Canadian Union of Postal Workers [CUPW] supports the idea. Yes! It’s true! Look! “The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has been a major supporter of the idea of Canada Post offering financial services …”

Are you over your shock yet? Hold your intolerant and possibly racist judgy judgment though, because one of the reasons given by the Union for its support is, “It would provide meaningful work and new and interesting jobs for CUPW members.” Who knew? And you see, meaningful and interesting jobs are unavailable in the private, non-union sector. We must rely on the state for our very lives. Now that’s progressive.

I cling to my zany belief that meaningful and interesting work can be found raising families, and working in the private sector for any number of exciting firms, or maybe even starting your own. But then I’m a sane conservative guy.

And whadoyaknow, the socialist NDP digs it too. The CCPA reports that “The New Democratic Party has supported the expansion of financial services in Canada Post.”  The NDP plans include the notion to run on it in the 2015 election. This was mapped-out at their 2013 convention.  They cite an NDP resolution to that effect:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP will work with labour, community groups and other interested parties to develop a plan to implement postal banking and other service expansion at Canada Post.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVE D that this plan will be a component of the NDP platform in the 2015 election.

“Unfortunately, the resolution was not discussed on the conference floor,” the CCPA lamented in their propaganda. Happily for them, though, they also found some positive reference to the concept from the Green Party. They made no mention of the position taken by the Communist Party of Canada, but I feel certain they would endorse the move in exactly the same way as the CCPA, the NDP, and the Green Party does. They, too, call themselves Canada’s progressive party. (Also, “Canada’s future is socialism!”)

By the way, the liberal-left (unionized) media will ask no questions of any of the progressive parties. Trust me. They’ll only ask Conservatives about abortion, and the illusive “hidden agenda”  —  still hidden after half a century!

The CCPA report notes that the “Conservatives and Liberals have no public positions on this issue.” But do dismay nonetheless, fellow true conservatives. The Liberals are a progressive party. And the aspirational sounding name “Conservative” notwithstanding, they are too. There are more than just a few progressive-left numbskulls in each party, and so it wouldn’t shock me in the least if MPs from either of those two parties latched onto this idiocy. After all, they both vocally support the socialism-reliant, state-owned CBC, a state-run healthcare system, Via Rail, and so much more just like them.

The CCPA wants to turn Canada into a socialist state, with all the attendant government intrusions into your life, the social engineering, the market engineering, the economy engineering, the central planning, the state control, the fomenting of reliance upon the state, and the awful construct of the state competing against its own citizens in business for profits.



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