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BC Liberal Party website — They obviously put out a news release announcing their leadership debate, stating, as even their own website states, that you can stream it at their website. The Globe and Mail said so too, even. But go to their website, and nothing like an anticipatory video teaser is there. Like they're not even set up for it. Or don't care if you watch it. You can, they say, watch it on Facebook. But I won't support that crap. So heckofa job, Libbies.

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Canadians love their cheap Chinese trinkets despite the moral question

Globe and Mail — Startling reports out of the Port of Vancouver indicate just how much Canadians care that communist China was (and still is) holding Canadian and American citizens illegally, steals intellectual property from everyone around the world, is a rogue racist state, an authoritarian and totalitarian dictatorship, which is bent on global communist domination, which enslaves and arguably eliminates ethnic groups, and which pollutes the entire globe to beat hell.

The Port of Vancouver is sending record numbers of empty shipping containers to Asia ... The reason so many shipping containers are going back to Asia filled with nothing but air has to do with a surge in consumer demand for Asian goods ...

...There were 597,443 TEUs of empty containers exported from Vancouver in the first eight months of this year, up 89 per cent from the same period in 2020. And 2020 was previously the record-high year for empty-container shipments from the port.

Almost half of all the containers that have left Vancouver so far this year have been empty.

In total, the Port of Vancouver has handled 2.55 million TEUs of both imports and exports during the first eight months of 2021, up 17 per cent from the same period in 2020.

China is the largest shipper into the Port of Vancouver of containerized merchandise, including consumer goods.

What happened to all that bellyaching about "sustainability?" It doesn't apply to the country of Canada itself? Trudeau? Liberals? Maybe lose the woke BS, lose the love and admiration for "that basic dictatorship" and labels that read "Fabrique en Chine," raise the Canadian flag that you've shamed from its now months-long half-mast detention, and show you give more of a crap about Canada and its real, actual issues.

Hey has China relaxed its restrictions on tourists from the west yet? Asking for literally nobody.

Wall Street Journal —Don't plan your next trip to China without writing your will and saying goodbye to loved ones. The WSJ's editorial board is not impressed - with China or with President Biden and his team of surrender monkeys.

China’s Hostage Triumph

The U.S. lets Huawei’s CFO off easy, and Beijing frees two Canadians.   
By The Editorial Board
Updated Sept. 27, 2021 7:56 am ET

Westerners working in China are officially on notice. You could be arrested on trumped up charges at any time and used as hostages to promote Communist Party interests. That’s the message from the humiliating U.S. surrender to China’s hostage diplomacy in the case of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.

Canadian authorities arrested Ms. Meng in 2018 at the request of the U.S., which charged her with bank and wire fraud. Under a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) reached Friday, Ms. Meng was allowed to return to China without going to trial. She merely admitted to facts she had previously denied. Shortly thereafter, and right on cue, China released two Canadians it had arrested on phony charges not long after Ms. Meng’s arrest.

China’s immediate release of businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig proves their arrest was a hostage-taking to pressure Canada and the U.S. over Ms. Meng. In China the law serves the Party. But in the U.S. the law is supposed to operate independent of political interests. ...

I'd no sooner visit China than I would North Korea, Iran, or Cuba.

“Health Reasons.” Fer sure, China.

Globe and Mail — It's not the Globe and Mail's fault. In this case, they're just reporting. And it — China — is just utterly insulting our intelligence and totally disrespecting us. I didn't even read the article because I don't take well to being insulted by communists or a-holes. But on the other hand, this one is all Globe and Mail. For me it's about the contrast between how they treated the last president's handling of the border crisis — a problem not of his own making; and how they are treating this president's handling of a far worse crisis of his and his comrades' own making. Media bias 101? Or them more simply utterly insulting our intelligence and totally disrespecting us?

Joe Oliver for leader? Alas no. But heed to his leadership.

Financial Post — Joe Oliver penned a good column today offering good conservative sense for Conservatives. So that's something different and worthwhile for you to read today in the papers increasingly filled with total bunk and muck — usually from lefties — about how the Conservatives need to go still further leftward to win. It's headlined "Conservatives must persuade the electorate, not pander to the left." And it's worth your read.

"...There is an economic and cultural route to broaden the appeal of Conservative values and policies: bring the public to you, rather than mimic the left-wing’s latest faddish ideals and retreaded socialist truths. That is what leadership is all about. ..."

Ronald Reagan believed in and practiced this philosophy very effectively, making wonderful speaches counseling his fellow conservatives to speak up — "in bold colors" — to convince the electorate to vote for the values — conservative values — which most of their fellow electorate actually already believed in. And he was one of the best and most popular presidents in US history. Joe Oliver wrote today about some of those Canadian conservative values, which, similarly, are actually Canadian values.
Joe Oliver isn't running to be the leader. He's 81 and is rightly enjoying retirement. But anybody who wants to follow in Ronald Regan's — or Joe Oliver's — footsteps is more than welcome to step up at this time, please.

Advice to GOP, which Canada’s CPC should heed: Just. Say. No.

Washington Post — From this surprising source  — the...

Lefty Mayor caught maskless but it’s ok: “I was feelin’ the spirit!”

National Review — Another article you won't read in 99% of the "news" media because, oh do I even have to say it?... she's a lefty mayor! (and we can well imagine the "news" media's faux outrage if she was a he and he was a Republican):

The mayor of San Francisco [London Breed] says that she shouldn’t be criticized for breaking her own COVID rules, because, and I quote, “I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.” CBS reports:

“We don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing,” said Breed during an interview to address the controversy.

The city’s health order states attendees at live indoor performances must remain masked except when actively eating or drinking. Breed maintained that she was drinking at the time.

“My drink was sitting at the table,” said Breed. “I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.”
As Charles C.W. Cooke points out, the hideousness doesn't stop just at her hypocrisy, her failure to take responsibility for her own actions, or her elitist rule-breaking, it's the fact that she laments the notion of "the fun police," when, in fact, as mayor and as the perpetrator of these asinine rules, she IS "the fun police."

Best post-election headline so far

Wall Street Journal — They get the headline just about right: Their opener:

The late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher counseled that in politics “standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous. You get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.” That’s the lesson delivered to Canada’s Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole in Monday’s national election.

I like that they added this because Canadian "news" media are loathed to mention it:

Yet while they again won the popular vote, they finished a distant second in seat count with about 119, two seats down from 2019. (By the way, the Tories have won the popular vote in five of the last six elections, which is a lesson for Americans who think this only happens because of the Electoral College.)

They see what I see. O'Toole: Speaking in pale pastels — largely pink — instead of bold colors. Lesson #596 for the Conservative Party of Canada. They'll learn someday. Maybe.
Read the WSJ take here. (Free link)

BC’s NDP gov and their “news” media divisions hiding stats and facts? Here’s one.

health-infobase.canada.ca For all the noise from the Canadian national "news" media, you'd think Ontario was the only province in the country, and that it's doing terribly with regard to the Wuhan Virus (which everybody still calls "COVID" on orders from the Communist Party of China). That's not news to anyone outside of Ontario. What might be news to people both outside and inside of Ontario is that BC's rate of death is nearly twice that of Ontario.
Don't worry lefties, even people in BC don't know that, because the "news" media in BC are actually cheerleaders for the NDP government of BC — much as the national news media is actually a division of the federal Liberal Party (well and the Ontario Liberal Party of course). Ontario is led by a party with the word "Conservative" in it, even though "Progressive" is the first and foremost word and concept in their party name and style of governance. But, you know, it's just deathn shit. Politics is way more important to the "news" media.
Facts. Get 'em anywhere you can, because you can't reliably get them from the "news" media.
See also:
And from liberalvision CTV: Secrecy over B.C.'s true number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients

The Article

Every time I do this, I get dicks dullards falsely accusing me of being a “bigot,” or being “intolerant,” or trying to “censor” them, or trying to abrogate their right to free speech. Or in this case, likely accusing me of being a “homophobe.”  (They’ve got “racist” and “war on women” loaded in their chamber). This kind of intellectual dishonesty is what we in the sensible set call manufactured bullshit. They come off sounding like little fascists. More interestingly, they know that. But they do it anyway.

So bollocks to them. When, as the News Editor for Canada.com (Postmedia’s web site), you publish an article like this…


…”sorry,” but that is crap. Journalistic crap.

I can say all that. I have a problem with anyone who has the job as a “News Editor” for a major news organization, and who, instead of maintaining an objective view of events and simply reporting them, just can’t keep their very contentious opinions about the social politics of the world to herself. It is their job to do that.

News Editor Lauren Strapagiel published her own opinion (as a News Editor could), right in the regular non-opinion “Life” section of a major Canadian newspaper’s online site (Postmedia’s The Province), and on their Canada.com website as “NEWS”, and on their Facebook page. And on her Twitter account, where her profile indicates her position, first, as “News Editor for Canadadotcom.”  I’m not BSing you. And she knows BS! Look!:

ICYMI, one of her Twitter followers, “Naked Toronto,” was emboldened by the News Editor, and responded in this tolerant, diversity-loving  manner:

So a jerk was emboldened by the news media to call people “bigots” and make the claim that they are “spreading their hate.” Thanks news media!

Toronto_Gay_Pride_exemplified-2-covered-200pxIt’s clear News Editor Lauren Strapagiel is angry about someone complaining about nudity at the Pride parade. Angry that someone would dare voice their concerns about the nudity that happens at a public parade. She’s sorry though. Note her passive-aggressive sneer in the sub-headline, in which she reports “Sorry, but Pride was never trying to be “family friendly'”. As if “families” are the only ones offended.

Pride has welcomed the participation of the Toronto public schools. (Hey are schools still “family friendly?” Or has that also been deemed uncool?) The school board is considering participating in the parade this year. They have before. The parade is in the streets of a major city, on a weekend. The parade has gotten taxpayer support in the past, and gets lots of community and corporate support now.  “Sorry,” but that literally means it is a family event. With school children all around.

gay_Pride_sponsors2014-03-05-Strapagiel even admits, “there is a dedicated Family Pride space with kid-friendly activities.” Nah, but “sorry,” suckers!

Strapagiel really, really wants there to be full-frontal nudity at that parade. And she’s suspicious of anybody who doesn’t. “There’s more at play here…”, as she launches into a personal attack on one of the, what, “deniers”?

Turns out that the “manufacturer” of the “nonsense” is none other than members of the Toronto District School Board, simply doing their due diligence. It’s them who are advancing their concern about nudity at the parade, in light of their possible participation in it, at (even more) taxpayer expense. It’s them doing their job, that has her so riled.


How dare they ask a question firmly based on common sense as guardians of the public school system and working in the interests of families, parents, children at taxpayer expense! How 1950s!

In years gone by, when I’ve featured the outrage from the general public about the public displays of nudity and the smut that goes on at that parade and others like it, the defenders like Strapagiel would cry “baloney!”  But now they seems to admit it goes on, and have instead chosen to defend it. From her “news” article:

Although it’s true that a small number of Pride attendees will choose to strip down, this “won’t someone think of the children” hand-wringing plain stinks.

Yeah. Screw children. Screw families. It’s painted dongs that are important, bigot!  (“Dongs” is her word, as a news editor. Oh and also “sun-kissed junk.”)

Anyone who’s attended Pride knows that, although dong-sightings are a possibility, the vast majority of the million plus people in attendance have their clothes on.

Oh OK, phew. Most have their clothes on. I feel so silly.

Again reviewing the years gone by, advocates of the gratuitous display of “dongs” right at the eye-level view of little girls and boys, defended it as not being “in your face.” Like chill, dude, it’s not like it’s in your face.  Of course it was exactly that. A “dong,” right in your face.

And so they’ve come to grips with that too, now (and actual physical grips is surely next). Through their pseudo-PR agent Strapagiel:

…others who moan over whether Pride is “family friendly” fail to appreciate is that in-your-face sexuality is the point of the damn thing.

Well then. In your face “dongs” and sexuality is the point of the “damn thing,” says the News Editor of Canada.com. You “fail to appreciate that.”  Get a grip.

But don’t worry, it’s not meant to be palatable.

Pride did not begin, and does not exist, to make queer sexuality more palatable. It is not a PR campaign for your friendly neighbourhood gay person.

They did that “not palatable” part right.

And there’s more. If you don’t like it, you’re suspect.

The fuss about nudity is a manufactured controversy and one that Toronto should keep a wary eye on. … there’s more at play here than whether police are enforcing the law.

She then puts it all in perspective for us bigots and homophobes. Alas it brings up today’s lunch.

Ultimately, there are worse things than seeing a penis flopping down Yonge Street, especially considering what Pride means for the kids the trustees are so concerned about.

What I said:

It’s not just the journalistic impropriety of a News Editor writing a contentious opinion piece, as news, and taking a position which is clearly dismissive of families, parents, and their children, that I find unpalatable. It’s the gross intolerance on display here. The shaming of people for taking a diverse point of view, and moreover, shaming a school board member who is actually only doing their job as a school board trustee: looking out for children, asking the right questions.

Here’s a quote from the Pride web page:

Mission + Vision + Values

Value Diversity – by accepting and respecting differences and working to understand the diverse cultural complexities that influence identity, assumptions, behaviours, expectations, and beliefs.

Accepting and respecting is a one-way street for some people.

It’s a shame the news media has lost all pretense of objectivity, and now let it all hang out like so many bare dongs (or bare vaginas, or maybe the News Editor would call them “pussies” or “beavers”). They should get a grip on reality.

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