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Political Correctness: It’s To Die For

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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: https://play.acast.com/s/the-white-saviors

Biden’s poll numbers are too embarrassing for the “news” media

RealClearPolitics.com — 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 RealClearPolitics.com, 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.

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

In my column  on the foiled UK terror plot, I ended by asking whether political correctness is really worth dying for?

Indeed, the entire discussion of profiling Muslim airline passengers in an age of Islamic terrorism rests on this question.  And if the reaction of mostly British passengers aboard a recent flight  from Malaga, Spain to Manchester, England is any indication, the answer would be “no.”

In what’s been dubbed a case of “mutiny” by the British media, fearful passengers demanded that two young Muslim men they felt were acting suspiciously be taken off the flight.  Wearing heavy coats and sweaters in hot weather, frequently checking their watches and speaking loudly in Urdu, Sohail Ashraf and Khurram Zeb were eventually escorted off the plane by authorities.

Worried passengers, including families with children who became increasingly upset, simply refused to fly  with the men on board.  With the recent suicide-bombing plot still fresh in their minds, passengers were justifiably concerned at the prospect of turning a blind eye to the presence of these two men.

The pair was eventually cleared by airport security and booked on a different flight the next day.  But it was later discovered  that one of the men had a criminal background.  He had been convicted for credit card fraud, a seemingly petty crime the likes of which nonetheless figures into many terrorist cases.  Adding to the strange situation was the pair’s travel itinerary; they were flying to Spain and back in a single day, presumably to “check out” a resort they planned to visit later.   

While the two men persist in claiming innocence and the perpetually mystified British media portrays the case as one of insufferable bigotry on the part of the other passengers, the very real fears at the heart of the matter go largely untouched.  Political correctness dictates that the pair’s Muslim identity has no bearing whatsoever on their propensity for being involved in terrorism, but the public knows better.

Just about every act of terrorism  in the last five years has been perpetrated by young Muslim men and, in a few cases, women.  This is clearly a pattern and it begs for profiling, not simply of ethnicity, but also of religious background since terrorists come in all shades.  The majority are Middle Eastern, but those of African, Asian, Caribbean, Eastern European or mixed origin, not to mention converts to Islam from all backgrounds, also play a part in the panorama of Islamic terrorism.

To hear British Muslim leaders tell it, such observations are nothing less than racism. They reacted to this latest incident with predictable indignation, coining a catchy new term in the process, “Flying while Muslim.”  Chief Superintendent Ali Dizaei of the London Metropolitan Police, one of the country’s most senior Muslim officers,  called it, “travelling whilst Asian.”

Dizaei is opposed to profiling based on ethnicity or religious background because as he puts it, “I don’t think there’s a stereotypical image of a terrorist.” Apparently, being Muslim has nothing to do with it, despite all evidence to the contrary.  But in the long run, playing the victim card only allows the Muslim community to deflect valid questions about the radicalism emanating largely unfettered from within its midst.

Western leadership may continue to deny the true nature of the threat we are facing, but the public has no such qualms.  The actions of the passengers aboard this flight suggest that people do not trust politically correct authorities to protect them and are more than willing to take on the task themselves when necessary.

Anyone listening to talk radio callers or reading comments at blogs in the wake of the foiled UK terror plot could see this shift.  Talk show host Larry Elder  even suggested last week that an airline strictly for non-Muslims called “Infidel Airlines” would undoubtedly be a huge success.  While Elder may have been joking, he was right.  Were such an airline to exist, however unlikely in today’s political climate, it would outsell the competitors in an instant.  This is the harsh truth that few want to admit publicly, but that everyone knows in the back of their minds.

Rather than pillorying passengers for simply acting on common sense and gut instinct, authorities might learn a thing or two.  For until they begin to address the very real and justified concerns of non-Muslims in a world of Islamic terrorism, vigilantism is sure to increase.

Political correctness be damned.

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