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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.

Click to (not) watch it

 

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

The green blitzkrieg hit the ExxonMobil annual shareholder meeting this week.

The meeting featured 17 shareholder proposals, the vast majority of which were filed by left-leaning “investors” seeking, in one way or another, to pressure company management into implementing the green agenda.

As a portfolio manager of a libertarian/conservative activist mutual fund, I attended the meeting to defend company shareholders the tens of millions of Americans who own ExxonMobil shares either directly or indirectly through retirement plans, mutual funds and other institutional investments. An audio recording of the meeting is available here and my remarks begin at 55:26 minutes into the meeting.

Here’s what I had to say:

“Good morning. I’m Steve Milloy, portfolio manager of the Free Enterprise Action Fund, a publicly owned mutual fund. I am here on behalf of not just the Fund, but all bona fide shareholders of ExxonMobil.

“By bona fide shareholders, I mean those shareholders who have invested in ExxonMobil for the time-honored and socially responsible purpose of making money while providing society with the vital good and services that it needs. We see ExxonMobil as a company with a track record of true social responsibility that few institutions—whether public or private—can match.

“Not only is ExxonMobil perhaps the most profitable business venture in the history of capitalism, but the company helps provide society with its lifeblood, petroleum products. ExxonMobil employs more than 80,000 people and earns and returns billions of dollars to millions of investors every year.

“In the last five years ExxonMobil’s share price has soared from below $40/share to above $90/share. In these uncertain economic times, what’s not to like? Yet some shareholders—like many of those who will follow me today—see this success as a scourge that they intend to exploit for their own dubious social and political ends.

“They don’t see ExxonMobil as a premier investment vehicle engaged in the necessary and profitable business of fueling society. They don’t see ExxonMobil as one of society’s top-performing wealth-creation machines. They don�t see ExxonMobil as one of our society�s top-performing job-creation machines. They don�t see ExxonMobil as one of society’s top-performing pension fund investments.

“Rather, these ‘poseur’ shareholders see ExxonMobil as a means to advance their anti-people, anti-business and anti-capitalism social and political agenda. You will hear from some who seek to manufacture controversy over a variety of issues, including corporate governance and CEO pay.

“They don�t view such issues as means for making the company work better for shareholders, employees and customers, but rather as a means of dividing and conquering management and making it more pliable to political pressure. You will hear from shareholders who say they’re worried about global warming.

“Yet they willfully ignore the latest forecast from U.N. scientists that calls for global cooling caused by Mother Nature—not global warming caused by humans—and that more than 31,000 U.S. scientists recently signed a petition decrying as unfounded the scientific claims underpinning global warming alarmism.

“The poseur shareholders instead seek to pressure management and weaken its resolve in the fight against junk science-based government regulation. You will hear from some who want ExxonMobil to focus on alternative energies like ethanol. But as CEO Rex Tillerson has rightfully pointed out, ExxonMobil sells oil and gas, not ‘moonshine.’ The poseur shareholders apparently want ExxonMobil profitability to be based on politically determined taxpayer subsidies and government giveaways rather than the competition of the free market.

“Ironically, the alternative energy strategy failed miserably at oil giant BP. As BP CEO John Browne chased the alternative fuel fantasy and advocated climate alarmism, his inattention to safety and maintenance led to 15 tragic deaths at the 2005 Texas City refinery explosion, the largest-ever oil spill in the Alaskan North Slope in 2006 and ensuing harm to BP’s reputation and share price.

“Under new leadership, BP reportedly will ditch the alternative energy business entirely since its shares have received little, if any, uplift from renewable energy.”

“As Congress seeks to humiliate and pressure oil industry executives and to strip ExxonMobil shareholders of their rightfully earned profits through a windfall profits tax, where are the poseur shareholders? Are they using their activist skills to defend the company against such political thuggery? No.

“They are instead waging a take-no-prisoners war against management. This can only harm the interests of bona fide shareholders. That is why the Free Enterprise Action Fund has proposed to have management amend the company’s by-laws to no longer accept harassing and nuisance shareholder proposals.

“Our proposal would by no means eliminate poseur shareholders, but it would stop the annual meeting from being a forum for their campaign against ExxonMobil’s bona fide shareholders. We call on ExxonMobil’s bona fide shareholders and management to band together to fight the predatory Exxon-haters.

“As for those shareholders who don�t care for the oil and gas business, get out. There are a host of alternative energy companies whose subsidies you can invest in. The rest of us will be quite happy to purchase your shares and enjoy the profits of true social responsibility. Thank you.”

Our proposal received about 15 percent of the shareholder vote—a pretty good result as far as shareholder proposals go. ExxonMobil’s management nominally opposed our proposal, indicating it prefers government regulators to step in and control activist shareholder harassment rather than take on the greens itself.

So perhaps a more telling reaction to our proposal was reported by BusinessWeek: “Indeed, the loudest applause of the meeting greeted Steven Milloy—who proposed a prohibition on shareholder resolutions such as those proposed by the Rockefellers.”

The “crowd” opposes the greens. We just need to stiffen the spines of corporate managers.

[Disclosure: The Free Enterprise Action Fund owns about 5,500 shares of ExxonMobil stock. Mr. Milloy has been affiliated with non-profit organizations who have in the past received financial support from ExxonMobil.]

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