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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

State-run public grade-schools set to compete against private, traditional citizen-run schools? Only in Canada. 

This question of mine has been a constant refrain for years:  what kind of government competes against its own citizens for profits, for TV viewers or radio listeners, for train riders, for wine and whiskey consumers, for folks’ car insurance needs, for small package and expedited envelope delivery, for web site viewers, for readers of columnists’ political thoughts, for public education… and on and on and on?  Canadian governments compete against their own citizens—all over the map, all day long.  Personally I think that should be banned and that ban should be enshrined in our constitution.  But then I’m not a socialist or a Marxist and I believe in freedom and that we shouldn’t have to compete against our own government which uses our own tax dollars to defeat us.  What a nut huh?  Almost American—and we’ve seen how that country has failed to become the richest, most powerful nation the world has ever known.

Now it seems government has seen some of what the rest of us have known for ages:  non-government, private citizen-run traditional schools are best.  It’s not just the good Fraser Institute that proves that, it’s parents who actually know better than the state what’s best for their kids (yes liberals, it’s still true, despite “evolution”!), and the smart, well-behaved, and well-adjusted, balanced kids who have grown through that traditional system. 

Private traditional schools in Canada have somehow managed to hold onto the, well, traditional, often Christian, “actual learning!” turf since Canada’s beginnings; and they have even grown increasingly popular recently as the state-run public schools seem destined to continue to follow the liberal-left’s “progressive” tack, where they arrogantly tread on turf properly reserved for family values and the moral teachings of the kids’ parents themselves.  In British Columbia, for example, the state (and I mean right from the top—BC Liberal premier Gordon Campbell himself) has directed that a path toward the forced instruction of gay and lesbian and transgendered and cross-dressing “values” and “culture” for the young ‘uns be followed immediately in its public schools.  That’s on top of the condom on the cucumber classes, and the how to get an abortion classes.  And the George Bush is an evil terrorist classes, Islamist jihadists are misunderstood classes, the corporations are bad classes, the any Christianity is completely banned in schools because it’s so awful classes, and the conservatives are total morons classes, and of course atheism is best classes, commonly and increasingly found in public schools today all over North America. 

And all this is before the liberals’ state-run child daycare (and “early learning” —wink!) schools are instituted to replace those horrible community and church and family and citizen-run and those blasted stay-at-home mommy-style daycares.

Of course parents and families, which liberals find annoying and which they hope will be soon be replaced by government (and they’re succeeding), aren’t nearly as far left-wing, nor as Godless and Marxist as that.  But as I always say, liberals always think everyone in the room agrees with them, so they simply don’t stop pushing all the yummy “progressive”.  And conservatives being conservatives, well, you do the math, and God help you with that if you attended public schools.  Irony abounds.

In short, the “progressive”, liberal-left indoctrination schools, which are in fact religious schools as led by the church of liberalism’s clerics—the teachers—are clearly leading kids (and the whole nation) in the wrong direction, parents are revolted and revolting, and they are taking their kids back to the tradition schools and to home-schooling, so that their kids can once again be instilled with their good values and morals and a proper education—like they used to be—instead of the far left’s increasingly “progressive”, Godless, God-awful values.  And where the kids don’t call their teacher “like dude”. 

Now, in Delta, British Columbia, where on top of the parental outrage with the “progressive” public schools, and where like many areas of Canada the population is actually struggling to stay the same and the number of kids (and therefore students) is actually dropping, the state-run public schools boards are trying to find ways to attract students and stay relevant, and are finding the growing traditional private schools ripe for competition.  Not emulation, mind you—competition.  So they will embark on just that.  Remembering that this is Canada, that makes good taxpayer sense to liberals.  And to Marxists. 

The (public!) school board is exploring the possibility of establishing a “traditional” school by September of next year.  Naturally, being government, they will be exploring this by way of a “committee” and a “task force” following which a damn good “report” will be written.  By the way, so badly are student numbers dropping in Delta that they actually have a student “recruitment and retention committee”.  The “recruitment and retention committee” even admits they will look at the exemplary model set by one private Delta school called Southpointe Academy—a private traditional school at which the kids wear uniforms, and actual discipline is, like, enforced, dude. 

The public school board

chairman chairpersonage

chair told the local Delta Optimist newspaper, “I’m hearing some dissatisfaction in the community as to what opportunities there are for children who want to be in more of a structured school setting with uniforms and more structure within the education,” said Saip.  Apparently fixing the old public system is a lost cause, and they can only learn from the private sector who does it better.  Right over his head. 

The Optimist reveals more of the school board chair’s candor:  “Saip said he visited several schools in Greater Vancouver and Edmonton and was impressed with what they had to offer.”  That whooshing sound was the clue going over his head again.  The private schools are doing better, yet he only sees that as a reason to compete against them with taxpayer dollars and the might of the “progressive” and growing power of the ever-growing government.    Next up: a government replacement for Trojans! 

Coming right out of the proverbial socialist government closet and admitting that the state is setting up to compete against the citizenry, he told the Optimist:  “What we’re exploring is the different models of charter and traditional schools that are being offered in both B.C. and Alberta. We’ll come back with what we think is an opportunity for parents within the public school system to have those advantages they may be seeking elsewhere in a private setting.”  And this ostensibly makes sense to him as only it could to someone weaned on big liberal “progressive” government-think, in Canada. 

Clearly, by their own near-admission, and if they were truly concerned about the kids’ education and the parents’ desire to have their kids properly educated, they’d simply close the public schools and let the proven success of the private schools flourish, starting with vouchers, for example.  But no, this is Canada.  And the people making the decisions are, at best, “progressives”, self-anointed elites, bureaucrats, and the state, instead of citizens.  Parents. 

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