Please enjoy these complimentary side dishes to today’s main course:

“Believe Her!” –Umm, Unless She Didn’t Complain About It
If She Did Not Complain, It Did Not Happen. So they’re also stupid and think you’re stupider?

“If she felt, back in September, October, November, December, or at any point, that there was inappropriate pressure on her, she had recourse. She could have called the Ethics Commissioner at any time, any day. She could have contacted the Prime Minister at any time, any day,” he said.

–Globe and Mail, Feb 22 2019, reporting on the ever so un-Liberal-biased Privy Council Clerk’s ever-so unbiased testimony

Is this Venezuela?  
So the Liberals are gaming the system even while covering up their previous attempts at gaming the system?:

Mr. Wernick [Privy Council Clerk, in Justice Committee testimony yesterday] said the Prime Minister began discussions in early January this year to replace Ms. Wilson-Raybould at Justice with Montreal MP David Lametti – whose riding is adjacent to the electoral district where SNC-Lavalin headquarters is located… 

Globe and Mail, Feb 22 2019

Oh My Gosh Cosh  
The National Post’s Colby Cosh, today, in one of his best columns ever, so full of gems I’m at risk of copyright violation:

… It is positively unprecedented for one to appear before a committee of the House of Commons spewing gallons of drivel and frightened non sequiturs, as Wernick did on Thursday, and I would encourage the Canadian public to regard it as a sad anomaly — the sort of personal spectacle from which we, in time, choose to politely avert our eyes. …

… We can only be grateful that the head of the civil service found time to mention these salient timeline points after he had completed an uninvited philippic on the contemporary state of Canadian politics. “I am deeply concerned about my country right now, and its politics, and where it’s headed,” he bawled. “I worry about foreign interference in the upcoming election and we’re working hard on that.” Was Wernick intending to suggest that some sort of Russian brain gas had been dispersed in the ventilation system at Globe and Mail headquarters? Tempted though I am to believe it, I do not see how his apparent hypothesis was pertinent to the purpose of his appearance, except as a self-evident attempt at distraction. …

… But he went on. Oh, did he. He complained that protesters are often using words like “treason” and “traitor” to characterize the current government, calling these “words that lead to assassination” and moaning that “somebody is going to be shot” during the upcoming federal campaign.  …

…What I find objectionable is Wernick’s creepy attempt to persuade the people of Canada that if recent events have made them doubt our institutions of government — “lose faith” in them was his phrase — it is the people, and not the government, that must be the problem. Indeed, Wernick suggests they are probably suffering from delusions spread by sinister foreigners on social media. It seems puzzling that a man should denounce the careless use of words such as “treason” and “traitor” in the very moment he is pouring paranoid xenophobia into the nearest camera-hole. …

The Bias Is Not Yet Clear To Me
After Michael Wernick’s Justice Committee effort to excuse Trudeau and his Butts (Gerald Butts, his partner in crime), Post Media’s John Ivison at the end of his piece today ever-so gently almost sort of nearly diplomatically calls out Wernick’s obvious-as-the-nose-on-your-face bias:

The odds on him continuing in his current job should the conservatives win in october were not improved by his staunch defence of trudeau and his advisers. Wernick declared himself “neutral” and pointed out he has served as a public servant under seven prime ministers. One academic suggested some of his comments sounded like “cheer-leading” for the current government. He certainly came close to crossing lines.

And On A Footnote, Do More FOOTNOTES
In another Post Media column, Rex Murphy ends his latest piece on the Trudeau Liberal scandal asking why the PM didn’t bother to even say hi to the thousands of pro-oil demonstrators outside, and with a plea for news media reporting fairness. Good luck with that last bit Rex, as I’ve been on it for a two or three decades and it’s only gotten worse, but hey, thanks for trying.

A footnote: the plastering of the convoy with the tag that it was “fringed” or “infiltrated” by white supremacists and all sorts of other odd, despicable types was a cheap one exercised by many in the media. The main purpose of this group, and the people who organized and executed the trip, was clear as day, and as important as any issue in the country at present. If you’re going to characterize protests by whatever fringe elements may or may not attach to them, please do it universally. Next time there’s Occupy sit-in at Queens Park, or an anti-pipeline march in Vancouver, note the flags, check the repeat attenders, and find out who’s backing them. Or does scrutiny only apply to the non-professionals of the protest movement?

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