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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

A fresh editorial from the National Review online about former Congressman Mark Foley’s revolting e-Mails to boy-pages, continues the failure of Conservative attempts to grasp the real cost of the scandal, come Nov. 7. The editorial faults Republican leaders for “their mishandling of the initial warnings about Foley,” then goes on to counsel them about moving forward in the aftermath.

The more disturbing truth, however, has nothing to do with “initial warnings about Foley.” Let’s say for the sake of argument, Republican leaders did in fact hear about Foley years ago. Further, let’s suppose that they immediately got him out of there. O.K. They probably would have had to deal with some rumblings about homophobic witch-hunting, since the initial e-mail(s) had nothing of later graphic details.

In the end Republicans would have weathered the storm and a “safe” Republican seat would have certainly stayed safe. Especially, if Republicans articulated a pre-emptive intervention with regard to pedophilia, of all things, stressing that the party of family values was not going to take “liberal” chances right under its own nose with children entrusted to its care, just so as to avoid labels of bigotry that it suffers daily anyway.

So the real question is: why didn’t Republicans exercise such an obvious option? I have no problem with Conservatives who want to move forward. What I will uncover is a deep denial that will shed powerful new light on what awaits Republicans in the imminent Congressional elections such that even if they retain both Houses, something of the Foley stench will linger in their reach.

The Queen of denial herself bequeathed to us her immortal lesson in the craft: if you clasp an asp to your bosom, something of the venom will take hold.

This is not about costs and consequences. Cleopatra was a creature of instinct. Razor-sharp instinct, yes. But she was no Sheila Fraser. Cleopatra’s basic lesson to us was not about calculation but co-optation. It was not about lying and cheating, or spin. Denial, you see, is a state of mind.

When Republicans clasped Foley to the fold—even as he swished about the notorious West Palm Beach—they embraced a way of looking at and thinking about gay and Conservative that came straight out of the queerest closet of liberal distortion.

Liberals have so successfully conflated gay-bashing with anything less than full acceptance that even raising questions about any aspect of the homosexual lifestyle is seriously suspect. And Republicans are no less reeled into this seamless web of diabolical deceit than anyone else.

What should have happened is that Foley should have felt that, closet or no closet, the bottom line in the Republican Party is that the very mention, never mind proclamation, of homosexuality would be an absolute non-starter in the context of anything that even smacks of pedophilia.

Republicans failed to maintain the right moral and political atmosphere with regard to attempts to broaden the party’s appeal. They continue to allow themselves to be baited and battered about by liberal shenanigans with language and logic.

But what this really means is that Republicans do not realize the extent to which they themselves have absorbed this serpent-winding of conflations and distortions. They are in denial about the extent to which the venom has taken hold. Deep within, they believed that indeed anything that smacked of a “litmus test,” exposed a point of Conservative vulnerability.

Observe, of course, that Democrats suffer no reciprocal vulnerability. Name the issue, and the most so-called “moderate” liberal is ever-ready to spout an utterly uncompromising liberal loyalty. Oh, sure they know how to cloak it in liarful “pragmatic” lingo, they know how to sound conciliatory, but even that simply underscores my point about professional deceit.

That’s why Republicans quite rightly are asking: when did Democrats find out about Foley? What did they keep quiet about? And why?

Consider, in particular, that since the “initial rumours” about Foley, going back almost a decade now, there have been three tight, fiercely fought U.S. federal elections (2000; Congressional mid-term 2002; 2004 Presidential). Could it be that Democrats said nothing until they could be sure that their cousins in the media could present the e-mails and related details as a matter of Conservative hypocrisy and pedophilia, not homosexuality as such?

Almost a decade ago now, it was one of our own, a very liberal MP, who exposed this relentless testimony at the pin-point of social tolerance. 1990s Nova Scotia MP Roseanne Skoke, as I wrote in a Province op-ed from that time, understood that “two men and a baby” was much more than a Hollywood comedy. She took on gay adoption and the rest of what she called the “unnatural homosexualist agenda.”

Her concern was about imposing a minority lifestyle in the form of social experimentation and political policy. So she was given the boot by her own party as belligerent homosexualists went on to discover a new National Geographic pseudo-ethnic type, namely “gay Americans,” a group now uniquely protected in the liberal habitat that equates criticism of lifestyle with nothing short of a hate crime.

There are not enough words in the language, or theorems in logic to allow Republicans to play catch-up this time around.

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