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Justin Trudeau – Much Ado About Nothing

This post contains scenes of violence, nudity and coarse language with frequent references to Justin Trudeau which may be deemed toxic to some. In the absence of a literary hazmat suit, reader discretion is advised.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau

Has it really only been a couple of years since Justin Trudeau was anointed Liberal Leader? Actually, it hasn’t been quite two years but it seems much longer somehow. I think it’s because many in Canada are so obsessed with him that barely a day goes by without some article, comment or news story in which he is prominently featured.

There has been more talk about Canada’s Peter Pan for the past sixteen months and a bit than any other politician or political topic. A quick search of “Justin Trudeau” on Google returned 2.45 million hits compared to only 878,000 for Stephen Harper who is not only Canada’s Prime Minister but who has been in the public eye about four times longer than Trudeau has been Liberal Leader. Indeed, pick a subject and even if Trudeau isn’t a part of it, his detractors and supporters alike will find some way to weave him into it.

Even God doesn’t get mentioned as frequently as Justin Trudeau and that’s saying something because God gets mentioned quite often especially towards the end of a frisky moment or two between the sheets.

It’s quite astonishing when you step back and actually think about it. Bill Shakespeare could have been referring to the constant focus on Justin Trudeau when he  wrote ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

Bribing for Votes

iStock_CanadaDollarSign1Canada is in election mode.

By way of explanation for my non-Canadian readers, this does not mean that we are about to have an election; that would be too easy. It means that we’re going to have a federal election in about a year and while you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s a little soon to start campaigning – our major political parties would disagree with you.

There are some serious issues facing Canada and you might think those issues would dominate election platforms – but you’d be wrong. Instead, Christmas is coming early to some Canadians as our political masters launch their Bribes for Votes campaigns.

While it is true that Canada finally has a budget surplus after six years of deficit financing; it is also true that the deployment to Iraq to combat ISIS will take upwards of $3 billion from that surplus. The government is doubling its aid to Africa to fight Ebola and government revenues are dropping thanks to plunging oil prices. In fact, the drop in oil prices, which appears to be being driven by Saudi Arabia, could so narrow the gap between the cost of production and revenues in the oil sands that there is a very real possibility that some companies may halt production. That would further reduce government revenues and increase unemployment which in turn would increase the amount government pays in EI benefits.

Add to that the instability in the European economy where there is growing fear of another global recession, falling stock markets and talk of increased interest rates and it begins to appear that the economy may not be quite as stable as our leaders would have us believe.

A 1% interest rate increase alone would double the cost of servicing all government debt.

How likely is a rise in interest rates? I don’t know but the American economy is heating up and the Fed is signaling an increase in the not too distant future.

But why spoil the beauty of a twelve-month election campaign full of marshmallow dreams and tangerine skies with something as boring as reality? At least that seems to be the opinion of our political leaders including the fiscally prudent Conservative government. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

The Confused Support for a Timid Coalition

air strikesIn today’s paper, Sun News columnist Lorne Gunter spelled out the futility of the American-led air-strike campaign against ISIL. As far as he went, the analysis by Mr. Gunter was somewhat accurate although he continues to cling to the absurd idea that what he refers to as ‘serious’ air strikes might work. A tepid military response is not going to defeat or even contain ISIL and anything less than a well-planned and coordinated full military campaign which by necessity will include combat ground troops, artillery and tanks is doomed to fail

In the end, the Coalition of the Unwilling that the Obama Administration has cobbled together will be confronted with the harsh choice of either packing up their tents and going home or committing to putting combat troops on the ground to deal with an enemy that has grown stronger and even more dangerous.

There was something else about Mr. Gunter’s piece that got under my hat. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

Ship of Fools

stu-pid
adjective \ˈstü-pəd, ˈstyü-\
: not intelligent : having or showing a lack of ability to learn and understand things
: not sensible or logical
: marked by or resulting from unreasoned thinking or acting

I believe that our collective IQ is plummeting like a frozen Thanksgiving turkey thrown from a helicopter and will soon barely measure abovequote-William-Gaddis-stupidity-is-the-deliberate-cultivation-of-ignorance-15071 double digits – if it isn’t already. Clearly I’m not alone in that belief. I don’t recall a time in my life when so many caledl so many others stupid, morons or idiots.

The irony is that once you consider the reasons some label others to be stupid you begin to wonder if they have sufficient intelligence to understand the meaning of the word. That has caused me to wonder if stupidity isn’t actually a virus that has infected an overwhelming majority of us. If there was ever a time when we needed to wear Hazmat suits to protect ourselves from being infected – it’s now. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

Hacked!

If you have been wondering why there have been no new posts for the past few days, it is because the web site was hacked and we couldn’t access the account. Indeed, it had even managed to pull the site off the web but we’re back.

It’s interesting to me that so many find so much delight in using whatever narrow technical know how they’ve developed to disrupt the lives of others rather than to advance their own lives. Some hackers, of course, use their skill to steal credit card and other information that they can convert to cash but the majority do it because they find some kind of adolescent  satisfaction in demonstrating their ability to inflict damage on others.

I believe it is because they are pathetically needy souls who can only find self-validation by trying to demonstrate their superiority. It is my opinion that while they may have a degree of technical ability; they are seriously lacking in things like integrity and respect for others as well as themselves.

What did it all accomplish? Not much other than to cause me to have to make a a few phone calls to tech support at my domain host and running a few virus scans and password changes. In the greater scheme of things, that isn’t much of an accomplishment and certainly not one for which the world will remember them.

It seems to me that we have more than our share of petty little trolls of limited ambition and even more limited character these days.

A new post will be up later this afternoon.

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ISIL Will Not Be Defeated by “Unserious Minds”

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
Niccolo Machiavelli

On Friday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper finally told Canadians what he had already told the American media. Canada will join the American-led air campaign against ISI in Iraq.

Canada, which already had 26 (not 30, not 69, not a few dozen) military advisors in the Middle East, will be expanding its current contribution in a coalition of 17 countries comprised of: The United States, Britain, France, Jordan, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Australia, Qatar, UAE , Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Kuwait, Egypt, Oman, Turkey and the Netherlands.

There will be a debate in parliament today but it is a debate in name only. Holding a clear majority in The House of Commons, the Harper government faces no danger that its motion will be defeated. As a result, the Prime Minister really hasn’t had to apply a serious mind to this latest military commitment beyond political expediency – and like most of the other coalition leaders – he hasn’t.

Neither have many in the mainstream media that are rallying behind the decision or, having nothing else to contribute, are carping about Justin Trudeau’s opposition to, and his flippant comment about, the government’s decision. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading