Saturday, July 25, 2015

Trump isn't the problem, he's just a symptom

Rex Murphy - Don’t blame Trump … blame America:
... he is an illustration of a problem and not its cause. Trump is not the swamp: he is the creature emerging from it. For however ridiculous and appalling his candidacy may be, it is no worse and no more ridiculous and appalling than the whole pattern of American politics at this time.

... Is his candidacy more lunatic than the idea of a third President Bush or a second President Clinton?

... Is he more manipulative than President “you can keep you doctor, you can keep you plan” Obama? Is he less venal or arrogant than Hillary  ...?

... Is he less repellent than false and theatrical rape hoaxes that have beleaguered American campuses from Duke to Columbia?

... Is anything Trump has said more staggering or depressing than the idea that in egalitarian America, a couple of small-time business owners can get fined $135,000 for not baking a cake? ...
... it is not Trump who should bear the responsibility for his success. It is the practice of politics itself and the political class (which includes, more and more, the news media) that has for so long abandoned honest representation of ideas, facing difficult issues with real language, which has so professionalized campaigns and elections that the sound of a human voice saying something it actually means is so rare.
Are Canadian politics any less dysfunctional than America's?  Would Trump be any worse for America than Trudeau or Mulcair for Canada? 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Canada declared "most reputable country in 2015"

Canada regains title as most reputable nation in the world despite Harper derangement frenzy
Canada under Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has just regained its title as the most reputable nation in the world.  

According to the Reputation Institute’s annual report, Canada remains at the top of a 55-nation list for perceived trust, admiration and respect, based on a survey of 48,000 people around the world.

... few media picked it up. Instead, the Canadian media complex is in the grip of Harper Derangement Frenzy (HDF), which is an upgrade to hurricane status from Harper Derangement Syndrome ...

... [Canada's] international standing has never been stronger. Even the government’s global carbon strategy, portrayed by many as a national embarrassment, looks good to many other nations. As the table below suggests, Canada remains at the top of the world.
Good show Canada! (Well, at least progressives will think so.)

See also, Forbes.

Note: In 2014 Canada ranked second after Switzerland, and first for three years running in 2013,  2012 and 2011.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Eco-extortionists meet strong resistance from one of their victims

Peter Foster: At last, a Canadian corporate hero
 Two weeks ago, Todd Paglia, executive director of U.S.-based radical environmental organization ForestEthics, sent a letter of warning to Richard Garneau, CEO of Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products.
In his reply Mr. Garneau told Paglia and his ENGO, ForestEthics [quite a name for an extortionist!], to shove off, saying among many other things:
"... The fact is, Mr. Paglia, we both know that ForestEthics has been campaigning against Resolute for years even while you have pretended to be an abiding member of the CBFA. Your most recent letter, which follows your letter of December 5, 2014, with its inaccurate allegations and threats and intimidation, is not new; it is merely a continuation of the bully tactics you have used with us from the start. ...
... I am struggling to understand precisely what kind of protection you believe the CBFA has granted us under these circumstances. ForestEthics has been in violation of both the spirit and letter of the CBFA for years. Perhaps I should have called you out sooner ..."
Rare courage:
... Rarely if ever has a corporate executive dared to call an ENGO shakedown what it is. Richard Garneau is thus almost unique among executives. In a corporate world dripping with bogus “business ethics,” Garneau, a quiet and modest man who lives the Boreal, has demonstrated some true moral backbone, refusing to bow to what he sees as lies and intimidation.
Media complicity or cowardice or both?
You’d think that the Canadian media – given to celebration of local exceptionality in any way, shape or form – would be keen to report on Garneau. But he is exceptional in an area where the media almost never dares to tread, either because it is part of the radical environmental crusade itself, or because it too is scared.
All posts on Resolute Forest Products' battles with the radical ENGOs.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sadistic feminist bullies use courts to criminally harass critic

Political activists Steph Guthrie and Heather Reilly, with the cooperation of the "justice" system, are  putting Gregory Allan Elliott (and family) through legal, financial and emotional hell.

Christie Blatchford has been covering Elliott's trial.

The verdict is due on October 6, 2015 and has huge implications for Elliott's personal freedom and for free speech in general. Any "criminality" here is that of the complainants and the legal system for participating in prosecuting this clearly bogus case.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Jane Fonda - mega-wealthy hypocrite

Jane Fonda's net worth, US $120 million - and a giant carbon footprint:

Same old, same old.  Pushing 78 years old and still trashing the West and boosting its enemies.  She'll be doing it till she dies, and continuing from Hell.

Big Wind's environmental wreckage

Tom Harris - An ill-wind in Ontario
Environmentalists often talk about people whose lives are ruined by man-made global warming.
But they never mention the lives that are devastated by misguided climate change policy. ...

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Notley gives Quebec a veto over Alberta's future

Ezra Levant:

Notley and her extremist crew seem to, in very short order, be confirming what should be Albertans' worst fears about an NDP government.

The good better news, Albertans are noticing.  According to a recent Mainstreet/Postmedia poll:
"... if an election were held immediately, more voters would cast votes for the Wildrose Party than the governing NDP." 
 But still, four years of majority NDP government will be plenty to inflict massive damage.

Update: Brad Wall's reaction, following which Ezra asks and answers:
"Ten years ago would you have ever thought that Canada's best premier, best economy and clearest advocate for free enterprise would be from Saskatchewan, and that the most anti-oil socialist premier would be from Alberta??
"Yeah! Me neither."