Friday, May 27, 2016

Den Tandt "praises" his long time target, Stephen Harper ...

And, as might be expected, his praise is very faint praise indeed.  Some excerpts [with Den Tandt's amplifying thoughts]:
... a good prime minister [Let's try to keep the hyperbole down, shall we?]

... a smart, basically decent, hard- working guy who, for all his flaws ... [You could say that about 70+% of Canadians, so let's concentrate on those flaws!]

... a better-than-fair steward [Right, "good", but "nothing great"]

... he is not ... the ogre he has been made out to be [by his partisan opponents, especially we in the Media Party]

... For all his failings, ran a broadly stable ship [So let me remind you, again, of all those failings.]

... nothing at all like the extremism we were led to expect [Not as extreme as his partisan opponents, especially we in the Media Party, led you to expect]
In the print version Den Tandt's column was titled: "Canada lucky to have had Harper" [Yes, after all, we could have had someone like, say, Vladimir Putin]
One supposes this is Den Tandt's idea of  a polite farewell to a favourite target.  In contrast, here are a couple of sample comments from people who begged to differ:
Best Prime Minister in 70 years, maybe more. He get's Canada. On the flip side, Zoolander says Canada has no culture or identity and is the worlds first postnational state. What an arrogant stupid insulting prick.
Harper, a pragmatic Canadian, for all Canadians. Now Zoolander is intent on picking his interest groups at the expense of the Canadian taxpayer and reversing Harper's policies for the benefit of all Canadians, even his insane left wing detractors. Irrational immigration decisions, FN secrecy, complacency regarding energy, complacency regarding prairie fires, outrageous and damaging deficits, increasing union powers at the expense of taxpayers,
 And in further contrast:

Monday, May 23, 2016

Trudeau and a turtle on a fence post

What do they have in common?

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Ontario's Leap towards economic oblivion

Rex Murphy:
Remember the Leap Manifesto? That was the wild-eyed ultra-greenist, anti-capitalist dogma-sheet that Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein dragged out ...

... Kill oil. Kill all fossil fuels. No pipelines. No refineries. Cripple the economy. Deny the poorer nations ... a cascade of unexamined and baseless assertions, a manifest distaste for reality, a raw pulse of dogmatic certitude, and a set of prescriptions that would obliterate a modern economy, push hundreds of thousands out of work, and bring the industrial age back to the days of horse cart and covered wagons for transportation. ...

The authors of Leap were ... merely projecting as it were private fantasies into the public arena. If, however, they had presented in Ontario, if they had urged Ontario’s government with the dreams they urged ... I suspect they would have been mocked as timid, restrained, unimaginative, even perhaps, regressive. For the Wynne government’s recently revealed plans for the ‘transformation of the Ontario energy industry,” is of a reach and scope, depth and range, that defies all comparison.

Even if there were good evidence that alarmists are right (and there isn't) Canada's contribution to global CO2 emissions is tiny and it's effect on global climate un-measurable.  But politicians like Wynne (and Trudeau and ... ) behave as if the world's fate hinges on Canada (or Ontario or ...) taking the lead in sacrificing their citizens' standard of living to Gaia. This is insanely reckless.  Canada has no obligation, moral or otherwise, to move any faster on this than the least committed of the largest GHG emitting nations.  Doing so is not only climatically pointless, it unnecessarily risks wrecking our economy.  We are being led either by nitwits or by cynical tax-grabbers or both.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Climate Change in 12 Minutes - The Skeptic's Case

Why climate models fail:

Modellers need to fully appreciate that Garbage In = Garbage Out, not Gospel Out!

CAGW = ‘computer-aided global warming’

Monday, May 9, 2016

Universities - "Day care for millenials"

HOBOsexuality studies at UVic (just for example):

University 'liberal arts' faculties (and increasingly K-12) are institutions of indoctrination that produce graduates who are dumber and lower in productive potential than when they entered. Who in their right mind would knowingly pay big bucks to put their offspring into day care like that?

Also: Blazing Cat Fur, Powerline and a poem.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

It's over for Ted Cruz.

Cruz drops out of presidential race following major defeat by Trump in Indiana:
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday suspended his presidential bid for the Republican nomination following a crushing defeat by Donald Trump in the Indiana primary.
Cruz told dismayed supporters the path to victory had been closed.

Now watch the Media Party and its candidate Hillary really come after Trump.  And vice versa.  This will be fun to watch!

The fractured Right Wing

Who's who in 14 identifiable groups on the right?  Gavin McInnes breaks it down:
"Lazy liberals talk about "the right wing" as if conservatives are a unified block.
Obviously that isn't true, but this video helps explain the divisions and diversity within the Right. Along with familiar categories (alt-right, neocon) I've invented some of my own, like Broadcast Patriot and Factual Feminist. Where do you fit in?"