Independent of reason

June 28, 2006

This is the sort of European media coverage that I have to deal with on a regular basis.  Blatantly bias, anti-Israeli and entirely devoid of context.

Anti-Israel Cover


Yeah, because it’s all about you

June 26, 2006

This is truly disgusting.  What better time to host ISLAMEXPO in London, than July 7th.  Via littlegreenfootballs.

ISLAM EXPO runs from the 6th of July until the 8th of July.  The full provisional programme can be found here.

So let's see what the organisers have planned for the first anniversary of an Islamist massacre of 52 innocent civilians on the London Underground.  Here are some of the sessions planned for July 7th:

11:00  Jihad: Holy War?

12:00  Social Justice in Islam: Theory & Practice

15:00  Muslims in Britain: Facts & Challenges

17:30  Muslim Youth between British Identity and the Ummah

Well, you get the idea.  Any other day of the year, fine.  Enjoy your conference. 

But to do this on July 7th . . . despicable.

Underground bombing

Exactly who is in charge?

June 26, 2006

This unbelievable report from the Toronto Star:

OPP cedes control of Caledonia road

OPP officers will no longer respond to calls from non-native home and property owners who live on the 6th Line, a county road running along the southwest border of a housing development occupied by native protestors . . .. . . This is just the latest twist involving the OPP that has many people — including a former OPP officer — questioning what the provincial force is doing.

“They can’t do that. People pay their taxes for policing by the OPP,” said the former senior officer, who asked not to be identified.

Premier Dalton McGuinty springs into action:

Premier Dalton McGuinty called on the Six Nations to abandon the occupation while negotiations continue.

“It would be very helpful if the occupation was to come to an end and the parties understood we remain very much committed to negotiating this at the table,’ McGuinty said, adding his government has done what it can “to take the land out of the equation” by negotiating to buy the property.

Looks like someone’s not happy: 

Meanwhile, an Ontario Superior Court judge has ordered key players in the land dispute — including the OPP, and the Ontario and federal governments — to return to court June 29. “This Court cannot indefinitely tolerate the contempt of the orders of the court that now prevails in Caledonia,” Justice David Marshall said in a statement. This is the third time he’s ordered parties to court to explain why they haven’t followed his three-month-old order to evict protestors from the development.

I’m practically speechless . . . This is shocking.  Why is it that these protesters are allowed to break the law, endanger public safety and disturb the peace and nothing is being done?

There may be something to this Native land claim, I don’t know.  But, if they’re breaking the law they’re criminals.  In which case they should be given jail time and not ‘concessions’.

Same old Liberals

June 23, 2006

From yesterday's Globe and Mail:

Liberals refuse standing vote on Conservatives' ethics bill

Key legislation passed, but MPs don't have to stand and be counted

The Conservative government's central piece of legislation — the federal accountability act — has passed through the House of Commons without a single record of which MPs support or oppose it.

Liberal Leader Bill Graham refused to say yesterday whether his party supports the bill and abruptly ended a scrum with reporters when he was pressed to state a position.

. . . He then said his MPs might have a position if the Liberal senators amend the bill.

. . . Treasury Board president John Baird said it was up to the Liberals to explain why they did not want a standing vote, but said passage of the bill — which changes rules for ethics, lobbying, election financing and government appointments — will bring a "sea change" in the culture of government.

"It's the biggest step forward, the biggest anti-corruption package ever to go through the Commons," he said.

. . . "I think that this has nothing to do with accountability; it has everything to do with attacking the Liberal Party. It's an utterly cynical attempt to go at the Liberal Party, and to do it in the middle of a leadership campaign is the height of cynicism."

Liberal Ian Davey, the national director of the Michael Ignatieff campaign, is worried that this legislation is an attack on the Liberal Party of Canada.

Conservative John Baird thinks that this legislation is an attack on government corruption.

Government corruption . . . Liberal party of Canada . . . guys, enough, you're arguing the same point!


June 23, 2006

From today's Globe and Mail:

Ottawa to spend $15-billion to boost military

Major purchases of planes, helicopters, ships, trucks to be announced next week

The Conservatives will unveil a massive $15-billion procurement package at four separate announcements in four Canadian cities next week, sources told The Globe and Mail.

. . . But Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Parliament yesterday that he is following through on a campaign promise to "correct 13 years of Liberal neglect —

Finally, someone who is willing to make a decision.  This is great news for our soldiers and our country.  Without a strong and functioning military Canada's role in the world is significantly reduced.  Whether the mission is war, 'peacekeeping', enforcing Canadian sovereignity or disaster relief this equipment is essential.   

So long Harriet

June 23, 2006

Harriet the Tortoise

From the BBC:

Harriet the tortoise dies at 175

Harriet the tortoise, one of the world's oldest known creatures, has died in Australia aged about 175.

. . . "She had a very fairly acute heart attack and thankfully passed away quietly overnight," Dr Hangar said. 

 . . . Some people believe that Harriet was studied by British naturalist Charles Darwin.  Darwin took several young Giant Galapagos tortoises back to London after his epic voyage on board HMS Beagle.

DNA testing has suggested the giant creature was born around 1830, a few years before Darwin visited the Galapagos archipelago in 1835.

However, Harriet belonged to a sub-species of tortoise only found on an island that Darwin never visited.

At the time of her 175th birthday party, Harriet weighed 150kg (23 stone) and was roughly the size of a dinner table.

She was the star attraction at the Australia Zoo on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Her keepers put her longevity down to a stress-free life.

That's how I'd like to go, at 175 and quietly in my sleep. 

These are not the WMD you’re looking for

June 22, 2006

WMD found in Iraq as reported over at Fox News:

"We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons," Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said in a quickly called press conference late Wednesday afternoon.

Reading from a declassified portion of a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit, Santorum said: "Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist."

But . . .

Asked why the Bush administration, if it had known about the information since April or earlier, didn't advertise it, [Senator] Hoekstra conjectured that the president has been forward-looking and concentrating on the development of a secure government in Iraq.

Offering the official administration response to FOX News, a senior Defense Department official pointed out that the chemical weapons were not in useable conditions.

"This does not reflect a capacity that was built up after 1991," the official said, adding the munitions "are not the WMDs this country and the rest of the world believed Iraq had, and not the WMDs for which this country went to war."

Passing this off as 'WMD found in Iraq' is just silly.  So what's with the press conference?  I think this is just crudely played politics on the Senators' part.

Besides, EVERYONE knows that Saddam's WMD were spirited over the Syrian border in the weeks before the Coalition invasion.