August 13, 2005

Updated & PM does NOT choose the obvious candidate to chair security panel


DebkaFile: New surge in Al Qaeda’s internal electronic and human traffic via Jack's Newswatch, Aug. 13, 05

DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources register a volume and heightened sense of anticipation in al Qaeda’s internal communications, signals, publications and Websites - mostly in code - that recall its electronic traffic in the months leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The sense of a big anti-American event in the making for September-October is marked. . . .

EDITORIAL: His name lives in infamy -- Murderer, cop killer, Allan Craig MacDonald has "his RIGHT TO PRIVACY?!?! " I posted previously today on this but this adds a bit to how the whole thing was handled.

End of update

Paul Martin does NOT choose the obvious candidate to chair security panel

Caveat: I do not know the scope of the job of this security panel so I have just included any ideas that came to mind concerning Canadians' security whether border / ports related or security in their daily lives. Some may not apply but I am assuming an advisory capacity with some clout and power to influence. NJC

Ex-senator has 'no experience' to lead new security panel -- Paul Martin should have given the job to Colin Kenny, head of the Senate's national security and defence committee who has been warning this government about the perilous state of national security for a long time, not some "top Liberal fundraiser" whose knowledge may be inadequate on national security . . . or is that the intent? We wouldn't want someone who actually KNOWS what should be done. Deputy PM and responsible for Canada's security Anne McLellan KNOWS that as chairman of this security panel, Canadians need a LIKEABLE, confidence inspiring LIBERAL FUNDRAISER and ex-Senator who was "chairman of the standing committee on banking, trade and commerce."!

Oh, yes, banking, trade and commerce. Now, it is all clear. He should/will know whose toes not to step on.

Will he have the fortitude to interfere with those triad members who managed to get into Canada along with the business network(s) . . . or are there none . . . that the government has admitted exist? He should talk to Senator Kenny and a few other MP's if that is the case. He could re-read the whistleblowers' evidence -- link posted Aug. 12, 05.

Will he be willing to re-think facilitating the entry to Canada and loosening of the border controls to Central American and other entrants via Mexico; think Al Qaeda, criminal gang members, members of Mara Salvatrucha, et cetera, massed at the US border trying to enter the US illegally, many of whom will be coming to Canada, undoubtedly? Think of the Mexico/US/Canada NAFTA--or has it another acronym?--which will allow freer entry to Canada? Which potential entrants already have their false documents ready? Will he work to end the entry of "refugees" who had documents to get on a plane but none when they land? Of those carrying false documents? Will he see that his panel facilitates their being turned around, put on a plane and deported IMMEDIATELY, not after years and years of living on Canadian's $$$ largesse?

Will he consider encouraging and advising on re-opening RCMP detachments which have been closed and hiring officers with knowledge and experience who have retired or who are about to? Will he use his position to influence in an effort to get the courts to actually sentence violent criminals as a deterrent and not to let them out to increase Canadians' security in their own homeland? Will he have the fortitude to facilitate kicking out potential terrorists, hate spewing, jihadi-encouraging scum?

Will he stand firm in the face of this or cave in to political correctness and hence compromise our security and the disruptions to peace and order in expressing dissenting views (Remember votes)? Palestinians file complaint against Ontario Police chiefs -- worth reading for the method and do not miss the comments. The author further does not miss the opportunity to portray Muslims and Palestinians as victims, even in Canada by saying that authorities do not go after Jewish pro-Israel advocates like they do with police coming against pro-Palestinian rallies and advocates. . Could it be, perhaps, because the Palestinian rallies and advocates tend toward more virulent outbursts of hatred? Could that be it? Bear in mind the intolerance, the hatred spewed at Concordia because of Benjamin Netanyahu coming to speak? Then think of the Israel Apartheid Week at the U of T last January. (check this website for more.) These activities contribute to insecurity.

Note that the name Al-Awda is associated with the letter. Apparently, Security people I have spoken to suspect this group of having ties to Islamic Jihad. Will this new chairman be cognizant of these little bits of information and other bits that can be found on various sites, often posted as well on Canadian Coalition for Democracies?

Will he know about this site?
Activities of Religion of Peace -- very informative for anyone on a security panel, particularly in the face of the above-mentioned letter to the police chiefs.

Will he be aware of this? It concerns profiling Let's not offend anybody... -- and will he try the test himself? Actually, we are told to email this so I am posting it: scroll down for "Profiling . . . "

Will he understand the influence of criminal gangs at the ports (e.g. Hells at Vancouvcer), drug gangs and their money being used to finance terrorism, to say nothing of ruining our youth and now moving into the North in places like Labrador and the diamond mining areas?

Will he realize the implications of supporting the UN (Think China, Russia, a few thuggocracies at the UN) to control the Internet? Will he support the US to keep our communication out of the hands of the UN? Does he know about the "learning" aspect of deals with China and the consequent insecurity, to say nothing of outright theft of intellectual property?

Unfortunately, above all, this newly appointed chairman has the credentials in business and in the Liberal Party and government, IMHO, to know what he must do to please Paulie's Platoon. . . to keep a lid on everything, I anticipate.

The Priority? Get Paul Martin re-elected with all that that entails. There is no other priority. But he will be likeable; even Sen. Kenny says that.

Will the security panel understand the implications of this and actually do something? This isn't about just border security; it is about citizens' confidence and ability to go about their lives unafraid. First kick out the scum and secure our borders. Stop scum from entering and address the following type of problem, along with the gangs in places like Toronto.

DNA links dead cop killer to cold case -- Brampton student's murderer had just been paroled for 'good behaviour' -- "convicted in the 1975 shooting death of a police officer and a taxi driver in Dartmouth, N.S." Why was a cop killer paroled at all? Did he claim he'd found God? BS was obviously accepted and so a promising young engineering student was brutally raped and murdered. Will the chairman understand that some people are evil through and through and they do not reform?

Search: citing privacy legislation

Article by Nicholas Kohler, National Post, Aug. 13, 05

Much too sensible to ever be considered: Why Toronto will never impose a curfew on youth Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor, August 10, 2005

Search: including the way too politically correct police chief

Foreign government could end up controlling U.S. radio frequency identification system -- "the technology for high tech scanning of persons entering and exiting" Judi McLeod, Aug. 10, 05

What do these guys have in common? "Canadian members have included Power Corp.’s Paul Desmarais, Bombardier’s Laurent Beaudoin, former Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Allan Gotlieb and current Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Frank McKenna."

Profiling & Multiple Choice Test on Actual Historical Events--Thanks R

Please pause a moment, reflect back, and take the following multiple-choice test.
The events are actual events from history. They actually happened!!!

Do you remember?

1. 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by
a. Superman
b. Jay Leno
c. Harry Potter
d. a Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by
a. Olga Korbut
b. Sitting Bull
c. Arnold Schwarzenegger
d. a Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

3. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by:
a. Lost Norwegians
b. Elvis
c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women
d. a Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

4. During the 1980's a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:
a. John Dillinger
b. The King of Sweden
c. The Boy Scouts
d. a Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

5. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:
a. A pizza delivery boy
b. Pee Wee Herman
c. Geraldo Rivera
d. a Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

6. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and
a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown
overboard in his wheelchair by:
a. The Smurfs
b. Davy Jones
c. The Little Mermaid
d. a Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

7. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by:
a. Captain Kidd
b. Charles Lindberg
c. Mother Teresa
d. a Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

8. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:
a. Scooby Doo
b. The Tooth Fairy
c. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
d. a Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

9. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:
a. Richard Simmons
b. Grandma Moses
c. Michael Jordan
d. a Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

10. On Dec 6 1989, 14 young women engineering students at the
École Polytechnique at the University of Montreal were brutally
murdered (and 15 were wounded) by:
a. Mother Teresa
b. Jules Vanier
c. Michael Jordan
d. a Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

(The real name of “Marc Lepine” was ................ (wait for it) ..........................................
............................................................................ Gamil Gharbi. His father was a Moslem immigrant from Algeria who believed (and taught his son) that all women were chattel. Naturally he gave his son rigorous lessons in the grand Islamic tradition of spousal abuse, beating his wife regularly in the presence of his son. This is, of course, a tradition at least is deeply-rooted in Islam as the age-old practice of going to an Inter-faith meeting on Thursday night to explain the peaceful nature of Islam and then going to the Mosque on Friday night to call for the murder of Christians and Jews.)

11. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
a. Mr. Rogers
b. Hillary Clinton, to distract attention from Wild Bill's women problems
c. The World Wrestling Federation
d. a Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

12. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take
out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the
US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers.
Thousands of people were killed by:
a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd
b. The Supreme Court of Florida
c. Mr. Bean
d. Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40

13. In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:
a. Enron
b. The Lutheran Church
c. The NFL
d. Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40

14. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:
a. Bonnie and Clyde
b. Captain Kangaroo
c. Billy Graham
d. a Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

Nope, ... I really don't see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you?

So, to ensure North Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing them, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people. They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are members of the President's security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winning and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim Males between the ages of 17 and 40 alone lest they be guilty of profiling.

Let's send this to as many people as we can so that the Gloria Aldreds and other dunder-headed attorneys along with Federal Justices that want to thwart common sense, feel doubly ashamed of themselves -- if they have any such sense.

As the writer of the award winning story “Forrest Gump" so aptly put it, "Stupid is as stupid does."

Come on people wake up!!! Keep this going. Pass it on to everyone in your
address book. The "Free World" needs all the support we can get! !

.... Ohhhh .... And guess who just bombed London...

The above came from a friend (Thanks R) who added the paragraph on Gamil Gharbi / Marc Lepine. It is otherwise posted as Let's not offend, Canadian Coalition for Democracies

Updated & Corrected: Honourable Men in the Liberal Tradition -- & More

Update 2 Aug. 13, 05

Andrew Coyne: Does Jean believe in Canada? -- on Governor General designate, Micaelle Jean, in the National Post, Aug. 13, 05

Question Period: Gurmant Grewel Duncan McMurdo, Western Standard, Aug.22, 05 (on the website Aug. 13, 05) -- worth reading in light of the "non-evidence" of wrongdoing, according to the RCMP.

End of Update 2.

Is it oui or non? Sovereigntist demands new GG tell us how she voted in Quebec referendum CP, Aug. 12, 05

Alberta Premier Ralph Klein said Michaelle Jean would not be an appropriate choice for governor general if she voted in favour of Quebec separation.

"Anyone who voted for sovereignty ... that is a vote for the separation of Canada," [. . . . ]

Klein said Ottawa should screen GG candidates for any sovereigntist leanings before making the appointment.

Scott Reid spoke for the PMO to refute any suggestion that Ms. Jean and husband are or were connected to sovereigntists. Isn't Reid the one who was taped by Gurmant Grewel "not" offering to sell preferment (government goodies such as a senate appointment or a ministerial position) for voting to keep PM and Co. in office this May? From that little episode, we know he's the soul of honour and so we can believe his PM would never choose a GG to satisfy Quebeckers nor to gain Liberal votes. PM is an honourable man in the Liberal tradition.

Update 1 and error correction Aug. 13, 05:

It was Tim Murphy, the Prime Minister's chief of staff, NOT Scott Reid, who spoke with Tory MP Gurmant Grewal but did NOT do anything the RCMP will be investigating further and no-one will be charged. (Reference: In view of the RCMP's non-political decision, "RCMP will not launch criminal investigation into Grewal tapes" Aug. 12, 05, one could ask Why not? via Jack's Newswatch and Newsbeat1. This information from Captain's Quarters on May 30, 2005, is very . . . intriguing.

Grewal Tapes Contain Bribe Offer: CTV

Despite Liberal denials, the transcripts apparently contain a specific offer of a ministry for Grewal in exchange for his vote on May 19th:

CTV News' Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife reports that the Prime Minister knew of the negotiations. . . .

The PM surrounds himself with honourable men . . . so, no wrong-doing occurred. What a relief! The RCMP settled that; see Aug. 13, 05, A10, National Post, "No 'wrongdoing' in Grewel affair" -- "Criminal activity not evident so case closed".

Play it, Sam. I want those tapes broadcast so we all may hear no evidence. Gurmant, the knives are out for you.

But to return to Micaele Jean and her husband, Mr. Lafond. Much is in this morning's National Post concerning her appointment; Andrew Coyne raises some questions in "Does Jean believe in Canada?" in the editorial section.

End of Update

New governor general's spouse a rejected separatist Jack Aubry, Ottawa Citizen, Aug. 12, 05

[. . . . ] Novelist Rene Boulanger has written an article for the September issue of a sovereigntist periodical, Le Quebecois, in which he claims to expose Mr. Lafond's alleged FLQ connections.

Mr. Boulanger said yesterday the filmmaker was friends with many in the Front du liberation du Quebec-linked group until shortly after his 1994 documentary, La Liberte en Colere. [. . . . ]

Search: outspoken separatist Gilles Rheaume , Jean-Marc Leger, a pollster at Leger Marketing , Jacques Rose, a member of the FLQ cell that

Link for Video - Naresh Raghubeer on Global CHTV re Canada's Anti-Terror Steps: Real or PC window dressing? -- via CCD's Naresh Raghubeer and Derek Humble, risk analysis expert, are interviewed on CHTV on the subject of Canada's anti-terror measures... Worth listening to.

Abdullah Almalki, a Syrian-born Canadian who toiled in the Ottawa high-tech industry and spent time in Afghanistan, Toronto truck driver Ahmad Abou El-Maati, and Maher Arar -- All claimed to have been tortured. Jim Bronskill, CNEWS, Aug. 9, 05

[. . . . ] El-Maati drew RCMP attention after customs officials who searched his truck discovered a map of Ottawa featuring government and nuclear research facilities.

He left for Syria in 2001 and was promptly jailed. He too has since returned to Canada.

Now, aren't you just thrilled that he returned "home"? How does one tell whether a Muslim extremist is dissembling in order to advance the cause of Allah and the Islamicization of the world, which, incidentally, is considered perfectly acceptable in Islam, from what I have read? Leave a comment if I am wrong about this.

Crystal Meth

[. . . . ] "They're doing the same old thing. They're saying we've got to do something so let's toughen up the penalties," said Ottawa drug lawyer Eugene Oscapella, of the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy. "When you get right down to it this is politics. These are politicians pretending to do something." [. . . . ]

Conservative justice critic Vic Toews said emulating the U.S.'s approach to the war on drugs is a good start, but does not go far enough.

"I can't remember the last time anyone dealing in meth received 10 years, so what is the point of increasing it to life in prison?" he asked. "The real issue is if you want prison to be the punishment for methamphetamine ... then you have to impose mandatory minimum sentences. We have to be looking at at least two years."

Search: Alan Young, a law professor and marijuana advocate at York University

Crystal meth, which is highly addictive apparently on the first try, is a devastating drug. Parents need more than BS and the court system should oblige with sentences to devastate the perpetrators of this horrible addiction. Might I suggest a few photographs of "meth mouth" in the local newspapers . . . or might that offend some voting bloc?

Shootings start to hit home Editorial, Aug. 12, 05, Toronto Sun -- Read a solution offered here.
Aug. 12, 05

Commission Coverup? Was this done to protect Clinton-era Justice Department honcho Jamie Gorelick, Deborah Orin, Aug. 12, 05, NY Post

This week brought the stunning revelation that elite military spies pinpointed Mohammed Atta and three other hijackers as a terror cell more than a year before 9/11 — but were barred from alerting lawmen to try to lock them up.

Search: top deputy to then-Attorney General Janet Reno , the elite military unit known as Able Danger , U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White

A must-read.

Global craziness Diana West, Aug. 12, 05
[. . . . ] We may be citizens of a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, but our liberty has shrunk under measures we take to ward off Islamist terror attacks, and our dedication to equality looks tatty as we go about making the world safe for ... sharia. [. . . . ]

This is a must read.

The time has come to issue a fatwa to excommunicate Osama bin Laden and his followers from the world of Islam. In fact, as terrorism rages, we need a stream of solid counter-fatwas - legal pronouncements in Islam — from the Muslim community. Op-Ed. USA Today, Aug. 11, 05

What is bias?

Here are the "7 Violations of Media Objectivity":

Misleading definitions and terminology.
Imbalanced reporting. Opinions disguised as news.
Lack of context. Selective omission.
Using true facts to draw false conclusions. Distortion of facts.
See the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists

There are very good explanatory examples on this site. Incidentally, many fit our Liberal Propaganda Organ aka CBC.

O Canada! -- in case our government and media hadn't noticed one little word

A fellow stopped by today and pointed out something I hadn't even thought about and CBC's sneers or sneering tone concerning anything Christian would bely that God is invoked in our official O Canada!

Official Lyrics


O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.


O Canada! Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux.
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée,
Il sait porter la croix.
Ton histoire est une épopée,
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

[. . . . ] The official English version, shown above, includes the changes recommended by a Special Joint Committee on the Senate and House of Commons in 1968. The French lyrics (also above) remain unchanged since they were written.

Oil Industry Profits: Analysis of Recent Performance -- a pdf download from the US government via Newsbeat1

[. . . . ] As shown in Table 3, increased net income was not derived from large increases in oil and gas production for most companies. For 2004, more than half of the companies produced less oil during this year of high prices than they did in 2003. The total increase in oil production by the group of 1.9% was largely attributable to the 19% increase of one company, BP. The production results for natural gas are even more uniform. Every company, except one, Occidental, produced less natural gas in 2004 than in 2003, yielding a total 3.1% decrease in production from the group as a whole.

Table 4 reports the downstream (refining and marketing) results for the major integrated oil companies. This sector accounts for approximately 23% of the total net income earned by these companies. Data in Table 4 show that net income from this sector increased by almost 100% in 2004, compared to 2003, but production increased by only 1.5%. Again, consistent with the upstream results, it seems the integrated oil companies derived increases in net income from price increases with little support from increased production in the short term. [. . . . ]

The graphs and the summary, at least, are worth reading.

August 12, 2005

Important: CTS program Coren & Levant re Guns, Islamofascism & Western Separation Poll

Double Standard with link to -- CTS program: Michael Coren, Ezra Levant tonight on CTS (6pm ET) re: guns, Islamofascism and the Western separation poll in the latest issue of the Western Standard

August 11, 2005

Updated Again: Has Myriam Bedard Joined a Very Select Group?

Update 2:

I have no idea whether there is any connection between Myriam Bedard and her husband's current troubles and loss of reputation (veracity) and whistleblowing. Nevertheless, whistleblowing comes to mind; it is time to review the testimony and what happened when others blew the whistle on wrong doing in government. Search Google for Johanna Gualtieri; I have run out of time but check this.

I won't be silenced -- "After a four year battle to expose lavish spending by Canadian diplomats from Asia to Europe to Latin America, a whistleblower has been given the right to sue the government for C$36 million" Aug 22, 2002, Asian Pacific News Service

After a four year court battle to expose lavish spending of tax dollars by Canadian diplomats and alleged systematic harassment by managers at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Gualtieri has now been given the right to be heard in a court.

[. . . . ] Gualtieri compiled a litany of waste, abuses and violation of Treasury guidelines that was costing the taxpayer millions of dollars. Gualtieri said when she tried to raise this in reports to her bosses, she was ostracized, sidelined and harassed.

Gualtieri, 40, and her co-worker John Guenette filed a civil suit in June, 1998, asking for $3-million each in damages against the federal government and eight Foreign Affairs managers. They also sued for $30-million in punitive damages to set up a non-profit organization to protect the rights of government employees. [. . . . ]

Search: Lloyd Axworthy [then Min. of Foreign Affairs] , PSAC , the culture of secrecy in the Department of Foreign Affairs

How could I have failed to add these important whistleblowers? Their careers suffered and they suffered other major losses. Some, like ex-RCMP Cpl. Robert Read suffered for years, a parliamentary committee exonerated him and still he was not reinstated. Note the common thread. Under whose watch? What will the proposed whistleblower legislation do for whistleblowers in future? See whether it is designed to protect the government / government department or to protect the whistleblower. Make a guess.

Scroll down for excerpts February 15, 2005:

Robert Read ex-RCMP: "Triads had infested Canada's immigration system" -- "a political silver bullet" -- NATIONAL SECURITY

The Report:

38th PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION -- Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates -- EVIDENCE: ex-RCMP Corporal Robert Read, ex-foreign service officer, the blunt ex-foreign service officer Brian Adams, Joanna Gualtieri, Canada's expert on whistle-blowing, civil servant Allan Cutler, et cetera, February 3, 2005
-- you may download it.

Evidence: excerpts from the above report

Bill C-11 Whistleblowers and Quotations: Cutler, Selwyn, Read (RCMP), McAdam (Foreign Service Officer)

Bill C-11 Whistleblowers, Introduction: Mr. Leon Benoit CPC -- EVIDENCE-Quotes from Mr. Allan Cutler, Mr. Selwyn Pieters, ex-foreign service officer in Hong Kong, Brian McAdam and ex-RCMP Corporal Read

The exclusion of the RCMP and over 100 divisions and branches is most curious. One has to wonder why this bill excludes RCMP, CSIS, CSE, the military, etc., and, under clause 6, a total of about 63 divisions or branches of government and 49 corporations.

So much for the "protection" of whistleblowers. Others have written on how it was designed to protect the government.

January 25, 2005 Immigration-Problems-Terrorists, Cdn Diplomat Bolts Beijing, Islamist Hate-Crime Charges, Germany-Deport Islamists,Israeli Apartheid Week in Canada -- note links
End of update.

Update 1: I decided to use Google and check the parliamentary record of Myriam Bedard's testimony.

If you check this government page for the word "drugs", you won't find it. Why? I watched Myriam Bedard's testimony and she mentioned drugs.

Edited Evidence * PACC * Number 014 (Official Version) - Committees of ... March 24, 2004

Isn't Andrew Coyne being sued for some reason or other -- maybe crossing individuals associated with or in government?

Is there a pattern developing here? Should one not ask?

Andrew Coyne: It just keeps getting better and better...

OTTAWA (CP) - Former Olympian Myriam Bedard made some startling allegations in regard to the federal sponsorship scandal Wednesday, including that she heard Jacques Villeneuve was secretly paid $12 million US to wear the Canada logo on his racing suit.

Bedard, who was appearing before a Commons committee probing the sponsorship scandal, also said she had been told that Groupaction - one of the ad companies at the heart of the scandal - was involved in drug dealing....

Coyne linked to Racer given $12M US to wear Cdn. logo: Bedard

[. . . . ] While with Via, Bedard worked with Groupaction Marketing Inc., one of the Quebec-based, Liberal-friendly advertising companies at the heart of the sponsorship scandal.

Drug allegation

Bedard said that at a meeting with Via president Marc LeFrancois in 2001, he told her that Groupaction was involved in drug trafficking.
[. . . . ] Late Wednesday, Groupaction president Jean Brault denied his company had any involvement in drug dealing.

[. . . . ] Asked why she was fired at that time, Bedard noted it was about the time then-public works minister Alfonso Gagliano was made ambassador to Denmark.

"For some reason, they had to get rid of me immediately," she said.
[. . . . ]

Olympic athlete paints picture of sponsorship program corruption Luma Muhtadie, Globe and Mail, Mar. 25, 04

End of update.

Earlier today I posted this first item; it got me thinking so I checked some whistleblowers who had misfortune after crossing the powerful. I have posted links to other posts and an excerpt from a book which may or may not be apropos. See what you think. NJC

Olympic medalist Bedard stands by her man as he is charged in art thefts

Nima Mazhari, 50, faces charges of theft and possession of stolen property in the disappearance of up to 20 paintings by Canadian artist Ghitta Caiserman-Roth. Mr. Mazhari, a sculptor, photographer and writer, shared studio space with Ms. Caiserman-Roth. [. . . . ]

Think back to the harassment suffered by Mr. Beaudoin of the BDC and a few others. Remember, Myriam mentioned drugs in her testimony--was it before Justice Gomery? Now is there anyone who would like to tar her or her partner's reputation? Who would benefit? Had Myriam Bedard become a whistleblower?

If you scroll down, you will find a post, "Governance and the Guardians: The RCMP", with some intriguing excerpts from Paul Palango's book on the RCMP. The following excerpt came to mind when I read of Myriam Bedard's partner and the art theft charge.

The Common Thread in the Politicization of the National Police Force?

In Quebec, politics have always played a large role in the justice system. The Quebec premier and his minister of justice have historically exercised control over not only the administration of justice but its execution as well. The political level has its hand in everything from the appointment of judges to the laying of charges against an individual. There are none of the checks and balances one might expect to find in a U.S. court for example. There has never been much pretense in Quebec that the province is governed by the rule of law -- that is that all people are subject to the law and equal under the law. In Quebec, from Premier Honore Mercier through Duplessis, from the governments of Robert Bourassa to the current problems of wrongdoing within the province's major police departments, corruption has been a constant. The elite of business, society, and politics are treated differently in Quebec than they would be within the Canadian justice system.

Before long, attitudes about the law and policing which had long been commonplace in Quebec began to be adopted by the federal justice system. [Palango, Paul. The Last Guardians: The Crisis in the RCMP . . . and in Canada, 97]

Updates on the Liberal Sponsorship/Slush Fund Scandal Feb. 27, 05

Since the article below was written, Quebec Olympic gold medalist Miriam (Myriam?) Bedard has come forward and stated . . .

Scroll down the same page for:

Chantal Hebert on the Endemic Corruption

An epidemic of amnesia -- None of the major players in the sponsorship scandal seems aware they were breaking nearly every accounting rule
Chantal Hebert, The Star, Feb. 25, 04

Search: Jean Chretien, vindictiveness , "Canada Post CEO, Georges Clermont" , Brian Mulroney , Beaudoin

Read what happened with Francois Beaudoin.

PM, Flags, Promises to Keep to Nfld., Sponsorship / ADSCAM, Beaudoin, ADSCAM 'Dry Cleaning' -- "In the end, Beaudoin was vindicated in a bitter lawsuit, winning restoration of the pension benefits the bank had tried to deny him." January 15, 2005

Francois Beaudoin on Crown Corps and Foundations, CBS' Fenton & Media Revelations, UN & US February 25, 2005

August 10, 2005

Bud Talkinghorn: The Danger of Iran

The Americans claim that Iran is smuggling weapons into Iraq. An entire truckload was apprehended. It has been known from the beginning that Iran uses the sacred pilgimages to holy Shi'ite mosques to filter in spies and political agitators. Who the intented recipient was we don't know. Most Western intelligence agencies agree that Iran is harbouring top al-Qaeda and Taliban members. Why a fanatical Shi'ite regime would shield organizations that hates them is mystifying, especially as al-Qaeda in Iraq attacks Shi'ites, even in their sacred towns. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" maxim comes to mind as a possible answer. Perhaps Iran is simply waiting until the flash point is reached and the Iraqi Shi'ites openly attack the Sunni. Then the Mullahs can send military aid to their co-religionists, as well as solidify their positions in the south. Meanwhile to keep the Israelis on their toes, they will continue funding Lebanon's Hezbollah and Hamas in Palestine.

All this mischief could be tolerated, if Iran weren't actively pursuing nuclear weapons. For a starter, there is Mr. Rafsanjani, who came second in the last Iranian election, openly stating that, should Iran get a nuclear bomb, Iran would use it to wipe out Israel. . . and the guy who won the presidency is thought to be more extremist than Rafsanjani. The idea that in some self-induced religious frenzy, the mullocracy might decide to get their virgins all at once, and trigger a nuclear war with Israel, is an outside possibility. An Armageddon impulse that
would involve the Americans and who knows who else.

The Mullahs, who control The Revolutionary Council are the real rulers; they understand that their 'vision' for the country is under enormous pressure from the educated young and middle class urbanites. From the demographics, this group will soon be a large majority. The ruthless use of illegal detentions and goons from the slums of south Tehran to break up student demonstrations have sufficed so far, but the Mullahs know their day of reckoning is close.

Today's announcement that Iran has broken the final seals on their nuclear conversion sections has alarmed France and Germany, who now side with the U.S. in proposing sanctions against Iran. Even wishy-washy Canada has called for sanctions. Iran immediately issued two thinly-veiled threats. First, they reminded the West that they partially control oil supply--and its price. Next, they suggested they could be influential in the Iraq conflict . . . or they could be otherwise. Or if you wish, a one-two punch. These are not threats that the West can take lightly. Not unless you want to see signs that say--"brand new SUV, fully loaded, $2,000 or best offer". This blatant defiance of their semi- supporting European allies is a bad sign. Are the Revolutionary Council mullahs hell-bent on producing another "Islamic Bomb", as they refer to it? Their very term is chilling. Can you imagine President Bush referring to America's nuclear arsenal as "The Christian Bombs"? Stay tuned for furher tension.

© Bud Talkinghorn

Terrorism & Immigrant Who Received Cdn. Welfare, Canada: PMO, Judge, Privacy, Oil & Sour Gas, Israel, Grow-op

How low will the PMO stoop? Is there a bottom?

[. . . . ] "If the polls look right and they think they're facing the executioner with Gomery coming down, then they orchestrate their own defeat, go to the polls (and) blame us for not letting Gomery speak." [. . . . ]

Read how this will be done.

"I read the judgment as also saying you could never have a Canadian Guantanamo Bay, because it would violate the Charter"

Judge orders CSIS to stop interrogating Omar Khadr -- Guantanamo detainee: Federal agencies told to halt interviews that end up in U.S. hands Tom Barrett, Aug. 19, 05

"While CSIS and DFAIT have a duty to collect information for national security purposes, I fail to see anything amounting to the right to question a person who does not want to be questioned."

Search: Dennis Edney

Unbelievable! Who is this judge?

Should everyone remember this the next time the police decide to question a suspect?

Privacy watchdog critical of 'no fly' -- "privacy rights" vs security

No-fly list an invasion of rights: privacy commissioner -- Jennifer Stoddart

Transportation Minister Jean Lapierre has said the government would not use racial or country profiling in figuring out which names to put on the list and would respect Canadians' rights under the Constitution. [. . . . ]

So what use is the no-fly list if it is purged of the usual suspects because of political correctness. . . and the desperate PM's need for Librano$ voters? Eliminate the obvious suspect area(s) of the world, the one group responsible for most terrorism, and who is on the list?

A lesson from Keighley -- A Yorkshire MP tells of her fight against extremism among Britain's South Asians Ann Cryer

[. . . . ] If we do not have the courage to stand up and challenge unacceptable cultural practices when we see them, how can we ever expect others to do so? The teaching of a perverse interpretation in some of Britain's Muslim communities -- which fuels hatred, describes non-believers as "infidels" and breeds suicide bombers -- is absolutely unacceptable. Pointing this fact out does not amount to intolerance.

The problem goes beyond the teaching of violence: A patriarchal immigrant society that treats women as mere commodities, tolerates murder in the name of honour and forces children into marriages they do not want is unacceptable in a modern, 21st century society such as Britain's. [. . . . ]

So why are we allowing the recruitment of radicals from outside the U.K. when someone trained in this country, fluent in English (and other languages), is more in touch with the intricacies of our society and the needs of young people? [. . . . ]

In Canada, anyone who mentions these inconvenient facts is labelled a right wing racist. Truth is no excuse. Multiculturalism / diversity / the race industry / human rights industry rampant.

Montreal quintuplets' father tied to terrorists -- Pleads guilty to shipping materiel to Hezbollah -- "Living on welfare when the quints were born" Stewart Bell, Aug. 10, 05

Naji Antoine Abi Khalil, a Lebanese-born Canadian, admitted he had accepted a payoff in exchange for agreeing to falsify shipping records and send night-vision goggles and infrared aiming devices for M-16 rifles to Hezbollah agents in Athens. [. . . . ]

But that is not all . . .

Another fine immigrant. Incidentally, search "Jewish General Hospital" and treat yourself to a fine rage.

$20M grow-op bust -- "Xian Zhao Li, 39, of Bedale Cres. in Markham, and Han Chu Hu, 39, of Lount St. in Toronto, were arrested at the scene." Astrid Poei, Aug. 7, 05

Too few police, cheaper real estate in depressed areas, and courts which will have them back on the street in no time. Were they deprived? Should we feel sorry for them? Should the government "study" the problem?

Omar Bakri in Lebanon; vows to come back -- Is his right to return more compelling than everyone else's right to security?

[Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott] "But at the moment he has the right to come in and out."

"That is the circumstances at present and we have to change situations in this country by law," [. . . . ]

Today Gaza, Tomorrow Jerusalem Daniel Pipes, published in the NY Sun as "Are Critics Of Israel Correct?"

Given that about 80% of Palestinian Arabs continue to reject Israel's very existence, signs of Israeli weakness, such as the forthcoming Gaza withdrawal, will instead inspire heightened Palestinian irredentism. Absorbing their new gift without gratitude, Palestinian Arabs will focus on those territories Israelis have not evacuated. (This is what happened after Israeli forces fled Lebanon.) The retreat will inspire not comity but a new rejectionist exhilaration, a greater frenzy of anti-Zionist anger, and a surge in anti-Israel violence. [. . . . ]

OMHO, absolutely correct.

Does a country have the right to demand that its immigrants learn the language predominant in the country? -- "Denver plan for Spanish libraries hammered -- Proposal calls for 7 branches to make non-English material dominant"

Costs soar to increase Athabasca output -- Material prices cited: Up 80% to $7.3B from $4B estimate given in April Jan Harding, Aug. 11, 05

[. . . . ] reflects higher prices for materials such as steel as well as a decision to build the initial phase of the three-stage expansion to a larger scale [. . . . ]

Months ago, I posted that China was buying up scrap metal / steel.

Deadly Alberta oil-well explosion

[. . . . ] "You could smell the sulphur," he said. "You could smell the gas burning, but it wasn't a putrid smell or anything like that.

"Anytime you hear sour gas you get a little nervous."

The explosion happened as a contract company was working on the new oil well, which has a sour gas content, to bring it into service, said Darin Barter, spokesman with the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board. [. . . . ]

Remember Wiebo Ludwig’s War Against Big Oil, By Andrew Nikiforuk?

Maybe you'd fight too -- Many Albertans fear the name of Wiebo Ludwig, who is to be released from prison today. But many can also identify with his cause, says ANDREW NIKIFORUK

[. . . . ] Imagine you live in a country where the government owns almost everything under your feet: the rocks, the gas, the oil -- you name it. This state in turn makes billions by selling these mineral rights to a 1,000 different companies. Over time, these companies industrialize the landscape with a million kilometres of seismic lines, 300,000 kilometres of pipelines, hundreds of gas plants and tens of thousands of wells -- and all in a pretty ad hoc fashion. Even parks must sport wells and pipelines. But, hey, its all in the public interest.

Now imagine you are a landowner in this Soviet-style state.[. . . . ]

Generally speaking, no one will tell you that sour gas is a cyanide-like poison. Or that it's so toxic that the Canadian government even used it in its secret chemical-warfare program during the Second World War. Or that one gas well might to lead to another four; or a pipeline. Or ceaseless traffic, access roads and a fax machine in your kitchen so the gas company can contact you night and day in case there is an emergency. [. . . . ]

Search: funding from the oil and gas industry , the Energy and Utility Board , "there is a need"

Saboteurs : Wiebo Ludwig's War Against Big Oil -- ISBN: 1551991012

Ludwig’s claims that sour gas leaks caused two miscarriages and one stillbirth within his family cannot be proven since no direct studies have tested the . . . .

Governance and the Guardians: The RCMP

The following was published in 1998; I suspect it still has relevance.

[. . . . ] The government was so impressed by the early results that, by 1995 it expanded the legislation to include a wide range of offences that could be classified as proceeds offences under Section 462.3 of the Criminal Code. they were consensual -- or "victimless" -- crimes, mainly offences under the Customs and Excise Act, dealing with profiteering from the smuggling of alcohol and tobacco. But the profits from crimes such as gambling, prostitution, and immigrant smuggling, among other things, were for some reason not covered under the legislation. In 1997 the government expanded the three original units and created ten new ones across the country injecting another $18 million into the project, for an extended four year "trial". There are currently [1998] 450 mounties across the country involved in the IPOC project.

[. . . . ] The money the RCMP seizes goes directly to the Seized Property management Directorate, a department of the federal government.

There is so much more. The above is from pages 157-8 of Paul Palango: The Last Guardians: The Crisis in the RCMP -- and in Canada: McClelland & Stewart, 1998, ISBN: 0-7710-6906-5

There are gems of information, for example, on the influence of privacy laws, SCOC decisions, the 1991 Stitchcombe decision, de-specialization, the government's using budget restrictions to prevent the RCMP from doing its job as well as it can, the increasing emphasis upon "running the RCMP like a business" (Trudeau, Mulroney and Chretien), community policing as opposed to federal law enforcement--e.g. Pierre Cadieux, in his "Police-Challenge 2000"

recommended that federal law enforcement by the RCMP be de-emphasized in favour of community-based policing. [201]

At a time when organized crime, fraud, and corruption are costing the economy billions of dollars a year, the RCMP, pushed by government, is focusing more and more on the little things. [202]

Two commissions profoundly influenced the RCMP: Glassco (e.g. page 289) and McDonald.

But the real effect of the McDonald Commission was that it knocked the RCMP off the course on which it was headed in the early seventies: that is, enhancing its capabilities as a federal law enforcement agency. After McDonald, the RCMP found that it was not only under political control, but that this control was being exercised largely by or at the direction of Quebec politicians and bureaucrats in Ottawa. Armed with the McDonald Commission recommendations, such as they were, these political and bureaucratic leaders implemented, in an incremental fashion, policies that have served to dismantle the RCMP as a federal institution.

Do not miss reading pages 290-1 on the "outrageous fraud" which resulted in the McDonald Commission instigated by two former Quebec-based Security Service agents, one of whom was revealed to have been a Soviet spy. (1991, Fifth Estate) Also, pages 99-101 have observations worth reading, as well as the author's recommendations on pages 292-293.

August 09, 2005

Late Tour

Clinton keynote speaker at China Internet Summit -- Ali Baba & Ali Bubba Judi McLeod, August 9, 2005

This is important.

Losing the Iraq War -- Can the left really want us to? Christopher Hitchens, Posted Monday, Aug. 8, 2005

Iraq: not a spectator sport. [. . . . ]

How can so many people watch this as if they were spectators, handicapping and rating the successes and failures from some imagined position of neutrality? Do they suppose that a defeat in Iraq would be a defeat only for the Bush administration? The United States is awash in human rights groups, feminist organizations, ecological foundations, and committees for the rights of minorities. How come there is not a huge voluntary effort to help and to publicize the efforts to find the hundreds of thousands of "missing" Iraqis, to support Iraqi women's battle against fundamentalists, to assist in the recuperation of the marsh Arab wetlands, and to underwrite the struggle of the Kurds, the largest stateless people in the Middle East?
[. . . . ]

Re: CSIS Hamstrung By Antiquated Laws Bill Narvey, 2005/08/09, CCD

[. . . . ] Just think how Martin shudders in fear at just the thought of acceding to CSIS's recent public request that Martin's government legislatively enhance CSIS's powers of investigation and its powers to take action against those being investigated. [. . . . ]

World War IV: How It Started, What It Means, and Why We Have to Win Norman Podhoretz, September 2004 -- Worth reading if you haven't already.

Islam: the Religion of Peace (and white knuckle terror) -- " The List " of Islamic Terror Attacks Since September 11th, 2001 -- Just check and then ask yourself "Still think it has nothing to do with Islam?" -- via CCD

Worth reading.

Let's not offend Posted by Gord, 2005/08/09

Italian river 'full of cocaine' Aug. 5, 05, via Newsbeat1

Scientists have been surprised by the discovery of huge amounts of cocaine residue in an northern Italian river.

The findings suggest that about 40,000 doses of cocaine are consumed every day in the Po valley [. . . . ]

This implies that the drug is taken about 15,000 times a month among the 1.4 million young adults living around the Po. [. . . . ]

List for Lower Churchill Development -- Will Nfld. Lab hop into bed with Quebec . . . to be ******* again? -- Remember "an existing deal with Hydro Quebec"? Myles Higgins, August 8, 2005

[. . . . ] Perhaps the most well known and highly debated bid still in contention is one from Hydro Quebec in partnership with Ontario Energy Financing and SNC Lavalin. [. . . . ]

Other names are mentioned but you will guess a probable outcome.

Never a Dull Moment in Newfoundland and Labrador Myles Higgins, August 8, 2005

[. . . . ]Russia, Japan, the U.S., Spain and others have permission from the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans to take hundreds of tons each from areas where individuals in the province cannot even catch a single fish to put on the dinner table. [. . . . ]

What ever happened to taking care of one's own first? Or would that go against some UN agreement or against the wishes of some other unelected body?

9/11 Cell Identified In 2000 (Updates) August 09, 2005

[. . . . ] The reason for the inability to share information with the FBI, information that might have led them to "connect the dots", in the parlance of the 9/11 Commission, was the wall between intelligence and law-enforcement operations constructed in large part by the Clinton Administration.

You've got mail -- And it's censored by the Human Rights Commission! Western Standard

The answer to speech we don't like is not removal, it's more speech arguing our own view

Re: Calgary, Eldon Warman, Wendy Seltzer, EFF -- which leads to a website, Chilling Effects, "where the CHRC's letter can be found"

Canadian Human Rights Commission Complains of Hate Speech in Google Groups May 26, 05


Canada's Irving Oil and Spain's Repsol, a major player in the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) business, have signed definitive partnership agreements on development of the 1 Bcf/d Canaport LNG terminal in St. John, NB, which would be connected to Irving Oil's refinery and the eastern Canadian pipeline grid. The terminal is expected to be operational, delivering regasified LNG into the marketplace, in 2008.

Security? Not a Canadian Value, Bless Tony Blair, Our boys in Afghanistan, Happiness, Books: Attachment & Conscience, Refugees

Security? Sorry that is not a Canadian value.

I watched CBC's Kathleen Petty interviewing Martin Rudner, from the National Security Branch (Aug. 5). Rudner was explaining the new government approach to security. It seems that Transport Canada is going to study whether to set up a no-fly list. The 2002 recommendations after 9/11 stated this should have been implemented right away. Now three years later, they still haven't gotten around to studying the idea? A few million dollars and zillions of bafflegab words later, they will consider implimenting it. When Petty asked Rudner why Canadians were so laid back about their security, he answered that they were in deep denial. None other than Osama himself has twice put us on the list of future targets, he insisted. Still Rudner also thought that Canadians were so indoctrinated to not singling out one ethnic or religious group, that politicians feared intelligent methods of profiling. It might offend the Muslim population you see. What a goldmine Canada must seem to al-Qaeda. Perhaps, Father Raymond De Souza, in Friday's National Post put our dilemma most succinctly, "The British are begining to confront a question that has gone largely unasked, both here and in Europe, "If there is a problem with "unassimilated" ethnic or religious groups, could it be because--having jettisoned Western traditions in favour of moral and cultural relativism--we are not sure of what such groups are being asked to assimilate into."

© Bud Talkinghorn

God bless Tony Blair

Blair is not only articulate when speaking about the need to contain the terrorist threat, he is backing up his words with necessary legislation. Now to be prohibited are speeches advocating terror, or even justifying it. "If you cannot come here and embrace British values than you are not welcome. And you will soon be leaving." Deportations will be speeded up. Predictably, the left is screaming, "racist" and "No to profiling!"

The Prime Minister is not without blame for the current situation however. It was his Labour Party, with its human rights cadre, that allowed Muslim extremists to operate in English mosques and Islamic cultural centers. This crowd would mumble about 'root causes' or diversity. Meanwhile, the imams would stand in Hyde Park and openly call for death to the infidels and homosexuals, or for the assassination of leading British politicians. Unbelievable! Still, Blair sees the error of his past attitudes and has reacted swiftly. In Canada we would not have such legislation. We were not even told what Martin said to the Canadian-Islamic leaders. Flog me with Liberal pamphlets, if he had the nerve to say what Blair said. The ghost of Neville Chamberlaine walks the halls of 24 Sussex Drive.

© Bud Talkinghorn

You know that PM was canvassing votes and doesn't give a hoot about anything except getting re-elected. A weak man, no leader, and PM probably does not even understand the term "statesman" . . . . Perhaps if it were something that could be sold? NJC

Our boys in Afghanistan--What are they there for?

I thought the original plan was for our soldiers to go to Kandahar and help track down the Taliban and al-Qaeda remnents. Now, I keep hearing that they are going to build up infrastructure, play nurse maid to the NGOs and perform other non-offensive missions. Have the Carolyn Parrishes gotten to the Graham? I do not want to see Canadian soldiers die, but they are needed to flush out these evil ones, before they destroy whatever progress has been made in the country. The drumbeats of a real war, which will engage the entire West, grow stronger by the day. It will probably be a war much like the current guerrilla situation in Afganistan--low-level conflict, but now spread across a global canvas. The Americans who have been fighting in the badlands would be excellent teachers. We are fighting an enemy that has no respect for life, their victim's or often their own. The great English war historian, John Keegan, has stated that his research has shown that Arab militants only respect brute force. Any compromise by the enemy is seen as weakness, and invariably exploited. Canada and its NATO allies should be part of that brute force.

© Bud Talkinghorn

Get happy!

UCLA has been doing a study for half a century to track whether more money equated to greater happiness. In the early 50s, the researchers studied polls taken across the range of economic groups. They found that about 30% said they were happy. In the latest poll taken, they found that, despite the average person being three times as wealthy (in real terms, with inflation factored in), they were not one iota happier. Today's upper-middle class family, who would have been considered fabulously rich by 50s standards is no more content than his poorer predecessors. It seems if you have two cars and a small McMansion, you obsess about your neighbour's three car/super-sized McMansion. In a world-wide study done on happiness, Colombia, a Third World country, racked by violence, ranked higher than Canada and the United States in life satisfaction. We have bought the materialism package holus bolus, and lust after the neighbour's Land Rover. The whip of consumer greed is constantly lashing us . . . which is a rather sad commentary, really. Still, the handwriting was on the wall a decade ago, when an Environics poll on youth values came out with some scary attitudes. To the question: "How do you define yourselves?", the vast majority said, "By what I buy." When asked if they would consider becoming one of the helping professions, the majority said, "No way".
© Bud Talkinghorn

Isn't that last bit sad? A life lived to buy. I have been reading a book, High Risk: Children Without a Conscience, by Dr. K Magid and Carole McKelvey, ISBN: 0-553-34667-9, published by Bantam, 1987.

Excerpt from page 165 "... WITHOUT CONSCIENCE as a vivid-indeed, an unforgettable-example of what can happen to children who fail to "attach" or "bond" to their parents or primary care givers during early life. His book, High Risk, first published in 1987, outlined the position that the failure ..."

Frankly, while the book does not disparage daycare; in fact, as far as I've read, it skirts the effects, does not address it in any detail, read between the lines. I would question anyone sending an infant or child under two to daycare but, the more I read, the more it becomes evident that a parent should accept the responsibility of having a child and do the work of parenting that this entails. That means that women should NOT have children if they intend to send them out to daycare as infants. I don't care what our government says. The child's conscience arises out of attachment to parent(s), particularly the mother's loving touch and care.

Secondly, I would make having a child out of wedlock so painful (e.g. economically -- that is, not reward it with other people's money to support it, particularly in teenagers to whom a high number of out of wedlock children are born) that women would think long and hard before having a moment of abandon resulting in a lifetime of parenthood. Why? This momentary pleasure often entails no father in sight and consequent poverty of the most basic and worst type--read the many books on the effects of this--and of course, that single parent must work, so the child is shipped out to strangers to be cared for. Read the book or one of the later ones. Truly scary.

Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us by Robert D. Hare

Read reviews (4.5 stars) here .

[a friend who works for the FBI] His response: 1 out of every hundred people is a psychopath. They are not all murderers and they are not all in prison - they live among the rest of us and are often charming and interesting, at least on superficial acquaintance.

What is important is the parenting in developing a normal child with normal responses to his fellow man, one who has attached to a parent and internalized a conscience and empathy with others. That means parenting, not sending a child to strangers so you are able to work to buy . . . whatever.

If you are going to have children, read something about how important your parenting is.

The "silent killer" of refugees

The major lobby group for refugees, the Canadian Council for Refugees, has maintained that Canada is endangering the lives of refugees, who are turned away if they have already reached a safe country. This Third Safe County agreement that Canada signed with the U,S. was to stop to asylum shopping. There are millions of people who have been sitting in refugee camps abroad waiting to be admitted. To let them sit there for decades while economic 'refugees' pole vault into Canada is obscene. The Toronto Star has trumpeted these CCR claims lately.
However, Lorne Gunter, a respected jounalist, found that in the last six months of this year 89.4% of refugee claimants, who turned up at the American/Canadian border, were admitted. Not only are the CCR's figures wrong about "the border being closed", but our government has broken its promise to obey the Safe Third Country Protocal, but they are making a mockery of the word "refugee".

© Bud Talkinghorn--Another thing, doesn't the fact that many of these Third Country refugees have already been rejected by U.S. immigration authorities give you pause. Are our standards that much lower?

But of course, Bud. Need you ask? NJC

Separatism on the Rise, Bigamy, Frum: GG & Liberal "power without limit", Identity theft, Taxes & Investment, Farmers & Pot, CAIR, "Whole Grain"

The West's Separatist Warning Aug. 9, 05

More than one-third of Westerners younger than 30 think their provinces should consider quitting Canada, showing the strongest support for sovereignty among all ages, a recent poll reveals. [. . . . ]

Czech - Slovakia: A Lesson for Canada -- re: separation Aug. 7, 05 Eclectic Economist

Once a prestigious post, now a refuge for partisans David Frum, National Post, Aug. 9, 05

The Liberals, of course, yearn to do away with the monarchy altogether and elevate the governor general into the formal head of state. If they succeed, they will have eliminated the last vestigial restraint on the power of the chief executive -- and broken the last visible link to Canada's origins. Step by step, they will have built a country without memory ruled by power without limit.

Traders pile into oilsands frenzy -- Junior's volume surges Lori McLeod, Aug. 9, 05 Financial Post

The feverish excitement surrounding Alberta's oilsands stocks continues unabated, leading to comparisons with the dot-com boom of the late '90s. . . . . [e.g.] the proposed takeovers of Terasen Inc. and Deer Creek Energy Ltd [. . . . ]

Withholding wealth: Foreign investors shun high-tax jurisdictions. Canada needs to get its withholding taxes down to get its investments up Aug9, 05, Financial Post: Comment

UN officials accused of kickbacks Aug. 9, 05

How does this change the laws about bigamy? Angry in the Great White North

Identity theft ring affects at least 50 banks Ingrid Marson, ZDNet UK, Aug. 8, 05 via newsbeat1

Investor's Business Daily: Profile CAIR via Newsbeat1

Investor’s Business Daily is going after the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)—with both barrels: Profile CAIR

Is it time to look at CIC in Canada?

Farmers' deal lets police get weed early -- Pot raids simplified in a major Quebec marijuana region -- the Mauricie and Centre du Quebec regions Mark Cardwell, The Gazette, Aug. 8, 05

By giving police carte blanche access to their properties, Leclerc said, farmers are both divesting themselves of responsibility for police operations and facilitating the anti-pot battle. "What we're hearing is that farmers feel more secure, that they feel they're being supported by their neighbours and by police." Leclerc said. [. . . . ]

Search: two-page "social contract"

Insider trading probe sought over drugs -- Senator calls for investigation after report finds doctors leaked secrets AP, Aug. 8, 05

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee called Monday for a federal investigation into whether doctors are supplying investment firms with information about clinical drug trials before companies announce the results. [. . . . ]

Fake white bread sneaks fiber on picky eaters -- Food makers hope to lure consumers with whole grain products

It took scientists eight long years and millions of dollars to sneak whole grains into that spongy, yeasty icon of U.S. health-unconscious consumerism. [. . . . ]

Search: not genetically modified

August 08, 2005

CP Ships, China Shipping, CMA-CGA of France, Montreal Gateway Terminals, Navitrak, NA: Visa-free Labour Mobility

News from The Globe and Mail -- CP Ships reveals it's in discussions over possible sale Eric Vanden Bussche, July 30, 05

CP Ships Ltd. -- rumoured to be a takeover target -- said yesterday that it is in discussions regarding a possible transaction, but some analysts warmed that investors should not expect an acquisition to boost their shares.

[. . . . ] At least six possible bidders lined up to buy all or part of CP Ships, with the Shanghai-based China Shipping Group and the French shipping giant CMA-CGM Group emerging as the two finalists, according to media reports.

[. . . . ] He noted that the Chinese company has long coveted the company's strength is in transatlantic shipping routes. [. . . . ]

CP Ships India Times MediaNet

[. . . . ] ABOUT CP SHIPS: One of the world's leading container shipping companies, CP Ships provides international container transportation services in four key regional markets: TransAtlantic, Australasia, Latin America and Asia. Within these markets CP Ships operates 39 services in 23 trade lanes, most of which are served by two or more of its seven readily recognized brands: ANZDL, Canada Maritime, Cast, Contship Containerlines, Italia Line, Lykes Lines and TMM Lines. As of 30th September 2004, CP Ships' vessel fleet was 81 ships and its container fleet 457,000 teu. Its 2003 volume was 2.2 million teu, more than 80% of which was North American exports or imports. It also owns Montreal Gateway Terminals, which operates one of the largest marine container terminal facilities in Canada. CP Ships' stock is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TEU. It is listed in the S&P/TSX 60 Index of top Canadian publicly listed companies. For further information visit the CP Ships website, [. . . . ]

Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Nova Scotia -- Navitrak International

Navitrak Engineering, established in 1994, specializes in real time moving map systems, designed to be portable and integrate with aircraft sensors including video cameras and FLiRs. Navitrak’s system not only illustrates where the aircraft is on a moving map in real time, but also illustrates where the camera or FLiR is "looking" in real time. The system is ideal for surveillance, search & rescue, fire fighting, surveys, etc., for real time mission co-ordination, as well as, post mission analysis.

Navitrak Engineering Inc.’s major clients and industry partners include the Department of Defence, Wescan and FLiR Systems Inc. [. . . . ]

North American Task Force - Post-Chairman’s Statement " -- "Panel calls for cross-border job hunting to improve trade: Eventual goal is visa-free labour mobility from Mexico to Canada Steven Edwards CanWest News Service (Included in The Vancouver Sun, British Columbia). May 18, 2005

New York based Council on Foreign Relations -- "independent" -- Experts call for a common North American Border -- US, Mexico, Canada "should establish a common security perimeter to guard against terrorism"

Think about the problems the US is having with illegal aliens from Mexico (and other countries) trying to enter the US. If Canada's PM would just hurry, he could facilitate the entry of some more voters.

Harper, GG, National Sovereignty, UNSCAM, EU & Terrorists, Iran, Safe Firearms Discharge Site, The Stillwell Road & More

"transforming the meaning of national sovereignty"

Sovereignty Report -- Next, the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas "The Free Trade Agreement of the Americas is an extraordinary erosion of freedom, for this nation, and for every citizen." -- Henry Lamb, Aug. 8, 05

Henry Lamb is the executive vice president of the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO), and chairman of Sovereignty International

[It] would be completed by January, 2005, and would enter into force by December, 2005.

[. . . . ] The effect of this agreement takes away law-making power from duly elected representatives of the people, and gives it to unelected bureaucrats, most of whom represent foreign nations. [. . . . ]

If you read nothing else, read this. "transforming the meaning of national sovereignty"

Advice for Harper on Governor General's appointment Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor, August 8, 2005

And the appointment of Michaelle Jean is certainly open to criticism. . . . . What Canadians really need at a time such is this is a Governor General who has expertise in the constitutional field or at least someone with vast political experience; someone who could at least credibly threaten to intervene if Parliament is unable to function. [. . . . ]

“You were like a burning flame full of enthusiasm. You wanted to give whatever you could to your brothers who were raising the flag of jihad.” — Eulogy by the Islamic Observation Centre in London, England to suspected al-Qaeda member from Ontario, Ahmed Said Khadr

Canadian, eh? And here is another Canadian, Imam Ali Hindy, who has been in the news lately.

Ali Hindy & Friend October 16, 2003 -- "Muslim groups eulogize Khadr " -- There is an article July 27, 05, as well.

The eulogy said the Pakistani government agreed to release Mr. Khadr in exchange for a promise that Canada would not file a torture complaint against the government of then-prime minister Benazir Bhutto. It depicted Mr. Khadr as a committed Muslim and humanitarian who devoted himself to helping the mujahedin and the refugees displaced by warring in Afghanistan. [. . . .]

Ali Hindy, the Imam at the Salahedin Mosque in Scarborough, where Mr. Khadr worshiped and collected donations, also said the man was no terrorist. "I don't think that he was al-Qaeda, but I think he felt that now he became part of Afghanistan." He said while Mr. Khadr worked with the Taliban, the regime was mostly doing good. "Actually, honestly, they were doing good work except what happened on Sept. 11 and harbouring those people that were doing the bombing around the world," Mr. Hindy said. "He was convinced this was a good government."

Europe Decides: Nothing Politically Correct about Terrorism! J.B. Williams, August 8, 2005

[. . . . ] Where should Europe deport these mad-men to, America, land of the free, land of unbridled opportunity, even for terrorists? The one place on earth where democrats, liberals and the ACLU agree on the human rights of even known terrorists? Where the terrorists have protections even average citizens don’t? The land of milk and honey and wide open borders? Why not?[. . . . ]

I suspect they will be coming to Canada, land of diversity, multiculturalism . . . and the bought vote.

Desalination plants via Newsbeat1

Iran won't hesitate Klaus Rohrich, Aug. 8, 05

A country that finds it perfectly acceptable to overrun another country’s embassy and hold that country’s diplomats hostage is not likely to be squeamish about the use of nuclear weapons. This is particularly true if motivation for the use of the nukes is driven by religious zeal. [. . . . ]

The recent discovery of high quality munitions including sophisticated landmines in Iraq that are thought to originate in Iran [. . . . ]

Search: there will be a confrontation


Gun Registry cost overruns -- interpreted by Tony Olekshy, The Sagacious Iconoclast

Never mind that it is to me unfathomable that it could take eight years to develop the registry database, and never mind that according to the CBC it doesn't actually work; $750 million divided by eight years is about $250,000 per day. That's right, they spent what should have been, at its most extreme, a $10 million budget for the entire project, they spent that much every 40 days, for eight years.

Here's another way to look at it. The database system has cost about 750 / 8 = $94 million per year, for eight years. Loaded full-time staff costs in this field are about $100,000 per year. That means the development of this system employed 940 full-time staff per year for eight years. How the hell can a database fundamentally designed to store and retrieve 7 million gun records distributed across 3 million person records take 7,500 man-years to develop? What is this, the Pyramid of Cheops?
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Safe Firearms Discharge Site -- Trackback

[. . . . ] Infight has been established in partnership with the City of Toronto, the Toronto Police Service, and the Lawrence Park Community Services Society. [. . . . ]

Recommended. It links to Warren Kinsella August 5, 2005

Scroll down on Small Dead Animals for the comments such as this Posted by: maz2 at August 8, 2005 06:12 AM

A well-connected source said there were more than 100,000 people in Britain from "completely militarised" regions, including Somalia and its neighbours in the Horn of Africa, and Afghanistan and territories bordering the country. "Every one of them knows how to use an AK-47," said the source. "About 10 per cent can strip and reassemble such a weapon blindfolded, and probably a similar proportion have some knowledge of how to use military explosives. That adds up to tens of thousands of men.
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Warren Kinsella has a great story about the lady who did not make the cut as GG, Monique Begin -- August 2, 2005

Under the Media Radar | August 8, 2005 -- Read the details.

Search: 'town square test' , a Hamas summer camp , It's not their kind of story because it ruins the story of

UNSCAM -- Rich, Pollner and Others

Marc Rich: "Former American fugitive Marc Rich was a middleman for several of Iraq's suspect oil deals in February 2001, just one month after his pardon from Presidentlinton" from an article dated Dec. 1, 2004 -- links to Glenn Reynolds

Powerful officials and their profiteering friends in France had a reason to try to stop the United States from overthrowing Saddam Hussein: They were pocketing billions in payoffs through a U.N. oil-for-food front. [. . . . ]

Search: Pollner and others dealing with Saddam's Iraq , "Ben Pollner, head of Taurus Oil" , "Rich's company Trafigura, spun off from the Swiss-based Glencore" , Kojo Annan's business

How is this work coming along?

Reminiscence of Stilwell Road builders May 17, 05, Xinhuanet

KUNMING, Yunnan, May 17 (Xinhuanet) -- Zhang Guanghua, a Chinese man who took part in the construction of the Stilwell Road during World War II, is 87 years old now. His earnest wish is to witness the reopening of this road in his remaining years, he told Xinhua recently.

[. . . . ] Zhang took part in building the Stilwell Road, which starts in Ledo, a railway hub in India, runs through Myanmar via Myitkyina and ends in Kunming, capital of south China's Yunnan Province. Theroad opened in January 1945.

[. . . . ] The road was built in 1944 to provide logistical support to theAllied Forces during World War II. It was named after the commander of Allied Forces in Southeast Asia, General Joseph Stilwell. More than 50,000 tons of military supplies were transported to war-torn China on the Stilwell Road in the first eight months of 1945. The road was abandoned after the war and eventually became a forgotten piece of history. [. . . . ]

"India, China to sign accord paving way for boundary settlement" -- "China to renovate historic Stilwell Road to facilitate Sino-India trade" April 2005

China is to begin a major overhaul of the historic Stilwell Road built during World War II to facilitate growing trade with India, state media reported Monday.

The road, connecting the southwest province of Yunnan with India via Myanmar, will shorten the overland transport route to India to just 500 kilometres (310 miles), Xinhua news agency said.

[. . . . ] A detailed renovation plan is expected to be finalized by the end of the month with the road crossing into Myanmar at the border town of Baoshan and entering India at Ledo, a railway hub in the northeast, the report said.

China, India, Myanmar and Bangladesh -- Kunming Initiative to rebuild the old Stilwell Road, linking northeastern India with southern China to enhance Sino-Indian trade Ramtanu Maitra, Feb 12, 2003

[. . . . ] It also proposed that the road should measure up to international standards and be capable of carrying 40-foot containers. Senior professors attending the seminar observed that once the road was opened, the entire Southeast Asian region would become a major trade hub. For Yunnan province, which is landlocked, the road will pave the way for access to the Bay of Bengal.
[. . . . ] Those who oppose the enhancement of Sino-Indian trade relations point out fearfully that the road will allow Chinese goods to flood the Indian market. A huge amount of Chinese goods come in as it is, and will continue to do so through the unmanned Indo-Nepal borders. . . . .

[. . . . ] According to the Independence of Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has accepted, in principle, a proposal for the construction of a Myanmar-Tripura-West Bengal gas pipeline through Bangladesh. It is also said in that the Myanmar, Tripura and West Bengal state governments of India have accepted the proposal in principle.

Never a Dull Moment in Newfoundland and Labrador Myles Higgins, August 8, 2005

One thing nobody can ever say about the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is that life is dull. Indeed, for anyone interested in politics and current affairs, there is never a dull moment in the province. [. . . . ]

Another company that received taxpayer $$$

Norshield Financial Group Launches Second Cinar Related Lawsuit -- Additional $10 million Sought from Cinar and Head of Litigation Committee April 29, 05

[. . . . ] Starting in 1999, Cinar became involved in a series of serious corporate governance issues including improperly applying for and receiving tax credits from the Federal and Provincial Governments, the use of corporate assets for the benefit of senior officers, and the investment of USD$108 million in offshore investment funds. [. . . . ]