August 10, 2006

Aug. 10, 2006: #2

Politics in Canada ...

Quebec ‘civil society’ marches with Hezbollah supporters -- photos , David Ouellette, 7 August 2006

“Aucun drapeau du mouvement chiite controversé n’était visible durant la marche.

No flag of the controversial Shia movement was visible during the march.”

Montreal daily La Presse, August 7, 2006, p. A4

“With my soul and blood, I sacrifice myself for you, O Nasrallah”: Demonstrators chant pro-Hezbollah slogans and wave banners and flags of the Shia terrorist group in Montreal

A yellow sea of Hezbollah flags and T-shirts, pro-Hezbollah chants, anti-Semitic signs and defiled Jewish prayer shawls.
This was the scene yesterday afternoon in Montreal streets as Hezbollah fifth-columnists and extremists of every stripe and colour poured down trendy Saint-Denis Street on their way down to federal government offices. And it probably was more than what unscrupulous leaders from the Liberal Party of Canada, Parti Québécois, Bloc Québécois, Québec Solidaire, New Democratic Party, trade-unions and community organizations had bargained for when they called last Thursday for a demonstration for “peace and justice in Lebanon” aiming to turn up the heat on the Canadian government for standing with Israel in its on-going battle against the Canada-designated terrorist Hezbollah. .....

Warren Kinsella: Keeping the media honest , NatPost, Aug. 10, 06

Upon seeing [CBC's Christina] Lawand's report, Conservative blogger Stephen Taylor was incensed, and got to work. Using a program found on almost any computer, Taylor put together a seven-minute film containing live feeds of the Prime Minister's press conference. Taylor's film, found at, makes clear that the "individual community" whose reaction had been "very predictable" and with which Harper was not "concerned or preoccupied" was none other than the Canadian Jewish community. Precisely the reverse of the impression left by Lawand's story. Discouraging, to say the least.

Along with exposing a significant media misstep, Taylor's work again suggests that a new era is upon us. As my colleague Andrew Coyne has noted elsewhere, reporters have to be much more careful now: There are "20,000 fact-checkers" -- bloggers, in other words -- watching everything the mainstream media do, ready to object to any factual error. [....]


Resign post or quit caucus, MPs tell Khan -- Mideast advisor to Harper: Some Liberals worried about colleague spying for Conservatives , Juliet O'Neill, CanWest, August 10, 2006

OTTAWA - Citing a possibility that he will spy on the Liberals for the Conservative government, at least three Liberal MPs say Wajid Khan should resign from his new advisory post to Prime Minister Stephen Harper or quit caucus temporarily.

[....] The former minister for international co-operation [Maria Minna] said interim Liberal leader Bill Graham should have refused Mr. Khan's request on Tuesday to accept Mr. Harper's appointment as a special advisor on the Middle East and Afghanistan. She didn't buy Mr. Harper's explanation that he wants to build a non-partisan consensus.

[....] Mr. Khan, a Pakistani-born former fighter pilot and prisoner of war, approached Mr. Harper's parliamentary secretary this summer to propose a non-partisan initiative to build public understanding of Canada's military mission in Afghanistan. A Muslim, Mr. Khan has also said the Muslim community must do more to counter terrorism. [....]

MP Maria Minna, one of the MPs who attended a Tamil (Tigers) get-together -- shoring up the Liberal vote -- dares to speak against another MP? Perhaps MP Khan is simply a decent person who recognizes that partisanship is not useful in this case.

CBC caught misreporting Harper statement -- re CBC's Christina Lawand caught -- "a deliberate act of manipulation of statements" , by Arthur Weinreb, Monday, August 7, 2006 -- via CNEWS Forum , posted by Bisbee, 8/08/2006 16:21:30

The CBC hasn’t quite come to terms with the fact that there is an alternate media out there and they won’t get away with the blatant manipulation of the truth that occurred last week. [....]

WSJ: Scholar Warns Iran's Ahmadinejad May Have 'Cataclysmic Events' In Mind For August 22 , Tue Aug 08 2006 10:22:35 ET posted by Tinsnips, 8/08/2006 16:05:02

In a WALL STREET JOURNAL op-ed Tuesday, Princeton's Bernard Lewis writes: "There is a radical difference between the Islamic Republic of Iran and other governments with nuclear weapons. This difference is expressed in what can only be described as the apocalyptic worldview of Iran's present rulers."

"In Islam as in Judaism and Christianity, there are certain beliefs concerning the cosmic struggle at the end of time -- Gog and Magog, anti-Christ, Armageddon, and for Shiite Muslims, the long awaited return of the Hidden Imam, ending in the final victory of the forces of good over evil, however these may be defined."

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "and his followers clearly believe that this time is now, and that the terminal struggle has already begun and is indeed well advanced. It may even have a date, indicated by several references by the Iranian president to giving his final answer to the US about nuclear development by Aug. 22," which this year corresponds "to the 27th day of the month of Rajab of the year 1427. This, by tradition, is the night when many Muslims commemorate the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on the winged horse Buraq, first to 'the farthest mosque,' usually identified with Jerusalem, and then to heaven and back (c.f., Koran XVII.1).

"This might well be deemed an appropriate date for the apocalyptic ending of Israel and if necessary of the world. It is far from certain that Mr. Ahmadinejad plans any such cataclysmic events precisely for Aug. 22. But it would be wise to bear the possibility in mind."

Developing ...

And overtaken by today's news on the UK terrorist airplane plot.

How to Identify Liberal Media Bias via The media's place in the war posted by casper35, 8/04/2006 16:13:12

An excerpt from the MRC’s 1994 book by Brent Baker: How to Identify, Expose & Correct Liberal Media Bias. (You can purchase a copy of this book by going to the MRC’s bookstore.)

This book excerpt will teach you how to identify seven types displayed in news stories and how to analyze stories and reporting patterns to determine if they are biased. Though the examples cited are drawn from the early ‘90s the lessons they teach remain valid and instructive today. [....]

Types of Bias: Descriptions and Examples of Each
Bias by commission
Bias by omission
Bias by story selection
Bias by placement
Bias by the selection of sources
Bias by spin
Bias by labeling
Bias by policy endorsement or condemnation
More Than One Type in a Single Story
What Isn’t Bias
Identifying & Documenting Bias in News Stories (sample transcripts analyzed)

Twelve Angry Muslims, By Mike S. Adams, August 7, 2006, posted by Tinsnips, 8/08/2006 19:17:15

[....] Terrorist organizations like Hezbollah have been targeting young, immature, teenage boys for years during the terrorist recruitment process. They realize that the boys they target have nothing to lose. But it is not just the economic outlook that provides them with so little incentive. They also have nothing to lose in the sense that the body responsible for controlling their behavior – the United Nations – is one they simply cannot take seriously. In fact, young males in the Middle East regard the United Nations the same way young males in America regard the juvenile justice system.

[....] Young punks respond to exactly two things: fear for their personal safety and public humiliation.

[.... The plan ....] 3. Install a UN Peacekeeping force of 12 American feminist professors. This special peacekeeping force will be comprised of feminists with PhDs in psychology (by far, our most annoying feminists) who will meet with the “Dainty Dozen” on a daily basis to ask them the crucial question: “Why do you hate us?” These feminists certainly annoy the hell out of me. Imagine how irritated the terrorists will be when they are sentenced to a lifetime of sharing their feelings with a feminist who refuses to wear a burqua. [....]

An intriguing plan ... the fiendish part of me laughs.

If you haven't seen this, it is excellent -- a must read -- Christie Blatchford: Seriously, this means war, Aug. 4, 06, Globe & Mail

Christie Blatchford on Canada's mission in Afghanistan

Of course, this could never happen in a Canadian Saudi Madrassa based on the teachings of Sheik Muhammad Ibn Abd-al-Wahhab ... could it?


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