August 12, 2006

Aug. 12, 2006: #3

Doesn't this just brighten your day?

CSIS can't screen 90% of immigrants -- Most applicants from terror hotbeds escape scrunity, No. 2 spy admits, James Gordon, The Ottawa Citizen, May 30, 2006

About 90 per cent of immigration applicants from Pakistan and Afghanistan -- hotbeds for Islamic fundamentalism and central in the fight against terrorism -- haven't been adequately screened for security concerns over the past five years, Canada's spy agency said yesterday.

The No. 2 man at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said his organization simply doesn't have the resources necessary to do all the security checks it would like.

Jack Hooper, deputy director of operations for the service, told a Senate national security committee about 20,000 immigrants have come from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Canada since 2001.

[....] One senator asked why Canada was fighting in Afghanistan, where there are approximately 2,300 Canadian Forces personnel, if it can't even close its own borders to outside threats.

Mr. Hooper argued regional dynamics a world away have effects here as well. He said following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, foreign intelligence began pouring in about threats to Canada. Each individual identified, he said, had some connection to Afghanistan. [....]

To end this war, disarm Hezbollah , National Post, August 12, 2006

[....] Two years ago, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution upholding the independence and territorial integrity of Lebanon. In particular, Resolution 1559 called for the disarmament and dismantling of private militias such as Hezbollah, which is essentially a division of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps. Yet Hezbollah never turned in its guns. Far from it, the group amassed an arsenal larger than that of many nations, and turned southern Lebanon into an armed camp from which to attack Israel -- all under the noses of UN observers.

[....] Defenders of last night's deal will point to the fact that the international peacekeeping force will be assisted by Lebanon's own small army, which Western powers hope will one day exert normal sovereign Lebanese authority over what is now Hezbollahland. But for now, at least, no one should depend on that outcome. Since the 1970s, Beirut has permitted either Syria or Israel or one of the region's many Christian or Islamic militias to defend the sovereignty of south Lebanon. Sending the actual Lebanese army to the region is therefore something of an untested novelty. In any case, the army's officer corps is known to be shot through with Hezbollah-friendly Shiites and Damascene stooges left over from the Syrian occupation. [....]

A Hezbollah victory in UN resolution, National Post, August 12, 2006

More here , National Post, August 12, 2006

Andre Ouellet

Former Liberal minister sues Ottawa over breach of contract -- Claiming he was fired by former prime minister Paul Martin's administration and asked to make it look like a resignation, former Canada Post president Andre Ouellet is suing the federal government for $3.2 million.

AIDS & Celebrities: "Celebrity, almost by definition, is trivial"

Conference boasts star power like no other health cause -- Entertainers were involved early when many victims were gay , Tom Blackwell, National Post, August 12, 2006

It is unlikely there will ever be a Parkinson's film festival, an official Crohn's disease sculpture at the Royal Ontario Museum or a concert for prostate cancer headlined by U.S. pop star Alicia Keys.

But all that spectacle and more is part of the huge, and oddly fashionable, International AIDS Conference that gets underway tomorrow in Toronto.

With its many cultural events and celebrity appearances, the conference underlines how HIV and AIDS have been embraced by the arts and entertainment world like no other health-care cause. [....]

Lewis calls on Ottawa to fight spread of AIDS -- United Nations envoy Stephen Lewis has called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take a stand against HIV/AIDS and implement a four-step plan to stop the disease from spreading. , News Staff, Aug. 9 2006 11:25 PM ET

[....] The initiative calls for a timetable to increase Canada's assistance to 0.7 per cent of gross national income.

The plan also asks Canada to put more money into the health care systems of developing countries, cancel their debts, invest more money to fight AIDS and to follow through on commitments to make medicines more affordable.

Why are so many of us not worried about getting AIDS? Maybe behaviour has something to do with it? Put that money into finding a cure for any number of diseases that have already struck or might strike Canadians (e.g. cancer) or train and hire more doctors, for example.

[....] Gerry Barr, of the Make Poverty History campaign, said, "There is no better time or place than here in Toronto at the International AIDS Conference for Canada to announce that it will step to the mark.''

The conference, which expects more than 20,000 delegates, begins Sunday.

When I read of the celebrities involved, it just turns me off any organization fronted by one of them. Do these people actually bring in donors? Amazing.

After all, Paris Hilton is a "celebrity". Even with good looks, if she were Josie Doe from the poverty patch, she wouldn't be a celebrity. How do these people get to be celebrities? Money? Outrageous behaviour? People stupid? ...

Canada criticized on AIDS funding

"Canada is not meeting its commitments,'' Zeitz said, adding Canada's spending of about $250 million this year falls $60 million short of its fair share of the Global Fund's needs.

With $250 million I'LL go to Africa as a missionary. My mission? To design and implement a program of castration for any man who 'can't be convinced to use a condom'. There you go, the African AIDS problem solved. [rosemarie59, 8/11/2006 12:08:15]

I concur ... AIDS needs decisive and effective action ... instead of AIDS activists blaming everything on poverty and canvassing Canadians for more $$$. As for Stephen Lewis, spare me. He's a front man for keeping the UN alive with more talkfests.

Think of the millions wasted in bringing thousands to Toronto from all over the world and for what? Any news of advances made in fighting aids can be spread all over the world in minutes for all to read. It seems to me that the thousands attending are on the social teat and the whole thing is a big social event.

Millions wasted just to listen to Stephen Lewis whine.


The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party , Publisher: Nelson Current (August 2006) Language: English ISBN: 1595550445
It gets mixed reviews.

In Shadow Party, [the authors] reveal behind-the-scenes details the left desperately doesn't want you to know, such as:

The vast network of private think tanks, foundations, unions, stealth PACs, and other front groups through which the Shadow Party operates in America. [I would argue that they extend into Canada.]

The Shadow Party's plan to rewrite the US Constitution.

How the Shadow Party overthrows foreign governments -- and why it may attempt to use the same methods here.

The network's voluminous contributions to the Democrats, which totaled more than $300 million in the 2004 elections, and its growing influence over the party's message and policy.

The politicians on both sides of the aisle who have exchanged political favors with George Soros and his "government-in-the-wings."

The Shadow Party's efforts to conceal its radical agenda behind the "moderate" pose of Hillary Clinton and other public figures.

The radical network's plan to seize power in 2008.

Read online:
The Shadow Party: Part I
The Shadow Party: Part 2
The Shadow Party: Part 3


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