Sunday, October 2, 2022

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Reparations for Wally!

In the past I have used the term "reparations shopping" to descreibe the shoplifting, theft and looting for which "mostly people protesters" and others are forgiven by guilt-ridden liberals, on the grounds that they (the looters) are "entitled" to some compensation for wrongs done to their ancestors in the distant past.

I mentioned the concept of reparations again last week in "National Be-nice-to-an-Indian Day", WWW 30/9/22. "All right-thinking, progressive (and White) Canucks -- and Americans too -- know that the indigenous peoples of North America were treated badly by the settlers who came across the big waters in their big canoes. Mistakes were made. Apologies have been tendered again and again. All that's needed now is... errr... reparations."

Scott Adams, whose excellent Dilbert comic strip has been dropped by 77 newspapers because he dared to make fun of racial and sexual identities, picked up on the theme in today's strip, in which Attorney Dogbert demands reparations for his client Wally. Walt (no relation to Wally, although there's a certain resemblance) hopes Mr Adams won't mind our reposting it.

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Footnote: Breitbart News reports that Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has warned "reparations shoppers" that Florida is a 2nd Amendment state!

What if everyone in Florida had had electric vehicles?

Agent 6, a sometime resident of Florida, e-mailed us to say that his residence on the Gulf side was not severely damaged by Hurricane Ian. A fence around the swimming pool was blown down, and some palm trees were damaged. After a hurricane (he writes) palm trees can look like someone took a torch to the leaves. The high wind actually burns the leaves turning them brown. I didn't know that.

6 sends along some food for thought, from an article by Thomas Lifson in American Thinker, 29/9/22. We trust they won't mind our reposting it, with verb tenses (only) changed as necessary.    

Large swaths of Florida’s heavily populated Gulf Coast were ordered evacuated. At least 300,000 people from the Tampa Bay area had to leave.

It is fortunate that as of the current moment, electric vehicles constitute only about 100,000, out of nearly 8 million vehicles registered to drive on Florida’s roads. What if they all were electric, the (impractical) dream dream of greenies?

Depending on how heavily loaded they were, even assuming everyone had a full battery charge, cars from southern Florida would start running out of juice after 100 – 250 miles. They would then have to spend hours at recharging stations, which would rapidly be clogged with other cars and trucks waiting their turn, since an electricity “fill up” can easily take an hour or more, as compared to a couple of minutes for gasoline. Cars waiting to be charged would spill onto the highways, potentially blocking traffic.

Those cars that ran out of juice on the highway would block traffic. Even assuming that emergency service vehicles could get to them (unlikely if the entire fleet were electric cars), towing a portable generator (powered by fossil fuels, of course) and recharging the stalled vehicles would take plenty of time, as well, further blocking traffic. The stranded cars would, of course, have no air conditioning, no wipers, no GPS.

In all likelihood, the highways would become vast parking lots, trapping their passengers wherever they happened to be stalled, waiting for the storm and flood waters to reach them, unable to get to safety.

It is a nightmare scenario, and it is perfectly predictable. California and other states have already mandated a conversion to an all-electric vehicle fleet. When natural disaster strikes and the fleet is electric vehicles, the disaster will be compounded if this mad scheme is carried through.

Footnote: Breitbart News reports that Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has warned looters that Florida is a 2nd Amendment state!

Friday, September 30, 2022

Previewing the Canadiens' 2022-23 season

Ed. here. Canada's team, the Montréal Canadiens, open their 2022-23 National Hockey League season on October 12th, against the Toronto Maple Leafs. We've had to ask our National Sports (as long as its hockey) Editor, Poor Len Canayen, three times for a prognostication. Here it is.

Tank youse, Hed. Da truth, and da hole truth, is dat I've watched the Habs in three pre-season games this week, and can't find anything positive to say, so I was hoping you wouldn't call on me. The outlook isn't brilliant. Or good. It's grim.

Here's the record. On Tuesday, the Habs lost to New Jersey, 2-1. On Wednesday, the Maple Laffs shut them out, 3-0. Last night, Winnipeg scored with 18 seconds left in regulation time for a 4-3 win -- third loss in three nights for the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge.

It must be said that the teams on the ice were a  quick mix of one or two veterans and (mostly) AHL players and rookies who are unlikely to be with the big team after the final selection is made. From front to back, here's why the Canadiens will struggle to stay out of the NHL cellar.

Forwards: The Habs were outshot in all three games, and held scoreless in the second. Three of their four goals came from superstar-to-be Cole Caufield (2) and old pro Brendan Gallagher. Kayden Guhle [Who he? Ed.] scored the fourth. Jonathon Drouin didn't play, nor did Nick Suzuki.

Rookies Juraj Slafkovsky (first draft pick in June) and Filip Mesar played but we didn't see enough of them to make any predictions. Management would be smart to let Slafkovsky get some experience in Laval before rushing him into the breach.

Gallagher will have to stay healthy (let us pray) and Drouin will have to get healthy, physically and mentally, for the team to have any real scoring punch. That wouldn't matter if the Habs had a solid defence.

Defence: What keeps de cows in de field? De fence! What don't de Habs got? De fence! With Shea Weber retired, Joel Edmundson, who played only a few games towards the end of last season, was expected to anchor the blue line. Alas, his back is bothering him again and he could wind up on the LTIR. 

The alleged defencemen who played this week are hasbeens (Denis Savard), rookies destined for the AHL, or some who belong in the AHL (maybe) but played with the big team last year, faut de mieux. That wouldn't matter if the Habs had reliable goaltending.

Goaltenders: Jake Allen looked good, allowing just one goal in two partial games, with a save pct of about .925. But remember, when the Canadiens brought him over from St. Louis, he was expected to be the backup goaltender, to relieve Carey Price. Things turned out differently. Price is on the LTIR and I predict he won't play at all this year. Which makes Allen the started. Can he go 50 or 60 games? If not, then what?

For two seasons now, management has been saying [hoping. Ed.] that Cayden Primeau was the heir apparent, the next hot French-Canadian goalie, the future Patrick Roy. He hasn't lived up to expectations, allowing the winning goals in both Tuesday and Thursday's games. 

Last year's backup, Samuel Montembeault, of whom nothing was expected, is showing signs of progress, if you don't count letting one go through the five-hole on the first shot he faced on Wednesday. He'll be OK as a backup to Allen this year, but they both still need a decent defence in front of them.

Let me close with a word of encouragement to young Kevin Poulin -- three out of four goalies are francophones -- who allowed two goals in Wednesday's game, both of which were caused by the inability of the defence to handle the penalty kill. If Allen or Montembeault falters, Poulin, not Primeau, would be the man to be called up.

All in all... what can I say. I predict the Canadiens will miss the playoffs for the second straight season. Lifetime pct .980. 

VIDEO: National Be-nice-to-an-Indian Day

That's a joke, son. The actual name of this Very Special Day, as celebrated in Canada, the wokest country on earth, is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022. The holiday (only for federal civil servants who vote Liberal) was instituted last year by Blackie McBlackface, Prime Minister of All Canuckistan.

It is a day on which White Canadians are supposed to reflect on, and do penance for) all the evils which the racist colonialists perpetrated on their Little Red Brothers, including one of my favourite characters from the history of the settlement of the West -- Low, the Poor Indian.

The creation of a new woke holiday was prompted by the "discovery" in 2021 of a "mass grave" of more than 200 Indian First Nations (indigenous) children allegedly detected at the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia. The school was run by a Roman Catholic order, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, under an agreement with the Canadian government.

"We had a knowing in our community that we were able to verify. To our knowledge, these missing children are undocumented deaths," said Rosanne Casimir, chief of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc. The band called the discovery, "Le Estcwicwéy̓", meaning "the missing."

In an article headed "The biggest fake news story in Canada", the New York Post said: What’s still missing, however, according to a number of Canadian academics, is proof of the remains in the ground. Since last year’s announcement, there have been no excavations at Kamloops nor any dates set for any such work to commence. Nothing has been taken out of the ground so far, according to a Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc spokesman.

It doesn't matter. All right-thinking, progressive (and White) Canucks -- and Americans too -- know that the indigenous peoples of North America were treated badly by the settlers who came across the big waters in their big canoes. Mistakes were made. Apologies have been tendered again and again. All that's needed now is... errr... reparations. 

Nor is the drive to right the wrongs of the past anything new. We've been told for three decades now to stop referring to indigenous peoples are "Indians" and "Eskimos". Sports teams may no longer be called "Redskins" or "Braves", let alone "Indians". And lovable mascots like Chief Wahoo have been "disappeared", replaced with mere letters.

Political correctness has triumphed. Even the way we talk about and talk to indigenous people has changed, as witness this 1993 episode of Seinfeld, titled "The Cigar Store Indian". 


Got it? Now go out and find an... errr... find somebody to apologize to. 

Footnote: Since I know all our male readers are wondering, the good-looking POC "Winona" was played by Kimberly Norris Guerrero, who is, in fact, an... errrr....

Thursday, September 29, 2022

VIDEO: Giorgina Meloni defends families, family values, and God!

On Monday, in "EU-elites panic as rightist coalitions win Italian and Swedish elections", I reported with pleasure the stunning victory of Giorgia Meloni's Fratelli d'Italia party in the weekend's Italian election. And, I noted, the polls had not even closed before the leftist politicians and lickspittle media started pissing and moaning about "the death of democracy" (which had just proven itself very much alive) and "the new fascism". 

The alarm of the anti-Western, secular humanists was made manifest when YewTube removed this video, recorded at the 2019 World Congress of Families in Verona, in which Ms Meloni makes a passionate defence of national identity, family values, and -- dare we say the word? -- God! If you want to know why Italians voted for her, just listen to this!


Where the video used to be, there is only a notice: "This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines." If YouToob is against the values of which Ms Meloni speaks, what are they for

Walt thanks our friend Arnie at Blazing Cat Fur for posting a copy of the video that the cancellers at YouTube missed. We've put it on Rumble where the First Amendment is still in force.

Monday, September 26, 2022

EU-elites panic as rightist coalitions win Italian and Swedish elections

As predicted (or hoped for) here last Bastille Day, the center-right coalition led by Giorgia Meloni won a parliamentary majority in Italy's general elections, held yesterday. Her Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy) party received about 26% of the votes counted so far. 

Matteo Salvini's far-right League and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia, allied with the FDI, now control both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, with around 44% of the vote. Ms Meloni should thus become Italy's first female prime minister, heading the country's most right-wing government since WWII. 

Italian and European politicians are already crying foul. Shortly after conceding defeat, a senior memeber of the Democratic Party told the meeja "This is a sad evening for the country," adding that "[The right] has the majority in parliament, but not in the country." That seems a rather strange statement considering the result, but is consistent with the alarms raised by the Euro-weenies during the run-up to the election, when Ms Meloni was called the "new Mussolini", and worse.

Speaking early this morning, Ms Meloni said Italians had sent "a clear message" in backing her alliance. "If we are called upon to govern this nation, we will do so for all Italians, with the aim of uniting the people, of exalting what unites them rather than what divides them," she told reporters. "We will not betray your trust."  

In the 2018 election, the FdI garnered just over 4% of the vote. The party's rise to first place in the polls, at 26%, is attributable to Ms Meloni's clear and unapologetic stand in favour of conservative, pro-Western/anti-NWO principles, outlined in a barn-burner of a speech to Spain's far-right Vox party. 

"Yes to the natural family, no to the LGBT lobby, yes to sexual identity, no to gender ideology... no to Islamist violence, yes to secure borders, no to mass migration... no to big international finance... no to the bureaucrats of Brussels!" No wonder the lefties and one-worlders are afraid. 

Earlier this month, the people of Sweden, always held up as a shining example by the progressive one-worlders, throw out the Social Democrats, who had been in power forever, in national elections on September 11th. 

A right-wing group of parties, led by the centre-right Moderates, will have a go at forming the country's next government after the leftist Social Democrats failed to achieve a majority in the Riksdag.

Among the so-called "blue block" is the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, once shunned by the liberal political establishment, who recorded their best-ever election result with 20.5% of the vote, and thus will have great influence over the policies of the new coalition government. They campaigned on law-and-order issues following a rise in gun violence, and vowed to bring in longer prison sentences and reduce immigration. 

The election results in Sweden and Italy show the power of the resurgent right to harness the disaffection and Weltschmerz of the people of Europe. The chief reason for the victories of rightist parties is anti-immigration backlash. 

Europeans -- white Europeans, Christian Europans -- are sick, sore and tired of seeing their countries overrun by hordes of immigrants (especially "refugees" and asylum-seekers) who not only refuse to be assimilated into Western society, but are undermining Christian civilization to achieve the victory of Islam.

And they are fed up with the constant pandering to minorities by liberal politicians and churchmen (Hello, Francis!) intent on leading us into an anti-national, anti-Christian, New World Order, in which we will be dictated to by the World Economic Forum and the United Nations. "One nation under God" will be replaced by "One world under _______ (fill in the blank for yourself". 

Walt congratulates the Sweden Democrats and Fratelli d'Italia on their victories, and hopes they prove to be turning points for Italy and Sweden, as well as portents of things to come for the UK, Germany, France, and -- dare we say it -- America and Canada!