Thursday, November 30, 2017

Are you ready for the brave new world of fashion?

As the pussification of the West progresses, here's what you can look forward to in the brave new world of fashions for ze.

Credit where credit is due. This was created by "Captain Craptek (Haberdasher in training)" and posted on The People's Blog. Don't break your wrist clicking on the link to read the accompanying text because there isn't any. But I do recommend you bookmark the blog. You may think it's satire but it's actually a grim prediction of the world in which we'll be living in soon... too soon... if the "progressives" have their way.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Canuck university offers "emergency hijab kit"

In spite of the incessant repetition of the "Diversity is our strength" mantra by Prime Minister Justin "Junior" Trudeau, Canadians appear to be just as resistant as Americans to the seemingly irreversible browning of the Great No-longer-white North. In Halifax NS, opposition to the Islamization of Canada allegedly manifests itself in the harassment of Muslim (and wannabe Muslim) women who wear the hijab.

So says Amina Ajawaby, pictured, wearing her hijab at left. Ms Ajawaby is president of the Dalhousie University Student Union, which is now offering "emergency hijab kits" to anyone whose hijab is ripped off (literally) by racist, Islamophobic Canucks, or who fear such an outrage might happen but decide to wear the Islamic headgear anyway.

For that matter, anyone who just wants a hijab to carry around in her (or his?) purse, as a form of virtue-signalling or proteest, can call Dalhousie security services -- seriously -- which will deliver a kit to them anywhere on campus. The kits include a piece of fabric, pins, a small guide on how to wrap the hijab and important numbers for reporting such hate crimes.

The kit, sponsored by the Dalhousie Student Union (Amina Ajawaby, prop.) and the pro-diversity Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group, was launched last week after "many students" said they were concerned for their safety following the shooting earlier this year at a Québec City mosque. No incidents of violence have actually been reported in Halifax, but Ms Ajawaby said she previously was told of cases on campus and off. "I don't know if they have been necessarily reported, but just by being a member of the Muslim community, people have come to me and let me know."

Diversity does NOT make us strong, sez Ann Coulter

I don't know about you, dear reader, but I am sick, sore and tired of having pro-diversity propaganda shoved down my throat by the lamestream media 24/7. Fifty years ago the aim of all progressive and right-thinking people was "integration". It didn't take long for people to realize that "integration" lasts from the moment the first black family moves into the neighbourhood until the last white family moves out. So, in much the same way as "global warming" morphed into "climate change", yesterday's push for integration became today's shove towards "diversity", the more the better. Because diversity makes us strong. Right? Well, I call BS on that!

"Diversity is a strength" is a big black crock of bullshit, a Big Lie of which Joseph Goebbels would be proud. That's not just my opinion, but that of Ann Coulter, expressed very forcefully in Adios America! (Regnery Publishing, 2015), which I am just now getting around to reading. [My keyboard won't make the upside-down !. Ed.] Here, by way of my strong recommendation, is an excerpt.

The companion lie to the "America is a nation of immigrants" lie is "diversity is a strength." Praising diversity is simply part of the PC dogma, a mantra constantly being pounded into our heads. Repeat after me: Diversity is a strength. Diversity is a strength. Diversity is a strength. It's like the shrieking radios permanently attached to bright people's ears in the Kurt Vonnegut story "Harrison Bergeron", to prevent them from using their superior intelligence. Contrary to everything you've heard, never in recorded history has diversity been anything but a disaster.

Look at Ireland with its Protestant and Catholic populations, Canada with its French and English populations, Israel with its Jewish and Palestinian populations. Or consider the warring factions in India, Sri Lanka, China, Iraq, Czechoslovakia (until it happily split up), the Balkans and Chechnya. Also review the festering hotbeds of tribal warfare -- I mean the "beautiful mosaic" -- in Third World disasters like Afghanistan, Rwanda, and South Central LA. If diversity is their strength, I'd hate to see what their weakness is. The fact that we have to be incessantly told how wonderful diversity is only proves that it's not....

In response to the wanton slaughter of thirteen American troops at Fort Hood by a disgruntled second-generation Muslim immigrant, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, Army Chief of Staff General George Case went on Meet the Press and said, "Our diversity, not only in our army but in our country, is a strength." Then a few years later, after two Chechen immigrants bombed the Boston Marathon, former CIA director Michael Hayden told a Fox News Sunday panel, "We welcome these kinds of folks coming to the United States." Really? The kind that launch murderous attacks on Americans? Do people even listen to themselves when they spout these bromides, or is it just background music? Saying he was speaking "as the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency," Hayden added, "Immigration to this country contributes to our national security." The 9/11 attackes must have been fantastic for national security!

Hayden also made the strange announcement that America is "required to look like the world." Is that in the CIA charter? I know it's in the Democratic Party's platform and also in the wedding vows of John Kerry and Teresa Heinz. This wasn't some nut from the ACLU. It was a former government official -- the head of the CIA. At least it becomes less of a mystery why no one at the CIA saw 9/11 coming.

A few days later on MSNBC, Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff of California responded to Muslim immigrants' bombing the Boston Marathon by saying, "The American-Muslim community is a source of great strength to us...our strength in America has always been our diversity." Do these people have a silicone chip in their brains that makes them say that? How about a rousing chorus of: "Four legs good, two legs bad!" This is the sort of brainwashing Americans are relentlessly subjected to, day after day, from every major news outlet. The good news is, even after years of wall-to-wall propaganda, Americans still aren't sold on the idea.

Thus endeth the excerpt. Buy or borrow Adios America!, and read the truth the government and the lamestream media won't trust us with.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

VIDEO: Hitler reacts to Canuck grad student thought crimes

Let me set this up for you. [Or you can go straight to the video. It's not hard to figure out what it's all about. Ed.] There's been quite a kerfuffle in the World's Most Diverse, Inclusive and (above all) Liberal Democracy (= the Great No-longer-white North) over a TV debate on the issues of "transgender pronouns" -- "ze", "zer", "zis" etc -- and compelled speech.

Lindsay Shepherd, a graduate student in communications (!) at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo ON, showed a discussion group a video extract of a debate between Jordan Peterson, one of Canada’s most brilliant, courageous, and rigorous academics, and transgender advocate Nicholas Matte, both of whom are professors at the University of Toronto. For the heinous offence of presenting both sides of a current public controversy, Ms Shepherd was the subject of complaint, official harassment, and a disgustingly biased kangaroo court at which she was told, in no uncertain terms, that it was "inappropriate" to expose naïve university students to the utterances of people like Prof. Peterson -- racists, sexists, homophobes, fascists, the whole lot of them!

Indeed the actual words "racism", "white supremacist" and, yes, "Hitler" were used by Ms Shepherd's accusers to indicate the seriousness of her alleged transgression. You can see where we're going with this, EH. The antifa bullies managed to reduce Ms Shepherd to tears. Fortunately, she remained composed enough to keep recording the entire "hearing". After about a week, she released the tape to the media, which gave it wide and sympathetic play, and, somewhat surprisingly, took the side of Ms Shepherd... and free speech.

Conrad Black wrote in the National Post
: "Once the rock was lifted on this process and the force of public opinion could be detected, the WLU leadership wobbled and crumpled in a familiar display of instant capitulation by university administrations at the first indication of headwinds. It appears to be the modus operandi of that university in particular to surrender at once to any adversity, but it is satisfying that the university at least caved in the right direction this time, to a justly aggrieved complainant and not to the totalitarian spirit of those who arraigned her."

One of the WLU disciplinarians, Prof. Nathan Rambukkana, issued a public apology to Ms Shepherd last Monday, and WLU President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah MacLatchy followed along with her own act of contrition a day later, telling the CBC that the university regrets how the meeting between Ms Shepherd and her professors was conducted. "The issue was how — the format of — the meeting [that] was held and the discussion that went on about a question that had happened in the tutorial," she said, adding that she was "shocked" [not "shocked, SHOCKED!"? Ed.] at how Ms Shepherd was treated.

Vice-Chancellor MacLatchy went on to say that WLU is... wait for it... putting together a task force to provide an updated statement on how it should handle a situation like this. It has also launched a third-party investigation. What does Ms Shepherd have to say about this? In an interview with CBC News last Wednesday, she said she's glad Prof. Rambukkana and Ms MacLatchy have apologized, but doesn't think they had any other option. Indeed. And now to the video.

"Religion of Peace": in Egypt, Muslims kill 100s of other Muslims

Islam, the self-styled "Religion of Peace", is not monolithic, any more than Christianity or the Catholic Church itself is monolithic. The two main branches or divisions of Islam are Sunni Islam and Shia Islam. The Shi'ites [Ed., please check spelling.] are the ones who dominate in Iran and Iraq, although you could get an argument about Iraq. [No kidding. Ed.] It is believed that the mad mullahs of Iran want to establish a "Shia crescent" all the way from their country through Syria and Lebanon to the Mediterranean.

The Sunnis are the other ones, a persecuted minority (?) in Iraq, but the dominant group in most of the Gulf States and, most dangerously, Saudi Arabia. Extremist Sunnis are the core of ISIS. As Junior Trudeau, who loves all Muslims, says, "Sunni ways, my friends. Sunni ways."

There are others, like Sufists or Sufi Muslims. Non-Muslims often mistake Sufism as a sect of Islam. Sufism is more accurately described as an aspect or dimension of Islam. Sufi orders (Tariqas) can be found in Sunni, Shia and other Islamic groups. Sufism is often defined as "Islamic mysticism", "the inward dimension of Islam", or "the phenomenon of mysticism within Islam", not unlike the "charismatics" of both Protestant and Catholic Christianity. Although the overwhelming majority of Sufis are adherents of Sunni Islam, there strands of Sufi practice can also be found within Shia Muslim communities.

There are fewer Sufis today than there were yesterday, in Egypt, where officials are investigating the massacre of 305 (and counting) worshippers at a Sufi mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed, in the Sinai. Witnesses say the attackers were carrying the flag of the Islamic State (ISIS) and (of course) yelling "Allahu akbar!"

They bombed the Al-Rawda mosque, driving survivors outside where dozens of gunmen opened fire on those trying to escape. The assailants reportedly set parked vehicles parked in the vicinity on fire to block off access to the building, and fired on ambulances trying to help victims. Thirty children are among the dead and more than 100 people were wounded.

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to respond with "the utmost force", and the Egyptian military says it has already conducted air strikes on terrorist targets. Egyptian security forces have for years been fighting an Islamist insurgency in the Sinai peninsula, and militants affiliated with ISIS have been behind scores of deadly attacks in the desert region. "What is happening is an attempt to stop us from our efforts in the fight against terrorism," Mr Sisi said in a televised address. "The armed forces and the police will avenge our martyrs and restore security and stability with the utmost force."

And so the Islamic civil war continues. Walt wonders why we are investing financial and human resources in trying to bring peace (???) to that perpetually troubled part of the world, especially when we can no longer be sure which side is the right side to be backing. (See, for example, "Why the Canadian Army is 'suspending' ops in Iraq", WWW 28/10/17.) Why not just get our troops and matériel out of the sandpit, and let the Islamists duke it out? Answers on the back of a postage stamp, please, to the usual address.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Brit mom calls out "Sleeping Beauty" for promoting sexual harassment

In addition to Zimbabwe, I have lived and worked in Britain -- notice I didn't say "GREAT Britain" -- and can tell you that it really is a nitwit country, worse even than Canada. It is a land where sexual exploitation of underage girls is overlooked if it's done by Muslims, because no-one wants to be accused of racism, but a fictional story in which a handsome prince kisses a Sleeping Beauty may be removed from schools because it "might have an inappropriate message".

Seriously. This is not satire. According to the Newcastle Chronicle, Sarah Hall, a "public relations professional" as well as an "online advocate for gender and diversity issues", was shocked, SHOCKED, to realize, while reading Sleeping Beauty to her six-year-old son, that it might influence him to believe that it was OK to kiss a girl without her consent.

Ms Hall took to Twitter (of course) to share these concerns, and asked her son's school to ban the book, claiming that it teaches children that it's okay to kiss a woman while she's asleep.

"I think it's a specific issue in the Sleeping Beauty story about sexual behaviour and consent," she told the Chronicle. "It’s about saying is this still relevant, is it appropriate? In today’s society, it isn’t appropriate. My son is only six, he absorbs everything he sees, and it isn’t as if I can turn it into a constructive conversation."

However, when Ms Hall contacted her son's school and asked for the book to be removed from classes for younger children's classes, she acknowledged that the book could be a "great resource" for older children. "I don’t think taking Sleeping Beauty books [sic] out of circulation completely would be right. I actually think it would be a great resource for older children, you could have a conversation around it, you could talk about consent, and how the Princess might feel," she said.

Ms Hall's comments sparked a debate on Twitter, where many criticized her interpretations of the story.

Another Twitterer added, "You know that bears don’t really eat porridge, right?"

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Canadiens: Poor Len knows the score... unfortunately...

Walt has been a bit preoccupied this last week, what with Zimbabwe undergoing a revolution of sorts, Canadians bracing for still more "refugees" and Moore stories about politicians doing what men have always done. Can you imagine? Anyway, for a break from all that, let's give Poor Len Canayen the floor so he can demuddify the situation with his beloved Montréal Canadiens. Ed.

Tank you, Ed. Having watched last night's game between the Habs and the Nashville Predators, right to the bitter end -- and I chose that word deliberately -- I think this is a good time to make a prediction. Unclear the future is, but through the ice fog I see... 2018 NHL playoffs not including la Sainte Flannelle. Now I'll tell you why.

But first, a word about the Nashville Predators. Last night was my first time this year to see the Preds in action, and I was curious to see how P.K. Subban (now in his second year with the team) and Alexei Emelin (acquired indirectly through last June's expansion draft) would get along together, and how they would perform against their old teammates. Subban was his usual showboaty self. His turnover led to the first Montéal goal, but a furious rush into the Habs' zone set up the second Nashville goal, which looked like being the winner until 19:05 of the third period. Subban also tried to pick a fight with the littlest Hab (Brendan Gallagher) and distributed half a dozen checks. Emelin had four solid hits, but all on the boards, not the devastating open-ice checks for which he was famous in Montréal. I wish he still wore the bleu-blanc-et-rouge.

Not that the Habs' defence was that bad last night. In spite of the absence of their star defenceman, Shea Weber -- who came to us in trade for Subban, and a good thing too! -- they did a pretty fair job, for a crew of limited talent, in keeping the opposition from having clear shots at Anton Niemi. Credit must be given to Jeff Petry, who's had a mediocre season who far, but stepped up nicely yesterday, making some impressive defensive plays and doing what he could, when he could to start breakouts. On that score, though, he's no Andrei Markov, another Russian ex-Hab who is sorely missed.

Niemi is the fourth (4th!) goaltender to pay more than one game for the Canadiens. Carey Price is on the injury list and, frankly, hasn't played all that well right from the start of the season. There are rumours, which I hope are untrue, about troubles in his domestic life which he would certainly have trouble forgetting while on the ice. Backup goalie Al Montoya is also injured. Charlie Lindgren was brought up from the Laval Rocket of the AHL, and for the first three or four games looked like being a latter-day Ken Dryden who could backstop the team at least into a payoff birth. After his last two outings though, he will likely return to Laval this weekend, shell-shocked.

Niemi played well in last night's game, staying calm in the net (unlike Lindgren) and making some good saves. He allowed only two goals regulation time and overtime, and was only beaten on the third shot of the shoot-out, leaving Nashville with a 3-2 win. The Canadiens salvaged a point only in the last minute of regulation time, on a goal by Joe Morrow (D). The Habs' first goal came on a shot from just inside the blueline by Jordie Benn (D). And that, there, tells you all you need to know about the team's future.

The problem is that the Canadiens' offence is inoffensive. They can't score. In spite of taking a reasonable number of shots, they can't find the back of the net, and are averaging somewhere in the vicinity of two goals per game. Stanley Cups aren't won like that. IMHO there's not enough offensive zone time, and too much passing when they do have control of the puck in the opposition's end. In particular, I would like to see Jonathan Drouin shoot more. The reason he doesn't may be that he's being forced to play centre, instead of sniping from the right wing. Captain Max Pacioretty seems lethargic, or perhaps the right word is "unengaged". Some are starting to compare him to Phil Kessel, when the latter was with the Toronto Maple Laffs -- good for 30 goals but not showing a whole lot of leadership on the ice.

Last night's Montréal lineup included Jakob De La Rose and Charles Hudon, who -- I've said it before and will say it again -- are B-team guys, fine in the AHL but not talented enough for the Big Team. Alex Galchenyuk tried hard, which is not something he always does. Perhaps he's heard that he's for the chop if any team who wants him can be found. Gritty Andrew Shaw tried hard too, as always, but has the problem of being a "heat score", drawing the negative attention of the refugees (the guys in stripes) at least once in every game. Brendan Gallagher, my favourite forward so far this season, took a lot of physical punishment, as usual, and at least had the satisfaction of having got in the way of the Preds' goalie on the Benn goal. But still, not one of the players named in this paragraph scored.

That's all ye know and all ye need to know. Changes in the roster there will be, but doubtful, the future is.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Zimbabwe's $100 trillion dollar dog

As I've mentioned before, I lived and worked in Zimbabwe some years ago, in the years when it had only gone half-way down the toilet. I remember well the day in 1997 when the former President-for-Life -- how sweet to be able to say that! -- announced that he would give all his "war veterans" generous pensions for life. That was one promise he kept. The printing presses started rolling, and the value of the Zimbabwe dollar (aka "Zimkwacha") in real money fell by 50% overnight. And it kept falling too. Inflation became hyperinflation, and the number of zeros on the banknotes grew and grew. Zimbabwe set a record for the largest denomination banknote ever printed. Here it is.

The day after the new super-high-denomination notes appeared, Ndlovu ran into Moyo on the main street of Bulawayo. Noticing that Moyo was carrying a dog, he asked him, "Where are you going that you're carrying your dog?"
"I'm taking him to the market," Moyo replied. "I hear there's a $100 trillion note now, and I aim to sell him for that much. Surely with $100 trillion I could buy something more than a loaf of bread."
The next day, Moyo and Ndlovu met again at the local beer hall. "Did you succeed in selling your dog for $100 trillion?", asked Ndlovu.
"Not exactly," said Moyo, "but I was able to trade him for two cats worth $50 trillion each!"

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Zimbabwe: Tyrant quits, tyranny continues

So, farewell then, Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe, former President-for-Almost-Life of Zimbabwe. Reports from Hahaharare (the fun capital of Africa) say that you submitted your resignation, in writing no less, just as impeachment proceedings got under way this afternoon. By quitting now, you dodged a bullet... literally.

It has come to my attention that there were some readers who didn't get the joke in the meme that accompanied my post on Comrade Bob's dismissal, just a few weeks ago, from the position of World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador created for him by the incredibly naive (or corrupt?) Chair of that "organization". To understand both that and the last line of the first paragraph, be advised that in chiShona, the main native language of Zimbabwe, "Hendiende!" means "I will not go!"

"I will not go!" was Comrade Mugabe's attitude even after his own ZANU-PF party fired him as its President following a military quasi-coup late last week. On Friday he read, rather haltingly, a statement saying he would "preside" (as a president does) over a party congress scheduled for next month. On Sunday he called a cabinet meeting for Tuesday morning, and "presided" over the handful of ministers who turned up. Meanwhile, on Monday, his own party launched in Zimbabwe's Parliament a motion to impeach him, which was being debated today when he finally said that he would go, after all.

Many observers, including Walt -- and let me remind you that I spent several years in the land of bambazonke -- assumed that there were only two ways Robert Mugabe would be dislodged from his position. Either he would die in his bed or in some other location, due to a severe case of lead poisoning. It was only a question of which would come first. His resigning in writing may reflect the way the world has changed in the 21st century. Yes, even Africa. There was no storming of State House, no being hung upside down from a lamppost, no execution by firing squad, not even a quiet private hanging. The coup was bloodless and, apart from the singing and dancing in the streets, quiet.

Does this mean that the povo -- the poor people of Zimbabwe -- can expect to see some improvement in their lives? Under Comrade Bob, the former Rhodesia went from being Africa's breadbasket to another African basket case. His legacy is a standard of living, an average life expectancy and an average annual income all lower than they were in the bad old days of "white settler rule".

He will be remembered for the kleptocracy which impoverished his people, for the Gukurahundi massacres in Matabeleland in the 1980s, for the farm invasions of the 1990s and later, and for the brutal repression of the opposition any time it seemed at all close to winning an election.

Mr Mugabe's place is like to be taken by Emmerson Mnangagwa, aka ED Mnangagwa [no relation! Ed.], the vice-president whom Comrade Bob purported to fire, earlier this month, to pave the way for the succession of his wife, Gucci Grace. As Western governments rush to congratulate Zimbabwe on its peaceful transition, they forget that Comrade ED was deeply involved in most of those crimes.

Mr Mnangagwa is known as "The Crocodile", for his association with a group of black nationalist rebels in the early days of the fight against white rule. Others say the appellation stems from his power, ruthlessness and ability to survive the tough, sometimes aggressive world of African politics. We all know how crocodiles deal with their enemies, right?

The 75-year-old was a loyal henchman to Comrade Bob for years, gaining a reputation for being astute, ruthless and effective. He was was one of those who helped the dictator cling to power when, at times, it seemed as if his grip might be weakening. As Zimbabwe's Minister for National Security, he became notorious for overseeing the Gukurahundi -- the brutal 1983 campaign against supporters of Comrade Mugabe's rival, Joshua Nkomo. Between 10,000 and 20,000 Ndebele people are estimated to have died in Matabeleland during what was really a tribal war. A good deal of the killing was done by the the Zimbabwe army's Fifth Brigade, equipped and trained by North Korea.

Since then, Comrade ED has kept himself busy in various government positions, most recently as one of two vice presidents. Nor has he been averse to accepting the rewards of his hard work. He is rumoured to have amassed a considerable fortune and been involved in the development (read: looting) of the Marange diamond fields, in which something like 15 billion dollars is said to have disappeared. Mr Mnangagwa was targeted by US sanctions in the early 2000s, for undermining democratic development in Zimbabwe, and he was named in a United Nations investigation into exploitation of mineral resources in Congo.

A former UK foreign secretary told Sky News, "The negative is he's got a lousy record - he was involved in the very serious massacres in the Matabeleland a long, long time ago. His succession, if that's what happens, would be a continuation of the status quo.". Prominent Zimbabwean opposition politician David Coltart (a really decent human being) tweeted, "We have removed a tyrant but not yet a tyranny." Or, to put it the way they do in neighbouring Moçambique: a luta continua!

Further reading: "Poor Robert Mugabe", by Hannes Wessels, in Taki's Magazine, 17/11/17.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Book review: "I Can't Breathe", by Matt Taibbi

It's been difficult for me to read I Can't Breathe, by Matt Taibbi (Spiegel & Grau, 2017). Not that it is poorly written; it is quite the opposite. Nor was it because I don't see eye-to-eye with the author on the issues. Mr Taibbi is reliably liberal, as you would expect of a writer for Rolling Stone. If anyone is entitled to put the letters "SJW" after his name, it's Matt Taibbi. My discomfort stems from being reminded that those advocating "Justice for Eric Garner" and other victims of police killings are not always wrong, as some on the right say. That's what I Can't Breathe is about.

For those who don't remember, Eric Garner was a petty criminal who eked out a subsistence living for himself and his wives and children by hawking untaxed cigarettes around Tompkinsville Park, in Staten Island, a borough of New York City. On 17 July 2014, a cop named Daniel Pantaleo, already the subject of numerous complaints, put a chokehold on Mr Garner during an arrest for allegedly selling "loosies" -- single cigarettes.

The final moments of his life were captured on a video shot by Ramsey Orta, another small-time miscreant and Mr Garner's friend. What millions saw in the video was Officer Pantaleo killing Eric Garner. In spite of the video evidence, Officer Pantaleone was never indicted, let alone convicted, nor was he punished in any way for anything.

The case was presented to a grand jury by the then District Attorney (now Congressman) Dan Donovan. Mr Taibbi suggests, as have numerous lawyers, that Mr Donovan "threw" the grand jury hearing, focusing on exculpatory evidence and the unsavoury background of Eric Garner, rather than trying to get an indictment. We will never know, because the authorities have stonewalled the release of any details of the grand jury hearing.

I Can't Breathe
focuses chiefly on the death of Eric Garner and the subsequent denial of justice by the so-called "justice system", but Matt Taibbi also canvases some of the many other extra-judicial killings -- police murders -- which have occurred in today's "postracial America" (as the Prez would have it), in Chicago, Baltimore, Cleveland, Ferguson MO and Star City AR. The author makes a powerful argument for the proposition that the "criminal justice system" is (a) racist and (b) broken.

Having been caught up in the system myself, I cannot but agree with (b). The system is FUBAR. For me, (a) is the hard part. But the evidence is there, in black and white (if you'll forgive the pun). I don't believe that anyone, of any colour, no matter how much of a lowlife he may be, deserves to be killed or even physically assaulted by cops who believe their badge gives makes them judge, jury and... yes... executioner. If you think Eric Garner and the others who met death at the hands of the police "just got what was coming to them", please read I Can't Breathe.

Further reading: "Prez calls for 'soul searching' in wake of Baltimore race riot", WWW 28/4/15.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Canadian ISIS fighters to be welcomed home, "reintegrated" into society

Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, pictured, is a devout Sikh, an adherent to one of the two religions identified by many Canadians as being detrimental to their society. (The other one is... wait for it... Islam. See "Poll: Most Canadians think Islam, Sikhism bad for their society", WWW 17/11/17.) Not that that has anything to with his government's decision to welcome back Canadian citizens who went to the Middle East to fight for ISIS. That's a case of collective insanity, a decision made by Junior Trudeau's Liberal, feminist, Islamophile cabinet.

At the end of 2015, the Canuck government said its alleged intelligence service was aware of about 180 individuals "with a nexus to Canada" who had travelled overseas to join ISIS, al-Qaeda and other groups of Islamic terrorists. Another 60 were thought to have gone to the sandpit and then returned to Canada. Now, with the almost total collapse of ISIS in Iraq and Syria over the last few months, the question arises of what to do with the 15 dozen or so bitter-enders, who are likely to return to the Great No-longer-white North.

How about killing them before they can return? A modest and reasonable suggestion, you would think. And not without precedent. Britain, France, Australia and the Paranoid States of America all have policies such as were described by Brett McGurk, the special envoy for the fight against ISIS appointed by the Prez, now serving under President Trump. On a recent visit to Syria he told the press, "Our mission is to make sure that any foreign fighter who is here, who joined ISIS from a foreign country and came into Syria, that they will die here in Syria."

Rory Stewart, the British minister of international development, spoke to the BBC last month about citizens who chose to leave the country to join ISIS. "I'm afraid we have to be serious about the fact these people are a serious danger to us," he told the interviewer. "These are people who are executing people...who have held women and children hostage, who are torturing and murdering, trying, by violence, to impose their will. Our response has to be, when somebody does that, I'm afraid, to deal with that. Unfortunately the only way of dealing with them will be, in almost every case, to kill them."

According to Christian Leuprecht, an expert on terrorism and security at Canada's Royal Military College, "Australia is another country that's taken the same approach — that they would prefer that those individuals who've been identified as foreign fighters not return home." Even the French surrender monkeys are working to eradicate their jihadis overseas. A Wall Street Journal investigation published in May quoted French and Iraqi officials describing French special forces co-operating with Iraqi units to hunt down and kill French jihadis.

The Canadian government -- notorious now for making Islamic terrorists into multi-millionaires -- is taking the a different approach. Unlike their allies in the fight against Islamic extremism, the Canucks do not have a policy of targeted assassination for its foreign fighters. Poor old Ralph Goodale, the Public Safety Minister and Designated Apologist for the Trudeau Liberals, appeared on CBC's Power & Politics yesterday to do a little virtue-signalling. "Canada does not engage in death squads," he said. But, he admitted, "with the battlefield activity winding down, there is a very real question about where the foreign fighters go, and all of our allies, whether they're in the Five Eyes or the G7, we've all agreed to collaborate very carefully."

Meaning what, exactly? Well, Mr Goodale said, anyone -- born in Canada or from elsewhere -- who poses a terrorist risk will be viewed "with the greatest of seriousness" by Canada's intelligence, security and police agencies. So there! As Mr Goodale spoke, Minister Sajjan told gabfest on international security at Halifax, "We will make sure that we put every type of resource into place so Canadians are well protected."

Meaning what, exactly? Well, they'll be allowed to come back to Canada, where they will be "deradicalized" and "reintegrated" into Canadian society, in hopes that they will live peacefully ever after. Does that sound like a plan? Or does it just sound like an extreme case of naïveté?

Christian Leuprecht says deradicalization programmes are highly controversial and there is little empirical evidence that they work. In any case, Canada doesn't have such a programme. In June, the Canuck government launched, with much fanfare, the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence. Unfortunately, it does not handle individual cases, but "supports initiatives by other levels of government and organizations across Canada." A spokesthingy for Mr Goodale's ministry says it also supports "action-orientated research", whatever that means.

The CBC reports that to date, only two returnees, Pamir Hakimzadah and Rehab Dughmosh, have been charged with leaving Canada to participate in terrorism. Four more men, some of whom may be dead, have been charged in absentia. To date, no Canadian has been successfully prosecuted for travelling to Syria or Iraq to join a terror group. More than 200 Canadian "terrorist travellers" have faced no legal consequences in Canada.

Says Mr Leuprecht of the terror, "They're not stupid. They know that CSIS [the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service -- hah!] will likely monitor them using wiretap warrants, on grounds of reasonable suspicion. And you can use that sort of warrant for up to six months. And if CSIS can't show that there are grounds for keeping that warrant in place, then normally it won't be renewed."

Walt wishes the Canucks good luck with all that. And when a follower of the Prophet shouts "Allahu akbar!" and drives a U-haul truck into a crowd of pedestrians on Yonge Street, please don't say, "Wooooah! We didn't see that coming!"

Friday, November 17, 2017

Poll: Most Canadians think Islam, Sikhism bad for their society

Just heard from Agent 3 for the second time this week. In the third week of October (he writes) he responded to a poll conducted by the respected (and politically neutral) Angus Reid organization. Since the subject was "social issues", Agent 3 responded with alacrity (and very quickly too), but, since he figured the poll was being taken on behalf of Canada's Liberal government, he didn't expect to see the results published.

Surprise! The poll of nearly 2000 Canucks was conducted in partnership with Faith in Canada 150, powered by Cardus, a think tank. It's a non-denominational initiative "designed to engage Canadians and their institutions in a rich and robust conversation on faith in our common life." They took the poll, it seems, to see what impact their efforts to Draw All Faiths Together (DAFT) have had, and released the results earlier this week... even though the results were disappointing to those who believe people of all "faith communities" should get in a big circle and sing "Kumbaya".

The survey found that Canadians are divided over whether religious diversity is healthy for the country, and consider Islam, in particular, to be a negative force. 26% of respondents said increasing religious diversity is a good thing, while 23% said it is bad. (Agent 3 didn't say which group he fell into, but we can guess, can't we.) 44% said diversity brings a mix of good and bad, and the remaining 7% were unsure or, being Canadian, too polite to say how they really feel.

Questions about respondents' views on particular religious groups revealed strong anti-Islam sentiment. 46% of those polled said Islam is damaging Canada, while only 13% per cent said it is beneficial. 20% either did not know or care to say (see above), while 21% said the "Religion of Peace" has no real impact. The pollsters said the results are in keeping with "a well-documented pattern. Namely, if Islam is involved, a significant segment of Canadians will react negatively."

Catholicism, Protestantism, evangelical Christianity and Judaism all had overall positive ratings. The only other religion with an overall negative score was Sikhism, with 22% calling it damaging and 13%. Bad news for Jagmeet Singh, the new leader of Canada's socialistic New Democrats, who makes a big point of being a practising Sikh, wearing his very tall orange turban as a kind of visual punctuation mark.

Angus Reid, the founder and president of the eponymous institute, said he found it "disheartening that Canadians are not more committed to the freedom of religion enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms." Only a slight majority — 55% — of respondents said freedom of religion makes Canada a better country, while 14% said the freedom makes Canada worse and 21% thought it has no impact. Mr Reid told an interviewer, "I think the low number of Canadians who celebrate the fact that we have religious freedom is very troubling and really speaks to the forces of secularization that are at work in Canadian society."

Mr Reid sees in the results a "potential for intolerance" towards believers, especially adherents of minority religions. Asked whether various groups' influence was growing or shrinking in Canada, respondents identified Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism as growing. Canada's more established religious groups were all seen to have a shrinking influence.

Ray Pennings, executive vice-president of Cardus, said he thinks "what we're talking about is a public narrative." He found significance in the finding that the two groups seen negatively are also those with visible religious symbols such as the hijab and turban. (The poll was taken in the same week that the Québec National Assembly passed Bill 62, which restricts the wearing of religious headgear when providing or receiving public services.) "Is it a discomfort with the particulars of their faith," Mr Pennings asked, "or is it a discomfort with the fact that they’re different than us?"

The pollsters asked about that -- about "cases where religious practice intersects with the public sphere". There was solid opposition to the niqab, a garment worn by some Muslim women that covers the entire face except the eyes. 49% of respondents said a woman in a niqab should be prohibited from visiting a government office and 29% said she should be discouraged but tolerated. Only 22% said the woman should be welcomed.

As is frequently seen on questions of religion, opinion in Québec was strongest on many of the questions. Fully 55% of Quebec respondents said Islam is damaging, and it was the only region where more people considered Judaism damaging (22%) than saw it as beneficial (11%). Québécois were most opposed to the niqab, with 68% saying it should be banned in government offices, which is the gist of Bill 62. They were also the most likely (31% vs 23% nationally) to identify increasing religious diversity as a bad thing.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Canuck foreign minister Freeland skips 5th round of NAFTA talks

Chrystia Freeland, Canada's Minister of Global Affairs [sic] is a shining example [horrible example, surely! Ed.] of the Peter Principle in action. Dr Laurence J. Peter wrote that in any organization, especially a bureaucracy, people get promoted to the level of their incompetence. Or, in the case of Ms Freeland, beyond. She was clearly in over her head as Minister for International Trade, when, only a year ago, she burst into tears and stormed out of a negotiation meant to work out a Canada-Europe Trade Agreement (CETA), crying that "These [Europeans] are impossible! I'm going home to my children!"

Fortunately for the lovely and fragrant Ms Freeland, her boss, Justin "Mr Socks" Trudeau, flew over to Brussels right sharpish and smoothed things over. The agreement, however, remains unratified as of this writing -- just another fancy but meaningless piece of paper.

Having thus demonstrated that throwing a hissy fit is a great negotiating tactic, Ms Freeland was promoted to Global Affairs, to take charge of negotiations with the USA and Mexico to revise the much-flawed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Liberal government which Junior Trudeau leads and of which Ms Freeland is a part wants NAFTA "improved" by the addition of sections designed to... wait for it... respect the rights of indigenous peoples, promote gender equality, and combat the horrors of climate change. Just what you'd expect from a gender-equal cabinet of certified limousine liberals and SJWs. Trouble is, the Americans and the Mexicans have no interest in those things. They just want to find better ways to do business together. So... things are not going well.

The fifth round of talks began in Mexico City this week, but Chrystia Freeland is not there. Neither is American trade representative Robert Lighthizer or Mexican Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal. The official explanation for their absence is that the top negotiators don't need to talk to each other, since they met on the sidelines of last week's APEC summit in Vietnam. A statement from the Canadian Ministry of Propaganda [Ed., please check.] says "Given the substantive discussions held between the ministers at APEC, the ministers agreed not to attend the fifth round so negotiators can continue to make important progress on key chapters advanced in Round 4. The chief negotiators from Mexico, the United States and Canada will be in constant communication with their respective ministers and will report on the progress reached in Round 5."

That's the party line, according to the Canadian Broadcorping Castration. [I checked. Ed.] The CBC says "a source with direct knowledge of the talks told CBC News that the push for political leaders to take a step back from the negotiating table came from Lighthizer." And that is true, according to an insider who spoke "on background" to Agent 3, but not for the reason suggested by the press release.

Walt can reveal, thanks to the inside dope just received, that the real reason is that Mr Lighthizer simply cannot stand the lovely and fragrant Chrystia Freeland. He doesn't want her at the negotiating table, or even in the same room! Not even in the same hotel! So word was sent to Ottawa that if she goes, he won't. To save face, the diplomats concocted the story that the non-meeting is by mutual agreement. Dear reader, which version of "the truth" sounds more plausible to you?

Further reading on WWW: "Questioning the CBC's love affair with Chrystia Freeland", WWW 8/10/17, and "Bill Maher calls BS on 'shared values' with Muslims", WWW 18/4/17, which includes a great video of Mr Maher -- no friend of Walt's -- destroying the legal blonde cabinet minister.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

VIDEO: Mugabes under house arrest as Zimbabwean army takes over

This is an update on yesterday's post predicting a military coup in the failing state of Zimbabwe. Yesterday, Zimbabwean National Army commander Constantino Chiwenga issued an unprecedented statement saying purges against senior ruling party officials linked to the 1970s liberation war should end "forthwith". "When it comes to matters of protecting our revolution," he said, "the military will not hesitate to step in." And lo, it has come to pass. Lifetime pct .992.

Today a spokesthingy for the army announced on state-owned radio and TV stations that they have President Robert Mugabe and his wife in custody, and are securing government offices and patrolling the streets of the capital, Harare, following a night of unrest. In an address to the nation after taking control of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, Maj.-Gen. Sibusiso Moyo said the military is targeting "criminals" around Mugabe, and sought to reassure the country that order will be restored. Without saying where Mugabe and his wife are being held, Moyo said, "Their security is guaranteed."

Although these events have all the hallmarks of a coup, supporters of the military praised their actions as a "bloodless correction". In the video, you see armed soldiers in bakkies (= pickup trucks) and armoured personnel carriers stationed at key points in Harare. Walt notes that the personnel carriers are the same antiquated vehicles in use when he lived in the country, twenty years ago. Then, as now, they were seen broken down or out of diesel at the roadside! Meanwhile, Zimbabweans formed long lines at banks in order to draw the limited cash available, a routine chore in the country's ongoing financial crisis. People looked at their phones to read about the army takeover and others went to work or to shops.

Jacob Zuma, the President of South Africa, says he has spoken with Comrade Bob, and that the 93-year-old dictator is confined to one of his homes -- which one was unclear -- but is "fine". A statement from Mr Zuma's office says, in his capacity as Chair of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), Mr Zuma is sending South Africa's ministers of defence and state security to Zimbabwe to meet with Mr Mugabe and the military. The purpose of the meeting is unclear, but may be to arrange for the Mugabes, Bob and the lovely Grace, to go into exile into the neighbouring country. The problem with that is that President Zuma's hold on office is slipping. If he is deposed, where will he and his several wives, along with the Mugabes, run then? It is said that SADC will continue to monitor the situation closely. So will Walt. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

UPDATED: Zimbabwe braces for military coup to oust Mugabes

Assiduous readers of WWW will know that Walt has a keen interest in Zimbabwe, that failing state in the southern part of the Dark Continent where he lurked [worked, surely! Ed.] in the last decade of the 20th century. Walt got out just before the country's currency tanked completely, but still follows the news from the land of bambazonke. (If you ever lived there, you'll know what that means.)

The present state of play is that the Mugabe's rule, as has been the case since independence in 1980. Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe, on the right in the picture, started out as Prime Minister, then became President as well, and later decided the country didn't need a prime minister anyway. He is now said to be wondering if there's any point in having himself declared Emperor. Perhaps President-for-Life would be enough, doing away with the need to rig elections every five years or so.

Pictured on the left, at Bob's right hand, is his second wife, DisGrace [just "Grace", surely! Ed.], with whom he was having an affair as his first wife lay dying of kidney failure. He eventually made her "Mrs Mugabe", going so far as to have the wedding blessed by the toadying Archbishop of Harare. But so far he has been unable to put her into any high office, other than the purely ceremonial one of "First Lady". Even that entitles her to a diplomatic passport, it seems, which has been enough to save her from arrest for assault in both London and Johannesburg.

Still, Grace aspires to a loftier position, perhaps that of President, once her husband, going on 94, dies of lead poisoning or other causes. Her path to the presidential throne became clearer last week, when Comrade Bob unceremoniously dumped his senior Vice-President, a veteran of the "liberation wars" named Emerson Mnangagwa. (Try and say that three times, quick!) It is expected that Zimbabwe's Shopper-in-Chief will be appointed to fill the vacancy at the ruling ZANU-PF party congress in December. That would set her up to be President, in the event that -- God forbid -- anything happens to her husband.

The fly in the ointment is that the Zimbabwean National Army (ZNA) is not fond of the lovely Grace, but loyal to Comrade Mnangagwa. Yesterday, ZNA commander Constantino Chiwenga issued an unprecedented statement saying purges against senior ruling party officials linked to the 1970s liberation war should end "forthwith". "We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution," the army chief said, "the military will not hesitate to step in."

The military statement was not reported on by the state-run broadcaster. Government spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo said only the president could respond, but Comrade Bob did not comment. The state-run broadcaster did not report on the statement. But this morning, AP reports, three armoured personnel carriers full of soldiers were seen in a convoy on a road heading toward an army barracks just outside Harare, Zimbabwe's capital city.

No army spokesman was immediately available for comment today. The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, the state broadcaster, was operating as usual, and the capital remained calm... waiting with bated breath, no doubt.

UPDATE ADDED 1145 14/11/17
: AP reports that this evening (local time) ZANU-PF has issued a statement accusing the ZNA commander of "treasonable conduct" for his threat to have the military step in. The statement said the unprecedented comments made yesterday Gen. Constantino Chiwenga were "clearly calculated to disturb national peace and stability" and were "meant to incite insurrection." Insurrection, izzit? Zimbabweans are waiting. In fact they've been waiting for decades!

Further reading
about Mugabe's Zimbabwe on WWW: "Is Zimbabwe's Comrade Bob Mugabe dead or just sleeping?", WWW 3/3/17; "Zimbabwean dictator appointed to, then removed from WHO post", WWW 22/10/17.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Prince Charles blames "foreign Jews" for Middle East turmoil

Charles, Prince of Wales, heir to the throne of the United Kingdom, for many years had a BFF by the name of Laurens van der Post -- Sir Laurens Jan van der Post, CBE, to give him his full name and title. Besides being a close friend to the prince, Sir Larry, who died in 1996, was an Afrikaner author, farmer, war hero, political adviser to British heads of government, educator, journalist, humanitarian, philosopher, explorer, conservationist and godfather to Prince William.

Prince Charles and Sir Laurens used to correspond on matters large and small, sorting out, as only members of the elite can, the problems of the world. Some of their letters have been published, some not. One that came to light just recently was a letter from the prince to the knight in 1986, excerpted in a major article in the Mail Online on Friday.

In the missive, written on 24 November 1986, immediately after an official visit the prince (then 38) made to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar, he expresses his concerns that the exodus of European Jews in the middle of the 20th century "helped to cause great problems." He gives his own view of the conflict with Israel by repeating an Arabist vision of the region. "Also begin to understand their point of view about Israel," he wrote, adding that 40 years after Israel's creation he "never realised they see it as a US colony."

"I now appreciate that Arabs and Jews were all a Semitic people originally and it is the influx of foreign, European Jews (especially from Poland they say) which has helped to cause great problems," he continued. "I know there are so many complex issues, but how can there ever be an end to terrorism unless the causes are eliminated? Surely some U.S. president has to have the courage to stand up and take on the Jewish lobby in the US?" he added, before ending with, "I must be naïve, I suppose! Charles."

Yes, Your Highness. Not just naïve but misinformed. Everyone knows there's no "Jewish lobby" in the USA. If you don't believe me, just ask the New York Times or the Washington Post.

VIDEO: Libertarian film producer Aaron Russo explains how 9/11, the war on terror and globalization all fit together to enslave us

Aaron Russo was an American entertainment businessman, film producer and director, and political activist. He was best known for producing such movies as Trading Places, Wise Guys, and The Rose. More importantly, later in life he became a staunch libertarian, and created a number of political documentaries including Mad as Hell and America: Freedom to Fascism. On 14 February 2004 (his 61st birthday), Mr Russo gave his full endorsement to the Free State Project, an agreement among 20,000 participants to move to New Hampshire for "Liberty in Our Lifetime."

In January of 2004, Mr Russo declared his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States, initially as an independent but then as a Libertarian. At the Libertarian National Convention in May of that year, he lost the nomination on the third ballot. Click here to watch his speeches and other appearances at the convention on C-SPAN.

In 2007, Aaron Russo created the political grassroots organization, Restore the Republic, to fulfill the political ambitions laid out in America: Freedom to Fascism. Shortly before his death from bladder cancer, later that year, he gave an in-depth interview to Alex Jones, to "try and get the word out to the public about what's happening to America -– and give them an opportunity to try to change things."

This short video (10:40) is a montage of clips from the interview, in which Mr Russo shares some amazing insider knowledge given to him by a member of the Rockefeller family who told him -- prior to 9/11 -- of plans to stage terror attacks and start an unwinnable "war on terror", invade foreign nations, and kickstart a high-tech police state control grid that would track the populations' every move with implantable RFID microchips. You will hear him talk about the Council on Foreign Relations, globalization, the plan for a world currency, and even women's lib -- all part of a plot by (((certain people))) to enslave us to the New World Order.

A vote of thanks -- while we can still vote! -- to Agent 6 for putting us on the track to this must-see item.

Further viewing: Click here to see Reflections And Warnings - An Interview With Aaron Russo
, the full film (1:35:45) of the interview PLUS behind the scenes footage, an exclusive interview with Mr Russo about his life, and radio interviews from the Alex Jones Show.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Polish patriots celebrate Independence Day

I admit to being bad on dates. Just terrible. Ask Mrs Walt and she'll tell you. [So will several of your agents! Ed.] Until being reminded this afternoon, I had forgotten that today was the 99th anniversary of Poland's rebirth as a nation in 1918, after having been wiped off the map for 123 years. So, even though it's late in the day, I and Poor Len Canayen [and Ed.! Ed.] wish the people of Poland HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

News reports coming in on the AP mojo wire say that, without waiting for our good wishes, something like 60,000 Polish nationalists marched through the streets of Warsaw, under the slogan "We Want God", words from an old Polish hymn that President Trump quoted from during a visit earlier this year. They carried the white-and-red national flag and lit red flares, filling the night sky with a red glow, as can be seen in this photo.

In recent years, the march, organized by groups which in the decadent nations of the West would be called "white nationalist" or even "white supremacist", has become the largest Independence Day event in Poland, overshadowing official state observances and other patriotic events. Speakers addressing the crowd spoke of standing against liberals and defending Christian values. Some participants carried banners reading "White Europe of brotherly nations."

The march has become one of the largest such demonstrations in Europe. Today it drew nationalist leaders from other countries, including Tommy Robinson from the UK and Roberto Fiore from Italy. State broadcaster TVP called the event a "great march of patriots" which drew, for the most part, not extremists but regular Poles expressing their love of their country. "It was a beautiful sight," said Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak. "We are proud that so many Poles have decided to take part in a celebration connected to the Independence Day holiday."

Earlier in the day, President Andrzej Duda presided over state ceremonies also attended by European Union president Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister. Mr Duda oversaw ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, walking past a military guard before the raising of the flags and cannon salute. After delivering a speech, he took part in a wreath-laying ceremony, kneeling and crossing himself at the monument to all unknown soldiers killed fighting for the country.

Walt hangs his head in shame that such a joyously patriotic celebration is unlikely to happen in Britain, Canada or the USA. Except for me and (I hope) you, dear reader, we Westerners have been brainwashed by the liberal politicians and the lamestream media into hating ourselves too much.

Recommended reading: The Strange Death of Europe
, by Douglas Murray (Bloomsbury, 2017)

Lest we forget

Some call it by its old name: Armistice Day. Others call it Remembrance Day. Still others know it only as November 11th. No matter what you call it, November 11th is, or should be more than just a date. It's a day to remember those who gave their lives for our countries in a number of wars.

The exact number of wars is debatable. Depends which country you're talking about, and who's counting. But they were all "good wars"... "just wars"... right? They all needed to be fought, right? To preserve freedom and democracy and equality and all those other Good Things. Right? Maybe it's all debatable.

The "Armistice" in Armistice Day refers to the truce proclaimed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 -- the armistice that ended the Great War, the war that would end all wars. But, as "The Ballad of Willie McBride" (aka "The Green Fields of France") says, it all happened again... And again... And again.

It all happened before, too. Remembrance Day 2017 is close enough to being the 205th anniversary of the Battle of Queenston Heights, fought on the west side of the Niagara River near the beginning of the War of 1812. One side was fighting for freedom and democracy. The other side was fighting for, errr, freedom and democracy.

Remembrance Day 2017 is also about seven weeks past the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Sharpsburg (aka Antietam), in which more Americans died than in any other single engagement in any other war... ever. 12,000 Union troops died that day, as did 10,500 Confederate soldiers. They were all fighting for freedom and democracy. They just had different ideas of what those words meant.

The Battle of Sharpsburg preceded by not quite three months the Battle of Fredericksburg, which was just about as bloody. As they surveyed the carnage, General Robert E. Lee said to General James Longstreet, "It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it."

But it seems we have grown too fond of it. Perhaps it's because advances in technology have reduced the body counts. On "our side", at least. Or maybe it's the advances in medicine and hygiene which means that, nowadays, more soldiers and sailors and airmen die of wounds than of disease and starvation.

Whatever it is, we seem to scarcely finish one war before starting another. Sometimes we don't even wait for the first war to end, so we can fight two or three or four wars all at the same time. All for freedom, democracy, equality, human rights, and generally to make the world a better place. For "our side", at least.

Not all of the thousands upon thousands who died fighting our "good wars" did so for the sake of freedom and all that. Some of them did, sure, but some of them died because they obeyed orders and went unflinchingly to the death to which they were sent. It is those men and women -- the ones who didn't want to be there and shouldn't have been there in the first place -- whom Walt and Poor Len [and Ed.] remember today.

Friday, November 10, 2017

VIDEO: Meanwhile, in the Middle East, something big is on the horizon

Are we witnessing the beginning of a bigger Middle East war? ISIS seems to be just about finished, at least in the sense of occupying a defined territory. The Syrian government of Basher Assad has overrun the last ISIS stronghold and seems likely to turn its attention to putting the Kurds back in their place. The Kurds are also being attacked by the so-called Iraqi National Army. Those conflicts will continue, while the western powers dither about whose side they should be on. See "Gulf Wars drag on: Walt's guide to who's fighting who", WWW 16/10/17 and "Why the Canadian Army is 'suspending' ops in Iraq", WWW 2810/17.

Here's the scary part. The fighting in Syria and Iraq is just a proxy war, a smaller part of the larger Muslim civil war between the Shi'ites (read: Iran) and the Sunnis (read: Saudi Arabia). Recent events suggest that an escalation of that conflict is imminent. This month has seen a huge purge among Saudi royals, accusations of Lebanese aggression, and threats by Hezbollah. Recent semi-secret trips by (((Jared Kushner))), President Trump's son-in-law and advisor to visit with the Saudi crown prince raise questions about the position of the USA. Israeli policy seems to be lining up with Saudi regional policy against Iran and Hezbollah. The Yemen war is at a standstill. Tensions are rising throughout the sandpit.

Is this the start of something big? In the November 7th edition of the Ron Paul Liberty Report (running time 16:50) Dr. Paul and co-host Daniel McAdams analyze the signs and portents, and conclude that we are getting ever closer to a major conflict. Notice that I didn't use the word "Armageddon", but only because they didn't use it!

Walt suggests that you bookmark the Ron Paul Liberty Report. There's a new broadcast every day at noon, Eastern Time.

"Naked Nisku" kidnappers under influence of "trippy tea"?

Walt promised to keep you posted on the bizarre case of the five naked kidnappers (the kidnapping is alleged, the nudity is not) arrested in the wilds of northern Alberta, Canada, earlier this week. Here's an update of our initial post, "5 naked people arrested in Alberta car crash", WWW 6/11/17.

What is clear is that five people -- one man and four women, three adults and two youths -- were found naked in a car following a crash on a rural road near Nisku, south of Edmonton AB. Three other people, barefoot but otherwise clothed, were also at the scene, having been picked up by the driver of a pickup truck (of course) who thought they needed help. (Duh!)

What is not clear is whether the pickup truck hit the BMW full of naked people, or the other way around. Even more of a mystery is what caused the five naked people to abduct the other three from their nearby home and take them for a ride. Charges of kidnapping have been laid by the RCMP, but no conviction is possible without proof of mens rea -- "the guilty mind", or criminal intent. So the question arises: What were they thinking??!!

A relative, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the minors (who have been released without charge) thinks he's got it figured out. He reckons that the Naked Nisku gang may have "unknowingly" drunk some hallucinogenic tea over breakfast! "It's absolutely crazy," said the relative. "It’s a scary thought thinking, 'Oh, let's try this tea that we purchased,' and then all sit down thinking they're just going to have a nice morning and end up in that circumstance."

The relative said he wants everyone to know the accused are not bad people. They just had some trippy tea. He said his two daughters, who are 13 and 15, and his ex-wife were having breakfast with two friends -- a man and his wife. The man had recently travelled overseas and brought back some tea from India. The relative did not know the name of the tea, which he said "kicked off the whole crazy spell."

The Mounties' version of the story is that a man, woman and baby were forced against their will from a home in Leduc County into a BMW. Inside the car were five naked people. While the car was being driven, the abducted man, who was in the trunk, managed to escape. The woman and her baby then managed to get away. The trio were picked up by a passerby, but his work truck was rammed from behind by the car. When officers arrived, they pulled out the five naked people. The adults, who were 27, 30 and 35, were arrested, but two teenaged girls were not charged.

The 35-year-old woman, who had already been released from custody, made a first appearance Thursday in Leduc court. She is charged with two counts of kidnapping, mischief damaging property over $5,000 and resisting a peace officer. The 30-year-old woman has been charged with three counts of kidnapping and one count of resisting a peace officer. The 27-year-old man, her husband, faces the same charges.

The relative said he laughed about the case when he heard it on the news, then was shocked to learn that his straight-laced daughters were involved. "I was just like, what the heck?" He visited his youngest girl in hospital, where she had been taken with some of the other suspects for treatment. They don't remember what happened, the man said. "Whatever potency that stuff had obviously is making it so it’s just a big blur," he said, adding blood tests were also taken at the hospital. "“Nothing came back like illicit drugs, so they figure it may have been some type of herbal drug or something."

He said the three people who were forced from their homes are also family friends and aren't holding any grudges. They probably opened their door that morning trying to help, he suggested. He also believes their car rammed the truck because the tea made those inside think the family had been abducted by the truck driver, not the other way around. "They were under the impression that they were saving that guy and the woman and the little girl."

Another plot twist was revealed today by Global News, from whom we got the original story. In spite of charges now being before the court, the abductees want to talk. In "Alberta family abducted by naked kidnappers frightened and baffled", they are quoted as telling Canadian Press they know the accused as neighbours, on top of which they are all members of the same Jehovah's Witnesses church. Curiouser and curiouser!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

VIDEO: Trump is still POTUS! Happy MAGA Day!

Walt and Ed. and even Poor Len Canayen wish all our readers

To all these anti-Trumpers (but especially the CBC's Keith Boag, MSNBC's Rachel Madcow and the wimmin at The View)... Donald Trump is still POTUS!

A year has passsed, and the gliberals, the chattering classes and the lamestream meeja are still in denial. They're still pissing and moaning, but they can't change that fact. Nor can all their talk of impeachment change the fact that Mr Trump will remain in the White House until January of 2021, and perhaps for another four years after that!

Not that the Trump-haters aren't trying to bring his administration to a premature end. The (((liberal media))) are still churning out the fake news, counting what they say are lies and pointing the finger of scorn at the President's supposed gaffes. The latest example of their anti-Trump hysteria is the Great Koi Feeding Scandal, which turned out to be nothing of the sort.

You've probably seen the video of President Trump dumping a large quantity of fish food into a pool full of loi -- the huge goldfish beloved of east Asians -- while on a state visit to Japan. In a headline since taken down, the British newspaper The Independent raged "Trump tramples Japanese koi carp ritual". We all know you're supposed to feed goldfish slowly, and only a little bit, right? Otherwise you'll find them belly up in the water the next morning. So what POTUS did was supposed to show his disregard for the fish, the environment, and Japanese customs.

The only problem is, he was only following the lead of his host, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had done the same thing only moments before. The whole thing was just a case of two world leaders doing a boring photo op. How did it become such a big, anti-Trump deal on all the lamestream networks? Because the so-called "journalists" and their (((masters))) wanted it so. Mr Trump may be... hell, he is the President of the USA, but the media bias against him is just as strong or stronger than it was a year ago.

The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals that trust is in crisis around the world. People's trust in all four key institutions -- business, government, NGOs, and media -- has declined broadly, and rightly so. People no longer believe that the "system" is working for them. Their societal and economic concerns -- globalization, the pace of innovation, immigration and eroding social values -- have become fears, spurring the rise of populism now playing out in the USA and other Western democracies. It's that lack of trust that doomed Hellery Clinton's campaign and got The Donald elected!

Further reading: "Cry, Losers, Cry"
, by Jim Goad in Taki's Magazine, 30/10/17.

Climate Barbie apologizes for tweet praising Syria

Following Walt's posting of "Canuck Minister tells The Rebel to stop calling her names" (WWW 4/11/17 - includes video), Ezra Levant, whose The Rebel website coined the name by which Catherine McKenna would prefer not to be known tweeted: "Appointed to fill a gender quota; unable to control her emotions when criticized; spends taxes on vanity photo shoots. #ClimateBarbie fits."

His point is not that Ms McKenna, like Chrystia Freeland, is one of the terminally entitled limousine liberals who gets her hair colour out of a bottle and any ideas which may temporarily reside in her head from the Toronto Red Star. The problem is that Climate Barbie is a classic example of the Peter Principle. The Peter Principle (by Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull, 1969), for those who haven't read it, states that people rise in an organization until they reach the level of their incompetence. Ms McKenna, now nominally in charge of one of the more sensitive portfolios in the Canadian cabinet, has actually risen above that level.

Yesterday, taking a break from defending herself for defending herself, the Climate Barbie was forced to admit that "clearly a mistake was made" after a tweet from her official departmental account praised Syria for joining the Paris climate agreement. The tweet has since been deleted, but we have a screen shot. Here 'tis.

Nicaragua and Syria were the final two countries to sign on to the climate accord, leaving the United States as the only UN member state not supporting the agreement. The tweet attracted dozens of complaints from other Twitter users, many of them pointing to the widely suspected use of chemical weapons by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The celebratory Nicaragua and Syria tweet was sent from @ec_minister. Its description says it is run by Environment and Climate Change Canada, Parks Canada and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. Ms McKenna tweeted her response to the controversy from her personal account, @cathmckenna. "Clearly a mistake was made from my Dept twitter. We've been clear that the murderous Assad regime must end attacks against its people."

Well, maybe we're being a bit hard on Climate Barbie. Surely it's a bit unfair to ask the Minister of Stopping the Sky from Falling to take responsibility for communications sent out by the minions under her... errr... control. Walt suggests that in future she delegate adverse comments (along with whines about being called names) upwards to her boss, the self-proclaimed feminist Junior Trudeau. He's good at apologies, and totally undeserving of his rep for being a bit of an airhead himself.

Monday, November 6, 2017

VIDEO UPDATE: 5 naked people arrested in Alberta car crash

Note from Ed.: I adapted the following story from an article with the same headline on the Global News website. I hope Global won't mind. There was nothing I or Walt could add that would make it any better, except maybe for a picture... Oh c'mon, you didn't really expect a photo, did you?

UPDATE ADDED 8/11/17 - We still don't have photos, but we do have VIDEO (albeit with the naughty bits blurred out...damn!) from a CTV newscast. Here 'tis. Turns out there's more to the story too. See update below the video.

Five people, who were not wearing any clothes, have been arrested following a two-vehicle crash in Nisku, Alberta, on Monday. The RCMP said it happened on Township Road 510 at around 9:45 a.m. Nisku is about a 30-minute drive south of Edmonton.

Sergeant Knacker of the Mounties said four women and one lucky man, all from one of the vehicles and all naked at the time, were taken to hospital and are in police custody. At the time of the crash, the temperature was about -8 C (about 18 F) in Nisku.

The Leduc general investigation section, forensic identification section, criminal collision investigation team and the collision analyst were all working on the file.

The Mounties said the investigation was "convoluted" and still in its infancy. However, they believe the collision was not accidental, and that drugs and alcohol could be factors in the collision.

UPDATE ADDED 8/11/17 - In a statement on Tuesday, the Mounties said three people -- a man, a woman and a newborn baby -- were forced from a home in Leduc County and into a vehicle. The man was stuffed into the vehicle’s trunk but somehow managed to escape. The woman and infant also managed to flee. That's when a truck driver passing through the area spotted the three and picked them up.

Derek Scott of LPH Industrial, speaking in the video, says it was his employee who came to their rescue. After they got into the truck, RCMP said another vehicle purposefully rammed the truck. The force of the collision pushed the truck into a ditch. The horsemen arrested five suspects: a man, two women and two female minors. All five were naked when they were taken in to custody. Kidnapping charges are pending against the three adults, RCMP said. The two youths have since been released.

The thick plottens! What kind of people go on a kidnapping mission
naked in below freezing weather? Would Canadians do that? Errr, maybe... but let's not jump to contusions. Walt will bring you the bare facts when all is revealed in court!

Canuck payouts to terrorists set to rise to C$50 million this year

Meet Djamel Ameziane, a pretty smart Algerian guy who's discerned the path to financial freedom. He aims to follow in the footsteps of his co-religionists (= Muslims) Omar Khadr, Muayyed Nureddin, Abdullah Almalki, and Ahmad Elmaati, each of whom has been enriched to the tune of over C$10,000,000 (nearly $7.9 million in real money) by the Canadian government (read: Canadian taxpayers) in settlements arising from their completely unjustified treatment at the hands of US and Canadian military and security agencies.

In spite of having been found guilty of the murder of Sgt. Chris Speer, Mr Khadr got over C$10 million in a settlement which made even members of the pro-Islamist Liberal Party of Justin "Junior" Trudeau squirm. See "Canuck ministers struggle to defend payout to Muslim terrorist", WWW 7/7/17 (includes video).

Last month, the other three Muslim Canadians became instant multimillionaires, who M Trudeau said had been "wrongfully accused of links to terrorism and tortured in Syria and Egypt" after being fingered by the Mounties and Canada's alleged spy agency. See the footnote following "The irreversible browning of Canada", WWW 26/10/17 and "Canadians rightfully angry after Ottawa pays $31.25M to men falsely imprisoned in Syria", Global News, 26/10/17 (includes video). [I should've made that a separate post. Ed.]

Mr Ameziane is no dummy. Although he was never charged with anything or convicted of anything, he did some time at Gitmo, so, with four precedents to bolster his claim, he lawyered up and ran quickly to get to the courthouse door, where this morning he filed suit for not 10, not 20, but 50 million beaverbucks, for violation of his rights. His statement of claim alleges that Canada's security services co-operated with their American counterparts even though they knew the Americans were abusing him.

M Ameziane's lawyer said the Canuck government's recent out-of-court settlement with Omar Khadr over violation of his rights has prevented scrutiny of Canada's alleged complicity in abuses at Guantanamo Bay. All his client seeks, the ambulance-chaser said, is an enquiry, so "the Canadian public can come to understand the extent to which Canada is responsible for the torture of innocent detainees in the aftermath of 9/11."

An enquiry, yes, and financial compensation, of course. "My current situation is really bad, I am struggling to survive," M Ameziane told Canadian Press from his home in Algeria. "I was repatriated from Guantanamo and left like almost homeless. I couldn’t find a job because of the Guantanamo stigma and my age, so a settlement would be very helpful to me to get my life back together."

Let's do the math. In excess of C$40,000,000 has been paid out to four Islamists... so far. Let's suppose that M Ameziane gets the same payout as the four who have gone before him. That would bring the total to over C$50,000,000. And even as I write, other claimants are coming forward. There is talk of a class action lawsuit, causing Canadian barristers to rub their palms together so hard that they risk setting fire to the cuffs of their silk shirts. But so long as M Trudeau, on behalf of all "old stock Canadians", keeps flagellating himself and crying "GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY!", Canuck taxpayers (a class which excludes wealthy friends of the prime minister) can expect no relief.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

UPDATED + VIDEO ADDED: Washington Post reveals its true colours

The "greats" of the lamestream media, such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, make a big deal out of proclaiming their neutrality when "reporting" (read: writing opinion pieces described as news reports) on American politics. Since last year's presidential election, no-one with any smarts at all believes them, but it's still good to see proof of their pro-Democrat/anti-Trump bias every now and then.

Here, for your delectation, is an excerpt from an "analysis" (read: you have to believe this because I'm smarter than you are) piece by (((Kayla Epstein))) headed "Trump’s Twitter deactivation couldn’t have come at a worse political moment for the platform", published today, 4/11/17. Except for the substitution of "Twitter" for "the platform") in the first line, I have copied it exactly as it appears online. You can look it up.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) raised the question of [Twitter]’s political neutrality during a Senate Judiciary hearing with Facebook, Twitter, and Google on Oct. 31. The purpose of the hearing was to investigate malicious Russian activity on these platforms during the 2016 election, but Cruz took the conversation further.

“Given the percentage of news and political information that Americans receive online through social media or through other online avenues, the prospect of Silicon Valley companies actively censoring the speech or the news content is troubling to anyone who cares about a Democratic process with a robust First Amendment,” Cruz told representatives from the tech giants.

Cruz cited specific controversial incidents involving Google, Facebook, and Twitter, including Facebook’s Trending news team, and a temporarily suspended Twitter ad by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a candidate for Senate.

Did you catch the play? I'll bet you Ted Cruz didn't mean to say "Democratic" with a capital D. More likely he meant "democratic", as in having a choice between competing ideologies or parties. Lifetime pct .993.

VIDEO ADDED 10/11/17: Chris Wallace (American television anchor and political commentator who is the host of the Fox Broadcasting Company/Fox News Channel program Fox News Sunday) admits that when he says the media are biased against him "Trump may have a point".

: "Washington Post reporter caught plotting liberal agenda with billionaire George Soros", Fox News 24/11/17.