Thursday, August 16, 2018

MSM - The truth is not out there! The truth is HERE!

Trust in the lamestream media is at an all time low. There are heavy agendas at work, and people have noticed. Much of the "news" purveyed by the likes of the Clinton News Network, MSNBC, Canadian Broadcorping Castration and even ESPN is either fake or so biased it might as well be fake. Conservative/Republican/alt-Right BAD!
Liberal/Democrat/antiFa/SJW/"progressive" good. Just compare the coverage of the same story -- any story -- on (for example) CNN and Fox News. Are they reporting on the same event? Are they living on the same planet?

More problematic, in terms of getting the truth, is what the lamestream media don't tell us. Anything that doesn't fit the liberal narrative, or makes the "progressive" flavour-of-the-month look bad, is suppressed. In a lame effort to show that it is fair and unbiased (as it should be, since it's taxpayer-funded), the CBC allows comments on its news site. But only sometimes. And only some comments! Two of Walt's readers have been having fun trying to post disparaging words about Canada's SJW "Minister of Global Affairs". They are competing to see who can get more comments "pinked" (= disabled). One of them, who I'll identify only as "JU" is currently in the lead, having been banned from the boards for three week. The words "hate crime" were used in the notice of his punishment.

Here's another example. This week I put up a post on the latest terror attack in London, in which "someone" drove a car into a crowd outside Westminster, the British parliament building. It took two days for the London police and the state-owned BBC to provide any information about the attacker. When the facts could be suppressed no longer, they finally admitted the would-be killer was "a British citizen", to which they added, almost in a whisper "born in another country". Turns out the other country was Sudan, a predominantly Muslim country in Africa.

But wait (as Vince Offer used to say), there's more. From Breitbart News (a source routinely disparaged by the LSM) we learn that Salih Khater "came to Britain after spending two years in Libya, and was granted asylum by the British government. Just weeks before what police are treating as an attempted terror attack, Khater was granted full British citizenship. And yes, he's a Muslim. (To be fair, Breitbart cribbed their report from the Times of London, one of the least worst mainstream sources.)

The media, academia and the clever folks in Hollywood still can't get over the fact that Donald Trump won the election in spite of their strenuous efforts. Alleged people like Joy Behar jsut can't get over it! They rail against POTUS for every supposedly evil deed, word or even thought committed since his election, or before it, or expected to be committed in the future (e.g. starting a war with Iran).

At the moment they're consigning him to hell for having supposedly used the word "nigger" --  notice I didn't wimp out and refer to it as "the N-word" -- a decade or so ago. And for calling a woman of colour a "dog", even though the Donald has used the same epithet, recently, to describe a number of white men. Honestly, dear reader, who amongst us has never in his life called people names like that... or worse?

Fortunately, it doesn't matter. Outside of the chattering classes on the coasts, no-one cares. No-one is even listening! Last week, more viewers tuned in to the history channel and HGTV than CNN. Fox news is still the most-viewed news channel. In the (((controlled media))) you'll find all the "truth" that (((George Soros'))) of Jeff Bezos' or can buy, or that the liberal democratic governments of Canada and Britain will allow. But the real truth is over here, in the wonderful world of blogs and independent media.

Here, as a public service, is my highly selective list of blogs and websites which present real news and alternative opinions. I won't embed URLs because I know my readers are intelligent enough to use a search engine to find the ones they're looking for. Most of these have been quoted or mentioned on WWW, so you can also use the search window in the top right corner to find them.

Bill Whittle; Blazing Cat Fur; Breitbart News; Canadian Times; Dr Rich Swier; Lew Rockwell; Michelle Malkin; The Occidental Observer; People's Cube; Post Millennial; Rebel Media; The Remnant (great site for traditional Catholics!); Ron Paul Liberty Report; Small Dead Animals; Steyn Online; White Genocide Project.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

UPDATED: VIDEO: Black man drives car into crowd near UK parliament, cops "suspect terrorism"

I'm not going to spend too much time one this because it's all becoming so depressingly familiar, besides which no-one was killed... this time.

In London today, at 0737 local time, a man drove a car at high speed along the road in front of Westminster, the seat of the Mother of Parliaments [Notice he didn't say "Mother of ALL Parliaments"? Ed.], hitting several pedestrians and cyclists before crashing into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.

A black man in his late 20s was arrested at the scene on "suspicion of terrorist offences", according to Inspector Knacker of the Anti-Islamophobia Command of the Metropolitan Police. Yes, we have video showing a man in a puffy black jacket being surrounded by officers, handcuffed and led away from a silver car.

Two people were taken to local hospitals, but authorities said their injuries aren't believed to be life-threatening. Witnesses, however, were shocked, shocked by the "incident", which was reminiscent of a similar occurrence near the same place a year ago, when four people were killed and at least 50 were injured after a man, later identified as Khalid Masood, a follower of the Prophet, drove an SUV into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.

Some witnesses went so far as to suggest that today's "incident" was deliberate. The Counter-Terrorism Command of the Metropolitan Police is now in charge of the investigation, but are keeping the usual politically correct silence about the suspect. "He was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences," the bobbies said in a statement. "There was nobody else in the vehicle, which remains at the scene and is being searched. No weapons have been recovered at this stage." Nothing to worry about or even talk about, then.

UPDATE ADDED 14/8/18 at 1055: We now have a photo of the "suspect" dragged out of the car by the police.

Doesn't look like an Arab, does he. But that doesn't mean he's not an Islamist. Latest reports say the "suspect" lived in Birmingham. His identity has not yet been revealed -- mustn't provoke Islamophobia, you know -- nor has his status in the UK. Mustn't provoke xenophobia or anti-immigrant backlast either!

UPDATED ADDED 15/8/18 at 0440: The suspect now having his collar felt by London police has been identified as Salih Khater, a 29-year-old "British citizen of Sudanese origin". He was living in public housing about 10 minutes from the former home of Khalid Masood, the Islamic terrorist responsible for last year's London bridge massacre. Diffident British "authorities" still haven't used words like "Muslim" or "Islam", but no-one is being fooled by the cover-up.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Top Conservative says diversity will destroy formerly Great White North

Cazart! Maxime Bernier, runner-up to Andrew Scheer in last year's contest for leadership of Canada's so-called Conservative Party, showed this weekend that he had the cojones to say -- OK, to tweet -- what his party won't even imply. See "Canuck 'conservatives' wimp out, pull anti-border jumpers ad", WWW 18/7/18.

In a thread of six tweets posted yesterday, the Québec MP accused Canuck Prime Minister Just In Trudeau of fostering a "cult of diversity" that he believes will destroy the country. He said that more diversity (which he described as "cultural balkanization") will "divide [Canada] into little tribes" and bring "distrust, social conflict, and potentially violence."

Walt is pleased to share the entire six-part thread. Note especially #4. Truer words were never spoken, and they apply not just to Canada but to all the AABC countries and the ultra-liberal democracies of western Europe as well.

1/ Trudeau keeps pushing his “diversity is our strength” slogan. Yes, Canada is a huge and diverse country. This diversity is part of us and should be celebrated. But where do we draw the line?
Diversity is what makes Canada strong: Trudeau
8:28 PM - Aug 12, 2018

Replying to @MaximeBernier
2/ Ethnic, religious, linguistic, sexual and other minorities were unjustly repressed in the past. We’ve done a lot to redress those injustices and give everyone equal rights. Canada is today one of the countries where people have the most freedom to express their identity.
8:29 PM - Aug 12, 2018

Replying to @MaximeBernier
3/ But why should we promote ever more diversity? If anything and everything is Canadian, does being Canadian mean something? Shouldn’t we emphasize our cultural traditions, what we have built and have in common, what makes us different from other cultures and societies?
8:31 PM - Aug 12, 2018

Replying to @MaximeBernier
4/ Having people live among us who reject basic Western values such as freedom, equality, tolerance and openness doesn’t make us strong. People who refuse to integrate into our society and want to live apart in their ghetto don’t make our society strong.
8:32 PM - Aug 12, 2018

Replying to @MaximeBernier
5/ Trudeau’s extreme multiculturalism and cult of diversity will divide us into little tribes that have less and less in common, apart from their dependence on government in Ottawa. These tribes become political clienteles to be bought with taxpayers $ and special privileges.
8:34 PM - Aug 12, 2018

Replying to @MaximeBernier
6/ Cultural balkanisation brings distrust, social conflict, and potentially violence, as we are seeing everywhere. It’s time we reverse this trend before the situation gets worse. More diversity will not be our strength, it will destroy what has made us such a great country.
8:36 PM - Aug 12, 2018

Sunday, August 12, 2018

RIP V.S. Naipaul: he said what white men couldn't

So, farewell then, V.S. Naipaul -- racist, misanthropist and Nobel Prize winner. Another Trinidadian writer, C.L.R. James, said that his views on the world -- "The world is what it is" -- and its human inhabitants simply reflected "what the whites want to say but dare not." That explains why I, being Whiteman by name and white man in fact, have underlined so many passages in his books, of which I've read (and recommend) almost all.

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was born five days shy of 86 years ago in Trinidad, a descendant of impoverished Indians shipped to the West Indies as coolies -- bonded labourers. "I was born there, yes," he told an interviewer in 1983. "I thought it was a great mistake." In 1950, Mr Naipaul was awarded a scarce government scholarship to study in Britain, and left his family to study English literature at University College, Oxford. He never really returned.

Mr Naipaul saw himself as a lone, stateless observer, free of ideology, politics and illusion. From his base in England, he travelled for extensive periods to pen journalistic essays and travel books. He flew three times to India, the land of his ancestors, to write about its culture and politics, which he disliked intensely. He spent time in Buenos Aires to write about Eva Peron, the former First Lady of Argentina. And he went to Iran, Pakistan and Indonesia to research and write books about Islam, which he condemned.

That Sir Vidia Naipaul (knighted in 1990) was a great writer -- a master stylist and story-teller with a cold, clear eye for the ironies, tragedies and sufferings of mankind -- is beyond doubt. But he is one of those authors who one either loves or hates. To his detractors, he was essentially political, bearing witness against the post-colonial world with great writing but shielded from criticism by virtue of being "one of them". His many critics called him "troubling", even "bigoted". They saw him as a "hater", a purveyor of stereotypes, wallowing in loathing of the world from which he came.

His supporters, however, found in his fiction merciless comic clarity, and in his travel writing a terrifying honesty. He refused to glamorise or idealise the developing world, but delivered original, scorching critiques, devoid of political correctness. He was fearless and unbiased in his criticism, attacking the cruelty of Islam, the corruption of Africa and the self-inflicted misery he witnessed in the poorest parts of the globe. The Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk said that Mr Naipaul represented third-world people "not with sugary magic realism but with their demons, their misdeeds and horrors -- which made them less victims and more human."

"There probably has been no imperialism like that of Islam and the Arabs", he once declared. He was scornful of the Caribbean, predicted that Africa would revert to bush (as indeed it has, IMHO) and often veered towards unapologetic misogyny. Indian women, he once wrote, wear a coloured dot on their foreheads to say "My head is empty."

V.S. Naipaul had little time for idealistic westerners who romanticised India and looked to it for a spiritual awakening. In the land of his ancestors, he saw only ugliness and a smug refusal to recognise the horror of the "narrow, broken lanes with green slime in the gutters, the chocked back-to-back houses, the jumble of filth and food and animals and people, the baby in the dust, swollen-bellied, black with flies, but wearing its good-luck amulet."

He was even more contemptuous of Islamic fundamentalism, which he decried long before 9/11 in The Believers (1981). One New York Times writer observed that it bore an antipathy to Islam so naked "that a book taking a comparable view of Christianity or Judaism would have been hard put to find a publisher" in America. An academic, Edward Said, said he found it hard to believe any rational person would attack entire cultures on such a scale.

Sir Vidia Naipaul will be remembered as a magical craftsman of English prose. He leaves behind a complex, challenging library of work which captures the complexities of the modern world in a unique blend of imagination, travel writing and autobiography. RIP.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

While Canuck minister plays SJW, USA and Mexico near NAFTA deal

Canadian investors and businesspeople are chewing their nails, waiting and hoping for their federal government (Just In Trudeau, Prop.) to get serious about reaching a deal with the Paranoid States of America (and maybe Mexico) to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The economies of the Land of the Somewhat Free and the Great No-longer-white North are so intertwined that a reversion to the status quo ante would be disastrous for Canada, less so for the USA. Canucks are worried about the possible failure of negotiations, Americans... not so much.

Chrystia Freeland, Canada's silver-spoon liberal Minister of Global Affairs [sic], announced as negotiations got under way that her Liberal government's priorities would be: aboriginal rights, gender equity and climate change. The American negotiators replied, "Huh? Don't you want to talk business?" Months of dithering have passed with Canada and the USA failing to even get on the same page, while the Mexicans look on in puzzlement.

So tired are the Americans of having to deal with the fragrant Ms Freeland and her SJW agenda that they resorted to holding "lower level" meetings without her. See "Canuck foreign minister Freeland skips 5th round of NAFTA talks", WWW 16/11/17. Mr Socks responded by putting former Conservative Prime Minister Lyin' Brian Mulroney and cabinet minister Rona Ambrose on the negotiating team, but everyone knew that was just for show since Ms Freeland won't talk to anybody who doesn't agree with the liberal orthodoxy. "These people are impossible to deal with! I'm going home!" was how she responded to questions from the Belgian government during negotiations for a Canada-European Union trade deal.

The Americans' next ploy was to let it be known, through "back channels", that they would be happy to sit down with someone more business-minded. That led to a clandestine visit to the White House by Stephen "Call Me Steve" Harper, the Conservative who Junior defeated in October of 2015. See "Mysterious meeting between WH bigshots and former Canadian PM", WWW 28/6/18. Unfortunately, word of the visit leaked out, and the Liberals can't afford politically to follow up on any progress which might have been made.

The state of play at the moment is that, absent the distraction of Ms Freeland and her SJW demands, the USA and Mexico are having productive talks, getting down to where the rubber meets the road. Reports this week suggest they're getting close to a deal, including an agreement on the contentious auto sector. That a deal is imminent was confirmed by none other than POTUS himself, who sent out this tweet on Friday.

Because of tariffs and trade barriers, President Trump said, "Canada must wait." Bad news for the Canucks, but not unexpected.  Two days earlier, Breitbart News reported that former New York Stock Exchange President Tom Farley said expected Trump to reach a trade deal with Mexico before the midterm elections. "Likely not Canada. China will be the bogeyman," he said. "You’ll see China continue to struggle. And then the idea will be can we get a big trade deal prior to [Donald Trump's] next election" in 2020.

Before the NAFTA negotiations got underway, many predicted that President Trump would have the hardest time working with Mexico because of his promise to erect a wall along the border. Instead, American negotiators have discovered they have a lot of common ground with the Mexicans, and talks have gone well. The stumbling block in renegotiating a tripartite NAFTA is... wait for it... Canada!

Friday, August 10, 2018

By the company they keep shall ye know them

Canada's Liberal Party, which presently forms the federal government (but just till October 2019!) and ruled the province of Ontario for 15 years until a fed-up public turfed them out in June, has often been accused of cozying up to Muslims. Putting the welcome mat out for Muslim refugees, M-103 (which prohibits saying anything bad about Islam), a Somali-born Muslim as Minister for Refugees -- it's all part of the irreversible browning of Canada. Not to mention Isalmization [M-103! Ed.] and adding 1000s of Mohammeds to the Liberal voter base.

Every once in a while a story emerges to prove that what the liberal progressives claim is a nutty conspiracy theory is actually true. Here's an interesting photo, taken in 2013, showing John Fraser (second from left), a member of the Ontario legislature and now leader of the Liberal Party in that province, and David McGuinty (second from right), a Liberal member of the federal parliament (and brother of the second-last Liberal premier of Ontario) at the Assalam mosque in Ottawa, the capital of Canuckistan.

The Assalam mosque is notable for having just been stripped of its status as a charity by the Canada Revenue Agency (the Canadian version of the IRS). Why? Well... errr... because of "activities that promote hate and intolerance". ☪ Hate and intolerance. In a temple of the Religion of Peace™. Can you imagine ?!?!™

Losing its charitable status means the mosque no longer benefits from the tax advantages enjoyed by government-registered charities. Even better, it can't collect money to support Islamic terrorism and allow donors to claim their contributions as income tax deductions.

The CRA took the action against the Ottawa Islamic Centre and Assalam Mosque following audits that raised concerns about the Islamic extremists who appeared there as guest speakers. In a letter to the mosque's executive, a CRA bureaucrat wrote, "Many of the views expressed by the organization's speakers are misogynistic, homophobic, racist and/or promote violence." Again... imagine that!

The CRA also expressed concern that "radicalized individuals" had attended the mosque. One such jihadi-wannabe, Ashton Larmond, is now doing time in the federal rock hockey arena for attempting to join ISIS.

Canada's Global News published documents detailing the results of the CRA audits. The agency admitted being unable to determine exactly what the various speakers said while rousing the rabble at the mosque, but found views publicly expressed elsewhere by a number of the speakers and found them to be at odds with the "public benefit| required of charities under Canadian tax law.

The documents singled out Abu Usamah At-thahabi, Bilal Philips, Hakkeem Quick and Saed Rageah, all of whom had spoken at the Assalam mosque one or more times. According to the CRA, Mr At-thahabi has called women "deficient", said Christians and Jews were enemies (no surprise there), spoke about throwing homosexuals off a mountain, and said apostates -- people who leave the Islamic faith -- should be killed.

Mr Philips has been denied entry to several countries (but not Canada, thanks to the Liberal open border policy) and has been described as "anti-Semitic, intolerant and 'contrary to integration'", whatever that means. In a video described in the CRA documents, he said Islam was opposed to terrorism but "does not shrink from using violence to gain some of its ends, to establish itself in certain areas/to gain control of Muslim lands."

Mr Quick had "advocated for the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to be liberated from the filth of the Jews" and was condemned by the New Zealand Broadcasting Authority in 2004 for what was termed "hate speech" towards homosexuals, the CRA said. Mr Rageah runs a Toronto Islamic centre. The CRA quoted an Australian newspaper report that said he had been denied entry to the country and "displayed anti-Western and homophobic attitudes."

According to the documents, the CRA also has concerns with regard to Mr. Rageahès relationship with the Al-Magrib Institute, and his role as founder and leader of the Journey of Faith conference, which has afforded individuals known for their extremist opinions an opportunity to address thousands of gatherers in Toronto.

Walt is shocked, shocked, not by the list of provocations and offences committed by these apostles of militant Islam, but by the fact that the Assalam Mosque and Ottawa Islamic Centre are actually being punished (albeit mildly) for hosting them. You'd think with Liberal friends like Messrs Fraser and McGuinty they'd be able to preach hatred with impunity.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Winnie the Pooh film banned in China

Are you looking forward to taking the kiddos to see Christopher Robin, the new Disney film based on A.A. Milne's famous Winnie the Pooh books? Lots of Chinese were hoping to see it, but Agent 88 sends word that they're SOL, as the film has been banned in China.

No official reason has been given for the film's having been "denied release" (as a spokesthingy for The Mouse put it), Winnie the Pooh has become a symbol of resistance to the Communist Party that rules China after bloggers started to compare Chinese President Xi Jinping to the friendly but clumsy, slow-witted and tubby toy bear.

The new film tells the story of a now middle-aged Christopher Robin, whose mundane life takes a turn when he is unexpectedly reunited with Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and other animals from his childhood. Coming soon to a cinema near you. (Not you, Chen!)

Further reading: Winnie the Pooh has been mentioned before on WWW, just once. See "Fired on the first day of work", 7/4/14, one of Walt's most-read posts!

VIDEO: Is the death penalty really "inadmissable" or "unacceptable"?

Last week, Pope Francis sowed a great deal of confusion amongst faithful Catholics -- especially traditional Catholics like yr obdt servant -- by declaring that capital punishment -- the death penalty -- is "unacceptable in all cases". Until now, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) taught that the death penalty was acceptable if it was "the only practicable way" to defend lives and protect society.

On Thursday, the Pope said that executions are "an attack on human dignity", and that the Church would work "with determination" to abolish capital punishment worldwide. Abolishing the death penalty has long been one of the Francis's top priorities, along with saving the environment and caring for immigrants and "refugees". That tells you all you need to know about the man who apparently wants to go down in history as "the SJW pope".

The Holy Father seems to have overlooked (or ignored) the fact that making this radical change to what the Church has always taught is likely to challenge Catholic politicians, judges and officials who have argued that their Church was not entirely opposed to capital punishment. And let's not forget the millions of "ordinary people" like Walt who understood from many right-to-life events that the Church was opposed to capital punishment, in any circumstance, as Pope Francis is now saying.

"Thou shalt not kill." Period. I was dimly aware that there were exceptions to that commandment -- a just war, for example -- but didn't realize that an exception might apply in certain criminal cases. Had I thought about it, I would have wondered what sort of crimes deserved that punishment, other than murder. Would treason, for example, be rightly punishable by "Off with his head!"? It certainly wasn't justifiable in the case of Saint Thomas More. How about abortion? Should we kill the baby-killers? How about rape? How bad would it have to be? Would the age of the victim be a factor? There are those who think that execution is too good for someone who rapes of a child of tender years. (St Matthew 18:6)

There is a further point of concern. The president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization (whatever that is) said that the revision of the CCC's teaching on the death penalty is an instance of "true dogmatic progress...that has gradually matured to the point of making us understand the unsustainability of the death penalty in our day." That's the official Vatican line. It's all part of that "hermeneutic of continuity" that Pope Benedict XVI talked about while making a series of radical breaks with the past.

Writing in L'Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican organ, Abp Rino Fisichella said Church tradition "is not representable as an insect imprisoned in amber, to say it in a colorful English expression. If that were the case, we would have destroyed it. The teaching of the faith of the Church, rather, is an announcement, a word that remains alive..."

But that's Newspeak (vide 1984) It's just wrong! A diocesan priest wrote to me his thoughts on "a very bad move by Francis. I still think that the Holy Spirit knew that it would be a severe test of the faith of many good conservative Catholics; or that maybe Satan got permission from God to 'inspire' the Pope to do this, sure that it would do a lot of harm....

"Catholics in general were not against total mercy, not against dealing with crime other than [by] capital punishment, but...against total condemnation of it because of Scripture, the Church, and tradition. Commendable faith. But the teaching has always been justifying capital punishment, not commanding it....

"On so many levels Francis seems wrong. In order to agree with him I might have to double down and go with the assumption that God in the Old Testament (and even in the New) has catered to man's weakness. That would explain why He allowed polygamy in the O.T. On the other hand, Christ decreed the end of polygamy but did not do the same for capital punishment.... Does that mean there is a difference between changing a teaching that specifically allows something (e.g. capital punishment in some circumstances) and changing a teaching that specifically condemns something (e.g. homosexual practices)?

"I'm also concerned that the Church is taking the necessary tools away from the civil authorities to exercise their responsibility to control crime in some times, places and conditions. These circumstances prevailed in the past, probably exist to some extent even now, and could return again in the unforeseeable future."

That's one priest's opinion. Here's another, the latest in the "Sunday Sermons from South St. Paul" series on The Remnant TV. In what surely must be one of the most courageous sermons of 2018, this diocesan priest (from a different diocese) takes the gloves off and asks: "What's it going to be? The constant teaching established by Scripture, doctors and fathers of the Church, sainted popes and God Himself? Or that which rests on the whim of Pope Francis, who seems to think the Catholic Church’s binding teaching is whatever his opinion happens to be." God help us, what is this man thinking, that in the middle of the most outrageous clerical sex scandal to date he decides it’s time to go after capital punishment.

Further reading:
"The Absolute 'No' To the Death Penalty. A Victory For the Gospel, Or For 'Secular Humanism'?", by Sandro Magister, in Settimo Cielo, his blog in L'Espresso, 6/8/18.
"Le non absolu à la peine de mort. Victoire de l’Évangile ou de 'l’humanisme séculier'?" The same, in French, in Regards sur l'Eglise catholique.
"The Death Penalty, Instituted by God Himself (The Biblical Basis for Catholic Teaching on Capital Punishment)", an older piece by Solange Herts (RIP), reprinted in The Remnant, 6/8/18.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Canada's SJW foreign minister irks Saudis; diplomatic spat ensues

Canada used to have a Ministry of External Affairs, as opposed to "internal affairs", the kind that no-one else has any business sticking their nose into. Later the Ministry was renamed "Foreign Affairs", and the person in charge was called the Foreign Minister (as opposed to "foreign ministers" like Canada's Somali-born Minister of Refugees). The nomenclature changed when liberal one-worlder Just In Trudeau was elected in the fall of 2015. Now Canada has a Ministry of Global Affairs, to show that Canada is now a post-national state, part of the world community, yada yada yada.

The minister Mr Socks put in charge of Global Affairs Canada, as it's now called, is a dimunitive but vociferous SJW feminist named Chrystia Freeland, mentioned here before (use the search tool), notably for breaking into tears and stomping out of the room during negotiations over a proposed Canada-European Union trade deal. In a change from the customary language of diplomacy, the fragrant and emotional minister cried (literally), "These people are impossible to deal with. I'm going home to my children!"

No-one, except Hairboy and the state-owned CBC takes Ms Freeland seriously. The Canada-EU trade deal was signed, but remains in limbo, not having been ratified by all the EU governments. A more urgent piece of unfinished business is the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Ms Freeland is in charge of the file, which is too bad since the Americans want to talk business, not issues of "climate change" and "gender equity". See "Canuck foreign minister Freeland skips 5th round of NAFTA talks", WWW 16/11/17, and "Mysterious meeting between WH bigshots and former Canadian PM", WWW 28/6/18.

Left with nothing to do while the Americans and Mexicans meet in Washington, Ms Freeland found some other business into which to poke her prominent nose. A few readers [probably very few. Ed.] may remember the story of Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger who was tried and convicted of having "insulted Islam through electronic channels". He was condemned to seven years in prison and 600 lashes, later raised to 10 years in prison, 1000 lashes and a monetary fine. His wife, Ensaf Haidar, fled to Canuckistan along with her three children, and celebrated last Canada Day by becoming a citizen.

That's the kind of sob story that tugs on the heart strings of SJWs like Chrystia Freeland, even though Ms Haidar has called for a burqa ban similar to that now in force in Denmark and other sensible countries. So Ms Freeland has thrown her support into the campaign to release Mr Badawi, and has instructed her minion to "make representations", as the dips say, to the Saudis.

It hasn't worked. Not only is Mr Badawi still in jail, but his sister, Samar Badawi, has now been arrested. Ooooooooh!!! that just made Ms Freeland's blood boil, so much so that she forgot that she's supposed to be Canada's top diplomat, and on August 2nd tweeted her displeasure with the evil Saudis for the whole world to see.

Foreign Affairs Canada [sic] (@CanadaFP) put out a similar tweet at almost the same time, and to add fuel to the fire, repeated it in Arabic. The Saudis were not pleased, and treated Ms Freeland's interference as something more than a minor diplomatic gaffe. The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (not Global Affairs) accused Canada of making false statements and interfering with Saudi internal affairs, and gave Canuck ambassador Dennis Horak 24 hours to get out of Dodge [Riyadh, surely! Ed.] They also recalled their ambassador to Canada for consultations. And for good measure, they put an immediate freeze on all new trade and investment transactions with Canada.

Well done, Chrystia Freeland! The Israelis and Iranians will certainly be pleased, as will every human rights activist and social justice warrior in the liberal world.

But the fight has only started. What we've seen so far is only the official Saudi government response to Ms Freeland's egregious meddling. (There has been no comment yet from her boss, who was busy preaching diversity and marching in a Pride parade out in British Columbia.) Direr [more dire? Ed.] warnings have come from "other quarters", including this poster created by the Saudi Arabian social media creative group @Infographic_KSA.

Like the Global Affairs (or Foreign Affairs or whatever it is) tweets, versions of this appeared in Arabic, French and other languages. The message, clearly intended as a warning, doesn't specify what would not please Canadians, but the image of an Air Canada jet heading for Toronto's iconic CN Tower/Tour CN is plain enough for even a Canadian liberal to understand.

@Infographic_KSA describes itself as a project "managed by a group of Saudi youth who are interested in technology and social media facts backed by numbers & evidence." They do not say anything about any connection to any "faith-based organization". They don't need to... EH.

Footnote: The Canuck government's spin on SNAFU was clear from initial reports on the CBC, which referred consistently to tweets "from Global Affairs Canada", barely mentioning Chrystia Freeland, who apparently was unavailable for comment, let alone an apology for any offence caused. See "Questioning the CBC's love affair with Chrystia Freeland", WWW 8/10/17.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Chinese commies make dissident vanish in middle of radio interview

There's a cautionary tale from China this week. Voice of America Mandarin reports that a retired professor from Shandong University was in the middle of a telephone interview on their Issues & Opinions programme when police burst into his home and dragged him away, kicking and screaming. His last words were "I am entitled to express my opinion. This is my freedom of speech!"

Professor Sun Wenguang has been a thorn in the side of the Chinese Communist regime for years. He was a co-signer of Charter 08, a pro-democracy manifesto that got co-author and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo sent to prison, where he died last year without seeing the light of day, let alone receiving his prize. Professor Sun appeared on Issues & Opinions to discuss what he calls the Chinese governments "throw-money diplomacy". He recently wrote an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping criticizing him for spending too much money on foreign loans and investments instead of improving the lives of Chinese citizens. The letter was widely interpreted as a critique of China's "Belt and Road" international infrastructure program, which is actually much more akin to colonial conquest using huge loans instead of armed forces.

The 84-year-old academic was talking about this issue on Wednesday night, using the WeChat app on his cellphone, when he heard the dreaded knock in the middle of the night. "Here they come again. The police are here to interrupt again," he told the stunned VOA audience, counting off the six police officers who barged into his home.

"What? What, did I say anything wrong?" Prof Sun asked the intruders. "Listen to what I say, is it wrong? People are poor. Let's not throw our money in Africa. The seven, eight of you here, listen up, throwing money like this is of no good to our country and society. It's of no good." The professor continued to talk for as long as he could. "What are you doing? What are you doing? Let me tell you, it's illegal for you to come to my home!" After that, there was only silence, as the cops switched off his phone and made him disappear.

VOA Mandarin has since attempted several times to reach Professor Sun by cellphone and WeChat, but have been unable to get any response. Their correspondent in Beijing called the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China for comment, but the mobile phone open to the public was turned off, and the landline was not answered. The Public Security [sic] Department of Shandong University and the Shanda Road Police Station of the Jinan Public Security [sic] Bureau refused comment.

The story is an alarming one -- or should be -- for those of us who live in so-called liberal democracies, where freedom of speech and even freedom of thought are becoming progressively (pun intended) more attenuated day by day. Canadians of Chinese origins living in Markham ON already know this. Some Chinese-Canadians upset by the Liberal government's open border, let-em-all-in immigration policy organized a protest last Saturday. It was only reported in one of Toronto's four lamestream media outlets, and the video shot by Ming Pao Daily was ruthlessly suppressed for giving the lie to the narrative that Canadians welcome "refugees". The CBC went so far as to ban one WWW reader from commenting on its website, and warned him that providing a link to the video might be "hate crime".

Lesson: Don't think that the knock in the night experienced by Professor Sun could only happen in China or in Russia. Political correctness rules in the "liberal democracies". If you want to survive, follow these five rules:
1. Don't think.
2. If you think, don't speak.
3. If you think and speak, don't write.
4. If you think, speak and write, don't sign your name.
5. If you think, speak, write and sign your name... don't be surprised!

Toronto to open up refugee camps for border-jumpers

As a follow-up to "Ungrateful 'refugees' destroy Canadian hotels" and "'Illegal free rider not invited!' Into Canada? Really?", Walt is pleased to post this graphic comment, seen on Blazing Cat Fur this morning.

Both of my posts contain videos which are worth watching, particularly the Ming Pao Daily footage of the anti-illegals demonstration in Markham ON. Canada's state-run broadcaster, the CBC, has not only censored that video, but suppressed even the mention of it in articles or comments sections on related articles on its website. But you can see it here. Walt presents the truth! You're welcome...

Friday, August 3, 2018

VIDEO: Ungrateful "refugees" destroy Canadian hotels

OK, forget about Zimbabwe. Stick a fork in it. It's done. Let's turn instead to the Great No-longer-white North, which is having its own problems with dark-complected people -- Haitians and Nigerians, to be specific -- coming in the 1000s to cross the world's longest undefended border (TM) near St-Bernard-de-Lacolle QC and other fenceless border posts. The Liberal government line is that dealing with them -- giving them food, clothes, housing and welfare cheques -- is a "challenge". Michelle Rempel and other (somewhat) Conservative MPs call it a "crisis". See "Canuck MP puts cost of welcoming illegals at C$90 million", WWW 22/7/18 (includes video of the attractive MP, if I'm allowed to say that).

The province of Québec has said it just can't take any more, so the Liberal federal government is shipping the latest arrivals to Ontario. Well, not all of Ontario, only the "sanctuary city" of Toronto, which is where the bogus "refugees" wanted to go anyway. Seeing the horde heading west on the 401, Toronto Mayor John Tory (Tory by name, liberal by nature) cried out to the feds for some help. Since he couldn't very well say Toronto didn't want the border jumpers, he said only that the city had no room for them, its homeless shelters being already full of "refugees" from Syria and a few born-in-Canada drug addicts and mental cases.

A grand meeting was called, at which the mayors of Toronto and surrounding municipalities -- the so-called Greater Toronto Area -- were asked if they'd mind taking a few. Out of that came the rumour that Frank Scarpitti, the mayor of neighbouring Markham (aka "New Beijing"), had offered to take as many as 5000 of the welfare shoppers. That rumour was the cause of a demonstration in front of Markham Civic Centre last Saturday, in which scores of angry Chinese-Canadians shouted and waved signs reading "MARKHAM SAY NO TO ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSERS" and "ILLEGAL FREE RIDER NOT INVITED."

Click here to view the Ming Pao Daily video of the demo, so politically incorrect that the Canadian Broadcorping Castration has censored two of our readers who tried to post this link in the comments section of its news stories on the illegals. One reader was actually told he could be guilty of "hate crime" by challenging the party line on this crisis.

This being an election year, Mayor Scarpitti denied the rumour, and got away with it until yesterday, when Mayor Tory announced that hundreds of the illegals would be transferred from college dorms, where they were sent in June, to hotels in Mississausage, Etobicoke and, errr, Markham, where they will be put up indefinitely, at the expense of the Canadian taxpayer.

That point was underlined today when the Hon. William Blair, Minister of Border Security (aka Minister of BS) a white guy who took over the file from the darker Minister of Refugees, confirmed that "Ottawa" will be providing C$11 million (about $8.45 million in real money) to pay the hotel bills. That's how the CBC reported it -- "Ottawa" will be paying. Most Canucks have finally realized that "Ottawa" = THEM -- Canadian taxpayers.

Sheila Gunn Reid, host of The Gunn Show on The Rebel, has dared to ask who's going to pay to clean up the university dorms, hotel rooms and other "temporary accommodation" once the "refugees" have been given permanent homes. Apparently the flood of Syrian refugees -- 50,000 or them -- which flowed through Toronto hotels following Mr Socks' fit of virtue-signalling in 2015 made quite a mess: urinating in the lobbies, making fires in the rooms, stealing microwaves, smashing furniture and generally behaving like ungrateful third-worlders. Watch the video.

If I were going to stay in a GTA hotel -- not likely because I try not to travel to places where I'll be a vizmin -- I would certainly ask, when making a reservation, if they have had any refugees staying there lately.

Meanwhile, in a related story, the Angus Reid Institute -- a polling firm steadfastly neutral on political issues -- today released results of a poll of 1500 members of their Forum, conducted between July 25th and 30th. A majority of Canadians polled said that the number of asylum-seekers crossing into the country is too high. 65% of those polled said they felt that it was "too many people for Canada to handle", with only 29% stating that it's a "manageable number of people." Only 6% said they felt Canada could handle more border crossers.

Politicians always say that the only poll that counts is the one on election day. Canada's next federal election is scheduled for October of 2019. Walt predicts that Canadians will send Just In Trudeau, the boy wonder, packing. (Lifetime pct .992.) Unfortunately for the land of the maple leaf, the "refugees" will linger on... and on... and on...

Prof. Schwab explains African elections

Zimbabwe's capital Ha-ha-harare (the Fun Capital of Africa) was calm today, hours after the government-appointed Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) declared Comrade Emmerson "ED" Mnangagwa winner of the presidential election held July 30th. See "ED wins Zimbabwe presidential election - quelle surprise!", WWW 2/8/18.

The voting itself was peaceful enough, but things got ugly when the ZEC delayed announcing the results of the presidential race for three days, while making sure that they got their numbers right, to avoid a repeat of the 2008 contest in which Comrade Bob Mugabe failed to win an outright victory on the first ballot. As reported here yesterday morning, six people were killed in the melee when the army rolled in tanks to disperse rock-throwing demonstrators who denounced "the Crocodile" and and alleged vote-rigging.

Harare's roads appeared to be free from the troops today, but water cannons and police remained present at the headquarters of the Movement for Democratic Change (the main opposition party), which police raided yesterday, making 18 arrests. Ed. has obtained for us a picture of the authorities announcing the results to obviously disappointed MDC Alliance leaders.

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, who received more than 44 per cent of the vote, said on Twitter that "unverified fake results" had been announced by the electoral commission. The ZEC "must release proper and verified results endorsed by parties," Mr Chamisa tweeted. "The level of opaqueness, truth deficiency, moral decay and values deficit is baffling."

Well, it's only baffling to those who expect an African election to bear some resemblance to an election in western democractice, like the US of A. [Eh? Ed.] By the sheerest coincidence, I just read Africa: A Continent Self-destructs (Palgrave, New York, 2001) by Professor Peter Schwab, of SUNY Purchase. Here's what the "authority on human rights" has to say about how the process works in the parts of Africa where they even bother to hold elections.

Within Africa, certainly, elections have taken place.... But elections are merely one indicator of the democratic process, and they are not worth very much if one leader, party, or group totally dominatees the system and if opponents are harassed, intimidated, often shot at, even arrested, and obligated to campaign fearing for their very lives. Sometimes they are even killed.

That's what happened in Zimbabwe in the presidential election of 2008, mentioned above. When early results on polling day put the MDC candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, ahead of Comrade Robert Mugabe, counting was stopped. Just stopped, that's all. More than a month later, the ZEC announced that Mr Tsvangirai won 47.9% of the vote to Uncle Bob's 43.2%, necessitating a run-off. Faced with the likelihood that his supporters would be the victims of the mayhem described by Prof Schwab, Mr Tsvangirai withdrew from the race, and the only ruler Zimbabwe had known since independence was "democratically re-elected".

Old Africa hands know the saying "MAWA" -- "Mother Africa Wins Again" -- and that's exactly what happened in Zimbabwe this week. End of lesson.

Footnote: I do not recommend Professor Schwab's book. The introductory and concluding chapters are nothing more than a rehash of the usual white liberal American apologies for the abject failure of black government. The way the prof tells it, the all-but-hopeless mess that African is in today, half a century after independence, is the result of centuries of slavery, colonialism and systemic racism, all the fault of the evil whites -- Europeans, not Americans, of course.

In between the first and last chapters is a potted history of the political and humanitarian disasters visited upon their people by the leaders of black Africa, "big men" like Comrades Mugabe and Mnangagwa. In the chapter headed "Civil Wars, Wars, and Political Collapse", Prof Schwab concedes (without once mentioning the race of "modern" Africa's leaders): should be obvious that...western nations, and in particular the United States, would be foolhardy to jump into the bog that is currently Africa. [Yes, that's what he called it. Walt] Unless and until indigenous leadership arises that is intent and willing to put its nation's interests above personal aggrandizement, there is little that can be done to resolve the complex and bloody civil strife operative in so many African states....

In the final analysis, it is up to Africa and Africans to finally take the initiative to fix what is broken and to address the problems confronting their respective states. These are clearly not nations where there is public loyalty to established politically legitimate institutions.... There are many cultures, many loyalties, and few national structures that are not riddled with graft and at the mercy of wanton leaders. No conspicuous anchor is available to tie the ship of state to while exploring solutions.

To repeat... MAWA.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

ED wins Zimbabwe presidential election - quelle surprise!

The suspense is over. Just as I predicted this morning, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced late tonight (local time) that ED is the winner of the country's presidential election. Noooooo! Not our Ed., but Comrade Emmerson D. Mnangagwa, popularly (?) known as "ED". Or "the Crocodile", but don't say that too loudly or his supporters (pictured cheering the announcement) will punish you for insulting the President, an offence under Zim law since the days of President Banana. No kidding. You can look it up.

The ZEC announced that ED had won 50.8% of the vote, just enough to avoid a runoff. Nelson Chamisa, candidate of the MDC Alliance, got 44.3%. As our friend Poor Len Canayen would say, the Crocodile had the puck nailed to his stick. Lifetime pct .992.

The ruling ZANU-PF party won 144 of the 210 seats in Zimbabwe's rubber-stamp parliament. That's a two-thirds majority, which would enable it to change the constitution in the unlikely event that the opposition candidate had won. The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) took 61 seats, and three seats remained "undeclared" when the lights went out tonight.

Shortly before the commission's announcement, the chief agent for the MDC Alliance took the stage at election central to say that his party "totally rejects" the results, and that he had not signed the papers. The police pictured in Walt's earlier post then escorted him from the room.

After being released, the chief agent said the elections were "fraudulent" and "everything has been done illegally." So, he said, he refused the ZEC's request to sign papers certifying Mnangagwa's win.
"We're not part of it," he said, adding that the opposition would be challenging the election in the courts.

The announcement came after clashes between opposition protesters and soldiers in Ha-ha-harare (the Fun Capital of Africa) left at least six people dead. The unrest marred what had been billed as an important milestone in Zimbabwe's efforts to return to democracy following 37 years of repression under longtime leader Robert Gabriel Mugabe. Comrade Bob is still alive but was unable to comment as he was said to be having a nap.

At least six killed in Zimbabwe post-election violence

I've been waiting patiently to be able to bring you the results from elections held in Zimbabwe on July 30th. Patience is a must, in African affairs, as things move slowly... very slowly. Future time is expresssed, in Zimbabwe, in phrases with rather vague meanings, which I'll translate for you:
- "Just now", as in "The results will be announced just now." Read: "at some time in the future, but not "now now".
- "Now now", as in "Could we have them now now?" Read: "sometime today".
- "Now now now!", as in "Do it now now now! I'm not going to wait any longer!" Read: "Move your ass, you [racist epithet deleted. Ed.]!"

Old Africa hands, like Walt, were therefore unsurprised when the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), comprised of appointees of the ZANU-PF party which has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, announced on July 31st that results of the voting would be released, not "just now" but as soon as every last one of the 10,095 polling stations had counted every last one of the ballots.

Elections were held for every office from the presidensity to Zimbabwe's rubber-stamp parliament down to municipal councils. The only race of any consequence pitted 75-year-old Emmerson Mnangagwa, who ousted Comrade Bob Mugabe in an almost bloodless coup last November against Nelson Chamisa, age 40, who succeded to the leadership of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) after the death of its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.

The ZEC has released results of the parliamentary and local elections in dribs and drabs, from July 31st until this afternoon, local time. The commission has said the vote was conducted properly in accordance with African tradition under the vigilant supervision of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, and was therefore free and fair.

Supporters of the MDC disagreed, and the longer the ZEC delayed announcing the results of the presidential race, the more they complained that the fix was in. One observer, with experience of elections in the USA, said he was reminded of the delayed announcement of results in Philadelphia, where Democratic election officials would call their counterparts in certain black districts to ask for the vote count, at which time they were asked, "How many votes you need?"

Yesterday the opposition supporters got fed up waiting, and took to the streets of Ha-ha-harare, the Fun Capital of Africa, to express their anger. Zimbabwe Newsday, which was apparently afraid to print anything at all yesterday, reported this morning that at least six people were feared to have died last night, while several others sustained gunshot injuries after soldiers and police in Harare used brute force to suppress MDC Alliance activists protesting against alleged electoral theft of their vote by ZANU-PF and the ZEC.

Harare's Central Business District resembled a war zone, as soldiers drove around in their armoured vehicles, stopping every now and then to beat bystanders with sjamboks (still in use after the bad old apartheid days, but it's black on black now). They fired live ammunition indiscriminately at anyone found in the CBD, with several passersby caught in the cross fire.

Once-and-future President Mngagwa said this morning that his government has been in touch with the main opposition leader in an attempt to ease tensions after the election-related violence. Mr Chamisa said only that "We must maintain this dialogue in order to protect the peace we hold dear." Errr, yes. If you know you're going to lose an election in Africa, it's best to start backing towards the door as soon as the outcome can be discerned.

In a series of tweets, Comrade ED* called for an "independent investigation" into the violence in Harare, saying those responsible "should be identified and brought to justice." By that, he obviously meant the opposition, though some international observers criticized the military for opening fire on unarmed civilians. Those observers obviously need to cleanse their minds or their racist assumptions and get used to African ways.

* Footnote: Comrade Mnangagwa's supporters and the local meeja refer to him as "ED". Apparently no-one has told them that "ED" is commonly used here in the civilized (?) world to refer to a little problem that some men have.

Further reading: "Zimbabwe's elections turn violent", The Economist, 2/8/18. "So much for a fresh start...."