Archive for February, 2009

Mark Steyn Back at Macleans

February 27th, 2009
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After a sabbatical from Canadian publishing, Mark Steyn returns to Macleans magazine this week:

Anything happen while I was gone?

Oh, yeah. The collapse of the global economy. Armageddon outta here. The ecopalypse is upon us. Down south, President Obama has abandoned the gaseous uplift of “the audacity of hope” and warns we’re on the brink of the abyss. In the old New Deal, FDR warned that “we have nothing to fear but fear itself.” For the new New Deal, President Hopeychangey says we have nothing but fear itself. Get used to it. In Russia, the nation’s wealthiest oligarchs have seen their net worth decline by two-thirds. They can’t steal it as fast as it depreciates. Even yard sales of Soviet nukes to chaps with Waziristani business cards won’t make it up.

Welcome back Mark.

h/t Dr. Roy

Mark Steyn

Shutterbugging Picture of the Day: Galt Architecture

February 26th, 2009
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University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Galt Ontario

via ShutterBugging

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Gary Goodyear in the Post

February 26th, 2009
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Here in Cambridge our local MP, Gary Goodyear, is also Minister of State for Science and Technology. It is in that capacity that he penned a piece that appeared in yesterdays National Post, Supporting Our Scientists:

It’s unfortunate that Liberal MP Marc Garneau, whose op-ed “Support our scientists” appeared in the Post on Feb. 11, has not taken the time to properly read the federal budget. Otherwise, he would have noticed that the government of Canada has made substantial new investments in science and technology. What is odd about his criticisms is that the Official Opposition did not bother to make any pre-budget submissions in support of science and technology programs. Stranger still, Mr. Garneau voted in favour of the budget that he now criticizes…

It’s a strong piece of partisan political writing and with jabs at the opposition and information on his department.  It’s also the first I have heard of Goodyear in his capacity as Minister of State, and is a good start to his cabinet career.

Gary Goodyear

Warren Kinsella Sues Ezra Levant

February 23rd, 2009

You wonder what’s going on with Warren Kinsella these days. He seems to have completely gone off the rails. The latest is yet another suit for a blog posting, again against Ezra Levant.

Someone needs to point out to Michael Ignatieff that every time Kinsella goes off his rocker in public, his name, and the Liberal party gets dragged into it. On the other hand, Adscam is back on the table and open for discussiuon. Thanks Warren, Conservative blogging just got a lot easier.


CAW Picketing Bauer Industries

February 23rd, 2009

Bauer Industries in Waterloo closed their doors on Feb 13, telling their employees that day. Pay for their last week of work has not been issued, nor have they received their record of employment allowing them to apply for EI.

Some times on this blog I have been hard on the CAW, but I have no truck with the argument they don’t serve a purpose. These guys at Bauer went to work every day, did their jobs, and got caught in unfortunate circumstances.  As Bruce Springsteen sang “…these jobs are going boys And they ain’t coming back…” A days work for a days pay is an agreement, and the company should be paying. If they cannot, they should at least be working with the employees to make the closure as painless as possible, and that means getting those records of employment in the employees hands ASAP, so they can apply for EI, and begin the process of moving on with their lives.


ShutterBugging Picture of the Day: Hawk in Flight

February 23rd, 2009
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Saturday Morning Coffee

February 21st, 2009
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A regular Saturday morning feature from ShutterBugging:

Coffee with F-R-I-E-N-D-S

Coffee with F-R-I-E-N-D-S

It’s hard to say what made coffee more popular, Starbucks or Friends. As they both became pop-culture icons around the same time, it’s probable there was some kind of symbiosis going on. But one thing is clear, Friends made the big coffee mug popular.

This is my favourite mug, with a home made latte and a touch of foam to sip the coffee through.

Saturday Morning Coffee

Saturday Fluffernutter: Selma Hayek off the Market; Rihanna; Estelle Bennet (1941 – 2009)

February 21st, 2009

Saturday Fluffernutter – all the fluffy news about those nutty celebrities.

fluffincolorPictures emerged this week of Dirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze, looking gaunt and deathly. fluff2Swayze is battling pancreatic cancer but continues a heavy smoking habit. There is added fear after a recent trip to the hospital with a lung infection that the fifty-six year old stars cancer has spread to his lungs.

I can only wish Godspeed to Patrick Swayze, a favourite, and hope things are not as bad as they presently appear.

fluffincolorBad news guys: Selma Hayek is off the market. I really had hopes for a Ron/Heyek hook up, but how is a guy to compete with a French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault? He whisked her off to Paris for a Valentines Day wedding?

Sheesh, I hope Lady Hespeler enjoyed her chocolate.

fluffincolorWho is Chris Brown and why is he allegedly beating Rihanna? posted a picture of Rihanna this week and the bruises are horrific.  If he did this to her, he should receive significant jail time.

Maybe sadder still, Rihanna friend Jay-Z, who is supporting her, had this to say:

You have to have compassion for others. Just imagine it being your sister or mom and then think about how we should talk about that. I just think we should all support her.

I couldn’t agree more, but how sad an indictment is it that he feels it needs to be said? Why isn’t the above observation self evident?

fluffincolorReview in Brief – The Pink Panther 2: Real bad accents, pretty good slapstick.

fluffincolorEstelle Bennet (1941 – 2009): The rock and roll world lost one of it’s voices last week when ex-Ronette Estelle Bennett passed at her home in Englewood NJ at the age of 67.


Toronto Sun Publishes Racist Cartoon

February 19th, 2009

Back in 2006, when Muslims were rioting and threatening people who dare publish a few cartoons, the Toronto Sun ran a laughable justification of why the cartoons that caused all the trouble was not sufficiently newsworthy to print. Since the link is now dead, I will reprint the entire article below. Meanwhile, a snippet:

The real issue here is not about a weak or fearful press becoming “more responsive to Muslim sensitivities than to truth or the concerns of any other group,” as Peter puts it, or about pandering to any segment of society.

Rather, it is about cultural sensitivity, social responsibility and common sense. Freedom of speech is not and never has been an absolute…

While we are at it, why not publish cartoons ridiculing
the Holocaust (oh, wait, they’re already doing that) or racist cartoons to delight the heart of a Klansman?

…there is a world of difference between discussion and debate and engaging in sweeping generalizations and racist stereotyping.

Just as there is a difference between responsibility and sensitivity, and, as Peter put it, “hypocrisy and cowardice.”

So, now that the Sun has a policy on controversial cartoons, why is this cartoon on page 36 of today’s Toronto Sun (and reprinted on their website)?


New York Times cartoon

As the accompanying Sun story notes, many are calling the cartoon racist:

Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton called the cartoon “troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys.”

So the question is, why are the Toronto Sun now publishing “racist cartoons to delight the heart of a Klansman”?


Racist cartoons? No thanks
Our Editor?in?chief explains to Peter Worthington why we won’t
gratuitously insult Muslims

Peter Worthington, founding editor of the Sun, wrote yesterday in this space about the spontaneity (or lack thereof) of the riots in Europe and Asia over the publication of editorial cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.

He went on to suggest that the media and politicians “go to absurd lengths” not to offend the Muslim community for “fear” of just such a reaction.

As the Editor?in?chief of the Sun, I would argue that this is so far from the truth, that it qualifies as absurd. Peter is most likely correct that the size and ferocity of the crowds were fuelled by outside forces.

I would suggest that one of those forces was the media. Remember that these cartoons, initially published on Sept. 30, drew protests long before those of the past week.

But they were smaller and went largely unnoticed. In fact, the size and anger of the latest protests seem to have grown in direct correlation to media exposure, particularly when other newspapers in Europe reprinted the offending cartoons.
Peter’s argument goes completely off the rails when he attempts to paint the entire Muslim community with an oversized brush. Generalizing about the world’s 1.2 billion Muslims based on the actions of a few thousand protesters is ludicrous. One doesn’t have to look very hard to find Muslims ?? prominent or otherwise ?? who condemn acts of terrorism.

The days following the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11 saw vigils condemning this atrocity held around the world. People of all faiths came together to pray.

In Canada and Syria, in the U.S and Iran, in Denmark and Egypt, we all mourned the dead and condemned an unthinkable act. Now is not the time to forget that innocent Muslims died in 9/11 along with Christians and Jews and that the main victims of Islamic terrorism today are Muslims.

The real issue here is not about a weak or fearful press becoming “more responsive to Muslim sensitivities than to truth or the concerns of any other group,” as Peter puts it, or about pandering to any segment of society.

Rather, it is about cultural sensitivity, social responsibility and common sense. Freedom of speech is not and never has been an absolute. “The most stringent protection of free speech would not,” Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. wrote, “protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre.”

This right carries with it a need to be responsible for one’s actions. Garry Trudeau, the Pulitzer Prize?winning cartoonist and creator of Doonesbury, sums it up best: “Just because a society has almost unlimited freedom of expression doesn’t mean we should ever stop thinking about its consequences in the real world.” Exactly.

Unless he lacked all understanding of his audience, it’s hard to imagine that Flemming Rose, the editor of Jyllands?Posten who originally solicited and published these cartoons, did not foresee the anger they would provoke.

Then again, he announced yesterday he’s now willing to publish cartoons ridiculing the Holocaust, commissioned by an Iranian newspaper. One has to ask ?? what is he thinking?

Let’s change the visual for a moment. One of the cartoons basically portrayed the Prophet Mohammed as a terrorist.
So, how would a Catholic react to a cartoon of Christ sexually abusing a child, published at the height of the controversy about Catholic priests sexually abusing boys?

Think about that. While we are at it, why not publish cartoons ridiculing the Holocaust (oh, wait, they’re already doing that) or racist cartoons to delight the heart of a Klansman?

Newspapers have an obligation to their communities to inform, entertain, educate and explain, to place events in context, in such a way as to make them not only understandable, but useful. Newspapers also have a duty to provoke and challenge ?? to act as a conduit for discussion and debate. But there is a world of difference between discussion and debate and engaging in sweeping generalizations and racist stereotyping. Just as there is a difference between responsibility and sensitivity, and, as Peter put it, “hypocrisy and cowardice.”

Just because you can do something doesn’t always mean you should do it.


PM on Blitzer

February 18th, 2009

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was with Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s Situation Room today. Here’s a 6:00 minute clip:


Blue Blogging Soapbox Blogging Tories Site of the Week

February 18th, 2009
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The Blue Blogging Soapbox Blogging Tories Site of the Week for the week of February 15th, 2009 is:

Gay and Right

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog will report on a variety of conservative issues – while supporting gay marriage. You will also find support for Israel on this site, and lots of interesting links on the web.
Fred’s not one for long commentary, but read the titles and links carefully.


General James Wolfe: The Hero of Quebec

February 17th, 2009
General James Wolfe (2 January 1727 – 13 September 1759)

General James Wolfe (2 January 1727 – 13 September 1759)

In days of yore, from Britain’s shore,
Wolfe, the dauntless hero came,

And planted firm Britannia’s flag,
On Canada’s fair domain.
Here may it wave, our boast, our pride,
And joined in love together,
The thistle, shamrock, rose entwine
The Maple Leaf forever!

Pictures, Wolfe Kicked Montcalm's Ass

The Wolfe Pack Eyes It’s Prey

February 17th, 2009

A riddle: If a federal politician in Canada removed millions of dollars from the Quebec economy, what would separatist groups do?

If you answered patting them on the back and feeling very proud of them, go to the back of teh calss.

Yet when it is the separatists themselves that are removing millions from the Quebec economy, that’s exactly what they do:

A ragtag army of Quebec separatists, armed only with Internet petitions and menacing e-mails, have triumphed where the French army failed 250 years ago, preventing another British victory on the Plains of Abraham.

Following weeks of mounting controversy that last week reached Parliament, the National Battlefields Commission cancelled its plans to commemorate the anniversary of the historic 1759 battle…

“It’s kind of mind-boggling. I just can’t believe that this handful of people are patting themselves on the back, feeling very proud of themselves. They have no idea what they’re doing for the province.”

He [Horst Dresler, a Vermont resident who was marshalling the 2,100 volunteers that were expected on the Plains] said the thousands of re-enactors and the tourists drawn for the spectacle would have pumped millions into the Quebec City economy.

Worse, these people see this whole charade as a beginning:

Patrick Bourgeois, who has led the charge against the re-enactment, wrote on his Web site on the weekend that the next step should be to push for the removal of “all monuments dedicated to the memory of Wolfe” in Quebec City.

These people aren’t happy hurting the guys who try to make a living in Quebec city’s hospitality industry, they want to eradicate history. That makes them people who must be challenged.


h/t to Daimnation, who has had the best post title on this story, They Cried “Wolfe”!

Wolfe Kicked Montcalm's Ass

Picture of the Day – Winter’s Wake

February 17th, 2009
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Winter's Wake

Winter's Wake

Picture of the Day


February 14th, 2009
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A couple of years ago sat and learned this piece and recorded all in the same night. I don’t think I’ve posted it before, so here is me, playing Jimmy Page’s Bron-yr-aur.


Listening from a distance, I’m pleased with the performance – that’s not always true.