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Praise the Lord and pass the kool-aid!

Let’s face it folks, when ya get right down to it, Islamic terrorists are nothing more than a cult! In essence, they are no different than your local Manson Family, Branch Davidians, Heavens Gate, The People’s Temple (Jim Jones – Jonestown), Solar Temple, House of Yahweh, Aum Shinrikyo, Church of Bible Understanding (formerly known as the […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion about the Middle-East!

Folks, let’s get things back into perspective here! (God I love that word!) I am very confused about what is going on concerning the radicalization of Canadian youth ….. you know, those idiots who are going to the the Middle-East! First of all, these guys who are being fucked-up by certain Imams SHOULD be allowed […]

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It’s not paranoia when they really are out to get you!

Dear Readers: Your ever inquisitive reporter just read a survey of world wide Muslims and it showed that a good majority of these “religion of peace” practitioners were in favour of Sharia law, not only for themselves, BUT EVERYBODY ………………..! Oh, and they would not be opposed to the death penalty for anyone who left […]

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Indignation and retraction!

Well kids, the nuts have taken over the asylum again! The University of Western Ontario student newspaper “The Gazette” printed a few articles in the Frosh issue that pissed of the feminists and a bunch of other politically correct assholes, and instead of telling them to go to hell ………………………, THEY APOLOGIZED! Now I haven’t […]

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Those poor, misguided, suicide bombers!

Folks, ya might want to dig up what I said a few days ago when I went off on a rant about religion and a bunch of other stuff! These poor, misguided, idiots are blowing themselves up because some fast talking snake oil salesman Imam told them they were going to “Paradise!” Here’s some of […]

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Asshole of the Year: Heather Mallick

Folks, I don’t read the Toronto Star because I’m by nature a ‘sort-of-conservative,’ and they are far too red for me! As a result I wasn’t aware of who Heather Mallick was ….., or some of the insane drivel this broad writes about in her columns! (She was brought to my attention when I got […]

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WTF is wrong with North Americans

This is a message not only for the States, but Canada as well! – - – - – - – - – - – - – - –  

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Winnipeg makes the six o’clock news!

Look folks, your ever helpful reporter is getting tired about all the bitchin’ and complainin’ over how poorly we cover news from Manitoba…………………., so hopefully this will shut a few of you up! The public is advised that the railway crossing on Panet Road between Molson Street and Munroe Avenue will be closed from 8:00 […]

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We got trouble in River City folks!

Dear Readers; I should warn you from the get-go that this article will not be politically correct or even nice! It might even border on the racist and elitist according to some, but I am going to say things that need to be said! Ya see, these last few weeks is one of those periods […]

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Sunday Morning Funnies # 33 1/3

These are actual complaints received by a local travel agency! 1. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.” 2. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion: Asshole of the Week!

Dear Readers: Every time we give out one of our “Asshole’ trophy’s, I think to myself, “boy, it’s gonna be hard to top that one!” And then, the next thing ya know, without any warning or “how-DE-do,” along comes someone else who raises the bar to new levels of “assholeness” and blows my theory apart! […]

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Quebec goes it alone!

I assume you are all familiar with Internet domain names? For example, since this site is Canadian, our web address is BlogsCanada.ca WELL! Those pesky French didn’t like the “.ca” stuff, so starting this fall there will be a “.quebec” address as well! Good for them …………………………, stay there! ——————————————— HitchBOT left Halifax in late […]

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These guys aren’t real Canadians!

Folks,we just figured out how to solve the World’s ills and problems! We are just going to pass laws that will solve these major impediments to a civilized society……………….., AND WE EXPECT EVERYONE TO FOLLOW THEM! To start with, I am going to state a “Perspective” policy and rule today that everyone in Canada is […]

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Life is tough, then ya die!

Folks, I don’t have to tell you that life is rough ………………, but for some, it’s rougher than for others! A transient, frequently-jailed alcoholic, who became known as the “Homeless Hero” after saving two people from drowning, battled his demons right up until his death in the same river where he made his rescues. Faron […]

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First he is, then he ain’t, now he is again!

Though very much alive, Donald Miller Jr. is still legally a dead man … and yet now his daughters are being hit up for $47,000 in Social Security benefits they received as teens because of his death, the AP reports. It all started when Miller, a jobless alcoholic at the time, went missing in the […]

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Sunday Drivers!

The cops down in St. Thomas Ontario are real s.o.b.’s……………….., I know this because I worked down there for a few months, and they are all over the city like a swarm of angry bees. Not only that, but I’m sure they pay for most of the police budget thru speeding tickets, because that’s all […]

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I SCREAM FOR ICE-CREAM

Tien Tran holds a soft serve ice cream cone at Merla Mae’s Ice Cream on Adelaide Street in London, Ontario on Friday August 15, 2014. Cooler than usual summer weather has impacted the frozen treat business, leaving the shop empty at times when lines would normally stretch out the door. CRAIG GLOVER/The London Free Press/QMI […]

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Sunday Morning Funnies #70

Our teacher asked me what my favorite animal was, and I said, “Fried chicken.” She said I wasn’t funny, but she couldn’t have been right, because everyone else laughed. My parents told me to always tell the truth. I did. Fried chicken is my favorite animal. I told my dad what happened, and he said […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion #55

(Reports of a Calgary man getting killed while fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq have been circulating Twitter. Farah Mohamed Shirdon, who seems to also use the name Abu Usamah, can be seen threatening to destroy Canada and burning his passport in a propaganda video from Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL) […]


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Putin Goes Postal

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Black Mamba

Uncharacteristically, Putin has now made not one but three fatal errors.

First, in an epic miscalculation, he waited much too long to send in his forces. He gave Poroshenko the chance to demonstrate to the world that the pro-Russian rebels could not win on the battlefield without Russian assistance. Had Putin intervened earlier, he could have claimed that the rebels would have won anyway and he was just hastening the result to save lives. Now, he cannot escape the world’s condemnation as an invader and occupier.

Second, Putin has grossly misread the sentiment on the ground in Eastern Ukraine. As the brilliant Russian journalist Anna Nemtsova reported:

“All we really care about is that nobody bombs our homes, our schools and kindergartens,” Lyudmila Zakharenko told The Daily Beast on the central square of Sloviansk, which was once the center of pro-Russian rebel resistance. Most residents there switched their opinion from pro-Russian to pro-Ukrainian once the rebel forces were pushed out of town.

In other words, if Putin does take Eastern Ukraine he’ll face a situation far worse that what he saw in Chechnya at the start of his presidency: the domestic population will not support him, and rather than a ragtag group of terrorists Putin will face a determined nation army with widespread international support. What’s more, he’ll be fighting close to the borders of several NATO member states who will be outraged. Meanwhile, Russians will become more and more alienated from him, just as they did during the worst moments of the war in Chechnya.

And finally, Putin has badly misread his own people. As hundreds of Russian soldiers have started disappearing in Ukraine and numerous secret funerals have been staged in Russia, a backlash against Putin’s cowardly, secret war is starting to emerge. The families who have lost their sons are not remaining conveniently quiet, but rather are speaking out and demanding answers.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper the Chicken Hawk Gets his Feathers Plucked

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Simon

Well as you know, no world leader has screamed as loudly about the crisis in Ukraine as has Stephen Harper.If words were weapons the Russians would have surrendered by now.But now NATO is demanding that he put his money where his mouth or his snout is.And the chicken hawk has been plucked.Read more »

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15 Year Old Who “SWATTED” Gamer Convicted Of Domestic Terrorism; 25 Years To Life In Federal Prison

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Blazing Catfur

DeQuincy, LA — What many teenagers these days are considering a harmless prank, has landed one online gamer in more trouble than he could have ever imagined. In a Louisiana courtroom today, 15-year-old Paul Horner broke down in tears after a judge found the young man guilty on two counts of domestic terrorism and was sentenced to twenty-five years to life in federal prison.

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Key corruption probe targeting President Erdoğan’s son dismissed

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Frau Katze
Former Prime Minister and now President Erdoğan

The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office has ruled that there are no legal grounds for the prosecution of 96 suspects, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son Bilal Erdoğan, who were accused by prosecutors of bribery and corruption in the Dec. 25 investigation.

“By naming the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey as the leader of an [illegal] organization and labeling him ‘then-prime minister’ in the summary of proceedings, those who prepared the investigation showed that they attempted to remove the government by force or prevent it from doing its duties completely or partly, under the disguise of a legal probe,” prosecutors İsmail Uçar, İrfan Fidan and Fuzuli Aydoğan said in the non-prosecution verdict on Sept. 1…

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Well, that’s convenient for the new president! I am sure it all completely legitimate, of course.

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CIS: Ravens earn first win since return

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Staff

WATERLOO, Ont. – Quarterback Jesse Mills threw two touchdowns and rushed for another as Carleton downed the Waterloo Warriors 33-14 on Monday, the Ravens’ first victory since re-joining Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Carleton dropped the program in 1998. The Ravens returned … Continue Reading

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Libyan government says it has lost control of most Tripoli ministries

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Frau Katze

(Reuters) – Libya’s government said it has lost control of most ministries and state institutions located in Tripoli after rival armed groups took over the capital.

Last month, senior officials and the elected parliament moved to the remote eastern city of Tobruk as an alliance of armed factions led by forces from the western city of Misrata took control of Tripoli, having expelled a rival group.

Libya is descending into anarchy as former rebels who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 have turned their guns on each other as they seek to set the country’s political agenda and control its vast oil reserves.

“We announce that most ministries, institutions and state bodies in the capital Tripoli are out of our control,” the government said in a statement late on Sunday. Armed groups had prevented staff from entering some government buildings, it added.

All ministries, the state-oil National Oil Corp (NOC) and central bank are located in the capital.

The persistent violence has not affected oil production but traders have said ownership of the oil might be subject to legal challenges if the Misrata forces take control of the central bank, where crude revenues are booked.

The new forces controlling Tripoli, some with Islamist leanings, have refused to recognize the Tobruk House of Representatives, which has a strong liberal and federalist presence…

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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment for a Novelist

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Blazing Catfur

From the Dept. of Insane and Dangerous Overreactions to Fictional Threats:

A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Md. middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—”taken in for an emergency medical evaluation” for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace’s Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, according to news reports from Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The novel, by the way, is set 900 years in the future.

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Tweet of the day

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Frau Katze

It worked for Reagan, didn’t it? Obama: Tear down this wall…… #PJNET #TCOT #RedNationRising #CCOT pic.twitter.com/tMQUGqE1CF
— Judy Stines (@jstines3) September 1, 2014

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Marking the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Frau Katze

German President Joachim Gauck is to join his Polish counterpart, Bronislaw Komorowski, on the Westerplatte peninsula in Gdansk on Monday, for the main ceremony to mark the beginning of World War II.The two heads of state are to place candles at the gr…

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Pence’s go-ahead double leads Giants over Rockies

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  tsn.ca Top Stories RSS

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Islam did this

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Blazing Catfur

‘I don’t feel guilty’: Single surviving Beslan terrorist unrepentant 10 years after tragedy

‘You made deal with Devil’: Letters to Beslan terrorist

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Be Awesome Party #11! Come link up with us!

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Anonymous

- – – Welcome back to our Be Awesome Link Party! Hello friends! We are SO very happy to have you here with us, sharing your projects and inspiring us all week after week! Together with myself, Angie of Echoes of Laughter, Virginia of Fynes Designs, Julie of Sober Julie, Crystal of Sew Creative, Tara […]

The post Be Awesome Party #11! Come link up with us! appeared first on A Pretty Life In The Suburbs.

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Media Diversionary Tactics in Ferguson and Gaza

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Frau Katze

We hear a lot from the media about Israel’s disproportionate response to attacks from Hamas, but it may be time to focus on the media’s own disproportionate response to certain events.
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The media’s current focus on the shooting of a black teenager by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri seems also designed to divert attention away from the big picture.

The story provides an opportunity to shift the spotlight away from a number of other stories that reflect badly on the current administration—the failure of Obama’s Iraq policy, the inability to control the southern border, the IRS scandal, the President’s serial vacations, and the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

One might justifiably conclude that much of the media attention to Ferguson is fueled by ulterior motives…

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Holliday gets go-ahead RBI single as Cardinals beat Pirates

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Saskatchewan contractor laid off Canadians, retained TFWs

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Blazing Catfur

A large electrical contractor in Saskatchewan is being investigated by the federal government over allegations it laid off dozens of Canadian electricians while keeping temporary foreign workers on the job.

Natalie Cranston was one of about 800 electricians working for Alliance Energy on the expansion of the Agrium potash mine in Vanscoy near Saskatoon.

The young woman is one of 58 Canadian workers who were laid off in May.

“It wasn’t a happy day,” she told CBC’s iTeam.

She’s upset that she was forced to go job hunting while 30-40 TFW electricians were still employed.

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"Once, there was a boy on the bus and everyone had sex with him"

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Blazing Catfur

The bus driver who has raped 12 little boys (and doesn’t think he’s done anything wrong: Why thousands of Pakistani children are falling prey to paedophiles’I’m going to look for a good wife who’s read the Quran and prays,’ he says. ‘A good, respectabl…

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Castillo, Valbuena hit homers to lead Cubs over Brewers

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Eugenie Bouchard falls to Makarova after needing medical treatment at U.S. Open

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  The Canadian Press

NEW YORK — Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard is out of the U.S. Open. The Westmount, Que., native lost her fourth-round match 7-6 (2), 6-4 to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia on a sweltering Monday afternoon after needing treatment from medical staff midway […]

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Pakistan PM: I will neither resign, nor go on leave

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Frau Katze
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a meeting with parliamentary leaders on Moday, September 1, 2014. Check out the garden gnome with the huge white beard and orange turban.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif re-affirmed on Monday that he would neither resign, nor go on leave with pressure mounting as anti-government protests in the capital extended into their 18th day.

Addressing a meeting of parliamentary leaders of all the political parties in the National assembly at the PM House on Monday, the premier assured that he will not let any one set a precedent in the country where a few people hijacked the mandate of millions.

“We have rule of Constitution here and we will no allow any one to abrogate it,” said Nawaz…

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The Disaffected Lib: London Has Denounced It. So Has Washington. Why the Complicit Silence from Canada?

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  The Mound of Sound

Israel has just taken another massive bite out of the Palestinian West Bank homeland.  Britain has condemned the land grab, so has Washington.

As for Canada, “what land grab?”  As Harper reminds us, we don’t practice sociology.  It took Mulcair and Trudeau to demonstrate that we don’t do integrity either, not when we’re suckholing for votes.

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Stanton hits 34th HR, Marlins rally to beat Mets

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City of Ottawa to fly Vietnamese flag despite online petition, protest

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Joe Lofaro

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said the city is not supporting communism with its plans to raise the Vietnamese flag at City Hall Tuesday to mark the Asian country’s national holiday, Vietnam Independence Day. An online petition that opposes the city from … Continue Reading

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Two suspects sought after woman attacked, sexually assaulted in Calgary alley

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Staff

Calgary police are looking for two suspects after receiving a report that a woman was struck in the head and sexually assaulted in an alleyway early Monday morning. The victim told investigators she was approached by two men while walking … Continue Reading

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Chiefs QB Alex Smith ready to focus on season after inking four-year, $68M extension

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith didn’t have much choice when he was traded from San Francisco to Kansas City last year. He had the final say when it came to staying with the Chiefs, though. One day after signing […]

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PNE ends with strong overall attendance despite rainy final weekend

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Emily Jackson

Stormy weather dampened attendance levels on the PNE’s last weekend despite organizers offering free admission before 1 p.m. on the final two days of the annual fair. “It won’t get us to where we would have been [without the two … Continue Reading

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Accidental Deliberations: On healthy proposals

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Greg Fingas

Paul Wells seems quite disappointed not to have received more attention for his recent piece on Thomas Mulcair’s speech to the Canadian Medical Association. So let’s take a closer look at why the angle Wells took didn’t seem like much of a revelation – and what might be more significant in Mulcair’s plans.

At the outset, I don’t see much basis for surprise that after consistently and rightly criticizing the Cons for their health-care funding choices, Mulcair would follow up by saying he’d act differently if he had the power to do so. Which means that the headline promise highlighted (Read more…)

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NewsAlert: Bouchard is out of the U.S. Open

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Staff

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard has been eliminated from the U.S. Open. The 20-year-old from Westmount, Que., dropped a 7-6, 6-4 decision to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in the fourth round. More coming.

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Joyce’s single in 10th helps Rays beat Red Sox

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Serena Williams beats Kanepi at U.S. Open to reach first Grand Slam quarter-final of year

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Associated Press

NEW YORK — Serena Williams reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final of the year with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kaia Kenepi in the U.S. Open on Monday, keeping her hopes alive for a third straight Flushing Meadows crown. The […]

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A Puff of Absurdity: On Alone Time

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Marie Snyder

Three articles caught my attention, two juxtaposed on a page of the Globe and Mail Saturday, and one forwarded along on Kinsella’s blog. Doug Saunders wrote about the blur between work and leisure, Jacob Berkowitz about solo camping, and Michael Finkel about a man who lived alone in the woods for almost 30 years.

The articles spoke to me because I’m terrified of boredom. I finally finished the last project I have for my house – a waterfall and total backyard garden and studio – and already I’m a little anxious about what’s next. Now there’s just regular maintenance to (Read more…)

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Cherson & Molschky: Europe Should Know: Weakness Does Not Guarantee Safety

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Frau Katze

The West, Muslims, Israel and “Palestine”: Europe is not doing itself any favors by being weak.

The supposed “Palestinian problem” of how to create a “Palestinian State” is nothing more than a lie which camouflages an entirely separate issue, one that can be formulated as “how to destroy Israel.”

Why do I think so? Because when the Jordanian Army in the 70s winded on the tracks of their tanks the guts of 100,000 of their “Palestinian brothers,” nobody in the Arab world tore out their hair in despair or initiate any UN Security Council “urgent meetings”…

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Sea glass mobile tutorial

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  DaniGirl

Remember this? This was the bounty of sea glass that turned us into junkies way back in 2010 on our trip to Nova Scotia. Since then, we’ve added to our hoard from PEI to Vancouver’s Stanley Park, but I never did do anything more creative with it than keep it in glass jars stashed around [...]

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  2. Dreaming of an Island vacation
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Olympic medalist Brent Hayden to run for Vancouver park board

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Emily Jackson

Olympic bronze medalist Brent Hayden is entering a different type of race this fall. The swimmer best known for his medal-winning 100-metre freestyle at the London 2012 Summer Games will run for a spot on Vancouver’s park board in the … Continue Reading

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The Disaffected Lib: Busting the Cartel

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  The Mound of Sound

“this country should no longer tolerate a situation  where the public interest in so vital a field as information[is] dependent on the greed or goodwill of an extremely privileged group of businessmen” 

That was the seminal conclusion of the 1969 Davey Commission report into Canada’s mass media.  It was a warning about the danger to ordinary Canadians and “the public interest” posed by press barons who dominated the media through concentration of ownership and media cross-ownership.

In today’s neoliberal Canada, Davey’s warnings are more valid than ever but of no moment whatsoever to either the corporate media cartel (Read more…)

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Labor Day News Dump: FERC Hands Enbridge Permit for Tar Sands by Rail Facility

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Steve Horn

On the Friday before Labor Day — in the form of an age-old “Friday News Dump“ — the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) handed a permit to Enbridge, the tar sands-carrying corporate pipeline giant, to open a tar sands-by-rail facility in Flanagan, Ill. by early-2016. 

With the capacity to accept 140,000 barrels of tar sands product per day, the company’s rail facility serves as another step in the direction towards Enbridge’s quiet creation of a “Keystone XL Clone.” That is, like TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline System sets out to do, sending Alberta’s tar sands all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico’s refinery row — and perhaps to the global export market.

Flanagan sits as the starting point of Enbridge’s Flanagan South pipeline, which will take tar sands diluted bitumen (“dilbit”) from Flanagan to Cushing, Okla. beginning in October, according to a recent company earnings call. From there, Enbridge’s Seaway Twin pipeline will bring dilbit to Port Arthur, Texas near the Gulf.

Enbridge made the prospect of a tar sands-by-rail terminal public for the first time during its quarter two investor call.

“In terms of the rail facility, one of the things we’re looking at is – and the rail facility is really in relation to the situation in western Canada where there is growing crude oil volumes and not enough pipeline capacity to get it out of Alberta for a two or three year period,” Guy Jarvis, president of liquids pipelines for Enbridge, said on the call.

“So, one of the things we’re looking at doing is constructing a rail unloading facility that would allow western Canadian crudes to go by rail to Flanagan, be offloaded, and then flow down the Flanagan South pipeline further into Seaway and to the Gulf.”

FERC has given Enbridge the permit it needs to make that happen.

Enbridge “Scheme” Receives MN Permit

The announcement comes just days after the U.S. Department of State handed Enbridge a controversial permit to move an additional 350,000 barrels of tar sands per day across the U.S.-Canada border without the legally conventional Presidential Permit, public hearings or an environmental review conducted by the State Department.

Enbridge also received a permit from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) the day before FERC‘s “Friday News Dump,” locking in the State Department’s legal ruling at the state-level. MPUC voted 4-1 to permit the pipeline after a meeting lasting nearly eight hours

The Commission did so even though the staffer analyzing comments and legal submissions acknowledged he reviewed far more climate and environmental concerns than vice versa, according to MPUC staff briefing papers reviewed by DeSmogBlog.

“Clearly there exists much public opposition to the increased consumption of fossil fuels and diluted bitumen sources in particular,” wrote Michael Kaluzniak, planning director for energy facilities permitting for MPUC. 

“Additionally, the Commission received numerous comments expressing genuine concern regarding the potential impact of the project on water quality and overall dissatisfaction with Enbridge’s public safety and spill response actions.” 

TransCanada and Tar Sands by Rail

With the combination of its Alberta Clipper expansion “illegal scheme” (referred to as such by the National Wildlife Federation), Flanagan South and Seaway Twin pipelines, as well as the FERC-approved rail facility, Enbridge now has the capacity to bring roughly 960,000 barrels per day of tar sands product to the Gulf.

For sake of comparison, Keystone XL has the capacity to bring 830,000 barrels per day of tar sands to the Gulf. But TransCanada has also brokered its own deals and made its own chess moves. 

As reported on DeSmogBlog, TransCanada may build its own tar sands-by-rail facility while it waits for Keystone XL‘s northern leg to receive — or not receive — a State Department permit and accompanying Presidential Permit.  

It is something…that we can move on relatively quickly,” TransCanada CEO Russ Girling stated on his company’s quarter one earnings call. “We’ve done a pretty substantial amount of work at the terminal end and mostly at the receipt and delivery points and that’s really what our key role in here would be.”

Since that call, TransCanada has not discussed its tar sands by rail business plans.

“Keystone? Who needs it?”

In July, Global Partners and Kansas City Southern announced plans to develop a tar sands by rail facility in Port Arthur, Texas with 340,000 barrels of storage capacity.

If TransCanada opens up its own tar sands by rail facility, the combination of that and Enbridge’s latest tar sands by rail move could feed the Global Partners-Kansas City Southern beast.

With tar sands now “Texas Bound and Flyin” in a major way, and both Enbridge and TransCanada finding a way to get tar sands to the Gulf, the seemingly hyperbolic headline published on July 10 by the Houston Business Journal seems to ring true more now than ever: “Keystone? Who needs it?

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DeSmogBlog: Labor Day News Dump: FERC Hands Enbridge Permit for Tar Sands by Rail Facility

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Steve Horn

On the Friday before Labor Day — in the form of an age-old “Friday News Dump“ — the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) handed a permit to Enbridge, the tar sands-carrying corporate pipeline giant, to open a tar sands-by-rail facility in Flanagan, Ill. by early-2016.

With the capacity to accept 140,000 barrels of tar sands product per day, the company’s rail facility serves as another step in the direction towards Enbridge’s quiet creation of a “Keystone XL Clone.” That is, like TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline System sets out to do, sending Alberta’s tar sands (Read more…)

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Stamps lead in third quarter in Labour Day Classic on TSN

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  tsn.ca Top Stories RSS

Go to TSN.ca for details. #TSN

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A CNN host let a Muslim cleric speak freely. What he said about journalism, terrorism and sharia law in America left the host speechless

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  Frau Katze
The “cleric” was Anjem Choudary

British Muslim activist Anjam Choudary appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday morning, and while host Brian Stelter seemed as if he was working hard to give the cleric a fair shake, the veteran journalist couldn’t help but get exasperated as Choudary steadfastly defended his radical Islamic ideology — and joked about 9/11.

Besides saying that he thought he won his epic shouting match with Fox News’ Sean Hannity earlier in the week, Choudary refused to condemn the recent beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State.

Middle Eastern Muslims don’t see any difference between Western military members and civilians “because the general populace of America have re-voted for people like [President Barack] Obama and [former President George W.] Bush, who continue their policy of tyranny in the area,” Choudary claimed.

Journalists are “the propaganda machine of the Obama administration” in the eyes of Middle Eastern Muslims, Choudary added…

h/t Marvin

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Report: Alouettes contact openly gay DE Sam

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  tsn.ca Top Stories RSS

Go to TSN.ca for details. #TSN

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Jermain Defoe to stay at Toronto FC despite interest in England: source

Posted  September 1, 2014  by  The Canadian Press

TORONTO — After a weekend of discontent, Toronto FC finally got some good news Monday with word that unsettled England striker Jermain Defoe was staying put, according to a source. On Sunday, general manager Tim Bezbatchenko confirmed that there was […]

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