Folks, I sometimes think I’m losing my mind! Just to show you how one sided all this politically correct bullshit is ……., they held a big (free) bar-b-que for about 15,000 Rob Ford supporters on the weekend and a bunch of malcontents and agitators from the LGBT community showed up to protest Rob Ford’s alleged […]
Two Choices What would you do?….you make the choice. Don’t look for a punch line, there isn’t one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice? At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that […]
Folks, a friend of mine sent this video to get my opinion and comments, and I have to admit that I was very hesitant to show it on these pages! Why? Because ………., in spite of the fact that it’s all bullshit, it was done very professionally, slick and convincingly! So convincing that a good […]
How would you like to live without electricity? Could you live without electricity? Well hang on to your ass folks, because it could happen at any time. Your ever inquisitive reporter just read an article about ‘solar storms’ and ‘x-ray flares’ etc. etc. and I came to the realization that we were fortunate to have […]
Well, well, just like dash cameras lessened incidents of violence during police traffic stops, so too will personal cameras on individual cops alleviate many of the problems associated with “police officers” shooting and beating on civilians …………………….., whether they deserve it or not! That, combined with the judicious use of Tasers instead of guns, will […]
A couple of notes about the left and right wing media here in Canada this morning. (By right wing, I mean, of course, Sun News and Sun TV, while left wing is just about everybody else!) Although I don’t hear cries of “hidden agenda” lately, left wing coverage of the Conservatives, and especially Harper, continues […]
MPUMAALANGA, South Africa — At an age when most boys would be the ring bearer at a wedding, South African 9-year-old Sanele Masilela was the one walking down the aisle … to marry a 62-year-old woman for the second time. According to the South African Sunday Times, both families claim the wedding is simply a […]
There is a rumour that Target Stores, after just 18 months here in Canada, (And over 1 BILLION dollars in loses) is going to pull the plug, pull up stakes, and pull out, as in “coitus interruptus!” Yup, they just might pull a fast one …………….., and split! ——————————————- How’s THIS for bullshit supreme?During all […]
This is the transcript of the ACTUAL radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland. Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision. Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision. Canadians: Negative. You will […]
Call him Rockford, call him Maverick, call him whatever you wish …………….., he will still be missed! ——————————————— From the “This is NUTS department!” A jury has awarded some woman in Florida $23.6 BILLION dollars because her husband died of cancer from smoking! Whoa, back the struck up a bit here folks, $23.6 BILLION? Has […]
O.K. folks, I have been told I have very bad “facial recognition!” Basically what that means is that I don’t recognize people very well …………………………, I can meet someone one day, and not know who they are the next! BUT, in spite of what other people say, I think this guy (Jim Sheppard) from the […]
Folks, a lot of confusion about stuff like climate change, evolution, and a whole bunch of other scientific issues lately! This article discusses how equal time is not really appropriate for a clearly false or uninformed position! The metaphor that a coin has two sides is a powerful one, and the temptation to look at […]
Folks, let’s get things back into perspective here! In spite of all the rhetoric and propaganda afforded to the situation, the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine was NOT an act of terrorism! Was it shot down by Russian separatists over the eastern part of the Ukraine? Yes! Was it shot down with Russian […]
Folks, let’s get things back into perspective here! Your humble and overworked reporter has to set things right on certain occasions, so we here at the Perspective Research Department, along with the staff at Naked News, are going to provide a regular feature here on BlogsCanada.ca called…………………………, LET’S GET THINGS BACK INTO PERSPECTIVE HERE! We […]
A video of a what appeared to be a bull shark swimming off of Wolfe Island in Lake Ontario has been revealed to be a marketing ploy for Discovery’s Channel’s Shark Week and its sponsor Nissan Rogue. The whole thing sounded a bit “fishy” to begin with folks, since sharks are salt water fish and […]
Folks, when I read this article, words like “GESTAPO” immediately come to mind! In the black, red and gold excitement of Germany’s 1-0 defeat of Argentina, Adam Guzzo decided the German flag deserved to be flown high above the swarm of street revellers. “I told my buddy, ‘I’m going to climb up that lamppost, get […]
HMCS Whitehorse returned to Esquimalt, B.C., Monday after a vice admiral of the RCN ordered it home from an international naval exercise called RIMPAC. A Canadian warship has been ordered back to port instead of going on maneuvers. (Da-da-dum-dum!) In a rare move by the Royal Canadian Navy, a ship has been ordered home from […]
Well folks, the PETA People are at it again! You know who they are, the do-gooders who want you to stop wearing fur, become a vegetarian, feed the birds and adopt a pet, people! This time the object of their wrath is once again the Calgary Stampede! First of all, they want to ban the […]
Well I said I was going to see the movie ……………………….. and I did! It turned out to be exactly what I figured it would be, no more and no less, and that’s O.K. with me! —————————————- Quebec Report! Why Quebec is closed for business: La Belle Province comes close to dead last in almost […]
Dear Readers: My “girlfriend”writes me a letter every week or two ………………………….., so I thought I would share the latest with you! BABE… i guess your not getting any of my email huh? ive been tryign to email u so many times but this dam laptop is such a piece of garbage and keeps freezing.. […]
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It doesn’t matter to John Jaso whether he’s Oakland’s leadoff batter, as long as he’s playing. For the Athletics, he’s extremely important at the top of the order, especially with Coco Crisp hurting. Jaso drove in three runs Sunday night, helping Sco…
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Both Julianne Moore and Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer enter the world of the Hunger Games with this trailer for Mockingjay, Part 1. It’s all-out war as Katniss steps into her role as the symbol of the rebellion.Read more…
Golden State has balked at moving its starting shooting guard and Klay Thompson said he “got that vibe” from new Warriors coach Steve Kerr that he wouldn’t be traded.
John Kerry has almost certainly been called worse things than a space alien — certainly by Israel’s Right-wing camp, where contempt for the U.S. Secretary of State and his failed peacemaking efforts is unabashed.
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The Fraser Institute: peddling conclusions that don’t match the evidence and have enough holes to store captured carbon. Actual Fraser Institute “fellows” may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: A piece of Swiss cheese, which may actually resemble the claims in a Fraser Institute press release, metaphorically speaking.
If the Fraser Institute told the whole truth, or if the mainstream media did its job, here’s the what the first sentence of the Edmonton Journal’s story about the institute’s most recent “report” could have said:
“Alberta’s finances are in better shape than other energy-producing provinces and states, says a report released (Read more…)
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Jews and Christians … should be forced to pay Jizya [poll tax] in order to put an end to their independence and supremacy so that they should not remain rulers and sovereigns in the land.
These powers should be wrested from them by the followers of the true Faith [Islam], who should assume the sovereignty and lead others towards the Right Way.
That is why the Islamic state offers them [non-Muslims] protection, if they agree to live as Zimmis by paying Jizya, …. it is the duty of the true Muslims to exert their utmost to bring an end to their wicked rule and bring them under a righteous order.
Raymond Ibrahim, Middle East Forum, June 25, 2012
The Muslim Brotherhood has not changed; only Western opinion of it has. As it was since its founding in 1928, the group is committed to empowering and spreading Sharia law — a law that preaches hate for non-Muslim “infidels,” especially Islam’s historic nemesis, Christianity, and allows anything, from lying to cheating, to make Islam supreme.
Keep reading… (Written by a Muslim in the Bangladesh Daily Star).
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to see what gives over there, after all Afghanistan is the great victory of the mighty United States of America and her allies, including Canada who loves to dance cheek to cheek with her dashing beau. Ooooooooo …. she and she, her and her. Lesbians both, eh?
Azam Ahmed writing at NYTimes:
Taliban Making Military Gains in Afghanistan
Taliban fighters are scoring early gains in several strategic areas near the capital this summer, inflicting heavy casualties and casting new doubt on the ability of Afghan forces to contain the insurgency as the United States moves to complete its withdrawal of combat troops, according to Afghan officials and local elders.
The Taliban have found success beyond their traditional strongholds in the rural south and are now dominating territory near crucial highways and cities that surround Kabul, the capital, in strategic provinces like Kapisa and Nangarhar.
Their advance has gone unreported because most American forces have left the field and officials in Kabul have largely refused to talk about it. The Afghan ministries have not released casualty statistics since an alarming rise in army and police deaths last year.
At a time when an election crisis is threatening the stability of the government, the Taliban’s increasingly aggressive campaign is threatening another crucial facet of the American withdrawal plan, full security by Afghan forces this year……..
MEANWHILE, in other remote areas of Afghanistan ethnic cleansing of those who are not full bloodied Taliban continues unabated:
At least 15 Afghan civilians, including three women and a child, were killed when “criminals linked to foreign intelligence” stopped three passenger vans early Friday morning and killed each one-by-one in the remote province of Ghor, locals officials said.
The 15 killed were separated by the armed men after their national ID cards were checked, Provincial Governor Sayed Anwar Rahmati told TOLOnews.
An adviser to the provincial governor was also among those killed, said Rahmati.
Local officials said the victims of the shootout belonged to the Hazara ethnic minority.
“Four of them were members of one family,” said Governor Rahmati. “A groom and his bride and the groom’s mother and sister were brutally killed.”
The three vans – two heading to the capital of Kabul and one on its way from Kabul to Cheghcheran – were randomly stopped at one point in the isolated Lal and Sarjungal district.
Ghor Police Chief Gen. Fahim Qayem said an investigation has begun to find out why selected passengers were killed.
However, the suspected Taliban insurgents, blamed for most of the civilian causalities, have not yet commented about the incident……
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A lot of time and money goes into producing an effective police dog. What money can’t buy is the bond that develops between the police officer and the canine.
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Except for those who don’t.
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The crowd of 500 included grandmothers and small children, Chinese immigrants and the president of a local Republican club, all shouting that the mayor had trampled their rights.
The source of their anger? The 180 homeless families that New York City had moved into the defunct Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst, Queens. The residents felt nervous around the new arrivals, they said. There were reports of shoplifting from the Good Fortune Supermarket, public urination and panhandling — all things, they said, that had been unheard-of in their neighborhood until now.
During the protest on Tuesday night, one of the organizers spoke through a bullhorn in Mandarin, as a few people looked out the windows of the hotel.
“Speak in English!” a woman leaning out a window shouted, holding up her phone, perhaps to videotape the protest.
While local residents often object when the city opens a homeless shelter in their midst, the vitriol in Elmhurst since the city began moving families into the hotel in early June has shocked New York officials.
Because many of those opposed to using the hotel as a shelter are Chinese immigrants, the conflict has also produced discomfiting images of immigrant families and the mostly black and Latino homeless families shouting insults at one another.
A local civic group, Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together, has organized a series of protests, including one in late June in which some of the protesters yelled at the shelter residents to “Get a job!”
The homeless families responded that their opponents should “go back to China.”
Both the protest organizers and city officials now seem to want to avoid a repeat of that scene. On Tuesday the city sent buses to take the shelter residents and their children to a movie, to keep them away from the protest. And the organizers tried to keep the speakers’ criticism focused on the city’s policy, rather than on the homeless themselves. There were occasional lapses, as when a man translating a speech into Mandarin inserted a sentence saying that the city should not “put this garbage in our community.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio has made it a top priority to tackle the housing crisis by building or preserving some 200,000 units of affordable housing. He has promised to stem the city’s record numbers of homeless people in shelters by starting rent subsidy programs to help working and chronically homeless families.
But with those programs not yet in place, his administration is struggling to house the tens of thousands of people, including some 11,000 families, currently seeking shelter. With the city dependent on private landlords to supply space for shelters and nonprofit service providers to run them, it does not have many options for where to locate shelters.
The Pan American Hotel, on Queens Boulevard, is one of 11 shelters opened since the beginning of the year. A blocky, seven-story structure with 216 rooms, it was purchased recently by investors who are involved in running other shelters.
The city’s Department of Homeless Services initially said the hotel was not appropriate for families because its units lacked kitchens. But in early June, facing more families seeking housing than it had units available, officials made an emergency agreement with a nonprofit shelter operator, Samaritan Village, and began moving families in.
Because the hotel lacks any kitchens, for now, meals are delivered. As of Tuesday, there were 648 people staying there, including 350 children.
Typically, the city consults extensively with local officials before opening a shelter, a process that can take up to a year. In this case, the Department of Homeless Services notified the local City Council member on the evening before the first families were moved into the hotel, and other elected officials only later.
State Assemblyman Francisco P. Moya, one of several officials who have criticized the city’s handling of the shelter, called the failure to notify him in advance “absolutely unacceptable and a complete dereliction of duty.”
Several Republican activists from elsewhere in Queens have also denounced the shelter as an example of government run amok, with one comparing the city’s shelter system to “a gulag.”
Several Chinese people at the protest on Tuesday said they believed that the city had intentionally targeted their neighborhood.
“Government always picks on an easy area,” said Edward Fung, 62, saying that historically the residents of Elmhurst had not been politically organized.
Rachel Lam, 33, said she believed the government was bullying Asians because they assumed Asians would be silent.
“But when it comes to our home, our children, our community, our safety, we will come out and protest,” Ms. Lam said.
At the protest, many of the speakers stressed practical issues, like the neighborhood’s overcrowded schools, and pointed out that there were other shelters and adult homes nearby.
But in interviews, many said the homeless families simply made them feel unsafe.
“When you see them, it looks like they’re going to mug you,” Linda Chang, 50, said in Mandarin. “It makes me feel uncomfortable.”
On an evening earlier this month, many residents who live behind the hotel expressed similar fears.
Mark Gao, 32, a wok chef at a Sichuan restaurant in Manhattan, said that his wife was nervous to walk home alone at night from her restaurant job, and that he had told his nieces not to play outside without an adult.
“Why does the government want to support this group?” Mr. Gao said in Mandarin. “Why do they want to give them free money? We have to work from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.”
He said he had taken his sons and nieces to a protest last month and that they had been scared and confused when the homeless families yelled at them.
“They asked me, ‘Why are these people so bad? Why do they want to fight with us?’ ” he said.
Kendall Walker said his 8-year-old son had been asking him the same questions.
Mr. Walker, 28, is staying in the hotel with his wife, Shakeema Morris, and their three children. The family had been living with Mr. Walker’s brother in public housing in Brooklyn when the brother was evicted for not paying rent. Since arriving at the shelter, Mr. Walker has gotten two jobs — one full time, in building maintenance, and another part time, working in a warehouse.
He said his son, Kendall Jr., had asked him why “the Chinese people” didn’t want them there.
“I told him, just because you’re a different color skin, it makes you no different from anybody else,” said Mr. Walker, who is black. “You still have a voice just like everyone else in the community.”
Mr. Walker said he sympathized with local residents’ frustration that they were not told about the shelter before it opened.
The Department of Homeless Services has said that it plans to use the hotel as a shelter as long it is needed. On Thursday, in a memo to elected officials and community leaders across the city, the department’s commissioner, Gilbert Taylor, said that in the future the department would make “every effort” to notify communities seven days before opening a shelter.
“I understand it’s much better when you have a process, but emergencies are that — emergencies,” Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, the deputy mayor for health and human services, said in an interview.
She said that she had never seen anything as extreme as the reaction in Elmhurst.
“You have good people that somehow or another are looking at other good people and are vilifying them because they feel threatened by some unknown thing that is mostly in their head,” Ms. Barrios-Paoli said. “It’s really sad.”
The protests have drawn criticism from some local residents. Zicheng Pan, 37, whose family owns the Yeung Chinese Restaurant on Grand Avenue, said that someone had come to the restaurant asking him to post fliers advertising one of the protests, but he had decided not to.
“Let’s give them a chance,” he said in Mandarin.
The New Life Fellowship Church on Queens Boulevard is holding a barbecue for the families this weekend, and its youth group is working to combat stereotypes of homeless people.
Tala Haider, 18, who runs the youth group, said he was upset by the tone of the protests.
“This is an immigrant community, which means we were given the opportunity to come here and settle down, and now when a new population is coming in, we’re like, ‘No’ — we’re against it,” said Mr. Haider, who came to America from Pakistan when he was 4.
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Yep, diversity really is our strength, we just have to “think about it.”
The Chinese will be less politically correct than already cowed white population. But they too will be beaten down it seems.