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Today’s News: Less than meets the eye?

Posted August 10, 2022 by Anonymous

I think Trump Mar-A-Lago “raid” was either: -a major national security scandal about a trove of top-secret documents that Trump was trying to sell to Putin or the Saudis; OR  -a Got Junk? cleanup of old presidential souvenirs that the Tr…

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Today’s News: Girl!

Posted August 9, 2022 by Anonymous

Wouldn’t you just love to be a fly on Hillary Clinton’s wall tonight?

Dark Brandon works pretty fast, doesn’t he?

Raw Story reports

Former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi walked MSNBC viewers through what the Miami Field Office had to do to execute today’s search warrant on Mar-a-Lago… .
…the New York Times and CNN have sources confirming that the raid focused on the National Archives documents. Figiluzzi also confirmed it with as much certainty as he could….
“I have a medium to high degree of certainty that this at least is focused in part on national archives case…
The time to negotiate and turn everything over is long gone, and now we’ve reached the point where agents are convincing a judge that they have evidence of a crime.” 
It’s really hard not to just enjoy the hubris of Mr. “Lock Her Up” being raided by the FBI, but let’s actually just focus on what it all means that Donald Trump has had Mar-A-Lago raided today.  
The specific search seems to be about some Presidential records and classified documents that Trump took to Mar-A-Lago, but it’s also fair to say that we don’t know what those records supposedly show, and therefore whether or not this is connected to one or both of the Grand Juries investigating the attempt to overturn the 2020 election with fake electors and January 6th, respectively. That said, on some level, the details don’t matter for the politics of all of this, and that’s where the GOP are in deep, deep trouble. 
…[the GOP] are not going to make strategically optimal decisions to appeal to the centre ground, because their heads are so far up their own asses that they think loyalty to Trump matters more than electability. 
… the GOP are shooting themselves in the feet and letting Democrats reframe this election away from Biden and to a choice between them and a cast of fucking crazy people. 
Democrats can now tie together the defence of criminality here with the incredibly restrictive abortion policies of state GOPs and create a coherent narrative about their sensible, pragmatic approach to helping everyday Americans and the GOP’s weird obsession with criminalizing women and defending Trump. If that’s not a winning message, I don’t know what is. 

And here’s what I’m also wondering about tonight:

Compare Trump’s meltdown with Biden’s compassion:

Moving on, here’s a list that Saskatchewan needs to keep track of:

On a lighter note, this New York Times column is making science remarkable:

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Conservatives

Today’s News: Cheering

Posted August 8, 2022 by Anonymous

Big Democratic win today in the US Senate. This “Dark Brandon” meme seems to have legs:

Rob Reiner knew:

Somewhere, Harry Reid is looking down and nodding “Well played, grasshopper. Well played!”

Moving on, here are tweets that lay down some truth!

Now this one — wow, what a thread!

On the lighter side, what a sweet story:

The stories in this thread are hysterical:

It includes stories like these:

This is cute, isn’t it:

Finally, here’s another great one:

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Cartoons

Weekend funnies

Posted August 7, 2022 by Anonymous

Starting with some good cartoons:   The GOP’s miscalculation:Handmaids vote. #MobilizeForMidterms pic.twitter.com/xeatccejZJ— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸 (@NickKnudsenUS) August 6, 2022 We thought everybody had already been divided into voters and vessel…

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Today’s News: Fighting the good fight

Posted August 6, 2022 by Anonymous

This is true for us lefty Canadians too: In fact, I’m so crazy I wrote an article about it!https://t.co/DQtpnHeMeq— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) August 5, 2022 Being timid, defensive, and afraid is a losing strategy according to Anat Shenkar-Osario, pre…

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Today’s News: Cue the Rocky Music!

Posted August 5, 2022 by Anonymous

 

 Not to jinx things, but I think maybe Biden is winning!

Republicans thought they won something big when SCOTUS dismantled abortion rights in June. 

But this terrible decision has actually become a turning point for Democrats — it unified congressional Dems and Democrats across the country like never before, and also made them realize that they are never going to get anything done if they waited for Republicans to come to their senses. 
Biden has stepped up with a series of executive orders and initiatives over the last six weeks, to deal with problems ranging from increasing supplied of baby formula to lowering gas prices to protecting gay marriage and setting federal standards for women’s health. At the same time he has been continuing international leadership on Ukraine and dealing with al-Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahiri. 
Democrats have been heartened by the outpouring of disgust at Republicans playing politics with the healthcare of veterans – notice how quickly they got a new vote underway – and now the vote in Kansas has made Democrats realize how powerful an issue abortion rights will be in the November mid-terms.
It has been a remarkable summer:

I love this “Dark Brandon” reference:

And here’s an unexpected twist:

Turning to Canadian politics, just this tonight:

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Today’s News: Here’s another fine mess

Posted August 4, 2022 by Anonymous

I seldom pay much attention to the latest right-wing anti-Liberal hate-fest — from SNC Lavelin to WE, they started out with the Trudeau government looking awful while the national media huffed and puffed to try to blow Trudeau’s house down, and in the end, Meh! 

This time the story is a really awful one — that our Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly abandoned Canada’s Ukrainian embassy employees last winter in spite of threats of their arrest by Russia. 
The Globe and Mail reported yesterday that Global Affairs was still following an old Harper government policy, so they not only refused to do anything last winter to help our local embassy staff in Ukraine but didn’t allow embassy leaders to inform the staff that Russia had threatened to arrest after the invasion. Then today we were told that Minister Joly “didn’t know” that embassy staff had been threatened
Looks pretty bad, eh?
But in a press conference today, Joly said that’s not what happened. 
In today’s St. Catherine Standard, Immigration Reporter Nicholas Leung reported in some detail about what Joly said: 
On Wednesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly was asked if her office was aware of the intelligence that Ukrainian staff for foreign embassies were allegedly on Russia’s list of targeted individuals — and deliberately withheld the information from the local staff at the mission. 
“Never did I or the department have any information targeting locally engaged Canadian staff. We never got that information, nor me or my team or the department,” Joly told reporters at a joint news conference with her visiting German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, after the two met to discuss the energy and food security crises as well as trade. 
“I know we have a specific duty of care. I know this is in conversations within the department whether that duty of care applies to locally engaged staff. I would say that morally we have an obligation toward locally engaged staff.”
…Joly said she had spoken “directly” with the locally engaged staff about their safety and security during her visits in Ukraine in January before the war and followed up with the department and Canadian ambassador in Kyiv, Larisa Galadza, on this issue, throughout, including on Feb. 24, when the war was declared. 
“Ukraine is a war-torn country, we wanted to make sure that they had options. They were offered options to come to Canada. Some of them have decided to come. Some of them have decided to stay,” said Joly, who praised the contributions of the local Ukrainian staff members. 
 “They were also given full payment and compensation and benefits, although for some time the diplomats were outside of the country.”

In other news, the CPC had another leadership debate tonight. 

I didn’t watch it because Poilievre wasn’t there – it doesn’t matter what any of the other candidates say because Poilievre is going to be the next CPC leader anyway.

Scrimshaw has been on fire lately when it comes to the leadership contest – which he says is no contest at all

 … for my selfish self-interest, I want people to be pretending this is a close race, because then it makes me look more prescient when Poilievre wins easily. This race has been called in the pages of this site perfectly from the day the campaign started, with Poilievre a clear and obvious winner, with Charest and Brown jokes, and with Lewis a theoretical danger but probably not one, because Poilievre was always going to eat her lunch… 

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Today’s News: Incredible or incredibly stupid!

Posted August 3, 2022 by Anonymous

Incredible! Tonight has shown, beyond any shadow of doubt, that universal access to safe and affordable abortion care is incredibly popular. When Kansas votes 2:1 to support abortion care, I think the conversation on “public debate” is pretty much over…

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Conservatives

Today’s News: A problem with definitions

Posted August 2, 2022 by Anonymous

Some chatter these days about how conservatives and progressives aren’t talking to each other very much anymore. Another day of nightmare oppression in communist Canada 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/msNUsft7Se— Dr. Ian Garner (@irgarner) July 17, 2022 We don’t a…

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General

A random collection of oddities

Posted July 31, 2022 by Anonymous

For Saturday night, here’s a collection of odd tweets and commentary from the last week or so: I think one thing they didn’t count on was that even Newsmax couldn’t resist a Jon Stewart hit.— Schooley (@Rschooley) July 30, 2022 Which group was ACTUAL…

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Today’s News: From All Over

Posted July 30, 2022 by Anonymous

Reconciliation visit: The final stop for Pope Francis in Canada was a visit to Iqaluit. The Globe and Mail reports: On Friday, [Pope Francis] met with several school survivors In Iqaluit before an outdoor performance that included tradit…

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Today’s News: “Rescind the Doctrine”

Posted July 29, 2022 by Anonymous

The Pope’s reconciliation events were in Quebec today – above is a photo of a delegation from the Innu community of Mashteuiatsh, where the last Quebec residential school closed in 1991. The group of a dozen people walked 275 km to reach the Quebec Cit…

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Today’s News: “A whisper in our minds”

Posted July 27, 2022 by Anonymous

In the end, the Pope’s apology is important, though it will not ease the pain. Pope Francis was able to give the long-awaited apology, speaking in his language, but most of us do not have that ability any more. Our language is a whisper in our minds, …

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Today’s News: Updates

Posted July 26, 2022 by Anonymous

Papal reconciliation visit:

An apology from Pope Francis.

Giving the Pope a headdress is not being well received online, however – I am seeing some negative tweets on this tonight.

The apology was generally welcomed, with some comment also that the Discovery doctrine has not yet been revoked.

A useful reference:

On a side note, an update on the “boil water” advisories – the Trudeau government has made a huge difference.

CPC leadership campaign:

So this morning Angus Reid released a poll showing that the Conservatives would have a better chance of winning government with Charest rather than Poilievre. 
And then within a couple of hours, former PM Stephen Harper took the wind out of Charest’s sails by releasing his endorsement of Poilievre. 
So, just another day in Canadian politics, I guess.

Ukraine update: 

Ukraine is on the attack now.

(HIMARS means High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) 

Yesterday Mark Sumner at Daily Kos summarized the fear and chaos in Russia’s situation now: 
Even though Russia spent much of last week floating claims that they were going to take more and more and more of Ukraine, the truth seems to be that Putin’s offensive in the Donbas has stalled out short of objectives. 
While there continues to be fierce exchanges at many points along the front line, and Russia continues to launch attacks toward positions like Bakhmut and Bohorodychne, there are no confirmed reports of a significant gain by Russian forces in over two weeks. 
In that same period, a number of villages either returned to Ukraine or been thrown into dispute as Ukraine has refused to give Russian forces a chance to catch their breath. 
At this point, the Ukrainian ministry of defense estimates the Russians have suffered 39,000 killed in action over the course of the invasion. U.S. intelligence estimates that 85% of the Russian military is already actively engaged in Ukraine. 
When Russia discovered it could not quickly take all of Ukraine, it withdrew and refocused on capturing a much smaller area. Months later, it hasn’t managed to accomplish even that. 

And on the lighter side:

Some random stuff:
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Today’s News: Pope Francis arrives in Canada

Posted July 25, 2022 by Anonymous

#PopeFrancis arrived in Edmonton on Sunday to an honour drum song ahead of what he describes as a “penitential” trip aimed at advancing reconciliation with Indigenous people over the lasting harm suffered in residential schools.#PapalVisit2022 pic.twi…

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Animals

Music and poetry and funny stuff

Posted July 24, 2022 by Anonymous

But first: what a race! 🔥🔥🔥 Gold for 🇨🇦 in the 4×100 at the Worlds!!Big tip of the cap to our dudes @KingsleySC and @De6rasse big backstretch from Jerome Blake, shoutout Brendon Rodney!! 🇨🇦🔥🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/1Gf88AmRMn— Tim Micallef (@tim_micallef) Ju…

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Today’s News: Ukraine update

Posted July 23, 2022 by Anonymous

Lots of news from Ukraine lately: First, a new deal was announced today to move Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea:New: A deal allowing the export of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea has been signed in Istanbul, the UN SecGen says. The ag…

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Today’s News: The elephant in the room

Posted July 22, 2022 by Anonymous

Tonight’s Jan 6 Committee hearing made lots of news tonight. But as Brian Stelter reported in his Reliable Sources newsletter tonight, perhaps the most important comment came from Michigan Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s closing remarks at the Jan 6 C…

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General

Some great stuff

Posted July 21, 2022 by Anonymous

 I had never seen this before, its absolutely hilarious. Here’s another great Twitter story:Frank Slade was helping his Aunt Ethel run her gas station in Goldsboro, North Carolina, when there was a knock on the door. Two men told him he had a…

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I read the news today, oh boy

Posted July 20, 2022 by Anonymous

Today’s news: In the past few days our entire MSM has been preoccupied with:1. The Prime Minister’s hair (not a typo)2. A nonsense “Canada is communist” statement made by an American far right radio provocateur3. A fully manufactured notion that there’…

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Europe

Today’s News: Updates from all over

Posted July 19, 2022 by Anonymous

Uvalde Massacre update: The Uvalde preliminary report is out and it is damning. pic.twitter.com/1pIjB5hVwX— mrs.LHS 🇺🇦🍀🌻☮️ (@ABPC84) July 18, 2022 We’ve gutted education financing to fund police departments just so nearly 400 Uvalde cops in ful…

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Animals

Weekend: Music, and Animal Crackers

Posted July 18, 2022 by Anonymous

 Hey, Gangnam Style was 10 years old as of Friday! And Psy is still going stong – he has now released 9 albums and is on tour again this summer.Eine kleine Banjo musik A little summer banjo. Here’s a little ditty written by Alison Brown …

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Abortion

Today’s News: The Tale of the Ten-Year-Old

Posted July 17, 2022 by Anonymous

The Tale of the Ten-year Old has now become a shameful part of American history for Republicans and for American media.  Every conservative thought experiment about the pregnant 10 year old rape victim is more disturbing than the one before it. M…

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General

Today’s News: Shot / chaser

Posted July 16, 2022 by Anonymous

The shot: From six years ago  The chaser: From Friday Obviously the news agenda for at LEAST the next 72 hours is CANCELLED while we decide what we think about Justin Trudeau’s new Caesar haircut. pic.twitter.com/WXf1J6ICXs— Mike Gibbs🏳️‍🌈🇺🇦 …

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Today’s News: Whose side are these guys on?

Posted July 15, 2022 by Anonymous

The US story of the day is the news that the Trump’s White House Secret Service deleted its text messages from Jan 5 and 6 2021. Accidentally! Yeah, sure… I would like to see some indication that the Secret Service & FBI are actually o…

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Canada border testing
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Pre-Entry COVID Test No Longer Required at Canadian Border

Posted April 2, 2022 by Ben

As of April 1st 2022, the Canadian border will no longer require a pre-arrival negative COVID-19 test from fully vaccinated travellers entering or returning to the country. Previously, a rapid antigen test or a PCR test indicating a person does not have COVID was required by border authorities. This rule change should encourage Canadians to […]

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US Land Border Opens to Canadians

Posted November 8, 2021 by Ben

After being closed for nearly 19 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on November 8th 2021 the United States land border officially opened to all fully vaccinated Canadians. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced they will be staffing their border at pre-pandemic levels, but warns that wait times may be longer than in […]

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When Will USA Border Open to Canadians?

Posted August 25, 2021 by Ben

On August 9th 2021, Canada opened its border to all fully vaccinated Americans allowing tourists from the United States to visit the country once again. The US border remains closed to Canadians, however, and American authorities recently extended the border closure until September 21st citing COVID-19 transmission rates south of the border as well as […]

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International travel
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Where Can Vaccinated Canadians Travel?

Posted July 1, 2021 by Ben

Most Canadians are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Consequently, Canadians are starting to think about international travel again, and are beginning to research possible vacation destinations. This leads to the question, which countries can a fully vaccinated Canadian visit? As of July 2021, Canadian citizens who have received two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, or […]

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