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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Free Speech in a Post-Fact World

Some interesting points on TVO's The Agenda. It's worth watching this all the way through.

If I was getting sued by an embryo, I'd demand the plaintiff take the witness stand and testify under questioning

...Sofia Vergara, having been locked in a year-long battle over custody of her fertilized eggs, is herself no stranger to family drama. But the legal saga took an extraordinary turn this week as it emerged that the actress is now being sued by her frozen embryos for the right to life.

Emma and Isabella, the names given to the embryos by Vergara’s ex-partner Nick Loeb, are named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit which claims that they have a right to live, access to a trust fund and asks that they be raised by Mr Loeb.

The potentially landmark case has been filed in Louisiana because the state legally recognizes an in vitro fertilized egg as a “juridical person” until it is implanted in the womb...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Toronto: Where idiot politicians & bureaucrats waste money then raise taxes

TORONTO - Last Thursday, when Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti asked how the city will get the word out to beleaguered seniors about all the new taxes and tolls in store for them, the city manager’s answer was proof of why U.S. voters gravitated to Donald Trump for president.

“With respect and care, there is an already enormous amount of public engagement in a relatively modest set of manoeuvres that won’t take effect for some time,” said Peter Wallace about the tolls, his voice not at all sounding respectful of one of the few councillors at City Hall with backbone these days.

Wallace also told Mammoliti that council already “made a commitment to raise revenue” by voting to expand services. All he’s asking, he said, is for council to “step up” and fulfil that commitment by “making some modest contributions.”

Now one can’t blame Wallace. After all, he came to the city last year after 30 years at Queen’s Park, most recently as cabinet secretary to the taxaholic deficit-plagued Liberal government. 
He’s had many years to practice his slick delivery and the bureaucratese that he likes to use to make spending and more taxes sound, well fun.

As I figure, he’s making around $320,000 annually (on top of his government pension one wonders?) based on the $163,000 reported as his income for six months last year.

Why should he worry about a few “modest” set of fee increases?

Heck, why should he and the city’s fiscal brains break a serious sweat by looking for real, long-term savings...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Save Us from Social Justice

After expending public funds to deal with it, Ontario's idiotic Human Rights Commission Tribunal comes to realize it was being trolled by a funny wiseass

A&W papa burger poster

Following a bizarre correspondence with an anonymous letter-writer, Ontario’s human rights tribunal has strongly dismissed claims that the A&W fast food chain’s Burger Family poses a threat to the self-respect of the LGBT community.

“The whole heteronormative, phallocentric marketing scheme of A&W is highly degrading to non-tradition families,” reads the complaint filed to the tribunal last month.The complaint — filed last month by a man posing as a radical lesbian feminist — demanded $50,000 from the restaurant chain, alleging that its trademark Papa, Mama, Grandpa and Teen burgers were “an attack on my womyn identity.”

“The level of humiliation and degradation I felt exceeded that which I felt when I was raped.” 
Calling it “outrageous” and “vexatious,” the human rights tribunal threw out the application earlier this month over concerns regarding the veracity of the complainant’s story.

Questions over the legitimacy of the claim came after learning the pseudonym used on the application, Gloria Ironbox, was the same as a parodied feminist on the adult cartoon series Family Guy... 
h/t Greg

Activist Group With Racist Co-Founder To Receive Toronto Race Relations Award

From GenuineWitty:

William P. Hubbard was a great Torontonian. Born on the then outskirts of the city to former American slaves, Hubbard worked his way up from baker to cab driver and eventually became one of the most celebrated and influential politicians in the city. He’s credited as being “instrumental” in the creation of Toronto Hydro & Ontario Hydro.

In 1999 the City of Toronto honored him by creating the William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations. The city’s website explains that the award is presented “to a person or persons whose outstanding achievement and commitment has made a significant contribution toward a positive race relations climate in Toronto.”

The award is a great idea in concept, and it’s gone to some great achievers including the first Black Canadian elected into the legislature, Kamala-Jean Gopie “a doer, not a chronic complainer”, and Samuel Getachew who recently wrote an interesting article praising Andray Domise.

But something has gone horribly wrong. This year’s Hubbard award is going to one of the most divisive groups in the city’s history that was co-founded by a supremacist who recently called an Ethiopian refugee a “coon”...

The great Kirk Douglas turns 100 this week!!!

Kirk is one of my all-time favorite actors.

He says that Lonely Are The Brave was his favorite movie. He's wonderful in that as he was in so many of his roles.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Liberal Democrats' Nick Clegg isn't so fond of democracy when it comes to Brexit

Basically, his side lost, so he thinks Remain is entitled to have a sore losers' new referendum on every aspect of the Brexit deal

Trump may release files Obama has hidden related to Iran deal so Americans can see how bad a deal it is

The private files outlining hidden agreements in the Iran nuclear deal may be released in one of President Donald Trump’s first actions in office.

Senior officials who will be part of the Trump administration are already discussing what so-far-unseen information about the Iran agreement they will be able to make public after January, according to an individual who has participated in those conversations.

Releasing Iran nuclear deal documents would be cheered on by hawkish lawmakers who have opposed the agreement, and bolstered by cabinet appointees who have long called for transparency about it. Michael Flynn, who has been tapped for national security adviser, and Mike Pompeo, who has been picked for CIA director, have both long been bullish on providing transparency on internal information regarding Iran...

A Problem Like Keith Ellison

...Ellison has long been a vocal defender of the so-called Nation of Islam, the bow-tie gang founded by Elijah Muhammad whose relationship to orthodox Islam is approximately that of a UFO cult to the Anglican communion. The NOI and its charismatic leader, the former calypso musician Louis Farrakhan, is an explicitly racist organization, holding as a matter of doctrine that the white race is the result of a doomed mad-science experiment conducted by the biblical Jacob while he was living on the isle of Patmos. Farrakhan is a true religious entrepreneur who has attempted to graft L. Ron Hubbard’s fanciful “Dianetics” onto his own cracked version of Islam, but he has mostly relied on a very old and reliable tradition: Jew-hating. 

Farrakhan’s history of vicious anti-Semitism was already well established when Ellison was helping him organize the Million Man March. The Democratic representative says that he rejects anti-Semitism, but he has a long history of sticking up for Jew-hating weirdos, and not only Farrakhan. When Kwame Ture — you may remember him as Stokely Carmichael — claimed that Jews had collaborated with the Nazis in the Holocaust as a pretext for establishing the state of Israel, Ellison was there to defend him from criticism. When the head of a Minneapolis political group declared that the allegations of anti-Semitism against Farrakhan were made up and insisted that the real problem is racist Jews, Ellison said: “She is correct.” He is a defender of the terrorist Sara Jane Olson and the murderer Assata Shakur and the Islamic terrorist Sami al-Arian. He is a longtime admirer of the murderous dictator Fidel Castro. 

Ellison has said that he has since “rejected” the Nation of Islam and its anti-Semitism, and that his involvement with Farrakhan was simply an exercise in community organizing, i.e. the usual liberals-in-a-hurry bull. Ellison is invoking the unwritten Robert Byrd Rule: Democrats get a pass on associating with crackpot racist cults if they vote the right way on the minimum wage...