Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Videos emerge showing that TTC cop apparently was assaulted by arrest suspect

Toronto's municipal politicians are doing what they usually do; acting like sleazy opportunists in the wake of a cell phone video showing a transit cop punching a drunk at Union Station. Of course it doesn't help matters that it's being fueled by hysteria and the typical stupidity from what passes for mainstream media in Toronto.

The incident occurred after a drunk crowd spilled out of a Toronto Maple Leafs game and many were taking the subway home. TTC cops were trying to make an arrest of one person, and another, a burly fellow who was possibly the son of the person being taken into custody, is shown in another video clearly assaulting one of the transit cops.

Startlingly, the voice of reason in this matter is coming from Ward 21 Councillor Joe Mihevc, who said "videos like that... don't tell us what happened beforehand, who else was around, what the situation was..

Although there was a crowd at the subway station when the altercation occurred and since this is 2015, there were plenty of people videoing the incident. As more videos of the incident are emerging, it is looking like cops using necessary force to restrain a violent drunk who resisted arrest, rather than 'policed brutality.'

This is the video of the January 29 incident that stirred up the upset - the video was just released yesterday:

But here is another video of the same incident, released almost a month ago, showing the suspect punching and kicking the TTC cop repeatedly (see at about the 1:00 minute mark):

Monday, March 30, 2015

Possible Failure of Iran Nuclear Deal Divides U.S., Israel

From The Wall St. Journal:
As profound as the disagreement is between Israel and the U.S. over the substance of the nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran, the two countries disagree just as fundamentally over the consequences of failing to complete such a deal.

In fact, this disagreement is central to the wildly divergent calculations being made by President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The heart of the dispute is simply this: If the talks fail to produce an agreement now, Israel believes the continued pressure of economic sanctions can compel Iran to agree to a much better deal later on. The Obama administration’s fear is that failure of the talks now could cause the collapse of the sanctions regime—and the end of any real pressure on the Iranians. 
This dispute is crucial as negotiations reach their climax this week...

Ontario taxpayers are carrying the can for Royal Ontario Museum's deadbeat philanthropists

From The Globe and Mail:
...A number of the pledges that the museum promoted, and banked on, during the peak fundraising years for the $300-million renovation have not fully materialized, a Globe and Mail investigation has found. Since then, Ontario taxpayers have assumed the debt the ROM initially owed to CIBC and filled a $23-million void left by these donors – all of whom were given substantial recognition for pledges that, a decade later, remain outstanding....

Another secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Blogger Oyasiqur Rhaman has been hacked to death in the capital's Dipika Mosque Lane in Tejgaon.

Tejgaon Industrial Police OC Salauddin confirmed the Dhaka Tribune about the death.

Deceased Oyasiqur, son of Tipu Sultan and Rehana Begum of Lakshmipur, lived in Begunbari area of Tejgaon.

The incident happened just a month after the murder of secular blogger and science writer Avijit Roy...

plus more HERE

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rex Murphy: The modern university risks becoming a cocoon of self-indulgence and anti-intellectualism

We went from "risk becoming" to "are" about 20 years ago, but otherwise, some fine insight by Rex Murphy:

...Literally, you could multiply the instances of silly thinking and foolish actions by the hundredfold that now burden universities across the West, as the institutions that have carried the light of intellect from the earliest days of Athens, through the Renaissance, right to our present day, have surrendered to every passing fad and fancy of ever-more trivial and mentally bankrupt causes. Such as the Occupy the Syllabus farce at the University of California at Berkeley, which lamented the presence of such feeble intellects as Socrates, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke and Hegel in a course, they being that terrible triune of white, dead and male.

What is more dismal than the modern campus, with its litany of “safe spaces,” its protection from offence, its bleats about micro-aggressions, the chatter of white privilege and the spate of hysteria over the “rape culture?” The new model of the university risks becoming a cocoon of self-indulgence and actual anti-intellectualism. Administrators, in particular, take a craven posture before any challenge that might land them in the minefields of identity or gender politics...

Security Expert David Harris exposes terror-links of Muslim groups claiming to help with "de-radicalization"

David Harris is a former CSIS Director of Strategic Planning, and gave this testimony at public hearings on Bill C-51, Canada's new pending anti-Terror legislation:

In other Bill C-51 news, some proposed amendments by the government will reduce the opportunities for the legislation to be misused to restrain civil liberties, although many still are concerned about the lack of Parliamentary oversight.

Anti-Israel "Christians" and "Jews" are covert Satan-worshipers

Cognitive Dissonance is the most obvious explanation for the behavior of people who refer to themselves as Christians or Jews and yet have made the destruction of Israel their primary mission in life.

"Overcoming Christian Zionism" in the
service of the Devil
There are a vast number of reasons in a wide variety of categories for supporting Israel other than theological validation based on Scripture. The foremost of them being that, despite claims by its enemies, Israel is a liberal, pluralistic, genuine democracy, and the only such one, in a region where totalitarianism, oppression, and brutality are the norm.

However, for those Christians and Jews who have made their religion a core part of their identity, and presumably, that would particularly apply to the clergy, there is a very basic and irrefutable reason for supporting Israel. Because all throughout the Bible, God says you should.

In fact, it's put substantially much more strongly than that. You don't have to be an expert theologian to get the straightforward reading of the Bible that, at its foundation, is the message from God to " support Israel... or else."

Yet there are people calling themselves priests, rabbis, and ministers who are wrapped up in their hate of Israel, and try to undermine the validity of the religions they profess to practice. Some of these strange characters, a combination of the vicious and misguided, are meeting in Vancouver next month.

It's hard to read a few consecutive chapters of The Good Book without hearing about God raining down curses, misfortunes, and destruction upon one or another of the enemies of Israel.

Israel's enemies are depicted as the embodiment of evil and indeed, if you take the Bible at its word, Satan is numbered foremost among them.

If the Prince of Darkness were to have an online chat profile, his might read exactly like that of former Ontario Deputy Minister of Education, Ben Levin, the admitted child pornographer and pedophile: "there are no taboos."

One of the taboos from which Satan is obviously exempt is lying. In order to do his job properly, the Devil has no obligation to tell the truth. Nor is he obliged to not take advantage of people's stupidity.
Anti-Israel "churches" support those who
intentionally slaughter children 

I am not inclined to ascribe human behavior to supernatural influence. But it's hard not to acknowledge there is a real thing such as evil when you see innocent people lined up on a beach, made to kneel, and then have their heads slowly sliced off by hooded maniacs claiming to act in the name of God.

Similarly, claiming to act in a "quest for justice," is the Vancouver conference of dimwitted clergy who are members of radical denominations aligned with supporters of people who intentionally slit the throats of innocent infants and with overt anti-Semites. Some Presbyterians, Anglicans, and United Church of Canada members have partnered with the "Palestinian Sabeel Center for Liberation Theology" which is closely linked with the terrorists of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In order to try to justify their antisemitism, they wave around a so-called Kairos Palestine document, a pseudo-theological declaration that was concocted by terror-supporters and is riddled with Jew-hate.

I have no religious dog in this fight. My support for Israel is based on secular morality, and not on the texts of any religion.  If these people want to have a hate-fest against Jews and the concept of Jewish self-determination, that's their own business. But at the least they should recognize that the god they worship isn't the one in the Bible.  If you believe that sort of thing, there's no way to avoid recognizing that they are worshipers of the god that the God of the Bible has cursed to Hell.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Iranian Defector: 'U.S. Negotiating Team Mainly There to Speak on Iran’s Behalf'

An Iranian journalist writing about the nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran has defected. In an interview Amir Hossein Motaghi, has some harsh words for his native Iran. He also has a damning indictment of America's role in the nuclear negotiations.

“The U.S. negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal," Motaghi told a TV station after just defecting from the Iranian delegation while abroad for the nuclear talks...

Quebec police respond to violent student protests with tear gas and pepper spray

Ontario PC leadership candidate Patrick Brown counter-attacks Christine Elliott on transparency and numbers

The Patrick Brown Campaign released the following today:

Late yesterday, Christine Elliott's campaign team released a statement claiming to be “in the best position to win” after “analyzing" the PC Party of Ontario’s full membership list, just 30 minutes after the list was released to the campaigns.

We appreciate the Elliott campaign team’s decision to share the “findings” from its “detailed”, though remarkably rapid, “analysis.” However, we have to wonder when, if ever, they will allow the PC Party of Ontario to release their total number of memberships sold.  Patrick Brown has repeatedly called for the Party to release his membership numbers.  Recently, another candidate did the same.  Unfortunately, the Party is unable to do so.  Only the Elliott campaign stands in the way of transparency and truth; in fact, we understand they went so far as to send a lawyer’s letter to PC Party Headquarters to ensure the facts never come out.  Elliott herself confirmed the existence of the letter.  One has to wonder why.

"There is a pattern of behaviour here,” said Mark Towhey, Executive Director of the Patrick Brown Leadership Campaign. “The team behind Ms. Elliott seems routinely to struggle to discern fact from fiction, releasing first one set of numbers, then another and ultimately refusing to allow facts to be released so members can judge the truth for themselves.” 
For its part, the Brown campaign will stick with the facts.  It has signed up over 40,410 members – a number that, unlike the numbers of some campaigns — hasn’t changed with the wind.  This does not include the growing number of pre-existing members who have grown tired of the Elliott campaign’s same old, same old tricks and have pledged their support and their financial contributions to Patrick Brown.  

“We’ve got over 40,410 members signed up for Patrick,” said Robert Stanley, Campaign Manager.  “We know who they are and we know where they live.  They’re well-distributed among all 107 ridings in Ontario, including the North and the GTA where we haven’t seen many Elliott supporters.  In fact, we have a very sizeable number of supporters in Whitby.  And, of course, we’d welcome more."

76,736 - 40,410 - 10,000 = 26,326

For his part, Patrick Brown remains focused on the actual work of rebuilding a PC Party of Ontario that has suffered greatly over the past decade under the same old, same old leadership.

“I’d like to thank the Party staff for their hard work over the last four weeks as they sorted through the vast amount of memberships,” said Patrick Brown, speaking from Kingston, Ontario where he is on his third tour of the province since beginning his leadership campaign. 

“I am absolutely thrilled to see we’ve grown the PC Party of Ontario from 10,000 members before the leadership race began to 76,736 members today,” added Brown.  "I’d like to congratulate all four of the other candidates who, together, have added up to 26,326 new memberships to the more than 40,410 my own team brought in.  That’s great work and great news for our Party.  We’re now more than three-quarters of the way to the goal I set for the Party during the Sudbury debate in November.”

The ISIS Mission and the Moral Collapse of the New Democratic Party of Canada - an interview with Terry Glavin

Some important perspective on the ISIS mission and what the Opposition resistance to it means: