Wednesday, July 27, 2005

David and Goliath Share an After Dinner Port and Cigar at the Club

Hold on avid readers, this will require you to think...

The problem with Canada is....

Not enough people competing for the riches. That's right, it's just a fusty old boy's club, in comfy old chairs with port and cigars, dividing up the spoils while the little people sweat it out.

We're just too small. Not a large enough population to support gladiator-style battling of tycoons.

Just my opinion. It explains everything.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

One Viagra Email Too Many

The Register:
[...] Lawmakers are considering the introduction of anti-spam laws but the practice remains legal in Russia and Kushnir remained defiant about his "right to spam". [...]
What do you call a blugeoned spammer? How about "a good start"?

Friday, July 22, 2005

Do Not Forget This

It's helpful to remind ourselves of things said from time to time:
On that basis, and in compliance with God's order, we issue the following fatwa to all Muslims:

The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies — civilians and military — is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty God, "and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together," and "fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God."

This is in addition to the words of Almighty God: "And why should ye not fight in the cause of God and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)? — women and children, whose cry is: 'Our Lord, rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from thee one who will help!'"

We — with God's help — call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it. We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid on Satan's U.S. troops and the devil's supporters allying with them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson. [emphasis mine]
You can read all of it here and the original document in Arabic at Cornell.

If there are Islamic terrorists within our Muslim communities here in North America, then let the decent Muslims everywhere expose them - do not hide them in your communities, do not give them cover.

Librano Backstabbing Chatter

My initial reaction to this was to briefly imagine the country led by this nincompoop. I literally slumped.

On second thought, I am liking the idea. Why? Because the experience in Ontario with his NDP government was so horrible, so damaging (we are still trying to repair it) that Ontario will soundly reject the Libranos with he as its leader.

I recall at the time that the NDP won in Ontario, and predicated that the experience would be so horrendous that Ontario would be forever cured of a desire to dabble with far left social government.

I most enthusiastically endorse Bob Rae for leader of the Libranos. Please, please, make it so.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Daylight Savings Time Nightmare

Politicians are abysmally ignorant of the impact of certain decisions, such as the recent decision to alter DST in some jurisdictions.

The average person may think this is not really much of an issue. The worst that could happen is a little confusion now and then, right?

But what is not understood is how much software has been developed that assumes that the rules for when and how to apply DST are universal within a timezone. The software that automates springing ahead and falling back has been installed in all kinds of gadgets and pieces of infrastructure that have clocks. Gas pumps. Point of sale terminals. Parking meters. Your own PC. MP3 players. The software that allows you to configure whether to apply DST or not is based on timezone, with a few exceptions here and there.

If Canada does not follow suit with the US and adopt the same set of rules, there will be a software mess that will just keep giving. Clocks will be wrong in places where we did not even know we had places.

Having only scratched the surface of this, I can tell you all that it will be very costly to the economy to have special algorithms for DST automation throughout the country. Any questions?

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Limited Posting

The real world knocks. I answer the call. More posts when I get this mountain of work in front of me conquered.

In the meantime, I offer you this word to contemplate: trajectory.

This one word is the reason I began to blog.

Extrapolate the current trajectory. If you understand that sentence, then you understand me.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

I did some fiddling around with internet radio and broadcasting to determine how difficult it would be for the average motivated blogger to put their own station together. I have this germ of an idea, you see.

Turns out that it's not terribly difficult. I have a radio station running - it's actually wide open but you have to know the secret handshake in order to have its URL revealed. I could actually stream a live mic through my setup. It would take about 5 minutes to get that going.

Might there be an adjunct to the blogosphere in the form of audio ranting? I don't know about you all, but I for one would listen in to some of my favorite bloggers.

It's just the germ of an idea, so I am floating it out here among my thousands of readers (all 12 of you) to see if there is any interest. Somebody give Kate a nudge. Can you imagine Live Dead Animals?

One Lump or Two?

Quick, what looks like sugar, is highly unstable, and undetectable using common equipment or tests, and can wreck havoc on a mass transit system?

Can't guess? Then brush up on your chemistry:
[...] TATP is one of the most sensitive explosives known [...]Unlike most conventional explosive devices, those made of 1 contain neither nitro groups nor metallic elements, making its detection by standard methods quite difficult. Furthermore, 1, which has a quite unsuspicious appearance, reminiscent of white sugar, has no significant UV - vis or fluorescence spectra [...] [ingredient omitted] (5.6 g, 0.1 mol) was mixed with [ingredient omitted] (30%, 0.1 mol). Concentrated sulfuric acid (5 drops) was added at 0 °C, and the mixture was kept at room temperature for 24h. The resultant precipitate was collected by filtration withsuction and air-dried to afford 1 (4.7 g, 65%) in the form of white crystals. This procedure was scaled up to produce kilogram quantities of 1.
This stuff is nearly as powerful as TNT.

I wonder how well the inventories within university chemistry departments are maintained and audited? Have any lost quantities of sulphuric acid or ether lately? It's not hard to see why this particular compound enjoys a degree of favor among the Islamopaths. With some knowledge of how this compound is made, its precursors need to be watched carefully, especially in their purer forms. I presume that stability and or/effectiveness are negatively impacted by presence of impurities.

I'd rather be actively becoming knowledgeable and alert than ignorant and asleep.

Why this interest in triacetone triperoxide? 7/7.

A Fair Farewell

And in the end, this is what is remembered of you:
Prime Minister Tony Blair said: "He was a man of great integrity and beliefs he held firmly from which he never wavered. [Emphasis mine]
A fitting thing to point out to politicians all around us (especially the opportunistic, corrupt, power-crazed, klepto-conquering, lead-by-poll-following Libranos). I suppose in a way the Libranos are unwavering in their principle of having no principles.

How to live: have integrity, form beliefs, constantly learn, base your actions on those beliefs, be yourself. Then, your moment in history will be regarded with respect. As Blair acknowledges Heath, I have little doubt that Blair will be similarly remembered when he departs this world.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Hizb ut-Tahrir

The aim of Hizb ut-Tahrir is available online, in English here, where we learn:
Its aim is to resume the Islamic way of life and to convey the Islamic da’wah to the world.
It also aims to bring back the Islamic guidance for mankind and to lead the Ummah into a struggle with Kufr, its systems and its thoughts so that Islam encapsulates the world.
It's rather unambiguous.

What about Hizb ut-Tahrir in Toronto? We can find some discussion about it. Here's a posting from someone on a Canadian forum:
The method of Hizb-ut-Tahrir (from what I've seen) is based on Islam, regardless of how people percieve it, or how hard the reality seems. We, the Muslims, have Allah behind us and whoever has Allah with them cannot lose.
Read these postings here. Here's another posting from that URL:
All the members of Hizb ut Tahrir I know are Computer Science graduates, doctors, Chartered Accountants, Aeronautical Engineers, Civil Engineers, etc. As for those without degrees, they are hard working and refuse to take handouts. We are an honourable Ummah, and we do not extend our hand to people for personal donations, even if it might be permissible in Islam.

As for "abusing" the "freedoms" in the West...where are you coming from? They destroyed our Islamic State, they stole our oil and resources, they killed our people, they cut our lands up and set up tyrant regimes to crush our Ummah's spirit and destroy Islam, and they enslaved our people. And you sit there comfortably on your computer critisizing those who are spending every waking hour calling to the Khilafah all over the world, the Muslim world as well as the West.

[...] Conferences are not a possibility. But in the West, we can do this, and why not? Look at the tens of millions of Muslims living in the west. It is an opportunity that must be taken.
The poster is from Toronto, and posts under the name kijeyholo.

I'm still wondering about the 'stole our oil' rant. Unless I am mistaken, we have been purchasing that oil. I believe the real issue is that the Middle East dictators kept the proceeds for themselves.

We will then hear how these dictators are propped up the by US in order to ensure that the oil is sold cheaply - or "stolen" (ignoring completely the OPEC cartel formed to ensure oil was not cheap). Which came first? The dictators, or the oil? Why didn't democracy take hold in the Middle East? Secondly, when the US intervenes to rid a Middle East country of one of these dictatorships, that is decried.

The USA can't win with these zealots: it is a Satan if it supports a reviled government; it is a Satan if it takes a reviled government down.

All of which says, the US actions are not the issue. It is the mere fact of US power that is the issue.

It's a familiar tale. World domination. There are many paths to power. Socialism has been tried a few times. Religion has been tried a few times. It's being tried again. A few megalomaniacs believe that the vehicle of Islam will mobilize an army that will take them to victory, and unbridled power.

That's how I see it. I've written about the Muslims in our midst before, and I welcome them as long as they sign up for deal in our society. We did not allow them to bring their religion here in order to take us down. The way forward is a shared understanding about what is taking place. It's not about Islam. It's about power. Plain and simple. I am not prepared to yield to a barbaric theocrat any more than I am willing to yield to communism, or any other crackpot ideology that deprives me of my liberty.

Friday, July 15, 2005

A Question About Libranotopia is Answered

A question is asked here:
"Do we have to accept a number of bloody outbursts rather than come to a head with politically sensitive issues?"
I can answer that question. In Libranotopia, the answer is yes.

7/7 stirred a few of the sheeple. A few of them realized that the Librano-induced "they actually love us so they won't blow us up" stupor was a sham. "Yes, of course we've seen young middle eastern men with backpacks on the subway. My god, it really could happen here, easily! What a pack of crap those Libranos are selling". Enough sheeple, and some of their MSM herders figured it out that the Libranos, in their typical style, could feel a little of their political grasp loosen. Time to change the message, so Screechin' Annie starts now with the telling it like it is.

Will the sheeple hold the Libranos accountable? Naw, the MSM and the Libranos lead by following, so they will continue to tell the electorate whatever the electorate thinks they want to hear. That will be good enough for the sheeple.

No, I'm afraid it will take the shock of real incident for the sheeple to finally understand that they foolheartedly have excused the corruption and trampling of democracy because they thought they were getting good government. The Libranos are merchants of hot air, and eventually, this will become obvious to more people than just a few inconsequential bloggers. I hope achieving real accountability does not require any kind of shock, but I am resigned to the fact that only something so horrendous will bring the electorate to the fully awake and alert state.

Church is Wrong On This One

This is wrong. The children are blameless. Let them be baptised.

What would John do?

Freedom of Choice

Vancouver Sun:
Hours after the terror attacks on the London subway and a bus last week, the Canadian Islamic Congress issued a brief statement that condemned the bombing.

It offered no condolences, expressed no grief, displayed no shock; it was instead a directive to the public not to blame Islam.

"We hope Canadian Muslims are not found guilty by association," said its national president, Mohamed Elmasry.

Criticism forced him to subsequently toss in some disingenuous sympathy, but he'd shown his true colours. That Elmasry should be speaking as the head of any Islamic organization is an affront to what its followers call a religion of peace.

Last year, he suggested all Israelis over the age of 18 should be murdered, arguing that because Israel has a civilian army they are legitimate targets for Palestinian suicide bombers. There were calls for his resignation, which Muslim leaders refused. Later, on a CBC radio program, he defended Islamic terrorism, saying the colonial powers committed worse atrocities and deserved what they got.

In general, in the West we have crafted democratic constitutions that have allowed us to construct generally peaceful and industrious societies. Consequently, we really don't care what religion one follows. What matters is that members of our society contribute by leveraging their abilities. We collectively benefit from the environment created by non-violent individual value-add, no matter how grand nor how modest. I admire the people that serve me as much as I admire those I serve. Don't ask me to celebrate anything other than my own life. You celebrate yours. I will celebrate mine. You contribute your way. I will contribute mine. Do we have a deal?

That is the opportunity for Muslims in the west: contribute your value-add, and go about your lives. Now there is a choice: accept and embrace this deal, or leave my society. If you accept and embrace the deal, then welcome, and let's get to work. If not, then please, just stay away. Same for anybody else, not just Muslims.

How best to demonstrate acceptance of this deal? Close the door on the nutjobs that are taking your religion into the weeds. If an Imam preaches violence and the destruction of western society, then find another mosque. Embrace our fight to defend this society against Muslim terrorists.

Muslims have in the west the choice before them. Join our society and contribute, or allow the sociopaths to marginalize your communities.

My preference is clear. Reject them. Choose us.

Hunting Tigers From The Punjab

National Post:
Vancouver businessman who is demanding a tax receipt for money he gave Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal two years ago says he is a member at large of Liberal Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh's riding association.[...]
The Libranos must be assuming that smearing Grewal will cause the electorate to erase its memory tape on some activities in the recent past that deserve our unwavering scrutiny.

So where else might the two names mentioned in the National Post article turn up? Perchance one browses to a webpage describing the makeup of a board of directors. Intrigued by what one finds, one has a look around at the other contents at that site, and stumbles across an annual report, that has interesting lines describing funds received from something listed as "CIDA".

Not sure when the MSM is going to give us more information about these accusers, so we'll just have to go digging ourselves.

A historical note about the venue of this little drama: Vancouver South. Here is a reminder of how the nomination process for the candidate in that riding proceeded last election. More about that from CTV:
[...]While two candidates were acclaimed, Dosanjh was appointed, meaning he will not have to face a nomination battle. Martin described the action as a "rare exception," but said that sometimes it's the best way to ensure the right people are running for the party, and Dosanjh has much to offer the Liberals.[...]
No doubt it is incidents such as these that require the country to have a cabinet minister specially missioned with 'democratic renewal'.

In the meantime, let's not forget what started this whole mess: "No offer was made". Sure.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Wake Me Up When This Movie Is Over

Seems there's a lot of hand-wringing these days over the fact that we're not going to the movies enough.

I remember when going to the movies was a form of entertainment free of advertising. And a movie started at the announced time.

The theatres have been pulling a fast one on us. We have advertising jammed down our throats, and the start times are jigged so we arrive early enough to be forced to watch them.

This isn't so hard to figure out. The movies has become too much like television. Just like the news has become too much like the movies.

If I have to pay big dollars to receive a product that is not different than network television, I'll wait for the DVD.

The reason that we don't go to the movies? Because the greedy bastards have wrecked the experience. It's going to be great when free enterprise figures this out and delivers us an experience we are willing to pay for, line up for, and lay down champagne coin for Cokes. In the meantime, I suggest the MBA's get their heads out of the spreadsheets and pay attention to the world around them.

My American PFLP Cab Driver

At one time in my life I did an awful lot of flying. I took a lot of cab rides to and from airports. I always attempted to engage my drivers in conversation.

A few weeks prior to 9/11, I was in an airport cab in the Southern city in which I lived, and was driven home by a middle-eastern cab driver. He told me quite a story.

First, when I asked where he came from, "Palestine" was the answer. Odd, I thought. And how did he come to be driving his cab in the USA? What is his status in the USA? "Citizen". Odd again.

The story he told me was that he was PFLP. PFLP were turfed out of Lebanon. He went to Guatamala. From there, he was smuggled into Mexico. Then, into the US. He disappeared in NYC.

In NYC, he obtained fake documents that allowed him to obtain US citizenship. He didn't elaborate much on these. Time was running out.

A few weeks later, 9/11. My next door neighbor was a former Federal prosector, prominent citizen, City Councillor. His father was CIA under Kennedy. He has friends in the FBI and Secret Service.

I told him this story, and suggested the FBI might be interested to know that there is an admitted former PFLP terrorist driving a registered airport cab, having obtained US citizenship fraudulently. At least, I thought the circumstances were unusual enough to warrant a look see.

The FBI was not interested. They should have been. The network put this fellow behind the wheel of this US airport cab needs to be illuminated.

Preventing Anti-Muslim Backlash: A Simple HOWTO

"We know there are extremists living among us and we work closely with the police as a result. They come here to Luton town centre to try and recruit the young ones. They are professional, they tell them stories, brainwash them and then we know some are taken to camp in Afghanistan. Their actions are a big setback for Muslim communities," said Mr Bashir.

Well isn't that just great. 50 people had to die in order for this timely admission to emerge.

How can one suppose that similar activities are not taking place here in Canada and the US? I suggest an excellent way for the Muslim communities of the west to prevent anti-Muslim backlash: inform on these sociopaths before we are struck with tragedy. Not after.

Comments on MS-13 Please

Not sure what to make of this. Look forward to your comments.
Bin Laden's goal, according to the book, is to kill at least 4 million Americans, 2 million of whom must be children. Only then, bin Laden has said, would the crimes committed by America on the Arab and Muslim world be avenged.

There is virtually no doubt among intelligence analysts al-Qaida has obtained fully assembled nuclear weapons, according to Williams. The only question is how many. Estimates range between a dozen and 70. The breathtaking news is that an undetermined number of these weapons, including suitcase bombs, mines and crude tactical nuclear weapons, have already been smuggled into the U.S. – at least some across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Useful links:
Free Republic (al-Qaeda and MS-13 connection)
Jihad Watch

Frontpage Magazine:
In April, a suspected al Qaeda agent arrested in Queens, N.Y., revealed a scheme to smuggle terrorists across the U.S.-Mexico border. In July, two alert Border Patrol agents apprehended Farida Goolam Mohamed Ahmed at McAllen (Texas) airport. She was carrying an altered South African passport, muddy jeans and dirty shoes. She confessed to having entered the country illegally by crossing the Rio Grande River. Court documents showed that she was on a government watch list and had entered the United States up to 250 times.
In a December 4 incident that received scant media attention, a Bangladeshi Muslim man named Fakhrul Islam was among a group of 13 illegal aliens arrested near Brownsville, Texas, just across the border from Mexico. Border Patrol agents have said that one of the men detained along with Islam was a member of Mara Salvatrucha, a violent Salvadoran criminal gang with more than 300,000 members across Central and North America, including powerful enterprises in several major U.S. cities.

evidence obtained from Afghanistan:
U.S. intelligence agencies have identified at least 22 Islamic terrorists who are believed to be operating in the so-called tri-border area of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.

Information about the activities of al Qaeda in South America was obtained by U.S. intelligence following operations in Afghanistan.

Washington Times:
A top al Qaeda lieutenant has met with leaders of a violent Salvadoran criminal gang with roots in Mexico and the United States — including a stronghold in the Washington area — in an effort by the terrorist network to seek help infiltrating the U.S.-Mexico border, law enforcement authorities said. Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, a key al Qaeda cell leader for whom the U.S. government has offered a $5 million reward, was spotted in July in Honduras meeting with leaders of El Salvador's notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang, which immigration officials said has smuggled hundreds of Central and South Americans — mostly gang members — into the United States

My Choice For Governor General


Leave the post empty.

Celebrate This Bit of Diversity If You Will

President Pervez Musharraf, who is trying to project Pakistan as a moderate and progressive Muslim nation, has condemned violence against women and said his government was committed to ensuring victims got justice.

The women in the latest incident had separated from her husband but had gone to his family's house to see her daughter, police said.

Her father-in-law chained her up and that night he and the others took her to a river bed on the edge of their village of Mohammadpur and cut off her feet.

Sensible Securities Regulation

An article in the Globe and Mail reports that Finance Minister Goodale is seeking to federalize securities regulations.

This is a move I support. It's sensible. I hope we visit inter-provincial trade soon after we tackle securities regulations.

I know it's the right thing to do. Quebec will block all of it, of course, making sure it has a tight grasp on its role as deadweight on the rest of us.

Mr. Goodale, fine with me if you establish arrangements with ROC and let Quebec do whatever it wants.

Another suggestion: the article alludes to the Federal government's desire to increase Canadian productivity. One obvious place to look is at the reward system for increased producivity. Why don't we try a system that allows people to keep more of the wealth they create, rather than tax them into mediocrity while the fruits of their labor are deposited into small brown envelopes and handed over to the Montreal Mafia?

Maybe good things will start happening with Canadian productivity when the central government realizes that it cannot create productivity (central planning was a miserable failure, remember?), but rather, can by its actions do much to damage productivity.

If the Canadian government is serious about increasing our productivity, which is essential to maintaining our lifestyle, then it should having a good long look in the mirror, analysing the ways in which it thwarts that productivity, and then stops doing those things.

Oh, but I am sure it's far, far more complex than that. What I expect to see is a Royal Commission of highly-paid Librano buddies trotting around the country, compiling a fat report, which will contain much bitter medicine and thus be promptly filed. And we will get lipservice to productivity. Just like we get lipservice to security. And healthcare.

A Viper Speaks

A small quote from Hani Al-Siba'i Head of London Center for Islamic History:
People are either of Dar Al-Harb or not.
hint: check wikipedia.
The term "civilians" does not exist in Islamic religious law.
Thanks for clearing that up Hani. We can forget about Gitmo now, since there are no civilians detained there.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

NY Times: Photographs Can Be Brutish

The NY Times has a number of reporters that are abandoning their NY lifestyles in favor of mud-huts to avoid any possible mistaking them for people of wealth or leisure.

Enlightened mud-hutter-to-be Sandra Boxer opines:
But more and more, there's a brutish flaunting of wealth and leisure.
Good. That may help get the message across.

So a photo of you posing by your car or pool is brutish now, is it? But photographs in paid advertising in the NY Times for luxury cars, condos, jewelry, fine dining establishments, Broadway Theatre, vacation spots in the Hamptons and the like, these are not brutish? It's OK to publish these?

What the hell do these hypocritical MSM nitwits want anyway?

Two brutes flaunting their lives of leisure.


I'm wondering why the Left-leaning women of the west are not out in the streets demanding that we put a stop to the spread of fundamentalist Islam.

I hear no outrage against the stonings, whippings, denial of simple liberties and education.

Their sisters are being persecuted by brutal men.

I don't get it.

Women: that is how these men want you to live - as their chattles.

Speak up.

As Predicted

Evidence of the effects on British citizens of the terror attack on London are online here.

Monday, July 11, 2005

The Libranos Chickens Will Come Home to Roost

via CBC:
He called many Canadians naïve. "They have an unreasonable expectation of law enforcement and the federal government to protect them against terrorist attacks.
Those are the words of Ty Fairman, of the National Security & Intelligence Society Inc. while speaking in Toronto.

What he is saying is that Canadians expect nanny state to keep them cuddly warm and safe and all tucked-in, so they can drift along in their somnabulant lifestyle in our socialist paradise.

The Libranos have not stepped up to the reality of the situation with the Islama-crazies. Caring more about their own power, immigration criteria reduce to determining who is most likely to vote Librano. And we are jazzed by the Librano spin machine to celebrate the resultant diversity. (I for one refuse to celebrate diversity. I will celebrate character, and competence, and work ethic. Beyond that I don't care if you are purple and have three eyes. But this is a another rant for another post).

Right now, governments should be educating the public on what to look for, what to report, and how to report it in every mass transit system in the country. Periodic reminders need to be announced over public address systems. It should be routine information. But that assumes that the governments know what to do. They don't. This is our reward for allowing them to build institutions that reward fealty rather than merit.

The time for the Libranos to pretend their nanny powers extend to preventing Islam from attacking us here in Canada must come to an end, right now.

When the attack comes, and I don't much doubt that it will, the Libranos are going to be standing stark naked before the country - with the failure of their appeasement, head-in-the-sand, family compact oligarchy to deliver on the promise of immunity from Islamic violence. Meanwhile, their sycophantic, myopic and foolish MSM buddies are all too willing to help them put Canadians into deep trance.

It's a war. We're in it. It's time to be grown up. It's time to fight.

Psychology of Liberalism

Caution: this is a post-progressive post.

I must have ADD. Off I go researching something on Google in about as linear a manner as one possibly can. The process bears a lot of similarity to panning for gold. The nugget to stone ratio is preposterous, yet the overwhelming joy of stumbling upon a nugget keeps one obsessively focused. And then, every once in a while, a discrete little payload of something useful shows up in the pan. It doesn't have the same density or value as gold, but you notice it and pick it up anyway.

An article by John J. Ray, available here is one of those distracting incredibly useful non-gold treasures:
My basic proposal, then, is that most (but not all) Leftists/liberals are motivated by strong ego needs -- needs for power, attention, praise and fame [...] Rightists by contrast have no need either for change or its opposite and may oppose change if they see it as destructive or favour change if they see it as constructive.
one of the most consistent themes to emerge from the Leftist's love of change is the claimed need for "equality". And the belief in "equality" also tends to lead to support for such things as redistribution of wealth generally, heavily "progressive" income taxes, inheritance taxes, foreign aid, feminism, gay rights and socialized medicine
Basically, Leftists seem to believe that "education" can change almost anything in human behaviour.
But moral codes are onerous and Communism offered an escape from them. If all men were to become brothers and all resources were to be shared freely, fathers would not be needed for anything more than the act of procreation itself. This vision was of course a great attraction for both men and women and Leftists were always in the vanguard of sexual liberation. Sex sells and it certainly sold Leftism to many.
Modern-day Leftists have an obsession with racism and fiercely attribute all racism to their political opponents and deny it in themselves. This is however utter nonsense. Take this description of a political programme: A "declaration of war against the order of things which exist, against the state of things which exist, in a word, against the structure of the world which presently exists".

I've learned through life that the best leaders simultaneously possess the attributes of humility and healthy self-esteem. Humility and self-esteem. Together. It's a sensible (and therefore, post-progressive) approach.

The article is a must read.

UPDATE: I found this quote at The Patriette:
"The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become." -Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004)

She Scores, She Shoots

Caution: this is post-progressive post.

This is fairly odd. When Mom and daughter had their hearts set on joining the team, did they not already understand how the infrastructure of the facilities was shaped around the team dressing process? Did they not understand that the showers and washrooms were integrated into the changerooms? Been that way for years. Did not all that factor into the equation?

Apprarently not.

Now Mom is running to one of those kangaroo courts human rights tribunals in order to bend the rest of the world to suit their unusual needs.

How about instead of running to nanny state, this time nanny state goes after mom for child abuse? Because as I see it, pushing your daughter into a teenage boy's hockey changeroom is just that.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

The Real London Target?

For a dedicated Jihadist, can you imagine anything worse than having the world agenda turned away from Islam and towards Live 8 and African aid?

Could it be that the London bombing was a refocusing of the global media off of Live 8 and Africa and back to the Islamofascist's agenda?

If this theory is correct, then we in the west have just stumbled upon a possible tool to elicit movements and communications that build intelligence that can eventually expose and undermine the fifth columns operating in our midst.

The way to deal with a dedicated yet hidden enemy is to find ways to draw him out. This was the logic behind the forward base at Khe Sanh during the Vietnam war. The idea behind Khe Sanh was to lure the enemy into a concentrated battle formation by offering an appealing target. The advantage of superior US firepower could then be realized.

Similary, our Jihadists need to have center stage. Shifts in global attention away from their cause and onto another have to be more vexing than confronting the US military in Iraq.

More of these perfectly useless global media events might deliver us a real benefit after all.

Just thinking out loud. Takes my mind off the cat food.

Stay Alert

Disturbing chatter about more mass transit attacks coming soon here.

GO Train commuters: do you know what to do if you see something "not right"? Do you see any postings on platforms reminding you what to look for, and informing you what to do? When you board the train, are you reminded yet again?

Let's not blandly accept Screechin' Annies' lame words about what she is doing. There should be clear reminders on all public transit, highlight what people should watch for, and what to do if they see something not right - like a backpack under an unoccupied seat. Or someone riding one stop? Or purchasing an unusual one-stop ticket? Or a cell-phone where it shouldn't be?

Don't rely on our lame governments to have things under control. They consistently demonstrate to us they care more about their pensions and snout-gorgings at the public trough than our well-being. They won't act unless we force them. Or, unless a tragic event embarasses them into action. For once, let's abandon our apathy and get the government and transit authorities to act.

Is this a fear response? No. I am not afraid to live my Western life. That includes flying, riding mass transit, attending events. That does not mean it is fine to resume sleepwalking.

Cruising In Iran

Caution: this is a post-progressive post.

There are reports that Iran has acquired some cruise missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
Ukraine has confirmed that its X-55 cruise missile was exported to China and Iran around four years ago. Officials said that in 2001 Iran received 12 X-55 cruise missiles, a Soviet-origin weapon manufactured by Ukrainaviazakaz.

The X-55, also termed the Kh-55 or AS-15, was designed to carry a nuclear warhead. Officials said none of the missiles exported to either China or Iran contained a nuclear warhead. Six X-55 missiles were said to have been exported to China in 2000.

"The results of the investigation have revealed a criminal group that engaged in the illegal sales of armaments," Ukrainian Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk said. "It's an international group, and it comprises citizens from a wide range of countries."
Some theories about how these might be used are beginning to emerge into public view.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

"We Will Never Surrender"

The entire premise of the Islamic random murder campaign is that we in the West are weak - that our comfortable lifestyles and permissive society make us plump, complacent, and spineless, and our media is their mightiest weapon. In short, that it is easy to defeat the West.

Wrong on two counts.

First, the pace of the campaign is too slow to have an effect. To foster the contagion of fear, the probability of being affected by an attack is far too low. All that planning, months and months between events. It's not very effective. Not that I am surprised given the evidence of how rapidly fundamentalist Islamic states develop. While there can be little doubt that the intellectual horsepower exists within these states, that capability is hardly useful if spent arguing about how many of Allah's virgin's can dance on the head of a pin. Or placing the blame for an inability to control one's own sexual urges on the object of one's desire.

Second, these attacks are not evoking fear responses at all. Steely resolve and the natural response to protect one's loved ones is the response they are receiving. I am not fearful of these sociopaths - each attack ensonces more fully my desire to personally dispatch them to paradise.

They have violated one of Sun Tsu's rules of war: do not underestimate your enemy. Their events, while having the sharp edges the media appreciates, pale in comparison to the scale of many natural disasters.

I already ignore the media spin, as does most of the blogging community. That community grows stronger and more influential in our society every day.

I notice that the skys remain full of jet aircraft. I used public transit yesterday. I bought gasoline refined from mid-east oil the day before. Life goes on.

Thanks to 9/11, Bali, Madrid and now London, the political pressure I am applying to my government is not to give in to your demands, but rather to go full out to exterminate your asses.

I suggest al-Qaeda gives the entire matter a rethink. They cannot win, and will not win.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Shaken and Stirred On this Occasion

My wife being English, I have travelled through King's Cross/St. Pancras many many times. It's beyond eerie to see the carnage in places that I know well. Shaken is shaken at the moment.

I have to say, the Lord Mayor of London is my type of fellow. By god don't meddle with the British. They're a tough, tough lot. Read the story of the battle of El Alamain if you want to understand the true grit and determination of the British. The eye contact and nakedness of the statements made on camera by the Mayor of London are awe inspiring.

Shaken is also Stirred, which happens Occasionally. Who is harboring these people? What is all this wailing about ethnic profiling? Is it fear of reprisal that maintains the silence?

Surely the C4 explosive has chemical markers that allow us to trace its origin. Who is selling this material to the terrorists?

Why is the UN so stunningly silent?

I was on the GO Train in Ontario today. On the many times I have taken the GO train in and out of Trawna (the oh-so Liberal graffiti-splatter, guns-blazing, garbage dumping, litter-swept, great gray Metropolis that serves as pen for Banada's major herd of sheeple), I have often mused at how trivial it would be to blow one of these trains to pieces - and me with it. It's something I think about every time I get on one of these commuter trains. So I pay attention to what is going on around me. Not crazed, mind you, but alert and attentive. Most riders are too zoned out to notice, or if they did notice, would do nothing about a backpack left under a seat.

Apathetic. That's the quintessential Canadian trait. We've all been ranting about it in our blogs these days. Apathy explains a lot about this country. Is there a gene for apathy? Is there a natural selection process underway in which only the apathetic emigrate to Canada, thus building an eddy of apathy in the national gene pool?

Can you imagine an equally lucid, concise, determined and brutally sincere message delivered on camera by any Canadian politician?

What does it take to make a Canadian angry, anyway? I mean, besides a beer strike.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Geldof: Would You Please Shut Up

The Australian News:
Get off the corruption thing, says Bob Geldof. The point is that nobody has got on to it properly yet.
Geldof, shut up. As long as my money is taken involuntarily and finds its way to Africa, no matter how many hands it transits on its way, I'm am going to have my say, and my say is corruption is a huge impediment, and I will not finance corrupt fat cats, either in Ottawa, or in Africa.

Get off the taking of my funds I need for educating my children, and supporting my old age, and sending them to these African despots thing.

The True North, Lame and Lazy

According to The Ottawa Citizen 80% of Canadian citizens are aware of and concerned about the Canada's "brain drain" to the US.

Rather than roll up their sleeves, figure out how to make Canada more attractive and rewarding, they shrug their shoulders and look to draining other nations to replenish the ranks of the vanished.

Nanny government will open the immigration taps and make the problem go away.

What a bunch of lame sheep. A shameful excuse for a country.

Happy 4 of July

To all my American friends and former neighbors: have a fun, safe 4th.

Wish I could be at those fireworks again at the Findlay Y in North Raleigh.

From this Canadian, an admirer of the creation of your Founding Fathers, best wishes, and stay the course. Courage.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Dems Change Position on Vacillation

From The Observer:
But in an extraordinary turn of events, some argue that it is the single issue standing in the way of their election prospects. They are daring to say what once was regarded as heresy - that it is time to let the argument go.

Abortion may still be the most divisive issue in the US, but in a move indicative of creeping conservatism, Democrats now seem happy to amend - even relinquish - their position on it.

But it is not only conservatives making this case. Cynthia Gorney, author of A Frontline History of the Abortion Wars, says she has 'heard it coming from people who you certainly wouldn't have heard it from three or four years ago. It's people who are ardent Democrats, fed up with the vacillations and ineffectiveness of the party. One aspect of that was: we've hung on too long to things that are destructive to us ultimately and clinging to Roe is costing us more than it's gaining us.'
Could it be that numbers of Democrats are considering abandoning a dearly held principle in order to achieve power? I have a major, major problem with this kind of thinking.

That there are dividing lines within society on issues such as abortion is a good thing. Without division, there is no debate. Without debate, there is inadequate investigation and consideration before proceeding with a decision. We benefit from a diversity of viewpoints and arguments, not less. That is one of the reasons to cherish free speech. It fosters breadth and depth in the public examination of issues.

The issue of abortion neatly cleaves society along religious lines more than anything else. If we are just nicely arranged protoplasm - entirely mortal - then there are no consequences to supporting abortion and the decision to facilitate is simple. The debate reduces to who pays for the services.

On the other hand, those that frame their lives on the notion that there is an immortal component to their being, tend to understand the ethical quandry that ensues when willfully ending a life.

I have a distinct distrust for political entities that are fluid in their principles. I despise leadership by polling. It's not leadership at all. It's followership. Why elect leaders that are followers? Worse, how do you place any value at all in a position espoused during an election campaign, if by whim of poll (heavily influenced by media) that same elected body reverses itself on an important issue? What meaning does this bring to the election process? It reduces the entire democratic process to a farce. Probably, and most sadly, it places political power in the hands of the media. The media makes or breaks the image of the candidate. Once platform and position are quixotic, and thus meaningless, this is all that is left as input for the election decision. It's hollow, it's shallow, and it's open to opportunistic abuse by rogues or (worse) tyrants.

This is why I am disappointed that the Democrats, having been out of power for 2 terms (an entire 8 years - a contemporary eternity!), are considering abandoning one of the most emotionally held positions in human history.

I cannot champion abortion on demand, and certainly not state-funded abortion on demand. Nevertheless, for the reasons I have articled above, I think it critically important for the sake of democracy, and therefore the quality of our lives, for deeply held principles to have primacy over electability.

It is a wrong turn by the Democrats, for the wrong reasons. I hope the Democrats terminate this idea in its first trimester.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Shaken's Solution for The Insurgency

Seems that Islam has growing backlog of martyr-wannabe's. I say we accomodate the losers as fast as we can.

Before we get to the solution bit, let me give you Shaken's Simple Theory of Islam's Screwedupness:
Because these fanatics don't know how to properly treat women, they don't get enough sex, which in turn, makes them very crazed. This crazed state drives them deeper into Islam's odder corners, resulting in less sex, making them even more crazed. (You see where this is going.)
It's an amazing coincidence that I have a motivation to quickly process Islam's martyr waitlist. (A brief Canadian aside - anyone know if this list exceeds Canada's medical waitlist? just idle curiosity on my part).

Here's today's idea for Being One With Islam (my title for the Islamic martyr-accomodation program): our friends, the US military, leaves a honey-pot stash of ordnance somewhere sufficiently accessible that the insurgents cannot resist grabbing it. Tracking devices within the stashes use military RF-frequencies to report whereabouts of stash. US military assets pay a visit. Stash explodes at most inopportune moment, speeding scores of martyrs into the arms of the virgins they lust for but can never get anywhere near on earth, because they treat their women so poorly.

It's totally whacko, I know - too much time in the sun today. Consider it a heat-induced fantasy. Please resume normal shopping activities.

Asking For Ethnic Profiling

via Yahoo news:
VANCOUVER (AFP) - Young Indo-Canadian and South Asian deceased men dominate police files in Canada's westernmost province of British Columbia like no other ethnic groups.

And the province is setting up a special police task force following the deaths of 90 men in extreme gang violence since 1992.

Spokesman Shinder Kirk said 50 officers have joined the task force in recent weeks from the federal Royal Canadian Mounted Police and municipal forces. By fall, it will be at full strength at 80 investigators.

The move came after a plea for help from community leaders, citing extreme concerns from local people over "what was happening in their community, involving their young men," according to Kirk.

The spokesman said there has been a major attitude shift from past practice of trying to avoid publicity to openly talking about the problem.

Balwant Singh Gill, president of an association of 36 Sikh temples in British Columbia, a leader in the fight against gang violence, said: "Its come to a point where its the responsibility of not only parents, but of police, teachers, councilors' and social workers."

Officially the task force will investigate any gangs, but Kirk said its first focus is Indo-Canadian and South Asian gangs.
What, there's a problem within an ethnic community? Whoa, wait a just a minute now, we're supposed to be ethnically agnostic. Or was that celebrating ethnicity? Damn, I'm getting confused...

I fail to see how this is accomplished without 'ethnic profiling'.

OK, we'll sort out your ethnic community's problem. Now then, would you please shut up once and forever about ethnic profiling? Thank you.

McKenna: I've Got A Beef With You

According to cnews, Canada's Ambassador to the US, Frank McKenna, is once more trying to rally Canadian expats living in the US to do some of his work.:
Now he wants some of the two to three million expatriate Canadians living in the United States to help.
I spent 10 years living the USA, and was a Canadian expat. On this basis I have the following comments to the Ambassador:

First: while guests in a foreign country, it is rude to get in the face of your hosts. Expats are better served blending in and getting with the local program. American co-workers and neighbors want just that: co-workers and neighbors, not pompous little ambassadors. Getting out your soapbox at the neighborhood block parties and at the office while quickly turn you into a shunned outcast. It is considerably arrogant to assume that your Canadian point-of-view is worth shoving down someone else' throat - in their own country. In some places, it can cost you your job. Just because you have the right to speak freely doesn't always mean it's smart to speak up.

Two: Canadians living in the USA are getting a real taste of democracy, and once they've had it, they'll be less inclined to be vapid mouthpieces for the power-hungry socialist kleptocracy that has been ruining this fair land for the last 30 years. Give your head a shake, Mr. Ambassador. You are assuming that the expats agree with you. Could be that some of them had a good reason for leaving. Better check that one out.

Third: if the border won't open to live cattle, then why don't we just get off our asses and export beef. That's right. Ensure there is auditability. Make it all very transparent and state-of-the-art. Invite Japanese to inspect to their heart's content, if they wish. We build processing plants. The plants compete, and export. Seems straightforward. We compete.

Mr. Ambassador, drop this expat nonsense, and have a look see at why Canada is not a place where an entrepreneur can take advantage of the closed border. My god, is that possible? Take advantage? Compete? Could it be your beloved socialist great white miracle doesn't incent risk-taking and aggressive and innovative business undertakings? (Hint: it may if you've provided sufficiently fat envelopes to the right capo - then you get a grant or subsidized loan and get to gamble with our money).

Typical Canadian response to a difficulty: run to nanny state to fix it. Only this time, it's Canada trying to run to nanny neighbor (you know, the one that we doll-stomp on TV), hoping to get 3 million expat whiners to join the chorus and bend their will. Know what? That crap doesn't wash in the USA.

Let's just shut up and compete like hell, dammit.

Zen in the Art of Crankbait Casting

Have you ever noticed how things occur in our lives in clusters? For instance, over the last year you may not have thought about, say, wooden boat construction. You stumble across an interesting article somewhere where wooden boat construction figures prominently. Next day, somebody mentions wooden boat construction at work, completely out of the blue. A couple of days later, you go out to dinner, look up, and notice that a dory festoons the ceiling directly overhead. Finally, you discover during an social event with neighbors you have not met before that your host's grandfather was a master boat builder on the East Coast. Like deja vu, I am guessing this is a phenomenon that occurs to us all from time to time. It happens to me so much that I find it worthy of blogging.

My sons spent many years in North Carolina, where you can, if so motivated, fish for the biggies out in the gulf stream, surf fish, hunt for largemouth in an inland lake, then fly fish for trout in a mountain stream, all in the same weekend. (SUV marketers in the audience perk up now). So, my boys are fishing nuts.

I never fished as a kid. Just wasn't something my dad did, so it just wasn't on the program. But in North Carolina, my sons became fishing zealots. Now this was something I entirely supported, because of the endless benefits. We always release our catch. We weren't there for the fish. Rather, my sons used fishing as a vehicle. They would insist I take them to the library so they could study up on their elusive prey. When we took them to the acquarium on the shore, they saw it at a level on a par with most of the staff - they are incredibly educated on marine biology. They began to understand how an ecosystem works. Offensive and defensive strategies. Environmental influences and concerns. How advertising and promotion of tackle works. The retailing industry. The hospitality industry. And we talked about it all. Even when we were fishing. Most important of all, we were together, I was learning from them, and they were learning from me.

My oldest boy ordered some articles from a local merchant that specialized in fishing, hunting, and paintballing gear. This fellow announced that he was closing up shop, and was blowing out inventory at a good discount. Even goods ordered during the closeout were discounted (imagine that!).

The goods have not arrived, and my son, new to the whole process of making these transactions himself, suddenly realized yesterday that he might not get his goods before the store closes. "Dad, I see a problem. I'm going to the store to see if my stuff is there. He didn't call me".

Big moment - I said I would take my son, listen to his conversation, but stay in the background. We discussed the nuances of the situation on the way to the store. Education time. Moment siezed.

We met the fellow - discussion held, strategy for developing goodwill worked, merchant (a decent guy) motivated to see that my son gets his goods.

I then asked the merchant why he is closing out. His answer: fishing is tanking as a recreational activity. Moms are not involved enough. The health of the fish are declining. Big retailers are moving into the market. His retail space overheads are grotesque. Many factors. Fishing has no cachet. It's not air conditioned. It requires patience. It requires knowledge. It requires skill.

This entire episode takes place the day after an evening at a neighbor's house. A few doors up from us, we had not actually met this couple before. Three couples on the deck having chit chat and a few libations. The neighbor works for Department of Fisheries, and has a rather significant reputation in his field. He taught at universities in the States. We talked about the sandflies on Lake Erie, their decline, and return. Oxygen levels in Lake Erie are making a slow but steady recovery. There was much to talk about, having shared time living in the USA, and of course, fish. This man has two daughters, and he takes them fishing. For the same reasons I take my sons fishing.

I don't mind if my children play video games from time to time. In fact, I have some fun from time to time joining them in a Star Wars shoot-em-up (hey, I'm male, it's my birthright). But we keep this in balance. Ride bicycles, take some hikes, walk along the shore of the lake on a nice evening, and fish from time to time. And talk. And listen. Learn, and educate.

As my day in the sun fades, my children will come into their own. The world is a much more difficult place than it was when I was a child, and I can extrapolate. The world my children will live in is going to be far more difficult yet. I do not see how letting my children bury themselves obsessively into a Gameboy equips them to deal with this future. But through fishing, they will learn much that can be abstracted and reused.

It's a holiday in Canada today. I'm taking my crew fishing. Be back later.