I have connections, and I'm not afraid to use them.
BONUS BEATDOWN: When even the
Rick Hillier reconnected Canadians with Forces
Updated Sun. Jun. 29 2008 1:48 PM ET
John Ward, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA -- Rick Hillier brought a refreshing bluntness to the country's top military job, but his true legacy may be that he re-introduced Canadians to their soldiers and instilled a pride in both...
"He reconnected the Defence Department to the Canadian public and that is a critically important thing, and it's turned the prospects of the Defence Department right around," MacDonald said.
"The public support is there in spades."
I don;t know what to think, but this comes to mind. If PZ can trash The Spiritual Brain: A neuroscientist's case for the existence of the soul without reading it, surely, he can trash a film without seeing it.
Two nights ago, I finally saw the Expelled film.
I had become almost proprietorial about the widely denounced #5 political documentary...
That said, PZ doesn’t really have a problem just because he wasn’t let into the film. You see, it doesn’t MATTER whether he sees the film or not.
He trashed Mario Beauregard’s and my book, The Spiritual Brain WITHOUT reading it. He wrote,
I tried. I really, honestly, sincerely tried. I’ve been struggling with this book, The Spiritual Brain: A neuroscientist’s case for the existence of the soul, by Mario Beauregard and Denyse O’Leary, for the past week and a half, and I’ve finally decided it’s not worth the effort. It’s just about completely unreadable.
He trashed our book without reading it. So presumably he can trash a film without seeing it, can’t he?
The writing is aggravating. It is constantly broken up with strings of quotes — 3, 4, 5, or 6 at a time — that are just plopped out there to speak for themselves, and often the authors don't even bother to address the points brought up in the quotes. It's like, presto, John Eccles said it! Or Steven Weinberg said it! Or some random guy on the internet said it! It begins to wear on the reader, and you start to assume you can just skip over the stupid quotes, and then they refer to something in one that you need to know to understand what the heck they're talking about. You just can't trust that it's only filler, even though it is 95% of the time.
CTV thinks all Conservatives are knucklegraggers anyway.
Birds: What you thought you knew about their evolution is ... wrong?
From both Science Daily and New Scientist comes the word that, in the words of New Scientist's Bob Holmes (June 26, 2008),
A new study – the largest analysis of birds to date using modern genetic methods – has turned up numerous surprising relationships that will force biologists to reevaluate much of what they thought they knew about avian evolution.
And people wonder why there is an intelligent design controversy ...
Prime Minister Stephen Harper condemned the runoff elections taking place in Zimbabwe today as a "perversion" of democracy.
Speaking at a conference of B'nai Brith, the international Jewish organization, Harper spoke of anti-Israel sentiments around the world, and said that the Middle East is not the only region of the world where democracy and human rights are lacking.
"Today the government of Zimbabwe is holding an election that is an ugly perversion of democracy," Harper told a crowd of several dozen.
One hopes that all mainstream media outlets in Canada have the courtesy to tell the Canadian public what happened today, that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has made us all proud by receiving a major international human rights award.
Called the “B’nai Brith International President’s Gold Medallion” it represents the conservative government’s efforts to fight discrimination and uphold human rights in Canada and around the world.
... Dion is hosting a reception at a restaurant and a breakfast at the Zoo. Dion's reception is exclusively for Laurier Club members (people who donate the max allowable to the Liberal Party) and thus not open to the public. The breakfast is technically open to the public, but since you have to pay to get in (when there's free pancakes to be had all over town) the only people who will be going will be Liberal supporters.
There will be no "average joes & janes" there. And any soundbytes of people cheering and applauding must be understood to be those of people who support the Liberals no matter what (like stealing taxpayers' money). Make no mistake, Dion doesn't have the balls to stand in front of average Calgarians (or any other Albertan).
Turns out, Dion isn't just after Alberta and Saskatchewan's money. He truly cares about the two provinces. No really! Come on, Stephane Dion wouldn't just say one thing and then do another would he?
World Youth Day to cost taxpayers $86m
Posted Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:10am AEST
The New South Wales Government has revealed that World Youth Day events in Sydney will cost taxpayers $86 million.
Government World Youth Day spokeswoman Kristina Keneally says the money will be used to pay for additional police officers, extra public transport, and to turn schools into dormitories.
The New South Wales Greens say the Catholic Church should be billed for the services the State Government is providing for the event.
"The Catholic Church is the organisation that will gain the biggest benefit from this event, not the people of New South Wales," Greens MP Lee Rhiannon said.
"It's a clear promotional event and therefore they should be footing the main part of the bill.
"The $86 million for accommodation and transport is a huge amount of money and means the economic benefit we were promised is now being whittled away."
The science of evolution
National Post Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2008
John Moore attempts to discredit the movie Expelled by raising the idea of conspiracy theories. But he fails to report that renowned scientists and academics fail to intelligently answer Ben Stein's questions about origin. Darwinist explanations can't be proved or tested and are often not even intelligent -- why are they considered science?
Expelled could accurately have been called Exposed.
Brian Rushfeldt, Calgary.
An Uncommon Truths exclusive!
Recent cancer survivor takes employment hiatus and gets pilloried in the media for doing her job.
"...the Prime Minister's sometimes contentious director of communications"
"...who was not popular with the national media..."
"...was known for her stinginess with information..."
"...and for sometimes bullying MPs..."
"...Ms. Buckler was not well-liked..."
"...She also controlled who could speak on certain issues to the media..."
Still waiting for answers
June 26, 2008
At long last, Maxime Bernier has deigned to speak about the scandal that ended his cabinet career. But only his most ardent supporters - the ones chanting his name last night as he addressed them in his home riding - could seriously believe that the former foreign affairs minister has laid the matter to rest.
If Mr. Bernier had been eager to set the record straight, he would have appeared before the parliamentary committee that for weeks requested his presence. At the very least, he would have answered the questions of reporters. Instead, he delivered a prepared text that sounded more like a campaign speech than an explanation.
Did anyone else happen to catch Bernier’s speech to les Beaucerons just now?
I thought his speech was very compelling ...
"I suppose the logic of "progressive thinking" means that you can condemn entire groups for the actions of a few"
"I also suppose that the consistency of the church's message regarding sex outside of marriage (despite the hypocritical behaviour of a minority of clerics) offends your relativistic sensibilities."
"So much so that even when you have a common cause, like the efficacy of the HPV vaccine, you find it necessary to demand that the church shut up.
Well, congratulations. This is the "progressive logic" that is splitting up opposition to the corporatists and letting them succeed."
"And as for having nothing of value to tell us, the church has been around for 2000 years and will be around a lot longer, which wouldn't be possible if it had nothing of value. On the other hand, you guys will be dead and forgotten soon enough. So much for the "value" of what you have to say."
Lefties think swingers clubs, bathhouses, legalized prostitution, and indoctrinating young kids with lessons on "alternative sexuality", is GOOD!
Spanking or grounding your kid, BAD!
But everyone always does the right thing...honest!
Ah, the age-old argument. Would our society be as moral if it were not for the religious (Judeo-Christian) influence when it was founded?
The US Supreme Court Gets it Wrong, Again
After their ridiculous opinion on providing Guantanamo Bay inmates access to American civilian courts last week, despite that these prisoners never entered the US and the only connection they have to America is that they planned or carried out attacks from a distant battlefield, ...
Lookie lookie, there's a new "anti-choice pretending to be pro-choice" website in town, and it's one of the most pathetic entries in the category to date. It's called *ta-da!* "Pro-choice.com", slyly co-opting the pro-choice name in order to lure the unsuspecting in search of a pro-choice site, then inundate them with a lot of anti-abortion bullshit.
The message from Alberta's six Catholic bishops is straightforward:
"Catholic teaching is that sexuality is a God-given gift that should be reserved for marriage," the bishops wrote.
I am currently reviewing mathematician David Berlinski's The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions. I will post a link to the review, when I am finished, but just this for now:
The book seems to have been written primarily to deflate vast, windy claims, to strike a blow against the crass, dim stupidities currently hawked in the name of "science."
... First Jason Kenney gets rebuffed by CTV and then Craig Oliver mistakes the Liberals for the government (and Stephane Dion as the Prime Minister by extension)
ADDENDUM: Why wouldn’t Jason Kenney be permitted to speak for the government? After all, he was the first one quoted on the Conservative “Will You Be Tricked” ad campaign in Sun Media. He’s been quoted in just about every Conservative Party press release attacking Dion’s Tax Shift plan. Kenney has also been the government point man in QP answering all of the questions put forward by the Liberals on the topic of the environment during this latest Tax Trick/Green Shift arc. Kenney also had a press conference at the National Press Theatre to give the government’s reaction to Dion’s plan. It sets a horrible precedent for journalists to choose who can respond on behalf of the government.
Ooh, apparently this stems from an injunction request, filed this morning, ordering the Liberal Party to stop using the tape.
More clips from [James] Moore—who I can’t see, because the room is so full of cameras. The tape was allegedly “doctored” more than once. He claims that the tape has now been “thoroughly discredited” before going back to his usual spiel...
Questions! First, from a French reporter: Did they use the original tape? They used the tape provided by Zytaruk, Moore says.
How did the tape change the meaning of what the PM said? Hm, not really an answer there—reporters pressing him on it. The gist: it was a longer conversation, and the tape was doctored. Doctored! ...
More questions. The Toronto Star wants to clarify whether the words “financial consideration” occurred—no yes or no answer, just that “the tape was doctored.” That’s the line they want us to leave with—not how, or why, or what it changes as far as the actual conversation.
Another attempt to get Moore to explain how it was manipulated, and he suggests that we go through the binder. But how? How?
I’m not sure if this was such a good idea...
And—there goes James Moore, leaving a roomful of vaguely hostile journalists in his wake, all asking much the same question of each other, now that he’s gone: How does this change what the Prime Minister allegedly said? What was added, or taken away, or otherwise “manipulated” so as to alter the meaning of his words?
Porn re-router fined $15,000
Richard Cuthbertson, Calgary Herald
Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2008
A man has been ordered to pay $15,000 in damages after he set up a shadow website for a Canmore bicycle shop that re-routed Internet users to a gay pornography website...
At first, InformCycle.com forwarded users to Rebound's website. But for 16 days in November 2004, Draper programmed the web page to take customers to a gay pornography site.
That meant people looking for Inform's website -- but who accidentally typed ".com" instead of ".ca" -- were redirected to the pornography.
The Green Liberal Ship hits a big snag
Oh dear the poor babies....a lawsuit is threatened....oh what will the Liberals do
Cease and desist !!
The Liberal family did not do their homework or they do not care.
If living in canada for 3 years make people canadian, ...
Man dies in custody after Taser incident involving Ontario police
An Ontario man died Monday after a Taser incident involving Ontario Provincial Police, the force said in a media release.
The Special Investigations Unit, a civilian agency that investigates incidents involving police in which people are hurt or killed, is now investigating.
Who Is The Bigger Security Risk?
Funny how the Liberals have been railing against Bernier and calling Couillard a security risk, but nothing is said about Khawaja, now on trial as a suspected terrorist!
Did you know he was on contract with the foreign affairs department in 2004 when he was arrested? I sure didn't!
Further to Khawaja, he used the Liberal government to help plot mass murder.
OTTAWA - Momin Khawaja secretly used his Department of Foreign Affairs e-mail account to plot the mass murder of hundreds of Britons in the name of radical Islam, court heard on the opening day of the Ottawa man's landmark terror trial.
Intel won't touch Vista
Too broken to deploy
ACCORDING TO A memo circulating a few weeks ago, it looks like Intel is taking a wise decision and avoiding the Broken OS entirely. Yes, Intel is not going to use Vista on its corporate machines... ever.
When a company as tech savvy as Intel, with full source code access and having written several large chunks of the OS, says get stuffed, you know you have a problem. Well, everyone knows MS has a problem, but it is nice to see it codified in such a black and white way though. Reassuring, like a warm cup of tea, or a public kick to the corporate crown jewels.
So that leaves two other choices, Linux and Mac. Linux is a distinct possibility, they already have an in-house distro that causes employees look nervously around the room when you talk about it. Although it is not a desktop variant, there is no reason that they could not roll one given two years.
The other one is the big white horse in the corner, Mac OS. If there was ever a company that is loyal to Intel, it is Apple. If there was ever a company that could make MacOS work internally, it is Intel. While any marriage with the turtlenecked sociopath is a match made in hell, don't count this one out either.
In the end, you have Intel flipping MS the bird, and telling them what they already know, Vista is undeployable by anyone with a grain of common sense. The impressive thing is that it just might lead to a waving off of MS entirely, they are the underdog for the next round of upgrades.
Comment by rabbit:
If Muslims are willing to use HRCs to defend their faith or their kind from criticism, why not Christians? I've read many a blog - mostly but not entirely on the left - ripping into Christians and their institutions.
Stuff like this: [External Link]
The only things protecting such opinions right now are (1) the unwillingness of Christians to file HRC complaints and (2) possibly the unwillingness of HRCs to view as Christians as a group worthy of protection.
The Right's war on science? Lots of ink spilled there, but how about the Left's war on science?
Yuval Levin, senior editor at The New Atlantis, has some fun with the loud red shriekies who believe science is being hijacked whenever it doesn't conform to a left-wing agenda:
Yuval Levin is a senior editor of The New Atlantis and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
The Ethics and Public Policy Center was established in 1976 to clarify and reinforce the bond between the Judeo-Christian moral tradition and the public debate over domestic and foreign policy issues.
I've often wondered why leftists loath [sic] soldiers.
Obama Blasts McCain On Veterans' Benefits
Criticizes GOP Candidate For Opposing College Scholarships For Those Who've Served One Tour
(AP) Barack Obama told veterans Saturday that he can't understand why Republican John McCain opposes legislation that would provide college scholarships to people who have served in the U.S. military.
"Now, let me be clear: No one can dispute John McCain's love for this country or his concern for veterans. But here's what I don't understand. I don't understand why John McCain would side with George Bush and oppose our plan to make college more affordable for our veterans," the Democratic presidential candidate said. "George Bush and John McCain may think our plan is too generous. I could not disagree more."
OTTAWA––U.S. Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, used a speech in Ottawa today to defend Canada-United States free trade and said his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama, is a trade protectionist who threatens to undo a bilateral pact that has benefited citizens of both countries.
Update: For those who seem to be confused: Linking to another website and asking if the information is true is different than stating something as fact. As the initial e-mail notifying me of the site came anonymously, for all we know, It was a red herring sent by CC himself... With that in mind I've pulled the guy's pic but left the original post intact...
... if we can not rehabilitate, then should we not at least punish?
should not the thought of 10 years at labor with no:
- voting privileges,
- good food (not rotten food, but really boring/bland & cheap),
- free education
be considered a good thing as a deterrent?
... This, MR. Dion, is your plan. This is your "legacy", your "remembrance". NEP II. I'll tell you right now that we won't take this. We won't take a second edition NEP. We won't allow our Province's wealth being Shafted to the east. We will not tolerate a federal incursion into our jurisdiction. You can lament our 2% (Canadian GHG contribution) all you want, but it will not fly. It will not pass and you will not win.
I know my neighbours. I know the people in my Province. We will not allow another Easterner to kill us at the moment of our prosperity . . . again.
... I fear that this legislation does not fully address the interests of Canadian consumers, or even individual copyright holders, while favouring quite strongly large corporate interests at the expense of individual privacy and individual property rights. For instance, though your legislation expressly allows individuals to copy CDs to other media, such as iPods, it does not extend that same provision to DVDs.
You do realize that Apple’s iTunes has the capability to copy DVD movies into a format that can be viewed from an iPod, don’t you? Why do you believe that this activity, performed by ordinary Canadians, should be criminalized?
Dear Music Industry:
A while back, I bought "REO Speedwagon's Greatest Hits" on vinyl. But I've pretty much worn out the album, and now I want it on CD. Since I've clearly already paid for the rights to that music, don't I have the right to just copy that CD from someone else and finally throw out the vinyl? I mean, it's the same music, right?
Fuck you, you little freeloader. We don't care if you purchased that album on vinyl, 8-track and cassette. Every time you want it again, we expect you to cough up for it again. And if you end up paying for the same music 13 times, that suits us just fine.
I've purchased almost every Eddie Money album ever put out, but I want to get one of his "Best Of" that I missed. Since every song on that album is already on one of the albums that I bought, can I just download that album off of the Net or copy it from someone else? After all, technically, I've paid for all of those songs already, right?
Jesus, Chet, what is with you? No, you can't just download that album, even though you've paid for every song on it. Every time we put out another album, we expect you to pay retail, even if all we did was re-order the songs! How the hell do you think we've managed to sell that piece of crap "Two Tickets to Paradise" 17 times already? We don't care how many times you buy a song. It's never over. You hear me? NEVER!!
MONTREAL–The woman at the centre of the scandal that cost Maxime Bernier his job as foreign affairs minister is to publish her memoirs this fall...
McClelland and Stewart said in a news release that Couillard's book will contain "details of a life marked by both tragedy and exhilaration."
Isn’t this refreshing?
“Prime Minister Stephen Harper is warning Canadians that the newly released Liberal carbon tax plan will “screw everybody across the country.”
Finally a Prime Minister of Canada that doesn’t pull punches, doesn’t try and be all things to all people, and most of all, tells the truth.
U.S. government asks to rewrite evidence against Guantanamo detainees
WASHINGTON - The U.S. administration wants to rewrite the official evidence against Guantanamo Bay detainees, allowing it to shore up its cases before they come under scrutiny by civilian judges for the first time.
The government has stood behind the evidence for years. Military review boards relied on it to justify holding hundreds of prisoners indefinitely without charge. Justice Department lawyers said it was thoroughly and fairly reviewed.
Now that federal judges are about to review the evidence, however, the government says it needs to make changes.