Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Liberal-Left can no longer deny the existence of the Liberal Media.

Many in the Canadian Liberal-Left as well as MSM journalists react angrily whenever we point out the political bias shown in our media against conservatives and right-of-center views in general.

Whether its Antonia Zerbisias' daily rants, the hysterical reaction by CBC employees to the website cbcwatch.ca when they were "locked out" last summer, or even the hostile reaction some conservative bloggers get when they point out media bias.

Well two days into the electoral campaign, check out CBC's piece on political blogs. The main feature was the website Rabble.ca. Which is NOT a political blog anyway. The reporter describes Rabble.ca (which is openly left-wing and even further left of the NDP on certain decisions) as a website provides "a real pulse" of the nation.

(Hat Tip: Joel Johannesen from Proudtobecanadian.ca.)

I don't know, but I highly doubt that comments like this about the Canadian troops in Afghanistan measures the real "pulse of the nation".

In other words, we know how many Canadian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan (I think it's 7, right?). But we don't know how many people Canadian soldiers have killed in Afghanistan. Murder is murder. Better to have a killer who admits he's a killer than a killer who deludes himself (and the taxpayer) into thinking that he's a "peacekeeper" or some nonsense like that.

Emphasis mine.

CBC also rubbed salt on the injury by refusing to profile one single conservative blog. The only positive aspect of this is that after they watch the video, the Liberal-Left will no longer slam you as "paranoid".

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Reasons to hate the NDP

A few skeletons in the NDP closet that the Dippers should think about before claiming moral supremacy in this campaign:

1) Hypocrisy on Quebec and "separatism":

We all know that Stephen Harper has been severally criticized for his infamous "Firewall" letter. A letter which btw, never advocated Alberta succession, but rather called for Alberta to have the same provincial rights which Quebec enjoys currently. Harper has also been smeared as "Getting in bed with separatists" last spring when he sided to bring down the Liberals along with the Bloc Quebecois. Now these two points are utilized by many Dipper supporters. However, once we dig a little deeper into the Quebec wing of the NDP, we realize just how much of a prick Jack Layton is:

a. This barely gets any mention in English Canada, but believe it or not Jack Layton has NDP candidates in Quebec who are openly separatist and PQ supporters. In fact during the election of 2004, Stephane Dion made an issue of this that barely got any news coverage in English Canada.

b. Whenever Jack Layton swings by Quebec, he never ceases to point out the "excellent" relations between the Bloc and the NDP. In fact, when he appeared on a popular talk show last fall, he described the BLOC and the NDP to be "brothers in arms".

2) "The party of Youth and Minorities".

How many times have we heard this? That the NDP is the party that represents the interests of young people, that they deeply value the participation of their young members, that they deeply care about minority issues and look to increase the participation of minorities in Parliament.

Yeah...a couple of things that are wrong with this picture.

a. With the exception of Olivia Chow, most of the young and minority candidates are placed in ridings that are impossible to win! (E.g. Running This poor 18 year old Jewish kid against Joe Volpe in 2004).
b. When some Muslim NDP supporters wanted to consult Jack Layton on the SSM vote, Layton refused to speak to them. And further insulted them describing anyone who was against the vote on SSM was "against human rights". And believe you me the Friday sermon in my mosque following that remark was not kind to Jack! Look I understand his principle on this, but the least he could have done was meet with groups opposed to SSM and explain to them his reasoning.
c. When Iranian women's rights activist Shirin Ebadi became the first Muslim women to win a Nobel Prize, Libby Davies (the self-proclaimed voice of all oppressed women in Ottawa) refused to congratulate her. Fearing it would give "warmongers" a tool. Needless to say, the Iranian-Canadian community was not pleased.

(It should be noted that the NDP has the oldest caucus in Parliament today, and that not one single elected NDP MP comes from an ethnic minority, but lets' not get into that right now).

3) A strange definition of "national sovereignty".

We all know that the NDP will fight tooth and nail whenever there is the slightest communication between US and Canadian government officials. Immediately labeling any such contact as "Integration talks".
They (rightly) claim that all matters relating to Canada should be decided on by Canadians and their elected representatives. Kudos! However, that type of reasoning beings to loose ground when you consider the unconditional support the NDP throws behind another sovereignty-busting organization: The UN.

Shaking your fist in the air whenever our national sovereignty is jeopardized by the US, yet applauding the loss of sovereignty to a corrupt organization of 200 nations (many of whom are represented by Dictators and Human rights abusers) is hypocritical and confusing to say the least.

4) Political Opportunists

How many times have you heard Dipper supporters refer to their Provincial counterparts as a mean of to show off the so-called NDP success in Canada? Well, I'll bet every dollar in my pocket, to every dollar in your pocket that two provincial NDP government that never come up during those conversations are: a) Bob Rae's Ontario NDP b) Glen Clark's NDP in BC.

When those governments were on their death beds, their federal counterparts were nowhere to be seen. The federal NDP didn't even want to be caught dead with those governments that nearly destroyed two of Canada's richest Provinces.
On the other hand, Gary Doer and Lorne Calvert are breathlessly pimped out as if they're success (which can barely be described as moderate) is to their credit. When Mike Harris and Gordon Campbell's governments were unpopular, the reaction was to the opposite. Svend Robinson and Libby Davies were on the front lines of the Union Led demonstrations in BC. And Mike Harris is spit upon to this day by the federal NDP and their supporters.

If this isn't shameless political opportunism, then I don't know what is.

5) No grassroots. No Dissent tolerated.

When it comes down to craft party policy or legislation. Harper turns to his party members, Paul Martin Hobnobs with the Bay Street crowd. As for Jack...well he turns to Buzz Hargrove. Its important to understand that when you think of the NDP, its not any other political party. But a conglomerate of special-interest groups: Unions, Feminists, animal rights groups, radical environmentalists, pro-Marxist student associations, you name it. Its main aim, is not to make life better for all Canadians, but simply to protect the interests of these groups.

And for those of you who plan on voting for the NDP on the simple fact that they have a good candidate in your riding, your in for a disappointment. The Party leadership uses the whip that would put a dominatrix to shame. As Bev Desjardins found out the hard way, its either the party leadership's way, or the highway.

Election Time!

The governement falls, and were headed into an election in Canada:
What Patrick said.

So...First of all, let me apologize for the lack of posting. I know this sounds cliché, but I've been very very busy for the past month with work, friends and have been distracting of politics by too much sports (Damn Eskies!)

Couple of other reasons why I don't post as much is that whenever there's something I want to say on a certain subject,
1) its already been done to death by the blogsphere.
2) Its done by people who describe the situation and their opinion way much better than I had planned to.

You see, the only crappy part for me of being part of the Blogging Tories is that there are allot of kick ass bloggers whose writing style makes mine look like crap, so I try to save myself the embarrassment by not posting anything and just complementing the appropriate bloggers in their comments section.

However, its election time, and kicking the bastards out of power and installing a clean competent government is now my top priority for the next 7 weeks. Therefore blogging should pick up.

P.S. Middle Eastern content will take a backseat for the next month or so, unless some major course changing event occurs. So apologies in advance to my non-Canadian readers. Believe me, if you have lived under these guys for the past 12 years, you'd understand.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Al-Qaeda gets desperate.

You know Al-Qaeda is beginning to loose the battle for the hearts and minds of Muslims when they begin issuing pathetic excuses for their actions like this:

The head of al Qaeda in Iraq said in an audiotape Friday that his group's suicide bombers did not intend to hit a Jordanian wedding party in last week's deadly hotel bombings, responding to criticism even from sympathizers over an attack that killed mostly Muslim civilians.


(Hat Tip: Neale News)

Let's see, the suicide bombers walked into a MUSLIM wedding, in a hotel which is owned and managed by MUSLIM Jordanians, in a city which is 90 per cent of Muslim faith (most of the population being of Palestinian descent). Just who the hell were they "intending" to kill under these circumstances anyway? Fu*kers!

Unfortunately, I have a gut feeling that some idiots in the Middle East will actually fall for this sorry ass excuse, and will bring Al-Qaeda back into their good graces. Logic and common sense thinking is not exactly widespread in the Middle East nowadays I'm sorry to say.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Tagged

Jarrett has tagged me in the latest chain letter among bloggers:

Q. What is the fifth sentence in your 23rd post.

A.
From the post: Arabs protest Terrorism!


And the organizer of it all, Egyptian-American blogger Karim Elsahy:
Here


Cool.

Ok, I'll tag...

Scott Abbey from Conservative Canadienne
Patrick Dubreuil Reynolds from Tout Le Monde En Parle
Nadz
Sandmonkey
Candace from Waking Up On Planet X

Why more spending on social programs doesn't work.

Bradley Doucet writes a must-read for those who think that more social programs and spending for aboriginals is the key to the problems many communities face today.

"Another general problem affecting many natives is housing. Overshadowed by news of the Kashechewan crisis, a small article by Paul Samyn in the October 26th edition of the National Post calls the aboriginal housing situation a "national embarrassment," despite the $3.5-billion Ottawa has spent on the problem in the past decade. Apparently, reserve housing suffers from "shoddy workmanship and widespread mould problems," a growing shortage that now numbers between 20,000 and 35,000 units, and an average wait of 32 months for assisted housing in the far North. Let's see: mould problems, shortages, long wait times, all despite the infusion of huge amounts of cash… now where have we heard this before?"

Read the rest here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Health Care Lobby's Logic is scary.

The Charest Government is finally taking steps to allow private health insurance to operate in Quebec in order to comply with the Supreme Court Decision issued last summer. And of course, you have the usual opponents using the very same arguments made by their brethren across Canada. Now the main argument used by these people basically revolves around this theory:

"The Rich" will have better, faster health care and that is unfair to the people who can't afford private health care.
(I know! I know! There are other arguments such as doctor shortage, but it still comes down to the rich profiting and the poor suffering)


In other words...equality. Equality according to their logic, should be the ideology used to guide our health care decisions as this service is too essential to be divided un-evenly among socioeconomic groups.

Now let me explain to you just how wrong (and freaking scary!) this ideology is by using a simple case study, just by using the logic used by the HealthCare lobby in Canada on other matters.

What I'm going to do is describe other products and services that are deemed "essential" to our well-being.

1. Housing: Everyone needs a place to eat and sleep in safety and privacy. It is an essential product to a person's physical and psychological well being.
2. Food: No food= Death. Its as simple as that.
3. Transportation: In this day in age we need some method that will take us to work, school, hospitals, social events and commercial centers. Say you wake up tomorrow and all means of transportation (cars, buses, trains, bikes and planes) magically disappear, the lives of 99 per cent of the people on earth would turn into a crisis mode.

Allright, now I'm going to use two variables of people and the "two tiered" fashion which they receive these products and services. Next I'm going to describe the inequality. And finally, with the ideology the healthcare lobby uses in their debates, come up with a solution to bridge the inequality.

The two subjects are:
1. A typical 47 year old Corporate Lawyer, Law Degree from McGill, kid, wife, Annual Income range after taxes: 100K-200K. (Fictional Character)
2. Me: 23 years old, Entry Level job in a Bank, B.A in Economics , no wife, no kids. Annual Income range after income taxes: 20k-30k.

Let's Begin!

Housing:
1.
The Lawyer: Lives in a big 5 bedroom house in the suburbs, 5 bathrooms, huge living room, huge dining room, big kitchen, amazing backyard with a swimming pool, Big Garage. Big basement. State of the art A/C system.
Me: Shares a 4 1/2 apartment close to downtown with a roommate. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, small kitchen, reasonable sized-living room, small radiators in each bedroom and the living room. Ummm, That's it.

Inequality: He gets a bigger house, he's more comfortable when he goes home from work, he has a bigger space, nice neighborhood, more space to stretch his feet, more space for privacy etc. I on the other hand don't have much space. Apart from locking myself in my room, I have little privacy. My neighborhood is not as safe. And It gets less comfortable in the summer with no cooling system.

Solution according to the healthcare lobby logic: It is absolutely unacceptable for the rich to be living off so lavishly, while others have to live with less luxury and more hardship. Further more as real-estate is a limited resource, it is also unacceptable that few people have so much space at their disposal while the majority don't enjoy as much breathing room. Such two-tiered housing is an affront to "Canadian Values" and therefore the government should nationalize all housing units. And engage in a massive re-building project to make housing an equal entity for ALL Canadians. A family of 4 of low income should live under the same housing conditions as a high-income family of 4. The size of your bedroom shouldn't be determined by the size of your wallet! And if the quality and quantity of housing reaches troubling levels, then the solution is to increase funding. This will also decrease the price we pay for housing overall.

2. Food

The Lawyer's high paying job gives him the opportunity to make Steak and seafood regular dinner dishes at his household. The fridge is filled with snacks and beverages. It is safe to assume that no one in his household goes hungry. If he or his wife are in no mood to cook, he can afford to take his family out to a fine restaurant every day of the year. He's able to afford the healthiest food varieties there is. And to top it off, he probably has a his own collection of wine, spirits and cocktails to enjoy.

As for me, well... Due to my inferior income, Kraft Dinner and cold cut sandwiches make up most of my dinners. If I ever eat out, its Subway. And I can only afford to do so once or twice a week. Our fridge is half-empty most of the time. And as for alcohol...just plain cold beer.

Inequality: He gets top class food, he obviously has more financial flexibility to eat almost whatever he wants, whenever he wants. I on the other hand have to check the price tags whenever I go grocery shopping, I don't exactly have the luxury to buy whatever I want to eat when I consider my budget. I think its obvious which one between the two of us is more comfortable whenever we open a menu at a restaurant or enter a grocery store.

Solution according to the healthcare lobby logic: With food being a necessity for all of us, we cannot allow such inequality to take place, as it has the danger to make a large part of the population malnourished, while the rich are well fed and thensome. With the scarcity of food in this world, it is essential that everybody have the same right of nourishment as everybody else, no matter what their income or background is. Therefore, to ensure this equality, we propose that the state should nationalize all the farming and produce industry, and simply hand out rations to every household in Canada an equal quantity and quality of food. (Considering the size of the household). Any problems with this program can be solved by extra funding.
3.

Transportation:


Lawyer: Has three cars in his household. One BMW for him, one SUV for his wife and a sports car for one of his kids. He's able to go wherever he wants, whenever he wants in a very comfortable fashion.
Me: I take public transportation. I take the bus to get to work and the metro to run my errands.

Inequality: He's able to get from Point A to Point B a hell of a lot easier than I can. I'm constrained by the bus schedule, so I have to schedule my time around it, where as he doesn't. I have to take the bus during the mourning and afternoon rush hours, where as he enjoys allot more leg room and comfort in his vehicle. I have to wait out in the cold on many occasions, where as he doesn't have to wait for anyone to get to his desired location. I'm restricted by the bus routes, where as he can go anywhere roads have been built.

Solution according to the healthcare lobby logic: Why should the people of higher income be able to travel more freely and comfortably, shouldn't we all have that same right? Therefore we propose that the government should ban all private vehicles from the road, and invest greatly in public transportation. This way, all Canadians regardless of income, are able to travel under equal conditions. This also helps improve safety and traffic as private individuals and drivers will only be concerned for their own safety and income, making the roads less safe and expensive to maintain on ordinary Canadians. Again if there's problems with the way the nationalized transportation works, then simply throw money at the problem. Privatizing or having a two-tiered transpiration system would also take away the best drivers from the public system, making the poor be in more danger.

Conclusion: Kind of scary isn't it?

Thursday, November 10, 2005

For 24 hours, I went through the Israeli experience.

I know I'm late to comment on this, but for the past 24 hours, I was a complete mess. I was working the phones like a madman to find out if my cousin Rami, who's a Canadian Citizen, was among those who were killed in the blasts (he works in the Amman Radisson SAS) I just found out an hour ago that while he was on shift during the explosions, he was not hurt.

For a while there, I actually got a glimpse of what it was like to be an Israeli citizen following a suicide bombing.

The phone Lines to Jordan were jammed. I couldn't get a hold of anyone. I sent out over 50 e-mails to family and friends throughout the Middle East to ask if they heard anything (they were in a bigger panic mode than I was), I was glued to Al-Jazeera trying to find out every detail. I haven't slept since, I became an instant chain smoker (24 hours ago I never even touched a cigarette), I couldn't even sit down for more than 10 seconds. Up until when my mother called me, and informed me that he was ok.


You know I really have no clue how the Israeli people manage to go through this every time there's an attack, and still manage to stay sane afterwards. I don't know how you can go through something like this more than once and still be have knowledge that your going to go through another one eventually.

I gotta get some sleep.