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NUTS: Some of This Week’s Tidbits

The week of Sept 11 at least thus far:

♦ This Globe and Mail comedy bit (it IS supposed to be comedy, right?) caused a “whoooboy THAT’S nuts” and an “oh yeah, that’s JUST what we need” — by me:

I didn’t read it, because I already got enough comedy and dumb-assery from the Washington Post this morning; and after laughing at that risible and obsequious G&M headline, reading this article would be just too much dumbassery for one day.

 

♦ Not nutty, just about the nutty left: another excellent explainer from Dennis Prager (a former columnist here!):
Leftism Is Not Liberalism. Here Are the Differences.
(http://dailysignal.com/2017/09/12/leftism-not-liberalism-differences/)

 

♦ Nutty Alert: The Globe & Mail rarely fails to deliver a daily smattering of leftist-inspired nonsense, not just in their reporting but in the form of right-wing-hating, America-hating, Christian-hating, and capitalism-hating opinions. This day is no exception. This example, a sort of book review by from their reliable smug leftist Lawrence Martin, is nothing new — it’s super dumb:

[Author] Mr. Andersen is selective in building his thesis [that America is full of loons — like Donald Trump! SHOCKA! — and Americans writ large are nutcases], piling all the unorthodoxies atop one another to give his narrative a convincing thrust. An author could well make the opposite case, selectively choosing all the fine examples of rationality running through American history that made the country a dominant global force. You won’t find many leaders more rational and judicious than Barack Obama. The American population elected him twice and, if he was allowed to run again, would probably have done so a third time. …

Barack Obama, aside from causing a historic racial divide, acting on pure left-wing ideology, was serially unjudicious, bypassing congress and issuing nonstop executive orders as if an emperor, shirking and outright contravening the Constitution countless times (which Lawrence Martin nonetheless calls “judicious!”). He will also go down in history largely as the president whose butt was most-kissed by a sycophantic left-wing media, as exemplified in Martin’s article here. This is utterly irrational in every way. Note Martin is a Canadian. A nutty one, but Canadian nonetheless. Dumbassery is evidently not confined to the ever-so nutty United States.

 

♦ Speaking of nuts: British Columbia elected a socialist NDP government this spring — actually let me start again. BC actually didn’t elect a socialist NDP government. The Liberals won the popular vote and the most seats, but the two even further leftist parties joined forces to oust the lesser leftists. So the socialist cabal have come up with an interim budget; or to put it more truthfully, they’ve come up with their first of many massive tax and spend gobbledegook screeds which will certainly wreck BC again — just like they did the last time BC had an NDP government. How’s that going over amongst the peeps?


Vancouver Sun, Sept 14 2017

Not a good start. Honeymoon over. But as Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer ever-so gently and deferentially writes (this incessant uncritical-of-the-NDP writing — is what helped get us here):

… [Finance Minister] James will need to rustle up more dollars to cover the cost of $10 child care ($855 million for the first three years alone) and $1 billion plus to complete the phase out of Medical Service Plan premiums, to mention just two of the not fully funded promises in Monday’s update.

On that basis, I would brace for additional tax increases, particularly if the economy flattens out more than she already projects.

Among the myriad unsaid: The NDP has literally lowered official economic expectations — GDP guidance — dramatically, and probably not even enough, to somewhat account for some of their upcoming socialist policies.

Let that sink in.

Brace for a lot more than just “additional tax increases,” BC. And Canada for that matter.


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Globe & Mail report says terror suspect “liked” Trump; but didn’t add that he also “liked” the NDP.

I’m not going to be one of those idiots who rush in and make stupid conclusions about catastrophic events before knowing far more. Early reports are almost always almost completely wrong, and so one of my favorite hobbies is laughing out loud at the idiotic media reports as they blurt out crap in haste, then have to retract later. Like the state-owned CBC had to do earlier today (do go ahead and laugh):

So what I will do instead is report on the media’s reporting on this latest thing.

As I’ve come to expect, the liberal media reporting on the shooting in the Quebec mosque over the weekend seems anxious to label it as “yet another” case of “Islamophobia.” It may well be in this case, but it’s problematic that I sense a yearning among the media reporters and editors to be able to cast it that way.

The media world works at a snail’s pace when considering the degree to which a terrorist attack is motivated by islamist terrorists, as they almost always are, or even calling it that when that conclusion is obvious. And if it obviously is, they then strain to understand its “root causes,” and try to rationalize it a thousand different ways, and mostly, they never come to a final explanation as to why it happened, even though the explanation is in fact Islamist terrorism (but don’t worry, it might be America’s fault, somehow). Even their guy Barack Obama would resort to such milquetoast terms such as “workplace violence” when (wrongly) describing what we all know was yet another case of Islamist extremism.

But in this latest case — in Canada — they can’t invoke “Trump” often enough. They draw a direct line to “Trump.” Immediately. It’s actually amazing.

The liberals’ Globe and Mail division was quick to characterize the suspect, Alexandre Bissonnette, as a right-wing Trump supporter, as if to provide that as the chief motive for the suspect’s alleged actions. That theme dominated their coverage. “Trump” is mentioned  eight times in this one story — despite their own reporting in which they explain: “…French nationalist leader Marine Le Pen visited Quebec City and inspired Mr. Bissonnette to vocal extreme online activism… “.

But check out these two different media reports — the first one from the Globe and Mail:

Globe and Mail:

The suspect in the deadly attack on a Quebec City mosque was known in the city’s activist circles as a right-wing troll who frequently took anti-foreigner and anti-feminist positions and stood up for U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Before it was removed, Mr. Bissonnette’s Facebook page revealed normal preoccupations of young adulthood. While he “liked” the page of Ms. Le Pen and other right-wing politicians, he also liked Garfield and pop stars such as Katy Perry.

This is somewhat at odds with this other report from Heavy.com, inasmuch as it seems to include an omission of fact:

Heavy.com:

Bissonnette likes the Facebook pages of U.S. President Donald Trump and French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, but he does not express support for them elsewhere on his page. Other likes include the Israel Defense Forces, United With Israel and Parti Québécois of Université Laval.

He also likes U.S. Senator John McCain, a moderate Republican who has opposed Trump on some issues, President George W. Bush, the Canadian New Democratic Party and late Canadian politician Jack Layton, who was a leader of the left-wing NDP, so the likes do not shed much light on Bissonnette’s beliefs.

Well that’s weird. Maybe Heavy.com got their facts wrong. But given the facts in question, that seems unlikely. Their report seems to indicate first-hand viewing of the Facebook page prior to it being removed, and indicated Bissonnette “liked” the NDP and Jack Layton — whom practically nobody in the U.S. have ever heard of.

As long as they’re talking about the suspect’s politics, the Globe & Mail should tell us the whole truth. Tell us the whole story instead of leaving facts out for very suspect reasons. I sincerely hope the Globe & Mail isn’t trying to hide pertinent facts in order to advance an agenda. But this sure looks bad.


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The CBC explained, for you wretches and cranks.

So much CBC nuttery.

The Globe & Mail’s guy who sits on the couch all day and watches TV — mostly CBC, if we are to take him at his word about the importance of it to humankind, preaches the same old CBC line. Yes it’s a repeat.

It’s time for another episode of  “Canadians Are Rightly Questioning Having a State-Owned Taxpayer-Funded Media Behemoth Like the CBC, and are Getting Slammed as Wretched Cranks in the National Media for Doing So.”  It’s a sitcom in the North Korean genre.

The ideas about the CBC being put forth by Conservative leadership candidates Kellie Leitch (whose model I agree with) and Maxime Bernier, are summarily deemed by the Globe & Mail’s official expert to be “horse manure” — insulting and yet queerly anodyne language he might have picked up on CBC TV in the late 1950s.

But to Doyle, it’s “horse manure,” in exactly the same way as “the screening-immigrants thing” is. Which pretty much proves he’s a CBC watcher. His whole column mixes his alt-left politics and his loved for the state-owned media. Just like the CBC does! No wonder he loves it.

Alt-left aside for a moment, why such language restraint? On the hipster state-owned CBC they go right ahead and say “shit” anytime they want. Does Doyle not get that their sitcom “Schitt’s Creek” is an ever-so folksy play on the word Shit? And the libertine envelope-pushing goes on and on at the CBC all day long: they don’t shy away from showing full frontal nudity and showing videos about waxing one’s balls (yeah I mean young men’s testicles) and pickles coming out of a girl’s ass. Talk about shit!

All of that CBC fare on the state-owned media is just fine with Doyle — it’s Leitch’s position on the CBC that he finds “shameful and an embarrassment” — missing the irony completely, possibly because he’s clueless.

Leitch and Bernier are clueless. Television is the most important, influential storytelling medium of our time.

Huh? I don’t think Leitch or Bernier want to cancel television. This is like trying to argue the importance of toe jam by stating as your opening premise the ever so controversial argument that the human body is the most important and influential toe jam medium of our existence. We don’t want to eliminate human bodies. It’s the confounded toe jam that concerns us. Nobody likes it.

During his post-U.S. election hangover, Doyle reported on November 9 that nobody was watching the CBC:

Meanwhile, over on CBC, Peter Mansbridge was dozily complimenting Adrienne Arsenault on the trees near the White House that acted as a backdrop to her report. Not that anyone cared about CBC coverage.

It may also be worth mentioning that the CBC isn’t just the toe jam of television — it’s also all over the radio, satellite radio, and all over the internet.

Doyle seems to suddenly remember we’re only talking about cutting the CBC and not all of television, and then becomes unhinged (my bolding):

The idea that CBC television and radio is a frivolity, sucking up vast amounts of money to make bad TV and irrelevant radio, is the position of a small number of well-off cranks in Toronto and Montreal, aided by a number of other cranks who, one imagines, stave off personal wretchedness by ceaselessly pointing out that the CBC gets funding to make TV and radio, while they don’t.

Well that turned ugly quickly. So guess what, we’re all just a goddamn basket of… cranks, who are all trying to “stave off [our] personal wretchedness.” There goes his language restraint. Let me be an “important storytelling medium” for you:

wretchedness

wretch·ed (rĕch′ĭd)

adj. wretch·ed·er, wretch·ed·est
1. In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable: “the wretched prisoners huddling in the stinking cages” (George Orwell).
2. Characterized by or attended with misery or woe: a wretched life.
3. Of a poor or mean character; dismal: a wretched building.
4. Contemptible; despicable: wretched treatment of the patients.
5. Of very inferior quality: wretched prose.

[Middle English wrecched, from wrecche, wretch; see wretch.]

wretch′ed·ly adv.
wretch′ed·ness n.

Move over Hillary Clinton, you’ve been trumped — pun intended — by an even bigger, more insulting, more out of touch, elitist, bigoted ass than you. And like you, he’s the opposite of Donald Trump. Hilariously, it’s John Doyle, in his other capacity as a smug, condescending left-wing political guru, who advises — as if in Bizarro World — to all the misguided, unlike him:

If they’d all paid attention to the reality-TV dynamic used by Donald Trump to win an election, they might not have woken up one recent morning in puzzlement about how and why Trump was the president-elect.

Right back atcha. I wasn’t in puzzlement, I was still drunk with happiness. But then I don’t watch the CBC if at all possible, and I do watch Fox News Channel, so that might explain that.

The John Doyles of the world are people in a liberal-left bubble so tight they have no idea that this following bit makes no sense to most Canadians:

Understanding it and why it has impact is rather necessary information to have, prior to denouncing any area of it. In the specific matter of CBC TV, to cite one example, Kim’s Convenience is not forgettable, irrelevant, or badly made; nor is it, in Bernier’s phrase, an example of “bad Canadian copies of popular American shows.”

What’s “Kim’s Convenience?” The basic proposition about being “forgettable” is that you know what the thing is in the first place.

I had to look it up. Kim’s Convenience is a CBC TV show (also on the state’s YouTube Channel). It’s another vital sitcom. (Thank you benevolent government for the vital state laughs!)  It’s the story of the Kims, a Korean-Canadian family, running a convenience store in downtown Toronto.

Episode #1: entitled “Gay Discount.”
Description: “after being accused of homophobia, Appa decides to offer a store discount to gay customers during Toronto Pride Week.”

[Fake shockface]

Of course you deplorables hicks in the small towns outside of the enlightened Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal is who this is really for. And you love it so, so much. To wit:

Outside of Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, the CBC is a vital presence, providing local coverage and Canadian content, which, though diminished, is vastly appreciated by residents of cities big and small and in rural areas.

Except that it isn’t. Reason number 146 for nixing the state-owned CBC is: “Nobody watches the CBC.” (146-B: “Root cause: Because it’s horse manure”).

Doyle’s bottom line:

Dismantle it or reduce it to the begging-bowl status of PBS and all of that is gone.

All of what?

But Doyle explains it so well here:

You have to live in the bubble of the well-off establishment to be blind to the CBC’s importance.

So I’m part of the well-off establishment. I did not know that. Actually, it’s struggling taxpayers who fail to see why we should fund something so irrelevant. I’d say nice try, but it wasn’t even.

Doyle’s own bottom line about the CBC came directly out of his bottom. By which I mean it’s full of shit. Human shit. This I learned by watching other channels and having a clue.

 

State-owned media — and all state-owned business in which the state competes against its own citizens — should be banned in this country, and that notion should be enshrined in the constitution. 


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Crooked Hillary move over: Trudeau Liberals sound like the corrupt Clintons; and our media love them all the same

I’ll give the Globe and Mail credit for at least breaking from their Donald Trump smearing obsession for five minutes today, to mention one of our nation’s biggest stories (and one that’s true, too!). They’re suggesting today what could be massive political corruption, in our country, associated with the Trudeau Liberal Party. Yes, them, again. (Don’t worry, they still smear Donald Trump plenty today, with delightful lines like this line in a hard “news” report: “…Mr. Trump’s simplistic and angry campaign rhetoric may be much more difficult to accomplish…”).

Here’s their cover story, which continues way back on on page 15 (anti-Trump stories first, doncha know).

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The Globe and Mail’s effort today is a lot more than I can say for the National Post or Trudeau’s state-owned CBC division, which mentions not one single word about what really could be a huge story of nation-changing political corruption.

It’s all very Clintonian.

But like the Clinton’s corruption and the media’s response (“yawn, wink”), I suspect the liberal media here will give their beloved Trudeau an absolute pass as well. Which makes the liberal media as corrupt as the Liberals.

For the record, the left-wing Toronto Star and liberalvision CTV also fail to mention one word about this, even though it’s about potentially enormous political corruption affecting the governance of our country, to say nothing of a major election promise being smashed to smithereens.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was the top draw at a $1,500 Liberal Party cash-for-access fundraiser at the mansion of a wealthy Chinese-Canadian business executive in May. One of the guests at the event was a well-heeled donor who was seeking Ottawa’s final approval to begin operating a new bank aimed at Canada’s Chinese community.

The Globe and Mail has learned that wealthy Chinese businessman Zhang Bin who, with a partner, donated $1-million to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the University of Montreal Faculty of Law weeks after the fundraiser, also attended the event. Mr. Zhang is a political adviser to the Chinese government in Beijing and a senior apparatchik in the network of Chinese state promotional activities around the world.

Chinese Business Chamber of Commerce chair Benson Wong played host to Mr. Trudeau and 32 other people at his Toronto home. Among the donors was insurance tycoon Shenglin Xian, the founder of Wealth One Bank of Canada, and several Chinese billionaires…

There are no lines in the news story like “Mr. Trudeau’s simplistic and angry campaign rhetoric was obviously a lie and was obviously much too difficult for him to even pretend to give a shit about…” But at least they wrote something. Now they can go back to Trump-bashing. Hey maybe Ivanka’s dresses are too summery or something! And surely that makes her a racist!

So yes I think it’s important to think about why virtually none of the other news media in Canada is covering this story of potential Justin Trudeau/Liberal Party political corruption (again). Even if this latest revelation were exclusive to the Globe and Mail, other media can certainly report on the Globe and Mail’s findings. The Globe and Mail does that all the time. They all do. God knows if a story about Stephen Harper ever appeared in the Toronto Star as an exclusive, every single other news media reported on it. Just like they do with Trump stories.

The fact that they have chosen not to in this case needs to be investigated. Especially the failure of the state-owned CBC, since we pay them $1.5 BILLION per year to do…. whatever it is we pay them to do.


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Globe & Mail’s liberal smugfest for Monday Nov 21 2016

Some of the featured headlines on the liberals’ Globe and Mail division just scream “I’m a liberal and you should be too, and here’s why.” Actually, most of them do. And most of them aren’t even “news,” they’re opinions (they’re not even remotely described as opinions pieces, but they absolutely are), or they’re dubbed as so-called “analysis” — which is G&M code for liberals’ negative opinions on what Trump is doing or plans to do, disguised as “serious news.” 

Here’s a multi-part slam for your Monday reading:

1. This one is a particularly smug entry from today’s liberal indoctrination media: It makes sensible people say “duh,” and the more fed-up among us also say “shut the F up” before we actually gag:

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“Women have a right to be heard and respected?” You don’t say, genius.

Here’s a headline; Liberals have a predilection to wag their finger and tell us idiots (that’s you ‘n me!) how to think and behave proper-like!

The gag reflex is naturally triggered among us normalfolk whenever a liberal exercises his compulsion to smugly instruct us stupids as to the basic nature of life and of our country and yo, our entire human civilization. The headline and the whole article implies that there is a substantial number of us who don’t believe that “women have a right to be heard and respected.” How a person in his position (he’s a creative writing professor and author) could so misunderstand Canada and its soul, and believe that this is a “thing” in any country aside from Saudi Arabia or Yemen, is, well… absolutely predictable!

His finger-wag is utterly hideous. And the piece is hideously written, despite the writer’s credentials.

Don’t take my word for it. Read some of the readers’ comments. Not that the Globe will grab a clue. They’ll double-down on the liberal smugfest as Trump takers over the reigns of power from the liberals.

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2.  Liberals aim to end all coal use (because it sounds cool) – and the Globe and Mail uses the opportunity to once again attempt to mock Trump, unwittingly mocking themselves in the process.

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The headline is a triumph for liberals, even though the Conservatives before them already enacted stringent but workable coal-use deadlines. But the G&M couldn’t resist trying to take a dig at Donald Trump because science. Or something.

The long-promised Liberal plan comes as U.S. president-elect Donald Trump vows to resurrect the coal industry in the United States by rolling back the Obama administration’s environmental and climate regulations.

Trump intends no such thing, actually, merely to roll back regulations generally, and end most of the dumb-assery enacted under Obama — especially the myriad totally asinine examples. As science and all of human history actually proves, people don’t have to be told what to do, how to think, or how to behave —  at least not nearly to the extent that liberals believe. Next sentence in their liberal-luvin’ article:

It’s unclear, however, whether utilities will reverse the trend away from coal in favour of cheap natural gas and renewable technologies that are increasingly cost competitive.

What? People (and therefore utilities) are already moving away from coal? Well that would seem to negate the need for all these stringent regs, then, no? Golly whodathunk it? Turns out people who aren’t stupid tend to do what’s most intelligent and most cost-effective and most efficient. It’s what humans do. Liberals do not understand this, thinking that they must command us stupids, as some sort of a moral or do-gooder obligation.

And trust a liberal to enact big government regulations forcing people to do what they were already embarked on doing, just so they can take credit for it and feel good about themselves for doing so. Next headline I expect to see: The Trudeau Liberals announce new regulations forcing car companies to invent hybrid vehicles.

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3. Nothing warms a liberals’ heart more than abortion (and yeah, do go ahead and spot the irony within that).

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They’re “terribly excited” about this, if I could join them in using quotes around things they think are “hilarious,” like abortion being a “grave sin.” They have TWO features about this on their page: Another one is a video — a “MUST WATCH” — because they’re so excited about it. Note that before you get to the actual video, you’ll be hit with a Viagra ad first, which I figure they planned as a part of their smugness onslaught, because they’re liberals and that’s largely what it’s all about):

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The caption “Pope Francis allows all priests to forgive abortions“? The G&M gleefully casts it as if the Pope were issuing a free pass for abortions. Don’t worry! You’re forgiven! So no probs!  That’s not true. That’s wish-casting, not newscasting. So take a cold shower, libs.

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5. Even though Obama failed in most every regard, he’s still going to be missed (insert heart emojis!), because guess what! Trump is gonna be even worse, y’all!  <<#Science!>>  Yes this “analysis” (meaning another pro-Obama, anti-Trump screed) is the main feature presented at today’s G&M:

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After some obligatory introductions speaking to the article’s own importance, the analysis writer, Konrad Yakabuski, begins his analysis by letting Obama off the hook, and… blaming Bush (!) — and note this aside: blaming Bush will continue throughout the Trump era, but blaming Obama will never occur to them:

Mr. Obama’s predecessor left a hot mess. In 2008, Americans were demoralized by endless wars, the economy was in free fall and the rest of the world had never viewed the United States so unfavourably. Mr. Obama ended the wars, did what any president would to stabilize the economy and, at first, vastly improved America’s image abroad.

Jeffrey Simpson (for subscribers): As his time winds down, Obama draws rightful recognition

Gary Mason: Obama’s imperfections already fading

Sarah Hampson: Michelle Obama’s legacy as a model of a modern political spouse

His personal conduct also set a shining example for leaders everywhere. He was unfailingly gracious and graceful, uncommonly generous and inspiringly humane. His White House has been a drama-free, scandal-free operation. His appointees have been qualified professionals…

Holy face lick. Have so many Obama-luvin superlatives ever been strung together in one article? And notice all the other suggested reading the G&M plops right in there, mid-“anaylsis.” Yes, they’re all still more Obama face licks. All of those are opinions too, of course, although once again, none of them are labelled as such.

While treading dangerously close to criticizing his man Obama on several of the most key issues related to, you know, the job of being U.S. president, which actually speaks to his ultimate failure as a president, this is how Yakabuski ends his “analysis:”

So, will America and the world miss Mr. Obama? Given what comes next, the answer is most probably “yes.”

Nice “analysis” for the future. Sounds like those climate change computer model predictions. I can only imagine what future “analyses” will bring, given his predilections about Obama and Trump. They’re sure to be objective analyses, cast as news.

Lest there are any doubts about the world “missing” Obama, here’s another featured G&M “news’ story proving that we will all universally in fact miss Obama — and there will be an onslaught of these in the coming weeks:

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Well if Trudeau… So it’s confirmed then.

 

There are all sort of other examples. I could go on all day.


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Washington Post/Campaign to Elect Hillary Clinton “News” Paper

The Washington Post seems to be trying to give the New York Times a run for its money in a concerted effort to elect Hillary Clinton — and spread their utter disdain for Donald Trump (…while also continuing to advance their liberal-left agenda daily). So I marked-up today’s edition to show you just a few examples of their perfidy. (The Globe & Mail is almost silent about U.S. politics today because Hillary Clinton is under renewed FBI investigation, and they can’t just keep re-running their virulent anti-Trump stories and columns over and over. Maybe tomorrow they’ll share some more anti-Trump rhetoric from the WaPo or NYT. UPDATE: Same with the virulently anti-Trump National Post).

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Globe & Mail Pundits: Canada is useless in the world; and Canada is leading the world!

Same day, different outlooks. Where they’re alike: One is dour, the other one more dour. Because… Conservative.

The Globe and Mail’s liberal pundits can’t agree on where Canada and our Conservative (and that’s key) prime minister fits in the world. Which means there is a great division in the Globe and Mail which will ultimately lead to their humiliating defeat and utter demise!… if we apply the same standard to them as they do to the Conservative Party anytime one Conservative MP says something slightly different from the rest.

Jeffrey_simpsonG&M’s Jeffrey Simpson, perpetually down on Harper and the Conservatives no matter what, has a column today headlined “Canada is not engaged in this new world,” which is weird because Canada is exactly engaged in this new world, forcefully, and for me, proudly. Simpson is not proud, or happy, or optimistic, or even sane. Read this and weep into your sweater:

…Canada no longer tries, however feebly, to help resolve or mediate international disputes. Rather, Ottawa chooses sides and then offers little beyond rhetoric and finger-pointing…

…which, by the way, is dead wrong; but describes, exactly, Barack Obama (erstwhile the leader of the free world) and Obama’s incessant finger-pointing and useless, effete rhetoric read off a teleprompter after being written by a hack, and perfectly describes Obama and his unwillingness to take absolutely any hard action, ever, on anything of global importance. Glad I could clear up Simpson’s obvious confusion. Now someone hand him a hanky.

For Simpson, no test, including this one, is ever a test of Barack Obama’s leadership. Obama is not even mentioned in this entire column, possibly because Obama is not engaged in this new world. But, for example, September 4, 2013: “Syria is not a test of U.S. leadership.”  Let’s be clear: this, like Syria, is another test of Obama’s leadership; and once again, Obama and his regime get an F on foreign policy. And Simpson an F for fair analysis.

Weirdly, everything, including Syria and this matter, is a test of Canada’s leadership under Stephen Harper, to Simpson.

margaret_wenteBut the other columnist sees, uh, brown, where Simpson sees black. G&M’s Margaret Wente‘s column is headlined “Harper goes Cold Warrior, Putin laps Obama,” and sees Stephen Harper and Canada as leading the western world.

The crisis in Ukraine has pushed Stephen Harper into full Cold Warrior mode. This week, he jets off to Kiev to tour Independence Square and meet with the new anti-Russian government. No Western leader has talked tougher. “What the Putin regime has done cannot be tolerated and can never be accepted,” he said this week. …

…Mr. Harper will visit the heart of Ukraine as an outspoken champion of freedom. There is no posturing in this. …

Alas the remainder of Wente’s column is a grave lament about Canada and the world, and even Obama and the world. Note that she’s not as clear as colleague Simpson on Obama’s Syrian test score:

The biggest loser in this drama is, of course, U.S. President Barack Obama. His “reset” strategy toward Russia is in tatters. Mr. Putin has been running rings around him, first in Syria – where Bashar al-Assad is now more entrenched than ever – and now in Ukraine, where Washington was caught flat-footed. …

… Mr. Putin is looking like the stronger horse (even though that’s not really true), and Mr. Obama (not for the first time) is looking out of his depth. …

In contrast, Jeffrey Simpson said this about Obama and the Russian takeover of Crimea:

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“nothing,” in Russian]

 

I would think their curiosity would compel them  —  at least Simpson  — to ask what Justin Trudea, the Liberal’s alleged “leader,” would do, were he the PM, since everything is so dismal now Justin_Trudeau-squnder the Conservative. But that’s not the game being played here. Apparently the game is hackery.

I shudder to imagine what their Liberal Justin Trudeau would actually do in a situation like this, short of an Obama-lite version of another useless, pedantic, pedagogical, paean to peace and love, possibly culminating in a judicial inquiry into the “root causes” of Putin’s power grabs and the spread of communism. Would Trudeau be judged by the same testing standards as those applied to Stephen Harper (and not Obama)?  No.

I’m guessing for Simpson it would go something like “[such-and-such crisis] is not a test of Trudeau’s leadership.” But he will then vigorously question what the opposition Conservative leader’s position is on the matter, since that’s so obviously all-important; then headline it as a “test” of his or her mettle… and lament it as a failure, naturally.


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