Friday, June 29, 2012

"A lie makes Obamacare legal"

Mark Steyn:

... "The United States is the only Western nation in which our rulers invoke the Constitution for the purpose of overriding it – or, at any rate, torturing its language beyond repair."
... Like Nelson contemplating the Danish fleet at the Battle of Copenhagen, the Chief Justice held the telescope to his blind eye and declared, "I see no ships."
If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, but a handful of judges rule that it's a rare breed of elk, then all's well.  The Chief Justice, on the other hand, looks, quacks and walks like the Queen in Alice In Wonderland: "Sentence first – verdict afterwards."
... in attempting to pass off a confiscatory penalty as a legitimate tax, Roberts inflicts damage on the most basic legal principles.
... quibbling over whose pretzel argument is more ingeniously twisted – the government's or the court's – is to debate, in Samuel Johnson's words, the precedence between a louse and a flea. ...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

US Supremes uphold Obamacare

Obama said "the individual mandate IS NOT A TAX":

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Supreme Court says: "It's a Tax"

Romney says: "I'll repeal it!"

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Ezra Levant's Monty-Pythonesque fight with CBSC referred to CRTC

A rabid leftist partisan by the name of David Climenhaga is one of 22 complainants to the CBSC about Ezra Levant's "Chinga tu madre" insult to a Chiquita Banana VP.  According to Climenhaga's post at the CBSC has advised him that a new complaint (about Ezra's "Chinga tu madre" insults to the CBSC) has been referred to the CRTC.

What a hoot! The whole episode, especially the original CBSC "Decision", is worthy of a Monty Python sketch.  In fact, as if to underline this notion, the CBSC Decision, Appendix B detailing the actual complaints includes a reference to this YouTube video:

[via Blazing Cat Fur]

Friday, June 22, 2012

In praise of Bill C-38

From Environmentalism is Fascism comes an article entitled In Praise of the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act (Bill C-38).

It's an excellent piece that not only praises Bill C-38 but also details the who's who behind its opposition, including:
The Black Out Speak Out (BOSO [pronounced 'Bozo']) Coalition
Canada’s Environmentalist Vanguard
Canada’s Green Academic Establishment
Clash of the Titans (" epic clash between two titanic constituencies")
[via FOS]

Rio+20 a miserable flop. Glad to hear it!

Peter Foster:
“[N]othing less than a disaster for the planet,” declared Nnimmo Bassey, Nigerian poet and chair of Friends of the Earth International. “[A]n epic failure,” claimed Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International executive director. ‘[A] colossal waste of time,” chimed in Jim Leape, international director-general of World Wildlife Fund.

An umbrella group of NGOs bemoaned the official text’s lack of mention of “planetary boundaries, tipping points or planetary carrying capacity,” the very shibboleth’s of radical environmentalism’s zero-sum thinking.

Significantly, the mother and father of sustainable development, Gro Harlem Brundtland and Maurice “Chairman Mo” Strong, carped — or should that be gro-aned and mo-aned — from the Rio sidelines.

... Canada should be justly proud of being in the vanguard of this return to balance both via its withdrawal from Kyoto and the environmental provisions of Bill C-38, which do not seek to trash safeguards — as alarmists have suggested — but to eliminate duplication, bureaucratic overreach, and the potential for sheer obstructionism.
Meanwhile, once again, Canada Awarded “Fossil of the Day” in Rio [makes me proud]:
... Environment Minister Peter Kent said the awards are politically motivated, and don't reflect Canada's commitment to promoting sustainable development at a global level. [I hope that means Canada's commitment to global "sustainable development" is non-existent]. ...

Kent agreed with the fossil-award nominators, however, that Canada does not want to discuss funding for the green economy. ... "... There are some countries that would like Rio to be a pledging conference for wealth transfer," the minister said. ...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Jonathan Kay - useful idiot

Assessing the state of Islamophobia in Canada

... last Saturday night I appeared as a panelist at the “Message of Peace: Countering Islamophobia” conference, hosted by the University of Toronto’s Muslim Students’ Association and ICNA Canada.

Just being invited to such a conference is proof of Kay's useful idiocy.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Orwellian thought control at Oregon State University

Climate skeptic instructor fired from Oregon State University:

In theory at least Oregon State University (OSU) seems to be a bastion of academic freedom, diversity, and tolerance. ... But it is all a fairy tale, because OSU operates under a politically correct regimen that dictates what is acceptable to say and what is not. Transgressors who dare to be different are eventually weeded out so that the campus maintains its ideological purity.

... We learned over the weekend that chemist Nickolas Drapela, PhD has been summarily fired from his position as a “Senior Instructor” in the Department of Chemistry. The department chairman Richard Carter told him that he was fired but would not provide any reason. Subsequent attempts to extract a reason from the OSU administration have been stonewalled.

... Five years ago, Oregon State Climatologist George Taylor went around quietly saying that he was not a believer. Then Governor Ted Kulongoski and many faculty at OSU including Dr. Jane Lubchenco made life impossible for Taylor, and he retired. (Lubchenco is now head of NOAA in the Obama administration.) Under those currently in charge, OSU climate research has grown to be a huge business, reportedly $90 million per year with no real deliverables beyond solid academic support for climate hysteria.

Global Television steals blogger's story

Global Television recently televised a news story, originally reported by Blazing Cat Fur, without credit, attribution or payment. In a note to Global, BCF asks:
... What you have engaged in amounts to theft as no credit was given for my work. Where do I send my invoice?
What do we expect from a company whose news VP, Troy Reeb, gets his spare time jollies as a kangaroo court volunteer for the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, censoring his competitors?

What unmitigated weasels!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A national anthem for US liberals

Zo rewrites "The Star-Spangled Banner" to honor liberal values like drug abuse, abortion and lawlessness.


Saturday, June 9, 2012

"You are not special"

Anyone who gets this guy as a HS teacher can count himself lucky.

Monarchy versus republic

George Jonas weighs in on the debate:
... My friend Jonathan Kay may or may not describe himself as a republican, but he’s certainly taking the republican position vis-à-vis my friend Andrew Coyne, who (whether or not he would describe himself as a monarchist) dazzles on the tightrope as he demonstrates a loyal subject’s fealty and affection for a hereditary monarch. Kay calls Coyne’s declaration for the monarchy “feudalism lite” and for the concept of royal descent coins ... the enviable word “crotchocracy.”As if anticipating Kay, “A constitutional order founded on love strikes me as no bad thing,” Coyne writes, conflating the high wire of real, DNA-testable monarchy with the safety net of constitutionality that protects plucky Alice in Wonderland in case the monarch turns out to be the Red Queen. Spectacular, but don’t try it at home.
... Another friend who has written on the subject is John O’Sullivan. He points out that “political reforms work better when they follow the grain of historical experience.” This is very likely true. It means that I’m wrong about not trying Coyne’s high wire act of monarchy conducted over constitutionality’s safety net at home. That’s exactly where we should try it — and so we have, for the past 60 years.
Or as Chris Selley said: The monarchy is a terrible idea, except for the alternatives

Friday, June 8, 2012

Rio+20 "... a farce, even if everybody keeps a straight face"

Peter Foster:
The Rio+20 Earth Summit on Sustainable Development, which starts in two weeks, will be a farce, even if everybody keeps a straight face. The grand UN-based system conceived to co-ordinate the activities of all mankind has proved utterly unsustainable, a dysfunctional mess that generates nothing but endless meetings, agendas and reports.

That sustainable development would inevitably collapse under its own contradictions was inevitable. What is fascinating is why every country on Earth — including Canada — would earnestly have committed to a concept hatched by a cabal of ardent socialists. ....
... Canada’s “national submission” to the Rio conference is yet another model of bureaucratic pretension and political hypocrisy, in which an ostensibly right-wing government calls for more comprehensive and effective progress toward the socialist dreams of Brundtland and Rio ’92. ...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

"The end of the world" - Part MCXVII

Published today in Nature and expanded here by the Canadian connection:
Using scientific theories, toy ecosystem modeling and paleontological evidence as a crystal ball, 21 scientists, including one from Simon Fraser University, predict we’re on a much worse collision course with Mother Nature than currently thought. [Oooh! "scientific theories", "toy modeling", "evidence", "21 scientists". How can we doubt it?]

In 'Approaching a state-shift in Earth’s biosphere', a paper just published in Nature, the authors, whose expertise span a multitude of disciplines, suggest our planet’s ecosystems are careering towards an imminent, irreversible collapse.
... says Mooers. “My colleagues who study climate-induced changes through the earth’s history are more than pretty worried. In fact, some are terrified.”
Run for the hills!

These clowns never give up. The predictions of doom are sounding ever more panicky. 

I smell Rio + 20 coming on.