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Bush In Calgary
March 18, 2009 @ 08:04
The words of a king-sized loser.
"He shouldn't be here," said Tyler Kinch, one of the protesters outside of the Telus Convention Centre. "The Canadian government shouldn't let in a war criminal. No one should be welcoming a war criminal and we shouldn't accept the fact that criminals can come to Canada and not be arrested."
Yesterday there was a protest outside the building where George W. Bush made his first paid speech since leaving office.
Yes, George W. is a bit of a goof, and yes some of the moves he made as President were downright deceitful, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be allowed in Canada. That doesn't mean people in a free nation should not be allowed to hear him speak.
Protests are fine, but the extreme reaction of people like Tyler Kinch, is actually more dangerous than letting Bush into the country.
When George W. is charged with something, and then convicted of something, then the law can take over.
Until then, people like Tyler Kinch should shut up and grow up!
Shut 'er Down
March 7, 2009 @ 10:37
No doubt about it, these tough economic times are giving a lot of companies an excuse to downsize.
After making bad investments and horrible decisions a lot of big boys who sit at the top are using the so-called bad times as a cover to get out from under the misery they caused long before the economy was an issue.
It's despicable, but its reality and if its going to continue to happen I recommend that the Ontario New Democratic Party take a long hard look at this angle.
What better time to shut down an irrelevant and useless party than right now.
The provincial NDP party has gathered in Hamilton this weekend to elect a new leader to replace the pylon they've had at the helm for what seems like 400 years. Howard Hampton is taking his sorry act into the sunset with virtually no accomplishments that he can point to.
But he's not entirely to blame. The whole socialist NDP movement is a dead dog not only in the province, but right across the country.
It's time is done. Socialism doesn't work and unfortunately neither do most of the people who used to work for the unions that the NDP blindly support.
Although Hampton was a bad leader, who often made no sense while making all kinds of wonderful statements and promises while knowing he would never have to enact them, it's not all his fault.
His big brother Jack Layton can take a lot of the blame.
As much of a wingnut as Hampton is, Jacko is an even bigger nut who did quite a bit to turn off the people of Ontario.
Jack's whack job attempt at over-throwing the Harper government last December was the final straw in the eyes of many and reduced the NDP to something that should be thrown into the back of an old pick-up and taken to the dump.
Make no mistake about it, the ripple effect has hurt the Ontario NDP Party so the timing couldn't be more perfect for Howie Hampton to say goodbye and start collecting his bloated yet undeserved government pension.
And that's why it's also good time to shut down the whole mess.
Use the economy as an excuse. Say these tough economic times make it difficult for the party to go forward with their support never lower, and their resources never thinner.
Pack it in, say goodbye and blame everything but the truth.
The NDP is irrelevant - and nothing proved it better than Thursday's by-election in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.
The NDP finished behind the Green Party.
President Monkey Man
February 20, 2009 @ 08:03
Toronto Mike has an interesting debate going on today. It deals with a political cartoon that was published in the conservative New York Post on Wednesday.
The question - is it racist?
I'm the first guy to say that the word "R" word has been over-used and terribly abused over the past few years, to the point where it's lost a lot of its meaning.
But that doesn't mean there are valid cases of it, and that's part of the tragedy, when legitimate acts of racism take place, they're buffered by all the idiots who are screaming the word for no reason.
As for the New York Post cartoon, yea, I think its racist. Blatantly racist.
The paper hides behind the excuse that Obama didn't actually write the stimulus plan so it's not really directed at him, and others argue that its playing on the recent chimpanzee attack on the women in Connecticut - it displays government as a bunch of monkeys gone mad.
Well, they can dress it up any way they want, but from my perspective if these examples were used in any matter, they were used as timely front to take a racist shot at the President.
Remember, this is the United States of America, and whether they'll admit it or not, there are millions of American conservatives who still can't get their head around having a black President, and the New York Post is known for its anti-Liberal stance.
Let's get serious. Given the disgusting history of connecting black men with apes and the fact America has just elected its first black President who's the face of the stimulus package, why would the New York Post even dream of going there? Didn't someone there think it might be a tad insensitive?
No, because they wanted to make a statement. A racist one.
He Hath Cometh And He Hath Goeth
February 20, 2009 @ 00:39
I've already had several e-mails from readers wanting to know about I thought about the Obama visit, but I've got to be honest, there isn't a lot to say.
The visit lasted just over seven hours, and part of that time was taken up with Obama buying cookies and eating a beaver tail at the Byward Market.
Another chunk of time was wasted for Obama having to sit in the same room as Bob Rae.
When a foreign leader comes to Canada he usually meets with the leader of the opposition and in this case Michael Ignatieff brought little Bob along so he could feel really really important.
This visit was nothing more than a respectful gesture by the President Obama and a whole lot of window dressing. Obama and Prime Minister Harper signed some kind of a clean energy agreement while he was here, but it will probably get shoved into a drawer somewhere and be forgotten.
The Prime Minister seemed to handle himself pretty well. They guy must be self conscious in situations like this because his critics are mean and plentiful just waiting for him to do or say something wrong.
Yesterday, he seemed to be confident and relaxed and actually seemed to enjoy his time with the world's foremost political superstar.
Which leads to another observation - it was bittersweet to see the reaction of approximately two thousand people who gathered on Parliament to catch a glimpse of the President.
Obama was received with the same delirious delusion that greets him in so many places throughout the United States. For most of these people he's way beyond a politician; he's something that really hasn't been designated yet.
Most the people who were screeching at the top of the lungs yesterday probably have no idea when it comes to the issues and probably never will because they don't really care.
Meanwhile they treated an American politician with way more respect and admiration than they ever would a Canadian and I find that a little sad because Obama really hasn't done anything but be born black and win an election.
There's not much of a history there, but I will say this. If Obama changes the world like most expect him to, it will clear up that designation thing.
How about Jesus Christ God Almighty?
Ebony And Ivory
February 18, 2009 @ 19:27
Barack Obama makes his first international trip as President Thursday and he'll be face to face with a man who was tagged as a Bush lover.
It was a tact used by the Liberals whenever possible; they attempted to tie Stephen Harper to George W. They wanted the impression left that Harper was nothing more than a bum boy for Bush and he had the same outlook and attitudes towards the rest of the world.
W. had such a horrible reputation towards the end of his Presidency that linking Harper with the incompetent goober seemed like a good strategy. After all, it's not like the Liberals had any policy or history of their own to stand behind.
They had no policy to speak of and nothing but a long history of lies, deceit and corruption.
Harper was helpless. Publications like the Toronto Star went out of their way to show pictures of Harper and Bush together. Usually smiling at each other, or shaking hands - anything that made them look like buddies.
I found this to be amusing, because regardless of who the American President is, you'd like to think our Prime Minister would be on friendly terms with him. It's good business.
I wondered what the critics wanted to see. Should the Prime Minister have refused to smile, should he have knocked Bush's hand away instead of shaking it? Should he have publicly condemned the President? Should he have kicked him in the nuts?
Stephen Harper did nothing through W's Presidency that should have tagged him as a bum boy.
He simply steered his way through what was on his plate and I don't expect him to be any different with Obama.
As a matter of fact, much to the chagrin of the far left in Canada, I have a feeling these guys will get along just fine, maybe even better than Harper and Bush got along.
Prime Minister Harper may now find himself in the position of not having to maintain a united North American front with an idiot. It may actually be a welcome change for Harper to deal with someone who's a little more rational.
I wonder how Liberals will react to that?
If Harper greets Obama with the same handshake, the same smile and the same conciliatory attitude, what will they make of it? Will they be disappointed, or will they fall back on the old favourites?
Harper is a phony and who deep down still wants to make the rich richer, the poor poorer and along the way eat the odd baby.
Comments We Like - Christina Blizzard
February 15, 2009 @ 12:17
E-mail - Jon From Buffalo
February 6, 2009 @ 08:50
This posting was left by a frequent visitor to CanadianThinker.com named Jon from Buffalo.
As always, I appreciate all input to CanadianThinker.com but that doesn't mean I have to agree with it all.
Over the past couple of weeks I've been amazed at the American Conservative reaction to Barack Obama's Presidency which is still in its infancy.
Here's Jon's posting.
YES WE CAN.....raise taxes
YES WE CAN.....redistribute wealth by robbing from the rich and hard-working and giving to the poor and lazy
YES WE CAN.....give 'pork' to our supporters and call it "stimulus".
YES WE CAN.....raise gas prices (15 cents in the 3 weeks since we took office)
YES WE CAN.....impose income limits (first on corporatons, next on the public)
YES WE CAN......delay the DTV transition because those who voted for us are too stupid to pay attention to deadlines imposed 6 years ago
YES WE CAN......cripple the intelligence-gathering of the country by closing Club Gitmo
YES WE CAN......continue to take over banks and dictate their policies until we control the entire country's money supply from top to bottom
YES WE CAN......institute nationalized health care which will decrease quality and increase cost--but only to those who work for a living
YES WE CAN.....allow unfettered illegal immigration, which will have the double benefit of sapping the rich, while at the same time creating more government dependent Democrat voters.
YES WE CAN......turn the United States into a new Socialist nation--in record time--Welcome to the United Socialist States of America: The USSA
Wow - it's Obama's fault digital television transmission has been delayed and he's responsible for gas prices going up a few cents. Didn't they bounce up a couple of bucks under Bush last summer?
I know a few of you will be surprised to my reaction to this, but I've said it before and I'll say it again, a Canadian Conservative has more in common with an American Democrat than he does an American Conservative.
I shake my head a laugh at Jon's "Yes We Can" bit beause it displays how out of touch Americans are after decades of arrogance and then eight years of the worst President in their history.
Over the past few weeks I've also listened to a lot of American talk radio and I'll be honest, I've furiously tried to call their 800 numbers to get on the air.
Not only do the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Shawn Hannity betray thier country by spreading lies about Liberals, they also tell lies about Canada.
Canada is often used by these jerk-offs as an example of what could happen to their country if Obama's allowed to follow through on his so-called socialitst agenda.
They look at Canada with pity, they consider us a socialist waste land that's on the verge of collapse.
And that's why I run for the phone, because I want to get on the air with these nit-wiits and get the word out that Canada is twice the country the United States is.
Yes, our taxes may be higher, and our health care system may have some challenges, but hey, we're doing OK.
A lot better than Americans.
On average, we have a higher standard of living and even though we might have to wait a few hours in an emergency room from time to time, at least "everyone" is allowed to wait, and if the problem is considered severe, in the vast majority of cases, you're pushed to the head of the line.
Compare that to the United States where millions go through their daily lives with no health care at all, and even more disturbing, they get little sympathy or concern from fat cat Conservatives who have a twisted and ignorant view of the rest of the world.
I probably shouldn't get as upset as I do when I hear some Americans refer to Canada the way they do, because I know where it comes from. They're taught from an early age that America is the greatest country in the world with virtually no rival for that title.
All the while, a much better country, a much more compassionate country, a safer country, a much more financially stable country and a much "healthier" country sits right on top of them.
Don't get me wrong, I love our American neighbours and I'll cut them some slack for their ignorance because they don't know any better because they've never been forced to know any better.
But now that their country is quickly going down the toilet because their financial foundation was screwed and their President "lied" them into a needless war, they better look around.
Instead of dumping all over their refreshing new President they should open their minds.
What you've been doing over the past several years hasn't worked, it's been a disaster, so the new guy is working on solutions.
And if those solutions make you look more like Canada, believe me, you'll be taking a step up.
Rational Man 2
January 30, 2009 @ 08:15
Fred...what I would love to see from you and I think it is deserving in this case....is an acknowledgement of Ignatieff as a Rational Man. Give credit where it is due. He did the right thing.
Hey Stu, glad you asked because I've been thinking about this since Ignatieff became leader of the Liberals.
This may come as a shock to a lot of you, but I've made this comment many times before, I'm not partisan. I don't care what the party is if their policies make sense.
Problem is, there was so much corruption and deceit through the Chretien years I was literally pushed towards the Conservatives because any "rational man" could never give himself to the NDP.
So disenchanted with the Liberals I supported the Conservatives and became even more committed to this party by the unfounded and often silly criticism of Stephen Harper.
He was hated mostly because he was Conservative and that never sat well with me.
Then along came Stephane Dion and there was absolutely no reason for me to change my position. This odd little man with his goofy ideas served to do nothing but reinforce by support of Stephen Harper who, crazy as it seems, given his mandate, continued to act in the best interests of the country.
Now the landscape has changed a bit.
I've got to admit that what I've seen of Michael Ignatieff so far has impressed me.
In the wake of the coalition crap he came along and brought some sense to it all. He took the pulse of Canadians and put an end to it. He considered the budget and declared it reasonable, but more than anything else, he realized that another election at this time was not in the best interest of the country.
Unlike Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe he has put Canada first.
I'm not naive, I realize part of Ignatieff's plan is to let the Conservatives flap in the wind and take the heat for the economy which will only strengthen the Liberal position going into the next election, but that's OK.
That's politics. It's rational above board politics, something we didn't get from Chretien and something we'd definately never get from Layton.
Nope, I can't deny it, So far so good with this Ignatieff guy.
Ding Dong The Coalition Is Dead
January 29, 2009 @ 08:26
Jack and Gilles went up the Hill
To fetch a bucket of power,
Jack struck out and went into a pout
And Gilles came slimily after.
If any good can come from what this country has been through over the past couple of months, its this.
Tens of thousands of Canadians can find a nice long mirror and have a look at themselves from head to to head and rethink their committment to Canada.
If you were one of the people who supported a coaltion in this country, one that involved seperatists and socialists, you should be ashamed of yourself and question your patriotism.
Yes, the formation of a coaltion is within the rules, its in our constitution, but that doesn't mean anything goes. The option of a colation is there if its good for the country and it makes sense given the situation.
This situation did not call for it and Canadians, genuine Canadians let it be known loud and clear that they had no toleraance for it. The idea of a coaltion got pounded in every poll.
And the reasoning was simple. It involved Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe, and anyone in this country who were willing to overlook that fact should give themselves a long hard shake.
If there any doubt in your mind, all you had to do was witness the behavious of Jack Layton over the past 24 hours. This is a power hungry politcally selfish man who cares about only one thing and one thing only - Jack Layton.
He was committed to rejecting the budget before it was even revealed and as quickly as Michael Ignatieff accepted it, Layton turned on him.
Jack Layton is bad for Canada and it's totally unneccessary to explain why Gillies Duceppe is bad for Canada.
But I will say this. Also bad for Canada is anyone who even entertained the idea of a coaltion.
Shame on you!
And before the usual crew writes back, I realize the Conservatives made noises about a similar coaltion in 2006, but number one, it didn't happen because they didn't come close to signing anything, and number two, I would have felt the same way.
I would have rejected it immediately because I put Canada first.
January 27, 2009 @ 19:30
I wrote about this a couple of weeks ago, but on the heels of the federal budget I have to say it again.
I wonder if we're in the final chapter of the little big man.
Or should I say the big little man, or the guy who dreams of being big but is nothing more than a little dot on the Canadian political landscape.
Jack Layton will get to play politics over the next couple of days and personally it's enough to make me physically sick.
We have a great political system in Canada, but every so often its flaws are exposed, and that's where we are right now with a coaltion hanging over our heads.
Even before the budget was delivered yesterday, Layton vowed he would not support it, and once it was handed down yesterday, he didn't disappoint. He quickly ran for the television lights and started to spew his socialist nonsense.
The man is power hungry. Yes, all politicians tend to be that way, but this guy is something else.
He's the leader of a dormant, irrelevant party that hasn't gained an inch since he became leader, but he looks at the current situation as an opportunity to grab power that he could never get through a ballot box.
Over the next couple of days Jack Layton will move from insulting the Conservatives, to insulting the Liberals if they decide to support yesterday's budget.
This guy is desperate for a coalition because he knows if the Liberals support the budget, not only will he never have a shot at power, he'll probably lose the confidence of his party and be forced to go away.
And if that happens, it will be good for everyone.
Jack Layton is doing nothing for the NDP let alone for the rest of us. He's offered nothing but a steady stream of bullroar with nothing to back it up. Even as he dreams of a coalition he offers nothing in the way of alternatives.
He criticizes every aspect of yesterday's budget, while pretending to hold the "real" answers close to his chest.
He's full of it.
Jack has no answers because Jack doesn't deal in reality. He deals in the world of socialism which has an approval rating in this country of about 12 percent.
Can you imagine this man was given any degree of power in this country? Can you imagine if he had a say in our lives? I shudder at the thought.
Jack Layton is bad for Canada and the sooner he goes away the better.
I found it interesting yesterday while watching coverage of the budge on CTV Newsnet.
There on the screen was Toronto Mayor David Miller, a staunch NDPer. They were asking his opinion on the budget and of course he didn't like it because it didn't do enough for Toronto.
I had to chuckle because the immediate question that came to my mind was this.
"What have you done for the city of Toronto Mr. Miller?"
He's done absolutely nothing; in fact he's caused it irreparable damage.
Exactly what Layton would do to the country.