A second term?

US President Barack Obama is many things.  Unfortunately, one of those things is not being a good President.  In fact, he may well go down in history as one of the worst, if not the worst, presidents to hold the office in history.  And yes, in saying that I have considered the tragically ineffectual administration of Jimmy Carter.Obama has been in office for three and a half years and has done little to improve his nation's struggling economy, the jobless rate or indeed, the prospects for America in the years ahead. Never mind the security of the world given his fumbling of the Iran nuclear issue or the uprising in Syria. His kissing up to the Islamic world while thumbing his nose at the Israelis undermines decades of American foreign policy.He has done what he could to enrich his supporters such as the environmentalists and the unions.  Quick question: Who has visited the White House since Obama has been in office the most?  The SEIU President has been a guest of Obama over fifty times in three and a half years. Now considering the SEIU gave Obama almost $30 million for the 2008 campaign one has no difficulty seeing access to POTUS as the reward.In the 40's and 50's there was a saying, "What's good for General Motors is good for the USA."  Obama seems to believe the saying should be, "What's good for General Motors' unions is good for the USA"Knee jerk statements based on his own prejudices...

A second term?

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West destroying themselves

Ten years after 9/11, much of the free world paused to remember and remind us to "Never forget." It truly is hard to forget that day for those of us old enough.  It was one of those history-making days that transcended everything running parallel, like the day JFK was shot or the landing on the moon for the first time.   But as I reflected on that day I was struck by a dichotomy; how far we have come in defeating the enemies of the West and how it may not matter if politicians don't get their head around our spending problem.   The people who hijacked those planes were bent on their mission to ultimately destroy America and the West.  In many ways they needn't have bothered.  We have been destroying ourselves from within for a long time. Unless and until western governments get control of their fiscal deficits, they will accomplish what Osama bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed never could. We simply cannot afford to support so many politically correct causes and sacrosanct programs such as our healthcare system.   Equally, we cannot afford the ridiculous demands of groups like the BCTF and other public sector unions in their contract talks.  Where in the world do they think the money will come from?   The unions who drive the debate of the left in this country seem to think that there is no end of money available if we only tax the rich more.  Oh, and those damn corporations. And most especially banks and...

Report supporting police ignored by most of media

Dr. Christine Hall, an experienced emergency room physician, released a report earlier this month detailing her findings from a study of incidents when the police interact in a violent manner with the public. You likely haven’t heard of Dr. Hall or her study. The bulk of the mainstream media ignored her largely because she found that despite all the interactions police have with members of the public, less than one tenth of one percent turned violent and in most instances the police are restrained in their response and do not use excessive force. And unfortunately, supporting the police, for the most part, is not what is done in the mainstream media. It’s unseemly. After all, the police keep secrets from them. They must be covering something up. Oh dear, whatever will David Eby of the BC Civil Liberties Association do now? His delusional perception that all police are jack-booted enforcers of the Establishment has been - horrors - wrong! Eby is still perplexed why there haven’t been any complaints to his organization about police brutality during the Stanley Cup riot of June 15. Hint: the police were very restrained and the knobs weren’t. Most of Vancouver wished the VPD might have been a little less than professional and would have got some societal payback for every embarrassing waste of good oxygen who took part in that shameful event. But the VPD, as an organization, is made up of professional men and women who...

When will enough be enough for habitual criminals?

Last week infamous thief Tracy Lloyd Caza was breached by his parole officer and will likely serve the rest of his sentence. The warrant holding him in custody will expire in the days before Christmas. He will be deemed to have paid his debt to society for brazenly stealing jewelry from the fingers of elderly patients in hospitals when they are most vulnerable. Whatever conditions still remain that were court imposed, he will inevitably ignore. He will then be free to wreak whatever havoc he will upon seniors in Vancouver until he is caught and a judge puts him back in jail. Again. And it will happen again. Just as sure as God makes little green apples. He's got nearly 60 convictions dating back to 1977 and dozens more arrests where charges were bargained away in a guilty plea deal. He has no trade, craft or other marketable skill, save and except being a thief, robber and a con man who preys on those most unable to help themselves. No matter what, neither provincial nor federal corrections services have been able to alter Caza's criminal ways despite more attempts than Carter has little liver pills. At what point should we say enough? And Caza isn't the worst. A few years ago I wrote a piece about Kevin Wayne Morgan. He had a remarkable 188 criminal convictions when I learned about him from business owners on Commercial Drive in speaking with them during a...

Political subsidies drive electoral zeal

While sitting on a plane to the Centre of the Universe, I found myself reading The Reagan Diaries, meticulously kept by Ronald Reagan throughout his presidency.  As I was reading words written nearly 30 years ago by the 40th President of the United States and reflecting on this federal election campaign, I was struck by how little had changed in the politics of the liberal left in the intervening years. On February 27, 1982 Reagan wrote: “A half dozen Dem. Gov’s. Kept sounding off on how our programs we unfair and favoured the rich - paralyzed the poor.  Their answer?  Cut defense spending.” He continued, “Food stamps are budgeted at $4 billion than 1980 and 3 million more people are getting them.  As for taxes favouring the rich - they are already 25% across the board and indexing the tax brackets does nothing for the rich - they are already in the top tax bracket.” Sound familiar?  Change the dollar values and percentages around a little and this could be the Canadian federal election campaign of 2011.  (Wouldn’t you like to have only to pay 25% income tax?) Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff is still banging on the tax the banks and oil companies nonsense and NDP leader Jack Layton is still harping on his tax the rich refrain.  The rhetoric is as predictable as an early start to golf season for the Leafs. They both want to kill the F-35 contract without offering even a suggestion of what else they would do.  And we...

Awish Aslam redux

It’s been three days since I wrote a brief piece about Awish Aslam, the girl who got herself tossed from a Stephen Harper rally in southwestern Ontario and promptly became a media darling and there has been virtually nothing written about her since, despite an orgy of stories in the few days from the incident until I published that piece of reality for the MSM to consider. I say virtually, because there was one exception that appeared today in the London Free Press by Warren Kinsella, former War Room guru of the election machine of Jean Chretien and author of books like: Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics. A book, I should add, that I bought, read and enjoyed thoroughly. Now, I should also add that Kinsella and I do have some history. I took him on in an email exchange that I published in a column way back when Chretien was the Prime Minister and he was engaged in his “kicking ass” politics. Since then, he and I have established something of a détente. I admire what and how he does things and he no longer calls me names. Politically, we can agree to disagree. When his dad died a few years back I sent him a heartfelt message and he replied graciously. Having said that, I can’t understand his position in this piece. Aslam has been outed as an NDP party insider. This whole thing stinks of set-up. She may try and minimize her...

As always, there’s more to the story

It is getting a little tiring watching all the mainstream media drinking each other’s bathwater on the story of the poor teen 19 yr. old “student,” Awish Aslam, turfed from a Tory election rally in Guelph. A google search of her name reveals more than 30 pages of stories written about her and the incident in the past five days. Dish up the pablum and a pliant media lap it up. But clicking a couple of more pages reveal this link. It might look like a bunch of gobbledy-gook but it is actually HTML script of an email written on Dec. 2, 2008. When you look at the script in an HTML viewer, you can see the entire email. Here it is. I enlisted the support of Pierre Bourque of Bourque.com fame to help me identify the people the email was sent to and as I thought, they are mostly all NDP MPs, party staff or other insiders. You will notice the supposed “victim” of Harper’s “goons” as some media and Michael Ignatieff have taken to calling the RCMP who were doing security for the Prime Minister, is one of the recipients. The email refers the reader to Bourque’s website and a poll he was running. Well, on that date, Bourque tells me he ran two polls. This one and this one. You will notice the polls were all about what was going on in Ottawa on that day which, of course all about the coalition the opposition were trying to form to...

The President is missing

In my lifetime, I have never been embarrassed by a sitting US President. Until now. I remember watching the resignation speech of Richard Nixon and shaking my head at the apparent ineptitude of Jimmy Carter as he fumbled the Iran hostage file. I ground my teeth as I listened to the testimony of Oliver North and tried to stifle my gag reflex as the impeachment of Bill Clinton wound on following the ill-advised spilling of his DNA on Monica Lewinsky's blue dress. But for all that, they occupied the office of the President of the United States. POTUS. The leader of the free world. And, as events in the Middle East have demonstrated, no matter what we may think or want, the eyes of the world turn to the US to provide help when things are bad. It is not, as the political left might have you believe, that America is imperialist or a colonial power or any of that leftist nonsense. As we have seen in Libya in the past week, the freedom fighters have been calling for American help in, at minimum, establishing a 'no fly' zone. And POTUS? He's been golfing and generally amusing himself by doing anything but appearing as the leader of the free world. Even the imminent meltdown of four nuclear reactors in Japan could not rouse the Speechifier in Chief from his vacation. After all, he needs a good rest with all the speeches he gives. It's tiring spouting all that rhetorical BS. Today, the UN Security...

Loopy left just can’t get it right

A letter in the July 5th issue of McLean's magazine really shows the woolly-headedness of the left. Someone you have never heard of, named Irene Gammel, evidently some apparatchik of Ryerson University, that oh-so-politically correct bastion of all things multi-cult as long, well, as they aren't Jews of course. Oh, and they aren't particularly keen on white men either. They are okay with white women as long as they are lesbian man-haters. Stay at home Moms are as welcome as someone with diarrhoea at a hot tub party. Anyway, apparently Gammel "co-edited" a bit of leftish nonsense entitled Anne's World: A new Century of Anne of Green Gables. Evidently, Gammel and author Helen Hoy, have re-created the story's heroine as a child with fetal alcohol syndrome - itself a creation of the loony left - and mental illness. All evidently, to be about "diversity of cultures, identities and perspectives." Ack! Gag me with a spoon. Lucy Maud Montgomery created Anne as a fictional character to tell a story, a story of fiction. You remember fiction? As in made up. But these card-carrying members of the loony left have to try and recreate a much-loved piece of Canadian fiction in their own woolly-headed image. I am so tired of the left. The next time they are right on anything will be the first time. I am, for the record, absolutely angry with BC Premier Gordon Campbell's handling of the HST and the apparent way he deliberately obfuscated the issue during the spring campaign of 2009. But, and...