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Monday, July 24, 2017

Washington Post Hides Own Scoop To Promote Dems’ Narrative

When the highest ranking Democrat in Washington takes a public swipe at Hillary Clinton and undermines the “Russia won the election for Trump” narrative you’d think it would be pretty big news...
“When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself,” Schumer said. “So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that.”
However, the Washington Post didn’t appear to find this infighting between top Democrats as worthy of a headline or even the lede in their account of the Schumer slam. Even more astounding: Schumer gave the quote to WaPo directly in an exclusive interview...

Liberals overhaul citizenship test

...In the draft version, the reference to barbaric cultural practices is gone, as is the inclusion of getting a job as one of the responsibilities of citizenship.

Instead, the proposed new guide breaks down the responsibilities of citizenship into two categories: voluntary and mandatory.

Voluntary responsibilities are listed as respecting the human rights of others, understanding official bilingualism and participating in the political process.

Obeying the law, serving on a jury, paying taxes, filling out the census and respecting treaties with Indigenous Peoples are mandatory.

“Today, Canadians, for example, can own their own homes and buy land thanks to treaties that the government negotiated,” the draft version says. “Every Canadian has responsibilities under those treaties as well. They are agreements of honour.”...

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Leftist complains: "Help! Trump Stole My Wife!"

It's hard to tell whether this is sincere or if someone is trolling a leftist website. My bet is sincere:
Dear Dana:

My wife and I were big Hillary Clinton supporters. We went to rallies, canvassed the neighborhood to drum up other supporters, and even hosted a Hillary Wins The Presidency party on election night. Needless to say, we were both devastated when Trump won. For several weeks after the election, as though someone close to us had died, we grieved. We cried, lost sleep, felt angry and anxious and fearful for the future.

By March, I’d come to accept that Trump was the President and it was time to move on. My wife, however, is still really upset. She will not stop watching the news, screams at the TV every time she sees Trump’s face, and only wants to talk politics all the time. She seems edgy and aggressive, and blames Trump for every little thing that goes wrong in her daily life. I’m doing my best to be patient with her, but her unwillingness to move on is starting to drain me. I miss my wife. What can I do to help her move on?


Trump Stole My Wife
Read the reply here

Friday, July 14, 2017

"I’m through wasting my time on people who are more interested in ideas than feelings"

The problem with this woman is she made the classic mistake of not aborting her children once she found out that they were males. Now she's stuck with two misogynist children.
The proof of their misogyny being that they refuse to admit that their non-violence towards women only helps to enable rape culture, because they think it gives them deniability in being part of the rape culture problem.
Or, as an alternative explanation, the woman who wrote this is out of her fucking mind:

...if it’s impossible for a white person to grow up without adopting racist ideas, simply because of the environment in which they live, how can I expect men not to subconsciously absorb at least some degree of sexism? White people aren’t safe, and men aren’t safe, no matter how much I’d like to assure myself that these things aren’t true.

My sons won’t rape unconscious women behind a dumpster, and neither will most of the progressive men I know. But what all of these men share in common, even my sons, is a relentless questioning and disbelief of the female experience. I do not want to prove my pain, or provide enough evidence to convince anyone that my trauma is merited. I’m through wasting my time on people who are more interested in ideas than feelings, and I’m through pretending these people, these men, are safe.

I love my sons, and I love some individual men. It pains me to say that I don’t feel emotionally safe with them, and perhaps never have with a man, but it needs to be said because far too often we are afraid to say it. This is not a reflection of something broken or damaged in me; it is a reflection of the systems we build and our boys absorb. Those little boys grow into men who know the value of women, the value that’s been ascribed to us by a broken system, and it seeps out from them in a million tiny, toxic ways...

The Next Right-Wing Populist Will Win by Attacking American Higher Education

...The bias is undeniable: Left-wing professors and students predominate, while conservative thought is often ignored, sometimes marginalized, and occasionally forbidden by oppressive speech codes or threatening mobs. Political correctness and identity politics rule many campus student groups. And college life reliably promises socialization into progressive ideas and sexual mores, as well as a confrontation with the most relaxed attitudes toward drinking and drugs. 

Nor do universities themselves recognize the validity and potency of their critics’ charges. In covering the Pew survey, InsideHigherEd laid blame for the shift in Republican attitudes at the feet of “perceived liberal orthodoxy and political correctness in higher education.” This is typical of how these discussions go. There are only “perceived” problems. The evidence of how fields have drastically changed and how the professoriate has drifted radically leftward since the 1990s is ignored...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Omar Khadr is a killer and despite what the media says, Canadians are right to be disgusted with the Trudeau sellout to him

Whether or not he killed US Army Medic Christopher Speer, the crime for which the scion of an al Qaida family pleaded guilty, is immaterial to why most Canadians are revolted by the Trudeau government's $10.5 Million payout and apology to Omar Khadr. Having taken up arms against a coalition, of which Canada was a part, that fought the Taliban in Afghanistan, and building IEDs of the type that killed scores of Canadian soldiers, Khadr is without question a terrorist and traitor.

But as his defenders try to cast doubt on this element of the saga, let's address whether or not Omar Khadr is in all probability a killer.

Khadr's advocates say his confession and guilty plea were extracted by torture and coercion.

Khadr certainly endured forms of mistreatment while incarcerated. But after returning to Canada, where he was no longer fearful of abuse, Khadr said, not as his proponents claim, that he did not throw the grenade which killed Speer, but that he's unsure if the grenade he threw was the one that ended the medic's life. But Khadr does admit having thrown a grenade at the Americans. So at the very least he tried to kill Speer and his comrades. But the evidence becomes more conclusive.

In 2002, in the Khost Province of Afghanistan, US forces engaged with an al Qaeda/Taliban stronghold. After an attempt to negotiate a search of the building was met with gunfire from the stronghold, a firefight broke out and then the Americans called in a airborne bomb strike.

Following the bombing raid, Speer a media, and other US Delta Force soldiers approached the building to search for dead and wounded. As the approached, a grenade was lobbed from within the building which fatally wounded Speer.

Now here's the easy logic to follow. Khadr said he threw a grenade. From reports of the post-bombing conflict, only one grenade was thrown. It therefore follows to reason that the grenade thrown by Khadr was the one which ended Speer's life.
Omar Khadr's own account of throwing the grenade that
killed Sgt Speer - given in Canada to The Toronto Star'sMichelle Shephard 

Khadr would have been in custody and treated by Americans the same regardless of whether Canadian officials had failed to inform him of his rights during questioning. It is not Canada's fault that Omar Khadr became a terrorist.  It is the fault of his reprehensible family, in particular Khadr's father Ahmed, who was al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's bag man and who took the young Omar along with him on on his nefarious exploits. It is therefor not Canada which owes compensation and an apology to Khadr, but his own awful progenitors.

An Egyptian/Palestinian family, the Khadrs have a lengthy history of exploiting Canadians, with the assistance of Liberal Prime Ministers. Ahmed Khadr was was incarcerated in Pakistan in 1995 for his involvement in a terrorist attack on the Egyptian Embassy in that country. Following advocacy on the senior Khadr's behalf  by the Canadian Arab Federation, Prime Minister Jean Chretien intervened and secured his release.

Following his return to Canada, Ahmed Khadr embarked on a campaign of fundraising and assistance for Osama bin Laden. To what extent he helped raise the funds that were used in the 2001  9/11 terror attacks that resulted in the murder of three thousand Americans is unclear. But it remains a distinct possibility that Canada's Liberal government was an unwitting accessory to that atrocity.

It was at the time of the 9/11 attacks that Ahmed had brought his son Omar to Afghanistan, later abandoning him there as he went off at bin Laden's bequest. Two years later, Ahmed would be killed in a shootout with Pakistani security forces.

Is Omar Khadr a victim? Certainly. of his family, and very possibly, he was a victim of rape and sexual abuse by al Qaeda commander Abu Laith al-Libi. Charlie Manson also was an abused child, but that doesn't mean he deserves a get-out-of-jail free card and a multi-million dollar payout.

Perhaps the only benefit to this episode is that it has revealed the wide fissure between Canada's dinosaur mainstream media and the people in whose interest they purport to act.

The media is almost uniformly supportive of the Trudeau/Khadr payout and apology. This places them at odds with 71 percent of the Canadian public, from all political stripes, who are disgusted with the deal. Despite a media so invested in the Khadr stakes that they condescend to and insult those who disagree with them, they have remained entirely unconvincing. At least there's some comfort in seeing that the average Canadian refuses to be told what to think by posturing nitwits in the media.

Khadr is not, not has he ever been a victim of Canada. He and his family have done nothing but exploit Canada and been a burden on the country since their arrival. Yet he has legions of useful idiot supporters here who have formed a veritable cult around him.And with payout money from the Trudeau government,  likely in part to buy silence in their complicity with events surrounding that family, Canadians continue to pay the price for admitting that clan of terrorists. Even if Khadr had been awarded funds from a Canadian court for violation of his Charter rights, the notion that it would be more than a small fraction of the ten and a half million hush money he received from Trudeau is absurd.

Meanwhile, the family of Christopher Speer continues to feel the loss of the husband and father who Omar Khadr took from them, and now whose memory he continues to insult.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Scott Adams explains why Trump keeps winning

Terry Glavin: Khadr's payout looks to Canadians like it's burying a Liberal scandal

We’re still in the early innings, but it would appear that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pieties about the sanctity of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms aren’t quite a match for the blowback over his government’s decision to cough up $10.5 million and an apology in a secret deal with Guantanamo Bay’s loudly-argued-about former inmate, Omar Khadr.

It turns out that Canadians are so put off by the arrangement — 71 per cent of respondents in an in-depth Angus Reid public opinion survey say it was the wrong thing to do — that three in five Liberals, even, agree with Conservative leader Andrew Scheer that the case should have been fought in court, to the end.

Unsurprisingly, Conservative-leaning voters are the most likely to express revulsion about the deal, which was leaked to the news media last week. The agreement settles a lawsuit Khadr’s lawyers filed in 2004 alleging that Canadian officials collaborated with U.S. military interrogators at Guantanamo in a way that “offends the most basic Canadian standards about the treatment of detained youth suspects,” in the words of a 2010 Supreme Court of Canada ruling. 
The Angus Reid poll found 91 per cent of Conservative voters said the Trudeau government did the “wrong thing” in settling with Khadr. But 61 per cent of Liberals took the same view, and 64 per cent of New Democrats also agreed that the government “should have fought the case and left it to the courts to decide.” That is precisely what Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has been saying.

The public mood should not be expected to soften unless Trudeau manages to dispel the impression that the deal was a kind of hush-money arrangement, designed to make the Khadr problem go away and head off the scandal that would inevitably emerge from the evidence in a hard-fought court trial...

Monday, July 10, 2017

Angus Reid Poll: Almost two-thirds of all Canadians agree that Omar Khadr remains a “potential radicalized threat” now living in Canada

July 10, 2017 – The vast majority of Canadians say the federal government made the wrong decision in settling a lawsuit with former child soldier Omar Khadr and instead apologizing and paying him $10.5 million in compensation for his treatment as a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A new survey from the Angus Reid Institute indicates more than seven-in-ten (71%) are of the opinion the Trudeau government should have fought the case and left it to the courts to decide whether Khadr was wrongfully imprisoned.

Further, most Canadians reject the notion that government officials had “no choice” but to settle – but money appears to be the main source of opposition to the deal. Canadians are slightly more inclined to have said sorry to Khadr than offer compensation, had the decision been in their own hands.

While Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale blamed the previous Conservative Government of Stephen Harper for not dealing with the issue sooner, current Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has responded by calling the settlement “disgusting”. Unsurprisingly, views diverge sharply along political lines. Where past Conservative voters are unequivocal in their views, there is less consensus among those who voted Liberal and NDP in the 2015 election...

Steyn: Lutey Tunes

...Trump's white-nationalist dog whistles in Warsaw
As James Taranto noted during a previous dog-whistling frenzy:
"The thing we adore about these dog-whistle kerfuffles is that the people who react to the whistle always assume it's intended for somebody else," he wrote. "The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you're the dog."
Indeed dog whistles are all they hear. If Trump is, as has been said, the all-time great Twitter troll, in Warsaw he was trolling for western civilization, and an entire army of mangy pooches began yowling and - to mix canine metaphors - set off like greyhounds in pursuit of a mechanical hare. Even if the speech had not been worth it on its own merits, it would still have performed a useful service in demonstrating that the western left now utterly despises western civilization. As I noted on Friday, this is the most pathetic humbug:
Ours is the civilization that built the modern world - as even the west's cultural relativists implicitly accept, if only because they have no desire to emigrate and try to make a living as a cultural relativist in Yemen or Niger.
Because you can't. Only a very highly evolved and advanced civilization can support a swollen elite grown rich on contempt for it. Most of the lefties stuck to the big-picture contempt: the dog whistles of faith, family, God, west, civilization. But for The Washington Post's Jonathan Capeheart the most deafening dog whistle of all was played by a full-size symphony orchestra:

Sunday, July 9, 2017

President Trump's speech about the need to fight for the values of Western Civilization

This speech is more important than every word ever spoken by a president in the last 10 years

Matthew Lau: Our great green re-education is being led by the very worst politicians possible

H.L. Mencken famously observed that “the urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” So Canadians should have sat up with alarm – for both their wallets and their freedom – after hearing Catherine McKenna, the federal minister of environment and climate change, declare on Twitter recently that after meeting Pope Francis, they had “agreed to work together to save our (planet)” (she actually used an emoji of the Earth).
It is, of course, our money that she will be using for her green-spirited crusade, our lives that she wants to re-organize, and our minds she wants to re-educate. Her plan to make us all believe in climate religion as faithfully as she does was made plain by her recent endorsement of a campaign that invites churches to make climate activism the focus of their sermons, prayers, hymns, and Bible studies.
McKenna clearly imagines herself Canada’s climate saviour. But she has competition: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s messianic zeal in leading her provincial flock to a carbonless New Jerusalem may well exceed even McKenna’s call to turn churches into climate shrines. Not satisfied with requiring Ontarians to dig deep into their paycheques in the name of spreading green power, the Wynne government is now accepting applications for a new “Low-Carbon Grant.”
David Suzuki wannabes, Al Gore disciples, and left-wing social engineers are invited to apply to receive up to $200,000 to support ideas to “accelerate the adoption of low-carbon choices.” Specifically, the grants will be given to those who can “help Ontarians understand how their actions contribute to climate change; identify and remove barriers to behaviour change; motivate Ontarians to make low-carbon choices; and evaluate behaviour-based approaches to achieving greenhouse gas emissions reductions.” One project example provided by the government was offering “interactive theatre productions and workshops across the country to engage young people in climate change at an early age and influence habits.”...

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Making Seinfeld

Ouch! Brazilian wax test question nets Howard University professor a 504-day Title IX investigation, sanctions

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2017 — A test question about hot wax has landed one Howard University professor in hot water with Title IX investigators.

On May 4, law professor Reginald Robinson was deemed responsible for sexual harassment after two students complained about a test question involving a Brazilian wax and an upset client. After a 504-day investigation, administrators determined that Robinson would be required to undergo mandatory sensitivity training, prior administrative review of future test questions, and classroom observation. Robinson also received a stern warning that any further “violations” of the university’s Title IX policies may result in his termination.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education wrote to Howard on June 16 demanding that Robinson’s sanctions be removed. Howard did not respond by FIRE’s June 30 deadline.

“Robinson’s test question clearly does not constitute sexual harassment,” said Susan Kruth, FIRE’s senior program officer for legal and public advocacy. “Howard’s overreaction to a simple hypothetical question is a threat to academic freedom and a professor’s ability to effectively teach students.”

During a September 2015 class, a female student challenged a test question’s premise that a person could sleep through a Brazilian wax. After a complaint to administrators by two students and a 16-month investigation, Robinson was informed that one of the students allegedly believed the question’s premise somehow required her to reveal to the class whether she’d had a Brazilian wax. This dubious assertion, coupled with the use of the word “genitals” in the law school test question, contributed to then-Deputy Title IX Coordinator Candi Smiley’s determination that Robinson is guilty of sexual harassment...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

America's trade partners are less aggressive under Trump

President Trump's aggressive stance on global trade may be working in America's favor.

That's the takeaway from a new report on trade ties between the United States and other major economies.

America's biggest trade partners have taken far fewer protectionist measures against U.S. business so far this year, possibly because they're worried about retaliation, according to the authors of the Global Trade Alert -- published by the London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research...

CNN finds a new way to shoot itself in the foot

Evidently no one at CNN understands the Streisand Effect or its corollaries.

CNN tracked down the Reddit user who created a wrestling meme mocking the cable news network which had been tweeted out by Donald Trump, by leveraging its relationship with Time Warner Cable (CNN's owners). Essentially, CNN extorted an apology out of an Internet troll by threatening to publicly reveal his identity.

Of course, the end result is not going well for CNN.

(CNN)The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump's tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday for the video and other offensive content he posted -- one day after CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him...
...CNN is not publishing "HanA**holeSolo's" name because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again. In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same. 
CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change...

Now the big news is #CNNBlackmail 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

Ontario court upholds $1.7B judgment against Iran, ruling in favour of American victims of terrorism

Supporters of Iranian-backed terrorism at a
Toronto al Quds Day Rally

Ontario’s Court of Appeal upheld a US$1.7-billion judgment against the government of Iran in favour of American victims of terrorism, rejecting the state’s immunity and accusing Tehran of trying to derail Canada’s Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act.

The appeal court’s resounding rejection of Iran’s appeal is another victory for victims of terrorism holding Iran accountable for its support of Hamas and Hezbollah during terror campaigns from the 1980s through to 2002.

“The terrorist attacks out of which the respondents’ U.S. judgments arise are repugnant to civilized society. The fact that a foreign government would engage in the sponsorship of such atrocities is chilling,” wrote Justice Justice C. William Hourigan, on behalf of a panel of concurring judges.

“There is nothing offensive about using peaceful legislative means to combat terrorism,” the judgment says. “To the contrary, awarding damages that may have a deterrent effect is a sensible and measured response to the state sponsorship of terrorism and is entirely consistent with Canadian legal morals.”...

Monday, July 3, 2017

Donald Trump is using magicians tricks to destroy his opponents

A good magician has plenty of different ways of confounding and amazing an audience, but the first, go-to device is distraction. The magician will get you to look one place while they're pulling off the trick in the place where you aren't looking.

It's not something that politicians often do normally or well. It's why so many people in the establishment and among his opponents find Trump so disorienting and are unable to do anything to effectively counter him. Trump has always been, first, and foremost, a showman.

Using showman's trick, Donald Trump is managing to completely dismantle Barack Obama's legislative legacy.

While the media is stuck revving its engine while its wheels stay frozen in neutral gear on a Russia scandal that will go nowhere, Trump has is pushing through legislation which will defund so-called Sanctuary Cities. Trump looks poised to get a bill through Congress which will undo Obamacare. Trump's Travel Ban has been mostly upheld by the Supreme Court and will likely restore even more of it in the fall.

Meanwhile, in just under six months of Trump's policies, the unemployment rate for African-Americans has dropped to its lowest number in almost two decades; far lower than it had ever been under Barack Obama. People vote with their pocketbooks, and Trump is, very quietly, eating away at a core element of the Democratic Party's base.

And during all this, what is the media talking about?

The headlines are about Trump and Russia, as if, with all the leaks, if there was any evidence of collusion between Trump's campaign and Vladimir Putin, it would not have been made public already.

But even more amusing is that the media is falling for Trump's distraction tricks by fixating on his twitter account. Trump calls a female reporter "crazy" and "dumb as a rock" and the media goes insane.

Trump tweets out a jokey video of him, in which he is pounding someone with the CNN logo superimposed over his face, and the media ridiculously claims Trump is "endorsing violence" against the media. It's pure mockery of Trump's opponents that the video was dug up from his days of involvement with professional wrestling. The showman of years ago remains a showman still, and the media, as stupid as ever, keeps falling for the same trick, over and over.

Friday, June 30, 2017

CNN: The Most Trusted News Source For People "As Stupid As Shit"

A student's account shows Gender Studies conditions its students to be brainwashed idiots

...The hidden message of intersectional oppression is clear: oppression is everywhere. Perhaps you think this is an exaggeration. Surely women’s studies do not teach that oppression is “everywhere,” does it? (Yes, it does.)

So, if you’re not finding oppression: look harder.  The unfortunate consequence of this theory is that oppression will be found everywhere — even where it doesn’t exist.
Finally, the last theory my classes were predicated on is “social constructionism.” 
According to this theory, everything we can observe, such as gender differences, are because people have “constructed” them. Culture matters.
While this doctrine can yield valuable insights, it also engenders women’s studies’ biggest blind-spot: biology. Social constructionism theory was meant to subvert the former prominence of biological determinism, but perhaps it worked a little too well.

Decades ago, popular thinking was biology caused gender differences, nothing else. Now, the pendulum in theorizing has shifted. Nay, biology doesn’t determine fate, but culture.

Men are violent not because of hormones, but because of socialization into “toxic masculinity.” And women, who are more nurturing, do so because of sexist conditioning, says social constructionism.

In fact, merely mentioning biological differences can be wrongthink. Or worse, as I learned in one of my classes, it can be upsetting to genderqueer or transgender students. Thus, some of the root causes of what makes men and women differ — hormonal, neurological, and biological differences — is left out of the discussion...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lawrence Solomon: Trump's detractors are convinced he's a buffoon. So why does he keep winning?

President Trump’s detractors consider him a buffoon who can’t get anything done. They do so at their peril. In just five months in office, Trump has racked up a jaw-dropping string of accomplishments. This “buffoon” is buffaloing his critics, most of whom are too blind to see how effectively he’s implementing his agenda.

Trump is delivering in spades on one of his most publicized campaign promises — keeping illegal immigrants out of the United States and deporting the worst of those who made it into the country. Even without building his wall, illegal immigration is down 67 per cent over last year’s levels, mostly on the strength of Trump’s tough talk and tough action.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been arresting illegals at the rate of about 14,000 per month, a 38 per cent increase over the same period last year. Gang members — such as the 10,000-strong El Salvador-based MS-13 that thrived during the Obama years — are in particular being targeted. ICE’s anti-gang Surge force, in one recent six-week operation alone, captured 1,378 illegals, including 1,095 associated with gangs. Little wonder that would-be illegals, knowing they’re likely to be caught and deported, are reluctant to give the human smugglers the US$8,000 or more needed to smuggle them across the border. That price tag — up from US$5,000 under Obama, when smugglers faced fewer risks — is itself is a metric of Trump’s effectiveness in combatting illegal immigration. With last week’s announcement that immigrants won’t be eligible for welfare for five years, the U.S. becomes less appealing still to those who would come for the benefits more than for the freedoms...

Mark Steyn: 'I'm In Favor of Replacing Jim Acosta With Elmo' on CNN

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

UN: "When Palestinian men beat their wives, it's Israel's fault"

What the failure of Star Touch teaches us about a media bailout

The Toronto Star announced yesterday that it was shuttering its flagship Star Touch tablet app, laying off 30 employees and eating something north of $20 million in investment costs.

This comes a week after a group called “News Media Canada” — basically a legacy news media lobbying group — pitched the feds on a plan for the government to give the industry $350 million in support that would include funding 35 per cent of newsroom costs.

Clearly, the failure of Star Touch proves the need for the bailout money, yes?

Actually, no, it proves the exact opposite. Star Touch is exactly why the feds need to leave the news business to its death throes.

Some quick background: Star Touch was an attempt to recreate the walled garden of print in a digital format, to provide a closed environment where readers would come and stick around, paging through the heavily designed and curated app. It was explicitly sold as a multimedia version of a daily newspaper, “complete news experience with your favourite features, sections and columnists, not to mention a few extras you’ll find only in the app.”

Newspapers have been trying this trick for over a decade now, with one god failing after another. Star Touch was based on the app experience sold by La Presse, which has since shut down its print operation and gone digital-only. La Presse has been touting the success of its La Presse Plus app for a few years now, suggesting that they have succeeded where everyone else on earth has failed.

The Star bought the hype, and bought the technology. So props to them for trying, right?
Well, not really. Star Touch was always going to fail, for reasons that were obvious to anyone paying attention...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

American Pravda: CNN doesn't believe its own fake news Trump Russia coverage

Jonathan Kay on the tyranny of Twitter: How mob censure is changing the intellectual landscape

...In May, when a CBC manager was accused of posting an insulting Tweet in regard to cultural appropriation, he was not only attacked on Twitter, but also, days later, in a CBC meeting room. Corporate brass convened not one, but two public shaming sessions where the man was made to sit shame-faced, for several hours, as his colleagues described the psychic pain wrought by his single tweet. (The manager had asked to perform his apologies personally, in private. This request was denied.) The unsettling similarity to a Soviet confession ritual was unmistakable. And this sort of spectacle would have been seen as completely beyond the pale just a few years ago. Thanks to the influence of Twitter, pre-scheduled mobbing sessions have become a normalized part of the human-resources toolkit at our national broadcaster...

Monday, June 26, 2017

Toronto's al Quds Day is a reminder of the extent of Islamic extremism in Canada

Police keep al Quds Day Islamists and counter-protesters apart
in front of the US Consulate
(June 24/17)
Toronto's Pride Festival Weekend, which this year happened to begin on the last day of Ramadan, provided a serendipitous affront to the grubby Shiite fanatics marching down Toronto's University Avenue last Saturday afternoon to hurl speeches full of fury and bile towards the US Consulate.

It was, again, al Quds Day, the holiday of hatred created by Iran's despotic Ayatollah Khomeini that serves as a call to annihilate Israel's Jewish population and condemn Israel's principal ally, the United States. But this year, because of the convergence of Pride and Ramadan, the Islamist mob was greeted by a huge gay rainbow banner that covered a large section of the consulate's facade.  The Iranian regime deplores gays and mercilessly murders them. Acolytes of Iran's mullahs, traditionally led at the Toronto al Quds rally by hatemongers Zafar Bangash, a vicious local Imam, and Ali Mallah, a sleazy activist who is a denizen of Islamist and radical leftist organizations, faithfully support the tyrannical Iranian regime and its genocidal policies. But in Canada and the US, gay people can celebrate their sexuality and live as full equals, and the symbol of that equality, hanging from that edifice of the hated Americans, was a veritable spit-in-the-eye to the Khomeinist rabble.

Before marching, they had gathered for speeches at the north side of Queen's Park, since the south grounds in front of the legislature have become off-limits to the annual Khomeinist jamboree, following numerous complaints from the public. The al Quds Day supporters were about a thousand, much smaller than in previous years, and it was, with the exception of less than a dozen people, made up of Muslim zealots, the men looking like they had been transported out of Iranian and Pakistani madrassahs, segregated from the women, who were a mass of flabby blobs wrapped in chadors and hijabs.

Al Quds Day serves as a reminder that Canada needs to do a great deal more to strengthen its immigration policies. Its crowds are a demonstration of Canada's failure to weed out the human garbage who carry banners of Khomeini and Iran's current Supreme Leader, Ali Khameini, indicating their devotion to rulers who ferment a culture where women can be imprisoned and raped for 'improperly' covering themselves in public. The hateful gathering is an insult to tens of thousands of decent Muslims who came to Canada to escape the brutality that the al Quds Day Islamists want to impose worldwide.

Curiously, one of the organizers of Toronto's al Quds Day, according to its facebook page, is a Siraj Ali, who describes himself as an owner of a company called Cycom Canada Corporation, which claims to have IBM as a business partner. If so, it's rather despicable that IBM is in some measure contributing to a rally known for antisemitism and the praise of terrorism.

There were a few dismal hangers-on hoping to capitalize on al Quds Day, and delivered talks at the behest of Iran's proxies there. Among them was a American conspiracy theorist named Kevin Barrettt, a writer for the antisemitic, Holocaust-denying website Veterans Today, whose deranged public statements about conspiracies between "Rothschild Zionists" and Illuminati Freemasons strongly suggest he is seriously mentally ill.  Also there to deliver a speech was a pathetic, attention-seeking, far-left radical named Ken Stone, a fool who started out his particular brand of activism by ripping up his degree at a convocation ceremony while shrieking, "Fellow niggers, look what Mister Charlie's done to your minds!" As usual at al Quds Day rallies, in a transparently duplicitous effort to try to portray themselves as not being antisemites, the Khomeinists trotted out a pair of adherents to a weird, inbred fringe Jewish cult called Neutrei Karta. Its members dress as if they still live in 17th Century Eastern European ghettos, and their worldview has progressed as little as their fashion sense. Neutrei Karta despises Israel because of their twisted biblical interpretation decreeing that its existence is prohibited until the arrival of the Messiah. These cult members, who often look like the products of several generations of incest, will ally themselves with virtually any reprobates who share their hostility to the Jewish State.

One positive note to the day was the strong showing of counter-protesters, a diverse coalition led by the Jewish Defense League that also included feminist activists, gay rights activists, Christians, atheists, reformist Muslims, and Hindus. The Israeli and Canadian flags, the jeers, and joyous songs blaring from loudspeakers were a taunting contrast to the dour vitriol of the Islamic hatemongers. The Canadian Jewish Defense League is dishonestly smeared by its opponents as connected to its defunct, discredited American counterpart, where no affiliation between the groups exists. Though sometimes aggressive in defending Jewish safety, the JDL stands in stark contrast to mainstream Jewish organizations who do nothing to counter al Quds Day besides sending ineffective letters of protest to local political leaders, which receive insubstantial responses.  While the American JDL is listed as a terror group by the FBI, the Canadian JDL often works with Canadian police and intelligence agencies to provide information on potential terrorists.

It is a sad comment on Canadian political realities that neither Toronto Mayor John Tory, nor Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne publicly condemned the al Quds Day rally. It's not as if either of them don't support Toronto's Jewish community or Israel; both Wynne and Tory are ardent Israel-supporters. But the fear of offending Islamic fanatics overpowered their willingness to do the right thing. And unfortunately, as people all over the world have learned the hard way, vicious Islamic fanatics will not just go away if you ignore them.

Independent journalist Greg Renouf was assaulted by Islamist al Quds Day thugs and their communist allies:

Nutcase Kevin Barrett shares his conspiracy theories with al Quds Day admirers :

Friday, June 23, 2017

Conrad Black: Palestinian terror and Israel boycotts aren't a form of 'dissent.' They're just evil and stupid

...The terrorists and Jew-hating leaders of the ostensible Palestinians are incongruously dusted off as dissenters in the same pristine virtuosity as the enemies of thalidomide and ecological pollution and unjust conviction of the innocent and hair-trigger war-making. It is a set-up; the narrative has built up a solid bank of appreciation of the positive role of those who dissent by nature (apart from the light-hearted apologia for the Occupy Wall Street foolishness). But suddenly the tenor and tempo change, and the horribly complicated problem of Jews and Arabs in Israel is rendered as apartheid, oppression, and the whitewashing of Palestinian terrorism and of their claim to a right to swamp the Jews demographically and reduce them, once again, to a minority, sure to be oppressed yet again, and this time in the country the world gave them as a Jewish homeland. It need hardly be emphasized that it is a complicated issue. The British sold the same real estate to both sides in 1917; the United Nations made Israel a Jewish state, and the Israelis have successfully defended and expanded it after Arab-initiated wars in 1948, 1967 and 1973.

The answer is not to give knee-jerk adherence to a campaign of boycott and disinvestment against Israel in favour of an Arab population that will not leave because it is better treated and more prosperous than in Arab countries, and that shelters suicide bombers, knife-assailants of the innocent, and other terrorists. The Palestinians could have their state next week if they acknowledged Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state... 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ayaan Hirsi Ali & Asra Nomani testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and this happened...

...what happened that day was emblematic of a deeply troubling trend among progressives when it comes to confronting the brutal reality of Islamist extremism and what it means for women in many Muslim communities here at home and around the world. When it comes to the pay gap, abortion access and workplace discrimination, progressives have much to say. But we’re still waiting for a march against honor killings, child marriages, polygamy, sex slavery or female genital mutilation.

Sitting before the senators that day were two women of color: Ayaan is from Somalia; Asra is from India. Both of us were born into deeply conservative Muslim families. Ayaan is a survivor of female genital mutilation and forced marriage. Asra defied Shariah by having a baby while unmarried. And we have both been threatened with death by jihadists for things we have said and done. Ayaan cannot appear in public without armed guards.

In other words, when we speak about Islamist oppression, we bring personal experience to the table in addition to our scholarly expertise. Yet the feminist mantra so popular when it comes to victims of sexual assault — believe women first — isn’t extended to us. Neither is the notion that the personal is political. Our political conclusions are dismissed as personal; our personal experiences dismissed as political.

That’s because in the rubric of identity politics, our status as women of color is canceled out by our ideas, which are labeled “conservative” — as if opposition to violent jihad, sex slavery, genital mutilation or child marriage were a matter of left or right. This not only silences us, it also puts beyond the pale of liberalism a basic concern for human rights and the individual rights of women abused in the name of Islam.

There is a real discomfort among progressives on the left with calling out Islamic extremism. Partly they fear offending members of a “minority” religion and being labeled racist, bigoted or Islamophobic. There is also the idea, which has tremendous strength on the left, that non-Western women don’t need “saving” — and that the suggestion that they do is patronizing at best. After all, the thinking goes, if women in America still earn less than men for equivalent work, who are we to criticize other cultures?

This is extreme moral relativism disguised as cultural sensitivity...