Monday, December 31, 2007
God'll get you for these, Roy.
"My biggest argument against putting the primary blame on humans for climate change is that it completely takes God out of the picture. It must have slipped these people's minds that God created the heavens and the earth and has control over what's going on. (Dear Lord Jesus...did I just open a new pandora's box?) Yeah, I said it. Do you honestly believe God would allow humans to destroy the earth He created?"
h/t to the Gristmill.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
"There are times I'm sure I know as much as what's going on in cabinet and caucus or on the eighth floor as the premier does," said Hearn, referring to Williams's office in Confederation Building in St. John's.
"I always do. That's why we can always be one step ahead of him," Hearn said.
You see why Harper likes his ministers to keep their mouths shut?
Tensions will increase between the United States and Canada, including clashes over fishing rights on both coasts. Two-thirds of Canadians rely on the Great Lakes (a relatively small watershed). Water levels are projected to decline by up to one foot in this century, attributable to increased evaporation, coupled with population growth. If the United States decides to divert water from the Great Lakes to compensate for the effects of climate change, the makings are in place for a fundamental clash of interests with Canada. There will also be an entirely new set of problems relating to navigation and resource rights, as the result of the opening of a northwest passage.
The passage concludes:
It cannot be excluded that Canada’s tensions with the United States will play into domestic issues affecting the stability of Canada itself: most notably, the western provinces’ new role as oil exporter.
...meaning, I suppose, that should it come to a U.S./Canada scuffle, who knows whose side Alberta will take?
This is one of the likely scenarios under "severe climate change". All in all a pretty grim read. One of the authors, incidentally, is John Podesta.
He is packing it in and packing it up
And sneaking away and buggering up
And chickening out and pissing off home,
Yes, bravely he is throwing in the sponge.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
The Toronto Humane Society struggles as global warming results in more hours of daylight.
From which we can extract the following argument:
1) The humane society claims that global warming is behind the explosion of winter-born cats.
2) As cats mate only when there are over 8 hours of sunlight in a day, they can't breed in winter (September to January, to be precise).
3) The explosion of winter-born cats can't be caused by Global warming.
However, even if valid what the argument actually proves is that the explosion of winter-born cats the Toronto Humane Society claims to be seeing isn't happening in the first place (cats can't breed during the short, dark winter days), and therefore can't be caused by Global warming. Hence the Toronto Humane Society are lying commies bent on wealth redistribution.
In fact, the argument fails outright:
Long haired breeds tend to be more seasonal than short-haired breeds, with 90% of long-haired cats experiencing a period of anestrus compared to only 39% of short-haired cats. In an extensive survey of 168 queens, approximately 50% of cats cycled year-round while the remainder experienced a period of anestrus from September to the end of January.
Some cats obviously can breed through the winter. It's presumably these lucky cats that are doing the EXTRA breeding.
And actually I didn't even have to google this, just scroll a few lines further down through the link Kate provided. Clearly, she expects her regular readers to get tired after the first paragraph. Its hard work moving your lips when your sucking your thumb, I guess.
Nonetheless, were these contributors the "experts" that Dessler claims they are? There were a few professors, but few of them had the profile Dessler gives them. Many of them were in fact, hard to locate to establish just how much better than their [Inhofe 400] counterparts they were. One professor (Abigail Bristow) wasn't what you'd call a climate scientist, but a professor of Transport Studies at Newcastle University. How is she going to cure the sick child? Will she be driving the ambulance?
Bad medical metaphors aside, they are wondering essentially why a "transport studies" expert should be considered an expert when it comes to climate change. It takes about ten minutes of playing around with google to answer this question.
Ms. Bristow served as a member of Working Group II of the IPCC's three working groups. The focus of her group was "Impacts, adaptation and vulnerability ". More specifically, she worked as a "contributing author" on chapter 12 of working group II's contribution to the final IPCC report, which touched on the impacts and vulnerabilities of Europe to climate change. Since section126.96.36.199 of chapter 12 touches on the impacts of climate change on European transport ( Higher temperatures can damage rail and road surfaces (AEAT, 2003;Wooller 2003;Mayor of London, 2005) and affect passenger comfort.), I would assume that this is one section of the report in which Ms. Bristow had a hand.
And why not? Would you not want a transport expert, who has indeed written on road transport's effect on climate change, or on cutting CO2 emissions from transport, on the biofuel performance, to be involved in this section of the report? What good would a climate modeller do here? Or would the folks at Climate Resistance have preferred the IPCC call in Klaus the Space Libertarian, or Alan the TV Gardener, both of whom are on Inhofe's list.
Now, as I say, it took me all of ten minutes to find this out, and it wouldn't have taken the folks at Climate Resistance any longer if they had put their minds to it. So, on the assumption that when you see one roach you can conclude that there are roaches, I am not going to bother with the other names of the allegedly unqualified IPCCers on the CR list. I will just assume their mission over there is hacking out denialist crap.
BCL, over and out.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
And when the U.S. economy goes into the tank, the Canadian economy gets wet.
Luckily, most Canadian housing markets have not climbed into bubble territory (in Toronto, for example, the average annual price increase has been about 6 to 8 per cent since 1996, rather than the double digit advances leading up to the crash of 1990), and the whole concept of "Ninja mortgages" (No Income, No Job or Assets) never did get off the ground. But when your Federal finance minister tells you things are going to suck in 2008, they probably are.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
The best Oscar Peterson obit I've read is here. The clip above features Oscar wailing away, and a nice little improv by guitarist Herb Ellis. As an aside, these three (the bassist is Ray Brown) were one of the first racially integrated groups in Jazz.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Old stories of the Wildpeople and Snowmen (Snömannen) are interwoven into those of Santa Claus. The traditional “Wildman of the Middle Ages” was described as a bestial, ape-like creature, with a beard. Its body was covered in thick, matted hair and smelled of a foul odor. The habitat of the wildman was the northern woods, where he lived in a cave or den. His traditional beast of burden was the reindeer. The Wildman shares all these traits with the hairy hominoids we know so well.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
On the matter of my apology to Syed Soharwardy...
The comments that prompted the human rights complaint appeared on an un-moderated blog, posted anonymously by someone who was not a Western Standard staffer or freelancer. I removed the comments when they were brought to my attention as they were offensive and did nothing to advance genuine discussion or enhance the reputation of the Western Standard. And I apologized to Syed Soharwardy as I am ultimately responsible for comments made on this forum, and, again, those comments were indefensible.
Just as the Western Standard magazine content was edited, the Western Standard website content will be edited. We simply want to provide our readers and advertisers with the best product we can.
Moderating the comments on our website will also protect the Western Standard from unfair attacks. For example, as online reader "OBC" noted, tonight we were forced to ban an IP address with 6 user names. This individual was actively working to discredit the Western Standard with anti-Semitic and racists comments that would never have come from any of the thousands of thoughtful readers who visit us online. I removed the comments and reported the IP address to our webmaster.
One point I should like to make, though, concerns the notion that the WS' new editor Matthew Johnston removed the comments "when they were brought to my attention". This is not a particularly credible claim. As Mr. Soharwardy has pointed out, the comments in question remained posted for more than two weeks, and as anyone who has posted to the Shotgun Blog can tell you, while perhaps their forums are technically speaking unmoderated, if the editors want your comments gone, they will be deleted within minutes.
But that aside, Mr. Johnston's actions are a necessary first step if the new editors want their product to be taken seriously beyond the ghetto of far right kooks that currently hover over the WS website. There ARE in fact areas where a Conservative critique can serve as a useful corrective to main-stream thinking, but only if their authors cannot be summarily dismissed as lunatics. I look forward to the day when this is the case at The Western Standard.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Merry Xmas, Ezra, because if you didn't exist we would have to invent you.
He has also pointed out this rather funny website, which satirizes the whole carbon offset business.
Merry Xmas, Anthony, and in my opinion your work confirming Mann's hockey stick graph is worth at least half the Nobel Prize dough McIntyre got for being an IPCC expert reviewer. If you're in New York in March, make him buy you a drink.
PS. What happened to all the kerfuffle about the code Hansen freed up? I guess that amounted to a whole lotta nothing, denial-wise.
Friday, December 21, 2007
A protest at City Hall this afternoon to condemn alleged violent and racist postings on the Western Standard magazine website has been cancelled.
This morning the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada reported the owner of the online publication had apologized.
The material appeared in the comments to a "Shotgun Blog" post written by Ezra Levant on December 5th, and contained such sentiments as:
"...there is no such thing as innocent Muslims. They must all be killed. All of them."
Now, what December 5th post by Ezra, you ask? Well exactly, as the screen-shot above demonstrates, in what can only be described as a orgy of self-abasement, the Standard has sent all material from December 5 down the memory hole (It's in black rather than blue, which means it's no longer a clickable link).
Having just forked out $160 to have a pro unplug my toilet (note to would-be writers: ballpoints don't flush very well) I was damned if I was going to pay another guy when my kitchen sink went on me three days later. So, armed with this article from Dummies on-line, I got to work and, I am happy to say, successfully unclogged my sink. Along the way, I learned a number of valuable lessons:
In this case, I am not sure I have much sympathy for Mr. Wells. Strictly legal aspects of the case aside, I have never heard of Catholic Insight (although apparently Michael Coren writes a column for them). I would further wager that it is not on Mr. Wells usual reading list. Even assuming that the content is offensive in the manner suggested, his actions smack of deliberately seeking out reasons for outrage. Other than providing an excuse for an activist to stay active, what possible good will pursuing what is essentially a Catholic little magazine (the editors have described low circulation as being a chronic problem) do?
Thursday, December 20, 2007
... identify the apostates and People who Abused our Religion. These people have disrespected Islam not through intellect but through words of abuse. We can answer criticism, we can take criticism but we can not take abuse. All those who were responsible will be exposed and their profiles and pictures will be made available, besides them modernist and secular Muslims who want to westernize Islam according to their own interpretation which directly conflicts with established interpretation of Muhammad(saw).This will be done so that Muslims can identify their Enemies!!
As Mr. Wise points out, the site generally uses a "strong, if non-violent tone", but includes these rather nasty photo-exposés (see above) of the Muslim "enemies" who have attracted the site-owners' wrath. One is immediately reminded of the "wanted posters" far-Right anti-abortion groups in the U.S. have used to target abortion providers.
Well, I think what it is, the war on terror is obviously, it's a theological war. We have a radical Islamic group, so we believe that a guy with the training of a pastor understands the theological nature of the war. That also makes him very well-prepared in regards to this war on terror.
It takes a preacher to lead a religious war, in other words.
You can see the video here.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
OTTAWA -- A new poll suggests Stephen Harper's Conservatives have lost their big lead over the Liberals, plunging six percentage points in popular support in just one week.
The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey puts the Tories at 30 per cent support, in a statistical tie with the Liberals, who are up four points to 32 per cent.
The Bali disaster and the Chalk River isotope disaster are also cited in the Tory plunge.
Can we call the Harper government "embattled" now? I wanna call them "embattled".
And, by the way, can we all agree now that Dion's going to Bali and looking reasonable, while John Baird was out back somewhere catching a few zzzs during negotiations, turned out to be a net positive?
Here is a link to a more detailed breakdown of the results. As Kingston notes in the comments, the results from Atlantic Canada, or their interpretation by The Star, seem a bit odd.
In fact, it looks like Mr. Bickley has gone after Santa himself. Witness this secret document from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners:
Accounting frauds are fair game; corporate swindles and scandals too are fair game. But the reality is that for decades there is a more basic fraud, which has gone unnoticed, unprotested and undetected--Just in time for the festive season, the Ottawa Chapter of the Certified Fraud Examiners is pleased to be the venue where the fraud of Santa Claus will be exposed. Using tried and true techniques of a certified fraud examiner, our speaker will take you through the mechanics of the fraud and leave you puzzling over how the CFE can assist in preventing similar frauds in the future.
Speaker: Kenneth Bickley
Our speaker, Kenneth Bickley (aka Klown Counsel), will hopefully be assisted by a mysterious visitor--the culprit in person--who will be caught red handed in thecontinued perpetuation of the fraud.
Note the ambiguity of the phrase "the culprit in person", which suggests the possibility that we are dealing not with Santa himself, but one of his army of android lookalikes. Note also that I hate Santa as much as anyone, in fact I probably hate Santa far, far more than most people, so I am inclined to cheer Mr. Bickley on whatever the particulars of the matter. But there must have been some hardcore eating of crow amongst the ranks of Free-Ders when they hired this guy.
And Oh My GAWD LOOK!! Mr. Bickley's firm, Barnes Sammon, provides service in Chinese, and lists "Canadian Immigration" as one of their services. Free Dominion is being defended by a bunch of immigration lawyers! Such irony! The "principled Conservatives" over there must be in convulsions.
But I guess committed far Right legal talent is difficult to come by, far too difficult to require ideological purity from your counsel. Doug Christie can't be everywhere, after all!
CALGARY -- Muslim girls in Alberta will be allowed to wear hijabs while playing soccer, ending the latest battle over religious clothing in sports.
Under a ruling announced Tuesday, the association said players will be allowed on the soccer pitch if they're wearing a sports-friendly hijab approved by the game's referee.
Whereas in Quebec, where they do all sorts of allegedly progressive things like dump cheese curds on Fries, and where the downtown men of Montreal prance about in fish-net stockings, they're still bashing Muslims and wallowing in their own Catholicism. How could these folks get out-evolved socially by a bunch of cowboys from a town where the streets all run one way? What's happening in this country?
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The neo-Cons are now being bitten in the butt. It looks good on them.
We've been warning of the gagging power of human rights censors for 20 years. Few would listen as long as the tyrants took on small defenceless and media-defamed victims.
I laugh at the consternation of some of these outraged neoCons. "But, we're not disreputable letter writers. We're 'respectable.'"
They don't get it. Censorship is like a narcotic. The bully and the thought controller is never satisfied. It was never about "hate".
It was about silencing anyone who dissents from the minority agenda.
Yesterday, it was Doug Collins, Ernst Zundel, Tom Winnicki and Terry Tremaine. Today, it is Rev. Boissoin, Bishop Fred Henry and Mark Steyn.
Wow! Mark Steyn's gonna join Ernst Zundel and Doug Collins in the halls o' history. It'll be just like Valhalla, but with more Nazis!
Toronto Lawyer Garry Wise has a couple of other excellent posts on this issue. Here he writes:
While the comments attributed to Steyn may indeed have offended certain sensibilities, Charter protection will clearly supersede any discrimination remedy.
I do want to note, however, taking the complaints at face value for the purpose of discussion only, that if the comments attributed to Steyn had been repetitively uttered in a workplace by an employer, rather than having been published online by a clearly legitimate journalist, there may well have a strong reason for a Commission to act on a complaint of racial toxicity and discrimination in the workplace.
It is the entitlement to press freedom, rather than any savoury quality of his expression, that will protect Steyn and Macleans.
Exactly, and personally, I would be more inclined to grant the Maclean's the right to print hate speech if they were willing to admit that that is what Steyn's column amounted to.
And here Mr. Wise agrees with me that Kenneth Whyte has led MacLeans steeply down-market into National Post territory:
...shall we just concede that the magazine is no longer to be considered journalism, and leave it at that.
Poor Andrew Coyne. Out of the frying pan and into the fire! I wonder how his wan elegance can hold up under the barrage of hacks schlepping ideological porn to the goobers?
If Canada can't defend the free speech of its most talented native son, then it shouldn't be getting even our devalued tourist dollars.
Believe it or not, he's isn't referring to Wayne Gretzky here, but Mark Steyn, and he's threatening to withhold his tourist dollars if the CHRC complaint against Steyn and Macleans isn't dropped. Oh my! If Hugh Hewitt can find Canada on a map, he may decide not to come here!I fear for my economic well-being!
And what if U.S. Conservatives take it into their head to rename them all "Freedom Geese"? Whatever shall we do then...?
Meanwhile, here's a less heated take on Steyn, Macleans, and their troubles with tribunals.
If the complaints are weak or frivolous, they are not likely to have any success at all. The complainants nonetheless have the right to be heard. That is how our judicial processes work and that too, is a freedom worth protecting.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Betcha the people he didn't like got two copies.
Four floors of Fox News headquarters in New York evacuated after reports of a chemical explosion, fire officials say.
Update: Headline is off the CNN site but U.S.A Today reports that:
...it was a small explosion on the 45th floor. It was caused by an interaction between two chemicals...
Incompetent terrorist? Incompetent plumber? O'Reilly Free-basing?
Sunday, December 16, 2007
They're saying the snow-fall has been "slightly less" than expected, so I imagine I will spend the morning hauling the wife back and forth from her skating class. As an old West-Coaster, it boggles my mind when people say "Oh! Only a foot of snow? Of course we'll drive 30 miles to the rink."
Update: Its a bit after noon and I just drove from Yorkdale mall to Victoria park through my first white-out. Nasty stuff. They outta give me some kind of award.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Update: At some risk to my own safety, I've uploaded this picture of an Amish radical. Will the so-called moderate Amish step up and make their voices heard?
Friday, December 14, 2007
There was absolutely nothing Ho Ho Ho about the letters Rosalyn Da Costa's children got from Santa yesterday.
In fact, they included filthy messages.
They are two of 10, inappropriate letters dropped in mailboxes across Ottawa in the last two days, but there could be more.
Yesterday, Canada Post shut down its Write To Santa program across the city while it joins Ottawa police to hunt down the "rogue elf."
It was no rogue elf, though, but the fat guy himself, who sent an exclusive statement via e-mail to this citizen journalist.
"Fuck 'em! Fuck 'em all!" wrote a clearly agitated St. Nick. "Buncha greasy assed little shits with green hair and rings through their nose! The whole damn lot of them are getting nothing but coal! Not in the stockings either but POINK! Right off the ole beezer!
"And what is it with the crap they're calling music these days. Rap fucking metal??? Bull fucking shit!!! And EMO? What the fuck is EMO??? Go whine me a river, kid!!! Anyone expecting an Ipod this Xmas is gonna get it jammed straight up their ass!"
Santa also claimed that the new U.N. directive to "shape up and slim down" had totally ruined the experience.
"I came up to the pole to get away from all that PC crapola. Even up here, though, Mrs. Claus won't let me smoke within 100 yards of the elves, and now I'm being told to lay off the pizza puffs! Suck Santa's big white walking stick, is what I say! Next thing they'll make it illegal to piss dirty messages in the snow!!!"
When informed that Florida stores were selling Santa Claus Hates You t-shirts, our man responded with a sincere sounding:
HO! HO! HO!
Connie Fournier, partial owner of a forum for "principled Conservatives ", Free Dominion, appreciates his efforts, but doesn't think defending the new, down-market version of MaCleans is good enough:
When we were attacked by the CHRC last summer, Jason was silent. When Paul Fromm was to speak in the Parliamentary Press Gallery about the injustice of the CHRC, Jason initiated a vote to ban him from Parliament Hill.
But now Jason is suddenly a heroic defender of free speech. I guess he just had to wait for a popular enough victim to come along before his principles could kick in.
Free Dominion, Paul Fromm, Mark Steyn and Macleans magazine. Together in shame.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Iridium peaks, and spikes of ammonium and nitrate which could have been produced by extensive burning of biomass, are also found in the Greenland ice cores. The authors therefore propose that the black horizon is the result of massive forest fires raging across the whole North American continent, triggered by the fiery impact of a meteorite or comet - or possibly a low altitude explosion like the Tunguska event. Enough soot from the fires, and dust from the impact, would have been thrown into the atmosphere to significantly cool the climate, causing enough environmental stress to wipe out both the Clovis people and the mammoths.
Well, now the same team of scientists behind this theory have found further evidence for arctic impacts:
Startling evidence has been found which shows mammoth and other great beasts from the last ice age were blasted with material that came from space.
Eight tusks dating to some 35,000 years ago all show signs of having being peppered with meteorite fragments.
Basically, and as the picture above shows, it looks like the poor animals took something like a shot-gun blast to the upper surface (but NOT the lower surface) of the tusks.
Of course the dates--35,000 vs. 13,000 years ago--don't really match up, which leads geoscience consultant Allen West to speculate that
Maybe, these were tusks from dead animals that were just exposed on the surface, so when this thing blew up in the atmosphere, it would have peppered them. The date could really be anywhere from 13,000 to 35-40,000 years ago.
Plus an excellent post by Loren Coleman at Cryptomundo describing how cryptozoologists got to certain aspects of this theory years ago.
Mind you, this probably won't do much for their reputation as a nocturnal predator.
And in a few years we'll have switched to compact fluorescent cats anyway.
Still cool, though.
Hey Stephen, I thought you Tories were all about personal responsibility. Why not take some?
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Respecting the environment does not mean considering material or animal nature more important than man. Rather, it means not selfishly considering nature to be at the complete disposal of our own interests, for future generations also have the right to reap its benefits and to exhibit towards nature the same responsible freedom that we claim for ourselves. Nor must we overlook the poor, who are excluded in many cases from the goods of creation destined for all. Humanity today is rightly concerned about the ecological balance of tomorrow. It is important for assessments in this regard to be carried out prudently, in dialogue with experts and people of wisdom, uninhibited by ideological pressure to draw hasty conclusions, and above all with the aim of reaching agreement on a model of sustainable development capable of ensuring the well-being of all while respecting environmental balances. If the protection of the environment involves costs, they should be justly distributed, taking due account of the different levels of development of various countries and the need for solidarity with future generations. Prudence does not mean failing to accept responsibilities and postponing decisions; it means being committed to making joint decisions after pondering responsibly the road to be taken, decisions aimed at strengthening that covenant between human beings and the environment, which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying.
What Climate Change Deniers want you to hear, by Simon Caldwell of the U.K. Daily Mail:
Pope Benedict XVI has launched a surprise attack on climate change prophets of doom, warning them that any solutions to global warming must be based on firm evidence and not on dubious ideology.
The leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics suggested that fears over man-made emissions melting the ice caps and causing a wave of unprecedented disasters were nothing more than scare-mongering.
...which, if you read the Pope's speech, is entirely bullshit. "Prophets of doom", "scare-mongering"--these phrases are all Caldwell's. The Pope does not mention the Bali conference, but there is nothing in his speech that seems contra to its goals.
Stop the Climate-Wrecking at Bali
Climate negotiations in Bali are in crisis. Things were looking good till now: near-consensus on a delicate deal, including 2020 targets for rich countries, in return for which China and the developing world would do their part over time. IPCC scientists have said such targets are needed to prevent catastrophe. But Japan, the US and Canada are banding together to wreck the deal, and the rest of the world is starting to waver...
We can’t let three stubborn governments throw away the planet's future. We have until the end of Friday to do everything we can. Please sign our emergency global petition below -- we'll deliver it through stunts at the summit, a full-page ad in the Financial Times in Asia, and directly to country delegates to stiffen their nerve against any bad compromise. Add your name to the campaign below now!
"We call urgently for the US, Canada and Japan to stop blocking serious 2020 targets for emissions reductions, and for the rest of the world to refuse to accept anything less."
The link above leads to the petition. Go nuts. As you know, I think online petitions are a farce, but Galactus might show up later and throw his oar into the water.
PS, there are supposed to be 600 people in the human banner above. I estimate about half that (there seem to be about 200 in the water).
The new poll of 1,000 Canadians, taken between Dec. 6 and 9, shows the Conservatives have the support of 32 per cent, still three points ahead of the Liberals, at 29. The NDP remained at 16 per cent, ahead of the Greens, but not growing.
Compared to SC's previous version, done in November, the Tories and Liberals are both down two points. Unfortunately, the new Liberal normal seems to be below 30%, which I find disturbing.
The big news is of course the Green Party's 13%, an historic high for them, and a support level the pollsters interviewed are beginning to think may hold come election day. If you're wondering why Dion is in Bali, I suspect it is a laudable attempt to shore up his green creds in the face of this leakage.
...the Conservatives fell seven points to 18, behind the Liberals at 20 per cent, and the Bloc Québécois at 40.
Thank you, Brian Mulroney!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
...tiny nocturnal mammal that is dwarfed by its enormous ears, [and] can be found in deserts in Mongolia and China.
Love the way it flaps its ears to clear the dust off 'em.
More info at Cryptomundo. And, no, you can't have one for Xmas! They're endangered.
Monday, December 10, 2007
The above links to the full report of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Here is the short version.
H/t to an anon from today's first post. Is it just me or am I getting a better quality of anon these days?
John Baird, the federal environment minister, was called on by police detectives a second time for more questioning in their bribery investigation against Mayor Larry O'Brien, the [Ottawa] Citizen has learned.
If you haven't been keeping track:
Following a Citizen investigative report, Mr. O'Brien became the subject of an intense criminal investigation into allegations that he offered money and help to Terry Kilrea, a former political opponent, land a federal appointment if he dropped out of last year's mayoral race.
John Baird comes into the picture because his office handles front-line requests for political appointments in Eastern Ontario, and sources have him meeting at Hy's Steakhouse, an upscale watering hole frequented by politicians and journalists, with O'Brien back in October, 2006. Baird claims to have been meeting with an unidentified "constituent", but says he might have 'bumped into" O'Brien at Hy's that night.
Holy crap, maybe John gets back from Bali and winds up bunking with Conrad!
PS. First Schrieber/Mulroney, and now this. Is it fair to describe the Harper goverment as "embattled" yet?
A major oil and gas producer, EnCana Corp. of Calgary, was also permitted to join the delegation.
Encana is the real gagger here. One of their former directors*, Michael Chernoff, is best known for offering free copies of "The Great Global Warming Swindle" (denialist propaganda) to schools around the nation. Furthermore, Encana itself has been ranked as one of the dirtiest operators in the tar sands by a European research firm.
Swell company these Tories want to keep at a conference devoted to climate change.
* He is still listed as being on several committees at the company website.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
As you know, the Western Standard stopped publishing our print edition last month.
But I'm happy to announce that one of the Western Standard's founders, Matthew Johnston, has assembled a small team of our former staff, and they're going to revive our magazine's websites.
Working with other long-time Western Standard staff like writer Kevin Steel and sales manager Josh Frederick, they're going to try to make a go of it online — and I wish them good luck. They loved the magazine and I'm sure they'll do a great job of the new venture.
I'm moving on to other projects, but Matthew and his team have invited me to continue to blog from time to time on the site, and I'm sure I will.
So make sure to visit www.westernstandard.ca to see what the new team is up to — and keep an eye peeled for their e-mail updates.
Join with me in wishing them good luck!
Yours truly,Ezra Levant
Don't bother visiting the site yet, as it hasn't changed much in the past couple of weeks.
I wonder if the remaining bunch will be able to attract the same calibre of right-wing heavy, or whether it will turn into just another Conservative blog.
And interesting, in that Ezra hasn't written a column for the Sun Chain since October when the whole "bus driver in a hijab" thing blew up in his face and Canoe.ca pulled his column. Maybe he's being "Zuber Linked" (ie put out to pasture).
Pity, in a way, the Right loses its dorkiest looking gun-slinger.