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Friday, July 20, 2018

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In praise of Canada


The small mindedness of Andrew Scheer

Scheer is ill-suited to petty, vindictive remarks about household whatnots


Canadian taxpayers are shocked, shocked to find out that Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has wasted their hard-earned money on trifles at magnificent Castle Stornoway in Ottawa. There he dwells at the expense of poor-but-honest citizens with his new coral-lined chimney and majestical roof fretted with golden fire.
For Scheer is spending what could add up to 100,000 taxpayer dollars on his free and fancy mansion, the Globe and Mail reports, though not in those words, after torching Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for buying trinkets at his official country cottage at Harrington Lake.

Stephen Lautens on twitter

Doug Ford's omnibus Bill 2 cancelling contracts will be interesting, as it sets back Crown civil liability. More interesting will be the chill on govt contracts, because there is now no such thing as a binding contract with the Ontario govt.

Link: https://twitter.com/stephenlautens/status/1018969066642395136

CPC Whiners and bigots take note


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Thursday, July 19, 2018

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History will not look favourably at the Trump administration

Dan Rather: “There Is No More Denying Who President Trump Is”


I will not minimize the gravity of what happened today. I don’t need to. Terms like “Treason” and “Conspiracy” and “Impeachment” and “Blackmail” are now firmly in the mainstream parlance of even Beltway insiders. It’s about time. To all of them I ask: who is really surprised by the shameful spectacle we witnessed? President Trump has been nothing if not consistent about his willingness to obsequiously kowtow to a murderous autocrat who is actively attacking the United States. And at the same time, he is attacking our democratic institutions and undermining the very Constitution he has sworn to uphold.
The reasons for his display of fealty to Putin will, I believe, inevitably be revealed. In the meantime, amidst all these charred embers of American moral leadership, I remained convinced that this will not stand. This will not be who we become, as a country or a people. President Trump clearly does not represent where the vast majority of Americans want to be, the inflated huzzahs of his dead-end supporters notwithstanding.
This is a moment of clarity. There is no more denying who President Trump is. The question is who are each of us? And this will be the question going forward for anyone who has offered this administration support and excuses. I know many of you have seen this clarity for far too long and worry that another red line has been crossed with no repercussions. I understand the desperate frustration. But to all of you I say, pressure builds cumulatively. Republicans are now searching for bearings in a political tornado. Many more know what is really at stake than are letting on. They have a choice: their country or cowardice.
To those who see themselves in resistance, this is not a time for self-doubt. The moral imperative, the political imperative, the patriotic imperative is to organize a stinging judgement at the ballot box that will echo throughout history. The stakes are perilously high, but don’t underestimate the power of justice.
#Steady #Courage

Really


The Helsinki summit


Lovers meeting


Time to wake up


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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From Senator McCain

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on President Trump’s meeting and press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki:
“Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.
“President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world.
“It is tempting to describe the press conference as a pathetic rout – as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience. But these were not the errant tweets of a novice politician. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin’s regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbors, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of international treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world. 
“Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency. That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisors makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable.
“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are—a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad. American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed. Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain.”