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  1. Only to those who don't understand the problem and can't envision a reasonable solution. I'm hoping it comes here too, I have a few duds I'd like to unload for 6 times their value; I only still have them because they are virtually worthless. The more you know about these things the more you despair.... the comment below is exactly right: “What I see from that picture is someone that figured they could get $350 instead of $50-$150,” said Mark Morelli. https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-gun-buyback-screw-up BTW, I'll be gone at the end of the month. Just wait 12 days and you will be able to post stuff like this with absolute impunity. PS: The pictures in the article have actually been amended from the original as they fully supported the quote above... that alone is as telling as it is deceitful.
  2. Ya... I really need to stop watching the news, reading the paper and listening to the radio. I've cut back a lot in the last year or so because it just makes me crazy. Cable is going at the end of the month too. This is the only forum I can even stand to monitor anymore as I consider it something of a dysfunctional family. Not quite at "a cave in the mountains" stage yet but I'm getting closer by the day. The computer will be the next thing to go and I suspect that will be sooner than later.
  3. The entire thing is fluff. Until people are willing to turn their thermostats down to 10C in the winter, air conditioning up to 25 in the summer and pay $200 per ton in carbon tax they are simply not committed to the cause and I have no sympathy for their noise. The notion of changing light bulbs and saving the planet is the exclusive domain of the delusional. When Liberals are willing to walk the walk, you can count me in.
  4. Vice Admiral Norman has a pretty solid reputation in military circles... I predict JT is in for another pummelling and the timing of it couldn't be worse (for him). Parati vero parati https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/furey-brace-yourselves-the-mark-norman-trial-is-about-to-overtake-lavscam
  5. I saw that article but didn't post it because I considered it too horrific, but on second thought it's probably good for it to be widely seen and condemned. I no longer even recognize the Liberal and Democratic parties; I'm ashamed to even admit I once supported them. They have morphed into a dangerous, evil and hateful cult. I now have greater respect for the Taliban. It's likely that even moderate pro-abortion folks are mortified. Would anyone care to defend his position (merely for the sake of argument) in case there is some mitigating factor I might have missed? I would be very hard pressed to play the devil's advocate here. I'm guessing that has views run contrary to the bulk of centre left voters who are abandoning the party in droves. How do they remain oblivious to this?
  6. It might just be me and my lack of economic acumen but it's worrisome (I think) when things that probably should make sense just don't: "Alberta's persistently low oil and gas prices have claimed another victim as Calgary-based Trident Exploration ceased operations this week." https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/trident-exploration-aer-owa-oilpatch-1.5120486 And: "For the third time this week, gas prices in the Metro Vancouver area broke records. With prices hovering at 168.9 cents per litre, filling up a car in Vancouver has never been more expensive." https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/pain-at-the-pump-record-high-gas-prices-frustrate-b-c-drivers-1.4378864
  7. Right you are... it was removed from the NDA in 1998 along with a few other offences that were military specific.
  8. You are citing your own situation as if it applied across the board. I'm guessing you don't live in a rural area, work in agriculture or have need of a 3/4 ton truck.... that's just for starters. In addition, I'm the guy who plows the private road (because I live at the end of it) even though none of the other residents contribute to the cause; that's about $3000.00 in direct costs (after taxes) alone. The other residents think that since I already own the truck and plow that it's all free. BTW, those other residents have moved out here and built mansions raising my assessment and taxes in the process. And no one is suggesting that people are filling their tank every day.... it was just an example of "a day". No one spends 5 hours a day, everyday in out patients either. Really, move to the arctic.... is that the best ya got? For some people working part time at $12.00 an hour, those 3 hour shifts aren't worth the effort, have a sandwich and you are losing money. Being retired, my situation is different then most as well.... but, having a part time job (say reviving my flying instructor category) is simply not cost effective or reasonable. It leads me to wonder if the entire situation is reasonable. Luckily, there are reams of flight instructors eh? It serves as a disincentive for me anyway and I don't bother with part time work anymore even though I would like too. If it's an unreasonable situation for me, I'm prepared to consider the notion that it might be for others as well. I would have thought that working part time might be a net benefit to all concerned and it clearly isn't....
  9. I buy nothing from China.... I would rather eat boiled grass and squirrels. The local produce manager runs when he sees me coming. I have a two word message for China and all things Chinese, can you guess?... yes, it might be "don't buy" or maybe, perhaps, it's more likely to be "go away quickly." Any Chinese tourist caught taking pictures in Canada should be detained as an enemy spy.... one of the few capital offences left on the books.
  10. Me too. Thats 8 hours of work at $12 an hour and tax is imposed on the tax. In short, you paid about $9 an hour in tax and you haven't even taken a bite of your sandwich yet. This is exactly how the poor get poorer. Try it.... you might as well stay home. Sunshine is sunshine, wind is wind, rain is rain and tax is tax. At $12 an hour, you get to enjoy all of it and you will probably hurt your back in the process.... thats a 5 hour wait at out patients after work BTW and tomorrow, you get to do it again. Now, you need 4 new tires to pass the government imposed safety check so you can drive back to work tomorrow.... your truck took a beating driving on the roads that never seem to get repaired. Food, rent, medicine or tires.... pick one (and only one).
  11. I'm pretty sure it will all trickle out over time and become a "who knew what when saga" leaving the Conservatives with much to answer for as well. Wait until we hear about the activities SNC was actually financing in Libya and what the PMO knew about those activities even as they pushed for a deferred prosecution. That's the real issue here IMO. Bribery has such a nice sanitized ring to it... this is a CBC story, what they aren't admitting is that their correspondents paid bribes too for access to areas and people they would not have otherwise gotten. In like manner (who knew what and when), the PC's would be wise to show a bit of humility too. https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-snc-haunts-us-still-on-steel-and-trade-with-china "Then there was the revelation that the government is refusing to release anything from the 55 page submission from SNC-Lavalin to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada due to “commercial sensitivity.”
  12. Very sad: https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/police-fbi-thwart-army-veteran-s-plan-to-bomb-nazi-rally-1.4400866 North Americans usually associate this sort of activity with it happening “someplace else” and usually fail to consider how the country of “Someplace Else” ever got to a point where sectarian violence and hate fuelled revenge killings became routine. Radically different ideologies (religions, values, etc), a tribal mentality and an active propaganda machine are key components and if you are thinking “ain’t no tribes here bro” try wearing a MAGA hat in some jurisdictions. People who have spent their careers trying to keep this “someplace else” are now watching in awe as it takes root. A few years ago, had you suggested to the folks being run over in this article that it could happen to them (in the richest country in SA) they would have laughed too. I know, it's not the same thing right? It never is BTW, just variations on a theme. https://www.foxnews.com/world/venezuela-uprising-turns-violent-after-military-armored-vehicle-seen-plowing-into-crowd-of-opposition-supporters
  13. From the "what did you think was going to happen?" file. I used to ask liberal acquaintances how shipping garbage overseas could be considered recycling. The mere suggestion that it wasn't would get you scolded (as a minimum) or a well deserved beating with an organic carrot (at worst). Most concerning of all is that none of them seemed to be bothered by the fact that it was all an illusion. It reminds me of the VW diesel scandal, most shrugged it off as if it didn't even matter. https://globalnews.ca/news/5199883/canada-recycling-programs/ If your only justification for a bad tactical plan (that leaves most middle school students sceptical) is: "we have to do something".... please, (please, please, please) don't ever enter a Recruiting Centre.
  14. Clearly a ban on improvised weapons is in order. Or maybe bicycles.... why would anyone need a bicycle: April 26, 2019Winnipeg, Manitoba Numbers show the use of these improvised guns in Winnipeg is on the rise. (File image) A homemade danger in Winnipeg is growing.Winnipeg police say a suspect entered a Notre Dame Avenue restaurant and lounge Thursday night and headed towards the counter. He then allegedly pointed a firearm at an employee and demanded money.Insp. Max Waddell say the weapon used in the alleged robbery was an improvised gun."It's no different than using a real firearm,” said WaddellWaddell said in a lot of cases the firearms are made from bicycle parts and springs, which is a contributing factor to the increase in bike thefts tied in with the meth crisis."One common theme that were seeing in the city of Winnipeg right now is the use of parts from bicycles and that goes hand in hand with the methamphetamine trade. It’s used as a commodity to be bought and sold,” said WaddellIt's not just bike parts.Two years ago police showed off a collection of improvised firearms using various items including a cane and a broom handle.Numbers show the use of these improvised guns in Winnipeg is on the rise. In 2016 police seized three weapons, in 2017 they seized six and in 2018 it was over 60.Waddell said while they're not made of real gun parts the bullets are real and they can have the same impact as a legitimate firearm."I can tell you a number of these improvised firearms have been used in significant and serious incidents in the city over the past year meaning 2018,” said WaddellAs for the suspect in the alleged robbery, police say patrons in the restaurant approached him from behind, disarmed him and held him until officers arrived.52-year-old Eric John Lecoy has been charged with robbery as well as a number of other offences. He is in custody.
  15. If you have ever wondered (in a historical context) how an evil fanatical movement could possibly bring Germany to war you are seeing it play out now IMO. The crazy, hateful, socialist left is far more to be feared than a few white supremacists who can be (and should be) utterly crushed where ever they are found. I now hold out no hope that Liberal Democrats and their propaganda machine will present a viable option to the US electorate in 2020 despite what Biden will attempt to accomplish. They are deliberately and profoundly guilty of the very hateful racism they falsely accuse others of. Fluffy blonde news anchors will be dabbing salty tears from their eyes on live TV (again) before you know it. Apologies after the fact no longer ring true.... imagine the same cartoon (below) with a picture of The Prophet in it. Liberals would be apoplectic and their blatantly selective outrage would be strident and scathing. Where are they now? https://globalnews.ca/news/5212501/new-york-times-anti-semitic-cartoon-apology/
  16. Although off topic, here is another case of ignoring facts in support of a narrative. https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/trio-arrested-after-handgun-ammo-seized-in-rexdale-raid Here is the very definition of what a law abiding gun owner isn't: "charged with careless storage of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm, possess of a prohibited firearm without holding a license, possession of a prohibited firearm knowingly not holding a licence " In virtually every gun seizure in Toronto, the charge specifics are the same and the general public is now on to it The take away here has nothing to do with gun control, it's about tactics and not over playing your hand. Clearly there is a credibility gap when observable facts don't support the narrative and reasonable people preface each of their reasonable questions with "wait a minute now." The Mexican border situation comes immediately to mind as being analogous. IMO, Democrats in the US have now passed PNR and only Biden and an immediate pivot to good governance can save them. As in some classic aviation accidents though, "strength of an idea" will prevail until impact. Even MSNBC sees the looming cliff and urges caution: https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/chris-matthews-warns-dems-to-sober-up-tone-down-elitism-before-2020 And it's a caution that simply won't be heeded. I don't know a single person (Liberal or Conservative) that doesn't roll their eyes and shake their heads at the mention of OAC: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ocasio-cortez-slams-nra-after-groups-official-says-real-america-will-reject-her-socialist-policies
  17. From the "What did you think was going to happen?" file. https://www.foxnews.com/us/border-patrol-congress-migrant-caravans-illegal-immigration Not too many Democrats still pretending there isn't a problem at the border eh?
  18. Further to the above, when you engage in patently false claims to support a false narrative even your supporters are inclined to see through it because the lie needs to be expanded every time it's challenged. Not only that, you need to either ignore or downplay actual events that clearly run contrary to the stated position and at some point, as was the case in the gun control debate, your over played hand is on full display. Since most people don't get to see this stuff first hand, a little research is required. Have a look at the persecution of Christians (across the board) and tell me why it is so grossly under reported and ignored. Initial reports from Sri Lanka all referred to the victims as "worshippers" until they were called on it. They couldn't even say the word Christian. Yes, people actually noticed that. In the meantime though, here is an example of the dangers inherent with false claims to support false narratives, you never know when that traitorous Easter Bunny will see through your position and start the next question with "wait a minute now": When the Easter Bunny doesn't believe you it's a potential problem, especially in an election year. https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-trudeau-plays-politics-on-terrorism-again
  19. If you are suggesting that he is I think you are part of the very problem you seem to oppose. If there is evidence bring it forward, the entire notion of exaggerated claims, manufactured evidence and false convictions (as a result) is exactly what we are talking about here. Really, because he didn't condemn it, he is favour of it? By that logic, since AOC has not condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka as she did in New Zealand, are we to conclude that she hates Christians and approves of the massacre. Since Canadian Muslims have not been condemning this in a big way are we to assume they approve? Yes indeed, I can do this all day and make it progressively more silly as I go along. If silence is deemed "cowardly" how much more so is a snippet of truth woven into a tapestry of lies in support of a narrative. There is a big difference between this and bias. Bias is partiality and favouritism.... the current level of lies, name calling and fabricated news bites is something all together different. As far as I know, JT has not condemned the practice of playing bagpipes in kayaks.... does that make him culpable in boating accidents where bagpipes are deemed to be a cause factor? In actual fact though, pipers are more likely to be shot by a neighbour..... I don't recall hearing him condemn that either. Maybe he hates pipe bands too. Canadians of Scottish descent are outraged.
  20. Personally, I’m not too concerned about bias. It’s generally pretty innocuous, easy for a thoughtful person to discern, and for the most part each of us has one. What concerns me are narratives and the deliberate, wilful manipulation of facts and blatant lies that are told in support of that narrative. If bias is a “tendency” then surely narrative qualifies as an “ideology”. So, take anything you have first hand (boots on the ground) experience in that may be controversial and compare what you know to be true with what you hear (or don’t hear) being reported in the media or what politicians say (or don’t say) about the same subject. And, if you don’t have that experience just pick something easy and put it in the form of a question or series of socratic questions. I’m not a Scheer fan but, is he really a white supremacist? Is his party really a bunch of racists? Are those who voted for him racists? Do you even know what real racism looks like? You don’t need to have been to Rwanda to understand racism or it’s effects. Everyone knows damn well that Scheer isn’t a white supremacist and saying it over and over is most definitely not a bias. It is a bold faced lie foisted on the public by those with a narrative that supports an agenda. That’s far more dangerous than simple bias IMO. Calling that behaviour a bias is to not understand bias and calling Scheer a racist is to not understand racism. In either case, it is the ignorance of the accuser (or narrative supporter) that usually stands on full display.
  21. No, I said "thats not to suggest that governments should operate like a household." I also said "but clearly, there comes a point when too much is too much and debt becomes unsustainable. If your position is "what does it matter?" I'm afraid I can't help you and I think you will be voted down... we can negotiate after you find out that does matter though. Maybe lunch on my next IBA motorcycle sortie eh? I'll even buy. Cheers PS in a previous post, you branded me a nemesis... when was the last time a nemesis bought you lunch?
  22. Agreed, that's a problem that needs addressing. I wonder though if it might be advantageous to make it more difficult for governments to run deficits. Clearly, it is a financial tool that in and of itself is not unreasonable if used judiciously.... but, Ontario is a huge non sovereign debtor and it's right at the top of that category world wide. By enforcing balanced budgets, within the bounds of reasonableness (say within a specified percentage of GDP), it would force voters to pick and choose their priorities. Those priorities could then be fully funded within the existing budget. I'm a fan of direct democracy in the form of referendums as well, again, within the bounds of reasonableness. Everybody wants something and everybody has there own priorities, that's just life. As with life in the real world (your household for example) you and I pick and choose, we decide between what we want and what we need on a daily basis. Thats not to suggest that governments should operate like a household, but clearly there comes a point when too much is too much and debt becomes unsustainable.... I think Ontario is already there.
  23. And that's part of the problem here. While I understand and even sympathize (a bit) with the requirement for day care, I can’t help but lump it into the same pot as things like free tuition and consider it a bottomless money pit. Using the education system as a babysitting service is exactly the type of wrong headed thinking we have been talking about, unless you are willing to pay for it. As far as I’m concerned, children aren’t pets and it’s not the job of your neighbours to pay the bill required to entertain and feed your children 5 days a week. I would agree with the sentiment that it takes a village to raise a child, but that’s a different concept and different level/standard of care (IMO) then having the “village” babysit on a continuous basis for 6-7 hours a day. “Nice stuff” like this and free tuition are just too expensive unless you are willing to pay for it. Nothing in my experience to date convinces me that liberal voters who want this are in anyway inclined to pay for it…. when asked, they will insist that the rich will pay for it all; and we already know who that is right? In addition, I’m of the mind that if you are smart enough to go to university then you are smart enough to figure out how to pay for it. In short, I’m happy to support the concept but I must insist on knowing exactly how it will be funded before agreeing…. chanting things like “make the rich pay” won’t convince me anymore. I see it at virtually every turn, I will even go so far as to place a bet that sanctuary cities will soon turn on the very refugees they swore to provide sanctuary to once the new immigration policy kicks in and it's all because of the cost. It can work, and it may work well in other jurisdictions who choose to make it a priority. But it won't work here unless you are willing to pay for it. It appears to me that the voters of Ontario don't want to.
  24. No, it would be more prudent to fix the systemic problems that make education spending unsustainable while there is still time (and a bit of money) to do so. Simply spending more won't fix what ails Ontario; there needs to be a more thoughtful and systematic approach to things like education and healthcare. This topic really needs a new thread if you want to pursue it in the detail it deserves. By way of example though, in the decade between 2003 and 2013 (as a for instance) education spending in Ontario grew from 17 billion to 25 billion (about 50%) at the same as enrolment dropped by 5%. So, in real terms during that period, spending per student grew by about 57%. In other words, it cost more money to educate fewer students… why? It sounds like systemic obesity to me. If I suggested this as a model for airline operations you would laugh at me. And I'm not suggesting that government should operate like a business.... but it has to remain a viable entity to survive. This trend (of more money to educate fewer students) even transcends education and invades other departments (like healthcare) too. It seems clear to me that there is more at play here than simple money problems and that continuing to throw more money at these things is simply not sustainable. In this context, the notion of “draconian cuts” to education is analogous to an obese man claiming he is being starved to death after losing two pounds.... so yes, it was a cut but it was far too little far too late and far more is required to make him healthy after too many years of excess
  25. It's statements like that which cause reasonable people's eyes to glaze over. Do you really think anyone believes that any Conservative government anywhere is actually dedicated to making the population dumber or that it deliberately manipulates the eduction system to achieve that end? If the road is in poor condition in my riding (Liberal BTW) am I then to conclude that Liberals want more accidents and fatalities on the highway? No one really believes that sheer is a white suprematist regardless of how many times JT screams it. They don't believe he is a Nazi either and making those statements only minimizes the evil effects those ideologies have perpetrated and insults the intelligence of reasonable people. Moving forward, Liberals and Democrats had better start thinking about how reasonable people view their antics.... time is short. As a former Liberal, I see it as over the top, self destructive and thus, bordering on idiotic. At a minimum, it is a huge insult and disservice to anyone who has ever been victimized by white suprematist or Nazi atrocities. Minimizing these things in a flippant manner for obvious and craven political ends will serve them poorly in the long run IMO. Where have reasonable, moderate, compassionate Liberals gone? Find me one and I'll vote for it. If the only reason your cabinet is 50% women is because it's 2015 then STOP. If the best people available are all women and 100% of the cabinet are women as a result, you will get no argument from me.