Category: Canada

Things you might not tell your grandchildren happened to you…

Yeah, I know tatcher died and I should be writing about that, but I was way more fascinated by this story:

Toronto police are looking for four female suspects who they say allegedly sexually assaulted a 19-year-old man.

The incident happened during the early morning hours of Sunday, March 31, after the man met the four women at a nightclub near King Street and University Avenue. The man left the club with the women who offered to drive him home, according to a written statement from Toronto police.

“The complainant was instead driven to a parking lot in the area of Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue where he was sexually assaulted by all four suspects,” said the statement.

After the suspects let go of the man, they were seen leaving the area in a vehicle that resembled a silver Honda SUV.

Now, before you get all “OH, YEAH BABY!” about this story, read the following:

“Other men will say for example, ‘Oh, he’s so lucky,’ like that was actually a positive thing when it wasn’t,” Ms. Pietsch said. “I think that that just feeds into the myth that sexual violence is something the victim wants.”

Police say the four female suspects are all white, in their thirties, and approximately 5’4” and 200 pounds. The women were wearing short black dresses with high heels and no nylons. The SUV driver had a British accent with short blond hair and a tattoo of wings on the back of her neck. Another woman had longer, dark hair with red dye at the bottom.

Which brings me to the real reason I am wasting your time with this story. From the comments:

haphaestus gfinale•10 hours ago

I geuss that includes not mentioning that one of the attackers had a harpoon scar.

Heh.

It’s Bush’s fault!

In typical fashion the Obama administration has again chosen to do something that costs jobs and hurts the economy of America, and then laid the blame on others for the impact of their decisions. The geniuses that brought us such successes as Solyndra and numerous other questionable renewable energy investments which benefit them and their friends, but not the consumers, whom they have been very clear they believe should have to pay far more for energy of the kind they approve of, have decided that the Canadian oil pipeline is not good. And they blame congressional republicans for codifying law that prevented Obama from killing the project by delaying the approval for so long that the Canadians would choose to go elsewhere.

In a decision sure to re-ignite a fierce energy debate, the Obama administration was announcing on Wednesday its rejection of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline because the 60-day deadline imposed by Republicans did not allow adequate time to review an alternate route through critical wetlands in the Midwest.

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns was to make the announcement on the project that would carry oil from Canada’s carbon-heavy tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast and would indicate that TransCanada, the company seeking to build the $7 billion, 1,700-mile pipeline, will be able to reapply with a new route avoiding an ecologically sensitive area of Nebraska, sources told National Journal.

Put more simply, the Obama administration is hitting Republicans back by saying no because of their forcing him to decide on the project in just 60 days. Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail promptly painted the decision as a rejection of thousands of American jobs purely for political reasons.

So instead of blaming the Canadians for not wanting to wait forever for the “environmental impact studies” – that is code for I am going to drag this out until you give up or the cost forces you to go elsewhere – that Team Obama wanted to use to kill the project, now they blame republicans for trying to prevent them from playing that card. Don’t be fooled. Team Obama never, ever, intended to let this project go through. Now the Canadians whom despite their embrace of socialism are not insane will sell this valuable resource to the Chinese, and we will not only get to pay more for our energy, but lose out on the benefit of getting a valuable resource from our neighbor to the North and further breaking any possible dependency on countries that are hostile to us.

Yeah, sure. Bush was worse than this moron and his circus, and it is his fault this went bad too. And Obama really meant to improve the economy from the start, but he got handed a shit sandwich. It’s not the policies and other decisions, like this one, that are hammering our economy hard. In the mean time we can all cheer up at the fact that our gas & heating oil prices will now go up as this valuable source of energy goes to power China and the Chinese economy. Evil market speculators will all profit from the rise in prices too. We should dump them all these watermelons without any technology in a tropical jungle, preferably one with the highest number of natural predators, and let them fend for themselves. That might give us a little bit of justice for the disservice this movement is doing people. Especially those poor people they pretend to so care about.

Leftists sloganeering fails real economics 101 test.

Color me unimpressed. See, I knew that whenever we heard the left yell “No war for oil” or telling us that we should be stopping our dependency on foreign oil from terror enabling or dictator supporting countries, that what they really mean was “No fossil fuel, period”. And I am not surprised to find out that the academic class is stupid enough to make that obvious and undisputable, without thinking of the consequences.

Yesterday afternoon, while you were at the job you are ever more thankful to have, Liz Warren’s political allies were marching around Sen. Scott Brown’s office, protesting the Keystone pipeline project. Keystone would bring millions of barrels of oil from our friend and ally Canada, oil we would no longer have to buy from Arab sheiks or South American thugs.

Keystone would also create “20,000 direct high-wage jobs,” according to Thomas Pyle of the Institute for Energy Research, and “an additional $5.2 billion in property tax revenue and thousands of indirect jobs relating to the project.”

So why do Liz’s kids oppose it? Because, they claim, getting our oil from Canada means “Massachusetts can expect higher rates of climate disasters.”

Really? As opposed to getting the same amount of oil from Venezuela or the UAE? Not to be mean-spirited, but how dumb is that?

These “smart” people are dumber than hell. Heck I could rant & rave and rehash the whole thing, pointing out how idiotic these leftists are, but the author of this piece does a better job of pointing the obvious out, so let me just quote that:

By the way, why aren’t we shouting “No war for oil!” anymore? If you really believed that, you’d support domestic drilling and the Canadian pipeline, right?

Instead, the Liz Warren left starts with “No war for oil,” then “No oil from Canada,” “No nukes,” “No coal” and then the inevitable, “Hey — wait! My iPad just died and there’s no electricity to charge it. Where’s my oil?!”

Remember: They’re the smart ones.

Exactly. When government makes it their job to pick winners and losers, “We The People” always come out the big losers. If the track record of the last 3 years has not cemented that fact into people’s minds, they will never get it. Of course, the injustice here is that the idiocy of these collectivist nanny-staters is not limited to causing pain for just the idiots that support this nonsense. But that’s what “social justice” and all these other nonsense is all about: spreading the misery.

LSM misses the real issue here

It seems that US News ran an article on Hilda Solis, President Obama’s Labor secretary – another one of those unelected Czar jobs – buying a Canadian car:

To show her support for American workers, President Obama’s labor secretary, Hilda Solis, has junked the standard black limo and purchased a new Chevrolet Equinox to ride around Washington in. The problem: the crossover SUV is built and assembled in Canada from parts also made in Canada.

Solis proudly arrived at a media breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor today in the shiny silver vehicle, which she has dubbed the “bullet.” She was asked about why she traded the standard-issue limo for the SUV. “What better example could I set if I encouraged my staff to go and purchase and seek how we could acquire a vehicle that would for me would send a signal that we’re for supporting our American workers, American-made products, fuel efficient as well,” she told the Monitor’s Dave Cook, who provided this video of her answer.

Solis added that she was inspired to buy the Chevy because of the pride she saw in American auto workers during trips to U.S. car and truck plants. She said that she was wowed by “the pride that they take making our automobiles here in America.”

What they all failed to realize and point out in this article, which stands out to me, is that like all of Team Obama, Hilda Solis seems to have no clue about how things work in the real world and the foggiest about any kind of economics, and yet, here she is in charge of driving economic changes in the real world. Their defense when presented with the facts?

When Whispers notified her office that her “American-made” car was actually Canadian, Labor spokesman Carl Fillichio said, “Modern automobile manufacturing is a global industry and General Motors is a company whose reach extends far beyond the boundaries of the United States. Cars assembled here in the U.S. are made from globally sourced parts, just as cars assembled in other countries utilize parts made in America. Not only is the Equinox the second fastest selling SUV in America—a good sign for the overall health of the U.S. auto industry—66 percent of its parts were made in America. That’s up from about 50 percent just a few years ago.”

So WTF makes what GM is doing with their cars any different from say a Honda or BMW assembled in the US? Are those car manufacturers not part of that “global industry” as well? Are US workers putting them together not part of the modern automobile manufacturing capability? I’ll tell you what makes the difference here: Obama bought GM, which was going broke, to pay off the unions that helped elect him. With tax payer money to boot. Hence this stupid show.

My wife owned an Equinox. It was a decent car and I liked it. Had it for 5 years. Was still running good but my wife wanted something new because it was paid off. We looked at the new Equinox, and she was not too impressed with it. I hated the idea of spending my money to help Team Obama out. So this year we got her a Ford instead of another Government Motors car.

Anyway, back to the major lesson here. These morons without a clue of how things are in the real world and apparently seriously lacking in economic know-how, are the ones making the economic decisions for the country. It’s not by accident that things are looking down and not up.

Whither Canada?

It got missed in the big news yesterday, but Canada had an election. I’m not particularly familiar with the particulars — I mean, come on, it’s Canada. But apparently the government had not been turning over accurate cost figures on government programs, firing people who contradicted them and shutting down parliament. For the first time in history, the administration was cited with Contempt of Parliament. And from what I’m reading, they deserved to be.

Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff quite naturally called for an election. And given an embarrassed government, he promptly screwed the pooch:

The Conservative Party will again govern Canada, this time with a majority, following the country’s fourth election in seven years.

In addition, incomplete results late Monday night clearly indicated that the New Democratic Party, a movement with socialist roots, will form the official opposition, which would mean that the vote is likely to significantly reshape Canada’s political left.

It was the first time since Canada became a nation in 1867 that the Liberals, the most successful political party in the country’s history, finished in third place.

My reading is that the NDP gained mostly in Quebec, peeling off previous separatist party votes. But still — how do you fuck this up? How do you have an election against a government found in Contempt of Parliament and get completely destroyed in the election? Is Ignatieff a long-lost relative of John Kerry?

I have no idea if the conservative government of Canada is a good one to keep in place. Canada has been moving in much more fiscally conservative and fiscally sound direction lately, but that is almost entirely due to smart decisions by the Liberal Party, not the Conservatives.

I would love to hear some input from any Canadian readers on this. But this has to go down as one of the biggest political fiascos ever.