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Get a load of G.I. Joe, Hollywood version

imageIn a world of too many politically correct inspired revisionists, the lines keep being rewritten.  Everything that existed in the past is passe and long held traditions are being tossed into history’s dustbin.

Cindy Sheehan and the Code Pink gang must be in raptures.  G.I. Joe is on his way out in ever-creative Tinseltown.

The Botox-dependent Hollywood screen writers are now proposing a new live-action movie based on the G.I. toy line.  A few martinis later and he’s no longer G.I. Joe.  The Hollywood version has taken out membership in an “international force based in Brussels”, home of the all-glass and all-neutered European Union.

By Judi McLeod - Thursday, November 1, 2007 - Full Story

“Start worrying, details to follow”

A while back, I read a reasoned article suggesting the survival of Israel was important to the free world. My feeling is that the survival of Israel is more important today than was the survival of England in the last Great War. With a thousand times the firepower around today, the stakes are much higher. The enemy is far more deadly and committed…and a shade looney.

By Clare Westcott - Thursday, November 1, 2007 - Full Story

The new morality

All cultures require a set of moral principles in order to maintain a sense of self-worth.  Our own culture is currently in the process of redefining our understanding of morality to better conform to the dominant social and political ethos.  All that was once a moral imperative is now passe and a new sense of morality is appearing on the social and cultural landscape.

By Klaus Rohrich - Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - Full Story

“The Rich are Getting Richer—The Poor are Getting Poorer”

The truckload of distorted information that is spread around every time Statistics Canada (Statscan) publishes income statistics about the incomes earned by Canadians must be challenged.  The use and abuse of the figures verges on the hyped up rhetoric of insanity. “The Rich are Getting Richer and the Poor are getting Poorer” the pundits proclaim and often the cries emanate from professionals, politicians and news editors who should know better.

By Dick Field - Monday, October 29, 2007 - Full Story

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury awarded 2007 Monaco Award for Courage in Journalism

imageBangladeshi journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury has been honoured as the recipient of the 2007 Monaco Media Forum’s Media Award for Courage in Journalism.

A proud Choudhury will receive the award in person from Prince Albert II in Monaco on November 9.

Small in stature, large in heart, Choudhury fights radical Islam with his pen even after his 17-month long arrest and torture after exposing the rise of Islamists in Bangladesh.

By Judi McLeod - Saturday, October 27, 2007 - Full Story

Booze taxes for Toronto—bring them on!

Much like the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Mayor David Miller and the socialist hordes at city hall didn’t have any time to bask in their victory. While the Red Sox look towards tonight’s game after beating the Colorado Rockies 13-1in the opening game of the 2007 World Series, the city mothers are looking towards what new taxes can be imposed after passing the municipal land transfer tax and vehicle registration fee three days ago

By Arthur Weinreb - Thursday, October 25, 2007 - Full Story

Tom Flanagan is full of crap

As a so-called “red meat conservative”, I find the shenanigans that our current “Conservative” government is engaged in dismaying.  Supposedly acting on the advice of Tom Flanagan, the Harper government has taken a sharp turn to the left in the belief that by behaving like Liberals, they will be able to engineer a majority mandate following the next election.

By Klaus Rohrich - Thursday, October 25, 2007 - Full Story

Russian Bombers Challenge Canada’s Air Defences

For years the people of Newfoundland and Labrador have been calling on the federal government to make the military base at 5 Wing Goose Bay a fully operational and integral part of Canada’s defence.

By Myles Higgins - Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - Full Story

Vive le Free Trade

What a great country we live in. Today we can all see how Canada’s wonderful free trade agreement works for everyone except the average consumer and hard working taxpayer.

By Myles Higgins - Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - Full Story

Harper clears a hurdle

Recent polls have indicated that the Harper Conservatives are edging into majority government territory. That in itself is not significant; polls can change and there is no guarantee that the Conservative Party of Canada will win the next election let alone form a majority government. What is important is that when a Conservative majority government appeared to be a real possibility, life, such as it is in ho-hum Canada, remained the same.

By Arthur Weinreb - Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - Full Story

Quebec less tolerant than the rest of Canada

While the Bouchard-Taylor Commission was travelling the province to examine the views on Quebeckers on the “reasonable accommodation” of immigrants and ethnic groups, Leger Marketing conducted a survey of people throughout the country. The poll was conducted in early October and surveyed 1,500 Canadians including 1,000 Quebeckers.

By Arthur Weinreb - Monday, October 22, 2007 - Full Story

Chalk one up for David Miller

For those who care about such matters, Toronto City Council is set to vote on Mayor David Miller’s controversial new tax initiatives, or as the mayor likes to call them “revenue generating tools”, today.  While most of Toronto’s punditocracy are hedging their bets by claiming the vote is too close to call, you can take this to the bank: the new taxes will be in effect at the end of tonight’s council meeting.

By Klaus Rohrich - Monday, October 22, 2007 - Full Story

Beyond statism and sustainability

Stephane Dion likes to characterize himself as a man of integrity and intellectual rigour. But the Liberal Party he leads is certainly not characterized by these traits. And we are not writing here of AdScam.

By Beryl Wajsman - Monday, October 22, 2007 - Full Story

Why would Gore want to be president

It has long been said that the United States is indeed a land of opportunity where anyone can grow up to be president. And when the country was within three years of its 200th anniversary, Gerald Ford came along and proved it. In the smallest landslide in history where he won no votes and carried no states, Gerald Ford was sworn in as the president of the United States. The fact that anyone “can” become president does not necessarily mean that everyone “wants” to be president.

By Arthur Weinreb - Thursday, October 18, 2007 - Full Story

Council Chooses Free Golf Over Spending Control

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released a waste and perks report card for Toronto city councilors revealing that two-thirds of council get a failing grade including the mayor and the budget chief.

 

By Kevin Gaudet - Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - Full Story

Panicking Liberals play the anti-American card

The federal Liberals are certainly not looking forward to this evening’s Speech from the Throne. Certainty is rare in politics; why we haven’t seen it in well over a week when it became apparent that John Tory was not going to be the next premier of Ontario. But it is pretty well assured that the Liberals are not looking forward to the resumption of Parliament that begins with Governor General Michaelle Jean delivering the Throne Speech.

By Arthur Weinreb - Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - Full Story

Newfoundland & Labrador, De-Confederation

In what might be termed as a twist of fate, a quirk of history, or perhaps more accurately, as a major political shift, the two most popular leaders in the history of Newfoundland and Labrador appeared on the scene nearly six decades apart and represent completely opposite ends of the political spectrum.

By Myles Higgins - Monday, October 15, 2007 - Full Story

Pennies from heaven, but not from Stephen

Toronto Mayor David Miller has not given up in his quest for the federal government to hand over one cent of the GST that is collected within the city. Miller’s insistence upon receiving the cash is consistent with what is defined as his mayoralty—a constant begging for money from other levels of government while refusing to consider slashing the city’s expenditures.

By Arthur Weinreb - Monday, October 15, 2007 - Full Story

Harper’s Big Election Gamble

With Wednesday’s announcement of a compromise deal over the Atlantic Accord, Stephen Harper sent another clear signal he plans to force an election in the coming weeks. The question is whether the gamble to shore up support in Atlantic Canada will actually help him or cost him in the long run.

By Myles Higgins - Sunday, October 14, 2007 - Full Story