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Information about Surrey gunman at Trudeau dinner passed to Canadian officials earlier this month

Canada’s spy agency was provided information by a concerned citizen last week about the optics of convicted gunman Jaspal Atwal attending events with the prime minister in India, Postmedia has learned.

The tipster, who asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation, confirmed speaking to an agent from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service on Feb. 17, hoping to alert the Canadian government to Atwal’s criminal history.

The person said to the CSIS agent that “this is an embarrassment for the prime minister and (CSIS) should send a note to the prime minister’s office. And they sent a note.”

Either CSIS failed to channel this information to Justin’s handlers, or if forwarded then one of Junior’s puppeteers sent it down the memory hole or… Justin OK’d it despite the warnings.


The Broward Cowards

Sheriff Scott Israel- the jerk who gave Dana Loesch such a hard time at the partisan town hall yesterday has admitted that he had a deputy on the scene at the school while the shooting took place and the guy literally hid in the bushes outside the school while the shooting was going on inside! Sheriff Israel insults armed citizens and the NRA for political currency while his guys give new meaning to the great old saying, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” What a dishonorable collection of cowards and liberal pretenders the Broward Sheriff Department is!


Olympic viewership lowest ever?

From Rick Moran at PJ Media:

Ratings for the Korean Olympics continue to collapse and it now seems certain that viewership for these Olympics will be the lowest in history.

Some events are so boring, watching grass grow would give them a run for their money. The summer games are the glamour games, but even there, outside of some track events, most Americans can take them or leave them. More.

Reality check: We were willing to put up with boringness when the basic idea seemed good. Could watching necrotic media slaver over North Korea have been the tipping point where we asked, why?

See also: Revolutionary insight: Business founder discovers it is unwise to just diss customers Make no mistake, what many progressives would like is a people’s republic where some of them are in charge of doling out three rags a year to each of us from used clothing bins donated by other countries, while their Party elite shop in Paris. It’s far fairer and more eco-friendly.


CIA Ex-Director Brennan’s Perjury Peril

Probably a Muslim convert.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes next plans to investigate the role former CIA Director John Brennan and other Obama intelligence officials played in promoting the salacious and unverified Steele dossier on Donald Trump — including whether Brennan perjured himself in public testimony about it.

In his May 2017 testimony before the intelligence panel, Brennan emphatically denied the dossier factored into the intelligence community’s publicly released conclusion last year that Russia meddled in the 2016 election “to help Trump’s chances of victory.”

Brennan also swore that he did not know who commissioned the anti-Trump research document (excerpt here), even though senior national security and counterintelligence officials at the Justice Department and FBI knew the previous year that the dossier was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign.


New Gerber baby has Down syndrome

From Leah Barkoukis at Townhall:

Warren, who’s from Dalton, Georgia, won the distinction from more than 140,000 photos that were submitted from parents across the country. His mother, Cortney Warren, submitted a photo of him wearing a green shirt, polka dot tie, and with a huge grin on his face. That smile was what caught the company’s eye.

“Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s long-standing heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby,” said Bill Partyka, chief executive and president of Gerber. “This year, Lucas is the perfect fit.”

In a world where far too many people and countries (like Iceland) don’t believe in the value of every human life, Gerber’s decision should be celebrated. More.

Reality check: Yet Iceland, where Robert Spencer was poisoned, boasts of getting rid of everyone with Down syndrome. The world is certainly bifurcating and most of us know which side we should personally be on.

See also: The war on the Hippocratic Oath is a war on you


Newsweek fires all its top edit staff

From Maxwell Tani at Daily Beast,

Newsweek on Monday fired all of its top staff amid turmoil that has upended the newsroom.

Though the editors did not elaborate on why the top staff left the company, three staffers who spoke to The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity pointed out that Li, Katz, Saul, and Keefe had all published pieces reporting on the company’s recent troubles. More.

Reality check: When the business model is propaganda, they need a client, not a public.

See also:  Brent Bozell on 2017 as the year in which the media drama was mainly about the media. 
The basic problem is that, whether we think our media betters are good people or bad people, they are not needed people, not the way they once were. Not when we can all go on the internet and read pretty much anything. We need interpreters, yes, but we have the right to choose them for ourselves. Few people are choosing the mainstream media in any expectation of getting centrist opinion.


“Fat positive” at Princeton

The latest in thing to be. From Matthew Penza at Campus Reform:

“This space is intended for fat identified people to share their experiences as a fat person at Princeton in an accepting and supportive environment,” a newsletter put out by the Women’s Center states.

Additionally, participants will “discuss fat positive programming ideas for the spring semester,” with the event description noting that “dinner will be served.”

Meanwhile, the University Health Services website emphasizes the importance of “exercise and fitness” as an important part of a “healthy life.” More.

Reality check: Princeton has no medical school. Thus, people with some knowledge of the health consequences of obesity will not be forced to misrepresent the health picture: “Obesity Shaved Almost a Year Off U.S. Life Expectancy, Study Says”

Will smoking positive be next? Or is that still beyond the pale if it is not dope?

See also: Students hate Trump SOTU quotes – but they are really Obama’s SOTU quotes


Planned Parenthood: Freedom of conscience for doctors on abortion is “dangerous”

From Lauretta Brown at Townhall:

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, is encouraging their supporters to tell the Department of Health Human Services (HHS) that a proposed rule to strengthen conscience protections for healthcare providers is “dangerous” and “encourages discrimination.” The rule requires health care providers to notify their employees of protections against religious discrimination on job applications and employee manuals. The rule also allows the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to enforce protections for religious medical providers. More.

Reality check: It was never about freedom of choice, exactly; it was about abortion. And in the age of euthanasia, we are all “the fetus” now.

See also: Canada moves quickly toward forced citizen involvement in abortion


Students hate Trump SOTU quotes – but they are really Obama’s SOTU quotes

From Cabot Phillips at Campus Reform,

Campus Reform headed to John Jay College in NYC to talk to students who disapproved of the speech by asking them to react to a few select quotations. Almost unanimously, the students found each of the quotes to be “warmongering”, “aggressive,” and “immature.”

“[Trump] should, like, you know, mind his own business and, like, just focus on America because he’s the President of the United States, not the whole world.”

What the students didn’t know was that all the quotes given to them were taken from President Obama’s State of the Union addresses.More.

Reality check: Like most post-moderns, these students are cheerfully uncurious about their own biases while hunting down others’ biases. And they are quite happy to be ignorant; they feel more comfortable that way. They will not be good citizens for a free society so it is a good thing if they don’t want one.

See also: Mark Steyn on The Memo and Russian interference Clearly, much of this is coming out only because Hillary did not win the election. The Americans have only a few years to replace their burgeoning police state with a police force once again.


YouTube anti-propaganda campaign unfair to public broadcasters, say critics

From Rachel Kraus at Mashable:

YouTube is attempting to stem the ugly ooze of propaganda and conspiracy theories on its platform with what can be best described as a misleading Band-Aid.

On Friday, Google-owned YouTube announced it’s rolling out “notices” that inform users they’re watching a video from an organization that receives funding from a government.

But YouTube will also use the “notice” to flag organizations like America’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), or the British Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Despite the fact that these news entities receive some public funding, they are editorially independent independent by statute. More.

Reality check: The obvious solution is, in a media-saturated age, that governments to quit funding “public broadcasters.” “Editorially independent independent by statute” is nonsense. They know who butters their bread and they act like it. They’re not to blame for that but there is an unbridgeable chasm between independence “by statute” and independence by “we could go out of business” reality.

See also: Mark Steyn on Newman vs. Jordan in “What You’re Saying Is” By now, we’ve probably all heard how psych prof Jordan Peterson politely took down a British talk show host, Cathy Newman, who thought she knew way better than he did what he thought.


Mark Steyn on The Memo and Russian interference

From Mark Steyn:

As I said to Tucker the other night, there’s no evidence of Russian government interference with the 2016 election, but there’s plenty of evidence of US government interference with the 2016 election. The latter ought to be far more disturbing. All foreign governments can be expected to pursue their national interests as they see fit. That the most powerful forces within your own government decide to subvert the election result is far more bizarre, and far graver.

The surveillance of Carter Page was a cover for the surveillance of Trump. The creation of the Steele dossier was a cover for the “Full Investigation” of the Trump campaign. The rumors of Kremlin “kompromat” are a cover for the widespread dissemination of Democrat “kompromat”. And “foreign interference” in the US election is cover for domestic interference in the US election. More.

Reality check: Memo here. (registration required) Clearly, much of this is coming out only because Hillary did not win the election. The Americans have only a few years to replace their burgeoning police state with a police force once again.

See also: Details and background re Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown’s sudden political demise There are Browns all across North America: Career politicians who cash in by offering to sneer slightly less at the voters who cannot afford the endless Marxist revolution against historic civil liberties and values — while selling us out.


Retro: New Republic on the death of blogs

From Jeet Heer at New Republic in 2016:

At the height of the blogging craze, there were even utopian claims made on its behalf: Blogging would give us (finally) the Republic of Letters that the Enlightenment promised, a world where everyone could be a writer and find an audience—an interconnected network where, in true McLuhanesque fashion, a divided world would become a unified global village. Thanks to blogs,
journalist Trevor Butterworth wrote in the Financial Times in 2006, “power was shifting from the gatekeepers of the traditional media to a more open, fluid information society.”

A funeral for blogging itself feels not far off—or at least a mid-life crisis. Blogs still exist, but they lack the youthful vigor of 2003. “It seems like the new young people aren’t very interested in blogging,” Kelly Conaboy lamented Tuesday at The Hairpin. It’s not so much that blogging is dead, but that it’s splintered beyond recognition. Almost every publication you can think of has blogs, but the impact is very different than the blogs of yore. More.

Reality check: Was it just wishful thinking that blogs are dead? If so, people who gave up blogs for Facebook and Twitter may come to regret their choice. Unless they write for the purpose of airing Mark Zuckerberg’s opinions so he doesn’t have to, or something like that.

See also: Facebook traffic down due to its social activism


Separate gay from transgender, for the good of both

From Walt Heyer, a recovering transgender, at the Federalist:

Time to pull the “T” from LGBT. No good reason remains to co-mingle people with mental disorders with people who are homosexual. Nor is it necessary to continue to give social credibility to this tiny group of delusional people who need psychiatric or psychotherapy first and foremost, not pronoun protection or gender reassignment.

Speaking for the non-transgendered or recovered transgendered among us, I am through with the political correctness traps of preferred pronouns and allowing men access to women’s facilities and activities. It’s time to express our compassion for this group and stop participating in their denial. True compassion is acknowledging that serious mental disorders are found in this population and insisting that the medical community stop treating all gender-dysphoric people with hormones and gender reassignment before caring for their mental health.

A good first step is to remove the T from LGBT. More.

Reality check: Heyer offers a wealth of documentation about transgender as a psychological problem. But sanity here is a lost cause.

The single most significant thing about post-modern causes is that they do not need to be coherent or have any particular relationship with fact. As I noted elsewhere:

For instance, as Ruse chronicles, gay activists have claimed that evidence from genetics justifies their demand for a ban on therapy to change unwanted homosexual attractions.6 But leaving aside the tenuousness of their scientific claims, one must ask, Why is the client—in only this one type of case—not entitled to seek therapy for his own purposes? Would the same activists also ban therapy to increase such attractions? What about the bisexual man who would genuinely prefer to just be gay? Or straight? The conveniently loose relationship activists have with science means that they won’t often be confronted with evidence that requires them to adopt a coherent position.

Transgender lobbyists, taking the opposite tack, claim that a person can belong to the other “gender” irrespective of obvious, genetically driven sexual characteristics, due to a concept of gender that could exist only in that individual’s mind. The lobby’s stance seems all the odder when we consider that most neuroscientists hold that the mind does not even exist apart from the biological, sex-specific brain. But the majority view in neuroscience is seldom raised as an objection to transgender claims. More.

We cannot argue because argument is now meaningless and could lead to rank hostility, no matter how peaceable we are. Contradiction does not matter as long as all identified victims have a voice. We must first quietly and peacefully remove all progressives from public office via the ballot box and reclaim the universities for reason and sanity.

See also: Up for Grabs: In Science, When ‘Anything Goes,’ Everything Goes


Canada moves quickly toward forced citizen involvement in abortion

On January 31st, a coalition of groups representing 4700 doctors lost a court challenge against the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. The coalition of doctors oppose the effective referral mandate of the College, claiming that it violates their freedom of conscience and religion as protected in Section 2 of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

  • The Ontario Divisional Court, in its ruling stated that the referral rule was a reasonable limit on doctors’ freedom of religion because it protected “access” that would otherwise be “compromised or sacrificed.” More. 
  • Toronto Right to Life’s application against being forced to support abortion if they participate in the Summer Jobs program has been dismissed.

New law bans protesting against abortion within 50 metres of a clinic in Ontario

Reality check: What it means is that people who would not participate in killing a human being can no longer be doctors.

Groups that do not support the intentional killing of a human being cannot get government money to hire students. That means the students will interact with people who do support it.

People who are appalled by live baby dismemberment cannot protest at the site so it is assumed that all approve and consent.

Things are all unfolding as they should for liberal fascism. And in the age of euthanasia, we are all we are all “the fetus” now.

See also: The war on the Hippocratic Oath is a war on you


Atlantic: How Amazon jobs “harm” poor cities

From Alana Semuels at the Atlantic:

Yet in many ways, Amazon has not been a “rare and wonderful” opportunity for San Bernardino. Workers say the warehouse jobs are grueling and high-stress, and that few people are able to stay in them long enough to reap the offered benefits, many of which don’t become available until people have been with the company a year or more. Some of the jobs Amazon creates are seasonal or temporary, thrusting workers into a precarious situation in which they don’t know how many hours they’ll work a week or what their schedule will be. Though the company does pay more than the minimum wage, and offers benefits like tuition reimbursement, health care, and stock options, the nature of the work obviates many of those benefits, workers say. “It’s a step back from where we were,” said Pat Morris, the former mayor, about the jobs that Amazon offers. “But it’s a lot better than where we would otherwise be,” he said.

San Bernardino is just one of the many communities across the country grappling with the same question: Is any new job a good job? These places, often located in the outskirts of major cities, have lost retail and manufacturing jobs and, in many cases, are still recovering from the recession and desperate to attract economic activity. This often means battling each other to lure companies like Amazon, which is rapidly expanding its distribution centers across the country. But as the experience of San Bernardino shows, Amazon can exacerbate the economic problems that city leaders had hoped it would solve. The share of people living in poverty in San Bernardino was at 28.1 percent in 2016, the most recent year for which census data is available, compared to 23.4 in 2011, the year before Amazon arrived. The median household income in 2016, at $38,456, is 4 percent lower than it was in 2011. This poverty near Amazon facilities is not just an inland California phenomenon—according to a report by the left-leaning group Policy Matters Ohio, one in 10 Amazon employees in Ohio are on food stamps. More.

Reality check: So there are actually jobs in those places now? No wonder Trump won the US election. No wonder leftism is tanking faster than a Lada driven over a sea cliff. If it is a choice between seething on welfare and sweating on the job, the seethers are useful to the leftist and the sweaters are useful to themselves.

See also: Why compassionate social policies produce such misery For historical reasons, most of the people who have escaped the parasitic compassion industries are white and middle class. Hence, the attack on “white” and “middle class” values. The real issue is, those values don’t promote the misfortune and helplessness compassioneers need.


Intellectual termite watch: Numbers are “social constructs”