No shock that the United Nations would pass its silly resolution against the defamation of religion sponsored by the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), whereby all U.N. members are presumably now obligated to pass domestic legislation against blasphemy. The resolution was originally introduced in 1999 by the OIC, asserting that “Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism.”
In reality, such anti-blasphemy laws are regularly used in the Muslim
world to suppress free speech by attacking fellow Muslims and non-Muslims who criticize the government or protest human rights violations. Such laws are also used as pretext against individuals in personal and business disputes.
I can’t improve on the very first letter to this story in the Toronto Star recapping the shameful Galloway Affair in light of the Jewish Defence League actually bragging about their influence in having a Palestinian supporter and strident critic of Israeli policies absurdly deemed to be a “terrorist” and prevented from entering the country to address Canadian peace activists.
Jason Kenney said: “But that border officer . . . makes what’s called a fresh decision. That border officer looks at all the information and makes a decision on admissibility.” Anyone who believes this man’s ridiculously fatuous statements is a few bricks short of a load. What these events suggest to me, rather, is that the worst elements of the most radical Jewish organizations in Canada now effectively control our Middle East foreign policy through their manipulation of dissemblers like Mr. Kenny, who, as Mr. Walkdom wrote the other day “has lost it”. And that should make the 99% of us they do not represent, including many Jews, very nervous.
As stated by Jamie Liew, one of Galloway’s lawyers, “The [Immigration and Refugee Protection Act] is being interpreted to restrict certain opinions and voices. This is a dangerous precedent in terms of how we grant access.” Indeed.
Somewhere, Jamie Oliver is weeping…
So much for all that preaching about the virtues of healthy eating habits and good nutritional choices.
Uh-oh! With talk of health care reform in the wind south of the border, get ready for a spate of exposes such as this about the horrors of “socialized medicine”… Count on it.
You can find out more about the West Midlands hospital that’s subject of the CBS News story here. Not to be confused with this one:
But wait, there’s an upside!
Okay, credit due to CBS for presenting a “fair and balanced” perspective by also featuring a more positive experience in addition to the aforementioned downside of the NHS.
Yesterday, House Republicans made a pretty big deal about unveiling their budget alternative. Today, they released… a 19-page document that contains no hard spending numbers or deficit projections whatsoever. Per the AP: “One of the few hard bits of information is a promise to simplify the tax code and cut income tax rates to 10 percent for people making $100,000 or less down. They also promise to cut domestic spending below current levels…”
Not surprisingly, the Democratic National Committee pounced on the GOP’s “budget” — or lack thereof. “After 27 days, the best House Republicans could come up with is a 19-page pamphlet that does not include a single real budget proposal or estimate,” said DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan. “While there had been talk that House Republicans were overriding their Senate counterparts to offer a budget alternative, it’s clear after this announcement that neither of them have anything to offer but criticism.”
Now before getting too smug about the plight of the Republicans, here’s a thought that’s crossed my mind on more than a few occasions when viewing commentators discussing their opposition strategy over the past few months and how it seems that rather than proposing any alternative ideas of their own, they opt instead to simply voice grievances about the Obama administration’s plans, budget proposals and legislative agenda.
Consider for a moment if you will that this is very much the same position the Liberal Party of Canada seems to be in at the moment relative to the Harper government. They could just as easily be described as the “Party of No” — were it not, of course, for the fact that despite their histrionics in Question Period, they almost always end up saying “yes” to Harper’s agenda…
Update: Heh. Gibbs can be quite amusing.
A park in South Korea has put rare white tigers in with its lions… Should be fun.
The number one policy question on Change.gov was: “Will you consider leagalizing marijuana so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs.”
And here’s the answer given by President Obama at his first virtual “World Wide”
Town Web Hall meeting.
Not surprising in the least, but disappointing nonetheless.
So, any bets on who will be the first leader to hold their own “virtual town hall meeting” here in Canada…
Rep. David Whittle (D-VA) speaks passionately about how his son, who died in Iraq, would have loved to see HRH7868 (an appropriations bill for a $200 million toll highway) passed.
When the New York Times recently published a resignation letter from Jake Desantis, an executive vice president of the American International Groups financial products unit, to Edward Liddy, the chief executive of AIG, it sparked a heated discussion whether or not the firm was being treated fairly by both the press and the public. Mr. Desantis wrote that he was going give up all of the $742,000 he received in bonuses and donate the after-tax portion to charity.
American News Project headed to the streets of Washington to get peoples take on the issue.