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Canadian Elections and Paul: Romans 1-28 …

Oh well, I guess we will just keep swimming, eh?

So, I have waited a few days to let the emotions settle before commenting on our recent election results and the likely outcomes. I have been predicting exactly this election result for a couple of months now.

To say that we frozen chosen out here on the western plains are bitterly disappointed would be an understatement, and there is a apparently deep groundswell of resentment for being cast as the “Bad Boys” in all the election rhetoric heard through various Canadian MSM media outlets.

As well we note a large sense of being abused, and taken advantage of by all the “low information voters” in those assorted little “People’s Republics” east of the Manitoba border who universally depend on spending other people’s money for all the government benefits they enjoy and for which they reward the commies by re-electing them like nodding donkeys. The scam is called “transfer payments” and the purpose is to fund all the government controlled benefits in “have not” provinces out of the levy extracted from the defined “have” provinces … of which there apparently is only 1, namely Alberta.

Yves-François Blanchet

Unless, of course, the donkeys are French, and then they are voting for a party which has as it’s foundational platform the breaking up of Canada as a nation and the creation of the “New” country of Quebec. And now the French-fry’s in Quebec city are demanding even more, under the guise of some climate change carbon footprint scam.

I was born and grew up there (Montreal), a proud offspring of the “Quiet Revolution of Jean Lesage and all his descendants. Our family eventualy migrated to Ontario as part of the Anglo “Refugee” tide of the late 60’s. It is sad that the Quebeckers can’t truly be called “French Surrender Monkeys” because they have never had to surrender anything since the Plains of Abraham, the Anglos have been in servile support of “The Frogs” from tit to tit for well over a century no matter what the flavor of PC political BS which our various governments offer up in their ass-covering dances on the media.

The truth experienced from the inside is that the Quebeckers in their self proclaimed  “Maitre Chez Nous” program revealed that at heart they are the worst bigots in the history of Canada. The popular term of the day amongst Anglos was “Franco-Nazis. A more accurate depiction would be difficult to imagine.

The Ideology of the Bloc Quebecois is comprised of equal parts of Quebec nationalism, Quebec autonomism, Quebec sovereigntism, Regionalism, Republicanism, Environmentalism, and Social democracy. A better encapsulation of the philosophy of “Me First! And screw everybody else every way you can!” would be difficult to find in our political landscape these days.

Interestingly enough, there is a beautiful silver lining to the campaign by the Bloc, and by their provincial counterpart the Parti-Quebecois because of all the fallout back in the nineties surrounding the famous “Quebec Referendum”. We lucky few in the West now have a constitutional path to separation thanks to the desperation of the Federal Liberals.

Jean Chrétien, 1995 Prime Minister of Canada

Back in the day, under Papa Doc Trudeau (Justin’s dad?) of unlamented Petro-Can (70’s and 80’s) fame …  and our famous “National Energy Program” (early 80’s). So in the 90’s the Canadian Supreme Court, at the behest of the Federal Liberals under Jean Chretian, (who inherited the prime minister’s office from Papa Doc Trudeau), set the ground rules for how a province can legitimately file for divorce from Canada. Read about the famous “Quebec Referendum” here.

At the time of course they only imagined Quebec leaving … “the times they are a’changing”.  The Quebec Referendum failed by a fraction of a percent and the lines were exclusively drawn along language lines. The West today has absolutely no language lines to divide us and there is a unifying universal feeling that we are just being “badly screwed over” by the East. “Rapine, Pillage, and Plunder” comes to mind.

The East just doesn’t get it … and they don’t want to because to consider how the West feels about them forces the East to acknowledge what a huge part of their normal lives depend on everything flowing out of the west into the eastern coffers.  How will a universally hated Federal Liberal government appeal to the alienated West?

How will Eastern Canada deal with the visceral antipathy felt here in the West towards Quebec and Ontario? Nobody here cares spit about the Maritimes, because everybody in the Maritimes with even a little get up and go is already here in  Alberta, working for a living., not suckin’ off the Federal Government tit like their friends and relations “back home”. Do any of you Easterners have a rational answer to that question?  Anybody? Anybody? Bueller? Bueller?

The BBC recently reported “With 34 seats, Alberta takes up only about 10% of Canada’s parliament, the House of Commons. But economically, the oil-producing province contributes 17% to the country’s GDP. Then there are the equalization payments, the money that “have not” provinces receive from the federal government. Alberta contributes billions a year to the federal tax pool because of its strong economy, but has not received a payment since 1965.

That remained true even when Alberta was hit with its worst financial crisis in decades. Between 2014-16, an overabundance of supply caused the worldwide price of oil to plummet, which led to the loss of more than 100,000 jobs in the province and a full-on recession.

Peter Downing

That has left many Albertans feeling anxious and ignored, says Peter Downing, former soldier, ex-RCMP officer and creator of right-wing agitprop, and he has a new mission — the champion of Alberta separatism.

Since 2016, the economic recovery has been fragile, especially as several pipeline projects hang in limbo thanks to opposition from Eastern jurisdictions. That has left many Albertans believing that there is nothing for them in being part of Canada except to keep on getting screwed.

“We’ve always been okay to help other parts of the country when they’ve been in need,” Downing says “But when we’ve been in need, we’ve been nothing but kicked all the way around.”

Western separatism has a long history in Albertan politics, and it has seen a resurgence in popularity — not that that translates into political power — in the years since Justin Trudeau was elected, and as the energy-rich province faces difficulty getting resources to market and pipelines built.

While there’s already an independence party, Downing, who has started Wexit Alberta, is hoping to bring together the disparate elements, the frustration, and combine them to create a functioning party apparatus. Downing, who has done his time as a creator of inflammatory right-wing political advertising, has been on a speaking tour of Alberta, discussing Wexit — as in Brexit, not We-Exit — and its quest for party status.

So, yea, I am a little twisted right now about being screwed yet again for the umpteenth time by Eastern Canada and our sick “First Past The Post” electoral system that consistently sees communists running the show with only 30% of the popular vote.

Right now in the wake of yet another screwin’ by the East I have to work hard to keep reminding myself that we still have much to be grateful for here in Alberta, a quick glance at world news reinforces this, for example: would I rather be doing business in Lebanon, or Venezuela? So here, to share my quest for peace, is an iconic image from my Bing Desktop slideshow:

Sunrise in Alberta, October 2019, just keep swimming, Joe …

The other fact that makes this all bearable is the reality that this world doesn’t matter. This world only matters to the Policy makers, the “movers and shakers”, the Atheist killers, in Eastern Canada. What really matters is Eternity.

I am reading an excellent new book these days (when am I not reading, right?). It is named “Christus Vincit,  by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, based on 3 interviews with Diane Montagna, who I have posted about here.  In this absorbing interview, Bishop Athanasius Schneider offers a candid, incisive examination of controversies raging in the Church and the most pressing issues of our times, providing clarity and hope for beleaguered Catholics. Here is a brief quote from the introduction:

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In his inaugural encyclical E Supremi, St. Pius X remarked that so serious was the gathering storm of error at the beginning of the twentieth century that he would not be surprised to hear that the Antichrist was already on this earth. The same pope would go on to describe Modernism as the synthesis of all heresies and the herald of the end time.

The Church Fathers do not fail to give us a spiritual interpretation of the famous words of Our Lord: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Mt 24: 29).

The tribulation, St. Augustine tells us, will precede the great falling away. “These things shall be ‘after the tribulation of those days,’ not because they shall happen when the whole persecution is overpast, but because the tribulation shall be first, that the falling away may come after” (Ep. 199, 39).

The “Sun,” Christ, will be obscured in the hearts of men, and the “Moon,” the Church, will no longer win men’s hearts by her beauty. “In that ungoverned fury of wicked persecutors, the Church shall not be seen.” The “stars,” members of the Church who seemed reliable touchstones of orthodoxy, will fall from the true faith and the moral life. “Many, who seemed to be shining in God’s grace, shall give way to their persecutors, and shall fall, and even the stoutest believers shall be shaken,” St. Augustine tells us.

And yet, like the fall of the rebel angels from heaven, it is a sign of the coming triumph of Christ (Lk 10: 18). Whether Our Lord’s words do refer to our days or not, their resonances in the experience of Bishop Athanasius Schneider and so many others are undeniable, and his insights into the apocalyptic challenges facing Christ’s flock in these days count as essential reading for those truly alive to the signs of the times.

Schneider, Bishop Athanasius; Montagna, Diane. Christus Vincit: Christ’s Triumph Over the Darkness of the Age (Kindle Locations 75-89). Angelico Press.

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St. Paul always has something useful and incisive to say and his words ring true just as much today as they did way back then.

Paul:  Romans 1-28
1Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— 2the gospel He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life a was a descendant of David, 4and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.

Paul Corrects Peter

5Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. 6And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

7To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul’s Longing to Visit Rome

8First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. 9God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.

11I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. 13I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,  that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.

14I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. 16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,  just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

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Saint Teresa of Avila by Peter_Paul_Rubens

St. Teresa of Avila, the celebrated Carmelite nun, mystic and Doctor of the Church wrote a little prayer in the 16th century. It’s called St. Teresa’s Bookmark because, according to tradition this great saint carried it around in her prayer book, where it was found after her death in 1582.

So, if the events of today are driving you crazy, this prayer below, known as St. Teresa’s Bookmark, can help you calm down. When you wake up at 2 O’clock in the morning is your stomach all tied up in knots with worries? Is your mind racing like a hamster in a cage going around and around on a wheel?

Give yourself a break! Take a deep breath. St. Teresa’s Bookmark can give you some much needed peace and perspective on things!

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing;
God only is changeless.
Patience gains all things.
Who has God wants nothing.
God alone suffices.

this world does not matter, all that matters is eternity. and in the same vein, here is a parting poem:

Thy sea, O God, so great,
My boat so small.
It cannot be that any happy fate
Will me befall
Save as Thy goodness opens paths for me
Through the consuming vastness of the sea.

Thy winds, O God, so strong,
So slight my sail.
How could I curb and bit them on the long
And saltry trail,
Unless Thy love were mightier than the wrath
Of all the tempests that beset my path?

Thy world, O God, so fierce,
And I so frail.
Yet, though its arrows threaten oft to pierce
My fragile mail,
Cities of refuge rise where dangers cease,
Sweet silences abound, and all is peace.

Winfred Ernest Garrison, 1874 – 1969

Cheers

Joe

Thy sea, O God, so great,
My boat so small.

 

 

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It’s a Mess … and silver linings … reprise from 2017 …

Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bob Dillon, from the album “Bringing It All Back Home”, 1965

Welcome to October in Alberta … 0 degrees and snowing off and on all day and the ripped up street in front of our building is still not paved and business appears to be down about 50% or so as a result. Optimism is in hiding and I am wearing my winter fur hat when I go for walks.

My favorite Naruto character is Shikamaru Nara (奈良シカマル, Nara Shikamaru) is a shinobi of Konohagakure’s Nara clan. Though lazy by nature, Shikamaru has a rare intellect that consistently allows him to prevail in combat. The responsibilities that these successes leave him with cause him frequent annoyance.

When faced with something like our situation here in our little town he might remark or exclaim “めんどくさい” (mendokusai)troublesome or bothersome. This is a very common exclamation when faced with the sort of situation we have been dealing with all summer and can be used whenever you don’t want to do something or deal with something. But be careful! If you use this phrase too much, you might find yourself becoming a lazy person! Another colloquial translation might be “What a drag!”

So whenever I start to get depressed about the state of our local economy and the morality of our Socialist Progressive governments (see post here) and the current chaos in our church I tend to take a step back and consider all the good things globally, that’s right, I see many good things globally — good for Canada and Alberta at least. I wrote this post originally back in June 2017, 15 months ago … seems like we are about there now with drone attacks and a shooting conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia just a silly finger slip away, so lets get on with it, eh!.

Friend or Foe in the Middle East

Friend or Foe in the Middle East

On the right is a wonderful chart from one of the many newsletters I read …  as a proud resident of the only province in Canada with a future (in spite of looking grim right now) I see reason for hope on the horizon. Alberta’s future is intimately tied to energy and the production and export of energy resources.

To say that the Middle East is a powder keg just waiting for a spark is actually an understatement of the reality on the ground, at least as far as I can determine reading all the international news feeds, newsletters and blogs.

Now God forbid that we should pray for a major melt down in the Arabian peninsula but any way you paint a situation where our mortal enemies and OUR major competitor in global oil markets destroy themselves without our intervention is just plain good news for western Christian oil producing nations (there’s just got to be a sin in there somewhere). And Canada is close to the head of the pack when it comes to production and proven reserves amongst nominally Christian oil producing nations.

OPEC Oil Exports 2014

OPEC Oil Exports 2014

One can safely assume that literally anyone trying to pretend that things there will be OK and we don’t need energy independence is taking the same drugs as the Main Stream Media and the “Trump Hate” crowd.

A determined terrorist campaign in Saudi Arabia would (hopefully) completely revise the global economy. Do you think that world oil production just might be impacted by a full scale war in a more chaotic Arabian peninsula?

Do you suppose that such an event wouldn’t be great news for North American oil and coal producers? Do you think passing laws against coal and oil consumption makes the resource mysteriously disappear? Seriously folks, “Stupid is as stupid does”, and a firm belief in a fantasy  no more alters reality than writing “Darkness!” on the wall of your padded cell extinguishes the Sun.

“Alberta”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Self Portrait”, (June 1970)

While the Progressives crow about our coreligionists lack of proof of God and the foundations for our religious beliefs, they never think to question the complete absence of any evidence for their own beliefs or, for that matter, for any intelligent consideration of the impacts of their own religious beliefs on the populations over which they claim to rule. C.S. Lewis’s mandarins of N.I.C.E. in his book “That Hideous Strength”  haven’t got a patch on the modern crop of mandarins in the halls of power in our fair land.

Current reality places Canada (Alberta) as the 7th largest oil producer in the world, but three of the highest producers ahead of us on the list are Muslim nations who are prominently center stage in the chaos of the Arabian peninsula. In fact it is not unreasonable to attribute all the chaos in the geopolitical environment found today in the Arabian peninsula and much of the rest of the world to the internecine rivalry between these three Muslim nations.

Countries by Oil Production

Countries by Oil Production – CIA factbook 2013

Any significant change in the geopolitics of the Middle East could catapult Canada (Alberta) to 4th place in the production charts at 3.6 million barrels a day after Russia, U.S.A. and China.

This in spite of the willful stupidity of her government(s). Even the NDP are essentially powerless to screw up the global economy, and I am optimistic that they will not be able to permanently damage the most productive Province in Canada.

An even more important part of the picture is the proven reserves picture. Another slice of reality is that Canada (Alberta) is currently in 3rd place  after Venezuela and Saudi Arabia in proven reserves. In a world economy suddenly deprived of access to half of global energy resources “Who Ya gonna Call?” If you are looking for stable sources for your energy supplies do you pick a nation where violence and corruption are the rule of the day, or do you pick the nation where peaceful rule of law prevails? And the added benefit would be de-funding the Middle East by not buying their oil would put a huge damper on terrorism everywhere

Why in the hell doesn’t the U.S.A. invoke some sort of “Strategic Priority” to drive out Boy Justin and his merry band of deviants and annex Alberta to “secure their strategic energy reserves” and prevent China from grabbing the prize by buying Canadian oil companies like Husky Oil. The bureaucrats certainly wouldn’t care who was paying their fat salaries and Justin may be the big man on Facebook but he is small potatoes on the international stage. The Canadian military would probably opt to “remain in garrison” until the whole evolution was over since they would likely find a lot more appreciation from Washington going forward than they have ever gotten from Ottawa in all of Canadian history.

Now a little corruption goes a long way to grease the wheels of governance and Canada has fallen a long way from the 50’s when we had the international reputation as the most honest bureaucracy on the planet. I suspect only the slightest nudges would be necessary to move our political masters in the appropriate direction. After all, our current governments are full fledged players in the “Pay to Play” schemes historically developed in other world capitals.

Oil Producing Countries

By Ekrub-ntyh at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1914119

It may come as a shock to some but we have enough energy reserves right here in Alberta alone, including all sources, to fuel current and projected demand in North America for the next 4 to 5 hundred years at least. You read that right, enough energy to fuel current and projected demand in all of North America for the next 4 to 5 centuries.

Back in the late 70’s early 80’s I worked as a contract administrator for a company called JOY Manufacturing. Among other things we produced electrostatic precipitators and bag filter systems for heavy industries like steel mills, foundries, paper mills and especially for coal fired electrical generation plants.

For at least 40 years now we have had the technology to clean emissions from coal to at least approximately the levels produced by natural gas. These systems are currently in use all over the world. The only thing preventing their adoption here is religion and politics.  Canada also developed and produces the safest nuclear reactors on the planet and a large chunk of the fuel for those reactors  and Alberta is prime stable real estate for a huge nuclear energy park … no floods, no earthquakes, large empty tracts of land far from population centers and  safe reactors … what’s not to love about that picture.

But using that clean energy technology flies in the face of the religious position of the Socialist Progressive ninnies and nannies in our governments. It’s just A-OK with them to impose their version of the “final solution” to eliminate inconvenient babies and seniors but Gaia forbid we should use clean coal technology to give every one cheap electricity.

The only thing standing in the way of Alberta having a global impact in oil production is weak prices and government policy, especially government policy. The Venezuelan government did a pretty good job of destroying the rosy future for it’s people and Alberta’s government under the NDP was trying hard to go down the the same path. Fortunately, Alberta voters returned to their historic senses and wiped out the NDP in a blue tsunami last election.

Given the current state of “Rule of Law” in Canada I think we are a long way from following the Venezuela model. Notwithstanding the rule of law there are still legions of zombie voters in Canada who could conceivably keep the Liberals in power for at least 1 more election if only through a coalition with the Greens or the NDP.

Our silly “first past the post” electoral system practically guarantees that the various self centered right of centre splinter parties without a hope in hell of winning any seats will still fracture the conservative vote and return the Liberals to power yet again with only 30% or so of the national vote. O right! … that was set up by the Liberals … right, maybe they ARE the smartest guys in the room. We will no doubt see that play out since we are not considering moving away just yet.

So the point of this polemic is that there are actually lots of reasons for optimism despite current conditions in the neighbourhood.

Cheers

Joe

cooling stacks steam plantSo we can pay $100.00 per month for electricity using steam , or $1200.00 per month for electricity using wind and solar.  Seems like a no-brainer to me. So come on voters, we’ve had our Friday night stupidity binge, let’s change the landscape of Canadian politics and turf the Progressive leftist parasites out.

 

 

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Coldest Weather in Toronto in over 100 Years …

Ballad Of A Thin Man”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited”, (1965)

People walk through snow on a cold day in Quebec City, Canada on December 27, 2017. In Canada, extreme cold warnings were issued for scores of communities across the country, including the heavily-populated provinces of Ontario and Quebec. While Toronto reported temperatures of minus 15 C (5 F) and Ottawa minus 25 C, the coldest spot in Canada was minus 42.8 C in Armstrong, Ontario, according to Environment Canada. / AFP PHOTO / Alice ChicheALICE CHICHE/AFP/Getty Images

I hope you’re staying warm this New Year’s January 02, 2018.  Much of our great country is under extreme cold warning.  In Calgary, on New Year’s Eve, it was feeling like -40°C with the wind chill  and it was so cold that Edmonton cancelled it’s outdoors New Years activities over the weekend (those Redmontonians are such pussies).

Back to the Calgary New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, watching TV coverage of the frozen chosen gathered to watch the Big Ball Drop in the windy outdoors, lots of miserably cold beautiful people on display, and I am certain that the Big Ball was the only ball that dropped. All the rest were snuggling up tight and warm.  CTV News has reported that much of Canada has been colder than Antarctica – and even colder than Mars! 

Ontario Premier

Ontario Premier

Toronto has shortened its New Year’s Eve party due to the coldest weather forecast in over 100 years.  And it’s so cold in Ottawa that some Liberal Ministers have been caught with their hands in their own pockets for once!  Speaking of Liberals with their hands in your pockets, do you know what come into effect on January 01, 2018?

Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax.

That’s right – the long-awaited Liberal carbon tax on everything comes into effect in 2018. Now some of you might note that it is often quite cold in Canada – and you’d be right. It takes a special level of Liberal “Rules don’t Apply To Me” arrogance to jack up taxes on hard-working Canadians who are simply trying to heat their homes in the dead of winter.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with the media in the foyer of the House of Commons following the release of an ethics report in Ottawa on Wednesday December 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld ORG XMIT: ajw105

So. seriously folks, remember Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax? It hasn’t received any coverage lately, because who in their right mind would want to draw attention to a Global Warming tax going into general revenue  in a country whose economy in in the toilet and the weather is colder than Mars?

The Canadian Prime Minister cancelled all outdoor New Year’s Eve festivities because of extreme cold, but found the unsurprising results of the Ethics Commissioner Investigation into the Aga Kahn Vacationgate shenanigans to be too hot to handle, too much of a surprise.

The last impression many Canadians have of Justin Trudeau in this year of Our Lord, 2017, was of him, shock-faced, rattled and babbling incoherently for a TV eternity of a minute and a half.

For all the sense he made, he could have been speaking Njerep ( I have a Masters in Google search) a language that survives only on the tongues of four people in the entire world, the youngest of whom is already 60.

It’s not because the question was tough, nor could it possibly have been unforeseen. He had been found guilty by the ethics commissioner of, not one, but four provisions of the conflict of interest law. I last touched on this matter in January, 2017, almost a year ago in https://notmyfirstrodeoblog.me/2017/01/10/meanwhile-on-other-fronts/

The truth underlying his genuine surprise is the foundational Liberal belief (of all Liberals of every station in life, politician, bureaucrat or voter) that the rules don’t apply to them. The foundational platform plank of all Liberal views is thatRULES DON’T APPLY TO LIBERALS! Rules are for the rubes and suckers who vote for us, and especially for the evil dead who don’t vote for us.

So we don’t want any coverage of Global Warming taxes and woe to any MSM who report on it. They might get excluded from the next Liberal Ministerial Press Conference and we can’t have that being talked about in the Ottawa cocktail parties.  And this is exactly how the Liberals and the NDP want it, don’t you dare tell the rubes that we are stealing their hard earned dollarettes to fund all our pet projects  – from the Big Liberal Carbon Tax Slush Fund.

With this sort of wind(chill)fall for lefty politicians it is (ice)crystal clear that they can’t pass up another trough, and that is what it is really all about. It could never be clearer in just whose pocket, (the progressives) and which pocket, (the one closest to the warm sweaty crotch), that all the Canadian Media (those world famous legends in their own minds) are comfortably curled up in.

Canadian Collaborators

Canadian Collaborators

But it, the “Carbon Tax”, is still there, and now starting to cost you all your hard-earned dollarettes.

And just in case my American brethren think this is a “Made in Canada” issue, your own EPA has even more draconian powers to tax and waste and sacrifice all our first born children on the altar of their insidious, incestuous daisy chain of abuse.

And the Liberals and the NDP are very tight-lipped about how much it will end up costing you all, you voters you! The last thing all those Left Wing sword swallowers want you to understand is just how badly you are getting screwed to pay for all their special interest parties and projects.

Alberta Premier

Alberta Premier

However, thanks to a new RBC Economics report – we now have an idea.  During this fiscal year – prior to the full implementation of Trudeau’s carbon tax – “carbon levies are expected to hit $4.8 billion.” And what’s going to happen after Trudeau’s full carbon tax goes into effect in …well, right now?

The numbers are likely going to double! That is almost 10 billion dollars 0f new Liberal taxes for all the Liberal causes like, to name just a very few … “the Aga Khan Foundation”, “National Health”, “National Broadcasting”,  and so on ad nauseam. Emperor Palpatine has got nothing on the Progressive Environmentalist priesthood running Canada from the halls of power and corner offices in Ottawa and the Provincial Capitals.

Socialist Carbon Taxes are TRULY something to celebrate

Socialist Carbon Taxes are TRULY something to celebrate

That’s almost $10 billion a year, out of the pockets of taxpayers and consumers – which will hit low-income families the hardest.

That’s money gone from the bottom line of Canada’s manufacturers and agricultural sectors, already in disastrous straits, which will hurt their ability to hire more Canadians. And the revenue generated by this tax will rise each and every year, as Trudeau increases the levy from $10 per tonne to $50 in only a few short years.

When politicians of all stripes and religions all get together to tell the voters that this is not a tax grab you can be pretty certain that we have another BOHICA going on. Check out thePan-Canadian Framework

Just another little political and economic joy inducing tidbit from you friendly Progressive Governments in their nice warm corner offices across the country. “Something to sing about, tune up a string about”, definitely “Something to Sing About“, eh Canada? How are things working out for all you Canadian taxpayers since Oscar Brand wrote “Something to Sing About” waaay back in 1970?

Cheers

Joe

There’s a WHOLE LOT of stupid goin’ on, but Carbon Taxes in the coldest country on the planet raises the stupid bar to a whole higher cosmic order of magnitude.  Who would ever have guessed that Canadian voters were this idiotic? Who Knew? It brings a whole new meaning to “Low Information Voter”.

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It’s a Mess … and silver linings

Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bob Dillon, from the album “Bringing It All Back Home”, 1965

Whenever I start to get depressed about the state of our local economy and the morality of our Socialist Progressive governments (see last post here) I tend to take a step back and consider all the good things globally, that’s right, I see many good things globally — good for Canada and Alberta at least.

Friend or Foe in the Middle East

Friend or Foe in the Middle East

On the right is a wonderful chart from one of the many newsletters I read …  as a proud resident of the only province in Canada with a future (in spite of looking grim right now) I see reason for hope on the horizon. Alberta’s future is intimately tied to energy and the production and export of energy resources.

To say that the Middle East is a powder keg just waiting for a spark is actually an understatement of the reality on the ground, at least as far as I can determine reading all the international news feeds, newsletters and blogs.

Now God forbid that we should pray for a major melt down in the Arabian peninsula but any way you paint a situation where our mortal enemies and OUR major competitor in global oil markets destroy themselves without our intervention is just plain good news for western Christian oil producing nations (there’s just got to be a sin in there somewhere). And Canada is at the head of the pack when it comes to production and proven reserves amongst nominally Christian oil producing nations.

OPEC Oil Exports 2014

OPEC Oil Exports 2014

One can safely assume that literally anyone trying to pretend that things there will be OK and we don’t need energy independence is taking the same drugs as the Main Stream Media and the “Trump Hate” crowd.

A determined terrorist campaign in Saudi Arabia would (hopefully) completely revise the global economy. Do you think that world oil production just might be impacted by a full scale war in a more chaotic Arabian peninsula?

Do you suppose that such an event wouldn’t be great news for North American oil and coal producers? Do you think passing laws against coal and oil consumption makes the resource mysteriously disappear? Seriously folks, “Stupid is as stupid does”, and a firm belief in a fantasy  no more alters reality than writing “Darkness!” on the wall of your padded cell extinguishes the Sun.

“Alberta”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Self Portrait”, (June 1970)

While the Progressives crow about our coreligionist’s lack of proof of God and the foundations for our religious beliefs, they never think to question the complete absence of any evidence for their own beliefs or, for that matter, for any intelligent consideration of the impacts of their own religious beliefs on the populations over which they claim to rule. C.S. Lewis’s mandarins of N.I.C.E. in his book “That Hideous Strength”  haven’t got a patch on the modern crop of mandarins in the halls of power in our fair land.

Current reality places Canada (Alberta) as the 7th largest oil producer in the world, but three of the highest producers ahead of us on the list are Muslim nations who are prominently center stage in the chaos of the Arabian peninsula. In fact it is not unreasonable to attribute all the chaos in the geopolitical environment found today in the Arabian peninsula to the internecine rivalry between these three Muslim nations.

Countries by Oil Production

Countries by Oil Production – CIA factbook 2013

Any significant change in the geopolitics of the Middle East could catapult Canada (Alberta) to 4th place in the production charts at 3.6 million barrels a day after Russia, U.S.A. and China.

This in spite of the willful stupidity of her government(s). Even the NDP are essentially powerless to screw up the global economy, and I am optimistic that they will not be able to permanently damage the most productive Province in Canada.

An even more important part of the picture is the proven reserves picture. Another slice of reality is that Canada (Alberta) is currently in 3rd place  after Venezuela and Saudi Arabia in proven reserves. In a world economy suddenly deprived of access to half of global energy resources “Who Ya gonna Call?”. If you are looking for stable sources for your energy supplies do you pick a nation where violence and corruption are the rule of the day, or do you pick the nation where peaceful rule of law prevails?

Now a little corruption goes a long way to grease the wheels of governance and Canada has fallen a long way from the 50’s when we had the international reputation as the most honest bureaucracy on the planet. I suspect only the slightest nudges would be necessary to move our political masters in the appropriate direction. After all, our current governments are full fledged players in the “Pay to Play” schemes historically developed in other world capitals.

Oil Producing Countries

By Ekrub-ntyh at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1914119

It may come as a shock to some but we have enough energy reserves right here in Alberta alone, including all sources, to fuel current and projected demand in North America for the next 4 to 5 hundred years. You read that right, enough energy to fuel current and projected demand in North America for the next 4 to 5 centuries.

Back in the late 70’s early 80’s I worked as a contract administrator for a company called JOY Manufacturing. Among other things we produced electrostatic precipitators and bag filter systems for heavy industries like steel mills, foundries, paper mills and especially for coal fired electrical generation plants.

For at least 40 years now we have had the technology to clean emissions from coal to at least approximately the levels produced by natural gas. These systems are currently in use all over the world. The only thing preventing their adoption here is religion and politics.  Canada also developed and produces the safest nuclear reactors on the planet and a large chunk of the fuel for those reactors

But using that clean energy technology flies in the face of the religious position of the Socialist Progressive ninnies in our governments. It’s just A-OK with them to impose their version of the “final solution” to eliminate inconvenient babies and seniors but Gaia forbid we should use clean coal technology to give every one cheap electricity.

The only thing standing in the way of Canadian global dominance in oil production is weak prices and government policy. The Venezuelan government did a pretty good job of destroying the rosy future for it’s people and Alberta’s government is looking to try the same path right now.

Given the current state of “Rule of Law” in Canada I think we are a long way from following the Venezuela model. Notwithstanding the rule of law there are still legions of zombie voters in Redmonton who could conceivably keep the NDP in power for more than 1 election. We will no doubt see that play out since we are not considering moving away just yet.

So the point of this polemic is that there are actually lots of reasons for optimism despite current conditions in the neighbourhood.

Cheers

Joe

cooling stacks steam plantSo we can pay $100.00 per month for electricity using steam , or $1200.00 per month for electricity using wind and solar.  Seems like a no-brainer to me. So come on voters, we’ve had our Friday night stupidity binge, let’s change the landscape of Canadian politics and turf the Progressive parasites out.

 

 

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What Does Prosperity Look Like?

“Aki”, Rodrigo Rodriguez, from the album “Inner thoughts”, (2006)

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Alberta Morning …

-20 degrees and sunny, drinking strong hot coffee and thinking about what we have thrown away in our desperation to punish past political masters who provoked us with their greed, corruption and fundamental incompetence at the pointy end. Now where were we, where did we come from physically and economically?

Checking the “Way Back Machine” to refresh our memories we find as recently as 2011 Canada was rated #1 as the best place on the planet to do business.

In 1998 we Shire Folk left the most racist, anti-business, highest crime rate in the industrialized world, most corrupt, jurisdiction in Canada (the Northwest Territories) supported by 5 billion dollars a year in Federal Liberal Taxpayer money pumped into the NWT to keep about 60,000 aboriginals and 2 safe Liberal seats in parliament alive and employed, and we settled 1000 miles to the south in Alberta. Back then it looked like God’s country to folks who had spent 15 years living in the Arctic.

(Full Disclosure and Disclaimer) The assertions expressed in the above paragraph are my own alone based on 15 years (1982-1998) of first hand, face to face experience, and observation, in the areas of resource transportation, construction, Department of Justice, Corrections Service (prisons), Headquarters Government service in the Department of Social Services, and as the NWT jurisdictional representative with the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics which is a division of Statistics Canada in Ottawa. Other observers may not agree with my assessment or might not see themselves and their activities in that light or may have had a different experience in the NWT but I sincerely believe I can support those assertions with empirical evidence from many diverse independent sources.

OK, back to the story … By 2011, we were self employed, doing reasonably well and living in the #1 business environment and best economy in the world in Alberta, Canada. We had a corrupt but business friendly government in the PC party of Alberta running things here and a Conservative government lead by Stephen Harper (from Calgary,  Alberta) doing an excellent job for the nation  as a whole. A study released by the Toronto Dominion Bank on the world economy rated the “Corridor” between Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta as the most productive stretch of real estate in the world in terms of dollars per capita output.

During that period, according to Forbes:

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“During the run-up to every U.S. presidential election, countless Americans threaten to move to Canada if their preferred candidate does not emerge victorious. Of course, few follow through with a move north. Maybe it is time to reconsider.

Canada ranks No. 1 in our annual look at the Best Countries for Business. While the U.S. is paralyzed by fears of a double-dip recession and Europe struggles with sovereign debt issues, Canada’s economy has held up better than most. The $1.6 trillion economy is the ninth biggest in the world and grew 3.1% last year. It is expected to expand 2.4% in 2011, according to the Royal Bank of Canada.

Canada skirted the banking meltdown that plagued the U.S. and Europe. Banks like Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Nova Scotia and Bank of Montreal avoided bailouts and were profitable during the financial crises that started in 2007. Canadian banks emerged from the tumult among the strongest in the world thanks to their conservative lending practices.

Canada is the only country that ranks in the top 20 in 10 metrics that we considered to determine the Best Countries for Business (we factored in 11 overall). It ranks in the top five for both investor protection as well as lack of red tape, which measures how easy it is to start a business.” 

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That was then. How are things now?

For the annual ratings Forbes leans on research and published reports from the Central Intelligence Agency, Freedom House, Heritage Foundation, Property Rights Alliance, Transparency International, the World Bank and World Economic Forum to compile the rankings.

So lets investigate where we went in the last  5 years. Here is what the pundits think about Canada now. Today, under the gentle ministrations of the Notley Socialists in Alberta, and Boy Trudeau’s Liberal socialists in Ottawa  the picture has changed radically and getting worse faster.  One contact recently sent me this from an article he read:

“Article – O’ Leary – ECONOMY MAY LEAD TO TRUDEAU OUSTER

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“TORONTO – Our economy is now measured in “dollerettes” and “massive debt” and Canadian businessman Kevin O’Leary predicts if it keeps up, the Liberals may start thinking about replacing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “I think there could be a competition for leadership in the Liberal party because tax and spend is a really dumb idea in a country of no growth,” the Shark Tank star told my Newstalk 1010 show, the Late Shift. “I don’t think Justin Trudeau will have a long tenure.”  Canada’s economy is bleeding to death, he said, and the government is sticking in more knives.  “I can’t believe what is happening to my country,” the investor and entrepreneur said from an investment conference in Florida. “It’s going to zero fast. This is malfeasance.”

Just a couple of weeks removed from trial-ballooning the idea of running for the Conservative leadership, he warns Canada is becoming the laughing stock of the business world. Nobody will invest here while governments talk of multibillion-dollar deficit budgets and continue to slap business-killing regulations on growth potential, O’Leary said.

“The world has figured out in the past nine months that (Alberta NDP Premier) Rachel Notley has no idea what she is doing,” he said. “Her government is killing that province. She is totally clueless and she is killing this country. I think Canadians should get on their knees and beg her to take a holiday.”  Ontario’s pension plan “is a bad idea,” he said, as are the cap-and-trade discussions.

“It’s scary,” O’Leary said of all the job losses and business closures. “It is becoming a Third World banana republic.”  And there’s no voice of reason in Ottawa to counter the provincial trends.

“We now have a new  federal problem,” he said. “Finance Minister (Bill) Morneau is a good guy by most metrics, but a $30-billion deficit budget is a big problem. Everybody down here is freaked out.”  As are Canadian investors, who CIBC reported this week have placed $75 billion in cash on the sidelines instead of investing in Canadian business.  The reason?

“The deficit was supposed to be $10 billion but now they are talking $30 billion. As a Canadian taxpayer, I don’t want my government to spend $30 billion by themselves. They don’t have the talent to do that. They need to draw in the private sector.”  With that kind of debt on the books, O’Leary warns, outsiders will look to other countries to risk their money.  “You want to know why the Canadian dollar is collapsing? It’s because nobody will invest,” he said.

And young people he teaches are telling him they have little confidence about the future.  “They want to leave Canada, don’t want to be paid in dollerettes and pay 58.5% tax,” he said. “They don’t think they have a future here.”  He says foreign investors feel the same way.  “I am pitching Canada and they are not buying,” he said. “I can’t get a foreign investor to invest in Canada and I am the best salesman you’ve got.”

O’Leary said talk of him running for office with a slate of people who could help fix the country is still a long way off.  “I am just glad we are having this conversation now before it’s lost,” he said. “As a Canadian citizen, I am depressed. We need some leadership right away.”  If we don’t get some, he asks: “When do they bring the torches up to the castle and set it on fire?”

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“The Wind Of Liudao”, Jia Peng Fang, from the album “Faraway”, (2002)

And what does Forbes think about Canada now?  Well, using the latest available data (2014) they now find Canada has slipped to 7th place in the world. Now Denmark is 1st and New Zealand is 2nd. so what changed … nothing material … we still enjoy a substantial trade surplus with the US, which absorbs about three-fourths of our merchandise exports each year. Canada is still the US’s largest foreign supplier of energy, including oil, gas, and electric power, and a top source of US uranium imports. We still have abundant natural resources, a highly skilled labor force, and a relatively modern capital plant. Canada enjoyed solid economic growth from 1993 through 2007.

Despite buffeting by the global economic crisis, a sharp recession in the final months of 2008, and Ottawa’s first fiscal deficit in 2009 after 12 years of surplus under the Conservatives led by Stephen Harper. Canada recovered from the 2008/09 financial crisis arguably stronger and conservative policies were validated across the board. Canada’s major banks emerged from the financial crisis of 2008-09 among the strongest in the world, owing to the early intervention by the Bank of Canada and the financial sector’s tradition of conservative lending practices and strong capitalization.

Canada achieved marginal growth in 2010-14 and had plans to balance the budget by 2015 despite the drop in oil prices. In addition, the country’s petroleum sector was rapidly expanding, because Alberta’s oil sands significantly boosted Canada’s proven oil reserves. Canada now ranks third in the world in proved oil reserves behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela and is the world’s fifth-largest oil producer.

For some current numbers lets look at just one city, the City of Calgary, Alberta, since the election of Rachel Notley and her gang.

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Calgary A Ghost Town … or the set for some horror movie where all the people vanished.

The economic downturn is hitting Calgary companies hard as an increasing number of businesses have shut down, city data shows. In 2016 so far, 4,114 businesses have closed, according to data provided by the city. If the trend continues, more than 7,000 businesses will have shut down by the end of the year. In 2015, 6,337 businesses shut their doors and 5,902 in 2014. Calgary’s downtown is also seeing the highest office vacancy rate of anywhere in the country, The Huffington Post Canada reported

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That’s 19,239 business closures in just one city since Rachel took power. Ya figure there’s a connection? Is the Pope Catholic?  So what happened?  Why the precipitous slide from 1st to 7th place in the ratings?  What changed?

Enter the Destroyers!

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Over 20% vacancy rate in Calgary

It seems that Politics Matter. What happened is people who know nothing about how economies work, voted en-mass for change because they were just sick of the corruption and boondoggles of the existing rulers. The low-information voter and the politics of gang envy  triumphed again in the race to the bottom. You probably didn’t realize it but we are a civilized country, we don’t have gangs and a gang problem, right?  Here we call them “Public Service” unions, and now they are running the asylum.

Politics matter.  “You can have the most advanced and efflorescent cultures. Get your politics wrong, however, and everything stands to be swept away. This is not ancient history. This is Germany 1933.” ― Charles Krauthammer, Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

001-thecoreshoppingcomplexdowntowncalgaryWell what do you think Alberta?  How do you like the change now? Now that you have voted in The Destroyers. Now we have the LGBT tyranny imposed in all schools by government fiat. Now we have government sponsored murder of children and the sale of their dismembered parts. Now we have government sponsored euthanasia, and who knows, recycle the biomass?

Can anyone see even one micron of moral difference between Canada 2016 and Germany 1933? The Truth screams it’s answer!  There is no difference whatsoever, and history will judge us the same way they judge the German people of 1933. Who killed more innocent people, Canadian Socialists, Soviet Socialists, or National Socialists?  Do the math, they are all in a dead heat going 90 miles an hour down a dead end street.

Now the Destroyers are pushing the Gaia religion down our throats by taking steps today to destroy the energy industry in Alberta. These steps will see the closure of coal fired electricity generation stations and the associated mines, wiping out 40% of our generation capacity and increasing our power bills by 400%. They are not stupid people. They know exactly what they are doing and why.

aasacrificing-to-their-god-lfs-990-600x466Rhetorical Questions: (A rhetorical question is a question that you ask without expecting an answer. The question might be one that does not have an answer. It might also be one that has an obvious answer but you have asked the question to make a point, to persuade or for literary effect.)  Anyway, Do you think Germany was better off AFTER the First and Second World War or before them?” Why? Were these wars good for the folks or bad for the folks? Why?

The obvious answer is that in the case of the world wars German Ideology trumped reality on the ground and the leadership actually believed in their ideological plans for the future. And of course all those plans were an utter failure and the folks paid the price and bore the brunt of the results.

And what are we watching our leaders doing now?

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The Destroyers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and most of the premiers signed a historic pan-Canadian framework Friday to fight climate change and meet the country’s 2030 emissions reduction targets (Kyoto Accords, Jean Chretien, 1997 , which the Progressive Socialists have been trying desperately to ram down our throats for almost 20 years) but a day of tense talks failed to convince two provinces to get onside.

I’d guess that the leaders in Saskatchewan and Manitoba understand what the real costs are for supporting the Gaia worshipers and their anti carbon religion. Ordinary folks need jobs, not a carbon tax. Ordinary folks need a reliable economy  and reasonably costs of living, not a first place ribbon from the Kyoto crowd for some political puff toy who has never had to do a days work in his life.

Saskatchewan and Manitoba both said they would not be able to sign the agreement Friday.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has steadfastly opposed any sort of carbon pricing and didn’t waver, saying it would be foolish to impose a levy with the imminent arrival of president-elect Donald Trump to the White House.

Trump has vowed to scrap many of the green-friendly regulations implemented by President Barack Obama, and this week appointed a climate change sceptic to head the country’s Environmental Protection Agency, Wall noted. He said it’s unlikely Canada will be able to convert Trump into a climate change warrior.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley chat prior to a roundtable meeting with oil and gas producers in Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (Larry MacDougal/CP)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley chat prior to a round-table meeting with oil and gas producers in Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (Larry MacDougal/CP)

“I’m just saying, let’s not be naive as Canadians. This is our number one not just trading partner but competitor for investments in energy … and we need to be competitive with them. And that’s some of the concerns we have,” Wall said.

Boy Justin just blew him off with a fantasy nationalistic puff piece about how Canada sets it’s own policies!!!!!   Seriously Justin?????

This isn’t drama class and you are not in the school play as the hero.

What you are blowing at us besides greenhouse gas is the notion that we can afford to piss in our neighbour’s soup because you and your acolytes and handlers don’t like Trump’s views.

I am sorry, but “LOVE TRUMP’S HATE” will not help the folks in Canada when 70% to 80% of our economy grinds to a halt at the U.S. border. Seriously????? (ed. note: Has anyone else noticed that Boy Justin is the only politician in any of the pics we see these days with no grey hair?  Why is that, do you think?)

Is this the Canada we want to live in? Is it truly impossible to do ANYTHING about it? Or, unpleasant as it may feel when we look in the mirror, are we not just too lazy, and too well off, to care or feel motivated enough, to take any action at all, even in the worst recessional economy in decades?

On the face of it, it sure looks like Rachel and Justin and the rest of the “take other people’s stuff crowd” are absolutely right when they decide that Canadians will just roll over and beg with their tongues hanging out and their tails wagging whenever the Progressive Socialists snap their fingers.

Just in case nobody hasn’t figured out my point of view from the last couple of posts please reflect on the generally accepted principal of government that ALL Canadian Political Parties are considerably to the LEFT (Socialist) side of even the worst of the Barking Moonbat Lefties in the U.S. EH!

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Being Liberal

So, speaking of Moonbats,  for those of you, my readers, who feel that CBC and CTV and Macleans are missing a few bricks … I give you a litmus test of where you stand in the political firmament.

The first question is: Are you happy with the views opinions, and emotions found on this site? Or are you offended by these emotions?: https://www.facebook.com/beingliberal.org

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Barking Moonbat Early Warning System

The second question is: Do you see some of the humour in the items raised on this site or are you offended by it?: http://www.barking-moonbat.com/index.php

As I mentioned earlier, our politics matter. I found an interesting concise paragraph on politics at Commentary Magazine a while ago. Here is a clip from that article:

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At the core of every social, political, and economic system is a picture of human nature, to paraphrase the 20th century columnist Walter Lippmann. The way that picture developments determines the lives we lead, the institutions we build, and the civilization we create. The political philosophy of Madison produces one set of results; the political philosophy of Marx produces another; (ed. and the philosophy of ISIS produces yet another)

So yes: ideas move politics in one direction or the other, toward justice or away from it. Like all things human, it’s imperfect, frustrating, and fraught with failure. It’s a long, hard grind. And it’s not always aesthetically pleasing. But cynicism that leads to political disengagement–the world-weary, pox-on-both-your-houses, what difference does it make, I don’t give a damn attitude that seems rather fashionable and trendy these days–can lead to disaster.

Because someone’s ideas will prevail. If ones that advance justice and human flourishing win out, it won’t be by accident or by default. It’ll be the product of determined effort; of those who do not grow weary in doing good.

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I guess that is enough for now, I note, in closing, that all these new and grandiose Progressive Green plans are SO HUGE and all encompassing that there is no conceivable way they can be implemented in the 2 years remaining to our resident crop of left wing managers currently living the dream in the corner offices in Ottawa and Edmonton. That fact, and the reality of death for all humans, fills me with optimism at a time when there is little optimism to go around. Even if the entire culture goes into the sewer a la Romans or more recently the Germans, we will rise again.

Cheers

Joe

100-canadian-landscape It’s winter now in Mordor, oops, my bad, Alberta,but spring will come, just wait and see.

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