Conservative Party Should Be Sorry

The Conservative Party of Canada, in response to Omar Khadr being awarded a damages settlement for torturous conditions of his imprisonment, said, “No words,” on their Facebook post.

I’ve some words. A political party that was okay with leaving a child soldier to be tortured in an American prison, ought to have at least one word to say too, and that’s “sorry”.

What Omar K. was convicted for was wrong I think, but what the Canadian Liberal and Conservative governments did to him during his punishment, for being a child soldier, requires punishment for the government, for the people of Canada to allow an injustice to persist. This payout should give pause to Canadians who think there’s no repercussion for torturing a Canadian child who people hate.

Cicely Mcwilliam: Omar said for years that he didn’t throw the grenade and only relented to the states narrative so that he could be moved to a Canadian prison. He suffered torture and was denied a childhood both by his father and later by the US. That is why he both deserves an apology and compensation. [You’re] right a Liberal government and a Conservative government both failed to protect the rights of a Canadian child under the Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as the conventions related to child soldiers both of which Canada had championed.

I’m all for people fighting injustice. Conservatives and others see the injustice in a person who has [allegedly] killed someone getting more money from the government, than the victim’s family gets. I see that as an injustice. We shouldn’t fight the unjust amount going to a victim’s family, by denying the correction of another injustice, however.

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Wall Gets Support From Postmedia & CBC For “Doing Right Thing”

You’ve evidence that Wall is trying to now do the right thing, and not cynically trying to get out in front of an issue to which public opinion has turned against his view of only a year ago?
Wall pays enough hacks that he doesn’t need free moral support from Postmedia too.
Did you catch when CBC posted Wall’s hack Paul as one of his average citizen supporters, on their story defending the Premier’s “inconsistencies”? At least Paul does his job so well that he sees success like that. How can you not be happy for him?
Wall  sent a letter to Trudeau in November 2015 complaining that the threat of a single terrorist being among the refugees was grounds enough to slow down the process of Syria refugees. Wall — likely playing to his base at the time — was dead wrong to do so…

THAT’S the story, Mandryk, not a nice little set up to take a shot at the SFL (also a hobby of the Premier’s). Wall was “dead wrong” to serve as the poster child of Islamophobia in Canada by suggesting Syrian refugees posed a security risk. Has he sincerely changed his view? Let’s wait a year and see if he can maintain the new image he’s attempting to cultivate. Praising him now is jumping the gun.

Some newspaper guy said this a year ago:

“But if Wall is being serious about this critical issue (as Trudeau also now needs to be) doesn’t it also make sense not to play into ISIS’s hands by refusing or limiting sanctuary for those refugees from Syria fleeing these barbarians? …

But it was unhelpful to anyone other than Wall’s conservative base to give credence to the notion that it’s now OK to abandon desperate Syrian refugees because a terrorist hiding among them might slip through the screening cracks.

However, it seems very helpful to ISIS to have some western leaders suggesting that desperate Syrian refugees are just terrorists-in-waiting.”

If we get in line to slap the Premier on the back this week, will we just be back to smacking him upside the head for being “helpful to ISIS”, by next year?

“we all need to condemn those living in a perpetual state of outrage, rather than the politicians trying to do the right thing.”
This is a joke, coming from a political columnist, right? Or, does anyone really want to condemn me for consistently advocating for progress and peace in our society, city, province, and country.

American ban on refugees is a crisis Canada must help solve

Dear Minister Goodale:

Please help refugees stranded by the illegal and immoral Republican ban on Muslim people going to the United States. You could grant access to Canada for any family that had already been granted an American Visa which was subsequently cancelled yesterday by the Republicans. This is an international humanitarian crisis, and I want Canada to be a leader in the rescue. Perhaps Air Canada could also assist with this important task.

 

Sincerely,

John Klein

Regina, SK

 

P.S. https://twitter.com/jessica_goudeau/status/825173003285721088

“Just hearing from my Syrian refugee friends: There are Syrians who were at the airport, visa and ticket in hand. They sold everything, were ready to come over here after the most intense vetting process in US history. And now they can’t. They’re doubly stuck. They did everything we asked of them, jumped through every ridiculous hoop, and with one stroke, DJT condemned them to a life of nothing.”

ADDED:

“You light your hair on fire, I guess that’s one way to attract attention,” said Mr. Clement about Mulcair’s denunciation of the Republicans’ fascism.

UPDATE: 

Gwynne Dyer at University of Regina

I’ve been to two other Gwynne Dyer lectures at the U of R, and each time they are very interesting presentations of what has happened in the world. There is also a little predicting going on, so if you’re curious what could happen, settle in, and listen to it all.

 

B-17 Flying Fortress over Regina

Regina was lucky to get a visit from the famous World War II bomber plane.

I spent a few days running outside in the morning when I heard it roaring overhead, and snapping some photos and shooting videos. My older SD video camera has a much better 12X real zoom (48X digital), but my phone has HD video and less decent 4X digital zoom.
B-17

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17 Flying Fortress

Why The Drug War Is Inherently Racist and Pro-War

Richard Nixon was not a good man. The people around him weren’t good either. They intentionally lied about the harm of hard drugs (and ‘soft’ drugs too), in order to concoct a reason for law enforcement officers to harass and jail African Americans and anti-war protesters.

“We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

So if you wonder why laws regarding pot differ so much from cigarettes that cause far more health harm, you have Nixon to partially thank for that lunacy.


Not unrelated:
It’s 2016, and carding of Blacks in Ontario is still going on, despite its obvious racist motivation.

They Voted For Heads On Pikes

Killing people, even vilified monsters like ISIS militants, exacts a harsh toll on normally healthy people in the military.

Conservatives in America are even more deranged than the Canadian variety, I’d reckon, based on what I’ve encountered online anyway.