Thursday, April 19, 2018

Great Game redux

Didn't Brzezinski write a book about that?

If you worked on the shop floor at Budd back in the day, Zbigniew would have been known as Ziggy Alphabet and that would be the end of it.

I'm watching the great game out the window. The nearest neighbours, a healthy three or four hundred yards away, thank you very much, have a couple of Shepherds, or Alsatians, if you will.

Ruby and Dutch.

Or, Dutch and Ruby, if you prefer.

Ruby and Dutch have a tendency to stray over to this side of the divide when our Tennessee Brindle ain't out. They just amble on over, totally pleased with themselves as they intimidate the hell out of wee Phil and old Boomer.

That's when I like to let Lucy out... it's a sight to see!

Is that not a metaphor for the "news" we're being treated to 24/7?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Al Jazeera on press freedom in Canada

I don't really follow the goings on at the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression NGO. I blithely assume that as Canadians we are privileged to enjoy one of the free-est media environments on the planet.

Sure, it's obvious that the big media platforms are all singing out of the same hymnal, but we've long enjoyed a healthy sub-culture of counter-mainstream media, from The Tyee on the left to Ezra Levant's rancid Rebel Media at the other end of the spectrum.

It therefore came as somewhat of a surprise to learn, via Al Jazeera of all things, that Kevin Metcalf, the communications officer for CJFE, was recently canned for having the temerity to call out our government for its failure to censure Israel for the murder of unarmed protesters in Gaza. Oddly enough, the think tank here at Falling Downs had just made the same observation.

Interesting to see Doug Saunders tweet referenced in the AJ story. Doug is Canada's Tom Friedman. As the most high-profile prognosticator at Canada's newspaper of record, Doug has a lot of schlep, and Doug was "disturbed" to see CJFE trying to influence our government's position on Israel.

I guess if you're gonna disturb Doug, your career is at risk.

Well Doug, our department of Global Affairs routinely expresses our outrage over perceived transgressions against fundamental human rights all over the world on a near daily basis.

Perhaps you could explain why criticism of Israel is out of bounds.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Trump drunk on Deep-State Kool-aid

I was just putting my lap-top to bed for the night when the Farm Manager announces that Trump has hit the GO button for Paveways and Tomahawks to Damascus.

Apparently Macron the imbecile and the hapless May are fully on board with this most recent Trumpian misadventure.

Which should not surprise.

Macron has his trousers more than full with the uprising against his "labour reforms."

May is still in denial about that whole Brexit thing.

Both of them desperately want a distraction.

As does Donny J.

Between the Comey book and the Cohen raid, Mafia Don needs a distraction more than anybody...

Bombs away!!!

Putin unleashes major winter storm on America in mid-April

What? You thought it was pure innocent Mother Nature behind this meteorological mayhem?

No way!

Remember the news reports about those Ruskie Tu-22 long range bombers "testing" America's air defence perimeter a couple weeks ago?

They weren't testing anything. They were cloud seeding.

Yup, that's a thing. Google it.

Putin was hoping that the ensuing mayhem would befall Gotham City and Gomorrah. In fact, he was counting on it. This mid-April surprise was intended to loosen us up for his next surprise; a full-on assault on Gotham and Gom... oops, I mean NYC and Washington.

Alas, all that cloud seeding was for naught. The hand of God reached out, as it always does for the Exceptional Nation, and tweaked the jet stream just enough to direct that storm to Toronto, away from NYC and Washington.

Praise the Lord!

But those poor dumbshits in Toronto still can't figure out what they did to deserve this...

The Ice Storm cometh...

Here we are, bearing down hard on the middle of April, and this is what Environment Canada says Mother Nature is sending our way:

Snowfall with total amounts of 15 to 20 cm is expected.

Significant snow with ice pellets expected overnight into Saturday.

A moisture laden low pressure area over the Central Plains States will amble slowly towards the lower Great Lakes this weekend. As the low gets closer, brisk northeasterly winds will pump in cold arctic air, forcing temperatures to fall to below the zero degree overnight then remaining below freezing on Saturday.

Occasional rain is expected to change to ice pellets then snow tonight. Brief freezing rain is possible during the changeover.
Snow may be mixed at times with ice pellets Saturday, with total amounts near 15 cm likely by Saturday evening.

Northeast winds will gust to near 60 km/h on Saturday leading to local blowing snow in exposed areas reducing visibilities at times.

The snow is expected to end Saturday evening.

As the low gets closer to Southern Ontario Sunday, another round of snow and ice pellets will whiten the area Sunday into Monday with additional significant accumulations possible. Several hours of freezing rain are also possible Sunday night into Monday morning.

There remains uncertainty with regards to precipitation amounts, however there is a potential for this to be a high impact storm.

You gotta love how this storm system will "amble slowly..."

But we're ready here at Falling Downs. Me and the Farm Manager went into town today and picked up a case of beer, a four litre box of Cabernet Merlot, and a flask of vodka. We should be good till the middle of next week.

Bring it on, Mamma Nature!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Outlaw biker gang plumbs depths of depravity

Talk to any police expert about "outlaw" MC clubs, and they'll happily fill you in on why these bad hombres are a threat to society.

They're brutally violent. Mere membership is proof of criminality, because these guys are into everything...

Prostitution? Yup.

Drug trafficking? Yup.

Gun running? Check.

Human trafficking? Check.

Extortion? Uh-huh.

And they're violent, don't forget that; extremely violent. Ask any police expert.

But apparently all that is not the worst of it. In fact, that's just the tip of the iceberg so to speak, as it were.

If you REALLY piss them off... well, just check out this headline from the CBC.

Manitoba Hells Angels target businesses with 1-star reviews.

You've been warned!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Behind the faux feminist rhetoric, Justin Trudeau a reliable Trump lapdog

Which of these alleged war crimes is not like the others?
  • The alleged poisoning of a former spy in Britain.
  • The alleged targeting of Saudi civilians by Houti rebels.
  • The alleged murder of 18 unarmed Palestinians by the IDF.
  • The alleged use of chemical weapons by government forces in Sryria.
If you guessed number three, you're on the same page as Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland. On the Skripal incident, Freeland had this to say in a news release on 26 March; "The nerve agent attack in Salisbury... is a despicable, heinous and reckless act, potentially endangering the lives of hundreds." Freeland goes on to list a "wider pattern of unacceptable behaviour by Russia," including the annexation of Crimea. 

As for Skripal, we continue to await the release of evidence, any evidence, that might connect this incident to Russia. Meanwhile, the victims of this attack with a lethal "military-grade nerve agent" appear well on their way to a miraculous recovery. Maybe it was just food poisoning after all.

And why Canadians would want to harp about the "annexation" of Crimea is something of a mystery. Canada has on two occasions been prepared to bid adieu to one of our founding nations on the basis of 50% plus one in a sovereignty referendum. Voters in Crimea beat that bar by an impressive margin, and no serious person imagines a substantially different result were another referendum to be held today.

On 27 March Freeland saw fit to issue another press release condemning a Houti missile attack on Saudi Arabia, telling us that "the deliberate targeting of civilians is unacceptable." The preponderance of evidence shows that the targeting of civilians in the Saudi - Yemen war has been overwhelmingly a tactic of the Saudis and their enablers in the UK and US, but hey, those are our allies, so no umbrage taken there.

Freedland again roused herself to rail against "the Assad regime and its backers, Russia and Iran... (re the) ...morally reprehensible use of chemical weapons..." in a press release from 8 April. "Canada is appalled... our hearts go out to those who have lost family and loved ones." Not only that, but two paragraphs later, "our most sincere condolences go to the families of the deceased."

Freedland concludes by reminding us that "chemical weapons attacks are a war crime... Those responsible must be brought to justice, and the massacre of civilians must end."

Which brings us to the alleged war crime that is not like the others. On 30 March, Israeli troops killed 18 unarmed Palestinian protesters, many of them shot in the back, and wounded hundreds more. Freedlands response?


Our hearts did not go out to those who lost family and loved ones. We offered no condolences to the families of the deceased. No talk of the massacre of civilians having to end or those responsible being brought to justice.

Apparently war crimes are only war crimes when our designated enemies commit them. When our friends and allies commit war crimes, it's just business as usual. 

Minor trade spats aside, the Trump White House sees a lot to like when it looks at Justin's cabinet.