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Friday, January 12, 2007

Larry Zolf gets it

Today's post has quite a bit about the Communist-backed mullahcracy of Iran, but Winston's post just below was far more eloquent than I was.  So I'll instead focus on Larry Zolf (longtime CBC left-of-center commentator) and his words for Stephen Harper: "I thoroughly prefer his gutsy stand on issues like China to Liberal gamesmanship and nuanced neutrality on human rights abuses - anytime, anyplace."

Posted by D.J. McGuire on January 12, 2007 in Canadian Politics, International Affairs | Permalink


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I wonder, why this *allegedly Canadian* forum is dominated by a rabid supporter of unlimited US aggression already at the outset, namely by chosing the subject.

Posted by: Cato | 2007-01-12 11:08:48 AM

Native Winnipeger Larry Zolf has been in the Canadian Media for many decades, and I look forward to his perspectives. I read his piece on PM Stephen Harper (8 January 2007) and I agree, Zolf is once again right. He was also one of the very few Journalists whom Prime Minister Pierre E. Trudeau
(an expert at deflating Media Egos) respected. Zolf's thesis on Harper's potential for a Majority Mandate is right on. MacLeod

Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-01-12 11:39:24 AM


because there are certain groups in Canada who would like to be more important than they are (e.g. Westernstandard). Like many such groups all around the world they claim to speak the truth and for the masses (think Lenin & Stalin) while at the same time they can't find any popular support in their own country. So they enlist outside help (like Lenin was smuggled into Russia by the Germans to start his revolution).

Ah, history. It's such a beautiful thing.

Posted by: Snowrunner | 2007-01-12 11:59:05 AM

So where can one read the Zolf piece?
Lest we read this post and shrug.

Posted by: Duke | 2007-01-12 11:59:55 AM

I found it on CBC News.Ca. But is also listed under Larry Zolf Journalist - his January 8, 2007 Piece on Harper is his latest. MacLeod

Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2007-01-12 12:17:34 PM


This week everyone else is on that cruise.


Zolf's piece can be accessed via the first link in the post. Sorry for not making that clear earlier.

Posted by: D.J. McGuire | 2007-01-12 12:27:41 PM

Thanks for clarifying the link....you hooked me this time with the subject matter.

To be fair,maybe I'm just so jaded with the CBC's consistency in subverting the right and the knowledge that Zolf is admittedly left-leaning,I could not read it without being biased myself.

I found a nagging tone to it equating'moral' with'christian' and an underlying message of'scariness and zealotness'.
On the other hand,he did take some clear shots at the liberal's general lack of testicles when it comes to doing what is right.

Anyways.he presented an interesting POV.Well worth the read.I will be curious to see other's reactions to it.

Posted by: Canadian Observer | 2007-01-12 1:21:35 PM


history is certainly an interesting (though seldom beautiful) subject, especially if one makes the effort and learns some of it.

Btw, Lenin has not been "smuggled in" by anyone, as he arrived in Russia in April, while the revolution took place in February. At that time he was free to travel, and he did that openly.

The comparison with Stalin is more accurate: he usually spoke as a "gubernational" of Lenin, even while he was doing the opposite; this apart from the fact, that no-one appointed him to act in Lenin's name. I wonder, who appointed D.J. McGuire, and to what?

Posted by: Cato | 2007-01-12 1:22:04 PM

Since the last federal election, I've been telling everyone that I could get to listen that I believed Harper would be the best PM this country had seen in a very long time; perhaps ever.

It seems a bit ironic that it would be Larry Zolf to be the first media person I've seen to agree.....

Posted by: Rob R | 2007-01-12 1:24:39 PM

As to whose central point is the "mullahcracy" in Iran: I do understand, that Americans want to make their cause (no matter how just or unjust that may be) important for other nations as well. This is a natural drivel.

What I don't understand, how so many Canadian idiots will be lured by this primitive drivel.

Posted by: Cato | 2007-01-12 1:25:07 PM

As I remember it, Cato was the Flunkey who ran around with the Green Hornet, first on Radio and then on TV - Television Cato was played by the great Bruce Lee - any relation? MacLeod

Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-01-12 1:39:25 PM

Cato: You are the only idiot I've seen in this post. (I give Snowy a pass on this point) By primitive, I surmise you are referring to the Islamist world view put forth best in this current world situation by Iran's mullah run gov't ?

Posted by: Markalta | 2007-01-12 1:39:37 PM

Hey Jack - I think you mixed up Kato with Cato.

Kato is a fictional character from The Green Hornet radio program. This character has also appeared with the Green Hornet in film, television, book and comic book versions as well. Kato was the Hornet's sidekick and had been played by a number of actors including Keye Luke and, in the television series, Bruce Lee.


Marcus Porcius Cato (Latin: M·PORCIVS·M·F·CATO[1]) (234 BC, Tusculum–149 BC) was a Roman statesman, surnamed the Censor (Censorius), Sapiens, Priscus, or the Elder (Major), to distinguish him from Cato the Younger (his great-grandson).

He came of an ancient plebeian family, noted for some military services, but not ennobled by the discharge of the higher civil offices. He was bred, after the manner of his Latin forefathers, to agriculture, to which he devoted himself when not engaged in military service


of course this doesn't preclude him from being a Troll

Posted by: Shooter | 2007-01-12 2:42:16 PM

Actually the Green Hornet's sidekick's name is Cato. Created by some Screen Writer of the period
has been since the Green Hornet Radio days in the 1940's Chinese American Actor Keye Luke never played the Radio Part he was too busy playing Charlie Chan's Son in "Charlie Chan" who was played by American Actor Sydney Toler, from Ohio, who was stage and vaudville actor who used to stay in my Grandmother's Boarding House on Queen Street in Halifax during the 1920's before he became "Charlie Chan" lucky you got Google, I don't need it. Any Jesuit Trained student like me also knows Roman History, (Cato and Porky) in Saint Mary's College, Halifax NS home of the Mighty Maroon Machine Husky Football Team. MacLeod

Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-01-12 3:26:04 PM

This thing with a big lefty acknowledging Harper as a moral and decent leader is refreshing.

It is a difficult thing to change anyone's mind about anything that they are not already predisposed to believing.

On a national scale it can happen, but will take a very long time even when the facts all point in that direction.

The beauty of Harper is that he is a fact-based kind of guy which is hard to get used to after all the bullshitters who preceded him.

Let's hope he can win his majority and apply some anti-toxins to this sorry relativist enclave.

Speaking of toxins ... we can only hope that if the son of a bitch AKA Justin Trudeau runs in the Lapierre vacancy in Quebec, that he is seen for the empty opportunist he is.

This is a boy who has done nothing but be Pierre Trudeau's son. What has he to offer but the shadows of his communist father who nearly destroyed our dominion completely.

We are still paying for his idiotic bilingualism, metric system and watching our country descend into a tower of babble with his multi-culturalism circus. And let me mention the way criminals now are the victims and the true victims are merely whiners who don't understand the needs of the criminal.

Charleton Heston said it best in the original Planet of the Apes ... "this is an upside down world".

Posted by: Duke | 2007-01-12 3:40:40 PM

Cato: The German High Command arranged Lenin's move from Switzerland to Russia; he was neither "free to travel" nor did he do so "openly".

"In March 1917 a bourgeois revolution overthrew the Tsar; the new government declared it would democratize Russia and -- to the dismay of the Germans -- stay in the war. In April 1917 the German supreme command thus made a step whose momentous historical consequences it did not understand. Hoping to destabilize Russia further and thus to make it more willing to accept a separate peace, Hindenburg and Ludendorff offered to send Lenin to Russia. Lenin was the most radical and able leader of the revolutionary socialist faction, the Bolsheviks. As one of many Russian exiles, he was spending his time writing books in the reading room of the main library in Zürich (the tables which Lenin used stood there until the recent renovation; I still studied on them for my finals in the 1980s). He had become doubtful about the coming of the much hoped-for socialist revolution in Russia and elsewhere. That Tsarism fell took him by surprise. He found out at a public newspaper display in Zürich.

Hindenburg and Ludendorff let Lenin pass Germany in an armored train car and sent him to neutral Sweden, from which he crossed the border to Russian Finland. In April 1917 he arrived in Petrograd and immediately started working for revolution."


"Lenin was determined to return to Russia to incite further developments in the revolutionary movement and his own Bolshevik Party. His efforts to return home were thwarted by the French and Italian governments, which refused to let him pass through their countries because they feared that his presence in Russia would threaten the Allied war effort. "

Make an effort.


Posted by: Mark Collins | 2007-01-12 5:43:03 PM


Germany's role in Lenin's transportation is exaggerated in many writings (some write, that he "has been sent in a train through Germany, Sweden, Finnland to Russia").

The fact is, that he was allowed to pass through Germany in a train. It had to be kept secret, for both side's sake. From there, he took the ferry to Sweden, and the Germans had nothing to do with him any more.

So, he was not "smuggled into Russia by the Germans". It's not a big deal, but this is the fact.

Posted by: Cato | 2007-01-12 8:49:51 PM

Mark Collins is right. The transmission of Lenin to Moscow was a brilliant tactical move by the Germans
whose effort was determined to be stopped by British Agent, the famous Sydney Riley (Riley Ace Of Spies)
Meanwhile, Leon Trotsky Lenin's alter ego was held in British Captivity in a British Army Prison in Halifax Nova Scotia (now the site of the Armdale Yacht Club) Some of Trotsky's writings and journals are in the Execellent Citadel Fortress Museum Halifax N.S. Trotsky was later murdered in Mexico
after the Russian Revolution by order of Stalin. MacLeod

Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-01-13 4:24:43 AM

Yes, well, while all that history stuff is no doubt interesting, meanwhile, Canada has found herself the most noble, honourable, moral, and ethical Prime Minister in fifty or more years, Mr. Stephen Harper, which is, for all practical purposes, rather more important, at least to living Canadians.

Posted by: Vitruvius | 2007-01-13 5:15:11 AM

Yes, Harper is the best we've had as Prime Minister on the moral, ethical and honorable scale in many decades.

The next election will tell us where this Country is at on that scale and where it is headed.

We have many good immigrants whose morals and ethics mimic what this Country was built on, who have been voting for the gang that brought them, Liberals. That gang has been eroding our moral/ethical fiber over several decades and the newcomers, some not so new, are starting to realize it. They realize too they can safely vote for another party, they no longer swallow the Liberal lies. The lies and scare tactics of the scoundrels will no longer be bought.

Posted by: Liz J | 2007-01-13 6:47:19 AM

I consider Larry Zolf Canada's Foremost Journalist
and his piece on Stephen Harper is important especially to Canadian Jews who are fleeing the
Liberal Party in droves. Harper is fortunate that the Liberal Party has selected a Fool to lead them into oblivion. A Professor of Political Science no less. Political Science is in fact not a science
-Dion probably missed Political Science 101 "Political Suicide" caused when the incumbent leader
of a Political Party (Liberal for short) that the very Liberals whom he depends on for support are focused on quick termination of his soon to be forgotten career. Harper meanwhile must dispose of
one or two of the fools in his Cabinet, starting with MacKay. Meanwhile MSM pressure on Harper about the Canadian Adventure In Afghanistan continues to escalate and appears to me to be the
catalyst of the Opposition Parties, one of which is in fact not worthy to be sitting in the House of Commons. MacLeod

Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-01-13 7:17:51 AM

Hey, slow and steady wins the race. Support for the Afghanistan Mission is rising, now up to 58%.
That tells us the people are slowly waking up to reality. The Liberal/Leftoids cut an run pill is starting to wear off.
Harper's message is now able to get through to clearer heads.

Jack, don't think Harper has any really bad members in his Cabinet. Young guns like McKay are not doing that badly. How can they with a leader of the caliber of Harper?

Posted by: Liz J | 2007-01-13 9:12:59 AM

Frankly I do not believe the "polls" focused on the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. The actual fact is the "War" is not going well. Canadian Military have nothing in their history comparable to fighting the
Islamic Fanatics in Afghanistan. As far as MacKay is concerened, we all know his family and his Father
the Honorable Elmer, who along with Mazankowski
were the smartest guys in Mulroney's Government
-but Peter ain't Elmer he has none of his Father's
political smarts, he looks like the ultimate Nerd
as featured on the ACOA website. He will ultimately be shifted from the portfolio he holds which he is totally unsuited for. He was a NS Crown Prosecutor which is one step above a parking meter attendant. MacLeod

Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-01-13 9:34:17 AM

Don't believe the polls either but the Liberals have their pollsters going in full force at election time to snooker the voters into thinking the majority of people love them. That's all the information robotic voters pay attention to.

It used to work well but there appears to be a shift of great magnitude.

As for the Afghan "Mission", the fight is against Radical Islam. It is not a fair encounter. It's impossible to predict an outcome dealing with cowards who have no problem strapping bombs to their brainwashed young men, women and children to be sacrificed for their sick cause.

It's difficult to fight against an invisible foe. The head of the snake and the Bastards feeding it will be the ultimate fight. That will be beyond Afghanistan.

Posted by: Liz J | 2007-01-13 9:55:44 AM

Jack Macleod,


"transmission (?) of Lenin to Moscow was a brilliant tactical move by the Germans"

is very impressive (I mean it is impressive, that someone, who does not know even the very basics, finds it necessary to *blather* into the discussion).

Unfortunately to the world, Lenin has been "transmitted" to Petrograd (St. Petersburg) instead of to Moscow, thereby allowing him to make the greatest influence on the history of the 20th century.

Posted by: Cato | 2007-01-13 9:56:18 AM

I don't need any history lessons from you Cato, whom I assume can read without moving your lips. Actually Lenin or a reasonable facsimile thereof is still in Moscow, on display in Red Square. Last time I saw him he reminded me of Craig Oliver and Lloyd Robertson of CTV Go peddle your nonsence elsewhere.

Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2007-01-13 10:03:00 AM

Larry gets it? For how long? The leftover camp never seems to get anything concerning the big picture right for very long. Lets see how long it takes before he's back in the land of the reality hicks.

Posted by: Western Canadian | 2007-01-13 1:35:30 PM

Veteran Commentator Zolf a Jew from North Winnipeg
reacted in supporting Harper several months ago after the Martin and Chretien Liberals refused to support Israel in it's surrogate war with Hezbollah and Iran, and has supported Harper on a regular basis, and will continue to do so.If you support Harper write letters to the Editors frequently, and use Zolf's facts and opinions as a guide. MacLeod

Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2007-01-13 2:12:01 PM

Zolf is Jewish and of an age that moral principles and values speak for something. I give him full credit, socialist leftie that he is, for recognizing and supporting Prime Minister Stephen Harper's inherent decency and his honesty in dealing with an exponentially complex Dominion, not to mention world.

I see some hopeful signs on the horizon amidst the darkness, which doesn't just have to do with our particular orbit around the sun.

Posted by: 'been around the block | 2007-01-13 5:24:18 PM

If Zolf is anything he is Judeo-centric and partial to soft Zionist policy.

Zolf alludes to Harper wooing the soft Zionist vote...he correctly identifies this segment of the Canadian establishment as being very well connected and monied and with a latent king maker ability in elections...soft Zionists are always paranoid of communist intrigues and threats to Isreal( and rightfully so) so Harper plays to these sympathies and picks up a lot of urban Quebec and Suburban TO votes...maybe a good deal of north Winnipeg as well.

CPC is already there with their pro-Israel policy and anti-Islamic extremism and anti Chi-com brutality (organ harvest from prisoners, bloody repression of democracy movement and Christians and other religious faiths)and suspicious of Chi-com economic agression in Canadian resource markets.

Stand firm in these and you will get the Judaic and soft Zionist vote....probably at the expense of the Islamic vote but hey, Mississauga is a left wing waste zone anyway....maybe Kahn can help there.

Onr of the few times I ever agreed with a Zolph pontification.

Posted by: Wlyonmackenzie | 2007-01-14 12:31:19 PM

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