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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
The son also philosophizes
His brother Justin is in politics now, but Alexandre Trudeau also apparently wants some of the spotlight, and so has written a new foreword to his famous father Pierre's 1960 book, Two Innocents in China. As the Calgary Sun's Paul Jackson sees it today, Alexandre shows himself to be a worthy member of the Trudeau temple of moral relativism, naivety, and outright stupidity.
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Let the Trudeau boys have their publicity, give them plenty of exposure. It will ensure they never have any political power.
Beyond the platitudes to nothingness.
Posted by: LizJ | 2007-08-21 9:15:41 AM
Ah shit! Now you had to go and ruin my day by mentioning that name.
Posted by: atric | 2007-08-21 9:30:48 AM
Even if naivety genes are recessive, the Trudeau boys are out of luck.
Posted by: Epsilon | 2007-08-21 9:31:21 AM
Anyone who interviews terrorists, and calls them freedom fighters, is a nut!
Posted by: Lady | 2007-08-21 10:25:44 AM
Did Michael Moore hire any of the Trudeau spawn as advisors for the beloved Cuba-style health care system we have in Canada?
Posted by: set you free | 2007-08-21 10:27:42 AM
Probably did it for love, and not money--they have enough anyway! And I bet they have shares in Walmart!
And while Cubans sit around, frustrated by their control-freak country, Trudeau's kids spit on democracy--while Moore makes big money off of little twirps fantasies!
Posted by: Lady | 2007-08-21 10:33:21 AM
Let us have a moment of silence in memory of all of Pierre the Terrible's victims - namely those affected by the 1970 Invasion of Quebec and the 1980-84 National Energy Policy. May the crimes of that terrible dictator never be forgotten.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2007-08-21 1:33:49 PM
It will become a National Day of Mourning in Alberta when we separate, Zeb.
Posted by: obc | 2007-08-21 1:36:24 PM
obc: why wait for independence? We could make October 28 "NEP Memorial Day" now!
It should be a statuatory holiday, closing schools and businesses for the day. We would all reflect on what the NEP truly was - an attack on the human rights of Albertans by a cruel dictator in a far away land called Ottawa named Pierre the Terrible. His rich friends in Ontario needed free cash, so he decided to raid Alberta, which had been enjoying a period of prosperity from high oil prices. For four years, Alberta went from boom to bust, with the population of Calgary declining for the first time in its entire history.
Never again. Lest We Forget!
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2007-08-21 1:45:46 PM
And in other commie news:
"China Regulates Buddhist Reincarnation"
By Matthew Philips
Aug. 20-27, 2007 issue - In one of history's more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is "an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation." But beyond the irony lies China's true motive: to cut off the influence of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual and political leader, and to quell the region's Buddhist religious establishment more than 50 years after China invaded the small Himalayan country. By barring any Buddhist monk living outside China from seeking reincarnation, the law effectively gives Chinese authorities the power to choose the next Dalai Lama, whose soul, by tradition, is reborn as a new human to continue the work of relieving suffering.
Posted by: obc | 2007-08-21 3:23:27 PM
It is not as if Pierre Elliot Trudeau was a dictator... so you can spare us the sarcasm along those lines. He would have liked to have been, but was, fortunately held in check to some extent by Canada's system of government. I bet he would have liked to have been "King Pierre", or "Czar Pierre" if he could have. I think that what galls the writers on this blog is that he was so completely enamoured of tyrants and thugs that went under the banner of "collectivism".
Collectivism is a great idea on paper. All except, it doesn't work, because the incontrovertible fact is: People are People. And given the chance to profit at someone else's expense, people can really be quite verminous. Therefore collectivism is Utopian, but can NEVER work in reality. The strong [like Vladimir Putin, Bob Mugabe, or even Dubya] run roughshod over the weak, poor, dumb, meek, masses if the system they work under allows it.
So, "collectivists" become murderous thieves.
I hope that those spoiled little dicks [called heretofore the "Trudeau Spawn" stay in the spotlight long enough for everyone to fully realize what a pair of putzes they truly are.
Posted by: DCM | 2007-08-21 3:34:50 PM
No protests from Leftoids of Russian military muscle flexing - but who's surprised by that lack of reaction? Now, if it was the US acting this way, well. . .
"Russia steps up military expansion"
Vladimir Putin announced ambitious plans to revive Russia's military power and restore its role as the world's leading producer of military aircraft yesterday.
Speaking at the opening of the largest airshow in Russia's post-Soviet history, the president said he was determined to make aircraft manufacture a national priority after decades of lagging behind the west.
The remarks follow his decision last week to resume long-range missions by strategic bomber aircraft capable of hitting the US with nuclear weapons. Patrols over the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic began last week for the first time since 1992.
Presidential aides hinted yesterday that Russia could shortly resume the production of Tu-160 and Tu-95 strategic nuclear bombers, now that the aircraft are again flying "combat missions". The bombers would be used as a "means of strategic deterrence", a presidential aide, Alexander Burutin, told Interfax.
NOT MENTIONED is Russian planes flying so close to U.K. and Norway this week that they had to be intercepted by jets from those 2 nations.
Posted by: obc | 2007-08-21 6:26:55 PM
Leftoid Trudeau fans have no criticism of this tale:
Putin critic tells of her mental hospital ordeal
Independent (UK), by Alastair Gee
Larisa Arap has just emerged from a 46-day imprisonment in two Russian psychiatric hospitals. Pills were forced down her throat and she received injection after injection. She doesn't know what medications they were, or whether they will cause permanent damage. "I don't feel very well, but I have a fighting spirit," Mrs Arap said yesterday, adding that sometimes she was so drugged she could barely walk or speak.
In a totalitarian state, they can let this woman go, knowing she will tell others what happens. Then, when there are no consequences for the dictators, the population is cowed into submission. They give up.
And yet for the American left-wingers, Guantanamo is still the obsession.
Posted by: obc | 2007-08-21 8:29:21 PM
And for another example of how China disregards the safety of human beings - including their own citizens - read this:
"Poison blanket recall"
Chinese-made blankets found to contain high levels of formaldehyde have been recalled across Australia and New Zealand, the distributor said today, amid rising global concerns about the safety of Chinese products.
The voluntary recall by Australian-based Charles Parsons came two days after the New Zealand government launched an urgent investigation after scientists found dangerous levels of formaldehyde in woolen and cotton clothes made in China.
A range of Chinese exports - from pet food ingredients to toothpaste - have come under international scrutiny in recent months.
Toy company Mattel Inc recently issued two recalls of Chinese-made toys, including some distributed in Australia, due to lead-tainted paint and tiny magnets that could be swallowed by children.
Formaldehyde - a chemical preservative that gives a permanent press effect to clothes and is also used as an embalming fluid - can cause problems ranging from skin rashes to cancer.
Charles Parsons decline to release the total number of blankets involved, but spokesman Mark Bilton said "there's a lot" in Australia and about 800 in New Zealand.
Tests had shown the formaldehyde level in the "Superlux" label blankets was "above the European and US standards. There are no standards in Australia and New Zealand so it's a voluntary recall," he said.
Independent tests had revealed the chemical's content was "less" that 1500 parts per million - the maximum level permitted in Germany - but "we've decided not to get into those details," Bilton said.
An official at China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, a quality watchdog, said the case was under investigation.
CHINA CANNOT be trusted in any area where consumer safety is involved. Continue to boycott Chinese products for your health & welfare.
Posted by: obc | 2007-08-22 8:56:36 AM
And then there's this:
"Wal-Mart Says Removed Chinese-Made Dog Treats Over Deadly Chemical"
NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) said it pulled two Chinese-made dog treats from its shelves nearly a month earlier, and tests now show they had traces of melamine, a chemical found in pet food that was blamed for the deaths of pets and led to a massive recall earlier this year.
The two types of dog treats — Chicken Jerky Strips manufactured by Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky manufactured by Shanghai Bestro Trading — were removed from its stores on July 26, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Deisha Galberth said in a statement.
After 17 sets of tests, "the latest advice from our testing laboratory shows trace levels of melamine," Galberth said.
The products will not be sold anymore, and a computerized block has been placed on the product at cash registers as an added precaution, Galberth said.
The Associated Press reported earlier that Wal-Mart had removed those two types of dog treats last month after customers complained that the products had made their pets sick.
Earlier this year, thousands of people flooded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with complaints of animals becoming ill or dying after consuming certain pet foods.
The result was a recall of hundreds of brands of China-made pet food containing wheat gluten found to be tainted with melamine. That was followed by several others ranging from tires and toothpaste to toys and medicines.
The latest in the line of Chinese product safety scares is recycled chopsticks — a Beijing factory sold up to 100,000 used pairs a day without any form of disinfecting, the Beijing News reported.
Posted by: obc | 2007-08-22 9:00:55 AM
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