Vimy Ridge at 100: Canada Rises Up

A cadet stands in front of the National War Memorial in Ottawa during a ceremony to recognize 100 years since the Battle of Vimy Ridge. (Credit: Andrew Foote/CBC)

The steps of the National War Memorial in Ottawa were bathed in the glow of 3,598 candles on Saturday night, April 9, 2017 Рeach one lit to represent a Canadian soldier killed in the First World War Battle of Vimy Ridge.  Canadian Army Cadets then stood guard overnight at our capital city War Memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, fought from April 9-12, 1917.

It seems fitting to include these young cadets in guard duty this week.  They would have been just like all the other boys too young to enlist in active duty as the Great War began.  Left behind while their older brothers, uncles, and fathers went to the fight on foreign fields, these cadets, in a very real sense, are a picture of Canada herself in 1917.  

Though She was 49 years old at the time of this Battle, Canada’s¬†first half century was marked by very little calamity. ¬†That was all about to change on foreign battlefields with names like¬†Ypres, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, and others. The horrors seen and sacrifices made in this Battle;¬†the military tactical genius that Canada employed;¬†and the bravery of the young men themselves, would lift¬†Canada internationally from behind¬†Her mother’s (Great Britain) apron to a new¬†level of global respect and recognition,¬†a nation that stands on her own, which Canada has built upon ever since.


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The large regimental Celtic cross of the 15th Battalion (48th Highlanders) where it stood 100 years ago on the battlefield near Vimy Ridge. Although there were other wooden crosses fashioned by regimental carpenters, this is one of the very few to survive. (Credit: CBC)

As late as¬†February 2017, you wouldn’t have to go further than a church basement in Toronto to view¬†a historical artifact from the Battle of Vimy¬†Ridge¬†– a¬†100-year old wooden battlefield cross.

Regimental carpenters had pre-built and would quickly paint the names and erect these crosses right on the battlefield, a thankless job that became an art form in itself, as many hundreds of these crosses were erected on far too many bomb-scarred fields across western Europe.

The fact that this cross¬†had survived for a century was a testament to how well it had been taken care of. ¬†CBC reported¬†that it had been transported across the Atlantic to¬†France twice, but had always found its way back to its “temporary” 100-year home in Canada.

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The cross was expertly packed for the voyage along with one poppy for every one of the 57 names etched on it. It will go on display this weekend at the newly opened Vimy Ridge visitor centre. (Credit: Nahlah Ayed/CBC)

Etched¬†on its surface are the names of 57 Canadian soldiers, most from the 15th Battalion, and most of whom were killed in the first hours of that assault. ¬†That makes it one of only a handful of surviving witnesses ‚ÄĒ and a real-time partial record ‚ÄĒ of the heavy Canadian losses in those pivotal opening moments of the battle.

The 15th Battalion was tasked with taking on the Eastern edge of the ridge, which meant advancing over a longer distance, and through more German lines than other Canadian units.

In fact, they expected such heavy casualties with this Battalion that they had actually pre-dug their graves before the battle even began.  They ended up with two sites where multiple Canadian troops from this Battalion were buried together, and each was given a cross.  This was one of those two handmade memorials.

In February 2017, for the first time in a century, and thanks to the Canadian Ministry of Veterans Affairs, this Celtic cross was flown across the Atlantic, where ministry officials were there to greet it and to transport it Рif only temporarily, to the same spot where these people listed are actually buried.

W.H. Collyer died at Vimy Ridge at 17. The legal age to join the Canadian army was 18, so he would have lied about his age in order to enter the fight. (Credit: CBC)

On the 100th Anniversary memorial weekend, and for the first time in 100 years, the cross was raised over the actual graves of those men for a limited time.

As dramatic as the story of this grave marker is, it will, of course, be overshadowed by the incredible size and beauty of the Canadian Vimy Ridge Memorial itself.   It is by far the most dramatic Canadian memorial to any cause on Earth.  At the time that it was being constructed, however, Vimy Ridge was not considered to be as important perhaps as we see it today.

The Vimy Memorial itself changed all that, designed by Canadian architect Walter Seymour Allward, and taking an astonishing 11 years to build.

Canada Bereft” or “Mother Canada” is the largest statue at the front of the memorial and is said to depict “Canada mourning her fallen sons.” Its inscription reads:

“To the valour of their countrymen in the Great War and in memory of their sixty thousand dead this monument is raised by the people of Canada.”

It is often a quiet place, even when there are many visitors, as it really is a place of reflection.

The Vimy Ridge Memorial at night, as seen April 6, 2017, just days before the 100th Anniversary. (Credit: Vimy Ridge Memorial)

And Canada has much to reflect on.  In fact, I had a lump in my throat as I was writing a sentence. What those Canadian men and boys did, beginning in blinding rain and sleet, on that early Easter Monday morning 100 years ago, is still today looked at as being a marvel of modern warfare.

Situated in northern France, the heavily-fortified seven-kilometre ridge held a commanding view over the Allied lines. Anyone in the future who¬†would be assaulting the Ridle¬†over an open graveyard, since previous French attacks had failed –with over 100,000 casualties.

Canada was given this task next – and to be blunt, there was some mentality¬†of Canadians being “cannon fodder” in this equation. ¬†History shows that Canadian troops, when fighting as part of a larger British Empire¬†force, were often thrown into the front lines of horrific battles, in order to risk¬†less British lives.

Canadian troops go “over the wall” and into a great victory in Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917. Troops took the Ridge in one day, suffering the greatest one-day loss of life in Canadian history. (Credit: Metro News)

All four divisions of the little Canadian Expeditionary Force ¬†– ¬†mostly volunteers – were brought¬†together for the first time¬†in Canada’s 49-year history to fight this Battle. ¬†Including one British division, they¬†numbered¬†170,000 troops¬†over 145,000 Canadians, virtually¬†our entire Army at that time.

If we had lost – if Canada¬†had failed on that Ridge – it would’ve been an unthinkable disaster for our nation, as we risked¬†destroying our entire national Army. ¬†I get angry just thinking about the risk our nation was asked to take.

To capture this difficult position, the Canadians would carefully plan and rehearse their attack.  To give them greater flexibility and firepower in battle,  specialist roles as machine-gunners, rifle-men and grenade-throwers underwent weeks of training behind the lines using models to represent the battlefield, and new maps were drawn up from aerial photographs to guide their way.

British-dug tunnels around the Vimo Ridge area. One still exists for tourists to explore to present day. (Credit: Wikipedia)

bring men forward safely for the assault, engineers dug deep tunnels from the rear to the front. Despite this training and preparation, the key to victory was a devastating artillery barrage that would crelate a moving wall of high explosives and shrapnel that forced the Germans to stay in their treaches and away from their machine-guns.

In the week leading up to the battle, Canadian and British artillery pounded the enemy positions on the ridge, using new artillery tactics that allowed the gunners to first target, then destroy enemy positions.  Canadians were given an almost limitless supply of artillery shells, which destroyed hardened defences and barbed wire.  The Canadian infantry would be well supported when it went into battle Рwith over 1,000 artillery pieces laying down withering, supportive fire.

6-inch gun of the Royal Garrison Artillery firing over Vimy Ridge behind Canadian lines at night (Credit: Wikipedia)

Attacking together for the first time, the four Canadian divisions stormed the ridge at 5:30am on April 9, 1917. More than 15,000 Canadian infantry overran the Germans all along the front.  Incredible bravery and discipline allowed the infantry to continue moving forward under heavy fire, even when their officers were killed.

There were countless acts of sacrifice, as Canadians single-handedly charged machine-gun nests or forced the surrender of Germans in protective dugouts.  Hill 145, the highest and most important feature of the Ridge, and where the Vimy monument now stands, was captured in a case of bayonets versus German machine-gun positions.

It took there more days of costly battle to deliver the final victory. The Canadian operation was an important success, even if the larger British and French offensive, of which it had been a part, had failed. But it was victory at a heavy cost:  on top of the near 3,600 Canadians killed, more tHan 7,000 were wounded.

Prince Charles, the British Prince of Wales, said so dramatically and beautifully at the 100th Anniversary ceremony on April 9, 2017:

Prince Charles and sons Prince William and Prince Harry, visit one of the only still-accessible tunnels used by Canadian troops at Vimy Ridge. (Credit: Daily Mail)

‚Äú(The Canadians) succeeded in seizing the vital high ground of Vimy ‚Äď a task in which many others before them had failed,‚ÄĚ Prince Charles said.

‚ÄúHowever, victory came at an unbearably heavy cost. This was, and remains, the single bloodiest day in Canadian military history. Yet Canadians displayed a strength of character and commitment to one another that is still evident today. They did not waver. This was Canada at its best. ‚Ķ ‚ÄĚ [Emphasis mine]

More than just a memorial to one specific Battle and the nearly 3,600 soldiers who died there, Vimy Ridge became a national place of mourning for all soldiers of the Great War.  In fact, there are 11,285 names carved into the monument, all Canadians who died during the Great War but who have no known resting place. The names are those still found across Canada today.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President François Hollande honor the fallen at the cemetery at the Vimy Ridge Memorial on April 9, 2017. (Credit: Metro News)

The April 9, 2017 ceremony for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge was attended by more than 25,000 Canadians, with millions more Canadians estimated to be listening on the radio and over television.

To them, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau summarized the day:

“As I see the faces gathered here ‚Äď veterans, soldiers, caregivers, so many young people ‚Äď I can‚Äôt help but feel a torch is being passed,‚ÄĚ Trudeau said in his speech. ‚ÄúOne hundred years later, we must say this, together. And we must believe it: Never again.‚ÄĚ

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By Shawn J., Founding Editor
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Posted April 9, 2017

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A United Nations Fox In Israel’s Henhouse

Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion delivers a statement as he is joined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right to left, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau and Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Feb. 8, 2016. (Credit: The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)
Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion,  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau and Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan at the press conference on Feb. 8, 2016. (Credit: The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

In February 2016, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion called a press conference to publicly question the appointment of a Canadian law professor to a key United Nations job.  

One wonders how “Libtarded” you would have to be before the Liberal government of Canada said “no way, this idiot needs to be fired”.¬†

But even when a globalist government like Canada asks the United Nations to reconsider, they do nothing.  Now nearly 9 months later, UN Human Watch  joins a rising tide of opposition against this absolutely ridiculous, inappropriate and possibly fraudulent appointment within the well-heeled ranks of the United Nations Рexposing their dark anti-Semitic plans.


talk-to-stupid-peopleFor the first time in our blog’s history, the Calling Out Community issues the following¬†notice¬†to our¬†valued readers:¬†

WARNING:  We assert that the foundational beliefs of the antagonist in this story, and the antagonist himself, are so BLATANTLY STUPID that uncontrolled squinting may result, as you continue to read the details. Reader discretion is advised.

A small but growing union of varied interests are demanding that he United Nations immediately suspend Michael Lynk, a Canadian expert on international law,¬†from his¬†appointment as “UN¬†Special Rapporteur on the Situation¬†Of¬†Human¬†Rights¬†in the Palestinian Territory Occupied Since 1967.”¬†

The job title itself shows the clear bias and intent of the United Nations to malign Israel every chance they can get (Israel, for example,¬†would certainly not agree that they are “occupying” “Palestinian Territory”) – not to mention the fact that just reading the title causes epileptic fits.

But why on earth would a Canadian Liberal cabinet minister go out of his way to fight with the United Nations to have one of our own citizens fired from such a prestigious United Nations appointment?  It seems that Mr. Lynk has embarrassed Canada by failing to disclose, when he applied for the post, that he was:

The United Nations fox interviews for the Israeli henhouse position. (Credit: ToonPool)
The United Nations fox interviews for the Israeli henhouse position. (Credit: ToonPool)

…A member of the board of directors of the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations; a member of the advisory board of the ‚ÄúCanadian-Palestinian Education Exchange‚ÄĚ (CEPAL), which promotes events like the ‚ÄúAnnual Israeli Apartheid Week‚ÄĚ; and, Lynk is also on the advisory board of Friends of Sabeel North America (a pro-Palestinian advocacy group).

Why would it matter that he failed to disclose his leadership role in three pro-Palestinian organizations when he applied to be come the United Nations special investigator, looking into allegation of Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians?  Hmmm, smells good to me Рsaid no one, ever. 

And this guy isn’t just biased, he’s clearly a card-carrying¬†Jew-hater.¬† As mentioned,¬†he sits on the board of an organization that hosts an “Israeli Apartheid Week“.¬† Just a tiny bit of anti-Israel bias, perhaps?

As they say in sports, “the fix is in”.

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2016 Israeli Apartheid Week poster. (Credit: Israeli Apartheid Week website)

Apartheid Week is a misnomer – the word¬†“apartheid” is defined in the dictionary as a uniquely-coined term relating to the racial discrimination policies of South Africa.¬†Their site introduction:

“Each year, Israeli Apartheid Week takes place across more than 150 universities and cities. It aims to raise awareness about Israel‚Äôs ongoing settler-colonial project and apartheid policies over the Palestinian people.”

They list dates around the world, including in the mythical land called “Palestine”, which isn’t on any map, and South Africa – ironic to be trying to perpetrate “the Israeli apartheid”¬†myth in¬†the only country to have actual apartheid.¬† They also seem to be getting a lot of sponsorship money or something, as they are all over the world?

A¬†letter from the UN Watch group to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday, October 27 was issued hours before Lynk presented a 26-page report on Israeli actions against Palestinians to the UN General Assembly‚Äôs Third Committee.¬† In it, he criticized the Jewish state for its actions in Gaza and the West Bank, particularly settlement building and what he termed ‚Äúexcessive use of force‚ÄĚ against Palestinians.

Rocket attacks against Israel, since the withdrawal of Israel from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Photo Credit: Israeli Defense Forces
Rocket attacks against Israel, since the withdrawal of Israel from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Photo Credit: Israeli Defense Forces

Excessive force – wow.¬† 1o,ooo rockets had been fired by Hamas at Israel over a decade, and Israel did nothing.¬† 10,000 rockets, and over 2,300 were fired in 2012 alone, from UN-sponsored schools, hospitals, mosques, people’s homes – it was so outrageous.¬† When Israel finally took action to stop it, a pro-Palestinian spokesmen actually stated “no big deal, Hamas rockets mostly missed their targets anyway, but¬†Israel’s rockets DIDN’T miss”.

bozoHEY KIDS – can you spot today’s special moral lesson, that the REAL Bozos in Hamas seem to have missed?

So, knowing that this guy was a total anti-Semitic hack with very public connections to pro-Palestinian groups, why would the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) want him to oversee their investigations into Israeli human rights violations?¬† Isn’t it obvious – because they already wrote the final report, and just want someone to create the evidence.

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So, clearly he was intentionally hired to do a hatchet job for them against Israel.  

This becomes more obvious when you glance at the current membership¬†of this “Human Rights” love fest including:

  • China (no comment required)
  • Cuba¬†(no comment required)
  • Nigeria (the home of Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, killing Christians by the thousands)
  • Philippines (whose wingnut President admitted on TV that he’s murdered 3 drug dealers¬†– then¬†told citizens to do the same)
  • Russia (no comment required)
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    (Credit: Sun Cartoons)

    Saudi Arabia (how does a country, whose women cannot even drive or buy a coffee at Starbucks without male assistance, ¬†get on the UN Human Rights Commission.¬† They also gripe about¬†Israel’s military, budgeted at $18.6 billion, yet THEIR military budget is $87.2 billion)¬†

  • UAE (they don’t even recognize Israel’s existence as a state, and the two countries have no formal diplomatic relations)
  • Venezuela (who’s people are starving and rioting in the streets)
  • Vietnam (America fought a war for 10 years almost to get rid of their Communists – who are still in power)

You could tell just from the make-up of Thugs ‘R Us that Israel would never get fair play with this bunch.¬† Still, it was shocking to read the following Fox News report on March 24, 2016 from the United Nations:

From the palatial Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room of the Palace of Nations, some of the great human rights violators in history meet to condemn Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. (Credit: United Nations)
From the palatial Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room of the Palace of Nations, some of the great human rights violators in history meet to condemn Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. (Credit: United Nations)

“On March 24, 2016, the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) wrapped up its annual meeting in New York by condemning only one country for violating women‚Äôs rights anywhere on the planet ‚Äď Israel, for violating the rights of Palestinian women.¬†

On the same day, the U.N. Human Rights Council concluded its month-long session in Geneva by condemning Israel five times more than any other of the 192 UN member states. 

There were five Council resolutions on Israel.¬† One each on the likes of hellish countries like Syria, North Korea and Iran.¬† Libya got an offer of ‚Äútechnical assistance.‚Ä̬† And countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia and China were among the 95 percent of states that were never mentioned.” (Emphasis mine)

It makes my blood boil

Again, they are talking about ISRAEL, the one little country in the Middle East of 8 million people, the only democracy in the Middle East?  This same Israel Рwhere you are better off being a woman, a child, a senior, gay, Jewish, a Christian, a Muslim, black or an atheist than in any of the 16 enemy combatant nations that surrounds Her?  Yes, THAT Israel.

It’s outrageous, it’s absurd, and it’s why the United Nations needs to be kicked out of New York and sent packing to one of these Third World crap holes.¬† Maybe President Trump will get the job done.

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By Israel Is Forever, Founding Blog Member
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Posted October 28, 2016

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Donald Trump And Israel

Today, I am serving notice to the thousands of global followers of our Calling Out Community blog site and Twitter feed, that I am officially endorsing, and will be fully supporting through every avenue available, Mr. Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. ¬†And here’s why…


imageI have had the privilege in the last 2 years Рsince starting this blog on July 28, 2016 Рto speak to some of my 7,000+ followers, now in 100 countries of the world Рthe largest two delegations being my beloved Canada (2,965) followed by the United States of America (2,065), with the third-largest group encompassing my 288 wonderful friends in the United Kingdom.

I’d like to believe that we have had success connecting with Americans because we share so many things:¬†Canada and the United States are each other’s largest trading partner – over $660 billion a year!¬†We share¬†a common language, an¬†equivalent legal and social order, common ancestry with Great Britain – we¬†even share¬†a¬†continent, of¬†course, including¬†the¬†largest international¬†border in the world – over 8,891 kilometres (5,525¬†mi) long!¬† Eight Canadian provinces and territories (Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick), and thirteen U.S. states (Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine) are located along the border.

So without a doubt, we are interchangeably linked for life.  As a result, the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 U.S. presidential election has an impact on Canadians as well, and therefore dominates both the topics covered by my blog, as well as on the lives of thousands of its followers. As a result, I am going on record today to officially endorse Mr. Donald J. Trump as my choice for President of the United States of America.

trumpaipac-497x350Back on March 21, Donald Trump gave a landmark address at the AIPAC (America-Israel Public Affairs Committee) meetings in Washington, DC on the relationship of Israel and the United States – which I saw in its entirety today for the first time this morning.

(You can click to either WATCH the entire speech on YouTube, or READ the full transcript, courtesy of Time Magazine)

Mr. Trump pledged to rip up the Iranian nuclear deal, to force the Palestinians back to the bargaining table with Israel or face sanctions, and to rebuild the US relationship with its best friend and only democracy in the Middle East, the State of Israel.

The AIPAC later apologized for the speech – one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard of – because Mr Trump criticized Barack Obama from their stage, a sitting President, for his efforts against the Jewish State.

What made that apology even more bizarre was the fact that without a doubt, those comments had the biggest reaction from the crowd – a very spontaneous, very unexpected (even for Mr Trump) uproarious standing ovation that lasted several minutes.

Only one other statement garnered a standing ovation of the same magnitude – when Mr. Trump pledged that, when elected President, he would immediately begin preparations to move the American embassy to “the eternal city of Jerusalem”.

Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu – Pence “cherishes” Israel. (Credit: Office of the Prime Minister of Israel‚Äôs Google+ Page)

Mr. Trump’s pick for Vice President, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, is one of the greatest friends of Israel in the United States today. Earlier this year, he signed a bipartisan bill (passing 47 to 3) that would divest his state from local businesses that take part in the anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement. In other words, if a company was openly hostile toward Israel in its practices, the state would pull out of any investments it had in that company.

(Read more at http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/national/mike-pence-seen-having-strong-israel-record#Tq2kre9AZimiGx0x.99)

Based on what I’ve seen and heard of late, Mr. Trump has very strong support for Israel – the strongest I’ve heard from a Presidential candidate in decades – something which I consider to be the most important qualification for President today.

Any friend of Israel is a friend of ours.  Period.

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 By Israel Is Forever, Founding Blog Member
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Posted September 1, 2016

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Elementary School Muslim Thugs – Part 2

ūüϧ By Islam Rising ¬¶ A Founding Blogger of the Calling Out Community
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Yesterday (Sunday, April 10) we brought you a very shocking story, through our partner blogger Islam Rising, that focused on the allegations of Muslim kids from Syrian families – as young as Grade 3 – that were attacking other children in a Halifax elementary schoolyard with chains, making hand gestures of decapitation and shouting pro-Islamic statements.

It was without a doubt one of the most-read stories we have ever had on the Calling Out Community site – in fact the #3 most-read story of all time out of more than 110 posts in the last year. We are particularly proud of the fact that we picked up on this story up to half a day before much bigger players did so.

The reactions were mostly favourable, minus that of one Muslim woman who had the gall to blame the reaction of the paper, after pulling the story without warning, as being the result of “poor journalism practices“:

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You were partly correct. There is a newspaper strike into its 80+ day, and the article would have been written by a freelance author. However, that in no way affected the decisions made, nor was the writing of the article in any way the issue – it was the resulting editorial decisions (and accusations made against concerned citizens like ourselves) that we are now quite FURIOUS BEYOND WORDS ABOUT, and we are going to get even.

The paper posted a very revealing response today to the backlash created by stories like ours. What was offered was perhaps the worst piece of yellow journalism CRAP, which they considered their justification for retracting the story:


untitledCHRONICLE HERALD | PUBLISHED APRIL 8, 2016 – 8:01PM | UPDATED APRIL 11, 2016 – 9:01PM

The Chronicle Herald published a story Saturday that has drawn the wrath of many of our readers, particularly online.

It was based on two parents’ allegations of physical bullying and threatening behaviour by some of the children who recently arrived with refugee families.

The school cited in the article, Chebucto Heights Elementary, has had an influx of new students in recent weeks.

The story quoted two mothers who didn’t want their names used for fear of reprisals against them or their children. A third person, a grandparent, was interviewed and had similar concerns.

Since the article ran, another family has contacted us with a similar complaint.

Bullying is a sensitive subject. So is the integration of newcomers, particularly those who have faced challenges, even trauma, on their way here.

Our story was incomplete and insufficiently corroborated, given the serious nature of the allegations.

Readers also rightly pointed out that the headline ‚ÄėParents worried over school kids‚Äô brutality‚Äô was unfortunate. Using the word brutality to describe children, particularly of an identifiable cultural group, is problematic.

Reaction to the story was all over the map, from thoughtful to downright scary.

Many journalists called publishing the story irresponsible. Some parents weighed in on social media on the need for better discipline and more supports to help newcomers in our schools.

Appallingly, anti-Muslim groups with words like ‚Äėcrusade‚Äô and ‚Äėjihad‚Äô in their names started sharing the article.

We pulled it from our website.

Since then, some readers have contacted us to object to the article’s removal.

Our concern is about more than reaction.

Social media is not a great place for the cautious, well-considered examination of problems. A newspaper ought to be. We should have done better and we will.

We’ll start by asking more questions and getting more answers.

We will also run letters and commentary. Please email us at letters@herald.ca.


Unbelievable.

Here’s our thoughts – 6 things to take away from this piece:

confidentialApparently, in order for a source to be considered valid to this paper, they have to be publicly named? Is that a joke? One secret informant in 1972 brought down a sitting President (Nixon), sent several to jail, and earned the journalists a Pulitzer Prize after the Watergate scandal. Yet, apparently this paper thinks abused kids, terrified by little Islamic thugs already, need to also be exposed publicly for the audacity of criticizing the Muslim community.

 

images821ROVCJThe little Islamic thugs remain free and clear. There even seems to be some justification for their behavior. Notice the soft language used to describe them: they are called ‘newcomers’, ‘some of the children who recently arrived with refugee families’, ‘those who have faced challenges, even trauma, on their way here.’ Oh BOO HOO, poor little Mohamed. Don’t be upset that he choked your kid with a chain around his neck – cause he’s had a rough go. Right, and there are no abused kids in Halifax homes already? They should just shut up and take it?

 

childabuseApparently two different families can complain about the same thing and it’s still not enough. WHOA!  Wait a minute – but isn’t the paper now admitting that parents or grandparents have come forward now from four different families with the same story? How many kids have to come forward before its considered a story? What’s your child abuse minimum, Halifax Chronicle Herald?  (Oh yes, by the way Herald Chronicle,  ignoring or worse, even justifying child on child attacks is a form of abuse too).

 

These kids are ISIS soldiers - brutality can be a learned behaviour at any age.
These kids are ISIS soldiers – brutality can be a learned behaviour at any age.

“Using the word ‘brutality’ to describe children, particularly of an identifiable cultural group, is problematic.”  Wow, I guess the cultural elite in Halifax don’t get out much.  Perhaps it’s best we don’t tell the sensitive little darlings at this paper that there are videos on YouTube of Palestinian 3 year olds singing “death to Israel” songs (yes, there actually are songs) while brandishing knives.  Little ISIS soldiers under 10 years of age are slicing people’s heads off in other video horrors.  Kids can be brutal if they are taught to be.   But apparently in Halifax, it’s not considered ‘brutality’ when kids choke other kids in Grade 3 with chains. An autistic kid is threatened with decapitation but that’s not brutal? Children are even told that “Muslims will conquer the world”.  And yet you believe that the only truly problematic part of this story is the fact that some thinking people called it “brutality”?

thought-police-e1369141340932“Appallingly, anti-Muslim groups with words like ‚Äėcrusade‚Äô and ‚Äėjihad‚Äô in their names started sharing the article.” And that is the reason, dear friends, why a newspaper deleted its own stories from its own site.  Because someone was sharing it.  Sorry, is that not a newspaper’s actual REASON FOR EXISTENCE?  And is it in fact not the ULTIMATE MARKETING PLAN of most news media outlets today to boldly share controversial stories without compromise, and to have people you don’t even like or agree with share that story with others?

We used to call that “promotion“.  Are left-wing media outlets today so insecure about their messages that they now try to decide who gets to even read them One wonders what the editors of this paper would do if they knew that people actually use their newspaper to dry newly-washed windows, soak up any urine the new puppy might dribble out, cover the bottom of the bird cage, or to use as lightweight packing material for boxing up shiome nuts.  My God, the Halifax paper would fold in a week (pardon the pun).  Let’s keep these revelations our little secret – the poor ‘journalistic’ darlings are apparently dealing with enough.

Protecting parents and their kids with warnings about a real threat to their safety is not relevant, I guess – nor apparently is it the lack of this protection on an elementary school playground  the fact that the editors found to be most appalling.

Protecting Muslim reputations is paramount, no matter what the cost to  journalistic integrity or credibility. Clearly Muslims forced them to take the story down – otherwise this newspaper just provided us with a copy of their suicide note.

So, on behalf of the people of Halifax who have depended on you for generations to tell the truth, the whole truth (the W-5 who, what, when, where, why and how), we ask this question of the editors:

Herald Chronicle,  you bluntly stopped readers from being able to access a controversial story on your site, simply because some folks had the audacity to share it.  Therefore, can you now define for us going forward – what the hell is your REASON FOR CONTINUED EXISTENCE? 

This is an truly and incredibly bad example of total CENSORSHIP – from a newspaper of all places.  And we call “B.S.” on this nonsense about an identified “anti-Islamic’ group who would have the word Jihad in their name.  AND SO WHAT IF THEY DO? They have every right to free speech in this country, which one would have thought a newspaper would defend loudly and long.  The Herald-Chronicle has lost their way in this 80 day journalist’s strike I guess, as now they believe they are our den mother or hall monitor, not the provider of the news?

How people use the information a newspaper provides is quite frankly not a journalist’s main concern nor actually any of their business – telling the true story is their only task.

Since when does this paper suddenly feel the need to protect Islamic groups over all others?  How did Muslims suddenly manage to become the victims in this story – or in general?  We’re pre-supposing that anti-Israeli or pro-BDS groups can share this newspaper’s articles to their hearts content, and such actions won’t trigger story retractions from this site, because the stories themselves are often anti-Israel or pro-BDS.

 

Spect_Revolt_Elites_Anton-EmdinIt was hard to pick a winner, but in the end, we chose this sentence as our ultimate lame-ass  favorite: “Social media is not a great place for the cautious, well-considered examination of problems. A newspaper ought to be. We should have done better and we will”.

Well guess what ladies and gentleman? Apparently you’re too stupid to figure this stuff out yourself. Don’t be talking around the water cooler or your Twitter feed about thinge. The cultural elite will tell you exactly how to think.

Here’s our message to the Chronicle Herald – SCREW OFF. No one asked the you to give a “cautious well-considered examination” of anything. Tell the damn story – who, what, when, where and why. We can figure out what it means for us, thanks just the same.

FINAL WORD

imageFolks, forget what these idiots have to say. They gave up their right to be heard when they deleted their story.

If you want to know what’s really going on with this story, checkout the Rebel Media video. They have boots on the ground in Halifax and they have uncovered a shocking story that the cultural elite – and the Liberals – don’t want you to know. What else is new.

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Media Protects Syrian Child Attackers

ūüϧ By Islam Rising ¬¶ A Founding Blogger of the Calling Out Community
✒ Posted April 10, 2016
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On Saturday, April 9, the Halifax Chronicle Herald¬†published a very provocative story with the title “Parents worried over school kids‚Äô brutality at Chebucto Heights Elementary School.”. The story, along with the rest of the Saturday paper, was distributed¬†to 72,000 homes that morning, according to 2014 circulation stats.

But today, just one day later, you will find the following, when you attempt to view the story on their website:

If you didn’t or couldn’t read the retraction statement, we’ve taken the liberty to reprint it:

This story has been removed. ¬†Bullying is a sensitive subject. ¬†So is the integration of newcomers, particularly those who have faced challenges, even trauma, on their way here. ¬†Our story was incomplete. ¬†More work needs to be done and will be done before the story is republished. ¬†We should have done better and we will.”

If I were this reporter, I would sue. ¬†This is lamest thing we have ever read. ¬†“Bullying is a sensitive subject” – yah WE KNOW. ¬†That’s why we need to actually read about it – especially when the article alleged that¬†it’s happening on¬†elementary school property, at the hands of¬†Grade¬†3¬†Islamic thugs using chains to choke other kids, utilizing hand signals to signify cutting off their heads and announcing that Muslims are gonna conquer the world.

img_7082We especially need to read about it when it’s perpetrated by these so-called¬†Syrian “refugees” that our Prime Minister is paying a fortune from our national piggy bank to ram down our throats. Seemingly almost desperate to swamp us with these¬†Third World backwater-and-rape-culture suspects, Trudeau even ordered the selling off our remaining gold reserve¬†to pay for¬†their golden tickets to Canada, and our abundant social welfare programs.

We at Islam Rising (as well our hosts the Calling out Community) don’t care what their reasons were – the Chronicle Herald has demonstrated a gross lack of journalistic integrity with this story, and we’re all about shaming them for it today.¬†¬†If¬†the facts were wrong or the story was made up, then simply state that to the readers. ¬†Don’t papers fact-check stories, especially ones that are this explosive, before¬†they go to print?

This “incomplete story” nonsense, framed with references to “bullying” and “integration of newcomers”, says to us that they in fact¬†were also¬†bullied by¬†possibly the same Muslim community to shut up.

img_7080Staff at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris criticized Islam and were brutally slaughtered for it. Therefore, excuse us if we refuse to tolerate the bullying of our Canadian media by these Islamic hordes.

To be sure, there won’t be a republished story. ¬†They hope in 2 days you’ll forget all about it. ¬†We’re gonna make sure that doesn’t happen. So here now is the original story in its entirety.¬† The editors at the Chronicle Herald may have been scared into silence. The same knee jerk reaction/retraction after bullying will not be duplicated here. ¬†Enjoy.


img_7078HALIFAX ‚ÄĒ Concerned parents are reporting incidents of violence by refugee students at Chebucto Heights Elementary School.

Reports of students choking, pushing, slapping and verbally abusing their fellow classmates are causing parents to worry about the school’s disciplinary action.

‚ÄúThere has always been some fighting and bickering going on at the school but never to this degree,‚ÄĚ said Missy, the mother of two children who attend Chebucto Heights. She asked to be referred to by her nickname for this story.

Missy said her daughter, who is in Grade 3, was choked on Monday and Thursday last week by two refugee boys. A chain was used on both occasions, but she cannot confirm the size or strength of the chain. She said one boy yelled ‚ÄúMuslims rule the world‚ÄĚ while choking her daughter. School staff intervened, but to her knowledge, the students were not disciplined further.

According to the Halifax Regional School Board, refugees began registering at Chebucto Heights, located in the Cowie Hill neighbourhood of Halifax, in mid-February.

School board spokesman Doug Hadley said, as of last week, there are currently 252 refugee students enrolled in the region, with another 71 waiting on settlement of permanent housing.

Missy’s son, who is in Grade 5, has also been the subject of rough play on the soccer field. During games, refugee students reportedly take their thumb and slide it across their neck from left to right while staring into the eyes of their competitor; imitating the slicing of the throat.

Missy said the school’s response to this and other on-field violence was to cancel intramurals and soccer. But cancelling of recreational activity is not beneficial to students like Missy’s son who has ADHD and relies heavily on physical activity.

‚ÄúSoccer is what gets my son through the day,‚ÄĚ she said.

When asked about the violence at Chebucto Heights, Hadley said he couldn’t confirm whether an individual student had been involved in any behaviour that broke the board’s code of conduct.

He said there‚Äôs no connection between the cancellation of extracurricular activities and any violent behaviour. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a term teacher at Chebucto Heights that is finished their term in the next week or so, and they just finished the unit on soccer,‚ÄĚ he said. Intramurals will resume in May when the next term teacher begins.

Another mother, who asked not to be named, said her daughter was slapped after she and a classmate disagreed in the schoolyard. Her daughter reported the incident to her teacher.

‚ÄúThe school didn‚Äôt even call me to let me know.‚ÄĚ

She called and left a message, but said no one has returned her call. She said her daughter begs not to go to school because of the persistent bullying.

A language barrier could be a factor. Many refugee families do not speak English and integrating students into a primarily English speaking environment is bound to cause a few problems.

Missy suggests having an interpreter on staff to help new students understand curriculum or the reason for disciplinary action. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm all for the transition,‚ÄĚ said Missy.

‚ÄúI just think there should be people in the school to help and guide them.‚ÄĚ

The school board says there are currently 19.5 English as a second language teachers working in regional schools. ‚ÄúWe have a long history of welcoming newcomers all over the world to Nova Scotia,‚ÄĚ said Hadley. He encourages an open stream of communication between the school staff, students and parents.

‚ÄúIt doesn‚Äôt matter if the student is new to Canada or if they have been in school for many years in our system,‚ÄĚ said Hadley. ‚ÄúSchools would address it no matter who the child is the same way.”

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So media tells a shocker that could bring a very real warning about danger to our kids Рand then just deletes it- most likely after pressure from the Islamic community.  Now, greater pressure from Canadians should be levelled on these editors for making this cowardly decision to pull this story.  This relates to real children in a real Canadian schools who have been attacked and whose very lives have been threatened by real Islamic thugs.

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‘Oddly enough, I feel offended…’

A question to ponder:  if the grade 3 children in this family so easily perpetrate these crimes, imagine what the parents who raised them are like?

Our take on it? Round up the families of every child who instigated this violence and send them all back where they came from.

Don’t give us the “civil society / light shining on a hill” crap either. ¬†This is not redeemable behaviour – and if we allow it to continue we won’t have a civil society anymore. ¬†

These kids are¬†programmed to hate from birth, and their parents may be here to cause us harm. Kids that age don’t pick up “Muslims will rule the world” on Sesame Street.

To¬†our Prime Minister @Justintrudeau: At least for one day in your tumultuous reign and trust-fund-privileged life, can you cut the crap, drop the drama lessons, put the politics aside, grab some balls (maybe your “wife” will let you borrow hers) and do what’s right for Canada.

At least for one day.

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Benjamin Netanyahu Voted #1 World Leader

IsraelIsrael Is Forever: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted December 9, 2015.

IMG_4044Evangelical website Christian Today recently released survey results from the Washington-based Brookings Institute, which revealed that more evangelical Christians consider Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, as the #1 world leader of our modern era (16% of respondents) than any other.  11% percent named Ronald Reagan, and 10% named Barack Obama.

The research showed the political polarity even within the Christian community,  with only 1% of Democrat voters naming Netanyahu as the top world leader.

IMG_4047While Republicans overall have much more favourable views of Netanyahu than unfavourable ones, Democrats have a more unfavorable view of the Israeli leader by a ratio of about two to one. In general, older Americans admire the Israeli leader far more than the younger ones,‚ÄĚ the research stated.

Netanyahu is known as a hardline champion for the defense of Israel and the Jewish people.  In the upcoming 2016 U.S. presidential election, a candidate’s support of Israel is already seen as an important issue for voters.

 Shockingly, however, the survey also demonstrated that only 45% of Christians believe the Jews are God’s chosen people, while 49% do not believe they are God’s chosen people.

It is the strongly-expressed opinion of the Calling Out Community that the nation of Israel has a right to exist and defend itself, the Jews are God’s chosen people as much today as at any time in history.

We agree that Prime Minister Netanyahu is one of the great leaders of our age, with a strong intellect, commanding presence as he petitions on the world stage for his people – and it is to our advantage to be aligned with God’s chosen people in these last days.

Congratulations Mr. Netanyahu.  You are a hero to millions Рthis Canadian evangelical Christian writer included.

Israelforever


israelisforeverBy Israel Is Forever
Founding Calling Out Member
Posted: December 9, 2015
[God’s Got A Plan For You!]¬†

Pollsters and Pundits – Well-Paid and Often Wrong

by Calling Out Community, Posted October 18, 2015. Updated January 2, 2016,

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Take heart, Conservative voters!  In this final weekend before Election Day, the conclusion of the longest election campaign in Canadian history, the pollsters are once again coronating the selfie-loving clown Justin Trudeau as our next Prime Minister.  But the pollsters are not always right Рin fact, sometimes they are both incorrect and actually guilty of attempting to rig the election results.

In what seems like a constant occurrence lately, we hear of election after election where a small or big “C” conservative in power didn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell of winning his/her seat. ¬†Yet on election night, this candidate has some massive revival amongst voters, and end up winning some nonsensically unbalanced, TKO, majority-seat victory, much to the shock and horror of the pollsters, and the media outlets depending on their data to be accurate.

We could understand it if the win fell inside of the +/- for that survey or exit poll ¬†– but they don’t. ¬†Often it’s so blatantly obvious that the pollsters and pundits are attempting to hijack the election, get the leftist candidate in of their choice, while discounting the opposing candidates.

It’s easy enough to do. ¬†You just have to read a bit more background info into the polling method. ¬†I worked my way through 4 years of college by working for a market research firm, and learned quickly that you can make polling data say whatever you want:

  • What question did they ask? ¬†Was it a leading question – for example, “Albertans are notorious red necks. John Doe (Conservative) is an Albertan. ¬†Do you think John Doe shares your values?” ¬†Many might say “no, he sure doesn’t”, assuming he’s a redneck from the leading question – even though John Doe has 6 university degrees and only dressed up once as a redneck…for Hallowe’en. ¬†That particular poll respondent is also obviously completely out of touch with who John Doe is – especially if all they know of¬†him they learned from the pollster’s question!
  • Where did the polling take place? For example, if you wanted to push for Liberals to look good, do all the phone survey work in traditionally Liberal ridings. ¬†Don’t tell me that doesn’t happen, because it often does.

Damaged professional ethics and possible illegalities aside, the pollsters who participate in these hijinks apparently don’t have any self-respect or pride in their career path, or they would try to be as accurate as possible.¬†¬†And why is it that they only seem to be REALLY wrong when the person happens to be a conservative?

MAY3184-1024x701While doing the Sunday talk show circuit, commentators and left-wing political “experts” (aka operatives for the Democrats in the U.S or Liberals / NDP in Canada) will official crown their candidate the heir apparent, and soon thereafter give the polling numbers that clearly back up their original hypothesis. ¬†Sounds logical at first.

Then comes Election Day – and all day long the same looney left dipsticks fill the 24-hour news cycle with “exit polling” to confirm again their anointed one is set to win. ¬†Who exactly did they poll and where? ¬†Then the polls close, and we learn (much to NO ONE’s surprise but these ‘experts’) ¬†the main conservative¬†contender wiped them off the map – again, usually a small or big “C” conservative.

Coincidence?  Not even remotely.

Harper, Trudeau or Mulcair – who will lead now?

The Canadian federal election is tomorrow РMonday, October 19.  It has been a very long campaign Рso long in fact, that both Justin Trudeau (Liberal Рtwice in fact!) and Thomas Mulcair (NDP) have been anointed the new Prime Minister of Canada, even though their polling data showed that the Conservatives were in fact ahead of both parties at the time.

Don’t let the pollsters discourage you from voting.¬† Yes, they have Justin Trudeau 6 points ahead – and it suspiciously came out of nowhere. ¬†This is the same guy that a month ago was trailing in 3rd place.¬† What exactly has he said or done in the last few months to look better, sound better, or be better as a leader.¬† NOTHING.¬† So once again, they are using polling method foolishness to try to rig an election and get a win for their guy.

I am praying, as are many people, that Canadians are not stupid enough to vote for Justin Trudeau’s party.¬† He is a mindless bimbo who keeps putting his foot in his mouth everywhere he goes.¬† He doesn’t deserve to be Prime Minister because people like his hair, or because his dad was.¬† Only the most qualified should lead, and that will continue to be Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

harper_cp_9376962Now, pollsters are pulling out this nonsense that the vast majority of people in Canada want “change”.¬† I’d like to see the question that was asked for that one – as I don’t believe Canadians are bored with success. ¬†Desperate for a win, the¬†Liberals and NDP even manufactured a recession at the beginning¬†of the campaign, which quickly blew up in their faces.¬† These leftwing jackasses will do anything to try to win.¬† You must not let them.¬† DO not stay home voteless on election day – it could be Canada’s most important election.

The future of our nation depends on you.  On Monday, VOTE CONSERVATIVE.

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See our related articles:
Pathetic Polling #1 – Bibby’s….Battle?
Pathetic Polling #2 – David Cameron’s….Demise?
Pathetic Polling #3 – Christy Clark’s….Collapse?

Election 2015 (Week 1): Bring It On!

by Calling Out Community, Posted August 10, 2015
For the week of August 2-8, 2015

Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa, after calling the election last Sunday. (Credit: The Canadian Press)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa, after calling the election last Sunday. (Credit: The Canadian Press)

Last Sunday, August 2, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called what some have calculated will be the longest election campaign in Canadian history, running 11 weeks (78 days) and culminating in the Monday, October 19 federal election.

At¬†316 km2, my home city of Surrey is the largest of the 24 municipalities making up Metro Vancouver, and is growing by more than 1,000/month, soon to overtake Vancouver as Western Canada’s largest city. As a result, all of Surrey’s ridings were recently redrawn, with the addition of one new riding. ¬†My own riding has been resized and renamed Surrey Centre (formerly Surrey North). Across BC, there are 6 brand new seats (we have a total of 42 now), making us one of the biggest¬†battlegrounds in Canada for this federal election, along with Ontario and Alberta.

IMG_0117I’m so happy to see that the Conservative Party in my riding is clearly ready for that battle, having nominated a truly stellar candidate 3 months ago (May 3) – Mr. SUCHA¬†THIND. Lawn signs are already popping up from their campaign all over the city.

Mr. Thind’s life story gives¬†a face to the¬†Canadian Dream at its best,¬†reminding us how and by whom this fantastic country was founded and built. As a young university graduate, Mr. Thind¬†immigrated to Canada in his 20s from India to start a new life for his family here, working in several local businesses when he first arrived.

Mr. Sucha Thind. Credit: Sucha Thind Campaign site
Mr. Sucha Thind. Credit: Sucha Thind Campaign site

Then, over 20 years ago, he founded Mainland Aluminum in Surrey, an aluminum railing business. He can be proud of his mentorship of an untold number of other business leaders in the area for decades, as well as being a strong employer for the region ever since.

In comparison, Mr.Jasbir Sandhu, our current NDP Member of Parliament, has done such an (cough) admirable job – I actually had to do a Google search to remind myself again who my MP was – and as you can see from my blog, I do tend to keep in touch with what’s going on out there.

Sandhu was elected first in 2011 on the “orange wave” (which I think crested years ago) of NDP popularity – when all kinds of less-than-stellar NDP candidates were swept into the role of Official Opposition under the leadership of the late Jack Layton – not because they were any good, but because the Liberal leader¬†Michael Ignatieff was so bad.¬† Thomas Mulcair – not much better.¬† And it wasn’t a vote against the Conservatives either at the time¬†– the party won their first majority government in that election.

Sandhu has worked as a “business analyst, a customs officer, a self-employed building contractor, a truck driver, taxi driver and factory worker” according to his site, and a “program manager” (whatever that involves) for 15 years at the Justice Institute. Wow – does that ever sound random.¬† I’m not seeing what makes him particularly quailified to represent me in Ottawa, and I say that when he’s actually already done the job for the last 4 years.¬† Thus I’ll be working my butt off to avoid a repeat performance.

As an MP, his website says he “advocated for his constituents by bringing attention to the issues facing students, seniors and veterans, and to challenges of the immigration system.” That’s a joke, right? As a constituency manager for an Alberta MLA for 3.5 years, I can say without hesitation that he just gave the basic job description of EVERY Member of Parliament. Big deal.

NDPPolls_600pxSandhu’s campaign site then states:

  • He has introduced legislation to restore federal protection for Bear Creek“. ¬†Bill C-538, An Act to amend the Navigable Waters Protection Act (Bear Creek) was introduced for First Reading June 16, 2013. On October 16, 2013 it was reinstated from the 1st to 2nd sessions of the 41st Parliament – which is where it died.¬† FAIL
  • “[He introduced legislation] to provide funding for successful youth gang prevention programs”.¬†¬†Private Members Bill M-407, Youth gang prevention¬†was¬†“placed in the¬†order of precedence” on June 18, 2015. after beomg resinstated from a previous session of Parliament on October 16, 2013.¬† After two years, this is how far it’s gotten?¬† His own site has a page entitled: “Let’s make youth gang prevention a priority”.¬† Try to navigate to that page, however, and you get a “404 – Page Not Found” error in giant letters.¬†SOME PRIORITY – FAIL.
  • Sandhu also sponsored a motion demanding an official apology for the Komagata Maru tragedy.¬† May 28, 2012 he introduced a motion in the House. On August 3, 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appeared at the Ghadri Babiyan Da Mela (festival) in Surrey, B.C., to issue an apology. People there were upset it wasn’t done in Parliament, but Jason Kenney stated the P.M. wasn’t going to repeat himself.¬† End of that situation.¬† FAIL

For those Conservatives who are ringing their hands about this upcoming election – calm down. I predict a lot more vote splitting on the left this time around with Trudeau as leader. I don’t see that being to the Conservatives detriment – Trudeau looks like a champ against the NDP’s Mulcair, but against our Prime Minister, he looks more like a chimp and a chump.¬† He’s a hack with very little experience and no real talents to speak of, attempting to use Daddy’s name (good or otherwise) to advance his own fortunes.

may3161And as¬†for all the theatrics in the polls, showing Mulcair’s NDP actually leading in the country, a few thoughts. The media had crowned Trudeau the guy to beat in this election a few months ago, remember? That seems to have vanished. Worst case scenario and the NDP wins the election…the polls don’t suggest the Liberals even being the Opposition either.¬† Shows how much the media gets it right.

Desperate to try to convince voters we need a change, the NDP and the Liberals are now pushing the “Canada is in a recession” monologue.¬† Really? Based on what?
– the Globe & Mail‘s Michael Babad wrote in an August 10th Report on Business piece that Canada’s politicians should “stop saying we are in a recession“. The numbers just don’t support that theory yet.
– the unemployment rate, the most important of these signals, sits at 6.8%, and has remained exactly the same for the last six months in a row. According to Statistics Canada, our economy actually added 166,000 jobs since last year at this time. In fact, with over 1.2 million net new jobs since the 2009 recession, Canada’s economy is on the right track. And this despite the bad energy sector numbers of late.

Over the coming weeks of this historically-long campaign, we will profile the four key leaders going into this election (the Bloc will not be given the courtesy, as they are not a national party in any capacity): Prime Minister Harper (Conservative), Justin Trudeau (Liberal), Thomas Mulcair (NDP) and Elizabeth May (Green Party).

We have a clear choice between zero experience and dim ideas (Trudeau), the environmental lobby destroying our economy (May), a socialist with no personality (Mulcair)…

…or a man who has stood tall on the world stage for a decade (Stephen Harper), leading us out of near-Depression in 2009, building our credibility around the world, while making our economy the strongest of G8 members.¬† Three Canadian cities in 2014 made the list¬†of the top 10 most livable cities in the world¬† (Vancouver #3, Toronto #4 and Calgary #5) .

The 2015 report from the Reputation Institute also ranked Canada as the #1 most reputable country in the world, based on a variety of environmental, political, and economic factors – for the third year in a row.

None of this happens by accident.

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Canada and Israel Forge Deeper Ties

IsraelIsrael Is Forever: Special feature to the Calling Out Community, Posted July 21, 2015. Updated November 12, 2015.

Prime Ministers Harper and Netanyaho shake hands in Ottawa, March 2012
Prime Ministers Harper and Netanyaho shake hands in Ottawa, March 2012

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Tuesday, July 21  that negotiations toward an expanded and modernized Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) had completed.

Harper’s office said in a statement that the updated CIFTA will notably provide expanded market access opportunities for agricultural, fish and seafood products through the reduction or elimination of Israeli tariffs on a large number of products, and duty-free access under tariff rate quotas for certain products.

Four existing areas of the current CIFTA have been modernized, namely market access for goods, rules of origin, institutional provisions, and dispute settlement, according to the statement.

In addition, seven new chapters have been included in the areas of trade facilitation, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers to trade, intellectual property, electronic commerce, labor, and environment.

This CIFTA will support Canadian businesses and investors, deepen trade and investment linkages, and further strengthen Canada’s bilateral relationship with Israel, said Harper’s office.

The Prime Ministers of Canada and Israel meet in Ottawa, March 201

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Harper on Tuesday evening, hours after the joint announcement was made, thanking him for his continued support of Israel which Harper recently reaffirmed on Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.

Prime Minister Netanyahu stated:

Canada is one of Israel‚Äôs closest friends. We deeply appreciate our extensive and deep cooperation with the Canadian government, which has flourished in recent years and of which the free trade agreement is but one example,‚ÄĚ Netanyahu said.

‚ÄúThis expanded and modernized agreement will further energize the trade between our countries to the benefit of both our peoples,‚ÄĚ he added.

Harper continued to stand up for the Jewish state during last summer‚Äôs conflict in Gaza. The Canadian leader called on Canada‚Äôs allies and partners to recognize that Hamas‚Äôs terrorist acts ‚Äúare unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict.‚ÄĚ He also blamed Hamas for the heavy loss of civilian life in Gaza during the fighting.

I am so thankful for our Prime Minister and his powerful leadership and support for Israel during this time.  I believe firmly that, if we turn our back on Israel, God will turn His back on us.  As long as we continue to support her against the Big Lies of the media against her, Canada will continue to be blessed to be a blessing to the rest of the world.

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America’s Glory Days: Distant Memories?

by Calling Out Community, Posted July 4, 2015

FireworksOn this July 4, I wanted for a moment to take America back to a July 4th celebration of yesteryear, to remind people again of how great America was Рin a powerful speech from President Ronald Reagan in 1986, as he rededicated the renovated Statue of Liberty, he spoke of an America that seems like a memory today.  I pray it is an encouragement or incentive for Americans to wake up, before this nation, possibly the greatest and most influential nation in world history, collapses and crumbles from within.

America is in serious trouble, and¬†I believe that, without the grace of God and a change in the heart and mindset of Americans – this shining light on a hill can and will be snuffed out. ¬†America is no longer “in danger”, she is in a coma on life support. ¬†The sooner Americans face the fact that this nation is desperately ill and needs serious attention – and unless she elects the proper leadership to bring what is needed to bring America back – this nation as we know it will pass away. ¬†Only fools, our enemies and those people who are not students of history believe America is doing ok, that she is invincible, that she has unlimited lives.

They thought the same way in Rome millennia ago.¬† It was the cultural, financial, military and political capital of the world – perhaps even more so than America is today.¬† Rome today is dirty street, crumbling buildings constructed thousands of years ago, postcards of a distant ideal that fell to internal corruption, not external enemies.¬† Rome’s biggest enemy was herself, and she eventually committed slow suicide.

National-DebtThe socialist, left-wing administration of Barack Obama has financially decimated the once strong and proud America Рhis addition to the National debt ($13 trillion and rising by $2 billion a day) being equivalent to that of all of the previous 43 Presidents put together.  He stated at the University of Wisconsin on July 1, 2015:

And the unemployment rate is now down to 5.3 percent. (Applause.) Keep in mind, when I came into office it was hovering around 10 percent. All told, we‚Äôve now seen 64 straight months of private sector job growth, which is a new record ‚ÄĒ (applause) ‚ÄĒ new record ‚ÄĒ 12.8 million new jobs all told

Even the left wing media have called him out on this absolute lie, with Forbes magazine reporting on July 3:

us-unemployment-05-12We are now 29 quarters from the pre-crisis peak and total non-farm labor hours utilized by the US economy are no higher than they were in Q4 2007. In other words, if you use a common unit of measure‚ÄĒ‚Äďlabor hours rather than job slots which treat coal-miners and part-time pizza delivery boys alike‚ÄĒ‚Äďthere have been no new units of employment at all. Our teleprompter reading President is actually tooting his own horn about recycled hours and ‚Äúborn again‚ÄĚ jobs and doesn‚Äôt even know it.

Oh but he does.¬† Obama’s not stupid, he knows exactly what he is doing and what he has done to devastate America.¬† And he doesn’t give a damn.¬† And spreading these kind of lies – continuing to lead America by deceit, knowing a liberal press will never correct him, never challenge him, never seek truth about him – well, he’s just as comfortable here as the President of Russia is today in his job, I’m sure.

The financial crisis in 2009, by the chart above, showed a massive increase in the unemployment rate from 5% to 10% in a year.  According to a July 1, 2013 New York Times article by  Jared Bernstein, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington and a former chief economist to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.,:

…the fact that there‚Äôs still about 12 million unemployed (including four million who‚Äôve been jobless for over half a year) in addition to about eight million involuntary part-timers (who want more hours, and can‚Äôt find them) should give one pause before declaring all clear on the economic front. (emphasis mine)

But according to the unemployment chart above,¬† it’s been getting better right?¬† I mean, you can feel consumer confidence again, can’t you?¬† Me neither.¬† So why do the numbers look so good?

Daniel Amerman, a CFA, looked indepth at the government’s reporting of unemployment figures over the last several years, particularly since the financial crisis, when¬†suddenly the numbers started suspiciously¬†improving under the Obama Administration.¬† His report Making 9 Million Jobless “Vanish”: How The Government Manipulates Unemployment Statistics”¬†states bluntly:

…A¬†detailed look at the government’s own data base shows that about 9 million people without jobs have been removed from the labor force simply by the government defining them as not being in the labor force anymore.¬† Indeed – effectively all of the decreases in unemployment rate percentages since 2009 have come not from new jobs, but through reducing the workforce participation rate so that millions of jobless people are removed from the labor force by definition. (emphasis mine)

th7D0BL0TUObama knows that the jobs lost above are being completed today by people who speak Mandarin.¬† He knows those jobs have been replaced by full-time McJobs at every turn in America at best – but most are part time with no benefits..¬† He doesn’t care that the math doesn’t make sense for the current tax base to keep the same level of schools, hospitals,¬†Universities, roads, etc. funded as before¬† Why should he care?¬† He’s got a guaranteed job that that pays pretty well, free housing and transportation, and powerful friends that will undoubtedly reward him after his second term with some comfy job somewhere.

And sadly, he’s also got about 431 days left in office, as $2 billion a day hit to the U.S. economy, before we finally get rid of this guy, and he retires.

images (1)Maybe in the Kremlin.¬† Maybe in Beijing.¬† But Comrade Obama has been a master at his committed task.¬† Like any good card-carrying Communist boy (as he was in University), he loves the idea of a weak capitalistic America.¬† Americans are just patriotic and decent enough, that they couldn’t believe that they may have elected a fox to run the hen house.¬† TWICE.¬† It will take maybe 50-100 years, if ever, for American to recover from the post-Obama destruction levelled on it financially.¬† My bet is that after he’s left office, he suddenty leaves America too.

Can you see a future for him here?¬† Bush Jr. went back to business.¬† Clinton before him became a powerful speaker and leader of a great Foundation.¬† Bush Sr.¬†did many great charitable works.¬† But can you actually visualize what Obama does after he leaves the White House?¬† I can’t either, and that’s because he was nothing before he came in but a puppet for higher masters.¬† As our enemies gain in strength, and America weakens by the day, one of two logical conclusions must be considered, when we review the national debt, the U.S. job picture, U.S. confidence, the U.S. image around the world:

  • untitledEither Obama has been the most incompetent, idiotic, stupidest, and most mentally challenged President in American history to actually believe he’s done a GOOD job to this point or
  • It’s all part of the game, and the destruction of America being his #1 goal, he is by far the most successful American President in history to complete HIS agenda.

What was his agenda?¬† Let’s take a look:

  • untitledAbortion still kills 1 million babies every year – he increased funding.¬† Since Roe v. Wade came into law in the 1970s, more than 50 million American babies have been aborted – that’s 1.5 times the entire population of Canada today –¬†dead¬†in a garbage bag.
  • Gay marriage is now a reality in every state of the Union.¬† Thank you, Barack.
  • The U.S. economy borders on bankruptcy every budgetary period, and the government has been forced to shut down at least once during his Presidency, because they couldn’t even pay the light bills
  • imageAmerica is borrowing money from countries like China (who alone hold more¬†than $1 trillion of American debt) – and no one seems to be stopping to think about it.¬† Now, even if Communist China were not American’s sworn enemy, they did not hate American so much they started and/or financed both the Korean and Vietnam Wars to fight against American indirectly?¬†¬†Even if we were just friendly rivals on the world stage – would Burger King let McDonald’s own a controlling share of¬†it’s debt?¬† Would Shell Oil’s¬†shareholders¬†allow it to borrow money from Exxon?¬† Yet, Americans have borrowed hundreds of billions of dollars from the very corrupt creatures that stole American jobs and weakened your economy in the first place.¬† Wow, that’s either masterfully done or stupid as hell, I can’t figure out which.¬† China is now so financially powerful that it lost over $3.2 trillion on the stock market recently – and it’s still in business.¬† American still can’t pay it’s phone and power bills unless it prints more money.¬† Something’s a bit remiss, don’t you think?
  • Obama introduced a health care system so confusing, the website and phone lines literally crash for days as Americans tried to find answers about it.¬† It’s so expensive it’s still incalculable how much it costs – ask even a Democratic member of Congress and he won’t have a clue what dollar value to tell you.¬† And I thought the reason for this program was so that the poorest members of America could have coverage too?¬† So why is it that at least 5 million of them didn’t even qualify for it, until was taken to the U.S. Supreme Court to finally prop up this bill – well done Obama.¬† Like any good Democrat, if you can’t get the people and the lawmakers to agree on something for the country, just ram it down their throats with 9 unelected judges.¬†
  • American continues to insult it’s friends around the world, and forges new alliances with sworn enemies.¬† In a 60-day period, America signed an agreement with Iran about its nuclear weapons, a country that even a week ago was still calling America “the Great Satan” and they start up diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years, announcing it on a Sunday evening to take Americans by surprise.
  • F080724AH02Israel?¬† Obama is no Jew-lover, let’s be clear.¬† In fact,¬†he thinks he’s the closest thing to a Jew that the White House has seen in recent memory.¬† Yet, the U.S.¬†Congress invited the Prime Minister of Israel to speak to a joint session, and not only did that asshole Obama REFUSE to show up, but basically the word went out that none of the Democratic Congressmen should attend either.¬† What an embarrassment your President is to your country.

In a speech days later, Obama stated, however that¬† America is still “the best friend Israel ever had?”¬† LOL.¬† Funny, the Prime Minister of Israel himself stated on July 31, 2015:

Canada is one of Israel‚Äôs closest friends. We deeply appreciate our extensive and deep cooperation with the Canadian government, which has flourished in recent years and of which the free trade agreement is but one example,‚ÄĚ Netanyahu said.

img_2818Oh yes, while that idiot in the White House was insulting the Jewish people and leadership and signing agreements with her mortal enemies, Canada’s leadership was actually busy forging closer ties with Israel than we had before, even strengthening our free trade agreement with Israel to include 7 more areas of our economies.¬† The United States and Israel¬† also has a free trade deal with Israel, signed by President Reagan in 1985 – and never once updated.¬† It’s so old, it doesn’t include intellectual property rights from this thing called the Internet.

Good thing for Israel – they have become a global leader in all things technology-oriented, to the point that the Radio Islam website now declares that the Jews started the Internet in order to spread their influence worldwide.¬† LMAO.¬† Let’s say it is true, what’s the problem?¬† Only¬†anti-Semitic, Jew-hating fanatical goat herders with a Grade 3 education in the desert, who couldn’t turn on a computer to save their lives (but the Taliban wouldn’t let them anyway) would look at this as a bad thing for the world.¬† You know who I’m talking about.

Abandoned houses in Detroit.  Credit:  Jesda.com
Abandoned houses in Detroit. Credit: Jesda.com

The¬†city of Detroit has become the greatest testament to America’s demise, and this President’s lack of interest in same.¬† Detroit was once the fastest growing city in the entire world in 1950 thanks to the auto industry – and that same auto industry today is also responsible for it becoming the fastest shrinking city in American history.¬† This was the price of the “American Dream” folks – your car companies and other American giants of industry committed high treason by taking over 9 million manufacturing jobs overseas to China, leaving a sea of crisis in its wake.

Nearly 1/3 of the city of Detroit lies in ruins – 100,000 houses in the city currently have been abandoned and taken over by squatters, and over 33% of black men alone in the city are unemployed.¬†¬† Ironically, the fastest growing city in the world today?¬† Chongqing, China, with over 28 million people. Why so ironic?¬† It’s one of Detroit’s “sister cities”, and Detroit today doesn’t even have a Chintown anymore .

What has America done about this crisis of good-paying American jobs?  Where has this President been to help them recover?  Did they have a bailout package for the City and people of Detroit, like they had for the car markers of Detroit?  No, this President turned those great jobs Рhigh taxpayers all Рinto McJobs and then counted them roughly in such a way as to make you think the unemployment rate went DOWN.

2014-10-02-FBN-LDT-ObamaEconomy2It’s your country, America.¬† It doesn’t belong to China… yet.¬†¬†You haven’t been sold out to Russia or some other socialist/Communist nation yet by this comrade-loving Commander in Chief.¬† You may have only a few years left if you don’t do something NOW.¬†¬† It’s time to throw out all the bums that brought you to this point – it’s not the first time America has needed a Revolution to survive or thrive.¬† Could you really afford¬†four more years with another leftwing whack job like Hilary Clinton?¬† Or is it time for real change?

It’s time to take seriously the “fringe element” that propose deep and dramatic change for America.¬† It’s possible that they were the ones called of God to lead you into your best days…yet ahead?¬† Or perhaps, to keep you from total ruin.

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Canada…Still Glorious, Still Free

Canada is more than a location, a huge land mass, a country, a set of borders, a group of people with a common language, government and currency. Canada is an idea: the founding of a collection of souls from around the world into one fold, with a common set of values, a common bond of pride in who we are, what we have done and where we are going.


images (3)As Canadians from sea to sea to shining sea gather together today with their friends, families or entire communities to celebrate the 149th Birthday of the Dominion of Canada – the land we love so much – a few things popped in and out of my head as I thought about our homeland.

I’m happy to report that this morning, as I did last Canada Day morning 2015, and as has been the case every other morning of our lives in Canada thus far…. we all woke up free.

Having a hard time grasping how precious that is, or what that even really means? I completely understand and could relate – until, that is, I got on a jetliner and headed to Australia, France, Spain, North Africa and all over the United States. And suddenly, it all became incredibly obvious how blessed we are as Canadians to live in a mosaic of cultures that still works.

Victoria, BC on Canada Day
Victoria, BC on Canada Day

It’s true that on this Canada Day perhaps more than any other in modern history, we are threatened by groups that want to wipe us off the planet, and the occasional drooling Neanderthal from this illiterate lot occasionally sneaks into our country to try to do so. ISIS has even threatened to kill Canadians in their own bedrooms in the past.

But we are not afraid. We have heard this all before. We heard it in the 1930s and 1940, generally followed by shrieking “Sieg Heils”. Adolf Hitler had 20 million soldiers in his Armed Forces – our entire population wasn’t that large. Regardless, our teenage boys and young adult men went over there by the hundreds of thousands – in fact, nearly 1 million Canadians total – and we barrel-rolled over his goose-stepping goons in France after storming the beaches of Normandy. Then we liberated the Netherlands before pushing the Nazi beasts all the way back into Germany, where their ultimate defeat awaited.

Look, some Canadians have lived through a record -81C temperature, and we all suffered under Free Trade, a 69 cent dollar, 20% interest rates, a 13.1% national unemployment rate and the GST. Pierre Trudeau (shivers)… and now his idiotic offspring. There’s really nothing out there that’s bigger than we can handle.

IMG_2473On this Canada Day, as with the 148 before it, Canadians will have a day of lawn chairs, hot dogs, and fireworks – and have you noticed how sunny Canada Days tend to be? But the day really begins the moment we catch a first glimpse of our iconic flag – snow white and crimson red – painted on a cheek, draped as a cape, emblazoned on a T-shirt, or hanging from a balcony.

As far as the experts in marketing will tell you, it’s one of the most brilliant, simplistically designed brands in the world – and the whole global village knows who it belongs to the moment they see it. Like the Red Cross flag it closely resembles, it speaks safety and healing and security to the masses of wounded, terrified, displaced peoples everywhere. Canadians have a reputation for quiet patriotism – until the flag comes out. Then it’s all bets off how emotional we are going to get.

We live in a peaceful land with a federal government which has never been overthrown or even temporarily supplanted in an internal coup. In fact, the very idea of Canadian democracy itself has never been truly threatened – not ever. In the 149 years of our national story, no foreign power has ever overrun our borders (except maybe Wal-Mart) – not once, not even for 5 minutes.

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Former Prime Ministers Jean Chretien (Liberal) and Stephen Harper (Conservative), political foes, enjoy a laugh together as they flew 18 hours to Nelson Mandela's funeral last year.
Former Prime Ministers Jean Chretien (Liberal) and Stephen Harper (Conservative), political foes, enjoy a laugh together as they flew 18 hours to Nelson Mandela’s funeral last year. They were joined by Canada’s first female Prime Minister, Kim Campbell (Conservative) and Brian Mulroney (Conservative) – the four lead Canada for nearly 30 years total.

And you can be absolutely certain of one thing – in Canada, the wider the pendulum swings back and forth, the quieter the streets will be the next morning. We have never protested the results of elections being won by illegal means or so ridiculously close to call we waited days for the results – because it’s never happened. If Canadians are happy with a government or have no reason to be mad, they could stay elected forever. But if we are furious with them, we wipe them off the face of the earth or whip them back to the doghouse and give the other side fair chance to prove themselves. There are no dynasties or guys that we just can’t get rid of. We took Brian Mulroney’s massive majority government down to two seats in the next election. We’d never wipe out a ruling party though because we know eventually they’ll be needed again. Our politics are just that logical.

There have been no riots on election days, no rubber bullets, no tear gas. If our guy loses, we get up and put our pants on the next morning one leg at a time as we always have, perhaps grumble at the water cooler when we get to the office – then graciously accept the fact we’re gonna be slightly irritated by the new Prime Minister for his entire term – unless of course, he surprises us by doing something out if the ordinary that we can actually relate to, and he becomes “our man” (perhaps for that hour) as well.

IMG_2474Since the founding of Canada in 1867, we have had 149 consecutive years of total peace within our borders – there has never been a war or rumour of war. I am not sure that any other country on earth can make such a claim.

Our military is small but mighty. We dared to stand tall even the United States of America in the War of 1812, crossing the border and setting many public buildings on fire including the White House (which we burned to the ground – sorry about that!), and then successfully returning all our troops home.

  • In World War I, just 50 years along as a nation, we conquered Vimy Ridge when no one else could. We mobilized an army that was nearly 8% of our entire country’s population. We were often used as cannon fodder, and far too many of our boys died in places like Passchendaele, Ypres, and the Somme, that we could barely spell or pronounce. But we fought for King and in so doing, we became a country.
  • In World War II, our farm boys from Saskatchewan and city slickers from Vancouver and Toronto all stormed the same Juno Beach together, and were the only country on D-Day – June 6, 1944 – to successfully land our troops and push into Nazi territory, completing all of our ordered objectives. Then we waited for our British and American allies to catch up. We continued the push across Europe and almost single-handedly liberated the Netherlands from Nazi tyranny. It should be again stated that Hitler’s armies numbered nearly 20 million – larger than our entire Canadian population. But we were not going to be defeated. Oh, and by the way, the Netherlands still celebrates a special “Canada Day” ever year, as their eternal thanks for their liberation. It makes me emotional even to think about it now.
  • We served in many other conflicts, liberating captive populations and policing others in Korea, Kosovo, and Kuwait. We became known as the peacekeepers – we were the ones that no one wanted to mess with privately, but publically, oh they may have made fun of our older weapons and tanks and planes. But we have a secret that makes all that new-fangled, high-tech equipment today mostly irrelevant anyway. There have been very few moments in history when any other nation on earth has ever wanted to actually harm us. But shhhhhhh, keep that under wraps.

Oh yes, the world laughs at us for being so polite. We apologize…sometimes several times… when someone else walks into us, and I’m sorry I have to even admit that to you. We’re so mild mannered and boring up here, there were actually some Americans over the decades who believed we were closed on the weekends. The entire country.

Terrorists don’t generally want to blow us up. They barely remember we’re here. No one goes on television or radio or stands in large rallies and screams “Death to Canada” or brags about the missiles they can launch now upon Toronto or Montreal. It just simply doesn’t happen. EVER.

And you know why? Because they love us. Deep down, they all really do love us.

Canada Day fireworks over Parliament Hill, Ottawa
Canada Day fireworks over Parliament Hill, Ottawa

The 2015 report from the Reputation Institute ranked Canada as the #1 most reputable country in the world, based on a variety of environmental, political, and economic factors. Oh, and we have been one of the top two countries EVERY year for the last 10 years in a row.

Our former Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, said it best on Canada Day 2013, when he described Canadians as..

“Compassionate neighbours, courageous warriors, and confident partners, a bastion of freedom in an un-free world, a standard-bearer of goodwill, in a time when too many choose to hate, a land of hope in a sea of uncertainty.”

May God keep our land…glorious and free!

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‚úí Posted July 1, 2015. Updated July 1, 2016

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‚úĒÔłŹ Pathetic Polling #2 – David Cameron’s… Demise?

by Calling Out Community, Posted May 8, 2015. Updated January 2, 2016.

British Prime Minister David Cameron wasn't having a good time during the general election in May 2015.
British Prime Minister David Cameron wasn’t having a good time during the general election in May 2015. (Credit:¬†International Business Times¬†)

In early May, 2015, Labour Party leader David Miliband had detailed an action plan to start to oust current British Prime Minister David Cameron from Downing Street on the day after the general election, based on the private polling that showed the party ahead in key marginal seats.

The party leader was ready, if necessary, to form a minority Labour government that might later make an offer of a deal with the Liberal Democrats to strengthen his legitimacy, so confident was he of being able to reach No 10.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was in trouble, the pollsters squawked constantly on SkyNews, CNN International and formidable papers the Guardian, Telegraph and others, and the election was expected to be one of the closest in British history.

Poll prediction:
Conservatives (Cameron): 34%
Labour (Miliband): 34%

However, the gloom and doom didn’t translate at the polls, as the Guardian reported:

David Cameron is smiles after winning a majority government.
David Cameron is smiles after winning a majority government. (Credit: USA Today)

British prime minister David Cameron has confounded pollsters and pundits by winning a sensational second five-year term in office for his Conservative party.

This time Cameron will be free from the constraints of coalition with the centrist Liberal Democrats. The Lib Dems, Cameron’s partners in office since 2010, were almost wiped out, and their leader, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, resigned on Friday morning.

Cameron’s victory in Thursday’s general election obliterated opposition leader Ed Miliband’s hopes of eking out a small win for Labour. Miliband also resigned in the wake of the defeat.

With all 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had 331, Labour 232, the SNP 56 and the Liberal Democrats eight. In practice 323 Members of Parliament is the number needed to form a majority government.

Remember, David Cameron was possibly going to lose the election, and who had only governed previously with a coalition. Now here he is with a majority government, with both of his closest opposition leaders resigned.  And smiling broadly for the cameras, as well he should.
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Pathetic Polling #3 – Christy Clark’s….Collapse?


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Posted March 18, 2015. Updated January 2, 2016.

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by Calling Out Community, Posted¬†Going into Israel’s national general March 17, 2015, election exit polls put Likud (the party led by incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) and Isaac Herzog and his Zionist Union neck and neck, with a predicted 27 seats each after that Tuesday’s election.

The Telegraph went even further in its prediction of gloom, reporting on March 14:

Benjamin Netanyahu, three times prime minister of Israel, deliberately triggered an early election ‚Äď but polls show his gamble may have backfired.

Ahead of this Tuesday’s general election, the prime minister was so worried about his plunging popularity that his aides tried to stop the media from attending what should have been an ideal photo opportunity.

With opinion polls showing Likud falling further behind the Left-wing Zionist Union, Mr Netanyahu apparently feared being accosted by voters angry about Israel’s spiralling cost of living. He may have been right to fret.

Telegraph Prediction:
Likud: 22 seats
Zionist Union: 26 seats

Israeli Prime-Minister-Elect Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on election night. (Credit: Haaretz / Dudu Bachar)
Just 4 days later, on March 18, the Telegraph was forced to report, with headline “Benjamin Netanyahu celebrates surprise electoral landslide in Israel“:

Israel premier upsets polls predictions to score come-from-behind victory that leaves him poised to form new Right-wing government

Benjamin Netanyahu was celebrating a surprise electoral landslide on Wednesday after results from Israel’s general election showed his Likud party scoring a decisive win over centre-Left opponents. (Emphasis mine)

Election Results:
Likud: 30 seats (22 predicted)
Zionist Union: 26 seats (24 predicted)

Yet, not everyone thought it was such a surprise. At least one Canadian newspaper editorialized:

After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected, and his Likud Party got more people elected than it had before, thousands of pollsters and millions of people around the world were left scratching their heads at the unexpected result.

Taking into consideration what the numbers were before the election and shifts from one poll to another went from party to party of the same block, anybody with a little bit of Israeli electoral knowledge knew there was no way Netanyahu could lose this election.

The question wasn’t if, but how strong he or his rivals from the right would be in the coalition. The left never had a chance. (Emphasis mine)

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Legalization of Pot? You MUST Be High

As Canada is just a few months away from legalizing pot, a first in North America, we are heading toward a collision course with a destiny that we aren’t even fully cognizant of at the moment, which will change us possibly forever.¬† That’s exactly what the Liberals wanted – but it’s sure not what you’re going to appreciate in the end…


In August 2014,¬†then-Crown Prince (Now King) Justin Trudeau of the Land of Deep Thoughts, came up with yet another page-turner for the salivating press. ¬†He wanted to keep marijuana¬†out of the hands of kids. ¬†He said that¬†young people are finding it…

IMG_4104“…easier to buy a joint than it is to buy a bottle of beer. And that‚Äôs wrong. ¬†Our current approach is not working. We are failing to protect our kids from the effects of marijuana. And you can say all you like about how it might not be as bad as alcohol or nicotine. But the fact is we want to keep marijuana out of the hands of the developing brains of our teenagers.‚ÄĚ

In the United States, marijuana for recreational use went on sale in Colorado on January 1, 2014 and Washington state followed suit that summer.

Trudeau says a Canadian system of controlling and regulating pot would make it harder for young people to buy and would keep profits from going to organized crime and street gangs.

Seriously, what has he been smoking?

Regulate and Tax It To Death

“Its just POT”, we’re told. “It’s harmless, non-addictive and all natural”. Braver voices will even say it’s GOOD for you – touting examples of those suffering from the effects of cancer, HIV, chronic pain, and the benefits afforded by medical marijuana. And logically, if we regulated it and taxed it to death, it would protect kids from getting into it, and unsavory characters from profiting from an illegal trade. Right?

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Nothing could be a bigger lie from the pit of Hell itself. Tobacco, for example, is already regulated to death. So how is it then¬†that 14% of teens 14-19 smoke tobacco regularly in Canada, and 90% of those will struggle for life with it. And not one of them is supposed to have any legal access to cigarettes in Canada. It’s not even considered cool to smoke anymore amongst teens. What hope do we have to regulate something sexy like POT under the same conditions?

Teens are also banned from buying alcohol in Canada. It’s also taxed and regulated to death. Yet the stats related to teen drinking are staggering:

IMG_410079% of people in Alberta over the age of 15 drink to some extent.
–¬†83% of grade 12 Ontario students admit to using alcohol
–¬†49% of Ontario grade 12 students admit to binge drinking
–¬†Among Ontario grade 11 drinkers, 13 years was the average age of first exposure, and 14 years was the average age for first intoxication experience.

We shouldn’t worry though, we wouldn’t¬†possibly see kids abuse pot like they do alcohol, right? ¬†If you actually believe that,¬†put the bong down now.

Then there are Mary Jane mindless wonders ¬†who try to pass on the myth that gangs wouldn’t profit from a legal pot¬†trade, especially if it was taxed and regulated to death.

Perhaps some insight into this can be found in a November 14, 2009, Toronto Star article, concerning the little city of Cornwall, Ontario, where…

IMG_4106Cigarette smuggling may seem a harmless bit of the underground economy, but [RCMP Sgt. Michael] Harvey says it is anything but a victimless crime. Some 25 of 105 known criminal organizations operating in Canada are at work in Cornwall, Harvey told the Star. ¬†These gangs are not only involved in smuggling tobacco, but in taking drugs back into the U.S. on the return trips. They also engage in firearms and people smuggling,” he said.

Taxing and regulating cigarettes to death is exactly why cigarette smuggling has become such a big business in some parts of Canada – they are becoming prohibitively expensive to buy (especially for young people) due to the government tax add-ons.

Making pot¬†a legal venture wouldn’t kill illegal trade – but it will continue to kill low-level dealers, some drug customers, and those occasional unlucky bystanders that may in the future get gunned down in Greater Vancouver’s volatile drug wars.

In fact, it was recently reported on April 14, 2014 that my city of Surrey had 18 shootings in 45 days, with only one fatality:  Arun Bains, 22, the nephew of Surrey-Newton NDP MLA Harry Bains, who was shot dead that weekend and laid to rest on April 24.  Within 2 weeks, the number of shootings had more than doubled.

Tourists walking outside around¬†the world-famous casino “Strip” or Freemont Street Experience zones in Las Vegas are legally allowed to carry around (and drink from as they please)¬†giant 60-ounce¬†Eiffel Tower glasses full of Budweiser; and tourists can get in touch with their tutti-fruity sides as they guzzle 100-ounce saxophone-shaped souvenir cups full of their favorite¬†Hurricane, Mudslide, Long Island Iced Tea, Pi√Īa Colada, Blue Lagoon,¬†Watermelon Buffalo, Goin‚Äô Bananas, Cosmic Lemonade, Polar Punch, Grape Ape… and likely 100 other oddly-named and flavoured concoctions, the effects of which could be scientifically expressed as:

100 oz. alcoholic cocktails + 100¬įF temperatures = 100% chance of needing an ambulance

Now, while this idea of open liquor in Las Vegas may not be new, imagining that one could duplicate the experience in Calgary, Alberta or Charlotte, North Carolina (or at any point on God’s green Earth between) would be equivalent to eating Turkish Delight with the White Witch in Aslan’s Kingdom of Narnia.

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For those unfamiliar with C.S. Lewis’ fantasy land, perhaps the phrase “Satan will get a snowblower first” brings the point adequately across. Or, as they say down South, “that dog don’t hunt“.

Ahem. It ain’t gonna happen.

And frankly, to repurpose the famous phrase: “what’s done in Vegas really should stay in Vegas”. The relative stupidity that’s inherent in that much free-flowing booze would be best kept hidden in back rooms and basements, as is our society’s common practice today.

However, find yourself wandering the streets of Metro Vancouver and you will find an even greater sense of entitlement than Vegas could dare dream of. ¬†Yes, there’s open booze everywhere, though that is frowned upon. Sternly. Really it is. (Cough)

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It’s just so difficult to take those rules seriously when people are smoking crack, pot, meth and¬†shooting up heroin in our Downtown Eastside – all openly, unashamed and in some cases, even proudly. It’s possibly the only jurisdiction in the world that has created a union, with more than 2,000 members, who fight for better access to clean drugs, and the opportunity to do said drugs anywhere they wish.

The¬†enforcement of marijuana possession and trafficking laws in this city is so pathetically weak – like the margarita sippers of Vegas, you can actually walk around in most areas of the Lower Mainland, openly smoking a joint. ¬†Though I suppose if you weren’t able to, the police would have a lot of explaining to do, as people here¬†openly smoke CRACK on the street too!

Anyone who thinks Vancouver is a “progressive¬†city” because of the tolerance towards pot needs to walk through the Downtown¬†Eastside during the day and just look around –¬†and¬†I am not suggesting you do this at night.¬† When the sun goes down on this “poorest postal code in Canada”, it turns into Night of the Living Dead. That is the real harvest we are reaping from nonsensical and non-existing drug enforcement in Canada.¬† And Justin Trudeau knows all about our drug problems in¬†Vancouver – he taught drama class in this city for several years.

We aren’t losing the War on Drugs because the enemy is so organized, smart and powerful. ¬†We are losing ground a little more every time the now-Prime Minister Trudeau voices his support for open marijuana trade in Canada…by default.

It’s without a doubt the only War Canada has ever fought where the longer we fight it, the less we remember why – and the more we actually identify with the enemy we originally swore to destroy. We even help finance the enemy’s operations.

Legalization to a 13-year old says endorsement, approval, acceptance…even advertising for drugs.¬†¬†Now even if little Johnny is caught rolling a doobie, he’ll maybe have it confiscated at worst¬†– and because there would be no legal impact, he’d find another doobie before the day even ends.

Every time a teenager in Canada lights up, they get a bit more dopey. ¬†And a bit less healthy – we pointed out in an earlier article on 4/20 Day this year that¬†smoking one joint is equal in carcinogenic (cancer-producing)¬†materials to smoking¬†five cigarettes.¬† So if you smoke 4 doobies over a weekend with friends, you’ve actually smoked a pack of cigarettes.¬† If you are a cigarette smoker already…you’ve doubled your chances of dying from lung cancer, one of the most horrific deaths possible.

Justin Trudeau¬†makes such a great example as a self-confessed pothead –¬†now, when he changes the laws to allow for legalization of pot, it’s like Peter Pan decreeing the laws for Neverland.¬† It has the optics, as Liberals often showcase, of being for and all about him.

Without a doubt, the biggest and most successful street-level dope dealer in Canada this year.. was the Liberal Party.¬†¬†Unlike so many fellow Canadians, we at the Calling Out Community are not fooled by the mass hysteria “highs” promised by Justin TrueDope.¬†¬†Like any dealer, the first things this goof promises¬†are gonna make you feel good.¬† When you awaken the next day from your stupor, however, and realize he robbed you blind the night before, with true sorrow we’ll be here to remind you that “we told you so”.

And we’ll help you kick the habit…in the next election.

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By Shawn Jorgensen, Founder
Calling Out Community
Posted:
August 21, 2014.  Updated April 20, 2018.
[God’s Got A Plan For You!]¬†