The term “black lives matter” is innocuous enough.
The activist group “Black Lives Matter” is anything but. They are extreme, intolerant, violent and Marxist. No tax funded body should be spending a nickle to promote that form of divisive extremism yet the City of Calgary has decided to spend $120,000 on a series of murals which will promote Black Lives Matter.
Here are some examples.
Yusra Khogali is one of the founding leaders of Toronto’s BLM chapter. One of the largest in Canada. She is a vulgar racist who refers to white people as being “sub human” and openly mused about struggling to keep herself from killing white people.
Edmonton’s Pride Parade was canceled due to threats and ongoing blockages of their celebration from Black Lives Matter. They were too afraid to confront the BLM thugs so they simply canceled their parade.
Black Lives Matter has and continues to incite violent riots which have led to deaths and massive property damage. We can’t pretend that this group is not extreme and pandering to them does not help anybody.
People can be appalled with the racist actions of some police officers without supporting BLM.
People can oppose racism without supporting BLM.
It is not racist to distinguish the difference between anti-racism and the extreme actions of BLM.
To add insult to fiscal injury, one of the BLM murals that the City of Calgary plans to put up will be covering a mural which was anti-poverty and graced the CUPS building for 25 years.
We are losing valued public art (a rare thing in Calgary), in order to pander to and promote an increasingly violent and extreme movement.
If BLM supporters want to promote their movement, let them raise funds and buy advertising space just like any other lobby group. Taxpayers should not be forced to cover with.
For those who think that this kind of pandering will immunize the city to extreme actions from groups such as BLM, think again.
We need to be calling out extremism in all its forms whether with racism or the extremists who purport to be rioting in order to end racism.
The City of Calgary has stepped well out of bounds with this move.
“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile — hoping it will eat him last.” ~W. Churchill
Sweden has taken a lot of international flak for daring to buck the trend and refusing to get onto the COVID-19 panic bandwagon.
While nations castrated their local economies through sudden and ill-planned lock downs, Sweden kept things voluntary. Restaurants, hair dressers and schools remained open while social distancing was encouraged,
Sweden was scolded and condemned by the international Karen community. It was foretold that Sweden would surely become the next Italy within two weeks for the last four months. Sweden was condemned as a heartless nation which surely would kill a quarter of its population.
Even today, Sweden infuriates the world busybodies by refusing to get on the obsessive mask bandwagon.
So with months of this having passed, how has it all turned out?
Sweden’s pandemic numbers look just like those of nations which shut down and have imposed mask laws.
The world needed a control group for pandemic reactions and Sweden provided it. The world should be expressing gratitude as Sweden is proving rather clearly that the lock downs appear not to have accomplished a damn thing.
Look at the curves in the image showing deaths and new infections of Canada right next to Sweden. The trend is strikingly similar. The infections rose, deaths rose, they peaked and both have fallen to tiny levels currently. In the last week Sweden has had four COVID-19 deaths. While indeed tragic for those four families, out of 10 million people that is essentially what the flu would normally kill.
Instead of looking to Sweden for inspiration, panic porn aficionados continue to try and pick at Sweden’s success. They point to neighboring Norway and howl “Sweden had higher deaths per million than Norway!! Murderers!!”. The omit that Belgium had far more deaths per million than Sweden however and Belgium had a lockdown. Sweden fared better than many nations in deaths per million and that number will continue to improve as Sweden’s deaths appear to have flatlined while other nations still have deaths rising.
If the doomsayers were to be believed, Sweden should far and away have been the worst nation on the planet as far as pandemic numbers go. They should not be residing in the middle of the pack. The deaths should be exploding and the infections should be raging. It simply isn’t happening and it clearly won’t.
Sweden simply ripped off the band-aid faster than the rest of us. The pandemic swept through their nation as with any other and the curve looked the same. As we see growing evidence that asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 are very common, it is getting clear that far more people caught and shed the virus already than was previously suspected. Sweden is approaching herd immunity while nations which locked down actually managed to put that off. It looks like we are all getting to the same numbers in the end but some countries will have done a hell of a lot more damage to their economies on the way there than others did.
Nobody likes to admit that they are wrong. Those of the apocalyptic pandemic set who demanded and managed to get crushing lock downs imposed do not want to have to face the increasingly evident reality that the lock downs didn’t accomplish a damn thing. They rage, they shame, they shout down and they deny. They have gotten cult-like in their belief that a virus can be stopped through state intervention and no amount of evidence to the contrary will convince them otherwise. Thus the hatred directed at a nation like Sweden which had always been considered rather innocuous on the world scene. “How dare you!”
Sweden didn’t do nothing in reaction to the pandemic. They encouraged social distancing. Many people voluntarily reduced interactions and stayed home. Many large events and activities were postponed or canceled. Their economy still slowed and they had to adjust their daily living habits. The big difference though is that Sweden didn’t use the heavy hand of the state to try and quarantine the healthy and it has paid off.
We should be studying Sweden rather than picking on them. We should be emulating Swedes rather than shunning them.
Most of all we should be thanking Sweden. Without them, the pandemic panic crowd would have been able to falsely claim that their lock downs stopped COVID-19 in its tracks.
It is looking more and more evident that this virus is not nearly as deadly as the “experts” hysterically claimed it would be and that letting it run its course is our best course of action.
While being symbolically important, the office of Governor General is really of little use for Canada. Governor Generals are appointed to the role by Prime Ministers to essentially serve as chief ribbon cutters and speech deliverers to parliament. They are a remnant of the Monarchy which we could really do without. At best, they spare elected officials from duties which call for pomp and circumstance rather than material importance. If a modern day Governor General ever actually exercised their theoretical power and tried to override the will of parliament, it would truly bring about the end to the office of Governor General.
Most who serve in the role of Governor General take the plum they were handed and manage the role with dignity. Julie Payette however has gone full Marie Antoinette with the role and is embracing the luxuries of the role while abusing what she sees as commoners around her and dodging official duties whenever possible. The role has truly gone to Payette’s head and she thinks she is royalty. This happened rather quickly as she has only perched on the throne of Governor General for a few years now.
Payette has been reported to bring staff to tears during ongoing berating sessions when staff are trapped on planes with her. Apparently, travel brings out the worst in Payette which is rather ironic in an astronaut and idiotic in one who chose to accept a role that includes frequent travel.
Despite a base salary of nearly $300,000 plus numerable benefits and having pretty much every life expense covered for her by the taxpayer, Payette has not shied away from bitching about and refusing to do her job when called to.
Rideau Hall is the official residence for the Governor General. It is essentially a 102,000 square foot palace on acres of property with 27 outbuildings. To date, Payette has still refused to move into Rideau Hall as she feels that it isn’t good enough for her.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent on Rideau Hall under the direction of Payette on renovations since Payette became Governor General including an absurd $140,000, spent studying and designing a private staircase that was never built! You see, Payette has been trying to find ways that she could navigate her palace without actually being exposed to the commoners who pay for it and the staircase was a problem for her.
This all paints a picture of an elitist of the grossest kind who wants all of the benefits of being appointed to one of the top positions in the land while not actually having to follow through on the obligations that come with it.
Apologists for Payette (and they are dwindling) try to explain that she is a private person who doesn’t care for all of this spotlight and exposure to people. In that case, why the hell did she accept a role which is nothing but spotlight and exposure to people?
While millions of Canadians are unemployed and we face a fiscal crisis like none other seen before, Governor General Julie Payette is leading a life of luxury and excess while having the temerity and gall to actually bitch about it. What a slap in the face to the people who work so hard to pay taxes in order to fund the palace which apparently doesn’t meet the standards of Payette.
I guess it’s hardly a shocker that Trudeau chose Payette to fill this role. It’s not as if Pierre Jr. has much experience with the challenges of the peasant class himself. Unfortunately, accountability isn’t one of Justin’s strong points either and it is unlikely that he will show the courage to call out Payette’s abhorrent behavior.
Once a Governor General is appointed, they are pretty much impossible to remove before the end of the term.
One thing that can be done though is to sharply cut the budget of the office. Take away Julie Payette’s servants, limousines, private jets and chefs. Let her do her own damn laundry while living in a Motel 6 while eating at Denny’s. I assure you that the problem will suddenly take care of itself.
Until Julie Payette leaves the office of Governor General, she will remain an embarrassment in Canada second only to the Prime Minister who appointed her.
Don’t dismiss this. Don’t assume that just because it is petty, ridiculous and bizarre that it won’t go somewhere.
We are in a world where even the most innocuous of things get attacked by the swarming, self-righteous, social justice mob and the mob usually wins.
Now anything even remotely considered to be referencing the American South is considered to be an unforgivable trigger to the world of activist snowflakes who are constantly on the lookout for something to be outraged about.
Sound exaggerated? How about the band “Lady Antebellum?”. They changed their name because folks found the term “Antebellum” to be offensive. “Antebellum” is simply Latin for pre-war but because it is considered a southern term, cancel culture rules came into effect.
The band “Dixie Chicks”? Yep. “Dixie” was too much to bear so it was dropped.
Well, the insane social justice mob is running out of things to cancel and they are starting to set their sights wider.
This genius of a Professor from Indiana has decided to post an article linking the name of the Calgary Flames to American civil war battles and Yahoo “news” happily gave him a platform.
The article refers to the name and speaks to a “wound that still burns“. It speaks to how the team was “named for calamity“.
Inflammatory is indeed an apt term for the crap this fellow wrote.
Nobody is feeling that a wound is still burning here. Nobody cares about the winding and distant path with which the name of the Calgary Flames may have a tiny link to a battle of 160 years ago.
No, this clown doesn’t call for the name of the Flames to be changed. He is simply trying to set the stage for that and is hoping that the social justice mob will take up the torch from him. It is no coincidence that he chose the day before the NHL playoffs in order to drop this story.
It seems unlikely that this will grow legs but as can be seen, the social justice set is hoping it does.
We need to stop cowering to the mob. We can’t let the cancellation spread. It is just an article now, but it could be protests against sponsors and lobbying of cowardly local politicians next. Never underestimate how far these idiotic initiatives can get.
Calgary can set an example by telling Christopher J. Young and any other fool who tries to imply that the name of the Calgary Flames is inappropriate in any way.
If we don’t, rest assured they will get there way in the end and when the team name is lost, we will deserve it.
I am old enough to remember the last overblown pandemic which decimated the Alberta economy. That was BSE (mad cow disease). Alberta producers could not export their cattle due to a worldwide panic over a disease which had not actually killed anybody. As a result, producers were killing and disposing of their animals as the process to try and sell meat directly to consumers was too onerous.
While Alberta producers were swimming in a surplus of beef, consumers were still paying the full price for beef at the grocery stores as a small cartel of major meat processors ensured that retail prices stayed high. I remember how some producers slaughtered and ground beef to be sold directly to people in lots in Calgary. They were sold out in minutes as government kindly looked the other way at this gray market transaction. Pretty sad that something as simple as selling a food product had to be done in a parking lot transaction which felt like a drug deal.
Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen announced yesterday that new regulations will allow producers to slaughter livestock on site and sell directly to consumers.
While producers could already sell directly to consumers before, they had to transport the cattle to a slaughter facility and payment had to be made through the slaughterhouse. It was a pain in the arse and took away much of the advantage of a farm-direct transaction as the expense was incurred by the transport and the animal was stressed by the trip.
Livestock still needs to be processed by a licensed butcher and health regulations need to be followed. Now though, this can be done by a mobile butcher (or the producer if they are licensed). Video inspections are now allowed as well to ensure that protocols are followed.
This is fantastic news for consumers who want to directly support local producers and for producers who want more value added to their meat products.
It is doubtless that some ambitious butchers are already preparing mobile setups and some producers are preparing to advertise direct sales.
This is a winning policy for us all (aside from the handful of giant meat processors).
We need some good news and policy now and then and here we have some.
Shane Wenzel is the President of Shane Homes in Calgary. Shane Homes and the Wenzel family have been known for their community engagement and their local philanthropy.
Like his father Cal, Shane has always been an unapologetic conservative and is outspoken online with his views.
Shane came out as a gay man publically a couple years ago when he posted his wedding pictures on Twitter and Facebook.
While the reaction from the conservative community was mostly positive, there was unfortunately some negative feedback as well. The conservative community is getting better but still can be a haven for the intolerant at times and much to the detriment of the conservative movement in general.
On the other side of the coin, not everybody in the LGTBQ community was welcoming of Shane’s conservative views.
It was a fantastic conversation as Shane speaks of his experiences and where we should be going as conservatives and perhaps those within the LGBTQ community as they learn to accept that sexual orientation and political philosophy are not one and the same.
While most of us fear for how we may be making our next mortgage payment while the COVID-19 pandemic crisis drags on, federal civil servants are enjoying and extended vacation with pay.
The vultures at the Canada Revenue Agency alone have collected $311 million in paid leave over the last few months. Rest assured that they will be working their hardest when they finally absolutely have to return to work as they will have to hound and harass working Canadians more than ever in order to try and get money to pay the massive and building interest on the federal debt.
While everybody from construction workers to grocery clerks are managing to continue to work through the pandemic, federal civil servants in the thousands and thousands apparently find it impossible to come in to the office or work from home. So far 1,470,000 hours of paid leave has been given out to bureaucrats in order to have them do nothing and the numbers are expected to grow.
It’s utterly galling to watch these parasites sucking what little is left of the federal treasury dry while average Canadians are suffering through the worst economic crisis in generations.
While Trudeau and Morneau take money from charities in order to pad their family’s fortunes, hordes of federal bureaucrats are sitting at home and lapping up tax dollars and enjoying a paycation that your average person could never even dream of.
Simple mathematics tell us that we need to greatly reduce the cost of government and soon as debt mounts yet here we are spending hundreds of millions of dollars paying government employees to do nothing.
Has your life been all that bad without the work of all those civil servants this last few months? Had you even noticed that they hadn’t been on the job?
Of course not. That is because these civil servants really weren’t doing a hell of a lot of value in the first place. We will not be losing much in services if we cut a great many of them loose.
I don’t see cutbacks coming any time soon when the federal government is too gormless to even put these “workers” back to work.
While most Canadians are going to be seeing incredibly hard times in years to come, thousands of federal civil servants are feathering their nests while doing nothing.
In the truth is stranger than fiction department, the British Columbia Health Services Authority has actually promoted the use of “glory holes” in order to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
This is a beautiful example of government bureaucrat thinking coupled with a deranged notion of political correctness written into policy.
For those who don’t follow tasteless comedy or take part in anonymous casual sex in public washrooms, I will explain what a “glory hole” is.
Glory holes are holes that were typically cut into the cubical walls of men’s washrooms to allow for anonymous sex acts. One can use their imagination there.
The holes are typically found in truck stop or highway rest stops.
Now, while COVID-19 is indeed of concern to some people, I can’t imagine how performing anonymous sex acts in a filthy public restroom is any better. People appear to be forgetting that there are hundreds of other infections and diseases out there, many of which are far more dangerous than COVID-19 and I can only imagine that use of glory holes is a fine way to pick one of them up.
So why on earth would a government health authority suggest use of glory holes?
Well there are two reasons. One is simply that bureaucrats tend to truly be linear thinking morons blinded by their own obsession to make policy. They are simply looking at ways that people can avoid breathing on each other and can’t look outside of their simplistic box.
The other thing bureaucrats are blinded by is a deep sense of political correctness.
To be blunt, glory holes are a remnant of the bad old days when gay men were pushed underground by societal condemnation and literal law. Public washrooms gave a means to hook up relatively safely and anonymously.
Due to advances in public thought and online communication, I am suspecting that glory holes have fallen into disuse for the most part and are now more of a piece of urban mythology than reality.
Still, some pointy headed bureaucrat at the health authority likely felt that glory holes were an integral part of the gay community and that it was best to recognize their use as a COVID-19 contraceptive. They felt it would be offensive to leave such a practice out of their list of suggested “safe” sex acts.
I may be off the mark in my speculation of the motive of the idiot who put this suggestion to paper in the BC health authority but in light of how utterly absurd the recommendation of glory holes is, I can’t imagine that I am too far out to lunch here.
This is reason number 100824 for wanting smaller and less intrusive government.
Do you really think these people can run your lives more wisely than you can?
Corporate welfare is an insidious and damaging economic strategy which is used by governments at all levels and pretty much with every party. Whether through direct subsidies, preferential tax treatments or selective regulations, governments try to pick economic winners among the business community and invariably end up creating losers.
Franco Terrazzano of the CTF and I discuss historical examples of failed corporate welfare along with current ones. From the city of Calgary’s $100 million slush fund to Premier Kenney’s petrochemical initiatives.
As governments seek ways to restart the economy that they shut down, the lure of trying to use corporate welfare in order to do it appears to be overwhelming for them. Punishing successful enterprises in order to shore up the unviable ones won’t help anybody (aside from the crony capitalists with hands extended).
It was a great chat and we covered a lot of ground in 40 minutes. Give it a listen below.