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  1. FIRST READING: As a spooked Europe cracks down on pro-Hamas rallies, Canada ... doesn't (msn.com)


    Canada is not alone among western nations in experiencing a recent wave of explicitly pro-Hamas rallies, but it is beginning to stand out for how little it’s done to address them.

    The United Kingdom has pressed a wave of hate charges against anti-Israel demonstrators. France has pledged the deportation of non-citizens cheering on the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks on Israel. Germany has ordered a crackdown on pro-Hamas organizations. Even the United States — with its robust constitutional protections for free speech and freedom of assembly — has seen private groups push hard against pro-Hamas sentiments coming out of academia.

    But Canada will soon be entering week two of the largest and most sustained pro-terror protests in its history without a single measurable sanction or consequence for the organizers.

    In sharp contrast to the Freedom Convoy demonstrations last year, many of these pro-Hamas rallies are occurring without so much as an official condemnation from local authorities. Notable exceptions to this came from Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow, who called a pro-Palestinian rally “deplorable,” and Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim, who denounced rallies that celebrate terrorism."

    Canada fails again.


  2. 7 hours ago, BeaverFever said:

    Poilievre’s approach to politics, one designed to dumb everything (and everyone) down to an elementary school level of analysis.

    Actually Pierre is an excellent conservative leader.  It get's right to the point and is not afraid to call a spade a spade.  He knows how to hammer Trudeau and the Liberals.  He is doing an excellent job.  That's one reason he is ahead of Trudeau by a wide margin.  Some think he is too much of an attack dog.  But in politics that is how a leader of a party has to be if he wants to win.  He is doing a great job and knows how to hammer Trudeau.  He just has to keep it up and stick to the bread and butter issues.

  3. 9 hours ago, eyeball said:

    You all worship the same god.

    People that don't know anything about it often say that.  But it is actually completely false.

    One would have to study a little theology to understand there are major differences between the religions to realize they are not the same God.

    Islam believe in one unitary god called Allah.

    Christianity believes in a God made up of three persons in one:  God the Father, God the Son (who is Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit.

    I am not sure about Islam, but the God of Christianity is a God who is personally knowable through God the Son, Jesus Christ.

    Christianity's God sent His Son to earth to die for the sins of mankind and He rose from the dead.

    Christianity's God gave mankind the Bible, which is God's revelation to mankind.  It is completely different than the Quran, which is Islam's Holy Book.  If you compared what the two say you would learn that the God of Christianity is totally different than Allah.

    Do a search and see the vast differences.


  4. 14 hours ago, CITIZEN_2015 said:

    That said Jewish and Christian fundamentalists are not far behind if not worse.

    That is a completely false claim.

     Since you made the false claim, the onus is on you to prove it.  Others should not have spend their time replying to such nonsense.

    Comparing Judaism and Christianity to Islam is about as nonsensical as you could get.

    Take a look at the Religion of Peace website and see how many people have been killed in the past week, month or year around the world.  You cannot find anything like that in the Jewish or Christian fundamental belief groups.

    Islam: The Politically Incorrect Truth (thereligionofpeace.com)




  5. 1 hour ago, TreeBeard said:

    What does this mean?


    Judeo-Christian values are essentially another term for biblical values. Judaism and Christianity are both based on the Old Testament — its God, its Ten Commandments, its admonition to love one’s neighbor as oneself, to love God, to lead a holy life, etc. Christians also believe in the New Testament, but only an opponent of Christianity would argue that the New Testament negates the values of the Old.

    Here they are:

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    1. Objective moral standards come from God.

    As I have written and spoken about in a PragerU video and elsewhere, if there is no God who declares murder wrong, murder can be subjectively wrong but not objectively wrong. So, while there can certainly be nonbelievers who hold murder, stealing and other actions wrong, without God, those are opinions, not moral facts. Without the God of the Bible, there are no moral facts.

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    2. God judges our behavior, and we are therefore accountable to God for our behavior.

    Outside of a religious worldview, there is no higher being to whom we are morally accountable.

    3. Just as morality derives from God, so do rights.

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    All men “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” declares the Declaration of Independence.

    4. The human being is uniquely precious.


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    While the Bible repeatedly forbids cruel behavior to animals (cutting or tearing off the limb of a living animal to eat it as a means of preserving the rest of the animal, not allowing an animal a day of rest, not allowing an animal to eat while working in the field), only human beings are created in God’s image.

    5. The world is based on a divine order, meaning divinely ordained distinctions.

    Among these divine distinctions are God and man, man and woman, human and animal, good and evil, and nature and God.

    6. Human beings are not basically good.

    Therefore, the most important moral endeavor is making good people. Religious Jews and Christians understand that the greatest battle in life is with one’s nature. For the opponents of Judeo-Christian values, the greatest moral battle is not with one’s nature; it is with society (specifically, American society).

    7. Precisely because we are not basically good, we must not trust our hearts to lead us to proper behavior.

    The road to hell is paved with good hearts. Feelings make us human, but they cannot direct our lives. This alone divides the Bible-based from those on the left.

    8. All human beings are created in God’s image.

    Therefore, race is of no significance. We all emanate from Adam and Eve, whose race is never mentioned. That many religious people held racist views only testifies to the almost infinite ability of people to distort what is good.

    9. Fear God, not man.

    Fear of God is a foundation of morality. In the Book of Exodus, Egyptian midwives were ordered by the Pharaoh to kill all newborn Hebrew boys. They disobeyed the divine king of Egypt. Why? Because “the midwives feared God.” In America today, more people fear the print, electronic and social media than fear God.

    10. Human beings have free will.

    In the secular world, there is no free will because all human behavior is attributed to genes

    and environment. Only a religious worldview, which posits the existence of a divine soul — something independent of genes and environment — allows for free will.

    11. Liberty.

    America was founded on the belief that God wants us to be free. On the Liberty Bell is inscribed just one thing (aside from the name of the company that manufactured the bell). It is a verse from the Bible: “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof.”

    The current assaults on personal liberty — unprecedented in American history — emanate from those who reject the Bible as their moral guide (including more than a few Jews and Christians who have joined the assault, having been indoctrinated with anti-religious views in high school and college).

    When Judeo-Christian principles are abandoned, evil eventually ensues.

    One doesn’t have to be a believer to acknowledge this. Many secular conservatives recognize that the end of religion in the West leads to moral chaos — which is exactly what we are witnessing today and exactly what we witnessed in Europe last century.

    When Christianity died in Europe, we got communism, fascism and Nazism. What will we get in America if Christianity and Judeo-Christian values die?


    Dennis Prager: 11 Signs You Have Real Judeo-Christian Values (westernjournal.com)

  6. 1 minute ago, ExFlyer said:

    I am on no ones side but you seem to forget the other side is also losing men, women, children and babies too. By the counts the news is reporting, more then 3 times what Israel has suffered.

    The terrorist organization Hamas is using Palestinians as human shields and hiding among them.  This is the way they have always operated.  Israel is targeting Hamas.  Israel plans to destroy Hamas' operating centres, weapons, and underground tunnels and will not stop until they eliminate Hamas according to the IDF spokesman.  Hamas may even be deliberately killing Palestinians because they will do anything.  

  7. 17 minutes ago, CITIZEN_2015 said:

    They do not allow slightest criticism of Israel. 

    You picked the worst time to criticize Israel because this is all about the terrorist organization Hamas attacking and killing around 1,200 innocent civilians, men, women, children and babies.  Criticizing Israel since what happened on the Oct. 7th massacre and hostage taking has to be the dumbest thing in the world.  But that is exactly what all the Palestinian protesters are doing now.  It obviously looks like they support terrorists.

  8. 24 minutes ago, CITIZEN_2015 said:

    Why the hell you are twisting what he says. The truth is killing of civilians and terror did not start last Saturday. It started 75 years ago when European Jews under the protection of British moved to Palestine, terrorized the local people by attacks and killing civilians into leaving their homeland and this way they became a majority and the tragic event of last Saturday was a continuation or consequence of those actions.

    The children and grandchildren of those who were terrorized or killed last century are today's Hamas terrorists and today's children of the parents killed by Israelis today will be tomorrow's Hamas terrorists attacking Israelis tomorrow. Terrorism today is more terrorism tomorrow,

    You need to learn some history.  Israel existed there several thousand years ago and was driven out of their land.  It has been fought over by different groups ever since.  Check history of Palestine on Wikipedia.

  9. 59 minutes ago, CITIZEN_2015 said:

    No demonstration should be banned. This goes to the heart of democratic values most Canadians stand for. If you don't allow people demonstrate their anger peacefully or express their anger then they will have no choice but to resort to violence and terrorism and who can blame them.

    These Palestinian demonstrators are supporting terrorism, which may be illegal in Canada because Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization.  The supporters of Hamas should not be allowed to be in Canada.

  10. 12 minutes ago, CITIZEN_2015 said:

    Why the hell you are twisting what he says. The truth is killing of civilians and terror did not start last Saturday. It started 75 years ago when European Jews under the protection of British moved to Palestine, terrorized the local people by attacks and killing civilians into leaving their homeland and this way they became a majority and the tragic event of last Saturday was a continuation or consequence of those actions.

    The children and grandchildren of those who were terrorized or killed last century are today's Hamas terrorists and today's children of the parents killed by Israelis today will be tomorrow's Hamas terrorists attacking Israelis tomorrow. Terrorism today is more terrorism tomorrow,


    5 minutes ago, CITIZEN_2015 said:

    Israel has the power and the lobby and most of the media. Western leaders do not dare to be critical of Israelis. It is the war between a wolf and a lamb and supporting Israel is like supporting the wolf.

    No, I think you are some kind of extremist.  Israel is only defending itself.  Self defence is a human right.

    You posted endless comments about the brutal, unhumane Iran attacking it's citizens, particularly women.  Yet you support the terrorist attacks against Israel, which are backed by the terror state of Iran.   Isn't that a contradiction?

  11. 14 hours ago, taxme said:

    Both sides are guilty of atrocities.

    Who started this current conflict?  Who attacked and butchered hundreds of Israeli music festival goers and killed them on October 7th?  Who started firing thousands of rockets into Israel on October 7th?

    Answer:   Hamas

    Who took about 200 innocent Israeli hostages?

    Answer:  Hamas

    Who has a right to defend itself from such attacks?

    Answer:  The one who was first attacked, Israel


    Dear students,

    I cannot believe it. How can we wake up every morning since Oct. 7 knowing that young kids are being imprisoned in dungeons simply because they are Jewish and not speak out? How can we accept a world in which young women are sexually enslaved, while others are being tortured, because they were visiting Israel? Why would you respect a campus culture that excuses such abominations?

    You’ve seen the horrifying images and the despicable videos. You’ve heard the cries of people who were swarmed, beaten, humiliated, raped, burned and slaughtered by Hamas. This bloodbath gave Israelis your age no choice: they must now stand and fight for their homeland, or they’ll be the next to die.

    You, however, have a choice: you can fight this outrage and make your resistance a generational game-changer, or you can dodge responsibility and continue life as usual — at least until this evil catches up with you eventually.

    Hamas’ orgy of violence was so monstrous that no fair-minded human could justify it. Beheading babies, kidnapping people confined to wheelchairs and slaughtering whole families is pure evil. Our civilization deems such acts repugnant — and if you have been a long-time critic of Israel, it’s even more important to reinforce that value.

    That some people, some of your fellow students,  justified these acts, blaming the victims for their suffering, is inexcusable. This isn’t about “occupation,” “colonialism,” “imperialism” or “racism.”

    While we must always tolerate differences, we must also draw some red lines. I will not fraternize with Nazis or racists or their cheerleaders. Similarly, I would never hire, work with, work for, learn from or befriend someone who delighted in these crimes or finds Israel “entirely responsible for all unfolding violence.”

    No political stance justifies torturing the most vulnerable. Yet some have adopted images of paragliders — which were used by terrorists to raid the Supernova music festival, where they slayed 260 people — as inspiring symbols.

    For me, freezing out such callous fanatics is easy. I’ve long recognized their Jew-hatred and utter refusal to process new facts. For some of you, I understand it’s harder to distance yourselves because you share common cause with them on other issues, or have even spent years justifying Hamas as pragmatic and Palestinians as oppressed — and thus never guilty of any crimes. But what does it say about us if events, especially such horrific ones, don’t cause us to rethink our assumptions?

    I had no expectations of these Hamas barbarians or their apologists, so their depravity repels me but doesn’t surprise. I was surprised, however, by many of the snivelling responses to these amoral bullies. I was embarrassed by reports of students turning to administrators because pro-Palestinian demonstrations frightened them. Warnings not to go to class during last week’s “Day of Jihad” also made me squirm.

    Israelis your age are running toward gunfire. On Oct. 7, Canadians raised just like you were equally heroic. One Canadian who was killed, Alexandre Look, 33, of Montreal, shielded other concert-goers from bullets with his body, while another, Ben Mizrachi , 22, tended to wounded revellers instead of fleeing — and was slaughtered as a result. Yet in North America, students run away from some loudmouths?

    It’s time to grow a spine. If you feel “uncomfortable,” don’t whine to grownups, but act. Invite your friends to accompany you. If they say it has nothing to with them, then you know they don’t get it. Invite beefy friends from the football and lacrosse team along, too — not to confront (we’re not the violent ones), but simply to deter.

    Invite your professors to join, especially gender studies profs. If they refuse, ask them to at least comment on Hamas’ rape culture and the delight so many Palestinians took in degrading so many Israeli women.

    Two years ago, 120 gender studies departments throughout North America denounced Israel’s acts of self-defence against Hamas. So far, I haven’t seen a single academic department denounce Hamas’ anti-woman, anti-human bloodbath.     unquote

    Gil Troy: Students, it's time to find your courage and confront Hamas apologists on campus (msn.com)


  12. This is how bad things have become in this country now.  It has been two years since the heat wave forest fire burned down the town of Lytton in B.C. and the people have not been able to get started having their homes rebuilt.  Now we learn it is partly because of some aboriginal archeological digging going on that has found some old aboriginal artifacts.  There is also big money involved for a company monitoring the digging to put in services.

    This has now become a part of reconciliation and the governments are blocking the rebuilding of homes in the town.  They gave a company the right to dig the trenches to put in the services to properties and this company is charging about $1,700 per day to have monitors watching the operation for about ten days to see if there any artifacts in the ground.  That is an additional cost of about $17,000 for the home owner.  This is ridiculous and a huge scam.

    Archeology work the latest roadblock to rebuild Lytton, B.C.: Mayor (msn.com)

  13. 3 hours ago, eyeball said:

    Sure, whatever you say chief, but from each according to their ability and to each according to their need is pretty much the basis for the way a family organizes its resources and skills.

    Wasn't that the Karl Marx ideology, each according to their ability and to each according to their need? ?    I am sure it was.  The Communist Russians thought that was going to create a utopia, but all it created was a monster.  Everyone became equally poor.  The only ones that had anything were the Communist party higher-ups.

  14. 1 hour ago, taxme said:

    Israel just blew up a Christian hospital in Gaza that killed 500 people, many of them women and children. What do you have to say about that, fella? Is that all okay with you? Well? 

    The U.S. and Israel deny that Israel blew up the hospital.  They believe it was destroyed by a terrorist missile that fell short.

    Why do you automatically believe Hamas or their supporters when they are the worst barbaric murderers and liars in the world?

  15. 1 hour ago, taxme said:

    I hear a lot of talk about this but I have not been shown any of these atrocities on TV yet?

    The television media has policies about showing or not showing grotesque video of victims of violence.  Why are you not aware of that?  Why play dumb?

    The media has reported the barbaric cruel attacks and cold-blooded murder of 1,500 people or more over the past week.  Why can you not accept that?  The rest of the civilized world accepts it.

  16. How is it that terrorist sympathizers and supporters get approved for immigration into Canada?  

    Trudeau brought in something like 50,000 Syrian refugees after he was elected in 2015.  How many of these were screened for being terrorist supporters or screened for being antisemitic?   How many of them have been now demonstrating in the streets Canadian cities and yet hold Canadian citizenship or residency status?

  17. NDP are pure Socialists.  They certainly do believe in wealth redistribution.  Socialism has been tried in many countries but has been a failure.  Lazy people will just see it as a way to live off the government (taxpayers) without having to work and those that work see it as stealing what they worked for.  So how do Socialists square that circle?

    In a world where investors and corporations can take their money and invest it in whatever country they choose,  they will choose to move to a more investor-friendly place.  That leaves the Socialist or Welfare country in poverty.  The good-paying jobs simply flee elsewhere.

    The welfare state type of government spends vast fortunes providing every conceivable social program to its citizens, at least in theory, but they soon learn the money tree runs dry.  They certainly don't have the money to start crown corporations to take over where corporations fled from the country.

    Bureaucrats generally do not have the knowledge or expertise to run private enterprise either, and systems like public health care start failing as we are witnessing.  Politicians are incapable of properly running complex systems like health care.  Politicians are also under tremendous pressure from all side to provide funding for everything under the sun.

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  18. 9 hours ago, eyeball said:

    Between dental care and pharmacare Jagmeet Singh accomplished more for more Canadians in a couple of years than anyone else in Parliament combined has.

    I'd be happy with one minority government after another if it meant a trend towards more comprehensive social/healthcare lie this.

    You love a welfare state.  Maybe everyone could just work and let government take 80% of their pay cheques and provide cradle to grave care for everyone.  Almost everyone would work for the government.  In such a system, government employees would be well-paid and have fat pensions, but everyone else would be barely surviving and would have no freedom.  Bit brother would decide everything.

  19. On 10/3/2023 at 12:45 PM, herbie said:

    Rustad, though I admit he was very good on forestry issues has totally failed on economic development in his own riding

     Do you know how government works?  The BC NDP are the government and are responsible for all the mills shutting down.  The government controls all the policies, regulations, taxes, etc., not the one or two opposition MLAs.  John  Rustad is not part of government.

  20. 21 hours ago, Perspektiv said:

    The rapid fire manner he exterminated over 6 million Jewish people? All of them, innocent?

    While Putin is a horrible person, he is no Hitler. Historically, its just not comparable.

    You can't just call people Hitler because they're mean and offend you.

    A war criminal is a war criminal.  I would not say some are less worse than others.  The crimes against humanity are unspeakable and the volume of it is no consolation of any kind.

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    A pair of Conservative MPs will try to compel a CBC executive and a journalism standards director to appear before a House of Commons committee to defend the company's language guide — which discourages the use of the words "terrorism" and "terrorists" when describing attacks and their perpetrators.

    Alberta Conservative MP Rachael Thomas, the party's Canadian heritage critic, said in a statement posted to social media that the idea is to hold the Crown corporation accountable for what she calls "its biased coverage of Hamas' attack on Israel."


    Conservative MPs want to bring CBC executives before Commons committee over 'terrorism' language policy (msn.com)

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