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  1. 6 hours ago, herbie said:

    No I'm well aware they're more educated then the ploughboys, trolls and bible thumpers that infest this forum.

    You think your way of thinking is good for you.  I doubt it very much.  You need to be reading the Bible, especially the gospels to begin with and be born again.  Unfortunately, unless God gives you the grace, I doubt anything I say will change your mind.  About all I can say is you are on a self-destructive road and you need to change.  God would give you wisdom and knowledge if you let him and ask him.  Don't waste your life away.

  2. If so many people and so many Hamas supporters have been killed in Gaza, why does Hamas not agree to stop fighting and sign onto a peace deal and release the hostages?  How would these protesters explain that?  Why don't these protesters demand Hamas stop the war?

    Of course if Hamas is not willing to surrender and just fired twelve rockets toward an aid crossing point into Gaza, should anybody be surprised that Israel will keep fighting?

    Netanyahu said today on Holocaust Remembrance that no matter what world leaders say, Israel will defend itself.

  3. 18 minutes ago, eyeball said:

    I'm talking about the special access to people in power that wealthy people have come to expect.

    I'm assuming you just take it as a given this belongs to them as well.

    No, I never thought or said anything about "special access" to people in power.

    I doubt many people with wealth are trying to access people in power.

    We did see a picture of Trudeau meeting with some Chinese guy who donated a lot to the Trudeau foundation a number of years ago.  Then after that, China has apparently been involved in helping the Liberals get elected in some ridings.

    That's not what we were talking about though.  The subject is capital gains tax which has nothing to do with wealthy people accessing politicians.  That has nothing to do with it.

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  4. Hamas just fired 10 rockets at a border crossing used to bring humanitarian aid into Gaza.

    Hamas continues to hold hostages.

    Looks more like Hamas wants this war to keep on going indefinitely.  They get lots of sympathy from the world if it keeps going.  I think that is the reason Hamas does what they do.


    The question is :

    Is Hamas willing to lay down all their arms, sign a broad peace agreement to end hostilities toward Israel?  Are they willing to disband?  Are they will to release all hostages?

  5. 15 hours ago, eyeball said:

    You figure they earned that or is it more like something they inherited?

    Doesn't matter if one inherited their wealth or earned it, it is still theirs.  That is what private property is.  

    Communists and Socialists do not respect private property and believe they are entitled to the property or wealth of others.  That is covetousness.  People that think like that need to be born again according to the Bible and believe the Bible which was given to us by God.  Respect private property, do not covet, and work for what you want.  Do not sit back and think government or wealthy people owe you anything because they don't.

    I wouldn't be comfortable around people who think what I have should be theirs or belong to them.  Would you?  That is a reprobate or criminal mentality.  Respect other people's right to have wealth or things you do not have.  Earn what you want yourself.

  6. 19 hours ago, herbie said:

    They're college and university students more educated and aware than most of you that Hamas and Netanyahu's govt are obstinate arseholes.

    Have you forgotten universities are full of Marxists, Communists, and left wing radical progressives, your favourites.  Sort of like your picket line strikers with their baseball bats.

    Most of these "Palestine protesters may not even be from universities.  They are more likely outside agitators and anarchists.

    Jordan Peterson: Our rotten, rotting universities | National Post

  7. 2 hours ago, herbie said:

    It's 2024 and if you cross a picket line all you should expect is scorn these days. Which unfortunately not as effective as baseball bat in the knees

    Just outlaw strikes period.  Strikes lead to crime and turn people into criminals according to what you say.

    Outlaw them completely and enforce binding arbitration for all disputes where the parties cannot come to an agreement in a reasonable time.  No more strike.  Simple.  It's 2024.

  8. 2 hours ago, eyeball said:

    I don't know, it sure looks like these people absolutely adore wealthy folk.

    Wealthy folk are the ones that create jobs in a free enterprise system.  Stop coveting what the wealthy people have.

    "17  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. "  Exodus 20:17

    If you want more money, you know what to do about it.

  9. 2 hours ago, Michael Hardner said:

    If we had true conservative liberal and left thinkers framing The discussion then we wouldn't waste so much bandwidth flinging mud. 


    Liberal and left thinkers are the problem in Canada.  They have too much influence in everything and the education system is breeding them.

  10. On 4/22/2024 at 6:26 PM, herbie said:

    We don't hide. Cross a picket line and find out....

    You make it sound like unions are like the mafia, organized crime.   Anyone who tries to stop a person from crossing a picket line should be charged with a crime and sent to jail.  Picket lines should not be allowed for essential services either and where they are allowed, only a maximum number of 2 picketers in any location.  They should not be used as a tool of intimidation or threats.  If they are found to be intimidating or threatening anyone, they should lose the right to picket and fined or jailed.

    Unions in the health care system are part of the problem.  Too much power.  That is partly why public health care is failing. 


  11. 3 hours ago, Michael Hardner said:

    Your assumption that bad workers are at the core of healthcare system problems is not substantiated and reflects the type of ignorance Canadians have about management

    The fact people have died waiting in Emergency Rooms is of great concern. They don't always seem to act when people with urgent medical issues such as heart problems are brought in to the ER.  People have been sent home that should not have been.  We see reports regularly about people who died in ERs.  

    These tragedies should be investigated by an impartial body and somebody should be held accountable.

  12. 5 minutes ago, Michael Hardner said:

    These are part of any system - public or private.

    New laws need to be brought in to bring unions in essential services like health care under control.  Management should have the right to dismiss poor performing employees or re-assign them as management sees fit without the powerful union process that essentially destroys the ability to manage.

    10 minutes ago, Michael Hardner said:

    Canadians have a deep ignorance of management, and the public's role in it.

    I don't see how you can have the public involved in management.  There needs to be a system in public and private that can actually make decisions and get things done without being buried in paperwork and bureaucracy.

    12 minutes ago, Michael Hardner said:

    Culture change is needed and - no - it's not impossible as you suggest.

    Those are just Socialist left wing word bites.  Culture change is not going to do anything.

    We see how the Liberal cabinet ministers and bureaucrats talk about "culture change" in the Canadian armed forces.  How has that worked.  Now they can't even find enough people to join and the military has been on a downward spiral.  

    14 minutes ago, Michael Hardner said:

    you will need to develop better management across the board  - in both the public and private system

    I don't see adopting phrases like that as any kind of solution.  It is too vague and has no real concret meaning.

    I think you still don't understand the basic foundational requirement.  There has be reward and punishment.  Only a private enterprise system can provide that.  Nobody invests their money and blood and sweat into something if there is not going to be a good return.  If you want good products, you must enable people to invest in it, run it, and reap some rewards for their efforts.  Those that produce get rewarded well and those who don't lose and don't get rewarded but are shown the door.  Socialism lacks that.  Only capitalism and free enterprise provides incentive and reward for doing a good job.

  13. 4 hours ago, Michael Hardner said:

    1. And 2. contradict each other.  You also pose a very serious problem with 2. that I agree with: how can those in charge execute this?

    We have to start acknowledging that we don't think about MANAGEMENT enough in the public sphere.  There are public entities and non-profits that are well managed.  We need to make more.  Maybe we mandate private healthcare to form subject matter groups with public health.

    I don't see the public health system operating as a sole system as the solution.  I see unions, bureaucracy and politicians as not the right system to manage a large public health care system.  They have proven that a government run and controlled public system is not manageable.  

    The only solution to this problem I see is a private health care system being established alongside the public system.

    You must get it out of your head that government can do things better than private industry or private enterprise.  I don't think you grasp the fact that Socialist systems do not have the motivation to do well, innovate, improve, and be efficient, especially when there are powerful unions involved.  

    Only private enterprise has the motivation to really produce efficiently and deliver the product.  That means there has to be rewards and penalties for the players.  In Socialist (government) run systems where everyone's job is guaranteed and protected by the unions and system, the same incentives and punishments do not exist.  We need to get back to reality and face it.  

    But we could keep the public system for those who cannot afford to pay a basic fee for insurance and deductible for services and still create a strong private system as well.


    "Thinking about management of the public system" is not going to solve the problem at all.  That will change nothing.  The general public can not be expected to run a public system.  It will never happen.



  14. Here is a report showing the medical wait times is costing Canadians billions of dollars.  I don't see any kind of re-organization of the public health care system as the solution.  The public system is the problem.  Politicians and bureaucrats cannot fix a failing system that they themselves created. 

    I see a mixture of public and private as a possible solution.  The longer people procrastinate and delay changing the system, the longer Canadians will suffer and incur costs.  Don't think this could affect you?  Think again.  As we age, we develop medical problems.  That is a fact of life.


    Long wait times for medical treatment cost 1.2 million Canadian patients an estimated $3.5 billion in out-of-pocket expenses last year, according to a new study by the Fraser Institute.

    The fiscally conservative think-tank said the estimate — averaging $2,871 per patient — is conservative because it only includes costs borne directly by patients waiting for treatment in terms of lost productivity during an average work week."

    GOLDSTEIN: Long medical wait times costing Canadians billions, report says (msn.com)

  15. People that oppose God and oppose Israel are in dangerous waters.  God highly favoured Abraham and chose him to be the father of the great nation of Israel.  Israel was chosen to be the nation through whom the Holy Scriptures, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, would come to earth.  Jesus was a Jew and was born, lived, died, and was raised from the dead in the land of Israel.

    As example of how God favoured and protected Abraham, the patriarch and father of Israel, is shown in this event that happened in his life:


    1  And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar. 2  And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah. 

    3  But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife. {a man’s…: Heb. married to an husband} 4  But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation? 5  Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this. {integrity: or, simplicity, or, sincerity} 6  And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her. 7  Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine. 

    8  Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid. 9  Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done. 10  And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing? 11  And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake. 12  And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife. 13  And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said unto her, This is thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother. 

    14  And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife. 15  And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee. {where…: Heb. as is good in thine eyes} 16  And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved. 17  So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children. 18  For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife. "  Genesis  ch.20

  16. The Americans are putting an end to the anarchist's rallies south of the border.  The police are taking down the encampments and arresting hundreds of protesters and taking them away to jail and processing.

    In Canada, these anarchists seem to get away with setting up camps on private property and intimidating people?  The police are much slower to act than in the U.S.  

    The Premier of Quebec said these encampments are illegal and the police will deal with them at the appropriate time.  It is just a matter of time because these protesters are obviously not planning to leave.

  17. 14 hours ago, eyeball said:

    You're unaware of Palestinian deed holders

     When did the Arabs come in and take it away from the Jews?  Must have happened at some point.

    "1  Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. "  Genesis 12:1-3

    "7  And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8  And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. " Genesis 17:7 KJV

    Arabs in general don't accept that;  and you don't either.  You are on the wrong side, the losing side.  Nobody fights against God and wins.  When will you learn that?

  18. 4 minutes ago, eyeball said:

    Why do two wrongs make a right in your universe?

    Except that the Arabs (or non-Jews) have been fighting against the Jews for thousands of years in the area of Israel and God gave Israel that land.  Arabs don't accept that fact and want to fight on.

  19. 1 hour ago, eyeball said:

    Yeah well sometimes when it's only a little bit unfair you can get away with stuff but it should be obvious this just ain't one of those times.

    Since when did do unto others yadda yadda become so complicated? A kindergartener could explain it to you for Christ' sake.

    You are profane.  You also know nothing about the world or the Bible. 

    Nobody said what has been going on in the world was right.  There has obviously been a lot of evil.  The world is an evil place.  There are also some things that are so complex and so many things have happened in history that it is impossible to sort it out.  You seem to think there is somebody that is available to sort out all the problems and fix them now.

  20. 1 hour ago, eyeball said:

    You're unaware of Palestinian deed holders that were never compensated for their property?  You have some nerve telling people they don't know about the history of that area. 

      Things are often very unfair.  You should also understand that Israel must do what it feels is necessary to defend its security because we know they are surrounded by hostile nations with millions of people.

    I have not seen the evidence that you know much about the history of the area.  I don't know a lot about it myself I admit, but I know it is very complex.  You seem to think it is very simple.  How is that knowing much about the history of the area?

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  21. 56 minutes ago, eyeball said:

    Israel stole Palestinian land from those that worked and earned it. These people can even produce legal deeds to stolen property.

    Theft and dispossession is at the very root of the conflict in the ME - it's been there from the very beginning and to this day Palestinian lands are still being stolen and their rightful owners are killed for resisting.



    Nonsense.  Tragically you don't know anything about the history of that area.

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