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  1. In regards to Canada's parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page saying that it appears the Conservative government kept two sets of books when it came to the costs of replacing Canada's ageing fleet of CF-18s with 65 F-35 stealth fighter jets. Page told the host the CBC's “The House” radio programme Evan Solomon what bothered his office was that one set of books was available inside DND, while another "for communication purposes" was presented publicly, in which he said the government was "low-balling" the numbers.

    Now, I am neither a professional accountant nor a professional purchaser. I am however a professional logistician specializing in transportation and distribution and have more then a passing knowledge of both the aforementioned fields. I understand both the G.A.A.P. rules that govern the accounting professional along with the procurement process, that if push comes to shove I can cost out a major capital investment or acquisition with a fair degree of confidence and certainty. I can also communicate with members of those two professions in a professional and knowledgeable manner. I can even balance a cheque book.

    From what I have been reading and hearing about this issue in regards to its costing and procurement practises, I can only come to the conclusion that our so-called Government has taken the basic accounting and procurement rules and regulations and thrown them out onto a bonfire and expects us the taxpayer to meekly and quietly accept it, even though it is our hard-earned tax dollars they are playing with.

    There is only one logical reason to keep and present two sets of books, and that is to deceive and to defraud. If I or anyone in my industry, or the accounting and procurement professions got caught trying to pull what the Harper Government is trying pull off, we would be crucified. At best, we would be stripped of our professional designations in disgrace and fired, at worse we would be facing major jail time for fraud.

    There can be no excuse for this and there is absolutely no possible defence for it. Saying that we haven't spent a dime does not mitigate the crime, for the crime was committed once you started planning for it, its called a conspiracy. The Government is by the look of it, is guilty at least of committing the crime of conspiracy of fraud against both the people of Canada and Parliament, and as such no longer has any legitimate authority to govern.

    It is now long past time for Canadians of all political stripes, including Conservatives such as myself to stand up and tell the Harper Government enough is enough. We have had enough of the lies, we have had enough of the endless weekly scandals, we have had enough of the corruption, we have had enough of the secrecy, we have had enough of vilification and character assassination of honest Government employees such as Mr. Kevin Page, we have had enough of the gutting of various watchdog agencies tasked with keeping the Government honest, and we have had enough of them playing fast and loose with the public purse.

    One last thought, as for the car buying analogies that various Government talking heads and their supporters have used to whitewash and excuse this issue, I can only say that only a fool would purchase a car without first considering how much it will cost them to operate it throughout its life cycle.

  2. Is that how they refer to the second world war in re-education centres these days?

    As always Morris, you are a fool.

    No, that is what the Russian called it from the get-go. My grandfather served on an RN VW class destroyer during WWII protecting the convoys running up to Archangel to supply the Russians. Things he told me that he saw during that time and of the determination of the average Russian man, woman and child to get at the German invaders and exact pay back which made the British peoples efforts and determination pale in comparison.

    My Grandfather passed on a few years back and he left me his campaign medals. The one he was most proud off was the one issued to him by the Soviet Government years after the war ended, in recognition of the service and aid he and his fellow sailors provided to the Russian people during that very bleak part of their history.

  3. What are you talking about? There are plenty of gay and lesbian catholics. Where the hell did it say she hated the organization.

    From what AW posted.

    "[Reimer] said she met with school principal Marcelle DeFreitas and vice-principal Diane Little in January and was told the school doesn't give parental leave but that she could take up to 15 days sick leave to be with her partner. At the time, they were excited for her future child, she said, but they also warned her that if word got out and parents complained, they "might have to dismiss me."

    Doesn't look like her being a lesbian was an issue to the principle. Also last time I checked sexual orientation had nothing to do with your qualification for a job, and is not something regulary asked in an interview.

    Actually, I think you will find that asking a potential employee about the sexual orientation is illegal in Canada.

  4. LESBIANS and gays are just plain dumb and lazy...do your duty..be a human and stop listening to the social engineers that want to weaken you ...hedonistic homo behaviour is a choice...I don't want to hear about " I just can't help it."

    this will probably get me banned or at least a warning.....but could you be anymore of an ignorant asshole? sheesh......

  5. Hey, they've gotten away with receiving government money while discriminating against hiring non-Catholic teachers for generations!

    Why shouldn't they get away with this one?

    It will all boil down to politics. If the governments involved are afraid of pushing the issue against the Catholic Church then it will just fade away...

    That maybe so in Quebec and possibly Ontario and the Maritimes, but here in BC, the Catholic Church doesn't have all that much political pull.

  6. It sets off a threat alarm in the helicopter. If there's about to be a SAM launch, you wanna know.

    Bullocks. Optical sensors such as the Mark 1 Eyeball that all US soldiers are suppose to be equipped with are passive in nature. They do not emit any signal that can be detected or traced, other then perhaps a light reflecting off a glass lens. Active tracking sensors such as lasers, radar and inferred do emit a signal and can be detected.

    IIRC, the standard RPG is a very simple weapon, basically a hollow tube with an iron sight, and not very high tech in its aiming. It has no electronic sighting or guidance, you point, you shoot, you hope it hits the target.

    A mistake was made by the crews of the helicopters, and yeah judging from the video voice over, they were a bunch of gungho trigger happy cowboys, but an honest mistake was made. The biggest outrage came not from the incident itself, but that the US Army attempted to cover it up. It makes you wonder how many other incidents there are out there waiting to be leaked.

  7. My understanding is that free market capitalism is no longer so free. The expense (include tax for too many unnecessary social services, too many management rules, too many inspectors, police, jail, court, lawyer, legal systems, military system, health system, insurance system, union) has been increased too much so that lots of business can only be run by large groups, small business becomes harder and harder, and lots of such small business even earn less than find a job and work for others. Even large groups found expense is too high. So that when globalization become possible, jobs turn to move to places that have lower cost.

    Therefor, it is not the free market itself has very large problem, it is the politicians who makes too many laws so that the free market is no longer so free as before. Those laws make huge business groups earn easier and makes protectionism easier to work and make life of ordinary people become harder and harder.

    Yeah, lets go back to the good old days, where mill owner was lord and the worker knowing his place tugged his forelock when the lord passed by.

    Come on, you really want to go back to the days, which in all honestly aren't that long ago, where labour was treated as disgusting but required "asset unit" which could easily be disposed off at no expense to mill owner and replaced when it got sick or injured? May as well do away with the child labour laws while you are at it. After all if peak oil is a reality, wood furnaces and stove will be making a come back and we will need chimney sweeps right? And anyone who has seen the musically Oliver know that urchins love nothing better then to scurry up and down the insides of sooty chimneys, hell they are so happy, they sing and dance about it all day long.

    The fact of the matter is, it is small to mid-sized business's and business people who really drive our economy and they seem to be doing fairly well. They may not become Rockefeller's, but they for the most part are not hurting.

  8. What else do you expect from Liberals.

    I live in BC and believe me when I say that the so-called Liberals under Mr. DUI Campbell are more politically and philosophically aligned with the Harperite Conservatives then with Iggy's Federal Liberals. Hell, the BC Liberal Party has zero ties with the Federal Liberals and can be fairly considered to be LINO's, Liberals In Name Only. Campbell's mantra is sell it all, line our (his and his cronies) pockets, and screw the people of BC even if it means lying through his teeth and breaking fairly negotiated, legal binding contacts. How these turds keep getting re-elect baffles me, I guess the people in BC just like taking one up the old poop-chute over and over again.

  9. How could the Fort Hood murders be considered in anyway, shape or form either a terrorist attack or a failure on the part of Obama?

    It was simply a case of a person going off the deep end and going postal. Had the person been white, or Christian or Jewish, no one here would even utter the word "Terrorism", but because the murder is a Muslim, righteous indignation and naked racism rear their equally ugly heads. Shame on you.

    A man simply snapped and in a time honoured American tradition, went postal....Postal, yet another wonderful term and concept brought to us by our Southern Cousins.

  10. There is one other option....just say the hell with TV all together.

    I have gone thru, Western Cable, Delta Cable, Shaw Cable, Roger Cable, Star Choice Satellite and finally Telus till I finally said enough was enough and allowed my service to lapse. Apart from missing the odd bit of breaking news, I have not missed it at all. The old Telly now sits there gathering dust and if I do want to watch a programme, it can usually be found on the web somewhere.

    Come to think about, I did the same thing with my Crackberry mobile, let it lapse and went with a simple pay as I go mobile.

  11. I think all CEO's are horribly overpaid and that even the ones that actually work hard are overpaid by hundreds of thousands of dollars and bonus's more than their yearly salary are ridiculus.

    It's not just CEO's who are well over-paid, you can toss in upper management as well. In my company, we have so-called "Directors" who are paid six figure salaries and have stock options. To be honest, we have no idea what these "Directors" actually do to earn their wages and bonus's, other then to arbitrarily cut the working rank and file wages by 10%, close down offices and write bizarre touchy feely memo's about how much they "value" our dedication and sacrifice during the current economic crisis. The company I work for is fairly large with offices all over North America, including Mexico. At the this point in time I am not at liberty to name it or what we do, but watching the actions of upper Management these past few years makes me wonder how in the hell these people ever got their positions and how the hell can they justify their wages to the shareholders.

    As for the welfare issue, I once had the pleasure or should I say displeasure of actually having to swallow my pride and self-respect and accept welfare assistance. Believe me, what I received was not enough to cover my rent, basic utilities and food, let alone leave me enough to pay for gas or bus fare to go to job interviews. I would not wish being placed on welfare on my worse enemy.

  12. Given that the 1918 - 1920 outbreak of N1H1 killed between 50 to 100 Million people worldwide, declaring a national state of emergency would seem to be a prudent move, especially if it meant mobilizing the resources required to fight the epidemic. The 1918 - 1920 outbreak spread around the world leaving few places untouched, and this was at a time when international travel was not so wide spread and could take weeks to get from point A to point B.

    Today, you can get to damn near any point in the world in less then a day and there are literally 100's of thousands of flights daily around the world, not to mention fast and further ranging commercial sea travel. You could easily pick up the virus at point A, and bring it home to point B in under a day as well as infect everyone on your flight, thus adding in its spread.

    This possible pandemic has the potential to spread around the world in a number of successive waves and could cause massive casualties. The only up side is our medical knowledge and infrastructure are light years ahead of those back in 1918.

    So instead of using the declaration of a national state of emergency in the US as a means to bash Obama, how about doing something to help with the problem?

  13. Ah, but the point is that the wearing of a burka is not a sign of Islam. The requirement appears nowhere in the Koran according the the Congress.

    Nor is the wearing of traditional garb by the Hutterites, Amish and Mennonites a sign of Christianity nor does their dress requirements appear anywhere in the Bible. However, to them, wearing said garb is a sign of devotion and piety. Would you deny them the right to dress in accordance to their beliefs?

  14. Given that the burka did not appear until the 1970's, don't you think that it is a bit of a stretch to put it on the same level as your other examples of religious devotion?

    Actually, the Burqa predates Islamism and has its roots in pre-Islamic Arabic culture.

    A Short History of the Burqa

    This type of dress has its origins with desert times long before Islam arrived. It had two functions. Firstly as a sand mask in windy conditions. This would be worn by men and women and is still common today. For women only the masking of the face and body was used when one group was being raided by another. These raids often involved the taking of women of child bearing age. With all women hidden behind a veil, and the home team fighting back, the chances of being taken were substantially reduced as the women of child bearing age could not be quickly distinguished from the very young and the old.

    Many Muslims believe that the Islamic holy book, the Qur'an, and the collected traditions of the life of Muhammed, or hadith, require both men and women to dress and behave modestly in public. However, this requirement, called hijab, has been interpreted in many different ways by Islamic scholars (ulema) and Muslim communities (see Women and Islam); the burqa is not specifically mentioned in the Quran.

    It should be noted that dress codes followed by even modern Christian sects, such as followers of the Easter Orthodox Church, Hutterites, Amish and Mennonites are not mentioned in the Bible, but are interpretations of its teachings and laws.

  15. I wouldn't really care if a Klan guy walked around with his garb on. He's basically just be wearing a big sign saying "i'm an idiot".

    I would have to say that there is a vast difference between a devote Muslim woman choosing to wear a burka and some pencil-necked Klan dickhead walking around in his garb.

    The burka, whether you agree with it or not is a sign of religious devotion and adherence to the orthodox Muslim beliefs, much the same the traditional garb, beards and sideburns are for certain orthodox Jewish men and women, and even Eastern Orthodox Christian women. The Klan garb is little more then a symbol of fear and hatred aimed towards Jews, Catholics, Blacks, Asians, Gays, and others. Big difference in my humble opinion.

    The only reason I don't mind seeing a Klan member parading around in his robes, is because it makes it easier to target him with my steel toed boot as I ride by.

  16. Why is this great? Is not banning the Burka the same as forcing the wearing of it?

    I would say it is a personal decision not unlike wearing a Star of David or a Crucifix. Or the wearing of shawls and other traditional garments fancied by some Eastern Orthodox Christian matrons.

  17. So, if she wants to be a real smartass, she would take down the sign and hand it over before any damage is done to her door, doing so with very sincere-sounding apologies.

    Five minutes after the "stormtroopers" leave she can simply put up another.....

    Do that several times daily and eventually they'll either give up, or arrest her, at which point she can go ahead and sue and be able to retire on the proceeds...... :rolleyes:

    So I take it you and apparently many others here judging by the lack of response to this topic are basically okay with this assault on our basic rights and freedoms? Got it.

  18. I almost wish I lived in Vancouver. I wouldn't waste any time mobilizing an army of wordy terrorists and completely swamp the system with the most terrifying nouns I could think of, like...freedom, liberty or justice for starters.

    Perhaps we could even plant IED's (improvised elucidating devices) around the city. I'd see if I could get my hands on a bunch of those laughing bags and in addition to the laughing insert explosive words like free Tibet or even BANG. Remote detonate these whenever the stormtroopers are within range...priceless.

    Sometimes I wonder who is more foolish, the Campbell Liberals and all the crap they are pulling or those that keep voting back into power even after so many broken promises and outright lies.

    As it is, I can see this measure blowing up big time in their faces. They are basically waving a red cape square in the face of the anti-Olympics crowd, daring them to do something. And of course they will, in full view of the worlds media. The authorities will have only two lose-lose options, ignore the blatant violations of the law and end up looking completely powerless and gutless in the face of public opposition, or enforce their poorly thought up law and look like draconian jackbooted thugs.....either way, its lose-lose.

    The proposed law must fly in the face of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, one can only imagine how many reactionaries are just chomping at the bit to launch a Charter violation law suit against Campbell & Co. This could end up costing not on BC'ers a whack of money, but also the rest of Canada, especially if the RCMP or even the Armed Forces were used to enforce this law during the winter games.

  19. Imagine if you will, you have put up a sign of protest in your front window denouncing whatever. The next day you receive official notice that your sign is an offense and you must remove it immediately. Believing in your cause and your rights to free speech and civil protest, you ignore the notice. The following day, your home is visited by government officials, the local police and a quiet nondescript looking fellow all banging on your front door. You refuse to answer or open the door, thinking they will go away. But it turns out that nondescript fellow is a locksmith, who quickly drills out your door locks and your house is invaded by the police and government officials who quickly take down your sign of protest, arrest you and search your home for evidence of other potentially treasonous and revolutionary materials.

    You probably think that this sounds like something that would or could only happen in the former Soviet Union, or Communist China or any number of Asian or South American Dictatorships, but would never happen here in a Free and Democratic Canada right? Well, you would be wrong it seems. The BC Liberal Government under DUI Campbell is currently attempting to push through Legislation that would empower the various BC Municipal and City Governments the right to exactly what I just outlined. Invade your home and arrest you just because you put up a sign that they do not like or agree with. And to add insult to injury, they will charge your the cost of the locksmiths bill. Plus you could be hauled in front of a judge and if found guilty, fined C$20,000 and sentenced to six months in jail.

    Oh, and before you hard core Conservative and Harperites start bemouning, "Of course this is what one can only expect from Liberals", let me remind you that in the bizzaro world of BC Politics where Left means Right and Up means Down, the BC Liberals under DUI Campbell are not affiliated with the Federal Liberals, and their actual political philosophy and leanings are more in line with those of the Federal Conservatives under Harper.

    Anyways, here is an item from the Vancouver Province......read it and weep, coz if this goes through, who knows what else is planned for us all.

    Losing free speech is a sign of Olympic times

    By Ethan Baron, The ProvinceOctober 14, 2009

    Picture this: a resident of a downtown Vancouver apartment puts a sign in her window during the Olympics that says, "B.C. homelessness — a disgrace." She finds a notice from the city on her door ordering her to take it down, and she refuses, believing the Charter protects her right to express political opinions.

    Twenty-four hours later, police show up with a city worker and a locksmith. Her lock is drilled out. The group stomps in against her protestations and take away her sign.

    As impossible as this scenario may seem in a democratic country such as Canada, it would be perfectly legal under pending legislation. And this woman could be fined $10,000 and jailed for six months, simply for exercising her civil rights. She'd also get a bill for the locksmithing.

    The province last week introduced legislation to empower authorities in Vancouver, Richmond and Whistler to enter homes and remove or cover up "unauthorized" signs during the Games. It's up to each municipality to define the area in which to apply the law.

    The Miscellaneous Statutes and Amendment Act specifies that such action can be taken "without the consent of the owner or occupier." The proposed law would let authorities remove any sign on a person's residence or property that doesn't celebrate the Olympics.

    "It could be a sign saying "2 for 1 Pizza," it could be "Free Tibet" — anything except something saying, "Yeah, 2010," says David Eby, executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA).

    Should any of the three municipalities take advantage of this power, hordes of international journalists will let the world know.

    "Of course it's of interest to us," says Michel Viatteau, Canada-bureau chief for Agence-France Presse, one of the three largest news wire services in the world.

    "We're always covering all kinds of limitations of human rights and freedoms."

    AFP, which will have a team of 60 journalists working the Games, sends articles, photos and video to more than 10,000 media outlets, in every country on the planet except a few tiny island nations.

    Whether Canada comes out of the Games looking like a China-style police state should be less of a concern to British Columbians than the fact that our Charter right to free expression is under attack by the very people entrusted with representing our interests and safeguarding our civil rights.

    It's not just residents of downtown Vancouver and neighbourhoods near Games venues who are losing their free-speech rights during the Olympics. Under Vancouver's Olympics bylaw passed in July, no citizen has the right to hold or display an unapproved sign in a 40-square-block area that includes most of the city's major streets.

    The BCCLA asked city officials to limit that sign law to commercial ads, but they refused, Eby says.

    "They wish to reserve the option to restrict political speech," he says.

    It's disturbing enough that Olympic security agents have been harassing 2010 Games critic and University of B.C. ophthalmology Prof. Chris Shaw, and even waylaid his 24-year-old friend, Danika Surm, in a Langara College hallway.

    One could argue that the need to protect citizens, visitors and athletes justifies such heavy-handed tactics. But there's no legitimate reason for taking away our right to express our opinions when and where we please — in public or in our homes.

    E-mail: [email protected]

    © Copyright © The Province

  20. According to the latest Ekos polls Mr Harper would win a majority and

    his popularity is gaining, if the Libs force an election now they will be

    finished ......we can only hope!!!. : :D Canada is slowly but steadily heading

    in the right direction!!! well done Mr Harper well done!

    http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCATRE59C2XH20091015

    http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/p...-grow-poll.aspx

    If you mean the same direction that our Southern Cousins took nine years ago, then you are correct. And if that is so, god help Canada 'coz we'd be seriously screwed, chewed and tattooed with a Harper majority.

  21. Al Qaeda Leader: China, Enemy to Muslim World

    On Oct. 7, a top-ranking al-Qaeda leader issued a call to the Islamic world to battle a great nation of infidels. Through a video posted on the internet, Abu Yahya al-Libi condemned this superpower for perpetrating "injustice and oppression" against Muslims and "looting their wealth" — a script similar to others read out from secret hideouts over the course of post-9/11 American-led campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. But the country in the crosshairs of al-Qaeda's latest diatribe was not the U.S. or any of its allies in the West. It was China.

    Wow. A country that isn't fighting with us in Afghanistan is being singled out and threatened by Al Qeada. Who'd have thunk it?

    Seems as China becomes more 'capitalistic,' it's being 'noticed' more by al Qaeda. Any nation that al Qaeda doesn't 'approve of' is not free from their threat. Pulling out of Afghanistan will do nothing to keep Canada, or any other nation, 'safer.'

    It'll be interesting to see how China reacts to this threat/being singled out.

    Given that China has been targeted by various internal Muslim Nationalist terrorist campaigns long before the events of 9/11, what Al Qeada has to say is largely irrelevant.

    I read a news report a couple of days back that stated one in four people on the planet are Muslim, some 1.7 Billion people. And contrary to popular western beliefs, the majority of them are not Arab, Persian or Turks, but rather Asiatic. Canada's Muslim population is estimated to be around 700,000 people, which to many of the mouth breathers on this board is 700,000 too many.

    As for how China will react is moot, since China has already signed anti-terrorism pacts with Muslim Nations such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan among others and have conducted joint raids on terrorist training camps along with joint counter terrorism training exercises with these Nations. If anything, Al Qeada is reacting to China's stepped up anti-terrorism measures and not the other way around.

  22. So it's a lesser of two evils thing. China sucks but it's better than the Dalai Lama. We should be working on freeing tibet and giving them a real government.

    Why? Where is it written that we have either the moral responsibility or the legal right to tell others how to govern themselves? Personally I never bought into the concept of the so-called "White Mans Burden" and believe that that concept has done far more harm then good.

    It will be up to both Tibet and china to figure out what to do and how to make it happen. Us meddling their affairs can only aggravate the situation. So many people shout out the battle cry "Free Tibet", but they just don't realize that the average Tibetan has more freedom under the current Chinese Administration then they have ever had under the ruling Dalai Lama's. I guess that little paradox is just too much for them to deal with and if they did try to wrap their heads around it, their minds would explode.

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