What’s with rich liberals who blast other people for being rich?
In early October, Barack Obama went to a $32,000-a-head fundraiser at the 20-acre estate of the aptly named billionaire Richie Richman. The day before he charmed his paying audience of liberal 1 percenters, Obama had sent out an e-mail alleging that Republicans were “in the pocket of billionaires.” Does that mean that Republicans who accept cash from billionaire supporters are always in their pockets, but that when the president does likewise, he never is? And if so, on what grounds is he exempt from his own accusations?
In mid-October, Hillary Clinton gave a short lecture at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas bewailing the crushing costs of a university education. “Higher education,” Clinton thundered, “shouldn’t be a privilege for those able to afford it.”
One reason tuition and student indebtedness have soared — UNLV’s tuition is set to go up by 17 percent next year — is that universities pay exorbitant fees to multimillionaire speakers like Hillary Clinton. College foundations sprout up to raise money for perks that might not pass transparent university budgeting. Clinton — or her own foundation — reportedly charged a university foundation $225,000 for a talk lasting less than an hour. For that sum, she could have paid the tuition of over 320 cash-strapped UNLV students. Is there a Clinton Tuition Fund, to which Hillary contributes a portion of her honoraria to exempt herself from the ramifications of her own accusations?
The federal government will issue detailed requirements specifying the number of hand brakes that must be set on unattended trains in its latest response to last year’s devastating accident in Lac-Mégantic, The Globe and Mail has learned.
VANCOUVER – Burnaby, B.C., decided Monday it will appeal a National Energy Board ruling that granted Trans Mountain the ability to conduct survey work on city land in order to explore the proposed route for the Kinder Morgan expansion project.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A special tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced the head of the country’s largest Islamist party to death for his role in the deaths of thousands during the nation’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971.
The International Energy Agency recently cut its forecasts for oil demand growth for this year. Nevertheless, production in North America is exploding led by the shale oil boom. Already, the U.S. has become the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas.
The Affordable Care Act was supposed to make health care more affordable, but a newly released study of insurance policies before and after Obamacare shows that average premiums have skyrocketed, for some groups by as much as 78 percent.
WHAT is the correct, Labour party-approved term for a town where 62 per cent of children in one of its schools are Eastern European migrants with a poor grasp of English?
Or for one which has a thousand migrants living in insanitary conditions in hurriedly built garden sheds? Or where patients are being forcibly deregistered from a GPs’ practice they have attended for years because its list has filled up with migrants?
They certainly would not say “swamped” as defence secretary Michael Fallon found to his cost at the weekend when forced by the prime minister to apologise after Labour complained about use of the word. Mr Fallon later suggested that he ought to have used the term “under pressure” instead but I doubt that will satisfy Labour’s press team, either.
If he wants to escape censure next time he makes a speech involving the effect of migration on British towns I suggest he sticks to calling them “gloriously diverse”.
Meanwhile as our leaders engage in a game of semantics the problems of mass-migration escalate. The three examples at the beginning of this piece are all genuine: they relate to Boston, Slough and Watton, Norfolk. They are the legacy of the ill thought-out immigration policy of the Blair and Brown governments which championed migration without ever stopping to consider the effect on public services.
Doubtless they will try, but it will be hard for “realist” commentators to spin the results of Ukraine’s parliamentary elections as another triumph for the bare-chested Machiavellian Vladimir Putin. Three pro-Europe, pro-democracy, and (by necessity) anti-Russian political parties between them won 54 percent of the total vote cast in all of Ukraine minus Crimea and the three eastern provinces controlled by “pro-Russian separatists” (i.e., Russian mercenaries.) Other pro-European parties accounted for about 20 percent of the vote — including Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland party, which scraped into Parliament just above the threshold, with a little over 5 percent of the vote. A pro-Russian opposition bloc, including politicians from the former Regions party headed by President Yanukovych until he fled from office, won less than 8 percent of the vote. Communists won’t be in the next parliament at all. The final results are not yet known, but they are unlikely to differ greatly from those in the BBC chart below.
After any terrorist attack, why is the first instinct of liberals to downplay it?
Their first reflex is to deny that it’s terrorism at all. Nidal Hasan, a Muslim-American soldier, shot 13 fellow soldiers to death at Fort Hood while shouting, “Allahu Akbar.” Yet the Pentagon declared the attack “workplace violence,” not terrorism.
The next liberal reflex is to deny that an attacker is Muslim. Last month there was a terrorist-style beheading in Oklahoma City. Media reports called the suspect “Alton Nolen.” Which was the name his mother gave him. As opposed to the name he took for himself after he converted to Islam: Jah’Keem Yisrael. Media showed old pictures of him dressed as a factory worker, rather than his own Facebook pictures showing him in flowing Muslim robes and head-coverings.
The third liberal reflex is to say a terrorist attack was just the act of a madman. That was the early spin in Canada for last week’s terrorist murders. Clearly Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was insane, they said.
And the Greg Selinger political death watch begins.
Two senior cabinet ministers – Finance Minister Jennifer Howard and Municipal Government Minister Stan Struthers – have gone public over their dissatisfaction with their boss, Premier Greg Selinger.
And they’re now even suggesting that jacking up the PST to 8% last year may have been a mistake. What a difference a civic election can make.
The two ministers told reporters Monday that Selinger has to make a decision about his future and consider the growing public discontent surrounding his leadership.
They’re not asking him specifically to step down, at least not publicly. But when two senior cabinet ministers say their leader should seriously consider his future with the party, that’s as good as them saying it’s time for him to go.
And these aren’t just some jaded, disgruntled cabinet ministers with a political axe to grind, either.
WINNIPEG – The former president of Red River College in Winnipeg has once again come under fire after documents released by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation reveal she used surplus marble taken from a college building to redecorate her home.
Stephanie Forsyth stepped down in September for “personal and family reasons,” according to college officials.
Emails obtained by the CTF through a freedom of information request show the former president took the marble from the college’s Paterson GlobalFoods Institute (PGI) building and had it installed in the kitchen of her former home.
“If the former president had taken a few scraps of old plywood, no one would care,” said CTF Prairies director Colin Craig in the release. “But we’re talking about expensive marble and photos suggests it could be a sizeable amount. The college should have sold off the material.”
Intended to address energy policy, the speech, as PBS reported, evolved through “the most remarkable exercise in presidential navel-gazing in American history” into a dissertation on what Carter described as a “crisis of confidence.”
In it, Carter mentioned no policy errors, made no apologies, and acknowledged no personal management deficiencies. Carter spoke of “confidence” – specifically, Americans’ lack of it.
After offering nothing positive about Americans, Carter concluded by imploring viewers to “say something good about our country.”
Appearing hapless and ineffectual, in 1980, Carter was fired.
Canadian laws should make it easier for the RCMP and other security agencies to track suspected extremists by “lowering the threshold” for certain enforcement tools, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said Monday.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. report says that the renovation of Afghanistan’s main prison which began five years ago has yet to be completed, and the State Department has terminated the contract despite America spending $18.5 million.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland will move thousands of troops toward its eastern borders in a historic realignment of a military structure built in the Cold War, the country’s defense minister told The Associated Press on Monday.