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Toronto Star Bullshit: Giving Maxime Bernier A Platform Legitimizes His Dangerous Ideas

Analysis by LettersToTheBeast

October 2, 2019

 

You know you’re getting somewhere when the sworn enemy of you and your followers is calling you dangerous. Apparently, this never occurred to a typist at The Toronto Star.

Shree Paradkar is The Star’s resident Race and Gender Columnist. How Paradkar has managed to survive the Star’s continuing budget cuts is unclear. Perhaps that title alone, Race and Gender Columnist, is the equivalent of holding a cross in front of Dracula every time a round of layoffs is announced.

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Let’s go through this one-by-one.

Who draws the line in the sand between crazy and credible and who decides who is allowed to cross it?

Simple, Honey. The voters. Not you. Not the corporate media. Not the corporations who own the media. Not the politicians. If a politician goes too far, the voters will take care of that. You still haven’t gotten over yourself with Donald Trump and are likely to suffer a psychotic episode upon his inevitable re-election and FULL SERVICE of his second term.

People with power and people with power.

You, uh, mean, yourselves?

On Monday, Toronto Star journalists learned along with our online readers that People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier was, like other leaders, invited for a chat with the editorial board, and it was to take place the next day.

Oh, my God! An opposing viewpoint! Unapproved speech! Quick! Everyone to the nearest Safe Space! Red Alert!

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Bernier was the man who was once the Foreign Affairs Minister who had to quit over a national security compromise after he left a secret document at the home of a girlfriend.

Yeah, the man was a dumb ass. But that was over 11 years ago. Get over it and move on. This is 2019.

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People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier

 

Then he was the chief contender to the leadership of the Conservative Party which he lost by a razor-thin margin.

 

Sounds like a lot of mainstream, regular Canadians liked this guy. But you would dismiss them because they were Conservatives. As for the “man” who beat Bernier, Andrew Scheer…well, in the opinion of your humble correspondent, this kid is as dumb as a box of rocks. 

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Canadian Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer

Now he’s the man who heads a party linked through its supporters to far-right bigots, white supremacists, and even a neo-Nazi as a founding member (since removed).

I was wondering when she was going to get around to “the far right”, “bigots,” “white supremacists and “neo-Nazis.” She doesn’t offer a single bit of proof, just, as Rush Limbaugh calls, a “drive-by smear.” Here in the United States, anyone to the right of Alexandria Occasional Cortex qualifies as right-wing extremist, racist, white supremacist, etc.occasional_cortex_poster

Perhaps not wishing to get sued, Paradkar is referring to Shaun Walker. Putting aside the fact that she is merely repeating unproven allegations from her compatriots in the corporate media, the fact is Walker (the alleged “neo-Nazi”) was removed from the People’s Party. By her own acknowledgment he was removed. So what is her problem?

Bernier is open about his views on multiculturalism — it should be banned as a policy. He demands that immigrants “integrate” — with whom? The “west” (read: white). He seeks a Canadian values test for new immigrants (add ominous music and “sharia law” here). Refugees — we can’t save the world, so let’s do very little. Climate change — not an emergency. (All quotations here are mine.)

Absolutely it should be banned as official government policy. The government has no business bringing people into the country, and then encouraging them to bring their language, and eventually their problems, with them.  The fact is, the former governing Liberal Party, tried allow some “communities” to enforce Sharia law. We caught them, we stared them down, and they wisely backed down.

Female MPPs’ concerns delay sharia decision

The Ontario government delayed responding to a report recommending that Muslims in the province be allowed to use sharia tribunals to settle family disputes after its women’s caucus voiced concerns, sources say.
The 17 Liberal MPPs who make up the women’s caucus urged the government this year to go slowly in deciding whether to permit Islamic law to be used in Ontario family arbitration cases.
The government was planning to respond last spring to the report by former Attorney-General Marion Boyd, who recommended that the province let Muslim tribunals apply Islamic law — known as sharia — in marital and inheritance disputes, provided both parties go into the process voluntarily and all decisions can be appealed in the courts.
But in response to concerns expressed by the women’s caucus, Attorney-General Michael Bryant decided to take more time studying the matter, government sources said.
—By Michael Valpy and Karen Howlett
Toronto Globe and Mail, September 8, 2005
View a .pdf copy here Female MPPs’ concerns delay sharia decision – The Globe and Mail

Bernier will also be platformed by the CBC next week. 

Interesting word choice: Platforming. Paradkar would have her corporate media whorespondents give opposing viewpoints the same treatment her friends at Facebook, Twitter, Apple and YouTube give to conservatives. Here in the United States, we call it the Alex Jones treatment (and your humble correspondent is no fan of Jones, just to be clear, but I am fan of The First Amendment). Back in Canada, let’s call it the Faith Goldy treatment. And Shree, honey, you really should pat yourselves on the back for how you went to the mat to censor Faith. Now, you’re just pissed off because you can’t give Bernier the same treatment.

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Faith Goldy

What exactly does Paradkar mean, anyway, when she complains Bernier will be “platformed by the CBC next week?” Are they giving him a job? Is he going to read the news? Oh, he’s going to be in a debate. Well, we can’t have that. We liberals are the natural governing party. We are correct on everything. It is not open for debate. If you disagree with us, you belong in jail. Listen, Shree, seriously. You’ve got to stop hanging out with David Suzuki.

Of course many journalists of colour — there are not that many of us in the newsroom — felt let down by our employers’ decision. It stopped us in our tracks, forcing us to change gears from the regular demands of the job. We didn’t have the luxury of shrugging or rolling our eyes. Many of us had deadlines, yet we had to take on the emotionally exhausting task of organizing and speaking up to explain to our management why this impacted us so viscerally.

Oh, you poor thing. Having to live in the real world, subjected to us peons and philistines. And I don’t know what the make-up of coloureds (hey, your word, honey) vs. whites are in your typing pool, but here in Realville, people are hired and retained based on qualifications, merit and experience. Identity politics don’t work here and you can be damned sure you and your colleagues would have been out on their asses at least 15 years ago if the Toronto Star were actually a viable, operating concern. It is only because it is backed up by a multi-billion-dollar corporation that is willing to lose millions of dollars annually just to have the power of the press that you have the luxury of telling your dozens of readers how much you hate Whitey.

When I go into work tomorrow, I’m going to “speak up” to my boss and tell him how the hedge fund who owns us and their ill-advised policies are impacting me so viscerally. I’ll let you know how that goes. 

Columnists have wide latitude to express their opinions. This is my privilege. It means I don’t feel professionally compromised when I voice an opinion. Indeed, it is my job to do so. But my colleagues who spoke up are not in the same position. Would voicing their protest risk their reputations? Be seen not as a demand for justice but a lack of that much-vaunted objectivity? Their positions are made more precarious by many of them being at entry-level ranks.

Is Paradkar seriously telling us the same editorializing that occurs in a piece labeled “opinion” is not found in purportedly-objective news reporting? She’s kidding, right? Editorializing from the newsroom went into overdrive the day Donald Trump came down that escalator. 

 

If one of Paradkar’s colleagues in the newsroom REALLY wanted to get into trouble, he or she could start by writing one, some or all of the following sentences:

There was no evidence, not even a hint, of any “collusion” between Donald Trump, the Trump campaign, or the Trump family and the government of Russia.

The charges leveled by Democrats of illegal acts of Trump, his campaign and family are merely projection by the Democratic Party and the Clintons of real crimes, some bordering on treason, committed by themselves. 

Hillary Clinton. Uranium One.

Hunter Biden received $50,000 per month from a Ukranian oligarch for doing absolutely nothing. His father, Joe Biden, then the vice-president, bragged of getting a Ukranian prosecutor fired for investigating Hunter. 

Israel meddles in American politics.

Donald Trump is popular amongst working Americans. His derision is confined to small pockets of the coastal United States, mainly New York City, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as Chicago.

San Diego and Miami have Republican mayors.

Hillary Clinton is a liar and a fraud. 

The Clinton foundation has stolen billions of dollars and, among other things, cheated the entire nation of Haiti.

Okay, Shree. Let’s see where that little expression of free-speech rebellion would get one of your colleagues. But just keep on “reporting” on President Trump that way you people have been, and you’ll do just fine. Well, until the newspaper goes out of business. But seriously, what are the odds of that happening?

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“Would we do this with a flat-earther?” one of my colleagues asked our editor-in-chief in an email the evening before the chat.

This is a common Democrat talking point, apparently imported for use in Canada. They disagree with the man. So he must be a flat-earther. Or thinks the moon landing was a hoax. Usual nonsense when they have nothing of substance to offer. The global warming types are actually quite fond of this. Next….

At the Star, the newsroom is separate from the editorial board (which means the decision to invite or disinvite Bernier wasn’t the editor’s to make). From a reader perspective that’s a distinction without a difference. Stories from both the board and the newsroom appear on the same platforms and editors of both ultimately report to the same publisher.

Platforming does not defeat ideas. If there is anything U.S. President Donald Trump is a shining example of, it is the danger of free-speech arguments that validate hate speech, and the failure of the concept of “sunlight as a great disinfectant” of bad ideas.

Another Democrat talking point. “Hate Speech.” I.e. speech (read ideas or policies) the left hates. They can never point to shred of evidence that President Trump has ever said anything racist in his life. He has pointed to bad acts by citizens of other countries. And he has been correct. That’s not racist. That’s fact. Reality. 

It’s actually rather funny that Paradkar should bring up the “danger” of free speech. Because the Toronto Star actually ran an op-ed piece opposing free speech and dismissing it as an American ideal which had no place in Canada.

Inciting violence is where Canadian law draws the line on free expression. As Kevin Metcalf of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression points out, absolute free speech is an American concept. Metcalf’s suggestion is not merely his private opinion: it is a legal fact. According to Section 1 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, free expression in Canada, like all other Charter rights, is limited by “such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.” The question we should be asking is where those reasonable limits lie.

—Darko Prodanovic and Essa Abdool-Kareem, The Toronto Star, August 8, 2017

The only problem is that expressing any idea that runs contrary to approved liberal thought is guaranteed to incite violence. Violence on the part of the antiFA types.

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AntiFA (Anti First Amendment) Riot in Portland, Oregon, overseen by local police

So we have the irony here of a newspaper writer (three, in fact) opposing free speech.  Absolutely un-flippin’-believable. 

All platforming does is legitimize the speaker. And when that speaker is polished or perceived by the audience as authentic, the platform elevates their stature.

 

Well, yeah! And if the audience has two brain cells to rub together, that audience will instantly research what that candidate has to say. And if he makes sense to a lot of people, you know what? He’s going to get elected. Coverage of Donald Trump has and still is 98 per cent negative. Yet he was elected. And continues to serve, despite The Left’s best efforts. That, right there should demonstrate just how little corporate media has on our lives. And it should set off alarm bells for advertisers. If the corporate media can’t even tell us whom to vote for (or against), what possible hope to you think it has of convincing us to buy your hamburger? Or coffee table? Or psychoactive drug? Or pick-up truck? 

In his conversation with the Star’s editorial board, Bernier denied his ideology was anti-Muslim. He said things like, “I’m not against diversity, I’m against more and more and more diversity.” He fended off in the softest terms his churlish attack on 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg in which he called her “mentally unstable,” saying on Tuesday: “First of all two days after that I tweeted and said she is a courageous girl … Other people were bringing in the discussion her health and I did that and that was a mistake.”

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But she IS mentally unstable. However, despite that, she is just as polished and just as telegenic as Nayirah al-Sabah, the (then) 15-year-old-girl who sold us the tale about babies and incubators back on October 10, 1990. Millions of lives and trillions of dollars have been wasted ever since. We’re not falling for this crap any longer and if Paradkar and her liberal elitist ilk don’t like that, she can pound sand.

The event was open to anyone in the newsroom. We know how these discussions unfold. This is why many of us journalists of colour decided not to participate in any capacity — neither to question Bernier nor to work behind the scenes to produce the live video.

“Journalists of colour…” More identity politics.

“…decided not to participate in any capacity…work behind the scenes to produce the live video.” Where I come from (Canada), we call that insubordination. 

You know, a thought occurs. Maybe the next time an unapproved voice comes into the newsroom, The Star should just outsource the work and cut Paradkar’s union drones out of the action. In fact, what even needs to be “produced?” Just put up a webcam or a cellphone and put it out on The Star’s corporate Facebook and YouTube feeds.  Provided of course the dateless wonders down in San Jose and San Francisco don’t censor it exactly because it is unapproved.

We know that racism is instituted with or without Bernier. We work despite it. Racism exists among “mainstream” politicians — it exists in the structures and policies and institutions around us. But we didn’t want to be part of a discussion that Bernier could, and did, frame in “agree to disagree” terms. Bernier’s ideologies are not abstract level ideas for us, not mere disagreements that can be debated in a civilized fashion. “Let’s debate, then have a drink, old chap.” They have real-world consequences.

Yes, what a racists, intolerant world we live in here. The third world trash is fighting to get into the United States, Britain and – to a much lesser extent – Canada. The waiting list to immigrate to the U.S. is decades long, in some instances. But yet, we are racist. Racist Americans elected a black man as president. Twice. 

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Barack Hussein Obama

Hey, Paradkar, tell us about the caste system in India. Then get back to us about racism in your little world in Canada. Tell us about liberal icon Margaret Sanger setting up Planned Parenthood so she could perfect racial purity. Tell us about millions of black babies being slaughtered in the womb every year. Tell us about abortion clinics in every black neighborhood in the United States, funded by white liberal elitists, then get back to us about racism. 

And here’s another great idea. Paradkar, please tell us how beautifully women are treated in Muslim countries. Tell us about how highly educated women are in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia. Tell us about all the female doctors and even the female politicians. Tell us what happens to a woman who “gets out of line” in Saudi Arabia.

I’m not afraid to say it. Thank CHRIST I live in the United States. Thank CHRIST I live in a civilized WESTERN country. What happened to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when the “whites” were kicked out? What’s happening to South Africa now? Why are all the illegal aliens coming north to the United States when there is a whole, Spanish-speaking continent to their south? We must be doing something right. And, last but not least, thank CHRIST I live in a country where I won’t be hunted down by some low-life Canadian “human rights” tribunal for saying what I just said.

Just for the record, I happen to live in an almost-exclusively black neighborhood in Orlando, Florida. My wife and I get along just fine with our neighbors and we sure as hell don’t need troublemakers coming in and screwing things up for us. Our neighborhood has nice, well kept lawns with newer-model cars. As the houses are being remodeled and re-built – and most now have – the bars are coming down. And I can guaran-damn-tee you none of us will let social agitators come in to cause trouble. 

Black unemployment rate falls to a record low

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Florida’s unemployment rate held at 3.3 percent in August — and was down slightly from a year ago, according to numbers released Friday by the state Department of Economic Opportunity.

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area held at 3.2 percent, followed by the Gainesville area, at 3.3 percent. The state’s overall unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted, while the regional rates are not.

 

Any Questions?

This is us, our children, our fathers and mothers and sisters and brothers being threatened by people who feel emboldened by Bernier’s rhetoric, whether or not he intends it. The non-Muslims among us may not be the primary targets — but there is no scope for complacence; the laser pointer swings fast.

Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers. Ooooh, boy. Ooops. Oooh, mxxxxx. Your friends in the “trans” community aren’t going to like that one. But good on you for employing the emotional family symbolism, even if you are vehemently opposed to the very concept. 

The laser pointer swings fast.” What the hell are you talking about?

We’ve seen time and again individual white supremacists attacking Sikhs and Hindus, mistaking them for being Muslim. We have seen hate crimes against Black people. We know what Bernier followers — the Soldiers of Odin and PEGIDA, for instance — say about our skin colours, our cultures. We know that while he says he isn’t racist (and touts the meaningless idea of having people of colour in his party as proof), his words continue to be a clarion call to those seeking to bridge the far-right and the “mainstream.” (And if he truly believes they don’t represent his views, he might find it worth reflecting upon why they’re so attracted to his party.)

“…white supremacists attacking Sikhs and Hindus, mistaking them for being Muslim.” Perhaps she could cite a single instance. There isn’t one.

“Hate crimes against Black (capital ‘B’ of course) people.” What sort of crimes is she referring to? Back in 2001…well, I can’t top the CBC for coverage, so here goes…

Minister apologizes for cross burning remarks

Hedy Fry has apologized to the people of Prince George, B.C. The Minister of State for Multiculturalism caused a storm in the House of Commons on Wednesday when she said racist cross burnings take place on lawns in the city.

Opposition MPs demanded a retraction, an apology even a resignation from Fry. On Thursday, they got a retraction and an apology but no resignation.

On Wednesday, Fry said, “Mr. Speaker, we can just go to British Columbia, in Prince George, where crosses are being burned on lawns as we speak.”

MP Richard Harris represents the riding of Prince George-Bulkley Valley. He’s lived in Prince George for 40 years. He was astonished at the reference.

“I believe that it is revolting that this minister would cast such vicious and mean-spirited aspersions on the people of Prince George, British Columbia,” said Harris.

Jay Hill’s B.C. riding also includes part of Prince George. “It can’t be substantiated. There were no crosses being burned and certainly not as she spoke in the House of Commons.”

Fry originally stuck to her guns. She returned to the House later Wednesday afternoon to amend her comments to say “recently” rather than “as we speak.”

—CBC, March 22, 2001

Listen, Shree, just a word of advice. Hate crime hoaxes don’t count as hate crimes. A Muslim girl who cuts off her own hair and says a dirty, rotten honky did it because he hates Muslims doesn’t count as a hate crime. Rabbis spraypainting swastikas on their synagoges don’t count as hate crimes. Jewish kids knocking over headstones of Jewish deceased don’t count as hate crimes.

And you know what else doesn’t count as a hate crime? Pointing out the criminal element in “minority” communities. 

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Even among those of us who want to “integrate” (in other words, adhere to standards of whiteness, not Indigeneity), we can change our clothes, we can change our lifestyles, we can change our accents.

We cannot peel off our skins.

Here in the United States, immigrants were expected to integrate into American society for over two hundred years. The world sent its best workers to Ellis Island. They may have been poor, but as long as the men had strong backs that could earn him enough to support his family, he was in. And was his family. So long as they were all healthy. And contrary to popular belief, immigrants were rarely held for more than a day at Ellis Island. The place just wasn’t big enough.

Okay. Enough history. America was the melting pot. Canada promoted multiculturalism and “diversity” apparently for no better reason that it gave Pierre Trudeau another means of distinguishing “Canadian culture” from American culture. That really plays big in Liberal circles. 

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With regards to the purported demand that Paradkar “peel off (her skin).” 

And this is just a minor example. But recent past governors of Louisiana and South Carolina – two southern states that Canadians love to ridicule as redneck backwaters – were both Indian American. Indian. As in, uh, India. And…you’re really going to hate this, Shree…they are both Republicans.

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Former South Carolina governor Nikki Hailey (R)
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Former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R)

By platforming Bernier, all the Star and other media do is further bridge the gap between the far-right and the mainstream. Are these the Canadian values we are proud of?

Ah, yes. Canadian values. What are “Canadian values?” Well, basically look up any Liberal Party of Canada policy manual. You’ve got to love paying taxes. You’ve got to hate Americans. That’s a big one. You have to enjoy paying four times as much for your poultry and dairy products as your American friends. And twice as much for your gas. If a Republican is president, you have to absolutely HATE him. And if that Republican president is named Trump, then that irrational hatred should consume your every waking – and sleeping – day.

What else? Let’s see. You have to enjoy being disarmed because only those dastardly Americans would even think about defending their own homes. If someone breaks into your home, merely smile at the intruder, walk out into the street and dutifully wait for the police. They’ll be along eventually.

Another big Canadian value is you have to not only be opposed to free speech, as Paradkar is, but must be a proponent of compelled speech. For example, our friends in the disoriented community demand your show your reverence for them by your supporting the homosexual education of your five year old. And if your little boy thinks he’s a little girl (or vice versa), then you are to encourage it. And demand medical funding to make it official.

And speaking of medical, that’s another big Canadian value. Canada’s endless free health care system. Not like those Americans who die in the streets. 

And Let’s not forget. As part of our Canadian values, we must worship the CBC and cherish the stories it tells us of one another, from coast to coast to coast. And Peter Mansbridge truly is a national treasure. 

Canada! We’re Number Two! We’re Number Two!

Did I get ’em all?

Ooops, forgot one. Toronto sucks. Hatred of Toronto is Canadian Value Number One. 

Soorrreee.

Shree Paradkar, a columnist covering issues around race and gender, is the 2018-2019 recipient of the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy. She is based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @ShreeParadkar

Even her description at the end deserves comment. Years ago, The Star, in addition to identifying a particular writer as a recipient of the Atkinson Fellowship, would describe the fellowship’s aim to “advance traditional liberal journalism.”

From “The Atkinson at 30”

In 1995, when called upon to review the first years of the Atkinson Fellowship, John Honderich (then Toronto Star publisher) specifically addressed the fellowship’s aims in relation to the “Atkinson Principles.” “While the fellowship selection committee was charged with looking for proposals that fit within the tradition of liberal journalism, the committee was not limited to only those subjects dealt with by Atkinson,” he wrote in a report. “In other words, we felt we had to be relevant in our choice. Consequently, most of the winning entries reflect modern-day concerns rather than traditional ‘liberal’ topics.”

It kills your humble correspondent to admit this, but in the Honderich days, Liberal as it was – it was and is known as The Red Star – it had credible journalism and at least put on the pretense of offering objectivity. Those days are long past. 


I don’t know what Shree Paradkar and the rest of her fellow whorespondents and presstitutes in the corporate media – and the liberal universe in general – are going to do when President Trump is re-elected.

I know what I would like to see happen.

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I wonder if hundreds of millions of liberal heads around the world exploding all at once on the evening of Tuesday, November 3, 2020, would have any effect on global warming?


Screenshot_20191002-183838Your humble correspondent’s absentee-ballot vote for Alex Taylor, the People’s Party of Canada candidate in Niagara Falls, Ontario





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Congratulations Hill & Knowlton, the Central Intelligence Agency and the broader U.S. government on the 29th anniversary of “Babies and Incubators.

This article was originally published by LettersToTheBeast on October 9, 2015. 

On October 10, 1990, a 15-year-old girl, then identified only as “Nayirah,” gave tearful testimony before the U.S. Congress  She gave tearful testimony about how, during the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait, she had witnessed Iraqi soldiers storming the maternity ward at the hospital in which she claimed to be a volunteer. According to her tale, the soldiers removed babies from the incubators and left them on the “cold floor”  (this is Kuwait, not Canada, keep in mind) to die. The Iraqi soldiers then supposedly removed the incubators. Presumably, taking them back to Iraq. It was a performance worthy of an Academy Award.

15-year-old war criminal Nayirah al-Sabah gives testimony before the U.S. Congress on October 10, 1990 about purported brutality by Iraqi troops, including killings of babies and theft of incubators from Kuwaiti hospitals.
15-year-old war criminal Nayirah al-Sabah gives testimony before the U.S. Congress on October 10, 1990 about purported brutality by Iraqi troops, including killings of babies and theft of incubators from Kuwaiti hospitals.

The tale took on a life of its own. It was repeated by other Kuwaiti officials. All of whom claimed to have personally witnessed exactly what this girl Nayirah witnessed.

The American public was outraged. As were people around the world. The brutality of the Saddam Hussein regime must be stopped at all cost. And the only way to accomplish that was for all free countries around the world (conveniently named “the allies” or “the coalition”), led by the United States, of course, to storm into Kuwait and re-take the place.

It was all a lie. “Nayirah” was, in fact, Nayirah al-Sabah, whose dad was the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States and Canada. Her entire story was concocted by public relations firm Hill and Knowlton and its creation, “Citizens for a Free Kuwait.” Citizens for a Free Kuwait was a rather strange-sounding name as Kuwait was not free before the then-sanctioned U.S. occupation (see April Glaspie), was not free during the occupation, and there was certainly no suggestion it would be free after a successful “liberation.”

Wikipedia (Nayirah al-Sabah)

The lead-up to al-Sabah’s testimony on October 10, 1990 goes back at least one-and-a-half months. On September 2, 1990, Kuwait’s U.N. Representative, Mohammad A. Abulhasan, wrote to Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, alleging brutality on the part of Iraqi troops as well as theft of state assets and hospital equipment, including incubators.

On September 5, the Kuwaiti health minister, Abdul Wahab Al-Fowzan, made similar allegations.

On September 9, National Public Radio claimed Iraqi solders had stormed a ward for premature infants, turned off the oxygen and removed the incubators.

On September 17, Edward Gnelm, the United States ambassador-designate to Kuwait (keep in mind, April Glaspie had been fired by this time) claimed 22 babies had died when Iraqi solders stole their incubators.

The Washington Post, which had previously reported it was unable to verify such claims, published a story on September 25 which accused Iraqi soldiers of removing babies and “stripping hospitals of incubators.”

Kuwait’s Emir, Sheik Jabbar al Ahmed al Sabah, complained to President George Herbert Walker Daddy Bush about stolen incubators, murders of babies and other Iraqi atrocities on September 29, 1990,

In its September 30, 1990 edition, U.S. News and World Report reported on the shocking brutality of Iraqi troops in Kuwait, including the removal of babies from incubators, leaving those babies to die of exposure (again, Kuwait), and the relocation of those incubators to Iraq.

On October 9, 1990, the day before Nayirah’s Big Day, President Bush stated at a news conference, “I thought General Scowcroft put it very well after the Amir left here. And I am very much concerned, not just about the physical dismantling but of the brutality that has now been written on by Amnesty International confirming some of the tales told us by the Amir of brutality. It’s just unbelievable, some of the things at least he reflected. I mean, people on a dialysis machine cut off, the machine sent to Baghdad; babies in incubators heaved out of the incubators and the incubators themselves sent to Baghdad. Now, I don’t know how many of these tales can be authenticated, but I do know that when the Amir was here he was speaking from the heart. And after that came Amnesty International, who were debriefing many of the people at the border. And it’s sickening.

To his credit, at least Bush referred to those claims as “tales.”

The rest, as they say, is history. The Fifth Estate, a weekly documentary program produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, exposed this hoax a December, 1992 broadcast, “To Sell A War” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaR1YBR5g6U.

Of course, we have been lied to many, many times since then. “Saddam’s Nukular Bombs” probably ranks even higher in notoriety than Nayirah’s tale for one basic reason: the claims were related to us by people who ought to have known better. Governments (chiefly the one located in the District of Criminals) are still lying to us. But the success rates of their various acts of deception are questionable. In 1990, we didn’t have a commercially-available internet. We didn’t have the means of independently verifying every single fact presented before us. We didn’t have a YouTube, which allowed public officials making outlandish claims to be exposed as habitual liars.

Newspapers and broadcast media organizations didn’t have comment sections. And now, they probably wish they didn’t. As commenters often use their own websites to call out Big Media lies.

Even in the lead up to Iraq II in 2003, the internet was still a relatively new novelty. Many of us had it, but we were mostly on dial-up. And most of those dial-up portals were controlled by America-On-Line. If you could get past the busy signal in the first place. So of course, in 2003, we bought “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” Hook. Line. And sinker.

Millions of people around the world have died because of Big Lies since Nayirah told her sorrowful tale 25 years ago. Bosnia. Serbia. Somalia. Sudan. Yemen. Afghanistan. Mali (yes, they even invaded Timbuktu). Libya. Syria. And occupied Palestine, whenever israel throws a temper tantrum. Thankfully, the brakes have been put on any thought of invading Iran. And the good people of Iran probably have their neighbours in Iraq to thank for their double-sacrifice in 1990 and 2003.

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General Wesley Clark (retired): “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.”

General Clark’s comments as reported by GlobalResearch.ca. And his broadcast remarks on Democracy Now (YouTube).

As our good israeli friends are fond of saying. “Never forget.” And “never again.”


Updated October 2, 2019

 

On October 21, 2019 a general election will be taking place in Canada. LettersToTheBeast is pleased to announce our good friend, Rob Nicholson, who served as Minister of the Police State in the Harper regime, has decided to spend more time with his family. Running to replace Rob as the Conservative (In Name Only- LTB) is some guy named Tony Baldinelli. As your humble correspondent is an absentee voter in this district, his bio was of some interest to me. It reads as the usual never-had-a-job, political fart catcher looking to hit the big time nonsense.

But it turns out Tony did have a job. He worked for Hill and Knowlton.

 

He started his career in 1988 when he moved to Ottawa to work for the newly elected MP Rob Nicholson, where he remained for 5 years. He worked as Legislative Assistant and later as Senior Constituency Assistant. After his time in Ottawa, he took a job at Queens Park working for the Ministry of Citizenship, Culture, and Recreation as a Policy Assistant for the Minister’s legislative agenda. In total he stayed at Queen’s Park for 2 years from 1995 to 1997. He moved to the private sector to work for Hill and Knowlton Strategies where he served for four years as Public Relations, Public Affairs and Community Relations Specialist.

So, congratulations, Tony. I’m sure nearly three decades later, your colleagues are still doing high fives in the hallways when they gloat about how those guys pulled this one off way back in 1990.

So, just for the record, Tony, I voted for Alex Taylor, the People’s Party of Canada candidate. I encourage all of my former denizens in The Falls to do the same. If you weren’t so close to Nicholson, and if you weren’t a Hill and Knowlton hack, you would have had my vote. I don’t know anything about this Alex Taylor guy, but with a bio like yours, I’d sooner vote for Paul Bernardo. At least he only killed three people. Millions of people have died thanks Hill and Knowlton.

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Absentee ballot for Alex Taylor, People’s Party of Canada candidate in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The election will be held October 21, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Universal Studios Orlando fires worker for making “OK” sign. You’ve got to be shitting me!

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UNIVERSAL ORLANDO WORKER FIRED AFTER MAKING “WHITE POWER” SYMBOL IN PHOTO

Laurel Lee, WDBO News Radio 96.5

An actor playing a character from the movie “Despicable Me” is out of a job after posing for a photo with a controversial hand gesture.

Tiffiney Zinger, who is black, and her husband Richard Zinger, traveled with their children to Orlando in March.

During a day trip to Universal Orlando, the family stopped at a character breakfast at one of the resort’s hotels.

The actor flashed the OK sign during the breakfast event at Universal Orlando.

The gesture is recognized by some as a symbol of hate.

The parents of a six-year-old biracial girl were looking through their family photos when they noticed the actor playing the Gru character was making the symbol, clearly visible, on the girl’s shoulder.

 

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Apparently, it never occurred to the brain trusts running Universal Orlando that the “OK” symbol means, uh, “okay.” “Good job.” We’re good here.” “You’re awesome!” “Thanks!” “Have a nice day” or a hundred other friendly salutations.

 

In fairness, Universal Orlando management were likely merely answering to Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts, who has been on a search and destroy mission for any Comcast worker using the “OK” sign to communicate that everything is great.

In a November 16,2018 “article,” Yahoo‘s (are they still around? Well, yes. Apparently so) Elsie Solie claimed the “OK” sign is a symbol of white supremacy? Really? Seriously? Since when? Probably since the military wing of the Democratic Party, AntiFA (Anti First Amendment) said so.

The petition contained a photo of Kovalic making the “OK” hand signal, which is typically associated with white supremacy.

Sole was writing (gloating? Praising?) the firing of Comcast cable technician Andrew Kovalic. Kovalic is a member of a Philadelphia “Proud Boys” Chapter. In other words, he stands for the flag, kneels to Christ and God, and knows the constitution is this country’s original one, only and forever Contract With America. And, oh yes, if AntiFA picks a fight with him, he may just clean their clock.

A picture of Kovalic, flashing the “OK” symbol, surfaced. As a result, a petition signed by – wait for it- Four Hundred and Forty people – was submitted to Roberts, the Comcast CEO. Four hundred and forty people? Or about a quarter of the population of just ONE Philly public housing tenement.

 

In a September 26, 2019 article, the New York Daily News announced the “OK” sign was, indeed verboten. Says who? Why, none other than the Anti-Defamation League. Ahh, Now we’re getting somewhere…

An “OK” hand gesture is now on par with a Nazi salute.

The Anti-Defamation League this week added the hand symbol to its longstanding database of symbols, memes and other tools used by white supremacists and hate groups.

In a statement announcing a number of new entries to the “hate on display” list, the ADL said the gesture started as a hoax on the web forum 4chan and grew into a symbol of white supremacy.

“By 2019, the symbol was being used in some circles as a sincere expression of white supremacy,” the ADL said in their statement.

 

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Former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman (right) and son Blaine.

The ADL might want to send word up to former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman and son Blaine, a local furniture. Both have used the “OK” sign in their advertising for decades. Perhaps the congregation will let them know the next time they attend synagogue.

 

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The fact that the “OK” sign has been around for decades is not news to the left. This has nothing to do with “white supremacy” (as if pride in the accomplishments of a European’s ancestors is any more insidious than, say pride the past accomplishments of Africans or even jews). This is all about changing the language and the culture by extreme leftists and getting as many innocent people caught in its net as possible.

 

So congratulations Democrats. You got a minimum wage worker in Orlando, Florida (where the minimum wage is $8.35, just for the record) fired for flashing a friendly “OK” sign over a child guest. You must be ecstatic.

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No word on how much the “Zingers” (seriously?), the instigators of this whole business at Universal Orlando, have already netted from the park, or how much . they stand to gain in the future. And, uh, just a reminder, they didn’t even notice the “OK” sign until they were perusing their vacation photos.

 

Your humble correspondent looks forward to the re-election of President Trump and the resulting explosion of hundreds of thousands of Democrat heads, not unlike countless robots and computers dispatched by Captain Kirk.

 

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I’d pay real money to see the leftist media (including almost everybody on Fox News), Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, well, all of the Democrats do this on the late evening of Tuesday, November 3, 2020, when President Trump is re-elected with a landslide majority. 

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CBC Bullshit: Don’t do it; Trump’s criticism of central bank could backfire

Analysis by LettersToTheBeast

 

Our good friends over at Canada’s State Broadcaster relayed a communique from America’s misnamed “federal” “reserve” on December 28, 2018 (five days after the “fed” celebrated the 105 anniversary of its unconstitutional founding).

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-december-28-2018-1.4953902/don-t-do-it-trump-s-criticism-of-central-bank-could-backfire-warns-former-vice-chair-1.4959918

The original post featured a rather intriguing picture:

 

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The story itself featured former Federal Reserve chairman (or, as the CBC refers to him, “chair,” as in a piece of furniture) Stanley Fischer warning, on behalf of “The Fed” that there would be blowback should President Trump dare to criticize our lords and masters.

 

The gist of the article was: As President Trump becomes more and more emboldened as he brings the parasitism and criminality of “The Fed” into the light, the consequences to America (and the world) would become increasingly severe.

 

When it comes to U.S. President Donald Trump’s criticism of the Federal Reserve for hiking interest rates this year, a former vice-chair of the central bank has one message for him: “Don’t do it.”

Trump’s remarks could backfire on him by encouraging a further rise in interest rates, rather than a decline, Stanley Fischer told The Current’s guest host Piya Chattopadhyay 

“When you criticize the Fed in the way you do, you challenge its independence,” said Fischer. “And when you challenge its independence, it has to demonstrate its independence.”

 

Trump, who personally selected Jerome Powell as chairman of the Fed, has repeatedly lambasted Powell and the central bank this year, at one point calling the Fed “my biggest threat.”

 

…Fischer said if Trump continues to attack Powell, the head of the central bank will have to find a way to demonstrate “he will not be shaken by the president.”

 

Only 140 comments made it past the CBC’s crack team of censors. Fortunately, most of them got it. It is particularly enlightening that, even with the CBC’s severe “moderation,” only a few comments actually defended the central banksters. Of course, most of those who did speak in favor of the status-quo had no substantive argument. Rather, they resorted to “conspiracy theorists” and “tinfoil hats” as a means of deriding their opponents.

 

It would be fair to say that a significant number of comments opposing the Federal Reserve were removed and, thus, those that spoke in favor of The Fed ran unchallenged.

 

Interestingly,  the CBC’s original picture of Fischer, standing with a menorah as his backdrop (above), did not last long. Lest CBC’s gentle web audience somehow get the idea in their heads about where the real power rests, the picture came down.

 

The caption identifying Fischer as a former governor of the Bank of Israel (sic) similarly came down. But don’t worry, CBC! We saved it! And the comments, too!

 

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LettersToTheBeast is unable to ascertain the current career status of the CBC staffer who posted the original picture and caption.

It is also worth noting that many of the commenters identified themselves as generally not-pro-Trump, but also recognized the danger posed by the Federal Reserve.

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Even if President Trump accomplishes nothing else in his term, if he is able to inform the American public of the criminality, unconstitutionality and general uselessness of the Federal Reserve, he would go down as one of the greatest presidents in history (alongside Andrew Jackson, whose dying words were said to be, “I killed the bank!”).

 

And when Americans realize to what degree they have been had for the past century, those of us enslaved to the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, the Reserve Bank of Australia and other privately-owned central banks around the world can measure the continued life expectancy of our financial captors with an egg timer.

 

The last President to seriously challenge The Fed died in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

 

Your humble correspondent keeps a stack of five dollar bills, printed directly by the Treasury Department (getting around the Federal Reserve) at President Kennedy’s orders, in tribute.

 

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In 1963, President Kennedy ordered the Treasury Department to print five dollar bills outside the Federal Reserve. These bills are identified as “UNITED STATES NOTE” as opposed to “FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE.”

President Trump has the very real ability to cause all of us (within the United States and around the world) why we need a “central bank,” why that bank is privately-owned by shadowy banksters, and why we must pay that central bank to issue our currency at interest.

 

And that possibility scares the hell out of the deep state and its vested interests.

 

Wherever you may be on this planet, your humble correspondent asks you to say a kind word for President Trump’s continued health and well-being before you head to bed tonight.

 

And as many commenters pointed out, G. Edward Griffin’s “The Creature from Jekyll Island” is a good, if enduring, read.

 

 

 

16-Year-Old Gentle Giant Slain Whilst Attempting To Rob Couple of Cellphone

Sad, sad news from our friends at WESH-TV, NBC Channel 2 in Orlando.

https://www.wesh.com/article/16-year-old-was-shot-killed-while-trying-to-steal-cell-phone-police-say/25754200

It seems, Denim Williams, age 16, was cut down in his prime whilst trying to rob a couple of a cellphone.

 

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The misunderstanding took place in Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood, which is about as far removed from the Happiest Place On Earth as one can get.

 

It is unfortunate that in Williams’ short high school career, he was never educated on the second amendment. Nor did anyone ever make clear to him that in a shall-issue conceal-carry state such as Florida, anybody (that is, any good, law-abiding person, or would-be victim if you prefer) can be carrying a weapon. And that if Williams were to happen upon such a person with the intention of causing mischief, or if Williams were to break into their home or car, he will die.

 

The education system really could have done Mr. William a service by advising him that, should thuggery be his chosen career, Florida really isn’t the place to be doing it. A teacher should have told Denim that he would find much greater career success in, say, Chicago. Or New York City. Or Boston. Maybe even Los Angeles. But just coming up to someone in The Sunshine State and ordering him (or her) to give up whatever it is the thug is seeking…well, that’s just a really stupid idea.

 

On the up side, he won’t do that again.

 

 

 

 

Gentle Giant Adrian Gomez arrested after kidnapping and robbery spree

 

Unfortunately, our good friends at WKMG-Channel 6 in Orlando were unable to obtain a picture (at least as of air-time) of Mr. Gomez in his middle-school or high-school graduation garb.

 

LettersToTheBeast speculates that this is all a complete misunderstanding. It’s obviously a frame-up by the poh-leeesss.

 

https://www.clickorlando.com/news/orlando-teen-lured-delivery-drivers-to-be-robbed-investigators-say

 

 

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CBC Bullshit: Ontario woman arrested, jailed in U.S. for driving with a Canadian licence

Analysis by LettersToTheBeast

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story. Especially if you are a publicly-funded state broadcaster with an endless supply of cash.

The CBC’s Makda Ghebreslassie (gezundheit! — LTB)  recently reported on the arrest of a woman for speeding and driving with an Ontario driver’s license in Georgia.

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According to the CBC’s initial claims, 27-year-old Emily Nield was arrested after being stopped for speeding in Cook County, Georgia. The report claimed the officer did not recognize the validity of her Ontario driver’s license.

 

Spectacular. Isn’t it? Well, not quite. Read a little further down and we find out Nield actually claimed to be a resident of Tennessee.

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Nield also claimed she was told she would be held until June 12. Uhhh, not quite.

 

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The best part of the whole tale was how police refused accept the “documents” held in her cellphone.

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Those documents (driver’s licenses, Nexus cards, passports, etc) are issued for a reason. They have security features embedded. They have RFID fields. Doubtless in Emily Nield’s universe, perfection won’t be achieved until we’re all waving our phones in each others faces. Sadly, Honey, we’re not there yet.  Although your humble correspondent would love to keep a digitized copy of a $100 bill on his cellphone and merely wave Ben Franklin’s smiling face around to fulfill his daily needs.

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Nield whined how she would no longer be able to check “no” on the box asking “have you ever been arrested…” on job applications and other forms. County Solicitor Matthew Bennett undertook to expunge any record of this arrest from her record. And, had Nield kept her mouth shut instead of screaming like a stuck pig to the CBC and anyone else who would listen to her, nobody would have known. But now a simple Google search by any prospective employer will regale them with the tale of her arrest in Georgia.

Nield also claimed: “They kept saying ‘You’re now in the system. Any crime that’s going to be committed, your fingerprints are going to be searched,…I never committed a crime.”

Uh, you have a Nexus card, Sweetie. You provided your fingerprints when you were interviewed for that card. You’re already in the system.

As usual, reporting from other media sources tended to be somewhat more insightful.

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/state/georgia/article210710284.html

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Yeahhh. You’re not a U.S. citizen. You’re driving with an Ontario driver’s license. You claim to live in Tennessee. And you are stopped for speeding in Georgia. At some point this probably won’t end well.

Emily Nield is 27-years-old. She has a brand new master’s degree in geology (boy, the headhunters will be tripping all over themselves to recruit her with those skills!). She has probably already taken a picture of that degree and put it on her phone. However, from the sensational reporting, one would think she was a 17-year-old school girl. According to reports, she is from Kleinburg, Ontario.

Well, there you have it. She’s from Ontario. She is used to blowing past police cars at 130 kilometers per hour on the 401 and the officer doesn’t even put down his coffee. So she’s driving along at 87 miles per hour (140 kilometers per hour) in a 70 miles per hour (113 kilometers per hour) zone and all is well with the world. At least, Emily Neild’s world.

Here in Florida, you can blow past a state trooper at Warp Speed, with a smashed windshield, your front and rear ends packed in, and perhaps both sides of your car, too. While typing away on your cellphone and driving with your knees. And the officer won’t even stir. But apparently, up in Georgia, they are somewhat more strict about enforcing the basic traffic laws.

The CBC reports that I-75 is used by Canadians as a travel route between Florida and Canada. On any given day, there are thousands of Ontario plates somewhere on I-75 between Michigan and Florida. A very small number of those cars are going to be pulled over for speeding. And not one of those drivers will be arrested. They will get their citation and be sent on their way.

One last thing, Emily: You might want to print out a copy of your I-94 and carry it along with your passport and Tennessee driver’s license from now on. The actual copies, not pictures on your cellphone. Just for good measure, join the CAA or AAA, as well. Those membership cards are good for roadside bail.

And for Kryssakes…

 

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Your humble correspondent is the last one to defend the police. But come on, use some common sense. If you don’t want trouble, don’t go looking for trouble. And don’t hit the hornet’s nest with your rake.

Given the number of contradictions in Nield’s account, none of her claims can be believed. If she is telling the truth however, a freedom of information request for the the body cam, cruiser and jail house videos would make for a very lucrative lawsuit.

 

 

 

Florida: Gentle Giant Dead After Robbery Attempt on Senior Citizen

Analysis by LettersToTheBeast

 

Robbing your fellow man (particularly a senior citizen) really isn’t a good idea in Florida. But some people just don’t get it. 

Our good friends at the Orlando Sentinel delighted us with this little gem:

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-orlando-wells-fargo-robbery-0508-story.html

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The Sentinel was dumb enough to allow comments. One contributor noted that, had such an ATM robbery happened in Chicago (shurely he jests!), the victim would indeed be dead and the bad guy would have his cash, and thus his next crack fix. A reply to that comment rightly stated that the dead victim would be added to the rolls of likely Democratic voters.

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The Sentinel did not identify the perp or the hero. Fortunately, television station WFTV‘s reporting was somewhat more insightful.

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No doubt local Orlando media will be entertaining us with dated pictures of Carlos Medina in his high school graduation garb over the next few days.

 

Your humble correspondent will update you should Medina’s name show up in local obituaries.

 

Robbing a senior citizen in Florida. What a dumb-ass.

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CNN Bullshit: Nursing home deaths show the risks of being old in Florida

Analysis by LettersToTheBeast

 

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/14/opinions/nursing-home-deaths-show-the-risks-of-being-old-in-florida-vox/index.html

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(CNN)During the first 20 days of August 2003, almost 15,000 elderly French citizens died as a heat wave hovered over that country. Temperatures had risen only 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit over their usual seasonal averages.

 

Read down three paragraphs, where the quack concedes and defeats his own argument.

This week eight residents of a single Florida nursing home with its power knocked out from Hurricane Irma died within hours of each other. Indeed, the elderly are often the first victims in extreme weather events.

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Well, at least it keeps them from driving. (Futurama, A Clone of My Own, Fox Broadcasting / Gracie Films)

It is time we reconsider the wisdom of caring for people who are the most sensitive to the changing climate in homes that are situated at the very epicenter of the change.

Here’s an example of “climate change” in Florida, as witnessed on January 19, 1977 (Orlando Sentinel)

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Florida possesses about 200,000 nursing and assisted living facility beds, befitting a state with the highest percentage of elderly residents in the nation. These homes are air conditioned, unlike what we saw in France in 2003 (a situation that’s since been corrected).

 

Nice way of burying a rebuttal to your own argument a few paragraphs up, Doc. You forgot to mention that in Florida, people don’t abandon their obligations, drop everything (and everyone) and run off on vacation for eight weeks every year. It wasn’t just a matter of old people being left to bake in the heat in Paris 14 years ago; Their caregivers and even their own family abandoned them en-masse so they could head out on two-months’ government-subsidized holidays. See, that’s what you get when you have a national of civil servants. 

But air conditioning only works when you’ve got electrical power, the first public utility to falter in a hurricane like Irma.

 

It is probably fair to say that The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills charged several thousand dollars per month for its services. Is it possible that management could have installed a couple of industrial generators (hopefully elevated, to avoid them being flooded out as happened in Fukushima, Japan). yet still managed to eek out a meager profit?

No question, facility managers should have evacuated their residents as soon as it became apparent Florida Power and Light wasn’t on the way to fix the damaged transformer supplying their AC system, something their own electrician couldn’t fix. No question, they should have had a backup generator ready to keep their AC running in such an event.

 

So, yeah, I guess they really SHOULD have had a back-up generator. Doesn’t this turn the premise of the sawbone’s argument on it’s head? This has gone from a global warming (sorry, sorry, sorry….CLIMATE CHANGE) story to tale of gross criminal negligence? Even homicide?

And any facility can only compensate so much for the fundamental flaws of Florida’s infrastructure, which includes a lot of vulnerable above-ground lines.

 

See above.

Florida Power and Light works with state and local officials to identify key facilities where it must keep the power running at all costs — places like Memorial Regional Hospital, down the street from the nursing facility where the eight died. Does FPL have the ability to prioritize power restoration to every facility providing care for vulnerable people across the 35 Florida counties it serves? Probably not.

 

Was this the first power failure the nursing home has ever experienced? Has there ever been a power failure in Florida outside of hurricane conditions? Has the power ever failed during bright sunshine? Has an automobile ever crashed into a light pole or transformer and disabled power to the neighborhood?

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills wasn’t on that list, and FPL’s press releases make clear: “We prioritize restoring power to critical facilities, such as hospitals, police and fire stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants, transportation providers and shelters.” Not mentioned: nursing homes.

 

So our friends at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were so deluded as to think the power would always be on and that public utilities and government would never fail them? Are they really that stupid? 

As we age, our nervous systems falter. It’s one reason so many older people suffer serious injuries in falls; they’re not as quick to react to a loss of balance, and if they tumble, lack the automatic protective response of swinging arms out just in time. Those are often injuries that can lead to nursing home care.

Our autonomic nervous system, which also declines with age, is responsible for controlling things like the dilation and constriction of blood vessels feeding your skin. Dilating those blood vessels is an essential way we release the heat building up in our bodies. The problem holds true even if you’re outwardly as fit and lean as a younger person. Someone who’s 75 has anywhere from 25% to 50% less blood flow to their skin than someone who’s 30.

 

Yeah, yeah, Doc. We get it. You’re the smartest man in the room. 

The older we are, the easier heat will overtake us. This is one of the effects of aging we can’t seem to avoid.

That’s why whenever I used to drive my mother around, I would crack the window open a bit when I left her in the car. 

Why then do so many of us, as we age, choose to live in a place that’s hot?

 

How’s this for starters, Bones?

 

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Everyone knows Florida’s a great place in the winter, but with AC it’s a great place in the summer, too. That AC is critical to the entire South. I’m from Alabama, but the hottest summers of my life were the ones I spent living in Boston.

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Friends and co-workers there couldn’t believe it, but Southerners like myself have come to expect, as a sign of civilization, an arctic blast when opening any door. You don’t get that in Massachusetts, even in the places that claim to be air conditioned. What makes Tuscaloosa, Alabama, habitable makes it possible to age in place in Hollywood, Florida, too.

 

Nobody in Taxachusetts or New York ever complain about lack of air conditioning in Summer? Okay. Whatever you say, Doc. After a series of catastrophic failures on Chicago’s “El” (rapid transit) system after a snowstorm, mayor Richard M. Daley explained to a gaggle of reporters how the trains were ill-suited to snowy conditions. A WGN reporter asked, “Who buys trains in Chicago that don’t work in the winter?” to which Mayor Daley responded, “The same people who buy buses without air conditioning in the summer.”

Floridians alone can’t be blamed for their state’s current predicament of over-construction and environmental vulnerability. Florida is all of us: it’s populated mostly by people from out of state, and if you don’t live there now don’t tell me you haven’t thought about it.

 

In the interest of fair disclosure, your humble correspondent, aged 47,  moved to Orlando from Niagara Falls in search of global warming. But if all that over-construction and environmental vulnerability really are getting to you, may we suggest Buffalo, Detroit or Shelby, Montana as safe spaces. And, as former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg pointed out, there’s plenty of cheap real estate in Buffalo. 

The state is the nation’s playground, too, to the extent that 1.4 million Florida jobs depend on rolling out the welcome mat.

That’s why Florida drivers are so terrible. Especially in Miami and Orlando. 

It’s no wonder so many Americans choose to stay.

Ahem. Not just Americans. 

Millions of Americans transition into the ranks of the elderly year after year; 81 million Americans will be over 65 in the year 2050.

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Some 68% of Americans over 65 ultimately need physical help whether from their families or in assisted living or nursing facilities.

 

Well, as long as we are content to leave them in old folks’ homes here in America, or abandon them and take off on holiday as our French friends do, it looks like they’re S.O.L. Surely you must have some drug for them, Doc? All those commercials on your Cartoon News Network with the pleasant sounding female for the first 59 seconds and the fast-talking guy at the end who says, “SideEffectsMayIncludeDeath!)” Gotta be something there for the oldsters?  

 

What percentage of Americans should we be encouraging into Florida nursing facilities for their later years? The state didn’t have the infrastructure to handle Irma in 2017. What’s going to fundamentally change that will make it withstand coming storms? Are we really going to rebuild it that much better, enough so that every facility providing care, not just major hospitals, can withstand Category 4 and 5 winds?

 

What percentage? You mean you don’t know? As for the “infrastructure” how many nursing homes had similar incidents? I mean, this storm was so catastrophic you must have had a dozen, two dozen deaths at every old folks’ home in Florida? Right, Doc? Unless…what if all of those other homes – and there must be hundreds of them across the state – actually had the back-up power systems they were Hollywood Hills was supposed to have in the first place? 

 

As for major storms, up until the very afternoon of the storm, CNN and their greenscreen actors were telling this storm was going to hit Key West (which it did) and then move up the Gulf coast and make landfall again at Tampa. Hollywood and Miami are on the Atlantic coast. Oopsey doodle. 

Florida’s elder care is everybody’s problem. Between Medicare and Medicaid, federal funds cover the majority of the nation’s nursing home costs, including those in the Sunshine State.

 

Yeah. Thank your god America has the greatest health care system on the entire planet. Right, Doc? I wonder what they do in those uncivilized, third-world holes like Canada, France (oops, scratch that, we already know what they do in France), England, Japan, Australia, etc do when it comes to elder care and public health overall. 

Should we be paying the same rates for such care in areas of the country that are the most vulnerable to climate change, and thus, imperiling the safety of their residents? It’s time we consider, as a national priority, gradually shifting federal long-term care funds toward areas of the country (even areas of Florida) where we have the infrastructure we need and the ability to maintain it.

 

I actually agree with you, Doc. At least on the “shifting priorities” part. I’d start with The Pentagon and the CIA and work our way down from there. And don’t forget the TSA. As for “imperiling the safety” of residents, where is an elderly person better off? In Miami, Boca Raton or Los Angeles where you have occasional challenges of hurricanes, wildfires and earthquakes (in the case of L.A.)? Or New York City, Buffalo or Minot where we can be guaranteed that at least four months out of every year, our older loved ones will be house-bound and risk freezing to death just stepping outside the let the dog out. 

 

Get back to me when you get an answer on that, Doctor Vox. 

 

You know what else, Doc? Maybe it’s time to shift the priorities of the health care industry, too. Maybe a trip to the emergency room doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars. Maybe health insurance doesn’t have to cost nearly a thousand dollars a month (or more). Maybe drugs – regardless of how “innovative” don’t have to cost ten times in this country as they do in Canada. Maybe network news doesn’t need to be sponsored by sweet-sounding women pleading with us to run to our doctors asking us if cancer is right for us (apologies to Mike Adams, the Health Ranger). 

 

Whaddya think, Doc?

 

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Wal-Mart Bullshit: Creating American Manufacturing Jobs

We’ve probably seen Wal-Mart’s latest marketing campaign: the sweaty workers starting their day. Waking up. Coffee. Kids. Surburbia. House with the American flag out front. A worker with a flag on his hard hat. Black and white alike. Very inspirational.

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The commercial doesn’t appear to be selling any particular product. Only at the very end do you see the spot is paid for by Wal-Mart. They claim to be spending $250-billion and creating one million jobs.

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Your humble correspondent dropped by his local Slave-Mart in Orlando, Florida (albeit reluctantly) in order to purchase some groceries and pet supplies.  In Orlando, as in other cities across America, retail choice has disappeared leaving a virtual monopoly: Wal-Mart.

 

I was delighted to see a beautiful pair of swimming trunks for sale in the store’s mens’ section. They were priced reasonably at $10.

 

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Could it be that the message was actually getting through their thick heads up at China-Mart Central in Bentonville, Arkansas? Surely given the insurmountable degree of disgust and ridicule Wal-Mart has earned over the decades, they wouldn’t be so brazen as to market such beautiful, patriotic clothing unless it was manufactured in the good ol’ U.S.of a? Uh, yeah. They would be so brazen. And pathetic. And greedy.

 

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As noted in the YouTube videos’ comments, when Sam Walton was alive, it was company policy to stock Wal-Mart stores with American-made merchandise. Walton – like Henry Ford half-a-century before him – knew that well-paid American workers were the backbone of the country. When “Sam” died, his kids couldn’t wait to open up factories in China and start stripping away American jobs.

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These fools inhabiting the top floors of America’s office towers just don’t get it. America will never come back, prosperity will never return, there will never be legitimate full employment until people are put back to work at good-paying jobs producing real products.

 

We ridicule adults working at fast-food establishments and big-box stores like Wal-Mart. But how many of those people had good-paying jobs in factories? How many of them lost their jobs when those factories closed down and the jobs were shipped off to China? How many of those workers were secondary workers dependent on the manufacturing jobs?

 

The minimum wage isn’t the problem. The problem is the number of adults working at jobs that were never meant to go to grown-adults supporting families.

 

Ironically, Wal-Mart has passed the point of diminishing returns. They are closing stores and struggling to maintain profitability. Maybe Wal-Mart should try an experiment: Take a small fraction of that $250-billion of theirs and start building new textile factories in North Carolina and South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and other states whose manufacturing was decimated by Wal-Mart in the first place. Build new appliance manufacturing plants in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and other rust-belt states. And here’s a revolutionary idea: start making computers in California again!

 

Bring back those jobs, Wal-Mart. Replace Made-in-China with Made in America!

If those $10 American Flag shorts now cost $12, I will happily pay that extra money. If I have to pay an extra $100 for the big-screen TV, here’s my money! Take it! If I can no longer buy a $300 laptop computer, I am willing to make that sacrifice.

 

It’s high time the executives and money junkies (an overlapping group) in corporate America got with the g.d. program, looked around them and came to their senses. Wal-Mart and the big-box stores need to pressure their sources to open plants in America, buy American and bring American jobs back home.

 

Between the construction jobs created by building the plants and the jobs created  by employing people to work inside them, the American economy will be red-hot. And unlike past periods of prosperity, this won’t be a fraudulent bubble. This one will be for real. But don’t feel left out, Banksters. Nothing is stopping you guys from financing the ultimate American recovery.

 

The rest of the world will be thankful. When America is once again prosperous and self-sufficient, its government won’t have to go around declaring war on the rest of the planet. In its two-and-a-half centuries of existence, America has never managed to find an enemy when the entire country is working and the economy is functioning on all cylinders.