Anti Trump & CPC leadership media bias in Canada & US

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The media and Left inspired nastiness regarding all things Trump and conservative politics these days is horrendous and non-stop.

Turn on the TV or your Twitter feed or pick up any newspaper, and the headlines say it all.

For example, on Twitter I read that a Liberal MP believes that Canada’s Conservative Party was responsible for the Quebec Mosque massacre. Politicizing the deaths is, of course, disgusting. Luckily former Conservative Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, corrected that faulty information.

As well, I have read and heard for months now,  that Conservative Leadership Candidate Kellie Leitch is anti-Canadian because she wants to vet newcomers from Muslim countries.

Of course, anything I hear or read about President Trump I take with a grain of sale — such as his latest behaviour at his most recent Press Conference. The media said he was unhinged whereas I thought the reverse.

Blah, blah, blah.

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In the US of course it is anti-Trump 24/7. In fact, I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that the mainstream journalists there are the ones who are “unhinged.”

President Trump is simply a showman, always has been and always will be.

Trump is also not beholden to anyone for anything. As a result, the media need to get used to him “telling it like it is” because it is his authenticity that supporters like about him.

As to Kellie Leitch and the Canadian Conservative Leadership campaign, there is, unfortunately some nastiness going on within the campaign. As I wrote here, Leitch has been attacked by several of her fellow Conservative leadership candidates, including Lisa Raitt.

In any event, while I like Leitch, I am leaning towards Andrew Scheer. Why? Because he is a young family man, much like PM Trudeau. As a result, I believe the media’s comparison to the current PM will be more favourable.

Scheer is also not going to be controversial because he is a known personality, having been Speaker of the House of Commons. Besides, in my opinion, Scheer is most like a young Stephen Harper. Meaning, while he does not glow with charisma, he has experience and statesman-like dignity.

Anyway, while it is true that political bloggers write about controversy, after eleven years, I am tired of writing that way. As a result, I will be taking a blogging break to concentrate on something positive and upbeat — namely, my online jewellery making hobby found on the Etsy platform (at www.studiomadelyn.com and www.kidzjewels.ca).

The crux of the matter is that I will not desert my long-term readers. For you, I will leave this thread open to provide a space where you can discuss and debate the CPC leadership contest in the weeks and days leading up to the May 2017 vote. After we know who the next CPC Leader is, however, I will decide what to do with this space.

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Greyhound beheader Vince Li, AKA “Will Baker” released without conditions

Remembering Tim McLean, killed on a Greyhound bus by Vince Li, AKA Will Baker. Click for NP.
Remembering Tim McLean, killed on a Greyhound bus by Vince Li, AKA Will Baker. Click for NP.

Remember the name Will Baker everyone because he is the Greyhound bus beheader, previously known as Vince Li, who has just been released from custody without any conditions whatsoever.

How could that happen? It could happen because Li/Baker was found “not criminally responsible“(NCR) for beheading Tim McLean on a Greyhound bus in July 2008 at Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. See McLean in photo to the left.

And, it is that “NCR” finding that is the problem because the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 1999 that anyone found not criminally responsible could be released without conditions “if” they were not deemed dangerous by a Review Board.

Well, the Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board granted Li/Baker that release yesterday.

Why did that Review Board come to such a conclusion? Because, the Global News link indicates, his doctor, Jeffrey Waldman, “…told the board earlier this week that he is confident Baker will remain on his medication and will continue to work with his treatment team if released.”

Waldman also  “…testified that Baker knows it’s the medication that keeps his illness at bay.” Think about that. “It’s the medication that keeps his illness at bay.”

Yes, I have compassion for people with mental illness. In fact, I am a former special needs counsellor and therapist who helped many people with mental difficulties manage their symptoms and achieve success in life — but through learning and cognitive strategies, not medication.

Which causes me to wonder what Li/Baker will do with his time on his own. Will he stay in close touch with his health team? Will he have a job or meaningful activities? And, what will happen when and if he travels to China, which allegedly is his long term plan? Will he, for example, continue to have access to his medication in China? Or, once away from his team, will he start hearing voices again?

Anyway, regardless of a person’s mental illness, we have to stop making excuses for taking the life of another. Killing someone has consequences, or should have consequences. In the past, before medications became available, anyone found “NCR” for murder had to be hospitalized for life. At the very least, should Li/Baker not have been given the condition that taking his medication had to be supervised.

What about the victim in this case? Has the justice system forgotten him? The horrible reality is that McLean, Li/Baker’s victim is never coming back to his family. Plus, the horror that young man must have experienced is unimaginable. Killed in cold blood. Decapitated as he sat quietly in his Greyhound bus seat.

The crux of the matter is that the Manitoba Criminal Review Board has allowed Vince Li/Will Baker, who was found “NCR” for killing McLean in cold blood, to be released without any conditions even though he requires medication to maintain equilibrium. They also allowed Vince Li to use the anonymous name Will Baker, presumably so he won’t be discriminated against.

Truly, we live in an upside down world when the rights of people like Li/Baker are prioritized over the safety and well being of the general public.

 

 

 

 

Violence at Berkeley re Milo Yiannopoulos liberal fascism

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What we are seeing in the U.S. regarding the protest and riot at the University of California at Berkeley (H/T newswatchcanada.ca) is an example of liberal fascism, a projection of the very criticism the Left screams at conservatives.

For example, Wikipedia describes fascism as the belief that “liberal democracy is obsolete” and that there must be a “complete mobilization of society under a totalitarian one-party state …”  In the current U.S. context then, I don’t think it is an exaggeration to suggest the Berkeley protests are an example of fascism — albeit in reverse — the preference for a totalitarian state governed only by the Democratic Party.

Scary stuff! But, yes, in reality progressives and liberals in the U.S. want to do whatever is necessary to take down the Trump government. And, no as I said above, I don’t think saying that is an exaggeration.

Think about it. Ever since Donald Trump won the Presidency on November 8th, 2016, the pro Hillary Clinton Democrats — including elected Democrats in the U.S. Congress and Senate — have screamed and yelled that, because Trump did not win the popular vote, the Republicans should not do what they promised to do.

Which begs the question: What if the election result had been reversed? What if Clinton won the Electoral College and not the popular vote? She would be President and there would like be few if any protests.

Well, Clinton did not win the Electoral College and Donald J.Trump is President!

Which brings me to the Berkeley fiasco. What set the students and administration off? It seems that the students got upset because Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak. The problem? Is he a racist? Is he a homophobe? No, worse. He is a gay conservative who doesn’t like liberal political correctness. He also likes President Trump.

So much for free speech!

Yes, I can identify with what is going on in the U.S. I am a conservative Canadian who has been blogging for eleven years now and had to listen to the anti-Stephen Harper screaming and whining from the opposition parties in Ottawa, as well as the liberal media, for the entire ten years the Conservatives were in power.

And, like most conservatives in the West today, I am fed up with liberals and progressives constantly calling us evil simply because we don’t think like they do. I am also fed up with them constantly exalting their righteousness and demanding absolute conformity to their vision of the social good.

To put it bluntly, the crux of the matter is that protesting everything conservative is nothing more than liberal fascism.

Trump’s inauguration numbers prove conservatives must fight dishonest media

screenshot-inaugurationThe photo image to the left is of the actual crowd that viewed Donald J. Trump’s inauguration speech on Friday, January 20th at approximately 12 noon. In other words, the National Mall in Washington was packed.

Yet, right after the Trump inaugural address, tweets started coming out that claimed the Obama 2009 numbers were significantly higher than the Trump 2017 numbers.

The double image below is indicative of that early claim. While you can’t move my image, here is the CNN link to do so. How long that image remains online I don’t know but it was there when I wrote this.

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Click for the actual CNN comparison.

Anyway, I retweeted repeatedly that the 2017 image was taken around 9 or 9:30am in the morning. I knew that because I had my TV on all day and personally saw that view at around that earlier time period.

That inaccurate image stayed on Twitter and the Internet for a couple of days — allowing thousands if not millions to call Trump a liar — until CNN released this gigapixel image which began to prove the truth about the actual numbers.

Interestingly, today CNN released (H/T Gateway Pundit) another set of images which, once and for all, shows that as many people heard the Trump inauguration speech in 2017 as those who heard Obama in 2009. In fact, it could be argued that even more heard Mr. Trump.

Unfortunately, such anti-conservative bias is not new to conservative Canadians. For ten years, the entire time the Stephen Harper Conservatives were in power, I wrote about what we called the Harper Derangement Syndrome. It now seems obvious that the US is experiencing a similar Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Which means that whether you live in the U.S. or Canada, conservatives are believed to be bigoted, racist and intolerant.

On Saturday, for example, a Conservative Rebel Media journalist was roughed up at a women’s rally in Edmonton — by a so-called male feminist who was then hustled away by so-called female feminists. Watching the speeches and mayhem in Washington also showed just who is truly intolerant.

In other words, the very hateful words screamed at conservative women, particularly pro-life women, is a reflection of the hateful intolerance of any point of view that is not the one held by progressives and liberals.

The odd thing is today’s feminists are not really feminists. In the 1960s many of us now of retirement age, fought for equality and choice for both men and women. Real choice. Not one point of view.

  • Women could choose to work in the home full time.
  • Women could choose to get a job.
  • Women could choose to go back to school.
  • Women could choose to have children and work.
  • Men could choose to be the one to stay at home if they wanted.
  • And, women could choose to take birth control pills because they were then accessible.

In the early days of feminism, we also didn’t call abortion a right to “reproductive choice” because that is what birth control was. Remember, prior to the “pill,” women did not have much control over whether they got pregnant, something young women today forget or don’t know.

Anyway, this is all connected in that progressives and liberals hate anyone who doesn’t think like they do and that includes the similarly minded mainstream media.

So, what can conservative thinkers do? They can:

  • Read conservative oriented news sites,
  • Write on or start a conservative blog,
  • Comment regularly on Twitter and conservative blogs,
  • Get involved in the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) Leadership contest,
  • Join and volunteer in a CPC riding association, and
  • Donate money to the CPC directly or a leadership candidate.

In other words, the crux of the matter is that the best way to fight the dishonest liberal media is to ignore them as Mr. Trump does and get involved in conservative politics — whether you are a former reform conservative, a progressive conservative or a conservative leaning libertarian.

Canada’s Conservative leadership race a crowded field

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The current Conservative Party of Canada’s (CPC) leadership race is quickly becoming a crowded field. For starters, at 13, there are too many candidates, many of whom have no chance of winning.  As well, as Tuesday’s French debate showed, many of the candidates don’t speak even passable French, which is an essential skill in order to lead Canada.

Worst of all though, is the infighting. For example, as I wrote recently, it was completely unnecessary for Lisa Raitt to lash out at Kellie Leitch just because Leitch wants to screen  for Canadian values refugees and immigrants coming from countries where there is terrorism.

Still others, like Kevin O’Leary are, in my opinion, just trying to get attention and latch on to Donald Trump’s popularity to the south. Believe me, O’Leary is not like Trump, who praises all veterans and the military. O’Leary says that while peacekeeping is an honour, being a warrior is not.  Meaning, that to actually fight is not an honour. Well, excuse me. Try telling that to the thousands of men and women who fought, were maimed or gave their lives in World Wars I, II and Korea.

Anyway, at the moment, given all the factors, including passable French, I am leaning towards Andrew Scheer. I also like Leitch, Chong and O’Toole and hope that their French improves. In fact, I have joined the CPC so that I can vote in May when the leadership vote is held. However, that said, I am still willing to look at other candidates.

To me, the key to who has the best chance of running against Justin Trudeau and winning is the candidate who can match Trudeau’s “sunny ways.” Scheer would definitely be equal in that regard as he is young, experienced, personable and has a young family as well. Similarly, O’Toole has presence. Yes, I know they don’t have the charisma of Trudeau but if Canadians get fed up enough with the direction the Liberals are taking the country, I believe that, by 2019, a majority would look carefully at the CPC leader.

The crux of the matter however, is that, for the good the party and country, some of the current candidates need to get out of the race and those who are left need to criticize the Liberals rather than each other.

CRA employee got $538,549 for move from Richmond Hill to Belleville

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Can you believe it? A Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employee billed the federal government, his employer (which is indirectly the Canadian taxpayer) for $538,549.00 to move 118 miles from Richmond Hill to Belleville, ON.

Meaning, ordinary hard-working Canadians paid for that two-hour move. In fact, according to Aaron Wudrick of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, just with the access to information they have received so far, at least 16 employees were paid over $100,000 including a second CRA employee, who moved from Mississauga to Ottawa. That rebate was for $113,608.00.

Which makes you wonder why the much shorter move was $400,000 less. I mean, even if the Richmond Hill property was worth a million dollars, the 5 or 6% real estate fee would only have been in the $60,000 range.

And, no, I know this is not a new issue. Reimbursing federal employee moves has been going on for a long time. But, surely, if the country is now in a period of structural deficit, this perk can be capped at an amount we taxpayers would think is fair — like up to a maximum of $10,000 a move which would pay for the actual move and not the real estate and legal fees.

The crux of the matter is that Canadians simply can’t afford to pay for such unreasonable public servant benefits — benefits that few other Canadians enjoy.

What does Trudeau’s sneaky “principal residence” tax change mean?

I wonder how many Canadians know that, as of the taxation year 2016, if they conduct self-employment activities from their principal residence, they may have to report the sale of their principal residence to Revenue Canada.

Justin Trudeau at Winnipeg Convention 1030Yup. PM Justin Trudeau, the PM that continually tells us he is trying to help the middle class, has quietly and sneakily changed that provision as of early October 2016.

Why? Because it appears that anyone who runs a small business out of their home and uses part of their principal residence expenses to write down that self-employment income, is going to get hit big time.

For example, I know people who run day cares out of their home. I also know of firefighters, police officers, teachers and government workers who run landscaping or other similar businesses in the summer. In fact, I know one firefighter in my community who works for 4 twelve-hour days and then is off for 3 or 4 days (or some combination of work/off schedule like that), and sells real estate on his off days. (This sentence added on January 17th at 11am because of a Tweeted question.)

Read this page on the Revenue Canada Agency website. Go to Item # 8. It reads that:

If only a part of your home qualifies as your principal residence and you used the other part to earn or produce income, you may have to split the selling price and the adjusted cost base between the part you used for your principal residence and the part you used for other purposes (for example, rental or business). You can do this by using square metres or the number of rooms, as long as the split is reasonable. Instructions will be provided in the guide T4037, Capital Gains 2016, on how to report the sale of your principal residence in this situation.” (My highlighting.)

In other words, if you have been conducting and claiming self-employment activities at any time you owned your property, are you going to have to pay some tax when you sell it?

Updated Saturday, January 17th, 10:30pm:

I would recommend visitors read all the comments, but particularly this one from a qualified accountant with the sign-in name Frances.  He says the new change means that effective 2016, all Canadians, not only the self-employed, will need to let the CRA know that they sold their principal residence (PR) during that year and how much profit they realized. If that does not qualify as sneaky by the CRA and the Trudeau government, I don’t know what does? What it says to me is the same thing it said to Frances — that at some point in the years ahead, profits made in 2016 might conceivably be hit with a tax adjustment.

 

ONPC Leader Brown needs to drop carbon tax & be conservative

patrick-brown 1030Every time I read about ONPC Leader Patrick Brown, I cringe because I know he is going to put his foot in his mouth yet again.

Yes, I know Ontarians need to get rid of the McGuinty/Wynne Liberals. Their climate change, cap and trade fiasco is destroying us drip by drip. By all means, we need to take care of our environment. But, for heavens sake, is it too much to ask that our PC Leader worry less about carbon emissions and more about businesses leaving Ontario because of sky high hydro rates?

Yet, Brown keeps digging a hole by endlessly talking about he favours a carbon tax. (H/T Jack’s Newswatch). Well, here is my personal message to him on that topic.

Dear Mr. Brown:

I would dearly love to be able to promote you every day on this blog (and Twitter) but I can’t bring myself to do so yet because you sound so Liberal Lite. In fact, you seem so intent on getting the media to like you and give you decent coverage, you are selling out the soul of the Ontario PC Party.

Face it, in the eyes of the mainstream media, you are a conservative. No, it doesn’t matter if you are a progressive conservative. Just that you are the enemy. Yup, just like the U.S. media hates Donald J. Trump, the Ontario media hates you. But, just as the voters in the U.S. ignored the trashing of Trump in the media, we Ontario conservatives know how to do the same.

Look, I once was involved in the ONPC Party, in fact I was involved in it for decades as your pal Rick Dykstra will tell you. He was once my MP and I blogged positively about him for years. I also worked as an EA and Communications Advisor for a PC MPP during the first Mike Harris mandate. So, I know you have to come to grips with not being liked by the Toronto Star.

The crux of the matter is that the only people you need to like you are Ontario Conservatives and those voters who know Ontarian needs a change in government and will vote PC for that change.

In other words, don’t even try to get the progressives to vote for you. They won’t. However, what we need to know now — a year before the 2018 vote — is what your key messages will be and how those messages will separate you from the Liberals. In particular, we will need to know that you have not only cancelled the cap and trade program, but dropped the notion of a carbon tax!

As such, I look forward to a new Ontario Government run by a PC leader — which stands for Progressive Conservative, not Politically Correct.