Black Sheep Press

Sunday, August 28, 2005

The time is long overdue for the Riders to get rid of Nealon Greene.

Also there seems to be a conspiracy amongst the CFL officials to make horrendous calls against Saskatchewan at the worst possible moments of the game.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

"I don't give a damn about what Albertans think."

It would not go over well

He would give a damn after they take all their oil and leave.

Nothing like a good grave-robbing to get what you want

A family that breeds guinea pigs for medical research announced yesterday that it was to close its farm in a final attempt to get back the remains of a relative whose body was dug up by animal rights extremists.

Their family, friends and business associates have been subjected to a six-year campaign of terror and intimidation that culminated last October in activists digging up and stealing the remains of Chris Hall's 82-year-old mother-in-law, Gladys Hammond, from St Peter's churchyard in Yoxall, Staffs.

Animal rights supporters celebrated the announcement but it was condemned by scientists as a triumph for mob rule that would hurt patients and damage an industry that employs 22,000 people and is worth £3.6 billion a year to the British economy.

It is also certain to lead to questions as to whether the Government is doing enough. Six months ago, Patricia Hewitt, the Trade and Industry Secretary, vowed to jail those guilty of "economic damage" to companies and their associates.


Why aren't the activists in jail?

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

We're number 2

Saskatchewan is second to Alberta in weather rankings.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

A Hollywood Republican speaks

Let's be clear about one thing. Hollywood people are glamorous. But that's about it. They are ill informed about jihad. They are ill informed about Islam. They are ill informed about Israel, the PA, Iraq, Afghanistan. They are ill informed about U.S. history, the Constitution, etc. The truth is, the movie people I've met are ignorant about most everything - save the weekend grosses of the top ten films. That they know like human computers.

The coalition over?

Captain Ed is reporting the end of the NDP/Liberal coalition.

In the comments:

Any party stupid enough to bring down the government before the Gomery report comes out would look like a bunch of immature jackasses.

The report'll come out, Liberals will sag in the polls, 30 days will pass, Liberals will recover slightly, the campaign will start, Harper will underwhelm spectacularly, Layton will flounder, Martin will tread water, very few Canadians will change their minds, Liberals will gain a few seats in Quebec, and we're going to have another annoying minority government.


What he fails to mention is that will be followed by the dissolution of Canada, not from Quebec leaving, but from Alberta (and hopefully/likely Saskatchewan and B.C.).

Monday, August 22, 2005

Invasive much?

Speed of cars limited by computers

Not only is it invasive but it isn't really all that useful as it doesn't consider other factors besides the speed limit. Speeding in and of itself doesn't cause very many accidents.

Martin won't cut gas taxes

Apparently it won't save the consumer money

Who actually misses CBC Television?

Considering that they only have 8-10% of the market share, I'm guessing not that many people. Perhaps it's time to just get rid of the TV and concentrate on radio which is cheaper and they do better.

Fears that they will lose viewers may be justified but they've essentially lost the battle for viewers already by their inability to have decent programming for anything other then sports.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Police state anyone?

Bill would allow police to monitor e-mail-without a judges permission.

I don't think that the terrorists are using sophisticated technology is much of an excuse for such legislation either.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Well I'm sure missing the CBC

Actually, I thought some of their replacement programming on CBC Radio was quite entertaining, maybe they should consider just laying everyone off, might save them some money that way.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

I'm sure that it's Bush's fault as well

WMD's found in Iraq, however it does not dampen the determination of the anti-war crowd who continue in the illusion that there were no weapons, Saddam never had any, except of course the ones that Rumsfield sold him, and never would have any or used any and would have been a perfectly fine chap if we'd just let him be.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Siberian Perma-frost melting, Global Warming blamed

Since permafrost isn't really all that useful, is that a bad thing?

The never-ending revitalization of Winnipeg's downtown

NARAL takes back ad

NARAL has pulled their entirely inaccurate ad concerning Judge John Roberts.

After a week of protests by conservatives, an abortion rights group said Thursday night it is withdrawing a television advertisement linking Supreme Court nominee John Roberts to violent anti-abortion activists.

"We regret that many people have misconstrued our recent advertisement about Mr. Roberts' record," said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

"Unfortunately, the debate over that advertisement has become a distraction from the serious discussion we hoped to have with the American public," she said in a letter Thursday to Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who had urged the group to withdraw the ad.

Specter, himself an abortion-rights supporter as well as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will question Roberts next month, earlier Thursday had called the ad "blatantly untrue and unfair."

Canadians would pay for healthcare

So why won't the Tories actually step up and support it? None of the other parties will vocally support it despite having public sentiment behind it, thus making this a good area for the Conservatives to differentiate themselves from the Left.

Poll

TORONTO — Millions of Canadians were willing to consider spending thousands of dollars to join a private health service to gain access to faster medical care, suggests a Decima Research poll released Thursday.

Decima asked respondents how likely they would be to subscribe to a service that charged $2,300 a year, with a $1,700 initiation fee, to screen for early signs of disease and manage chronic problems such as diabetes and pain.

"In terms of the size of the market, Decima found there are more than five million Canadians who say they would be likely to subscribe to the service,'' the company said in a news release.

Jean Lapierre said Jean was nominated for her strong qualities.

Those qualities being that she's from Quebec and might appeal to the Seperatists as the Liberals desperately attempt to salvage what support they can from Quebec?

The article

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Inaccurate NARAL Ad to run on CNN

Via Captain's Quarters

CNN has reviewed and agreed to run a controversial ad produced by a pro-abortion group’s that falsely accuses Supreme Court nominee John Roberts of filing legal papers supporting a convicted abortion clinic bomber, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

The news network has agreed to a $125,000 ad buy from NARAL for a commercial which depicts a bombed out 1998 Birmingham, AL abortion clinic. The Birmingham clinic was bombed seven years after Roberts signed the legal briefing the ad question!


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NARAL still insists that its advertisement is accurate. However, Factcheck provides a transcript right on its page which it refutes in almost every sentence contained in the ad. Read all of the Factcheck post in order to see just how dishonest NARAL got in its smear campaign.

And CNN now wants to run the ad for NARAL. That tells you how much CNN values their own credibility.

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he NARAL ad, set to begin airing tomorrow on local channels in Maine and Rhode Island and nationally on the CNN and Fox News cable networks, features Emily Lyons, a clinic director who was badly injured when a bomb exploded at her clinic in Birmingham in 1998.

Shame, shame, shame on Fox News as well. What are they trying to prove -- that they can get as corrupt as CNN?


Just because you run an ad that someone pays you to run isn't going to ruin ones credibility and make you a shill for the left, CNN is already that, but ads are seperate from programming and just because they run the ad doesn't mean that they endorse it as fact.

Would I have run the ad? Probably not, but that doesn't make them corrupt for running it.

35% of Westerners agree: Seperation an option

Splitting from Canada should be explored according to 35% of Western Canadians in a new poll

More than one-third of Westerners younger than 30 think their provinces should consider quitting Canada, showing the strongest support for sovereignty among all ages, a recent poll reveals.

Fully 36.4% of people between 18 and 29 in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba agree "Western Canadians should begin to explore the idea of forming their own country."

The sentiment is not exclusive to youth.

Across all age groups, 35.6% of Westerners favour debating sovereignty.

Albertans lead with 41.9% support, compared to 31.9% in Saskatchewan, 30.8% in British Columbia, and 27.5% in Manitoba.

"Westerners are very frustrated with their position in Confederation," said Faron Ellis, a political science professor at Lethbridge Community College, who conducted the poll for Western Standard magazine.

He warns that, at a time when Canada is not facing a major national crisis, this level of dissatisfaction could be a sign of worse things to come.

''There's really nothing aside from the ongoing institutionalized grievances to be angry about, and for the most part in all four provinces the economy is going fairly well,'' Mr. Ellis said.

''Canadians across the country should be aware that if these are the bedrock levels of frustration without a crisis, the next crisis [will have] Westerners at least debating the concept,'' he added.


I think that this is the real key (not a surprise to anyone who lives in Canada,but certainly notable to the clueless east:

Another 40.4% say that if the Liberal party wins the next election they will be more in favour of exploring independence.


Of course this bit was nice: "Doug Christie, the free speech lawyer for Holocaust deniers Jim Keegstra and Ernst Zundel who co-founded the Western Canada Concept", way to connect Western Seperatists with Holocaust deniers...

Canadian Buyers of MP3 players to get refund

Canadians who bought an MP3 player in 2004 could be eligible for a refund

Apple, Sony, and Hewlett-Packard announced this week that they would refund the "piracy" levy customers paid on their MP3 players, including the iPod, between December, 2003 and December, 2004, after the Supreme Court of Canada refused last month to overturn a Federal Court of Appeal decision that rendered the levy invalid.

Monday, August 08, 2005

U.S. officially extends daylight savings time by one month

Why?

Daylights Savings Time is fairly pointless in the first place, and I don't really see any advantage to extending it. How will it save energy having people stay up later?

As for the confusion that it will supposedly cause...how stupid do they think that businesses are? Surely they are capable enough to manage to adjust to the change without Canada following suit in this idiotic scheme.

NCAA ban on use of Native American names: Good or Stupid?

Jeff Goldstein leans towards it being stupid.

The time to fight these irrational feints to “tolerance”—which have progressed to the point where we are now routinely airbrushing from our own history anything even remotely controversial, all for the benefit of minority self-identifiers vying for poltical control over a given identity group (a lucrative and quite powerful position to hold, as I’m sure Jesse Jackson can attest)—is now.

The slippery slope of politically correct linguistic accomodation has put us in the pathetic—and intellectually ridiculous—position of being afraid even now to identify our enemy in the “War on Terror”—which (as everyone knows but few will say publicly), is Islamic radicalism—particularly, the Wahhabist strain of Islam.

Words matter. And ceding control over language to special interest groups is a recipe for social disaster—particularly in a society supposedly designed around the rights of the individual. Edward Said and his academic ilk perfected this linguistic hijacking procedure, wherein political groups—under the guise of ethnic authenticity—laid claim to important terms of debate, then wielded control of those terms as a way to delegitimize critics. And the very same thing is happening here—a testament to how deeply rooted Said’s principles have become in the academy and on the policy level, and a running indictment on intellectual bankruptcy of our modern intelligensia.


And refers to the March 4, 2002 poll by Sports Illustrated

Here’s the most important finding: “Asked if high school and college teams should stop using Indian nicknames, 81 percent of Native American respondents said no. As for pro sports, 83 percent of Native American respondents said teams should not stop using Indian nicknames, mascots, characters, and symbols.”

The poll also found that 75 percent of Native Americans don’t think the use of these team names and mascots “contributes to discrimination.” Opinion is divided about the tomahawk chop displayed at Atlanta Braves games: 48 percent “don’t care” about it; 51 percent do care, but more than half of them “like it.” The name “Redskins” isn’t especially controversial either; 69 percent of Native Americans don’t object to it. As a general rule, Indians on reservations were more sensitive about team names and mascots, but not to the point where a majority of them ever sided with the activists on these questions.


Kate 'disagrees'

As a Canadian, I know the pain it causes me to see the word "Canuck" mocking me from the jersies of Swedish-born hockey players.

My good friend Goldstein suffers from the insensitivity of one who has yet to walk a mile in our Sorels - it's not as though he is forced to endure indignities like "the New York Rangers pumelled the Charleston Chasidics in a game that was decidedly one sided", 8 foot plush foam Stars of David cavorting with cheerleaders on the basketball courts, or insensitive gentiles in the stands waving the "mighty Menorah" at opposing teams.

Consulting my sports library, I reread my copy of the leaflet, "A Century of Jewish Sports Legends" - yet could find no rabbinical equivalent of the "San Diego Padres". Could it be that Jews themselves recognize that the misappropriation of ones culture and faith by creators of sports logos is demeaning?

Say it isn't so, my intolerant friend. Say it isn't so.


She's wrong. I couldn't care less if the word Canuck is on the back of a Swedish hockey player or not, it has no real connection to me as a Canadian, doesn't demean me in any way, it's simply a nickname used by a sports team. I'd find it to be highly over-sensitive to find it to be 'painful', and in general, the same thing goes for most Native American names used by sports teams. They aren't really connected to Native Americans, and aren't demeaning, if anything they celebrate them.

To hell with edits

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Farewell to Mecca?

The Destruction of Mecca: Saudi hardliners wipe out own heritage

Historic Mecca, the cradle of Islam, is being buried in an unprecedented onslaught by religious zealots.

Almost all of the rich and multi-layered history of the holy city is gone. The Washington-based Gulf Institute estimates that 95 per cent of millennium-old buildings have been demolished in the past two decades.

Now the actual birthplace of the Prophet Mohamed is facing the bulldozers, with the connivance of Saudi religious authorities whose hardline interpretation of Islam is compelling them to wipe out their own heritage.

It is the same oil-rich orthodoxy that pumped money into the Taliban as they prepared to detonate the Bamiyan buddhas in 2000. And the same doctrine - violently opposed to all forms of idolatry - that this week decreed that the Saudis' own king be buried in an unmarked desert grave.

A Saudi architect, Sami Angawi, who is an acknowledged specialist on the region's Islamic architecture, told The Independent that the final farewell to Mecca is imminent: "What we are witnessing are the last days of Mecca and Medina."


Captain's Quarters

The voracious iconoclasm of Wahhabism and radical Islamists will do what Muslims feared the West wanted in the first place -- the destruction of the Prophet's cities. It won't take long before the Ka'aba stone itself will disappear as well. Once that happens, the Islamists will find themselves surrounded by a whole new class of enemies, enemies from the ranks of moderate Islam whose religion insists that Muslims must make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca in their lifetime.

The impulse against idolatry in radical Islam will provide its undoing. Already the House of Saud has bulldozed even more archaeological sites, such as the house of the grandson of the Prophet. Ironically, in the place of the buildings that can trace their origins to Mohammed and his family, the Wahhabists have erected modern buildings of steel and glass, turning Mecca from a touchstone of the faith into a bland, ordinary commerce center designed to pick the pockets of the Muslims who come on their hajj.

The destruction of Mecca and Medina will not come at the hands of the West, despite the suggestions of Tancredo and others. The Islamists have almost completed this task before any others could. In doing so, they have made themselves even more the enemy of moderate Muslims around the world and may have done mortal damage to the conservative wing of the House of Saud as well. The outrage over the the loss of the two most sacred cities in Islam will demonstrate the danger to Islam the Islamofascists present on their own. Just as in politics, the best policy for the West to pursue is to allow our enemy to complete their own destruction rather than interfere with it ourselves.

Friday, August 05, 2005

I have returned

I'm back from my vacation that it seems I neglected to mention that I was going on. Fortunately, I doubt that I was missed all that much. It might take a few days to get back into posting as I haven't been online or even watching TV for a couple of weeks and am somewhat behind as far as the going ons in the world goes.