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  2. eyeball

    Lord of the Rings

    The triumph of good over evil... just another in a long LONG line of hopelessly naive progressive claptrap. Hey look there goes mbs!
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  4. No crime was commited. There is no evidence otherwise. I haven't really addressed the he said/she said. I have focussed on his own testimony and attitude. That is what marks him as unfit.
  5. bush_cheney2004

    Ottawa's secret consultations on racism

    Canada had and still has plenty of systemic "racism"...the very term "visible minority" is systemic and inherently racist.
  6. turningrite

    Heath Care too expensive?

    1.) Huh? The purpose of this forum is not to permit others to question the validity of the experiences of those who post here. If we're referencing studies or statistics we have an obligation to reference our sources. Logically, however, our own experiences are self-validating and any assertion that they're not is entirely presumptuous. 2.) Really? 3.) I don't feel comfortable about going into "specifics" as I've raised some of these myself with the health care providers and institutions with which I've had to deal. In one case, the institutions responded that it was aware of the issues underlying some of my concerns, however no solution or remedy was proposed. In other instances, I've obtained apologies from medical providers. The problems are so deeply ingrained in the system that it's difficult to imagine that anything other than a complete overhaul will help. 4.) Cancer care seems to be one area, in particular, where politicians have responded to public concerns, perhaps because cancer has become a pervasive health concern. Even so, a friend of mine who died last year who was happy with his cancer care for the most part also had significant criticisms. And at the end he chose assisted death over returning to hospital or entering institutional palliative care because he felt he'd lose control and dignity were he to choose either option.
  7. bush_cheney2004

    the actual purpose of the 2nd amendment

    Accordingly, there are restrictions on the types of arms that citizens may own. But there is no doubt what the founders intended by enumerating the right to own and bear arms based on attitudes at the time, affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. https://thefederalistpapers.org/second-amendment-2/famous-quotes-from-the-founding-fathers-on-our-right-to-bear-arms
  8. Interestingly, the Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki says much the same thing. He notes that immigration to the West often scoops the best and brightest from the developing world, which hardly helps those living in poor countries. It's also been pointed out that every migrant from the developing world to the West contributes to climate change as Western countries tend to have cooler climates and more energy-dependent lifestyles, thus generating substantially higher per capita GHG emissions. The "progressive" view on immigration somehow seems to ignore such factors. Go figure.
  9. turningrite

    Ottawa's secret consultations on racism

    I believe you're correct Argus. However, those who defend the racialist construct (i.e. 'You're either with us or you're an unrepentant bigot!') that seemingly permeates progressive thought believe that reducing the debate to absurd extremes somehow proves their point. Generally, they appear not to be interested in rational debate. Just because their perspective is extreme doesn't mean that those who disagree with them are.
  10. Not really accurate. Immigrant from south america that your pm invited. We should charge canada a toll cost for inviting them to pass through.
  11. Like basketball, invented by a Canadian, football is another Canadian sport Americans like to take credit for. Put that in your pipe and smoke it with some Canadian weed: How Canada created American football, (May 14 1874) By Marc Montgomery | english@rcinet.ca Wednesday 14 May, 2014 , 16 Comments ↓ FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestWeChatEmailPrint Though American websites seldom, if ever, mention it, the origins of another of their greatest professional sports actually came from Canada. A William Notman composite of the May 13-14 matches between Harvard and McGill Universities which changed the American sport of “foot-ball” forever. © William Notman-McGill ARchives While Canadian James Naismith invented basketball, American “football” developed as a result of a rugby game against a squad from Canada’s McGill University On May 13 and 14, two games were played in the US between Harvard University and McGill. The first was played using Harvard’s rules, which was a game more like soccer and using a round ball, the second was played using McGill rules, with an oval ball. The Harvard game was a soccer variation known as the “Boston Game.” This allowed a player to pick up the ball and run with it if he were chased, but if the chaser stopped, the person being chased had to throw or kick the ball. The Canadian variation allowed players to carry the ball, introduced the idea of “downs”, and also tackling. As it turned out the Americans won the first game 3-0, while the second game was a scoreless tie. However, the Harvard squad so enjoyed the Canadian innovations to the game that they introduced them into a match against Yale University the following year. Observers from Princeton also like the game and introduced it to their university American sources tend to cite this all US game as the start of American football, ignoring the fact that Canada was the source of the Harvard game.
  12. Reefer, Reefer...........always trying to shoot the messenger........that's the Alarmist Way.... Link: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/climate/britains-met-office-welcomes-audit-by-australian-researcher-about-hadcrut-errors/news-story/c82ba88888d9eba2af9d1dca52e7fe07
  13. JamesHackerMP

    the actual purpose of the 2nd amendment

    Right. That's another good point, Wilber. Again, the FF's did not have some fatalistic "just in case" mentality about overthrowing their own product. It was meant to prevent it from happening in the first place, and they didn't say anything about letting people have whatever arms they wanted even if it was antithetical to public safety. The state militias (today called the National Guard) are a minority of the military manpower, which is just what the FF's were afraid of. And I don't see the proliferation of private arms as helping that situation.
  14. JamesHackerMP

    Lord of the Rings

    One of my favorite lines is how the Sty (Shire) was divided into "farthings, half-farthings, and Indian-head nickels." (Nickel is the American word for 5-cent piece for those that aren't familiar; and they used to have an Indian guy on the obverse.) I also love "to the last battle at Ribroast [Fornost] with the Slumlord of Borax [witch King of Angmar], they sent some snipers, but whom they sided with is unclear." Love it! There's a recent reprinting of Bored of the Rings with a new "forward" by Frito Bugger. LOTR is also on Le Monde's list of 100 most influential books of the 20th century. I think the main theme of the Ring is power. Listen to how Tolkien describes the "addiction" people get by wearing a great ring for too long. At first, they toy with the idea of giving it up to someone else, early on. After a while, it grows on their mind. Then they cannot give it up. It's just like Tolkien is speaking of the addictive characteristics of POWER.
  15. JamesHackerMP

    Democracy is big nonsense

    Can you clarify what you mean by your last sentence?
  16. Zeitgeist

    Heath Care too expensive?

    Without evidence claims cannot be validated. I respect your right to privacy for medical matters. You certainly don't have to share anything, but if you're going to level heavy criticism, I think it's important to go beyond generalities to specifics about quality of care. I've heard some very positive stories about people's experiences with cancer care teams. Our diagnostic tools are generally very good. Treatment is prescribed in accordance with level and nature of need. Wait times are generally an issue for the small stuff, which is why I NEVER go to the hospital for anything minor (cold/flu, minor injuries). I know I won't get out of there in under four hours. That's where family doctors and walk-in clinics come in (walk-ins are more costly than family doctors). The availability of doctors and certain types of treatment/equipment is an issue in remote areas, so transportation is an added cost. You can see why costs can mount. Our doctors make good money but less than they'd make in private practice. The reason for fear of allowing much private practice is that it will impact the universality of care, such that the haves will be able to jump the cue, especially for non-essential reasons. These doctors would be pulled from the public system, impacting care and creating a two-tier system. I don't think it has to be all one way or the other. I'm sure there's room for integration of some private practice, but government has to look at the system as a whole and how it meets the needs of all Canadians, not just the Muskoka set.
  17. Is there anywhere specifically I can find out more about the subject of the development of parliamentary democracy? It's a subject that has always fascinated me. Though I have never written a book or think I really could write one, maybe I ought to try. As I understand it, George I couldn't speak English and needed a proxy to command his legislative agenda in parliament. Or something like that. So he chose the First Lord of the Treasury to be his parliamentary liaison, and the position developed from that. I may of course have that wrong...
  18. JamesHackerMP

    New Democracies

    I dont want to get into a "who's better" argument, but despite the politicization of the Supreme Court and some of the federal courts, there's at least a balance of power between the executive and legislative in picking the justices. Not a very perfect one, hell no. But especially when there is a Senate of one party and a president of the other, it requires compromise. The government of the day cannot always get its way. I really can't see another way of doing it, other than the present formula of the executive appoints and the Senate approves/rejects.
  19. Wilber

    the actual purpose of the 2nd amendment

    I think a proliferation of privately owned weapons could just as easily help establish a dictatorship as prevent one. A lot of dictatorships are the result of populism.
  20. Pseudo code for right wingnut climate denial 1. Deny climate change is happening by attacking the data 2. Deny climate change is happening by claiming the scientists (who could make a lot more money working for industry) are hyping it for money 3. Deny climate change by claiming it's a Chinese hoax. 4. Blame climate change on the sun/moon/stars/ocean/rainforest/aliens 5. Claim climate change will be a good thing 6. Claim dealing with the impacts of climate change will be cheaper than avoiding it 7. Randomly go back to any previous point on the list and start all over again 8. Repeat until apocalypse comes 9. Then blame environmentalists for providing enough warning of the problem
  21. DogOnPorch

    Lord of the Rings

  22. taxme

    Lord of the Rings

    I watched and enjoyed all the Lord of the Rings movies that were played on TV. I cannot wait for the next new series of LOTR movies to be shown on TV. I would recommend the LOTR to anyone who is interested in movies like the LOTR. Very entertaining.
  23. DogOnPorch

    This week in Islam

    Originally, Big Mo had everybody pray towards Jerusalem; but when wooing the Jews failed...he had an epiphany (one of many)...and prayers were then directed towards Mecca...his new home base of military ops.
  24. DogOnPorch

    Lord of the Rings

    Bored of the Rings is awesome. Freeto...Dildo...Pepsi and Moxy....Legolamb...Goodgulf...etc.
  25. taxme

    UNRWA Funding Restored - What's with THAT?

    Pffff. What's 75 million tax dollars anyway? Peanuts. Canadians are so bloody rich that we have to do something with all of our money. Thank gawd that we have politically correct leftist politicians in Canada who have no problem trying to blow some of those dollars. My wallet is bulging with too many $100 bills. Vets? Who or what is that? Are they Canadian? it's too bad that those 9/11 planes did not miss their target and blew up the UN building by mistake. Just saying.
  26. OH MY GOD!! It's a BOMBSHELL. It's a freaking conspiracy!! Wait. Who exactly is this John McLean that is calling out climate scientists? Is he a climate scientist. In a word, no.
  27. Machjo

    UNRWA Funding Restored - What's with THAT?

    I thought personal UNICEF donations were partially tax deductible.
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