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Is it just me, but watching the State of the Union address by Barack Obama I am struck by a couple of things.

While the trained seals like Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi were up and down with their standing ovations like a toilet seat, seated right in front were the representatives of the Joint Chiefs of Staff decked out in their military finery. They look like they were sitting on their hands while the trained seals of the Democrats leapt up and down.

Could it be that Obama has lost the respect of the military of which he commands?

Written by Leo Knight

January 28, 2010 at 2:42 am

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Nothing new in Liberal hypocrisy

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What’s with the Liberals these days?

And no, I’m not just talking about those ridiculous, hypocritical radio ads saturating the airwaves.  You know, the ones that talk about cover-up by the Tories.  The hypocrisy and self-righteous horse hockey is beyond belief.  Well, assuming, of course you think the Liberal Party of Canada had a shred of decency that is.  They don’t.

If they want to talk about cover-ups, have they forgotten about the Mother of all political cover-ups in Canada when they turned Project Sidewinder into a hollowed-out shadow of its former self and, in the process, referred allegations of interference by the PMO over to the CSIS oversight group, SIRC, with its lead member Bob Rae, brother of Jean Chretien’s campaign director John Rae?

Cover-up?  The Liberals defined the word in Canada.  How they dare to even suggest such a thing about the current government, especially considering the detainee procedures were formulated by the Paul Martin government back in 2005.

And then there’s the whole issue of the prorogation of Parliament.  What a red herring this has become.  Never mind the breathless headlines following the tepid protests on Saturday against the Prime Minister’s decision to prorogue Parliament. The Vancouver Province ran a story with this headline:  Thousands turn out for Vancouver rally to protest PM Harper’s decision to prorogue Parliament. Thousands?  Surely the reporter and headline writer could count as well as the photographer who had the  following cutline under the photo of the protest:  Hundreds gather at Vancouver Art Gallery for a rally and march protesting Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to prorogue Parliament.

Thousands huh?  Well, whatever.

And never mind the crowd of protestors were the same rent-a-crowd types who show up at every left-wing cause de jour.  The reporter even referred to the Raging Grannies as though they had just invented themselves for this protest rally.  My God, they were past their “best by” date back in the day when I carried a badge and a gun.  Such is the state of journalism in Canada today.

And the slogans and reasons spouted from their naive, ideological, socialist mouths demonstrate they don’t even bear a moment of consideration in this discussion.  To suggest that MPs are on holiday when they aren’t in Parliament demonstrates a profound ignorance for the role of an MP in Canada.  As the old adage goes: ‘Tis better to keep one’s mouth shut and be thought of as a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.’

But no, it’s not all this nonsense from the Liberals and the profoundly stupid that has me exorcised.  Liberal Senator Colin Kenny, who has long been a voice of reason in an otherwise vapid Liberal Party of Canada, is now presiding over the National Security Committee of the Senate and is essentially leaking an unfinished report of the findings of his committee into the RCMP.

The committee formulated a draft report based on their findings to date in December.  A draft report that had yet to be ratified by all the members of the committee.  Instead the Liberal members of the committee have decided to leak . . . Uh, sorry, release it in draft format and not subject to the agreement of the whole committee.

And the Liberals are claiming that Stephen Harper is being undemocratic? Their hypocrisy is palpable.

Leo Knight

Written by Leo Knight

January 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Just tell the truth

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So, the RCMP arrested Wiebo Ludwig, convicted oil industry terrorist and religious fruitcake. Well good, but say it.

The RCMP seem to have a fundamentally flawed media relations strategy which was laid bare in the wake of the Robert Dziekanski taser incident at YVR. But, come on, to refuse to identify the person arrested and whose property is being searched over five days in Hythe, Alberta is absolutely ridiculous.

I suspect that once his lawyer has held a press conference and Wiebo has been identified in every major media outlet in the country, it just might be okay for the RCMP to say it.


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Written by Leo Knight

January 11, 2010 at 12:50 am

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