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Trip To Cowtown

I took a trip to Calgary on Easter Weekend to visit my brother Bryan. While there I was given a tour of his workplace at Hayworth, formerly Smed.

Hayworth makes high end office furniture and other office systems at their plant in Calgary. Pictures at their site here:

http://www.smednet.com/index_1a.asp

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Weapons Of Mass Disinformation

Richard W. Rahn at The Washington Times

If someone advocates an ideology that has contempt for the individual and has caused untold economic misery and the deaths of hundreds of millions at the hands of their governments, what would you think of that person?
The ideology I refer to is, of course, socialism and its numerous variations, including the utopian socialists, the Fabian socialists, the National Socialists, and, naturally, the communists. Socialism is simply an economic system where the government (or collective) owns and controls the means of production. Given that the two centuries of socialists’ experiments, whether by utopians, Marxists, or Fabians, always ended in economic failure and a loss of personal liberty, why are people around the globe still proudly proclaiming themselves socialists? Socialist parties are still popular in parts of Europe, Latin American, and in much of Africa. Socialist parties have been elected to power in both Spain and Portugal in recent months. Many college professors and students on U.S. campuses claim to be socialists. More…

Try reading “The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression” if you get the chance. The scope of the death machine boggles the mind, yet at all the so-called anti war rallies the Socialists and Communists are out in force peddling their shite. Yeah thats right, lets all move to North Korea! – KS


credit: Protest Warrior

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The strange death of the liberal West

I am, as Tony Blair might say, deeply passionately personally deeply personally opposed to abortion. But, unlike him, I think it ought to be an election issue.

Not because of my personal beliefs: I happen to believe a lot of what we call “late-term abortion” is in reality early-term infanticide, but, if you don’t accept that that’s a human life that’s being destroyed, my deeply personal passionate beliefs aren’t likely to sway you one way or another. That’s where so-called progressive politicians such as Blair and John Kerry have it all backwards: the point about abortion is not that it’s a “matter of conscience” for individuals to “wrestle with”, but that it’s a crucial part of the central political challenge of our time. More…

Not mentioned by Mark is the trend in Europe at least where the slack in the birthrate is being taken up by unlimited immigration and higher birthrates among immigrant populations. Not a problem if European societies were melting pots of assimilation, but in an era where radical Islam is setting the agenda in the ghettos of France and Holland it will be one soon. We still have time in North America but old Europe will be looking a lot like Syria soon if the trend isn’t reversed. Nice to see that the Dutch are starting to wake up. – KS

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What’s Left for the Left?

At his news conference on Wednesday, President Bush declined an invitation to claim vindication for his policy of spreading democracy in the Middle East. After two years of attacks on him as a historical illiterate pursuing the childish fantasy of Middle East democracy, he was entitled to claim a bit of credit. Yet he declined, partly out of modesty (as with Ronald Reagan, one of the secrets of his political success) and partly because he has learned the perils of declaring any mission accomplished. More…

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[Headline] “Looting at Weapons Plants Was Systematic, Iraqi Says,” New York Times yesterday. “In the weeks after Baghdad fell in April 2003, looters systematically dismantled and removed tons of machinery from Saddam Hussein’s most important weapons installations, including some with high-precision equipment capable of making parts for nuclear arms, a senior Iraqi official said this week in the government’s first extensive comments on the looting.” Now, anybody have a red flag going up here yet with just this paragraph? Okay. I’m sure you do. Did The Times notice its own red flag in its own opening paragraph? No, it does not. “The Iraqi official, Sami al-Araji, the deputy minister of industry, said it appeared that a highly organized operation had pinpointed specific plants in search of valuable equipment, some of which could be used for both military and civilian applications, and carted the machinery away.” This is in weeks after Baghdad fell in April of 2003. The deputy minister of industry’s name is Sami al-Araji, and he said his account was based largely on observations by government employees and officials who either worked at the sites or lived near them. He said, “‘They came in with cranes and the lorries and they depleted the whole site. They knew what they were doing, they knew what they wanted, and this was sophisticated looting.’ The threat posed by these types of facilities was cited by the Bush administration as a reason for invading Iraq, but the installations were left largely unguarded by allied forces in the chaotic months after the invasion.”…

…Let’s see if they give credit where credit’s due and give discredit where discredit is due. Because the New York Times has shown at least for yesterday that it’s willing to report about this, although I feel certain that they want the world to focus on the timing of the removal of the material and equipment rather than it’s existence, and this story does the best it can to hide the fact the stuff was there, but they can’t hide it very well if their main focus is the fact that it was looted. So basically what we have here is a New York Times undermining its own position all these years, undermining the position of the left, and the Democratic Party, there were weapons that had ingredients for nuclear capability. They were looted. Of course they were looted! That’s the whole point. Where are they now? That’s what everybody should be asking, not saying that Bush had lied about this. And there’s even more to back up the notion that those weapons were there. Rush Limbaugh

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Canada’s two main beer giants are trying to “Shok” and “Kick” Canadians into trying something new — caffeinated beer.

Not only that, the “natural caffeine” being used in Labatt’s Shok and Molson’s Kick comes from guarana, an extract from a climbing shrub native to the Amazon region.

Molson Canada says the plant is “a natural source of caffeine” that has been the subject of intriguing claims about “supernatural powers.” CTV

Beer and Caffeine – My Two Favorite Foods – KS

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We’re Doomed Sez Mark Steyn

It’s in the nature of things that a conservative columnist in Trudeaupia spends much of his time lowering his readers into the abyss of despair. And, to be honest, I get a little disheartened by the amount of correspondence I get beginning, “Great piece on the Martin Liberals! Right on the money!! Do you have any information on emigrating to the U.S.? Or maybe one of those eastern European countries with the 16 per cent flat tax?”

Which I suppose gets to the heart of the matter: is Canada doomed? Western Standard

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