Who would have thought, a lying journalist

Ezra Levant outlines his run in with a Toronto Star journalist,Catherine Porter, and her litany of lies in a recent column about Ezra Levant.

Maybe you’ve read Toronto Star columnist Catherine Porter’s account of my encounter with her and her daughter at Sunday’s Queen’s Park protest. The trouble is, the central facts of Porter’s story are not accurate. And we have the video to prove it.

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Time for police body cams in NZ?

Another successful shooting caught on body camera by a Trinidad, Colorado Police Officer. The suspect, identified as Todd Jamal Dye, was hiding in a vacant trailer. When the officer discovered him, Dye pulled a gun on the Officer. […] Like many other shootings, the Officer could not remember how many times he fired his weapon. Only that he stopped shooting when the suspect was no longer a threat.

There have been a number of videos released in the US from “Cop Cams”, cameras worn by Police officers.

The videos show the Police confronting armed and dangerous criminals who then draw their weapons on the Police only to be shot for their efforts.   Read more »

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When praying is a political act

Muslims pray on the streets of London

Muslims pray on the streets of London

If I pray at home it is not political. When I pray inside a church or a Muslim prays inside a mosque it is not political. In each case an individual is exercising their religious freedom inside either a building designated for their religion’s use or inside their own home. If however Christians met in large groups to pray on a public road and by doing so block traffic that is political.
If they decide to pray on the deck of the Empire State Building where the public are there to sight see then that too is political.

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Why doesn’t the CTU contribute to Labour?

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The Labour Party is flat broke, and have been broke since Mike “Fat Tony” Williams finished up as party president.

Contrary to popular belief the union movement is not the Labour Party’s banker, as they have only given $696,700 to Labour over the last 18 years.

Interestingly the Council of Trade Unions, known as the CTU, does not give to the Labour Party. This is based on their constitution which says:    Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images: July 1921.

Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images: July 1921.

Brooklyn’s Greatest Con Man

Stanley Clifford Weyman,  left,  with Princess Fatima, Sultana of Afghanistan and her three sons leaving the White House in Washington after being received by President Harding.

It’s hard to fault a man for trying, no matter how devious their intentions may be, and it’s hard to find a man who tried harder than Stanley Clifford Weyman. When Weyman said, “One man’s life is a boring thing. I lived many lives. I’m never bored,” he really meant it. Over the course of his life, he assumed many identities and careers. Under different circumstances, Weyman might have been considered a fraud or a con man, but he never did it for the money; he was in it for the adventure.

In between impersonating navy and military officials, journalists, a doctor and the actual U.S. Secretary of State, he also masterminded a meeting between an Afghani Princess and Warren Harding, the President of the United States. In 1921, Afghanistan and Britain were in talks to negotiate a peace treaty, and Princess Fatima, of Afghanistan, was visiting the U.S. However, the U.S. government wasn’t acknowledging her official presence.

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Roll up Roll up, it’s facebook but not as we know it Jim

A group of Evangelical Christians in Brazil has launched a social network where swearing and erotic content in any form is completely banned.

The creators of Facegloria claim the site has attracted 100,000 members since its launch last month.

There are 600 words which are forbidden on the site and an “Amen” button for expressing appreciation for a post.

The forbidden words are…

I looked but unfortunately it is not in English. However I did find out that on the list of banned content is violence and pornography, swearing and anything that violates biblical principles or depicts or refers to homosexual activity. The site currently has 20 volunteer moderators but I can’t help but wonder if that will be enough given the likelihood of trolls.

…Brazil’s Facegloria is currently only available in Portuguese but other language services and a mobile app are also planned.

…”Our network is global. We have bought the Faceglory domain in English and in all possible languages. We want to take on Facebook and Twitter here and everywhere,” he said.

-BBC.com

I only have one question. Who is Gloria?

 

 

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Trotter comes back from his ‘mare with a ripper

Chris Trotter had a nightmare of a post about the wogs going broke in Greece.

But he has recovered his composure with a great post about how much distress Labour is in.

IF EVERYONE who voted for their Labour candidate in last year’s election had also given Labour their Party Vote, National would have lost. The discrepancy between the two vote tallies is startling. Everybody’s heard about Labour’s woeful 2014 Party Vote. At just 25 percent, it was Labour’s worst electoral performance since 1922. Nowhere near as well known, however, is the number of votes cast for Labour Party candidates across the country’s 71 electorates. That number, at 801,287, is 196,752 larger than the 604,535 Party Votes Labour received. If every Electorate Vote for Labour had been matched by a Party Vote, the percentage figure alongside Labour’s name on election night would not have been a derisory 25, but a much more respectable 34 – almost certainly enough to have changed the government.

Such a huge discrepancy between the Party and Electorate Votes indicates a political party in serious trouble. What it reveals is that where voters are either well acquainted with, or have been introduced effectively to their Labour Party candidate, they are much more likely to place a tick beside his or her name. When it comes to Labour as an entity in its own right, however, the inclination to give the party a tick is nowhere near as strong.

What this says is that people like some of their local Labour MPs but think the party as a whole are unfit to govern.

In the Christchurch electorate of Port Hills, for example, the long-serving Labour candidate, Ruth Dyson, received 18,161 electorate votes. The Labour Party on its own, however, mustered just 9,514 Party Votes – a whopping 9,205 less than National’s 18,719 Party Votes. Small wonder, then, that 27 of the 32 MPs in Labour’s caucus are electorate MPs, with only 5 coming in off the Party List.

Unless this situation is turned around – and quickly – Labour’s electoral performance can only deteriorate. As the party’s well-known and affectionately regarded electorate MPs retire, the assumption that Labour people will replace Labour people is being called into question. Once again, Christchurch supplies the example. The parliamentary seat of Christchurch Central was for decades regarded as one of the safest of Labour’s “safe” seats. True to form, in the 2005 General Election Labour’s majority was 7,836. In 2008, however, with a new candidate, it’s majority shrank to just 935. Three years later, National’s Nicky Wagner took the seat with a majority of 47 votes. In last year’s election National increased its majority to 2,420. Significantly, National’s share of the Party Vote over those four general elections rose from 30.5 to 44.6 percent. Labour will have to work very hard to recover Christchurch Central in 2017.

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He’s not the messiah, he is a very naughty boy

Colin Craig has gone all Monty Python.

Colin Craig has sent a personal letter to Conservative Party members to apologise about his behaviour and gauge whether he has the support to return as leader.

In the leaked letter, signed by Mr Craig and his wife Helen, the former party leader said he was “not a perfect man” and asked members for forgiveness.

It was sent to most of the party’s 10,000 members two weeks ago and asked them to respond about whether Mr Craig should “continue” or “give it away”.

The letter began by dismissing allegations that Mr Craig had sexually harassed former press secretary Rachael MacGregor.

“We assure you that this is not the case and allegations of this nature are false and have been withdrawn.

“Colin regrets hugely any point at which he has been at fault and Helen continues to support him 100 per cent.”

After admitting that some of his conduct with Ms MacGregor was inappropriate, Mr Craig wrote: “I sincerely apologise for the mistakes I have made as leader of the party you have supported. I am well aware that I am not a perfect man and I ask that you forgive me.”

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