Friday, September 07, 2012

Daily Digest September 7, 2012


Provinces prove tough terrain for Stephen Harper
When it comes to provincial elections, Stephen Harper just can't catch a break.
On that score, the return of a sovereignist government to power in Quebec is just the latest contrary development for the prime minister.
Related Quebec's Big 3: Marois, Mulcair, Trudeau
         Harper should call Quebec's bluff
A gun registry gift for Marois
         How a separate Quebec would transform our defence policy
Quebec's subtle voters deliver brilliant result by rejecting Liberals without endorsing PQ
         Everyone benefits from women's representation in politics
Supporting the Conservatives' plan to set workers free
         The legacy of John Lynch-Staunton
Smear mongering
         Stursberg's CBC legacy nothing to brag about
Let court of public opinion decide Rob Ford's fate
         America's flight from fiscal reality
Barack Obama's hope remains, but it is a more pragmatic hope
         Attacking NDP on Quebec separation is a foolish move for McGuinty's Liberals
Harper appoints five new senators; increases majority in upper chamber
         Final status of Kandahar cenotaph still up in the air
Herb Sparrow, who represented Saskatchewan in the Senate for 37 years, has died
         Federal minister shores up pipeline safety as Enbridge opposition remains fierce
Federal language commissioner going to keep a close eye on any changes to Quebec language laws
         Defence Minister Peter MacKay and wife expecting 1st child
Citing 'threat to global peace,' Canada cuts diplomatic ties with Iran
         "Argo" Opens Amid Real-World Drama over Canada's Tehran Embassy
Conservatives repeal long-deferred gun-show regulations aimed at sponsors
         'Dutch disease' argument wrong, Carney says
Michael Ignatieff gets teaching jobs half-time at U of T and Harvard
         Canadian economy surprises with 34,000 new jobs
Liberals will be backing a lightweight in Justin Trudeau.
         Ivison: Justin Trudeau will run for Liberal leadership
Liberals exempt travel costs, will allow candidates to keep high-profile House critics' roles in newly-released leadership rules
         Ontario NDP's by-election win leaves majority outside Liberals' grasp
Blizzard: Byelection losses bring Hudak's leadership into question
         Cohn: NDP win in Kitchener-Waterloo byelection leaves McGuinty humbled, Hudak humiliated
Elizabeth Witmer left politics after husband diagnosed with cancer
         Tories hire KPMG to conduct review of F-35 costs
Parliamentary Lights
         NDP on defensive over Quebec policy
NDP reaffirms '50 plus one' enough for Quebec secession talks
         Liberal motion prompts NDP defence of bare majority for Quebec secession talks
MP's plan to make public service union dues optional a 'bully-state' tactic, critics say
         Parks Canada pushing little-known beaver mascot Parka into the spotlight
CRTC investigating Harper Tories for failing to adhere to do-not-call list
         U.S. should 'get a grip,' Harper says
Harper Insists on China Reciprocity as Canada Mulls Nexen
         Harper Seeks More Gains From China in Exchange for Oil
Closer economic ties with China could bring 'long-term pain' for Canada: study
         Harper's one-man foreign policy winning few friends
5 topics to watch at Harper's APEC meeting in Russia
         Canada's voting system has the potential to distort electoral outcomes, expert says
PQ event MC: I tried warning police about security at victory party
         Parties jockey for position in Quebec transition
Stockwell Day gives rare testimony on why he signed security certificates
         Canada, U.S. set to sign updated Great Lakes accord     
UAV Radar Tested Along U.S.-Canadian Border Can Track Slow Moving Vehicles and People
         B.C.'s questions about oil spill insurance shut down at Gateway hearings
You don't have to obey a law 'that is clearly unlawful,' Rob Ford's lawyer argues as hearing comes to close
         Canadian on death row scores reprieve -- for now
B.C. cabinet rookie Ralph Sultan a 79-year-old up-and-at-'em firebrand
         Alberta's expense transparency policy will do little to battle culture of entitlement, critics charge
Alberta premier adds to communications staff
         Alberta Elections officials investigate alleged breach of contribution laws by three Conservative MLAs
Spiritual rights of inmates under attack as contracts halted, prison chaplains say
         Guard accused of peddling pot to prisoners
BC's Push for More Foreign Students Full of Risks Say Critics
         More Enbridge Files: Congress Grills CEO Pat Daniel
CBC/Radio-Canada license renewal process begins
         BC's former attorney general to lead grilling of Enbridge


Cato Today:
Commentary: Tough Truths about Charters; Ongoing Attacks in Afghanistan Remind Us It's Time to Bring Troops Home
         Daily Podcast: Bipartisan Medicare Duplicity
Blog Highlight: Unregulated Is Not Unconstrained

         One-Note Economic Record

The GM financial rescue has been repeatedly touted at the Democratic National Convention as the central economic achievement of President Obama's first term. Daniel J. Ikenson explains why the bailout: 1) did not actually save GM; 2) irrevocably harmed the rest of the U.S. auto industry; and 3) slowed the recovery of the broader economy.
Details of the Auto Bailout You Won't Hear in Charlotte, by Daniel J. Ikenson
         Lasting Implications of the General Motors Bailout, congressional testimony by Daniel J. Ikenson
CEObama, by Daniel J. Ikenson
         Bailouts Beget More Bailouts, by Daniel J. Ikenson

t r u t h o u t:
A Tale of Two Economies: Skyrocketing Stock Market for the Rich, Devaluation of Work for the Rest Read the BuzzFlash Commentary
        How the GOP Could Steal America's 2012 Election Read the Article at Z Magazine
US Judge Blocks New Restrictions on Guantanamo Lawyers Read the Article at Reuters
        Pragmatic Racism Read the Article at BuzzFlash
Did Obama Phone It in on Thursday Night? Read the Article at Mother Jones
        GOP Suing to Keep Third Parties Off Ballot in November Read the Article at The New American
Peace in Afghanistan, the Civil Society Way Read the Article at IPS News
        Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin's TV Ad Buy Canceled - for Failure to Pay the Station Read the Article at Talking Points Memo
Outing ACT: Test-and-Punish Doesn't Educate, But It's Profitable for Testing Companies ead the Article
         Tom Hayden | Saving Obama, Saving Ourselves Read the Article
Democracy: Is a Continent Too Big? Read the Excerpt
         Cartoon Killers for Romney Read the Article
Seven Ways to End the Deficit (Without Throwing Grandma Under the Bus) Read the Article
         Obama's Gift to Progressives Read the Article
When Did Dissent Become a Crime? America's Police State-on-Steroids at the Conventions Read the Article
         "It's Arithmetic": The Best of Bill Clinton's DNC Speech, in One Infographic  See the Infographic
Tell President Obama To Act: Stop US Gun Trafficking Now! Watch the Video and Read the Article
         Paul Krugman | Twisting the Facts to Make a Case Against Obama Read the Article

Quebec Election Gives Students a Victory on Tuition Hikes, Fight for Free Education Continues
The Permanent Unemployment Economy
         Doomed Planet For A Failed Species? Fukushima's Tragic Nuclear Consequences
The Return of Bubonic Plague in the United States
         Football Kills: Bread and Circuses for the Masses
TV Stations May Start Using Military Drones Like 'Any Other Type of News-Gathering Equipment'
         The Return of Bubonic Plague in the United States
License-plate Readers Create 'Massive Intelligence Database'
         Government Hypes Airport Hoax After TSA Liquid Testing Video Goes Viral
Foreign DNA, Other Substances from Vaccinations Found in Sick, Disabled and Dying Children
         Football Kills: Bread and Circuses for the Masses
Drone Maker AeroVironment Posts $1.4-Million Loss
         BP Spill Resurfaces on Louisiana Beaches as Gulf Depopulation Agenda Looms in the Distance [] [] []
$83,046 For A 3 Hour Hospital Visit Why Are Hospital Bills So Outrageous?>
         Mitt and Mormonism: Does It Matter?
Intel Hub ALERT: Bubonic Plague in the United States

Israel Hayom:
Israel facing most fateful days since 1973, says PM confidant
         Dore Gold | Lessons for Israel from captured Iraqi nuclear documents
Dan Margalit | The fence wasn't built to be left open
         Ruthie Blum | Fayyad's blood-soaked overdraft
Yossi Beilin | 60 years after the Reparations Agreement
         Emily Amrousi | The word laundromat
Obama: US commitment to Israel's security, peace won't waver []
         Ministers poised to preempt court by green-lighting Ariel University
Israel ends 8-day stalemate with African infiltrators stuck at border
         Dr. Aviad Hacohen | A proper stand on immigration
PA slams Democratic Party for revising platform on Jerusalem []
         US congressman confirms high-level US-Israel spat over Iran
Officer suspected of inciting murder during Migron evacuation
         Barak may seek closure of Sinai border when terror alert high
Israeli professor appointed to UN Human Rights Committee
         The Netherlands to push EU to add Hezbollah to terror watch list
Report: EU launches online anti-Semitism survey in nine countries Measuring every step
         Ahmadinejad and I
An officer and a Muslim-Arab Zionist
         Designing their lives
An accidental aquatic discovery helps uncover ancient Jerusalem

Eurasia Review: News & Analysis:
US Economy Generates 96,000 Jobs In August, Unemployment Falls To 8.1 Percent – Analysis READ MORE
        Will US Face Blackouts As Electricity Generation Suffers In Drought? – Analysis READ MOR        E

Syria: The Formation Of Alawite Militias In Kassab Region
         US Labor Market Slumps, As Jobless Rate Falls
Iran Fires Back As Canada Cuts Diplomatic Ties
         Iraq: Inside The Belly Of CIA Beast – OpEd
North Korea Standing Up To China – Analysis READ MORE
        Tibet And The Pursuit Of Happiness – Analysis READ MORE
India And Pakistan: Diminishing Malice – Analysis READ MORE
        Pakistan Defiant As US, NATO Plan To Quit Afghanistan – Analysis READ MORE
NAM: Iran's Strategic Diplomatic Victory – Analysis READ MORE
        Breaking Kosovo's Northern Deadlock – Analysis READ MORE
Ultras And Egyptian Security Forces Gear Up For Renewed Confrontation – Analysis  READ MORE
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The European Union Times:
Quebec student protests boost separatism Source
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20h57 - Chefferie du PLQ · Benoît Pelletier y songe
        L'ancien ministre libéral Benoît Pelletier songe lui aussi à se lancer dans la course à la direction du Parti libéral du        Québec. Agence QMI
19h15 - Michael Ignatieff · L'ancien chef libéral retourne à Harvard
        L'ancien chef libéral Michael Ignatieff vient d'accepter un poste à temps partiel à l'Université Harvard, à Boston. Il retourne ainsi à          l'institution où il enseignait, il y a sept ans, avant de prendre la direction du Parti libéral du Canada. Agence QMI
16h42 - Rivière Niagara · Le torse retrouvé est celui d'une Américaine
        La femme originaire de Niagara Falls, dans l'État de New York, était portée disparue depuis la fin du mois d'août. Agence QMI
14h42 - Option nationale · Jean-Martin Aussant ne quitte pas la politique
         Jean-Martin Aussant dit ne pas être découragé par les résultats pourtant décevants de son parti Option nationale. Agence QMI
14h24 - Iran · Le Canada ferme son ambassade
        Il a également placé le pays sur sa liste des États soutenant le terrorisme. Agence QMI
14h10 - Nouveaux sénateurs · L'ex-adéquiste Diane Bellemare est du lot
        De l'avis de l'ex-candidate adéquiste et nouvelle sénatrice, ce sont les Québécois qui ont tourné le dos au premier ministre    Stephen Harper et non pas l'inverse. Agence QMI
14h08 - Cartel de l'essence · Recours collectif autorisé
        La Cour supérieure vient d'autoriser un recours collectif contre les pétrolières qui s'étend dorénavant à plus d'un million de  consommateurs d'essence. Agence QMI
06h34 - Rattrapage impossible · Huit cours de l'UdeM sont annulés
        Le couperet est tombé tard jeudi soir pour environ 400 étudiants en anthropologie et en sociologie de l'Université de Montréal :        huit cours du trimestre d'hiver sont annulés et devront être repris. Agence QMI
02h59 - Rentrée scolaire · Parents facturés illégalement
        Chaque année, plusieurs écoles facturent des frais illégaux aux parents pour des services ou du matériel qui devraient être     fournis gratuitement. JDM
02h45 - Landry et ses gardes du corps · «Presque une amitié»
        Deux jours après l'attentat contre Pauline Marois, l'ancien premier ministre du Québec Bernard Landry évoque le lien de         confiance qu'il entretenait il y a 11 ans avec ses gardes du corps alors qu'il dirigeait la province. JDM


Peacemaker or Powder Monkey

Definitions of powder monkey
someone who carries explosives (as from the magazine to the guns on board a warship)
a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

The latter part of my afternoon and evening were spent in responding to an action taken
by John Baird, Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister while attending a meeting in Russia.

What is the need his action moves toward fulfillment or the purpose being furthered?

These no doubt will be raised as those supporting his action point out my errors to you.

To: National Media <>
Subject: CANADA vs IRAN: from Peacemaker to Pointman

There was a time prior to the Harper Government when Canada played the role of Peacemaker through acting to maintain positive relations with all the countries of the Middle East whose animosities are not just based in present differences but literally thousands of year of religious and political differences.

This path has been abandoned.  Canada acts at present against those within Canada seen as critical if Israel, KAIROS, those antipathetic to Israel Gaza Strip residents, foreigners supporting Gazans, George Galloway, and those viewed as a threat to Israel, Iran.

September 7th, 2012 while in Moscow Canada Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird placed Canada as the point state in moving toward war with Iran  by breaking diplomatic relations with Teheran(1). This action has lauded by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who "issued a statement congratulating Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the move, calling it a courageous act of leadership."  It will undoubtedly be praised by the American government as well.

Two agreeing with Canada taking the point in justifying action on the basis of  Iran being "viewed as world's 'most significant threat to global peace and security'."  through seeking to develop its nuclear energy programme.

This coming a week after :support for Iran's nuclear energy program was "one of many articles approved in the final Tehran Declaration Friday at the end of the two-day meeting of the 120-nation Nonaligned Movement." (2)

Clearly Canada will not be seen by this act in the role of Peacemaker by other nations but rather as Pointman for Israel and the United States of America.

Joe Hueglin
Tel. 905-356-3901

(1) Canada closes embassy in Iran, expels Iranian diplomats     M ET Read 957comments957video
     POINT OF VIEW Was it a good move for Canada to cut ties with Iran? 2:16 PM ET

(2) Report: Nonaligned Bloc Backs Iran Nuclear Energy