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Mike Smyth: Meet the new Christy Clark, back in campaign mode

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[Christy Clark, born-again progressive and woman of the People! Desperate, two-faced, shameless, despicable, predictable, crafty, and a direct insult to the intelligence of both progressive and conservative voters. See also: Desperate Liberals change tune on welfare and campaign donations; and Christy Clark to focus on social reforms in B.C. throne speech. *RON*] 
Mike SmythThe Province, 19 June 2017

It looks like the biggest change of heart since the Grinch carved the Christmas roast beast in Whoville.

Christy Clark’s Liberals are set to deliver a throne speech this Thursday that changes the party’s miserly tune on welfare rates, disability assistance and even corporate donations to political parties.

The suddenly big-hearted Liberals say they’re ready to increase welfare rates by $100 a month after freezing them for a decade.

What an amazing conversion for Clark, who just a few weeks ago said getting a job was better than pocketing pogey.

“A lit…

RCMP statement on Human Rights Watch report

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[See also: Human Rights Watch Wants Special Unit to Investigate Alleged Sask. Police Violence Against Indigenous Women. Saskatchewan has the largest Aboriginal population in Canada and some of the deepest-seated expressions of racial hatred against the Aboriginal community as well. And yet, see also: Governor General apologizes for saying Indigenous people were immigrants. *RON*]

CNW, 19 June 2017

RCMP statement on Human Rights Watch report:
The RCMP has received the Human Rights Watch Report on Police Treatment of Indigenous Women in Saskatchewan and will take time to thoroughly review it. Several of the report's recommendations to the RCMP have been addressed in response to other reports by, among others, the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC) and the Call to Action resulting from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.Last February, the CRCC released its report on Policing in Northern British Columbia, which conta…

Camille Paglia: On Trump, Democrats, Transgenderism, and Islamist Terror

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[Love her or hate her (there's plenty of reason to do both), this intellectual gadfly always packs a solid intellectual punch. "Today’s liberalism has become grotesquely mechanistic and authoritarian: It’s all about reducing individuals to a group identity, defining that group in permanent victim terms, and denying others their democratic right to challenge that group and its ideology. Political correctness represents the fossilised institutionalisation of once-vital revolutionary ideas, which have become mere rote formulas" *RON*]

Jonathan V. Last, Weekly Standard, 15 June 2017

Camille Paglia is one America's smartest and most fearless writers. Like Elvis, she's the kind of superstar who really needs no introduction—though it is worth pointing out that Pantheon has just published a collection of her essays on sex, gender, and feminism, titled Free Women, Free Men. It's fantastic and if you love her work, it's must-…

The Wages of War Without Strategy

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[A very good read. Clausewitz described war as the continuation of politics with other means, not by other means. The political strategy must be there. Without it, war is futile — as America has demonstrated in Afghanistan and Iraq. The American approach "stems from a long-standing propensity for binary perspectives, exacerbated by a anti-intellectualism. It stems from a national intolerance for patience. Wars sell particularly when those who wage them constitute small fractions of the population." *RON*]

Robert Cassidy & Jacqueline Tame, The Bridge, 20 June 2017
PART II: HOW WE TWITTERIZED CLAUSEWITZ AND ENDED UP BOGGED DOWN IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ
“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you ran very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.” “A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. If…

India arrests 15 for cheering Pakistan in Champions Trophy

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[Cheered the wrong side in a cricket match; charged with sedition. *RON*]

BBC World News, 20 June 2017

Fifteen people have been arrested in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh for allegedly shouting "anti-India and pro-Pakistan" slogans during the Champions Trophy cricket final.

Police told the BBC that the Muslim men had been charged with sedition.

They were arrested after their Hindu neighbours complained that they had burst crackers and shouted "pro-Pakistan" slogans during the game.

Pakistan won the final, defeating India by 180 runs.

Sedition is one of the most serious charges under the Indian penal code.

People charged with sedition have to surrender their passports, are not eligible for government jobs, must appear in court as and when required, and spend money on legal fees.

The India Today website quoted police as saying that the men were charged because of the anti-India slogans and not because they were cheering f…