by baldilocks

The New Rules In Effect

Jazz Shaw at Hot Air notices some interesting things about a Washington Post editorial.

In 2002, the United States and Canada secured [an] arrangement, known as a “safe third country” agreement. It has worked because Canada is, in fact, a safe third country: Migrants who apply for asylum there are secure, and their cases are fairly adjudicated.

By contrast, Mexico is patently unsuitable as a place of refuge for most migrants, especially those from Central America, who suffer exploitation, violence and sexual assault almost routinely as they make their way north. In a recent report, Doctors Without Borders noted that two-thirds of Guatemalan, Salvadoran and Honduran migrants in Mexico have reported being victims of violence; almost a third of migrant women there had been sexually assaulted. Twelve of the world’s 50 most violent cities are in Mexico. Forcing refugees to seek sanctuary in Mexico would thrust tens of thousands of them into a country with weak law enforcement, a flimsy judicial system, an anemic asylum process and predatory criminal gangs.

(Emphasis belongs to Jazz.)

I think we are all Old Enough To Remember When shouts of RACIST issued forth from the perpetual outrage when it was alleged by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) that President Trump referred to African countries — many of which suffer from the same maladies as Mexico — as sh*tholes.

That epithet perfectly describes these countries … and Mexico.

But we know, of course, that it’s okay to list the various forms of lawlessness — rape, murder, corruption, etc. — that reign in these countries and even okay to call them sh*tholes as long as you are not a Republican and, especially, are not named Donald Trump.

Thinking about old tag lines that could not be used in 2018.

Meanwhile The Run for the BorderTM wages on. Because who wants to live in Hell when Heaven is so close? You’ll even go through a worse Hell to get there.

Someone, however, ought to tell the refugees and illegal aliens about how we Americans reached our present point in history so that, maybe, some might consider making changes in their own lands. Lot of guns are involved, though.

Meanwhile, Wall, please.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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“It [the Thames River] had borne all the ships whose names are like jewels flashing in the night of time, from the Golden Hind returning with her round flanks full of treasure, to be visited by the Queen’s Highness and thus pass out of the gigantic tale, to the Erebus and Terror, bound on other conquests—and that never returned.”
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness.

Last Monday I completed watching AMC’s ten-episode masterful series, The Terror, a telling, with many needed embellishments to fill in the missing details, of John Franklin’s Lost Expedition of 1845-1848.

The voyage was a British Navy attempt to navigate an ice-free route through the Canadian Arctic, the Northwest Passage, an envisioned shortcut to China, that to this day, is a rarely navigable by large ships. The expedition was led by Sir John Franklin, who was also the captain of the Erebus. Francis Crozier captained the Terror. The ships were last seen between Greenland and Baffin Island in 1845. After wintering off of Beechey Island, where three crew members died, the ships became trapped in the following year, it’s believed they never sailed again. Franklin died in 1847, and the last communication from the expedition, a note left in a cairn on King William Island, reported that an astounding 24 men died before the ships were abandoned in 1848. The crew of the ship totaled 134 when it departed the Thames. Only a few bodies and some bones–some of which betray evidence of cannibalism–and a smattering artifacts were discovered after an exhaustive series of rescue missions. Over the following decades it was ascertained that the men may have been debilitated, both physically and mentally, by lead poisoning from shoddily soldered cans of food.

There were no survivors.

That’s the essence of what is known of the expedition.

The Terror series, based on a novel by Dan Simmons, imaginatively fills in the details of what might have happened to the crew.

Franklin (Ciarán Hinds) ignores the advice of Crozier (Jared Harris) and they get stuck, well you already know that part of the story. The ships are menaced by a mysterious creature, Tuunbaq, which appears to be a polar bear. An Eskimo woman (Nive Nielsen) becomes their only human connection to the Arctic, of which Crozier says, “This place wants us dead.”

True, very true.

About Tuunbaq: Is it real, or an elaborate exaggeration where Inuit legend melds with lead-poisoned induced dementia?

The most compelling character is a young petty officer, Cornelius Hickey (Adam Nagaitis), who in a role reminiscent of George Segal’s in the Japanese prisoner of war movie, King Rat, uses the catastrophe to recreate himself as a leader. As so often happens, when order collapses cunning operators such as Hickey move in. Something bad becomes something worse.

Of course they don’t realize it right away, but the crew of the Franklin Expedition are imprisoned just as the inmates in King Rat were.

Crozier finally decides to abandon the ships–and the crew embarks on an 800-mile journey by foot to a remote mainland Canadian outpost–pulling many of their belongings, including unneeded books, in lifeboats refashioned as sleds.

The situation becomes dreadful for them as the series gets even better.

The Terror was filmed in Hungary, superbly done CGI replicates the ice-bound ships and the rocky terrain of Beechey and King William islands. If you perform a Google image search of these forlorn islands, you’ll swear the series was filmed on location.

Paul Ready’s portrayal of surgeon Harry Goodsir, who remains kindly even while he gently declines the request of a dying man that he not perform an autopsy on him, is also praiseworthy.

I enjoyed the series, although I have to call out an overdone flogging scene that devolved into sadomasochistic torture.

Then again, like Conrad’s steamboat in his novella, the Terror and the Erebus sailed “into the heart of an immense darkness.”

AMC is still showing The Terror and it’s available where I live on Xfinity On Demand.

This show is not for the squeamish.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

At Robert Stacy McCain’s site there is a post about some amazing developments in Canada concerning their version of the “Woman’s March” in Vancouver BC (which has apparently changed a lot in the 30 years since my wife and I spent a day of our honeymoon there). A feminist site has details.

To be clear, a woman is being threatened with violence and legal repercussions for stating, at a march for women, that women are female, and for challenging an ideology that claims gender is internal and biological rather than imposed by a patriarchal society. Not only have women been told they may not center their female bodies at the numerous women’s marches across the world, but when they dare to challenge the idea that trans-identified men should be centered at these marches, they are being pushed out and targeted.

There is a lot to be said about the consequences of liberal women under social threat or social opprobrium when they are brave enough to state basic facts of biology willing due to fear for their safety, or fear of social opprobrium etc etc etc but the most fascinating thing about the Canadian “woman’s march” not only giving a speaking spot to a transgender “dominatrix” for hire was this part of his/her speech concerning what he/she can contribute to the woman’s movement (all emphasis mine):

When you welcome us into your spaces, and allow us to be open and honest, you’ll find that we have so much knowledge to bring you, and not just about how to have amazing sex. We can teach you life skills, like how to take amazing selfies, how to use bitcoin, how to build a following on social media.

Let me be blunt: No conservative woman would be stupid enough to consider that a list of “life skills” and no liberal woman with any sense left in her would consider these “skills” ones that their daughters need to know to get by in the world.

But of course liberal woman find themselves in a catch 22, they used the rejection of reality as a sword to use on traditional values, western culture, western civilization and those who admire it, so they find themselves unable to deal with it when that rejection of reality is turned on them.

Of course the future belongs to those who show up In a generation or two these narcissists will die out and be marginalized and people will marvel that so man were willing to play along with this game.

Closing thought: If you wonder why middle eastern immigrants cling to a misogynistic radical Islamic ideology rather than embrace western culture this is your answer.

We’ve written about Canada’s sudden discovery that illegal immigration isn’t good for a country when people in the US illegally decided to do what Hollywood stars didn’t and moved to Canada.

Well via Drudge the NYT has an interesting piece on the subject titled Migrants Fleeing to Canada Learn Even a Liberal Nation Has Limits that’s really worth a read.

They of course take the time to hit Trump not only for his remarks but for actually treating “Temporary” status granted groups after disasters as actually temporary, it is the Times after all but there is a little passage there that unintentionally gives the left’s game away (which might explain why Alex Reamer of WEEI is suddenly calling it too Pro-Trump for his tastes) concerning Haiti ex/all: (all emphasis mine)

In what appeared to be an effort to dispel false hope among would-be immigrants and help stem an influx, Pablo Rodriguez, a Liberal member of Parliament who was born in Argentina, will be traveling to Los Angeles next week to meet with members of the Hispanic community there to explain the limits of Canadian asylum policy.

On an earlier trip there, he sought to counter false media reports in the Latin American press that he said were suggesting that migrants could travel to Canada, “walk in and stay forever.”

Earlier this summer, the government also sent Emmanuel Dubourg, a Liberal Haitian-Canadian member of Parliament from Montreal, to Miami’s “Little Haiti” to spread the word that getting asylum in Canada was difficult. “People come here and realize that this is not the Promised Land and that they could be deported back to Haiti,” he said in an interview.

So let me get this straight, Canada along with a lot of other liberal places are upset with the suggestion that Haiti is a shithole, or that any other country might be,  while at the same time officially sending members of the government to make sure Haitians and anyone else thinking of illegally entering Canada that if they do, they risk Canada sending them back to the shithole that they came from.

It other words it is the opinion of Canada that the threat of being sent back to their home countries will be so effective that they’ve sent officials from their government to make that point.

I wonder why?


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Anyone believing there’s free speech in Canada better think twice: The country’s ever-expanding hate speech laws are killing what’s left of the most essential liberty – most essential because without freedom of speech, there is  no freedom at all.

Two weeks ago,

Canada’s Senate passed Bill C-16, which puts “gender identity” and “gender expression” into both the country’s Human Rights Code, as well as the hate crime category of its Criminal Code by a vote of 67-11, according to LifeSiteNews. The bill now only needs royal assent from the governor general.

The bill, which purports to protect people from discrimination, hate propaganda and hate crimes, will punish with fines and prison anyone not using genderless pronouns on request.

In a nutshell, political correctness run amok.

Enter Gad Saad, The Gadfather:

Professors Gad Saad and Jordan Peterson talk at length about the law’s effect,

(Parts 2 and 3. Watch them while you still can.)

Saad and Peterson testified at the Senate against Bill C-16, since they both see it as a threat to intellectual diversity. Saad, considered to be the founder of  the field of evolutionary consumption, and Peterson, who refuses to use gender-neutral pronouns for transgender people, could be thrown in jail and financially ruined for using a centuries-old grammatical convention in the course of their work.

You, dear reader, may be thinking at this point, “so what?
That’s Canada for you, eh.”

Think again.

A Supreme Court of Canada ruling ordered Google Inc. to remove international search results. Scott Shackford explains:

What matters internationally in this case is the government is forcing Google to remove links from searches regardless of where the Internet user is. That is to say: Canada is demanding the authority to censor the internet outside of its physical borders and control what people who are not Canadian citizens can find online.

Freedom of speech is the ultimate right. That’s why it’s in peril.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.

To those who like to argue that Islam is a religion of piece and those who wish to support terror and or kill Jews simply because they are Jews, this story out of Canada reported by CBC news:

Imam calling for Jews to be killed in sermon at Montreal mosque draws police complaint

Larger Muslim community wants apology from mosque and wonders why controversial imam was invited to preach

and at the Daily Mail

Outrage as Jordanian imam ‘recites anti-Semitic religious verse calling for Jewish people to be killed’ during sermon at Montreal mosque

  • A Jewish advocacy group filed a complaint Monday in Montreal, Canada
  • Spoke out against a sermon given by Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr
  • Jordanian cleric is believed to have been invited as a guest to the mosque
  • Quoted a verse that says: ‘O Muslim, O servant of Allah, O Muslim, O servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him’
  • The larger Muslim community has condemned the use of the verse and urged the mosque to apologize 

But in the rush to congratulate the larger Canadian Muslim community on demonstrating their outrage and tolerance themselves on showing how tolerant the media reporting this story are missing two important points. Today let’s deal with the first one:

Where was the outrage of Muslims WHEN IT HAPPENED?

The CBC story states

The sermon took place at the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque in the city’s Saint-Michel neighbourhood on Dec. 23, 2016.

That means this imam spoke three months ago to a crowd of listeners at a Mosque in Canada. If you look at the listeners in the video, did you see people objecting? Did you see people complaining, did you see anyone raising a hand in dissent or even looking uncomfortable? Did any of them run to the Newspapers or even send them a letter saying how outraged they were over the event?

Nope.

Furthermore note what follows

The video was posted to the mosque’s YouTube channel three days later.

So since December 26th this video has been out there in plain sight (at least until this report, I wasn’t able to find it myself) and for some reason neither the folks at the Mosque nor any other Canadian Muslim who happened to watch the video during that time was all that outraged, Nor did any of the Muslims who viewed it, even if they might have agreed with it, think to say to the folks at the Mosque in question: “You know you might want to take that down as it doesn’t reflect well on us.”

Why, I submit and suggest because Canada’s Muslim community didn’t have a problem with it until it became known to non-Muslims and was plastered all over the web so every non-Muslim out there could see Islam preached as it is, by an Imam who knows his faith to an audience of believers completely unfazed by what they are hearing.

That’s when suddenly Muslims in Canada not only made it a point to condemn it to the press, but according to the Daily Mail calling themselves victims:

Another imam, Ziad Asali, firmly condemned the use of the verse.
‘I do not understand how this person was invited to come and give a sermon and spread this hatred in Montreal against any community,’ he told CBC.
‘To use the themes of the Prophet to spread hatred is actually something that is disrespectful towards the Prophet himself.’
Asali also spoke out against any mosque spreading extremist messages.
‘These people, not only do they show hatred towards non-Muslims, they even show hatred to us Muslims,’ he added

Yup, nothing shows hatred to Muslims like the quoting a Hadith of Islam by an Imam of Islam to a group of Muslims.

That the CBC didn’t find this nasty bit of weaseling, worth questioning says something, both about Muslims in Canada and the press that enables them, but there is something worse, but that comes tomorrow.

Closing thought: Canada has no first amendment and considers such speech unlawful so while I consider such laws unjust they had better damn well apply them equally to those who profess Islam as to those who profess Christianity in its many forms.

But if it was up to me as a big first amendment guy if this Imam wants to quote stuff like this and people want to hear him I say it let him because of the principles of freedom of speech and freedom of religion demand it. And By the same token people like me must be free to not only expose him these words, but be free to publicly critique and rebuke him, all those who follow him for expressing such things free to condemn his religion as false and wrong. He has the right to offend, we have the right to express our offense and offend him right back.

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People in the streets: Hooray!
The Captain [Over loudspeakers]: I say again, I declare the dawning of a new golden age of prosperity.
People in the streets: Hooray!
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You know we are constantly being told that if we stop illegal immigration we will hurt our economy horribly, that illegal immigration brings wealth and prosperity with it, how illegal immigrants do the jobs that American won’t do, pay taxes and add to the greatness and richness of America

That being the case I guess Canada should be looking forward to a new Golden Age of prosperity!

Jean-Pierre Fortin, president of the Customs and Immigration Union, said he believes there are more illegal crossings taking place than officials are aware of. One port in Quebec has experienced a particularly large number of asylum-seekers and illegal immigrants – the Saint Bernard Lecolle in the small town of Emerson, Manitoba, just outside of Montreal.   Fortin said that last week alone, at least 200 immigrants entered the country illegally near the Lecolle port. He said the influx began in November 2016 – the month Donald Trump was elected president.

And apparently cold weather and snow aren’t stopping them

At least 450 people crossed illegally in January and February, despite bitter cold that usually discourages such traffic, government officials said. In all of last year, the total was 2,400

In fact we can already see signs of the jobs and prosperity beginning!

Fortin says to properly protect the border from illegal crossings — those not done at official ports of entry — his union would like to see the government reinstate 1,053 jobs cut by the previous government. He would also like to see the government change its policy so border officers can chase anyone who crosses without going through a port of entry. He says right now CBSA has to call in the RCMP. “We’re not even allowed to chase them,” Fortin said. “The RCMP doesn’t have the resources and what we’re asking the government at this point in time, we want to make sure that we should be closing that gap. We should have border guards actually patrolling these [areas].”

Well that would certainly mean jobs and prosperity for those laid off border agents.  And pretty soon they’ll be benefits for all!

“Now we have (mostly) single people coming across. We will have families and we will have many people coming across when the weather improves.” Refugee claimants must wait 30 days before they can apply for a work permit and some government benefits. Until then, they are given shelter and other help by non-profit agencies.

In fact there is so much prosperity on the way coming from all over… 

In B.C., there has been a 60-per-cent increase in the number of refugee claimants in the last 12 months compared to the previous one-year period. Most are Iraqi Kurds and Afghans, and there were also 18 undocumented Latin Americans from Guatemala, Honduras and Venezuela who recently crossed the Canada-U.S. border, immigration agencies said. The number of Mexican claimants is also starting to rise in B.C

…that the Canadian cabinet is meeting over it!

Federal cabinet ministers are set for an in-depth discussion this week of the practical and political pressures being placed on the Liberal government by a rising number of asylum seekers in Canada.

Doubtless the cabinet is meeting to discuss what to do with all this prosperity that has already come and is coming.

Border security, RCMP and immigration officials have been running scenarios to prepare for the possibility that a relative winter trickle of illegal immigration into Canada could turn into a spring flood.

Watch for the omens,  as soon as the snow melts a new Golden Age of prosperity will flow into Canada!

I’m sure our northern neighbors are very pleased but even more pleased will be celebreaties from the south, upset over the recent election and the enforcement of immigration law in the US.  All of this means when they finally keep their vows to leave America for Canada all of the folks that they fought so hard to keep in the US will be waiting for them north of the border, ready to usher in a new golden age of prosperity!

It’s a good thing all those countries these folks left didn’t realize how much prosperity they brought with them, otherwise they would have done all they could to keep them, lucky for Canada they haven’t caught on yet.

I sure hope Canada’s new found wealth doesn’t change them.

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Wasn’t it just a few years ago when the Government of Canada was doing it’s best to repress Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant for daring to suggest that  maybe, just maybe Jihadist type might be a danger?

And then we see this headline in Canada:

Attack on Ottawa: PM Harper cites terrorist motive

I thoroughly condemn the attacks on Canada by Islamists. Not only are they evil, barbaric and contrary to the laws of was,but given all that Canada did to stop people from speaking out against radical Islam it shows a profound ingratitude.

And that’s just beyond the pale.

Closing thought: It’s a damn good thing Canada did all it could to stop people who tried to warn them about Islamic terror or something even worse might have happened.

Update:  RS McCain:

We learn that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the terrorist killed in his attack Thursday on the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa, was both mentally ill and a convert to Islam:

Well that would explain it, he’s crazy.  Why else would a muslim attack a country that has been so protective of Islamic radicals within it’s borders?  I mean, it’s just not cricket.

Update 2:  I should point out neither Pam Geller nor Robert Spencer had an easy time in Canada either.

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By John Ruberry

President Obama may soon find out what how it feels to be un-upped by Canada in a hockey-style shootout.

Since his inauguration nearly six years ago, Obama has been dragging his feet in regards to approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed pipeline will bring much-needed petroleum from our friends in Alberta in Canada to the United States, which will lessen our need to import oil from hostile regimes such as Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. I can’t imagine America buying oil from the Islamic State, but more oil on the market means cheaper prices, which will of course harm ISIS and bolster our national security.

The northern segment of Keystone will pass through the Dakotas and Nebraska. There is a smattering of local opposition in the Cornhusker State and some legal obstacles, but let’s be clear: Obama, the man who bragged earlier this year that he doesn’t need Congress to make things happen because, “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” would have found a way to break ground for Keystone XL by now if that’s what he wanted.

But Obama is of course more concerned about the needs of his wealthy environmentalist donors, who either believe that the era of fossil fuels is over or that the use of this Canadian oil will contribute to global warming. Obama, who once promised to heal the planet, is on the verge of being outmaneuvered.

TransCanada Corp., the mover behind Keystone, is strongly considering an-all Canada pipeline for the Alberta petroleum, Energy East, the terminus of which will be at St. John, New Brunswick on the Atlantic Ocean. The oil can be shipped from there to America or to western Europe, which will be welcomed with open spigots by countries fed up with buying petroleum from Vladimir Putin’s Russia.Canada

Bloomberg News is reporting that the supporters of Energy East are very confident that it will be built. A proposed western Canadian pipeline could still be constructed, although that route faces opposition from some Canadian First Nations people.

But if Keystone is built, it will mean up to 40,000, good paying–and are you reading this Obama?–union jobs. If the new pipeline from Alberta never crosses American soil, those jobs will taken by Canadians. Meanwhile, we have to go back to the sad Jimmy Carter years to find a time where the American labor participation rate has been lower than it is now.

I can imagine Obama looking north soon, as Jay Gatsby did from West Egg at the green light at the end of Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s pier, at those thousands of new jobs north of the border.

The last words are for the environmentalists: Despite your numerous protests and your arm-twisting of Obama, that oil is going to be pumped from the sands of Alberta whether you like it or not. Your Canadian War is over.

You lost.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Another big win in the culture wars for the left as the Supreme Court of Canada has legalized Prostitution.

Canada’s highest court struck down the country’s anti-prostitution laws Friday, a victory for sex workers who had argued that a ban on brothels and other measures made their profession more dangerous. The ruling drew criticism from the conservative government and religious leaders.

Now by that argument I expect drug dealers, robbers armed and unarmed and and Car Jackers to make the same appeal but in fairness because it is an illegal business prostitutes are subject to intimidation and or violence from Pimps and Johns will now be alleviated and if we are lucky it should make the sexual slavery harder (I suspect it will not).

But now the Sex Trade workers have some new things to look forward to.

Taxes:  Hey you now have a legal business, that means that money has to be reported and claimed, or else.

Regulation:  You might not have to worry about your pimp but now that your job is legal it will be regulated, after all if a guy catches a disease from you, there can be a lawsuit.  If you mess up a marriage then as you are a business you might be supportable to a lawsuit.

Insurance:  OK it’s not as bad as paying protection money but now you are going to need insurance to cover illness, legal fees, lawsuits and while the Insurance company won’t break your legs if you don’t pay or violate terms wait till you find yourself not covered.

Inspections:  If you have regulations then you have inspections, sanitary conditions, medical standards, non-smoking etc etc etc.

Discrimination:  Hey remember when you didn’t want to do that weird thing or you weren’t interesting in homosexual sex or you that John was just too smelly or dirty that you didn’t want to deal with him.  Well tough, don’t you know that you can’t discriminate against a potential customer?

Legal Fees:  OK this isn’t so bad you likely had to deal with lawyers anyways so but now instead of innocent vs proven guilty where the advantage is yours to civil suits when the advantage could go anywhere.

Competition:  With this business legalized the stigma is gone, what are you going to do when high school and college women figure out they can earn a hell of a lot more per hour than they would at McDonalds by making me pay instead of giving it away?  How are you going to compete with those younger more willing women willing to undercut your price and what happens if other women decide not to follow all the normal laws and undercut you anyway?

Now if you were in a situation where there was physical danger these trades off might be acceptable but in the end everything costs something.

Time to pay up.