J’ai peur.

SLEEP

On Friday night Paris was brutalized. On Saturday the civilized world recoiled while ISIS gloated. On Sunday afternoon stock market futures were down about 1%, forecasting a loss at the opening bell in New York of almost 200 points.

Terrorism isn’t new. As attacks go, this was dramatic but not extreme. Twice as many were killed and ten times more wounded in the Madrid and London bombings. Three thousand perished on Nine Eleven. Over two hundred went down with the Metrojet flight two weeks ago. Forty-three died and 200 were wounded in the ISIS attack on Beirut the other day. Over 200,000 people have been slughtered in Syria, where 6.5 million others are displaced and another three million are leaving – 25,000 destined for Canada.

Why France? Retaliation for attacks on ISIS, of course, because the French have been actively fighting the jihadists (Canada’s new prime minister has ordered that we stop). Also, terror works best when people are terrorized, and France has the most tourists on the planet. This accounts for a massive 7.5% of its GDP – about the same as does the entire energy and mining sector in Canada. You can bet it will hurt for a while.

Over the weekend some posters here speculated Paris will tank stocks and crash investor portfolios. That’s unlikely, which does not diminish the horror of events. It’s precisely because acts of terror are now woven into modern experience and expectations that they are quickly put into economic context.

French markets will be open as usual Monday. Many people now expect the European Central Bank, in the midst of a massive 1.1-trillion euro stimulus program, to bring in yet more stimulus and monetary easing next month.

The impact of this policy on European markets is obvious. In the past 12 months the French index is ahead 18% while in Germany the gain is 15%. More good reasons why everybody these days needs a balanced and globally-diversified portfolio. Canada may so far be a haven from terrorist activities (the Hill shooting and the hit-and-runs notwithstanding) but we are frozen in the grip of the worst commodity rout since the late 1990s.

OIL INVENTORIES

Friday night’s assault is unlikely to have a lasting impact on anything financial or economic. Recall that even Nine Eleven, coming immediately after the technology bubble blew, did not stop markets from recovering. Despite the best efforts of the bad guys, people in western societies keep going to work, spending money and living their lives.

More of a factor for US and Canadian investors for the last couple of weeks has been the growing momentum for the first American interest rate hike in a decade, propelled forward by the strongest jobs report of 2015. As traders got ready to return to their pits on Sunday, it seemed nobody credible was forecasting any change in Fed sentiment.

In fact when Paris happened, US future markets were still open. Trading was light and, as I mentioned, the decline was about 1%. As of Sunday, Wall Street was still giving 68% odds rates will in fact start to augment on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 16th.

What should Canada do now? Retreat from the ISIS fight for fear we’re next? Take the twenty-five thousand refugees, or go isolationist? Buy new combat jets or let the old ones rust? Divert some defence budget into child care and counting Chinese buyers on the Westside?

If you run into me walking Bandit, I’ll tell you. But that’s beyond the reach of this pathetic blog. So we’ll stick with the money stuff.

Paris will not likely blow up markets so you can ignore it while maintaining a balanced and diversified portfolio. Rising rates will have more of an impact, much of which has already been priced into equities. Commodity values show no sign of recovery, thus it looks like Canada will continue to underperform. Euro bankers will probably respond with more stimulus, and global growth will inch ahead.

The best course of action? Relish every day, no fear. They hate that.

327 comments ↓

#1 For those about to flop... on 11.15.15 at 2:52 pm

Oxi in Greece , my original point was because Garth never posted my joke about Justin Trudeau or clarified why it was DELETED people always assume that you posted something horrible when I was just trying to make fun of the guy who was calling J.T.
“Trudy and the Turds”.
You just happened to post something more serious and got deleted at the same time so I used you as an example.
I still think there was nothing wrong with my deleted post but the boss thought otherwise and so I have to play by his rules as do you.
I’m good if your good.

#2 pete on 11.15.15 at 2:56 pm

Sad day in Paris. Is this the new normal in Europe and eventually North America? I expect that every few months some cowardly extremist will end his own life, but at the expense of many honest ones. Sad times.

#3 Randy Randerson on 11.15.15 at 3:08 pm

GT, where can I stalk you whilst walking Bandit? I’d like to ask you those questions!

#4 Shawn on 11.15.15 at 3:11 pm

Great post.

#5 NetCentric on 11.15.15 at 3:15 pm

Have a look at this chart going back to 2009. Note how long people dwell on something bad (or good) happening on the world stage – a few days and they are back to their routine.

http://hedonometer.org/index.html?from=2008-09-10&to=2015-11-15

#6 sentry on 11.15.15 at 3:17 pm

When is someone from the world of moderate Islam going to stand up and make a definitive statement about how they feel about these attacks,and what they are going to do about it…..I see nothing and hear nothing from the leaders of their faith that would confirm that they are on our side……

#7 I'm stupid on 11.15.15 at 3:19 pm

Changing policies and enacting new laws only creates more terrorism. You cannot defend yourself against a person or group who is willing to die just to kill a few citizens. You can close the borders or implement marshal law but that will only restrict the majority. It’s tragic that innocent people lose their lives but being afraid is not the answer.

#8 OXI in GREECE on 11.15.15 at 3:23 pm

I still think there was nothing wrong with my deleted post but the boss thought otherwise and so I have to play by his rules as do you.
I’m good if your good.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

No problem…..I only took offense to the “nut job” call when you did not even know what the “deletion” was for.

#9 Victor V on 11.15.15 at 3:32 pm

J’ai pas peur.

#10 Ralph Cramdown on 11.15.15 at 3:34 pm

#6 sentry — “When is someone from the world of moderate Islam going to stand up and make a definitive statement about how they feel about these attacks,and what they are going to do about it”

How often have you stood up and denounced the heinous actions of one of your [countrymen, co-religionists, ethnic group] and put forth a plan to stop future occurrences? Do your neighbours shame you for not doing so? I’m sure you’ve got a lot to apologize for, so please begin.

#11 Izzo on 11.15.15 at 3:35 pm

#6 sentry,

There has been plenty of responses against this from the Muslim world. Unfortunately for you, I doubt anyone has you very high on their list to inform you. So, please spare us the back handed bigotry. Did you send you regrets to the Muslim world with every explosion there? Did you apologize to Afghanistan for the hospital that was bombed by a US pilot? Why do you expect 1.6 Billion people to take responsibility for a group of people that would add up to a rounding error of the total number of Muslims. Please think before spreading your ignorance…

#12 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.15.15 at 3:35 pm

Excellent post.

While the tragedy in Paris is horrible, it too shall pass. An unfortunate economic footnote in history.
The cowardly scum that brag about being responsible for the murder of unarmed innocent bystanders deserve to be ignored or shunned by the media..
Why give them what they want? Their “15 minutes of infamy”.
Unfortunately the media dont make a profit by ignoring deliberate, sensationalistic events that achieve nothing strategically or militarily if it were not garanteed to whip up a jingoistic frenzy amoung the victims, the families and the nation involved.
Perhaps refusing to acknowledge the names of the pathetic losers and cowards involved and their “cause” that were responsible for this will make their “martyr-dumb” a less “glorified” with the local religious group that spewed them and their hatred forth.
Bury them in unmarked graves in an unknown location .
Unknown, anonymous , soon to be forgotten.

#13 Drill Baby Drill on 11.15.15 at 3:43 pm

#7 I’m Stupid
“being afraid is not the answer”
No but being smart is. Defending yourself is. Putting in place measures that will to some extent protect your home country is.

If we let these cowards move among us with impunity then we do not deserve to have a safe country.

#14 Vangrrl on 11.15.15 at 3:46 pm

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/g20-turkey-trudeau-1.3319803

Rock star indeed. Lol
Eat your hearts out righties..!!

#15 Come on on 11.15.15 at 3:54 pm

Sentry, it takes a simple google search to see that Muslim leaders and Muslims denounce terrorist attacks. It’s interesting you can voice such a strong opinion without any research. Here’s an article about this very topic.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/01/02/why-dont-more-moderate-muslims-denounce-extremism/

#16 Terrorist Destroyer on 11.15.15 at 3:55 pm

TrueDough will let in 25,000 syrians, how many of them will really be contributing to the GDP and how many will be like the one who blew himself up in Paris?

We are different that is what most Canadians say, but I will predict that Canada has a rude awakening coming and it wouldn’t be pretty there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth and I will LMFAO.

We will all have to be blamed for voting TRUEdough in power, now is a great time to stop bombing ISIS, and take in 25,000 Syrian terrorist way to go Canada.

I for one do not depend on the government to protect me. I know and am gonna do that myself.

#17 OXI in GREECE on 11.15.15 at 3:56 pm

We must leave the Middle East completely. Trade – negotiate – do business – offer assistance. But continued invasion will only create more terrorists.

#18 Carly in Cabbagetown on 11.15.15 at 3:56 pm

“Is this the new normal in Europe and eventually North America?”

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Terrorism has long been with us, and sadly has often been a normalized part of life.

The worst terrorism in North America, certainly more harmful than 9-11, was what was practiced by some southern American white people against black people, from Civil War times to about 1965. Over 100 years of murders, rapes, assaults, robberies and lynchings, a time riddled with daily threats, intimidation and police indifference, so much that black people truly lived in terror regularly, not knowing if their family members would come home.

While a lot of racial discrimination still exists, and only vestiges of such terrorism remain (see Ferguson etc.), black people on our own continent have only been “free” of this for 50 years or so.

“New normal” is thus a highly relative term. Who are the people saying that?

Better that we look at causes and problems on an ongoing basis, and not assume we have “solved” a problem until those who have suffered most from it tell us so.

The current “normal” for First Nations people in Canada has more in common with the American south during slavery than it does with what we consider our modern urban society with world class real estate values.

ISIS worries me less than what we allow to happen here on our own.

https://www.ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice?language=en

#19 Joe Schmoe on 11.15.15 at 4:02 pm

Sad times indeed.

I like Canada in spite of some minor misgivings.

Respect of human life is tantamount in my values. And I think for the most part, Canadians are still some of kindest people.

It won’t stop me from earning money and bellyaching about taxation though. Gotta complain about something.

I am curious how Trudeau manages his third foot in mouth within a week (there is nothing to fear). Obama was bang on about early greying.

#20 gladiator on 11.15.15 at 4:03 pm

I didn’t know it, but ISIS also flies Apache helicopters! Now THAT is some comedy!
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=–wlxwxfOY8

#21 Bottoms_Up on 11.15.15 at 4:09 pm

#6 sentry on 11.15.15 at 3:17 pm
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Definitively they have (I saw a couple Canadian ayatollahs on the news a few months back denouncing terrorism). There is even a group of Muslims in Calgary committed to ‘de-radicalizing’ youth that they see are on the wrong path, and there have been marches/protests by Muslims in Canada against terrorism.

#22 For those about to flop... on 11.15.15 at 4:10 pm

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Arthur_massacre_(Australia)

When I was 21 years old in 1996 I was living a peaceful existence in Tasmania on a Autumn day that all changed.
A lone gunman named Martin Bryant drove to a tourist spot named Port Arthur where there are historical ruins to view and opened fire on the general public.
Port Arthur is on a Peninsula with one road in and out these people were sitting ducks.
The result was 35 dead and 24 wounded from memory the gunman was taken alive with wounds and was given 35 life sentences .
My point being that this was before 911 ,a lone Caucasian on a peaceful island with no history of mass violence .
If someone really wants to hurt you they will ,it doesn’t have to be somewhere famous or well travelled .
There are crazy people everywhere a similar attack happened in Norway a few years back.
The ones with Muslims will get more worldwide coverage but a life taken is a life never realized.
I left Tasmania in 1999 and have not been back since but even three years later we referred to it simply as ” that day” .
People refused to be scared though and even though it was place of such tragedy my older brother even got married there a few years later as it is a beautiful setting and thought the stigma attached to the place was unfair.
Live your life and change plans for no one .
If your in the wrong place at the wrong time then so be it.

#23 JacqueShellacque on 11.15.15 at 4:20 pm

Anyone predicting this sort of violence in Europe a few years ago would’ve been dismissed as part of the tinfoil hat brigade. Europe faces a grave sociocultural problem as some of its more, er, excitable minorities grow in proportion to the overall population. The “native” Europeans themselves have essentially stopped having children as well. Suppose Population A makes up the majority of 90%, Population B is the minority at 10%. If Population B reproduces at twice the rate of Population A, it will only take 2 generations for the 2 Populations to be the same size. I don’t think Europe has 2 generations to figure this out. Something will have to give, and I fear it won’t be a peaceful transition to whatever comes next.

#24 Plain Talk on 11.15.15 at 4:23 pm

“Trudeau made his diplomatic debut Sunday morning with a bilateral meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. In that meeting, the prime minister pledged $14 million for infrastructure spending in Indonesia.”

And yet…..his only announcements for Canada’s economic infrastructure has been a disastrous series of ‘letters of instruction’ ( sounds a lot like Obama’s ‘executive order campaign done without authority or consultation of the peoples representatives) to shut down pipelines, plants, tankers and ratchet up taxes on individuals businesses ( didn’t he refer to small business persons as tax dodgers and evil doers during the election?)

You protest voters are really clueless…. aren’t you?

And not a single peep about the need to crush radical Islam…..I guess he has to pay back his riding of Papineau for their support.

#25 Nagraj on 11.15.15 at 4:25 pm

Re the photo:
Some animals are capable of trickery. Chimps will offer you a banana and then yank it away just before you grab it, and then they’ll chuckle. (Killdeer have their broken wing trick.)

But only humans are capable of treachery.
Treachery is actually a survival mechanism: suppose you’re a non-believer in an aggressive theocracy. Lying, mendacity, is a means to achieving your end which is to survive with your treachery intact.

(Sadly I haven’t the brains to have thought this up myself, the idea is from Julian Jaynes, “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.” Hannah Arendt also comments at length on the disposition of German non-Nazis under Hitler in “The Origins of Totalitarianism” – maybe the last word on “go along to get along”.)

Animals are hopelessly honest. (If they weren’t, we’d all per force be vegetarians . . . ) (My cat refers to avian flu as the revenge of the chickens . . . )

A FANATIC, religious or political, is a grim “straight shooter”: he can’t tolerate doubt. Ambiguity, levels of meaning, humour, are not acceptable. (Oscar Wilde: “All humour is subversive.”)

BEWARE of very serious men who insist on total honesty (a quality problematic even for the greatest saints).

Message to suicide bombers (AND certain Baptists, for example): “Dost thou think that because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?”
Not a good idea though to say that straight to their face.

#26 Greyhelm on 11.15.15 at 4:28 pm

We were going to go to a French island in the Carribean this winter, but instead it’ll be Paris in the spring, putting flowers on shrines.

#27 Patrick on 11.15.15 at 4:30 pm

Not trying to belittle or disrespect the victims in Paris. But the world, especially Europe, hasn’t been a particularly safe place over the past 100 years. I had to go look this up, not a history buff but some perspective:

Just 100 years ago: The Second Battle of Champagne was coming to an end. Sep. 25-Nov. 6, 1915. Just east of Paris. 145,000 French Soldiers and 72,000 Germans. In less than 2 months of fighting.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle_of_Champagne

These battles have been going on for a long time. Geographically we are lucky to live where we do. Not sure there is a right or wrong answer. Might just be a messy, tragic situation. My opinion is that we should support our Allies if they want our help.

I think that T2 is in over his head. A protected life doesn’t exactly give you the skills to navigate a messy situation like this. It’s not always about selfies. I hope he leans on Mr. Sajjan’s experience here. And that Gerald Butts stops making decisions based on how it will affect polling numbers but what is in the best interests of Canada.

A side note from the timeline:
Nov. 11, 1914: Mehmed V, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, declares jihad on the Allies of WWI. (from wiki)

#28 Not A Libtard and Proud of It on 11.15.15 at 4:43 pm

#10 Ralph Cramdown on 11.15.15 at 3:34 pm
#6 sentry — “When is someone from the world of moderate Islam going to stand up and make a definitive statement about how they feel about these attacks,and what they are going to do about it”

How often have you stood up and denounced the heinous actions of one of your [countrymen, co-religionists, ethnic group] and put forth a plan to stop future occurrences? Do your neighbours shame you for not doing so? I’m sure you’ve got a lot to apologize for, so please begin.

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Spoken like a true left-wing libtard! Glad to see you’re hard at work here supporting radical Islam.

#29 Not A Libtard and Proud of It on 11.15.15 at 4:45 pm

#14 Vangrrl on 11.15.15 at 3:46 pm
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/g20-turkey-trudeau-1.3319803

Rock star indeed. Lol
Eat your hearts out righties..!!

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Justin Tru-Dope a rock star!!! Ha, ha, I laugh at you. He’s a total dope and he’s making Canada look bad on the international stage. Hopefully, he has enough sense to keep the CF-18s boming Isis.

#30 gut check on 11.15.15 at 4:45 pm

#6 sentry on 11.15.15 at 3:17 pm
When is someone from the world of moderate Islam going to stand up and make a definitive statement about how they feel about these attacks,and what they are going to do about it…..I see nothing and hear nothing from the leaders of their faith that would confirm that they are on our side……

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It’s because you aren’t looking, blockhead. Condemnations of violence by muslims are everywhere. Not in the MSM, played on a 24/7 loop, so you might have missed it. As yourself two questions:
Why haven’t you seen this
Why have I

#31 gut check on 11.15.15 at 4:48 pm

And for the record, the MSM reported that we bombed an ISIS position on Nov 13th, so “the kid” hasn’t stopped a thing.

Violence begets violence. I’m not a pacifist, but this bombing is piontless and the loss of life in Paris is not any more tragic than the loss of life by random attack (including by armies) anywhere.

#32 gut check on 11.15.15 at 4:49 pm

#13 Drill Baby Drill on 11.15.15 at 3:43 pm
#7 I’m Stupid
“being afraid is not the answer”
No but being smart is. Defending yourself is. Putting in place measures that will to some extent protect your home country is.

If we let these cowards move among us with impunity then we do not deserve to have a safe country.

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most of us are so over this sentiment. Come on into the new millenium, where we recognize that the real cowards are in business suits.

#33 delays at the border on 11.15.15 at 5:08 pm

Living in the US and travelling 2 or 3 times a week to Canada. Nexus pass is great and border crossings are uneventful. Will the 25k new unchecked migrants being placed within 100 miles north of the border by Dec 31, 2015 cause a headache for homeland security? I believe it will.

#34 Herb on 11.15.15 at 5:12 pm

May I suggest the most cogent but politically-inconvenient, reason for ending the bombing? It is not the hope that terrorists might spare us, it is simply does not work! That, of course, is immaterial to premature critics of the T2 government, especially the originators and propagators of the “Trudy and the turds” meme.

What the Americans should have realized in and after Vietnam, is that for every casualty – especially every collatoral casualty – produced, you are creating ten more enemies. “Surgical” air strikes are, with very few exceptions, surgery with the broadaxe, and genuine targets and opportunities are limited in any case.

The air war against ISIL is nothing but an alibi war because there is no appetite for a real war – with ground troops. Perhaps the West – and the Middle Eastern powers it theoretically is supporting – does not feel that such a war would be justified in view of the effort and cost involved. In this case there is no justification for an air war either.

All our six CF18s are doing is making any diplomatic contribution to a solution impossible. And in the final analysis that is what is going to end the war in Syria and with ISIL, diplomacy, whether Republicans and Canadian Conservatives like it or not.

#35 SWL1976 on 11.15.15 at 5:13 pm

#17 OXI in GREECE

We must leave the Middle East completely. Trade – negotiate – do business – offer assistance. But continued invasion will only create more terrorists.

BINGO

Good post Garth, thanks for this blog, and thanks for this comments section

That is all I have to say today

#36 Spaccone on 11.15.15 at 5:13 pm

#6 sentry on 11.15.15 at 3:17 pm
When is someone from the world of moderate Islam going to stand up…

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http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/6118377-muslim-organization-vaughan-mayor-share-condolences-for-paris/

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada, based in Vaughan, released a statement late Friday night condemning the terrorist attacks in Paris, France.

[…]
The Muslim organization said it “categorically condemns the multiple terrorist attacks and mourns the loss of life and expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims. The community is saddened to learn that more than 150 people have been killed, with many more critically injured.”

#37 Harbour on 11.15.15 at 5:16 pm

Nice not seeing Barney pounding his chest at Putin… for F’n sake a kid KO’d him

#38 BS on 11.15.15 at 5:17 pm

We must leave the Middle East completely. Trade – negotiate – do business – offer assistance. But continued invasion will only create more terrorists.

Terrorism is a war tactic used by those that do have a conventional military. It is not something that is created. Sure the terrorists doing the suicide bombing are usually young, poor and heavily religious but that is who the ISIS leaders can easily take advantage of. It is the only way they can wage a war against a country with a strong military like France.

ISIS has never said they would end the war if we or others left the Middle East. ISIS wants to decimate the West. Leaving would have the same effect ignoring the Nazis had initially when they invaded Poland. Getting out of the Middle East and allowing them to take Iraq and Syria will just make groups like ISIS stronger and allow them to attack us on Canadian soil. The only way to stop an entity that declares war on you is to fight them and eliminate them like we did the Nazis, preferably on their soil. If we used the same logic in WWII fighting back against the Nazis would have only created more Nazis. As history proved fighting the Nazis virtually eliminated them.

ISIS will not spare Canada because we stop bombing but still offer other military support. The US stayed out of WWII only to be attacked. It has been proven in history time and time again ignoring entities like ISIS will not work.

#39 I'm stupid on 11.15.15 at 5:19 pm

#13 Drill baby drill

Can you please enlighten us on how to prevent someone from walking into a crowed place and start shooting? Or what you can do to protect us from a lunatic that straps a bomb to himself and blows himself up? My point is that it’s impossible unless you limit individual rights and who would want to live in such a society? I would rather risk getting blown up than not being able to freely move around my city.

It’s about numbers, 400 people got killed or injured in Paris. In a city of 2.4million it’s nothing, statistically speaking. It’s sad for those that died or got hurt but changing the fabric of society with limiting rights is accepting defeat.

#40 Entrepreneur on 11.15.15 at 5:20 pm

I am behind PM Trudeau on this one; adding violence is not the answer (defensive approach).

I think the answer is in our system “democracy” that some find is destroying the earth (money talks attitude and who cares about anything else). Communication barrier or what in this day of age or lack of insight or just plain greed.

#41 BS on 11.15.15 at 5:26 pm

Rock star indeed. Lol
Eat your hearts out righties..!!

Great, we have Taylor Swift running our country.

#42 TurnerNation on 11.15.15 at 5:29 pm

I don’t believe in conspiracies or Al-q.
Only…money. Turkey got attacked too, this month.
A few airliners were downed, too.
Who knows what’s going on but there’s lot of people fighting over small land. Same old.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-10-12/putin-bets-on-germany-as-gas-ties-with-turkey-go-sour-over-syria

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-15/smashing-islamic-state-after-paris-attacks-poses-huge-challenges

#43 Not A Libtard and Proud of It on 11.15.15 at 5:34 pm

#34 Herb on 11.15.15 at 5:12 pm
All our six CF18s are doing is making any diplomatic contribution to a solution impossible.
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For real?? A diplomatic solution with ISIS? What a stupid remark. Maybe we should send you over to negotiate bone-head.

#44 mike in kelowna on 11.15.15 at 5:35 pm

Great post Garth. I believe in the next few months or so, T-Lite will pull all Canadian Military out of the Mid East. I also think he’ll go ahead with welcoming the 25 or 30 thousand Syrian refugees with possibly some timeline delay and that he’ll make very few changes to Bill C 51

#45 Freedom First on 11.15.15 at 5:39 pm

Great pic.
Good to hear you talking about walking Bandit again Garth. Judging by the volumes of hate mail you receive, I am sure our own brand of terrorists are pi$$ed you are now even stronger than before the slip.
Rock on everybody. Karma is real.

#46 Smoking Man on 11.15.15 at 5:44 pm

Humanity is FKD

We’re all drowning is a sea of bullshit….

And yes, brutal hangover…

#47 Santa Clause on 11.15.15 at 5:44 pm

…….” Three thousand perished on Nine Eleven. Over two hundred went down with the Metrojet flight two weeks ago. Forty-three died and 200 were wounded in the ISIS attack on Beirut the other day. Over 200,000 people have been slughtered in Syria, where 6.5 million others are displaced and….”

Wonder if we are keeping any tally of the civilians maimed and slaughtered since Bush and Blair’s now addmitted false WMD justified war on Iraq, then West’s self serving support for Arab spring in Libya, Egypt etc.

Guys this is War! Chin up and admit it. We kill countless in airstrikes and drone attacks. They are going to retaliate. Wait till they figure out retaliatory drone attacks on parades and new year Time square gatherings. It will come, to believe it will not happen is living in lala-land

To every action there is equal and opposite reaction.

#48 Drill Baby Drill on 11.15.15 at 5:46 pm

#32 gut check
How is this any different no matter the century. Human nature has not evolved as much as you are implying if at all. Whether it is the business suit or the 18th century Wigs money is a coward and so are people who murder indiscriminately. Your comment is actually border line moronic.

#49 conan on 11.15.15 at 5:49 pm

The French strike back!

“The Defense Ministry in Paris said that 10 French warplanes had dropped 20 bombs on the ISIS Syrian command and control center, ammo depot and training center in Raqqa Sunday night. This was France’s first direct response to the Islamic State’s terror atrocity in Paris, from which the death toll climbed to 132 after three critically injured victims died. The French bombers took off from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier.”

Hammer them….

http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/13685/Ten-French-warplanes-drop-20-bombs-on-ISIS-Syrian-HQ

#50 Smoking Man on 11.15.15 at 5:51 pm

#39 I’m stupid on 11.15.15 at 5:19 pm
#13 Drill baby drill

Can you please enlighten us on how to prevent someone from walking into a crowed place and start shooting? Or what you can do to protect us from a lunatic that straps a bomb to himself and blows himself up? My point is that it’s impossible unless you limit individual rights and who would want to live in such a society? I would rather risk getting blown up than not being able to freely move around my city.

It’s about numbers, 400 people got killed or injured in Paris. In a city of 2.4million it’s nothing, statistically speaking. It’s sad for those that died or got hurt but changing the fabric of society with limiting rights is accepting defeat.

You’ll never be able to stop it.

However there is one way to keep the casualty count down

Everybody carries a gun..

But in a a world of Cultural Marxism.. that is strictly forbidden..

The state has all the answers….

#51 Ex-Cowtown on 11.15.15 at 5:58 pm

OK. So lets see what happened… we just banned oil tanker traffic and stalled efforts to move stranded oil in Alberta to market. Obama just killed the KXL, again stranding oil in Alberta. Next up? Killing LNG tankers. Then killing the Energy East Pipeline… and on and on. sing along, you know the words.

Net result so far? The US now buys more oil from the people who want to kill them (and us) and now the bad guys can use the $$$ billions to buy more guns, bombs and other toys.

This all only makes sense if you really, really, believe, like Bernie Sanders does, that Climate Change caused the Paris Attacks and all terrorism. Or that HRC is by far the most qualified to be Commander in Chief. Or that T2 was elected for any reason other than nostalgia for T1.

Progressive Denial is staggering, all encompassing and obdurate. When the history of these days are written, people will ironically echo Donald Trumps words “How Stupid Were These People????”

#52 AB Boxster on 11.15.15 at 6:00 pm

#14 Vangrrl
Eat your hearts out righties.
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Rock Star -Urban dictionary
‘They tour around the world to play their music while getting worshipped by their fans. After the concert they f a bunch of groupies and leave for the next gig while taking some drugs.’

I agree that does seem to describe the new PM.
Why would this be a good thing?

#53 lala on 11.15.15 at 6:05 pm

Being a pilot I can assure you that old jets don’t rust out. Compossite used get old and stressed but no rust, so take it back :)

#54 Snowboid on 11.15.15 at 6:20 pm

#34 Herb on 11.15.15 at 5:12 pm…

I respect your past knowledge and experience and value your opinions.

Most excellent post.

#55 the Hammer on 11.15.15 at 6:31 pm

#39 I’m stupid

Why yes you are! So easy to be flippant inside the soft-headed lefty Canadian bubble…There comes a time, when outside of graduate school, you don’t get to debate the grey areas…at least common people don’t. The choice then, is almost always, between Verdun and Dachau. Not choosing is choosing as Edmond Burke implied. Ghandi and Martin Luther King had the great good fortune to do what they did under the great, good imperfect umbrella of Western Liberal Democracy. What they did wasn’t easy, but if they had tried it, say, in Soviet Russia or the Third Reich, you would have never heard their names. Eventually, one must choose.
(Didn’t T1 spend WW2 in grad school…I think he had a beard…) On les aura!

#56 Bobs ur uncle on 11.15.15 at 6:37 pm

After every mass shooting rampage in the states, I certainly hope all young white males (who almost invariably are the perpetrators) do some serious soul searching as to what is wrong with their community that so regularly produces these incidents? Why do we not hear denunciations from the moderate young white males to confirm they are ‘on our side’? Probably best to close our border with the states, since one of them might slip into Canada and wreak havoc here. In the meantime, I’ll be sure to armour myself to the tits and beware of any 20-something white dude in a hoodie. Never know what kind of murderous scheme they may have in mind. In sum, BE AFRAID.

See any holes in that logic?

#57 young & foolish on 11.15.15 at 6:39 pm

“More of a factor for US and Canadian investors for the last couple of weeks has been the growing momentum for the first American interest rate hike in a decade …. ”

I thought the markets had already priced in coming rate hikes?

#58 OXI in GREECE on 11.15.15 at 6:40 pm

http://www.theguardian.com/world/interactive/2013/nov/01/snowden-nsa-files-surveillance-revelations-decoded#section/1

Anyone care to guess how many terrorist attacks in the West have been thwarted by the NSA and its spying on everyone and everything in the world? How about ZERO

The govt spying on you is about collecting taxes and has ZERO to do with terrorism.

But hey…..”Hi I’m from the Govt and I’m here to help”.

#59 OXI in GREECE on 11.15.15 at 6:42 pm

ISIS will not spare Canada because we stop bombing but still offer other military support. The US stayed out of WWII only to be attacked. It has been proven in history time and time again ignoring entities like ISIS will not work.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Japanese Germans attacked the US at Pearl Harbour?

Huh……..news to me and the rest of the planet earth I think…..

#60 JamesA on 11.15.15 at 6:46 pm

The idea that if Canada withdraws our troops the religious fanatics are going to be “oh, Canada’s cool now, lets not harm them” is absurd. It just shows fear. What they want is the world to be a caliphate governed by stone age laws. Its not a secret, thats what they want. Even if our bombing is largely symbolic, it still says: we oppose your stupid ways. Read a book you clowns, humans have learned a lot in the last 1000 years.

What would help us in this effort? Drones. So we don’t have to risk pilots lives being shot down flying over these nasty territories. Chinese and Russian long wave radar can see and hit almost anything flying (even so called stealth planes). I assume they will sell them to highest bidder (or could be stolen). If the drones are cheap enough to make, we can just send in thousands and saturate an opponents AA positions. We could use the drones to patrol our giant border too (and find people lost at sea, lots of palatable civilized uses etc).

Those F35 top gun planes are obsolete and will only be used for airshows. We also need basic gear like helicopters for the infantry (apparently we had to rent some in afghanistan) and with these drones.

How can we make cost effective drones like that? If only we had a high tech airplane manufacturer here. Hmm, let me think, hmmm.

Also, somebody needs to tell (I doubt it would never occur to him on his own) T2 that, days after people are murdered by savages in the City of Light, you should maybe not be doing smiling selfies. Your job now is not about you, its about running this fine land.

#61 common sense on 11.15.15 at 6:46 pm

Fear not or else they win….

The only thing you can control in this world is being aware of your actions ,words and being aware of your surroundings

Rate hike in USA gone if market tanks more leading up to proposed rate hike date…if no hike, Fed will telegraph it 2-3 days ahead with likely QE4 early in 2016. Plan accordingly..

#62 John from Kingston on 11.15.15 at 6:48 pm

#6 sentry — “When is someone from the world of moderate Islam going to stand up and make a definitive statement about how they feel about these attacks,and what they are going to do about it”

Moderate Muslims shouldn’t have to denounce this publicly, it should be assumed they do. In the same way you can, rightly assume that I, as member of Christian based faith/country, denounce the act of the catholic church and the equally barbaric acts put onto the lives of children by church leaders.

#63 Bobs ur uncle on 11.15.15 at 6:50 pm

G&M now reporting that a mosque was set on fire in Peterborough. Of course, the terrorists would eat that up – they want to sow fear and division. Don’t be so easily manipulated people. With some obvious high-profile exceptions, we’re all just trying to get thru the day and do what’s best for our families without trampling on the rights of others, regardless of what culture or religion we grew up in. And that hasn’t changed. So take a deep breath. Relax. The sun will still rise tomorrow.

#64 Duncan on 11.15.15 at 6:51 pm

Don’t you mean ISIL?

#65 liquidincalgary on 11.15.15 at 6:53 pm

Herb said:

And in the final analysis that is what is going to end the war in Syria and with ISIL, diplomacy, whether Republicans and Canadian Conservatives like it or not.

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isn’t this how “taliban jack” layton earned his nickname?

#66 liquidincalgary on 11.15.15 at 6:58 pm

#6 sentry on 11.15.15 at 3:17 pm

When is someone from the world of moderate Islam going to stand up and make a definitive statement about how they feel about these attacks,and what they are going to do about it…..I see nothing and hear nothing from the leaders of their faith that would confirm that they are on our side……

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there is a calgary based imam who not only speaks out against muslim terrorism; but, has declared fatwa against isil

#67 Linda on 11.15.15 at 7:01 pm

Sadly, there are always going to be people who delight in causing pain & destruction. They neither build or create but only destroy. Essentially they are rabid animals & as such they need to be put down as humanely & as quickly as possible. One does not hate a rabid animal, but everyone understands that they must be eliminated for the greater good.

#68 The real Kip on 11.15.15 at 7:05 pm

A lot will depend on how hard the French hit back at Isis. They’ve said they will show no mercy and they have the means to back up that statement.

I get the feeling that when the French finish with what’s left of Libya and Syria, they won’t be able to find a rock to crawl under. Justin Trudeau is right, bring the F-18’s home.

#69 young & foolish on 11.15.15 at 7:12 pm

“A FANATIC, religious or political, is a grim “straight shooter”: he can’t tolerate doubt. Ambiguity, levels of meaning, humour, are not acceptable”

In other words, a simpleton. It must be a special feeling, thinking that you KNOW your way is the RIGHT way.

#70 Smudgekin on 11.15.15 at 7:17 pm

Irrelevance on Canadian PM. Whoever it be. Still a pipsqueak on global stage.

#71 rawdiswar on 11.15.15 at 7:20 pm

Fear and Loathing in Canada

http://theblogthatwroteitself.blogspot.ca/2015/05/no-fear.html

#72 BobC on 11.15.15 at 7:22 pm

Is it bad to remind everybody that there is only one Koran?

#73 gulnar on 11.15.15 at 7:23 pm

“#332 gulnar on 11.15.15 at 10:11 am

“Syrian refugees are mostly innocent people.”

Mostly? We need to make sure they are all innocent.

MF”

My Suggestion to bring refugees. Just bring Widows, orphans and professional people.
Security screening should not be compromised.

#74 MSM-Free Zone on 11.15.15 at 7:27 pm

I’m guessing if you’re dumb enough to allow a few of your own political wackos to carpet bomb a hundred thousand foreign civilians for no other reason than some trumped up, bullshit partisan intel, leaving a starving, disillusioned, military power vacuum behind, you’re equally dumb enough not to see the consequences of your actions.

Mission accomplished! (truer words were never spoken).

#75 Smoking Man on 11.15.15 at 7:31 pm

21 Bottoms_Up on 11.15.15 at 4:09 pm
#6 sentry on 11.15.15 at 3:17 pm
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Definitively they have (I saw a couple Canadian ayatollahs on the news a few months back denouncing terrorism). There is even a group of Muslims in Calgary committed to ‘de-radicalizing’ youth that they see are on the wrong path, and there have been marches/protests by Muslims in Canada against terrorism.
……

Jesus christ you finally post something I can agree with..

We should not attack Muslims… they are everyday Joe’s just like others, trying to put food on the table for their kids.

Hate can easily manifest itself after shit like this, look what the Pope did to Jews in the 30 tees.

Its unfortunate that humans are so stupid, beilve in Gods.. and take it to bat crazy extreams..crazy

But we live in a world of bull shit, our masters goal..

Own your beleaf system..then they own you..

That’s way I despise librarals… they speak for the tribe, not the individual….

Only a big group of individuals, pissed at each other can save the world…

#76 Mocha on 11.15.15 at 7:33 pm

#18:

This quote from Heartiste is dedicated to you:

“Dylann roof shooting: NOW IS THE TIME TO TALK ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACY; muslim mass murder: HOW DARE YOU TRY TO COMMENT ON THIS NOW!!”

#77 Tony on 11.15.15 at 7:46 pm

Re: #1 For those about to flop… on 11.15.15 at 2:52 pm

I read it before it was eventually deleted but never got the gist of it.

#78 BG on 11.15.15 at 7:51 pm

“This means war” (“Cette fois c’est la guerre”) was the title of last edition of the popular News Paper “Le Parisien”.

In contact with my friends and family back in France, I realize how much the attacks impacted their thinking.

People who had always gone with the Left Wing “everybody is not nice” kind of thinking tell me it’s not working anymore,or that they were wrong all along.
Someone who’s the most humane person I’ve ever known tells me “You are French, you are found trying to join ISIS in Syria, you are a traitor, we kill you. “.

They still tell me that so far, France has not been divided and are directing their anger at ISIS. I hope it lasts.

I hope people will not scapegoat the refugees either. The Syrian Passport was an obvious attempt to do so.

Hollande’s better come with a very pragmatical -no bullshit- to fight back.

People are getting in that 1789 mood, and so am I.
I have never experienced that before.

#79 pypes_diver on 11.15.15 at 7:57 pm

Greed doesn’t even fit the same category as violence.

#80 Big Dipper on 11.15.15 at 8:01 pm

“Canada’s new prime minister has ordered that we stop” (the bombing is ISIS in Iraq).

Well, it least you didn’t call him “the kid”. That’s progress.

I got news for you. Most of the current terrorist crop does not hail from the Middle East. They are locally bred and born. The majority of the Paris attackers will turn out to be French/ Belgian. The yahoos killing Canadian soldiers – and planning to do much more? Canadians! Why? Because some second generation young male Muslims, either in Europe or here, are alienated and disenfranchised. To them Jihadism provides a focus and purpose and, if you join ISIS, a wife and a gun – plus an opportunity to shoot as many infidels as possible before being awarded with 72 virgins in heaven.

Perhaps, based on your rational we should shift our bombing targets to some Parisian (and Brussels) suburbs.

Alternatively, we could consider a more measured approach and listen to Justin Trudeau who suggested analyzing the root causes of Jihadism and addressing those, instead of the usual knee-jerk reactions

By all means, let’s analyze and address. Good strategy. — Garth

#81 Smoking Man on 11.15.15 at 8:03 pm

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#82 Washed Up Lawyer on 11.15.15 at 8:10 pm

Find the snakes that fund ISIS and then cut the heads off the snakes. Simple. I know where to start.

#83 Gray Man on 11.15.15 at 8:10 pm

For those who are not paying attention , Isis is a funded trained and equipped by the US . A tool to invade Syria an overthrow Assad.
Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.
Living in a sea of Bullcrap like Smoking man says

#84 Mocha on 11.15.15 at 8:15 pm

#56

Yes, there are some pretty significant holes, but I’ll point out one of the most obvious: US mass shootings have been committed by different races, not only whites, as you are implying. The largest mass shooting was in fact committed by a Korean American.

Most US mass shootings have been done by your hated white people, as reflects a demographic that until recent times has been a large white majority, but there have been black, hispanic, native american, and even middle eastern american shooters.

#85 For those about to flop... on 11.15.15 at 8:18 pm

#77 Tony on 11.15.15 at 7:46 pm
Re: #1 For those about to flop… on 11.15.15 at 2:52 pm

I read it before it was eventually deleted but never got the gist of it.

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Hey Tony ,I have already tried to sort this out but for the sake of transparency I will tell you what occurred.
I wrote a stupid post about T2 having flatulence trying to poke fun at the guy posting”Trudy and the turds” comments and then Oxi in Greece wrote something ” tasteless ” about the massacre in Paris and which we were both deleted for.
I bought up Blackdogs point that we were both lumped in the same group and implied that people probably thought that I said something along similar lines which did not sit well with me as I lived in the south of France for a while and wish the people of that country no harm.
I could go on but let’s just draw a line under it.

#86 TurnerNation on 11.15.15 at 8:19 pm

I’ve believed what I’ve heard, for year now that they want a form of WW3. Now, after one night, they are “at war”. Bingo. Every country must be engaged they say.
Those airliners being taken out of the sky didn’t seem to do it, so…

What happened to Alq? Or people living in caves? Their children will throw flowers at out feet? So little girls can go to school? IT NEVER WAS. This time they will show us how it’s done. :-(

Look high level..now they captivate us with manhunts, somehow all identities are known. Straw men likely. Dead men tell no tales, not a word will be spoken on public record in a court of law. Investigation is over, war time if my guess.

#87 Nagraj on 11.15.15 at 8:22 pm

#69 YOUNG & FOOLISH at 7:12PM suggests that fanatics are “simpletons”.
I’ve never met a terrorist (as far as I know) but I have known bona fide religious nuts, and some of those were very high IQ, and capable people. (All the more frightening.)
A low IQ in and of itself does not engender psychological disorientation, and a high IQ doesn’t prevent them from manifesting.

#88 Smoking Man on 11.15.15 at 8:23 pm

Bit of my book, dedicated to the victims of Paris.
Profanity galore. probably wont see the light of day here.

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You’re right. — Garth

#89 Daisy Mae on 11.15.15 at 8:23 pm

CBC: “Aisha Ahmad, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, said extremist organizations will continue to use the “style” of soft-target attacks to advance their strategic goals.

“The objective of these attacks is not simply to kill people. That’s just the trigger,” she said. “Rather, each of these murderous acts is a chess move in their global game.

We know that they are desperately counting on a particular reaction from the states they target.”

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‘Violence begets violence’. Trudeau has a difficult decision to make.

#90 Herb on 11.15.15 at 8:26 pm

#65 liquidincalgary,

isn’t this how “taliban jack” layton earned his nickname?

Yes it is, and guess what, a few years later the Afghanis and the Coalition started talking with the Taliban.

Trouble is, you have to do more than talk, and it is difficult to live up to your mistakes, especially for the “good” side. You can’t just say “sorry” and leave after years of propaganda and wasted lives and money. You have to find a way “to crawl out … standing up”, as Frank Snepp (Decent Interval) put it about the American dilemma in Vietnam.

#91 young & foolish on 11.15.15 at 8:28 pm

“Progressive” or Liberal thinking rests on the premise that all men/women (there are exceptions, of course) are inherently good. If treated fairly and justly, people will be agreeable and co-operative.

#92 Retired WI Boomer on 11.15.15 at 8:37 pm

I still have it. The e-mail my sister-in-law sent us dated Mar 21, 2003. The day the US began to attack Iraq.

It is not eloquent, but it did reflect her view point. Maybe, that’s why I kept it on my wall.

“For the first time in history, our country has struck a weaker one, unprovoked, and against public opinion of the world., with the exception of the leaders of two countries, Great Britain, and Australia, and certainly not their people. It was done to make us safer against the terrorists who struck September 11, 2001. This is a lie and sham on the people of the world. It is to achieve regime change and this policy was formulated before September 11, and in fact before this president was put in office by the supreme court of our nation. These people needed a pawn and their money put Bush in office. He campaigned as a president who saw no need for “nation building.”

It is the policy of a neoconservative conclave who are now in power: Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Ermitage, Paul Wolfowitz, and Richard Pearle and those in the background: Elliot Abrams, William Bennett, Dan Quale, Jeb Bush, Robert Kagan, James Woolsey, William Kristol (Weekly Standard-financed by Rupert Murdoch, of FOX News fame) and many other names you would recognize.

Don’t write this off as another “flaming e-mail from your mother” and check it out yourself. On any search engine. “Project for the new american century.” Read the 90 page report if you are truly interested to know why we are in Iraq, and soon to do the same to other countries. Intelligent, experienced, and educated people that we know are starting to ask questions about this dangerous path. Our country will unfortunately not be able to get the cooperation from the rest of the world to fight terrorism with their intelligence agencies because they see us as willing to go it alone–this certainly does not breed cooperation. The sad result will be more terrorism in our country for which we will not be able to defend ourselves. We are well on the road to imperialism.”
Marilyn E 03/21/2003

While the “letter” is what it is an email from a concerned woman about the path her country had embarked. There were MANY anti-Iraq war demonstrations here prior to the invasion, few covered by MSM in-depth reporting.

Paris’ issues Friday evening are but the children of wanton invasion -in MY opine. After 11 years the nonsense continues abroad, expanded deadly. I am sorry the U.S. continues the fallacy of a ‘war on terrorism’

Future Terrorists – please note the architects back in the days, and be directed accordingly.

#93 Herb on 11.15.15 at 8:37 pm

#59 OXI in Greece,

slight historical correction –

the Japanese attacked America, whereupon the USA declared war on Japan. Then Hitler declared war on the USA, who returned the compliment. The rest is history, but I wonder what would have happened if Hitler had not declared war on the USA.

#94 young & foolish on 11.15.15 at 8:37 pm

“I’ve never met a terrorist (as far as I know) but I have known bona fide religious nuts, and some of those were very high IQ, and capable people.”

I agree it has nothing to do with IQ or problem solving. But real intelligence requires fluidity of thinking. Plenty of room for doubt, humour, and irony.

#95 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.15.15 at 8:37 pm

Thanks Garth for the advise on how to deal with terrorism:
Carry on and the stay balanced.

#96 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.15.15 at 8:45 pm

Sticking with the dog theme and relating it to Terrorism:
Kick a dog long enough and eventually he’ll bite back.

#97 Smoking Man on 11.15.15 at 8:47 pm

#87 Smoking Man on 11.15.15 at 8:23 pm
Bit of my book, dedicated to the victims of Paris.
Profanity galore. probably wont see the light of day here.

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You’re right. — Garth
…..

Perhaps I should get off my ass and Finnish the bastard.

Fk even Bernardo has a book..

Talk about feeling like a loser…

God damn dyslexia…shes such a bitch…..

#98 Peter L on 11.15.15 at 8:52 pm

Posted in the wrong topic previously, meant to be here:

Garth, you’re a little misinformed on the Syria matter.

France has been actively arming and supporting the armed extremists within Syria in an attempt to terrorize the Syrian populace, de-legitimize and abolish the Assad government, weaken Hezbollah and the Iranian axis of resistance to the Western actors in the region – Turkey, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

France and the external agitators responsible for the Syrian insurgency are to blame for the attacks. In fact, in their manifesto, the terrorists claim exactly what I have just described.

America and the treacherous West have committed nothing less than an act of vandalism upon Syria and previously Iraq.

You’re from the Harper camp, so it’s quite obvious where you stand – with the Saudi Wahhabite-sponsors and the Turks and the French, and by proxy – ISIS itself.

#99 Mrs Hubris on 11.15.15 at 8:56 pm

On your questions, Garth, I for one would like to see Canada stand up and be counted alongside other Western nations in the fight to contain ISIS. Appeasement did not stop Hitler. Withdrawing combat capability is like saying, we’re going to protect ourselves while the rest of you fight on our behalf. Where is the country’s proud military tradition there? The relative absence of terrorist atrocities on Canada’s own soil may not realisitically be evidence that appeasement works while it also meets the aim of ISIS to have Western nations withdraw support from Syria where it aims to further expand the borders of caliphate. In the meantime, the refugees desperately need a humanitarian approach and help. However, be in no doubt there have already been serious consequences for Europe. I have no idea how you guarantee that those will not increase.

#100 slim on 11.15.15 at 8:58 pm

Perhaps, unsurprisingly between 2001 and 2013, there were 406,496 American deaths by gun violence compared to 3,380 by terrorism.

ww.cnn.com/2015/10/02/us/oregon-shooting-terrorism-gun-violence/

#101 Darryl on 11.15.15 at 8:58 pm

#6 sentry on 11.15.15 at 3:17 pm

When is someone from the world of moderate Islam going to stand up and make a definitive statement about how they feel about these attacks,and what they are going to do about it…..I see nothing and hear nothing from the leaders of their faith that would confirm that they are on our side
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Amen

#102 Bill Gable on 11.15.15 at 9:02 pm

We are heartsick, after this Paris attack – and feel Blessed that we were there a few months ago, and are safe at home. We had our kids with us. My mind reels.

#103 Herb on 11.15.15 at 9:06 pm

43 Not a Libtard … (but definitely a Neandercon),

since I read comments from the bottom up to make sure I don’t miss anything of interest, you are last – and, by coincidence, least.

Coming from someone with your record since popping up here, I consider your comment proof of of my comment, as well as a personal compliment.

Keep up the good work of exposing the mental bankruptcy of your side.

#104 saskatoon on 11.15.15 at 9:06 pm

#50 Smoking Man

exactly.

the state monopolizes use of force.

if people start defending themselves…

then this monopoly breaks…

and BIG money is lost…!!

i can guarantee:

if canadians weren’t so helpless, the city of toronto (for example) wouldn’t have to pay (steal?) over ONE BILLION bucks a year for cops.

let the individual defend himself.

promote freedom, protect yourself and your family, put a crapload more loot back in your own pocket, and break state monopoly.

END.
GUN.
CONTROL.

#105 MSM-Free Zone on 11.15.15 at 9:08 pm

#91 Retired WI Boomer on 11.15.15 at 8:37 pm
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Excellent post.

It’s unfortunate that, unlike your mother, so many on both sides are unable to see the forest for the trees.

#106 Ex-Cowtown on 11.15.15 at 9:09 pm

ISIS is a corporation. Cut off their funding and they die. I hate to agree with Trump, but it may be time to shut down their oilfields and refineries. Nobody wants the environmental nightmare, but the alternative gets uglier the longer you wait.

China will just have to look elsewhere for oil.

#107 Sheane Wallace on 11.15.15 at 9:12 pm

Canada has no place in any wars, if somebody disagrees they can send they own sons and daughters to fight and ‘protect our freedoms’ in Syria, Iraq.

Let’s not forget that Libya, Iraq, Syria (the birth places of ISIS) were destabilized after the west decided to intervene in relatively peaceful countries.

Nobody is bombing or shooting in Finland or New Zealand. We started being target after Harper’s government participation in the war in the Middle East.

We do not want terror here.
Enough with the ‘divide and conquer’ empire inspirations. Just stay/go home.

#108 AfterTheHouseSold on 11.15.15 at 9:22 pm

#34 Herb
“…that is what is going to end the war in Syria and with ISIL, diplomacy…”

Allah: name for God in Islam

Infidel: an unbeliever, a person who adheres to a religion other than one’s own.

Jihad: a holy war against unbelievers.

The only thing that will end this war is when we all bow down and praise Allah.

Know thy enemy.

Uninformed comment. A tiny number of adherents are jihadists. Islam is a peaceful religion. — Garth

#109 tundra pete on 11.15.15 at 9:23 pm

Go ahead nutbar jihadis. Pulling that crap in this country, will for sure end badly for you and your whimpy religion. You will fall quicker than a yvr condo in a housing bubble.

I have all the tricks in the book waiting for your swine asses to pull that crap in my hood. You will find the taste of lead divine.

#110 Bobs ur uncle on 11.15.15 at 9:26 pm

#83 Mocha

Timothy McVeigh ring any bells? Or the columbine kids?

Clearly the point is lost on you. It’s about not tarring the entire group because of the deeds of a few outliers within their ranks – be they white males, Muslims, Jews, whoever. Every group seems to manage to produce folks with a few screws loose who go off. Doesn’t mean we should automatically close our borders to everyone who looks like they do.

#111 Bytor the Snow Dog on 11.15.15 at 9:33 pm

Re: Jets- Buy new ones, not F-35’s. Then keep them here to protect us.

Re: Cutting off funds to ISIS- The USA and Saudi Arabia have deeper pockets than you do.

Re: Syrian immigrants- allow them in AFTER proper INTENSIVE screening.

Re: Mrs. Hubris- you go first. I think it’s a little different if you have to put your life on the line. Got a white feather?

I refuse to give in to the paranoia- all of you should too.

#112 MSM-Free Zone on 11.15.15 at 9:33 pm

#102 saskatoon on 11.15.15 at 9:06 pm
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saskatoon, Idaho. Couldn’t find it anywhere on the map.

Perhaps I need to broaden my search near Wako, Texas.

#113 Not 1st on 11.15.15 at 9:33 pm

The Syrians won’t cause any problems if we locate them to Nunavut. Hard to make bombs if you are shivering in the dark for 9 months of the year.

You know The UK and USA took down the nazis and the Japanese in less than 4 yrs and yet they cannot get a handle on 10000 sexually frustrated losers in the desert wearing black pyjamas and driving Toyota trucks. No wonder they are getting bolder by the day.

#114 Not 1st on 11.15.15 at 9:36 pm

Uninformed comment. A tiny number of adherents are jihadists. Islam is a peaceful religion. — Garth

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Please read the Koran and then get back to us. It’s nothing of the sort and its was spread by the sword

The Bible is also a hotbed of brutality. You have no case. This is not about religion. — Garth

#115 Rick Rule on 11.15.15 at 9:41 pm

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#116 SWL1976 on 11.15.15 at 9:41 pm

I do have one more thing to say today…

#91 Retired WI Boomer – Great post thanks for sharing that. I bet many thought she was off her rocker at the time.

For all those comparing ISIS of today to Nazi Germany in WW2 – Not even the same league

Also, for all those who are dissing refugees wanting to escape violence for a better life…

Perhaps you should consider your own, or your friends blood lines. Many fled Nazi Germany to escape the violence, and many donned the uniforms of their new found country to fight against the enemy they fled.

Many also went on to lead peaceful lives and contribute to a healthy society.

#117 Bytor the Snow Dog on 11.15.15 at 9:43 pm

Actually Garth, for the extremists, it is about religion.

And I ain’t jus talkin’ bout Muslims.

Disagree. It’s always about the same thing. Power. — Garth

#118 JR on 11.15.15 at 9:44 pm

Very sad events. Thou shall not kill.
On a side note.Don’t see a lot of people talking about this, or doing anything about it:

“Last week, the Mexican government released new data showing that between 2007 and 2014 — a period that accounts for some of the bloodiest years of the nation’s war against the drug cartels — more than 164,000 people were victims of homicide. Nearly 20,000 died last year alone, a substantial number, but still a decrease from the 27,000 killed at the peak of fighting in 2011.”

#119 Smoking Man on 11.15.15 at 9:46 pm

#102 saskatoon on 11.15.15 at 9:06 pm
#50 Smoking Man

exactly.

the state monopolizes use of force.

if people start defending themselves…

then this monopoly breaks…

and BIG money is lost…!!

i can guarantee:

if canadians weren’t so helpless, the city of toronto (for example) wouldn’t have to pay (steal?) over ONE BILLION bucks a year for cops.

let the individual defend himself.

promote freedom, protect yourself and your family, put a crapload more loot back in your own pocket, and break state monopoly.

END.
GUN.
CONTROL.
…….

Don’t fear cops, less they are short Italians..

#120 Bytor the Snow Dog on 11.15.15 at 9:49 pm

Yes. Religion has always been about power.

#121 OH Canada....youe protest vote was wasted. on 11.15.15 at 9:50 pm

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#122 TRT on 11.15.15 at 9:51 pm

So much for uncontrolled immigration. It ruins it for those already established 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants. Would suck to be a muslim in France over the next decade. Good job prospects just vanished.

1) Biggest anti-immigration march in Poland’s history.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/618943/EU-flag-burned-Poland-Warsaw-Brussels-chants-eurosceptic

2) France wants to ban mosques.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/11/15/france-urged-to-annihilate-islamic-radicals.html

#123 Smoking Man on 11.15.15 at 9:52 pm

#118 Bytor the Snow Dog on 11.15.15 at 9:49 pm
Yes. Religion has always been about power.

Welcome to climate change…

#124 Love my Kia on 11.15.15 at 9:52 pm

Dont forget Tim McVeigh (bombing of government building that killed 168 people) and the Unabomber.

White men, Christian.

#125 common sense on 11.15.15 at 9:53 pm

#118 Bytor

Religion has always been about power AND control.

Ever notice how anyone reacts in this world when they have no power and control?

#126 TRT on 11.15.15 at 9:54 pm

This is not going to end well.

#127 Darryl on 11.15.15 at 9:56 pm

#115 Bytor the Snow Dog on 11.15.15 at 9:43 pm

Actually Garth, for the extremists, it is about religion.

And I ain’t jus talkin’ bout Muslims.

Disagree. It’s always about the same thing. Power. — Garth
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First you get the money . Then you get the power .

#128 Bytor the Snow Dog on 11.15.15 at 9:57 pm

Then you get the wimmenz…

#129 young & foolish on 11.15.15 at 9:59 pm

“let the individual defend himself.
promote freedom, protect yourself and your family … ”

There is something terribly wrong here … in case nobody else took notice.

#130 Bytor the Snow Dog on 11.15.15 at 9:59 pm

@121 Smoking Man

True story. Although I tend to believe the vast majority of the Believers (like any religion) have good intentions.

#131 Smoking Man on 11.15.15 at 9:59 pm

Uninformed comment. A tiny number of adherents are jihadists. Islam is a peaceful religion. — Garth
…..

God damn, you’re one brave bastard with that comment.

All religion has it’s place.. a refuge for the recently bent overs.

Why not tale it like a man. Go insane, drink and smoke weed, it’s about to be legalized…

My posts are going to get more confusing going forward.

I love life…

#132 Love my Kia on 11.15.15 at 10:07 pm

The Bible is also a hotbed of brutality. You have no case. This is not about religion. — Garth
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An aethiest friend of mine summed it up best, “religion is used as the means to control people.” We have perverted the message of God to suit our own needs.

You’ve got that right Garth, no religion or culture is innocent of atrocities in ‘the name of the Lord’.

Terrorism has been around for centuries and will continue to be an unfortunate part of the human race.

#133 Smoking Man on 11.15.15 at 10:09 pm

#128 Bytor the Snow Dog on 11.15.15 at 9:59 pm
@121 Smoking Man

True story. Although I tend to believe the vast majority of the Believers (like any religion) have good intentions.
.

Wrong…they are stupid no connection to logic..

#134 lee on 11.15.15 at 10:12 pm

Does anyone recall the last time in the recent past where France took unilateral military action? They may be serious this time.

#135 AfterTheHouseSold on 11.15.15 at 10:12 pm

#106 my comment

“Islam is a peaceful religion”. Garth

I was referring only to the terrorist group ISIL as per Herbs comment, not all Islam. I am sorry if I did not make myself clear.

#136 Nemesis on 11.15.15 at 10:12 pm

#N’aiePasPeur…#IlsDoiventTriompher… #HonneurEtFidélité…

https://youtu.be/TwM3oYi5ltQ

#137 Mrs Hubris on 11.15.15 at 10:13 pm

# Bytor the Snow Dog “You go first. Got a white feather?”

You underline my point. There are many Muslims from a range of countries, Americans, Brits, Russians and Frenchmen out there, not to mention others. So is the issue about standing together or about preventing Canadians being harmed?

#138 John in Mtl on 11.15.15 at 10:14 pm

@#60 JamesA on 11.15.15 at 6:46 pm, wrote:

…”would help us in this effort? Drones.”

… “If the drones are cheap enough to make, we can just send in thousands and saturate an opponents AA positions. We could use the drones to patrol our giant border too…”

Now that is something to give the Bombardier engineers to do; and put Quebec’s 1-Billion$ loan to work on something useful. Maybe we could build even better ones than the Americans!

#139 Paul on 11.15.15 at 10:19 pm

#6 sentry on 11.15.15 at 3:17 pm
When is someone from the world of moderate Islam going to stand up and make a definitive statement about how they feel about these attacks,and what they are going to do about it…..I see nothing and hear nothing from the leaders of their faith that would confirm that they are on our side……
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Moderate Islam ?
Confirm that they are on our side??
lol Somebody better wake up!

#140 Ralph Cramdown on 11.15.15 at 10:20 pm

#51 Ex-Cowtown — “[…] Progressive Denial is staggering, all encompassing and obdurate.”

There’s no point blaming progressives for politics you don’t like, just as there’s no point blaming right wingers. Politics is made in the mushy middle, by moderates who switch parties. It is the job of partisans on both the left and the right to choose leaders that the middle can vote for, then hope for the best, not to choose candidates unelectable by moderates and then complain about the views of those at the far end of the spectrum.

What have we seen lately? The premier of Alberta, head of a party in power for forty years, blames the electorate for budget issues, says he’ll raise taxes on voters but not corporations. The end. Federal Liberals ran with Dion, then Ignatieff. The end. Ontario PC leader campaigns on a promise to fire 100,000 public sector workers. The end. US Republican leaders are trying desperately to upset their frontrunner, who is likely the ONLY candidate in their race who can beat Clinton. The end? Surely we don’t need to revisit the anti-voter behaviour of the Harper government (“alienating moderates, one by one and issue by issue”).

It is the nature of partisan politics to overlook the warts on your own candidate and magnify those on the other guy. But the people who end up deciding the elections aren’t under those illusions.

#141 TurnerNation on 11.15.15 at 10:22 pm

#49 does that story make any sense? That they just discovered all that stuff out in the open in only one day? Or why didn’t they do this months ago. In a country completely over run with foreign military and electronic and satellite survielance?
Great propaganda win. Go get em?!

Could it be…there are no battlefields only dense populated cities…perhaps being cleared only to be rebuilt using our tax/aid money and corporations.
A culture destroyed. …like they stood by while Iraqi museums were looted.
I maintain IS is a well funded resistance group. Being used to play the other side…while 1st World countries who’ve spent trillions on defence play helpless at home defence. See: Sept 2001.
Rumsfeld reportedly said Get me anything to do with Iraq, and they had their in. 15yrs later…we have refugees. It’s all planned out. Smart people and computer simulations. NOTHING is left to chance. People watched on watch lists…then they stand down.
There is nothing new out there.

#142 Rexx Rock on 11.15.15 at 10:22 pm

I don’t get it,the USA and Britain are funding Isis and al qaeda or whatever you want to call it to fight and help over throw both leaders of Libya and Syria.They created this refugee crisis and all this blood shed including Afghanistan and Iraq.

#143 Love my Kia on 11.15.15 at 10:23 pm

“Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” Benjamin Franklin

#144 Gulf Breeze on 11.15.15 at 10:23 pm

This is about powerful monied interests using religious zealotry of the few to tarnish peoples of entire regions. Bomb Syria? Hell. Bomb those funding ISIS and wonder if your own portfolio doesn’t take an indirect hit.

The Syrian refugees are fleeing this sh** storm. They are fleeing being blown to smithereens. We should take as many in as we possibly can and refrain from ‘helping’ them in any other way. The Middle East has been helped to death…literally.

#145 ozy = hahaha more paper money thrown from the BEC onto rich hands on 11.15.15 at 10:24 pm

hahaha more paper money thrown from the BEC onto rich hands

HYPERINFLATION when the sheeple realize THEY WORK FOR FAR far far LESS THAN THOUGHT

woof-woof :)

#146 Paul on 11.15.15 at 10:24 pm

#7 I’m stupid on 11.15.15 at 3:19 pm
Changing policies and enacting new laws only creates more terrorism. You cannot defend yourself against a person or group who is willing to die just to kill a few citizens. You can close the borders or implement marshal law but that will only restrict the majority. It’s tragic that innocent people lose their lives but being afraid is not the answer.
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You are wrong, Being afraid is a good think most people put up the best fight when they are afraid. It makes them act!!

#147 Not 1st on 11.15.15 at 10:24 pm

If it’s not about religion how come we never see Buddhist monks or Mormons or Harry krishnas blowing themselves up. It IS about religion. It always has been. Power is just a misnomer for the same thing.

It’s this naïveté and our misplaced sympathies that allow these elements to exploit our freedoms.

#148 lee on 11.15.15 at 10:26 pm

What do you people think about Volkswagen stock? I think the storm is over. Time to buy?

#149 Fran on 11.15.15 at 10:26 pm

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#150 Exurban on 11.15.15 at 10:27 pm

#36 Spaccone

The good news: Ahmadiyya Muslims and Ismaili Muslims actually are fairly enlightened people and generally make pretty good citizens.

The bad news: There are no more than a million of each. At least 98% of the world’s Muslims consider both sects to be apostates.

#151 Smoking Man on 11.15.15 at 10:27 pm

Fk still in the casino..

No idea how my paradice by the dashboard contract is doing tonight.

While she pushes buttons for the jackpot, I’m killing a bottal of jd hopefully finding God , so i can punch his face in…

God I was the goon in Jr hockey..

You know that, scared shirtless of debating me….

Coward..

#152 AfterTheHouseSold on 11.15.15 at 10:27 pm

# 106 my comment

“Islam is a peaceful religion”. Garth

I was referring only to the terrorist ISIL as per Herbs comment, not all Islam. I am sorry if that was not clear.

#153 Where's The Money Guido? on 11.15.15 at 10:28 pm

Sorry Garth, I effed up….

#154 Big Dipper on 11.15.15 at 10:30 pm

“By all means, let’s analyze and address. Good strategy. — Garth”

Indeed, such a good strategy that the Cons commissioned a report on the same:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/internet-plays-role-in-terrorism-but-is-rarely-the-single-cause-study-says-1.3316721

#155 Lee bow on 11.15.15 at 10:31 pm

Isolationism is not a solution. First is that we can’t isolate. Look at all the old stock boys raised in rough env’t, on assistance, crappy outlook. Example – so called luka magnotta of fenelon falls. He is a weirdo, but he’s not the only one. I speculate that he got on that path cause all other options were very boring. The likes of him can be recruited in no time. Not the most efficient fellas but then this Paris attack wasn’t very well planned either. That’s not the ultimate objective I guess.

Second, withdrawing from there means Cpc are gonna get in, for better or worse. If you were ever worried about ussr’s influence over parts of Africa and ME, that was nothing. Cpc are much more pragmatic. The economics may change a fair bit.

West (and French too) were pretty smart about all this for a long time. Installed loyal cannibals all over. I struggle to explain why they wanted to mess with saddam, ghaddafi and now assad. We’re they asking too much? But then there was a whole bunch of Saudis in 911 and they are doing just fine, chop some extremities every once in a while. Forget about that D thing. Somehow it became an issue for muammar.

#156 Where's The Money Guido? on 11.15.15 at 10:32 pm

RE:
#32 gut check on 11.15.15 at 4:49 pm

#13 Drill Baby Drill on 11.15.15 at 3:43 pm
#7 I’m Stupid
“being afraid is not the answer”
No but being smart is. Defending yourself is. Putting in place measures that will to some extent protect your home country is.

If we let these cowards move among us with impunity then we do not deserve to have a safe country.

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most of us are so over this sentiment. Come on into the new millenium, where we recognize that the real cowards are in business suits.

Don’t forget the politicians’ suits….
Oh yeah, they’re too important to fight the wars they start. MF’s

#157 Fran on 11.15.15 at 10:34 pm

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#158 Ralph Cramdown on 11.15.15 at 10:37 pm

And if anyone wants a somewhat topical film suggestion: “La haine,” showing life in the bainlieus 20 years ago. After that superb but somewhat depressing piece of celluloid, treat yourself to Vincent Cassel’s based-on-a-true crime extravaganza, co-starring Montreal, “Mesrine.” Vive le cinéma français! Bonus assignment: “Un prophète”

#159 Fran on 11.15.15 at 10:39 pm

Deleted- research “false flag”

Research “dead bodies on Paris streets.” — Garth

#160 Lee bow on 11.15.15 at 10:40 pm

The only full solution is economic well being ( or perception of such) for everybody. I doubt it’s feasible if we are not talking sci Fi. Realistically, economic incentives are achievable. Whoever wins over Syria, let them make money on oil, drive Bentleys, etc. That would reduce their desire to steer the things up

#161 Smoking Man on 11.15.15 at 10:42 pm

Where I’m at right now
The Handsome Family
…..

We stopped for coffee in the Redwood forest
Giant dripping leaves, spoons of powdered cream
I wanted to kiss you but I wasn’t sure how
Like those indians, lost in the rainforest
Forced to drag burning wood wherever they went
They all had forgotten how to start a fire

This is why people OD on pills
And jump from the Golden Gate Bridge
Anything to feel weightless again

Those poor lost indians when the white man found them
Most died of TB, the rest went insane
In our motel room, you’re drinking Slice and gin
Reading Moby Dick on the other bed
Remember the first time we slept together
You said it felt like when you learned to float

This is why people OD on pills
And jump from the Golden Gate Bridge
Anything to feel weightless again

#162 Not 1st on 11.15.15 at 10:44 pm

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#163 Herb on 11.15.15 at 10:45 pm

Further to Ralph Cramdown’s film recommendations at #156, watch “The Battle of Algiers” to see what terrorism and terrorists are about.

#164 Smoking Man on 11.15.15 at 10:48 pm

The easy out…

Someone to blame..

Freedom is, it was my doing.

#165 Big Dipper on 11.15.15 at 10:49 pm

“The Bible is also a hotbed of brutality. You have no case. This is not about religion. — Garth”

Intolerance is part all three Abrahamic monotheisms. Christianity has some of its rougher edges smoothed over the last few hundred years – and not everywhere.

#166 Ralph Cramdown on 11.15.15 at 10:50 pm

#106 AfterTheHouseSold — “Infidel: an unbeliever, a person who adheres to a religion other than one’s own.”

Ignoramus: One who spouts off about things he knows little about.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_of_the_Book

#167 Nation bulls on 11.15.15 at 10:54 pm

Garth, I take you worked for CSE while you were in office with Harper’s government. Having the knowledge of terror and combine it with stock market, doesn’t surprise me.
Greed doesn’t even fit the same category as violence. The acts that come with terrorism isn’t just power trip pay back to nation bulls.

Was not in his government, and don’t know what CSE is. — Garth

#168 to_be_frank on 11.15.15 at 10:59 pm

#14 Vangrrl on 11.15.15 at 3:46 pm
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/g20-turkey-trudeau-1.3319803

Rock star indeed. Lol
Eat your hearts out righties..!!
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JT appears to have nothing to say about the matter of greatest immediate concern to the G20 leaders – namely how to confront ISIS going forward. He can’t make a coherent argument about why or when we should pull our F18 jets from the coalition. Nice smile and good for selfies, but not much to contribute on foreign policy. The male equivalent of a dumb blonde.

#169 AisA on 11.15.15 at 11:02 pm

Your responses are disturbingly balanced and fair this evening Garth. That’s a compliment.

#170 Brad on 11.15.15 at 11:04 pm

Love this blog. I was just wondering if there are plans for a Facebook version. Maybe a closed group?

#171 Washed Up Lawyer on 11.15.15 at 11:09 pm

#111 Not 1st on 11.15.15 at 9:33 pm
You know The UK and USA took down the nazis and the Japanese in less than 4 yrs and …
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You might want to footnote Russia in your essay on WWII history. Broaden your understanding of military history.

Start with “Russia At War – 1941-1945″ by Alexander Werth. A dandy book.

And we may be witnessing a redux that we will owe some thanks to.

#172 InfraInfra on 11.15.15 at 11:16 pm

#24 Plain Talk on 11.15.15 at 4:23 pm
“Trudeau made his diplomatic debut Sunday morning with a bilateral meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. In that meeting, the prime minister pledged $14 million for infrastructure spending in Indonesia.”

$14 million for infrastructure spending?????
Izzat correct???Talk about being a cheap Charlie. The Japanese recently pledged about $20Billion to Asean.

That $14M will probably be enough for a few all expenses paid first class junkets for party hacks to Bali, followed by a 300 page report which concludes that infrastructure in the region is lacking and is an impediment to further growth. Canada then follows with a Team Canada expedition full of politicians and salesman trying to sell Zambonis and Bombardier trains to Indonesia, only to find out that the Japanese and Chinese have already divided the spoils amongst themselves long before….

Undeterred by this setback, Trudeau heads off to Papua New Guinea and announces a record $15million in infrastructure aid…..unfortunately the hilly terrain does not allow for train travel and he heads home to a heroes welcome for putting Canada back on the global map…never mind this will all be explained in the next 300 page white paper

#173 gut check on 11.15.15 at 11:19 pm

@ #48 Drill Baby Drill – your response to me makes little sense. I don’t even know what to say to you. “Money is a coward?” — i don’t know what that means.

@ #154 Where’s The Money Guido? – a suit is a suit except when it is a metaphor. :) I agree with you

#174 TurnerNation on 11.15.15 at 11:22 pm

I guess the TPP no longer will be in the news.

#175 Fran on 11.15.15 at 11:27 pm

Are you that simple? I am not argueing wether there were sctual prople that died. Nor am I showing any disrespect for that possibility. It is very convenient ‘attack’ dont you think? Now go ahead and research the over 40 government admitted false flags. Is this different?
NO

Say goodnight, Fran. — Garth

#176 Ex-Cowtown on 11.15.15 at 11:28 pm

Intolerance to different degrees is preached in all religions. How else can you get anyone to sign-up? Telling them you know “the one true way” is necessary to differentiate your product in an increasingly noisy marketplace.

Islam differs in that it is highly decentralized; there is no Pope, Dalai Lama or central leader. This means that local crack-pots can have undue influence over a few wackos. Tougher to deal with.

I’ve worked with numerous of Muslims and they are by and large very good people, though a couple were mildy annoying. But no more than a few Bible thumpers that I wanted to likewise drop-kick.

The larger issue is the corruption of their Islamic faith from within. Only they can deal with that themselves. But this doesn’t mean that we need to sit idly by and not defend ourselves while they get it sorted out.

#177 Nim Acroman on 11.15.15 at 11:30 pm

Garth,

You may need to upgrade some of the acronyms being bandied about…

Their have been several mergers, acquisitions, takeovers, and reorganization in the Muslim terror world franchises these days, what with the Nusra Front, and IS. Isis, Isil, Al Qaeda may no longer be the sole perpetrators……even Black September is long gone…

On a different note, why not get Trump to build a wall around the middle east(after he has finished the Mexican one).

#178 45north on 11.15.15 at 11:32 pm

Canada may so far be a haven from terrorist activities (the Hill shooting and the hit-and-runs notwithstanding) but we are frozen in the grip of the worst commodity rout since the late 1990s.

I had to read the sentence several times to understand it. The key word being from.

I’m afraid that we are engaged in a global conflict which has already crossed our borders. I pray that we will have the courage to face it and defeat it.

#179 MF on 11.15.15 at 11:35 pm

#10 Ralph Cramdown on 11.15.15 at 3:34 pm

“How often have you stood up and denounced the heinous actions of one of your [countrymen, co-religionists, ethnic group] and put forth a plan to stop future occurrences? Do your neighbours shame you for not doing so? I’m sure you’ve got a lot to apologize for, so please begin.”

-There is always a denunciation from the Canadian Muslim community when these events happen. The same thing happens around the world as well.

Thing is when something that inflames the world’s Muslims occurs, there are millions of them around the world marching in the streets chanting.

I think that’s where the belief that the moderates are “silent” originates from.

MF

It’s easy to

#180 MF on 11.15.15 at 11:35 pm

^ bad editing on my past post. Apologies.

MF

#181 cd on 11.15.15 at 11:36 pm

wow there is a lot interesting comments tonight…

anyways, back to real estate… saw this in the detroit papers

http://www.freep.com/story/money/real-estate/michigan-house-envy/2015/11/14/house-envy-indian-village-michigan-mansion/75512320/

a lot cheaper than anything from vancouver or toronto and its really nice.

#182 For those about to flop... on 11.15.15 at 11:39 pm

Last week the big news was about pieces of shit being flushed in the St Lawrence river.
Since then it’s been all about pieces of shit attacking innocent people in Paris…

#183 Fran on 11.15.15 at 11:49 pm

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#184 MF on 11.15.15 at 11:53 pm

#332 SWL1976 on 11.15.15 at 8:35 am

“I case you haven’t noticed the war on terror purposely has no end in sight. This is no mistake. This mess has just gotten started

Your generalization towards people of the middle east is rather disgusting”

-It does have a 1984 feel to it, but I think you need to know where to separate fact from fiction.

I knew friends who lived in Israel or were there during the second intifada around 2000. Israel was faced with dealing with this kind of religious extremism at the time and it’s the same type of extremism we are witnessing in Europe now too.

BG was right last night when he/she mentioned that France must remain tolerant of its Muslim community to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control like the Israeli/Palestinian one did.

MF

#185 Fed-up on 11.15.15 at 11:54 pm

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#186 Fran on 11.15.15 at 11:57 pm

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#187 Mrs Hubris on 11.16.15 at 12:07 am

Good grief. This discussion needs some reading. Here’s one article. It offers insight into the long term aims of ISIS and makes clear that peaceful Muslims (or non Muslims) within geographical range and/or in neighbouring countries are under the greatest and most imminent threat. But the wider implications are global and that includes Canada; both Muslims and non-Muslims are also and potentially threatened by the implications of this conflict. Is it worth considering this is not simply all the fault of past imperialism or the US?

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/03/what-isis-really-wants/384980/?utm_source=SFFB

#188 MF on 11.16.15 at 12:08 am

#142 Gulf Breeze on 11.15.15 at 10:23 pm

You are right. We don’t “need” to do anything. We should take in zero refugees.

Who’s going to pay for it? You?

You going to find employment for them? You?

Feed them? You?

Clothe them? You?

We already have lots of immigrants working their way through the system. The process to become a Canadian citizen is actually quite difficult and usually takes years. These people risked everything to come here too. Many get deported because the process takes so long to complete, and end up with their lives ruined.

Give them the citizenship and forget the refugees.

MF

Refugees are not called immigrants for a reason. — Garth

#189 Useful Idiots' Axiom on 11.16.15 at 12:10 am

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#190 AfterTheHouseSold on 11.16.15 at 12:22 am

# 164 Ralph Cramdown

That was harsh. I did clarify my comment at #133.
Thank you for your link.

#191 chapter 9 on 11.16.15 at 12:24 am

#165 Nation bulls

was not in his government,and don’t know what CSE is.- Garth

Communication Security Establishment,Canada’s version of NSA, often work with CSIS,RCMP,CBSA.

#192 Mythical Moderate Muslim on 11.16.15 at 12:30 am

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#193 MF on 11.16.15 at 12:34 am

Refugees are not called immigrants for a reason. — Garth

Perhaps,

But the immigration process takes years to complete and requires income statements, education credentials, english/french test scores and security clearances. The process is done to ensure new immigrants integrate comfortably into our society and seems to work well.

Given that, fast tracking 25k refugees from a war zone in one month as part of a election ploy without any regard for any of the above still seems dangerous and short sighted to me.

MF

Perhaps so. But one group is making a choice, usually economic, the other is seeking survival. — Garth

#194 NoName on 11.16.15 at 12:43 am

@122 LMK

Timothy McVeigh In June 2001, a day before the execution, McVeigh wrote a letter to the Buffalo News identifying himself as agnostic.

http://cjonline.com/stories/061001/new_mcveigh.shtml

#195 always a calgarian on 11.16.15 at 12:53 am

THANK YOU FOR THE FOLLOWING 1. YOUR GUIDANCE IN MY INVESTMENTS, 2. INSIGHTS TO WHY THINGS HAPPEN IN OUR LITTLE EARTH 3. YOUR DAILY PICS OF THESE DOGGIES 4. DAILY INFORMATION ABOUT GOVERNMENT PRACTICES 5. MADE ME AN ADDICT TO READ YOUR BLOGS DAILY.
It’s a great post today Sir Garth Turner, thank you

#196 kommykim on 11.16.15 at 1:05 am

RE:

#50 Smoking Man on 11.15.15 at 5:51 pm
However there is one way to keep the casualty count down
Everybody carries a gun.

Gun deaths in the ol’ USA as per Wiki:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, firearms (excluding BB and pellet guns) were used in 84,258 nonfatal injuries (26.65 per 100,000 U.S. citizens) [2] and 11,208 deaths by homicide (3.5 per 100,000),[3] 21,175 by suicide with a firearm,[4] 505 deaths due to accidental discharge of a firearm,[4] and 281 deaths due to firearms-use with “undetermined intent”[5] for a total of 33,169 deaths related to firearms (excluding firearm deaths due to legal intervention). 1.3% of all deaths in the country were related to firearms.

So I don’t think that’s gonna work out very well….

#197 Ralph Cramdown on 11.16.15 at 1:07 am

#186 MF — “We don’t “need” to do anything. We should take in zero refugees. Who’s going to pay for it? You? You going to find employment for them? You? Feed them? You? Clothe them? You?”

Moral questions aside, we need them. As long as we’re not getting an assortment of the aged, the infirm and dullards, they’ll be good for our economy. A prime driver of economic growth is population growth. Syria’s median age is 24. Canada’s is 40, and our birth rate is below replacement at 1.61 per woman [If only we didn’t have so many ‘confirmed bachelors’ — ed.]. The problem with TFWs wasn’t so much that they were taking jobs and driving down wages, but that they were sending those wages overseas instead of spending them in Canada.

#198 AB Boxster on 11.16.15 at 1:19 am

The liberals have released how they intend to rapidly check all 25,000 refugees in no time at all.

All refugees will be encouraged to fill in a long form census.
One of the new questions is:

‘At this time, or at any time in the future, have you, or do you intend to, murder innocent citizens because of your radical nutjob beliefs?’

Those the answer this question with’Yes’ , after 2-3 years of data collation by StatsCan, will immediately be placed in touch with a Canadian civil rights lawyer.

If they refuse to answer the census form, they will fined $150.

This should be acceptable to all Canadians.

#199 boonerator on 11.16.15 at 1:25 am

When Hollande says they will be “pitiless”, he may be invoking French memory of the Algerian war in the 1960’s.
The OAS and the FLN were busy with terrorism and the French government responded vigorously.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organisation_de_l'arm%C3%A9e_secr%C3%A8te

The French have been down this road before and it will be interesting to see how they respond this time.

#200 BC_Doc on 11.16.15 at 1:33 am

My family and I spent our holidays in France this past May. We spent a week on the Right Bank staying less than a mile from several of the attacks. We are sad and sickened by the maiming and murder of innocents in Paris.

15 years of terror attacks against the West. When will this end?

#201 kommykim on 11.16.15 at 1:36 am

The so called “War on Terror” is the perfect war. It is endless with a vague enemy whose face shifts as the winds blow. The US military industrial complex is undamaged and can continue to pump out the weapons indefinitely. WW2 lasted around 4 years and inconvenienced the wealthy industrialists with damaged factories and lost profits (Though many made a killing). How long has this war on terror gone on? I’ve lost count.

#202 kommykim on 11.16.15 at 1:56 am

Dealing with ISIL is like dealing with a hornets nest. Poking it with a stick is pointless. Either leave it alone or destroy the entire thing. I don’t think western society has the stomach for what would need to be done to totally eradicate ISIL.

#203 Bobs ur uncle on 11.16.15 at 2:10 am

“Refugee resettlement is the least likely route for potential terrorists, says Kathleen Newland at the Migration Policy Institute, a think-tank. Of the 745,000 refugees resettled since September 11th, only two Iraqis in Kentucky have been arrested on terrorist charges, for aiding al-Qaeda in Iraq.”

From the Economist:

http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21674694-america-should-reclaim-its-role-beacon-those-fleeing-persecution-and-war-yearning?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/ed/yearningtobreathefree

#204 Love my Kia on 11.16.15 at 2:14 am

#196 should be deleted for racist comments.

#205 liquidincalgary on 11.16.15 at 2:15 am

#99 Darryl on 11.15.15 at 8:58 pm

#6 sentry on 11.15.15 at 3:17 pm

When is someone from the world of moderate Islam going to stand up and make a definitive statement about how they feel about these attacks,and what they are going to do about it…..I see nothing and hear nothing from the leaders of their faith that would confirm that they are on our side
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Amen

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here ya go fellas:

http://tarekfatah.com/

#206 don't be afraid on 11.16.15 at 2:38 am

Just a sad day in the history of France, and maybe their reaction to bomb in Syria was not the best, are they at war with Syria? It seems like it since they are bombing their land… think about that.
I kept on reading about refugees and how bad will affect our Canadian life, lazy Syrians coming to steal our beloved CPP. Well, first they are humans dislocated by people with guns which are terrorizing them, otherwise no sane person will cross Mediterranean with their children in a raft boat. Bring only families and be done with it. No single males and no fear.
Are they going to spend some of our tax moneys? Well coming back to our CPP gurus who have their third highest asset …. wait, wait Valiant $vrx, are you kidding me, one of the biggest financial scams of the year has passed the sniff test … investing in the life of 25.000 people that will eventually contribute to society and cover the $vrx flop is a worthy risk.

#207 Protea on 11.16.15 at 2:46 am

THINGS I TRUST MORE THAN JUSTIN TRUDEAU

MEXICAN TAP WATER
TAKING PILLS FROM BILL COSBY
PALESTINIAN ON A MOTORCYCLE
BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS
GAS STATION SUSHI

He’s his mother’s son. Look out !!

#208 Rural Rick on 11.16.15 at 3:14 am

Daesh is George Bush spelled backwards.
Sure be nice if the world could find away to peace. It’s all any community needs. We know how to plant, invest, and procreate. We will do none of those things if we are not secure in our homes. We need a way to keep people safe. All of them.

#209 Vangrrl on 11.16.15 at 4:00 am

#29 Not A Lib and #52 AB: You guys are hilarious. Rock Star can be colloquial for talented, attractive. Yes, it looks like the way a male presents himself matters- what do you know! Harper was frumpy and sloppy looking and never cracked a smile.

#79: Big Dipper, ‘Well at least you didn’t call him the kid. That’s progress’. – Exactly. To Be Frank’s comment pretty much summed up the attitude among many of the commenters here who for some reason feel threatened by our new PM (perhaps he’s too in touch with his feminine side for their liking?).
I quote To Be Frank, ‘He is the equivalent of a dumb blond’. I can tell you this much- I’m living in Europe and have been surprised at the number of times in the past couple weeks people say ‘Hey- that new PM of yours…’ when I say I’m Canadian. He’s going to be good for our country in many ways.
Give him a chance. Change s good.

#210 Ken Lovegrove on 11.16.15 at 5:50 am

I was in South Quay Docklands, London when the IRA broke the cease fire and exploded a bomb nearby blowing in the windows of the pub where me and my mate were having a beer. I remember the barman calmly said to everyone, take your time and finish your beers. I was in London when the bus bombs went off and on the same tube train as the poor Brazilian guy who was gunned down by the metropolitan police because they thought he was a terrorist. All very scary but I’m a strong believer that it is better to walk tall than roll over and submit to terrorism.

#211 A Nobody on 11.16.15 at 7:48 am

” Islam is a religion of peace”- Garth

Perhaps that is the intention but there is no denying that the Koran is the hotbed ,the absolute motherlode of bad ideas with the bible and Torah not to far behind.

As the dominant species on the planet , we all need to lose these Bronze Age, primitive belief structures and embrace reason and responsibility.

#212 The real Kip on 11.16.15 at 7:50 am

Wow, the French sure sell a lot of weaponry in the Middle East.

http://m.france24.com/en/20150503-arms-sales-becoming-france-new-el-dorado-but-what-cost-francois-hollande-saudi-arabia-rafale

Bring home the F-18’s.

#213 Ontario's Left Coast on 11.16.15 at 7:54 am

I just read something so idiotic in today’s National Post (Millennial Money profile) that I just had to share:
“…We recognize that the Toronto housing market is insanely hot, so we would like to buy a detached home as soon as possible, as big as possible.”

Warning bells all over the place, so let’s just spend right into that coming avalanche. Just speechless at the utter stupidity of the herd.

#214 saskatoon on 11.16.15 at 8:14 am

pew poll:

in 2006, 42% of young french muslims supported suicide bombings:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/05/22/us-usa-muslims-poll-idUSN2244293620070522#1O3Ka7kcd32WLRmk.97

The story says: “About one-quarter of young American Muslims believe to some extent that suicide bombings can be justified to defend Islam, while nearly 80% of all U.S. Muslims reject such attacks, a survey showed on Tuesday.” — Garth

#215 pbrasseur on 11.16.15 at 8:28 am

All I got to say about ISIS and terrorists is that I want my government to participate in fighting this global threat. That includes humanitarian AND military efforts. Got that Justin?

#216 family beagle on 11.16.15 at 9:09 am

I read the post and the comments. I guess this note is to all, because we are here, gathered in an odd blog that sometimes acts like a forum. We may have different views, attitudes and temperaments, but anyone who reaches out in discussion, with words, is my brother or sister. I like being pugnacious and mischievous. I enjoy wit. These are virtues of living. It’s okay to be glib and mask sorrow, or hide fear with anger. It’s okay. We all had our shocks and traumas to get here. The only reason I feel compelled to add my small words is because each of you are wonderful. Your life is probably worth ($) more than mine. I’d probably make you hide under me in a gun battle. I think instinct would take over. I’ve cheated death.

I cannot express enough, or plead enough, how every whisper of light carried inside your blood and bone shell is precious. To hold a living being as it passes through the door is numbing. I cannot dwell on victims of catastrophe, because I am transported there. My stupid mind makes me see through their eyes and swallow their fear. It wrecks my head. Some people need to ruminate. Some people can’t. Everyone’s different.

In 1914, my grandfather came on a boat from Germany. His parents had intuition. They put everything (savings, assets) into passage for their two sons and sent them to Canada. The parents’ worst fears came true. My grandfather was fourteen and his brother was twelve. Although they would write, he never saw his parents again. The boys arrived in Halifax and traveled to a farm in Saskatchewan. He worked as labourer. He also learned the hospitality trade and eventually ran a small inn along the TransCanada highway. He married another immigrant and they had eight children. Five survived until adulthood. The others succumbed to illness very young. His wife died. He moved back to farming and grew wheat when war started again. My grandfather sent letters and money home, to help his aging parents. Letters stopped and it’s suspected they died destitute. Government representatives allowed my grandfather to continue farming and put him on a watch list, due to his ancestry. After the war, he was greatly troubled by the loss of his overseas family, but continued to work hard in the community and became a reliable friend to other farmers and townsfolk. He loved animals and his golden retriever was his dearest friend. He remarried later in life to a beautiful Canadian lady and they retired together.

My other grandfather, on my father’s side, was born in Minnesota to an immigrant father and native mother. He studied education. In 1914 he was living near Duluth when war broke out in Europe. He was nineteen years old. He traveled to north and volunteered for the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Once in England, battalions merged and he ended up in the 1st Division CMGC (machine gun core). He was injured, recovered, fell ill, recovered, was promoted twice, and finished the war as a sergeant fighting in northern France. He was awarded the MM for bravery in the field and his record is listed in the Gazette. He returned to Canada, married, and resumed teaching. He left little insight to his experience in the war and died from injuries when he was hit by a car before I was born. I suspect he was a resolute man, reflected in the ambition and tenacity of my father. One story was relayed to me… During WWII, my grandfather, a veteran of the earlier conflict, would go to the train station where German prisoners of war were being shipped to northern camps. He brought cigars and a few of his children. He told the kids to toss the cigars to the prisoners as a gesture of goodwill. The prisoners waved back and said thanks. My grandfather would call out, “Glad you made it.”

Living as the grandson of a mixed race war hero and the grandson of a pacifist ‘enemy’ has afforded me a lifetime of introspection, as well as a few black eyes (in my youth). Everyone is different. Everyone shines with as many facets as a diamond. Every living being is precious at some moment, the damaged and the innocent–maybe that’s why I became a bird feeding vegetarian while my gal is a firearms pro, and why I’m a tree hugging carpenter and cat whisperer on a dog blog. If I can pass along one message I have gleaned in this lifetime we share, it is that the road to understanding is paved with forgiveness.

#217 crowdedelevatorfartz on 11.16.15 at 9:23 am

Wow!
A new “record” for “Deleted” posts?

#218 Not A Libtard and Proud of It on 11.16.15 at 9:24 am

#101 Herb on 11.15.15 at 9:06 pm
43 Not a Libtard … (but definitely a Neandercon),

since I read comments from the bottom up to make sure I don’t miss anything of interest, you are last – and, by coincidence, least.

Coming from someone with your record since popping up here, I consider your comment proof of of my comment, as well as a personal compliment.

Keep up the good work of exposing the mental bankruptcy of your side.

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You’re the pompous wind-bag that suggested the only solution is diplomacy. What a brilliant idea – diplomacy with terrorists!!! Yeah, that will work. Off with you then and be sure to report back with your progress.

#219 Ret on 11.16.15 at 9:38 am

#195 “A prime driver of economic growth is population growth.”

Old school thinking IMHO. I can think of many 100M countries that have growing populations that are not doing as well as we are. If anything, they are losing ground economically.

#220 neo on 11.16.15 at 9:42 am

#123 common sense on 11.15.15 at 9:53 pm
#118 Bytor

Religion has always been about power AND control.

Ever notice how anyone reacts in this world when they have no power and control?

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Every socio-economic system known to man ends up being about Power AND Control. I guess you haven’t heard of Capitalism, Socialism or Communism.

#221 neo on 11.16.15 at 9:48 am

#209 A Nobody on 11.16.15 at 7:48 am
” Islam is a religion of peace”- Garth

Perhaps that is the intention but there is no denying that the Koran is the hotbed ,the absolute motherlode of bad ideas with the bible and Torah not to far behind.

As the dominant species on the planet , we all need to lose these Bronze Age, primitive belief structures and embrace reason and responsibility.

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You do realize that the Dark Ages was specific to Europe as Christians admonished Science during those centuries. Muslims at that point in history embraced it and led in the advancement of science. Humans regress. It’s unfortunate but there is always an ebb and flow. Ignorance followed by enlightenment, only to regress once more. It’s part of the human condition.

#222 Futurist on 11.16.15 at 10:00 am

We may be on the verge of many different scientific breakthroughs that will change the world forever. Between cheap/free energy, automation, AI, IOT, and robotics, we have to question what jobs will remain in this new, advanced economy.

#223 };-) aka Devil's Advocate on 11.16.15 at 10:01 am

“Relish every day, no fear.
They hate that.”

excellent idea.
I like that. };-)

#224 james on 11.16.15 at 10:04 am

#214 family beagle

How dare you try to inject humane, balanced reflection into this blog’s comments section!

If we believed the kind of crap you wrote, we’d have to think humans might actually rise above our pettiest, worst impulses.

I don’t believe you even had a grandfather!!
I call you Liar!!!

What are you, some kind of Trudy-loving libtard, a schooled member of the herd?

Take your words elsewhere, family beagle.

We have internet conspiracies to promote, women to hate, middle class and poor people to demonize.

Your thoughtfulness is an impediment to our thoughtlessness.

Buzz off.

#225 };-) aka Devil's Advocate on 11.16.15 at 10:05 am

#217 Ret on 11.16.15 at 9:38 am

#195 “A prime driver of economic growth is population growth.”

Old school thinking IMHO. I can think of many 100M countries that have growing populations that are not doing as well as we are. If anything, they are losing ground economically.

“It is intellectually dishonest to speak of environmentalism, (and ultimately economic growth),</cite without discussinh population control."
Prof. A. Bartlett

#226 };-) aka Devil's Advocate on 11.16.15 at 10:10 am

#219 };-) aka Devil’s Advocate on 11.16.15 at 10:05 am

#217 Ret on 11.16.15 at 9:38 am

#195 “A prime driver of economic growth is population growth.”

Old school thinking IMHO. I can think of many 100M countries that have growing populations that are not doing as well as we are. If anything, they are losing ground economically.

“It is intellectually dishonest to speak of environmentalism without discussinh population control.”
Prof. A. Bartlett

As might I add; “economic growth” and “civil collaborative politics”.

#227 Unhinged Citizen on 11.16.15 at 10:23 am

But Garth, France was complicit in supporting armed extremists and terrorists within Syria… Have you heard of the so-called FSA?

#228 NoName on 11.16.15 at 10:23 am

#210 The real Kip on 11.16.15 at 7:50 am

there are a many reasons that influence France to leave nato in ’66, one of them if not major one bit importan one is tha france wanted to have full control over their weapons sales and development was. At that time us had kind of tight grip or per say had a monopoly on anything to do with weapons in nato.
Does avro arrow rings a bell?

http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/mar/02/arms-sales-top-100-producers

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#136 John in Mtl on 11.15.15 at 10:14 pm

french made CU-161 SAGEM Sperwer.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tcwohsnWRKc/VDqaIOV-7QI/AAAAAAAAEeM/EChwTRVtEGA/s1600/SAGEM%2BSperwer.jpg

#229 6-4-4-6 Duplex Drive on 11.16.15 at 10:26 am

I wish somebody would point out that last year,President Obama, the anointed one, sneeringly referred to ISIS as a ‘JV squad’. Really! Yet another example – as if more were needed – that Mr. Obama is truly a remarkably incompetent president, one whose naivety vastly exceeds his own self-regard. No mean feat, that.

#230 Yanniel on 11.16.15 at 10:29 am

I am about to start my balanced portfolio. I worry about the fixed income part of it. Should I really go ahead and buy 40 % of it in bonds ETFs now, when the Feds are likely to start rising rates? Could you please give a word of advice about this Garth?

What would be your recommended allocation of assets for a guy locking to start a balanced portfolio from scratch today?

It seems to me that buying bonds today, means losing money next month. I would very much value any advice you could give.

Now where did I ever say to put 40% in bonds? — Garth

#231 Ralph Cramdown on 11.16.15 at 10:34 am

#217 Ret — “I can think of many 100M countries that have growing populations that are not doing as well as we are. If anything, they are losing ground economically.”

The question isn’t whether all countries with growing populations are doing well, it’s whether ANY countries with stagnant or shrinking populations (or working age populations) are doing well. Germany is doing OK because it is in a currency union, depressing its currency and helping exports. Japan, not so much. And now this:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-01-20/china-s-one-child-policy-backfire-deepens-as-labor-pool-shrinks

A country with an ageing population and a low birth rate is just the problem General Motors had (3 retirees for every two workers on the line) writ large. How we transition from a healthy(?) world economy with a growing population to one with a stagnant population is this century’s puzzle.

#232 saskatoon on 11.16.15 at 10:40 am

Refugees are not called immigrants for a reason. — Garth

“A refugee, according to the Geneva Convention on Refugees is a person who is outside their country of citizenship because they have well-founded grounds for fear of persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.”

fleeing syrians are distraught, but–according to the geneva convention–most are NOT refugees.

#233 Ralph Cramdown on 11.16.15 at 10:43 am

#216 Not A Libtard and Proud of It — “What a brilliant idea – diplomacy with terrorists!!! Yeah, that will work.”

It’s that or permanent war, chappie. The idea that a fair sized insurgency can be defeated absolutely without compromise or negotiation has few precedents in history. What example were you thinking of?

#234 fancy_pants on 11.16.15 at 10:50 am

JT bends more than a willow on a windy day. He will be more than happy to set the stage for Europe’s theatrics to be played out here. We are easy pickings when fate comes our way.

#235 Patrick on 11.16.15 at 11:14 am

I doubt Trudeau will step back from his promise. 25000 refugees here this year. How this turns out for Canada will be determined by how we, as communities, deal with them. The business community will play a large role in this.

There is no better way to integrate people than to give them a job. 40 hours a week with other Canadians, outside of their own ethnic communities. They can learn to love/hate timmies coffee and making fun of the Leafs. It seems cliche but these are the things that bind people to communities. It’s much easier to hate people who live across the world than it is to hate your neighbours and coworkers.

Being immigrants ourselves (UK), my family has helped many new immigrants get settled. Just like an old-stock Canadian family did for us 25 years ago, who didn’t even know us. I’ve seen a lot of immigrants come here now. Some integrate, some don’t. Getting outside their home communities for work and feeling accepted into our ragtag society seems to be the key. But these are just my own observations.

There are refugees in Canada who came from Iraq in the early 90’s. I know at least one family, escaped on foot through Turkey eventually to Greece than Canada. Father started here as a taxi driver almost 25 years ago. The sons now own a construction company employing many Canadians.

That being said, we should support our Allies in eliminating ISIS. You will never eliminate an ideology like that. There are still nazi sympathizers and kkk groups out there. But you can push their ideas to the margins of society. Once they reach a critical mass, its size and power lends legitimacy to their ideas.

#236 The real Kip on 11.16.15 at 11:18 am

The richest nations on earth are also the the largest arms suppliers and the permanent members of the UN. The countries on the receiving end of this, well, they tend not to do so well.

Time to bring the F-18’s and all Canadian Forces home.

http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/French_support_for_Iraq_during_the_Iran-Iraq_war

#237 bdy sktrn on 11.16.15 at 11:19 am

OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association says the number of homes sold through its Multiple Listing Service was up 1.8 per cent in October compared with September.
Overall, the number of markets where sales posted a monthly increase and those where sales fell were evenly split.
The national rise was driven by gains in the Vancouver region and the Greater Toronto Area.
RELATED STORIES
September home sales down from August: Canadian Real Estate Association
Compared with a year ago, sales were up 0.1 per cent.
The national average price for homes sold in October was $454,976, up 8.3 per cent on a year-over-year basis.
However, excluding the Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto markets, the average was $339,059, up 2.5 per cent from a year ago.
The national sales-to-new listings ratio was 57.9 per cent in October. CREA says a sales-to-new listings ratio between 40 and 60 per cent is generally consistent with balanced housing market conditions.

#238 fancy_pants on 11.16.15 at 11:19 am

#170 InfraInfra on 11.15.15 at 11:16 pm
#196 AB Boxster on 11.16.15 at 1:19 am

lol

#239 Broke Dick on 11.16.15 at 11:21 am

The story says: “About one-quarter of young American Muslims believe to some extent that suicide bombings can be justified to defend Islam, while nearly 80% of all U.S. Muslims reject such attacks, a survey showed on Tuesday.” — Garth –
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So 20% are ok with it?
How does compare to non Muslim, U.S. residents?
So less say that stat is comparable to 25,000 refugees coming to Canada. 20% of 25,000 is 5,000.

The numbers don’t look good.
There has to be a thorough process of screening these refugees.

#240 LP on 11.16.15 at 11:26 am

#214 family beagle on 11.16.15 at 9:09 am

Thank-you. I suspect you wrote that with tears in your heart if not also in your eyes.

#241 };-) aka Devil's Advocate on 11.16.15 at 11:37 am

#217 Ret on 11.16.15 at 9:38 am
#195 “A prime driver of economic growth is population growth.”
Old school thinking IMHO. I can think of many 100M countries that have growing populations that are not doing as well as we are. If anything, they are losing ground economically.

Bitch slapped by the ” invisible hand”

#242 shame on liberals everywhere. on 11.16.15 at 11:45 am

Bwahahahahahaha…did we all see our Green PM give 14 million to the worst polluter and murderer of wild animals on the planet….14 million to Indonesia?

Snubbed by every other world leader and sat at the children’s table Trudy and the Turds made a snal decision to snatch some lime light …by puking up taxpayers dollars to the guys who have razed hundreds of millions of acres of pristine forests….choked out the entire nations on Malaysia and Thailand….and for waht…a photo-op with a dictator.

Did any one hear Trudy peep againsr radical islam? Nope….he was led around like an autistic child in a noisy room…saying nothing for Canada….hasn’t a clue when the CBC isn’t organizing ‘sexy selfie photo ops.

British newspapers have him pegged as having little intellectual heft…they got it right.

And did you note that when he walked past a line of leaders…including our past BOC gov Carney…that Carney didn’t even get up and extend a hand…….and neither did any leaders…..a joke our young pup is…with heft….no respect…..handing out cheques to fire starters…..

Intensely, insanely ad hominem. More posts of this nature will be deleted. — Garth

#243 MF on 11.16.15 at 11:51 am

#195 Ralph Cramdown on 11.16.15 at 1:07 am

” A prime driver of economic growth is population growth. Syria’s median age is 24. Canada’s is 40, ”

Okay if we remove the supposed moral obligation (hey weren’t these the guys dancing in the street after 9/11?), then we have a similar demographic situation as Europe. How is this policy working out for Europe?

Why are the tons of oil rich Arab countries not taking in any of these refugees if they are so good for the domestic economy?

Why are countless African countries economic disasters with large populations?

I’ve mentioned it a few times, but my gf is a TFW. All of her friends are too. Each and every one of them is planning on starting a family here. If they have a family already, they are in the process of trying to get them here as soon as possible.

Same goes with all the Sri Lanken and other immigrants I work with.

Again, some supposed obligation aside (Garth is right with regard to refugees vs immigrants), we don’t need any of these refugees from a demographic perspective. Zero. We already have a long line of people trying to gain citizen ship.

Plus, why aren’t Canadians having children? The answer is clearly more than demographics alone. We hear daily about how Canada is facing economic headwinds moving forward. Fast tracking 25k refugees from a war zone right now is stupid policy IMO. Last thing we need is to have 25k unemployed Arab men unable to assimilate and unable to buy Chinese made junk at Walmart.

MF

#244 Protea on 11.16.15 at 12:01 pm

#214 great post and contribution , many thanks for sharing your family history ! this what makes Canada the wonderful country we all have, we are all very fortunate.

#245 Ronaldo on 11.16.15 at 12:04 pm

#50 Smoking Man

”You’ll never be able to stop it.

However there is one way to keep the casualty count down

Everybody carries a gun..

But in a a world of Cultural Marxism.. that is strictly forbidden..

The state has all the answers….”

That could turn out to be quite a “slugfest”.

Kinda like this. Not so sure that would be the answer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAMRhP-zji8

#246 The Other Chris on 11.16.15 at 12:06 pm

It’s probably not popular to say, but one of the reasons Canadians aren’t having children is because we can’t afford to.

I don’t think importing a bunch of refugees, who will represent ongoing costs for decades to come, is a serious way of solving the problem. It just pushes up the cost of living for taxpaying families, who have to pay to keep refugee families afloat and have the kids the taxpayers can’t afford to have. It’s actually quite bizarre.

#247 AB Boxster on 11.16.15 at 12:11 pm

#202 Love my Kia

Comment should be deleted for promotion of crappy cars.

#248 Investorz on 11.16.15 at 12:11 pm

Stock are up, not down.

Doomers are wrong again.

#249 Dup on 11.16.15 at 12:19 pm

I agree with Garth on his closing advice:

“The best course of action? Relish every day, no fear. They hate that.”

Keep Calm and Let the Growing Investments be a slap in the enemy’s face.

#250 The real Kip on 11.16.15 at 12:19 pm

“#239 shame on liberals everywhere. on 11.16.15 at 11:45 am
Bwahahahahahaha…did we all see our Green PM give 14 million to the worst polluter and murderer of wild animals on the planet….14 million to Indonesia?”

I like Justin Trudeau even though I did not vote liberal. We need a PM that can set himself apart and speak from a Canadian perspective.

#251 FQ on 11.16.15 at 12:20 pm

#6 Sentry

Here are 442,000 condemnations by moderates against terrorism: http://bfy.tw/1YPl

#252 shame on liberals everywhere on 11.16.15 at 12:20 pm

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#253 paul on 11.16.15 at 12:28 pm

#239 shame on liberals everywhere. on 11.16.15 at 11:45
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Wow your were told!
Ad hominem
An attack upon an opponent in order to discredit their arguement or opinion. Ad hominems are used by immature and/or unintelligent people because they are unable to counter their opponent using logic and intelligence

#254 Not A Libtard and Proud of It on 11.16.15 at 12:30 pm

#230 Ralph Cramdown on 11.16.15 at 10:43 am
#216 Not A Libtard and Proud of It — “What a brilliant idea – diplomacy with terrorists!!! Yeah, that will work.”

It’s that or permanent war, chappie. The idea that a fair sized insurgency can be defeated absolutely without compromise or negotiation has few precedents in history. What example were you thinking of?

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Did you ever hear of the Nazis? Diplomacy worked really well there!

#255 Not A Libtard and Proud of It on 11.16.15 at 12:35 pm

#207 Vangrrl on 11.16.15 at 4:00 am
#29 Not A Lib and #52 AB: You guys are hilarious. Rock Star can be colloquial for talented, attractive. Yes, it looks like the way a male presents himself matters- what do you know! Harper was frumpy and sloppy looking and never cracked a smile.

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I’m glad you find our new PM attractive. After all, appearances are everything when you have nothing of value to offer.

#256 Setting the Record Straight on 11.16.15 at 12:36 pm

Terrorism is just the tip of the Islamic iceberg. I see nothing in the tenets of Islam compatible with a free and secular society.

Can we name a Muslim majority nation where fundamental freedoms are valued and protected?

#257 waiting on the westcoast on 11.16.15 at 12:45 pm

Family Beagle – awesome post!
James – thanks for the reiterating in a humourous way…

25k in refugees is nothing for us to handle. We are strong and have one of the richest countries in the world. Yes – they will use more resources for a while but they will also drive demand for housing, vehicles, services which support our economy and over time they will be fully contributing members (who will be very thankful for our helping them).

Someone used the handle “don’t be afraid”… please follow their advice.

#258 turn of the tide on 11.16.15 at 12:54 pm

and yet, with all this massive surveillance that’s been taking place, revealed by Snowden, the US had NO information about Paris. What does that tell ya?

#259 family beagle on 11.16.15 at 12:57 pm

James, LP, Protea,

Hey, humbled to leave a footprint. Thanks be to our host who made the soapbox.

#260 Patrick on 11.16.15 at 12:59 pm

#240 MF on 11.16.15 at 11:51 am

The answer is clearly more than demographics alone. We hear daily about how Canada is facing economic headwinds moving forward. Fast tracking 25k refugees from a war zone right now is stupid policy IMO. Last thing we need is to have 25k unemployed Arab men unable to assimilate and unable to buy Chinese made junk at Walmart.
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I’m fairly confident that all 25,000 refugees will not be young, arab men. Maybe young arab men with families. I’d imagine something like a young man, with a wife, a child maybe a grandparent. So 1 man/every 4 people. That gives 6,250 men/25,000 people.

And grandparents as immigrants are not just costs to society. In Canada, we really don’t use our human capital as efficiently as we can. The elderly are disregarded and treated as a cost rather than a potential benefit. In many cultures, the grandparents often serve a productive role in the household. These families would be handicapped without them. We could probably learn a thing or two.

25,000/33,000,000 is 0.00076% of Canada’s population. We should keep that in perspective. I think the timeline is the bigger problem, seems rushed. Take a look at my other post about jobs and integrating them.

#261 jess on 11.16.15 at 12:59 pm

Why do American companies pay their offshore subsidiaries to use their own intellectual property?
Are supposed services exports tax-dodging?
http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/10/get-ready-to-debate-the-tpp.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/14/thomas-english-muffins-su_n_612000.html
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Allergan warns US on blocking tax deals
Chief says US action on ‘tax inversions’ would be ‘short-sighted’
Pfizer deal sparks anger over inversions

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economic substance ….not so much
a product called “Structured Trust Advantages Repackaged Securities,” or STARS,
Wells Fargo’s Tax-Credit Scheme Ruled a Sham – Designed by KPMG and Barclays (13 Nov 2015)
http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/11/12/wells-fargos-tax-credit-scheme-ruled-a-sham.htm

#262 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 11.16.15 at 1:00 pm

#240 MF on 11.16.15 at 11:51 am
25,000 non-vetted, unemployed, non English/french speaking, homeless, foreign citizens coming to a Homeless shelter near you soon. So where do we put our already homeless citizens that were born here?

#263 to_be_frank on 11.16.15 at 1:25 pm

#207 Vangrrl – I agree that people should be judged by their deeds and not their physical presence, and I am not afraid of change. However, Trudeau appears to be a lightweight in many respects, including putting his foot in his mouth on foreign policy. He famously said “I don’t read the newspapers, I don’t watch the news. I figure, if something important happens, someone will tell me.” http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/justin-trudeau-profile/
Admittedly, the year was 2001 and he was 29 at the time. Nevertheless, I still get the impression that he is out of his league at the G20 due to lack of knowledge. My “dumb blonde” comment may have been harsh, but I am making my assessment on his performance thus far. I am willing to take that back if he starts to make sense, and earnestly hope he listens to his advisors going forward. PS – I consider myself a small “c” conservative, but could not vote for Stephen Harper.

#264 Rexx Rock on 11.16.15 at 1:29 pm

It looks like Isis are going after tourist spots.Tunisa beaches,Sharm El Sheik and now Paris.What other city do they want to destroy tourism.Always a conflict but never peace.
We should do what Texas Governor is doing and allow no Syrian Refugees because of the safety for our own people.

#265 Mike in Edm on 11.16.15 at 1:30 pm

I really hope that Trudeau listens to basically every single Canadian, policy expert, political opponent, etc and rethinks his promise of letting 25,000 Syrian refugees into Canada before Jan 1. That’s more than 500 people per day to be security screened.

Accept 25,000. Sure. But don’t be hasty doing it just because you made some promise in your party platform. The events of Paris confirmed what every level headed person feared that some ISIS A-holes would get into a civil country via refugee status (with at least that one guy at got into the EU via Greece) and create terror. Please take the time to properly screen these people!!!

IF by chance that happened in Canada, I don’t see how it wouldn’t be political suicide for Trudeau? I don’t think Canadian’s would wait till his term was done. There’d be calls for him to resign the second it was confirmed.

#266 jess on 11.16.15 at 1:32 pm

hey why not move your whole town offshore!

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crickhowell-welsh-town-moves-offshore-to-avoid-tax-on-local-business-a6728971.html

#267 TnT on 11.16.15 at 1:38 pm

Where have all the Liberals gone?

There was a time when Liberals led the way for championing the greater good such as civil rights movement, Vietnam War, Apartheid, Women’s Rights, Gay Rights & black lives matter etc.

Where’s the Liberal movement on Sharia Law?

The Western Social Pendulum has swung so far to the left that we dare not speak of the injustices of Sharia Law.

Christianity was born under Roman oppression where Pagan Gods ruled society. It adopted a 2 tier mindset needed where you must practice the Government Law in Public and personal religious law in private. When in Roman do as the Romans sort of thing.

Islam was NOT born under the same oppression and flourished as a Public Law which was written in such a manner that it cannot co-exist with Western style Government Law. When in Rome, Allah is still supreme.

There will be no unity in Western Societies until the Koran adopts a moderate co-existence with Public Government Law.

The Koran will not moderate until enough moderate “Liberal” Muslims force change.

Where have all the Liberals gone?

#268 Setting the Record Straight on 11.16.15 at 1:40 pm

@#132 lee on 11.15.15 at 10:12 pm
Does anyone recall the last time in the recent past where France took unilateral military action? They may be serious this time.

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Dien Bien Phu?

Die

#269 Tony Tangent on 11.16.15 at 1:52 pm

It is inaccurate to say that that terrorists want to kill us because they hate our freedoms or hate that we lead happy lives.

They are angry because they have suffered under Western influence since the end of the first world war when the West forcibly rearranged the borders of the Middle East under the Sykes-Picot Agreement.

This current wave of Sunni extremism is a result of a combination of resentment of Western imperialism and a sudden influx of funding by the West (in order to topple Assad which so far has backfired on the Americans), allowing ISIS to grow unchecked to what it is now.

If we want to eliminate terrorism we need to stop creating terrorists, not intensify a campaign of bombing Syrian cities.

#270 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 11.16.15 at 2:02 pm

Enough about ISIS scum. Lets look at the effect of terrorism and what it has done to the innocent people in Paris. Remember earlier Friday these people lived, breathed, loved and were loved. je me souviens
Here are the victims’ names that have been made public so far:

Nohemi Gonzalez, 23: A junior design student at Long Beach State University from El Monte, California, Gonzalez was studying abroad at Strate School of Design in Sevres, France. She was killed in a shooting outside of a restaurant.
Valentin Ribet, 26: A lawyer who studied at the London School of Economics, Ribet died at the Bataclan concert hall, the school said.
Djamila Houd, 41: Houd one of the French victims killed in the attacks, according to The Guardian. She was killed at the Bataclan.
Thomas Ayad, 34: Ayad is another French victim identified so far, according to The Guardian. He was also killed at the Bataclan. He worked for Universal Music France and played for a local amateur hockey team.
Marie Mosser, 24: An employee of Universal Music France, where she worked in communications and marketing, Mosser was killed at the Bataclan theater, CNN reports.
Manu Perez: Perez was the third employee of Universal Music France killed at the Bataclan theater, Newsweek reports. His girlfriend, Precilia Correia, was also killed at the concert hall.
Précilia Correia: Correia and her boyfriend, Manu Perez, were killed at the Bataclan theater.
Nick Alexander, 36: Alexander, of Colchester, Essex, England, was selling merchandise at the Eagles of Death Metal show at the Bataclan when he was killed, according to The Independent.
Lola Salines: Salines has been identified as one of the victims by her father, Georges Salines. She was killed at the Bataclan concert hall. She was a member of the La Boucherie de Paris roller derby team.
Juan Alberto González Garrido, 29: A Madrid native, he was killed at the Bataclan concert hall, according to Marca. He was at the Eagles of Death Metal show with his wife.
William B. Decherf, 43: Decherf was a French music journalist for the website InRocks, who was killed while at the Bataclan for the Eagles of Death Metal concert, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Asta Diakite: Diakite was a cousin of French soccer player Lassana Diarra, who said on Twitter she was killed in the attacks. Diarra, who was playing with the French national team in Paris when the attacks occurred, said his cousin was like a sister to him.
Elodie Breuil, 23: Breuil’s brother, Alexis, told Time his sister was killed while watching the Eagles of Death Metal at the Bataclan. He said his sister was a design student.
Cedric Mauduit: Manduit was a local councilor in Calvados, France. He was at the Bataclan with friends when he was killed.
Mathieu Hoche: Hoche was a journalist for the France 24 news station, according to the BBC. A colleague tweeted that he is survived by a 6-year-old son.
Quentin Boulanger, 29: A Paris resident originally from Rheims, France, Boulanger was killed at the Bataclan theater, the BBC reports.
Mohamed Amine Benmbarek: A citizen of Morocco, Benmbarek was identified on Facebook by a relative. He was a newlywed, and his wife was also shot in the attacks. She is in critical condition, said Akram Benmbarek, Mohamed’s cousin.
Fabrice Dubois: The ad agency Publicis Conseil said one of its employees, Dubois, was killed at the Bataclan theater. He worked for the agency for 20 years and leaves behind a wife and children.
François-Xavier Prévost, 26: Prevost was killed at the Bataclan, La Voix Du Nord reports. He was at the concert hall with friends. He lived in Paris and was originally from Lambersart, France.
Milko Jozic, 47: Dogan was killed along with his girlfriend, Elif Dogan, according to LaMeuse.be. He lived with his girlfriend near the Bataclan. They had moved to Paris from their native country of Belgium in the past few months.
Elif Dogan: Dogan was living with her boyfriend, Milko Jozic, near the Bataclan. They had moved to Paris from Belgium recently, according to LaMeuse.be.
Elsa Delplace: Deplace and her mother, Patricia San Martin, of Chile, were killed at the Bataclan theater, her friend said on Twitter. Deplace and her mother were Chilean, but living in Paris. Her friend said Deplace had a 6-year-old daughter.
Patricia San Martin:San Martin was killed at the Bataclan theater along with her daughter, Elsa Delplace. She and her daughter were both natives of Chile living in Paris.
Luis Felipe Zschoche Valle:Valle was the third Chilean citizen killed in the attacks at the Bataclan, CNN reports. He was a musician living in Paris for the past eight years.
Mathias Dymarski: Dymarski, originally from Metz, France, had moved to Paris last Fall. He was killed at the Bataclan theater along with his girlfriend, Marie Lausch, Le Republican Lorrain reported.
Marie Lausch: Lausch moved to Paris from Metz, France, in September 2014 with her boyfriend, Mathias Dymarski. They were both killed at the Bataclan theater.
Aurélie de Peretti, 33: De Peretti was killed in the Bataclan theater, her sister told Time. She was from Saint Tropez, in the south of France, and loved music. She played the guitar and piano.
Halima Saadi, 34: Halima Saadi, and her sister, Houda, of Tunisia, were both killed at a restaurant where they were celebrating a friend’s birthday, News 24 reports. The sisters were living in France with their brother, who survived the attack.
Houda Saadi, 35: Houda Saadi was killed at a restaurant targeted by ISIS gunmen in Paris along with her sister Halima. The Tunisian women were living in France with their brother, who survived the attack. They were at the restaurant to celebrate a friend’s birthday.
Manuel Dias, 63: A Portuguese citizen, Dias moved to France 45 years ago, the Portuguese American Journal reports. He lived with his wife and children in France. His wife and children were in Portugal to obtain documents for his son’s upcoming wedding, the newspaper reported.
Justine Moulin, 23: Moulin was a student at SKEMA Business School in Paris, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. She was set to study at North Carolina State’s SKEMA Business School in the United States soon, her friends said at a gathering in Raleigh. “She was a wonderful person. She was always smiling. She wanted to travel the world,” Julie de Mélo, a student at the school’s Raleigh campus and one of Moulin’s best friends, told the News & Observer. “She was too young to die.” Moulin was killed while eating at Le Petit Cambodge, her favorite restaurant, when gunmen opened fire on the eatery.
Pierre Innocenti, 40: Innocenti died at the Bataclan. Hours before his death he posted a photo showing the sign advertising the concert to his Facebook page. He was the co-owner of the popular restaurant Chez Livio, with his brother. Their grandfather opened the restaurant in 1964, the newspaper says.
Matthieu Giroud, 39: A technology lecturer at Technical University of Marne-la-Vallée, Giroud was killed at the Bataclan theater, Le Parisien reports. He lived with his wife and 3-year-old son in Paris.
Thomas Duperron, 30: Duperron was the communications director for the La Maroquinerie concert hall. He was killed at the Bataclan theater, Les In Rocks reports.
Alban Denuit, 32: A teacher at Universite Bordeaux Maontaigne, Dentuit was killed at the Bataclan theater, the university said on Twitter.
Christophe Lellouche, 33: Lellouche a music and soccer fan known for posting on the sports website Offside, died at the Bataclan theater, according to Slate France.
Claire Camax, 35: The mother of two children, Camax died at the Bataclan, where she was attending the concert with her husband and friends, Libération reports. She was a graphic designer.
Romain Didier, 32: Didier died at a restaurant on Charonne Street along with his girlfriend, Lamia Mondeguer, El Mundo reports.
Lamia Mondeguer: Mondeguer died while eating at a restaurant with her boyfriend, Romain Didier, who was also killed.
Romain Dunay, 28: Dunay, a musician, died at the Bataclan theater while watching the Eagles of Death Metal show, his friend said on Twitter.
Valeria Solesin, 28: A doctorate student from Italy, Solesin was killed near the entrance to the Bataclan theater, while trying to enter, Reuters reports. She was set to finish her degree next year.
Anne Yves: Anne yves was killed along with her husband, Pierre, at the Bataclan theater, according to posts by friends and family on social media.
Pierre Yves: Pierre Yves was killed at the Bataclan theater with his wife, Anne. He was a sound engineer who was at the concert hall to watch the Eagles of Death Metal show with his wife.
Fanny Minot: An editor at Canal + Supplement, Minot died at the Bataclan theater, her colleague said on Twitter.
Quentin Mourier, 29: An architect who was a popular member of Paris’ urban farming community, Mourier was killed at the Bataclan, according to tributes posted on social media.
Germain Ferey, 36: Ferey was killed at the Bataclan theater, Ouest France reports. The native of Vienne-en-Bessin lived in Paris and worked as in audiovisual illustration.
Nicolas Classeau, 43: The director of Institut Universitaire de Technologie in Marne-la-Vallée, Classeau was killed at the Bataclan theater, Libération reports. He was a father of three, a rock fan and an amateur musician.
Ciprian Calciu, 32: Calciu was one of two Romanian citizens killed during the attacks, along with his girlfriend, Mariana Lacramiorara, EVZ reports. They met in Paris.
Mariana Lăcrămioara, 29: She died along with her boyfriend, Ciprian Calciu. She was born in Romania and moved to Paris. They had a child together and she also had a child from a previous relationship.
Maxime Bouffard, 26: A native of France living in Paris, Bouffard was killed at the Bataclan theater, Libération reports. He was a music lover and worked as a filmmaker.
Kheireddine Sahbi, 29: An Algerian citizen, Sahbi, who was studying music in Paris, was killed in the attacks, Chouf Chouf reports. He was a violinist. It’s not clear where he was killed.
Michelle Gil Jaimes: A native of Mexico who also held a Spanish passport, Jaimes was killed at a bar in Paris during the attacks, El Universal reports.

#271 Vancouver is a Money Laundering Capital on 11.16.15 at 2:03 pm

http://www.canadianrealestatemagazine.ca/news/canada-is-too-friendly-to-shady-real-estate-purchases–report-199463.aspx

#272 Babblemaster on 11.16.15 at 2:03 pm

From the Qu’ran:

Houris are beautiful black-eyed virgins believed by some Muslims to be waiting in heaven for the enjoyment of the faithful, especially men who die as martyrs.”

Religion, all religion, is such absolute bunk.

#273 NoName on 11.16.15 at 2:05 pm

#259 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 11.16.15 at 1:00 pm

we gonna fill all those empty and under construction condos down town.

#242 Ronaldo on 11.16.15 at 12:04 pm

it could be like this too, no slugfest.
https://youtu.be/hkCqSHwhKVg

#274 BCD on 11.16.15 at 2:06 pm

The problem with Islam as I see it, is that it has not gone through a period of enlightenment–the same as Christianity went through in Europe hundreds of years ago when they separated church and state and when science was seen to offer humans meaning in life. To understand the basics of Islam is to know that the religion is wholly interwoven with politics–that is to say good politics = good religion and visa versa. Muhammad was a “political prophet” and that is putting it kindly, others will refer to him as a warlord. Either way the separation of church and state has never really taken place in the Islamic world in the same way it has in Europe and North America etc.

#275 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 11.16.15 at 2:06 pm

#261 Rexx Rock on 11.16.15 at 1:29 pm

It looks like Isis are going after tourist spots.Tunisa beaches,Sharm El Sheik and now Paris.What other city do they want to destroy tourism.Always a conflict but never peace.
We should do what Texas Governor is doing and allow no Syrian Refugees because of the safety for our own people.
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Hello no let em come. In Texas they got guns! Big guns! Lots of guns! Remember The Alamo!

#276 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 11.16.15 at 2:13 pm

#257 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 11.11.15 at 4:35 pm

Well like it or not Justin Trudeau wants to dump 25,000 unemployed, undocumented, non-French/English speaking foreign citizens on us. How much will this cost? around $250 to $600 Million. I have to ask why the hell doesn’t anybody in power every give a shit about our First Nations peoples who are still sleeping in cardboard shacks on these reserves with no running water? They deserve this money first, NOT SOME FOREIGN PEOPLE WHOM WILL MOST LIKELY LEAVE CANADA AS SOON AS THEY CAN! Our native Canadians, the only REAL Canadians need this cash more than foreigners. It’s always a GOD DAM PHOTO OP with these political assholes, so they can cozy up with the likes of Bono or Roger Waters, “Look at what we are doing for the Syrian refugees.” Ya well charity starts at home!
Thanks for added waste of our money Assholes!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/syria-refugees-canada-susan-ormiston-1.3311786
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Saw his selfie photo ops with smiles. WTF is wrong with this twit? People just died from an ISIS attack. God dam these f$%king cellphone, Facebook generation of useless twats. Your not a god dam rock-star, your an unemployed teacher and now Prime Minister of a free country. Don’t f$%k it up Junior!
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/g20-turkey-trudeau-1.3319803

#277 SWL1976 on 11.16.15 at 2:17 pm

#251 Not A Libtard and Proud

Did you ever hear of the Nazis? Diplomacy worked really well there!

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ISIS of today is not even the same league as Nazi Germany in WW2

What about (probably your hero), Geoge W Bush who lacked diplomacy.

He actually started all this mess with you’re either with us or against us illegal invasion of Iraq???

How’s his unjust war working out for the Middle East???

Remember Freedom Fries anyone?

There is plenty of room for diplomacy in or modern world

Your narrow mind hurts my brain there Not a Libtard and Proud

BTW, the people in Canada who have had their mosques torched for no reason have shown much dignity than that of those, and the mentality of those who torched them.

#278 RE Mogul and Big 5 Shareholder on 11.16.15 at 2:17 pm

Let’s the 25,000 in immediately and many more after! :)

#279 Parsonage on 11.16.15 at 2:19 pm

#214 family beagle

Thank you & God Bless

#280 Nagraj on 11.16.15 at 2:20 pm

there’s just so much drama on this blog I can barely cope

for example: some perfectly innocent blogdog (#79 BIG DIPPER) writes in favour of analyzing and (thought before) addressing a certain issue – and Gartho responds (this is NOT an exact quote): oh yeah yeah yeah analyze and address analyze and address analyze and address til the cows come home oh gag me with a spoon

Translation: and thus the ruddy hue of resolution is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of leftist thought, and enterprises of great simplicity . . . lose the name of action

On the quietly spoken word “action”, Gartho simply drops his “bare bodkin” (dagger) into the raging North Sea and mechanically descends the turret steps of Elsinore ever so slowly out of sight

Yes. Nailed it.

#281 bdy sktrn on 11.16.15 at 2:21 pm

25,000/33,000,000 is 0.00076% of Canada’s population. …… Take a look at my other post about jobs and integrating them.
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um yeah, i’m rushing back to re-read what the guy who got his math wrong by a factor of ten thousand has to say.
funny stuff!

#282 bdy sktrn on 11.16.15 at 2:23 pm

#257 Patrick on 11.16.15 at 12:59 pm
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with those numeracy skills mabye you could be a lib econ adviser?

#283 TurnerNation on 11.16.15 at 2:26 pm

Final thought on this chaos. Some have pointed out our leaders tell us democracy will go unchallenged, that we are freer than ever.

Ok. We voted for governments who have right toarrest/abduct/render us, for an indefinate period; torture us, deny right to counsel, no public trial. Deny freedom of movement – via no fly list – which cannot be challenged or known. Forever.

Civilized measures like Haebeus Corpus and Geneva Convention (remember this quaint idea our grandfathers fought for?) have been struck down in favor of brutalism. Dark Ages.

Makes you wonder how our lawful police can do their jobs? Perhaps we need military rule like so many countries use. 95% confession rate. The other 5%? Don’t ask..

All of this because of 19 guys and 3 buildings? 15 years later. And ,they found his passport at the scene…everything else was dust.
Hey I learned something today: Even if you blow yourself to smithereens your fingerprints remain, and that some even carry passports while doing this.

Fool me once…

#284 For those about to flop... on 11.16.15 at 2:28 pm

Are a sports fan ,I watched multiple games on the weekend where a minutes silence was observed and the French flag was waved which was a great sign of respect.
Where was the minutes silence and the Russian flag after the Sharm el sheik tragedy ? Did these people not matter as much? Did these people not have family’s that have been torn apart by terrorism as well?
The media tells us which events matter and which ones don’t. If they have enough footage and enough people die then it moves up the pecking order .

#285 Julia on 11.16.15 at 2:31 pm

Muslims around the world have been denouncing this type of violence, it does not however make for very sensational headlines so it’s not front page news.

My concern is not that they should prove to us they are against this. My concern is that by not putting them in front page news, hate and fear of Islam is growing right here are home, resulting in things like burning a mosque or general intolerance and will just provide more fuel to ISIS to attack us intolerant “infidels”.

#286 For those about to flop... on 11.16.15 at 2:32 pm

Should be “as a sports fan”

#287 No Name on 11.16.15 at 2:33 pm

#6 sentry — “When is someone from the world of moderate Islam going to stand up and make a definitive statement about how they feel about these attacks,and what they are going to do about it”

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Total asshat comment. Right because if all Muslims are not constantly apologizing for actions of a few nut jobs they are all guilty by association right?

#288 TnT on 11.16.15 at 2:33 pm

#266 Tony Tangent on 11.16.15 at 1:52 pm

It is inaccurate to say that that terrorists want to kill us because they hate our freedoms or hate that we lead happy lives.

They are angry because they have suffered under Western influence since the end of the first world war when the West forcibly rearranged the borders of the Middle East under the Sykes-Picot Agreement.

*** They fought Christians and others well before the Sykes-Picot Agreement. I agree instilling Nationalism between the Muslim areas after WW2 gave them the boundaries to fight over. It was always Sunni vs. Shi’ites vs. Jews vs. Christians vs. Enlightenment vs. Rich vs. Poor

This current wave of Sunni extremism is a result of a combination of resentment of Western imperialism and a sudden influx of funding by the West (in order to topple Assad which so far has backfired on the Americans), allowing ISIS to grow unchecked to what it is now.

*** These Sunni extremists are the defunct Saddam Hussein Sunni’s that were toppled in the Iraq war and they did not build a relationship with the Shi’ite Iraqis that currently run Iraq. They now adopted a mindset to reinstate the Caliphate that once ruled the region. Funding comes from West and other Muslim countries. The real issue is it is not being distributed by the Muslims who are handling the economy. You have very rich mixed with very poor. No jobs with a restless broken down youth.

If we want to eliminate terrorism we need to stop creating terrorists, not intensify a campaign of bombing Syrian cities.

*** Terrorism existed before the bombings and still exists from other countries where no bombs are falling i.e. Saudi Arabia. The fight is quagmire of Sunni vs. Shi’ite & Secular Law vs. Sharia Law (Modernity and Old World).

Want this end, modern Liberal Muslims need to take the cause and invent another Joseph Smith who “discovered” Mormonism. Add a modern Hadith to the Koran to bridge the New World with the Old World.

#289 Slap Happy Jack on 11.16.15 at 2:37 pm

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#290 jess on 11.16.15 at 2:39 pm

john oliver’s take

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/john-oliver-on-paris-terrorists-f–k-these-assholes-20151116

#291 No Name on 11.16.15 at 2:52 pm

#16 Terrorist Destroyer on 11.15.15 at 3:55 pm

We are different that is what most Canadians say, but I will predict that Canada has a rude awakening coming and it wouldn’t be pretty there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth and I will LMFAO.

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You are a total d-bag. Seriously? You’ll laugh eh? You smug dick. Great job on not trying to make the country a better place, but instead finding glee in thinking horrible things will happen to your fellow citizens. That attitude makes you no better than terrorists. You both want to see your country fall, the terrorists are direct about it, you are simply taking the indirect route.

#292 45north on 11.16.15 at 3:03 pm

Canadian competitiveness:

two days ago Marc Garneau announced Porter Airlines would not be allowed to fly Bombardier’s C-series jet out of Toronto Island Airport:

http://www.greaterfool.ca/2015/11/13/digging-it/

this decision adversely impacts Canada’s competitiveness and employment

today General Electric announced that it will compete for Canada’s jet engine business:

The $400 million GE development represents an all-out assault on Pratt & Whitney Canada’s half-century dominance of the business and general aviation turboprop market with the PT6

http://aviationweek.com/business-aviation/ge-takes-pt6-engine-advanced-turboprop

GE is throwing $400 into the project.

Marc you need to put your thinking cap on.

#293 JacqueShellacque on 11.16.15 at 3:07 pm

“The problem with Islam…”

islam, even more than other religions, is about erasing doubt. Any dissonance must therefore be directed outwards. The suicide bomber is the literal manifestation of this. Accommodation is taken for weakness, questioning taken as aggression. I believe most muslims don’t want this extremist garbage for their kids. But I also believe most muslims are indifferent, or even hostile to, the pluralistic, sexually tolerant, multi-culti state that the left has build in the West over the last 50 years. Assimilation won’t come easily. In fact, it may not come at all.

The ultimate solution is for the radical islam “brand” to diminish in value, but that will only occur when almost all muslims denounce it, and/or the generation which most associates itself with this “brand” gets older. And yes, sadly for Justin who I’m sure would rather just give everyone a hug, as many of these ISIS people as possible will have to be killed.

#294 Fed-up on 11.16.15 at 3:42 pm

#183 Fed-up on 11.15.15 at 11:54 pm

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I wrote nothing of the sort. I simply copied and pasted 4 links that would present counterpoints in regards to the simple blanket statement that Islam is a “peaceful religion” and made no comment whatsoever in favour of or against what the links contained, not one word.

Perhaps people should be allowed to draw their own conclusions after educating themselves in regards to the content of the Quran which may impact and influence the psychology/ideology of the madmen involved in the atrocities like the ones that just took place on Friday in Paris. We all know that the vast majority of Muslims don’t act upon the violence and extremism that the prophet Muhammad demanded and exhibited.

Not my blog, I know.

#295 Retired WI Boomer on 11.16.15 at 3:49 pm

#214 Family Beagle

Great Post. Most of us are from elsewhere, by choice or refugee status. I’ve known quite a few refugee families in my lifetime, thus far not a terrorist in them. Just hardworking people who struggled to learn English, and assimilate into our “melting pot” here. They did, their children even more so.

Sometimes the pot gets a little crappy within a few generations, where the sons & daughters of the earlier ones think “they” are being infringed upon. Tough shit, kids. Your grandparents, great-parents, whatever – were a burden to their generation, too.

Who reads today of the NY Newspapers from the 1850’s where want ads stated -“No Irish Need Apply”??
Yes, similar comments in the early 20th century with waves of immigrants prior to and after WWI from southern Europe. Prejudices never rest, do they?

One grandfather came from Sarajevo in 1914 deserted the army there. He knew what was coming… The other one immigrated from Canada (go figure). Only in Toronto have I seen my last name cover 5 pages of in a phone book. Lost track of the family roots since then.

Regardless, they were people who took a chance in a new place. I say welcome the refugees, and make them feel they belong here. after all, they do. If the new comers are a small burden, we can bear it in honor of those who went before, who also helped our forebears.

“Your book of life with pages only you can fill, your words and your deeds, the good and the bad, those precious words, that only you can fill”
old lyrics from a 1957 ’45’ by the Del Vikings that still ring true.

#296 Mf on 11.16.15 at 3:56 pm

#284 No Name on 11.16.15 at 2:33 pm

True, but when something inflames the world’s Muslims how come there are millions of them marching in the streets chanting?

Media is to blame, yes, but it looks like moderate Muslims are scared to speak out. People may misinterpret that fear as passive support.

Mf

#297 SWL1976 on 11.16.15 at 4:00 pm

#280 TurnerNation

Hey I learned something today: Even if you blow yourself to smithereens your fingerprints remain, and that some even carry passports while doing this.

Fool me once…

I was thinking the same thing yesterday

Now for all those who think that more war is the answer…

Remember this…

The war profiteers will finance and support both sides of the conflict regardless of who will win or lose

So if you think more war is the answer you are indeed being played a fool

And if you think having the authorities go door to door to look for terrorists is the answer…

Well…

History has already proven that theory

#298 No Name on 11.16.15 at 4:03 pm

#291 Fed-up on 11.16.15 at 3:42 pm
I wrote nothing of the sort. I simply copied and pasted 4 links that would present counterpoints in regards to the simple blanket statement that Islam is a “peaceful religion” and made no comment whatsoever in favour of or against what the links contained, not one word.

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Don’t you get it? The folks that perform these terrorist attacks will twist anything to make their views justifiable. The Koran could simply be about puppies and sunshine and they’d still find a way to twist it to justify their views. The Bible and the Koran both have amazingly brutal things in it but to say that Christianity is inherently peaceful and Islam is not is nuts. Sure, the followers are taught a specific interpretation of text in the Koran but the key is that the folks running ISIS are like “hey great here’s some text that I can use to manipulate people into thinking killing people is justifiable”. Christian leaders did the same sort of manipulation during things like the Crusades. These terrorist attacks are not about religion per se, they are about a group of whack jobs using religion as an easy way to make people think what they are doing is okay.

Do you think the Bible is full of nothing but love and peace and manipulating text in it has never been used to justify killing?

Terrorism and the religion of Islam are not part and parcel. Islam does not promote hate and killing no more than Christianity does.

#299 Not A Libtard and Proud of It on 11.16.15 at 4:12 pm

#274 SWL1976 on 11.16.15 at 2:17 pm

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Benjamin Franklin said “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid”. One look at your conspiracy theory blog was enough to tell me that you have been very, very hard at work.

#300 TRT on 11.16.15 at 4:13 pm

Get over the religion talk guys, its always been about:

1. Money

2. Power

3. Sex

#301 Mf on 11.16.15 at 4:14 pm

#257 Patrick

Will check out the older post as soon as I can. dont tell anyone I’m on greater fool while at work again!

Mf

#302 TnT on 11.16.15 at 4:20 pm

#294 SWL1976 on 11.16.15 at 4:00 pm
#280 TurnerNation
Hey I learned something today: Even if you blow yourself to smithereens your fingerprints remain, and that some even carry passports while doing this.
Fool me once…

I was thinking the same thing yesterday
Now for all those who think that more war is the answer…
Remember this…
The war profiteers will finance and support both sides of the conflict regardless of who will win or lose
So if you think more war is the answer you are indeed being played a fool
And if you think having the authorities go door to door to look for terrorists is the answer…
Well…
History has already proven that theory

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I love how the ”nut jobs” have the freedom to spew theories about their own government propaganda and yet enjoy the benefits from its hypothetical gains.

#303 SWL1976 on 11.16.15 at 4:33 pm

#296 Not a Libtard and proud of it – WOW!!!! is all I have to say to that.

Do you even think about what you say?

Ben Franklin also said this…

Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one

Posted in today’s comment section no less

I see you also went for the personal attack rather than debating the subject matter of the conversation

#304 Learn the Appropriate Lessons on 11.16.15 at 4:43 pm

The Middle East and Orwellian Historical Arguments

http://victorhanson.com/wordpress/?p=8734#more-8734

#305 Learn the Appropriate Lessons on 11.16.15 at 4:46 pm

Waging The War on ‘Terror,’ Vichy-style

http://victorhanson.com/wordpress/?p=8775

#306 For those about to flop... on 11.16.15 at 4:46 pm

#298 Mf on 11.16.15 at 4:14 pm
#257 Patrick

Will check out the older post as soon as I can. dont tell anyone I’m on greater fool while at work again!

Mf

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Since you’ve got time on your hands …are Mf and MF the same person?

#307 Canada on it's knees on 11.16.15 at 4:49 pm

Trudeau’s handlers in shock after ‘the pup’ admits that he was pushed off by Merkel and Obama during G20 meeting. Trudeau’s line ‘ we’ll talk later’……in other words…the real leaders see Trudeau of little value to the current conversation.

Watch the full interview on CTV today…..his facial expression says it all. It’s like watching a child getting his toys taken away…after all..the G20 was supposed to be his ‘Rock Star Entrance’.

Look at who Trudeau just gave 14 million taxpayer dollars to.

http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/10/22/orangutans-are-dying-indonesia-burns

Why 14 million taxpayer dollars would be better spent in Canada

http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/news/10-things-you-might-not-know-about-poverty-in-canada

Human rights abuses in Indonesia are rampant and yet Trudeau just gave the junta 14 million dollars

https://www.hrw.org/asia/indonesia

#308 Blacksheep on 11.16.15 at 4:58 pm

The US getting involved in the middle east has turned into a clusterf**k of epic proportions. Unfortunately, in the attempt to give their illegal actions legitimacy, they have sucked in, the rest of the western world along with them.

Why these deep state fools (T.C. / C.F.R. / U.N.) can’t resist crapping, in other sovereigns back yards is beyond me. It seems enough, is never enough…..

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2015/november/15/paris-and-what-should-be-done/

#309 TnT on 11.16.15 at 5:13 pm

#303 Blacksheep on 11.16.15 at 4:58 pm

The US getting involved in the middle east has turned into a clusterf**k of epic proportions. Unfortunately, in the attempt to give their illegal actions legitimacy, they have sucked in, the rest of the western world along with them.

Why these deep state fools (T.C. / C.F.R. / U.N.) can’t resist crapping, in other sovereigns back yards is beyond me. It seems enough, is never enough…..

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So far these clusterf**k moves have prevented Iraq from being a direct challenge to Saudi Arabia, Iran from gaining strength via Syria, Russia is now pulled in to prop Syria. Turkey has to reconcile with the Kurds… Yemen & Libya downgraded, Tunisia liberated, Ukraine jumped the fence to Europe….

Looks to me that USA (its allies) and Saudi Arabia are the clear benefactors of these perceived clusterf**ks

#310 NoName on 11.16.15 at 5:24 pm

#295 No Name on 11.16.15 at 4:03 pm

Why you do that, go get your self some rael nice nick, how about like impostor.

#311 Mf on 11.16.15 at 5:34 pm

303 For those about to flop…

Yeah same guy. Sometimes I forget to make the “f” uppercase on my iPhone while I’m at work. Too lazy to go back and change it as well.

Mf/MF

#312 calgaryPhantom on 11.16.15 at 5:42 pm

European and North American forces are bombing the crap out of middle east for last 10 years. Displacing millions and killing hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.

A fact that must not be forgotten. Offering a few thousands of those innocent civilians refuge is peanuts. And instead of pushing governments to stop interfering in other countries’ running, citizens of attacking nations are getting all worked up on the refugee issue.

I don’t support any sort of violence, whether it is from a bearded terrorist or from uniformed terrorist.

Stop killing in the name of religion and national security. Live and let live.

#313 Herb on 11.16.15 at 5:42 pm

#306 TnT,

you have no idea, do you?

Just as well, because if you had any idea, you might be dangerous.

#314 AfterTheHouseSold on 11.16.15 at 5:43 pm

#200 kommykim
ISIL “Either leave it alone or destroy the entire thing. I don’t think western society has the stomach for what would need to be done to totally eradicate ISIL”.

I think we are one ‘dirty bomb’ away, (in Washington or New York?) from finding out what western society will stomach.

NO, I am NOT advocating for war. That said, we need to drop this pollyanna idea of diplomacy. Diplomacy may work in the modern world, but unfortunately that is not what we are dealing with. The sooner we come to grips with this, the better. We need a plan B.

Peace

#315 For those about to flop... on 11.16.15 at 5:51 pm

#307 NoName on 11.16.15 at 5:24 pm
#295 No Name on 11.16.15 at 4:03 pm

Why you do that, go get your self some rael nice nick, how about like impostor.

#308 Mf on 11.16.15 at 5:34 pm
303 For those about to flop…

Yeah same guy. Sometimes I forget to make the “f” uppercase on my iPhone while I’m at work. Too lazy to go back and change it as well. Mf.
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Part of the reason I asked is because ” no name” just demonstrated its not cool when someone tries to imitate you.
I only post under one name and I don’t think it’s cool when you try to imitate someone .
Choose your own name or handle ,I post under a handle but Garth knows my and my wife’s name and that’s all that matters to me.

#316 SWL1976 on 11.16.15 at 5:59 pm

#299 TnT

I love how the ”nut jobs” have the freedom to spew theories about their own government propaganda and yet enjoy the benefits from its hypothetical gains.

What do you suggest…

I go live in the slums where I have zero posibility of any positive change for anyone?

or

Become one of the herd and celebrate ingnorace while filling my house with crap I don’t need?

Fact is: You know little about me our my life.

Also, starting the conersation with calling me a nut job pretty much sums up your motive

Let’s talk facts if you want to have a real conversation

#317 GB on 11.16.15 at 6:28 pm

Garth the title “j’ai peur” says it all.
We cannot possibly vet 25000 refugees in such a such short time.
Many of them do not speak French or English. Oil prices are crumbling where is the money going to come from to teach them, take care of them?

There are petitions out there to stop Justy the Kid. Look for one, make sure you sign one.

http://www.petitions24.net/non_a_limmigration_des_25000_refugies

#318 Fed-up on 11.16.15 at 6:38 pm

#295 No Name on 11.16.15 at 4:03 pm

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Don’t you get it? The folks that perform these terrorist attacks will twist anything to make their views justifiable. The Koran could simply be about puppies and sunshine and they’d still find a way to twist it to justify their views. The Bible and the Koran both have amazingly brutal things in it but to say that Christianity is inherently peaceful and Islam is not is nuts. Sure, the followers are taught a specific interpretation of text in the Koran but the key is that the folks running ISIS are like “hey great here’s some text that I can use to manipulate people into thinking killing people is justifiable”. Christian leaders did the same sort of manipulation during things like the Crusades. These terrorist attacks are not about religion per se, they are about a group of whack jobs using religion as an easy way to make people think what they are doing is okay.

Do you think the Bible is full of nothing but love and peace and manipulating text in it has never been used to justify killing?

Terrorism and the religion of Islam are not part and parcel. Islam does not promote hate and killing no more than Christianity does.

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Why is the answer to always attack the Bible and Christians? How intellectually lazy. We’re not trying to get inside the heads of Christian fundamentalists right now are we? Any unprovoked and recent terrorist attacks or suicide bombings on innocent civilians in the name of Jesus Christ or the Virgin Mary that you can cite? I’m not a practising Roman Catholic, but I am fairly sure that Christians follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and nowhere in the Bible did He preach, practice or condone slavery, murder, holy war, corporal punishment, intolerance or absolutism.

“The Koran could simply be about puppies and sunshine and they’d still find a way to twist it to justify their views”. Have you bothered to read it? I have, perhaps most people should as well and inform themselves so they can better understand what may be driving these small but dangerous pockets of fanaticism. As I mentioned in my original post, the vast majority of Muslims will not follow or practice extremism. But to think that 36% of Muslims in France could rarely, sometimes or often justify terrorism may want to make a clear thinking individual pause for moment, don’t you think? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pew_Research

Comparing horrific events from 600 to 1000 years ago with what goes on hundreds of times in the present and recent past, is absurd and irrelevant.

#319 Leo Trollstoy on 11.16.15 at 6:44 pm

#297 TRT on 11.16.15 at 4:13 pm

Actually it’s just ‘sex’

#320 TnT on 11.16.15 at 6:48 pm

#313 SWL1976 on 11.16.15 at 5:59 pm

I read your “facts” – nut job is the correct start of our conversation. Post some more “facts” to prove your point.

#321 family beagle on 11.16.15 at 8:14 pm

#292 Retired WI Boomer on 11.16.15 at 3:49 pm
I caught your comments and share, thanks. We might all be family.

Waiting on the Westcoast & Parsonage, Thanks for the nod. :-)

#322 SWL1976 on 11.16.15 at 9:59 pm

#317 TnT

I read your “facts” – nut job is the correct start of our conversation. Post some more “facts” to prove your point.

Great summary. You really proved your point.

You’re always welcome to post comments to clear things up on any of my blog posts since you seem to be in “the know”

Haha, Nut job is about the extent of your rebuttal

The heart felt thanks I get from people who read my blog makes up for the hollow nut job comments from people like yourself

All day, every day

Cheers :-)

#323 TnT on 11.16.15 at 11:24 pm

#319 SWL1976 on 11.16.15 at 9:59 pm

Aluminum seeds, Chemtrails & Goverment propaganda aside, your post also show you are a nice compassionate person. I rescind my “nut job” comment and will replace it with “kookie bird” doomer.

Cheers

#324 worldly on 11.16.15 at 11:59 pm

#6 sentry. Those pesky Muslims, not denouncing violent acts all the time. I had a person I know say that Muslims have to keep their “people” in line, and that was an equally stupid statement.

#325 Yanniel on 11.17.15 at 10:25 am

“Should I really go ahead and buy 40 % of it in bonds ETFs now, when the Feds are likely to start rising rates?”

“Now where did I ever say to put 40% in bonds? — Garth”

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Sorry, Garth. Yes, you are right. I meant 40% of the safe stuff. 20% of which would be bonds and the other 20% would be Preferred shares. Source: http://www.greaterfool.ca/2014/05/15/the-millennial-portfolio/

Still, the question remains. In the eve of the Fed rate increase. Should I delay the purchase of the bonds? I just don’t think it is worth buying something now that will depreciate next month with a huge certainty. I rather prefer to buy the bonds when they are cheaper (maybe after a few Fed rate cuts?). But still, my opinion is not based on deep knowledge of the financial stuff. The only financial knowledge I have I owe it to you, and as such a deeply value your advice and welcome it.

I line of advice is much welcome. Just a line would do :-) Thanks!

#326 No Name the Imposter on 11.17.15 at 11:39 am

#307 NoName on 11.16.15 at 5:24 pm
#295 No Name on 11.16.15 at 4:03 pm

Why you do that, go get your self some rael nice nick, how about like impostor.

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I’ve never actually noticed that someone else used this name on the blog. Calm down man. It’s just the internet.

#327 No Name the Imposter on 11.17.15 at 11:41 am

#312 For those about to flop… on 11.16.15 at 5:51 pm
Part of the reason I asked is because ” no name” just demonstrated its not cool when someone tries to imitate you.

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Nope, was not trying to imitate NoName. Never noticed someone else used this name.