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Canadian Soldier Killed, Another Injured by Muslim Convert in Hit & Run in Quebec

By on 10.21.14 | 11:06AM

Yesterday, two Canadian soldiers were deliberately hit by a vehicle in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, about 30 miles south of Montreal. One of the soldiers died while the other is expected to survive. The name of the deceased soldier has not been released at the request of his family.

Police pursued the driver and eventually shot and killed him. The driver has been identified as Martin Rouleau, a 25-year old man who converted to Islam and went by the name Ahmad the Converted on his Facebook page.

The Conservative government of Stephen Harper almost immediately concluded that the incident was a terrorist attack but Official Opposition and NDP leader Thomas Mulcair chided the government for bringing up the link to terror in the House of Commons. As usual, Harper is right and Mulcair is wrong.

Recently, the Canadian government sent a small contigent of forces into Iraq to assist the U.S. effort to combat ISIS.

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My 2014 World Series Prediction

By on 10.21.14 | 10:28AM

Yesterday, I had a piece up on the upstart Kansas City Royals.

This notwithstanding, I am picking the Giants in five. The World Series MVP will be Giants second baseman Joe Panik.

I do hope Bruce Bochy finds a way to get Tim Lincecum into a game. In four years, he's gone from Cy Young to Sigh.

 

 

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Gough Whitlam, R.I.P.

By on 10.20.14 | 11:08PM

Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam passed away today at the age of 98.

Whitlam came to power in 1972 under the Labor banner wresting power from the Liberal-Country coalition which had ruled the country for nearly a quarter century. Labor would earn a second term in 1974, but in November 1975 the Whitlam government was controversially dismissed by Australian Governor General John Kerr and made Liberal leader Malcolm Fraser caretaker Prime Minister and ordered an election. This would lead to a constitutional crisis. But instead of being angered at Kerr's heavy handedness, Australians took out their anger out on Whitlam's unpopular economic policies and elected Fraser's Liberals to a large majority government. Fraser would defeat Whitlam again in the 1977 elections after which Whitlam stepped down as Labor Party leader. 

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The Real Reason Why Obama Doesn’t Want to be on The Supreme Court

By on 10.20.14 | 4:53PM

I believe the real reason President Obama doesn't want to be on the Supreme Court because a future President could do to him what he did to the Supremes during the SOTU address in 2010 over Citizens United. Obama wouldn't want to be in a position where he would have to sit there and take it like the Supremes did save for Sam Alito.

Besides he would be but one out of nine rather than the center of the world's attention. You don't get much more center of attention than if you reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Yet this has come to be boring for him. If he's bored by the Presidency, a tenure on the Supreme Court would be tantamount to a death sentence.

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Scott Brown Narrowly Avoids New Hampshire Pumpkin Riot

By on 10.20.14 | 3:30PM

This weekend, the sleepy town of Keene, New Hampshire descended into chaos as the city's 24th annual Pumpkin Festival dissolved into all-night riots, thanks to some local college students who don't place a value on having a supply of intact liquor bottles ahead of the New Hampshire winter. The students, who were apparently attending house parties organized by a party-planning group that encourages attendees to do crazy things in pursuit of Internet fame, turned a normally low-key event into a full-on, pumpkin-flinging melee, with flipped cars, bonfires, thrown bottles, uprooted signs, 30 injuries and a visit from the governor Maggie Hassan, who apparently has nothing else to worry about.

Worst of all, they almost got New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown. 

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Barack Obama Doesn’t Want to be on the Supreme Court

on 10.20.14 | 3:07PM

In case you were wondering whether noted Constitutional Law professor Barack Obama had designs on joining the Supreme Court once he's out of office - and who wasn't? - the Commander-in-Chief reassured the New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin that he would prefer a role that afforded him more free time

As Marine One thundered overhead, about to land on the White House lawn and take Obama to a series of political fund-raisers, I asked him if, like William Howard Taft, he entertained thoughts of serving as a judge later in his career. “When I got out of law school, I chose not to clerk,” he said. “Partly because I was an older student, but partly because I don’t think I have the temperament to sit in a chamber and write opinions.” But he sounded tempted by the idea.

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We’ve Been Paying Expelled Nazis Millions in Social Security

By on 10.20.14 | 1:06PM

For years, the US Justice Department used the promise of continuing Social Security benefits as a way of getting Nazi war criminals and and former SS officers to leave the country, according to an AP investigation. The program, which has potentially cost America millions of tax dollars and exploited a legal loophole, has apparently kept dozens of retired Nazis afloat as they lived out their golden years in the friendly countries we dumped them into.

Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The payments, underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the U.S. Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. If they agreed to go, or simply fled before deportation, they could keep their Social Security, according to interviews and internal U.S. government records.

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Two Male Strippers Are Latest Ebola Quarantine Victims

By on 10.20.14 | 12:40PM

Two male strippers have entered voluntary quarantine after sitting near second Ebola nurse Amber Vinson on a plane from Ohio to Texas. Axl Goode and Taylor Cole, who are strippers and male models for romance novel book covers, decided to order themselves into isolation after realizing that the hazards of their job, like sweaty tear-away clothing and close-quarters gyrating could put hundreds of women in danger.

Goode and a stripper pal, Taylor Cole, voluntarily pulled themselves out of circulation after the pair sat near an infected nurse on a Cleveland-to-Dallas flight. They vowed to stay in their homes for 21 days, a move suggested — but not required — by the CDC.

“It doesn’t take an intelligent person to make a good decision,” Goode, who comes from a family of pharmacists, told the Daily News. “If a stripper can make a decision that’s more responsible than the CDC, then surely other people can make those decisions, too. It’s not rocket science.”

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More Ebola Thoughts

By on 10.20.14 | 11:01AM

I'm not staking my life (literally or figuratively), or my reputation on this, and not making a prediction as much as a short-term observation:

After several days of media-amplified panic about Ebola, of people saying they'd be afraid to fly on Frontier Airlines and stories of people being afraid to shake hands, it's time to notice what is really happening:

Other than the two nurses who had intense and close contact with "Patient Zero" in Dallas, nobody else in America, including people who had subsequent contact with those nurses, seems to have contracted the virus.

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Democrats Walk Out on Obama During Campaign Rally in Maryland

By on 10.20.14 | 1:03AM

President Obama has truly worn out his welcome. Not only do Democratic candidates for office not want to admit they voted for Obama, but during a campaign rally Sunday for Maryland Lt. Governor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown, Democrats walked out en masse ten minutes into Obama's remarks.

Remember when I recommended that Republicans walk out on Obama during his State of the Union address a couple of years ago? Should that happen I have a feeling some Democrats will join them.

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