Nov 152018
 

Iwo Jima

“If any question why we died, Tell them, because our fathers lied.” ~ Rudyard Kipling

In sharing Kipling’s sentiment that reflected upon the reasons behind the great loss of life in the Great War, it is alarming to consider that even today, the same Great Lie continues to be perpetuated: socialism is good; nationalism is bad.

In the second of a two-part Remembrance Day reflection, our conversation with Salim Mansur connects the dots between the First World War, the Second World War, and beyond. With Remembrance Day now behind us, we can turn our attention toward the present and future to consider how the lessons of WWI and WWII should be applied.

The period between the two world wars saw the collapse of European empires, the creation of nation states, the rise of communism and national socialism in Germany, and the adoption of socialism as a ‘remedy’ for economic hardships in all European states. The ‘witch’s brew’ in which they all simmered resulted in both WWI and WWII – a “collective suicide” that is an inevitable consequence of collectivism itself.

Alarmingly, today we increasingly find ourselves in that same collectivist brew, suffering under the same ideologies that precipitated both wars – ideas that originated and germinated in Europe. (Consider that ANTIFA today flies the German communist flag.) Continue reading »

Nov 112018
 

The ceaseless racist narrative of the Left commands more and more of the mainstream media with each passing day. It has a destructive and divisive effect on the public – and that is its purpose.

To believe that ‘ignoring’ all the racist nonsense ‘will make it go away’ is false. To ignore it is to enable and encourage the continual media onslaught of racist irrationality. Benignly referred to as ‘identity politics,’ the collectivist notions behind that collectivist term belie an evil of immense proportions.

Once again, as always, CNN continues to be a network that broadcasts “all racism all the time,” as Danielle has repeatedly observed in conversations with Robert. Consider CNN’s anchor Don Lemon, who is gay, black, married to a white man, and who on October 29 called for action against white men:

“So we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the Right. And we have to start doing something about them. There is no travel ban on them – you know, they had the Muslim ban, there is no white guy ban. So what do we do about that?” Continue reading »

Nov 082018
 

Beaumont Hamel

Sunday November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the ‘Great War,’ which subsequently became known as World War One.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, Armistice was signed, officially ending a war that history demonstrated would once again continue in 1939.

In this, the first of a two-part Remembrance Day retrospective, Salim Mansur joins us to explain how and why the Great War of 1914-1918 represented “the beginning of the end of the European Age.”

Reflecting upon the complex alliances of the six empires (British, French, German, Austro-Hungarian, Russian, Ottoman) drawn into the conflict of the Great War, Salim looks to the literature and poetry of the day for insights to the meaning of it all.

Thus our conversation moves from the impersonal aspects of the war to the very personal, as Robert cites the war experiences of those in his own family: Newfoundland’s fighting Vaughan brothers: Oscar, Frank, Joseph, and Herbert.

The continuum of history that has brought us from the Great War to today’s modern world has provided us with a determined past that cannot be changed or avoided. It is only in understanding and remembering that past that that we can ever hope to pave a way to a peaceful future that is Just Right.

Nov 042018
 

Elizabeth Warren

What can one adequately say when ‘mainstream’ media like ABC News, NBC Nightly News, The View, The Guardian, and others reported that Elizabeth Warren had ‘proof of her Native American Heritage’ – when the real ‘proof’ provided by Warren’s DNA test was exactly the opposite?

What was ‘proven’ by a DNA test is that Warren is “whiter than white,” observes Danielle in her conversation with Robert. “Where is the ‘white privilege’ when it seems more beneficial to claim heritage to anything other than European descent?”

In response, Robert notes that the racial ‘privilege’ in this case was actually attached to being a member of the Native American group with which Warren attempted to identify. “And the mainstream media (is) complicit in this obvious lie that she is of native descent!”

The degree of dishonesty and the detailed deception to which Warren stooped was only to be outdone by the media that accepted DNA results reflecting a 1/1024 native/white DNA ratio as ‘proof’ that she was Native American. Continue reading »

Nov 012018
 

Justin Trudeau

Reaction to last week’s show on ‘climate change’ featuring Dave Plumb, author of ‘Inconveniently Screwed,’ generated the feedback that inspired this week’s discussion. And thanks to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who announced that his National Climate Plan would be forced on the four Canadian provinces that did not wish to have such a plan, the issue has once again been pushed into the spotlight.

Referred to as a ‘climate’ plan, it’s really a tax. There simply is no way to pin down any specifics in the plan that have anything to do with global ‘climate,’ or what the ‘climate’ goal actually is. For example, what is the ‘correct’ global temperature, humidity, ocean level, atmospheric pressure, etc.? Most importantly, what is the ‘correct’ level of ‘greenhouse gases’ – especially given the knowledge that water vapor is among the most threatening.

Is Trudeau’s government attempting to keep the global (not just Canada’s) climate at the temperature it is today? Is a decrease in average annual temperature averages the desired goal? Is an increase the desired goal? Where are such specifics in the ‘climate’ plan, how will the success or failure of the ‘plan’ be measured?

Don’t even attempt to answer such questions, because climate concerns are not part of any nation’s ‘climate’ plan. Government ‘climate’ plans are really plans to tax carbon dioxide emissions, yet carbon dioxide is neither a pollutant, nor responsible for climate change. Continue reading »

Oct 282018
 

“Attacking Kanye West for his color is despicable,” declares Robert, in conversation with Danielle about CNN’s reactions to his recent appearance at the White House. “When it comes to CNN, it’s all racism, all the time,” affirms Danielle.

Once motivated by racism, a blatant denial of reality becomes a necessity. Sure enough, that is exactly what CNN’s news commentaries (among others) have demonstrated.

Worse, CNN panelists Bakari Sellers, Tara Setmayer and Don Lemon shamelessly displayed their racist prejudice as they chastised West for being an example of “what happens when Negroes don’t read,” and of being “the token Negro of the Trump administration,” and for “embarrassing himself… in front of all these white people.”

Meanwhile, on MSNBC, viewers could watch racist Michael Eric Dyson (Georgetown University) describe West’s comments as “white supremacy by ventriloquism. A black mouth is moving but white racist ideals are flowing from Kanye West’s mouth.” Continue reading »

Oct 252018
 

CO2 cycles

“Inconveniently Screwed” is the title of our guest Dave Plumb’s book about climate change – and about the litany of outright fear-mongering and shameless deception that defines the Left ‘s so-called ‘climate’ agenda.

Being ‘inconveniently screwed’ is also the perfect way to describe what will happen to voters in the four provinces (Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick) specifically targeted by Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday via his National Climate Plan.

Arbitrarily citing an “urgent need to put a price on pollution,” Trudeau announced nothing more than another socialist wealth redistribution scheme on Tuesday, glaringly self-evident as such. Using an argument that could only be taken seriously by those totally disconnected from reality, Trudeau outrageously promised that “Eight in ten Ontario families will get back more than they pay directly.” That of course means that two out of ten families have to give their money to the other eight out of ten. That’s a ‘climate’ plan?

“Starting next year, it will no longer be free to pollute,” announced Trudeau in referring to carbon dioxide, offering as blatant a display of ‘facts don’t matter’ as one could possibly conjure. The fact is that carbon dioxide is no pollutant and is actually beneficial to life on earth! To suggest otherwise is an outright lie! Continue reading »

Oct 212018
 

Blog posts may be the best place for “thought experiments” suggests Danielle to Robert in a discussion that is as much about their criticism of a recent ‘tweet’ by Professor Jordan Peterson, as it is about the social platform on which he made it.

“We are witnessing a cultural sea change,” notes Robert, “with Twitter, Facebook, and social media, just within the last decade or so.” Now a perpetual source for more controversies, on-line social media has become the “global village” predicted by Marshall McLuhan, whose infamous phrase “the medium is the message” takes on a literal meaning in the context of today’s technologies – and discussion.

Traditionally expressed forms of commentary may no longer apply and may in fact be dangerous in the courts of public opinion – particularly on the social platform known as ‘Twitter.’

Just ask Jordan Peterson, whose ‘tweet’ on the appointment of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (“if appointed, he should step down”), potentially revealed more about Peterson’s fundamental philosophy and political inclinations than did his many hours of speaking on other social media, like YouTube and Facebook. Continue reading »