Sunday, March 31, 2013

Noa Shaindlinger, graduate student and psychopath

Let me introduce you to Noa Shaindlinger, PhD student at the University of Toronto and psychopath. Earlier this month in a tragic training exercise, two Israeli reserve soldiers lost their lives in a helicopter accident.  Shaindlinger tweeted that this was “good news.”

In another tweet, Shaindlinger refers to a soldier injured in a different accident and says, “A shame he didn’t die.”

In another, Shaindlinger directs her followers to a “feel good” video of a Palestinian hurling a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli soldier.

Let me repeat that: Watching someone being hit by a gasoline bomb makes her “feel good.”

Perhaps psychopath is too kind a word. After all, psychopaths can’t help themselves, and Shaindlinger chooses to be a terrorist groupie. She identifies herself with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which Canada, The European Union, Japan, the United States and Israel all designate as a banned terrorist organization.

For very good reason.

Back in the 1970s, the PFLP pioneered the hijacking of passenger jets and has continued acts of terrorism ever since. Nor has is it confined its aggression to hapless tourists aboard hijacked airlines. The PFLP ignited the Black September conflict between Palestinians and Jordan, in which thousands of Palestinians were killed, and also took part in the Lebanese Civil War, in which thousands more were killed.

These days the PFLP is part of the rejectionist front – Palestinian groups who reject the notion of peace with Israel and forthrightly declare that their mission is to wipe Israel off the map.

Shaindlinger is currently pursuing her politics courtesy of our tax dollars. Her bio at U of T’s Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies identifies Shaindlinger’s area of interest as “(neo)coloniality in the Middle East and North Africa.” That is, for her PhD, she is busily inventing a tale of Israel as an evil colonial power, so evil that when an Israeli is hit by a flaming bottle of gasoline, we should “feel good.”  

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Toronto District School Board has 1,545 people on staff making more than $100,000

If you’ve ever worried that teachers might not make enough money – as was certainly true in the bad old days – worry no more. The average teacher’s salary is $84,000 a year, plus great benefits. And 201 teachers working for the Toronto Board make more than $100,000, including 83 curriculum leaders or assistants  and 76 ordinary secondary school teachers, who make up to $173,000. For this teachers work nine months a year, with no requirement to lead any extracurricular activities.  

Here’s the breakdown from the Sunshine List:

6  plumbers working for the TDSB made more than $100,000 (which all by itself explains why we can’t afford to keep our schools in good working order)

17 Central Coordinating Principals $120,740.23 to $139,581.70

19 Superintendents of Education $151,424.07 - $173,213.71

83 Curriculum Leaders Secondary or Assistant Curriculum Leaders Secondary $100,013.12 - $159,312.04

261 Principal or Vice Principal Secondary $100,606.15 - $160,068.19 - A VP Secondary tops the salary list in this category

567 Principals, Elementary $100,344.30 - $154,880.40

76 Teachers, Secondary $100,000 - $173,000

42 Teachers, Elementary $100,071.19 - $155,666.92

And of course Chris Spence, former director of education - $270,000 and $19,000 in benefits. After resigning for serial plagiarism, Spence was given a $200,000 golden parachute. The new acting director of education also gets a salary similar to Spence's, in the $200,000-plus range. Let's hope she earns it.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The official newspaper of the Palestinian Authority praises Hitler, says the Americans, Freemasons, and Jews were behind 9-11 attacks

Composed by the Russian secret police
about 1890, the Protocols of the
 Learned Elders of Zion is a basic text
of Jewish conspiracy theories

Absent from all the reporting about Obama’s recent trip to the Middle East was any sort of realistic reporting on Palestinian attitudes toward Americans and Jews. Why? Probably because if you look at what’s actually in their own media, Palestinians come across as totally crazy.

Two days before Obama’s visit to Israel and the West Bank, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida printed an editorial praising Hitler and Nazism, condemning Roosevelt and Churchill, and accusing the Americans of being behind the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida you must understand is the official mouthpiece of the Palestinian Authority; it’s not a extremist paper (not by Palestinian standards) it’s the “moderate” voice of mainstream Palestinian politics.

Unfortunately it’s a voice full of hate and paranoia that understands world events as being manipulated by a conspiracy of Jews/Zionists and their partners the Freemasons... 

Op-ed by Hassan Ouda Abu Zaher:

The Mufti of Jerusalem, the leading Palestinian political figure,
spent WWII as a guest of Hitler, broadcasting Nazi 
propaganda to Palestine and the wider Middle East
'History is a great lie written by the victors' - said Napoleon Bonaparte, the source of dubious historical writing and father of Freemasonry in France. If so, is the history planted in us through TV and the standard educational curriculum indeed true? The source of this history is the West – the victor ever since the fall of Andalusia (Muslim Spain)! ...
Our history is replete with lies … [including] the lie about Al-Qaeda and the Sept. 11 events, which asserted that Muslim terrorists committed it, and that it was not an internal American action by the Freemasons, which was mentioned in the Illuminati game cards ten years before it took place, and in over 15 Zionist and Freemason Hollywood-produced films in the 1990s. 
The method of repeating [the lies] over and over has authenticated false facts. Had Hitler won, Nazism would be an honor that people would be competing to belong to, and not a disgrace punishable by law.
 Churchill and Roosevelt were alcoholics, and in their youth were questioned more than once about brawls they started in bars, while Hitler hated alcohol and was not addicted to it. He used to go to sleep early and wake up early, and was very organized. These facts have been turned upside down as well, and Satan has been dressed with angels' wings..." Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 18, 2013

This peculiar notion of the Zionists/Jews and Freemasons secretly running the world dates back to Russia and France in the late Nineteenth Century, but doubtless came to the Palestinians and the wider Middle East via the Nazis, who were and are much admired by many Palestinians and other Arabs.

Freemasons also get a mention in the Hamas charter. This is the foundational document of the Hamas "resistance" movement, and is meant to express Hamas's most basic beliefs. Such as...

A cell of "subversion and saboteurs"
That is why you find them [the enemies of Islam] giving these attempts [to corrupt women] constant attention through information campaigns, films, and the school curriculum, using for that purpose their lackeys who are infiltrated through Zionist organizations under various names and shapes, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, espionage groups and others, which are all nothing more than cells of subversion and saboteurs. These organizations have ample resources that enable them to play their role in societies for the purpose of achieving the Zionist targets….

"They were behind the French Revolution,
the Communist Revolution...
They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests. 
With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there… 
The Zionist invasion is a vicious invasion. It does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end. It relies greatly in its infiltration and espionage operations on the secret organizations it gave rise to, such as the Freemasons, The Rotary and Lions clubs, and other sabotage groups.
As with many conspiracy ravings these passages make sense only to someone who’s quite mad; but their meaning is easily summarized: the Jews and their lackeys (the Rotarians, Freemasons and the Lions Club) are doing evil everywhere. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Memo to teachers' unions: You don't get $84,000 a year for a part time job

Politicized teachers "standing up for democracy" by targeting our kids
My sister is a teacher. She works long hours. So do most teachers. The teachers I've dealt with at my kids' elementary schools have earned my respect. They're caring and professional, intelligent, imaginative and enthusiastic. I can't praise them highly enough.

For the excellent service most teachers provide, they take home a fair salary:  $84,000 a year on average, plus great benefits – the kind of benefits most people in the private sector can only dream of.

On top of this, teachers have ten weeks off in the summer, two weeks at Christmas and another week in March – for a total working year of just nine months. In addition, their contracted working time is only 300 minutes a day. That's five hours. Put that together – nine months a year at five hours a day – and you've got a part-time job.

That's what it says on paper. But other than a few deadbeats that some schools are cursed with, teachers put in more hours every week leading extracurricular activities and hours more preparing lessons.

Except of course when they're in a snit or their unions tell them not to.

Currently most teachers in Ontario are in a snit or are conducting a work-to-rule job action as ordered by their union. The teachers are annoyed that the government imposed a contract on them. They say that's a violation of their rights. Doubtless it is. On the other hand, the government has not only a right but an obligation to the people of Ontario to keep the province from going bankrupt while keeping our schools working.

I don't know whose rights trump whose in this situation, but that's why we have a justice system. The teachers' unions have taken the government to court over the issue, and if indeed the government has overstepped their bounds, the courts will slap them down.

But in the meanwhile, the elementary teachers' school union has ordered teachers to continue taking out their anger on the kids, and while the high school teachers' union has given permission to resume extracurricular activities, in many schools they haven't  including in my daughter's high school.

This means no extra help for kids having trouble with math. No letters of recommendation for kids hoping to get into university next year. No meetings with parents. And of course no sports, school plays, after school clubs or any of the other activities that teachers normally supervise as part of their job.

In contrast, at my son's elementary school, the teachers are supposed to be continuing their work to rule campaign. Of course, that's not how the elementary school teachers' union puts it. They're not in a legal strike position, so they call this job action a political protest. A couple school boards in the province have taken the unions to court, so we may see a judge order a stop the union's campaign – or not. It's hard to guess what a judge will do.

In the meanwhile, while the teachers at my son's school are supposed to be taking part in the union's work-to-rule campaign, they're actually doing more than their high-school counterparts. Before March break, they took the kids on a three-day trip to an outdoor education centre. So the teachers were on duty for about 56 hours straight, and then returned and put in another two days of class time for the week.

They do the same every year. To repeat: putting in long hours is the sort of thing teachers normally do. But their union claims that such extra hours are voluntary and that extracurriculars aren't part of a teacher's job.

Decades ago, that may have been true. Since then, the profession has evolved. Decades ago, teaching was a low prestige job with bad wages. Not anymore. And seriously, in what other job do you get to call yourself a professional, earn $84,000 a year, and yet claim that you're really obliged only to put in only part-time hours?

I think it's a fair guess that the unions aren't asking for a return to low wages, so I'd really like to see a contract that spells out that extracurriculars are part of what teachers are getting paid $84,000 a year for. Besides putting a stop to the sort of work-to-rule nonsense the unions are currently inflicting on our kids, spelling out what's expected of all teachers will also put the deadwood on notice that they're not being paid just to show up.

Because of course there are teachers who never lead any extracurriculars, who have used the same lecture notes for decades, and who frankly just don't give a damn. Perhaps it's a pipe dream, but if we spell out what teachers are actually expected to do, maybe we can get rid of the teachers who don't do it.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Marc Garneau, Justin Trudeau & the end of the Liberal leadership race

Justin Trudeau, "a strangely pretty 41-year-old former snowboarding instructor"
Today, Marc Garneau, the second strongest candidate in the race to lead the federal Liberals, called it quits. He conceded the obvious: he can't win.

More than that, it was obvious that Trudeau was going to take the leadership on the first ballot. The other six candidates in the race weren't even going to be able to muster 50% between them.

With Garneau out of it, there's no longer a real race at all. Barring some catastrophic accident or extreme act of self-destruction before the vote, Justin Trudeau is now the new leader of the federal Liberals.

Which leads us to Terry Glavin's excellent opinion piece published in the Ottawa Citizen about Justin Trudeau...

The Trudeau effect by Terry Glavin
Everybody’s laughing at Italy this week. Silvio Berlusconi is back. Italian voters have somehow managed to give their comically corrupt 76-year-old former prime minister a clear shot at keeping the country’s centre-left coalition from the Lower House majority it needs to properly govern the austerity-wracked country. Ha ha. Idiots.
But this sort of thing can happen to the nicest of democracies. There are rules that apply here, and Canadians should not be too quick to mock. After allowing its leadership race to degenerate into a sort of cross between a beauty contest and a reality television show, Canada’s very own Liberal Party, for instance, is on the verge of handing its crown to someone it would not be entirely wrong to call a largely talentless and insufferably foppish celebrity drama queen.
This is not a nice way to describe Justin Trudeau. It is also one thing to be Italy’s best-known patron of teenaged prostitutes and quite another thing to be merely a strangely pretty 41-year-old former snowboarding instructor who would be wholly unknown to all of us if he weren’t the son of a famously glamorous Canadian prime minister.
But at some point, it is going to have to be made to sink in. This is a guy who was boasting, as recently as 2001: “I don’t read newspapers. I don’t watch the news. I figure, if something happens, someone will tell me.” This is a guy whose main real job before he got into federal politics five years ago was a stint as a teacher at Vancouver’s West Point Grey Academy.
I note that particular gig only because earning as much as $462,000 a year for merely being the celebrity Justin Trudeau and giving inspirational speeches at up to $15,000 a pop is not what is ordinarily considered a “real” job. It is a racket, and Trudeau has carried on with it, featherbedding his $158,000 MP’s salary with more than a quarter of a million dollars’ worth of these celebrity “speakers’ fees” since 2008, when he first got elected Member of Parliament for the down-at-heels Montreal riding of Papineau.
Odd as it sounds, there is no House of Commons rule that prohibits MPs from moonlighting like this. Odder still, Trudeau has got away with justifying this lucrative sideline work on the grounds that he’s doing it as a favour to his constituents. “It is to make sure that the values of the people who elected me in Papineau are being heard in Ottawa and across the country,” he told reporters.
This is like something the notoriously stupid Alaskan ex-governor Sarah Palin might have said, but it gets a pass when Trudeau says it, and Trudeau gets away with this sort of thing all the time owing only to a pathetic and distinctly Canadian variety of celebrity-worship. This is not to be mean. It is actually the most charitable way to explain how it has come to pass that Justin Trudeau, if you don’t mind, is actually on the verge of annexing the Liberal Party of Canada as his personal vanity project.
It has got so that two weeks ago, when the leadership contender Martha Hall Findlay hinted at Trudeau’s obvious unsuitability to the task of championing the “middle class” he claims to be uniquely qualified to champion, she was jeered at and shouted at and hounded until she apologized. Maclean’s magazine called her question a “jarring outburst.”
If this were France in 1793, Justin Trudeau would be just another dandy in a powdered wig and a frilly shirt being trundled away to his just reward on the guillotine at the Place de Carrousel in Paris. But this being Canada in 2013, to merely ask out loud why it is that not once since Justin Trudeau declared his candidacy last fall has he managed to articulate a single original and coherent thought, is to be not just impolite, but inexcusably impudent and saucy beyond all bounds.
Only the other day, when the sturdy and perfectly capable leadership candidate Marc Garneau came close to publicly noticing Trudeau’s determined vacuity, Postmedia News reported that Garneau had subjected the dauphin to a “fiery attack.”
The Liberal party’s desperation — down to 35 seats in the House of Commons, rudderless, bereft of ideas — is not sufficient to explain this state of affairs. Neither is money, although Trudeau has purchased a great advantage over his competitors in the race by outspending all eight of them combined. The main reason is merely that his name is Trudeau. It’s the glitz of it. With a family name like that, it’s amazing what you can get away with.
In Montreal, Justin is one half of a high-society power couple, the other half of which is Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, a former entertainment-television personality, a sometime bulimia-awareness ambassador and occasional New Age self-improvement evangelist of some sort. Gregoire has been known to explain the scourge of global violence against women as a matter of some dislocation in “the feminine and masculine balance of divinity.” Just last week, the 38-year-old Gregoire-Trudeau showed up in the Globe and Mail describing herself as being “at that awkward stage between jail bait and cougar.”
Can you imagine the spouse of any other politician getting away with saying something like that? Of course you can’t.
Then there’s Justin’s “senior adviser” in his leadership campaign, a celebrity documentarist whose works include a crude piece of anti-Israel propaganda produced in association with the Iranian government’s English-language propaganda arm. This most cherished of Justin’s confidantes is also famous for having penned a 2006 essay for the Toronto Star attributing such super-human powers to Cuban strongman Fidel Castro, “an expert on genetics, on automobile combustion engines, on stock markets, on everything,” as the ability to go long periods without sleep and to harvest sea urchins from the ocean floor at depths of 20 metres without any artificial breathing apparatus.
This is Justin’s brother Alexandre we’re talking about here, so, you know, back off.
These are the Trudeaus. They are, first and foremost, rich and famous. They are chic and glamorous. “They are,” as F. Scott Fitzgerald put it in his short story The Rich Boy, “different from you and me.”
The same rules just don’t apply.
Terry Glavin is an author and journalist whose most recent book is Come From the Shadows.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Palestine House in Mississauga continues its support for terrorism

Protest in Gaza in support of jailed Palestinian terrorists
TORONTO (from The Jewish Tribune) - Palestinian terrorists on intermittent hunger strikes in Israeli prisons were hailed as heroes at a sparsely attended protest Saturday in front of the Royal Ontario Museum.

The protest, which had a slow start and at its height consisted of only 40 people, was organized by Palestine House and the Apartheid Coalition in support of on-again, off-again hunger strikers Samer Issawi, Jafar Ezzedine, Tareq Qa’adan and Ayman Sharawna. 

The four reportedly decided to go hungry to raise awareness that they were being held on “administrative detention” in Israeli prisons. Two of the men have also stopped taking their vitamins.

(It's rumoured the jailed terrorists want Flintstones vitamins, but the evil Israelis will give them nothing but standard adult multi-vitamins.)

Speakers and signs at the protest referred to the four men as political prisoners; not one mentioned the terrorism for which two of the men had been convicted or the membership of the other two in a terrorist organization. One teenaged boy held up a sign describing Issawi as a “hero.”

IDF Spokesperson Captain Eytan Buchman told CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting) that Issawi (aka Isawi) “was convicted of severe crimes, which included five attempts of intentional death.”
Protest in Toronto in support of jailed Palestinian terrorists
Issawi was serving a 26-year sentence when he was released as part of the ransom given in 2011 for the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Issawi was sentenced recently to eight months for breaching the terms of that release, according to media reports.

Sharawna (aka Sharouna) was also released in the Shalit deal before completing a 38-year prison sentence. He is “a Hamas member...arrested in 2002 for his involvement in multiple attacks.... Sharouna took part in a bombing in Beer Sheva that wounded 18 people, attempted to kidnap an IDF soldier, and was involved in shooting attacks targeting soldiers,” Arutz Sheva reported.

Sharawna was reportedly incarcerated for breaching the terms of his release.

Ezzedine and Qa’adan, members of the terrorist group Islamic Jihad, were arrested and imprisoned during Operation Pillar of Defence, according to Arutz Sheva.

Salim Mansur, vice-president, Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow (MFT), told the Jewish Tribune, “MFT recognizes the difficulties Israeli people are faced with in protecting themselves and we support measures adopted by the Israeli government that are open to scrutiny domestically and by outside agencies. 

"The quickest way to end the violence in the region, "said Mansur, "is for Palestinians and Arabs to end their long-standing opposition to Israel, their anti-Israel and anti-Jewish bigotry, recognize Israel and the Jewish state’s historic rights in Palestine or in parts of the ancient land of Judea and Samaria, and through genuine reconciliation open a better future for Palestinian children.”

Note: Palestine House, which helped organize this protest, used to be funded by the Canadian government. In February 2012, the government cut off funding to Palestine House because of their political extremism and support for terrorism - despite protests from the NDP. See here.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bob Hepburn of the Toronto Star recommends Premier Wynn adopt a secret agenda

Until it came to public attention, the Toronto District School
Board, where Premier Wynne got her start as a politician,
supplied teachers with this resource on sex tips for teens,
which included advice on how to use vegetables as sex toys.
In his column in today’s Toronto Star, Bob Hepburn argues that it’s too risky for the Liberals to openly endorse a new sex education curriculum for Ontario schools. If adopted, the new curriculum will explain anal sex and blow jobs to twelve-year-olds and make sure that eight-year-olds understand homosexuality.

As a minister in Dalton McGuinty's government, Kathleen Wynne tried to introduce this new curriculum a couple years ago. A lot of people objected, arguing that kids should be allowed their innocence. With an election coming up, Dalton McGuinty decided that pushing the new curriculum through would be political suicide.

But now Kathleen Wynne is premier and she believes passionately that twelve-year-olds have to understand anal sex. In fact in her very first news conference on January 27 after winning the Liberal leadership Wynne promised to re-introduce the new sex-ed curriculum.

Problem is this new curriculum is still political suicide. Hepburn’s solution is simple: Don’t tell anyone what you plan to do till after the next election. As Hepburn says, rather than go ahead with the new sex-ed program now: “the wiser move would be to wait until after securing a fresh mandate in an election that could occur as early as this summer.

And then of course, with the Liberals having won re-election, it will be too late for the people of Ontario to have any say about what our kids will be taught in school.

Fortunately, Hepburn's just a sleazy columnist for the Toronto Star, not a politician. I trust that if Kathleen Wynne wants twelve-year-olds to be learn about blow jobs in school, she'll campaign on the issue, not sneak in her new sex-ed program after winning re-election.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sentenced to 100 lashes for pre-marital sex: 15-year-old girl raped by stepfather who then murdered baby

The UN's vision of Human Rights
At the end of 2012, the Maldives was elected to a vice presidency of the UN Human Rights Council. The Maldives has a peculiar conception of human rights, but of course the UN already knew that…

From the Independent:

A teenage girl in the Maldives who was repeatedly raped by her stepfather has been ordered to receive 100 lashes after she confessed to having had pre-marital sex with another man. She is said to be deeply traumatised.

In an incident that has triggered widespread condemnation, the 15-year-old from the remote Feydhoo island was this week also ordered to spend eight months under house arrest. The flogging – handed down under a system of Shariah Law – will be carried out once the teenager reaches the age of 18 though she can ask it to be brought forward if she wishes.

The Maldives receives around 700,000 international visitors every year, lured its pristine beaches and shimmering oceans. But the archipelago Muslim nation has in recent years become increasingly conservative and more fundamental forms of Islam have gathered influence.

Under the country’s laws, pre-marital sex is a a crime and those found guilty are often flogged. In September 2012, a court ordered the public flogging of a 16-year-old woman who had confessed to premarital sex, while in the summer of 2009 a pregnant 18-year-old woman received 100 lashes in public after she admitted to having sex with two different men.

According to the Minivan news, the teenager involved in the latest case was sentenced following a police investigation that found she had been repeatedly raped by her stepfather.  In the summer of 2012, the teenager gave birth to the step-father’s baby, which he allegedly killed and buried beneath an outdoor shower area in their home.

During questioning by the police, the teenager reportedly confessed to having had consensual sex with another male. It is unclear whether this individual has been identified, traced or charged. Meanwhile, the teenager’s stepfather faces up to 25 years in jail if he is convicted of rape and murder.

A spokesman for President Mohamed Waheed, Masood Imad, told AFP that the teenager should be treated as a victim rather than a perpetrator of a crime. However, he added: “She is not going to be lashed to cause her pain... rather, it is for her to feel the shame for having engaged in activity forbidden by the religion.”