Latest Drivel for Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

Canadian doc to blame for brutal regime that emerged a decade after his death
When Justin arrived in Beijing this week, he presented the Chinese government with a Norman Bethune medallion…. Most Canadians have never heard of Norman Bethune, but in China, he’s considered a national hero. Bethune was…a devout Marxist and a propagandist for communism. …Bethune first moved to Spain to fight for communism in the Spanish civil war, then he moved to China in 1938. There, he joined the communist guerrilla forces and served as battlefield surgeon. Bethune met Mao, and the two became friends. They exchanged letters until Bethune’s accidental death in 1939…. Bethune was no hero. He betrayed Canadian values…. Trudeau, at the very least, could stop pretending to revere a man who left Canada to help a communist regime that committed unspeakable atrocities.
—Candice Malcolm, Toronto Star, Aug. 31, 2016.


Numbers, shmumbers…
Historians will eventually define Harper as an adept fiscal steward once the “sunny ways” of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau produce a national debt so repressive that the horizon of recovery will disappear from view…. Harper was more progressive than he will ever be given credit for. [H]e methodically…focused his laser-like policy wonkiness on the malaise of the country’s economy.
—Mark Bonokoski, Postmedia, Sept. 3, 2016.

With Mr. Harper in power, taxpayers thought they had a federal government…that would control spending, balance the budget and break the decades-long habit of overspending. We were wrong. When the Liberals left office program spending stood at $175-billion. By the end of this fiscal year, it will have grown to $229-billion—a 31% increase in the size of government in just four years…. Not only does this spending spree waste your money, it will also steal your childrens’ [sic]. The Harper government plans to rack up an astonishing $85-billion in new debt in just five years. Eight years of debt reduction will be wiped out with this one budget
—Kevin Gaudet, Canadian Taxpayers Federation, 2009.

Since Harper was elected, the federal debt has increased by over $150 billion, wiping out the reduction in federal debt achieved under Chretien and Martin. Not much to boast about there.
—Scott Clark and Peter DeVries,, Apr. 19, 2015.


Hey, at that price, we, the people, will all be driving solar cars!
The people have spoken, and they don’t want pipelines. On Monday, protesters effectively disrupted a hearing in Montreal related to the Energy East Pipeline…. How much do we really need the oil? No, really. Think about it. The cost of solar energy is lower than it has ever been. It’s on track to cost $1 per watt by 2020.
—“Strategic foresight consultant and novelist living in Toronto” Madeline Ashby, Ottawa Citizen, Aug 30, 2016.

But more importantly, humility is crediting C.S. Lewis for the stolen quote
August 31st, 2016, 3:31 am [sic]. Back when he was Liberal leader, I worked for Jean Chrétien. I was his Special Assistant. I wrote speeches for him, helped out on Question Period, approved his correspondence, stuff like that…. As I sat with Jean Chretien on a Summertime [sic] bench on Sparks Street, munching a two-dollar hot dog paid for out of our own pockets—watching bureaucrats on their way to fancy expense account lunches at the NAC, agape at the Prime Ministerial presence—I made a mental note to scribble down Kinsella’s Political Rules Three and Four for later use. [No. 3 is]: Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself. It’s thinking of yourself less.
—Warren Kinsella,, Aug. 31, 2016.

There, that should do the trick
Brett Ryan’s third brother, now a key witness whose identity remains protected, fled the carnage to seek shelter from a neighbour.
—Reported by Joseph Brean, National Post, Aug. 31, 2016.

Emma Teitel: Still a lesbian
We live in an age where weddings and birthday cakes go virtually untouched on account of their gluten content and millions of people (like my wife) diligently track, via a special app, the number of steps they take in a day.
—Emma Teitel, Toronto Star, Sept. 4, 2016.

…and a lesbian with a column to fill
It’s a McNugget mystery of sorts — the ultimate blind taste test that has kept Mickey-D fans in the dark. The world’s largest hamburger chain did a recipe reboot of its most kid-friendly food…. If you’ve eaten the mega-popular chicken treat at their 1,400 restaurants across the country in August then you’ve probably already tried the new version. The result is about 5-per-cent fewer calories (180 down to 170) and 10-per-cent less sodium (from 330 milligrams to 300) based on a serving of four McNuggets….
—Lisa Wright, Toronto Star, Aug. 31, 2016.

As Lisa Wright reported in the Star in an exclusive story this week (a McXlusive?), McDonald’s Canada recently announced a pretty significant change to the recipe of its chicken nuggets. The new nuggets contain 5 per cent fewer calories and 10 per cent less sodium, and they are absent TBHQ, a synthetic preservative instrumental in the unnatural shelf life of fast foods. Oh and another thing: you might have already eaten them.
—Emma Teitel, Toronto Star, Sept. 4, 2016.

Yes, but what about those who can’t afford guillemot eggs?
Should we scrap egg and dairy supply management? (OMG no.)
The invisible hand of the free market can stay out of my fridge. I am happy to pay two bucks an egg or whatever or $48 for a bag of milk pure and good. I just finished a book on the history of egg science—did you know guillemot eggs have a long axis on which they spin?—called The Most Perfect Thing, and they are.
—Heather Mallick, Toronto Star, Sept. 2, 2016.

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2 comments on “Latest Drivel for Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
  1. daveS says:

    When will the Tsar let Teitel loose? She even overstuffs pieces in the freebie Metro to bore the entire nation.

  2. Patrick60 says:

    Candice should study Asian 20th century history to gain a little perspective.

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