Only to reveal even more veils—those of conflict of interest, nepotism, obstruction of justice, buffoonery and possible treason
The lengthy sequence of malicious allegations about Trump’s unfitness for office is steadily fading: Sexism, racism, Islamophobia, bumptiousness and lack of nuance in international affairs—as in a dance of numerous veils, they keep falling away….
—Conrad, Lord Tubby, National Review, May 24, 2017.
Less water sports coverage, more Feinstein…sad
The effort to scandalize the country with fake news started with the scatological Golden Shower of Moscow, and is now down to Dianne Feinstein demanding transcripts of the president’s Oval Office conversations with everybody….
“Despite,” in the sense of “because of”
The whole point of the Trump campaign was the need for radical but centrist reform…. At his heavily attended rallies, he singled out the national political media for its almost relentless disparagement of him and his followers, and for the soft ride it had given to the Obama regime, which—despite the great breakthrough of having a non-white president—was unsuccessful in almost every field.
—Conrad, Lord Tubby, National Post, May 21, 2017.
Too late: James Fenimore Cooper already beat you to it
Thankfully, there are a few independent thinkers on this hot-button issue who are protected by academic tenure from excommunication…. One such individual is Frances Widdowson, an associate professor…at Mount Royal University in Calgary. On June 1, Widdowson will present a paper on aboriginal issues at Ryerson University…that is likely to be considered politically incorrect…. In 2008, she and co-author Albert Howard published a book entitled “Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation.” The title gives you the drift of her position…. My fear is that the lonely academic furrow Widdowson ploughs will be buried when she retires. And though her writings may endure in “samizdat” form, she will be remembered—cultural appropriation intended—as the last of the Mohicans in her field.
—Barbara Kay, National Post, May 23, 2017
So, logically, if she is part of the furniture…she’s made of wood!
I think here of how Ontario went after both an author (Stephen Williams) and a lawyer (Ken Murray) who were on the fringes of the sordid Paul Bernardo/Karla Homolka murder case, while at the same time treating Homolka as the delicate flower-cum-victim of abuse she never was. Williams, who wrote two books eviscerating the government for its conduct of the Homolka file, was prosecuted both civilly and criminally in an attempt to decimate him; Murray was charged with child pornography offences, later dropped, in an effort to blacken his good name. Yet that same government was unable to muster the political will to go after Homolka with anything approaching the same vigour. And now this—the news from federal ethics commissioner Mary Dawson that Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff Nigel Wright breached the federal Conflict of Interest Act when he acted to repay Senator Mike Duffy’s questionable expenses. There is a difference here of course, in that Dawson is not part of government, but rather its independent ethics watchdog. But she’s been on the job since 2007, and before that was an associate deputy minister and had, as her bio notes, “a long career with the government of Canada.” She’s part of the official furniture….
—Crusty Blatchford, National Post, May 25, 2017.
Or lesser Breeden with the law
Canadians had a reminder this week of the self-serving corruption that taints much of American financial law, an appreciable part of the bedraggled corporate governance movement…. It emerged that Richard Breeden, who was placed at the head of a fund set up to benefit indirect investors in Bernard Madoff’s fund, has taken almost US$39 million for himself and his firm over four years without distributing any money to victims…. Breeden, in my view an unexceptional lawyer in private practice…is best known for his cameo appearance as an angel of death in the Hollinger affair, in which I was intimately involved.
—Conrad, Lord Tubby, National Post, May 27, 2017. |
Une fois encore, mes enfants, préparez vos mouchoirs
As a brief [sic] refresher…. Breeden and I reached what he called a “restructuring agreement,” [but] he violated every clause…. He brought his former colleagues in the SEC down on us, and his committee brought forth a report accusing us of conducting a $400 million “corporate kleptocracy.” It was a murderous cascade of malicious lies…. Breeden came to Toronto and “lectured…” the Ontario Securities Commission… The commission, in one of the vilest and most injurious acts to the public interest in its history, overruled its own staff and prostrated itself to Breeden…. The conduct of the OSC was an unmitigated disgrace…. Ultimately, the entire Hollinger group…was driven into bankruptcy while Breeden collected tens of millions for his satanic efforts…. The clerical oversight of US$285,000 to me…was resurrected, as well as a spurious obstruction charge…. The charge was egregious nonsense….
Writs at dawn!
Breeden…is an appalling charlatan; a charmless, humourless effigy of repulsive coldness; a grotesque malignancy of American law and business. We have crossed swords in libel matters before; he is welcome to return to that fray (that he effectively fled on the previous occasion.)