Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Only in America! How would you like to have this dude as a neighbour especially if you're black?

Heritage n'stuff
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
By Hunter

Sure, why not.
The Ku Klux Klan plans to hold a rally at the South Carolina Statehouse next month to protest renewed efforts to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. The Loyal White Knights out of Pelham, North Carolina requested the rally from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 18 at the north grounds of the Statehouse.
I can't think of a better way to demonstrate what the Confederate flag means to southern "heritage" than to have a white supremacist group with a long American history of vicious murders march around yelling and waving it at people. By all means, you do that.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Mother of all Canada Days?

Good Day Readers:

In the CTV National News for Tuesday, June 30, 2015 there's a segment beginning at the 6:42 mark about the latest wave of cyberattacks against government websites. In it national reporter Mercedes Stephenson has had a telephone conversation with the person responsible. Apparently, he sounds quite bright, articulate and confident he cannot be identified and doesn't seem overly concerned if he is - it's impossible to tell whether he's Canadian or not..

According to experts denial of service attacks are relatively simple to perform especially with Canadian government websites that lack the necessary security precautions that would cost millions of dollars to install and operate.

The hacker is promising cyber chaos for Canada Day. CSB's prediction? Low tech will triumph over high tech. The spies at CSIS aren't smart enough on their own to catch him but like so many other criminals he'll blab to someone who'll alert the authorities.

Clare L. Pieuk

If the Harper government can't protect its websites how can Bill C-51 protect you?

Good Day Readers:

It's fair to say the hacker group Anonymous doesn't like the Harper government. For the second time in the past 24-hours it has again taken down the CSIS website for a total of three (Anonymous =3 The Spies =0). The Conservative Party of Canada's site was also blocked earlier today which begs the question, "What's next?"

Recall when Vic Toews was Public Safety Minister and he and then Justice Minister Rob Nicholson tried to ram the highly invasive Bills C-30 and 51 (not the anti-terrorist Bill that has so many Canadians ....ed off) that if passed would have provided for warrantless internet searches/monitoring of your e-mail and internet usage without the need to even inform you.

Well, Anonymous was so ....ed off with Mr. Toews it produced 6-highly embarrassing and critical YouTube videos that remain on the internet to this day.
A thoroughly choked Public Safety Minister Vic Toews trying unsuccessfully to find Anonymous.

Fast forward to today and now Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench "Justice" Toews should be given the title, "The Father of Anonymous the Harper Government Hacker." Will his greatest political legacy be he was instrumental in helping to bring down the Harper government even though he was no longer a part of it - at least not officially.

Bill C-51 is obviously going to be a major election campaign issue and, hopefully, will break the Tories' back come October.

Clare L. Pieuk

CSIS website back online after cyberattack

CTV News.Staff
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service was up and running Tuesday afternoon, after a cyberattack took it down for the second time in 24 hours.

The main CSIS website and the CSIS Careers websites went offline shortly after 9 a.m. ET Tuesday. The Conservative Party of Canada's website also went down briefly Tuesday morning but was restored.

The website appeared to be back online and operational Tuesday afternoon.


The website for CSIS, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, appears to have gone down again - less then 24 hours after a suspected rogue attacker disabled the site in a co-called denial of service attack.

The latest cyberattack happened less than 24 hours after a suspected rogue hacker took the site down in a so-called denial-of-service attack.

Sources tell CTV’s Mercedes Stephenson that the same rogue hacker who took down the CSIS website Monday night -- and who had previously launched attacks on municipal and police websites -- is behind Tuesday's outages.

"This particular hacker has access to the email system at the Department of Justice and has the ability – if this hacker chooses to do so – to start sending internal emails," Stephenson told CTV News Channel from Ottawa Tuesday.

"Sources tell me the hacker has been in the system for some time and just been dormant."

The denial-of-service the attacker has launched on the CSIS site is not technically a hack, but the attack prevents Internet users from accessing the site. Such attacks can be hard to stop because they can come from dozens or even hundreds of unique IP addresses.

Stephenson said sources tell her the hacker isn't attempting to steal information in these attacks. "This is all about trying to embarrass the government, intelligence agencies and the police," she said.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, said no personal information has been compromised in Tuesday's attack.

“This is another reminder of the serious security challenges and threats that we are facing. This is why we need strong laws like the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015 to address security threats facing Canada," he said in a statement to CTV News.

Stephenson says the hacker is trying to draw attention to the controversial Bill C-51, as well as the case of an Ottawa teen who was charged in an alleged "swatting" incident. The hacker believes the teen was framed.

The same hacker was previously connected to hacking group Anonymous, but appeared to be operating alone on Monday, sources said.

The person believed to be responsible tweeted out several messages about the CSIS website Monday, including: “I’m deciding if I should let CSIS back online and hit another government website, or if I should keep it offline for a while.”

Less than two weeks ago, several government websites -- including and -- were hit by a denial of service attack. Anonymous claimed responsibility.

So you want to make crime pay ..... eh? Go to law school!

Whitey Bulger

Advice is a cheap commodity some seek it from me about crime — I know only one thing for sure — If you want to make crime pay — ‘Go to Law School.’

Convicted killer and former South Boston crime boss James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger, Jr., responding to a letter from three high school students doing a project on leadership. Bulger didn’t specifically answer the high schoolers’ questions, instead ruminating on his “wasted” life in crime, culminating in his advice to go to law school rather than follow in the gangster’s footsteps. (I guess a life bound by golden handcuffs is better than a life in actual handcuffs.)

So what's it going to be eh? This .....
or .....

Monday, June 29, 2015

Time to amend the Canadian Constitution and Charter of Rights!

Good Day Readers:

Can you imagine if the Supreme Court of Canada were to amend these documents so that any elected official had to sign a vow of poverty. Budgets would be balanced and surpluses generated virtually overnight. Dreaming in quadruple technicolour.

Clare L. Pieuk
Kelly McParland: When in doubt about expensing something just ask, "Would the Pope claim this?"

Friday, June 19, 2015
Does your publicly funded orange juice cost more that a couple bucks. Maybe get a water. (Getty Images)

It shouldn’t be that hard to avoid making a stupid mistake when submitting business expenses: Just ask yourself, “Would Pope Francis claim this?”

For a man committed to a vow of poverty, the Pope has shown pretty sure footing when it comes to the perks that come with the job of being God’s chief executive for the planet. Recently he dumped the Vatican’s bubble-topped Mercedes-Benz popemobile and replaced it with a Hyundai, built by those budget-conscious folks in South Korea rather than the upmarket Germans.

The bubble is gone, the bullet-proof glass is gone, and it’s not even a top-of-the-line Hyundai, but a modified Santa Fe, which retails at about $27,000. The Pope rejected the lavish living quarters of his predecessor in favour of a modest apartment, and recently, while out for a spin in the popemobile, gladly accepted a pizza handed to him from the crowd. (He’d been quoted moaning about how he missed going out for pizza.)

If Mike Duffy had the good sense of the Pope, would he have demanded repayment for living in his own home? Would Bev Oda have insisted on staying at the Savoy Hotel at $665 a night and billing for $16 orange juice? Would David Dingwall have insisted he was entitled to his entitlements?

First rule of not being stupid about expenses: it’s not an entitlement. If you have a job that comes with unavoidable costs, it’s fair to expect the employer to pick up the charges. It’s not fair to expect to be treated like the Nawab of Udaipur. Here are some rules:

1. Don’t treat yourself better than you would if you were picking up the bill.

So, when you’re on vacation you park your car in the long-term lot because it’s cheaper, you never buy food in the terminal because it’s absurdly overpriced, you put up with economy class and you stay in the best hotel you can find at a reasonable rate. But when it’s business, you book a limo, order a steak in the terminal (and maybe a few drinks), book yourself into business class and stay at the Ritz. Any Ritz. You are a bad person, and if the accountant catches you, you’ll get what you deserve.
2. Don’t convince yourself that no one will notice.

No one gets away with anything any more. A ticket clerk on the subway nods off due to a cold, and it’s all over the Internet in eight seconds. People are watching. Ask yourself: what happens if I get caught? You think you can slip through that muffin on expenses? Imagine how you’ll explain it if the snarky guy in accounting makes an issue of it. What, you can’t afford a muffin? Here’s the official mathematical equation: the lower the claim you’re making the bigger a cheapskate you’ll look like when people find out.

3. Being elected to public office doesn’t come with a direct claim on the Treasury.

No matter how impressed you are by the fact you’ve been elected mayor of Greater Euphoria, or appointed minister of regional giveaways, get over it. There is no reason you should have a better office, a fancier car, more extensive travel or less hassle at the border than the rest of us. People don’t elect politicians to provide them with a new and improved lifestyle. The Queen gets to travel in style because she’s the Queen, symbol of a nation and its people. Mayors, premiers and prime ministers come and go, and usually not soon enough. Here’s the rule for politicians thinking of expensing a fat lunch or similar indulgence: if the other party was in power, would you let them get away with it?
4. It’s not someone else’s responsibility.

OK, you’re a hot shot. Big salary. Nice clothes. Underlings aplenty. Why should you keep track of your own expenses, isn’t that a job for minions? Answer: no. Alison Redford thought she was too good to share a government plane with lesser lights, and now she’s ex-premier of Alberta. People rarely have as high opinion of you as you have of yourself. If you can’t keep track of what you spend, you shouldn’t be in a position to spend it.

Closing note: A couple of years ago I was stuck in an endless line-up at Pearson airport. It was a holiday period and the place was jammed. Everything took forever. Everyone was grumpy. The guy in front of me looked familiar, and after a moment I realized it was Jim Flaherty. He was finance minister at the time, second only to the prime minister, but he was lugging his own suitcases, getting shuffled from line to line, treated with the usual disregard by Customs. What a decent guy, I thought. When he passed away, I wasn’t surprised by the outpouring of affection and respect. It’s hard to imagine the same reaction would greet the passing of senators appalled that they have to drive a whole hour to work without special compensation.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

What a great name for a politician Justin "Hood!"

"Good day folks this if your friendly Winnipeg Police Service helicopter Blow Job One scanning the horizon looking for bad guys!"

Friday, June 26, 2015

Like rats jumping from a sinking ship with your taxpayer loot!

Good Day Readers:

Don't you get tired of these self-serving politicians who invoke family as the reason they're retiring? Could there possibly be another consideration?

"Helicopter Pete" MacKay's only regret is that  he won't get to take a cross Canada farewell tour on one of those 6 over budgeted, late delivered, not enough power Sikorsky Search and Rescue helicopters recently delivered to the Canadian Forces.
Clare L. Pieuk
MPs not seeking re-election may be doing it for the severance and pension: Expert

By Stephanie Levitz
Monday, June 22, 2015

OTTAWA - Nearly 60 members of the just-ended 41st Parliament have decided against running again this fall.

Some moved on to provincial politics, like Conservatives Patrick Brown and Brian Jean, now leading conservative parties in Ontario and Alberta.

Others, like the NDP's Alexandrine Latendresse, who was among the young MPs from Quebec who were swept onto Parliament Hill in 2011, say the cut-and-thrust of the House of Commons has lost its appeal.

Still others say they want to spend more time with family, like Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Industry Minister James Moore, who just announced on Friday he won't run again.
Whatever their stated reasons, many political observers wonder whether money is also among them.
Departing MPs are eligible for severance and pension payments that can top six figures; recent changes to how pensions will be paid have fuelled speculation that many are getting out while the getting is good.
"I try not to be cynical; people give me a good reason and looking at MacKay and Moore in particular, that they've got young kids seems to me like a reasonable reason," said Aaron Wudrick, the federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
"But objectively speaking, there's no question that anybody who leaves now ... they will be objectively better off. "
MPs who serve out their terms and don't run again are entitled to severance worth 50 per cent of their salary.
That's a minimum payout of $83,700 for those earning the base MP salary of $167,400. Cabinet ministers like Moore and MacKay make $244,500 a year, which means severance of $122,250.
The same goes for those who run again and lose.
Severance payouts after the 2011 election totalled $4.3 million, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation calculated.
"You could argue you've run for office, you intend to continue working but you're defeated, so then maybe severance is reasonable because you're looking for work when you were not planning to," Wudrick said.
"But we do kind of raise our eyebrow at the idea that a member of Parliament can get severance with a pre-planned departure."
MPs like former foreign affairs minister John Baird, who quit mid-session and vacated his seat almost immediately, don't receive severance, but still have access to a pension at age 55.
To be eligible for a pension, an MP must have served six years.
In 2013-2014, the average annual allowance for former MPs was $59,974, according to a Treasury Board report.
Current MPs who are eligible for a pension right now and who aren't running again — or who run again and lose — can collect a pension beginning at age 55.
But changes made to the plan three years ago come into effect at the end of this year, and include increasing the age an MP can start collecting their pension to 65 from 55.
That's only for those elected for the first time this fall. It gets more complicated for those who win re-election.
Their pension payments will be calculated on the number of years they served both before and after December 31, 2015. The portion owing on service up to 2015 is available once they turn 55, the rest at 65.
They can start collecting that portion at 55 too, but will pay a one per cent penalty each year until they turn 65.
Meanwhile, the six-year-service rule remains in effect.
There are 133 current MPs who wouldn't qualify for a pension until after the October vote at the earliest. But Wudrick said it's unclear how much of a financial calculation any MP is making in deciding whether to run.
The number not running is about the same as before two other landmark campaigns in recent history — 1993 and 2004, he noted.
"So maybe it's question of people reassessing their political prospects rather than how much money can I get."

Is your Member of Parliament/Senator a crook?

Good Day Readers:

If the Speakers of the House of Commons and the Senate were smart, which they're not, they would send a copy of this video to each elected politician with the message, "Will you be next?"

Clare L. Pieuk

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

"I'm retiring now so I can spend more time with my family" ..... Balls!

Up next .....

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

It's only a sex scandal!

Tit for tat final offer deal no deal?

Anne "Uncool" Cools

Good Day Readers:

Some many senators sure are ballsy these days then there's Anne "Uncool" Cools. Get this. She wants the media to be "gently approached" to reveal who leaked the contents of the Auditor General's recent report. Huh?

Just how forthcoming has she and the Senate been in how it spends your hard earned taxpayer dollars? It's Board of Internal Economy behaves like a secret society. The lawyer for Mike Duffy has tried to gain access to a 2013 Senate report by Jill Anne Joseph on whether senators could prove they lived where they said they did. So what did lawyers for the Upper Chamber do? That's right yet again they invoked parliamentary privilege.

So here's the deal Anne Cools. For every Senate secret/scandal you give up the medial will reveal one of its sources. Deal no deal?

Clare L. Pieuk
Cools says Senate should ask media for help in hunt

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

OTTAWA - An independent senator from Ontario wants the Senate to ask journalists to identify sources who leaked details about the auditor general's recent expenses probe.

Anne Cools says senators should "gently" approach reporters to explain how they knew the contents of the Senate spending report before it was publicly released.

Cools made the comments at a Senate committee looking into how details of auditor general Michael Ferguson's report were given to journalists before many senators were able to look at the document.

The Canadian Press was among the outlets that reported on details of the audit before its public release.

The Senate's rules committee is looking into who received copies of the report, how many copies were circulating, and who had access to the document before it was tabled in the Senate.

The report found some senators didn't believe they had to be publicly accountable for their spending and identified two current and seven retired senators whose spending warranted a review by the RCMP.