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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tory Whip joins the Idle mob to silence an uncooperative journalist


Well, well, well....Progressive Conservative MLA Mavis Taillieu has picked up her pitchfork and torch and joined the mob trying to silence the editor of the Morris Mirror.

Taillieu, who is usually invisible on every other issue under the sun, wants to be sure to be seen to be in the front ranks of those eager to stifle a journalist's right to fair comment on a controversial issue in the community.

Free speech? Freedom of expression? Freedom of belief? What fool thinks that crap up? Certainly not the caucus whip of the P.C. Party of Manitoba.

She has pulled her political advertising from the newspaper because Mirror editor Reed Turcotte has refused to kowtow to the intimidation tactics of the Idle No More crowd. You know, the people who are loudly demanding their, er, constitutional rights.

What did Turcotte do to stir up the mob? He offered his honest opinion on the extremists in their bunch, and printed the inconvenient truth of their "movement." Horrors.

Here's what he wrote:

Thumbs Down - to Canada’s native
community and those of Manitoba who are
demanding unrealistic expectations of the
government and who in some cases are acting
like terrorists in their own country. Indians/Natives
want it all but corruption and laziness prevent some of
them from working for it.

The CBC, which has become the propaganda arm of the Idle movement just as the Winnipeg Free Press is the propaganda arm of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, never misses an opportunity to call the comment "racist."

Then the CBC and the rest of the local mainstream media never seem to find the space or time to actually examine Turcotte's comment for accuracy.

Take the claim of "acting like terrorists".  That's got the Idle people excited and upset.

Let's look at the facts:

Jan.6, 2013

Reporters covering a blockade by aboriginals of a rail line east of Belleville, Ontario, spot someone tampering with crossing signals.

"They were observed going to the crossing signals, tampering with them," said CN spokesman Jim Feeny. "The crossing signals were then activated and then subsequently a fire was lit - first on the tracks, but then moved to the side of the tracks."

"It's a serious issue for us because tampering with signals of any kind is illegal and poses a great threat to the public," he said. "We have to have absolute confidence that our signals are working perfectly in order to be able to operate

Jan. 10, 2013

"We have had enough. Our young people have had enough. Our women have had enough ... . We have nothing left to lose," said Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.
"The Idle No More movement has the people - it has the people and the numbers - that can bring the Canadian economy to its knees," Nepinak said to reporters in Ottawa.

"We have the warriors that are standing up now, that are willing to go that far. So we're not here to make requests, we're here to demand attention," he said.

Jan. 16, 2013

Terry Nelson, the former Chief of the Roseau River Indian Reserve, leads a blockade of a CN line near Portage la Prairie. Three months earlier he had been in Iran where he denounced Canada on Iranian television. In 2007 when threatening another rail blockade, Nelson said "There are two ways to deal with the white man. You either pick up a gun or you stand between him and his money." One of his associates at the Jan. 16 protest was caught on camera shouting "White man, go home."

CBC failed, or refused, to report on the racist taunts of the Idle No More protester, or to highlight the words of Nepinak and Nelson, the rhetorical terror twins.

As they say on Yertle the Turtle Island, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck.

As for the reference to corruption and laziness, maybe the MSM "journalists" were too busy marching to remember the shocking audit of Idle hero Theresa Spence's reserve Attawapiskat where millions of dollars were spent without a trace of where, for what or to whom the money was given. Spence reacted by showing her contempt for the constitutional rights of the press by refusing access to the reserve to any reporters who weren't "friends", and couldn't be counted on to spin positive stories.
Niigaan Sinclair, a lecturer with the University of Manitoba's native studies department, went to Morris to meet with Reed Turcotte to discuss the Idle No More movement with him in person. The CBC dutifully reported he was "snubbed" and given the "cold shoulder" by the paper's editor.

They did say that Turcotte had replied to an email from Sinclair saying he wasn't ready to discuss the matter until things cooled down. Sinclair refused to take the hint and showed up at the newspaper office anyway, with the CBC spinning the story to make the editor look as if he was refusing to engage in dialog with an aboriginal.

They could have pointed out that there's a funny term in legal circles for imposing yourself on people who have made it clear they don't want to talk to you -- stalking.

And stalking leads to something called intimidation. Maybe Sinclair should have called up Mavis Taillieu to come with him.

She thinks being the Whip means she can order people around. What a perfect fit for a movement based on mob tactics.

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