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Showing posts from October, 2011

The police department's Halloween reassurance newser flops.

The Winnipeg police tried communicating with the public Friday and, as usual, failed miserably. They called a news conference to reassure the citizens of the city that the October Spree Killer who shot three people this time last year, was not shooting people at random. The shootings, said the police, might be (hint, hint, are extremely likely to be) connected to drug dealing in the North End . So take it easy, folks, went the official message. You don't need to worry that you or your kids (one of the shooter's victims was only 13) are going to be shot down in cold blood without warning. That might sound comforting to Winnipeg city detectives who don't actually live in Winnipeg, or to mainstream media reporters from the suburbs. But people who actually walk the streets where the shootings took place can see right through the police bafflegab. First, a brief recap of the shootings: * Thomas Beardy was killed outside a home on Dufferin Avenue. In a charitable

Spilling the beans on Selinger. Where he comes from. Where he's going. Nobody knows a man better than his best friend. So, for an understanding of the character of the man elected to be the Premier of Manitoba , we turn to a most reliable source, a person who calls Greg Selinger his mentor and his close friend for over 35 years. Tom Simms is executive director of the Community Education Development Association (CEDA), one of those made-up leftwing groups whose only purpose in the community is to promote the leftwing agenda of the regional leftwing political party. Oh, and it gets its funding from the government and any do-gooder organization, like the United Way, that it can tap into. Shortly after the NDP took office and Selinger was installed as Manitoba's Finance Minister, Simms gave an extremely unguarded interview to an American fellow traveller. (That's not a euphemism; he says in his preamble he was literally travelling across Canada doing interview

Election Notes

It didn't take long for Manitobans to discover what a vile human being they elected as Premier of the province. Hugh McFadyen, the hapless leader of the soundly trounced Conservative Party, had just begun his concession speech. He was thanking his "team" for running a great campaign, when, to everyone's astonishment, Premier-elect Greg Selinger tromped into NDP election headquarters to deliver his victory speech. The television stations immediately cut away from McFadyen to focus on Selinger. But the act of deliberately disrespecting a Party leader on election night was so blatant it shocked the election night hosts on every channel. Sun TV's Krista Erickson and Charles Adler were visibly stunned at what they were seeing. Guest pundit Tom Brodbeck labelled it "classless." On CBC, host Janet Stewart was noticeably upset and at a loss for words to describe the unprecedented slight to McFadyen. Her co-host, poli-sci prof Paul Thomas laun