No Dogs or Anglophones

Thanks for the Memories....

For over four years I've written this blog in an effort to fulfill an inner desire to share some of my thoughts and experiences with you.

From a tiny following, the blog has blossomed, giving a small voice to a not so insignificant segment of Quebec Anglo society that the mainstream media doesn't seem to address. It has been, to say the least, entirely rewarding and I've kept going far beyond where I first thought I'd go solely because of the readership.

But all things come to an end.

With the election of the Liberals and the prospect of the PQ dim for the short and immediate term, there is less of an impetus for me to continue.

Can we as Anglos and Ethnics claim victory over sovereigntist forces?

Perhaps yes, but the real problem was never sovereignty, but rather the treatment of Anglos and Ethnics by all  Quebec governments.
It is sad to see that we continue to be viewed as interlopers, a people to be controlled not appreciated, an alien nation within the legitimate body politic of French Quebec.

Too harsh?
Nope, I don't think so. I continue to believe that if Quebec chooses to remain in Canada, it is simply an economic decision, the alternative of an independent and truly French Quebec a dream too costly and unrealistic for a generation whose real values include Facebook and Nintendo.

I remain convinced that if Quebec had the wealth of Alberta's oil sands, this province would have overwhelmingly voted for independence years ago.
It's really just about the money and when Quebecers finally realized how much money Canada lavishes upon them, the independence movement withered.

Such is the reality of our Quebec society, locked into a loveless marriage of convenience, forever unhappy and unfulfilled but financially comfortable, a difficult trade off to make.

As for myself, I look forward to the summer, sipping margaritas by the backyard pool, leaving the bitching and moaning to others, God knows, I've done my share.

To those who have been faithful readers and contributors I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your interest, friendship and lively conversation.

I would never have come this far without you.

and so I fade to black....

I'll leave the comments section open for a while and the blog itself open for research purposes.

Thank you all once again.....

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Posted on 1 July 2014 | 9:23 am

Justin Trudeau

Liberals present plan to grow agricultural sector

REGINA – Today, Liberal candidate for Regina–Wascana, Ralph Goodale, reaffirmed the Liberal Party of Canada’s commitments to invest in the middle class and support the agriculture sector through a better transportation system, improved water management, and innovation. “Hard-working, skilled farmers and ranchers form the foundation of our food sector. Processors, distributors, retailers, and families across […]

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Posted on 9 October 2015 | 12:29 am

Ezra Levant

SHOCK VIDEO: Reporter votes wearing full, face-obscuring Muslim niqab

SHOCK VIDEO: Reporter votes wearing full, face-obscuring Muslim niqab We sent a reporter to attempt to vote while wearing a full, face-obscuring niqab. We sent David Menzies, a six-foot tall man. We gave him three instructions: 1. Don’t take off the niqab; 2. Don’t lie or try to trick anyone; and 3. Keep his undercover […]

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Posted on 9 October 2015 | 1:33 am

Scott's DiaTribes

We get a (poorly crafted) political hatemail letter at the Diatribes – and not even to me.

I’ve not blogged in awhile. When you’re doing some volunteer work, that tends to happen (though I remain active on social media). However, my first political hatemail of the campaign has caused me to break my blogging hiatus, because it amused me.

The letter reads:

Thank you ,Haley ,for letting your name stand as a Liberal candidate. Your party(and mine) have run this country for many years with solid government decisions. Liberal deficits are: lack of Armed Forces support, allowing abortions and possibly assisted euthanasia. When you get into office, please give these issues your compassionate life-affirming decisions.

Thank you and Best Wishes for your WIN!! Nancy

You [...]

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Posted on 5 October 2015 | 12:25 am

Dawg's Blog

Protest song

Yeah, I know, this is a family blog. But I can’t help preferring this to Harperman. Let’s stop trying to make the case. If we haven’t made it by now, we won’t in the next two weeks. Let’s just get...

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Posted on 6 October 2015 | 2:08 am

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff

Say’s Law – Supply Creates Demand

“A well-known dictum of macroeconomics is Say’s Law: that supply creates demand.” I independently discovered this, I didn’t know it was called Say’s Law. Before I created the Pet Foil Hat Technology, no one bought foil hats for pets. My supply, created the demand. The same can be said for plenty of things in dollar […]

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Posted on 7 October 2015 | 7:33 pm

Erich the Green

Canadian citizens: learn, vote!

In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s an election happening right now, to determine our next federal government. Every Canadian who cares at all about the future needs to learn about their options and make an informed vote on October 19th (or sooner – you can vote in advance polls soon, or at your local Returning Office any day). Make sure you know what you’ll need to vote under new ID rules so you don’t have problems casting your ballot, having made your careful choice. At, right on the front page, you can check to see if you are on the voter’s list, find out when and where to vote, learn what ID you will need to bring, and what alternative voting processes are open to you, in case getting to your regular poll on October 19 will be an issue for you.
But on to making an informed vote. I have seen complaints, right here in the local paper, from people who don’t know what the parties stand for or how their candidates feel, and some even suggest that the parties should be doing more to inform them. Guess what? Parties are already doing everything they possibly and legally can (and in some cases, more) to get their message out to receptive voters. But a riding has tens of thousands of homes, knocking on every door is a challenge for any party, and if you aren’t there when they come by, they may not be by again. Even putting something in every mailbox, or ads in the media, is very expensive. Have you contributed lately to a political party, or volunteered on a campaign? If not, then you certainly can’t complain if they don’t have the money or manpower to push their message in front of your face!
Don't let this be you!
Luckily, each of the parties also puts information on the web, about their candidates, leader, and platform. A simple web search (or even just typing the party’s name into your browser address) will get you to the starting point, and from there you can read, or send an email or feedback question, or find a phone number to call a candidate or their office.  It costs thousands of dollars to have an office and staff the phones, so do your part to make that worthwhile by calling a candidate with your questions.
But if you prefer the face-to-face human touch, don’t wait for candidates to come to your door and hope you’re home and not busy when they do. Many civic-minded local community organizations set up all-candidates meetings where voters can interact with candidates directly, or see them all answer the same set of questions. CARP and the Chamber of Commerce have held local meetings already, with the latter being broadcast repeatedly on RogersTV. Next week will be two events for voters in Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte. On Tuesday October 6 at 7:30 pm, the Community Wholeness Centre is hosting a “meet the candidates” event at their downtown location (59 Maple Avenue). Then on Thursday October 8 at 7 pm, the Barrie chapter of the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness is running an all-candidates meeting hosted by Grace United Church at 350 Grove St. E. Although the overall theme of that debate will be poverty and homelessness issues, members of the public can forward suggested questions to Get informed, get out and vote!

Published as my Root Issues column in the Barrie Examiner as "Voters need to educate themselves"
Erich Jacoby-Hawkins is a director of Living Green and the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation.

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Posted on 1 October 2015 | 5:03 pm

Five Feet of Fury

Remembering the Haight’s ‘Hippie Funeral’: My NEW Taki’s column

No predictions on the “JOOOOOO!!!!”-yness of the comments… Pallbearers carried a gray coffin piled with “love beads” and other already stereotypical “flower power” tchotchkes through the streets before lighting it on fire. The Diggers handed out a dense yellow “street sheet” that promised, between scads of “poetic” nonsense and excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, […]

Kathy Shaidle's NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.

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Posted on 6 October 2015 | 10:43 am

A Blog By James Curran

Happy Birthday Madiba

Nelson, the world needs more of you. We miss you kind sir. Happy Birthday!

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Posted on 18 July 2014 | 4:29 am


Harper's PMO Lawyer Spills The Beans At Duffy Trial - Harper Ignored Legal Advice And Named Senators Who Did Not Qualify - The Stinky Senate Scandal Started At That Moment

"Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s closest aides developed a secret plan in February 2013 to protect Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and other Conservative senators from questions about their eligibility to represent specific provinces in the upper chamber, according to documents tabled in Duffy’s criminal trial Thursday.

Harper, however, worried that delving into Senate residency rules would open a can of worms, and insisted that owning property in a province was a sufficient qualification for senators to hold their seats.

"Had I known we were going down this road, I would have shut it down long before," Harper wrote to a senior aide. "As long as they maintain a residency in their province, as per tradition, we will deem that as sufficient for this purpose … i.e. the property requirement = residence."

But the PMO’s top lawyer privately argued that Harper’s simple definition could be wrong given that the Constitution lists owning property in a province and being "resident" in a province as two distinct criteria for serving as a senator from that province."

The Ottawa Citizen

Oh and for the record:
-this blog contributed in February 2013 to the voices critical of naming individuals as Senators who clearly did not meet the residency requirement.

-And the Right leaning Regina Leader-Post contributed to the voices of support for Harper's inappropriate naming of individuals who did not meet the residency requirements.

(.. just sayin')

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Posted on 21 August 2015 | 12:30 pm

Mark Steyn

Cisinjuns vs Transinjuns

Rush continued to be afflicted by the lurgy today, so I was honored to fill in behind the Golden EIB Microphone. All being well, he'll be back tomorrow. You can find a few moments from today's show here. I defended Ben Carson, who I thought gave the only

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Posted on 8 October 2015 | 2:00 pm

Huffington Post

Harper's Relationship With the Jewish Defense League Is Disturbing

With Canada's federal election less than two weeks away, I felt it important to address a highly topical matter: the Conservatives' close relations with the controversial Jewish Defense League (JDL).

The JDL was founded in the United States by the late Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1968. Kahane promoted the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians living in current day Israel, as well as the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Kahane's goal was to create a theocratic Jewish state encompassing the entirety of the land of Biblical Palestine.

Upon moving to current day Israel, Kahane founded the political party Kach, which has been closely linked to the JDL. Kach is considered a terrorist organization by numerous governments, including those of Canada, the U.S., the EU and Israel . In 1994, Kach supporter Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 Palestinian Muslim worshippers at the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron.

In 2001, after it had engaged in a series of bombings, an assassination, and several other violent incidents, the JDL was labeled a "violent extremist Jewish organization" and a "right-wing terrorist group" by the FBI.

Ten years later, the JDL's Canadian branch organized a support rally for the English Defense League (EDL), a violent anti-Muslim organization with neo-Nazi organizational connections. The latter point was overlooked by the JDL, since the EDL shared its commitment to demonizing and harassing Muslims.

JDL's Canadian branch is led by Meir Weinstein, who serves as the organization's national director. Weinstein brags about being guided by Kahane's ideology, noting that he "will always be a loyal disciple of Rabbi Kahane." (Sidman, Fern, "Jewish defense north of the border," Jewish Press, August 20, 2008)

Following Baruch Goldstein's murder of 29 Palestinian Muslims in 1994, Weinstein -- who at the time went by the alias "Meir Halevi" and represented the now-banned group Kach -- declared that his organization would not condemn the attack. (Canadian Press, "Mosque attack threatens talks Arafat blames Rabin for massacre". Kitchener-Waterloo Record, February 26, 1994) Furthermore, in 2009, Weinstein's Facebook page featured a link to a forum called "Death to Arabs." When questioned about this link, Weinstein claimed that he didn't read Hebrew so he didn't understand what it said.

Fast-forward to Oct. 5, 2015, when Weinstein posted of the Palestinian perpetrator of the fatal stabbing of two Israelis to his Facebook page, with the caption "It's in the Arabs [sic] DNA." This kind of racist incitement is common practice for Weinstein and his fellow JDLers. In fact, a JDL Canada member commented on that photo, saying, "His body should be burnt [sic] in public!" It appears the post has since been deleted, but you can view the screenshots of the post and comments here.

The fact that this organization is able to operate legally in Canada should arouse mass public outrage. But it gets worse: Stephen Harper and the Conservatives have close relations with the organization.

On Harper's junket to Israel in January 2014, he used public funds to take along 208 like-minded individuals and organizational representatives. Julius Suraski, JDL Canada events organizer, was among those who accompanied Harper at public expense. That means that our tax dollars paid for Suraski's hotel and other travel expenses while in Israel, and that he represented Canada on an official mission to a foreign country.

At the time, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar challenged this, asking, "Why was he invited? [T]his is what [the Conservatives] want to represent the face of Canada in Israel? I think there has to be an explanation." The Conservatives never provided an answer to Dewar's questions.

To closer observers, the Conservatives' position didn't seem all that surprising. Back in 2009, British MP George Galloway was deemed "inadmissible" for reasons of national security by the Canadian Border Services Agency, and was banned from entering Canada for a planned anti-war speaking tour. The banning took place after an "open letter" from Weinstein and the JDL demanded that this action be taken by the Conservative government.

Meanwhile, Independent Jewish Voices - Canada demanded that then-Israeli Speaker of the Israeli Parliament, Moshe Feiglin, be refused entry into Canada, after he was barred from entering the UK as being likely to "foment or justify terrorist violence..." according to the Home Secretary's office. Feiglin supports Rabbi Kahane's proposal to ethnically cleanse all non-Jews from the lands Israel controls. He has also expressed admiration for Hitler. The group that brought Feiglin to speak in Canada was none other than the JDL.

In January of this year, the JDL announced that it was opening an office in Montreal with the intention of mobilizing the Jewish community to "stand behind the Conservatives." Weinstein added that "Israel and the Jewish community have no greater ally than Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada." So it should come as no surprise that the Conservatives haven't outlawed the JDL, nor have they publicly distanced themselves from the organization's proud expressions of racism and endorsement of violence.

Given the way the Conservatives denigrate Canada's Muslims, show a lack of concern for the rights and wellbeing of Arabs (Palestinians, Syrians, Egyptians, Libyans, Lebanese, Saudis and Yemenis, to name a few), and attempt to generate fear of and hostility toward Muslims for perceived political gains, their cozy relations with the JDL actually seem like a reasonable fit.


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Posted on 8 October 2015 | 10:08 pm

Fight the Power

Day 281


As originally posted: Reporters Without Borders
October 8, 2015

Reporters Without Borders condemns Chadian journalist Stéphane Mbaïrabé Ouaye’s arbitrary arrest last week in N’Djamena and the mistreatment he received while detained.

The publisher of Haut Parleur, an independent fortnightly, Stéphane Mbaïrabé Ouaye was arrested by judicial police with no warrant on the night of 2 October and was held in a detention centre attached to N’Djamena police headquarters.

While he was handcuffed and blindfolded, plainclothesmen beat him up in an attempt to make him reveal his sources for a story in last week’s issue criticising President Idriss Deby and his brother, customs director-general Salay Deby. It was headlined “Salay Deby, national thief.”

Then released without any explanation, Ouaye still bears the marks of the blows he received. He is now waiting to be given a date to appear in court on a defamation charge.

The mistreatment of this journalist is a disgrace and is yet one more example of the government’s persecution of the media,” said Reporters Without Borders

Ouaye is the victim of horrible practices that recall those of former President Hissène Habré’s political police, the DDS. If President Deby or his relatives think Ouaye has defamed them, they should refer the matter to the judicial authorities.

This is not Ouaye’s first run-in with the judicial police. He was arrested without a summons on 12 June after Salay Deby filed a defamation suit against him.

Chad is ranked 135th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

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Posted on 8 October 2015 | 5:00 am

Andrew Coyne

Andrew Coyne: Don’t call it a Conservative fear campaign — it’s much more insidious than that

Any attempt to exploit the issue must remain at a level of abstraction, avoiding ugly realities in favour of lofty ideals. It can be persuasive, if you don’t look at it too closely

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Posted on 8 October 2015 | 1:41 am

Blazing Cat Fur

Russia: Chechnya mayor bans cake-cutting at weddings

weddingcake (1)The capital of the majority-Muslim Russian republic of Chechnya has banned cake cutting and “indecent” dance moves from traditional Chechen weddings as being too “Western”. The acts are among several prohibited by an order of the Grozny mayor’s office to “safeguard the spiritual and moral development” of young Chechens from what it sees as increasingly […]

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Posted on 9 October 2015 | 7:00 am

Driving The Porcelain Bus

NDP Clearest Alternative, Globe & Mail Is Loathe To Admit

The G&M must be loathe to report stories like this. But the NDP are so much in the lead and seen as the party of clear change, that they have no choice. But, that doesn't stop them from trying to tilt the story in the Conservatives favour. Let's take a look at where the G&M has problems writing a news story:

Canadians will be asked to choose between political stability and renewal - G&M states here that we currently have political stability. Funny, since when do these mean political stability?:
- subverting democracy (Bill C-51, Bill C-377, Bill C-23 among many others, cheating in elections)
- racking up the most debt of a Canadian government ever,
- running a deficit for most of their time
- balancing a budget only by looting from the EI fund
- ignoring the urgent issue of Climate Change
- focusing our economy on the oil extraction industry to the great detriment to the manufacturing industry.
-  corruption and cronyism
- warmongering instead of peacekeeping
- and the list goes on.
A more accurate line would be:
Canadians will be asked to choose between gross fiscal mismanagement & the brink of fascism, and stability & democracy.

Pollster Nik Nanos said the NDP has staked out the clearest policy positions in opposition to the Conservative Party, while the Liberals have a more nuanced approach.
- Okay, these were probably Nik Nanos' words but using "nuanced" here is a nice way of saying that the Liberal policy positions are mainly just like the Conservatives, except for when they try to copy some of the NDP policies to try to steal their support. History shows that time and again, the Liberals, whose policies mirror (especially more recently) those of the Conservatives, always campaign on the left only to toss these left leaning policies to the wind if they win the election.

The NDP has been working hard to reassure Canadians its economic policies would be largely in line with those of the current government. The biggest change proposed by the NDP is to increase corporate taxes, although party officials said the planned rate, to be revealed in coming months, would be “reasonable.”
-  Actually, the NDP has been working hard to show Canadians that its economic policies would NOT be in line with those of the current government. The NDP plans to NOT waste money on more and bigger prisons (not needed as the crime rate has been steadily dropping), unnecessary/problematic/costly jets, corporate welfare, unaccountable missing $3.1 billion, and many other porky Conservative pies. NDP governments, on average, have a much better fiscal record than Conservatives.

Party officials said the NDP is looking for candidates with an economic background who could serve as ministers of finance or industry. The recent upswing in the polls could make that easier.
- It may well be that the NDP is looking for more candidates with economic backgrounds, but they already have a number of MPs with economic backgrounds. And unmentioned here is Erin Weir, who has been suggested as a potential Finance Minister.

While both parties want to replace the Conservatives, their partisans have been at one another’s throats. Last week, the Liberals suggested Mr. Mulcair’s flirtation with the Conservatives in 2007 undermined the NDP’s promises to clean up the environment.
- The G&M fails to mention that this has been debunked a number of times, including recently by some high-up Conservatives.
- And "undermined the NDP's promises to clean up the environment"? The facts on this story actually result in boosting the NDP's seriousness about cleaning up the environment. 

I'll leave you with a few choice comments made after the G&M news item (these are all in the top ten most liked comments, and from the G&M readers no less!):

Mr Leblanc's first paragraph is flawed, or the poll was flawed. The choice is not between "change" and "stability." It is between "change" and "no change." I certainly would neither call what our economy had gone through in the last year as anything approaching stability, nor would I call the government actions in domestic and foreign policy as stabilizing.

My wife and I are in the over 65 age group and for the first time ever will be voting NDP as we have seen never ending corruption with the Libs and Cons for way too many years. Many of our friends have also decided to vote NDP as it is clearly time to send a big message to all elected officials, the voters are fed up and will not take it anymore and you will be forced to understand this come the election.

choose between political stability and renewal,..........
Nope......It's choosing between getting a country back to sanity...or carrying on with the most corrupt, crooked, manipulative crew of PROVEN liars and cheats This country has ever been controlled by .....A government rife with contempt, disrespect.....There have never been so many from a political party involved in fraud, lies, election proceedings, and criminal investigations...ever.....
Duffy, Wallin, Brazeau, Porter, Grestein, Stewart/Olsen, Wright, LeBreton, PMO staff
A LONG list of crooks......
It's about voting OUT crooks and taking the nation back from the brink of fascism!!

the first sentence claims there is a choice between change and political stability. Huh? If the government loses an election in Canada, that does not mean there is less stability.
By the Globe's definition of that term..I guess North Korea has the most political stability of all.

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Posted on 8 July 2015 | 5:47 pm

Just Right

The Media Party - a group-think tank of politically correct freaks

Ezra Levant: "Conservatives have rolled out an RCMP hot line ... the Media Party calls it an "Islamophobic" "racist" "snitch line."

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Posted on 8 October 2015 | 12:43 am

Government Procurement Failure: BC Ministry of Education Case Study

Apologies for the lack of posts. I’ve been in business mode – both helping a number of organizations I’m proud of and working on my own business. For those interested in a frightening tale of inept procurement, poor judgement and downright dirty tactics when it comes to software procurement and government, there is a wonderfully […]

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Posted on 6 June 2014 | 5:46 am

Bold Colours

Arctic Apple Takes a Bite Out of Pseudo-Science

After years of research and extensive field testing, the Okanagan’s own GMO apple is going to the big leagues. Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are routinely attacked by urban organic activists in spite of the fact that not a single ailment has ever been linked to this technology. And now, as a testament to the baselessness of such attacks, […]

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Posted on 20 March 2015 | 5:08 pm

Accidental Deliberations

To summarize...

...the Cons' campaign is effectively down to brainstorming new ways to gratuitously attack women who wear niqabs, regardless of the excuse used to do so or even the non-existence of the circumstances where new discrimination would be imposed.

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Posted on 9 October 2015 | 12:36 am

What Do I Know Grit

Happy Birthday Madiba

Nelson, the world needs more of you. We miss you kind sir. Happy Birthday!

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Posted on 18 July 2014 | 4:29 am

Small Dead Animals

"Organic" Is The Latin Word For "Grown In Pig Shit"

Genetic Literacy Project; To use land and derivative natural resources as sustainably as possible requires using the least input to produce the most food. So, how does organic farming stack up?...

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Posted on 24 February 2015 | 2:46 pm

Le blog politique de Claude Dupras

Un monde sans race

En France, on est à cheval sur le mot race. Le dernier incident qui met en relief cette affirmation est la conséquence d’une sortie verbale de l’ex-ministre du gouvernement Nicolas Sarkozy, Nadine Morano, qui a lancé dans une interview à la télévision que « la France est un pays judéo-chrétien, le général de Gaulle le disait, de race blanche, qui accueille des personnes étrangères ». Hors, De Gaulle n’a jamais écrit cela. Ce sont des propos qu’il aurait tenus dans une réunion privée et rapportés par une personne qui les aurait entendus.
Morano a aussitôt été attaquée violemment par l’opposition et la presse en général. Nonobstant cette levée de boucliers, Morano a persisté, signé et répété ses propos à Moscou, où elle était invitée, en affirmant « la France est un pays de race blanche avec des noirs, comme le Congo est un pays de race noire avec des blancs ». Elle semble vouloir dire que tous les membres de la population française, plurielle et métissée, ne sont pas égaux. 
Selon le "Trésor de la Langue Française Informatisé", le mot « race » signifie en biologie : « Ensemble de personnes qui présentent des caractères communs dus à l'histoire, à une communauté, actuelle ou passée, de langue, de civilisation sans référence biologique dûment fondée ». Ou encore « Subdivision de l’espèce fondée sur des caractères physiques héréditaires, représentés pas une population.
Nadine Morano avait annoncé qu’elle serait candidate à la primaire pour le choix du candidat à la présidentielle du parti « les Républicains », ex-UMP, aujourd’hui dirigé à nouveau par Sarkozy. Ce dernier, qui veut aussi briguer les suffrages de la primaire, n’a pas aimé ses propos et l’a renié sur le champ malgré le fait qu’elle avait été l’une de ses plus grandes supportrices durant la traversée du désert qu’il a connue, suite à sa défaite aux mains de François Hollande. Dans un premier temps, il a demandé que l’investiture de la candidature de son parti pour Morano en vue des élections régionales pour le comté de Meurthe-et-Moselle soit retirée. Cela me semble une réaction exagérée.
Mais Sarkozy a été encore plus loin. Il a déclaré vouloir enlever le mot « race » de la constitution de la France. Le parti socialiste a emboité le pas pour se dire en accord avec cette proposition. En fait, ils reconnaissent la proposition de loi adoptée le 16 mai 2013 par l’Assemblée nationale française visant à supprimer le terme « race » de la législation française et à modifier la constitution qui mentionne l'égalité de tous devant la loi, « sans distinction d'origine, de race ou de religion ».
Alors quel mot employé ? Population, ethnie, espèce, sous-espèce, famille, genres… ou est-ce que le mot « origine » couvre tout ?
Au Québec, on accepte de dire « race blanche », « race noire », « race jaune » ou « peaux-rouges » tout en oubliant les autres de couleurs métissées. Et, comme dans l'ensemble du Canada, on identifie, de plus en plus, l’origine ethnique. Ce qui signifie, en fait, que le Québécois ou le Néoquébécois non francophone est d’une « race » différente que celle de la majorité, même si sa famille est au pays depuis plusieurs décennies et qu’il soit né au Québec. C’est ainsi que l’on dit : « lui il est un anglais, un italien, un grec, un polonais, un irlandais, un algérien, un haïtien, un congolais.. ». En fait, le mot race est rarement utilisé. Mais on semble y faire allusion en créant une différence entre chaque individu sur la base des définitions mentionnées précédemment du mot « race ». Pour plusieurs, les vrais Québécois sont les francophones, surtout pour ceux qui espèrent la séparation du Québec de l’ensemble Canadien. Souventes fois, ces derniers dénigrent, même ouvertement, « les anglais » du West Island, le quartier particulièrement anglophone de Montréal. … De plus, lorsqu’ils disent « Nous les Québécois… on ressent qu’ils n’incluent pas toujours les autres dans ce « nous ».
Ce qui surprend dans ce débat en France est le préjudice du monde politique face au mot « race ». Il semble que l’idéal serait un monde sans race.
Le Français moyen ne s’exprime pas trop ouvertement sur ce sujet mais on sent que cela le touche car il réagit. On peut en juger par l’accroissement des rangs et de la popularité du parti du Front National, qui ne craint pas de parler de la défense de la race. Les hommes et femmes politiques des autres partis se montrent très sensibles à ce phénomène et s’inquiètent pour des raisons électorales ? On peut penser que Nadine Morano s’est exprimée comme elle l’a fait sur la place publique car elle craint la débandade de son parti de droite aux élections devant le FN qui gruge ses supporteurs et qu’elle voulait ainsi ramener au bercail plusieurs égarés.  
Mais, ce qui est plus important, ce sont les immigrés et migrants en sol de France depuis la guerre d’Algérie, particulièrement ceux des dernières années, qui s’inquiètent que leur pays d’adoption ne soit pas à la hauteur de sa devise « Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité », si le Front National gagne le pouvoir.  

Claude Dupras

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Posted on 3 October 2015 | 3:47 pm

Mind of Dan


And when I think about it, a lot of “things I want to do” are just learning about and discussing new tools for tinkering with the chain. —via XKCD

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Posted on 19 September 2015 | 4:35 am

Warren Kinsella

If you see this ahead of you in traffic, stop, get out, and give the driver money


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Posted on 9 October 2015 | 1:38 pm