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Werner Patels
Calgary, Alberta
Werner Patels - writer, pundit & translator - giving you the truth behind the news
Interests: literature, business, history, languages, tv, movies, politics, my wife, my yorkies
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True, but why would any civilized person, as opposed to a subhuman, eat worms or crunch (literally!) on locusts?
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Actually the approach of those countries is preferable, because it provides fewer chances for criminals to go underground. It also makes it easier to track individuals who refuse to pay bills, etc. Registration should be mandatory in Canada the way it is in most of Europe.
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I don’t much care for government. Sure, there are things that we can and must expect of government, such as providing for health care and education, and I’m good with that. What I can’t agree with, though, is a government that has its priorities upside down. Canada’s Conservative government is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Werner Patels - The Right Comment
On Friday, Mayor Stephen Mandel blasted Wildrose Alliance Leader Danielle Smith for jumping into the debate over the planned closure of Edmonton's City Centre Airport. He wasn't angry because he disagrees with her push to keep the airport open. No, he was infuriated by the mere fact that she's from... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 31, 2010 at The Calgary Gazette
I love it, especially because you restored the blockquote feature (one of the top 3 functions any blogger MUST have!).
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You don't really need it. Just customize your CSS to have your posts justified.
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With long-time mayor Dave Bronconnier deciding not to run again, the race for mayor in Calgary has deteriorated into a circus. I have to admit that the number of (real and joke) candidates has grown so huge that I am no longer really following the news. For the time being,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2010 at The Calgary Gazette
These days I feel ashamed to be Canadian. I’m not very proud of our news media either. The whole kerfuffle over Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to eliminate the mandatory long form of the census is utter nonsense, and I’m beginning to wonder if our opposition politicians and the news... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2010 at Werner Patels - The Right Comment
When I look at the problems that Americans are having with immigration, both the legal and illegal kinds, I can’t help but wonder why they can’t simply fix the problem. As much as I believe that anyone who breaks the law, including shoplifters stealing nothing more than a packet of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2010 at Werner Patels - The Right Comment
I’m as mad as hell. As a Canadian whose economy depends to an unhealthy extent on the US economy, I feel helpless and angry. The socialists in the current US administration have made one mistake after another, and as a result, it looks very likely that the American economy may... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2010 at Werner Patels - The Right Comment
Looking at greenies, one is tempted to use a different colour to describe them. Brown as in covered in dirt, since they tend to shower only once a month, and brown as in the Nazi shirts, because all those environmental types have become the Nazis of the 21st century. Not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at Werner Patels - The Right Comment
Before you spread (more) misinformation, I suggest you also look at this analysis of the flawed and misleading Los Angeles Times article.
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Nomination papers won't be accepted for another two months, but the race to replace Calgary's mayor and council -- or sit on a local school board -- is getting crowded with roughly 100 individuals expressing interest in running for office. The public list of individuals who have picked up nomination... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 13, 2010 at The Calgary Gazette
Any Canadian who has ever ventured outside the confines of his or her country will have made this observation: Canadian newspapers, unlike American, British, French or Italian newspapers, are nowhere to be found. You may find a week-old copy of the Globe and Mail at a Canadian embassy or consulate,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2010 at Werner Patels - The Right Comment
Variatio delectat – or liberally translated: having choices makes one’s heart bounce with joy. These days, it seems, Albertans must have especially bouncy hearts, because their choices of parties for the next provincial election (likely to come in 2011 or 2012) are growing. But are they really? The Alberta Tories... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2010 at Werner Patels - The Right Comment
Yes, that’s right: Calgarians are now watching Al Jazeera. At least, that’s what the propaganda machine behind that Middle-Eastern “news” channel is hoping for. Anyone who doesn’t think that the existing news fare is already pro-left enough can now tune in to channel 175 on Shaw Cable in Calgary. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2010 at Werner Patels - The Right Comment
He's got great ideas, but you're right: his record is tainted.
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Bravo to the worthy efforts of Calgary City Council: Deafening motorcycles and semis using retarder brakes could be easier to fine if city council passes changes to its noise bylaw today. A majority of aldermen are looking to strengthen the existing rules by quantifying how loud is too loud, as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at The Calgary Gazette
A few years ago in Calgary, former British prime minister Tony Blair explained to us that there was no “left” and “right” in politics, or at least that there shouldn’t be. To him, there was only “right” and “wrong”, and that’s indeed as it should be. It just so happens... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at Werner Patels - The Right Comment
You have to hand it to economist Paul Krugman: in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, he keeps pushing for more and more government stimulus. Not having realized yet, or refusing to do so, that Keynesianism doesn’t work, he accuses all those who disagree with him of being... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2010 at Werner Patels - The Right Comment
Christie Blatchford is a good columnist. Like yours truly, she always tells it like it is. But she has a bit of a hang-up when it comes to one group of people she considers competition: citizen journalists a.k.a. bloggers. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, Blatchford will rail against bloggers and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2010 at Werner Patels - The Right Comment
Thank you, Bruce. You're right about what you say about newspapers and the sector's reduction to, perhaps, just one national paper of higher quality. The National Post can serve as a good example here. I recently started reading the paper again (on my iPad), and I have to say that the restructuring in staff, organization and ownership is already being felt. You still find the perennial nitwits who simply won't go away (like Don Martin), but there is some noticeable improvement to content.
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We seem to live in a society where it’s fashionable to predict the demise of things or institutions. The only problem is, if it is one, that none of those things that have been predicted to wither away (sometimes even in shame) actually does. After hearing about how newspapers and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2010 at Werner Patels - Life.Two.Point.Oh
You are right: at this point, the only viable option is a change of CPC leadership. The party needs a leader who is not afraid to commit to and implement genuine small-c conservative values. Maxime Bernier has the right ideas (e.g., flat income tax, etc.), but given his origin and his limited English skills, I doubt that he could be elevated to party leader. But we need someone with the commitment and ideas like Bernier who can also connect with all Canadians across the land.
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It tried the synched Facebook comments; they don't work. I tried opening the feature that allows commenters to repost their comments to Twitter, Facebook, etc., and that feature doesn't work either. More recently, it has been impossible to connect a new blog to Facebook, and one of my existing blogs actually had the existing connection severed, and now I cannot reestablish it. The only thing that works is the Facebook Like button in the post footer; the rest is dysfunctional. What is more, I have had to disable the Facebook connection on my other blogs, because while it was on, and the Facebook Like feature showed in the sidebar, the server (apparently, the server handling that feature) would constantly slow down the loading of my blogs or even freeze up entirely. I need my sites to load as quickly as possible; I simply can't afford to have a slowdown or freeze because of up6.
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