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SLOBODIAN: Will pathetic Trudeau mock she-ria law?

Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan remember a sky filled with kites – an act of both joy and defiance by an emboldened people when foreign troops arrived in 2001 to loosen the ominous grip the Taliban held over them since the late 90s.




Colourful kites may never again float in the skies over Afghanistan.

Menacing black and white Taliban flags are everywhere now, flapping in the wind.

The Taliban forbids kites.

Wickedness such as this simple joy merits brutal punishment because it takes boys away from Sharia law studies that teach them women are less than nothing.

Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan remember a sky filled with kites – an act of both joy and defiance by an emboldened people when foreign troops arrived in 2001 to loosen the ominous grip the Taliban held over them since the late 90s.

But the Taliban is back, stronger than before, evil unleashed with only remnants of an Afghan army valiantly trying to regroup to protect citizens from monsters armed to the teeth with state-of-the-art weaponry President Joe Biden gifted them when he pulled troops out, leaving thousands of Americans and billions of dollars of war tools behind.

Girls may never experience the joy of learning again.

They now exist for the sexual pleasure of these sick devils, and as chattel to be transported to other countries and sold for profit to equally perverted devils. Door-to-door hunts for child wives started immediately. The Taliban has its priorities.

There are reports of schools being destroyed.

The Taliban forbids education for women.

Shanbana Basij-Rasikh, co-founder of the girl’s School of Leadership Afghanistan, tweeted she burned all student records so the Taliban won’t find them and know who to hunt down and punish.

We see the carnage going on around the airport in Kabul with ISIS having slithered in.

The foreign soldiers remaining there will forever be haunted by the desperate, screaming throngs outside the wall begging to be saved, but being unable to help most. 

It’s almost too much to think of the unseen horror elsewhere in a country the Taliban has swept through to inflict its code of justice – whipping, rape, beheadings, hangings, cutting off limbs, and public stoning – while proclaiming they’ve seen the error of their ways and will now support women. 

Filthy demonic liars! 

There’s nowhere to hide in one or two-room mud-brick and concrete houses. Imagine the terror of helplessly waiting to hear, then trucks pull up and Taliban footsteps approaching. Helpless to defend daughters from predators. Helpless to defend sons from having their minds poisoned with medieval, barbaric beliefs.

Sharia law commands burkas. Women can barely peer through the netted slits of these heavy, uncomfortable pieces of cloth that demean and strip them of freedom to properly breath or safely cross the street – if their husbands give them permission to go out. 

Ignorant women and politicians in Canada who have never tried on one of these hideous things have celebrated them as a woman’s right to choose. 

The women I met in Afghanistan cried they had no choice, just as many Muslim women are denied choice in wearing any head coverings.

Ignorant fools, pampered, sheltered so-called feminists betrayed oppressed Muslim women and mocked former Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2015 when he doubled down on his opposition to face veils being worn in citizenship ceremonies.

Why would Canadians embrace a practice rooted in a culture that is anti-women, Harper asked in the House of Commons.

Someone mockingly posted a photo of his daughter’s face covered. Others, thinking they were cute and clever, made various dress code remarks on hashtag #DressCodePM.

Have they seen the recent footage of the Afghan woman beaten and left for dead by the Taliban because she dared to go out without covering her head? 

Not so funny now, is it?

At the time, the clueless Justin Trudeau accused the Conservatives of being anti-women and fueling prejudice against Muslim Canadians.

Still clueless, the prime minister never misses an opportunity to betray – yes, betray –women.

His pathetic, condescending attempt to connect with women has repeatedly manifested in comments about needing a “she-covery from a she-session.”

No, the wokest self-professed he-feminist ever hasn’t yet twisted the Afghan crisis into some stupid remarks about she-ria law.

But wait for it.

There’s a tremendous opportunity at what will prove to be a useless, virtual emergency G-7 meeting called to address the chaos in Afghanistan. 

Trudeau may yet find a camera, turn on the tears and yap about understanding she-ria law.

And, sadly, female voters in Canada would fall for the performance and betray Afghanistan women.

Trudeau is a master of conjuring tricks to deflect attention from his incompetent failings.

Canadian Afghan vets, who saw what was coming, begged the government to get out Afghan interpreters who helped them.

They were virtually ignored.

“There has been a push to help interpreters for years, typically with very little movement on behalf of the government,” said Afghan vet Jeff Rainey, who served with 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment on two tours in Afghanistan and was wounded in 2006.

“Our efforts usually only get traction when things happen on the American side that generates public interest,” Rainey told Western Standard.

“I have no idea what the plan is amidst all this chaos, confidence is low, quite frankly. Yes, some are being saved but the effort is confounding and way too slow.”

Hoping to win approval and look like he’s in charge, Trudeau announced he’d bring 20,000 Afghans to Canada.

We’re not being told how many of the Afghans who will arrive in Canada are from refugee camps, people the United Nations decides should come here. And how many will actually be Afghans deserving of rescue from immediate danger?

Trudeau essentially acknowledging defeat during a campaign stop in Victoria last week, admitting the government won’t be able to get everyone asking Canada for help out of Afghanistan.

Out of necessity and lack of timely action, the federal government has relaxed rules for things like passports and documentation.

But who exactly will be allowed into Canada?

Whatever one thinks of dictator Vladimir Putin, the Russian president has been the only one to express a concern about protecting his borders.

“Who are these refugees? How can we tell?…We do not want fighters disguised as refugees to turn up in our country.”

Can Canadians count on the Trudeau government to protect them from the infiltration of Taliban and other terrorists? Is Trudeau relying on our hearts breaking for the people of Afghanistan to embrace everyone – vetted or not – with open arms, no questions asked?

There’s more of a chance we’ll hear some drivel falling from his mouth about his really, very deep concern about she-ria law.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

Linda Slobodian is the Manitoba Senior Columnist for the Western Standard. She has been an investigative columnist with the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, and Alberta Report. lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Barry Williams

    August 26, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Roots go where the moisture goes and Justin speaks moistly.

  2. Left Coast

    August 25, 2021 at 9:35 am

    “Why would Canadians embrace a practice rooted in a culture that is anti-women, Harper asked in the House of Commons.”

    NO Sane person could disagree with that statement . . .

    Yet our Justin donned the garb and kneeled on his prayer rug with his buddy Algebra in a Wahabbi Mosk repeating the “Believers” prayer.

    Now Conservative leader Eurin O’Foole got Karahelios tossed from the leadership Contest for pointing out the FACT that his Campaign Manager has lobbied for Sharia Law in Ontario.

    What you are seeing to day in Afganistan, thanks to the Incompetent Inept Senile China Joe Biden is disgusting. 1000s of lives will be lost to the Savages.
    General Milley, the head of the US Armed Services was too busy hunting for “White” supremacists in the US Military to pay attention to what was happening in Afganistan. Gates who was Defence Sec. for Bush & Obama said about Joe Biden that he was on the wrong side of every Foreign Policy Decision for the last 40 years. Of course China is moving in . . . appears Joe & Hunter have earned their money . . . they got many Millions from the CCP.

    This Tallywag mentality is to a lesser degree in almost Every European Country today. In Britain there are Sharia Courts today.

    Where are the Womens’ Rights Groups? Cowering in fear . . . and Justin Trudope is every bit as dopy & dangerous as Senile Joe.

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WAGNER: Hydrocarbon based fuels are here to stay

“Think of it as telling people to step out of a perfectly serviceable airplane without a parachute, with assurances that politicians will work out alternatives on the way down.”




Alberta’s future is threatened by a national campaign to dramatically reduce the production of hydrocarbons.

The political and media elite repeatedly assure everyone that such fuels can be replaced by new “green” energy sources such as wind and solar power. People currently employed in the oil and gas industry will supposedly transition into green energy production and life will continue on as before, except with fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Indeed, Justin Trudeau’s federal government has committed to transitioning Canada’s economy to producing net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.

Trudeau’s scheme is a fairy tale. Hydrocarbons are going to be required for a very long time because current green energy technology is nowhere near where it needs to be to replace them. Currently, there are no realistic alternatives to oil and gas, so reducing their production will only lead to energy shortages.

As Dr. Henry Geraedts put it recently in the Financial Post, “The ultimate goal of net-zero politics is to impose a radical energy transition that demands a top-to-bottom physical and social-economic restructuring of society, with no credible road map in sight. Think of it as telling people to step out of a perfectly serviceable airplane without a parachute, with assurances that politicians will work out alternatives on the way down.”

Geraedts’ Financial Post column is a brief description of a policy report he produced in June 2021, and how it was ignored because its conclusions contradict the ideological perspective that university professors are expected to support. He didn’t toe the party line, in other words, and therefore got the cold shoulder.

Geraedts’ report, Net Zero 2050: Rhetoric and Realities, is available online at the website of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy which is affiliated with both the University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina. It’s a very credible piece of work.

Fossil fuels are hydrocarbons and Geraedts points out “hydrocarbons are nature’s most efficient embodiment of primary energy: the combination of high energy density, abundance, stability, safety, portability and affordability is unmatched by any other source of energy.”

Currently, hydrocarbons comprise about 80% of global primary energy. This is essentially the same percentage as 30 years ago, when the global warming craze began. Despite years of favourable government policies and billions of dollars in government subsidies, green technology such as wind and solar energy remain relatively small contributors to the world’s energy supply.

Geraedts also describes the negative environmental impacts caused by so-called green energy technology. Among the most interesting details he mentions is: “Neither turbine blades nor solar panels nor lithium-ion batteries are physically or economically recyclable. They are instead, at an alarming rate, ending up in landfills leaching toxic chemicals — an estimated 10 million tons/year of batteries by 2030 alone.” So much for protecting the environment.

Geraedts is not a so-called “denier.” He points to data from reliable sources indicating global temperatures have increased by one degree Celsius since 1900. But he also explains “the projections used to justify net zero policies and the Paris Accord, are based on fundamentally flawed computer climate models that overstate warming by some 200%.”

Not only that, but “observational, empirical evidence remains agnostic as to what, with requisite confidence levels, is attributable to anthropogenic influences vs. natural variability.” In other words, it cannot be determined with certainty to what degree the gradual temperature increase is the result of human activities.

But climate change worries aside, there is still a fatal lack of realistic alternatives to hydrocarbons. The International Energy Agency forecasts that even if all countries fulfill their Paris Accord commitments — an unlikely prospect — hydrocarbons will still account for 60% of primary energy in 2040. With accelerating energy demand in Africa and Asia, Geraedts expects hydrocarbons will remain the dominant energy source for decades to come.

This is what it all means: If we put progressive ideology aside and take a hard, honest look at the energy situation, hydrocarbons are here to stay for quite a while. Knowing the ingenuity of human beings in a free society, the discovery of new energy sources is likely at some point in the future. For now, though, we need oil and gas, and Alberta has lots of both.

With strong international demand for hydrocarbons forecast to last for decades, there is no reason why these resources cannot continue to provide the foundation of economic prosperity for the province. The biggest obstacle to such prosperity, of course, is the federal government. Due to its determination to prevent the development of hydrocarbons, independence may be the only way to maintain and increase the resource-based wealth that is Alberta’s birthright.

An independent Alberta could implement policies maximizing economic growth and avoid the suffocating policies of Canada’s central government. A free Alberta would be a prosperous Alberta.

Michael Wagner is a columnist for the Western Standard

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Stirling: Suzuki is a superspreader of alarmism

By actively denigrating people who hold rational, dissenting views on climate change, Suzuki and his fellow travelers have created a very dangerous situation today.




Guest Column by Michelle Stirling, Communications Manager for Friends of Science Society

In 2015, Reader’s Digest counted David Suzuki as the number one most trusted influencer in Canada. He had already lost his shine with the oil patch working people of the West thanks to his performance in the appalling 2011 CBC co-production shlockumentary, “The Tipping Point: Age of the Oil Sands.” Others recoiled at the equally dreadful, “Where Will Santa Live?” fundraiser which suggested to kids Santa will drown unless your parents send cash. Yet for many, he still resonates as a kind of wise elder.

People of influence should be very careful about what they say.

For decades, Suzuki has been calling scientists and scholars who challenge his climate catastrophe narrative ‘deniers.’ He’s called for them to be silenced and censored, despite the fact when interviewed in Australia on television, the self-styled king of climate change was unable to understand a question from the audience that referred to the commonly known temperature data sets used in climate science. It seems he’d never heard of them.

By actively denigrating people who hold rational, dissenting views on climate change, Suzuki and his fellow travelers created a very dangerous situation today. There are many people who are genuinely frightened there might be only “10 years left” as Suzuki claims and they are like a tinderbox looking for a flame. Suzuki lit a spark for them a couple of weeks ago with his irresponsible musing about pipelines being blown up. His tepid apology will not put that genie back in the bottle.

Imagine if we had had open, civil debate on climate change in the media for the past 20 years. Imagine if, when Suzuki claimed there was a climate crisis, an atmospheric scientist like Dr. Richard Lindzen could show him why this is imaginary and how claims of a climate emergency are just a means for renewables promoters to push their wares.

Imagine if when Suzuki claimed Santa would drown and take the polar bears with him, an expert like geoscientist Dr. Ian Clark, who actually hikes the Arctic for his research, could show him that during the Holocene Hypsithermal of about 8,000 years ago, the Arctic was ice-free, rather balmy, and the polar bears were all fine.

Imagine if when Suzuki invokes “consensus,” (which forms the basis of the Toronto Star’s refusal to run any report that conflicts with the alleged 97% consensus), if someone like astrophysicist Dr. Nir Shaviv could have been invited to explain that science is not a democracy, it’s about evidence. While all scientists agree climate does change, they disagree on what ratio is human-caused versus natural influences like the sun and oceans. Scientists don’t all agree that taxing people will stop climate change, and most scientists are not convinced anymore that carbon dioxide is the control knob on climate.

This kind of open, civil debate, based on facts and evidence rather than emotional hyperbole would take society a long way toward more rational responses on climate and energy policies.

Unfortunately, it looks like things will get much worse as “The Climate Coverage in Canada Report” has run a consensus survey of its own, and Canadian journalists concluded that “large majorities … somewhat or strongly agree there is a climate crisis and the news media should report on it that way.”

In the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report (AR6), the word “crisis” is only used once, and only in reference to media coverage on climate. Otherwise, there’s no crisis stated in that 4,000-page science report.

The mainstream media in Canada has been parroting Suzuki’s hyperbolic words, republishing his op-eds posted by the David Suzuki Foundation and obligingly blocking any dissenting views for decades.

Canadian media have made his incendiary words go viral — making him a super spreader of a contagious social disease called anarchy. Suzuki began this soft incitement years ago asking people if they were “radically Canadian” or not.

It’s time the media and Suzuki stopped the spread of alarmism and incitement and asked people to be rational instead.

Guest Column by Michelle Stirling is Communications Manager for Friends of Science Society. This op-ed expresses her personal opinion.

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MAKICHUK: Fear, loathing and the desolation of late night TV

My generation is fading fast, and soon, it will be gone — but at least we had the best of late night television. It was great, while it lasted.




I miss David Letterman.

I really, really miss him and his Late Night television show.

I even miss Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, for God sakes.

They were great entertaining programs and Dave had the best band going, led by Canada’s own Paul Shaffer.

It never got better than that, in my humble opinion.

And it was just about a window on the world, not only politics.

Conan is OK, he can be funny, especially when he goes abroad and I think he got screwed over. Fallon, the young gun, and making $12 million a year … I just want to punch in the face.

Cordon, he’s always shouting and I think he’s over-rated as a celeb although his bit with Paul McCartney in Liverpool was epic.

Colbert, I fear, has jumped the shark and Meyers is a lightweight. Don’t even know why that guy has a show.

I also didn’t mind Craig Ferguson, the Scottish comedian, I thought he was good. But then, he too got shown the door.

The greatest of them all, of course, was Johnny Carson. The king of late night television.

During his three-decade tenure, virtually every North American with a television set saw and heard a Carson monologue at some point. At his height, between 10 million and 15 million viewers slept better weeknights because of him.

I actually got the chance to see his show live, in the summer of 1976, in L.A. My buddy Whitey and I waited all night at the door in Burbank for tickets.

It was well worth it — we got to see the entire show, which was during the Montreal Olympics. No big stars but it was great just to see Johnny do his thing and admonish us for not laughing at his terrible opening monologue.

Legendary Carson sets made the careers of people like Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey, Garry Shandling, Steve Martin and many more.

On any given night, comedian Don Rickles (“Mr. Warmth”), Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin or Bob Hope could show up. Mayhem would ensue and Johnny just rolled with it.

“Anyone looking at the show 100 years from now,” said Tom Shales, The Washington Post television critic, at the time of Mr. Carson’s retirement from “Tonight” in 1992, “will probably have no trouble understanding what made Carson so widely popular and permitted him such longevity. 

“He was affable, accessible, charming and amusing, not just a very funny comedian but the kind of guy you would gladly welcome into your home.”

But then I go back to another late night show, which was just as good as Johnny, the Steve Allen show.

Despite all these attempts to re-invent late night television, Allen always said that it basically came down to a desk and some chairs, nothing more.

But then he had brilliant comedians such as Don Knotts, Louis Nye and Tom Poston to call on. The crazy man on the street stunts were hilarious, and no doubt influenced Carson.

And even before that, I remember the brilliance of Jack Paar. Check out some of his interviews on YouTube, you will be amazed by the people who appeared on his show.

Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, himself, Senator John F. Kennedy, William F. Buckley Jr., Nobel laureate Albert Schweitzer and Richard M. Nixon, among others.

“Anyone who saw him when he was in his prime knew he was a great television original,” Ron Simon, a television curator at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York, told The Washington Post. 

“You never knew what was going to happen . . . He was the catalyst for ways the talk shows would go.

“The whole idea of intermingling politics with entertainment on a talk show really began with Jack Paar,” Simon said.

Now, it’s just a parade of beautiful people, musicians and singers. The problem with late night TV these days is that it has no soul. 

It lacks the interpersonal humanity of a Jack Paar, a Steve Allen or a Johnny Carson.

These guys could make you laugh. It made your life a little better. 

Aside from Jimmy Kimmel, who’s actually not a bad guy and the only late night guy I PVR, it’s a late night wasteland.

As for Dave, The Atlantic reported he might have been the last true innovator in late-night comedy and I totally agree with that.

In his interview with The New York Times, Letterman says his disorderly streak was honed early on by NBC’s strictures.

“[The network] came to us and he said: ‘You can’t have a band. You can have a combo. You can’t do a monologue. You can’t do, like, Aunt Blabby. You can’t do Tea Time Movie Matinee.’ There were so many restrictions. So that was the framework we were handed, which was fine because then they gave us an excuse not to think of that thing to do.”

Letterman came across as someone who had stolen a camera crew and broken into an empty studio, The Atlantic reported. 

“Stupid Pet Tricks,” for example, became an audience favourite and reflected his unique brand of caustic humour. 

Chris Elliott’s “Guy under the stairs” skits also added to the fresh approach to comedy. His spearing of an aging Marlon Brando remains a comedic classic. 

And again, Paul Shaffer and his fabulous band, along with numerous musical guests, many of which can still be seen on YouTube. 

As Christmas approaches, I will definitely miss hanging with Dave, hearing that great story of the Lone Ranger (Google it) as told by Jay Thomas, and of course, the spectacular Darlene Love belting out Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).

My generation is fading fast, and soon, it will be gone — but at least we had the best of late night television.

It was great while it lasted.

Dave Makichuk is a Western Standard contributor
He has worked in the media for decades, including as an editor for the Calgary Herald. He is also the Calgary correspondent for ChinaFactor.news

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