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Michal Rozworski: Jonathan Kay advises the left

Jonathan Kay knows what’s hurting the poor. Is it absurdly low welfare rates and social supports? Perhaps it is lack of access to affordable housing? Poverty wages? Food insecurity? Over-policing? No, says Kay, the honest broker of politics, the inconvenient truth-speaker, it’s the left’s political correctness that’s really keeping the poor down. Kay supports this claim with a […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Jonathan Kay advises the left

wRanter.com: Gaffes and ‘anti-Semitism’ on the campaign trail

In the Sept. 17 Globe and Mail leaders’ debate, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made reference to “old-stock Canadians” in defending his government’s policy on health care for refugees and immigrants, saying it had only denied care to bogus claimants. “We do not offer them a better health-care plan than the ordinary Canadian can receive,” Harper . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: Gaffes and ‘anti-Semitism’ on the campaign trail

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Caricature of Justin Trudeau

From the moment Justin Trudeau was named Liberal leader, Stephen Harper and his foul Cons went after him in what can only be described as a bestial manner.The brutish Harper has tried to portray Trudeau as foppish dilettante, not ready, and too dangerous to be prime minister. He has questioned his masculinity. Him and . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Caricature of Justin Trudeau

wRanter.com: Can we talk politics without lashon hara?

Over the course of the election campaign to this point, the Jewish community has seen repeated and sometimes flagrant violations of halachic and ethical prohibitions against lashon hara – wicked speech – and some of the 31 transgressions related to it, such as unnecessarily engendering controversy and division. But although negative politicking has become more . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: Can we talk politics without lashon hara?

wRanter.com: Jewish issues at centre of partisan sniping

Jewish issues and candidates made headlines last week and became the subject of some distasteful political rhetoric on the campaign trail. In Alberta, a 21-year-old hijab-wearing university student resigned Aug. 18 as the Liberal candidate in the Tory stronghold of Calgary Nose Hill a day after conservative activists publicized noxious tweets from her past. Ala . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: Jewish issues at centre of partisan sniping

Politics and its Discontents: A Small Clip Reveals A Big Truth

The National Post’s Jonathon Kay on the people he works with:

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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Katrina vanden Heuvel criticizes the U.S. Democrats’ move away from discussing inequality by in favour of platitudes about opportunity for the middle class. And while Matthew Yglesias may be correct in responding that the messaging change hasn’t resulted in much difference in Democratic policy proposals, it’s certainly . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Michael Den Tandt and Jonathan Kay both point out the willingness of conservative (and Conservative) supporters to brush off the obvious misdeeds of their political leaders. And Glen Pearson rightly concludes that the responsibility to elect deserving leaders ultimately lies with voters: We are guilty of asking to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Alberta Diary: Got trouble with ‘overbearing urban planners’? The Manning Centre wants to help!

A civic election all-candidates’ meeting in Calgary. “Why don’t we pass the time with a game of solitaire?” Actual Manning Centre supported candidates may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Manning Centre namesake Preston Manning; Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi; Calgary developer Cal Wenzel (CTV photo).

If on Oct. 21 the market-fundamentalist slate trained . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Got trouble with ‘overbearing urban planners’? The Manning Centre wants to help!

Leftist Jab: Edmonton Sun Successfully Trolls National Post

Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel is too busy to know what he’s talking about

The Edmonton Sun, a bottom feeding tabloid, majestically trolled National Post columnists Chris Selley and Jonathan Kay.

Earlier this week in his “Full Pundit” column that comments on commentary from the commentariat, Chris Selley poked fun at the Calgary Herald’s editorial . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: Edmonton Sun Successfully Trolls National Post

bastard.logic: Something In The Water

BCL on the chutzpah of Jonathan Kay, junk science enabler debunker:

[T]here’s a real lack of self-awareness here. Jonathon [sic], after all, is comment pages editor at the National Post, and under his watch it has for years entertained junk science from Global Warming deniers. Sometimes this nonsense has been confined to the OpEd . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Something In The Water

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your weekend reading.

– Susan Delacourt writes that laughable conspiracy theories look to be the Cons’ stock in trade as they fight against any accountability for electoral fraud: (I)t may be true that Ford has left-wing opponents on council and that the Council of Canadians, which has launched the legal challenge on . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

The Sixth Estate: National Post: Wente Plagiarism Affair “Creepy and Soviet” — Plus, More Quote-Lifting by Wente

After Globe & Mail resident plagiarist Margaret Wente returned to work this week following a brief hiatus to lick her wounds after plagiarism allegations from blogger Media Culpa went viral, the National Post waded into the fray yet again, this time via Jonathan Kay. Kay provides a superb and scathing review of the aftermath of . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: National Post: Wente Plagiarism Affair “Creepy and Soviet” — Plus, More Quote-Lifting by Wente

CuriosityCat: Kay on Justin Trudeau: He’s not just a Pretty Face

Jonathan Kay of the National Post has an interesting reply to those commentators who describe Justin Trudeau as a lightweight politician: Justin Trudeau into the ring?

It’s fashionable to write off Mr. Trudeau as a lightweight, and his party as a spent force. But recent events in Quebec — specifically, Pauline Marois’ election as premier, . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Kay on Justin Trudeau: He’s not just a Pretty Face

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Vaughn Palmer discusses the unfortunate gap between the outrages that may lead to a government being pushed out of power, and a new government’s ability to actually reverse what’s been done. Which, a propos of nothing, makes it rather important to push lame-duck incumbents to respect the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Leftist Jab: And then Jonathan Kay Compared China’s Forced Abortion Laws to Canadian Women’s Right to Choose

“About one hundred and fifty words”

That’s what must have been going through the mind of National Post’s columnist Jonathan Kay when he was nearing the end of his column on Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese human rights activist.

“I’m short one hundred and fifty words!”

And so, what does every terrible pundit in Canada do . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: And then Jonathan Kay Compared China’s Forced Abortion Laws to Canadian Women’s Right to Choose

Chris Tindal: Jonathan Kay and Toronto Life: What’s the point?

I have no idea what point Jonathan Kay and the editors of Toronto Life were trying to make with their “almost rich” feature.

The package takes a look at what it’s like to live as a member of the one per cent—meaning an income of around $196,000—and combines a short essay by Kay with profiles . . . → Read More: Chris Tindal: Jonathan Kay and Toronto Life: What’s the point?

PZ Myers takes on Jonathan Kay’s exhortation that we should all read the bible

A fellow blogger recently speculated that Jonathan Kay is actually one of the more moderate Conservative writers. I had my doubts but nodded reluctantly. I wish I had read this before that comment so I could have something with which to laugh down such a preposterous claim. Thankfully, PZ Myers has done the job beautifully . . . → Read More: PZ Myers takes on Jonathan Kay’s exhortation that we should all read the bible

Chrissie Blatchford: Too Wrapped Up In Her Own Prejudices & Partisanship To Actually Work at Seeking the Truth & Real Story

Indeed she is, so are others in her field today, sadly. But before I go into that. I will do a little review of the past few days of others of her friends like CJAD’s Trude the Prude and of course, Johnny Kay’s Mommy, Babs Kay. Because they are all guilty of , . . . → Read More: Chrissie Blatchford: Too Wrapped Up In Her Own Prejudices & Partisanship To Actually Work at Seeking the Truth & Real Story . . . → Read More: Chrissie Blatchford: Too Wrapped Up In Her Own Prejudices & Partisanship To Actually Work at Seeking the Truth & Real Story

bastard.logic: How Dare Jack Layton Make Canadians Feel Hopeful Again!

by matttbastard David J. Climenhaga, responding to National Post columnist Christie Blatchford’s now-infamous cranky, contrarian reaction to Canada’s outpouring of love and admiration for Socialist cur Taliban Jack Layton (HISSSSSSS!): [T]he offending column is far from the worst piece Blatchford has written, … Continue reading . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: How Dare Jack Layton Make Canadians Feel Hopeful Again!

Now Toronto answers Christie Blatchford

In a wonderfully-written, humorous piece, Now Toronto eviscerates hate merchant Christie Blatchford. Nice someone in the ranks of Canadian journalism is taking a stand for her opportunism over Layton’s demise, even as Blatchford’s compatriots at the Na… . . . → Read More: Now Toronto answers Christie Blatchford

Jonathan Kay defends Christie Blatchford’s indefensible column on Jack Layton

Yesterday, Christie Blatchford wrote a column for the National Post full of back handed compliments to Jack Layton on the day his death. Between the lines, however, lay a great streak of right-winged opportunism, attacking the man and his party for their beliefs and actions. Using terms like ‘vainglorious’ and ‘sophistry’, Blatchford used . . . → Read More: Jonathan Kay defends Christie Blatchford’s indefensible column on Jack Layton . . . → Read More: Jonathan Kay defends Christie Blatchford’s indefensible column on Jack Layton

No Jonathan Kay, Mark Steyn is not a “thoughtful, mainstream thinker”

Today’s NatPo column by Jonathan Kay shows how he is as guilty as any right wing journalist in exploiting the current climate of fear and hate against the left. He is not the only one. His paper promulgates hate for the left on a ongoing basis. It unabashedly promotes the Conservative party 24/7. But today’s . . . → Read More: No Jonathan Kay, Mark Steyn is not a “thoughtful, mainstream thinker” . . . → Read More: No Jonathan Kay, Mark Steyn is not a “thoughtful, mainstream thinker”

Andy Lehrer's Firebrand blog: The Canadian Jewish Congress and the National Post’s double standard on Independent Jewish Voices

Last week, the National Post published a screed yet again attacking Independent Jewish Voices and its former chair, Diana Ralph. Several years ago, prior to joining Independent Jewish Voices, Ralph wrote a chapter for a book called Hidden History of 9-11 in which her thesis was that the Bush Administration was using 9-11 as a . . . → Read More: Andy Lehrer’s Firebrand blog: The Canadian Jewish Congress and the National Post’s double standard on Independent Jewish Voices