Even before Sun News Network came to be this past April, I have heard the usual condescending attitudes from some of my friends and colleagues who are left-of-centre worldview saying that this new network was to be “Fox News of The North” or it was “Neo-Conservatism” invading Canada and other statements which I found to baseless, hollow,group-think, knee-jerk reactions. I enjoy Michael Coren’s show The Arena (although it’s a more fast-paced show than his previous one of CTS) and Ezra Levant when I get a chance to see him, I love his sense of humour and Charles Adler, another guy who is not afraid to speak his mind. Anyone who says that I agree with everything from Sun News Network is simply insulting (and teasing) the simple fact that I am an independent thinker and latch on to no one. Anyone who is screaming for an example on where I differ with some of the Sun News commentators won’t get it here on this post. Tough, I am not a lap dog. Instead, I am going to express my pride in Sun News Network in preserving freedom of speech and taking it damn seriously unlike others who want to submit to the tyranny of niceness and political correctness run amok. What I’m I talking about? I am talking about the Ethical Oil commercials that CTV decided not run because of complaints from the Saudi government. Wait a minute: a foreign government telling a Canadian station what not to put on their own network? The commercial was in no way slanderous in talking about Saudi Arabia, these are well known facts. Sun News Network, unlike CTV has not bowed to Saudi pressure and I all the more salute them. Here’s the clip of the commercial, courtesy of Youtube.com: you be the judge!
Detroit based educator and blogger (and sane Republican) Akindele Akinyemi had some very interesting things on his Facebook page to say about the United States education system and American’s tendency to subscribe to anti-intellectual know-nothingism.
1)Many Americans aren’t very motivated to study or actually learn. A good friend of mine just recently came back from a trip to China. While he was there, he went to the library at 6:00 A.M. and noticed that every seat in the library was filled with children practicing math and learning English. When I come to a public library or a University library in America, it’s nearly empty with the exception of finals week. How is it possible that some Americans are able to talk about sports the entire day, yet they are unable to name the capitals of their state or what’s really important in current affairs.
2)In America, every child is required to get a free education and all the opportunities it provides; however, many students squander these chances and do not take their job to get an education seriously. Children in other countries see a strong education as the only way to better their current lifestyles.
3)In slums around the world, people who are so less fortunate than those in the United States are learning our language and cherishing an education. Here, we have problems with kids cutting class and failing to do their homework.
4)Studying languages is a factor in U.S. security. Our country had lacked speakers of specific languages when conflicts erupted in various regions the world. Most in the U.S. do not understand the situation in Iraq or Afghanistan. There is no substitute for localism, even in a global world; language is essential. Because of globalization the “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” rule no longer applies.
Mr. A. also takes on the oversimplistic comparisons to the Tea Party movement of the 2010’s with the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s:
Whoever says the tea party is a civil right movement is goofy. Water hoses, dogs sicked on a man’s nuts, lynchings, poll taxes, domestic terrorism, church burnings, marching, riding on the back of the bus, boycotting, cross burnings, no judicial support, and Jim Crow were part of the Civil Rights Movement. Show me one person in the tea party has died fighting for freedom the way these people did 50 years ago.
Though this is a very sad and tragic event, I am thankful and humbled that to now have the time and opportunity to do this again on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks where I as print the names of my fellow Canadians who tragically perished this day.
An American tragedy, a Canadian tragedy and yes, more importantly a human tragedy. We have not fogotten. The Canadian version of The Huffington Post has a list and a brief synopsis of the 24 victim’s lives. I know this is probably a little dated because the monster (Bin-Laden) who orchestrated this tragedy has been thankfully cut off from the earth but it is still somewhat relevant, the music video from country singer Darryl Worley, “Have You Forgotten?”