Canada Day

Canada day,a media day:
a giant rubber duck day and morter-like pounding flares,
Explosions with more oomph than those sissy-light sparklers
tiny paper school houses burning,
lady fingers crackling every chilly May Victoria Day.
Canada day flags unfurled, flung quivering, over rails,
Missals shot exploding high into the night for nearly a week.

Military Commanders

News reports about transgender recruits puzzle me.

Cp24 told me that the majority of Americans think that transgender people should be accepted by the military. I also read a bit of a speech by General Kelly about to become White House chief of staff who decries the fact that less than 1 % of Americans participate in the military. So if the majority of Americans do not participate in the military how important is their opinion that transgender people should be free to become soldiers.

I’ve heard that President Trump does not support admitting transgender people into the military; and he like the less than 1% mentioned by General Kelly has not been a member of the military.

Is Mr. Trump expressing his views or those of military commanders?

August 5, 2017

I just learned thanks to businessinsider.com that the president is expressing his own desire.

…The Republicans who wanted a ban on funding the surgeries took the debate first to Defense Secretary James Mattis, who reportedly refused to budge on the issue before the Pentagon studies it further. Next, they turned to Trump, who blindsided lawmakers, the public, and reportedly even military leaders on Wednesday by tweeting out that transgender individuals would be barred from serving in the military “in any capacity.”

Trump’s move went far beyond the House Republicans’ initial request, which was merely to block funding for gender reassignment surgery…

So where’s the real fight, in Washington, East Europe, the Pacific or the globe?

Today my all day CP24 local traffic, sports and weather television station, a Canadian  medium, is keeping up with the Trump-Russia conspiracy in telling us 6.00 am sleepy heads that Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, son and former campaign director will appear before a U.S.A. congressional intelligence committee next week because they’d met with nefarious Russians.

When I opened my Drudge online report, presumably a  U.S.A. medium, I saw a big splash about the Obama administration’s former UN ambassador expected to appear before the same committee because she’d been involved in unmasking Trump officials by leaking sensitive information to undermine the current Republican administration.

 

 

Law and Human Rights

Today Canada’s Federal opposition party leader wants to reach out to the American family who allegedly lost a member in Afghanistan to a young dual Canadian citizen who has been judicially awarded several million dollars from the government of Canada’s ruling party for not upholding the dual citizen’s human rights while he was being held as a terrorist by the U.S.A..

This outreach is to inform the American family that not all Canadians agree with awarding the accused dual Canadian citizen millions of dollars even though it is known that he was not yet a teenager when the incident in which he is implicated occurred; and some argue no one witnessed his throwing the grenade that  killed the American family member.

But the opposition leader’s outreach is not much more effective than the currently, politically popular apology. Canada’s Prime Minister’s  saying that the millions awarded could have been more, which may be true and confirms that if the opposition politician had been Prime minister he too would have had to accept the judge’s human rights ruling and compensate the dual citizen from Canada’s tax fund coffers.

Hearing of the millions awarded by Canada bound by Canada’s rights and freedoms legislation that covers dual citizens of Canada reminded me of something I garbled some months back:

I finally put a Google search in for “law versus human rights” to see what the experts might have put online. Most files seemed to stress a citizen’s rights before the law or attempts to define human rights. So I’ll go back to my old naive view that western laws are based on the moral code of some of “The Bible’s”ten commandments that prohibit killing, stealing or perjurying. Rights seem to have evolved out of the prohibitions of law. The rights of a citizen are designed to protect one from being falsely accused of  doing something prohibited by law. A nation’s laws protect citizens from the injuries caused by actions that the law prohibits. Human rights seem to be international and imply freedom from national law or citizenship. I’ve begun to sense that those who travel from country to country beyond the confines of a citizen’s national legal rights for business, education or employment may with the help of a human rights lawyer assert their international human rights which may be thought to supersede  national law and citizenship. Increasingly Canada’s national government is speaking up for Canadians subjected to the constraints of the laws of the nations that gave birth to dual citizen Canadians, as though a Canadian citizen’s foreign birth place may have laws that interfere with one’s human rights, as though some national laws and systems of justice are intrinsically inferior to Canada’s. And in the United States of America President Trump’s effort to enforce laws that enhance the borders of the United States has caused people who travel to their countries of birth and back to their U.S.places of employment and learning appear to have begun asserting their human rights to avoid national immigration law.

Media distorts Pope’s words out of context.

This link-header’s been in the Drudge Report for 2 days. I’d have thought that the Drudge right wingers would’ve provided the context that’s revealed if you open it. Without context it looks as though the Pope is condemning America through Mr. Trump’s G 20 actions.

“Pope Francis Says America Has ‘a Distorted Vision of the World’

By CNSNews.com Staff | July 8, 2017 | 10:17 AM EDT”
HERE’S THE CONTEXT THAT YOU GET IF YOU CAN STOMACH OPENING THE ABOVE HEADER:
(CNSNews.com) – Pope Francis told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica on Thursday that the United States of America—and Russia, China, North Korea and Bashar al Assad’s Syria—have “a distorted vision of the world”–(“una visione distorta del mondo,” as reportetd in Italian by La Repubblica)…