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  1. Instead of blaming Trump for everything, Lindsey Graham should look at himself and fellow senators for the problems facing the Republican Party". Donald Trump gave Republicans control of the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. That is a home run in US politics. And yet, the Republicans cannot pass any legislation! What is happening is a civil war within the GOP itself. Instead of uniting, the GOP is fighting among themselves. Some of their own members like John McCain even vote against their party. So if the Republican Party fall apart, blame should be shared among all of them.
  2. From ABC News: Alabama voters head to the polls Tuesday to elect a U.S. senator in a race thrust into the national spotlight after allegations of sexual misconduct against the Republican nominee, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. The state has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1992, but Moore is locked in a tight race with his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney. Moore faces allegations from eight women who have accused him of sexual misconduct toward them when he was in his 30s and, in some cases, the women were in their teens. He has denied the allegations. Before the allegations surfaced last month, Moore already had a long-standing reputation as a fierce defender of Christianity in the public sphere and was twice removed from his position as the state's chief justice for violating judicial orders. The race has created a wedge between many Republicans on Capitol Hill who have maintained that Moore should step aside and President Donald Trump, who has endorsed Moore.
  3. So true. Did anyone notice that Gordie Hogg is from the supposedly "right wing" provincial BC Liberals, running for the supposedly "left wing" Federal Liberals?
  4. By 2050, most cars will be electric, so power has to come from somewhere to run the cars. As well, millions of more people will be living in BC 20-50 years from. They will need the additional power. Also, people claim the $10 Billion cost now is too expensive but if they build the project 50 years from now the cost could be $100 billion. BC built a lot of dams in the 1960's. Fifty years later we are enjoying the benefits from them. The same way people 50 years from now will be enjoying the benefits of Site C.
  5. Dianne Watts formerly held the Surrey White Rock seat but resigned to run for the BC Liberals. Former BC Liberal Gordie Hogg defeated Conservative Kerry-Lynne Findlay by 1,617 votes. The Conservatives held the seat for decades - since 1949! So what does mean? I believe the by-election indicates another Liberal majority in 2019. Probably by a bigger majority. If the Conservatives can not hold a seat they held since 1949, they are not going to win the next general election. It shows the Conservatives as very weak under their new leader if they can't win a by election at a time when the governing party is supposedly at their lowest.
  6. According to Premier Horgan, cancelling it will cost taxpayers a lot of money. These are his exact words in his press conference:
  7. The NDP made a rational decision by going ahead with the Site-C program. Given all the billions already spent, and the large settlements for cancelled contracts if it did not go ahead, the NDP did not really have a choice. Some people accuse the NDP of selling out by not cancelling the project but during the election the NDP did not say they will cancel the project. They said the project would be subject to a review. If anyone sold out if is the Greens for staying in the coalition with the NDP. If they had any balls they would drop out of the coalition since the decision goes against everything they stand for. But of course the Greens will stay with the NDP since they have the thing they want most.: A change to the electoral system. If it goes to proportional representation, the Greens will benefit the most. The Greens will likely get double digit seats compared to the 3 they have now. The NDP is really in the driver's seat since they can did anything they want, knowing the Greens will squawk but not drop out of the coalition.
  8. The Us has finally done it. They recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. From the CBC: U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared Jerusalem as Israel's capital, hailing it as "very fresh thinking" and a repudiation of "the same failed strategies of the past" employed by his predecessors. "It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," Trump said from the White House. Trump also said he would direct the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. While Trump is fulfilling campaign promises domestically on both decisions, the U.S. risks infuriating the Muslim world, potentially sparking protests that could fray American alliances in the volatile Middle East. Reactions from leaders in both the Mideast and around the world had already ranged from concern to alarm in anticipation of Trump's announcement. Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, said Trump has destroyed America's credibility as a Mideast peace broker, adding in a televised statement that the decision "is a declaration of withdrawal from the role it has played in the peace process." Jerusalem is the "eternal capital of the state of Palestine," he said. Trump says U.S. still 'committed' to peace Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, called Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital "flagrant aggression against the Palestinian people." Hamas urged Arabs and Muslims to "undermine the U.S. interests in the region." Jerusalem's status is one of the most emotionally charged matters separating the Israelis and Palestinians. Both sides stake claims. Israel captured east Jerusalem — claimed by Palestinians for the capital of a future independent state — from Jordan in 1967 and annexed it, in a move not internationally recognized. The U.S. Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995, but every president since then has signed waivers to hold off moving the embassy. "After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement," Trump said Wednesday. The embassy move would take years to complete, experts believe. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in Germany, called Trump's decision a "bold move," and said planning for a site for a Jerusalem embassy would begin immediately. While acknowledging the policy shift could lead to disagreement and dissent, Trump said it should not be interpreted as being one-sided. What's at stake if Trump moves U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Middle East leaders react ahead of Trump's Jerusalem announcement The U.S. was still "deeply committed" to facilitating a lasting peace agreement between the U.S. and the Palestinians, the president said. But that message comes after he has moved to restrict travel to the U.S. from several Muslim-majority countries and retweeted controversial memes concerning Islamist violence. Netanyahu 'profoundly grateful' In reaction to Trump's announcement Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a pre-recorded speech that he was "profoundly grateful," calling it an essential step towards a peace process. "There is no peace that doesn't include Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," he said. Jerusalem's Old City is home to several Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy sites, and Netanyahu said "Israel will always ensure freedom of worship." Danny Danon, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, called it a "courageous decision" on Trump's part. "In 1948, President Truman was the first world leader to recognize the State of Israel and today President Trump righted a historic wrong by recognizing Jerusalem as our capital," said Danon. "Now is the time for all UN member states to follow the lead of our American friends and recognize our ancient capital of Jerusalem as the capital." But Antonio Guterres, secretary general of the UN, decried Trump's move while recognizing the "deep attachment" Jerusalem holds to many. "In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: There is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B," Guterres told reporters. "I will do everything in my power to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to meaningful negotiations." French President Emmanuel Macron, at a news conference in Algiers, called Trump's announcement a "regrettable decision" that "goes against international law and all the resolutions of the UN Security Council." Trump declaration on Jerusalem raises concerns outside Middle East Declaring Jerusalem capital would threaten peace process: Mahmoud Abbas Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan also criticized the U.S. president's move. "There will be no lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians unless both parties' rights and claims are respected in the historic city of Jerusalem," said Annan. "I deeply regret today's decision by the U.S. president." Annan also urged those opposed to the decision to act "with restraint."
  9. There is a political aspect no one has touched on yet. The Liberal Party of Canada for the last 40 years has used increased immigration as a platform to gain votes among ethnic minorities. It was under Pierre Trudeau and the Liberals that the laws for immigration were relaxed. Ever since then, ethnic voters tend to vote for the Liberal Party. Remember the last election when the Liberals promised increased immigration and easier family reunification. It worked pretty well as the Liberals swept most urban ridings in Metro Vancouver and Metro Toronto. The Liberals grabbed all of Surrey with its large South Asian community except for one riding. In Richmond, where there is a strong Conservative base, the Conservatives managed to hold onto only one riding where the incumbent almost lost.
  10. It was Jim Rome who called Everett, "Chris" Evert (the woman tennis player).
  11. He sure is. Lauer is a sleaze ball. Just like Geraldo Rivera, who defended Lauer.
  12. Jim Nabors, who played Gomer Pyle on TV in the 1960's, has died at age 87. Anyone remember him? You have to be of a certain age to know who he was. R.I.P. From Global: The lights have dimmed in Mayberry. Jim Nabors, the actor best-known for playing the character Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show in the 1960s, died at his home Thursday morning in Hawaii. He was 87. Nabors’ partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, told CBS News that Nabors’ health began to decline rapidly after Thanksgiving. He underwent a series of tests on Wednesday, but the decision was made to bring him home from the hospital. The coroner has not yet released Nabors’ cause of death, but Cadwallader said it appears to be from natural causes. Nabors married Cadwallader in Washington in January 2013, one month after gay marriage became legal in the state. The couple met in 1975 when Cadwallader was a Honolulu firefighter. Nabors’ Gomer Pyle, who used the words “shazam” and “golly” more often than any other TV character in history, won viewers over with his naive, affable personality. Pyle was a harmless caricature of a southern simpleton and provided his own distinct form of comedy relief on the show. Nabors played Pyle in The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. in the spinoff comedy series. Nabors smartly secured 20 per cent of the Andy Griffith Show syndication revenue, which made him financially secure for life. He also made appearances on The Love Boat, Knight Rider and The Carol Burnett Show. He hosted The Jim Nabors Hour from 1969 – 1971 at CBS. Nabors starred in several variety specials, and later in his career dedicated more time to music and singing. He performed onstage in Las Vegas and Reno, Nev., and his first album, Jim Nabors Sings, sold 1 million copies. He had difficulty separating himself from his famous TV character, and ultimately he never had much musical success in the U.S., despite producing more than 24 albums. Nabors leaves behind Cadwallader and his two sisters, Freddie and Ruth.
  13. The latest big name to get fired is NBC's Matt Lauer. From Global: NBC News has fired popular Today show host Matt Lauer after receiving a complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace, the network announced Wednesday. Lauer’s co-host Savannah Guthrie made the announcement during the opening of the show Wednesday. “This is a sad morning here at Today and NBC News,” Guthrie said before reading a statement sent to staff by NBC News chairman Andrew Lack. In the statement, Lack said an employee came forward Monday night to report Lauer for inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace. “It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment,” Lack said in the statement. “While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.” Lauer, 59, has been a fan favourite on Today for more than two decades. He first joined the show in 1994 as a news reader; within four years he was the show’s co-anchor. He’s worked alongside noted and respected journalists Meredith Vieira, Katie Couric and Ann Curry over the course of his tenure.
  14. CFL Thread

    If there is a definition of "choke" when it comes to sporting events, this is it. Leading by 8 points with less than 5 minutes to go, within a few yards of making it a 2 score game, you fumble the ball away and let the other team score a touchdown to tie. Can't call it anything but a choke. On top of that, a questionable coaching decision to go for the touchdown and a win instead of a tying field goal certainly backfired. I suppose the poor field condition is one of the reason they tried for a touchdown instead. But they made a 39 field goal earlier so the % for a successful field goal is pretty high. Going for a touchdown to win instead of a FG is not unheard of, especially when there is time on the clock. Many teams do it. But the play was poorly executed. The QB should not have thrown in double coverage,
  15. He was hardly forgotten. Just look at the headline news around the world today. Throughout his stay in prison, he gave interviews to major media, appeared in numerous parole hearings. He was in the news all the time. As for being friendless, well, he got a ton of fan mail, a nut job woman even wanted to marry him.