The Best Statement on Electric Car Subsidies

I really wanted to title this post “Make Canada Great Again,” but I resisted. Doug Ford makes a good start in Ontario

Another politician is keeping campaign promises. What is the world coming too?</sarcasm>

Oh, and those subsidies… under the heading “Pay for your own fancy car.”

Soon the subsidies for green cars will fall by the wayside. This should go for the same reason the reno program went. If you can afford to buy a Honda Clarity starting at $39,900 instead of the Civic at $16,790 or the Accord at $26,590 then you don’t need my help.

These more than pissed me off when the US .gov was handing them out to people buying Tesla Roadsters that cost more than most people make in a year. People buying those cars did NOT need a handout from someone making $60 grand a year. But that is exactly what they were getting. Still are getting.

Also going by the wayside in Ontario: reimbursements for rehabbing your house, and catered meals for the members of the parliamentary caucus. (He paid for a pizza lunch himself, told the members they would have to brown bag it, “Like normal folks,” in the future.)

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Your Feel-good Story of the Day

A bear cub falls into a basement under construction. But there is a happy ending. Wisconsin game warden helps cub escape basement with ladder.

Walz and the homeowner decided to use a ladder to rescue the crying cub. Video shot by Walz shows the animal climbing the ladder to freedom with some off-camera coaching.

Video at the link.

The EU Seems To Be Shattering on Merkel’s Immigration Policy

There was supposed to be an “emergency” meeting on Sunday. EU ON BRINK: Italy to BOYCOTT summit and claim Germany and France are RULING Brussels. Doesn’t seem like it is going to happen.

Poland, Hungary, The Check Republic and Slovakia (The Visegrad Group) had already declined to participate. (FAZ.net has a good story, but it is in German. Google Translate can be your friend.)

The Commission’s draft paper is giving heavy attention to secondary movement of immigrants, which sees asylum seekers move from the country they arrive at to seek resettlement elsewhere, an issue which is threatening Mrs Merkel political survival in Germany.

Merkel (Bundeskanzlerin of Germany) and Macron (Prime Minister of France) are the only 2 players in the EU still trying to support asylum and immigration in line with what Merkel ushered in a few years back. Which was why the Visegrad Group basically said, “We have already rejected this proposal.”

Merkel’s CDU party is in coalition in the Bundestag with the CSU. The head of the CSU, Horst Seehofer, has given 2 weeks notice, on the subject of immigration. This could lead to a no-confidence vote, or at least a dissolution of the coalition in Germany. It took months to form a government after the last election, and that process would have to start again.

The meeting scheduled for the weekend was basically an appeal to the rest of the EU to interfere in the internal politics of Germany, over the immigration dispute. Seems that only France is up for that. But then Macron is far enough to the Left only his opinion matters. (Not say the population of Italy or half of Germany.)

ITALY’S new leadership has accused the European Union of ignoring Mediterranean nations bearing the burden of refugees to instead help Angela Merkel keep the German leadership.

There is a brief snip of video at that first link of Nigel Farage on the subject of Germany (Merkel) versus Italy (Salvatini).

Indigenous Cultures Versus the Social Justice Warriors

This isn’t an issue of baking cakes, but of killing children who don’t conform to the norm. Brazil faces an ethical and cultural dilemma in dealing with Amazon tribes

So when 2 groups of “oppressed” people are at odds, how do you make a judgement, if you don’t have hard and fast ideas of Right and Wrong? I guess Brazil is about to find out.

“Should Brazil keep its Amazon tribes from taking the lives of their children?” is the subtitle of a recent article in Foreign Policy. It describes traditional but still-existent customs of many Amazon tribes in Brazil that dictate killing handicapped children and even those one might define as transgendered.

I’m not up on the conditions that prevailed in traditional societies in Brazil, but it isn’t uncommon for traditional societies, that can come up against famine regularly, to do similar things. Even Europeans would abandon some infants to exposure in the Middle Ages. When resources are limited, people make decisions that would upset modern Americans.

Of course the question is what do you do now that there are more resources? Now that these tribes are no longer without options. You can thank that green revolution from the 1930s thru 1950s. (That “revolution” saw the introduction of diesel tractors, combines, and all the other trappings of modern agriculture. Including pesticides.) Do you let them continue with their traditions, or do you force them to join us in the 21st Century?

There are academics – if you click all the way thru to the FP article – who are arguing that the tribes should be permitted to do what they want. It is their culture etc. Arguing in favor of the killing of children.

Brazil will probably pass a law. Not that they will be in a position to enforce that law. That the law should be passed isn’t what is interesting to me. What is interesting is that we have reached a point where there are the SJWs who are actually debating whether Brazil should stop the tribes from killing twins (they are considered a “bad omen” by at least one tribe) and other live infants and children.

He Ignored a Warning From an Armed Homeowner

I guess he thought it was a bluff. Suspected intruder shot at North Little Rock home, police say.

So a guy is at home with his girlfriend, and they are watching a movie, when someone starts trying to kick in his front door.

The North Little Rock man grabbed his handgun and told the intruder, “Stop kicking the door. I’ve got a gun,” but the kicking continued until the door was forced open, according to a report from the Police Department.

The report states the homeowner fired two shots from the kitchen as the intruder [snip] entered the living room.

The would-be bad-guy was shot in the torso. He stumbled out the door, and collapsed. Cops took him to a local hospital.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Photos of Illegal Alien Detention Centers from 2014

Remind me, who was in the White House in 2014? Here Are The Photos Of Obama’s Illegal Immigrant Detention Facilities The Media Won’t Show You

I have tried to stay away from this topic, because like so much else, the discussion is insane.

Photos of border detention facilities from the Obama-era, taken during 2014, look nearly identical to the ones taken during the Trump era.

You never see them, however. Here they are, taken in 2014 during a media tour of Obama-era detention facilities in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, Arizona.

We don’t see the stories from the Obama administration, because the current kerfuffle is the answer to “What do we do, now that the Russia probe is imploding?” Which is a stupid question on its own.

Just click thru for the photos.