July 5th, 2015
Comments Off on Assisted Suicide: A Duty to Kill?, Filed in Blog, Jeff Patton, by CGP.
Back in early February 2015, the Canadian Supreme Court decriminalized physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. The court insisted that to do otherwise would mean that citizens would have a duty to live. This current Supreme Court reversed its previous 1993 decision on this same subject, and instead launched a “right-to-die” revolution in Canada’s legal policy that involves: 1) abandoning the idea that every human life is always a good to be protected, 2) while substituting the concept suicide and euthanasia can be accepted as a social good and as a personal autonomy right, and 3) removing the law’s obligation to protect the weak and vulnerable.
Watch the sermon: Assisted Suicide: Who Decides?
July 2nd, 2015
Comments Off on The Greatest Issue of our Time? Inequality Slavery?, Filed in Blog, Jeff Patton, by CGP.
The Greatest Issue of Our Time? Inequality Slavery?
Is the world’s growing inequality the new de facto slavery of our time?
Target, the American mega-chain retailer, failed in its expansion plans in Canada and recently announced that they are closing all of its 133 Canadian stores and laying off about 17,600 employees. But Target’s Canadian liquidation is not the news I want to write about, rather it’s something more shocking than a mere business flop.
It seems the fallen CEO of Target’s Canadian subsidiary will get a total severance and benefits exit package from the home office worth about the same as the total amount being offered to all 17,600 of the chain’s Canadians employees. Now that’s a golden parachute!
July 2nd, 2015
Comments Off on The Foolish Mistake of the West: Peaceful Islam?, Filed in Blog, Jeff Patton, by CGP.
The Foolish Mistake of the West: Peaceful Islam?
In the aftermath of the recent Islamic jihadis attacks in France, many Western liberals still don’t get it. They don’t get the implication or meaning of what’s behind the on-going, widespread conflicts between Islamic jihadis and anyone who doesn’t buy into their fundamentalist version of Sunni Islam–which, by the way, is widely taught and vigorously sponsored especially by Saudi Arabia throughout the world.Yet, I hear practically endless pontificating by liberal media about how Islam is a peaceful religion that is all about brotherly love just like the other major religions.
July 2nd, 2015
Comments Off on Where have All the Good Leaders Gone?, Filed in Blog, Jeff Patton, by CGP.
Where Have All the Good Leaders Gone?
“Of all the predictions to be made about 2015, none seems safer than the idea that across the great democracies people will feel deeply let down by those who lead them…. The levels of unpopularity and disengagement in the West have now risen to staggering levels… with the numbers of those fed-up [Americans]… climbing above 80%” [higher than during the notorious Watergate incident of the early 1970s in which the U.S. president was revealed for what he was: a crook, a liar, and an all-around small-minded vulgar bully], (Economist, “The World in 2015,” Nov. 21, 2014). I was struck by the Economist magazine’s end-of-the-year lead editorial. In many ways it is prophetic.
July 2nd, 2015
Comments Off on The West’s Legacy in Afghanistan, Filed in Blog, Jeff Patton, by CGP.
The West’s Legacy in Afghanistan: a Corrupt Narco State As 2014 and the Afghanistan War ends, the longest overseas military intervention in U.S. history, winds down, we should reflect on what has been accomplished at what cost. Over $1 TRILLION has been spent fighting this war, including more than $100 BILLION spent on so-called Afghani “re-construction” projects— an amount, when adjusted for inflation, that is greater than all the money spent on the Marshall Plan that successfully re-built Western Europe’s economy following WWII—according to Joe Sopko, the U.S. government’s special inspector-general for Afghanistan. The cost in blood through 2014 to the Western military coalition has been 3,485 killed in action. So, after all this expenditure in blood and treasure what are the results?
August 4th, 2014
Comments Off on Lid-ism—Preserving the Status Quo, Filed in Blog, by CGP.
Lid-ism: Preserving the status quo
It is now one hundred years since the beginning of World War I. It is more than a little evident that the “war to end all wars,” as they used to call it during the 1920s and early 1930s, did nothing of the sort. In fact, it would now appear that the rising levels of armed conflict and instability spreading over large parts of the Middle East, North Africa, and a whole tier of sub-Saharan African states like Nigeria, Mali, and the Central African Republic, has resulted in a higher level of violent conflict than at any other time during the last 25 years.
August 2nd, 2014
Comments Off on Will Capitalism Survive: Mark Carney’s Warning, Filed in Blog, by CGP.
Mark Carney, present governor of the Bank of England and chairman of the International Financial Stability Board (as well as a well-respected past governor of the Bank of Canada), strongly warned a conference on “Inclusive Capitalism” at the City of London—which was attended by the elite money managers in charge of one-third of the world’s investable money (about $30 trillion—yes that’s trillion not billion!) that they cannot take the continuation of the capitalist system for granted because the basic social contract has been breaking down!