The Jordan Glass Times
New issues will be released whenever I have something to say.
- Name: Jordan
- Location: Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
I am a twenty one year old student currently in my fourth year of a double major in history and political science with a minor in religious studies. I was raised in Thornhill and now now live in the beautiful Northern Ontario city of Sudbury. I am proudly political. Which you will have no problem noticing. You will also find that I am proudly Zionist and proudly Liberal. Of note; my opinions are not reflective of any candidate I may be attached to, nor are they intended to insult or be libelous to any person, place, or thing.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Happy Birthday Gilad
Gilad is the son of Noam and Aviva and brother to Joel and Hadas. Kidnapped by Hamas June 25 (in Israel), Gilad was serving on Israel's front line in the protection of southern communities. In captivity for 67 days now, it is unknown if Gilad's family and friend's will ever see his face again.
Buses of family and friends made their way south from Mitzpe Hila to Kerem Shalom where Gilad was last seen. "We came here to be as close to you as we could," said Noam Shalit, his father. "Gilad, I love you. Be strong, may we celebrate Rosh Hashana together at home," where words echoed throughout the crowd. However, the reality of the situation was made when Noam stated, "We're not celebrating your birthday, we're marking it." As his wife's filled with tears Noam continued his speech, "...we have come to Kerem Shalom to mark your birthday. We will not be able celebrate this year. I doubt that you know what date it is today, and that you are 20 years old today. We came to where your comrades Pavel Slutzker and Hanan Barak fell. We came to remind everyone that you have been in captivity... we came to remind the Israeli government and the army of their moral debt to you, and that soldiers are not left behind in the battlefield or in captivity."
Supported by Gilad's brigade commander and Karnit Goldwasser (whose husband is still being held captive by Hezbollah) , Noam cut a string of balloons with prayers and well wishes in them, so that they may float up to the Heavens.
Gilad's father refrained from taking a political stance on the issue, but I will not. The instruction for the kidnapping were directly issued by the Hamas headquarters in Syria. The Syrian government, headed by President Assad, together with Hamas, bear direct responsibilty for his wellbeing and fate.
I will not call on his release, because simply put I am not that important. However, I will call on the Canadian community and those that read this to understand the current situation. Please end the protest in favour of Hezbollah and Hamas. End your hunt to end the existence of a free and democratic Israeli State. And end you quest to destroy Zionism in all its forms. Because, as you can see by the recent events in Lebanon, Mainland Israel and Gaza, Zionists will not relent. It is a land that we love.
And I ask that all please pray for Gilad in Gaza, and Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev in Lebanon.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Elizabeth May elected to lead Green Party of Canada
I want to first say congrats to the new Green Party leader, and that if anyone deserves to lead this party it is her. (Read into that what you will.)
But as someone who is, quite frankly, dishearted (we'll leave it at that) with their current federal partisan affiliation (however, that may all change come December -- *crossing fingers on Bob Rae*) I have decided to review other paltforms. As such in doing so, I have decided to email her office personally with three very basic straight forward questions.
1) What is the current opinion Green Party of Canada and its newly elected leader regarding the current situation in the Middle East?
2) With a vote returning to the House of Commons the autumn regarding the issue of equal marriage, where does the Green Party of Canada and its new leader stand?
3) Economic disparigies are currently harming some of Canada's most beautiful areas; most notably Northern Ontario and the Atlantic Provinces. Does the Green Party of Canada and its leader have a plan to 'fix' such an imbalance?
I can tell you what I do think. But than that would take all the fun out of it. I will, however, let you know.
Monday, August 28, 2006
I'll let that sink in for a moment.
Now I do agree that there is some humour in. And many of you know that I am no fan of the American President. However, this new ad scheme is ridiculous. Everyone (at least in Northern Ontario) knows that Lakehead is one of the most left leaning universities in Ontario -- certainly the North. But it doesn't matter. I do not care what kind of students you are attemping to attract (obviously Lakehead is attempting to avoid conservatives), this is not constructive. As someone who considers himself, at least, moderately on the left (at last check anyway -- the jury has been out as of late on that one) this does not help the cause.
Those of us who oppose President Bush need to stop poking fun at his intelligence. HE WENT TO YALE! And even if that isn't proof enough for you; he won two elections that no one expected him to win... twice.
So I so to the left, please, give it up already. Attack the right's policies and actions. They have made plently of mistakes in such areas. But to attack a person's intelligence is, quite frankly...just lame.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
News from Tory MP Jason Kenney
Yesterday Kenney, who is Harper's Parliamentary Secretary, compared Hezbollah to Hitler's Nazis. At first I thought its about damn time. 24hrs (which is owned by SunTV) paraphrases his statement as follows, "the Nazi Party of the 1930s enjoyed democratic support, provided social services and propagated hatred against Jewish people -- all like Hezbollah."
So here is my question does comparing Hezbollah to the Nazis take away from the impact the Nazis had on the Jewish people and all of history? I have no doubt in Hezbollah's 'evilility' (I may have just made that word up) and there is not doubt that Mr. Kenney was correct, however, as someone who has family that are Holocaust survivors I can't shake the feeling that the Nazis are the most evil force in history and to compare any institution to them take away from their impact.
So tell me, am I denying the impact of Hezbollah or over emphasizing the impact of the Nazis? At this point I am really not sure...
Vote of Confidence Coming
1. Despite polls showing otherwise, it seems on the ground support for Harper is skyrocketing. We see this especially in the Jewish commnuity where his unwavering support for Israel has not only earned him points, it has earned him Liberals.
2. There is no Liberal Leader to run against him. Now Mike Eizenga has said he has a plan that does not include Bill Graham. I am personally very curious as to what this means. The possibility of a mail in vote has been raised in some circles, however, I'm not a personal fan of this.
More on number 2...
We have overcome this. Most notably, after a young Bob Rae brought down the Joe Clark Government and aging Pierre Trudeau took another run at it. However, in this case I simply don't see anyone who can (or quite frankly should) be our leader prior to December.
So the question is, "Is it possible for the Liberal Party to win an early election?"
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Carolyn Bennett Calls For the Resignation of Borys Wrzesnewskyj
Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MP Calls For the Resignation of Borys Wrzesnewskyj as Associate Critic for Foreign Affairs
Response from GK
No place in the Liberal Party for Hateful Language : A Statement by Liberal Leadership Candidate Gerard Kennedy
Thomas Hubert Resigns
Moreover, on the same note; I will apologize about my earlier implication regarding GK. Although I still believe the man has not been difinitive enough on Israel he did release this statement.
Monday, August 21, 2006
More from this guy...
August 21, 2006 – More commentary by Thomas Hubert, supra, the guy who is part of Gerard Kennedy's leadership bid, and who is also on the executive of the Liberal Party of Canada in BC. To echo a few (but too few) others: where is Hubert's resignation? Why hasn't Bill Graham asked for it? Why hasn't Gerard? The latest quote (and you can be sure, fellas, that I will be sent plenty more, the longer you wait):
"One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. At one point, George Washington was considered a terrorist by the powers that be. History will remember Hezbollah as an organization that stood up to the most vile 'nation' in human history."
The most vile nation in history, eh? That's what Israel is? And people say there is no anti-Semitism in the Liberal Party of Canada...
Feeling much better.
August 20, 2006 – Why is the author of this blog, a putative supporter of Gerard Kennedy, and claiming to be a member of the Liberal Party of Canada’s executive in BC, writing things like this on Cherniak’s blog? Is anything going to be done about this? If Bill Graham and Denis Coderre have any say in the matter, I doubt it.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Posting is a haste when sick...
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Dryden on Israel
PM picks Muslim Liberal MP as adviser on Mideast
You know, I find myself agreeing with our PM alot as of late...scary... Well today's applauding comes from him naming a Liberal MP as his advisor on the Middle East. It says he realizes that the Middle East cannot be divided simply among partisan lines. I respect such a decision. And quite frankly, I respect him more for making it. I congradulate Wajid Kahn and his appointment and wish him luck in his endeavors.
...of course, the possibility remains that this is just an attempt to make himself appear less partisan... But let's give the PM the benefit of the doubt on this one, eh?
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Liberal Party loses prominent Jews for not supporting Israel
The bearing of my soul
The Liberal Party of Canada has chosen to take a stance that is not favourable to Israel. This includes our current interim leader and at least 9 of the 11 leadership candidates (one is still on the bubble in my opinion). This is a problem. Support for the Party is eroding in the Jewish community. And as a Conservative friend said to me, "I am Jew before I am a Conservative." Well "I am a Jew before I am a Liberal." So the question remains what to do... I am somewhat distraught. Moreover, I know I am not the only one...
Monday, August 07, 2006
Friday, August 04, 2006
Another break from Middle East posts
What world are we in when a multiple convicted pedeofile is cutting deals with our police officers in order to stay out of prison. This man is dangerous. The police have a job to do in getting him off the streets.
I have always been one to support the notion of rehabilitation, but quite frankly, sometimes it is time to give up. Keep this guy in prison for the rest of his life. Keep him off the streets and away from children.
When is enough enough?
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Murderer only gets 2.5 years
An 18 year old murderer was only sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for the murder of (than) 18 years old Tanner Hopkins. This is because he was only 16 at the time. As such the most he could have gotten for litterally stabbing this young man in the back twice while drunk was 4 years in prison. This is (although within the limits of the law) a flagrant lack of justice. Robert and Charryn Hopkins were robbed of the life of their eldest son. After going through a tragedy that no parent should ever have to experience they sat and watched this boy get only 2.5 years to make up for it. To boot they were forced to have this child give them the sarcastic comment, "Are you happy now?"
The Conservatives campaigned on being tougher on crime. I await their changes.
Israel and the media
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Is Jewish support for Liberals eroding?
The simple answer to this question is yes. Support for this party which I have called home for nearly six years of my life is quickly fading. Much is the Jewish population in this party is distressed over Mr. Graham and ten of the eleven leadership candidates' inability to show their full support for the Israeli defensive.
Many feel lost in a party that since the era of Cretien has not shown its full support for Israel -- the shining example of democracy in the Middle East. This war was an opportunity for the Party to show Jewish Canadians their full support for Israel; possibly taking Conservative votes in the process.
They messed up. Too many Jews are now, as someone I met at Nick Nicolaides BBQ said to me, "Conservative votes waiting to happen."
The only question remains is, when and will the Liberal Party of Canada do anything about it?