A Maple Leaf, A Sickle, and A Hammer

It is rare that I hear a news report, where, within a few hours, I can’t do research and become well informed on the particular subject.   My primary source for research is the internet, but using that resource takes a bit of tenacity and imagination.   Sometimes you just can’t find what you need, and it can be tedious trying to verify information.  

A friend who listens to the Patriot Channel on Sirius Satellite told me the station (144) has been completely banned from Canada.   One of the Patriot Channel shows did a five minute blurb on the channel’s suppression, but that was it.   I asked my friend if he could get more details about the censorship, but on the next broadcast day, none of the shows on 144 uttered a word about it.   My friend even called into the Patriot Channel to be told they were not broadcasting in Canada anymore, but could not get any details.  

On the net I searched:
Patriot Channel Banned in Canada
Sirius 144 Ban

I made various other searches but could not find a single story on the ban.  

I was curious to see how the Patriot Channel’s ratings compared to liberal talk ratings (I had a fair idea, but wanted some hard facts) so I searched again:

Nielsen Ratings Patriot Channel

Nothing.

Nielsen Ratings NPR

Here I got some interesting hits:

NPR: Networks Complain of Flaws in Nieslsen Ratings Tool
NPR: Tweak to Nielsen Ratings May Boost Some Shows
Nielsen Ratings: NewsMax’s Web Traffic Skyrockets
NPR: Council Doesn’t Endorse Nielsen Ratings Tool

Anytime ratings disparage liberal programming, Liberal’s decry error in the method of testing.  

I’m sure it frosts liberal sensibilities to see: Nielsen Ratings: NewsMax’s Web Traffic Skyrockets.  

Something tells me the Patriot Channel didn’t get banned in Canada because of lack of listenership.  

Liberals cannot compete in the arena of ideas.  

While our leftist media machine does its best to dissuade Americans from embracing and appreciating capitalism and God, the foundations of our culture fought so heroically for by George and the guys, we still have enough tradition embedded within the American psyche to prevent our government from running rough-shod over all our values even though they continually try.   Canada, unfortunately, has no such firm cultural underpinnings and much of their society has accepted socialism and the government censorship intrinsic to it.  

American complicity in this censorship is wrong.   American prosperity and freedom will not survive it.  

Google and Microsoft recently submitted to Chinese demands that internet searches from inside China would not return information about: Freedom, Liberty, The Bill of Rights, Tiananmen Square, and other specific subjects.  

Sirius Satellite is now shutting down conservative talk in Canada, and Canada is not exactly what we would consider a far off foreign land.   The Canadian government continues to tip further into the socialist abyss, and their proximity to us culturally and physically is dangerously close.   It is one thing to exert little influence in China, but in our own hemisphere?   Is it our Manifest Destiny to relegate ourselves to the single quasi-capitalist nation in the world?

We are in an ideological war and launching not a single fusillade.   Meanwhile, the socialist world is targeting us with everything they’ve got.   The United Nations exists to thwart U.S. strength and prosperity.   Hugo Chavez is nationalizing and confiscating American oil company assets and North Korea extorts money out of us.   (We can’t even beat a little tin-pot piss-ant like Kim-Jong-Il?)

If that weren’t enough, our own homegrown communists fight every political race with class warfare suggesting the rich don’t pay their fair share, as if 35% income tax isn’t enough, to say nothing about property tax, sales tax, business tax, employment taxes, State taxes, etc.

Communism and Capitalism are both self-promoting ideologies, the former empowers government, the latter the individual.   They are incompatible.   One is a moral form of government insuring the rights guaranteed by God are not split from the individual.   The other, individuals are State property, their fate in the hands of dictators.   History tells us people live better under Capitalism and the freedom and liberty it gives birth to.   Which one do we want to live under?

If we say Capitalism then we must fight the tyranny of socialism and censorship everywhere in the world where we find it.   Let Canada spend the billions required to launch a satellite and provide the sort of programming they wish for their citizens.   When they don’t bring in enough revenue to support these operations and they wish to enter the U.S. market they can pound sand.   Socialism will be crushed under its own weight, and we need to encourage it.

If it doesn’t scare the crap out of you that Google and Microsoft censors internet searches in China, and Canada doesn’t allow broadcast of the Patriot channel, perhaps it will bother you when our government institutes the Fairness-Doctrine , which will curtail only conservative speech, already being promoted by left wing media outlets like ABC, NBC, and CBS, who are hemorrhaging viewers to alternative media sources like Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and the Patriot Channel on Sirius.  

If this doesn’t bother you, it probably won’t bother you when our government starts telling you how many kids you can have, where you can live, where you can travel, what you can do, what you can think, and your only source of news is Pravda.

Copyright 2007 Jim Pontillo

10 thoughts on “A Maple Leaf, A Sickle, and A Hammer

  1. ’nuff said.

    These days it would take one stinkin’ big boot to do Natalie Maine’s posterior.

  2. I can’t find any mention of a ban anywhere, and based on the liberal leanings of Canada, I would say that the channel simply wasn’t popular enough for Sirius to keep around. If it was a ban on the channel, there would be at least some news.

    • Yes you can buy a house in Canada, IF you qualify for a mroggate, and are fully employed, and have at least a 25 percent down payment.Now for the hard part You have to apply and be accepted by the Canadian Government, BEFORE you can come here, to find a job. The second hard part will be FINDING a job, with so many of our own citizens out of work, you may NOT get a job in Canada. So, if you have not started the Immigration application process all ready , I would suggest that you WAIT for at least 3 to 5 years, to see how the world economic condition is at that time. This is NOT a good time to come to Canada, to try to find a job.Jim B. Toronto.

  3. It was banned flat out.

    I listen to patriot channel all the time.

    Canadian callers say they have to get PO boxes in the U.S. so they can get the receivers that will get Howard Stern and Patriot Channel.

    No free speech in Canada, period.

  4. Sake Mike, you never back up anything you say, and you always say it in the most inflammatory way. Where’s the actual government ban? I hear the left-wing station isn’t available in Canada either. Maybe talk radio just isn’t as popular in that country? Until someone can prove that the government banned these channels for some clandestine fascist purpose, I can’t believe that it’s the government censoring THE TRUTH and not listener apathy that keeps these channels off the air.

  5. Crumbunist,
    Are you getting this through your head? Your Canadian government is definitely putting their two cents in. Why would any company in their right minds remove channels from their programming if they’re already paying to run these channels. And let me tell you something sirius patriot channel is owned by sirius. So your argument for them not to put it on is retarded. All they need is for one person to subscribe because they like that channel. Are you getting this in your head now? The company is in business to make money and the way they make money is by providing services and contrary to what you may think or been trained by the Canadian government to think, The more services one can provide the more potential one has to profit……..

  6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_News_Channel

    On December 14, 2000, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved Fox News Canada on behalf of the Global Television Network, for broadcast in Canada. Fox News Canada was to be a domestic Canadian version of Fox News.[28] The channel, or “specialty television service”, was never implemented by Fox, and the deadline for commencement of the service expired on November 24, 2004. That same day, a similar license was granted to Rogers Communications for “MSNBC Canada”, which went to air in September, 2001. During this period, it was speculated by some, and repeated by Fox News personalities, that the station was being “banned in Canada.” The CRTC’s previous refusal to grant Fox News an outright license had been contested by some Canadians, as well as American fans of the channel, who believed the decision to be politically motivated. However, it is rare for any American cable network to be licensed in Canada outright.

    On November 18, 2004 the CRTC announced that a digital license would be granted to Fox News.[29] In its proposal, Fox News stated, with reference to Fox News Canada, that “Fox News does not intend to implement this service and therefore will not meet the extended deadline to commence operations.”[30] On December 16, 2004, Rogers Communications became the first Canadian cable or satellite provider to broadcast Fox News, with other companies following suit within the next several weeks.

    “Welcome to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The CRTC is an independent agency responsible for regulating Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications systems. We report to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage.”

  7. http://www.siriuscanada.ca/changes-e.htm

    EWTN has been summarily removed this morning from Sirius Canada’s channel lineup. I have already cancelled my account, and I urge Sirius listeners especially in Canada to do the same and register your complaint by phone at 1-888-539-7474 and by this contact form:

    http://www.siriuscanada.ca/ContactUs-e.htm

    Their website says “If you liked EWTN, you’ll like The Catholic (Errors) Channel”

    Well, maybe now XM will carry it in Canada.
    __________________
    Pax et bonum (peace and all blessings)
    Kevin

    “Love the Immaculata” – St. Maximilain Kolbe
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    It is still on here in the United States. I am wondering if it was too “politicallty incorrect” for the Canadian authorities.

  8. Of course, Sirius in the US or in Canada, or any broadcaster anywhere ever for that matter, pays exactly zippidy-doo-dah, nix, nada, rien, bupkus, nothing, $0.00 per month to EWTN. They don’t even scramble the signal. It’s something sattelite techs call “FTA” for “free to air.” Sattellite people refer to Mother Angelica as “Sister Sattelite” chiefly because she is so well known to them. When you are troubleshooting a piece of satellite gear and need a signal to lock onto, EWTN’s unscrambled studio-quality output off Galaxy XI is very handy. Sattelite guys know Mother.

    If you can receive EWTN, you can broadcast it–the further the better. All they ask is you let them know so they can do shout-outs on the air.
    Well, if you’re a Canadian and you think you have freedom of speech, try putting a Catholic radio station on the air. Ever since Canada’s adoption in the 60s of a policy of “official multiculturalism,” a hand-picked bureaucracy called the CRTC (Canadian Radio Television Commission) appointed by Pierre Elliott Trudeau — that survives successive governments of any stripe — has continuously kept Canada on the same list of countries as Cuba, Korea, and China. That is, the list of governments that refuse to permit the broadcast of EWTN over the public airwaves.

  9. Fox News was clearly not banned. It even says in the article that you cited that it was only speculated to be banned. And then it came on the air anyway.

    Having two Catholic channels on the same service may be unnecessary in a country much less religious than the United States. Of course, it is impossible that popularity trends are different in different countries! It’s also impossible that Sirius wants to replace it with content that has broader appeal. That’s madness!

    “In order to make room for the exciting new channels announced above, we will have to remove a few channels in the Canadian lineup. We welcome your feedback on any of the changes we have made.”

    whooops!

    More popular content means more reason for people to purchase the service.

    “if you’re a Canadian and you think you have freedom of speech, try putting a Catholic radio station on the air”

    “If you liked: EWTN Catholic // Ch. 160
    You’ll like: The Catholic Channel // Ch. 159”

    whooops!

    “continuously kept Canada on the same list of countries as Cuba, Korea, and China. That is, the list of governments that refuse to permit the broadcast of EWTN over the public airwaves.”

    TRULY, this is the VERY ESSENCE OF DEMOCRACY: broadcasting the EWTN NETWORK

    Comparing the unpopularity of a radio channel or a Canadian content quota to massive systemic censorship in countries like China, North Korea or Cuba, where speaking against the government means death, is dishonest, offensive, and outright stupid.

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