A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Friday, February 29, 2008

An open letter to Susan Swan:

Dear Ms. Swan:

If you don't like being told by the federal government what kind of art you can make, then you are more than welcome to stop accepting federal (read: taxpayer) cash to make said art.

Personally, I don't like pretentious 'artists' taking my hard-earned taxes and making worthless films/other media that have zero artistic merit and no tangible viewership.

Addendum - Attn. Charles McVety: you are not helping us by flapping your jaws about.

Thant is all.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Prince Harry In Afghanistan

From CTV (in the comments section) comes quite a poignant and telling comment about the values and ideals we hold, versus those of whom we fight.

Way to go Harry! I hope he takes out his fair share of terrorists and Taliban cowards. They send kids and women wearing bombs to do their dirty work, we send our best including a prince to stand for what is right. Shows the difference between the two societies right there. Terrorist cowards take note

Emphasis mine. Well said.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Cherniak Caught With Faked Evidence

Jason Cherniak, a man for whom I have very little respect, has been caught in a lie. In an attempt to slander a Tory staffer today, Cherniak posted what seems to be an altered screenshot of a Facebook message-board post which purports to show a Tory staffer making derogatory comments about Baltic nations. The problem is, it's a clear fake - and Mike Brock has nailed him on it.

Laughably, Cherniak claims at the last minute that he received the screenshot from another "source," - something he very conveniently neglected to mention when posting the scurrilous screenshot in the first place. What is abundantly clear at this point is that Cherniak has either completely fabricated this so-called "evidence" or has fallen like a fool for a malicious fake. I know which one my money is on. This is yet another in a series of serious blunders which have all but destroyed any credibility Cherniak ever had as a supposedly 'serious' political blogger.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Don't Worry, I Think His Chances Are Slim

Captured from a Canadian Press Headline printed in today's edition of The Telegram. Here's the corrected title.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

PETA is Shameless; Waste of Oxygen

PETA sent a letter to Jamie Lynn Spears (Britney's littler and pregnant-er sister) citing a study done by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons that they claim states that the consumption of meat leads to mental illness.

You are morally bankrupt, PETA. In an attempt to garner publicity, you sent someone who is mentally ill dangerously incorrect information that could seriously further harm her health. I am beside myself with anger that you would willfully endanger someone's life in such a manner. Cease and desist misquoting studies and using junk science to further your claims. You are full of crap, and those of us with actual training in scientific methodology know it.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Cherniak Drinks the Kool-Aid. Again.

So Does Kinsella. He calls the post 'Terriffic'. Yeesh - are you kidding me?

To preface, I shouldn't give traffic where it isn't warranted, so I won't link to the particular blog-posting discussed here - you can find it easily enough if you're interested.

In a recent posting, Jason Cherniak gives a particularly noxious defense of Human Rights commissions and of section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act in general. At best, his defense is full of rather specious and disingenuous claims, including the following LPOC-aggrandizing claim:

"Canadians have a right to Freedom of Expression. We have that right because the Trudeau Government negotiated and passed the Charter of Rights and Freedoms."

My favourite response in the comments (accurate and entertaining), from The Rat, adequately expresses the what most of you probably just felt welling up in your throat:

"What an utter, complete, self-aggrandizing, self-serving, steaming pile of shit that sentence is. WE have the right to free speech because of the Magna Carta & 1,000 years of common law, not because that jumped up Liberal ass did anything."
Other gems include the following false conclusion:

"In the case of hate speech, a person might claim that all Muslims believe in terrorism. The person might claim that this is an inherent problem with the Muslim religion and that all Muslims should be discounted when they argue otherwise. Ultimately, that person would be attempting to remove the right of Muslims to be Muslim... Should a person be able to claim that removing the freedom of another is justified because he is only exercising his own freedom? I think not."

I almost don't know where to begin. Trying to equate legitimate criticism of extremist elements of Islam with 'removing the right to be muslim' is specious and disingenuous at best. At worst, it's just a poorly constructed argument that is non-sequitur.

Let's be specific here: Ezra Levant never said all Muslims were terrorists. He merely published an article describing the controversy over the Danish Cartoons, and included them to show people what all the fuss was about - so they could decide whether it was warranted or not for themselves. And for his trouble, he was hauled before the Alberta Human Rights Commission to explain his innermost thoughts to the Government. So instead of talking in vague hypotheticals, it's important to be honest about what is really going on here.

Furthermore, the fawning over Trudeau is nausea-inducing. We don't have rights here in Canada because of 'Trudeau's Charter'. I would remind Jason that before Trudeau's Charter, we had Diefenbaker's Bill of Rights. And prior to that, we were had the inheritance of 800+ years of British Common law which protected our inalienable right to freedom of expression . Cherniak acts as if Pierre Elliot Trudeau and the Liberal party emancipated the Canadian people from 100-odd years of oppressive bondage. Surely an enshrined charter, even if flawed, is of great beneficence to our nation, but it is certainly fallacious to assume all rights flow from Trudeau. One need only talk to a westerner to get a rather pointed position on Trudeau and economic rights.

Perhaps the most astonshing (and revealing) comment from Cherniak is the following:

"I do not know enough about the specific accusations against Mr. Levant, Mr. Steyn and Macleans to give an opinion in their individual cases. However, I do know enough about the law to understand that their cases will be tried according to constitutional and legal principles. If they have been wrongly accused, then they will be vindicated and they might even be compensated. That is a matter between them, their lawyers, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the courts.
...All of us, conservative bloggers and columnists in particular, need to take a step back. The charges against Mr. Levant, Mr. Steyn and Macleans are a good excuse to have a debate about what should be considered hate messages. "

This upstanding paragon of Liberal values is apparently confident enough of the validity of these so-called 'human rights tribunals' to write a lengthy post defending them, and yet he admittedly has no knowledge of the details surrounding the cases currently before them. While it's all fine and good to wax philosophical about protecting groups from hate-speech, we cannot deal in the hypothetical here; Mssr's Levant and Steyn are actually facing the possibility of punitive action from these tribunals for exercising their right to free speech. They may be forced to apologize. Anyone who has been paying attention knows that the impetus for these cases is purely farcical. What defines the human rights commissions isn't some touchy-feely idea of what they are supposed to do, it's what they are doing. And what they are doing is putting a chill on the right to freedom of expression that should be enjoyed by all Canadians.

I think Mssrs. Levant and Steyn would have a few choice words to say over their ordeal being called a 'good opportunity for a debate'. The suggestion that the process follows legal/constitutional principles and that Steyn and Levant will be reimbursed the thousands of dollars in legal fees they will have to pay is utterly ludicrous. The commissions themselves are completely alien to normal jurisprudence, where the accused is innocent until proven guilty. In the case of the commissions, Steyn and Levant are forced to pay their own legal fees while the state funds to prosecution, not to mention the stress and hours lost in preparing a defense - the process, in and of itself, is punitive! Even if they are acquitted, they still lose, and they will not be reimbursed. I am surprised a lawyer would display such ignorance of the process.

I suspect Cherniak hasn't spent the time learning about Levant and Steyn's cases simply because they don't put on red underwear in the morning, and intellectual laziness has prevented him from bothering to care. If that is indeed the case, he would be wise to heed the words of Pastor Martin Niemöller.

On a related note: Interestingly enough, and perhaps not surprisingly, Jason's record on human rights support isn't quite consistent. If you're a Canadian exercising your right to freedom of expression, tough beans - watch what you say or government commissions will get you. If you're a risk to national security however...

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The Hon. John C. Crosbie, Lieutenant-Governor

Yesterday, the Hon. John C. Crosbie took over as the 12th Lieutntant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. He was preceded by Ed Roberts, a genteel former provincial Liberal cabinet minister who has held the post since November of 2002.

Danté and I have had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Crosbie on numerous occasions over the years and even though he is a ripe 77 years of age, he still maintains extraordinary mental clarity and his trademark sharp wit hasn't dulled a bit over the years.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate him on his new post and wish him all the best in the years to come. He has served his country well in the past and will no doubt continue his tradition of exemplary public service.

I would also like to take a moment to thank Mr. Ed Roberts for his dedication and service to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. I wish him well in his future endeavours.

Who Is SFC Christopher J. Speer?

"Six days before he received the wounds that killed him, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher J. Speer walked into a minefield to rescue two wounded Afghan children, according to fellow soldiers. He applied a tourniquet to one child and bandaged the other, they said. Then he stopped a passing military truck to take the wounded children to a U.S. Army field hospital. Speer saved those children, his colleagues said.
Speer, a Special Forces medic, suffered a head wound during a search of the Ab Khail village in Afghanistan on July 27. He was evacuated to Germany, where he died Aug. 6. He was 28.
Survived by Wife, Tabitha,
two small children, Taryn and Tanner and brother Todd"

Who murdered SFC Christopher J. Speer?

Omar Khadr.

Read the comments posted below the article. While some are bang on, an unfortunate number of them are absolutely ignorant, and that's being kind. Many are quick to beat up on both the United States and those who wish to prosecute Khadr, yet show a complete lack of knowledge about the rules of warfare and international law in general. If this is the state of our nation, and we are more interested in defending the murderers of soldiers who bring freedom than the soldiers themselves, then we are indeed in dark times.

For those who need convincing, watch the video below: An interview with Sergeant Layne Morris, who was wounded in the battle in which Chris Speer was killed.

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