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

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I Kid You Not

This is actually what Stephane Dion considers an economic danger zone:

"The federal government is on track to exceed the $10.2 billion surplus it had forecast in the February budget despite personal and business tax cuts put in place last fall...

...Liberal Leader Stephane Dion took Flaherty to task Monday for putting the government in jeopardy of slipping back into deficit"

I guess it's not that surprising a statement, coming from a socialist.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Wrong Priorities.

We all know that what Ezra Levant, Macleans, and Mark Steyn have been put through is a complete farce, and the arguments explaining why have been repeated ad nauseam by authors far better than I. But honestly, with guys like this in Canada, they chose to go after magazine publishers and authors? The article speaks for itself - give it a read.

Section 13.1
of the Canadian Human Rights Act states:
13. (1) It is a discriminatory practice for a person or a group of persons acting in concert to communicate telephonically or to cause to be so communicated, repeatedly, in whole or in part by means of the facilities of a telecommunication undertaking within the legislative authority of Parliament, any matter that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt by reason of the fact that that person or those persons are identifiable on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination.

While this paragon of virtue exclaims, and I quote:
"Behead her!!! And make a nice video and post it on YouTube," he writes about one "Islam basher." As for "Jews who support Zionism and Israel … since they are killing Palestinians … killing them is not bad … they deserve to die."
What else is there to say, really? Conflict with the law as written? Just a tad? How much are you willing to bet that Dick Warman won't be calling the HRC over this little doozy?

(h/t to HOM)

I Know It's Nothing New

...but Air Canada just got even suckier. 25$ for an extra bag?!

All the more reason to fly Westjet.

*BUMP*: Alright, enough with the 9/11 conspiracy theory nonsense. I'll deal with this like I always do:


Oh Canada...

Q. When did it become a charter right to be immune from breaking this country's drug laws? 

The question is, does this open the door to terrorists challenging their arrest on the basis of the fact that a bomb-sniffing dog caught them? It looks to be the case.

UPDATE: The charter section in question (section 8) reads:

8. "Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure."
Is not suspicion of drug possession a reasonable cause for searching someone or their property?

Apparently property rights are only inferred into the charter when it means protecting drug traffickers from prosecution.

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How Many More Skeletons Are In Their Closets?

My question is this: Why have the RCMP waited to investigate the Liberals on this one? Why prosecute the ad men first?

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Are You Kidding Me?

Stephen Harper has always ironically mused that "The longer I am Prime Minister, the longer I am Prime Minister" - essentially, that the longer he is Prime Minister, the more people grow used to him and the greater the chances that the next election will bring him a majority.

This Canadian Press Article intimates that voters are not growing fond of either Harper or Dion:

The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey suggests only 43 per cent of respondents say their opinion of Mr. Harper has improved with time, while the numbers for Mr. Dion are even lower.

Only 27 per cent of respondents said their impression of the Liberal leader has improved.

Canadians not growing fonder of Harper? Nonsense. Who on earth drew these conclusions? Their numbers indicate that almost half of Canadians have grown fonder of Harper since his election, and that close to twice as many Canadians have grown fonder of him than Dion. 

What media bias?


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Liveblogging the Results

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Elections Canada warrant signed by Liberal Appointee

...Whose office is a four hour drive away from elections Canada headquarters...and who has donated to the Liberal Party....more than once.

Ouch. Nice sleuthing.

The optics don't look good and play into the hands of Tory arguments that the warrant was an unnecessary move. Added to the fact that the media was tipped off (and, allegedly, the Liberal Party to boot) and was therefore present with cameras ready, this quite frankly raises the stink factor surrounding this whole business. Don't expect Tory brass to use this information openly, however - impugning the reputation of a judicial figure wouldn't look that great from a government that has already had controversial relations with it's civil service. It will be interesting to see if this story has legs.

'Baby' seals, buses and abortion.

Oh my!

I recall that pro-life groups here in Newfoundland (and across the country) had a transit advertising campaign about 6 months ago that got numerous complaints for being supposedly 'factually inaccurate'. This resulted in a number of the ads being pulled.

"...The ads read, "Nine months… the length of time an abortion is allowed in Canada. Abortion: Have we gone too far?" They feature a profile photo of the torso of a woman in the later stages of pregnancy and are intended for transit, print media and the internet."
The ads did not contain graphic images of aborted fetuses or similar visually controversial material (in fact, the only image was of a visibly pregnant women holding her abdomen. Click the link to view it).

Yet here we have a factually inaccurate statement (i.e. a lie) and a graphic of a bloody whitecoat baby seal that has presumably just been clubbed, along with the text 'one down, 249, 999 to go'. Transit authority opinion? A-OK!

Seeing as the hunting of baby, whitecoat seals has been banned in Canada for over 20 years, will transit advertising authorities now pull these particular advertisements? Surely the material is beyond offensive, as well as being quite untrue. Aren't they therefore presumably worse than the pro-life ads? Or will we see that, as usual, being consistent is an applicable option only when it is ideologically convenient to be as such?

(h/t to Kate)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

What's So Provocative About This?

What with the cosy relationship between left-wing political parties and left-wing activist groups in this country, why is this suddenly some sort of concern? There's not even any evidence that the group that put out the ads in question was even connected to the Tories, and even if there was there's nothing wrong with someone engaging in political activism - unless that person belonged to the Conservative Party, apparently. This is utter nonsense.

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The Shame of It All

The constant fighting between Greeks and Armenians at the site of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection is shameful and sickening. As far as I'm concerned, the Vatican should be in control of the site and should evict these sad excuses for Christians. Honestly, fighting in the most sacred shrine to Christians everywhere? The place should be treated with reverence, not as a battleground. 

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William's Whirl-a-Gig - Why Worry?

In light of the furor over Prince William's use of a military helicopter to land in his girlfriend's garden, I have this to say:

Completely, horribly inappropriate use of government property? Yes. But honestly, the first thing that came to my mind upon hearing it was "How cool is that!"


Saturday, April 19, 2008

Battlestar Galactica

I admit I'm an unabashed fan of the series, and I just watched the latest episode, "The Ties That Bind."

After watching the ending: now I'm kind of bummed out.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

For the Last Time, Don't Call Me a Newfie!

I'm a Newfoundlander, not a 'Newfie.' Don't use the term if you aren't from here, otherwise you're likely to offend - That's the general rule. It's too bad this ignorant excuse for a journalist doesn't know that - in fact, there's a whole lot he doesn't know

(For starters, there's the whole 'don't be a patronizing bigot' thing.) 

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Hakapik Should Go?

Honestly, as an unabashed supporter of the seal hunt I feel that it might be a good idea to get rid of the Hakapik, even in spite of the fact that one blow from a hakapik usually kills a seal instantly (and thus the instrument is humane).

While most hunters from Newfoundland use a rifle to hunt for seals, the hakapik is still used extensively by those conducting the hunt in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Part of the whole 'cave-men/barbarian' image that seal-hunt protestors put on hunters comes from the whole idea of striking an animal on the head with a club-like tool. Banning the hakapik would probably change the image of the hunt (hopefully). Of course, given the penchant for groups like IFAW and the Sea Shepherd Society to lie through their teeth (they still claim that whitecoat seals are hunted despite the fact that it has been illegal since 1988), I wouldn't be surprised if twenty years from now some teen celebrity attended a protest waving pictures of the hakapik.


Long May Your Big Jib Draw

Thank you for your wonderful service, General Rick Hillier. Canada is proud of your dedication, and we regret only that you have to go. 


Thompson: Tories Deserve RCMP Search for Exposing Liberal Corruption?

Elizabeth Thompson, author of "On the Hill" for the Montreal Gazette, titles her latest blog post "What Goes Around..." The post details her belief that an RCMP officer playing a key role in today's RCMP search of a Tory office was André Thouin, the same man who testified against the Liberals in the Sponsorship Scandal inquiry. 

"What Goes Around?"

Exposing corruption is a good thing - not something the Tories should be punished for, and Thomspon should remember that.

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

I Guess I Should Comment on This

Think long and hard before you try to mess with the hunt again, boys. Bunch of parasites.


Saturday, April 12, 2008

Cosh on Newfoundland

Griff has already commented on Colby Cosh's article "Canada's biggest mistake: Newfoundland," but I wanted to add my own two cents to the mix. I actually don't find anything wrong with the article; in fact I agree with Cosh. I think the title is misleading though - Cosh only mentions two downsides for Canada in the 1949 Confederation of Newfoundland, and those are tucked in at the end of the article. More of the article is actually spent talking about what Newfoundland has lost since confederation. Perhaps Colby was making an effort to soothe the wounded pride of Newfoundlanders before making his point?

Confederation has always been a contentious issue here in Newfoundland and Labrador, and not least of all because only the slimmest of a majority (51% - and I repeat, 51%) voted for it - and only on a second run off vote where a third option, commission government, was thrown off the ballot. The winner of the first ballot was actually responsible government, which meant that we probably would have stayed our own province had it been left at that. That being said, there are and will continue to be endless debates about whether or not electoral irregularities occurred in the second vote (Joey Smallwood not being the most ethical of individuals), whether the results were even legally binding, and a host of other cantankerous issues. 

I think Cosh has a very good point regarding the extension of EI benefits to seasonal fisherman. The reality of the fact is that there are an awful lot of people out there who ride the system once they get enough hours to qualify for it. But at the same time, in a place with as high unemployment as the province has, EI benefits mean the difference between eating and starving for a lot of people.

To sum it up: Colby, you're no Margaret Wente, thank God. But we already knew that.

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This Was Before He Created AIDS In His Secret Laboratory

"In 1978, former Republican Gov. Ronald Reagan came out against a ballot initiative that would have made it illegal for gay men and lesbians to work as teachers in California public schools."

Yet another reason why Reagan's face should be on Mount Rushmore.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

I Think You'll Enjoy This

I Think...

...that if Colby Cosh has penned what I think he has* for tomorrow's National Post, he will end up regretting it. I sure hope he knows what he's getting himself into.

(*scroll down to the end of the article)

*Bumped for the update*

Mr. Cosh was kind enough to stop by and provide us with a link to the online version of his thought-provoking article in tomorrow's National Post. You can read it here. (He's right, it's nothing like Wente's). Thanks for that, Colby.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Memo to the Liberal Party

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Help Support Kate

Kate at Small Dead Animals is being sued by (guess who?) Richard Warman.

I just hit up her tip jar to support her legal defense, I suggest you do the same.

Next time, it really could be you.

I don't have a direct link to her paypal donation site, but if you browse on over you can find a link to it on the left hand side of her blog. Also being sued by Warman are Ezra Levant, Kathy Shaidle, Jonathan Kay and the administrators of Free Dominion, so you may want to help them out too.

Think of it this way: donating is your way of personally sticking it to Richard Warman. If that doesn't open your pocketbooks, then I don't know what will.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

"Computer users warned to secure wireless networks"

This was on CTV'S front page today.

Computer users are being warned to secure their wireless computer networks after six police officers descended on an Orleans couple's residence searching for evidence they were downloading child pornography.
Det. Dan LaHaise of the Hi-Tech Crime Unit says unsecured networks are commonly used for committing criminal acts.

"Not just child porn, I'm talking about fraud, even hacking," LaHaise told CTV News.

LaHaise says the culprit who used the Krueger's wireless network likely lives in the neighbourhood.
Let's see, unsecured networks used for committing fraud by locals from the neighbourhood? In Canada? Quelle surprise.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Drinking and Driving

One of my genteel and esteemed colleagues here at the Blogging Tories has a post regarding the concept of 'pre-crime' in Canada. While his intent was to show that we actually have examples of 'pre-crime' legislation already, I take issue with his description of driving while intoxicated as 'pre-crime' and an example of loony left-wing interference in people's lives. 

Basically, the thrust of his argument was that the number of alcohol-related motor-vehicle deaths, while unacceptably high, is not something that justifies DUI legislation. In his words, "99.999%" of all episodes of driving while under the influence of alcohol end safely. With respect to my colleague, this is simply untrue. According to their compiled (and publicly available) statistics sheet, MADD Canada states that in 1997, 40% of 16-19 year old drivers who were killed in motor-vehicle accidents had been drinking.  And that's just fatalities - that doesn't include the number of injuries, disabilities caused, or even simply the number of DUI incidents that ended in damage to property or vehicles. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not safe. That much I thought was clearly obvious. It puts people's lives at risk. It can destroy a family forever. Arguing that it is silly to charge people for DUI if they haven't actually caused an accident yet is like arguing that we shouldn't charge someone who runs down the street tossing pipe bombs left and right simply because no one got hurt.

It seems a little odd to have to be arguing this, because it's something I thought patently obvious to everyone. Arresting people for DUI acts as a deterrent for people and can take dangerous drivers off the road before they kill or injure someone. And they will - it's only a matter of time. Arguing that DUI shouldn't be a crime is simply nonsense.

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Get Off The Roads!

Small Dead Animals has a post today discussing an EU directive that limits the number of hours that truck drivers can spend on the road. I'm actually familiar with this law - when I was touring England with some friends last summer we took a guided tour to Stonehenge and Bath. The traffic in Bath that particular day was murder because of construction that was being undertaken on one of the main roads. As a result, we spent an hour or so inching along until we were warned that the bus had to be taken off the road or else our driver wouldn't be permitted to take us back to London

So we got out and walked to the Roman Baths, which wasn't exactly what I was expecting on a guided bus tour. But at least we got back to London.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Stephane Dion: Mental Contortionist

Support is the new opposition:

Mr. Dion explained that when the Liberals boycott confidence votes to avoid an election, they're signalling which Tory policies they would like to overturn when they become the government.

“Each time that we vote against something without triggering an election it's a marker,” Mr. Dion told reporters.

“That means that when we will be the government with the help of Canadians, we'll change this bad policies by much better policies.”*

So let me get this straight: when you let a bill pass, you're actually signaling that you're against it. Of course! Why didn't I see that before?

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