Friday, December 30, 2005

bourque hates martin!

Well, since the CBC wants to interview Rick about his blog and another campaign worker who blogs, and BBS is out of town, I guess that leaves me, so updating my blog for the first time in almost a month seemed like the right thing to do.

The media has picked up on the Income Trust scandal and left us all with great viewing/listening material over the past few days (like Ralph Goodale defending himself in front of the Liberal Party logo while being interviewed about the criminal investigation he's become involved in); there's plenty of blogging material to go around.

Besides, there's such a fun image to post today!



Squee.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Harper visits Windsor

So I'm hyperactive after an awesome event with Harper today in Windsor.

There were so many supporters that they were overflowing out of the room! Spirits were high as I used my security badge/status to keep people in line outside the event before they opened the room as I announced that due to overwhelming Conservative support in Windsor and Essex County, there would be a bit of a wait to get downstairs to the event. The media had to shove their way through the crowd to get a shot over the cheering supporters and make their comments on camera. And, as is usually the case, with the leader's tour comes a visit or two with old friends.

Now I'm back at the office and our phone bank is hummin' along... just because the leader was here doesn't mean we get the day off, after all.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

exams + elections

I don't know how many other bloggers out there are in this position, but let me tell anyone who's not - worrying about final exams at election time really, really sucks.

Even in my exam inspired solitude, I can't overlook the fact that Harper will be visiting Windsor on Tuesday, and everyone's invited!

Now if I could just get through this week, practically moving into our campaign office won't be a problem.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

left wing news

Too good not to share.


(Click on the image if the stuff at the side of my blog is obscuring it for you.)

I got a kick out of it, anyway...

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

handgun ban??

OK so I haven't been updating as much as advertised, but the rumours of a Liberal policy announcement tomorrow are just too much for me to take.

A BAN on all handguns?

I seriously hope that Canadians squash the Liberals like a mosquito you feel just starting to bite your arm (quickly, messily and over zealously, in case you were curious) for even thinking about proposing something this disgusting.

In other news, our early voting effort is going well. How's yours?

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

politics is so much fun.

The campaign has gotten underway pretty well in Windsor-Tecumseh. Hundreds of signs are already up and are continuing to go up. Rick has knocked on over 13,000 doors and held a couple of town halls. It's amazing and gratifying to stand behind someone so hard-working and sincere.

We've gotten some great media hits in the past few weeks. 1984 PC Candidate Tom Porter has agreed to be an honourary Campaign Chair. Our voter tracking shows former non-supporters who are changing their mind. Not to mention Harper was looking and sounding great last night.

It's good to be back in a campaign. The political situation for the last year and a half has been exhausting. Just need to finish exams and then I can really get to work!

I'll try to update a bit more often during the next 55 days. Happy campaigning, everyone!

Friday, November 04, 2005

Windsor-Tecumseh Town Hall

I have been a terrible, terrible blogger. In my defense I'm not paying attention to much other than textbooks, midterms and assignments lately... except for all the fliers for the

Town Hall Meeting
with Windsor-Tecumseh Conservative Candidate

Rick Fuschi
Tuesday, November 15, 7pm
Knights of Columbus on Lesperance in Tecumseh


So anyone who can make it out should make the trip. It should be a good night.

Windsor-Tecumseh: the riding that's so cool, (Essex MP) Jeff Watson just can't stop holding events there!
(Essex: the riding that's not quite cool enough for Jeff Watson to bother moving there!)

I couldn't resist.

Monday, October 17, 2005

quick question

What kind of response do you get when you write to conservative MPs and MPPs?

In my experience (mostly provincial) response is terrible. I'll email the entire tory caucus and four Liberal MPPs and get a response from my MPP (or his office... doesn't really matter which) within an hour, with follow-up emails confirming that my concerns have been forwarded to the minister, the policy adviser, the Premier, etc.

How are response times from other tory MPs, MPPs? Grits? Dippers?

In Ontario, we're getting our asses kicked. Tory needs to get on his MPPs' asses about this one if he wants the PCPO to be the party that listens to Ontarians.

oh toby <3

I came home from class today to find the following envelope in my mailbox:

(click to enlarge)


Now when there's something like that in our mailbox, I know it's for me. That's just the way things are around here.

So I run inside and excitedly open my obviously political mail. It's from Toby Barrett's riding assogiation. Toby Barrett is the only Ontario PC MPP that decided my emails on the smoking ban (or any of the emails I've sent to any of the Ontario PC MPPs, for that matter) were worth replying to.

He also gets bonus points for calling himself "Tobacco Toby."

Anyway, I open the sucker up and these are what I find:


(click to enlarge either image)

Now I love me some liberty, so if you read these letters, you'll see why I love Toby Barrett, too. MPPs like this give me hope for the PCPO.

I've never smoked anything in my life, but I'm tempted to take up cigar smoking for a night just to support this event. Luckily for my lungs and mouth, I don't have $150 to spend on a dinner, but anyone for who does and wants to support the cause, now you know the time and place.

And that's why Toby Barrett gets a cheesy little internet heart from me. <3

Thursday, October 06, 2005

why do Liberals hate freedom?

What is it with this new trend of Liberals coming up with some sort of scheme to force people to vote? I've seen it pop up in some blogs lately, have heard it from some young Liberals and now apparently this Liberal Senator wants to fine people who don't vote $50.

Under Harb's proposed legislation, registered voters who don't cast ballots would escape the penalty if they provide a written reason justifying their absence.

What the hell? Is this grade school?

And what if I don't vote, don't give a written explanation and don't pay? Will I eventually go to jail for not voting?

Dear Liberals:
How about pissing off and letting people decide what to do - or not do - with their vote?

I'm thinking that this grit thinks that if they force people to vote more people will vote for them. Their overwhelming urge to find a way around doing some GOTV reminds me of certain "Conservatives'" recent behaviour.

On the bright side,

Alex Swann, a spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, said the federal government is not interested in any sort of mandatory voting requirement.

For now... but I'm hearing about this a lot lately. Maybe just a coincidence? I hope so.

I think there's probably a good chance that any party that tries to pass legislation forcing people to vote with a penalty of fining them will probably have record numbers of votes... against them.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Arnie for Pres!

"This bill simply adds confusion to a constitutional issue," [Governer Schwarzenegger] said in his veto statement. "If the ban of same-sex marriage is unconstitutional this bill is not necessary. If the ban is constitutional this bill is ineffective."

I'm not sure what his position on SSM is, and honestly I don't care. That's the most common sense thing I've heard from a politician in a long time. Maybe if we didn't pass so much useless legislation, government would be smaller and this wouldn't be an issue.

Read the whole story here.
I realize it's a pretty biased article, but you just need the facts, and the quotes. Besides, I'm too lazy right now to go looking for an article on the situation that isn't either church based Anti-SSM cheering him on or LGBQ (or whatever the acronym is) shunning him.
If you can't read an article objectively, it's not my problem.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

gas prices, a lack of understanding, and stupid ideas.

This letter is from a staunch Conservative Party of Canada supporter in Essex, printed in today's Windsor Star:

A truly 'free market' would control prices

Does anybody really believe that all the gas companies incur the same costs related to the production and delivery of gas?

Then why the same price across the board? As a result of the gas-gouging, many people are calling for the capping of prices. Haven't we been down that road with Pierre Trudeau's wheat board and the government tinkering of hydro?

If you need be reminded what it brings, look at your "debt retirement" portion of your electricity bill. What we need are new ideas.

It's not going to come from the bought-and-paid-for empty suits in politics. The free market - with responsible government regulations - is the best solution to solve gas price-gouging.

The problem is that the gas companies have a monopoly, and that's not a free market. It's time to break up the monopoly and require that no two companies can have the same price in a designated area.

This would ensure competition instead of the price-fixing that is going on as we speak.

It would also be beneficial to consumers if gas companies could only change their prices a fixed number of times per month.

It's also well to note PM Paul Martin, months before the hurricane, stated that there is nothing he could do about rising gas prices. Once the hurricane hit, he stated that he's instructed Canadian oil companies to step up production to offset what was lost and to stabilize the prices.

Whether you're Liberal or Conservative, we're all caught in a game that wreaks havoc on our wallets. And our politicians are asleep at the wheel - just like the coming garbage crisis with Michigan.

The italics are mine.

Letters like this tend to get me agitated and leave me suggesting that we ship people to Cuba. (North Korea would also work.)

You don't know what a free market is.
A free market is a market that is free, lady. That means no restrictions*, not "only restrictions that a reasonable (read: Conservative) government would impose." You can't do a more complicated version of the same thing that Pierre Trudeau did and say that our way is better because we're from a different party.

A free market for gas doesn't make everything cheap for you. That's not what free markets do - that's what socialists try (and fail, as she points out) to do. What a free market does do is properly allocate resources to those who value them the most.

Monopoly?
I suppose gas companies have a monopoly on gas (in the same way that, say, shoe companies have a monopoly on shoes), but what is this crap about the presence of monopolies proving that it's not a free market? Tabasco has a monopoly on Tabasco sauce. If my drug company invents and patents a new drug, we've got a monopoly on it. There's nothing wrong with naturally occurring monopolies. Also, learn this word, people:

ol·i·gop·o·ly

A market condition in which sellers are so few that the actions of any one of them will materially affect price and have a measurable impact on competitors.

That's what's going on with gas producers. It also happens in a free market. So even if there was a problem with a monopoly in a free market, you wouldn't have to worry about it as far as gas goes. (If you're looking for something to compare it to, look at the CAW and the high wages they've set for auto workers, which drives up the price of cars. Should the government intervene there, too?)

Prices at the Pump
As for actual prices at the pump, which the writer seems to have the biggest problem with, you could hardly argue, with all the privately owned corner stores selling gas, that a monopoly exists.

"But why are gas prices the same across the board?" the author demands frantically.

Consider this situation: If I have a gas station, and you have a gas station, and I make my gas price a lot different than yours (let's say I make it much higher), then everyone is going to go to your gas station. You're going to have to raise your price to be more or less the same as mine, or you're going to have to run out of gas when everyone goes to your station instead and then proceed to lose a crapload of money while everyone passes your station to fill up at mine, where gas is still available.

Gas prices more or less the same in any given area because supply, demand, and the free market are at work.

It's a pet peeve
I worked in a gas station until recently, and I am so sick of everyone bitching about gas prices after driving up and filling their massive gas-guzzling SUV at 99.9 cents/L, paying $2 for a 1L bottle of water without complaint, then proceeding to demand, in their infinite wisdom, that the government must reduce how much they spend when they fill up.

We are still paying less than half of what they're paying in England for gas, so quit yer bitchin'.

If you want to pay less for gas, ride your damn bike. Drive a smaller car. Drive stick. We don't need people who don't understand what's going on deciding how to handle problems that don't exist.

///

(To clear things up: Yes, I wish gas was cheaper. I also wish the iPod Nano was cheaper. Those things are so cool.)


*I suppose you could argue that a free market has some minor restrictions, but the ones she's suggesting are hardly minor, so I stand by what I said, dammit.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Why Carol Jamieson is a Liberal

While peeking out from under the massive pile of schoolwork, job related work, and day-to-day stuff that I have to do, I would've had to be blind to miss the Carol Jamieson madness that was going on.

Granted, I'm last on the bandwagon for this one (or damn near last), but someone has to explain why this woman is a Liberal, and I don't have time to read all the blogs to see if it's already been done to an extent I'm satisfied with.

Carol Jamieson would, I'm sure, produce a long list of titles, campaigns and associations that she has run or been a part of and then ask me "How dare I accuse me of being a Liberal?" After all, I've only worked with the federal party on and off for the past few years.

(From Stephen Taylor's blog comments:

The facts are clear. I have been an organizer for various forms of the Conservative party, both federally and provincially for longer than most of you have been alive x 2. - Carol Jamieson)

We all know that what really matters is seniority, right?

Wrong, Carol.

Maybe seniority used to matter, but that system certainly hasn't gotten this party anywhere. Very soon what's going to matter is productivity and usefulness and (to pat myself on the back) I think I've packed in an awful lot of those two things in the past couple of years. I mean, we won Essex, and I think we're well on our way to winning Windsor-freaking-Tecumseh.

Jamieson alleges that Stephen Harper is the reason that Canadians are not supporting the Conservative Party of Canada.

Has she organized the campaigns in her area? Has she set up and helped run phone banks, walked polls and knocked on doors with candidates to come to this conclusion? Has she sent out literature pieces or held town halls? Unlikely.

CPC National Councillor Vitor Marciano points out that the GTA President's Council, which Jamieson proudly boasts is a powerful party group in (obviously) the GTA which she is a vice-chair for, is neither recognized by the party nor has it been active since April. (hat tip, Stephen Taylor.)

I'm guessing Carol has polling results emailed to her straight from the pollsters (as many party members do) and then fell for the media's "It's all Harper's fault!" campaign.

The candidate doesn't matter that much, in any way other than they must be willing to work hard. If Jeff Watson is good for anything, it's showing that you can really elect anyone with enough hard work. If you organize to rally hard workers behind someone and lead by example, working hard to motivate them, you can elect your candidate. (A good candidate obviously makes rallying workers easier, but it's not necessary.)

Even if Stephen Harper isn't popular with Canadians right now, it's no excuse for sitting on your hands and whining at the top of your lungs. Do some damned work.

Conservatives need to learn to accept responsibility for abysmally low support levels in their ridings if they haven't been campaigning; Jamieson is nothing but an extreme example of someone who hasn't - she would be insignificant if she hadn't managed to get herself on the news as a party organizer.

'Well that's all well and good,' you might be thinking, 'but why is Carol Jamieson a Liberal?'

Here's why:

Instead of working hard for the voter support that we deserve, Jamieson thinks that this party is entitled to power.

Instead of taking responsibility for her problems, she chooses Harper as a scapegoat and puts the blame on him.

Sounds like a Liberal to me.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

a public service announcement

To political hacks of all colours:

Capitalizing some letters that spell a word in another word (or, its less-clever cousin, capitalizing part of the word and adding letters to make a word within a word) is neither clever nor funny, and should be avoided at all costs.

Examples include:

HArper
LIEberals
multiCULTuralism

For more examples of this misguided attempt at wit and humour, visit The Shotgun and FreeDominion, many blogs, and Anonymous commenters near you.

If you are going to try to make fun of the other team, please at least use clever comparisons, sarcasm or bad puns (the unsung gems of comedy) to do so, and refrain from hitting that shift key any more than you absolutely have to.

Thank you for your consideration.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

i am amused.



This amused me, and so I am sharing it. It's so delightfully juvenile.
Enjoy!

Monday, September 12, 2005

five points

Well I'm back from Europe. Anyone who hasn't gone must go once. It's amazing.

Between being back to school and into the thick of things with family, work, etc. I haven't really thought up a real post, but I'll do this anyways:

1. What the hell is with this "HArper" stuff? I think I missed something.

2. My MP is a tool and apparently wants to picket with striking CBC workers, perhaps as an outlet to help him get over his hatred of big, evil corporations. (I enjoyed this post on the topic.)

How about we sell sell sell the CBC? You know, because state-run broadcasters are a great big waste of everyone's money, especially the CBC, who doesn't give a damn what any normal Canadian wants to watch, read or listen to.

And how about Standing Up for the corporations that actually provide the jobs instead of the unions that are driving them out of Windsor! Maybe some small business owners? Fewer subsidies? Anything?
A little less emphasis on how much we need to pick economic winners and losers, please.

While I'm ranting, Watson also voted to ban trans-fats. No need to care about freedom for consumers - Jeff knows best!

3. Does anyone know a good charity to give to for Katrina victims? I've heard rumours about the Red Cross being too bureaucratic for money to get through to the people, but that could have been a big fat lie.

4. If the government starts doing price controls on gas, I... quit, or something.

5. In Amsterdam, beer was the same price as pop and you could buy it at convenience stores. You can smoke cigarettes almost everywhere, pot is legal and being consumed around practically every corner, and there are hookers knocking on the glass at you as you go by.

Horror of horrors, of the hundreds (and hundreds) of people in the city on their bikes, I didn't see one with a helmet.

There weren't even safety rails around the canals!

Miraculously, anarchy hadn't erupted, and there weren't piles of corpses entwined with their bicycles piled on every street corner (or out of the canals).

I guess increased personal freedom isn't the destructor of society that some would have you believe.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Oh freedom, how I love you!

You can go here to see Peter Jaworski's photos from this year's LSS. Check out his blog entry on the seminar for even more fabulous tales of the weekend. And visit Stephen Taylor's blog soon to check out the podcasts of speakers from the event.
(Man that was a lot of hyperlinks.)
You should take a look to see exactly what you missed out on. Oh, the freedom! The liberty! The scenery! The drinking!

Anyhoo, I'm off to Europe for a few weeks. You probably won't hear from me unless there's some sort of terrible statism that's begging to be exposed... and I have enough time to blog.

And, for good measure (because I'm in a good mood): Yay, freedom!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Monday, August 22, 2005

Confusing the Symptoms with the Cause

A common problem these days is the confusion of the symptoms of a problem with its cause, and choosing to fight the symptoms rather than undergo the thought process necessary to determine the cause and fight that instead. This approach will get you nowhere.

Look at the proposed changes to the Ontario curriculum that Kennedy has proposed and begun implementing (math curriculum are already being changed.) Kennedy seems to think that kids are dropping out of school because they're doing poorly.
Link here if you still haven't seen the article

Kids who decide to drop out probably don't have the best grades before they leave school, but consider that kids who are dropping out of school probably don't care so much about it in the first place. If you don't care about school, odds are you're not going to study or do your assignments, so your grades probably won't be great.

Kennedy didn't make it quite far enough to understand that the real problem is that kids aren't engaged by school. There's no real way to solve this. School is fun to some people, and mind-numbing to others. Try as he might, the Minister can't control students' personalities. What he can do is ensure that the kids who stick with school will get a worthwhile and respectable education that will allow them to be competitive when applying for jobs and to post secondary institutions both within and outside of Ontario.

Consider also a seminar that Justices of the Peace had to attend a while back. One of the speakers was encouraging the Justices to grant bail to those in jail more often because studies had shown that individuals who were granted bail were less likely to end up in prison than those who weren't.

This study reveals some heartening news: Ontario's Justices of the Peace are doing a good job when deciding who should be granted bail and who should be detained. Individuals who were granted bail didn't avoid more jail time because they had been granted bail, they were simply less dangerous in the first place. The study showed good data but was interpreted poorly.

Do some digging and you'll no doubt come up with many more examples of a failure to find the root cause before attempting to solve a problem, especially where the passing of laws and formation of government policies are concerned.

Perhaps the people with the good sense to figure these things out also have the good sense to stay out of government.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Yay! / Boo!

Yay!
In an effort to not be chronically pissed off, I'm posting this article about the CBC being useless (Sell it!), because it put a smile on my face.



Boo!
Can't ignore this story, though. Scary. Very scary.

Apparently the Grits haven't figured out that part of what makes criminals and terrorists what they are is that they do things like monitor our internet and phone activity without our permission.
Oh well, I guess we already knew that they were theives. Might as well take the next step.

The good news is it will be run by the government, (aka: poorly) so our privacy is probably safe anyways.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Gerard Kennedy is an idiot.

Ontario Liberal Education Minister proposes dumbing-down of Ontario curriculum in an effort to stop high school graduates from outsmarting him out of his lunch money.

Maybe they can add a new class to the Ontario secondary school curriculum in order to help kids get by in this province once they're sporting their OSSD. We could call it "Getting Your Fair Share from Ontario's Welfare Programs"

This wouldn't be a problem if the public system had some sort of market forces operating on it.
Ontario politicians should Go here and learn something useful.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Quiet Down, Statist!

Calling Ujjal Dosanjh an idiot and a statist seems to be stating the obvious.
Saying it again would be a bit like beating a dead horse.
Of course, in Canada the horse lives because it can get health care, even if you can't.

Dosanjh demonstrates his infinite wisdom by explaining why choice is bad and makes it clear that he has no idea how two-tier health care works in order to clear things up for those of us who were under the impression that he might be competent. The man needs to shut up.

Meanwhile The Globe and Mail does its best to shatter any hope I have for the media by writing an unbelievably slanted article.

Thank any god you believe in for Steven Fletcher, who quite often leaves Dosanjh at a loss for words (never a bad thing, obviously) and wearing tire marks as he stumbles to be politically correct in the face of Fletcher's condition while Fletcher hammers the grits for their meaningless policies that deal with all things health care.



Choice in health care... now that seems like a good starting point for a few key policy points that a certain floundering federal party could use to break away from the herd and differentiate itself in the minds of voters once and for all.

Call the waiting lists of the current system what they are: the result of the rationing system of a socialist state run by a hypocritical, tired old man.

Liberty Summer Seminar

The Liberty Summer Seminar was this past weekend, and it was fantastic. Probably my favourite political/philosophical event that I've attended so far, and so affordable!

All who love liberty should make an attempt to make the trip to Orono at least once for this camp.

Stephen Taylor wrote a pretty goot summary and I don't feel I have much more to add to that.

In other news, I'm now enthused about maybe starting a Bureaucrash cell in Windsor.
Must find freedom-loving counterparts.

I'll post some pictures and links to the speeches when they're up.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Shameless Plugging

First of all, if you love liberty, freedom, and all that good stuff you should be attending The Liberty Summer Seminar in Orono this weekend. I know I will be! Just gotta pick up my bug spray this week and then I'll be ready to go.

Second, in spite of the occasional high school like drama that grips the local political scene, I'm proud to be working with Rick Fuschi, the Conservative Party candidate in Windsor-Tecumseh. He's the hardest working and most devoted candidate I've ever had the pleasure of working with. You can check out his blog here.

Third, the Free Marc Emery site is back up.

Visit away!

Tory Transit Tax Incentive.

There's praise for the new Tory policy to provide tax incentives for people who use and businesses who promote the use of public transit.

Am I the only one who's more than a little uncomfortable with this?

Now if you save up the money and do the work required to purchase a car or you choose to use your investment to drive to work you're apparently less deserving of your own money than someone who only takes the bus, whether or not they're able to afford a car. And what about people who ride their bike instead of driving or taking the bus?
Not to mention this is just more subsidizing and promotion of the TTC.

How about tax breaks across the board and some innovative health care policy?
Now that would get me excited about CPC policy.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Canadian Judgment

Well in a stunning display of the type of judgment we can continue to expect from the Canadian Government, Irwin Cottler, the Justice Minister, is considering extraditing Marc Emery (story // donate to Emery's legal fund) - or at least hasn't issued a statement saying that he won't extradite him.

On the other hand, a Toronto man who was sending weapons-grade tritium (used for making nuclear weapons) to the states will not be extradited, because, as the Justice Minister's spokesperson so eloquently puts it, "it's only a little radioactive." (link from Colbert's Comments)

Whether or not you agree with either of these decisions, you've got to admit that priorities might be a little messed up here. Selling people something they're going to use anyways (on their own bodies!) vs. the possibility of assisting in the creation of a nuclear weapon (I think I can safely say most people would not condone the use of a bomb on their body).
At least they're questioning the guy.



Free Marc Emery!
Click here for a Free Marc Emery desktop! (Courtesy of Canuck for Liberty and Bureaucrash)

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Crying While Eating

This might be old news to most people, but when this guy posted a story on Crying While Eating, I knew I had to share, if for no other reason than to lighten the mood.

Good news has been in short supply lately, newswise and in life. Blah.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

On Property Rights and Smoking Bans

At times like this, I love Lorne Gunter.

If you choose to open your business only on Sundays from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., post only Urdu signs out front and inside, and refuse to serve men, whites, heterosexuals and Christians, then I'll back you to the fullest. I won't be among your customers. I may even revel a bit as you go out of business, you anti-straight-white-male, Urdu-loving, night owl, you. But I will support your right to do as you choose.

Click here to read an article on property rights and why smoking bans shouldn't exist.

give me a break.

Ms. Parrish is furious that Canadians and their politicians have not been consulted about what she calls the new role Canadian soldiers are being asked to carry out in Afghanistan, a role that includes killing, which is not the traditional job of peacekeeping.
- Ottawa Citizen, today.
link.

I don't care whether you agree with the war or not, it's time to acknowledge that our snipers have not been in Afghanistan having tea parties for the past couple years.

Canadian snipers unofficially were credited with killing 20 Al-Qaeda members during Operation Anaconda in the Shahi Kot Valley. Two sniper teams also were recommended for the U.S. Bronze Star.
- National Defense Magazine, January 2004
link.

They're killing people. From real far away.
That's why they're snipers.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Oh Greggy.

My new favorite picture of Greg Sorbara:


Photo from a CBC Ottawa story.


He's very sneaky.

LCBO Monopoly

Buy your booze, the long weekend is almost upon us!

Oh, and also, you won't be able to do it in a few days if LCBO workers (OLBEU members) decide to strike in protest of the "privatization through stealth mode" (link) of Ontario's liquor sales.

(Heaven forbid we allow competition! Services for consumers would improve! Chaos would ensue! Chaos, I say!!!)

Hopefully they strike and then the government just sells the damn thing. The problem would solve itself, really. It's probably unlikely, though, since they are insisting that, even after commissioning a review of the LCBO, they will not sell.

However, it's a McGuinty government promise, so I guess hope remains.

Now, this is a little selfish on my part, too - the LCBO in my home town is far away from pretty much everything, and I have to drive about ten minutes in the opposite direction of anything I'd usually visit to patronize the closest LCBO.
I'd boycott them if there was somewhere else to buy liquor.

Also, I've dreamt of selling the LCBO. Really.
I'm a strange kid.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

State Run Religion? Booo!

I don't usually follow what's written on LifeSite.net, as it gives me high blood pressure. This story did the same, although I agree with them this time.

Ferguson's call for the state to so aggressively interfere with religion is, well, scary. I can hardly believe the CBC gave this guy air time... until I remember it's the CBC.

My personal favorite quote from Comrade Ferguson can be seen below:

"We could also help the general cause of religious freedom by introducing a code of moral practice for religions," he said. "They will never achieve unity so why not try for compatibility? Can't religious leaders agree to adjust doctrine so all religions can operate within the code?"

It's like the Model T of religions! You can practice any one you want, so long as it's this one.

Well damnit, Bob! How am I supposed to worship garden gnomes when you're interfering like this? Isn't one of the great things about Canada that I could worship garden gnomes if I was really intent on doing just that?

And what about beliefs? If I believe that Bob Ferguson is an idiot, are my beliefs encouraging "hate"? Am I discriminating against socialists when I say that they don't want people to be free? I just happen to think that their beliefs are not compatible with freedom for individual citizens, but hey, it might offend someone.

Maybe we should make sure that whatever people are thinking about is acceptable in the eyes of the state, too. If we can't have unity, we can at least have compatibility, right?
(Gee, that doesn't sound anything like an Orwell novel!)

The scariest part of all is that when local socialist radio celebrity Melanie Deveau decided to bring it up as a topic on her show yesterday, there was support for it. Sure, there was also opposition, but how scary is it that people heard this and thought "Yeah, that's a good idea. I hate freedom!" (Ok, maybe they didn't actually think that last part, but still.)

And now, for your daily dose of hypocrisy (for those who haven't/don't intend to read the article):

"Now what is the point of proposing this? I do it because I am worried that the separation between church and state is under threat."
- Bob Ferguson

*puke*

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Well apparently where BBC goes, CBC follows suit.

Can't say I'm surprised.



In other news, political correctness has led to the banning of Miss Universe from Nathan Phillips Square unless she doesn't appear as a beauty queen because:

"Activities which degrade men or women through sexual stereotyping, or exploit the bodies of men, women, boys or girls solely for the purpose of attracting attention, are not permitted on Nathan Phillips Square."

Monday, July 18, 2005

uh oh

Socialists across the country will be tossing and turning in their sleep after reading that Maclean's thinks thatWal-Mart is good for Canada.

Which, of course, it is.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Zing.

So Belinda Stronach is going to blow a million dollars worth of hard-earned Canadian taxpayers' bucks gallivanting around the country this fall trying to figure out why kids these days are so apathetic toward politics...

... Belinda: Get up in the morning.

Stroll into the bathroom.

Take a good, long look at yourself in the mirror.

There's the problem.


Ouch. That's gotta smart.

From the Edmonton Sun, July 14. Link above.

Individualism



Today I received my individualism stickers in the mail, and they made me happy.

Make sure everyone knows that the true source of human prosperity is individuality! Fight collectivism! It doesn't even cost you money.

Click here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Anti-Dog-Eat-Dog!

Can't think of anything especially witty to say about it, so just click on the title of this post and be amazed.

After all, if someone out-competes you, it's their fault that you're losing money.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

A Terrorist by Any Other Name...

Ok, I don't get it.

How does taking the word "terrorist" out of the coverage of, you know, terrorist attacks, solve anything?

Whether you think the attacks were provoked by the war in Iraq, general hatred of the western world or anything else, I don't think that anyone has any doubt that bombing public transit to slaughter people at random can be called anything other than a terrorist attack.

And who carries out terrorist attacks?
Oh, that's right - terrorists.

In an effort to balance out the world after the BBC's inane act:
They were terrorists. Terrorists, terrorists, terrorists.

The truth shouldn't be politically incorrect.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Comartin vs. Catholicism

So the the Joe Comartin thing is kind of annoying.

The NDP MP and long-time catholic stood up in the house and said that he supports same sex marriage and has been a marriage counselor for his church for however many years, so the church took away his right to continue to do the counseling.
Makes sense to me - I think that was quite the challenge to the church.
But uproar ensued.

Comartin is fairly well-liked - I've been assured he's a good guy. But two things are bothering me about this:

1. If Joe doesn't believe in what Catholicism is teaching, it's time to reconsider what religion he's following. If he wants a church that believes in gay marriage, the United Church would, I'm sure, be more than happy to take him.

Religions are not supposed to change to suit your beliefs - you're supposed to choose the religion that most closely matches your opinions of the world and spirituality.

2. A lot of people are concerned that the Catholic Church is trying to tell MPs how to vote on an issue. I don't see it that way - I see it as the Church contacting people in positions of influence who should hold the same views as them (since they are Catholic, too) and asking them to stand up for their beliefs.

Besides, Layton whips the NDP vote anyways - if people were worried about the Windsor-Tecumseh MP's ability to vote his conscience, they gave the wrong party 41% of the vote last time around.

Anyways, the main problem is that the government stuck its nose in religion's business, because that's what it likes to do.
Things would be simpler if statists kept their noses to themselves.

Liberty Summer Seminar

Note the banner at the top of the page for the Liberty Summer Seminar in Orono, Ontario this summer. A weekend of camping and libertarianism. You want to go, you know you do.

Cost is pretty low and includes food and a camping spot.

I know I'll be there.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

livingstone response

"I know that you personally do not fear to give your own life in exchange for taking others. That is why you are so dangerous. But I know you do fear that you will fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society. I can show you why you will fail. In the days that follow, look at our airports, look at our seaports, and look at our railway stations. And even after your cowardly attack you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world will arrive in London to become Londoners, to fulfill their dreams and achieve their potential. They choose to come to London as many have come before because they come to be free. They come to live the life they choose, they come to be themselves. They flee you, because you tell them how they should live."

-- London Mayor Ken Livingstone
Just disgusting.

I can't think of anything constructive to say about it.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Lost Liberty...

The Lost Liberty Hotel, assuming it's ever built, will definitely be a future road trip destination. (Perhaps for a visit to PorcFest?)
After all, who could turn down an extra copy of Atlas Shrugged?
Statists, that's who!

I just love this story, though. I really hope Freestar Media comes out on top for this one - that was just a scary ruling to get through the SC, and it's kind of nice to see someone get their just desserts.

Of course, at least in the States they have enshrined property rights to violate.
But that's one for another day!

squee!

I've officially received the only response so far that I've gotten to any email I've sent any Ontario PC MPP about the Smoke Free Ontario Act from Toby Barrett... a very friendly email and a commitment to follow up.

It makes me feel like hopping on the Barrett for leader bandwagon!



Background:

After learning that only six MPPs (all Ontario PCs) voted against the Smoke Free Ontario Act early last month, I emailed those members and thanked them for standing up for businesses and the freedom of Ontarians, and emailed the rest of our caucus giving them a hard time.

Liberals, unfortunately for the PCPO, get back to you much faster.

Silliness

This is just silly. If you want to support same-sex marriage, fine, but at least acknowledge that it conflicts with Roman Catholic teachings.

Angus, like many MPs who supported SSM, needs to re-think his faith - not blame the church (whose teachings on the matter are pretty clear-cut) for being "intolerant."

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

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More substantial posts coming soon to a blog near you.
(That is, this one.)