Archive for: November 2006
November 30, 2006
And away we go. Strap yourselves in, boys and girls, because this ride is promising to be bumpier than a ride on Highway 32 at 120Kmph. Yes, the big, bad Tories are making good on yet another election promise by bringing the issue of same-sex “marriage” back to the House, this time for a free vote, and the usuals are wasting no time getting themselves worked up into a lather. Gee, what are the odds? 🙄
The Conservative government under HMPM Stephen Harper has announced that they are going to fulfill their election promise to review Bill C-38 in the Commons and submit the issue to a truly free vote.
Government sources say the Conservatives will table a motion asking MPs whether the debate on gay marriage should be re-opened, which could see debate start Wednesday and could be voted on late next week.
The HypoGrits and their social engineering henchmen would have you believe that this is all a done deal and that the Tories are whipping a dead horse because there “has already been a free vote” on the issue. But Bill C-38, you may recall, was undemocratically rammed through the House in June of last year after then-PM Martin ordered all cabinet ministers to vote in favour of the bill or else lose their jobs. Joe Comuzzi, the minister responsible for Northern Ontario, resigned his post in protest so that he could vote against the bill. The final count: 158-133.
Hardly an ideological victory, especially when one considers that the entire Liberal cabinet was voting under duress. The Grits at the time, tried to spin this issue as a question of the Charter:
The “vote is about the Charter of Rights,” said Martin. “We’re a nation of minorities and in a nation of minorities you don’t cherry-pick rights.”
There’s just one little problem with that: the Charter — which was a poorly thought-out document to begin with — says absolutely nothing about gay marriage, or homosexuality, or marriage, or sexual inclination, or anything else having to do with this issue. You will find no reference whatsoever to sexual orientation anywhere in the Charter. It just plain isn’t there. The courts, however, have decided that they can “read in” things that aren’t in the Charter and that the Charter, therefore, says whatever they say it says.
Ever since then, the Charter has been wielded as a hatchet by a motley assortment of malevolent social engineering malcontents to impose upon the rest of us changes to our very way of life that could never have been passed in the House (where all who sit are periodically held accountable to those whose lives they are fiddling with). It has also been used in some truly disturbing ways, not the least of which is the erosion of religious rights, by federally funded special interest groups, under the pretense of “equality.”
As a result of all this Machiavellian manipulation and using the Charter as a sword rather than a shield, this issue has become less and less about whether or not Adam and Steve can get hitched and more and more about just who does and does not make the laws in this country: the government (chosen by, and accountable to, the people) or the courts (elected by, and accountable to, none)? When laws are made by those who owe no obedience whatsoever to the citizenry, there is a name for that kind of system; and it’s not democracy.
What kind of country do you want to live in?
November 29, 2006
If it weren’t for the fact that they’re doing it out of such sheer frustration, this would be funnier than a clown convention. Eleven men and one woman from Leader, Sasflatchewan — who have had it up to here with the provincial NDP (No Damn Pavement) government’s do-nothing approach to the appalling condition of too many roads in the Land of The Big Flat — have gone and done something a little… creative to bring attention to the problem. Just ask anyone from Leader to Swift Current and most will tell you that the worst of the worst (so bad it’s got its own website) is Highway 32. This place sounds like 90 miles of Jean Chretien speeches:
“Highway 32 from Leader to Swift Current was so bad . . . you were driving all over the road trying to avoid these potholes,” said [Gord] Stueck.
It was so difficult to travel, Stueck said, that ambulances were forced to take alternate, longer routes.
“You couldn’t transport patients that were cardiac patients or fracture patients. You just couldn’t transport a patient on that.”
And that’s just a tiny snippet of the complaints that you’ll hear. The Dippers, of course, have taken the typically arrogant Lefty approach to the whole affair:
“They’re very creative people,” [Saskatchewan Highways Minister Eldon] Lautermilch told reporters after seeing the calendar at the provincial legislature.
“But I don’t think a calendar is going to rebuild a road. I think recommendation from my department in terms of priority will probably be a fairer gauge.”
Isn’t it nice to see a government so responsive and accountable to the people that elect them? Why do I get the feeling that Flatland is heading for their own Chansaw Mike (2.0)? 😆
Yes, I did.Â Silly me thought that just because the byelection in London North Centre was a done deal, Pearson won and all that, that was going to be the last that we heard of it.Â We could get on with the rest of our lives.Â Man, but I can be naive sometimes.
It seems that the London cops have decided to open an investigation into something of a rather unsavoury incident that occurred a few days before we went to the polls:
At the request of London’s Muslim and Jewish communities, police are probing a fake flyer left at doors of several Jewish homes days before the federal London-North-Centre byelection, Chief Murray Faulkner said yesterday.
Disguised as a political endorsement of Liberal candidate Glen Pearson by the Canadian Islamic Congress, the back of the flyer had three cartoons reflecting a close link between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Israel.
The CIC has denied involvement with the flyer, which seems to suggest Muslims should support Pearson because the Harper government is pro-Israel.
Somebody, anybody, I don’t care who… give me a God damned break. We in London have better things to do with our time than sit back and watch the spectacular turd typhoon that this will no doubt kick up.
No doubt, it will be only a matter of time before the usual suspects pop up to begin the monomaniacal debate over who should be most offended; Muslims or Jews? “Hate crime” and all the other favourite buzzwords will fly fast and furious and we’ll all be gawking at our bellybuttons till our eyes pop out. 🙄
All this — and much, much more — because of what, more likely than not, was nothing more than a couple of little shit-disturbers with a dumbass sense of humour, access to daddy’s PC and printer and too damned much time on their hands…
November 28, 2006
Sometimes the elephant in the room isn’t just avoided, it’s downright verboten. Here is a perfect example of one such pachyderm: Canada’s Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable MichaÃ«lle Jean, has stood up and spoken what the self-loathing liberal crowd would never dare say out loud, let alone in public. In Accra, Ghana, during “a state dinner on the eve of her emotional pilgrimage to a seaside fortress where thousands of slaves were shipped to the Americas,” Her Excellency (funny how she seems to wear that title well sometimes, isn’t it?) rose and declared that Africa must finally own up to it’s own collusion in the slave trade.
That’s right — Africans were just as guilty of complicity in the buying and selling of human beings as whites were, although you will rarely, if ever, hear that. Her Excellency also praised the government of Ghana for their own recent Mea Culpa on the matter:
“As it looks to the future, Ghana has shown that it is willing to confront the past. … I am impressed by your government’s decision to apologize for what was done hundreds of years ago by the people of this region involved in the slave trade. … As a descendent of slaves, that touched me very much. I know that we cannot go back and solve past injustices. All we can do is learn from the lessons of the past — even the painful lessons — and use that knowledge to build a better future.”
This is a stark truth that those content with — and sometimes having a vested interest in — merely pointing the accusatory finger at, and laying all the blame on, “Whitey” have rabidly avoided for decades, burying anyone who dared point it out under an avalanche of accusations of racism, bigotry, etc, ad nauseum. One look at Her Excellency tells exactly why we won’t be hearing that this time, except from the most deranged adherents of the “blame the whites for everything” crowd, who will be quickly dismissed for the malcontents that they are. But no one but the most deluded would ever think that any white person could ever make this point so honestly without being immediately drowned in a sea of ad hominem accusations.
While I could go on at length — and may, in the near future — about how the truth is the truth, no matter who says it, I’m not going to do that now. The truth is where it needs to be and this time, it cannot be venomously dismissed amidst a flurry of slurs. It will have to be dealt with, bluntly and in an honest manner.
Many will recall that I was initially very (some would say harshly) critical of Mme Jean’s appointment as Governor General. If she continues to conduct herself in such a fashion as this, I may well be proven wrong.
And, believe it or not, I would be just fine with that. A little crow in my diet isn’t going to kill me.
Okay, everybody; things have been way to serious around here lately. Between byelections, Bishop’s operation, and all the other yadda that you can yadda, things have been downright funless. Bearing that in mind, here’s a little something that I found in my email a while back. Yes, I know that most of you (or most of you from Canada, at least) have probably seen this before but, considering recent events, I thought it would be a fitting little interludefrom the daily grind. If nothing else, at least it’s good for a yuk or two:
Day 2 – Vancouver Blizzard 2005 – Revenge of the Commuters
Chilled Vancouver commuters faced their second day of winter hell today, as an additional Â¼ centimeter of the peculiar white stuff fell, bringing the lower mainland to its knees and causing millions of dollars worth of damage to the marijuana crops.
Scientists suspect that the substance is some form of frozen water particles and experts from Saskatchewan are being flown in. With temperatures dipping to the almost but not quite near zero mark, Vancouverites were warned to double insulate their lattes before venturing out.
Vancouver police recommended that people stay inside except for emergencies, such as running out of espresso or biscotti to see them through Vancouverâ€™s most terrible storm to date. The local Canadian Tire reported that they had completely sold out of fur-lined sandals.
Drivers were cautioned to put their convertible tops up, and several have been shocked to learn that their SUVâ€™s actually have four wheel drive, although most have no idea how to use it.
Weary commuters faced soggy sushi, and the threat of frozen breast implants. Although Dr. John Blatherwick, of the Coastal Health Authority reassured everyone that most breast implants were perfectly safe to 25 below, down-filled bras are flying off the shelves at Mountain Equipment Co-op.
â€œThe government has to do something,â€ snarled an angry Trevor Warburton. â€œI didnâ€™t pay $540,000 for my one bedroom condo so I could sit around and be treated like someone from Toronto.â€
November 26, 2006
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Okay, this one is actually going to be quick. It’s getting late and I have to be up REAL early tomorrow. Between scrutineering, taking Bishop to the vet, voting myself, and too damn many other things to list here right now, I’m gonna be busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.
That said, we’re just going to go straight to the links today:
Trudeau mobbed at Liberal rally
Outcomes won’t alter political landscape
Undecided voters target of final day of campaign
Outsiders hope byelections send them to Ottawa
May aims for Greens’ first seat in byelection
Two outsiders hope to join the opposition benches after Monday’s byelections
Battle wide open in London, Ont., byelection as voting day draws near
Tory candidate raises same-sex issue in byelection