Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Traitor? No, I’m a patriotic British Columbian

Every now and then, someone will call me (and by extension at least one in five British Columbians) “traitor”.
Presumably, they are referring to our lacking a feeling of allegiance to what R. W. W. Carrall (a Canadian in BC, sort of John A. Macdonald's version of today's Mr. Christie Clark) alluded to when he told BC's Legislative Council in 1870 of his vision of British Columbia as a "solitary outlying colony" handing Canada the "keys of the Pacific",
becoming an "integral part" of the "great and glorious Empire" Canada would become.1

That’s exactly how its been, a “colony” getting screwed by an “Empire”; and that’s not acceptable, that’s not what BC (reluctantly) signed on for.

Try reading the record of proceedings of BC's Legislative Assembly during the confounderation debates. You will notice the point of the deliberations: whether the move would be to the “pecuniary benefit” of BC; you’ll also notice members referring to British Columbia as their "country", "the country" and "our country*".
For example:
“The only bond of union outside of force- and force the Dominion has not-will be the material advantage of the country* and pecuniary benefit of the inhabitants. Love for Canada has to be acquired by the prosperity of the country*, and from our children.2 (emphasis added)

Canada has operated under the apparent assumption that, for example, removing BC’s shipbuilding industry to Quebec (as they previously did with that of the Maritimes) or “managing” our salmon stocks to the edge of extinction for us, would somehow be to our “pecuniary benefit” or engender “love for Canada”.
And some people wonder why we call it “canerduh”. The only surprise is that this current arrangement has lasted since 1871.

So there it is, I’m a patriotic British Columbian, one of many who seek an end to our country’s exploitation by the Empire of the Canadians. Referendum under the Clarity Act and all that.
Name calling from imperialists just comes with the territory.

1 British Columbia Legislative Council, Debate on the Subject of Confederation with Canada Government Gazette Extraordinary of March 1870, Victoria.

2British Columbia, Legislative Council, Debates on Confederation with Canada, pg.11, 1870
Its interesting to note that, while there was no referendum held prior, the confederationists were tossed out to a man at the next election.
One of them, Helmcken noted his "disappointment" at the lack of public interest when the confederation delegation to Ottawa he was part of returned to Victoria;
"No notice was taken of the delegates- no vote of thanks even given them- positively nothing. It is true some half a dozen bankers and so forth gave Trutch a dinner, but neither Carral nor I were invited."
Helmcken, Reminiscences, Vol. V, p103

Friday, December 12, 2008

Alberta Independence Gets A Boost

These happy Albertans are heading out of confounderation asap.

Here we go ... :-)
I can't say I'm a big fan of this "BC hooking up with Alberta and Saskatchewan" idea, but certainly those two telling Oddawha to go screw would help enormously here in BC, so I have to send hearty best wishes to the newly founded Western Business and Taxpayers Association.

" the primary reason for creating the WBTA is to have an organization that will act as a support structure for all those with our goals. Below you will find our 6 point plan:

1. Create separatist network that will strengthen the businesses of separatists and help them prosper so they can in turn donate to groups like the Separation Party of Alberta and / or any other party that may come along in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
2. We will also implement other strategies that will dramatically affect other parties.
3. We will fund any and all who share our vision of a new nation.
4. Develop a White Paper On Separation.
5. Convince the governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia to withdraw from the federal transfer program, start collecting their own taxes and have a referendum on leaving confederation in compliance with the Clarity Act.
6. Provide training in Campaign Management, Candidate Development, Fundraising, Media Training and more for those that want to organize for elected office or to promote the separation agenda across Western Canada or in their provinces specifically. "

I must say they should have worked something in the way of Separation, Separatist, or better yet, Independence into the name, good to get it right out front, plus it Googles better. However, I shouldn't quibble.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Yes, This Is About Islam

November 2, 2001

LONDON -- "This isn't about Islam." The world's leaders have been repeating this mantra for weeks, partly in the virtuous hope of deterring reprisal attacks on innocent Muslims living in the West, partly because if the United States is to maintain its coalition against terror it can't afford to suggest that Islam and terrorism are in any way related.
The trouble with this necessary disclaimer is that it isn't true. If this isn't about Islam, why the worldwide Muslim demonstrations in support of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda? Why did those 10,000 men armed with swords and axes mass on the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier, answering some mullah's call to jihad? Why are the war's first British casualties three Muslim men who died fighting on the Taliban side?
Why the routine anti-Semitism of the much-repeated Islamic slander that "the Jews" arranged the hits on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, with the oddly self-deprecating explanation offered by the Taliban leadership, among others, that Muslims could not have the technological know-how or organizational sophistication to pull off such a feat? Why does Imran Khan, the Pakistani ex-sports star turned politician, demand to be shown the evidence of Al Qaeda's guilt while apparently turning a deaf ear to the self-incriminating statements of Al Qaeda's own spokesmen (there will be a rain of aircraft from the skies, Muslims in the West are warned not to live or work in tall buildings)? Why all the talk about American military infidels desecrating the sacred soil of Saudi Arabia if some sort of definition of what is sacred is not at the heart of the present discontents?
Of course this is "about Islam." The question is, what exactly does that mean? After all, most religious belief isn't very theological. Most Muslims are not profound Koranic analysts. For a vast number of "believing" Muslim men, "Islam" stands, in a jumbled, half-examined way, not only for the fear of God — the fear more than the love, one suspects — but also for a cluster of customs, opinions and prejudices that include their dietary practices; the sequestration or near-sequestration of "their" women; the sermons delivered by their mullahs of choice; a loathing of modern society in general, riddled as it is with music, godlessness and sex; and a more particularized loathing (and fear) of the prospect that their own immediate surroundings could be taken over — "Westoxicated" — by the liberal Western-style way of life.
Highly motivated organizations of Muslim men (oh, for the voices of Muslim women to be heard!) have been engaged over the last 30 years or so in growing radical political movements out of this mulch of "belief." These Islamists — we must get used to this word, "Islamists," meaning those who are engaged upon such political projects, and learn to distinguish it from the more general and politically neutral "Muslim" — include the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the blood-soaked combatants of the Islamic Salvation Front and Armed Islamic Group in Algeria, the Shiite revolutionaries of Iran, and the Taliban. Poverty is their great helper, and the fruit of their efforts is paranoia. This paranoid Islam, which blames outsiders, "infidels," for all the ills of Muslim societies, and whose proposed remedy is the closing of those societies to the rival project of modernity, is presently the fastest growing version of Islam in the world.
This is not wholly to go along with Samuel Huntington's thesis about the clash of civilizations, for the simple reason that the Islamists' project is turned not only against the West and "the Jews," but also against their fellow Islamists. Whatever the public rhetoric, there's little love lost between the Taliban and Iranian regimes. Dissensions between Muslim nations run at least as deep, if not deeper, than those nations' resentment of the West. Nevertheless, it would be absurd to deny that this self-exculpatory, paranoiac Islam is an ideology with widespread appeal.
Twenty years ago, when I was writing a novel about power struggles in a fictionalized Pakistan, it was already de rigueur in the Muslim world to blame all its troubles on the West and, in particular, the United States. Then as now, some of these criticisms were well-founded; no room here to rehearse the geopolitics of the cold war and America's frequently damaging foreign policy "tilts," to use the Kissinger term, toward (or away from) this or that temporarily useful (or disapproved-of) nation-state, or America's role in the installation and deposition of sundry unsavory leaders and regimes. But I wanted then to ask a question that is no less important now: Suppose we say that the ills of our societies are not primarily America's fault, that we are to blame for our own failings? How would we understand them then? Might we not, by accepting our own responsibility for our problems, begin to learn to solve them for ourselves?
Many Muslims, as well as secularist analysts with roots in the Muslim world, are beginning to ask such questions now. In recent weeks Muslim voices have everywhere been raised against the obscurantist hijacking of their religion. Yesterday's hotheads (among them Yusuf Islam, a k a Cat Stevens) are improbably repackaging themselves as today's pussycats.
An Iraqi writer quotes an earlier Iraqi satirist: "The disease that is in us, is from us." A British Muslim writes, "Islam has become its own enemy." A Lebanese friend, returning from Beirut, tells me that in the aftermath of the attacks on Sept. 11, public criticism of Islamism has become much more outspoken. Many commentators have spoken of the need for a Reformation in the Muslim world.
I'm reminded of the way noncommunist socialists used to distance themselves from the tyrannical socialism of the Soviets; nevertheless, the first stirrings of this counterproject are of great significance. If Islam is to be reconciled with modernity, these voices must be encouraged until they swell into a roar. Many of them speak of another Islam, their personal, private faith.
The restoration of religion to the sphere of the personal, its depoliticization, is the nettle that all Muslim societies must grasp in order to become modern. The only aspect of modernity interesting to the terrorists is technology, which they see as a weapon that can be turned on its makers. If terrorism is to be defeated, the world of Islam must take on board the secularist-humanist principles on which the modern is based, and without which Muslim countries' freedom will remain a distant dream.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

They Can't Speak For Themselves

Our wild Pacific salmon don't have the Premier's ear.

During the 2001 election, the BC Liberals pledged to:

"Push Ottawa for provincial control over BC offshore fisheries, to improve fisheries, to improve fisheries management and protect jobs."
A New Era for British Columbia pg.3

Well, they've had most of two terms and we're still waiting for them to report on what progress has been made. Burnaby Liberal MPPs are maintaining silence.
Ottawa's mismanagement of BC's fish stocks has been disastrous, eliminating the involvement of DFO's Sparks Street mandarins would be a crucial step in saving our wild Pacific salmon from going the way of cod in the Northwest Atlantic.
Allow me to urge you, treasured reader, to email Gordie Campbell, Carole the Nice and your local members (for all the pull they have) and push for this push. With an election coming in the spring, they may just decide to listen.


Monday, December 8, 2008

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Johnny Rivers - Slow Dancin'

On the Midnight Special. Those were the days.

An Affront To Democracy?

One of the more amusing aspects of the current uproar out in Imperial HQ Oddawha is the oft-repeated charge that a coalition of Stephi, Lefty and Gills would be a "disgrace to Canadian democracy", an affront to "141 years of democracy" and so forth.

What some people have failed to grasp is this:
Such a coalition is perfectly legal under the constitution du canerduh. That it would be a highly undemocratic way of deciding who will run the show simply underlines the basic fact:
Canada is no more a proper democracy than it is a proper federated state, its an illusion of both, but it is neither.

Having Mrs Windsor's stand in pick who's going to fill the office of all powerful dictator, known by the quaint term "prime minister" is most appropriate for a system devised by people who were scared fartless of democracy, or "mob rule" as they termed it. The fathers of confounderation would approve entirely, to be sure. No mob rule going on here, no siree. This is even better than the undemocratic way the undemocratic dictator is usually selected.

Now, in fairness, I must admit that many people's union shop education coupled with endless hours of CSI Altoona, Are You Smarter Than Your Dog? and so forth have left them ill equipped to realize that if trudging to the polls every now and then were all there is to democracy, Zimbabwe would qualify, but more really should have obtained a better grip on reality by now. I suppose one should never underestimate the power of brainwashing.
Oh well, better late than never.
That sound you hear is shattering illusions.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Allman Brothers Band - "Jessica" Live - 1982


Let not the unbelievers think that they will ever get away. They have not the power so to do. Muster against them all the men and cavalry at your command, so that you may strike terror into the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides them who are unknown to you but known to Allah. Q 8:59

Friday, November 28, 2008

UN Falls to Stealth Jihad

Insults to Islam are more grievous than bloodshed. Q 2:192

The Organization of Islamic Conference, the geopolitical face of the stealth jihad, has finally succeeded in taking control of the United Nations. This past week, the "august body" passed a resolution called "Combating Defamation of Religions", which is touted as being aimed at preventing religious violence (as if signatories lack criminal codes), but is really aimed at enshrining laws against "blasphemy", in other words, criticizing (telling the truth about) Islam.

" "It provides international cover for domestic anti-blasphemy laws, and there are a number of people who are in prison today because they have been accused of committing blasphemy," said Bennett Graham, international program director with the Becket Fund, a think tank aimed at promoting religious liberty.
"Those arrests are made legitimate by the UN body's (effective) stamp of approval." "

Readers of this blog may recall the case of Seyyed Parwiz Kambakhsh, who is rotting in an Afghan prison for downloading and distributing an article on women's rights from the Internet, which in Pres Hamid Karzai's fair land is "blasphemy".


Now, the UN has moved to back up Islamic regimes in this trampling of human rights.

Here's the kicker: "Passage of the resolution is part of a 10-year action plan the 57-state Organization of Islamic Conference launched in 2005 to ensure "renaissance" of the "Muslim Ummah" or community."

Some "renaissance".

Monday, November 24, 2008

Heavens to Murgatroyd

Derek Corrigan celebrates three more years of getting his picture taken. A measly 33,000 of 200,000 eligible voters bothered to turn up.

Okay so it's been a few days. I do my very best to avoid subjecting readers to torrents of obscenities, profanities and all manner of cursing and swearing. So it took me a few days.
I knew full well that Dolittle Corrigan would get back in, but a clean sweep for the NDP, I mean BCA? Now I know for sure that denizens of The People's Happy Democratic Republic of Burnaby like crime, like litter and graffiti, like dealers and hookers, grow ops, drug labs and a bunch of puffery from City Hall, while the new top cop spouts BS crime stats instead of pushing for desperately needed reinforcments.
How long, Lord, how long?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Afghan War Progress Update

NATO troops on patrol in Kandahar City

While we're daily fed the line that the war in Afdumpistan is not only winnable (i.e. we can save the Afghans from themselves) but its all going most splendidly indeed.

Afghan schoolgirls sprayed with acid

Three Afghan schoolgirls suffered serious burns when attackers sprayed acid in their faces as they walked to school.

By Ben Farmer in Kabul
Last Updated: 12:30AM GMT 13 Nov 2008

Two men riding a motorcycle attacked a group of 15 girls with an acid-filled water pistol in the southern city of Kandahar, leaving six needing hospital treatment, three of them for serious injuries.

A government official said the attackers ripped off the girls' headscarves before the attack and another report said those wearing the full-length burqa to cover themselves had been left untouched.

It is not known who carried out the attack but girls were banned from going to school under the Taliban regime between 1996 and 2001. ..."

Uh huh. And nowadays they're just sprayed with acid for ...
Please to note that this did not take place in some tribal run backwater, no, this was in downtown Kandahar for crying out loud. If they don't get it there, where the hell do they and what does that say?

The next big act in this unceasing tragedy is going to be when newly-minted Pres Barry Obamessiah removeth his warriors from Sumer, from Nineveh and the Land of Ur, oops, I mean Iraq, (I am getting on) and sendeth them into the unholy mess that is Afdumpistan, which is not, repeat not going to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century no matter how much kuffar blood is spilt there.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Attention ... All personnel ... Incoming Wounded ...

Oh, hello, Hawkeye, hello, Trapper, sure, I'll have one, I shouldn't, but what's the difference now, huh? ...

What? That wasn't M*A*S*H* I somehow dropped into?
No no, just a visit to RCH emerg. Heavens to Murgatroyd, patients everywhere, I mean in stretchers, beds, chairs, sick and injured everywhere, and one doctor and a couple of nurses trying to be everywhere and help everyone.
Endless money for the Olympic boondoggle, but an extra doc or a couple more nurses in the ERs?
Not a priority like pumping up the real estate profits of Poole et al.
Or do you still doubt that's what its all about?

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Ignorance of the Law Now a Defence?

Richard Chang, BCA candidate for Burnaby council
may or may not understand how elections work in BC

This despite having lived in Burnaby for 15 years, being a "TV host for Fairchild TV and movie director and producer" according to his bio, and a member of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission.
Yet, there was a group of Chang's supporters apparently canvassing voters at an advance poll. Chang himself had to be asked to leave after he'd voted.

"Ann Lorentsen, the city's deputy chief elections officer, said staff had to ask Chang to leave the centre after he voted Saturday morning.
"He didn't seem to understand that he couldn't hang around in the voting area," Lorentsen said. "He left, but some of his supporters stayed behind." Lorentsen said she saw one of Chang's supporters speaking to voters as they entered the lobby of Shadbolt Centre. "I have no idea what she told them because they weren't speaking English," Lorentsen said. ...

Later, elections staff saw Chang and his supporters speaking to voters in the parking lot of Shadbolt Centre, Lorentsen said. The lot is within 100 metres of the voting area, she said.

"They were talking to people and escorting people in to vote," Lorentsen said, adding it was 2 p.m. before elections staff got Chang and his supporters to leave the parking lot. ..."

Chang maintains he both knows the rules and did not break them.
Uh huh.
B.C.'s Local Government Act covers municipal elections. It states that a person cannot "canvass or solicit votes or otherwise attempt to influence how an elector votes" within 100 metres of a voting place on election day or during an advanced vote.

It also says, "other than for the purpose of voting, a candidate must not be present at a voting place or special voting opportunity while voting proceedings are being conducted."

Seems pretty cut and dried. Yet, there were Chang and his people.

Lee Rankin of Team Burnaby is calling for a police investigation and I agree. Rankin says he's outraged and I agree, I am too.

The Act provides for up to a year in the Skookum House (that's prison, Mr Chang) a fine up to $5k, and how about a six month ban on one holding an elected office at the muni level.

However, city staff have taken it on themselves to not pursue the matter "because Saturday was the first day of voting and because Chang seemed to misunderstand the rules." according to Lorentsen.
One can't help wondering how often and how far these people empower themselves to exceed their authority.

BCA Mayor Dolittle Corrigan of course figures his guy has suffered enuff. "I think he was chastised quite appropriately by elections staff,".

Well, Mr Mayor, the Act does not empower staff to settle this with a scolding, it clearly calls for a police investigation immediately.


Friday, November 7, 2008

Calling BS on Crime Stats

You're an intelligent person (most of you, the rest, I get your emails too). You wonder why it is that what yourself and those you know experience and observe of the incidence of crime just doesn't seem to jibe with the constant refrain from governments and the press releases are stories; just rip and run (cut and paste) MSM: crime is always down, and besides, canerduh is the safest place on Earth; why, just imagine if you lived in that hell hole to the south etc...

Perhaps you've been to yon hell hole (its just south of White Rock) and found you didn't spend all your time dodging bullets. I know I have.
Have another look at the graph up there.

"Over the past few decades, the advent of victim surveys has facilitated a broader understanding of the crime problem as well as a better assessment of its burden on citizens at the international level. While in the past only police and criminal justice data were used to measure crime, it is now widely acknowledged that such information alone is not sufficient and should be integrated with victim surveys results. Surveys of victims of crime are a more comparable tool to assess risks across countries and world regions. The International Crime Victim Survey (ICVS) represents the major research project in this respect, with more than 150 surveys done in over 80 different countries since 1989. ..."

What that means is no politicians spinning smoke and mirrors, never mind the plea bargains (take a hatchet to half the neighborhood and get it down to "careless use of a horticultural implement") and all that case thrown out on a technicality stuff.

If you've had this vague feeling you've been getting (how to put this politely?) bullshitted about the effectiveness of canerduh's joke of a criminal justice system, there's something to consider.
While you're at it, have a look at this :

"Selected contact crimes - robbery, sexual assault and robbery with force." Nasty, nasty, scary stuff, huh?

Canerduh just doesn't seem to measure up on the old personal safety meter, does it?

There's plenty more where this came from and your correspondent, at least, is digging in, you're invited. And you're also invited to consider throwing all this at some pol the next time the orthodox crime catechism begins.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Hope for the Change of the Hope of the Change

Huge roar of approval when Obamessiah's victory is announced at the Canucks game. Polls showing over 80% of canerdians rooting for the Saviour Barry O.
All this for a guy who has promised to put the boots to canerduh's economy on America's behalf?
If you ever wondered about how much there may be to that whole 'dumbing down' phenomenon, there you go.
Because if Obamessiah has his way, a lot of these fools will indeed be begging for change.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Journalistic Integrity in 2008

Hahahahahahahaha .......!!!!!!!!!! I couldn't resist

Halloween? Humbug!

Firefighters attending Halloween 2007 festivities in a typical North Burnaby park.

Ah, Halloween. Arson, vandalism, hooligans running wild all night secure in the knowledge that what few cops there are in Burnaby couldn't possibly get around to spoiling the fun.
What will be the final tally of all the damage done?
How many tons of fireworks debris will litter the land this year?
How are your nerves with the periodic explosions?
Halloween has surely done enough harm by now to raise the question: Why do we do this? Why put up with all this every year?
"Oh, but David", you say (I hear you, don't doubt it) "you old grouch, you forget what this wonderful festival is all about: little children taking candy from strangers.
Yeah, well, you've got me there.

BC Independence Site Back Up

The technical difficulties that have had the site doing strange things have been taken care of (I hope. *sigh* Ya just gotta luv those technical difficulties doncha?)
Sorry for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Down Goes Griffiths! Down Goes Griffiths! ...

Little Arthur's latest loss is electoral, not business, just for a change.

While not a surprise, as a sitting government hasn't won a byelection in BC since forever, its nonetheless good to see anyone associated with the 2010 Olympic boondoggle take one in the tenders.
In this case, Gordie Campbell's sacrificial lamb in Vancouver-Burrard was none other than Arthur Griffiths, who was of course, Chairman of the Vancouver/Whistler 2010 Bid Corporation. Kudos to the voters of Van-Burr.
Little Arthur is saying (currently) that he'll have another go at one of those pensions, I mean, the privilege of being one of the people's elected representatives in Victoria, but I suspect that, in the end, he'll just have to settle for his share of the Olympic Whistler real estate loot.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Religion of Peace - Liverpool Division

You who believe, intoxicants and gambling, idolatrous practices, and divining arrows are repugnant acts—Satan’s doing: shun them so that you may prosper. Q5:90

Some misguided sorts are allegedly not content to simply "shun" "intoxicants" (in this case: hooch) themselves but take things to the point of murder when others don't.
If only they would follow the example of prophet Mo, who as we all know was gentle and peace-loving to a fault (I suspect he was a huge influence on Gandhi) and never ever would use violence to spread his beliefs.

"Somali youth was killed 'in row over alcohol and Islam'

Angela Balakrishnan and agencies
Tuesday October 28 2008 16.31 GMT

A gang of five men beat a Somali teenager to death because of a row over Muslims drinking alcohol, a court heard today.

Ahmed Mohammed Ibrahim, 17, was repeatedly hit across the head with a samurai sword, baseball bat, machete and metal pole after being chased in Sefton Park, Liverpool, in March this year.

The teenager became embroiled in the fight after accompanying his cousin, Ahmed Mahamoud Ahmed, 16, to a "straightener" – a one-on-one fight – with the alleged killer Ali Mohammed, 19.

Liverpool crown court heard how Mohammed is believed to have accused Ahmed of breaking Muslim rules by drinking alcohol and held him down while a friend hit his head with a bat. ..."

This does of course, raise the question of why didn't they just haul the late Ahmed to one of the UK's shiny new Sharia courts and have him stoned to death or whatever?
Maybe they don't pay attention to current events, what with trying to live in the 7th century and all ... that would be ironic, no?

Friday, October 24, 2008

Grasping At Straws

Some people insist on believing Barack Hussein Obama isn't 100% Made In the USA

Newsmax, who, it would seem fair to say, are really quite right wing, have been really running hard with the whole Does Barry O qualify to run for Pres? routine.
The latest development has them in a total tizzy, as apparently, despite the passing of a '30 day deadline' to do so, Obamessiah's lawyers have not yet produced the "original birth certificate" at the heart of a suit launched by former Pennsylvania Deputy Attorney General Philip J. Berg — a self-avowed supporter of Hillary Clinton,.

The suit alleges that "Barack Obama was born in Kenya and is thus “ineligible” to run for president of the United States" and demands that Obama’s lawyers produce a copy of his original birth certificate to prove that he is a natural-born U.S. citizen.

Well down in the Newsmax story it is (oh so briefly) mentioned that this sort of deadline is routinely, in Shakespeare's (unattributed) phrase, "more honoured in the breach than the observance", by lawyers, yet this whole bit of nothing was nonetheless Newsmax's "Headline Story" (cue: flourish of strumpets, er, trumpets).
Pretty pathetic, guys.

The Clash - Magnificent Seven - Live

The Tom Synder Show 1981

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Obama Snags Coveted Tehran Endorsement

I'madinnerjacket wants you to know he likes Barry O for Pres.

"Tehran wants Barack Obama in the White House, rules out war

DEBKAfile Special Report

October 23, 2008, 11:19 AM (GMT+02:00)

During a visit to Bahrain, Iran’s parliament speaker Ali Larijani said Wednesday, Oct. 22, that Tehran would prefer Democratic senator Barack Obama in the White House next year. He also ruled out any US attack on his country. “The risk was low before, but now I am 100 percent certain that the United States will not unleash a war against Iran,” he said at a new conference in Manama.

“We lean more in favor of Obama,”, “because he is more flexible and rational, even through we know American policy will not change that much.”

DEBKAfile’s Iranian sources note that Larijani is one of the most powerful voices in Tehran’s conservative camp and a close confidant of supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He would not have spoken out in favor of Obama without top-level sanction.

The location Larijani chose for his statement is significant: Bahrain is one of America’s greatest friends in the Gulf region, host to the US 5th Fleet headquarters. Tehran was laying claim to a foothold in the Gulf region.

The argument he advanced against a US attack was arithmetical: “The economic crisis has cost America 1,400 billion dollars and Washington is working to resolve its internal problems and not a war.”


I predict Chris Matthews will lead with this tomorrow and he'll be getting that special Obamessiah feeling up his legs again.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Afghan Democracy Update

Seyyed Parwiz Kambakhsh gets 20 years for "blasphemy".

We're told NATO troops continue to fight and die propping up what little government Afdumpistan has in order to allow the Afghans to put together ... to put together exactly what?
Seyyed Parwiz Kambakhsh was originally sentenced to death for downloading and distributing an article on women's rights from the Internet, which in Pres Hamid Karzai's fair land qualifies as something called "blasphemy".
The death sentence came from a provincial court but the more enlightened appeals court in the Big Smoke and Bright Lights of Kabul ran it down to a mere 20 years in prison. Watch for the usual riots in the streets back in Balkh of course, where it seems they take keeping women barefoot, pregnant and veiled more seriously.

If you'd feel better signing a petition (good luck getting him sprung, but) there's one here:

All together now:
And its 1.. 2.. 3.. what are we fightin' for?
Don't ask me I don't give a damn.
The next stop's Afdumpistan ...

The Rolling Stones - Wild Horses

Friday, October 17, 2008


If you're one of those who've been plagued lately by calls from 1-800-835-8412 you're not alone. There's even a forum devoted to this pesty automated caller boiler room outfit.
Your correspondent has done the digging and here's your tormentor:

Xentel call themselves "North America's leader in profile enhancement for community-based organizations." That's as may be, but they sure didn't enhance their profile or that of anyone they might represent to me, and I can tell you they didn't seem too thrilled about hearing from your corrrespondent.
I managed (eventually) to get through to Xentel's HQ in Calgary. You can get through to them too at:

And their website is here:

You're welcome. All part of the service.

Barry O Landslide Update

John McCain's impending fate displayed graphically.

Larry J. Sabato details for Rasmussen Reports how JM's position in the Electoral College, no scream in hell last week, has continued to deteriorate this week.

"Obama has 190 Solid, 49 Likely, and 66 Leaning electoral votes, for a total of 305, or 35 more than needed for election.

McCain has 122 Solid, 30 Likely, and 22 Leaning electoral votes, for a total of 174."


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Saving the Afghans From Themselves Update

In provinces just south of Kabul, the Taliban have a shadow government that polices roads and runs courts and schools.

The Christian Science Monitor's intrepid Anand Gopal reports on the Taliban's popularity in Afdumpistan.

"Some Afghans live under Taliban rule – and prefer it

Porak, Afghanistan -
After a gang of thieves had continually terrorized an Afghan neighborhood near here months ago, locals decided they'd had enough. "We complained several times to the government and even showed them where the thieves lived," says Ahmad, who goes by one name.

But the bandits continued to operate freely. So the villagers turned to the Taliban. The militants' parallel government here in Logar Province – less than 40 miles from Kabul, the capital – tried and convicted the men, tarred their faces, paraded them around, and threatened to chop off their hands if they were caught stealing in the future. The thieves never bothered the locals again.

In several provinces close to Kabul, the government's presence is vanishing or already nonexistent, residents say. In its place, a more effective – and brutal – Taliban shadow government is spreading and winning local support.

"The police are just for show," one local says. "The Taliban are the real power here." ...

Villagers say that almost every household in Logar Province has Taliban fighters. ...

As nightfall approaches, Taliban fighters slowly emerge from the houses and surrounding hillsides, some lugging rocket-propelled grenade launchers over their shoulders, ready to begin a night's work. The guerrillas set up checkpoints along Logar Province's central highway, stopping trucks and taxis to check IDs. ...

The Taliban now have a strong presence in all seven of Logar's districts, including outright control of four of them, locals say. "In these districts the Taliban patrol openly in the daytime and there is no government presence at all," ...

In areas under their control, the Taliban has set up their own government, complete with police chiefs, judges, and even education committees.

An Islamic scholar heads the judicial committee of each district under Taliban control and usually appoints two judges to try cases using a strict interpretation of sharia law, according to locals and Taliban members. "We prefer these courts to the government courts," says Fazel Wali of Ghazni city, an NGO worker. ...

Abdul Hakim, a Taliban "Emir of Education and Culture" in Ghazni Province, says his group checks all schoolbooks to ensure that they adhere to their version of sharia law. "We want to ensure that our youth are trained in Islamic education," he explains. "First, they should learn sharia law and religious studies. Then comes science and other subjects.... But we don't burn or close down schools if they are in accord with Islam." ...

However, locals say that the number of schools in Taliban-controlled territory is dwindling fast. Of the 1,100 schools operating three years ago in Ghazni, only 100 are left, according to the Ministry of Education. Almost no girls' schools remain, except nearly a dozen in the government-controlled provincial center.

The group also brings its austere interpretation of Islam to the areas they control, banning nonreligious music and flashy wedding parties. In Logar, guards at Taliban checkpoints regularly stop vehicles and beat drivers playing music. ..."

So, again I ask, all these NATO troops have lost their lives, all these families are suffering for what?


Should Some People Not Vote?

20/20 feature makes a strong case for some people staying home on election day.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Dion Shows His Class

Can you imagine the reaction in the MSM if nasty, wicked Harpo had behaved like this?
I get a kick out of Lloyd and Roger agreeing this isn't like Stephi. Hey guys, remember that thing about adversity revealing character?
Easy to take the high road when one figures one's going to win. When reality bites?
Not so much it seems.

McCain's Last Stand

As Mr Fries noted in tonight's debate, a long line of McCains have served the US in war and peace. However if they're going to get a President in there amongst the family portraits the deed will be done by a future generation.
If anyone wondered if JM could have done any worse than he did in the previous bouts, the question was answered tonight: Yes he could.
In hockey terms the guy was squeezing his stick so hard sawdust was blowing out the end.
It got to the point were he was misspeaking so badly with it, he was blurting out all sorts of interesting malapropisms like his vow to make "health care avoidable, er affordable" ... Too late big guy, they heard the first version.
I had expected Barry O to rope a dope a lot more than he did. He actually took it to McCain though, something I got the feeling wasn't particularly anticipated in the Repugnican corner either.
Barry O landslide on the way.

Spawners Returning to Stoney Creek

For forty years, thanks to the Brunette River's status as an industrial sewer, the salmon runs in the River and its tributaries died out. Now the fish are back, thanks to a terrific, determined community effort and many dedicated volunteers. Special mentions to Sapperton Fish and Game Club and Stoney Creek Environment Committee. Sometimes there's some good news in the enviro file.



Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Behold Thy Future King, Canerduh

Not right away of course, oh no. Harpo for a bit longer til Ontario decides they've seen enuff, thanks, then they'll want this guy:

Not Stephi Dion, he's a dead man walking, forget him, I mean the guy looking knives at him.
Then, watch for Trudeaumania II.
You read it here first.

Monday, October 13, 2008

And Its 1 .. 2.. 3.. What Are We Fightin' For?

Afghan "President" Hamid Karzai is trying to make a deal with the Taliban through his brother Qayoun [right]

The next step in saving the Afghans from themselves apparently takes the form of trying to work out a deal with the Taliban. So all these NATO troops have died to accomplish exactly what? Decreasing the representation of the Taliban in the "government" (joke that it is) of Afdumpistan?

"Afghan president offers Taliban a role in governing country

President Hamid Karzai has offered Taliban leaders the possibility of positions in his government if they agree to a peace deal which could bring fighting to an end.

By Nick Meo in Kabul
Last Updated: 7:03PM BST 11 Oct 2008

The offer was made through his brother Qayoun at a secret meeting in Saudi Arabia of which Britain was aware.

Britain has been encouraging the Kabul government to talk to its Taliban enemies for more than two years and the Americans are thought to be coming round to the idea of a deal which would end the costly war in Afghanistan.

But The Sunday Telegraph has learned that the allies would insist that the Taliban would have to split with al-Qaeda and provide information on international terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan as the price of a deal. ..."

Yeah, lottsa luck with that.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Republicans Know Its Over

Ed Rollins confirms your correspondent's analysis.

You know, watching McCain fumbling meekly along (to say nothing of the Palin geek show) I can't help wondering if the GOP backroom didn't figure from the start they couldn't win and put up a couple of sacrificial lambs. Why waste a candidate who might have a shot at it next time? Many have said that McCain is too old to be running this election, never mind in '12, so he fits the bill there. And Johnny's a good soldier, he'll fall on the grenade, right?
As for Palin, just think "Kim Campbell" and it starts to make sense.
Just wonderin'

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Zoom Zoom Indeed

Every year, more than three hundred British Columbians lose their lives in motor vehicles.

If that sort of death toll were due to a war, you know there would be daily demonstrations (at least) in the streets. There would be outrage, an outcry, politicians burned in effigy, all of it.
When it comes to our "love affair with the car" however, well, everyone had something else to do, couldn't make it to that demo, call me for the next time. Its just something that's accepted.

I recall some years back now helping one of my grandkids with her history homework, when she remarked on how 'dumb, cruel and barbaric' people were in the past to practice human sacrifice. While not disagreeing, I pointed out the yearly horrific sacrifices offered up to the "Cult of the Car" and wondered if she figured we'd come all that far.
I'm still waiting for an answer.

Meanwhile, robots scurry around on Mars but manufacturers apparently can't come up with technology that'll keep people from crashing cars. They can make 'em go faster, but not hitting stuff? No.
Perhaps the key, as it is so often, is to put in the effort.
Instead, its all about ZOOM ZOOM.
And look where that gets you.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Fannie and Freddie - Let the Blame Game Begin

Republican supporters make their case for Democrats being to blame for Fannie and Freddie mess and tying it all to Barry Obama.

The True Olympic Ideal

More money more more money

If you happen to be one of those simple souls who really buy into the Olympic sales pitch (most of you are too intelligent, but there are apparently some), you want to check out Ed Willes' column in the October 6, 2008, Vancouver Province:

"As bad as VANOC looks in the Right To Play story which broke last week, there are further details which make it look even worse. If that’s possible. For the uninformed, VANOC and Right To Play — a humanitarian organization which promotes play and sports for kids in underdeveloped countries — severed associations because of a sponsorship conflict.

Right To Play has a three-year deal with Mitsubishi worth about $1.5 million Cdn. General Motors signed up with VANOC to the tune of $67 million and, in the eyes of both VANOC and GM, Right To Play’s presence in the Athletes Village, where they’ve been a fixture in past Olympics, represents a rights infringement.

OK, if you’ve observed the International Olympic Committee for more than five minutes, you’re aware this kind of pettiness isn’t exactly unprecedented.

But that’s only part of the story. When they started negotiations with Right To Play, VANOC told RTP they’d have to drop their deal with Mitsubishi as a precondition to a partnership for 2010.

RTP then went to Mitsubishi and asked if they could be released from the final two years of their contract.

Mitsubishi agreed but, according to Right To Play, VANOC started making more demands. RTP sponsorships couldn’t conflict with VANOC’s Canadian sponsorships through 2012.

Their international sponsorships couldn’t conflict with VANOC through 2010. In the labyrinthine world of the global economy, this would have crippled RTP in Canada and severely limited its ability to raise money internationally.

At that point, RTP bowed out of discussions with VANOC, then had to go back to Mitsubishi hat in hand and asked if they could revive their partnership. The Japanese automaker agreed about three weeks ago. Then the spit hit the fan. We’re now left to wonder what VANOC and GM could have possibly been thinking. A million bucks, which represents the last two years of Mitsubishi’s sponsorship deal with RTP, means everything to some of the neediest children in our world. That was put at grave risk by VANOC's greed.
Remember this the next time someone from VANOC gets all moony about the Olympic ideal.
Remember, also, GM’s role in this and how Mitsubishi conducted itself."

VANOC and the IOC grubbing up a few more bucks at the expense of the poorest children in the world.
Truly, they have no shame.

Tories Brace for Fearmongering

No truth to rumours this image to figure large in Liberal ads

The Harpo Tories are emailing their members (and those they think are members ;D ) drumming up cash to counter the predictable torrent of attack ads being unleashed on the consciousness of voters.

"Dear Mr. In North Burnaby

As more and more Canadians abandon the Liberals, the Liberal attack machine is revving up. They will spend the final two weeks of this election campaign trying to scare Canadians just like they've done before. As their campaign unravels, their attacks are becoming more and more absurd. We must take advantage of these opportunities as they present themselves. I'm emailing you today with an urgent request for you to make a contribution of $200 or $100 on-line right now, by following this link.

We need your support because we have an opportunity right now to counter the Liberal attack machine as it begins to over-reach and make more and more preposterous claims about the Conservative election campaign.

Just this weekend, Yasmin Ratansi's absurd statements that Stephen Harper ‘doesn't really like women', underscore the Liberals' increasingly desperate attempts to gain traction with the electorate. Why are they so desperate? With a $12 billion hole in their campaign platform, support among Canadians shrinking and at least 30 members of their caucus and candidates questioning the wisdom of the so-called Green Shift, it's not surprising at all.

Right now, we have an opportunity to show the Liberal campaign strategy for what it is: the real politics of division in this election. We need your help to do it, so please, follow this link right now and make an –on-line contribution of $200 or $100. Your contribution will help your Conservative Campaign team buy print, radio and television air time and expose the Liberal increasing desperation to Canadians.

Now is the time we need your support the most, I hope you will answer the call.
Irving R. Gerstein, C. M., O.Ont
Chair, Conservative Fund Canada

P.S. - With election day a short 13 days away, your support is most urgent. Please send the most generous contribution you can today by following this link to our secure on-line donations page."

Personally, I've developed a little gluttony game I quite enjoy to go with all this. Every time I hear some manure chute like Ujjal Dosanjh link Harpo and the evil wicked nasty tool of the devil Bush (:rolleyes:) I have a cookie.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I Love The Classics - Deteriorata (1972)

by Tony Hendra

Go placidly amid the noise and waste,
and remember what comfort there may be in owning a piece thereof.
Avoid quiet and passive persons, unless you are in need of sleep.
Rotate your tires.
Speak glowingly of those greater than yourself
and heed well their advice, even though they be turkeys.
Know what to kiss... and when.
Consider that two wrongs never make a right... but that three do.
Wherever possible, put people on hold.
Be comforted that in the face of all aridity and disillusionment,
and despite the changing fortunes of time,
there is always a big future in computer maintenance.

Remember the Pueblo.
Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle, and mutilate.
Know yourself. If you need help, call the FBI.
Exercise caution in your daily affairs,
especially with those persons closest to you...
that lemon on your left, for instance.
Be assured that a walk through the ocean of most souls
would scarcely get your feet wet.
Fall not in love, therefore; it will stick to your face.
Gracefully surrender the things of youth,
birds, clean air, tuna, Taiwan,
and let not the sands of time get in your lunch.
Hire people with hooks.
For a good time call 606-4311. Ask for Ken.
Take heart amid the deepening gloom
that your dog is finally getting enough cheese,
and reflect that whatever misfortune may be your lot,
it could only be worse in Milwaukee.

You are a fluke of the Universe.
You have no right to be here,
and whether you can hear it or not,
the Universe is laughing behind your back.

Therefore, make peace with your god,
whatever you conceive him to be:
hairy thunderer or cosmic muffin.
With all its hopes, dreams, promises, and urban renewal,
the world continues to deteriorate.

Give up

Our Burnaby City Life Series Continues

Open air drug dealing flourishes in a cop-free environment.

Typical hobo spoor in a typical North Burnaby park. The smell is worse.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Cubs Lose Not News

The black cat reminding Cub Ron Santo
about the curse - Shea Stadium Sept. 9, 1969

After their best regular season since (of course, as nothing to do with their misery is random) 1945, the year Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis cursed the Cubbies in the first place, its three games and gone in round one.
Sympathies extended to Cubs nation and a word of advice.
Since apparently the curse is on Wrigley and won't be lifted (according to Sianis) until the ballpark admits goats because they love them and want them there, it may just be time for a new *ahem* venue.
One that won't be required to host livestock.
You're welcome.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Beatles - Revolution

Community Court? Are They Kidding?

I'd say ten years hard labor just for the hair alone

A vicious, unprovoked attack that leaves the victim unconscious, his jaw broken and so on, and it goes to this newly-hatched faux community court?
Are they serious?
Vancouver's community court is designed to be a farcical exercise in diverting drug addicts who are habitual criminals from canerduh's travesty of a justice system to non-existent detox and treatment.
The only place for this (alleged) waste of skin, if convicted, is prison.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Yankees Extend Cashman Through 2011

What sort of pictures does this man possess?



Syria resumes covert nuclear projects in partnership with North Korea

This little bugger is back at it with his pals the Syrians.

Am I insane or is it insane that Syria's source of money for all this is selling oil to the very countries they're conspiring against? What's nuttier, trying to destroy your best customers, or funding your worst enemies?

"DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

September 28, 2008, 9:38 PM (GMT+02:00)

DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources report that it took Damascus a year to recover from the demolition of its plutonium project at El Kibar in northern Syria, but already the nuclear scientists and technicians who were to have been employed there have been hired for new projects. This time the installations are scattered in different parts of the country. North Korean nuclear experts are back too.

Our military sources describe rising tension between Syria and Israel in the wake of the car bomb explosion Saturday, Sept. 27, which killed 17 people and injured 14 outside a Syrian security installation at Sidi Kadad on the highway to Damascus airport. The victims were not officially identified.

Various Arab sources report that one was a Syrian brigadier who was not named. After the attack, DEBKAfile’s sources raised the possibility that it might have targeted people involved in Iranian/Syrian nuclear activity.

Damascus has been wary of accusing Israel of engineering the blast, but unofficial Syrian intelligence sources have indirectly pointed the finger at Israel claiming it was an attempt to spoil Syria’s improving relations with the West.

Western intelligence sources note that Syria has been hit in the past year with attacks associated with its clandestine nuclear activities.

The El Kibar reactor was knocked out on Sept. 6, 2007 while it was under construction. On Aug. 2, 2008, Gen. Muhammad Suleiman was shot dead by a sniper in Latakia. He was a key man in the Syrian nuclear program and acted as liaison officer for Damascus with Iran and North Korea.

If Saturday’s blast did indeed cause the death of a high Syrian officer involved in the program, it would have been the third consecutive operation against Damascus’ revived application to clandestine nuclear projects."


Strange how those involved keep turning up dead, isn't it? Oh well, "we sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm", don't we?

Monday, September 29, 2008

Our Urban Idiots Series Continues

Some people seem to go around thinking
"Its not an offleash park for anyone else but ...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Religion of Peace - Islington Division

Police are searching four properties in the metro London area after arsonists struck an Islington publisher.

It would appear some misguided souls, unaware of the inner, spiritual nature of jihad, instead take Koranic passages such as:

Muhammad is Allah's Apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. Q48:29


Giving insult to Islam and its Prophet is more grievous than bloodshed Q2:189

to mean they should attack everyone who has anything to do with The Jewel Of Medina, a 'racy romance novel' in Associated Content's term, which tells the story of good old (really quite old at this point) prophet Mo and his six year old bride (you read that correctly), Aisha.
A charming tale, I'm sure (pass the sick bag, Ethel).


North London terror arrests linked to publication of Muslim book

Four people have been arrested in London over an alleged terror attack which may be linked to the publishing of a controversial book.

The arrests are thought to be linked to a fire at a property in Islington, north London, which is used as the home and office of publisher Martin Rynja.

His company, Gibson Square, recently agreed to publish a controversial novel about the prophet Muhammad and his child bride, entitled The Jewel of the Medina. The blaze, which led to people being evacuated from the house, may have been started by a petrol bomb pushed through the letter box. ..."


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Our Time To Shine

Shine up your gelt, BC. Our part of 2010 is to pay and keep out of the way.

Remember when we were first getting conned into ponying up for this olympic boondoggle?
It was going to be BC's "time to shine".
Montreal had their turn.
Calgary had theirs.
Now it could be our turn to not only get in on all the good, clean, drug-free fun and profit (oh yes, profit, so good for the economy) but really show ourselves off to the world.

So, let me see:
The Irishman in charge just loves the Inuit logo the lady from Mexico came up with as do the lady from toronto who's producing the tv, the Aussie who's doing the ceremonies, the little girl from ontario and the ice fisherpersons she was "singing" (allegedly) to ....
Dig the pattern emerging?
BC has been elbowed aside at what was supposed to be our party.

Furlong no sooner got stuck in than we began getting fed this "all of canerduh's games" guff.

Unlike Calgary.
Sure as hell unlike Montreal.
So, what's different this time?

Oh, right, we have a Premier, Gordie Campbell, who is ottawa's lickspittle regardless of what political stripe their government wears. From pine beetles to the Fraser trap to the RAV, no wait, let's call it the canerduh line, Gordie never misses a chance to suck up and sell BC out.
Almost forgot for a moment there.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Look Ahead With Christy

"12:25 and time for a look ahead to the big show with Christy. Madam?"

"Well, Gord, today of course we'll be all over the federal election campaign. We'll be talking to some farmers in rural southern Ontario who are saying that Stephen Harper is some sort of witch or warlock or whatever you'd call it, they say his last campaign stop in their area their crops withered, their cows began giving sour milk, the whole 9 yards, so that sounds interesting.

Then we'll be looking at Liberal leader Stephane Dion. We're gonna have his auntie on the line long distance, through a translator of course, and we'll see what we can dig up there.

Then Gord we'll talk to a man, Mike, no that's Mark, Mark Marrissen, he runs something called Burrard Communications, but we're not going to talk to him about that, no we're going to get his views on the federal election as a local small business person.

And then, Gord as if all that wasn't enough, I'll be speaking with a client, I mean a spokesperson for Translink ..."

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bill, Barry and Jer

No, no, there is absolutely no truth to those horrible rumors (and don't we just wonder where they got started?) that these guys have cut a new cover of Papa Was A Rollin' Stone to be played at Obama rallies as Barry hits the stage.
But, looking at those shiny happy faces, one can't help but wonder if we're looking into the future at President Obama flanked by two of his Cabinet Secretaries. Can't you just imagine the possibilities? Talk about change.
And its not as far fetched as you might at first imagine.
Although Barry and his people don't mention it (typical undue modesty I suppose) it turns out Barry does possess some executive experience after all.
And, it turns out, Bomber Bill Ayers was a significant hand up the ladder for Barry in acquiring it, as Stanley Kurtz details in the Wall Street Journal.

One good turn deserves another, friends help friends along, right?

10,000 Syrian Commandos Heading For Lebanon

Syrian deployment on Lebanese border: Commandos on right; positions on hill, trucks below.

"Damascus is pressing forward with its plan to occupy Greater Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest city and port, DEBKAfile's military sources report. To this end, 10,000 Syrian commando troops have massed at Abboudieh on the Lebanese border ready to follow an advance force which occupied seven villages around the northern city earlier this month, as first disclosed by DEBKAfile on Sept. 20"

The next step in Lebanon's disintegration features, no big surprise, the Syrians, who have been prominent among those bedeviling Lebanon for decades now.

"... Syrian occupation of northern Lebanon will make profound inroads on the strategic position of the United States and Israel in this part of the Middle East, yet Washington and Jerusalem are turning a blind eye."

Perhaps Washingtom and Israel figure Syrian occupation of the area is preferable to the alternative.
True, from a certain point of view, all of Lebanon descending into chaos and serving as yet another battlefield for the Sunnis, Shiites, Wahhabis and all the other sects of the Religion of Peace to occupy themselves killing each other and leave the rest of us alone isn't a particularly unwelcome development.
However, this would be too near to Israel, meaning there's a far better chance of Lebanon turning into another Afghanistan, with infidel troops (under NATO, the UN, or who have you) soiling holy Muslim soil in a valiant fight to quell all that and drag the population into the 21st century etc, etc ...
Watch for this to get far worse.


Monday, September 22, 2008

NDP Vow To Get Tough On Crime

The trouble is, the NDP have had opportunities in the past to get tough on crime and, well, passed on them.
Remember Bill C-275 introduced in the Commons November 15, 2004?
Sure you do, Carley’s Law. Yeah, that one, getting tough on drunken drivers. Here's Burnaby-Douglas NDP MP Bill Siksay explaining in an email why he and his party voted against Carley’s Law.:

"Dear Mr. In North Burnaby

Thank you for your recent message regarding Bill C-275.

I did not vote for this bill because I was concerned that it removed the concept of criminal intent from consideration in cases where someone may have left the scene of the accident for innocent reasons. I also have difficulty with mandatory minimum sentences. I believe that there is good reason to allow judges to exercise discretion when sentencing by taking into consideration the particular circumstances of the case. I am also not convinced, from my understanding of the experience of those jurisdictions that have mandatory minimum sentence, that they have been effective in ensuring convictions or in deterring or preventing the crimes to which they are attached. There is also mixed opinion here in Canada as to whether a further extension of mandatory sentences in the area of impaired driving will have the desired effect.

I have attached a copy of the speech made by the NDP's Justice Critic, Joe Comartin, MP, on this bill. Mr. Comartin goes into greater detail on some of the concerns we had with the bill.

It was not easy to vote against this bill given the horrible consequences to far too many Canadians of drunk driving. But I do believe that I did so for very serious reasons.

Thank you for taking the time to contact me on this important issue.

Sincerely yours,
Bill Siksay, MP

Can't you just see Cactus Jack Layton and Buffalo Bill Siksay ridin' into town, roundin' up all the ornery, no-good varmints and packin' 'em off to the hoosegow?
Me neither.