Monday, September 27, 2010

Warren Kinsella Great Defender Of The Long Form Census?

Update: Video Added H'T Wilson In Comments.

Just saw Warren Kinsella on Evan's show, along with Monte Solberg and Peggie Nash. Seems like Warren has had an epiphany in regards to the census being mandatory. Absolutely there is no doubt the Conservative government has mishandled the communication of this decision. But what's up with Warren? He ridiculed the governments position to scrap it, and mocked Monte for saying the census was an intrusion. Thing is, I remembered Warren being against the long form being mandatory. In fact, I read it on his blog:

"I refused to fill out the long-form census thing, as I have written below, because (a) the questions were pretty intrusive and (b) I don’t believe governments are sufficiently careful about sensitive, private and/or personal information. They’re sloppy as Hell, in fact.

On the latter point, various commentators have taken me to task, huffing and puffing that reputable government agencies – like StatsCan, I guess – never, ever let sensitive info leak out.

Ever, ever!"

He also did another post here:

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

If It Saves One Life It's Worth The Cost....

So say the opposition parties and Lefty media when arguing for the Long Gun Registry. But is a life saved by a gun registry (which they can't prove) more valuable than a life saved by keeping violent and chronic offenders incarcerated? Well, according to those that support the gun registry, the answer is yes. They ridicule the costs of more jails and stiffer sentences, led by Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff. So I think it's time to use the socialist mantra of if one life is saved and use it to bolster stiffer sentences, longer sentences, and tighter bail and parole. The beautiful thing here is you can actually say these people wouldn't have been victimized of the accused had been in jail where they belong. This will be part 1 of an ongoing series. Feel free to provide links or mention cases you are aware of.

"A man accused of slaying two women in their east-end home Monday morning had been out on bail since March while facing charges of sexual assault, a police source said yesterday.

Nathaniel O'Brien, 31, was released from jail last spring but is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in May next year to answer to six charges, which include two counts each of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon and attempted choking, court documents show.

O'Brien was arrested earlier this week in connection with the deaths of his neighbours, Saramma Varughese, 65, and Susan John, 43, and an attack on John's 20-year-old daughter, Sara.

The two older women were discovered suffering from stab wounds after an intruder broke into their Rotary Dr. home just before 7 a.m.

Sara, a York University student, is in hospital recovering from injuries. Neighbours said she ran from her house early Monday screaming for help.

In 2006, O'Brien was charged in connection with two incidents, the first when a woman was attacked and anally raped on June 11 as she was walking out of a bar near Kingston and Manse Rds. in the city's east end, the source said.

She was hit over the head with a brick in the early morning darkness.

O'Brien was charged again after a woman in her early 20s was raped near Dean Park and Meadowvale Rd. on June 13. The perpetrator tried to strangle her with a rope, the source said.

"But a good citizen interrupted the attack and he fled," the source said.

Last year when O'Brien was convicted of assaulting his mother at her Durham home, his DNA sample was added to the national bank."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Why Canadian's Need Sun TV.....

Can you just imagine the outrage if PM Harper pulled something like this?

Not sure why but I remembered Kate at SDA blogging about this when it happened. Over the next little while everyone is encouraged to provide info and links about news stories the Canadian media refused to report on, most notably the CBC.

Media Silent On Unreported Lives Saved By Gun Registry...

Remember the media frenzy when Stockwell Day mused about needing more prisons for unreported crime? Those in the msm and opposition parties ridiculed him for days, taking him to task for something that has no way of being measured.

So now we have media personalities and opposition leaders railing on about the untold number of lives the gun registry has saved, while mentioning there is no way to prove the numbers. Seems Kady and the others don't think this is a flaw in the pro-registry argument.

We also hear of the story of a Liberal MP who has changed his vote from against to for the registry due to the fact his father committed suicide earlier this year using a long gun. Any suicide is a tragedy, and my condolences go out to this man.

However, he is on record as saying that if the registry saves one life it's worth the cost. So here is something to mull over. All the opposition parties or coalition party if you will, are on record as being against longer prison sentences. Ignatieff has made it a point to ridicule the fact the Conservative government wants to spend money on more prisons and incarcerate convicted felons longer, as well as make it tougher to get quick parole.

We regularly hear of stories where a person has been released early, or granted bail despite a history of violence, only to go and murder a spouse. Will any of the opposition parties still stand by the quote "if it saves one life it's worth it", and support the Conservative call for stricter sentences and tougher parole.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Conservative Communication Strategy Still Abysmal...

Just finished watching Power Play, and I gotta admit, Dan Matheson makes Tom Clark look like a Conservative partisan hack. What was sorely lacking was the failure of any Conservative on the show to address Matheson's incessant rant about "we register our cars" when talking about the long gun vote. So guys, allow me to lend a hand again. And feel free to use these talking points whenever Matheson or others bring up the car registry as a talking point.

1. Duck hunters don't take their rifles to get a bag of milk at the corner store.
2. Cars are registered as chattel, meaning it allows a lender to track and place a lien on the vehicle.
3. Cars are the second biggest purchase most people make, next to a house. Purchasers need to know they are getting possession with a clear title.
4. Cars need to be legally insured. If someone has an accident in say a 2010 Camaro, the insurance company uses the registration to verify it's the vehicle that they are insuring.
5. Cars must be legally registered with a vin, so the government can tax them at any point of sale, as well as issue a tax credit when a vehicle is scrapped during manufacture.
6. Knives kill people, and can be as deadly as a gun. Why no knife registry?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Edmonton Journal Writer Must Be An Illiterate Sun Reader...

Well hey, I guess this journalist should get top marks for showing their bias against the PM. It's just such a shame she is that ignorant, oops, make that uninformed as us Sun readers are called, to simply know the facts before actually putting something in print:

"Last week, a mystery was solved in my household. For about the last month-and-a-half, Caller ID has identified an Ottawa number which continues to call my home but not leave a message.

I happened to be home when the call came through one afternoon, only to discover it was a fellow working for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

He told me the call was to provide support for the prime minister. I was quite irritated and relayed this to the caller.

I asked why they had been calling my home for the past month-and-a-half and why no message was left. He told me they are not in the habit of leaving a message.

I explained that I am not a fan of Harper or his party and would he please stop calling my home. He responded that indeed they would now that they had actually spoken to me.

They must have lots of time and money as well as a better long distance plan than I do.

Funny that there is a plan in place to stop telemarketing, but the Prime Minister's Office uses this tactic without a qualm."

Lorraine O'Brien, Edmonton

You see Lorraine, it's kinda like this. To stop telemarketers from calling, you first need to register your phone number. Secondly, and more importantly, if you are going to whine about something, try educating yourself on the actual rules first:

"If I register my telephone number on the National DNCL, will I still receive telemarketing calls?

When you register on the National DNCL, you will receive fewer telemarketing calls, but there are some exceptions including:

•registered charities
•political parties and candidates
•opinion polling firms or market research firms conducting surveys
•newspapers calling to sell a subscription
•organizations that have a business relationship with you, for example:
◦you’ve done business with the organization in the last 18 months
◦you’ve inquired about the organization’s products or services in the last 6 months

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Smitherman Still Completely Out To Lunch....

Mayor hopeful George Smitherman's latest policy gem:

"Hoping to capitalize on frustration over road repairs, George Smitherman is promising merchants a “money-back guarantee” for project delays and to fire city managers who don’t work together to avoid them.

Smitherman, a mayoral contender, made the announcement Tuesday on Roncesvalles Ave., which is being torn up for the second time in two years.

The former deputy premier said he would have the city build into construction contracts a clause that would force contractors to pay a financial penalty if they cause a delay in road projects.

Instead of the penalty flowing to the city, the money would go to nearby businesses hurt by delays, like the many on Roncesvalles hurt while the popular shopping street has been torn up, he said."

First thing that comes off the top of my head is the fact many road repairs are delayed due to inclement weather. Does Smitherman really think contractors should be on the hook for Mother Nature?

Secondly, even Curious George should know that all the contracters will add in extra cash to cover uncontrollable delays when tendering contracts for Toronto. It's done on time and they reap a financial windfall, delayed and they still come out with whatever they were looking to make.

I could go into the fact about how you decide an equitable way of distributing said cash penalties. I'm thinking a store bringing in $100,000 weekly might think they deserve more than one taking in $10,000.

Maybe Smitherman should stick to things he's dealt with in the past. Maybe put forth a policy plank about setting up computerized health records for Torontonians.

Oops, never mind.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

What Does Rocco Rossi Think Of Toronto Sun Readers?

Remember that old saying? You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep? Well, I decided to google Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff's chief of staff Ian Davey, who made some rather unfavorable comments about Toronto Sun readers being unable to read. What I immediately noticed in the search results was the name Rocco Rossi kept popping up. Of course Rossi is running in the upcoming election for mayor of, wait for it, Toronto.

So seeing as Rossi and Davey seems to have a political relationship dating back some years, perhaps someone in the media, say from the Toronto Sun for example, might want to ask Rossi his opinion on Toronto Sun readers, and what he thinks of Davey's comments. Hope Kinsella is available for crisis consultation.

Former Ignatieff Chief Of Staff Gives A True Glimpse Of The Intolerant Liberal Mind....

Liberals, the supposed party of tolerance. Hmmm, what to make of former Iggy aide Ian Davey and his comments on tv today:

"The Toronto Sun is a paper for people who can't read. And that probably applies to the whole chain," Ian Davey said on CTV Question Period."

Wonder what Ignatieff thinks of such a comment. Is this the new respect and way of doing things he says the Liberal Party is doing? Davey has confirmed in one sentence what Atwood, Soros and others think refuse to say publicly. Those that don't agree with their viewpoints don't deserve a say or to have their thoughts and ideas out there in the public eye.

Pretty pathetic and arrogant, even for a Liberal. Maybe Kady, who seems to be consumed 24/7 with the Sun Media application might want to ask Ignatieff if he shares the same views as his former chief of staff.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

George Smitherman Switches To The Mini-Me Campaign Strategy

In what has to be one of the lamest attempts by a politician to gain credibilty and votes, George Smitherman has now become to Rob Ford what Mini-Me was to Austin Powers. Realizing Rob Ford is making sense to a lot of Toronto voters, Smitherman is shameless in stealing Ford's platform.e

"George Smitherman is promising, if elected mayor, to freeze Torontonians’ property taxes for one year while he puts a clamp on city spending.

Portraying himself as a tough but safe alternative to arch rival Rob Ford, the former deputy premier told reporters Tuesday he would also freeze city hiring, with few exemptions, for one year.

And Toronto would embark on no new spending initiatives while he personally leads a 100-day, line-by-line review of the city’s $11.7 billion in annual operating and capital spending. He would take the results to meetings in all 44 wards for a “full public flogging.”

“It will be back to basics at City Hall . . . The era of waste and abuse is over,” Smitherman declared, adding his various freezes would also extend to city user fees, the mayor’s $167,769 annual salary and councillors’ $99,620 pay packets.

Smitherman’s tax pledge comes only days after he announced a $10 million youth job-creation plan to be supported by a hike in business property taxes, followed hours later by a statement that there was a miscommunication and the plan doesn’t include a tax hike.

Asked how he’s different from Ford, who surged past Smitherman to the top of opinion polls while vowing to slash city spending, Smitherman said: “Mine is a responsible, challenging approach and his is a nearly impossible one … unless he’s got some agenda around massive cuts to services.”

The guy who blew a billion dollar$ in the E-Health scandal is now Captain Fiscal Responsibility. Riiiiiight. Of course this announcement came just days after revealing a major plank of his platform. TO HIKE BUSINESS TAXES!! What a buffoon. You can't make this stuff up. Nobody would believe you.

What next George, a business tax to support a diaper subsidy?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Vancouver Sun- Lazy Ass Pathetic Partisan Journalism At It's Worst..

An excerpt from the current lead story on NNW via the Vancouver Sun:

"OTTAWA — Hundreds of federal compensation advisers in Ottawa are braced to see if the government will abolish their jobs and recruit new employees after consolidating their work at a new $300-million pay centre in Miramichi, N.B.

It’s been several weeks since Prime Minister Stephen Harper stunned 2,100 compensation advisers working in 110 departments across the country by announcing that their jobs would be moving to Miramichi, and they still don’t know their fate.

The government offered few details on how it plans to manage the move to a state-of-the-art, centralized, self-serve pay system for public servants and that is fanning fears that workers will lose their jobs in the political trade-off the Conservative government made in order to shut down the long gun registry based in Miramichi.

“What do they expect — the government makes an announcement without details which involves people’s livelihoods and panic and fear are created,” said John Gordon, president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

Read more:

That's just more of that tyrannical bully Stephen Harper, right? The thing is, those jobs in Miramichi don't actually start for 6 years. That's right, six years. "The government will set aside the nearly $300 million over the next six years, creating new IT jobs in the national capital region where the systems and processes will be modernized and the 550 jobs in Miramichi by 2015-2016. Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived Thursday to announce the new centre would be moving to the New Brunswick community by 2016.
I'm pretty sure 5 years notice will comply with labour laws across all regions of Canada.

Of course the other glaring error in the Vancouver Sun story is the fact Public Works has already stated no current workers will lose their jobs. "Public Works officials offered few details, but said no existing compensation advisers will lose their jobs because any reductions would be handled by attrition."

Toronto Star Confirms My Previous Post Was Accurate...

My most recent blog post was in reference to a Bloc MP accusing the PM of propaganda for sending students in Quebec, as well as the rest of the country, letters encouraging them to visit our National Parks. I mentioned the silence of all the opposition leaders, as well as the MSM on the outrageous statements made by the separatist MP. Well, it turns out the Toronto Star has finally ran an editorial on it, but just bashes the PM rather than call any of the other federalist politicians on their silence.

"When Quebec separatists stumble and provide a political gift to the federalist cause, it’s part of the Prime Minister’s job description to make the most of it — not for himself, but for Canada.

So when Bloc Québécois MP Carole Lavalée put her foot in it this week by accusing Ottawa of mounting a federalist propaganda campaign with invitations to students to visit Canada’s national parks for free, Stephen Harper should have been able to hit a home run for the cause of national unity.

Jean Chrétien, Brian Mulroney and Pierre Trudeau would have stepped up to the plate, regardless of their partisan stripes. Separatism may be quiescent in Quebec these days, but this is also a time of political tumult in the province, where the federalist banner is in retreat because of recent stumbles by Liberal Premier Jean Charest. The Parti Québécois seems poised to regain power after the next provincial election.

Against that backdrop, any Canadian PM would move in for the kill and belittle the Bloc for displaying such paranoia over the attraction that Banff’s rugged beauty might hold for the malleable minds of young Quebecers seduced by free admission into national parks.

Harper’s killer instinct, however, is more partisan than patriotic. To be sure, he beat up on the Bloc — but only enough to make the larger, improbable point that Canada’s opposition parties can never be trusted with national unity. The Liberals and New Democrats, Harper argued, have been and always will be in bed with the Bloc and should thus be disqualified from ever wielding power.

The PM seems unable to resist dredging up the abortive Liberal-NDP coalition plan of late 2008, in which the BQ merely agreed not to vote to bring down the government for a specified period — even though Harper had sought a similar understanding when he was opposition leader.

Apart from the partisan pettiness, this is the equivalent of scoring an own goal in soccer. Rather than trying to drag down the opposition, Harper should be using this BQ gift to talk up Canada in Quebec."

As for the Star's praise of Mulroney and Chretien, and their supposed superhero powers against the separatists, I suggest the Star look up the origins of the Bloc, particularly one Lucienne Bouchard for the Mulroney connection. And Chretien's dismissive attitude in the 1995 referendum almost split the country up forever.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Ignatieff, Layton and MSM Silence On Bloc MP's "PM Propaganda Accusation" Deplorable...

Enough time has passed since a Bloc MP's comments first appeared in Quebec media accusing the PM of spreading propaganda by sending students letters encouraging them to visit Canada's National Parks. Coming from a Bloc MP, it's easy to dismiss the statement as being completely ignorant in fact. What is completely disgusting is the fact none of the leaders of the other parties saw fit to comment and support the PM, and more importantly, support Canadian's and our great country. Have Ignatieff, Layton, and May become so partisan in seeking Quebec votes that they allow something like this to pass? Accusation

Even more complicit in the Bloc's comment is the MSM, most notably Canadian-taxpayer funded CBC. But no, seems CBC is more worried about American petitions and SUN media. Kady O'Malley is more worried about who signed a petition Snuffelufugus than the fact a Bloc MP is herself spreading propaganda. Then there is her infatuation with Guy Giorno stepping down at years end.

Looks like the Coalition including the Bloc is alive and well, and supported by the CBC.