2015-04-14

Supreme Court Does The Right Thing

Striking down the Conservative's mandatory minimum sentencing monstrosity that is.

"...The Conservative government reaffirmed its tough-on-crime commitment Tuesday, trying to appear undeterred by yet another Supreme Court of Canada decision striking down as unconstitutional a showcase statute in its signature anti-crime agenda.
The government’s mandatory-minimum sentencing regime for illegal possession of a firearm, introduced in 2008 as part of the Tackling Violent Crime Act, violates Section 12 of the Charter of Rights because it has the potential to be cruel and unusual punishment, the court ruled in a 6-3 decision."

Know what's ridiculous? I'll tell you how irrationally psychotic the Tories are on this one.

My father owns a shot-gun he bought way before all this gun-control crap took a cultist hold on a frightened citizenry. Now. His son - HELLO! That being me - innocently takes his shot-gun because, you know, it's a 12 gauge St. Etienne double-barrel perfect for small game hunting and clay shooting and FREEDOM, can be thrown in prison for three years for merely transporting it from his house to mine prior to having my gun license. Imagine that. The government of Canada is willing to destroy a family for that.

The U.S.A does the same thing for small pot possession.

Now. To all you people who feel gun-control is a must; that the conservatives need to get 'tough on crime' DOES THIS STRIKE YOU AS A 'CANADIAN VALUE'?

For if it does, you're not my friend.

We're All Gonna Wear Gas Masks If We Don't Do Something

Ontario and Quebec, Canada's post-derp societies, have joined California as the only jurisdictions to join a cap and trade scheme. 

A scheme really designed for those who will make a buck off it (your Al Gore's of this world - remember, the scarier the better) and to extort more money from taxpayers. All under the wonderful guise of protecting the environment for Gaia.

A scheme that will have a negligible impact on carbon emissions (ironic the more we use the better we live; the greener the planet but why let facts get in the way of a good spooky narrative, right?).

All based on an irrational fear of fossil fuels - and nuclear energy. Germany, Spain and England learned ignoring reality isn't such a fine idea. Yet, here we are in Quebec and Ontario undertaking this ridiculous path.

We have what we need but instead lets threaten growth and potentially harm citizens with an idea that, at its root, has been a false premised all along. We should be proud - yes proud - as a species what we've accomplished thus far. We've never been wealthier and healthier in the history of mankind, no matter how you parse the stats. Yet, the left has this bizarre end of world fetish.

They're like religious creationists only their, well, climate creationists.

But hey, we have to do something. Including calling for the arrest of 'deniers' like me.

I'd rather be on this side than the this one.

As much as I loathe Harper's social policies on crime, I think he's bang on with climate change.

What can I say? Arrest me you psychos.

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As for Quebec, things are not good here.

At all.

Have a look at the results from Abacus Insider for 2014. Quebec never seems to do well.

But let's hitch our ride to the future on a movement spearheaded by the likes of Erlich, McKibben, Hansen and Suzuki.

Smart policy indeed.











2015-04-13

The Gist Of It

I've arrived at a conclusion about things and such.

After years and years of reading books upon periodicals upon essays upon blog posts upon newspaper clippings upon commercial ads upon stories behind cereal boxes upon highway signs upon manifestos, edicts and pamphlets upon post-its upon parables upon fables upon myths upon index cards for school projects upon magazines upon poems upon haiku upon cave pictures upon comics, it's my contention we really do know jack shit.

My blog proves this point.

Fine. There are some things we know as we see in science and technology but for the most part, the things we stress and argue about - like global warming, racism, economics, and so on - are almost impossible to ever substantiate. We're so busy trying to find points of origins to check mate our opponents we end up vulnerable to all sorts of nonsense. We operate in individualized cubicles presenting horribly constructed ideas and theories and pass them off as 'facts'. And because they are 'open-ended' exercises of vapidity we've allowed ourselves to permit feelings into the equation. We 'just know' ergo TRUTH!

The battle ground of this so-called 'culture war' is really about seeing who owns 'history' and those who do, perhaps, own the narrative.

Even then, you don't even need history to just invent a narrative. For that, you just need a set of ideas rooted in a false premise and away you go. You can even make shit up or interpret data as you wish.

That's how it is with human nature. Since humans are pretty much impossible to peg - as economics dismally prove time and time again - how can we really be sure history is accurate?

Fine. It's accurish.

Plenty of great minds have explored human nature and have left us with interesting notes leaving us to understand and digest all of it in its totality. 

Vico, for his part, valiantly attempt to apply a scientific approach to history. But what he accomplished was not anything definitive in as much as he laid a reasoned framework for understanding human history.

Sort of a 'get the gist' of it master work the way I see it. Trying to gather information about humans is a little like attempting to herd fish into one part of the bowl.

And that's what it all comes down to. Understanding history enough so as to avoid falling into the traps of contemporary demagogues, charlatans and shysters. Navigating through life, in addition to the usual basic fact of raising a family, working etc., is to spot bull shit.

You know the list of names. Hitler, Auguste Comte, Paul Erlich, Cola di Rienzo and whomever you wish to add.

Etc.

As those people have shown, it's very easy to fool us. The more polished, the more phrases they use to 'pigeon hole' humans, the more charismatic in rhetoric the more they sound enticing. After all, no one who sounds that smart can't be bad, right? I mean, they're the experts and they have our interests at heart, right? I mean, like, we're ignorant and they're not so let me glaze my eyes over.

Next thing we know - poof - we erroneously believe in all sorts of things.

Because we're not getting the gist of it.

2015-04-10

Odds Media Goes After Paul High

(Obvious) PREDICTION: The media will suddenly find its investigative skills and go after Rand Paul.

All the more so given he asked whether the mainstream press is going to ask 'gotcha' questions to Democrats.

2015-04-09

Daily Roundup

How tolerance works for some:

 "It has been three days since a local high school coach tweeted a threat about burning down a small pizza shop in St. Joseph County. And now, the high school is breaking its silence.
Concord High School recently released a statement condemning golf coach Jessica Dooley.
For now, Dooley will remain on unpaid leave until the school district completes its investigation on the situation.

Tuesday, Dooley tweeted "Who's going to Walkerton, IN to burn down memories pizza with me?” to her 169 followers, including students of Concord High School.
Both the tweet and her profile have since been deleted."

Truth to power, Jess! You tell 'em! Burn. The. Bitch. Down!

***

"When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children."
--Albert Shanker (Apocrypha)

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Quote on the whole 'bake me a cake or else' mentality:

"People have a right to personal conviction for fuck's sake. And I state this is as verified libertine heathen breathing the ass fumes of God and Satan both. Yes, I've rimmed both God and Satan.

Point is, a strong open society should tolerate a wide spectrum of views no matter what the fuck- it just cannot tolerate these views becoming iron fists forcing the yoke of submission upon others.

It's simple. People who keep laws smart and scarce are worthy of a vote of confidence no matter what their personal moral stances are."

But the yoke of submission is a must for the self-righteous.

***

Those crazy Czechs:

"For many women in the Czech Republic, the Easter season, known as Velikonoce, is not their favorite time. Easter Monday is the national holiday, and traditionally it is a time when women get whipped with a braided rod of willow called a poml├ízka. The name comes from pomladit, meaning “to make younger” and how it got tied up with Easter isn’t very clear.


Traditionally, boys in villages go around from door to door on Easter Monday to slap women, even strangers, on the legs, thighs or buttocks with the whip until some blood is drawn. The victim is supposed to give the boy an egg or some chocolate. For older boys alcohol in the form of slivovice, or plum brandy, is sometimes the reward.  In some areas, each victim ties a ribbon on the whip, sort of like notches on a gun barrel."

***

Politico takes a ballsy, soberly stance on journalism that focuses on the narrative and their lies:

"May Satan capture your soul and make it his plaything if you think you and your publication are incapable of such journalistic malpractice. Editors and producers at the highest ranks of journalism have fallen again and again during the past few decades, committing crimes against journalism that match or surpass those of Rolling Stone and Erdely. Here’s just a partial list: Janet Cooke at the Washington Post; The Hitler Diaries (various publications); Stephen Glass at the New Republic, George, and, um, Rolling Stone; Jayson Blair at the New York Times; Jack Kelley at USA Today; NBC’s “exploding pickup truck”; CNN’s Tailwind story; CBS’ “Rathergate” coverage; Mike Daisey’s Apple story on This American Life; Jonah Lehrer (fabrication in his book); and CBS again (Lara Logan on Benghazi (where the government blamed the attack on a youtube video and later cynically put an innocent man in prison to serve its own ends and in which later Hillary - a person of impeccable leadership decorum - tried to dismiss with 'what difference does it make at this point?' when grilled for answers.). And as long as we’re building out a listicle, let me mention that when I worked at Slate, I edited and published a sham story by a liar..."
 
Note: Bold mine.
 
A partial list indeed. And notice none are from Fox News. Just saying.

Don't forget what the legacy media did to Richard Jewel at the Atlanta games, or how NBC rigged the video during the Zimmerman circus; the scandalous shame (of which the evil motherfucker Al Sharpton had a hand in) of the Duke Lacrosse lies, Brian 'I was there' Williams, Kristol at NYT accusing an innocent man of being the anthrax mailer.

And this is just off the top of my head.

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In this corner in the gold and red trunks we have Aaron Goldin....and in...that corner we have, er, Al Gore...in a spiffy speedo.

"Aaron Goldin this week won the grand prize at the Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology for his invention that harnesses the ocean -- 70 percent of the world's surface -- to create energy.

"I call [it] 'gyro-gen,' and it generates electricity from the power of rolling ocean surface waves," said the 17-year-old high school student from Encinitas, Calif.

"...I hope in the future to see not just solar, not just wind, not just ocean or nuclear power but as many ideas as possible, some things that we may not even realize now would be a possible source of energy," he said. "I think that anything new is valuable." 

On a serious note, THIS is the sort of guy humanity needs. Optimistic.

Not pessimistic.

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"The White House has announced a goal to train 75,000 workers in the solar industry by 2020, many of them veterans. "These are good-paying jobs that are helping folks enter the middle-class," President Barack Obama said on Friday at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The plan will expand on the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative's Solar Instructor Training Network currently running at more than 400 community colleges. The White House also announced the Solar Ready Vets program aimed at helping veterans transition into the solar industry."

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"...Envy evolved in a zero sum society, so that if I had more you probably had less. In today’s non-zero sum environment, I might have more because I am more productive, but you might view my wealth through the zero-sum lens. Thus, there is probably too much envy today, and too many decisions are based on envy..."
 
There's no question envy plays into it.

***

Salon Idiots. 

Yeah, like, er, (scratches head), The Army of God is sooooo like ISIS.

Idiots

Keep them away from history books. They may hurt themselves.

***
I wonder if Gaiai-worshipping progressives and climate system change alarmists hate The Jetsons.
What, with them being all technological and all.

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The long standing notion has been continually pushed by Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). In 2013, Figueres had a conversation with Climate One founder Greg Dalton regarding “fertility rates in population,” as a contributor to climate change."

You first cunt.

Death never strays too far away progressive ideology.

***

Wow. Scotland is worst than I thought. How a people can so thoroughly accept the nanny-state is incomprehensible as it is sad.

I mean, when you throw people in jail for singing, you know your society is regressive and backwards.

Alas, they're not alone. Continental Europe is but one step behind. Unfortunately, we're on that trajectory here.

***

Witness to Lee's surrender:

"...They look terribly tired and worn down. Some of the men have had nothing to eat for three days but parched corn, and I cannot help respecting men who have fought so long and so well in support of their opinions, however wrong I may think them. The officers say very little about politics, but I think they have pretty much come to the conclusion that the Southern Confederacy has come to an end, as we all certainly do. All those of the old army when we met seem not to have changed at all, and many references were made to old and happier times."

Moving.

I wonder how long before progressives look to scrub Southern history altogether.

***

Speaking of scrubbing, Quebec is very good at scrubbing history. A parent I know was upset the way they explain how immigrants were treated during the years Quebec introduced possibly the most restrictive law in North America with Bill 101. A law only a nationalist hillbilly could love.

Specifically, Quebec has taken to the notion that immigrants like 'les Italiens' chose to not go to French school and that Quebec were innocent players in the dramatic story surrounding its paternalist education laws.

Let's get one thing straight buckos. It was Quebec who were prejudiced against Italians and actively sought to keep them out of Catholic French schools. Left with no options but endowed with an innovative and fighting spirit, the Italians (around the 1920s if memory serves correct. I'm a little rusty with dates) simply created their own schools (because the English were no more inviting) en anglais. 

By the 1960s, when the Quebecois were waking from whatever slumber (La Revolution Tranquille) they were mired in, they realized the Italians had surpassed them in upward social mobility by most measures.

So. They did what any reactionary, threatened group does. They enact anti-liberty laws. Worse, they tried to take the Italians out of the English system and throw them back into the French where the Italian gave them the big middle finger. THIS is the origin of the St. Leonard riots.

They made their own beds and now they try to absolve their mistakes by rewriting history.

And don't think they're not repeating their ways.

***

Someone I know said "The irony of Quebec linguistic nationalism is that immersion schools in Western Canada teach French. Not Quebecois."

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Another day, another cop kills.

***

Hillary sees dead people.

"First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton held imaginary conversations with Eleanor Roosevelt and Mahatma Gandhi as a therapeutic release, according to a new book written by Bob Woodward, says a report in Sunday's edition of The Chicago Sun-Times.

The first lady declined a personal adviser's suggestion that she address Jesus Christ, however, because it would be "too personal," according to Woodward's book, "The Choice."

She's not unique. Plenty of politicians in history were plain weirdos.

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Stellar logic of the day:

Judd Legum         @JuddLegum
Not sure why everyone is surprised no one got fired over this Rolling Stone article. No one got fired for the IRAQ WAR.

Sorry Montreal. Packing A Couple Of Exhibition Games Is Not Proof The City 'Deserves' Its Baseball Team Back

I like baseball. Always have. It actually is disappointing I didn't play organized ball until I joined a couple of garage leagues years later. It's a great game.

I generally played center-field because as a left-hander the infield posed a little problem. Other than first-base, I couldn't play short or second which I preferred.

In any event, center-field was a personal Mecca. I played it fairly well given I possessed decent foot speed and dexterity as well as solid catching skills. When you play center you have to constantly be surveying what's going on in the infield. You need to project ahead different scenarios that may come your way. Where do you throw the ball with two runners on at first and second and one out? Do you throw home; to the cut off man? Which player is at the plate? Do they hit pull the ball thus reminding your partners in outfield to keep an eye out? If the runner on first is a base stealer you need to be ready to go back up your second-baseman lest the catcher's throw eludes him. And if you have a rifle for an arm, you may even try to throw a runner out at first Vladimir Guerrero style.

The outfield also offers a chance at momentary personal thoughts between plays. As the trees swing gently singing in the background with the wind on a summer evening, it is here you get to think through... life in peace. Alone in the outfield.

But what peaceful moments of solitude baseball offers, it also demands intense challenges if facing a pitcher as a hitter. Once you enter the batter's box, it's like entering the ring or a Gladiator preparing for battle. Different sets of thinking skills take over as well as the sheer scariness of facing a 60 or 70 mph pitch - let alone the 85-100 we see in the pros.

It's kill or be killed.

And then, in an instance, it's over and the cycle starts again.

Baseball's cadence is part of what makes it a great game.

How's that for intro on this post about the prospect of baseball returning to Montreal?

The point is I enjoy the game as do many Montrealers. I'm no different and there are certainly bigger fans than me.

However, this notion of that because we somehow fill the stadium for a couple of exhibition games means baseball can come back to Montreal seems hollow and superficial to me.

Never mind a fair question is where were these fans when the Expos needed them most? Right. Making excuses for not going from blaming Brochu and Selig, to citing the location of the Big O all the way to their dog ate their homework. If it were today, global warming would be blamed.

Having a MLB is a major - excuse the pun - 81 game commitment and I just don't see the Montreal sports fan getting behind it. There are not enough baseball fans.

I could be wrong but I just look at the Alouettes and Impact on a much smaller scale and wonder how in the world we can get MLB.

However, the biggest impediment to getting a pro team back is getting a new stadium. When asked about the prospect of baseball returning to Montreal, the Commissioner said we need a new park.

That's a huge hurdle to climb. The last we tried it failed. I did my part in buying a $250 brick but unfortunately it fell through and soon after Nos Amours skipped town and left for Washington.

I wish Warren Cromartie luck and I'll again do what I can - within financial reason - to help out because nothing beats watching baseball with a beer on a warm, lazy summer afternoon.


Bombardier Sticks Hand Out; Government Licks It

So. How does corporate welfare under the guise of protecting jobs while upholding nationalist pride work?

Something like this: The Canadian government 'loans' Bombardier $45 million so that a company in  China can buy whatever it is Bombardier has to build for them.

No. You read this right.

It's along the lines of Seinfeld's 'sex to save the friendship'. Or left-wing dingbats asserting we need to restrict freedom of speech in order to protect it.

Multiple face palms all around.

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Speaking of hands being out, the union representing GM is back at it using all the usual drivel in order to get another bail out taxpayers already sent them but a few years ago.

Among the claims made is that they help generate $5 billion to the 'surrounding economy. While it's true there's a splinter effect to the economy (not totally unlike in sports where a pro team or the F1 race helps spurns the economy), the problem is if it costs $13 billion (as it did the last time) to 'invest' (bureaucratic code for squander) thus leaving an $8 shortfall does that sound like an investment?

How to make that up?

You can't because...well, you know the story.

What about giving the money to companies that consumers buy from like Honda and Toyota? Nah. They threaten the competition.

The Americans are busy shaking them down as the AG Holder did on a couple of occasions.

Tunnel Of Stupidity

North American college and university campuses are teeming with bloody, over-sensitive crazies.

We've lost our bloody, fucking minds.

Tunnel of Derp for real.




Always Remember

Always remember kids, whenever you come across 'although we respect free speech and expression' to be followed by a 'comma' or 'but' it's fake.

NO THEY DON'T RESPECT IT.

Freedom of speech or expression cannot be qualified.

Either you have it or you don't.

The second you try and 'balance' it, you lost it. 

2015-04-08

Wednesday Music

As I prepare another 'Daily Roundup' installment please enjoy some Rush:


2015-04-07

Get It Through Your Thick Skulls

If you follow the neo-Luddites and their faux-enviromental agenda, you (citizens and politicians alike) will have played a hand in destroying our economy; our future.

Fear-mongering?

No. Not even close.

They're the ones over-playing the irrational fear of fossil fuels with mountains and pounds of discredited and misleading information which in the end will result in us using less of it while he carbon tax ourselves out of modernity.

Theirs is a political game. Nothing more, nothing less.

It's 'system change' they seek.

Get it through your thick skulls.

2015-04-04

Saturday Night Music


The Extremism Of The Perpetually Offended And Angry

A couple of posts on how everyone seems to be upset or offended about anything, everything and nothing. It's all 'she's a witch burn her' all the time with this bunch of lynch mobs.

What can you do? It's a time where feelings and emotions counts more for evidence and reason.

First up, Reason magazine.

Second, CTV Montreal's Barry Wilson nails it in his 'Outrage is the new normal' postscript.

Be careful Barry. You're just another privileged white guy.

And Lenny Bruce.

Words only matter when you make them matter.

Nigger, chink, wop, mick, spic, hymie - whatever.

Just bloody effen words.

And when you move to censor words you've lost the plot.