Archive for March, 2008

We always need another law

March 10, 2008

When there is a real or perceived problem that becomes a public issue a politicians first instinct, so it seems, is to pass a law. Sometimes a law is necessary, makes sense and is enforceable and other times it just makes you wonder if the legislators have even read or possibly thought through what they are voting on.

What got me thinking of this is British Columbia’s new smoking laws, which come into effect on March 31st. Specifically the section making it illegal to smoke outdoors within 3 metres of “a door, window or air intake”.

Now I make no brief for smokers in general. I was ecstatic when smoking was banned in restaurants and in the workplace. But what happened when the bans took place was the obvious. Smokers moved outside to light up.

In some cases if the weather was inclement they stood in bus stop shelters to feed their habit, to the annoyance of non-smokers also using the shelters while waiting for their transportation. So the law had to be expanded to make it illegal to smoke in bus stop shelters. A new law because of the effects of the old law.

But mostly the smokers left their workplace and stood just outside to smoke and this annoyed the people who had to walk past them and inhale the smoke while going into the building. So the government passed the 3 metre law as noted above. The law purportedly being to stop the outside smoke from being sucked back inside, but which inconveniences the smokers just a little bit more by making them go a bit further from their workplace in order to light up.

Which made me think: Who is going to enforce this “3 metre” prohibition? Do the police have a new responsibility? Will they need to carry measuring tapes to decide whether the law has been broken?

So I went to the Ministry of Health website.

In looking at the Ministry’s website it becomes very apparent that the ongoing legislation is not merely meant to protect non-smokers, but is actually a social engineering project. In fact, the site flat-out states that:

Our goals are to prevent youth and young adults from starting to use tobacco, to encourage and assist tobacco users to quit or reduce their use of tobacco products, focusing on the three groups with the highest rates of tobacco use, and to protect British Columbians, especially infants and children, from exposure to second-hand smoke.

The Tobacco Control Program develops legislation, programs and resources to; prevent tobacco use, help people quit smoking and protect British Columbian’s from exposure to second hand smoke.

So the laws are not just meant to protect ‘me’ from ‘them’ but to protect ‘them’ from ‘themselves’. But in order to do this I see that we now have not only Regional Tobacco Reduction Coordinators spread around the province, but we also have Tobacco Enforcement Officers.

I have no idea what the job specs are for any of these people, but hopefully the new Tobacco Police (?) won’t be issued tasers so they can take down smokers becoming unruly within the 3 metre limit.

A smoker will also need to know what the definition of a ‘window’ is. The law doesn’t appear to differentiate between a window that is, or can be, opened, or a sealed or display window. I guess that will be the job of the Tobacco Enforcement Officers to make that interpretation.

It just seems to me that there should be a rule that in order to pass a new law the government needs to get rid of one old law. At least in that way it would be a zero sum game.


Gas price jumps, media hype and social engineering

March 6, 2008

I see today that Esso stations in town have jumped their pump prices to $1.184 cents per litre up from $1.154 cents which again was a major jump a couple of weeks ago from $1.099. The other companies are rapidly falling into line behind them.

It occurred to me that we get set up for these price bumps through the media. They bring various financial analysts on to their news and talk shows who give doomsday predictions on what is yet to come. We’re told that gasoline prices will rise at the pumps to $1.50 or maybe $2.00 a litre by summer. Then right on schedule the gas companies give us another crack across the side of the head and we glumly bite the bullet thinking, ‘well they told us so’. Obviously they need the money more than I.

Now in B.C., on top of these industry price increases, the provincial government is going to smoke us with another 2.4 cents at the pumps on the 1st of July to make us more environmentally responsible. Thanks a lot guys, I really appreciate your concern!

Other than the provincial government’s attempt at social engineering, we’re told that it’s just the market at work and that’s probably the case. Unfortunately I just can’t keep my paranoia from kicking in. I really would like to believe in a global conspiracy because it’s just so hard to stay angry at market forces. Now the government – that’s a different matter.

Anyway, I gassed up at the old rate today so that puts me ahead of the game by $1.50. Life is good.

Suicide bombers: You love life. We love death

March 4, 2008

For a westerner the mentality of the mid-east suicide bombers is literally beyond comprehension, as this article points out.

Zahra Maladan is an educated woman who edits a women’s magazine in Lebanon. She is also a mother, who undoubtedly loves her son. She has ambitions for him, but they are different from those of most mothers in the West. She wants her son to become a suicide bomber.

At the recent funeral for the assassinated Hezbollah terrorist Imad Moughnaya — the mass murderer responsible for killing 241 marines in 1983 and more than 100 women, children and men in Buenos Aires in 1992 and 1994 — Ms. Maladan was quoted in the New York Times giving the following warning to her son: “if you’re not going to follow the steps of the Islamic resistance martyrs, then I don’t want you.”


Now there is a new image of mothers urging their children to die, and then celebrating the martyrdom of their suicidal sons and daughters by distributing sweets and singing wedding songs. More and more young women — some married with infant children — are strapping bombs to their (sometimes pregnant) bellies, because they have been taught to love death rather than life. Look at what is being preached by some influential Islamic leaders:

“We are going to win, because they love life and we love death,” said Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah. He has also said: “[E]ach of us lives his days and nights hoping more than anything to be killed for the sake of Allah.” Shortly after 9/11, Osama bin Laden told a reporter: “We love death. The U.S. loves life. That is the big difference between us.”

“The Americans love Pepsi-Cola, we love death,” explained Afghani al Qaeda operative Maulana Inyadullah. Sheik Feiz Mohammed, leader of the Global Islamic Youth Center in Sydney, Australia, preached: “We want to have children and offer them as soldiers defending Islam. Teach them this: There is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a mujahid.” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech: “It is the zenith of honor for a man, a young person, boy or girl, to be prepared to sacrifice his life in order to serve the interests of his nation and his religion.”

Note that the leaders of these organizations don’t seem as eager to martyr themselves as their vulnerable, young followers. The followers are simply cannon fodder to be used to advance the cause. But then it was always thus.

Though it is hard to believe that mothers would buy into that corrupt philosophy and literally shame their children into committing suicide and murdering other innocents in the process.

What is probably the saddest element of this cultural death wish is that these young people feel their lives are so desperate, so hopeless, that they find the thought of dying and going to some hoped for after-life paradise a more attractive option that living in the here and now.







Thanks to Instapundit for the pointer.

For the love of custom guns (2)

March 1, 2008

To continue: The 3rd gun I had Pete Grisel build was a .17 Remington on a small Sako action.

I had never thought much about the .17 calibre at that time, but Pete was an enthusiast and got me thinking that I probably needed one in my gun cabinet.

It is a sweet little gun. Very accurate, with the only drawback being that it does shift its zero from time to time. That means that you have to check it out on the range prior to taking it into the field.

I found the .17 to be an excellent coyote rifle which was an instant killer with very minimal hide damage. No big exit holes to repair on the hide. In fact I don’t think I ever had an exit hole. The bullet literally exploded internally.

It is a fun rifle to shoot as well with virtually no recoil and a very sharp but short report.

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