Archive for June, 2008

Royal Canadian Mounted Human Rights Police

June 4, 2008

An amusing take by a U.S. blogger on the current Human Rights hate crime charges against Ezra Levant for posting the Mohammad cartoons in the now defunct Western Standard magazine and Maclean’s magazine for posting an excerpt of Mark Steyn‘s book, ‘America Alone‘.

From the Maritimes to the Yukon, the Great White North was once a lawless land where cruel and offensive opinions roamed free – until one man stood up and brought them to justice. One mighty masked man, clad in the scarlet breechcoat of the Royal Canadian Mounted Human Rights Police, astride a golden disabled lesbian steed, with his faithful transgender Indian scout at his side. Together they rode from Yellowknife to St. John’s, keeping Canadians safe from the spectre of multicultural insensitivity.

Thanks to Instapundit for the link.


“Gun-Toting Yanks” not Welcome in Toronto

June 2, 2008

The Toronto gun-banners seem to be showing their true colours these days. Which is a lot of nastiness. The latest is a letter from Toronto councillor Adam Vaughan, writing in to the Toronto Star and commenting on letters they have received on the Mayor’s vendetta against legal firearm owners and the newest proposal to shut down all of the shooting clubs in the city.

My favourite letters are the ones being sent from the U.S. Gun owners there are now urging a boycott of Toronto. Considering that most of the problems with guns on our streets emanate from south of the border, I couldn’t be happier. If all it took was closing a couple of shooting ranges to stop gun-toting Yanks from coming to our city, maybe we should have shut the doors on these clubs years ago.

Having just come back from a driving trip through the U.S. that touched on 8 States and having experienced a level of friendliness and the hospitality there that truly impressed me, I am ashamed to see comments such as those from one of Toronto’s elected officials.

It has occurred to me that Toronto’s Mayor and now his city councillors are doing no favours to the image of the city they are supposed to be representing.

Mayor Miller is doing his utmost best to tell the world that Toronto is a dangerous place to live and visit. All this in spite of an article in Macleans magazine that placed Toronto away down the list of Canada’s “dangerous” cities at a comfortable 26th. Now an elected councillor is publicly saying to American tourists – “Keep out of our city”.

Shouldn’t they be projecting a more positive image for their city?

Toronto has publicized itself as “Toronto the Good”, while a new website pokes at it as “Toronto the Bad. Maybe we should just go back to its old name: Hogtown.

The seduction of simplistic solutions

June 1, 2008

Was listening to a radio/call-in show a couple of days ago and the discussion of the hour was whether ‘senior’ drivers should have more restrictions put on them. One deep thinker’s solution was to put a decal on the car of every driver 70 years old and older. My immediate reaction was with that mindset they could brand their foreheads with something like “old and dangerous” as well. Might as well go all the way.

But that got me thinking about how decision makers like to attack problems, either real or perceived, with simplistic solutions. Then they try to legitimize their approach by saying that it is a ‘good first step’, or “if it saves one life”.

To beat on a dead horse a bit more, Toronto’s Mayor David Miller thinks he can solve localized gang violence in his city by attacking legitimate, law-abiding gun owners and call for a nation-wide ban on handguns.

Many decades ago, fanatical reformers in the US thought they could solve the problems of the world by banning alcohol and we all know where that led.

The mantra seems to be if there is a problem pass a law to make it illegal. There’s the solution that works every time.

A column in the Toronto Sun spoke thus on the subject.

Breakfast sausages have no place in a modern democracy. Ban them.

You can’t open your morning paper any more without reading about one level of government or another calling for a ban on something.

The federal government proposes to ban Canadian filmmakers from making movies that bureaucrats consider naughty. They also intend to crack down on medicinal herbs. Trafficking in St. John’s Wort is out of control in the inner cities.

OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino, who’s not in government but at times behaves as though he is, proposes to ban drivers from sliding off the road into the ditch during winter storms.

Moderate, responsible speeding — that is, driving at 15 km over the limit on a clear highway in good weather, is banned. The OPP used to look the other way, as long as you drove safely. No longer.

Mayor David Miller wants all guns banned. Also he would outlaw gun-making, ammunition, and target-pistol ranges. It doesn’t matter to him that most gun crime in Toronto is perpetrated by criminals, wielding illegally-obtained handguns. Guns are bad. Ban them.

Premier Dalton McGuinty banned smoking in cars in which children are passengers. That’s because untold thousands of Ontarians are simply too dumb to know second-hand smoke causes disease, and too irresponsible to care properly for their own children.

A ban on cellphone use in cars is next: McGuinty didn’t used to like that idea, but lately he’s come around to it.

I still think that before a government passes a new law they should be required to get rid of an existing law. That might slow them down a bit.

Competency tests for politicians and bureaucrats might be a good idea as well. That might serve to thin the ranks.