Thursday, July 28, 2005

On Property Rights and Smoking Bans

At times like this, I love Lorne Gunter.

If you choose to open your business only on Sundays from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., post only Urdu signs out front and inside, and refuse to serve men, whites, heterosexuals and Christians, then I'll back you to the fullest. I won't be among your customers. I may even revel a bit as you go out of business, you anti-straight-white-male, Urdu-loving, night owl, you. But I will support your right to do as you choose.

Click here to read an article on property rights and why smoking bans shouldn't exist.

give me a break.

Ms. Parrish is furious that Canadians and their politicians have not been consulted about what she calls the new role Canadian soldiers are being asked to carry out in Afghanistan, a role that includes killing, which is not the traditional job of peacekeeping.
- Ottawa Citizen, today.
link.

I don't care whether you agree with the war or not, it's time to acknowledge that our snipers have not been in Afghanistan having tea parties for the past couple years.

Canadian snipers unofficially were credited with killing 20 Al-Qaeda members during Operation Anaconda in the Shahi Kot Valley. Two sniper teams also were recommended for the U.S. Bronze Star.
- National Defense Magazine, January 2004
link.

They're killing people. From real far away.
That's why they're snipers.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Oh Greggy.

My new favorite picture of Greg Sorbara:


Photo from a CBC Ottawa story.


He's very sneaky.

LCBO Monopoly

Buy your booze, the long weekend is almost upon us!

Oh, and also, you won't be able to do it in a few days if LCBO workers (OLBEU members) decide to strike in protest of the "privatization through stealth mode" (link) of Ontario's liquor sales.

(Heaven forbid we allow competition! Services for consumers would improve! Chaos would ensue! Chaos, I say!!!)

Hopefully they strike and then the government just sells the damn thing. The problem would solve itself, really. It's probably unlikely, though, since they are insisting that, even after commissioning a review of the LCBO, they will not sell.

However, it's a McGuinty government promise, so I guess hope remains.

Now, this is a little selfish on my part, too - the LCBO in my home town is far away from pretty much everything, and I have to drive about ten minutes in the opposite direction of anything I'd usually visit to patronize the closest LCBO.
I'd boycott them if there was somewhere else to buy liquor.

Also, I've dreamt of selling the LCBO. Really.
I'm a strange kid.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

State Run Religion? Booo!

I don't usually follow what's written on LifeSite.net, as it gives me high blood pressure. This story did the same, although I agree with them this time.

Ferguson's call for the state to so aggressively interfere with religion is, well, scary. I can hardly believe the CBC gave this guy air time... until I remember it's the CBC.

My personal favorite quote from Comrade Ferguson can be seen below:

"We could also help the general cause of religious freedom by introducing a code of moral practice for religions," he said. "They will never achieve unity so why not try for compatibility? Can't religious leaders agree to adjust doctrine so all religions can operate within the code?"

It's like the Model T of religions! You can practice any one you want, so long as it's this one.

Well damnit, Bob! How am I supposed to worship garden gnomes when you're interfering like this? Isn't one of the great things about Canada that I could worship garden gnomes if I was really intent on doing just that?

And what about beliefs? If I believe that Bob Ferguson is an idiot, are my beliefs encouraging "hate"? Am I discriminating against socialists when I say that they don't want people to be free? I just happen to think that their beliefs are not compatible with freedom for individual citizens, but hey, it might offend someone.

Maybe we should make sure that whatever people are thinking about is acceptable in the eyes of the state, too. If we can't have unity, we can at least have compatibility, right?
(Gee, that doesn't sound anything like an Orwell novel!)

The scariest part of all is that when local socialist radio celebrity Melanie Deveau decided to bring it up as a topic on her show yesterday, there was support for it. Sure, there was also opposition, but how scary is it that people heard this and thought "Yeah, that's a good idea. I hate freedom!" (Ok, maybe they didn't actually think that last part, but still.)

And now, for your daily dose of hypocrisy (for those who haven't/don't intend to read the article):

"Now what is the point of proposing this? I do it because I am worried that the separation between church and state is under threat."
- Bob Ferguson

*puke*

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Well apparently where BBC goes, CBC follows suit.

Can't say I'm surprised.



In other news, political correctness has led to the banning of Miss Universe from Nathan Phillips Square unless she doesn't appear as a beauty queen because:

"Activities which degrade men or women through sexual stereotyping, or exploit the bodies of men, women, boys or girls solely for the purpose of attracting attention, are not permitted on Nathan Phillips Square."

Monday, July 18, 2005

uh oh

Socialists across the country will be tossing and turning in their sleep after reading that Maclean's thinks thatWal-Mart is good for Canada.

Which, of course, it is.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Zing.

So Belinda Stronach is going to blow a million dollars worth of hard-earned Canadian taxpayers' bucks gallivanting around the country this fall trying to figure out why kids these days are so apathetic toward politics...

... Belinda: Get up in the morning.

Stroll into the bathroom.

Take a good, long look at yourself in the mirror.

There's the problem.


Ouch. That's gotta smart.

From the Edmonton Sun, July 14. Link above.

Individualism



Today I received my individualism stickers in the mail, and they made me happy.

Make sure everyone knows that the true source of human prosperity is individuality! Fight collectivism! It doesn't even cost you money.

Click here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Anti-Dog-Eat-Dog!

Can't think of anything especially witty to say about it, so just click on the title of this post and be amazed.

After all, if someone out-competes you, it's their fault that you're losing money.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

A Terrorist by Any Other Name...

Ok, I don't get it.

How does taking the word "terrorist" out of the coverage of, you know, terrorist attacks, solve anything?

Whether you think the attacks were provoked by the war in Iraq, general hatred of the western world or anything else, I don't think that anyone has any doubt that bombing public transit to slaughter people at random can be called anything other than a terrorist attack.

And who carries out terrorist attacks?
Oh, that's right - terrorists.

In an effort to balance out the world after the BBC's inane act:
They were terrorists. Terrorists, terrorists, terrorists.

The truth shouldn't be politically incorrect.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Comartin vs. Catholicism

So the the Joe Comartin thing is kind of annoying.

The NDP MP and long-time catholic stood up in the house and said that he supports same sex marriage and has been a marriage counselor for his church for however many years, so the church took away his right to continue to do the counseling.
Makes sense to me - I think that was quite the challenge to the church.
But uproar ensued.

Comartin is fairly well-liked - I've been assured he's a good guy. But two things are bothering me about this:

1. If Joe doesn't believe in what Catholicism is teaching, it's time to reconsider what religion he's following. If he wants a church that believes in gay marriage, the United Church would, I'm sure, be more than happy to take him.

Religions are not supposed to change to suit your beliefs - you're supposed to choose the religion that most closely matches your opinions of the world and spirituality.

2. A lot of people are concerned that the Catholic Church is trying to tell MPs how to vote on an issue. I don't see it that way - I see it as the Church contacting people in positions of influence who should hold the same views as them (since they are Catholic, too) and asking them to stand up for their beliefs.

Besides, Layton whips the NDP vote anyways - if people were worried about the Windsor-Tecumseh MP's ability to vote his conscience, they gave the wrong party 41% of the vote last time around.

Anyways, the main problem is that the government stuck its nose in religion's business, because that's what it likes to do.
Things would be simpler if statists kept their noses to themselves.

Liberty Summer Seminar

Note the banner at the top of the page for the Liberty Summer Seminar in Orono, Ontario this summer. A weekend of camping and libertarianism. You want to go, you know you do.

Cost is pretty low and includes food and a camping spot.

I know I'll be there.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

livingstone response

"I know that you personally do not fear to give your own life in exchange for taking others. That is why you are so dangerous. But I know you do fear that you will fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society. I can show you why you will fail. In the days that follow, look at our airports, look at our seaports, and look at our railway stations. And even after your cowardly attack you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world will arrive in London to become Londoners, to fulfill their dreams and achieve their potential. They choose to come to London as many have come before because they come to be free. They come to live the life they choose, they come to be themselves. They flee you, because you tell them how they should live."

-- London Mayor Ken Livingstone
Just disgusting.

I can't think of anything constructive to say about it.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Lost Liberty...

The Lost Liberty Hotel, assuming it's ever built, will definitely be a future road trip destination. (Perhaps for a visit to PorcFest?)
After all, who could turn down an extra copy of Atlas Shrugged?
Statists, that's who!

I just love this story, though. I really hope Freestar Media comes out on top for this one - that was just a scary ruling to get through the SC, and it's kind of nice to see someone get their just desserts.

Of course, at least in the States they have enshrined property rights to violate.
But that's one for another day!

squee!

I've officially received the only response so far that I've gotten to any email I've sent any Ontario PC MPP about the Smoke Free Ontario Act from Toby Barrett... a very friendly email and a commitment to follow up.

It makes me feel like hopping on the Barrett for leader bandwagon!



Background:

After learning that only six MPPs (all Ontario PCs) voted against the Smoke Free Ontario Act early last month, I emailed those members and thanked them for standing up for businesses and the freedom of Ontarians, and emailed the rest of our caucus giving them a hard time.

Liberals, unfortunately for the PCPO, get back to you much faster.

Silliness

This is just silly. If you want to support same-sex marriage, fine, but at least acknowledge that it conflicts with Roman Catholic teachings.

Angus, like many MPs who supported SSM, needs to re-think his faith - not blame the church (whose teachings on the matter are pretty clear-cut) for being "intolerant."

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

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More substantial posts coming soon to a blog near you.
(That is, this one.)