Friday, August 26, 2005

Oh freedom, how I love you!

You can go here to see Peter Jaworski's photos from this year's LSS. Check out his blog entry on the seminar for even more fabulous tales of the weekend. And visit Stephen Taylor's blog soon to check out the podcasts of speakers from the event.
(Man that was a lot of hyperlinks.)
You should take a look to see exactly what you missed out on. Oh, the freedom! The liberty! The scenery! The drinking!

Anyhoo, I'm off to Europe for a few weeks. You probably won't hear from me unless there's some sort of terrible statism that's begging to be exposed... and I have enough time to blog.

And, for good measure (because I'm in a good mood): Yay, freedom!

Monday, August 22, 2005

Confusing the Symptoms with the Cause

A common problem these days is the confusion of the symptoms of a problem with its cause, and choosing to fight the symptoms rather than undergo the thought process necessary to determine the cause and fight that instead. This approach will get you nowhere.

Look at the proposed changes to the Ontario curriculum that Kennedy has proposed and begun implementing (math curriculum are already being changed.) Kennedy seems to think that kids are dropping out of school because they're doing poorly.
Link here if you still haven't seen the article

Kids who decide to drop out probably don't have the best grades before they leave school, but consider that kids who are dropping out of school probably don't care so much about it in the first place. If you don't care about school, odds are you're not going to study or do your assignments, so your grades probably won't be great.

Kennedy didn't make it quite far enough to understand that the real problem is that kids aren't engaged by school. There's no real way to solve this. School is fun to some people, and mind-numbing to others. Try as he might, the Minister can't control students' personalities. What he can do is ensure that the kids who stick with school will get a worthwhile and respectable education that will allow them to be competitive when applying for jobs and to post secondary institutions both within and outside of Ontario.

Consider also a seminar that Justices of the Peace had to attend a while back. One of the speakers was encouraging the Justices to grant bail to those in jail more often because studies had shown that individuals who were granted bail were less likely to end up in prison than those who weren't.

This study reveals some heartening news: Ontario's Justices of the Peace are doing a good job when deciding who should be granted bail and who should be detained. Individuals who were granted bail didn't avoid more jail time because they had been granted bail, they were simply less dangerous in the first place. The study showed good data but was interpreted poorly.

Do some digging and you'll no doubt come up with many more examples of a failure to find the root cause before attempting to solve a problem, especially where the passing of laws and formation of government policies are concerned.

Perhaps the people with the good sense to figure these things out also have the good sense to stay out of government.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Yay! / Boo!

In an effort to not be chronically pissed off, I'm posting this article about the CBC being useless (Sell it!), because it put a smile on my face.

Can't ignore this story, though. Scary. Very scary.

Apparently the Grits haven't figured out that part of what makes criminals and terrorists what they are is that they do things like monitor our internet and phone activity without our permission.
Oh well, I guess we already knew that they were theives. Might as well take the next step.

The good news is it will be run by the government, (aka: poorly) so our privacy is probably safe anyways.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Gerard Kennedy is an idiot.

Ontario Liberal Education Minister proposes dumbing-down of Ontario curriculum in an effort to stop high school graduates from outsmarting him out of his lunch money.

Maybe they can add a new class to the Ontario secondary school curriculum in order to help kids get by in this province once they're sporting their OSSD. We could call it "Getting Your Fair Share from Ontario's Welfare Programs"

This wouldn't be a problem if the public system had some sort of market forces operating on it.
Ontario politicians should Go here and learn something useful.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Quiet Down, Statist!

Calling Ujjal Dosanjh an idiot and a statist seems to be stating the obvious.
Saying it again would be a bit like beating a dead horse.
Of course, in Canada the horse lives because it can get health care, even if you can't.

Dosanjh demonstrates his infinite wisdom by explaining why choice is bad and makes it clear that he has no idea how two-tier health care works in order to clear things up for those of us who were under the impression that he might be competent. The man needs to shut up.

Meanwhile The Globe and Mail does its best to shatter any hope I have for the media by writing an unbelievably slanted article.

Thank any god you believe in for Steven Fletcher, who quite often leaves Dosanjh at a loss for words (never a bad thing, obviously) and wearing tire marks as he stumbles to be politically correct in the face of Fletcher's condition while Fletcher hammers the grits for their meaningless policies that deal with all things health care.

Choice in health care... now that seems like a good starting point for a few key policy points that a certain floundering federal party could use to break away from the herd and differentiate itself in the minds of voters once and for all.

Call the waiting lists of the current system what they are: the result of the rationing system of a socialist state run by a hypocritical, tired old man.

Liberty Summer Seminar

The Liberty Summer Seminar was this past weekend, and it was fantastic. Probably my favourite political/philosophical event that I've attended so far, and so affordable!

All who love liberty should make an attempt to make the trip to Orono at least once for this camp.

Stephen Taylor wrote a pretty goot summary and I don't feel I have much more to add to that.

In other news, I'm now enthused about maybe starting a Bureaucrash cell in Windsor.
Must find freedom-loving counterparts.

I'll post some pictures and links to the speeches when they're up.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Shameless Plugging

First of all, if you love liberty, freedom, and all that good stuff you should be attending The Liberty Summer Seminar in Orono this weekend. I know I will be! Just gotta pick up my bug spray this week and then I'll be ready to go.

Second, in spite of the occasional high school like drama that grips the local political scene, I'm proud to be working with Rick Fuschi, the Conservative Party candidate in Windsor-Tecumseh. He's the hardest working and most devoted candidate I've ever had the pleasure of working with. You can check out his blog here.

Third, the Free Marc Emery site is back up.

Visit away!

Tory Transit Tax Incentive.

There's praise for the new Tory policy to provide tax incentives for people who use and businesses who promote the use of public transit.

Am I the only one who's more than a little uncomfortable with this?

Now if you save up the money and do the work required to purchase a car or you choose to use your investment to drive to work you're apparently less deserving of your own money than someone who only takes the bus, whether or not they're able to afford a car. And what about people who ride their bike instead of driving or taking the bus?
Not to mention this is just more subsidizing and promotion of the TTC.

How about tax breaks across the board and some innovative health care policy?
Now that would get me excited about CPC policy.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Canadian Judgment

Well in a stunning display of the type of judgment we can continue to expect from the Canadian Government, Irwin Cottler, the Justice Minister, is considering extraditing Marc Emery (story // donate to Emery's legal fund) - or at least hasn't issued a statement saying that he won't extradite him.

On the other hand, a Toronto man who was sending weapons-grade tritium (used for making nuclear weapons) to the states will not be extradited, because, as the Justice Minister's spokesperson so eloquently puts it, "it's only a little radioactive." (link from Colbert's Comments)

Whether or not you agree with either of these decisions, you've got to admit that priorities might be a little messed up here. Selling people something they're going to use anyways (on their own bodies!) vs. the possibility of assisting in the creation of a nuclear weapon (I think I can safely say most people would not condone the use of a bomb on their body).
At least they're questioning the guy.

Free Marc Emery!
Click here for a Free Marc Emery desktop! (Courtesy of Canuck for Liberty and Bureaucrash)

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Crying While Eating

This might be old news to most people, but when this guy posted a story on Crying While Eating, I knew I had to share, if for no other reason than to lighten the mood.

Good news has been in short supply lately, newswise and in life. Blah.

Bernier's bad bet

Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press Maxime Bernier is taking a gamble. He believes that there is a large, disenfranchised voting bloc in Canada...