Thursday, March 30, 2006

i just donated to the Western Standard

I just donated to the Western Standard, and you should, too.

The Western Standard is being sued for publishing the Mohammed cartoons by some nutty imam in Calgary who seems to be intent on giving all kinds of Muslims a bad name. This imam, Syed Soharwardy, first tried to have Ezra Levant arrested, but when the police explained to him that this is Canada and you can't go to jail for exercising freedom of speech, he decided to spite them and freedom lovers everywhere by proving that while the government won't detain you for exercising a freedom, it is more than willing to sue you.

And so, by using the Alberta Human Rights Commission as his vehicle, Soharwardy has successfully ensured that the Western Standard has to pay $75,000 (which the magazine is attempting to raise) and spend hours in court to defend its rights over what is obviously a nuisance charge. If you're in Alberta, you'll be pleased to hear that you, yes you, you lucky taxpayer, you, will be paying for Soharwardy's side of the trial.

I won't go into all the additional reasons (not personally, anyway) that this is a stupid charge but for all you freedom lovers out there, here's a chance to put your money where your mouth is.

I'm a student so I can't afford much, but I can afford a little. Maybe you can afford a little less, maybe a little more. But however much you can afford, this is your chance to stand up for a freedom that is already restricted too much in this country, so pitch in and do what you can!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

protesters and smoking bans: a two part post.

I won't get into how I feel about the war in Iraq and our soldiers in Afghanistan, but I am pretty amused by the stories about the protests that happened this weekend, and in particular by one story that reported a protester carrying a sign that said "Harper, you were barely elected!" This is, of course, amusing because Harper didn't send the troops into Afghanistan, the Liberals did. And if you put the Tories (who support having troops there) and the Liberals (who sent them there in the first place), you have quite a large majority of the House.

It just makes me laugh when someone's partisan objectives shine through when they try to take the moral high ground as a disguise.

In other news, a town in California has blown Ontario's imminent smoking ban out of the water in terms of the extremes it's going to to keep second-hand smoke away from non-smokers (click) and, as usual, people with no concept of what anybody's rights are come rushing in to defend the ban. Le sigh.

Monday, March 13, 2006

WLS photos

Photos are up at the Freedom Project.

(I took this one!)

Check out the rest for a glimpse of what you missed at the Windsor Liberty Seminar this weekend.

WLS overview

Peter Jaworski does an excellent overview of the Windsor Liberty Seminar, and since I'm lazy, if you'd like to know more, reading his post on the day.

Contacting Peter is also a great way (in fact, it's the best way) to find out more about the Liberty Summer Seminar, which, in case I haven't hammered it into your brain enough, you should attend.

Blue Blogging Soapbox offers another thorough (and flattering) account of the seminar here.

Ian Clary, another WLS attendee, offers his thoughts on the seminar here , with hints at more thoughts on the day to come. Read Ian's blog for his thoughts on libertarianism and Christianity, a topic I always find quite interesting.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Windsor Liberty Seminar

Thanks to all who attended the Windsor Liberty Seminar this past weekend. The turnout and speakers were both great, and it was awesome to see lots of new libertarian faces along with old friends.

Photos and an overview of the seminar might be posted on the Freedom Project soon.
Don't worry, readers. I'll keep you in the loop.

It's almost time to start plugging for the Liberty Summer Seminar! If you haven't attended one of them before, and you just couldn't make it down to the WLS, you ought to make an effort to attend this year.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

John Tory on health care.

I was disappointed last Friday morning to once again hear John Tory harping on the importance of having only one payer in the Ontario health care system.

He did manage to lighten the mood (well, my mood anyways) by using what was, by far, the worst metaphor anyone has ever used to defend a single-payer health care system.

John Tory says: "We can't leave some people stuck on a leaky boat while others are able to use their resources to buy their way onto a better boat."
(Not verbatim, but that was the spirit of it.)

My inner monologue says: "That's right, John! You keep everybody on that leaky boat! Fuck the lifeboats, we are going down with this ship!

Later, the boyfriend says: "Yeah, because the last thing you want to do is lighten the load on a leaking boat."

Oh, the fun to be had with that metaphor. I'm certainly not getting sick of it any time soon.

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...