Saturday, May 31, 2008

Salute to Great Bread

Lusitana Bread is retiring. Everybody will miss the best bread in the city!

A London Fog salute to the crunch.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Activism for each and all

Prior to passing a law banning smoking in cars carrying children in Ontario, Dalton McGuinty's Liberal goons claimed they would not approach that slippery slope, but predictably, the slope got even icier. The promise not to raise taxes has been a boon to taxspenders, the latest windfall being the new recycling "fee" that will inevitably be passed onto consumers by the evil makers of what they desire. Soon, The Gimp hopes to ban not only cell phones in vehicles, but all electronic devices that could potentially distract drivers, despite previous assurances that existing laws for dangerous driving were sufficient.

"I know what they've done in other provinces and other states: they've just dealt with one item, the cellphone," Premier Dalton McGuinty said yesterday.

But police say drivers tapping addresses into a car's GPS system or emailing on a BlackBerry have big distractions, too, McGuinty said.

"What about the next gadget that they haven't invented yet?"

McGuinty said he has asked Transportation Minister Jim Bradley to look at some form of "next-generation legislation" that would cover existing electronic devices like cellphones and future gadgets.

"I talk to the police and they say ... there's more than just one item (distracting drivers). I've asked Bradley to take a look to see if there's something we might do, which deals with distractors generally, and I think in particular, electronic distractors," said McGuinty. (The Red Star)
Short of banning cars, the next best step is to get people ready for a province wide ban on plastic bags. First stop, the LCBO:
Ontario wants to lead by example when it comes to protecting the environment by having government-owned liquor stores across the province stop using plastic bags, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Tuesday.

McGuinty said he doesn't expect to see a provincewide ban on the use of plastic bags by all retailers, but he would like stores to follow the Liquor Control Board of Ontario's example and voluntarily phase out plastic bags in favour of paper bags or reusable cloth carriers.

"I don't see that (provincewide ban) happening," he said. "We have some control over the LCBO and we can provide some direction on that score, and we can lead by example. I would encourage all of our retailers to take a look at what they can do to reduce plastic bag usage."
Next stop, the opposition:
Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory said McGuinty should tell the LCBO to immediately stop using plastic bags and recycle any stockpiles of them rather than letting stores continue handing them out to consumers.

"He should be saying right now, if plastic bags aren't the right thing to use in the LCBO, let's stop using them," Tory said. "He professes to be a great leader in these kinds of things, and I think he if was, he'd say ban it now."
Just never mind that the science is far from settled. May the best lobbyist emerge victorious!

cp: The Broom

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Only Cloth Bottles Filled with City Water allowed (or think of the jobs that will be lost)

When the ghastly inhabitants of City Hall are not discussing massive capital spending projects, like the erection of a multi-million dollar Performing Arts Centre, they are trying to save the planet with pesticide bans, potential restrictions on plastic bags and now, a ban on plastic water bottle sales on city property, including parks - no! Storybook Gardens is not exempt - city owned golf courses and even City Hall. Yesterday's tree hugger is tomorrow's earth rapist. I'm old enough to remember the time when bottled water was the "right" thing to consume.

Saying the ubiquitous plastic water bottles litter streets, leach chemicals into landfills and don't send out the right environmental message, a committee meeting tonight is being urged in a staff report embrace the ban.

It may not take much convincing to persuade the environment and transportation committee, some of whose members are already solidly behind the idea.

Coun. Walter Lonc said yesterday it's a "no-brainer" that bottled water sales should be nixed.

"City water costs about an eighth of a cent a litre, so it just doesn't make sense to spend $1.50 a bottle," he said.

[..] Lonc said 40 per cent of London's empty water bottles wind up in trash cans instead of in blue boxes for recycling.

Coun. Cheryl Miller, the committee chairperson, says she supports the ban, noting London needs to lead by example on environmental issues.

"What we need to do is change our habits. We've become lazy and it's too easy to buy the bottle," she said.

[..] "It's a serious thing, really, and it's a case where we have to lead the community on this issue," said Lonc.
Yes, lead by force. The golfers won't be persuaded easily, and I note that chemical laden golf courses were exempt from the pesticide ban. Will they retain the right to dispense water in plastic containers, while the visitors of Storybook Gardens and Pioneer Village go thirsty?

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

A Free Breakfast

Too busy or poor to feed your children before sending them off to public education sessions? This could be good or bad, depending on your values. Studies have shown that pupils absorb less information if they are deprived of breakfast. Judge the curriculum for yourself, and provide food accordingly.

The programs got a $32-million boost from the province yesterday to create 700 new breakfast programs and expand 300 existing programs in the next three years.

Youth and Children's Services Minister Deb Matthews made the announcement at Bishop Townsend public school, which will receive a portion of the money.

"We understand the link between students not getting proper nutrition and the impact it can have on their ability to learn," the London-North-Centre MPP said. (LFpress)

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Human Rights Rock! The Unprotected Group: If I Had A Royal Commission

London's Unprotected Group are back, and this time they're modernizing one of Bruce Cockburn's CanCon Human Rights classics.

IF I HAD A ROYAL COMMISSION

PLAY LOUD

Here comes the Rights Commission, second time today
Everybody logs off and hopes they go away
How many folks they've framed now, only God could say
But if I had a royal commission, I'd make somebody pay

I don't believe in Section 13 or investigators leaving bait
Cause if there ain't no haters out there, Lord, they're easy to create
And when I read on FreeDominion of Human Rights folks spreading hate
If I had a royal commission then I would set things straight

In the right wing blogosphere, one hundred thousand wait
To be sued by Richard Warman, or some less humane fate
It's just like Charlie Manson suing Sharon Tate
If I had a royal commission I would not hesitate

You can get them on the stand, but they're just gonna lie
Or say they don't remember who wrote those words or why
Stealing people's wireless -- echoes of the victims' wails --
If I had a royal commission, somebody'd go to jail

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Advocacy afoot in London, Ontario

As every good advocate knows, if you want to get your message of entitlement out, you must take to the streets, armed with poorly drafted signs and other distinguishing props. Don't worry if your numbers are small. Simply contact the London Free Press and let them know you will be there. If your group's grievance meets the social justice standard of journalistic approval, the story will be breaking news in no time.


The treehuggers protesting drive-throughs weren't the only ones pounding the pavement this week. Many angry walkers were out with their stomping feet, threatening the precarious infrastructure, protesting their taxspending ability to deal with other taxspenders. More income support specialists are needed to deal with the expanding number of claimants. It's never enough.
On and off for 19 years, she would throw up before going to work -- a stressful job.

Denise, who declined to give her last name, is an income support specialist for the Ontario Disability Support Program in London.

She's one of hundreds of Ontario case workers who say they suffer from stress and poor health, attributing it to caseloads more than twice the national average of 250.

The average Ontario worker handles 530 cases.

Workers in 40 Ontario communities, including London, protested yesterday to raise awareness of the situation.

About a dozen employees, some wearing matching blue shirts, marched quietly around the downtown for 40 minutes, starting at the program's head office at 217 York St.
What happens when the disability support workers go on disability support?

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Oh, That Racist Human Rights Commission: Helping To Build Whiteville

The Ezra is posting a Daily Human Rights Commission Bigoted Comment Of The Day, featuring the racist thoughts of the hatemongers at the Canadian Human Rights Commission -- as typed out on your tax dollars.

Instead of an MRI machine, you get:

why couldn't we get Whiteville off the ground? I think it was a good idea and held somepromise for those of us who want to be among our own kind - but isnt Alberta too cold in the winter???

- The Canadian Human Rights Commission

(Ideally, Ezra's repetition of this vile sentiment would result in a Human Rights complaint. It would be amazing to see the Human Rights Tribunal act consistently, and deal with a complaint about the republication of its own Commission's racism.)

Why would employees of the Canadian Human Rights Commission encourage racial separatism? That's a value that's completely alien to Canadians, both pre- and post-Trudeaupia. Do people get into Human Rights work just for the sick thrill of introducing such ideas into circulation -- or is it to connect with others who think in that disgusting way?

What so twists a person as to get into the hatemongering field of Human Rights Commission work?

The Commission needs to be disbanded, and its employees sent to a mandatory sensitivity-training resort on Baffin Island.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

My Canada Includes Government Pensioneers Posting Racist Remarks Online

"Human Rights" Commissions are not good for Canada's reputation. Sleepy Old Bear:

As I explained the awesome authoritarian power of these pathetic bureaucrats I could see that those unfamiliar with the issue did not believe me.

It is hard to tell what part they found hardest to believe. I really don’t know if it was the fact that truth is not a defence. It could well have been the way in which procedure is stacked against the defendant from lack of discovery or the absence of legal aide.

So if you don’t want to be embarrassed while travelling to foreign lands, write your MP and tell his you want every last one of the bastards fired. No need to wait on the Queen’s Cowboys to finish the investigation: go ahead and fire them now. Besides, that will allow them more time to assist the RCMP with their inquires.
HT BCF.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Grass is always greener on the other side of the pen

Nothing destroys a spring morning sleep-in or afternoon walk quite like the sound, sight and smell of a gas powered lawnmower. How can one possibly sleep through the noise of the engine powered blades butchering living grass that has been in many cases watered along with the sidewalk? I fear for my eyes during my walk, as a stone might fly from that gas guzzling beast should the operator fail to notice I'm afoot. And then, there is the second hand gas fumes that I am forced to inhale. If Al Gore has a lawn, wastes valuable water to make it grow and cuts it, he is an earth killer.

My neighbours who let their grass grow and grow and grow without trying are friends of the earth. This is consistently ignored by the monopolists of aesthetics who appeal to the goons at city hall to adjust their neighbour's property to their own standards. In London, Ontario, if your grass exceeds a certain length, the city will send out a crew to cut it if you fail to do so. The bill is yours to pay for the carnage left behind. London will never truly be Forest City until the grass is allowed to grow, and The Mayor of Mitchieville's proposed carbon tax will continue to be scorned unless those precious stalks are allowed to flourish.

On the other hand of the public equation, we must not forget deserved opportunities denied to activists and government workers should we leave our neighbour's lawns alone. In Canton, Ohio, you might soon face jail time for failing to play the role of the grim reaper. They care:

CANTON For residents tired of that overgrown lot that resembles a minijungle next door, the city wants to help by trying to put high-grass violators behind bars.

City Council wants to beef up its existing high-grass and weeds law by making a second offense a fourth-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $250 and up to 30 days in jail.

[..] Strengthening the law would give judges and police "a way to get their attention," Law Director Joseph Martuccio said of lawbreakers. More pressure also could be applied to lot owners and those responsible through letters, conferences and prosecutor's hearings, he said.
HT: Drudge.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

George Smitherman Cares

Next time you have to wait for months to see a specialist in Ontario, or hours for care in an emergency ward, or years for a publicly paid family doctor to accept your application, take a deep breath of tolerance and diversity and think of the tormented victims who have to pay for a sex change out of their own pockets. Rest assured that while you are essentially denied the right to jump the queue, you do get *free* care. The trans community does not however currently enjoy this *right*.


Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman is upset by this injustice. Many of these victims of their body parts cannot afford the operation. Activists are quick to remind us that the inability to transform their bodies to fit their mental image results in depression, violence and even suicide. All the more reason for the government to reinstate funding for sex change operations.
Health Minister George Smitherman said Wednesday he has an obligation to consider the health of every resident in the province, and re-enlisting sex change operations is something the Ontario Human Rights Commission has repeatedly called for.

About 10 people a year in Ontario undergo the surgery, which would cost OHIP about $200,000. Smitherman said the figure can easily be covered in the government's $40-billion health care budget.

"It's something that's always been a matter of consideration for me," the minister said of having the government pay for the operation.

"As a representative for the riding of Toronto-Centre, I tend to know more of these (transgendered) folks than most other people would, so my level of awareness, I suppose, informs me perhaps a little more personally."

NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo also says the surgery improves people's lives.

"It's a minority that suffers greatly -- they have a huge high rate of suicide, depression," DiNovo said.

"It's a community that's beset by violence. This is the trans life in our community and we should do everything we can to make their life easier." (CTV)
cp: The Broom

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Monday, May 12, 2008

We coulda been a Creative City contenda!

Council's rejection tonight of Board of Control's recommendation to spend $70,000 on a performing arts centre feasibility study is small act of prudence in the annals of a city with a $900 million budget and a $300 million debt, but local taxpayers must find solace in small victories. At worst, the defeat will only defer the matter some years to a time when building a monument to the city's political egos will cost much more than the current estimate of $55 million plus land and operating costs. But at best, that will be enough time to defeat those politicians who conspire to remake London in their own image at everyone else's expense. It ought to be even enough time to accept that the private sector's lack of interest in building a facility is irrefutable evidence of a lack of popular feasibility, but then the idea of politicians commissioning a study in the first place is acceptable proof that feasibility is a different concept among them than most of us would hold. Of course the project has always been "feasible" in the political senses that someone else would be paying for it and that taxes can always be raised again.

Electoral feasibility is altogether another matter to them, to the credit of democracy, and Londoners on a constant state of alert for street potholes have to be congratulated for letting their representatives know just what they have been thinking of the added burden of paying for a performing arts centre, notwithstanding Coun. Judy Bryant's fanciful depiction of a lack of one as a "cultural pothole." Given that Coun. Paul Van Meerbergen was the only member of Council last year to oppose a feasibility study, the sudden change of heart by so many Councillors is due entirely to the letters, emails and phone calls of these Londoners.

Next time Deb Harvey, executive director of the Grand Theatre which receives large subsidies from London taxpayers every year, expresses surprise at Council's decision because "there’s been incredible public pressure for this," just tell her to actually get out in public once in a while.

See also:

Some cities never learn
Creative Cities boondoggle on the horizon
Kultur über alles
Assorted area anaesthetics
Creative invevitablity
Speed bumps
In today's "D'yuh think?" section of the Free Press…
You'll eat it and you'll like it!
If only that sinkhole had swallowed City Hall
$50,000 down the sinkhole

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Halifax Police Hate My Community

In my culture, the police exist to frighten and apprehend robbers, murderers, and the violent, and to stay out of pretty much everything else that goes on. This is uncommon in the world community, and it is one of the sacred traditions of my people. Now the Halifax Police are committing hate crimes against the ways of my ancestors.

(HT the Freespeecher-Canadian Shadow Government Minister of the Interior)

Police in Halifax are investigating a complaint about a political cartoon that some members of a local Islamic group claim is a hate crime.
The police didn't hang up on her, or throw her out of the station with a warning about wasting police resources. In other words, the police are spitting in the face of multiculturalism itself. In my culture the police do not involve themselves with editorial cartoons. Why are the police committing a hate crime against my community? This offends me, and it offends me that anyone would marginalize my people's ancient traditions by siding with the racist Halifax Police in their bigotry against the thousand-year-old ways of my ancestors.

However tempted you may be, do not read the slave-worthy comments to that news story. They are almost uniformly in the "Freedom of speech, but..." zone. These comments are likely to induce hatred or contempt in the bosoms of the Freespeecher-Canadian community for CBC-Canadians -- which come to think of it may even make my linking to this CBC story a hate crime on my part. (Update: After a day in the blogosphere, the comments skew a lot more towards reality.) I'll save you the pain by quoting one person with his head on straight:
The real threat here is not from Cheryfa MacAulay Jamal, or from the handful of radical Muslims who do not - yet - have the power to mould Canada into their dystopian vision of religious purity - they are merely making use of the legal tools freely available to them.

The real danger lies with home grown, progressive-minded Canadians, working in the legal system, bureaucracies and the laughably titled "human rights" commissions, none of whom understand human behaviour, nor the actual meaning of rights and freedoms.
SHUT UP SIMPAL MINDED PHILOSAPHER, WHERES MY FREE HEALTH CARE AND ARTS GRANTS?!

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Hey Pompous Windbag

Now that the precedent has been set, I think it's just about time for Bono to step up like a man and debate me about the harmful effects of foreign aid. I've got a venue and I'm ready to go. We can split the proceeds.

Come on, Bono, tough guy, let's see what you're made of. I bet you're too chicken to face me. I will have you know, I also am tough. Rarr!

Update, three minutes later: No reply yet. Just like I thought, Bono is too afraid to face little old me here in little old London, Ontario. He's pulling a Frank Sinatra. Just like that scaredy-cat of a crooner, he's pretending to ignore my challenges to a fair debate over the pressing issues of the day. Bono's pretty tough up there on stage -- but when it comes to facing a real debate, he's not interested. Lot of that going around these days.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

This is London!

We've all come across displays like the one at right on the streets of London so often now that it seems a rather dull and commonplace illustration for the City's 2007 Creative, Diverse and Innovative City Report Card. Still the same may be said for the dozens of bright cheerful photographs inside depicting such humdrum everyday sights as Asian deejays, native dancers, Afghani drummers, fire-eaters, and various assorted happy-as-a-token immigrants.

You might think that drawing such conspicuous attention to common diversity on the part of our municipal bureaucrats is … well … slightly racist. But you'd be wrong — it's a Diverse City Report Card, dammit! And a Creative and Innovative City it is too, with exclusive proprietary rights on the use of all progressive buzzwords — for your own good, of course.

What but a Creative and Innovative City after all could pack so many photographs into only four professionally-designed colour 11×17 pages printed on glossy paper (available at your local library and here)? Of the little bits of text thrown in here and there amidst the report — apparently to illustrate the photographs, or perhaps to serve London's diverse community of illiterates — little needs to be said except that the City's politicians and bureaucrats are proceeding to do a bang-up job of meeting most of the Creative, Diverse and Innovative strategic objectives except for on those few matters for which taxpayers have not yet been persuaded to spend enough money yet. While our Heritage Grants Per Capita and Arts Grants Per Capita are above the median for Ontario municipalities, otherwise known as "In Good Standing," our Gross Capital Culture Cost Per Capita is below the median or, dare we say it:



Report Cards such as this are ignored at the peril of our most Creative, Diverse and Innovative class — the politicians and bureaucrats who need our money!

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The gospel of Gore

It didn't take long for Al Gore to blame the cyclone in Myanmar on global warming.

Using tragedy to advance an agenda has been a strategy for many global warming activists, and it was just a matter of time before someone found a way to tie the recent Myanmar cyclone to global warming.

Former Vice President Al Gore in an interview on NPR’s May 6 “Fresh Air” broadcast did just that. He was interviewed by “Fresh Air” host Terry Gross about the release of his book, “The Assault on Reason,” in paperback.

“And as we’re talking today, Terry, the death count in Myanmar from the cyclone that hit there yesterday has been rising from 15,000 to way on up there to much higher numbers now being speculated,” Gore said. “And last year a catastrophic storm from last fall hit Bangladesh. The year before, the strongest cyclone in more than 50 years hit China – and we’re seeing consequences that scientists have long predicted might be associated with continued global warming.”
I'm convinced. Global warming is clearly a reality. And the cyclone he mentions that hit China some 50 years ago, that also occurred because of global warming. As did all previous cyclones on record that led to massive damage and deaths. The solution is to empower the government to control the weather much like it does the economy.

cp: The Broom.

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Steyn on The Agenda

I'd probably be ashamed if I counted up the number of times my TV-less self has refreshed this page in wild hope that the whole Mark Steyn/Sock Puppet "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em" debate on TVO's The Agenda is already encoded and posted, like, three minutes after its end. Must see...

Steyn will be on CHQR's "World Tonight" at 10 PM EST tonight. (HT FD)

Update: This Youtube user has posted the show, in several parts.

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Friday, May 2, 2008

Excuse me…

…I thought I was watching Canadian television.

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A Wireless Scanner Darkly: Human Rights Sci-Fi

Many people put down Canadian literature as "boring", "preachy", or "blatant ripoffs of superior original foreign works". One sadly-underappreciated Canadian science fiction book, Saxon Hermes' 2003 novel "A Wireless Scanner Darkly", breaks this stereotype with its quintessentially Canadian portrait of a dystopian future of undercover Human Rights investigators who cross the sanctified line between fighting online hate and promoting it. It paints a picture of a bleak future where conservatism and American-style right-wing freespeechery have taken grasp of all media outside of the regulatory apparatus of the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission -- a future where it has become almost impossible to tell the respondent from the complainant.

The book deserves further attention. The London Fog is happy to provide a plot summary in the hopes that our fellow Canadians will look more deeply into the works of this wonderfully imaginative and very Canadian author.

In the future "seven years from now", Canada has lost the war on online hate. A highly addictive and debilitating conservative online forum called SubstanceH.com, distilled from small dead animals, has swept across the country. In response, the Human Rights Commission develops an invasive, high-tech surveillance system and puts in place a network of informants and undercover investigators.

Mitchell Wamran is an undercover agent assigned to immerse himself in the freespeecher underworld and infiltrate their network. Wamran and his housemates live in a suburban tract house in a poor Ottawa neighborhood. They are heavy Internet users, and they pass their days by blogging and having long, right-wing conversations.

When Wamran is at the Human Rights Commission's headquarters, he is codenamed Juicy, and hides his identity from his fellow investigators by using civilian wireless routers that change every aspect of the poster's online appearance. Wamran's superior officer, Jean, like all other undercover investigators at the Commission, also uses this tactic.

While posing as a commenter, Wamran becomes addicted to SubstanceH.com, a powerful discussion group which causes a dreamy state of nostalgia for pre-Pearson Canadian values and bizarre hallucinations; chronic users may develop a split personality, cognitive problems, and severe paranoia. Wamran befriends an attractive young woman named Dena Alease, a user of FreeRepublic.com, Wamran's best "friend" on SubstanceH.com, and part of the conservative scene. Wamran hopes to comment so much on SubstanceH.com that she is forced to introduce him to the webmaster, but Wamran develops romantic feelings for her. However, Alease refuses Wamran's sexual advances and Wamran's roommates question the true nature of their relationship.

Jean orders a Human Rights informant named Fred to step up surveillance on the members of the Wamran household. Jean assumes Fred is one of the commenters in the Wamran household, but does not know which one, and actually orders Fred to focus the surveillance on Wamran. In the meantime, the household members are extremely paranoid that the Human Rights Commission has bugged their home, are stealing their wireless, and are watching their every move. The paranoia reaches extreme levels, and Wamran seems to become wrapped up in the concern of his roommates, even forgetting that he is the undercover investigator attempting to entrap his justifiably paranoid friends. Meanwhile, Wamran's roommate Barris secretly contacts the Commission and tells them he suspects Alease and Wamran are part of a conservative think-tank. Barris unknowingly tells this to Wamran himself at the Commission headquarters while Wamran is on MSN via civilian wireless.

Due to Wamran's heavy use of SubstanceH.com, he develops cognitive problems which stop the left-wing and right-wing hemispheres of his brain from communicating. As a result, Wamran is no longer able to distinguish between his roles as a forum user and undercover hate investigator, which makes him incapable of performing his job. The tribunal reprimands Wamran for becoming addicted to SubstanceH.com while undercover, and warns him that he will be disciplined.

Jean reveals to Wamran that he has figured out through the process of elimination Wamran's true identity, and that his identity is indeed Wamran. Wamran is surprised to learn his own true identity and he begins to act extremely confused, disoriented, and unable to recall ostensibly memorable events when questioned before the Tribunal. Jean phones Donna, and asks her to take Wamran to Loveworks, a corporation that runs a series of sensitivity training clinics. Jean's identity is revealed as he accidentally logs on from Commission headquarters: he turns out to be Donna.

At Loveworks, Wamran experiences the severe symptoms of SubstanceH.com withdrawal. It turns out Donna was part of a greater Human Rights Commission operation to infiltrate Loveworks, and Wamran had been selected, without his knowledge or consent, to carry out the sting. It is revealed that the Commission had intended for Wamran to become addicted to SubstanceH.com, and sacrificed so he could infiltrate Loveworks. Donna was undercover both at the Commission ordering Wamran to spy on himself, and in his real life posing as his girlfriend and fellow poster. Both of Wamran's identities were merely pawns in a larger operation. This ultimately validates portions of Barris' paranoid suspicions that Donna and Wamran were actually covert agents working together, even though Wamran himself did not realize it.

As part of the sensitivity training at Loveworks, Wamran is renamed Bruce and put through diversity reconditioning treatments. Wamran has serious brain damage from his withdrawal from SubstanceH.com.

Donna, using the name Audrey, has a conversation with an unknown character revealing the fact that Loveworks is responsible for the founding of SubstanceH.com and that Wamran's well-being was sacrificed so that he may enter Loveworks unnoticed as a real hate criminal. They doubt whether there is still enough of Wamran left to find the evidence.

To continue his sensitivity training, Loveworks sends Wamran to work at an isolated Loveworks web design prison. Wamran spots directories full of stylesheets hidden between Spider Solitaire and Mah Jongg; these style sheets are the source of SubstanceH.com. As the book ends, Wamran hides one of the stylesheets on his USB key, so that when he returns to the Loveworks clinic during the nondenominational holiday season he can give it to his friends, people who are undercover Human Rights investigators.

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Star Stories - Being Tom Cruise: How Scientology is in No Way Mental

A biography which documents the personal growth and development of Tom Cruise through Scientology.

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Dead Red Ken


Good news from across the pond. Marxist Mayor of London gets the boot--on May Day nonetheless!

Boris Johnson was late last night officially elected the next Mayor of London, beating his Labour rival Ken Livingstone by 1,168,738 votes to 1,028,966.
Mayor 'Red' Ken Livingstone wore his far-left wing ideology as a badge of honour. He is famous for implementing socialist policies such as a congestion charge for inner city car travel in London.

Livingstone expressed admiration for fellow socialist leaders such as Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro. He would also frequently meet with radical Islamic terrorists leaders and had open anti-Semitic views.

Raise a pint to the victory of Boris Johnson. I know he will won't be seen hugging Hugo.

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Lesbians don't want lesbians to call themselves Lesbian:

"It's a mixed up muddled up shook up world . . ."

Three islanders from Lesbos — home of the ancient poet Sappho, who praised love between women — have taken a gay rights group to court for using the word lesbian in its name.

One of the plaintiffs said Wednesday that the name of the association, Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece, "insults the identity" of the people of Lesbos, who are also known as Lesbians.

"My sister can't say she is a Lesbian," said Dimitris Lambrou. "Our geographical designation has been usurped by certain ladies who have no connection whatsoever with Lesbos," he said.

. . . Lambrou said the word lesbian has only been linked with gay women in the past few decades. "But we have been Lesbians for thousands of years," said Lambrou, who publishes a small magazine on ancient Greek religion and technology that frequently criticizes the Christian Church.

Update:
The BBC reports:
The islanders say that if they are successful they may then start to fight the word lesbian internationally.
You know this is serious when "human rights" are violated:
The man spearheading the case, publisher Dimitris Lambrou, claims that international dominance of the word in its sexual context violates the human rights of the islanders, and disgraces them around the world.
Emphasis added.

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