Saturday, April 30, 2005

Dog eat dog, Part Two

See Part 1 of this email exchange between a "419" scammer and Dr. Thelo N. Donfog, M.P., a "905/416" scammer.

From: Otumba Dickson
To: London Fog
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2005 07:09:53 +0200 (CEST)

Dr. Thelo N. Donfog, M.P.

Thanks for your kind response.
However , if you are serious quickly call me immediately via this number for more details.

I wait for your urgent call.

Thanks and God bless you .

Mr Otumba .
From : London Fog
Sent : April 30, 2005 6:56:41 PM
To : Otumba Dickson
My dear Mr. Dickson,

Can't you send me more details in email? I am sure I would enjoy speaking with you, as one player to another; however, it is not safe for me to telephone at this moment. Allow me to explain.

Although the Party has made great strides towards bringing federal enforcement under our direct supervision and direction, there are still some right-wing deviationists among them, still bending an ear to the outdated, reactionary ideology of individual self-determination under the rule of law, and actively discriminating in favour of interests contrary to the goals and needs of the Party. Mr. Desmarais has assured us that this will change over time as the old-thinkers and their old-thoughts die out and are replaced by generations raised almost from birth with Party principles in Party institutions. But the federal police are not yet fully reliable, as demonstrated by the recent revelation of our trade secrets to enemies of the Party.

Why is this important? My friend, it would be too dangerous to call such an unusual long distance number from here. All outgoing calls from my constituency office are logged, and the call might be noticed and traced by a hostile element who is envious of Party power and wishes to destroy everything we have built up.

And, unfortunately, I have been snowed in here! This week we all had to go back to our home ridings and pretend to listen to the feeble, irrelevant complaints of utter nobodies. It's been snowing the whole time and now I'm stuck here with these losers until the snow clears for the plane :-P

These standard considerations of Party business aside, I hope I will not offend you by pointing out that for all I know, you may be one of these elements, and possibly even a representative of an unregulated, grey-market Internet site looking to smear loyal Party members. Before I contact you, Party protocol requires that I first get reassurance that you are on our side. This would moreover give me an excuse to call you.

I can tell by your way of doing business that you have the character of a true Party loyalist. In these times what the Party needs above all is loyalists. As everyone knows, the first step to doing business with the Party is to join us.

To prove you are in good faith and deserve to do business with us, please complete our standard membership form and send it back to me for processing.


* Your Name: __________________
* Your Age: ___________________
* Your Racial Constituency: _________________
* Your Sexual Preference: ____________________
* Your Address: _______________________
* Your Telephone Number: ____________________________
* Your Email Address: ________________________________
* Why do you want to join the Liberal Party of Canada? ________________________________
* Would you object to being an accomplice to abuse of the treasury? ___________________
* Do you own a whistle? ___________________________________
* "Voicing opposition to same-sex marriage is like spitting on the grave of Martin Luther King, Jr." Discuss. __________________________________
* Suppposing Jean is given a government contract for $11,000,000, and the Party is to receive $2,500,000 in courtesy fees:
a) how much does Jean have left after the transaction is complete? _______________
b) if Jean had to pay $10,000 to acquire the contract, what was his overall profit? ______________

Please complete this form to the best of your ability. If your application is accepted, I would then have an excuse for telephoning you once I return to Ottawa.

Do not worry about membership fees, we have that part covered.

I hope to hear from you soon. I am very excited in this opportunity to raise funds for the Party. It is not yet certain whether our propagandists in the television networks will succeed in preventing a political takeover of our business interests, but your offer would greatly improve our financial position and help get the message out to Canadians.

I hope that you appreciate that I am a very busy and important man. I also trust you have not yet gone to the unregulated media with details of our discussion thus far. As we say in the Party, "Two can keep a secret..." ;-)

Please don't forget to fill out the membership form! You absolutely must do this before I contact you.

Yours, etc.,

Dr. Thelo N. Donfog, M.P.
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1A1

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Little hostages

In comments to Kate's exactly-on-point caption, CodeTech:

The Soviet Union had free daycare, so that all workers could work.

While they were at it, it was yet another propagandization time, taking advantage of the fact that kids talk a lot.

"Anything odd happening at home? Anyone? Any of your parents unhappy with communism? If so, let us know... we'll make things better for you. Extra cookies!"

"Now... who knows the greatest system of government? Pavel? Yes, correct, socialism! If it wasn't for socialism, you'd be spending your days in the gutter looking for pennies. Instead, you are indoors learning glorious socialist principals, such as voting liberal and trading your country for free health care."

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CTV is the Party, the Party is CTV

Party public relations accomplice CTV headline a poll revealing that "63% of Canadians think the Prime Minister is lying when he says he wasn't involved in the sponsorship scandal" with "Cdns. suspicious of a Tory hidden agenda." (HT: Andrew Coyne)

Isn't "being suspected to be a liar" a superset of "being suspected of having a hidden agenda"?

But why put any stock in media polls? They are a propaganda technique, constructed to give the answer the pollsters are looking for, reframe the discussion, and discourage the opposition. That should be beyond obvious even to a bright twelve year old. Our modern belief in polls is as crazy as the ancient beliefs in haruspicy or astrology, the same thing filtered through the democratic faith of the day where the "People" are God.

Update: In comments to his post, Coyne adds:

In this case it may simply be a commentary, sad to say, on how far the public's expectations have sunk: it is no longer newsworthy that 63% of Canadians don't believe their prime minister when he tells them he wasn't involved in a criminal conspiracy.
completely dropping the context of editorial decisions. Its deemed lack of newsworthiness is supposed to communicate its insignificance -- that's the point. The public's expectations? The sinking has more to do with the depths in which journalists and editors operate.

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Friday, April 29, 2005

Social Security Sounds

With Bush pushing to incrementally free people from the fraud of Social Security, here are a couple of audio clips:

Courtesy Quinn, here are some sound bites of Democrat representatives' responses to Bush's plan to allow people to choose to invest 1/3 of their Social Security money in their own accounts instead of handing it over to the representatives' client groups. Our Party is a band of craven criminals who have stumbled into control of a state, but the Democrats are so much rawer, street-thuggish, and ideological. Now that they are thankfully out of power they have gone berserk. I hope those Party members who are not jailed will act more, say, mopey and depressed when their gravy train tracks are uprooted.

Listen to it and tell me again about how Democrats and Republicans are all the same. Maybe it's the camp-commandant barking tone of voice.

On a more historical note, here's an episode of NBC's "America's Town Meeting Of The Air", a debate from December 19, 1935 on the wisdom or folly of starting Social Security.

In this broadcast from December 1935, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins is defending and explaining the recently passed Social Security Act, while journalist George E. Sokolsky is attacking the new legislation.
You will want to reach back through time and shake Sokolsky's hand for his foresight, realism, and appreciation of the insidious moral, cultural, and political corruption a public pension system produces among those subjected to it.

At least listen to Sokolsky's opening remarks. Wow. Wow.

Update: Catprint comes at it from another angle, looking back at the much higher standards of only 70 years ago, from a time where people have been taught to use the word "rhetoric" in deprecation.

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Your tax dollars at work

Often when I buy, say, a one dollar item from the variety store on my block, the cashier already has the till open and just types in "1.15", holding out her hand as if I didn't know how a cash register works.

I don't complain because I'd rather they use that money to build their business than hand it over for the Party to use, but they could at least go halfway on it.

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According to the media, Canadians don't mind being robbed

Alan from Occam's Carbuncle has been researching GPC Research, the company employed to conduct the latest poll indicating Liberal support is up since Martin's grovelling and snivelling national address. Using Andrew's invaluable Elections Canada search tool, Alan comes up with the following:

Name of contributor -Year-Class-Name of political party-Donation $

GPC Canada Inc. 2001 Business Liberal Party $15,625.88

GPC Canada Inc. 2002 Business Liberal Party $6,770.11

GPC International Holdings Inc. 2003 Business Liberal Party $6,251.12

GPC Canada Inc. 2003 Business Liberal Party $4,214.70

GPC International 2001 Business PC $1,234.00

GPC International Holdings Inc. 2001 Business Liberal Party $626.82

And here's what turns up for Strategic Counsel, which also has the Liberals ahead:

Name of contributor-Year-Class-Name of political party-Donation $

Gregg, Kelly, Sullivan & Woolstencroft The Strategic Counsel 2003 Business
Liberal Party $4,214.70
Alan also adds to his lexicon:
budget n. a formal allocation of finite resources; political (Canada): an ad hoc government financial plan presented on a bi-monthly basis whereby the votes and quiescence of the many are purchased with the monies of the few, typically inducing a feeling of opiate warmth and security in the former and apoplexy in the latter.

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Party bribes to make London crappier

Yesterday I asked where the bread was to go with our new "creative cities" circuses. I forgot that food was a federal matter. According to today's People's Post, the following Party bribes are on offer for Deforest City:

  • London: $45,000 for a food bank
  • London: $149,563 for a new shelter for homeless youth
Now, I live in the neighborhood that used to host the "shelter for homeless youth", an institution knows as the "Cross Zone".

I'll never give another dime to the Salvation Army as long as I live, after seeing how they pat themselves on the back for providing opportunities for violent, mentally retarded young criminals to hang around unsupervised, smoke dope, drink, shoplift, and trade tips on how to properly beat someone up. Fortunately for all concerned we were able to get rid of it. But now the Party wants to build another home for this scum and chase business and decent people out of whichever neighborhood the Salvation Army chooses to victimize next with their vain compassion.

Alas, it's a lot easier to ignore the beggars with the red kettles than it is to ignore the Red Party's demands for funds with which to ruin our neighborhoods.

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Socialist redistribution

Utilitarianism rears its ugly, ugly head. Where do you draw the line? A healthy person will soon be required by law to give up their organs to save the life of another. Those 'in need', as determined by those with a monopoly over the guns, have a claim to my property as it is now, so what's to stop them from tampering with my most fundamental piece of property - my body? I am reminded of "Brave New World" too often these days. From the cbc:

Using in vitro fertilization to create a baby that might cure sick siblings was ruled legally acceptable by Britain's highest appeal court on Thursday.

The Law Lords upheld a Court of Appeal ruling in 2003 that said some couples using fertility treatment could get their embryos screened for tissue matches for gravely ill children.

Anti-abortion groups had challenged the ruling, alleging it would encourage the creation of human beings "to provide spare parts for another."

Supporters say the ruling may help save desperately ill children.

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The next failed state?

Austin Bay, an American journalist from the Washington Times, imagines a new Canada.

If you don't know about Canada's crooked politicians, you're not alone. Democracy and free speech are breaking out in Beirut, but they're both taking a beating in Ontario. The Canadian government has a press clamp on an investigation into the ruling Liberal Party's "Adscam" kickback scheme. A "judicial publication ban" is the term. It may soon rank with the Watergate rhetoric like "modified limited hang-out." Canadian Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader Paul Martin is implicated in the Adscam fiasco, and he's starting to look like the northland's Richard Nixon [. . .]

What happens to Canada if Quebec secedes? Canadians are once again pondering this question -- live on the CBC -- and since Canada is America's No. 1 trading partner and continental neighbor, U.S. citizens should consider the ramifications.

Canadians in the western and maritime provinces already dread the political power of populous Ontario. (Quebec serves as a political balance to Ontario.) If Quebec bids adieu, "remnant" Canada's political rules will be subject to revision. Subsequent regional bickering could lead to further fragmentation [. . .]

Here's a thumbnail sketch: Say Quebec becomes a separate European-style nation-state -- a "people" with cultural, linguistic, religious and historical identity (never mind the objections of Mohawk and Cree Indians in Quebec). Quebec has the people and resources to make a go of it, though the economic price for its egotism will be stiff. British Columbia also has "nation-state" assets: access to the sea, strong industrial base, raw materials and an educated population.

Oil-producing Alberta might join the United States and instantly find common political ground with Alaska, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma. Canada's struggling Atlantic provinces might find statehood economically attractive and extend the New England coastline. A rump Canada consisting of "Greater Ontario" -- with remaining provinces as appendages -- might keep the Maple Leaf flag aloft. As for poor, isolated Newfoundland: Would Great Britain like to reacquire a North American colony?
HT: Nealenews

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Just go away already

Although not a Canadian citizen, Bono continues to poke his nose into Canadian politics. His concerts these days more closely resemble political rallies than rock concerts. Bono is hitting the campaign trail in his quest to become world dictator, and he'd like to give Martin a job.

Thousands of U2 fans booed beleaguered Prime Minister Paul Martin at a sold-out concert in Vancouver. Prompted by U2 front man Bono, they were reminded Martin broke a promise by not raising Canada's spending on foreign aid.

But that doesn't mean Martin is off the hook. Bono, a long-time activist for Third World debt relief, says he's not giving up on Martin. He asked the crowds not to give up on him either.

"I think we're going to figure this thing out. I think he's a great leader for Canada and that he can do what we want him to do, to lead the world out of despair and poverty, this year."

Bono went on to challenge Martin, asking him to deliver on the commitment to raise Canada's foreign aid spending to 0.7 per cent of the country's GDP by 2015. He even went on to flash a phone number on screens above the stage, asking fans to call Martin to remind him of his promise.

"If you people believe in it, I believe Paul Martin is the kind of person who will listen to you," Bono said. "Get out your phones. Dangerous little devices, these cell phones."

As the glow of dialing cell phones lit Vancouver's GM Place, Bono stayed on message. "We want to make poverty history," he screamed. "This is the year!"
Yes, Bono - one day you will be remembered in history as one of the most bankrupt individuals of the 21st century. He cannot even wait for the results of the Gomery inquiry, but continues to campaign for Martin.
Fans also showed their support for more foreign aid by buying white rubber bracelets being sold at the concert. Printed on them is the message 'Make Poverty History.'

The bracelets are part of a larger campaign being backed by Bono and other celebrities including Sarah McLachlan, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx. The campaign will officially kick off in Canada Friday, when a downtown Vancouver church will be wrapped in a white band.
I think he got his colours mixed up - red bands more appropriately expressing his message. And as for Cameron Diaz, I was reading Billy Beck the other day and found this newstory:
A new MTV series features Hollywood celebrities praising the developing world's primitive lifestyles as earth-friendly -- despite those poor nations' high infant mortality rates and short life expectancies [. . .]

The 32-year-old Diaz, who earns a reported $20-million a movie, boasted that the cow-dung slathered walls of a Nepalese village hut were "beautiful" and "inspiring," and she called the primitive practice of "pounding mud" with sticks to construct a building foundation "the coolest thing."

Diaz also criticized the lifestyles of many Americans after visiting an indigenous village in Chile. "It's kinda gotten out of hand how much convenience we think we need," she said.

Despite the celebrities' praise for the primitive life, "Trippin'" shows them flying on multiple airplanes and chartering at least two helicopters and one boat to reach remote locations over the course of the first four episodes.

The series also showed the celebrities being chauffeured to the airport in a full-size Chevy SUV -- despite several on-screen, anti-SUV factoids noting how environmentally unfriendly SUVs are [. . .]

When Barrymore (star of "E.T." and "Charlie's Angel's," to name a few of her films) bragged about defecating in the forest, Diaz responded she would like to have the same experience.

"I am so jealous right now, I am going -- I am going to the woods tomorrow," Diaz said. A clearly satisfied Barrymore laughed, repeating, "It was awesome."

Diaz lauded the Nepalese villagers' practice of slathering cow dung as a form of wall plaster used to coat the walls: "Nothing goes to waste. It is beautiful. It is inspiring," she said. "It is incredible to see how in tune these people are with the environment; they are completely self-sufficient, Diaz added [. . .]

Diaz offered an alternative to the proposed aluminum factory: "Each of us can make a difference. If everyone recycled the aluminum cans they used, there would be no need for new smelters," Diaz told viewers.

"So stop being a f---ng (bleeped by MTV) pig and recycle your aluminum cans," she added with a laugh.

Diaz also explained her opposition to the proposed highway: "They are going to replace something that is truly unique with something that is everywhere."
In praise of poverty. The history of poverty will indeed remember these hypocritical celebrities who in their quest for quaint vacation spots actually want to steal money from Western nations to keep these struggling nations poor and dependent. But the question here is of what use is foreign aid if these people should be praised for their lifestyle? They can just continue to recycle their meager resources afterall. Maybe the idea is to set up public health care, although here in Canada we cannot even support our own system. They wouldn't be thinking of propping up any corrupt regimes would they? And I guess these celebrities need travel money to continue their missionary work, although personally I'd like to see these bohemians, and that includes David Suzuki, donate all of their wealth to developing nations and move there besides. I don't much care for the idea of crapping in the woods.

Hat tip to Nealenews for news of Bono's shameless politicing.

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Doing business with other people's money

Cut from the same cloth as Anne-Marie?

High-profile London banker Gordie MacKenzie is considering running for mayor, saying he wants the city to operate in a more "businesslike" fashion. "I am not interested in politics, but I am interested in giving back to the community," the regional vice-president of RBC Financial Group said yesterday.

"This is not about needing it but about wanting to make a difference."[. . .]

"I have tremendous respect for the mayor (Anne Marie De Cicco). This is not a personal thing but it is more of a concern about how the city is being run.

"I would like it run in a more businesslike fashion, with a business perspective. I would look at things in a strategic way, a methodical way."
I did a google search for MacKenzie and although there isn't a lot of information available, I did find out that he was chairperson of London's 2006 world junior hockey championship bid committee. The chances are good that he supports the Creative Cities scam. Like DeCicco, he also often seems to preside over money giving ceremonies.

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Planned Economies part two

Paul Van Meerbergen on the Creative Cities proposal:

Coun. Paul Van Meerbergen believes it will lead to higher taxes.

"There's a whole theme that runs throughout about the culture division. This is becoming like an omnipresent, very powerful division within the city government, which will be a new creation and will have its fingers into all sorts of areas of the local economy and culture," he said.

He also labels as "Orwellian" the report's statement that it's about "changing how London thinks."

He also doubts the recommendations will draw the people it intends to.

"I'm part of the 25- to 44-year-old group that they're trying to attract and the reason I came to London was because there was a career-oriented position open to me and London seemed like a safe, nice city to bring up family. It certainly wasn't because buildings had art on them or because there were hundreds of bohemians."
Unfortunately, but predictably, the majority of council support this motion put forth by Gord Hume. The main concerns voiced by most supporters are that the entire proposal, including the controversial arts center, won't get passed quickly enough:
Councillor Joni Baechler: "(The report) is remarkable, it's wonderful. I'm so excited. . . . I really have a fear we're going down the road of nitpicking and nickel-and-diming a lot of the recommendations and we'll end up with a limp creative city."

Councillor Harold Usher: "I hope we will be implement (the recommendations) in such a way that it will become reality and not just words on paper."

George Kerhoulas, task force member on the debate over the motion: "Democracy is not efficient."
Clearly Hume should be elevated to the status of dictator in name to match his deeds.

Hume was interviewed by the Free Press regarding his proposal. Let see what he has to say:
Q: How do you define culture?

Hume: We're defining culture in the sense of creative industries -- the broadest definition. The arts are part of that, as is research, as is engineering, software development, medical biotech . . . the media, advertising agencies, sound recording, film studios. [. . .]

Q: How much of this is really about economic development?

Hume: A big chunk. Absolutely, no question. This was never about hanging pretty pictures on a wall. That was clear to me from when I first created this (task force). I think other people began to understand that quite quickly. And I think that's really why council will end up embracing the report.

Q: Is there room for culture that is of the kind that might be defined as art for art's sake?

Hume: Oh, of course. And we've been very clear in the report. As a matter of fact, we've devoted two chapters to it -- one on public arts, one on the arts. The one per cent of public projects (to be spent on art) -- that's a significant recommendation. We're also saying things like a literary hall of fame. We're saying London should appoint its first artist in residence. We're saying get some stable funding for the London Arts Council.

Q: In terms of diversity, who's being left out in London?

Hume: I guess I wouldn't look at it that way. I guess I would look on it as saying we have some very strong multicultural groups and pockets and communities. But when you look overall in London, there are a number of ethnic groups that aren't particularly represented here. So what we're hoping for is to expand our ethnic and multicultural base. And that gets back to the immigration issue.

Q: Are the gay and lesbian communities being left out?

Hume: Gosh, I hope not because they're an important part of the creative city. [. . .]

Q: How will we know things are changing? What are the measures?

Hume: Because we've asked the culture division to bring back an annual report to board of control with standards, with measurables. . . . There will be employment in the industry, there will be audio recordings or films made in London, or whatever.

Q: You were talking about looking at this on a regional level. Why would other municipalities buy into the London as the capital of Southwestern Ontario?

Hume: I think because together we're stronger. . . . When people come to Southwestern Ontario, the Great Lakes area, we're all going to benefit. Whether they spend the night in a motel in St. Thomas or whether they come to London for a meal in a restaurant or whether they visit the Stratford Festival, we all benefit. On the larger economic sense, if Woodstock gets a car plant, London will benefit. There will be 100 homes in southeast London sold because of the Woodstock car plant.
Ha! Hume is assuming that people will want to come to London. If people stay, it will be because there are no prospective buyers for their homes. Homeowners in London: sell now and get the hell out before its too late.

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Thursday, April 28, 2005


If the Party fakes its books, why would its media organs be squeamish about polls?

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Susan Eagle makes the case for privatization — but she doesn't know it

As usual, social activists inadvertently provide the best advertisements for privatization. From the London Free Press:

Social advocates are crying foul over the London Hydro board's refusal to accept their input into a controversial security deposit. […] "I don't know how they can decide public policy in secret," Coun. Susan Eagle said. "They need to have input from the people who are affected by this policy. That's how good public policy gets made."
The sale of a commodity is public policy? Why on earth would London Hydro want the input of social activists to set terms of doing business? Activists' field of expertise is the pilfering of peoples' money, not financially sound corporate policy.

But this is Canada, where no exchange can lawfully — either in actual law or by dint of the raised voices of the beggars' unsolicited proxies — be considered private. London Hydro, a distribution company incorporated under the Ontario Business Corporations Act and owned by the City of London, isn't about to start letting sound business principles get them on the wrong side of bad-decision-making advocates:
In its report to board of control, London Hydro appears to have backed off slightly on its requirements for a security deposit equal to two-and-a-half times a person's average monthly bill. In March, it sent notices to 6,440 customers asking them to pay security deposits equivalent to 2.5 times their average monthly bills because of spotty payment records.

Advocates for the poor appeared before the utility board to ask the commission to ease up on the new policy requiring that customers pay deposits amounting to hundreds of dollars in some cases. They said residents trying to get by on minimum-wage jobs, part-time work, welfare, inadequate pensions and low disability benefits can't afford such deposits.

The revised policy requires a deposit of twice the average monthly bill, and is more lenient in allowing for two bad cheques, instead of one, or two collection visits in the previous 12 months before a deposit is required.
In the real world, unlike London, one bad cheque should be sufficient to a rational person for tightening up the stream of credit, and a large security deposit is a reasonable safeguard for a company to avoid abuse. Stumping for people who suffer misfortune would be great if it lent itself to private charity and didn't shackle the otherwise potentially prudent decision-making hands of services that paying customers use. And too often social activists end up stumping for cheats, thieves and people who otherwise fail to live within their means.

But the potential for prudent decision-making is compromised when businesses are owned by the public and accountable as much or more to political considerations than to sound practices. If electricity was properly privatized and deregulated, for which no political party in Ontario has had the stomach, we wouldn't necessarily be spared the activists' strident calls for interference in private business, but if we were lucky we would see less of the general love affair with the confusion between commodities and human rights.

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On the subject of charity?

The London Plea Press, as Mapmaster so affectionately termed it the other day, continues to back the city in its crusade for the Shiners children's hospital:

Individuals across Canada are contacting London Health Sciences Centre in hopes of pursuing a medical career at the proposed $100-million Shriners children's hospital, hospital president Tony Dagnone said yesterday. "We are getting many, many calls," said Dagnone, who is head of London's bid committee for the project.

"I think that really speaks well of the Shriners name and of the London community."
I thought the benefit of having the hospital in London was all about the children - not careers and gaining influence and such. In their quest for fresh blood, the vampires need to tempt fresh taxable units to this diverse mixed up city. And the pickin' is Grade A too, these medical professionals, typically enjoying an above average income as they do, will be better able to afford their property taxes, thereby funding the vast array of planned capital projects in London's future.
Members of Montreal's bid committee have suggested top researchers would never want to locate in London and that there aren't enough qualified medical staff to take care of thousands of patients.

Dagnone labelled the Montreal comments as "fiction" and said he hopes they aren't used by Montreal Shriners who are launching a telephone campaign to stop London from getting the hospital.

"I don't mind people lobbying for their vote, but it should be based on facts, not fiction. I do worry about the amount of fiction that is going to be incorporated in those telephone calls." [. . .]

Dagnone declined to disclose how the city plans to get its message out to the 1,440 delegates who will be making a final decision on where to build a new Canadian hospital at a convention in Baltimore in early July.

"We are not going to tip our hand, but we are spending some time thinking about this."
The pot is sweet enough no doubt. Dagnone and Anne-Marie have done their share of lobbying.

Speaking of Tony, he was recently spotted, looking very happy, at a splendid gala celebrating London's 150th year of corruption and stench. Several London social activists and leaches were in attendance for this 'black tie' affair, including PR man for the London Public Library, Bill Irwin, Coun. Cheryl Miller and many more beneficiaries of 'public' money. The elite of London discuss attire. It's all about image, even if that means common sense, honesty and substance is tossed into the Thames:
When asked, Bill Irwin from the London Public Library gave a reasonable estimate -- about 15 per cent of the men donned tuxes and 50 per cent of the women looked radiant in evening gowns.

Shelly Siskind wore a one-of-a- kind, full-length cream leather dress designed by Angela De Montigny.

Some others turning heads in their evening wear included Kathy Longo, Longo Food Supplies, Joanne Baines, Landmarketer Inc.; Andrea Halwa, London Arts Council; Michelle Campbell, the New St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation, and Amira Moussa.

City Coun. Cheryl Miller stole the show with her female tux complete with sparkles and a bow tie. Like Cheryl said, "They told me to wear black tie."

The idea for the formal gala to celebrate London's 150 years grew out of a conversation between Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco and Rankin Nash. All Erin needed was the mayor's go-ahead. Tickets sold like hotcakes, exceeding the original goal of 600 by nearly 100. Sponsors eagerly donated, contributing to an estimated $55,000 in net proceeds to be donated to the United Way of London and Middlesex and the London Community Foundation.
If any of our readers were in attendance, The London Fog editors would like to hear from you.

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He said Canadians don't want to go to the polls UNTIL ALL THE FACTS ARE OUT AT THE GOMERY INQUIRY.

I was going to post on CTV's transparent Party propaganda, but El Duderino already said most of it in comments at 4/28/2005 4:59PM.

check out the video under the link "Martin "baffled" by Harper's position" (
1) Enter Martin that says that he does not understand how Harper can support the separatists who are the only ones that will benefit from an early election
2) Enter Layton that pretty much says the same things.
3) Jump to the commentator how says: Conservatives have an ally in the BQ and to Ducceppe.
4) Interview Duceppe, over which slide in Harper's picture!
Also note now the camera stays on Duceppe after he finishes speaking and begins listening to someone we don't hear. His smile is synchronized with the announcer's mention of a majority being in favour of Quebec's separation.

All day on CTV's cable news channel ran a headline to the effect, "C$ DOWN AMID ELECTION TALK". Uh huh, that's why.
Masterpiece! If we have had such propaganda masters in the old Commi block we could have problably won the damn cold war.

All our media blitz on Harper. Hope he can stick to his plan. If I were him I would go to the polls now before 10 months of this propaganda. Then we would be completly f...
Listen for the change in her tone of voice near the beginning of the piece, when she says the line I used for the title of this post.

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Shut 'em down

Ezra Levant:

Why do we have these human rights commissions at all? They're like the Toronto Star editorial board, but with the force of the law behind them. Terrifying.

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Human interest

Court jesters and soothsayers play their timeless role of inspiring debilitating Stockholm Syndrome among the prey of the powers that be.

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How did London become so twisted?

Here's a great idea from Joni Baechler to reduce the tax burden for Londoners. Gain 'London Points' that can be applied to your tax bill for racking up debt. How appropriate an idea for debt-ridden London:

Swiping a credit card could soon take a bite out of your property taxes in London. Board of control lent its support to a suggestion by Coun. Joni Baechler that the city look at issuing the so-called 'Municard' -- a credit card that gives a break on property taxes every time it's used.

"I'm really happy the board likes it because it could become a powerful tool for people to pay their taxes," Baechler said.
No, I did not make this up.
The Municard is a registered trademark of the Richmond Hill-based company Civic Strategies Inc.

London deputy Mayor Tom Gosnell said yesterday he likes the idea, saying it's possible the city could also receive a royalty.

"You can get credit cards that pay you points to buy a car or travel, why not have points you can collect to pay toward your taxes?"

Cont. Russ Monteith was also interested, but skeptical.

"I'd like to know if it's going to cost us (the city)," Monteith said. "It's fine that it's going to give taxpayers a break, but who would pay for that? I want to know."
No word is too vile or sacred to level at these bumbling idiots. Of course it is going to cost money and it won't be coming out of the pocket of council. As Gosnell suggests, "it's possible the city could also receive a royalty." When the 'city' rakes in 'surpluses' and 'windfalls', (our money), in true Liberal style they lavish their buddies with the spoils. When in financial trouble, they increase our tax rate, blaming it all on downloading, hoping people will be too stupid to realize they have been robbed and cheated twice over by 'the city'.

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Want to join the circus? Move to London

Bored Londoners? Well, there is relief on the way: Mr. Creative Cities, Gord Hume is here to save the day! The next JLC is in the works:

London needs to create the kind of buzz that will attract young adults, immigrants and creative minds, says a report released by a city hall task force yesterday. "At its heart, this report is about two things: First is the economic future and prosperity of London and second is about changing how London thinks," said Controller Gord Hume.

Hume presented the Creative City Task force report to board of control yesterday.

The report has 87 recommendations on arts, science and technology, business, social change, neighbourhoods and environment, including:

- The creation of a new culture division at city hall that would consolidate work now spread over several departments.

- Boosting "creative industries" in such fields as medical research, software design, media and fine arts to give graduates a chance to find work in London.

- A push for more immigration and international investment in London.

- Policies that support distinctive neighbourhoods.

- A performing arts centre within 10 years.
Council hasn't even received the hoped for windfall from the province and already there is talk of massive capital spending in the future. It's no wonder London isn't an attractive prospect for 20 and 30 year olds trying to establish themselves. Often people in these age groups are looking to buy their first home, and well, low property taxes are something one might seek and you won't find that in London. The JLC hasn't been paid for and yet the cry is out for an arts center.

Sounds like something for each member of council to preside over. And as the ghettos spread and noone can afford to drive a car any longer, don't despair, for at least we'll have Susan Eagle to help us bully the landlords and we can look forward to free bus fare and a cleaner environment. Just thinking about it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
"London needs to become a warm, welcoming city that is accepting and inclusive of all people regardless of skin colour, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, sexual orientation, gender (and) age," Hume said.

Yet he also told board of control, "Let's be honest, London does not always embrace change." [. . .]

The task force report stumbled out of starting gate when Controller Russ Monteith balked at a motion to support the report and its recommendations in principle and have city staff report back on implementation.

Monteith objected that he had seen the 58-page report only that morning.

He convinced controllers to send it to a meeting of council of the whole, probably in June.

After much prodding by Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco, Monteith agreed to an amendment that would support the strategic goals of the report and allow staff to look into implementation.
If you won't embrace change Londoner, we'll force it on you. When visitors come to town you will put on your smiling, entertained face or you will be escorted home.

The whole report can be found here. A few highlights that we can look forward to:
Consolidate all cultural activities administered or supported by the city in a new culture division within the office of the chief administrative officer.

- Establish a prosperity congress to recommend ways to shape the city's economic future.

- Hold a conference celebrating diversity in 2007.

- Develop a regional approach to culture and creativity.

- Have job fairs at the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College solely for London business.

- Create an artist-in-residence position.

- Have the culture division, Tourism London, MainStreet and other groups plan more fall and winter festivals.

- Have the culture division and the London Public Library study the feasibility of London being home to a Canadian Literary Hall of Fame.

- Create a public art master plan, which would include identifying locations for new works.

- Set aside one per cent of the budget of new municipal capital projects for public art.

- Open a performing arts centre by 2015.

- Include a chapter in the city's official plan about the creative city.

- Prepare a cultural district strategy for London.

- Implement urban design guidelines for new developments.

- Lobby the provincial government to give two percentage points of the 10-per-cent provincial tax on admission tickets to municipalities for a five-year period to be used for cultural development.

- Lobby the federal government to give one-half the GST collected on admissions for five years for the same purpose.

- Set up adult fitness parks along public pathways.

- Plant and protect more trees.
London: A Great Place to Visit if you want to see first hand the problems with planned economies.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Snorting all the way to the trough and back again

Andrew from Bound by Gravity has a nice roundup of figures and commentary concerning the Layton-Martin alliance.

Citing Paul Wells,

Total value of cancelled tax cuts, under the NDP-Liberal deal, for 2004-05:$0

Total value of cancelled tax cuts for 2005-06:$15 million

Value of cancelled cuts for 2006-07:$30 million

..for 2007-08:$45 million.

Value of $45 million, as a fraction of total projected federal budgetary revenues in 2007-08 ($220.377 billion): two one-hundredths of one percent.
and from Andrew Spicer:
The CBC reports that the proposal deal includes:
* $1.6 billion for affordable housing construction, including aboriginal housing
* $1.5-billion increase in transfers to provinces for tuition reduction and better training through EI.
* $900 million for environment with one more cent of the federal gas tax going to public transit
* $500 million for foreign aid to bring Canada in line with promise of 0.7 per cent of GDP
* $100 million for pension protection fund for workers

This ought to look interesting to people who have been arguing that the federal government should pay more attention to the needs of cities. Affordable housing construction and another cent on the gas tax will certainly help Toronto.

Bono also ought to consider switching over to NDP support. His man Martin recently told him that he can't commit to spending 0.7% of GDP on foreign spending by 2015 because he's not sure if we can afford it. Suddenly when Jack comes calling it looks pretty easy to afford, ten years early.
Bound by Gravity delivers the punch line:
You know how the the deal that Paul Martin made with the NDP was contingent on scrapping those paltry corporate tax breaks? Well, less than 24 hours after agreeing to Mr. Layton's demands, our Prime Minister has already backstabbed the NDP leader:
Now, Martin is offering the tax cuts back to the Conservatives as a separate piece of legislation. Of course, those cuts are scheduled for long after the expected lifetime of this government, anyway, so I'm unclear on what good they're supposed to do. The reality, of course, is that Martin thinks that he can be "clever" and prove that the Conservatives aren't really interested in working with the government

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Wait for the surprise ending before rushing to judgment

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It's only inches on the reel-to-reel

After almost a whole year on hiatus, my radio program "BIAS INCIDENT" returns to London's CHRW 94.9 FM from 7-9 AM, Thursday mornings.

On most days, my show consists entirely of playing "Roller Coaster" by Thirteenth Floor Elevators over and over again for the entire two hours. I do, however, and very rarely, punctuate it with pieces of interest to people reading this blog, such as this, featuring Anne Marietoinette, David Horowitz, and a robotic Ken Dryden.

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Son of publication ban

London Fog readers with special insight into the testimony of Paul Coffin and Chuck Guité can mail us with the details.

Canadians have every right to know who stole our money and how, whatever some Party-appointed judge says.

Update: Gomery has partially lifted the publication ban. Go here for an updated article from the Globe and Mail.

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Paying for the pleasure of being trampled on

For the past decade or so, the London Free Press has been a platform for social programmers on the miniature municipal scale. In the latest excerpt from the London Plea Press:

A London gay rights activist is calling on city council to apologize for the involvement of two members in a rally against same-sex marriage. Council should also establish a policy denying use of public facilities to groups that discriminate, said Julie Glaser, a promoter of the Thames Valley District school board's safe schools policies.
Julie Glaser, failed nomination candidate for the NDP, media liaison for the publicly-funded London Homeless Coalition, creator and facilitator of the publicly-funded Thames Valley District School Board's Seen and Heard Youth Anti-Violence Project, is no stranger to that modern Canadian definition of the word public that means as long as I get mine… Glaser is dismayed that public spaces are being used by, well, the public. In the particular view of social advocates like herself, the public is served only by advocacy of positions that cannot depend on force of reason alone. But they see no contradiction in using just plain force to promote their positions…
The London Association for the Elimination of Hate also joined the call for political action, saying council should re-examine the city's policy for renting out public parks. "I think the city should take a good look at what was promoted and who was hurt," executive director Debbie Lee said yesterday. "This puts us right back where we were seven, eight years ago," she said, referring to former mayor Dianne Haskett's refusal in 1995 to proclaim gay pride week.
This puts us right back where we were eight years ago on another occasion when social advocates used the force of the law to impose judgment on what constitutes leftist-friendly use of public spaces — precisely, successfully petitioning the Ontario Human Rights Commission to try to force then-mayor Haskett to issue a proclamation for gay pride week as a public event, conducted in public spaces. And fining her $10 000 to boot.

Interestingly, the Association for the Elimination of Hate is also publicly funded also receives its funding from the city's taxpayers to the tune of $78 000 in 2004. In addition, the association receives office space from the city at 652 Elizabeth Street in exchange for an in-kind contribution, though of what manner this in-kind contribution takes is not mentioned in any documents I can find.

Organizations like the Association for the Elimination of Hate depend upon the perception of hatred to justify their existence, and where none exists it is in their ($78 000/yr. in your money) interest to find it. It is certainly anyone's right to declare, incorrectly, that opposition to same-sex marriage is an example of intolerance or discrimination, but Londoners should not be paying for the dissemination of spite by a political class whose views are those of a non-representative propagandist elite and who wish to curtail the franchise of the public from those who are paying their bills. I actually witnessed part of the above-said rally, drawn by the booming oratory of Pat O'Brien as I was cycling past the park, and in all fairness the speakers took pains to point out that they did not disparage homosexuality but that they only wanted to maintain the traditional definition of marriage. These pains proved to be unnecessary, for although they were meant to alleviate the anticipated hysterics of the social programmers, they were bound to fail in this respect. Better to ignore them. I wish the Free Press would. I do confess that in the recesses of my black heart I hate intolerant social activists and would certainly attend a public rally supporting the removal of their snouts from the public trough.

As food for thought, the social programmers have stacked the deck in their favour:
“public place” is defined in S.319(7) of the Criminal Code to include “any place to which the public have access as of right or by invitation, expressed or implied.”
Strange country we live in…

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Dealing with the oil crisis

Hat tip goes to the Agitator:

From the Dallas Morning News.

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An unprincipled agreement, for people and the environment

In the words of Jack Layton, "from year one and then all the way through to year five." If you can stomach it, go listen to Happy Jack's speech, broadcast by CTV.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Hypocrites of the decade

Dalton the Gimp pulls up in a SUV for earth day:

Friday was Earth Day, and Premier Dalton McGuinty was doing his part, planting trees at King City Public School.

Fortunately, the eager children from Kindergarten to Grade 8 were spared the sight of the premier and his wife, Terri, in a gas-guzzling GMC Yukon SUV, which uses nearly 20 litres of fuel every 100 kilometres, according to GM Canada's website.

In contrast, Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky's hybrid Toyota Prius uses four litres per 100 kilometres.
And, Mr. Third World Nation, popularly known as Bono, beds down with Mr. Evil capitalist number one, Bill Gates.
When U2's lead singer came to Seattle over the weekend for a concert, there was only one logical place to stay -- the home of Bill Gates, who shares Bono's passion for Third World development and relief efforts.

"I was one of 20,000 screaming fans," Microsoft's co-founder Gates told Reuters. Gates, the world's richest man, said he got to know Bono through his work with his philanthropy.
Fine guys, donate lots of cash to charity, but stop trying to idiotically undermine the system that allows entertainers and innovators like yourselves to get rich in the first place. Charity and aid obtained through force is properly called theft. To quote Raskolnikov, commenting on the crazed relief competition between governments during the tsunami relief:
Somewhere amidst this fetishization of charity lies a dark corner, a cul-de-sac of the soul no one wants to talk about. The Great Giving of 2005 is, when it comes down to where the bear shat in the buckwheat, all about us, our turgid hearts, our perpetuation of the "Canadian way" to quote mein Fuhrer, our altruistic ability to overlook the fact that we are basically providing succor to the enemy.
Hat tip to Polspy for the gimpy article.

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"Minding your business on the net"

If you maintain a website, keep a blog, chat on IRC or other Internet "chat rooms," you should be very concerned about a private corporation in the United States called Cyveillance [. . .]

. . it appears that Cyveillance is simply offering a service to corporations to assist them with copyright infringments, theft of data, and protection of trademarks. But this is definitely not all they do. According to their website, the not only monitor HTTP (website) traffic, but they also monitor IRC and Chat rooms. [. . .]

. . . on the Government Solutions, one of their selling points is "Assisting in compliance activities such as monitoring for whistleblower information." [. . .]

As well as IRC and Web spidering, Cyveillance also claims to spider FTP sites. According to J.D. Meadows who operates the Cyveillance Exposed website, his logs show evidence that not only did the Cyveillancebot spider available content, but also tried to search the hard drive for other files and directories.
Just go read the whole article courtesy of Security and Privacy.

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All veins lead back to the Liberal Party

Occam's Carbuncle points out that the Prime Minister's Office donated $43,000 to the Liberal Party in 1997. Have a look, using Bound by Gravity's Elections Canada Database. Search criteria: "1997", "Liberal Party" and "Minister".

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Let's make a deal

"The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods."
H. L. Mencken, HT Tony

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Bringing the agenda forward

Andrew Coyne:

So now we know: there is no price Paul Martin isn't willing to make you pay to save his job. And there is no amount of corruption Jack Layton won't overlook as long as the price is right: at $4.6-billion, it works out to about $250 million per NDP MP. About the same price as the sponsorship program, as it happens.

Update: The picture at the bottom of this Gods post is priceless.

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Dog eat dog

Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2005 03:42:36 +0100












From : London Fog
Sent : April 26, 2005 11:25:21 PM
To :
Dear Mr Dickson,

This is incredible! Your proposal could not have arrived at our offices at a better time. Perhaps you were contacted by Jean-Claude, and are writing to me about the very urgent Party matter to which I have entrusted his entire stock of human resources.

Let me explain the situation in hopes of making you understand that I am the right person for this transaction and an honest business partner in the truest Canadian sense, genuinely appreciative of the full nature of this kind of transaction. I know very well what it feels like to be in your shoes, arranging this sort of generous financial deal with wonderful, guileless people. I send this to you in deepest prayer that you will forgive my polite skepticism as a fellow businessman, and hear me out.

I am the federal representative for Central Ontario Southwest here in Canada, but more importantly, I am a long-time Liberal Party operative. As you may have heard, of late the ingratitude and scrutiny of a gang of right-wing reactionaries has made it very difficult and unsafe to fund our operations in our traditional way. These same forces simultaneously block the establishment of new profitable commercial endeavours such as National Child Care. Worse yet, they stand in the way of our Kyoto commitments to certain Eastern European "private businessmen" who do not appreciate being toyed with by what they see as soft Canadian trough-goers who have never even killed a man to get where we are! Let me tell you, this whole situation has given me many sleepless nights -- those guys are very serious about environmentalism and timetables for global change in a way that many Canadians cannot appreciate. I hope that you and I can find better understanding together! I can tell by the tone of your message that you have a more refined, Canadian-style sense of what it means to play hardball.

You must already feel terribly sorry for us in our predicament -- but now, these same right-wing bigots are threatening a hostile political takeover of our business interests! This, at the same time as the scrutiny of ignorant minds blocks the usual channels by which we raise funds to advertise ourselves to Canadians! Truly, your business proposal is a sign from Providence that we truly are the Natural Governing Party.

Although we do indeed have a great deal of cash, it is quite difficult to invest it here owing to the loose lips of certain former associates who have disclosed our business strategies to those who wish us harm and do not respect the tremendous achievements we have made in expanding the parameters of what a government can be.

In short, Mr Dickson, the future of our business is in danger. We are dire need of a large sum of untraceable money, and your proposal would go a long way. I must admit that I am a little bit curious as to how this transaction will be completed. Would you explain to me the mechanism by which I may acquire this sum in diligence and confidence? I trust you will understand that it is against Party protocol to give secret banking information to complete strangers, however trustworthy they may appear when compared to a representative of the Canadian people such as myself. We do have a number of accounts suitable for situations similar to this one, but we are accustomed to doing this sort of transaction within our own borders, where we have full shredder access to incriminating documents. As such I have not yet mentioned your proposal to any of my partners, and await your permission to involve their assistance.

My friend, I am very eager to explore new sources of funding, out of need, avarice, and multicultural goodwill. Before I continue this transaction I wanted to make sure you are not some kind of two-tier fanatic playing a cruel joke on us. I will need your assurance that you support the Liberal Party and are sincere in your proposal.

As Godfather Bonnano once told a group of us back when we were as young and idealistic as the most literal-minded Green fresh out of our universities, "Follow the money". As a Liberal, I have endeavoured to live by this credo throughout my long years serving the Party, and I would be greatly remiss not to enquire deeper into your proposal now in its hour of greatest need.

I hope you will endeavour to provide more details soon, as I am a very busy man, and some of those around me are getting very nervous about keeping all this cash around that sometimes it's a little bit scary even to an old school operator such as myself.

Yours in surfeit,

Dr. Thelo N. Donfog, M.P.
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1A1

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Monday, April 25, 2005

With shackles in place, we march onward to the ballot box

Kevin Gulstene from Polspy offers some suggestions on how to improve youth turnout at election time:

1. Make voting more contemporary by hosting the debates on a tropical island and let the candidates vote each other off.
2. Make them explain why their right to vote doesn’t matter to an old guy with ribbons on his chest.
3. Remind them that democracy is often better than the alternative by making them queue ( ala the bread lines) for days to get the life’s essentials — beer, kraft dinner and condoms.
4. Last, but not least, amend the elections act so that mandatory conscription is automatically introduced if voter turnout falls below, say 80%. I’ll bet that would bring the 32” waists out of hiding.

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Only five more years of closed door meetings before council makes a decision

Fred Tranquilli on the proposed pesticide ban in London:

"We're sort of at a point now where we have to start making decisions."
Uh huh:
A committee set up by council spent two years studying the issue before it was disbanded last December, unable to agree on key aspects.

That leaves the task to council, which must decide what direction the bylaw will take.

In a report to the committee tonight, city staff recommend a bylaw be delayed until health officials complete a survey to measure the effectiveness of a public education campaign. [. . .]

The lawn-care industry says banning pesticides will put companies out of business, threatening about 250 jobs in London.
I doubt it took them this long to make a decision regarding the smoking ban and they surely didn't care about jobs when they decided in favour of it. Today's editorial in the London Liberal Press, showing up the same day as a front page advertisement for the Liberal Party of Canada.
It's hard to sympathize with the Ontario hospitality industry's argument that it should be compensated for lost future revenue from a provincewide smoking ban in public places when a hospitality worker talks about being stricken with inoperable lung cancer after working 40 years in smoke-filled Ottawa restaurants.

"Why weren't we protected from this kind of environment?" Heather Crowe, a 60-year-old lifelong non-smoker, asked a public hearing last week into the Ontario Liberals' proposed ban, to take effect in 2006. "Are we the invisible workers, or are we the disposable workers? And why do employers think that they have a right to sacrifice our lives?"
Well, you could get another job. I suppose it's easier to pay half your wage in taxes than to think for yourself.

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London pesticides!

June 15, 2006

I, for one, do not welcome our new insect overlords, June 13, 2006
London city council last night voted 13-6 in favour a ban on the residential use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes. The outcome of the vote could not really have been said to have ever been in doubt. Once the jurisdiction over private property and private interests had been settled in favour of municipal governments, the exercise of that jurisdiction has been almost entirely at the discretion of the city, a discretion that yields more easily and more often to temptation than to forbearance.
Just imagine, London, June 13, 2006
...The vehicle which conveys away the demons may be of various kinds. A common one is a little ship or boat. Thus, in the south-western part of the province of Ontario, in the city of London, when a whole community suffers from the pains of hypochondria, a small ship is made and filled with canned food, water, enough social assistance cheques and lottery tickets to provide a dignified life, and so forth, along with several canisters of a substance chosen by the wise men of the city to represent sickness, doom, and the tribe's curious, self-destructive sense of shame about Man's dominion over nature.
On pest removal in council chambers…, June 12, 2006
Arthur Majoor, candidate for Mayor of London in November's municipal election:

"Tonight's City Council vote on a pesticide bylaw is a further example of how time and energy is being diverted from core issues which are the true business of municipal government."
These pests have developed a resistance…, June 11, 2006
In anticipation of a close vote on Monday on London's proposed pesticide bylaw, the anti-pesticide activist lobby is again reminding council again that while prohibition is not really suggested with evidence or reason, it is more convenient to treat the issue as a simple one of perception.
June 11, 2006

The Luddite road to riches, May 9, 2006
One of the great Canadian values is a failure to understand the fallacy of the broken window. But seldom does this appear in such pure form as in this letter to the editor from today's London Free Press. Lawn firms should pick weeds by hand
Imagine London soon to seek dihydrogen monoxide ban, April 27, 2006
Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death.
Impoverish London, April 27, 2006
According to the London Free Press, mayor Anne Marie DeCicco and some members of city council are trying to pre-empt a perceived vulnerability on the subject of pesticides bans with a proposed law of their own before the upcoming November election, in response to Imagine London making it the centerpiece of their latest public incarnation as a municipal power-broker.
Divide & Rule, April 19, 2006
I have previously referred to Imagine London, the activist group behind the division and redistricting of London's seven two-councillor wards into fourteen smaller single-councillor wards, as Imagineering London. In truth, organizations may spend as much vigour and passion on promoting democratic reform, as their public calling card says, but an organization that confuses electoral systems with democracy is engaged, not in the resolution of the source of authority in government, but in its apportionment — in other words, in a task of political engineering of government.
Pest infestation, April 2, 2006
London city council took the first step last night toward a bylaw controlling cosmetic use of pesticides by 2008.
London Central Authority, March 21, 2006
For those unsuspecting adults who do not sell permanent markers or spray paint, simply imagined crimes will be attributed to each and every one of you. To that vocal minority that imagines that something must be done and troubles not over questions of the imperative, the something, the doing, or the doer, something will always continue to must be done until it is done — after which, of course, they can move on to the next something that must be done. That's right — sooner or later, London will have a pesticide ban.
If ya don't have yer bylaw, ya can't have any pudding!
How can ya have any pudding if ya don't have yer bylaw?
, February 22, 2006
To many, existence is apparently unconscionably precarious in the absence of a law or regulation.
The problem with pesticides is that they are not ambitious enough, February 14, 2006
Freedom is not a participant in any battle against tyranny. Tyranny exists materially in the use of force. Freedom, on the other hand, has no substantive form — freedom is literally nothing, the simple absence of tyranny. So far as a battle between the two can be described, it is a battle that cannot be won by the absence of one participant. And so, to those who value the imposition of obligations on others, something that has not yet been done will always remain something to be done.
Pests, February 9, 2006
What does the fashionable activist aspiring to regulate and restrain peoples' peaceful pursuits of happiness do these days if prohibition is not suggested with evidence or reason? When leaving the decision up to the sound-managerial-practice dirigiste fantasies of city council fails, he needs only to substitute his lack of argument with massaging councillors' democratic neediness to be perceived to be governing by consent.
The London Coalition Against Pesticides — sanctimony beats reality, November 23, 2005
Politics is the art of compromise, it is said, but what use is a compromise between right and wrong to anyone but politicians? Nothing is being done now, but don't regard this as any more than a temporary reprieve — council agreed to leave the issue with the environment and transportation committee for next year, when amateur authoritarians will try to get council to wield the hammer again.
Somebody needs to invent a pesticide that works on these kinds of pests, November 18, 2005
Of course they applaud — the moral authority of their activism is now theirs by default, acclaimed by the force of legislation instead of by promoting its merits.
You can't follow council without a programme, September 27, 2005
At a glance, council's economy with policing resources on this issue may seem an instance of doing the right thing for the assorted right or wrong reasons. And I was amused by the bone tossed to the prohibition crowd in the form of public advocacy education, an always popular precursor to more disciplinary measures once the citizenry fails to govern itself in the prescribed fashions as well as a testament to council's inability to do nothing at all, indifferent to its competence. But it takes a bylaw to forbear already permitted usage?
Only five more years of closed door meetings before council makes a decision, April 25, 2005
I doubt it took them this long to make a decision regarding the smoking ban and they surely didn't care about jobs when they decided in favour of it.

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Ice age will be caused by lack of second hand smoke


But like several recent smaller studies, it found that people who are modestly overweight have a lower risk of death than those of normal weight.

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Pimping for the Liberals

Anne-Marie isn't smiling now. This is what happens when you make deals with the devil:
London and other cities stand to lose millions in federal gas-tax revenue if Paul Martin's minority Liberals are brought down before they can pass their first budget. In London, that could cost taxpayers $4 million the city is already banking on from the feds in this year's city budget.

Most of that money has already been earmarked for spending on public works projects such as roads and sewers.

"Everything -- it's all at stake," Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco fumed on the weekend, vowing to press city MPs on the issue in a meeting today with board of control.

"If they do not pass the budget, we get nothing -- no gas tax -- and we've budgeted $3 million of it this year," said DeCicco. "You just can't find money like that easily. This is like the worst of all things that could have happened."
Well, well - London's Liberal looters don't look so good now do they? Considering council members were well aware that the money was not a for sure thing in the first place, and further, that the federal Liberals have a minority government, they should have waited until the funds were in hand before budgeting on a dream. It's like spending your pay cheque before even going to the job interview, and then ending up in the welfare line. As usual, it will be taxpayers taking the punch for such despicable and gross mismanagement of appropriated funds. But they do things like that here in London - like for example, when approving the overpass for Hale and Trafalgar streets:
London will go ahead with the first phase of the controversial Hale-Trafalgar rail overpass. In a 9-7 vote last night, council approved funding for the first phase of the $11.5-million overpass on the CN Rail line.

But it wasn't without concern and debate about whether federal funding will ever surface.

"Certainly, there's no certainty whatsoever as far as a partnership with the federal government," said Coun. David Winninger [. . .]

Several members of council have expressed concern the city will end up paying the federal government's share, or more, if solid commitments aren't made before construction begins.
It's okay to go into debt lobbying for festivities and the construction of fancy arenas - but roads and sewers - you know, essentials - are to be paid for from provincial 'windfalls'. And what of that debt?
If the money doesn't come, it will have to be found elsewhere, such as from a $13.1-million windfall the city received from Ontario and plans to apply against debt, said Vic Cote, the city's finance manager.

DeCicco plans to contact area mayors to press all federal leaders to pass the budget before an election [. . .]

Unless the budget is passed, the gas tax, new health-care funding, tax cuts and the first $700 million of a $5-billion, five-year national child-care plan are all threatened.

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley warned federal leaders not to overestimate voter appetite for a vote.

"I would think that if they have the national interest at heart, then they'd approve specific parts of the budget and then get on with their own partisan agendas," he said.
So here we see one possible way the thieving Liberals will get back into power - if we don't vote them back into power, the trough money might be lost! Those conservatives won't support our 'partisan agenda', so we'll stick to the party that does. As for the billions shamelessly stolen from taxpayers - well, they won't do it again I am sure.

In the interest of securing their own corrupt and blood sucking positions, these mayors forget to mention where all the money comes from in the first place - taxpayers across the country. London's funding Toronto, Alberta is funding Ontario - everyone is funding everyone and noone is getting what they want. Pass the pot and see how much you can grab before the next guy makes a demand.
DeCicco said the federal political uncertainty only "underscores the importance of putting programs in place that are sustainable -- funding you can count on regardless of who forms the government."

The Martin government's defeat also could delay further delay an affordable housing deal with Ontario. About $300 million in federal cash has been stalled for two years because Ontario won't commit to matching funding.
I'm with DeCicco, let's get rid of the voting process altogether and just set up a series of five year plans.

Yes, another balanced front page article from the London Liberal Press.

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As a bookseller in ages past I was surprised to find this out. From Mark Steyn's latest free Western Standard column:

Sorry, you have to be a Canadian citizen to sell books.
It's a "Cultural Business" « entreprise culturelle » , don't you know. I got a chuckle hearing an artist refer to herself as a "cultural worker", but I didn't realize the notion was set in legal stone.

This seems to be the culprit, an Act to ensure political levers can be used to direct investments where Party interests lie.

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150 years of parking woes in London

From the LFP:

April 25, 1972 The more things change . . .

Members of the North London Merchants Association oppose city council's proposal to eliminate parking on Richmond Street. Retailers suggest traffic bottlenecks are due to delays at the CPR rail crossing. They also cite delays in providing off-street parking for balking at the changes.
The rail crossing still runs through one of London's busiest streets, although council has recently approved the controversial construction of an overpass at Hale and Trafalgar which is a good 10 or fifteen minutes from downtown where all the congestion is.

And now we have the JLC.

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The Red Ensign Standard XXth

It's that time of the month again… Dana at canadiancomment pulls an all-nighter to round up the best of the best of Canadian blogging in the 20th edition of the Red Ensign Standard.

canadiancomment joined the Red Ensign blogroll for the simple reason that we found the group to be genuinely interested in improving our country. Naturally we have differences of opinion amongst ourselves about how to do this but the tone is, for the most part, positive and respectful. Those qualities can be very difficult to find in the blogosphere and they are why we're proud to be members of the Brigade.

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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Sins of omission

I don't seriously expect that the Conservatives, if in power, would actually sell off the CBC — probably just starve it of funding so that some kind of correlation could be achieved between its relevance and its ability to feed off the public trough. But I can hope…

Mkbraaten, who is doing amazing work untangling the lines of Liberal deceit, finds that the CBC won't bite the Party-brand government hands that feed it.

Last week, after my research (here and here) on the Liberals 'Audits' created a firestorm in the media and the House of Commons, I received an email from a CBC investigative journalist wanting to do a piece on the story. He was planning on investigating the conflict of interest regarding the Liberals and the accounting firms that had conducted the 'audits'. After several phone conversations with him, and after him telling me he had interviews scheduled with some prominent forensic accountants, he informed me that his bosses did not want to pursue the story. The reason was because 'information that [I] dug up has already been reported."

[…}only two news organizations reported this topic (CanWest and Globe and Mail), but they only reported what was said in parliament. Not one news entity has used 'investigative' journalism to actually dig around for some information that would be news worthy – and there are a lot of newsworthy items in this topic.

For example they could have investigated:
· The apparent conflict of interest between the Liberals and the accountants with regards to past donations;
· The fact that the one office that performed the ‘audit’ was such a large contributor to the Liberal party;
· To find out if there were any government contracts given to this office;
· On the revelations of how, Liberal Cabinet minister, Pierre Pettigrew was a former Vice President of the very same office that performed the less then through financial review on the Quebec wing of the Liberal party;
· On the fact that the review mysteriously did not review the riding associations finances – the very spot where the money is accused to have been funneled through;
· That last week Benoit Corbeil mentioned that some ‘accountants’ were implicated in this sponsorship scandal.

One would think that piecing the Liberal audit story together with these shockingly new Corbeil revelations would be worthy of a front page news story, but then again, this is CBC. […] Perhaps it’s because 82% of the CBC’’s board of directors have donated to the Liberal party. Or perhaps investigating a story on the government and its misdoings might get you fired. This does happen at CBC, and if you don’t think it does, then read Aarons article on former CBC radio host Don Hill’s firing.

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Red ink spilled…

What was I thinking? Opposition to waste, fraud and corruption is clearly no match for the political and philosophical acumen of sloganeering Liberal Party groupies. In response to a heartfelt and genuinely moving plea to the subterranean grassroots of the Canadian ovine community, non-official Liberals across the country are standing up for the uniquely Canadian value of being robbed, bootlicked and kicked in the a-s repeatedly and with righteous abandon.

The Liberal Party of Canada would like to invite the participation of you, our members, in a grassroots consultation exercise, with the goal of answering the oh-so-simple question of “what it means to be a Liberal in the 21st century” and/or “why you should feel confident about the future of the Liberal Party, and of Canada.”
[The Top Ten Reasons It’s Great to Be a Liberal, Liberal Party of Canada]
A random sample of the overwhelming anti-anti-Canadian response includes:

I admit the last slogan confuses me, but I can only assume that it means that that special specimen of Canadian that can accurately regurgitate trivial election facts without analysis or insight is a particularly valuable anti-Canadian slayer.

Hat tip to the ever vigilant Darcey of Dust My Broom.

Be warned that reproduction of any part of this grassroots response is subject to the following legal limitations:
This website is the property of the Liberal Party of Canada and may not be reproduced in whole or in part without express written permission.
© Liberal Party of Canada 2005.
Oops, sorry…

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Surrounded by barbed wire

Image courtesy of Lanark Landowners Association.

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Da Devil not only give me da Liberal Party, 'e halso give me da power to drink you hunder da table

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

"Trust us, we're Liberals"

Martin manipulation courtesy of Mr. Joe Molnar from Woodstock. Castro singing along with Trudeau image found on Gods of the Copybook Headings.

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Bonehead Logic

Even Bono's pissed off at Martin, but not for the right reasons of course.
If being mired in scandal and threatened with imminent defeat weren't enough, Prime Minister Paul Martin capped off a brutal week by striking a sour note with his most famous fan. Rock superstar Bono is irked by Martin's refusal to meet a long-stated standard for foreign aid increases.

"I'm annoyed," the U2 frontman says in an exclusive interview to be aired Saturday on CBC Radio's The House.

"I'm bewildered, really. I'm disappointed.

"I can't believe that Paul Martin would want to hold up history."
Onward with the communist revolution. The dirty evil capitalists will fall as predicted. Never mind that capitalism is the system that enables rock stars to accumlate vast sums of money. But Bono is progessive and has his mind on higher aspirations.
Martin recently said he won't commit to spending 0.7 per cent of gross domestic product on foreign aid by the year 2015 because he's not convinced the country can afford it.

But Bono, showing a keen knowledge of Canada's domestic prosperity, would not let the prime minister's contention go unchallenged.

Ottawa has racked up successive multi-billion-dollar surpluses, and countries such as Britain, France and Germany commit to the 0.7 benchmark.

"There is a blessing on this country, on Canada," Bono said.

He also said Martin's political problems were no excuse for failing to increase foreign aid.

"It's a time for real leadership. I understand there's problems at home. I understand it's hard to get time to focus on this."
Hat tip: Andrew Coyne

Update: Raskolnikov is the master. I cannot help myself and here reproduce his entire post:
As the lead singer of a popular musical group, Bono’s power in the highest levels of world diplomacy, and his influence as an erudite master of economics, foreign policy, world history and government, makes him the kind of god-like figure you want on your side.

With his ability to shame the sissy, craven leaders of the world’s irrelevant countries into ejaculations of guilt over the fact that their countries have the audacity to follow a market system, Bono has become the leading political juggernaut of the new millenium.

This is good news for those of us who want to see Paul Martin out of office.

Bono’s strangehold on Martin’s emtional psyche needs to be exploited.

I say we make a deal.

We can allow U2 to travel across our country, charging $135 for an opportunity to see balding men dressed in tight leather perform. With the money earned they can then add to the hundreds of millions of dollars they already have. We won’t even tax them heavily or anything.

All we ask in return is that Bono take Mr Martin for a walk in the woods, say a few dewy words of forgiveness, and let him go.

You’re free boy. You’re free.

What our country needs right now is a firm but compassionate hand to guide us into the future. Only Bono has that power.

Please Mr Vox, please help our third world country get rid of an enormous debt.

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