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Things I’m wondering about…

When is punishment not punishment, but revenge? I was reading a number of the comments on the site that related to the horrendous abduction and murder of that little girl in Woodstock. Not at all surprising was the amount of anger in those comments.  To kill a child is a terrible and evil act and those responsible must be brought to justice.  But many on the site were calling for capital punishment. And again, this isn’t surprising given the nature of this crime.  But is this justice or simple revenge?  As a deterrent, we see by looking to our neighbours to the south that executing criminals doesn’t work.  And are we not letting them off rather easy? Regular readers will know that I’m not a believer in an afterlife per se so I don’t think these animals will be judged at some point after death.

‘Tis better to cage them up for the rest of their lives and effectively rather than literally taking away their right to exist.
I have a button stowed away somewhere that says: Why do we kill people to show that killing people is wrong.

But if my daughter was the victim, would I hold true to these beliefs?

o    Why do the Harperites insist on continuing these ridiculous attack ads? Do they not realise that the only segment of the voting population is that which would have already voted for them in any case? The only folks who believe the rubbish coming from the PMO are those who are one or all of the following:

o    From Alberta
o    From Saskatchewan
o    From B.C, outside of the urban areas
o    Low level of education
o    Rural residents
o    NASCAR fans
o    Robots

Now, don’t anyone flame me for suggesting that all folks from AB are NASCAR-lovin’ rednecks who have a poster of Stevie on their outhouse wall… I don’t mean that!

Anyhow, most of we Canucks are tired of these attacks. Let’s back away from that for a while and show some civility, shall we?

Hey – Justin Trudeau has a nice perspective on this matter too.

o    The Brian Mulroney Commission: Who cares!!! I personally didn’t much like the guy when he was PM but I’m watching the proceedings while sitting on a bike at GoodLife the other day and I watched a full 30 minutes of the “cross-examination” of ol’ Bri explaining that he DID pay taxes on the full amount just NOT in the taxation year in which he was given the funds! What? Is this the best scandal that we Canadians can dream up?

Drop it. There are more juicy things going on, like…

o    The Larry O’Brien criminal trial…. though from the sounds of things, the defence lawyer is tearing Kilrea a new hole on the stand.

I woulda loved to have been there today when Bulldog Baird took the stand.  I cannot stand that guy and would have liked to have seen him squirm a bit.

Is O’Brien guilty? Probably. Will he be judged so? Probably not. But it makes for good entertainment…

o      Lastly… dump Gary Bettman and bring in someone who has an ego smaller than Baffin Island and a hockey sense that is more developed than a Bedouin farmer.


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  1. trashee says:

    I’m the same as you. If I could bring in about the same income for about the same number of working hours, I’d do it in a flash.
    But, municipal councillors put in very long hours -I’m not saying that they need be “productive” hours. for a salary that is low relative to the amount of time on the job.
    Have I ever mentioned that I once was one of those evil ones? Not here but back in my homeland in the Parry Sound area. It is a thankless job and you work late nights and every weekend. It was a part time position in my my little ol’ township, but still demanding.
    Maybe I’ll run one day. But not right now.

  2. If I could maintain my current standard of living I have now as a city councillor, I would run in the riding in which I have lived for the bulk of the last 21 years (i.e. against Maria Mcrae). In essence, it’s not worth it for me to run, even if I think I could do a better job.

    Regardless of whether or not I will run, there have been other choices in nearly every riding. It would be a simple matter to clean house on city council… people just don’t do it.

    I would love to see all 24 replaced, but I’ll settle for a majority of them being replaced. People love to blame the mayor, but the mayor is only 1 vote. The problem is the rest of them and their teenage “we’re not going to do what you want and you can’t make us” attitudes.

    All I’ve seen out of the rural folks is them wanting to go back to the day when the Ottawa taxpayers paid for everything and the rural poeple got it free just by being sort of close. Living rural isn’t nearly as attractive when you have to pay to bring services to you, rather than having the services pay to come to you. From my point of view, amalgamation seems to be working just fine – or at least as fine as city council ever worked… which I suppose means it’s not working, so you have me there.

  3. trashee says:

    OK. So do we replace all 24 of them? And if yes, are you going to run and unseat Mr. Hume?
    Big problem is that amalgamation doesn’t work in a City that has a large rural component. I know this because it was the subject of my Master’s thesis.

  4. re: O’brien

    The pro-status-quo, pro-incumbent-city-councillor media desperately want O’brien to be guilty… if he is found guilty, they can freely dump all their vitriol on him.

    If he’s not found guilty, they may have to go and look at the real reason city council is not effective: the other 24 members, most of whom have sat in their city hall chairs for so long their arses have taken the same shape.

    This whole mayor thing is a diversion from the real problem: Our city government doesn’t work and the people who are to blame are looking to deflect that blame onto someone other than themselves.

    Even if O’brien *IS* guilty, it doesn’t change the fact that the rest of city council has been wholly ineffective and have spent the last 2 years going out of their way to undermine the mayor rather than effectively govern. That seems to be lost on the media who are more interested in ensuring nothing sticks to their little darlings.

  5. re: attack ads

    Some segments of the population that might vote for Harper will not do so as long as he runs attack ads.

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