Posts Tagged ‘guns’

2014 is the Chinese year of the horse. Does this mean I should blow a bundle at the track?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

I don’t often “recycle” posts. Yes, I am lazy, but what’s the point of a blog if you just re-post old stuff?

But I thought that I’d dig up last years “Resolutions” post to see how I made out and to add any new stuff. Turns out it was a bit (OK, a lot) of a gag post, but no matter.

Reintroducing…

Resolutions for 2013 2014!!!…

… Before I have a second glass of Pinot Noir…

– not be as critical of our Dear Leader and encourage all my friends to cut he and his Cabinet some slack. They’re trying really darned hard

12 months later – hmmm… kind of a #fail on this one. But who can blame me! What with the whole Duffy/Wright thing, the ongoing del Mastro thing, the demonization of JT and the killer weed thing,… lotsa things, eh?

– not ridicule Tea Baggers and their ilk who are found south of the border. They think differently from me, but that’s OK.

Well, it’s NOT OK. They are as worthy of ridicule and disdain in 2014 as they were in 2013. Carry on.

– accept that religious arm-flappers may have a point. Hey! What do I know! Maybe there is a big bearded dude in the sky and some old guy with a big boat gathered up all the animals in a storm (except for the unicorns)

#Fail on this one too. I still don’t understand why the unicorns would have been left behind. And the dinosaurs? Why doesn’t anyone think of the DINOSAURS??? There’s a 99,9% probability that I will exit 2014 as I entered it – as an atheist. And if I’m wrong, may St. Unicorn strike Ezra Levant dead…

– understand that guns have a place the 21st century America. And perhaps we in Canada should have one of those Second Amendment things

I’m not making light of this one. After Newtown, this proud and happy father cannot simply swipe this away with a pithy remark. I don’t “get” the NRA. I don’t “get” gun rights advocates who, in spite of the evidence, continue to insist that killing devices like automatic weapons have a place in American communities. Maybe I need to be an American to understand, but from what I see, there are lots of Americans who don’t “get” it either.

Here is the link to a Slate post with some VERY sobering stats.

Wake up, America. You are killing your children.

– add Tim Hudak as a friend on Facebook

LOL! LMAO! ROTFL! Did I REALLY write that?????

But hey! Timmy is best defense that the Grits and Dippers have at Queen’s park to ensure that there will not be a OPC government in 2014!!

– and Rob Ford too

Man. I don’t know where to start with this one. I really don’t. So I’ll just leave it.

– swear off red wine, beer and single malt scotch forever

From a health perspective, this would have been a good idea… maybe this year… nawwwwww…

– give up meat

From a health perspective, this would have been a good idea… maybe this year… nawwwwww…

Wait.

Ah.

It’s JANUARY 1 and not APRIL 1!

Sorry.

Happy New Year!

THREE additions for 2014!

Alrighty, then…

And I’m dead serious with these ones…

– I’m going to get fit next year. I really am. I gave up smoking almost ten years ago, so surely I can change my semi-sedentary lifestyle, eat a bit better, etc. I’m 51 now and need to take this shit more seriously… else, I may one day not be around to write resolutions for the following year…

– I’m going to spend more time thinking about my direction in life in general. Overall (except for the fitness thing), I’m a pretty happy guy. But do I want to be doing 5 years hence what I am doing today? I dunno. Maybe a change in workplace would be wise. Maybe not.
Should I run for Trustee again? I don’t know. I do want to get back into local politics, but I’m not sure I want to spend a couple of months canvassing only to lose again due to low turnout and the incumbent’s name recognition advantage. However, I am still very disappointed with her complete lack of engagement with her community. I’ll need to decide on this fairly soon..

– I will continue to work my ass off to be a good husband, father and member of the community. It’s not always easy, but it is most definitely worth the effort.

May 2014 be filled with health, happiness and peace for you and those you care about.

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Friday miscellany…

Friday, January 18th, 2013

… the “Ah!”, edition.

Saturday is Gun Appreciation Day in the U S of A!

No, this isn’t an Onion article.

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Like a million monkeys hammering in a million keyboards, something coherent might eventually pop out. Such is the case with the Ottawa Sun in this article which argues against the forced inoculation of health care workers.

Don’t misunderstand, I get the shot each year, as do my kids. It works. Period. And I’m a real whiny sick guy.

But, unless it is a condition of employment that is clear to the employee before they accept an employment opportunity, demanding them to be immunized after that point is just not right… and a slippery slope.
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So Uncle Tony Clement got indignant with a protester back in my old hometown. The Pres of the local NDP association called him out on a couple of things as did a few others at the protest held outside his New Years levee.

One protester asked Clement whether there was any Native consultation regarding Bill C-45. “We consulted Canadians. We had a consultation called a federal election,” Clement answered. “What I find is there’s a lot of misinformation about (Bill) C45. C45 still maintains a respect for the environment-“ “It’s an anti-democratic act-“ Mobbley interjected. “You’re very good at interrupting, aren’t you?” Clement fired back. “If you’re going to interrupt, you’re being very disrespectful, civil discourse is what people in Canada want. If you cannot participate in civil discourse that you don’t deserve to govern.” At that point, voices were raised, one protester demanding Clement stop, “talking to us like we’re children, please!” Apparently fed up, Clement wished the group a “Happy New Year.” Still being interrupted by one protester, he walked up to the man, addressing him face to face. “I’ve got 56 per cent of the vote in the riding sir,” Clement said, then heading back inside the restaurant hosting his levee.

Civil discourse! Of COURSE! And the CPC is such a good role model for civil discourse, isn’t it?

And here is the latest example of the CPC version of civil discourse:

Publicly calling a reporter out for being “controversial” only because said reporter was asking some hard questions about Dean del Mastro’s campaign spending? That’s controversial? That is “doing his JOB”!

OTTAWA — In an unusual, if not unprecedented personal, public attack against a journalist, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office has questioned the credibility of one of the two reporters who first broke the story about alleged election spending irregularities by a Conservative MP. Harper’s office issued a statement through embattled Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro’s office Thursday in response to an Ottawa Citizen/Postmedia story published Thursday reporting that RCMP officers had stepped in to help Elections Canada investigate the MP’s 2008 election campaign spending. The PMO’s statement, sent to a newspaper in Del Mastro’s Peterborough, Ont. riding, referred to Postmedia’s Stephen Maher as a “controversial reporter.” The statement read: “It is worth keeping in mind that Postmedia recently retracted a story written by controversial reporter Stephen Maher because it made false claims against a Conservative riding association.” Maher’s story, published in November, was about donations to Conservative party donors in a Montreal riding. It was not retracted but was subject to a clarification under the label ‘For the Record.’ In a confused back-and-forth Thursday, Del Mastro’s office first said that the statement had come from the Prime Minister’s Office, and after initially refusing further comment, the MP later changed his mind. “They’re my statements,” he told the Peterborough Examiner. “I did not write them. I agree with them.” >

Classy. And very civil.

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Re: Lance Armstrong. Is it over yet?

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Although I am pretty much as anti-gun as you can be…

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

… I think that concerns about a store that sells weapons a couple of doors down from a daycare is a little over the top.

Parents of children who attend a daycare east of Ottawa are up in arms as a hunting store that features guns is set to move in two doors down.

Pro Nature is in the midst of opening in a Clarence-Rockland mall that also includes the Tiny Hoppers daycare. The mall is about 35 kilometres east of Ottawa.

Worried mother Katie Riopel said she has safety concerns due to the proximity of guns and young children.

“My personal fear would be that someone would come in after purchasing a firearm and open fire on the kids,” she said. “[It could be] someone that’s not completely there.”

Seriously?

It may be a bit of an incompatible use zoning issue… but only at a stretch.

 

 

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Friday miscellany…

Friday, July 20th, 2012

… summer doldrums edition…

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I hate guns. I really do. And I did long before all of this tragic shit that has gone down in Scarborough and now in Colorado. Don’t give me that crap about gun ownership being a right or not having to worry about lawful owners of guns. I don’t want to hear it.

The fact is that there would be a whole lot of people alive today who are not – because of guns.

The devil is what do we do about it? I don’t have an answer.

But I do know that there are many parents, wifes, husbands, sons and daughters who wish that someone who come up with an answer. And soon.

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I received an email today that I will be getting a certificate and a lapel pin (what a WASTE of tax payers’ money eh? How extravagant!) in recognition of my 15 years in the Canadian PS!

A lapel pin!!!!

And between now and when I actually receive the pin and paper, I will have to come up with a creative thing to do with a certificate signed by Stephen Harper…ideas?

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It is REALLY dry here in this part of the world. Really dry!

Food prices will undoubtedly be a little higher later on… glad my garden is thriving!

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The abdication by Russia and China of their responsibility to punish Syria’s leadership for the mass murder of its own citizens? Well, that is just plain dumb.

There has to come a time very soon when the Russians and Chinese have to cut bait and realise they backed the wrong side? No?

I’m worried about all of the recent conflicts and uprisings in the region and the way the support is shifting. Everything is very unstable and fluid. And can’t help but think that this is all going to lead to something very, very bad…

Possibly ending in Iran.

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I’m a Blue Jays fan and have  been shaking my head over the number of injuries that have damaged what was shaping up to be a very successful season. But they are still in the  chase for a wild card spot so I am happy to see that they have traded for some pitching staff! I hope this stems the tide of losses that they have been piling up lately!

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I like it!

I do have mixed feelings about the Olympics… which I might explore next week as they get underway in the UK… but this shiney new coin is pretty awesome!

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Last, thanks again to all of the folks to put on a great reunion party back in my old home town last weekend! Your efforts were appreciated.

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In some States in the US…

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

…carrying guns is permitted. Even in the open. In a holster or shoved down your crotch. Your choice.

Amazing, eh?

And even I, Trashy, the despiser of all things Harper-ish, is pretty sure the current majority government would never go down this path. I really don’t.

Buuuutttt…. not a bad idea to post things like this once in a while to keep everyone honest, right?

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Murders and suicides with firearms…

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Note: The registration portion of the Firearms Act was implemented in 2001 and became mandatory in 2003.

I put this table together because of a Twitter conversation that was going back and forth about murder, suicides and firearms.

So here is a fact-based, empirical set of data on what went down between 2000 and 2007.

For me, the striking thing is the decrease of firearm related suicides. Quite remarkable.

I should mention that these data are publicly available and accessible at no cost.

What other conclusions do you draw from the data?


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Double standards – Presidential security

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

There is a painfully clear difference between the thicknesses of the security envelope that surrounded George W. and that which protects the current President. The recent presence of a protester with automatic weaponry at a Arizona rally at which Obama was speaking speaks volumes to how things have changed between the 43rd and 44th Commanders-in-Chief.

Here is some coverage of a 2002 Bush visit to (coincidentally) Arizona:

On a campaign swing through Arizona on September 27, President Bush was met by hundreds of protesters in both Flagstaff and Phoenix who addressed many issues but chiefly opposition to war. Reuters reported that, “As Bush addressed the Iraq situation in Flagstaff, a protester shouted out ‘What’s the real reason Mr. Bush — oil money?’ She was quickly led away.”

In Phoenix, police on horseback moved to reign in the protest crowd as it flowed off the sidewalks, provoking the arrest of six people, including legal observer Eleanor Eisenberg, Executive Director of the Arizona Civil Liberties Union.

And in Cincinnati:

When Bush delivered a major pitch for war in Cincinnati on October 7, up to 5,000 people protested outside the Museum Center while he spoke. When most of the crowd returned to nearby Laurel Park for a closing rally, a few hundred blocked the exit from the Museum Center. Police on horseback rode through the crowd to disperse it, and arrested six people by one account.

And here is what all the stylish folks are taking to protests where Obama is speaking.

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Why is this so? Are the Secret Service under orders to let rednecks be rednecks and let it ride? Have the rules concerning Presidential security changed – as in become laxer? I doubt it. Budget cutbacks?  I hesitate to pull the race card because I think that if anything, Obama’s race would guarantee him MORE security not less due to the overt and implied threats against him because of the colour of his skin.

According to a recently published book, The President’s Secret Service, by Robert Kessler, former President George W. Bush received 3,000 realistic threats a year. The author states threats against President Obama have increased 400%.

Here’s my theory: I think the president has given orders that the gun-totin’ rednecks be left alone so the Administration does not to appear too anti-gun in the eyes of the public. In America, to be anti-gun means that you are anti-American and by corollary, anti-freedom. It is enough of an uphill battle for Obama to avoid being bogged down in the partisan quagmire that is Washington D.C., let alone being tagged as actively anti-gun. Many swing areas that voted for him would swing back to the Republicans on that issue alone.

What a marked different between my country and that to the south. Many in the United States – helped by an unbelievably powerful gun lobby – live by credos that were set down hundreds of years ago by their nation’s founders. The anti-Obama caste likes to use this national allegiance to anachronisms and myths to its utmost advantage.

Last week, a man with a gun strapped to his leg held a sign outside an Obama town hall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., that read: “It’s time to water the tree of liberty.”

“The tree of liberty has to be watered with the blood of patriots” is a quote from Thomas Jefferson – a long dead and largely irrelevant man in the modern world.  Calling for martyrdom worked in a world of extreme violence, inequity, barbarism and Empire that was the 18th century; a world without a means to affect change without taking up arms. This world does still exist in many less-developed nations in places like Africa or the Middle East; where America is currently fighting wars against peoples that believe in martyrdom as fervently as did Jefferson. But that world is no longer relevant in 21st century America…as much as the right wing nuts would like its citizenry to believe it otherwise.

But what about the Fifth Estate, you say? That pillar of unbiased commentary that provides the necessary context to be used by the citizenry to make their own judgements?

Ah, yes.

America – grow up and smarten up.

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