Mark Steyn rightly calls Canada a "superwimp pussy -nation", while singing the praises of the Canadian troops:
And that, Mr. Binn, is why Canadian soldiers don't get the credit they deserve. Not because they're nancy boys but because the Canadian state is deeply invested in the idea of Canada as the nancy-boy nation. That's why in April 2002 the politicians, media and large swathes of the public preferred their Princess Pats as victims rather than as killers. Look at the words of almost every prominent "official" Canadian--Chr‚tien, Martin, Axworthy, Ralston Saul--in the first four-and-a-half years after 9/11. The underlying message is: this isn't our fight. Canada, in the peerless formulation of the great Christie Blatchford, mistook the sidelines for the moral high ground, and, in a great civilizational struggle being waged in a media age, it's not enough to have great fighting men when every other force in your society is communicating 24/7 that you're the superwimp pussy-nation.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/23/2006 01:49:00 p.m. TITLE: State sponsored speech - biased at the BBC ----- BODY:
Indeed there is a bias at the BBC as this leaked report indicates, ( I assume it is this report) . An excerpt:

The full account of the meeting shows how senior BBC figures queued up to lambast their employer.

Political pundit Andrew Marr said: 'The BBC is not impartial or neutral. It's a publicly funded, urban organisation with an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities and gay people. It has a liberal bias not so much a party-political bias. It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias.'

Washington correspondent Justin Webb said that the BBC is so biased against America that deputy director general Mark Byford had secretly agreed to help him to 'correct', it in his reports. Webb added that the BBC treated America with scorn and derision and gave it 'no moral weight'.

Former BBC business editor Jeff Randall said he complained to a 'very senior news executive', about the BBC's pro-multicultural stance but was given the reply: 'The BBC is not neutral in multiculturalism: it believes in it and it promotes it.'

Randall also told how he once wore Union Jack cufflinks to work but was rebuked with: 'You can't do that, that's like the National Front!'

Quoting a George Orwell observation, Randall said that the BBC was full of intellectuals who 'would rather steal from a poor box than stand to attention during God Save The King'.

-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/23/2006 12:47:00 p.m. TITLE: Time to free up speech - at Chapters/Indigo ----- BODY:
Chapters not carrying Mark Steyn's new book. Decisions like this really help the bottom line.


We have had hundreds of complaints today from would-be customers unable to find copies of the book in Chapters, Indigo, Coles, SmithBooks or any of the other aliases of Canada's multi-appellated monopoly bookstore chain. It's not our fault and I'm afraid there's nothing we or the publishers can do about it. Heather Reisman doesn't want to sell it and that's that. And that's what happens in as coercively regulated a cultural environment as the decayed Dominion's. Try Amazon Canada, where it's been Number Two on the bestsellers all weekend, even though, as one Calgary Chapters clerk told a thwarted customer, nobody wants it. If you're weary of listening to excuses from Canada's monopoly retailer as to why they didn't order a book that hit the Top Ten 24 hours after publication, try the SteynOnline store's premium fast-track UPS shipping option for Canadian customers who'd like the book within a few days.

-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/23/2006 11:59:00 a.m. TITLE: Update on the gun registry trial ----- BODY:
I said I would update on how the trail of the gun charges turned out. Here it is.

9 months and 7 court appearances after the charges were laid, (including a judicial pre-trail) the trial for possession of a firearm without a licence, unsafe storage of a firearm and possession of an unregistered firearm is finally going to proceed. I have come to realize that the defence I have concocted is quite solid and that the crown will not be able to prove their case. It is a technical defence but fatal to the charges.

We arrive in court only to find out that there is a sexual assault trial ahead of us and the possibility of getting reached is next to nil. We wait. Six hours later another court opens up. The new Crown looks at the file and turns to ask why this is at trial. The reply: "Your office would not take the deal that was offered". He again looks at the file and offers: forfeit the gun and the charges will be withdrawn. My guy had already signed a quit claim to the property prior to my involvement so it was an easy deal to take.

It is over and my guy wasted thousands of dollars and plenty of time.

I am not going to get into the details of the defence as I will use it in the future.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/22/2006 10:58:00 p.m. TITLE: Rex Murphy calls out Bono ----- BODY:
Rex Murphy is on to Bono. Slowly but surely everyone is coming over to my side.

The gang at The London Fog are also on this and are all members of the Bono Fan Club.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/22/2006 10:56:00 p.m. TITLE: Global Warming Skepticism ----- BODY:
David Janes is on to skepticism about global warming ... here & here.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/22/2006 10:44:00 p.m. TITLE: ----- BODY:
Is it just me or does this story seem to drop in every couple of years? (via Bourque)
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/18/2006 11:37:00 a.m. TITLE: Islamic Imperialism ----- BODY:
Victor David Hanson is writing on historical islamic imperialism. It is well worth the read. Here is an excerpt:

But unlike the West, where Christianity began as the persecuted victim of the Roman Empire and conceived of its own empire as a spiritual one apart from the political realm, Islam “was inextricably lined with the creation of a world empire and its universalism was inherently imperialist. It did not distinguish between temporal and religious powers.” Muhammad could thus “cloak his political
ambitions with a religious aura,” a rationalization of domination that drives the contemporary jihadists like Osama bin-Laden and Ayatollah Khomeini, who just like centuries of warriors before them justify their aggression by quoting Muhammad’s farewell address, in which the Prophet laid down the injunction “to fight all men until they say ‘There is no god but Allah.’”
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/18/2006 09:55:00 a.m. TITLE: policy slavishly driving election ----- BODY:
It's good to see policy driving an election race somewhere. (via Instapundit)
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/17/2006 07:01:00 a.m. TITLE: Time to free up speech - in the press ----- BODY:
The BBC is in court to block the release of an internal report that is thought to be quite critical of the BBC's Middle East coverage:
The BBC has spent thousands of pounds of licence payers' money trying to block the release of a report which is believed to be highly critical of its Middle East coverage.

The corporation is mounting a landmark High Court action to prevent the release of The Balen Report under the Freedom of Information Act, despite the fact that BBC reporters often use the Act to pursue their journalism.

The action will increase suspicions that the report, which is believed
to run to 20,000 words, includes evidence of anti-Israeli bias in news programming.

Read the article. I am sure there will be plenty of commentary on the same. I simply point out that the BBC is government funded and that freedom of the press is an included part of the freedom of expression. I would love to see a similar report on the CBC.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/17/2006 06:36:00 a.m. TITLE: A must read for those who trust the state ----- BODY:
My loyal reader will know that I am no fan of the police, the state, etc. That I believe in the rule of law and individual rights. If you are one of those who believe, as the current Harper Government does, that the police are benevolent or that Crown Prosecutors are not in it for themselves, take a look at the Duke lacrosse case (via Instapundit)This is a US example but I have posted on similar examples.

Note in this excellent analysis the reaction of the Duke University faculty and administration. It is appalling at best. For you Arts students out there, the lesson is: do not believe any of your professors' social commentary. Communism, racialism, multiculturalism, and just about every other "ism" work only in the make believe worlds of the academic, the trade unionist and the civil servant. In the real world you get only artificial results enforced by a gun. When the government is involved or has control, the first decision will always be political.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/15/2006 09:59:00 p.m. TITLE: Gun Registry Charges Proceeding? ----- BODY:
I am in court this week defending a 55 year old gentleman, with no criminal record, on the charges of:

  1. Illegal possession of a firearm (section 91(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada);
  2. Illegal Storage of a firearm (section 86(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada; and
  3. Possession of an unregistered firearm (section 112(1) of the Firearms Act of Canada.

The facts are simple. Wife leaves husband after 30 years of marriage. Husband goes on a drinking binge. Wife does not hear from husband and he does not show up to work for a few days. Wife gets worried that he may have hurt himself. Wife calls the cops and says that there is a long-gun in the house. Gun is in a closet without a trigger lock. The gun has not been used nor thought of for 30+ years. Husband is charged with the above crimes. There is also an application brought under section 117.05 of the Firearms Act for forfeiture of he gun to the police to be destroyed. Husband and wife reconcile.

The disclosure from the Crown included a screening form stating that the Crown would be seeking a jail term for this clearly victimless crime if my guy proceeds to trial. Did I mention that he is a 55 year old man without a criminal record? Did I mention that he has never been charged with a crime? Did I mention that he is never going to jail? He does, however, face the problem of having a criminal record. The Crown will not deal though I still can't figure out who got hurt in all this.

I will let you know how it turns out. I have concocted a defence that may work. We will see. The problem for my guy is the insistence by the Crown that any deal involves my guy getting a criminal record. What nonsense.

As for the Registry charges, the Crown is proceeding but it will be interesting to see how a judge will deal with these charges in light of the plans of the Consrvative government to scrap the registry.

UPDATE: The charges were withdrawn at the beginning of the trial.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/15/2006 08:39:00 p.m. TITLE: Time to free up speech - I mean repress speech - In Canada ----- BODY:
I read this in the print version and intended to post on it. Then I see Tim Blair in Australia has beaten me to the punch. The circular logic of this letter is the stuff of the dark ages:

The fact that someone could call the Koran a "book of inherent
violence" tells us how ignorant and uninformed that person is about our religion. Secondly, what I found interesting was Prof. Redeker's comment, "We must distinguish between Islamists and those responsible Muslims out there who should without a doubt support me." I find it hard to understand what he is looking for. Does he want moderate Muslims to support him when he is insulting the basis of our religion without putting in the time and effort to understand it completely? Even though he will not face a violent backlash from moderate Muslims, Prof. Redeker will not gain any kind of support or encouragement either.

Muslim "reactions" and "retaliations" against supposed "free speech" are not coming out of thin air. In fact, authors such as Prof. Redeker are adding fuel to the fire and expecting it to extinguish itself. There is a simple solution to these "violent" retaliations. Let's keep practising free speech, but eliminate the ignorant insulting of Muslim beliefs. The retaliations will stop. It is pretty hard to clap with just one hand.

Hamid Rizvi, Toronto.

What the???? We are vicious and violent only when you point out that we are vicious and viloent? It really isn't ours to wonder why.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/15/2006 08:15:00 p.m. TITLE: Time to Free up Speech -Scientific speech ----- BODY:
(from Instapundit)
Freedom of speech concerns the use of force by the state to restrict speech or the refusal of the state to use force to prevent the use of private violence to restrict speech. This excerpt from Brendan O'Neill's column concerning free speech on climate change is not so much about state action as the call for such action by the state:

The message is clear: climate change deniers are scum. Their words are so wicked and dangerous that they must be silenced, or criminalised, or forced beyond the pale alongside those other crackpots who claim there was no Nazi Holocaust against the Jews. Perhaps climate change deniers should even be killed off, hanged like those evil men who were tried Nuremberg-style the first time around.

Whatever the truth about our warming planet, it is clear there is a
tidal wave of intolerance in the debate about climate change which is eroding free speech and melting rational debate. There has been no decree from on high or piece of legislation outlawing climate change denial, and indeed there is no need to criminalise it, as the Australian columnist suggests. Because in recent months it has been turned into a taboo, chased out of polite society by a wink and a nod, letters of complaint, newspaper articles continually comparing
climate change denial to Holocaust denial. An attitude of ‘You can’t say that!’ now surrounds debates about climate change, which in many ways is more powerful and pernicious than an outright ban. I am not a scientist or an expert on climate change, but I know what I don’t like - and this demonisation of certain words and ideas is an affront to freedom of speech and open, rational debate.

-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/13/2006 11:03:00 a.m. TITLE: South Park, 9/11 & Quiz for "Liberals" ----- BODY:
Over at Political Pit Bull, the latest South Park is YouTubed (via Damination). Read this comment and quiz that follows the video:

The Brown Hornet said,
13, 2006 04:16 AM

These must be extremely tough times for a liberal to live in. The root of all leftist belief in kRaZy 9-11 theories, is that no matter how off the wall these theories are, no matter how disgusting, no matter how idiotic, all of them are much more believable than 19 radical islamic
fundementalist hijacking the planes.

Radical Islamic Fundementalist are never to blame for anything, because they never make mistakes, and never have to appologise for anything (according to the modern liberal)And if a liberal
does get caught in a trap where they would have to be intellectually honest and admit it, they then side-step and put the catagory of Radical Islam under the rather large banner of "all religion" (i.e. all religion is dangerous etc,.)

Watch a liberals head explode if they have to answer any of these

-1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by:

a. Superman

b. Jay Leno

c. Harry Potter

d. Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

1. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by:

a. Olga Corbett

b. Sitting Bull

c. Arnold Schwarzenegger

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

2. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by:

a. Lost Norwegians

b. Elvis

c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

3. During the 1980's a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:

a. John Dillinger

b.The King of Sweden

c. The Boy Scouts

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

4. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:

a. A pizza delivery boy

b. Pee Wee Herman

c. Geraldo Rivera

d. Muslim maleextremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

5. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and 70 year old Leon Klinghoffer, an American passenger confined to a wheelchair, was murdered and thrown overboard by:

a. The Smurfs

b. Davy Jones

c. The Little Mermaid

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

6. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and Robert Stidham, a US Navy diver was murdered by:

a. Captain Kidd

b. Charles Lindberg

c. Mother Teresa

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

7. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:

a. Scooby Doo

b. The Tooth Fairy

c. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

8. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:

a. Richard Simmons

b. Grandma Moses

c. Michael Jordan

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

9. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:

a. Mr. Rogers

b. Hillary Clinton, to distract attention from Wild Bill' s women problems

c. The World Wrestling Federation

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

10. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by:

a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer

b. The Supreme Court of Florida

c. Mr. Bean

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

11. In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:

a. Enron

b. The Lutheran Church

c. The NFL

d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

12. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:

a. Bonnie and Clyde

b. Captain Kangaroo

c. Billy Graham

d . Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/13/2006 06:07:00 a.m. TITLE: 3 Strikes and you're out is bad law ----- BODY:
Details of the Canadian government's 3 strikes and you're out legislation have been released and at first glance it appears that the shifting onus and the indeterminate sentencing will make it difficult for these provisions to pass a Charter challenge. CBC reports:

The Tory government will introduce new legislation next week that would make it easier to designate criminals found guilty of a third sexual or violent crime as dangerous offenders, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday.

The bill would put the onus on a person found guilty of a third
violent crime to convince a judge not to designate them a dangerous

As it stands now, the Crown must show at a hearing why the
individual should be declared a dangerous offender. Under the proposed legislation, the person would automatically be considered a dangerous offender and would have to prove the designation should not apply.

Harper said if the person cannot prove this, he or she will be put in prison for an indeterminate period of time and won't be eligible for parole for seven years.

The prime minister said he was convinced that the proposed law would respect the Charter and strikes the necessary balance between protecting individual rights and protecting society as a whole.

As part of the same criminal justice package, the government wants the maximum length of a peace bond doubled from 12 months to 24.

-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/13/2006 05:36:00 a.m. TITLE: Bridge Collapses due to corruption ----- BODY:
Let's see if the Quebec Government has the guts to follow this old story of corruption, known on the street in Quebec for 40 years, to its dirty, rotten conclusion.
The devastating overpass collapse in Laval, Que. That left five people dead happened because steel reinforcing rods were installed incorrectly in the structure, according to reports.

On Thursday Montreal's La Presse quoted unnamed sources who said the inquiry probing the collapse has concluded parts of the overpass were poorly aligned and corrosion weakened the structure.

Transport Minister Michel Despres has refused to comment on the report.

Hellen Christodoulou, a bridge engineer, told CTV Montreal the conclusions fit with a visual inspection she made of the de la Concorde overpass after it collapsed on Sept. 30, killing five people.

"It was evident from visually inspecting the bridge that the problem did lie with the reinforcement," Christodoulou said.

"Initial speculation again was that there was corrosion. In fact, what we saw on-site was that the rebars were not corroded, but it was kind of obvious the way the damage had occurred and the concrete had sheared off, given the weakness of the concrete, that the rebars were the problem, and as it is confirmed now, this is the case."

Christodoulou said concrete on its own is a very weak material. It gains its strength from the reinforcement, typically steel bars known as rebar, that run through the concrete.

When the rebar is not placed correctly, the structure can become very precarious, she said.

Rebar placement was not the problem, it was the symptom of the problem. Many a prominent resident, dead and alive, made their fortune on shoddy construction and kickbacks. The unions will certainly be resisting any look back in time.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/13/2006 05:20:00 a.m. TITLE: Time to free up speech - In France? (impossible) ----- BODY:
Closing down freedom of speech in France. From the BBC (via Bourque):

Turkey has condemned a French parliamentary vote which would make it a crime to deny that Armenians suffered "genocide" at the hands of the Turks.

Turkey called it a "serious blow" to relations and has threatened
sanctions. The vote was also criticised by the EU.


The French vote came as controversial Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature.

He has faced prosecution in Turkey for talking about the murder of hundreds of thousands of Armenians during World War I and thousands of Kurds in subsequent years.

The charges have since been dropped.

This reminds me that it is time for me to do a post calling for the repeal of the Hate Laws in Canada.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/13/2006 04:49:00 a.m. TITLE: Negotiating with North Korea is volunteering for extortion ----- BODY:
Why all the talk about negotiating with North Korea, about failed diplomacy and the like. You can't negotiate with someone who is never willing to settle or compromise. Negotiaions with the North without a credible threat to the power of the dictator is simply volunteering for extortion. North Korea will not come to the table unless you pay them, will not stay at the table unless you pay them and will break any "deal" they enter regardless of whether you pay them. Why would they do otherwise? There is no downside for the dictator and the world will blame America.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 10/13/2006 04:35:00 a.m. TITLE: ----- BODY:
Victor David Hanson takes a look at North Korea and China's role. It is well worth the read.