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Montreal Simon: Muhammad Ali and the Brutal Sport of Boxing

He was a giant, an unforgettable character on the stage of life.And he deserves all the tributes that are pouring in from all over the world.But while many call Muhammad Ali "The Greatest" for the kind of boxer he was.I choose to admire him … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Muhammad Ali and the Brutal Sport of Boxing

Bill Longstaff: Crime—a criminal justice problem or a health problem?

Place your finger on your forehead, just above the eyebrows toward the right side. It is now within centimetres of your conscience. Our conscience is not, as long thought, a theological abstraction, but is in fact an organ resident in our skulls. Furthermore, it can be measured and observed in action through brain-scanning techniques.

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Shouting “Abortion!” in a crowded blogosphere

No, human rights — including womens’ rights — are not like free speech rights which some (though not I) believe can and should be legally curtailed in the interest of the so-called “greater good”. In fact, the state’s prerogative to impose its will ends where my uterus begins. Human Rights — including women’s rights — . . . → Read More: Shouting “Abortion!” in a crowded blogosphere

Internets broken?

Is your internet connection fast and frisky today? Mine neither: it is, in fact, cataclysmically slow. I was just going to phone Shaw and give them another verbal asskicking when I found this: Anonymous is claiming responsibility for a cyberattack against Chinese websites — one that may also be having an impact on Internet speeds . . . → Read More: Internets broken?

Santorum’s House of Fear

That dull roar you hear is the sound of All The Internets laughing uproariously at Rick Santorum’s new, desperately dramatic campaign commercial, “Obamaville”, a glimpse at America’s dystopian future under a second Obama term. “Obamaville” is a post-apocalyptic Anytown USA, where religious freedom has been snuffed out like a candle, dead kids’ shoes lie in . . . → Read More: Santorum’s House of Fear

Dick Cheney recovering from Heart Transplant

In other news, punchlines write themselves! Have at ‘er in the comments. Meanwhile, here’s a Cheney Humour blast from the past:

The Vagina Ideologues

Oh joy, rapture and crapture! More excited delirium from the “Government-Small-Enough-to-Crawl-Up-Your-Vagina-and-Police-Your-Uterus” crowd: Conservative Arizona lawmakers hope Arizona will join a handful of other states in banning most abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, as proposed in House Bill 2036. House Bill 2800, which would strip Planned Parenthood of federal funds for health-care services, is still . . . → Read More: The Vagina Ideologues

Tsk, what a shame

And the beat-down goes on at Komen for the Cure. Well, what did they expect? That’s just what happens when you let fetus fetishists run the show: Two top executives at Susan G. Komen for the Cure have announced their resignation, amid reports that the breast cancer charity is struggling to raise money and repair . . . → Read More: Tsk, what a shame

Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!

Happy St. Paddy’s! Having been attacked by savage sciatica after a couple of days of splitting and stacking firewood, for me the obligatory annual Joyous Irish Jig will have to wait til at least Ostara. But don’t let that stop you… …and when you’re done dancing here, stop in at the Rev’s Irish Pub for . . . → Read More: Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!

“Small Government” Conservatives to blow taxpayers’ money on meaningless debate

At a time when sane people are focused on important shit like the economy and jobs, this is how HarperGovInc wants to squander the money it’s paid to conduct the peoples’ business: with a debate to ostensibly decide “when a human being is a human being” (and by proxy, wedge a jackboot in the door . . . → Read More: “Small Government” Conservatives to blow taxpayers’ money on meaningless debate

Profiles in Pusillanimity

Pusillanimous: what a truly elegant way to say “gutless”. I really love that word; sadly, opportunities to use it are few and far between, since “gutless” or “spineless” or “cowardly” are usually sufficient. But not this week. Various high-profile Republicans were recently asked if they’d repudiate the brainlessly misogynist trash-talk of their Intellectual & Spiritual . . . → Read More: Profiles in Pusillanimity

Shakedown!

I guess Karen Handel has never heard about the First Rule of Holes — when you’re in one, stop digging: Karen Handel, the former senior vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, accused Planned Parenthood of extortion during an appearance on the Christian Broadcasting Network. […] “It’s clear that Planned . . . → Read More: Shakedown!

Rush Limbaugh: Human or DNA Experiment?

Who knows? Whatever his DNA composition might be, around here Rush Limbaugh is Swine of the Week in Perpetuity — meaning that when I pronounce someone SOTW, it’s an unfinished sentence the rest of which is “in addition to Rush Limbaugh”. And this past week was no different. The GOP’s message to women as barfed . . . → Read More: Rush Limbaugh: Human or DNA Experiment?

The Ghost of Black Friday Past

Riot gear: what the well-dressed shopper is wearing in Florida these days, courtesy of newly-minted blogger “Left Over”, who also happens to be a long-lost, recently re-discovered meat space friend of mine. (I love the Internets.) You know her as commenter “cityprole” — hop on over and welcome her to the ‘sphere!

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Man arrested & strip-searched after daughter draws picture of daddy watering plants, teacher suspects grow-op

Okay, that didn’t really happen and was in fact pulled right out of my arse. But it’s only a matter of time: A Kitchener father is upset that police arrested him at his children’s school Wednesday, hauled him down to the station and strip-searched him, all because his four-year-old daughter drew a picture of a . . . → Read More: Man arrested & strip-searched after daughter draws picture of daddy watering plants, teacher suspects grow-op

Vaginia, I mean Virginia, backs off on State-Enforced Vaginal Probe Law

Apparently a law mandating non-consensual (ie. forced) vaginal probing isn’t something a Vice Presidential hopeful wants on his resume. Accordingly, Virginia Governor and Vice Presidential wet-dreamer Bob McDonnell has backed away from the bill that’s come to be known by names like “The State-Enforced Transvaginal Probe Law”. Because, well dangit, who knew just how invasive . . . → Read More: Vaginia, I mean Virginia, backs off on State-Enforced Vaginal Probe Law

Ron Paul, Contraceptives & Abortion

Of the four(4) GOP primary candidates still standing, the only one I can even come close to listening to with a serious ear is libertarian Ron Paul. Now before everyone jumps all over the comments section with the “Ron Paul is no friend of progressives!!” stuff, yeah yeah, I get that, but I don’t have . . . → Read More: Ron Paul, Contraceptives & Abortion

Toews can dish it out, can’t take it

Let the probery begin: The RCMP is investigating “serious threats” allegedly made against Public Safety Minister Vic Toews as opposition to a contentious Internet surveillance law grows. In an open letter to his Manitoba constituents distributed over the weekend, Toews said the threats have been “referred to the police for investigation.” The “personal attacks, criminal . . . → Read More: Toews can dish it out, can’t take it

RossK nails it

…on the question of how we should be dealing with Harper and his caucus on the question of state intervention into the most private personal aspects of womens’ lives. Our CPC Government has taken to playfully allowing certain MPs to mouth off about their desire to roll back womens’ rights to suit the religious sensibilities . . . → Read More: RossK nails it

Last but not Least, the Predictable Whinefest

Fetus fetishists whining and crying victim because they didn’t get their way with Komen/Planned Parenthood? Now whoever coulda seen that coming!? K-Lo breaks out the violins on Twitter: But not before the deranged SUZANNE had added her dulcet tones to the rising tide of whine: Oh well, I suppose it changes things up from regular . . . → Read More: Last but not Least, the Predictable Whinefest

#WINNING(?)

Well, maybe. At least consider the Komen controversy well and truly #occupied: The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation backed down from its decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortion and birth control services, a move that had thrust the world’s largest breast cancer charity into a deeply politicized controversy. Komen . . . → Read More: #WINNING(?)

Harpie’s Bad Move and the Wrath of Elders

It was a little like finding out your spouse is running around on you from someone in the cashout lineup at the grocery store. Indeed, it was absolutely doubleplus-awesome of Harpie to save for a hectoring speech he delivered in luxo-lux Davos last week the fact that Canadian Seniors are the next target in his . . . → Read More: Harpie’s Bad Move and the Wrath of Elders

Submitted without (much) comment

Because sometimes there’s just no comment I could possibly *come* up with that would provide adequate snarkification. From Rick Santorum’s website, what is presumably a money raising promotion with the world’s greatest acronym: It’s still there as of 2:45 Pacific, so the Santorum campaign must be delirious with joy, imagining that the surge of incumming . . . → Read More: Submitted without (much) comment

Reproductive McCarthyism and a new nadir of authoritarian dumbness

Frankly, it didn’t surprise me a bit that SUZANNE would be All In with the idea of publishing a database of personal information and photos of gynecologists and other reproductive health professionals whose services include — but are not limited to — abortion. How awesome she must imagine it would feel to stand before the . . . → Read More: Reproductive McCarthyism and a new nadir of authoritarian dumbness

Dreams & Schemes & Circus Crowds: On Teh Newticles

I usually find it’s helpful to try and see things from both sides, from left and right, from up and down, from win and lose… and still somehow… … I am utterly baffled and astonished by this: Newt Gingrich pulled off a dramatic upset over Mitt Romney in the South Carolina Republican primary Saturday, reviving . . . → Read More: Dreams & Schemes & Circus Crowds: On Teh Newticles