Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Don’t Confuse me with the Facts I’m Trying to Run a Country

What does the Conservative Party of Canada have against facts?  What is so wrong with empirical data? Are questions I would love to ask our Prime Minister. It started last year by downgrading our national census, the government’s most reliable way to know the make up of… ..

Regan Wolfrom: DriveTo45.com: Can Winnipeg Beat Out Edmonton for Murder Capital of Canada?

I haven’t bought the domain name, or created the website, or figured out how to do it without looking like a complete douche, but I’ve been thinking about a new Drive To 45 campaign to bring Winnipeg back to its glory days as the Murder Capital of Canada. Now, to be fair, Thunder Bay has ...

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany: 1,000 posts later…

Yup, this is my 1,001st post on this blog. Kind of a milestone, don’t you think? Or maybe a millstone if you think that most of what I write is crap! How many words might that be? Figger an average of 300 words of so per post… 300,000ish… lotsa keystrokes. Yay, me Anyhow, I do ...

Scott's DiaTribes: You know your crime bills are way out in right field….

…when Texas conservatives/Republicans condemn it as not workable and overly expensive, and instead believe money spent on rehabilitation and such is the smarter way to go, and much more effective: On a recent trip to Texas, an array of conservative voices told CBC News that Texas tried what Canada plans to do – and it ...

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany: Jets, jets and pot edition

In an earlier postI asked my military and ex-military friends to tell me what they thought of the non-operational use of government and military (guess they’re the same really) aircraft by military officials… Stuff like being flown to Caribbean holiday spots and hockey games, for example. I didn’t get much feedback. But one chap whose ...

Draconian measures may be a bit too much, but will Harper’s crime omnibus bill really make us feel any safer?

It is true, according to a recent memo sent out to the Conservative caucus by the Prime Minister’s office, that there have been over 2 million crimes reported in Canada last year, of which 440,000 have been violent crimes. Unfortunately, the above in combination with numerous other statistics mentioned in the memo seem to paint ...

Tories get criminals to turn themselves in, by hiring correctional workers and firing cops

The public’s first line of defense against crime are the men and women in uniform that, despite their pleasant demeanor when walking the beat, pack a 9mm and undergo training that most of us wouldn’t be able to endure. The RCMP, in particular, our guardian angels nationally, will face steep cuts in this year’s budget. The ...