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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Responsibility of Free Speech

In January, 2015, Marie Snyder, on her blog, A Puff of Absurdity, raised the question of how free should speech be. I share her concerns about the apparent limitlessness of our rights: our right to free speech is not matched to any inherent responsibilities, civic or moral, to behave in a mature manner, nor does […]

Dead Wild Roses: Dictionary Definitions Are A Starting Point

I would like to take this time to edify and hopefully illuminate those with access to my very small part of the blogging community.

Blogging community, if you care to listen please note that for future reference that if you intend to talk about a topic that you are unfamiliar with, or wish to actively criticize please recognize that looking up terminology you will be dealing with in a dictionary is not the endpoint of your commitment to honest discussion.

Defining your terms is important, but the level of detail present in most dictionaries is not sufficient to base (Read more…)

Trashy's World: DB8s… where decorum goes to die…

No, I’m not talking about the Ontario election leader’s debate that went down last night. The leaders – and more importantly, the audience – remained civil (if you count constantly interrupting each other “civil”) for the most part. Though we in the TV audience might have been a little less so… I literally ROTFL when […]

Progressive Proselytizing: Rob Ford Crushes the First Toronto Mayoral Debate

Sorry, fellow progressives, but it’s true.

The first debate was, somewhat mercifully, fairly policy focused with large sections devoted to debating various transit plans (such as LRT vs subways in Scarborough), finances, the Billy Bishop Airport expansion, and so on. In this context, and with a format that had a combination of one minute short statements and chaotic open debates, Rob Ford had the perfect style. He strongly addressed each specific policy with a clearly articulated and strong position, almost effortlessly returning to his list of self proclaimed major accomplishments and proven track record, all without notes.

The challengers largely (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: When Theism Takes a Drubbing

When actual science is involved, WLC loses. Dispensing the boots to the head is Sean Carroll.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Atheism, Debate, Sean Carroll, Theism, WLC

Things Are Good: Obviously, The Climate Change Debate is Over

Anybody with the ability to reason realizes that anthropogenic climate change is happening – and it’s happening in an unpredictable but faster way than previously imagined. The fact that fools argue against this infuriates me as they are essentially arguing against reality.

Recently, two acclaimed scientific bodies (The Royal Society and the US National Academy of Sciences) concluded that human caused climate change is occurring. This adds to a chorus of institutions that have reached the same conclusion years ago.

So what is possibly good about anthropogenic climate change? I have no idea if there is anything positive about it (Read more…)

ParliamANT Hill: PM to call for emergency debate on Ukrainiant democracy

Inspired by @stephenlautens & this headline:

Dead Wild Roses: Stewart vs. O’Reilly – The Great Debate

Great from the opening statement forward.

Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill O’Reilly, Debate, Jon Stewart

The Liberal Scarf: Why not a McQuaig vs. Mulcair debate on natural resource development?

As I predicted back in September, the Mulcair NDP has wasted no time in demonstrating that the “Love is better than anger” NDP is long gone, as Mulcair candidates in the by-elections (particularly Toronto Centre) have spared no opportunity in launching angry attacks on the third-party Liberals.

Mulcair’s candidate in Toronto Centre, Linda McQuaig has been negative from day one, attacking the Liberal candidate for not being “from” Toronto (an interesting strategy in a riding with one of the largest population of New Canadians in the country and not one I really thought worked well for the NDP against Glen Murray (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Why not a McQuaig vs. Mulcair debate on natural resource development?

Chadwick's Blog & Commentary: Who Knows Where the Time Goes?

I was thinking of the lines from that Fairport Convention song this week as we walked through Toronto on our three-day mini-holiday. I can still hear Sandy Denny’s wonderful, haunting voice singing the chorus of that dreamy, sad song, as … Continue reading →

The Canadian Progressive: Liberal leadership race: Garneau challenges Trudeau to one-on-one duel

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 25, 2013: The race for the Liberal Party of Canada gets even more interesting as former astronaut, Marc Garneau, challenges perceived front-runner, Justin Trudeau, to a one-on-one debate. “The leadership of the Liberal Party is too important a position to hand to an untested candidate hiding behind a carefully crafted public relations READ MORE

The Liberal Scarf: 24 hours to go before the GTA Liberal leadership debate!

I’ll be there volunteering, but if you can’t make it, you can watch live at and join thousands of Liberals from across Canada on the live chat. The race is getting more and more heated, so you won’t want to miss all 9 candidates debating each other 1 on 1 and talking about how to rebuild our party and make Canada a better place.

And of course, don’t forget that you can have your voice heard and help choose the next Liberal leader for free by signing up as a supporter!

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disserivce – Preaching to the Converted

Why do we do what we do here at DWR? What can we offer to the stalwartly religious that happen on this atheistic nook of cyberspace? Not very much, some would opine, because people’s minds are made up and that is that.

Searching through my video subscriptions I found this video by Thermin Trees and with his usual candour, and oh so lovely English accent, he explains why it is important to continue the discussion about contentious issues. It is the process that is most important and not necessarily the results.

Listen as TT articulates why it

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The Scott Ross: A Tragedy Should Make Us Want To Be Better

The world suffered a tragedy when a gun man went and killed 20 students and 6 adults. The world was made worse when out of this horror people called others whackos and nuts for merely having a different opinion.

A tragedy should make us try to be better not worse.

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Follow Charles during the debate on Twitter!Like him on Facebook to keep in touch!

Less than an hour to go before the first Ontario Liberal leadership debate! You can tune in to to hear Charles talk about his bold new ideas to create jobs like taking action on high speed rail, renewing the Ontario Liberal Party by empowering riding associations and individual MPP’s, and ensuring local support for energy projects.

So like Charles on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, and watch the debate! Rebranding: Not Interested in Scraps

The goal is government. I’m interested in a party that wants into government. Anything else is a waste of time. It’s a waste of time to just complain and oppose, along with it being fundamentally unnatural and strange. I want a value-based and focused support of ideas. Bottom feeding and walking by the edge of the major [...]

Eclectic Lip: Obama regains “Eye of the Tiger” in 2nd Presidential Debate

I missed the first Presidential Debate last week, but gathered from the chatter that Mitt Romney stole a round from a woefully-underprepared President Obama. The commentary gave the sense that Obama prepared for the event in the way Apollo Creed prepared for the fight in the first Rocky movie. As Apollo’s trainer told him after the champ got knocked down the first round, “he doesn’t know it’s a damn show, he thinks it’s a damn fight!”

Media leaks even suggest that Obama actually thought he won the debate for most of the next day, until some metaphorical kid burst

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LeDaro: Joe Biden and Paul Ryan Debate

SNL’s take on the Vice-Presidential debate.

The Scott Ross: We Need Uninformed Voters As Much As We Need Informed Ones

Just as you need a brain and a heart, a country needs voters who know the issues and voters that don’t.

As the election for the American President looms, after months, if not years of campaigning, countless ads, two debates so far (not counting the twenty or so for Mitt Romney), and four years of getting to know Barack Obama, many are right to wonder how there can still be undecided voters.

If that group isn’t broadly criticized, the not so mutually exclusive segment of uninformed voters is. Informed citizens may frown upon these other members of their electorate, but

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Trashy's World: Friday miscellany…

The War of 1812, WHO THE HELL CARES, edition! Will someone PLEASE tell the war-lovin’ CPC that a $30 million investment to “celebrate a war that happened 200 years ago and didn’t even involved anyone named a “Canadian” is NOT a good use of public money??? Please! ¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨ The Harperites have decided to cut all [...]

Dead Wild Roses: Torture is Great – More Positive Republican PR

I’m not a fan of all of Jessie Ventura’s politics, but he makes a strong case against the use of torture while explaining to the designated right-wing nut on the View how and why its wrong.

Let’s open up the discussion. When, if ever, is torture permissible? Leave your opinion in the comments.


Filed under: Ethics, Politics Tagged: Debate, Jesse Ventura, Republican “values”, Torture

The Scott Ross: M-312 Aborted, Questions Live On

If a pregnant woman with a 38 week old fetus is violently attacked and survives but the fetus dies there is no charge of murder. Is that just?

Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth proposed Motion 312 ostensibly to update the archaic definition of when life begins in the Canadian legal code, but more realistically his intention was to re-open the debate on abortion. Though today M-312 was defeated, the questions it asked still need answers.

The question of when life begins is important but answers are distorted from both sides of the abortion debate.

Pro-life advocates mistakenly cling to the idea

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Dead Wild Roses: Atheism vs. Atheism Plus – Guess Where DWR plants her Standard?

Not too many surprises here folks, subscribing to the radical notion that women are people too is how we roll around here.

Filed under: Atheism Tagged: Atheism, Debate, Rational Thought

Canadian Progressive: Same-sex marriage and the 2012 U.S. presidential election debate

As the 2012 U.S. presidential election approaches, it’s safe to assume that a significant chunk of the debate will revolve around same-sex unions. This graphic from the Marriage & Family Counseling puts things into perspective. Source: Marriage and Family Counseling Degrees RELATED: On the chopping block, Canada gay marriages Anderson Cooper: “The Fact Is, I’m Gay” Federal NDP launches Rainbow Day on May 1st International solidarity toperdos Uganda’s anti-gay bill

DeSmogBlog: Romney, Obama Surrogates Spar Over Energy Policy

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On Wednesday of this week, representatives from both the Obama and Romney campaigns debated issues of energy and environment, where the two campaigns’ differences on issues ranging from renewable energy subsidies to approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline were on full display.

Speaking for the Obama campaign, spokesperson Dan Reicher told us that the President believes that U.S. tax dollars can be used effectively to bolster development and investment into renewable energy technologies.

Linda Stuntz, Romney’s spokesperson who currently sits on the board of Shell Oil, said that her candidate is not completely against

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