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Alberta Diary: Minister’s F-Bomb illustrates the lamentable state of Alberta’s political discourse

A cheerful looking Doug Griffiths, back when he was running against Alison Redford for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party. Below: Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith.

Many of us were asking ourselves yesterday afternoon if Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths had really dropped an F-Bomb on the Wildrose Party?

Well, now we know he did, and, from the perspective of the government of Premier Alison Redford, it can’t be a good sign.

For one thing, it shows the Wildrose Opposition is getting right up the Progressive Conservative government’s collective nose, which is exactly what you want to be doing (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Attitudes to Guns #nlpoli

Her pistol is concealable with any outfit choice.

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Song of the Watermelon: Mass Shootings by the Numbers

Over three-quarters of the firearms used to carry out mass shootings in the United States since 1982 were obtained legally. How on Earth can there not be a national discussion on gun control?

And to those gun advocates who say that tragedy ought not to be politicized, that we need to wait a respectful amount of time before debating such contentious issues as gun control (but who don’t object when such violence is attributed to the absence of God from public schools), I will point out that there have so far been sixteen mass shootings in the United States

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Song of the Watermelon: On the Latest School Shooting: Symptoms, Disease, and Gun Control

With every problem, there are symptoms and there is the disease.

In the wake of yet another mass shooting in the United States today — this one leaving twenty-seven dead at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school — the disease, clearly, is the culture of violence that pervades the country, and I do not blame anyone for wanting to tackle this disease directly. But when the symptoms manifest themselves in the form of twenty dead children, a call to manage the symptoms through gun control is more than just understandable; it is urgently necessary.

Without doubt, these frequent shootings represent an

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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 [...]