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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Will Ferrell does a mock music video of gangster rap – and it’s a scathingly hilarious critique of the genre

A musical commentary, followed by social and political analysis, followed by hilarious spoof rap videos, and more This is scathingly funny. Will Ferrell does a mock music video of macho gangster rap. Man, how I despise that music. As Rage Against the Machine said, “So-called rap’s a fraud.” Worse, most of it is disgustingly offensive, […]

The Political Road Map: Buying a Gun

Right about now in America, a gun store owner is unlocking his door, a hot coffee sits by his cash as he begins a new day.  Not to long after, customers will begin pouring in to look at and begin the process of purchasing a gun.  No doubt that some if not the majority of these people will be doing so out of fear from yesterday’s tragic, yet increasingly common mass shooting in Oregon.  This fear that this gun owner, mainly like white and middle class, is experiencing though is not due to the atrocities that occurred, (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Totally Disastrous Day of Political Devastation

It seems only appropriate that the only thing Stephen Harper tweeted yesterday, was a little video of himself learning the proper way to pour beer in Ireland.Because I'll bet Great Leader was pouring himself more than a few last night, after what had to be an absolutely disastrous day for him and his ghastly Cons.The day when his campaign of fear and bigotry came back to bite him. And he shot himself in the foot. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Politics of Madness

Well so much for Great Strong Leader, who would try to brainwash into believing that all we need to do to feel safe is to trust our fate to HIM.Trust that only HE can stop the terrorist hordes from beheading us in our beds. And allow HIM to turn Canada into a police state. So we can feel even safer…But now it turns out you don't just need Great Leader to feel safe, You also need a gun in the house. Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Burning question

C-51, the Cons’ terror bill, allows CSIS to covertly intrude on personal freedoms in two obvious ways.

First, it enables CSIS effectively unfettered authority – without a warrant – to engage in any action which is not contrary to the Charter or other Canadian law, and which does not: (a) cause, intentionally or by criminal negligence, death or bodily harm to an individual; (b) wilfully attempt in any manner to obstruct, pervert or defeat the course of justice; or (c) violate the sexual integrity of an individual. 

Second, it enables CSIS – with a warrant – to violate (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: On unclear motivations

Shorter Peter MacKay: We should tremble in our boots at the possibility that the people plotting a mass shooting in Halifax might have been susceptible to motivation by religious fervour. But if they’d instead carried out their actual plan, we should be willing to write off the resulting deaths as the price of free access to guns.

Update: Anna Mehler Paperny has more.

Bill Longstaff: Americans lovin’ their guns more than ever

Following the slaughter of twenty children in Newtown, Connecticut two years ago this month, many Americans hoped their countrymen and women would finally turn against the gun nuts and demand greater control. And they did … briefly. The support for gun rights that has been creeping up for decades dipped momentarily and then returned to its upward trend. A recent survey by the Pew Research

ParliamANT Hill: Peter MacKayAnt poses in pro-Anteater ‘No Compromise’ T-shirt

Inspired by this headline:

Melissa Fong: Bullet-Proof Blankets for kids? Not the solution.

My reaction to bullet proof blankets for children: When I was a kid we had fire and earthquake drills. When I became a teacher I had to verse the children […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The prohibition of guns – and the violence it will create

Gerald Celente is right, as usual: he said, look at how the government handled the prohibition of alcohol – it was a disaster. They completely failed. All they managed to do, was to push organized crime through the roof. Alcohol didn’t disappear, but crime soared. Look at the so-called “war on drugs.” Over $300 billion […]

LeDaro: One-Sided Debate on Gun Control

 I usually like Power and Politics and Evan Solomon is generally a good host, but what was up here? Why did he only have pro-gun supporters in this discussion? Why no one from the other side to raise the public safety concerns? This was a very one sided discussion. You can read more on this topic here.

Trashy's World: 2014 is the Chinese year of the horse. Does this mean I should blow a bundle at the track?

I don’t often “recycle” posts. Yes, I am lazy, but what’s the point of a blog if you just re-post old stuff? But I thought that I’d dig up last years “Resolutions” post to see how I made out and to add any new stuff. Turns out it was a bit (OK, a lot) of […]

Bill Longstaff: The Saudi tail and the American dog

That Israel is the tail that wags the dog of American Middle Eastern policy is a given. Often, however, we overlook the fact this particular dog has two tails. The other is Saudi Arabia.

A complexity of factors explains the close ties between the U.S. and Israel: the sharing of democratic and human rights values; the emotional resonance of the Holocaust; the power of the American Israel Public

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Thomas Walkom sees Stephen Harper’s approval of dove hunting as an ideal metaphor for the gratuitous violence of his government: The wildlife service also estimates that new hunting rules will result in about 18,000 Ontario doves being shot each year. But, say hunt aficionadas, so what? There are plenty more.

As the Conservatives would tell you: This is our world. Other species are born into it at their own risk.

To Canada’s governing party, killing doves is a metaphor for sound thinking, fiscal sobriety and doughnut-shop values. It is where the Harperites want (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: "Lock and load" has a new meaning in Montana

The United States saw an increase of 30 per cent in suicides among middle-aged Americans from 1999 to 2010. More Americans now die from suicide than from automobile accidents with rates highest in the “suicide belt”—the eight mountain states and Alaska.

In Montana, for example, 227 people died from suicide in 2010, twice the national average. Matt Kuntz, executive director of the Montana

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Bill Curry reports on the Cons’ continued refusal to provide accurate information to the PBO – with the end result being that an office intended to provide a fully-informed, unbiased perspective in evaluating government action is now being forced to make Access to Information requests in an attempt to do its job.

- If it’s seldom easy to unite Canada’s provinces behind a single cause, the Cons can at least take credit on that front – as their no-consultation, poorly-thought-out jobs grant has managed to win unanimous disapproval from our premiers. And Matthew (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Zimmerman and Alexander: Racism and Sexism in America

Can you handle the contradictions?

I’ve been seen things in twitter for the last few days that puts some grotesque perspective on the American culture.

I’m actually quite speechless:

Two Florida towns, 125 miles apart. Two people firing weapons at unarmed aggressors, purportedly in self-defense.

George Zimmerman, the 29-year-old neighborhood-watch commander, fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin but was acquitted by a jury that apparently concluded he was in fear for his life.

Marissa Alexander, a 32-year-old mother of three, fired what she described as a warning shot in the direction of her husband — against whom she had (Read more…)

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Easter Wandfest: The Sisters of Perpetual Chastity and Wandplay

Discipline was never an issue at St. Xavier’s School for Wayward Boys and Cane Toads, as it was run by the Eurethran Order of Nuns — known to the world as the Sisters of Perpetual Chastity and Wandplay. Despite the … Continue reading →

LeDaro: Stephen Harper: Give back flood victims’ guns in Alberta.

   ”Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office is urging the RCMP in High River, Alta., to focus on “more important” tasks and to return the guns officers took from homes while searching for victims in the evacuated flood zone. Harper’s office issued a statement Friday morning in quick reaction to the news that the RCMP had taken some firearms that they said weren’t stored properly in empty homes.”

Very interesting. I suppose guns will scare the floods away. Read the story here.

Politics and its Discontents: Duh

Who could have seen this coming? Recommend this Post

Autonomy For All: A Short List of Gun Product Safety Laws

One substory of the gun insanity in the US I had been unaware of previous to Newtown, was the bevy of liability shield laws (including a federal one) that protect gun manufacturers from the very normal product liability lawsuits that any other product maker would be subject to when their product’s flaws cause injury or death to someone.

This is truly amazing when you stop and think about it.  There are all sorts of very powerful businesses who would love to have blanket immunity from the harm their faulty products bring, and if we include tobacco companies, the (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Chicago’s Busy Fathers’ Day Weekend

Big Fathers’ Day weekend in Chi-town.  46 people shot in under 72-hours.  That’s approaching Baghdad-level violence.

What do kids buy Dad for Fathers’ Day in Chicago – ammo?

While mass shootings are more likely to attract the headlines — by ThinkProgress’ count there have been 14 since December — everyday gun violence in the U.S. adds up to a Newtown every single day (Slate counts more than  5,000 gun deaths since December). Gun advocates tend to use Chicago to argue that gun violence laws are not effective. Chicago has some of the strictest laws in the nation (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- David Miller makes the case to take aim at inequality in Canada: With globalization being the holy grail of efficiency, it became a race to the bottom as international capital sought the lowest cost and the lowest wages. The result in Canada and many other countries was the closing of industries, the gutting of union organizing through new laws that attack unions and limit their ability to operate, and the gradual rise in income inequality since 1990. Canada now ranks 12th out of 17 first-world economies for income inequality, and were given a (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Let’s do Some Gun Control!

If we are all over regulating women’s bodies, I’m thinking guns should not be a frakking problem.


What if gun rights were regulated like abortion rights? Here’s a list of just some of the hoops you’d have to jump through before you could own a gun:

Only one store in the entire state would sell guns. (See: Mississippi, Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming for states with only one abortion provider.) You’d have to fill out an enormous personal background check including intrusive personal information that has nothing to do with your ability to own or use (Read more…)

LeDaro: 3D Printer can "print" guns

What will they print next? Mini nuclear bomb? How are governments going to control that? We humans are becoming expert on how to destroy ourselves.