The Disaffected Lib: Guns for Jesus

New Rule – from now on, as in “henceforth,” those who wish to praise Jesus had better be packing heat. The Cheeto Benito has spoken.  Responding to the latest massacre (I think it’s still the “latest”) at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the Trumpster opined that, but for the free and generous ...

Montreal Simon: The Heroic Healers of the Las Vegas Massacre

I am trying to avoid watching TV stories or reading anything more about the Las Vegas massacre.Even though I am still curious about what could have driven someone to commit something so senseless and so murderous.I can't handle any more of that misery and that madness.But I do want to take a minute to recognize some ...

Montreal Simon: The Fear and the Loathing in Donald Trump’s America

At times it seemed to me like Hunter S. Thompson had come roaring back from the dead, to write one more chapter of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.One where a 64-year-old man holed up in a hotel room with 23 guns opens fire on a crowd below for no apparent reason.At least 59 people ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Merry Gun Christmas

It's going to a bleak holiday season for millions of Americans who still can't quite believe that Donald Trump is their president.Just like we Canadians can't believe that's really Santa.But of course Trump supporters will be celebrating, and so will the National Rifle Association.Because they're hoping that he will be bringing them the best present EVER.Read ...

Alberta Politics: They can still feel shame! Conservative leaders duck and cover in wake of Saturday’s disgraceful display

PHOTOS: Chris Alexander, at the moment the chant of “lock her up” began from the right-wing mob at the Alberta Legislature Saturday. Does this look to you like a man who is “shocked, taken aback, mortified even”? Me neither. Below: Michael Chong, Deepak Obhrai, Rona Ambrose and Brian Jean, all among the conservative leaders running ...

Alberta Politics: As assumptions give way to knowledge, we have an opportunity to learn from the shooting in Munich

PHOTOS: Into the evening Friday, the mood in the Bavarian city of Munich was surreal (Polizeipräsidium München image). Below: The scene of Friday’s shooting in Munich. The person I know best in Munich described the mood in the Bavarian city Friday as “surreal,” so it seems fitting the Tweet from the Munich Police that night ...

Dead Wild Roses: Gun Violence – Who You Shoot Matters

  Some peoples lives are worth more than others. In the context of American society one of the deciding factors of how much your life is worth is determined by the colour of your skin.  Here in Canada a similar skin tone gradient applies as being First Nations in Canada gets you the special police ...

Dead Wild Roses: Societal Priorities – Gun Control

   Something might be slightly askew with the American political process. Filed under: Culture Tagged: funny-sad, gun control

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 24: A familiar script to this horror movie

Have you ever watched a really great horror movie that shocked and scared you out of your wits? If you were to watched it again, it would still be scary, but a little less so. And if you watched it a third or fourth or fifth time, the shock would have pretty much worn off. ...

Politics and its Discontents: On Gun Control

Before it degenerates near the end with Bill Mahar expressing his usual prejudices about Islam, this clip from his show is well-worth watching. Guests discuss gun control. The HBO Real Time panel, along with host Bill Maher, jumped all over a conservative commentator who refused to budge an inch on high-capacity weapons Friday night, with ...

Alberta Politics: Appalling gun lobby press release begs Canadians not to blame the gun used in massacre

PHOTOS: Retired Quebec Liberal Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette (Alchetron.com), whose Senate bill would make a sensible model for government gun-control legislation. Below: Conservative British Columbia MP Bob Zimmer, an advocate of lifting all Canadian restrictions from weapons like the one used in the Orlando massacre a week ago (BobZimmer.com). It is impossible not to be appalled ...

Alberta Politics: What makes sense for pill presses in Alberta doesn’t make sense for firearms: Discuss

PHOTOS: An illegal pill press, with illegal firearms (Australian Broadcasting Corporation photo). Below: Progressive Conservative MLA Mike Ellis and NDP MLA Deb Drever (Edmonton Journal photo). Hmmmm… Canada’s conservative parties – first among them Alberta’s Opposition Wildrose Party and its federal auxiliary, the Conservative Party of Canada – have long found a certain segment of ...

Montreal Simon: The Montreal Massacre and the Never-ending Violence Against Women

At a time when the United States is going through yet another spasm of gun violence.And I see how some wing nut in that country reacted to this editorial in the New York Times.  I'm glad that I live in Canada, and grateful that today is National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.And that ...

LeDaro: San Bernardino Shooting

It is absolutely crazy. It seems some demented gets hold of fire arm, goes to a public place and starts shooting and killing. No place seems to be safe. U.S definitely needs gun control. No one in the Congress and Obama have guts to take on this serious challenge. It looks pro-gun lobby prevails. Two ...

Alberta Politics: Is there something vaguely familiar about the Wildrose Leader’s ‘interactive event’?

PHOTO: Wildrose Leader Brian Jean gazes into the future, or into a pond, or something. For $150 bucks, you can sit there with him. The annual general meeting pages on the Wildrose website include an invitation to an opportunity to take part in a conversation with Brian Jean in an “interactive event” at which the ...

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, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Need for Gun Control – DWR PSA

Quite an effective argument. Filed under: Education Tagged: DWR PSA, gun control

Alberta Politics: Fortune favours the brave? Trudeau risks advocating sane gun laws and ripping PM’s dog-whistle bigotry

PHOTOS: Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau during a visit to Edmonton last year. Below: NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. It should have been natural for the leader of the NDP to finally be the one who clearly called out Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his unprincipled and unpatriotic campaign of dog-whistle ...

Politics and its Discontents: More About That Gun Thing, Mr. Harper

Despite Stephen Harper’s strong warnings last year about its dangers, two professors of criminology have thrown caution to the wind and ‘committed sociology.’ In today’s Star, Irvin Waller and Michael Kempa use that dark art to question Mr. Harper’s recent professed enthusiasm for the use of guns as personal protection, especially in rural areas. The ...

Politics and its Discontents: About That Gun Thing, Mr. Harper

Yesterday, I wrote about Prime Minister Harper hitting upon yet another red-meat issue, this one potentially quite dangerous, over which his base can salivate. He suggested that guns are an important part of personal safety, especially in rural areas. Two letters in today’s Globe suggest not everyone with rural experience embrace Mr. Harper’s twisted vision. ...

Politics and its Discontents: There Is No Depth To Which He Won’t Sink

It is well-known that Stephen Harper is in constant election mode, ever in search of issues that will further divide Canadians as he makes almost exclusive appeal to his base. His positions on climate change, Mulsim dress habits, provincial relations or a whole host of other issues serve only an agenda that invites discord, quarrel, ...

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 ...

Left Over: Keeping Remembrance Day in My Own Way….

Gap’s ‘Remembrance Day deal’ not appropriate, Toronto veteran says ‘The point is not to exploit and profit from this day,’ says Cpl. Chuck Krangle CBC News Posted: Nov 10, 2014 11:10 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 11, 2014 10:57 AM ET   Have to agree with  Cpl. Krangle, it is beyond inappropriate to  exploit Memorial ...

Alberta Diary: A return to civility? An end to Internet anonymity? Please! The leaders of all Parliamentary parties need protection now

Political discourse in Canada, as seen by the National Post, that well known champion of common courtesy. Below: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. The National Post is shocked, just shocked, at the tone of the public commentary responding to the threatening break-in at Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau’s Ottawa home while his wife and small children ...

Dead Wild Roses: Gun Problem?

Filed under: Humour Tagged: Getting things done, gun control