Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Trish Garner offers some suggestions for evidence-based poverty reduction – with a strong emphasis on the need for employers to pay a living wage. And Jim Stanford challenges critics of a $15 minimum wage to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to fearmongering ...

Scripturient: Prayer isn’t stopping the violence

An acerbic piece in Maclean’s Magazine from June had the title “America’s mass delusion.” The subtitle read, “Surprisingly, the strategy of praying to God is not stopping the mass shootings in the U.S.” That piece was recirculated when the news of the latest and largest mass shooting in the USA broke. Fifty nine (so far) ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Louis-Philippe Rochon writes that while American voters had to know what they’d get in casting their most recent ballots, far too many Canadians may have believed the Libs’ promises of something else: On this side of the 49th parallel, however, when Canadians elected Trudeau a little over 15 ...

Cowichan Conversations: Doctors More Dangerous Than Guns!

TO BE TAKEN WITH A GENEROUS PORTION OF SALT    Doctors (A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000. (B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000. (C) Accidental Read more…

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Inspired by this headline:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/peter-mackay-poses-in-pro-gun-no-compromise-t-shirt-1.2748676

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 ...

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; ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...