The federal long-gun registry, long a thorn in the side of many rural Canadians and hunters, is back on the Conservative policy agenda, not that it ever really left.
Tory leader Stephen Harper promised again today to scrap the registry hoping to attract rural voters and erode support of a number of NDP and Liberal candidates who changed their positions during a parliamentary vote on a private members bill last September....
And, it was no accident Harper chose Welland to make the promise. Welland NDP Malcolm Allen voted against killing the gun registry and only retained his riding in the 2008 election by a small margin, fewer than 500 votes to his Conservative rival.
The Tories hope to capitalize on this and in other vulnerable ridings as well, including several in northern Ontario. The Tories have targeted eight Liberals and six New Democrats in this campaign over their vote reversal on the gun registry.
I'm glad Harper is sticking it to Malcolm Allen, who is clearly the more nauseatingly socialist of the two evils. If in one's riding, one cannot leave their car door unlocked in a church parking lot, one should not be worried about a marksman defending his home from the very people who would benefit from Allen's nanny-statism.
They clearly haven't been given a life sentence if they can apply for parole in ten years:
Two youths who brutally raped and murdered 18-year-old Kimberly Proctor last year have been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 10 years.
This morning, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Robert Johnston sentenced the two teen boys — who were 16 and 17 at the time of the murder — as adults.
Johnston has not yet lifted the publication ban that has been protecting their identities since their arrest last June. Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the identities of youths are protected in court, but that ban usually is removed once they are sentenced as adults. The teens are now 17 and 18.
In October, the teens pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of Proctor, whose badly burned body was found under a bridge on the Galloping Goose Trail on March 19, 2010. The two admitted they lured the Grade 12 student to one of their homes, tied her up, gagged her, sexually assaulted her, beat her, suffocated her and mutilated her body with a knife over several hours. They then put her body in a freezer, and the next day travelled to the Galloping Goose Trail and set it on fire.
This morning, Johnston also sentenced the boys to five-year concurrent sentences on the charge of indignity to human remains.
Lousy legal system.
No, Japan! Don't do it! Remember how they screwed up last time?!
Japan has asked nuclear superpower Russia to send a special radiation treatment ship used to decommission nuclear submarines as it fights to contain the world's worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl, Japanese media said late on Monday.
This is not good.
Guantanamo wasn't closed so the Obama administration could bring you a special military commission to try Khaled Sheik Mohammad:
Attorney General Eric Holder today announced that self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and his four alleged co-conspirators will be tried in a military commission, as the CBS News Investigative Unit reported earlier today. A source tells CBS News the commission will be held at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
Today's announcement represents a pronounced shift in the administration's handling of terrorism cases. Trying Mohammad in a civilian court and closing the Guantanamo prison were once some of the Obama administration's top priorities, but political realities have hamstrung both goals.
Holder said today that he still believes the federal court system would have provided the best court system. The Justice Department today unsealed the indictment against the accused 9/11 plotters in December 2009, which Holder said revealed "we were prepared to bring a powerful case against Khalid Sheikh Mohammad."
"I continue to think the Article 3 courts are the best place to bring" the accused terrorists to trial, he said. However, he added, justice for the victims of 9/11 has been "long overdue and must not be delayed any further."
A rock and a hard place: shutting down a prison-resort for terrorists and avoiding a public circus trial for the man who helped bring about the September 11th attacks. Appearance is everything in this administration.
Let's remember something: the perpetually angry would have found another reason why they are "aggrieved", Koran or no burned Koran. No one else behaves this way- not the Copts whose churches were and are burned to the ground, not the Buddhists whose ancient statues in Afghanistan are now rubble, not the Christians who, everyday, wonder if they will see tomorrow in Pakistan.
Women are stupid. Not all women, just the ones who think that by wearing ugly clothes they are combating crime:
The same people who accuse Reverend Whosits of inciting Muslims to kill people because he burned a Koran are now marching (in their thousands, mind you) for what amounts to the right to provoke men sexually without consequences to themselves.
(I have never attended an anti-Jihadist event in Toronto that attracted thousands of people. Oddly enough.)
Revenered Whosits was not genetically programed to burn Korans.
And even I don’t believe Muslims are genetically programmed to kill people for stupid reasons.
However, men ARE genetically programed to react to sexual displays by females — and then expected to control themselves 95% of the time, while women either don’t know this or worse, evidently just don’t care.
And that is why Slut Walk is worse than burning the Koran.
No one deserves to be a victim of a violent crime. Likewise, no deserves to be on the receiving end of a spectacle that in no way prevents, addresses or actually stops violent crime. These wags tarted themselves up because they didn't like the blunt advice of a seasoned cop. That's it. Full stop. Did this juvenile stunt accomplish anything other than showing spectators how pouty they can be? Way to achieve nothing, you petulant adolescents.
And now, some happy news.
A dog, adrift for three weeks after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, has been reunited with its owner.