University of Calgary Attempting to Censor Pro-Life Club

November 20, 2008 · By

The facts are these: the campus pro-life club has a huge display of graphic photographs of abortion.  The University of Calgary are trying to get them to take down the display by making sure passers-by are not exposed to these pictures against their will.

I say, fine.  Make the display a corridor.  Put a big sign at either end saying, “Do Not Look.  The University Doesn’t Want You To See This.”

Guaranteed you’d have twice the foot traffic and engagement.  Everyone wants to see what is forbidden.

Somali pirates should be paid off by the oil companies

November 19, 2008 · By

If the Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco is not going to pay to defend its own cargo, I do not think tax-payers should be on the hook to pay for it. This is nonsense cronyism:

An international coalition of warships patrols the area off Somalia to prevent such hijackings.

The coalition includes vessels from NATO and the U.S. Navy.

The merchants should pay for their own damn security. Those costs should be included in the price of oil faced by the consumers. Armies should not be securing merchant vessels.

Bourque, from Bourque Newswatch Interview

November 14, 2008 · By

I managed to track down and interview Pierre Bourque from a few days ago. Make sure to head on over to Maple Leaf Web to read the interview.

$100 for Wireless Internet at the Conservative Convention

November 14, 2008 · By

Updates are going to be few and far between, as I’m unable to post live from the Convention floor. Unfortunately, the Winnipeg Convention Centre is charging $100 one-time connection fee for access to their wireless network.

If you’re at the Convention and you have a reasonable alternative, drop me an email or txt me at, (403) 634-8888.

Conservative Convention Security… What Security?

November 14, 2008 · By

While I’m no security expert, I did notice a couple rather curious things just prior and during the Prime Minister’s speech last night. Prior to the opening of the Convention, and shortly after I arrived in Winnipeg, I registered for the Convention and was given my delegate package and ID name tag. Absent from this process was any request for any ID to verify my identity. While this in itself is probably not a huge security issue, it is a bit worrisome considering an ID tag provided access to the main event of the weekend, Stephen Harper’s keynote speech.

I presume there were more than a few undesirables the Party and the RCMP would rather not attend.

The second curiosity was the event itself. While there was a substantial police presence directly outside of the Convention Centre, there were only a few identifiable police officers inside the building. While I’m fairly confident there were plenty of under-cover police officers available to spring to action if so needed, I was surprised to see no metal detector or bag searches.

Once I entered the Convention Centre floor, I was again surprised to see a fairly dark room with long straight aisles leading directly up to the centre podium. In the back of the room, where the various TV networks had setup there podiums, it was a mess of wires, cameras, technicians, video equipment and TV personalities. I would imagine a perfect place for someone to stage an attack.

Perhaps I’m over-analyzing the security threat to the Prime Minister, what do you think?

The Canadian Human Rights Commission Defiles a National War Memorial

November 13, 2008 · By

This is absolutely disgusting. A group that aims to limit our freedoms of speech, and are posing as members of the Neo-Nazi group “Stormfront”, have laid a wreath at a Rememberance Day ceremony.

For more information on the Canadian Human Rights Commissions and their various corrupt and unethical actions, go here.

Term Loan Facility (TLF) is a license to print money offered by the Bank Of Canada

November 12, 2008 · By

Talk about incremental conservatism now seems very hilarious. I am getting fed up of this new socialism that is creeping in from the Conservative government. We are now in a recession and Jim Flaherty and the Bank Of Canada are throwing more money at the economy. This is a highly disturbing and desparate move to increase the money supply:

The Bank said it plans to introduce a Canadian Dollar Term Loan Facility (TLF) in four auctions of $2 billion each in the coming weeks.

Under the plan, qualifying financial institutions will be able to offer non-mortgage loans as collateral — meaning they can offer most loans currently on their books.

This will prolong the recession by feeding malinvestments. I do not like this socialist / crony-capitalist trend of our supposedly “conservative ” government. The real solution to financial woes is to let businesses fail.

Obama: Behind the Hope, Part One: The Good

November 10, 2008 · By

Over the next few days I intend to do a short series of blogs on the new President-elect of the United States of America, Mr. Barack Obama, to try and dig past the “Hope and Change” buzzwords, the “Messiah” talk coming from the left, and the “Evil Muslim Commie” talk coming from the right. This series will come in three parts: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

First off, allow me to dispense with the obvious. The fact that America has elected a black man as their President and that coming generations will never remember a world where a black President of the United States was any stranger than a white one is a good thing.

More substantially, however, I would argue that there are upsides to his policy as well. He favours focusing efforts on Afghanistan and removing the forces from Iraq sooner rather than later. I think at this point we can all agree that Afghanistan is the “right” war, and this can only be seen as a step in the right direction. He’s promised to cut billions of dollars from the budget (of course, we can only wait and see if this will happen). He’ll most likely give the world a more favourable view of America, and while he may not have had as large of an impact as many thought, he’s clearly energized the youth of the country.

To ignore his positives is to close your mind completely to outside thought, and does both yourself, and conservatism at large, a disservice.

I’m not saying this will make him a “good” President, or that it won’t. I am saying these are his positives, and they aren’t negligible.

Economic Bailout: McGuinty Thinking “Outside the Box”

November 10, 2008 · By

So he says, after rambling on about how “everybody else” is bailing out their auto industries –

“This [economic slowdown] is different. It will call for different kinds of solutions,” he said.

But I don’t see a lot of originality in begging for handouts and corporate welfare.  Isn’t that what we’ve always done in the face of economic slowdowns?

Jim Flaherty offers more corporate welfare to the auto sector

November 10, 2008 · By

It seems like Jim Flaherty is making a habit of pork-barrelling and corporate bail outs. The auto sector is most recently at the trough. Amid all of the nonsense that he spewed out this past weekend, we find a peculiar trend:

His top priority, however, is to ensure that banks are lending to each other, and that credit is available to corporate and household borrowers at a decent price. A well-functioning credit market, he said, will help the manufacturing sector as much as any kind of direct aid.

Getting the money first into the hands of the bankers seems to be the priority of our leaders.

Hat Tip to Briggs Armstrong for Yet Another GM Bailout which not only prescribes solutions but also has the courage to point to the irresponsibility and immorality of such bailouts.

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