Alright, let’s do this. It doesn’t look like there’s a huge amount of stuff to cover today, so this may be relatively painless for you this time ’round.
First off, Binks of Free Canuckistan does that magic that he does so well, with another great links roundup: Steynian 388. Do go and check it out – it’s certainly worth the read. In particular, check out this excerpt from the post on the Steyn/Levant testimony:
~ IN WATCHING THE Steyn-Levant event at Parliament, I was most struck by a couple of Liberal/ Separatist folks questioning our dynamic duo.
A couple of these folk literally seemed to think that minus the constraining protections of the Human Rights brigades, hateful old white Canada would be on the verge of Nuremberg rallies, and everyone from tots to grannies would burst out singing the Horst Wessel Song, and start busting heads.
As Mark pointed out to the assembled Parliamentarians and audience, hate is part of every one of us, and cannot be managed by committee. Sin and darkness come from the human heart.
I’d add that hate is not just restricted to white European males, either. People of all colours, races, and creeds can be hateful, racist, discriminatory, and supremacist towards those inside and outside their own circle. Many immigrants come from and sometimes long for the security-blanket of political and religious dictatorship, like in ye olde country.
It’s jelly-like MultiCultists who do the self-hating & self-doubting ‘We’re The Worst Ever’™ routine, or at least, we’re the best of a terrible bunch, and so the rest need to be reined in, watched, and nannied, lest they all go berserk. That’s the puddle-like depth of deconstructionist theory of humans and societies: the betters must herd the evil sheeps.
Little did we imagine that Dean Steacy, Richard Warman, Jennifer Lynch, Barbara Hall, and all the other unsung minions & heroes of the thin Jell-o line are all that stands between us and our old adversaries chaos and anarchy. The last good people on the bastions, dontcha know.
Not so much. ~
Read it here.
Second, Kathy Shaidle writes for David Horowitz’s NewsReal blog: Dispatch from Canuckistan, or: Coming Soon to a Country Near You?
Away from NewsReal, I spend much of my time battling state censorship in the name of “political correctness” up here in Canada.
Asked to compose a rare (for me) weekend post, I think you’ll indulge my veering into “foreign entanglements” when you see the names of our two featured players: Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant.
Those not familiar with their recent “troubles” with state-sponsored censorship at the behest of radical Muslims can get the basic background from this FrontPage article, written around the mid-point of their travails.
Having triumphed over their accusers (and each written terrific new books about their adventures), Steyn and Levant now welcome every opportunity to speak about their experiences. They do so on behalf of the many others brought before our Human Rights Tribunals who don’t possess their Rolodexes of powerful allies, or their eloquence — eloquence on full display in these videos.
Last week, both men were called to testify at a Parliamentary hearing regarding Canada’s draconian censorship laws.
I think you’ll find their testimony entertaining, enlightening — and disturbing. (Don’t assume your First Amendment will necessarily protect you from similar stuff — we have “freedom of speech” in our “constitution” too. Fat lot of good.)
For now, here are Ezra Levant’s opening remarks:
Read the whole thing here.
Third, some interesting thoughts from Liberal Senator Charlie Watt. From Nunatsiaq Online:
Bill C-25 is also known as the “two-for-one” bill because judges often give offenders two days credit for every day they spend in jail before they’re convicted.
The bill, introduced by the Conservatives, would give a maximum credit of one day for each day served in pre-sentencing custody.
In some cases, the bill would allow judges to give 1.5 days for each day of pre-sentencing custody “if the circumstances justify it.”
The Conservatives brought in the bill to reduce delays in the justice system, so that defence lawyers wouldn’t see any advantage in delaying proceedings, and to make communities safer.
Watt said he intends to amend Bill C-25 because aboriginal offenders already serve longer sentences than others and the incarceration rate for aboriginal people is nine times higher than that of non-aboriginals.
The Canadian Human Rights Commission says this is the number one human rights issue facing Canada, Watt noted.
“I believe our constitutional rights are being violated,” Watt said.
Watt’s amendment would keep aboriginal offenders under the current system, which allows judges to award credit for time served.
Read it all here.
Fourth, Jan Buterman’s HRC complaint against the Greater St. Albert Catholic School Board recieves coverage from Sketchy Thoughts, while MP Brent Rathbeger’s short address to the House of Commons on Section 13(1) is noted over at Free Dominion. Meanwhile, Jay Currie’s witness list, Marc Lemire files in federal court, and some questions for Jennifer Lynch.