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- The National Post

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- Tom Flanagan, The Literary Review of Canada

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Four thousand dead in this goddamned war, with no end in sight.

If you do not wish to read anything about this sad day, then just look at this. You will spend a long time there.

An earlier memorial, equally sad, is below. Some of them don't look old enough to legally have a drink.

Many weren't.

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He's angry that John Tory still holds the job he wanted for himself. So, like angry people sometimes do, he's lashing out. We should feel sorry for the little fella.

After all, when he is reminded about unhelpful headlines about his record in Ontario's government...well, he gets upset. It's sad, really, but it's understandable.

Perhaps Jim wants to rhetorically kick a homeless person, or a welfare mom, like he used to in the bad old days. He figures that will make him feel better.

It won't. Time to finally deal with your anger, Jimmy. Help is just a call away.


"Outgoing Tories outright lied" - Toronto Star, October 2003

TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - After 8 years of cuts, damage and neglect, Conservatives left Ontarians with a massive $5.6 Billion deficit.

That's the mess all Ontarians working together have had to clean up.

The Conservatives left behind a deficit because they cut public health care funding, closing hospitals and using that money for corporate tax giveaways. Now John Tory wants to rip almost $3 Billion out of health care.

The Conservatives left behind a deficit because they ripped apart our schools, closing small rural schools and using that money for private school giveaways. Now John Tory wants to rip another $500 million out of public schools.

The Conservatives left behind a deficit because they fudged the numbers and counted on revenues that never came, asset sales that never happened, and 'efficiencies' that didn't exist. Instead they just kept cutting to the bone, firing water inspectors, meat inspectors and services we rely on. Now John Tory is relying on revenue projections no economist has backed up, and wants to cut another $1.5 billion in unidentified 'efficiencies'.

It's that kind of questionable judgment that led to headlines like these:

• Tories leave Ontario with $5.6-billion deficit (Timmins Daily Press)

• Ontario $5.6 billion in the red: Former auditor debunks Tories'
creative bookkeeping (Ottawa Citizen)

• Tories slammed for leaving $5.6-B deficit (St. Catharines Standard)

• Tories left $5.6 B deficit: Auditor uncovers 'shocking' debt
(Ottawa Sun)

• Province faces $5.6-B deficit - auditor: 'It exemplifies a history of mismanagement and misrepresentation' (North Bay Nugget)

For further information: Ben Chin, (416) XXX-XXXX, ext XXX.

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So, does this "human rights industry" - as "lazy" as it is, as much as it is made up of "hysterical carnival-barkers" who create "star chambers" - does this industry include any "hysterical carnival-barkers" who, say, sign Jonathan Kay's paycheque?

Just wondering.
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I will be posting a list of their regular advertisers shortly, as well as contact info. In addition, the meeting at our offices will be set up soon.

I've done radio on this issue, but here's something from the CBC web site.


Anti-smoking group calls on Ottawa to snuff out tobacco ads
Section: Consumer
Broadcast Date: Monday, March 24, 2008
Time: Thu March 20 10:03:58 2008 EDT
Network: CBC

Cigarette ads are slowly returning to Canadian newspapers and magazines after a decade-long absence, and anti-smoking groups are calling on the government to extinguish the resurgence.

Tobacco companies refrained from television and print advertising for nearly 10 years as they waited for the Supreme Court to clarify the laws. In the summer of 2007, the court ruled that television ads are still illegal, but print ads can run - with some restrictions.

Under the new rules, print advertisements must show only a package or two of cigarettes and cannot show models smiling and enjoying a puff.

"The lifestyle ads of the '70s and '80s are a thing of the past," explained André Benoît of JTI MacDonald, the tobacco company doing the most advertising.

"I think what we're trying to do is get smokers to switch to our brands or to at least try the new brands that we've put on the market."

Physicians group calls for ban

But Cynthia Callard, who runs Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, told CBC News that she feels any type of tobacco advertising is too much.

"We think in this particular case, these ads are really a trial run," she said of recent spreads in Toronto papers.

"But what the companies are doing is establishing a beachhead, letting the door crack wider and wider open so that we can anticipate that we will see more - and worse - advertising in the future."

As a result, she said, Ottawa should ban all tobacco advertising.

The issue is more complex for the print organizations running the advertisements. Toronto entertainment paper Eye Weekly opts to carry the ads.

"Cigarettes are legal. Cars pollute. Fast food kills people with heart attacks. And what does alcohol do? I mean, it's the same thing. There's evil in every product," said the paper's editorial director Alan Vernon.

But competing Toronto entertainment weekly Now said it has no space for cigarette ads.

"The biggest thing we have going for us is our integrity and that's how we sell advertising, so that's where we draw the line," said editor Alice Klein.

Health Canada is currently conducting a review of Canada's smoking legislation.

© 2008 CBC. All Rights Reserved.

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Many weeks ago, they asked me for a letter to the editor to respond to Mark Steyn, their columnist who lauds Heritage Front leaders and mouthpieces for Ernst Zundel. I wrote one. They wanted sources, so I provided sources.

Repeated attempts to get an answer about the whereabouts of the letter have gone unanswered. Not very "free speechy" of them!

So, until I get one, I plan to repost the letter on a regular basis. Here it is.

In it, I describe how Steyn calls the Chinese "chinks" and "gooks," the Japanese "japs;" calls Indians "wogs;" calls natives "Injuns;" calls Muslims "monkeys" and rapists, and so on. (He also suggests the disabled more or less got what they deserved in 9/11, but I didn't include that. Should've.)

You asked for the letter, Macleans. Where is it?

And here are Messrs. Sten and Levant's new friends - Lemire, Klatt and Barbara - all in one place. On the web site of...David Duke! As the former Klansman puts it: "It’s a Big day for Freedom of Speech tomorrow as Marc Lemire & friends get set to put the Zionist Network on the run - lets hope history will be made!"]
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Will they? Who knows.

If nothing else, if the CPC continues to be associated with her, it'll be useful during the writ. Scroll spot text: "Ask yourself: why don't the Conservatives condemn the supporter who says Nazis didn't carry out the Holocaust, mocks Holocaust victims, and promotes genocide in Africa?"

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Before I forget: for anyone attending the Heritage Front/Maclean's hearing at the CHRC in Ottawa tomorrow, I will pay $100 for a clear photo of Lemire and Steyn together, ideally shaking hands. I'll pay more for actual footage.

Given how palsy the two conservative stalwarts have become, I would imagine that none of this should be objectionable to either Mark.

[ UPDATE: As the human rights-haters get more and more extreme, making threats and smearing everyone who disagrees with them, we learn that the police are starting to take notice. Last night, the OPP apparently visited one of the biggest supporters of Messrs. Steyn, Lemire, Levant, Martin et al. See the posting near the bottom of "Free Dominion" by Edward Kennedy.]
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He and I are friends, notwithstanding differences. Have been for a while. He's a good guy, and here's another reason why.
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To paraphrase Public Enemy.

Lorrie's right. They are a popularity contest run by the same people who always win. I wanted to write a column saying that when at the Post, but the free speechers declined to print it. They were still hoping for a nomination, I guess.

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Easter morning discussion with eight-year-old, as he eyeballs the family crest, above.

Eight-year-old: "What is it?"

Me: "Our family crest. It allegedly means we are descended from an Irish king."

Eight-year-old: "King? Does that mean I can command them to worship me, when we go back?"

Me: "I guess so. But we may go to another island, first. Jamaica."

Eight-year-old: "Do they have flat screen TVs in Jamaica?"

Me: "I think so."

Eight-year-old: "And Best Buy? Do they have Best Buy?"

Me: "I don't think so."

Eight-year-old: "Then forget it. I want Best Buy. I want the sweet life."

There you go. No Best Buy, no sweet life. Happy Easter, sweet lifers.

[And don't forget Tibet today.]

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From the Calgary Sun:


Tensions boiled to a fevered pitch when white supremacists and anti-racist demonstrators clashed in the city's downtown core yesterday. A group of neo-Nazis calling themselves the Aryan Guard staged a march from Mewata Armouries down 8 Ave. to city hall, prompting anti-racism activists to stage their own demonstration. Activists, union leaders, anarchists, minority groups and passers-by held their own rally as a counter-demonstration to the white supremacist rally, said Anti-Racist Action Calgary's Jason Devine...Roughly 25 Aryan Guard members amassed at the Franklin LRT station, rode the C-Train downtown and made their way down to Mewata Armouries, when they were blocked by counter-demonstrators along 7 Ave., in front of the Kerby Centre. The animosity between the two groups reached an instant peak, prompting police to set up a human barrier between the two groups.


And the Herald, here.

As I and others have been suggesting for months, none of this - as depressing and as outrageous as it is - is surprising. As Western economies continue to slide, we will be seeing more and more of these expressions of hatred (eg. "I HATE JEWS," newly added to the wall at our kids' hockey rink, and spotted this morning). It is what has happened throughout history, over and over.

I note, parenthetically, that since two notorious conservative blowhards started hypocritically attacking human rights in order to promote themselves, I've been receiving mail from people who tell me that their grandfathers went to war to fight for free speech.

My response is always the same: no, young man, if your grandfather did in fact fight in World War II, he went there to fight something else. And that would be the likes of the Aryan Guard.

Neo-Nazi rallies in the middle of the day in one of Canada's greatest cities, you see, are not an unanticipated outcome of the free speech absolutism of Ezra Levant, Mark Steyn, Jonathan Kay, Keith Martin et al. Neo-Nazi rallies in broad daylight are its inevitable consequence.

So, when one of those gentlemen provides the Aryan Guard with the name of the street on which they live, and invite the neo-Nazis to lead a parade through their neighbourhood, I'll applaud their willingness to put their money where their big mouths are.

But until then, they remain full of crap.

Where's Ezra, Mark, Jon and Keith? "Free speech" being exercised in Calgary yesterday.

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Once again, if you are also concerned about the human rights abuses now taking place daily in Tibet, Bourque is where you can get the most up-to-date information.

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A year ago this month, I debated Senator Hugh Segal at the United Jewish Appeal's campaign kick-off. Here's what I said.

Maclean's columnist Mark Steyn also spoke. Here's a shorter version of his speech: "Muslims are reproducing! The end times are at hand!"

Anyway, Mark's descent into the abyss continues apace. As my friend Dawg writes here, he has now taken to promoting Ernst Zundel's tribune.

Wake me up when all of this insanity stops, will you?

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Two quick bits:

One, I have been critical of Pierre Bourque, in recent months, for accepting money from the Conservatives for the posting of headlines - without disclosing, as in the case of other advertising, who paid for the headlines. But Bourque deserves a lot of credit for using his web site, every day, to attract attention to the importance of what is taking place in Tibet, and for keeping politicians' feet to the fire, of all stripes. That is how the Internet/blogosphere can effect positive political change.

Two, as you know, I have started a campaign against Torstar's Eye Weekly for their decision to accept cigarette advertising. Almost immediately, Eye kicked off a weak counter-campaign, noting that I had written a political column for them ten years ago (which is true) but that I was fine (which is not) with Torstar's fondness for deriving revenue from the exploitation of women and girls. I wrote against the ads when I was with them, and they edited out those references; I was soon after fired by them because Torstar disapproved of my criticism of Paul Martin (that, too, is a fact). In any event, two of the most prominent Canadian anti-tobacco activists yesterday joined the campaign, and so have many concerned citizens. We will be meeting at my offices in the next week or so to get the boycott campaign going in earnest. Thank you to everyone who has pledged support and help.

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