Friday, October 24, 2008

The Canadian Human Rights Commission is no such thing

The CHRC seems to be to human rights as fireman are who burn down buildings. Ezra Levant, who faces his own star chamb...uh...kangaroo proceedings...has the story in the National Post:
In Saskatchewan, the CHRC is prosecuting a former Member of Parliament for politically incorrect mail that he sent to constituents five years ago.

Jim Pankiw, an MP who served from 1997 to 2004, is on trial for sending out flyers criticizing Indian crime in Saskatchewan. If convicted, Pankiw can face massive fines. He could also face other orders, ranging from a forced apology to a lifetime ban on commenting about aboriginal issues. If Pankiw refuses to comply with such an order, he could serve time in jail.
So, Canada seems to have not merely criminalized political speech, but criminalized political speech by politicians during their own campaigns.

Remind me again, please: Just why is it we are supposed to think of Canada as a kinder, gentler place which we should -but bestially refuse to- emulate?

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Apropo nothing,of course

Well, our friend Bill Ayers is still into re-education.

There are some more interesting links here, including one to scans of Prairie Fire, the Weatherman manifesto.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Thinking Smarter Against the IRA

Someone wasn't the dullest blade on the rack:
Having lost many troops and civilians to bombings, the Brits decided they needed to determine who was making the bombs and where they were being manufactured...

The plan was simple: Build a laundry and staff it with locals and a few of their own. The laundry would then send out "color coded" special discount tickets, to the effect of "get two loads for the price of one," etc. The color coding was matched to specific streets and thus when someone brought in their laundry, it was easy to determine the general location from which a city map was coded.

While the laundry was indeed being washed, pressed and dry cleaned, it had one additional cycle -- every garment, sheet, glove, pair of pants, was first sent through an analyzer, located in the basement, that checked for bomb-making residue....Within a few weeks, multiple positives had shown up, indicating the ingredients of bomb residue, and intelligence had determined which areas of the city were involved. To narrow their target list, [the laundry] simply sent out more specific coupons [numbered] to all houses in the area, and before long they had good addresses. After confirming addresses, authorities with the SAS teams swooped down on the multiple homes and arrested multiple personnel and confiscated numerous assembled bombs, weapons and ingredients.
Tom Ricks has the story in the Washington Post.