Saturday, June 29, 2013

Brian Storseth is a Canadian hero

On Thursday, the Senate gave third and final reading to Conservative MP Brian Storseth’s private member’s bill to repeal Section 13 of the Human Rights Act. 
Brian Storseth is a Canadian hero. Canada needs more Brian Storseths and fewer left-wing group-think PC Human Rights Commissions populated with the kind of people who think they are on a mission from God to issue extravagant PC "parking tickets" for hurt feelings.

A big win for Mark Steyn, another great Canadian.
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Friday, June 21, 2013

Mark Steyn's Latest, With InstantReaction™

English: The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germa...
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Mark Steyn's latest sober assessment of the Great One.
The following day Mangue Obama — whoops, my mistake, Mangue Obama was the prime minister of Equatorial Guinea from 2006 to 2008, and has a way smaller and less 
incompetent entourage — Barack Obama departed for Berlin (the German city, not the American songwriter or British philosopher). Five years ago at the Brandenburg Gate, he thrilled a crowd of 200,000 with his stirring clarion call to himself, “Ich bin ein Baracker.” 
Now for the Ball Bounces' InstantReaction:

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Read the whole thang here.
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Friday, June 14, 2013

"Dozens of Terrorist Threats"? The Questions We're Afraid To Ask

Headquarters of the NSA at Fort Meade, Marylan...
Headquarters of the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The director of the National Security Agency told Congress on Wednesday that “dozens” of terrorism threats had been halted by the agency’s huge database of the logs of nearly every domestic phone call made by Americans, while a senator briefed on the program disclosed that the telephone records are destroyed after five years. Source: NYT
Dozens of terrorist threats? Not just the odd panty-bomber one-off? Dozens?

If there have been dozens of terrorist threats, the danger of terrorism in the USA is much greater than we have thought. Here are the urgent questions no one dares ask:

* Were these terrorist threats from domestic or foreign persons or groups?

* Is there a discernible ethnic/racial/ideological profile to these "dozens" of acts, or are they truly widespread and random?

* If there is an identifiable profile, what are we doing to design immigration policies to help make sure we don't make a bad situation worse?

Questions no-one's asking. To do so would be in bad taste. It might offend sensibilities, and we would rather have blown-off limbs than cause emotional distress.

Instead, as Mark Steyn points out, we substitute rational public policy for a massive program of off-the-grid domestic surveillance.

And that's the way the Ball bounces.
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"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"