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Posted on December 4th, 2011 at 16:48 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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  1. Actually, I think the choices should have been Larry, Mo, Curly, and Shemp. Eeny, Meeny, and Miny were just friends and campaign contributors. 🙂

The Onion

Posted on December 4th, 2011 at 9:57 by John Sinteur in category: News

When the lines between reality and The Onion blur, you know your nation is in trouble.

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  1. I guess the US just is not ready for a black president.

  2. Drat, I was going to post that.

    Also wide kind of open for snark:

    “Chelsea Clinton, Living Up to the Family Name”
    (NYT headline)

John Bohannon & Black Label Movement – Dance Your PhD

Posted on December 4th, 2011 at 9:10 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

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22 years ago

Posted on December 4th, 2011 at 3:25 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


It doesn’t seem possible but 22 years have passed since the December evening in 1989, when we stood, a group of cynical, world-weary reporters shocked into silence, waiting in the wet snow outside the Ecole Polytechnique for an announcement that would change our world forever.

Then came the announcement: “There are a dozen dead and they are all students.”

The dead were also, except for the killer himself, all women. This we already knew from the survivors who had escaped the building. And there were 14, not 12. There was no room for doubt. A heavily armed killer had come to this place, hunting women. Carefully, deliberately, with malice aforethought. And he had succeeded, surely, beyond the wildest scope of his own malignant dreams.

They would not have to see Stephen Harper dismantle the long-gun registry, the one tangible memorial to their deaths that meant something vital to the living. They wouldn’t know the impotent rage felt by those who worked so hard for rational gun-control laws in this country, seeing a portion of all that work undone on a politician’s whim.

They would not experience the frequent despair of the endless struggle to halt the plague of violence against women, or our joy over the occasional victory.

Canada’s conservative government said they would kill the gun registry. Now they have a majority, they are about to do it.

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  1. Now hang on a minute,
    The famous long-rifle arm registry was established following this event at Ecole Polytechnique, reportedly by demand from the victims’ families. But there’s another element to not be forgotten within this debate, which is the understated role of the police forces called upon the event and course of decision taken during their intervention.

    Many sources reported of the timeline of the shootings, indicating the arrival of municipal police constables after seven shots were fired. Another individual reported that the police chief, after having wind of the situation, decided to have the officers present on hold and to wait the arrival of their SWAT intervention team for anything else to be done. This left even more delay before any intervention were to be done, since the SWAT team isn’t an unit on constant stand-by, akind of firemen. Upon their arrival, it was FAR TOO LATE; seven more dead for a total of fourteen victims, not counting Lepine, who ended himself.

    The following backlash related to the incident and the paltry police response led to put the municipal police into borderline disrepute, the families of the victims, all women, pressuring for an inquiry over the decided and ensuing actions of the SPVM. All bar one, the single exception which was taken into account to NOT have this inquiry.

    If there were any place for equal justice in this occidental world, in any world perhaps, the decision to make away of this registry would come alongside with a real transparent view of the course of action taken by the municipal police, steering away of the demagogy openly published by feminist and gun-control advocates.

    Perhaps i’m asking too much again…

  2. Um…why did these women die?
    An insane person with malicious intent could get hold of weapons too easily, IMO, not that anyone cares what I think*.

    Probably true that municipal police may have acted as less than heroes. That is their job. The usual “rules of engagement” for local police officers, when confronted by such a situation,are: to evacuate as many as possible, “secure the area” (prevent the subject from fleeing) and wait for trained personnel to arrive.

    My opinion: The gun registry was a reasonable idea, incompletely implemented by extremely “expensive” contractors, dogged by political interference and feature creep. It’s cost billions and got everyone angry; gun nuts and peaceniks alike.

    Now what? Quebec may implement its own registry, which is what should have happened in the first place. The federal government didn’t want to devolve powers to the provinces to regulate guns, but the provinces have proven capable of regulation and registration of weapons far more dangerous than guns (i.e. road vehicles). Alberta, etc. won’t do it. Ontario, maybe. Depends on your urban vote I think.

    * I have to declare an interest. I am a feminist in that I think women should get the vote. Oh? They do? What everywhere? No? OK then.