When will enough be enough for habitual criminals?

Last week infamous thief Tracy Lloyd Caza was breached by his parole officer and will likely serve the rest of his sentence. The warrant holding him in custody will expire in the days before Christmas. He will be deemed to have paid his debt to society for brazenly stealing jewelry from the fingers of elderly patients in hospitals when they are most vulnerable. Whatever conditions still remain that were court imposed, he will inevitably ignore. He will then be free to wreak whatever havoc he will upon seniors in Vancouver until he is caught and a judge puts him back in jail. Again. And it will happen again. Just as sure as God makes little green apples. He's got nearly 60 convictions dating back to 1977 and dozens more arrests where charges were bargained away in a guilty plea deal. He has no trade, craft or other marketable skill, save and except being a thief, robber and a con man who preys on those most unable to help themselves. No matter what, neither provincial nor federal corrections services have been able to alter Caza's criminal ways despite more attempts than Carter has little liver pills. At what point should we say enough? And Caza isn't the worst. A few years ago I wrote a piece about Kevin Wayne Morgan. He had a remarkable 188 criminal convictions when I learned about him from business owners on Commercial Drive in speaking with them during a...

Political subsidies drive electoral zeal

While sitting on a plane to the Centre of the Universe, I found myself reading The Reagan Diaries, meticulously kept by Ronald Reagan throughout his presidency.  As I was reading words written nearly 30 years ago by the 40th President of the United States and reflecting on this federal election campaign, I was struck by how little had changed in the politics of the liberal left in the intervening years. On February 27, 1982 Reagan wrote: “A half dozen Dem. Gov’s. Kept sounding off on how our programs we unfair and favoured the rich - paralyzed the poor.  Their answer?  Cut defense spending.” He continued, “Food stamps are budgeted at $4 billion than 1980 and 3 million more people are getting them.  As for taxes favouring the rich - they are already 25% across the board and indexing the tax brackets does nothing for the rich - they are already in the top tax bracket.” Sound familiar?  Change the dollar values and percentages around a little and this could be the Canadian federal election campaign of 2011.  (Wouldn’t you like to have only to pay 25% income tax?) Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff is still banging on the tax the banks and oil companies nonsense and NDP leader Jack Layton is still harping on his tax the rich refrain.  The rhetoric is as predictable as an early start to golf season for the Leafs. They both want to kill the F-35 contract without offering even a suggestion of what else they would do.  And we...

Awish Aslam redux

It’s been three days since I wrote a brief piece about Awish Aslam, the girl who got herself tossed from a Stephen Harper rally in southwestern Ontario and promptly became a media darling and there has been virtually nothing written about her since, despite an orgy of stories in the few days from the incident until I published that piece of reality for the MSM to consider. I say virtually, because there was one exception that appeared today in the London Free Press by Warren Kinsella, former War Room guru of the election machine of Jean Chretien and author of books like: Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics. A book, I should add, that I bought, read and enjoyed thoroughly. Now, I should also add that Kinsella and I do have some history. I took him on in an email exchange that I published in a column way back when Chretien was the Prime Minister and he was engaged in his “kicking ass” politics. Since then, he and I have established something of a détente. I admire what and how he does things and he no longer calls me names. Politically, we can agree to disagree. When his dad died a few years back I sent him a heartfelt message and he replied graciously. Having said that, I can’t understand his position in this piece. Aslam has been outed as an NDP party insider. This whole thing stinks of set-up. She may try and minimize her...

As always, there’s more to the story

It is getting a little tiring watching all the mainstream media drinking each other’s bathwater on the story of the poor teen 19 yr. old “student,” Awish Aslam, turfed from a Tory election rally in Guelph. A google search of her name reveals more than 30 pages of stories written about her and the incident in the past five days. Dish up the pablum and a pliant media lap it up. But clicking a couple of more pages reveal this link. It might look like a bunch of gobbledy-gook but it is actually HTML script of an email written on Dec. 2, 2008. When you look at the script in an HTML viewer, you can see the entire email. Here it is. I enlisted the support of Pierre Bourque of Bourque.com fame to help me identify the people the email was sent to and as I thought, they are mostly all NDP MPs, party staff or other insiders. You will notice the supposed “victim” of Harper’s “goons” as some media and Michael Ignatieff have taken to calling the RCMP who were doing security for the Prime Minister, is one of the recipients. The email refers the reader to Bourque’s website and a poll he was running. Well, on that date, Bourque tells me he ran two polls. This one and this one. You will notice the polls were all about what was going on in Ottawa on that day which, of course all about the coalition the opposition were trying to form to...

The President is missing

In my lifetime, I have never been embarrassed by a sitting US President. Until now. I remember watching the resignation speech of Richard Nixon and shaking my head at the apparent ineptitude of Jimmy Carter as he fumbled the Iran hostage file. I ground my teeth as I listened to the testimony of Oliver North and tried to stifle my gag reflex as the impeachment of Bill Clinton wound on following the ill-advised spilling of his DNA on Monica Lewinsky's blue dress. But for all that, they occupied the office of the President of the United States. POTUS. The leader of the free world. And, as events in the Middle East have demonstrated, no matter what we may think or want, the eyes of the world turn to the US to provide help when things are bad. It is not, as the political left might have you believe, that America is imperialist or a colonial power or any of that leftist nonsense. As we have seen in Libya in the past week, the freedom fighters have been calling for American help in, at minimum, establishing a 'no fly' zone. And POTUS? He's been golfing and generally amusing himself by doing anything but appearing as the leader of the free world. Even the imminent meltdown of four nuclear reactors in Japan could not rouse the Speechifier in Chief from his vacation. After all, he needs a good rest with all the speeches he gives. It's tiring spouting all that rhetorical BS. Today, the UN Security...

Loopy left just can’t get it right

A letter in the July 5th issue of McLean's magazine really shows the woolly-headedness of the left. Someone you have never heard of, named Irene Gammel, evidently some apparatchik of Ryerson University, that oh-so-politically correct bastion of all things multi-cult as long, well, as they aren't Jews of course. Oh, and they aren't particularly keen on white men either. They are okay with white women as long as they are lesbian man-haters. Stay at home Moms are as welcome as someone with diarrhoea at a hot tub party. Anyway, apparently Gammel "co-edited" a bit of leftish nonsense entitled Anne's World: A new Century of Anne of Green Gables. Evidently, Gammel and author Helen Hoy, have re-created the story's heroine as a child with fetal alcohol syndrome - itself a creation of the loony left - and mental illness. All evidently, to be about "diversity of cultures, identities and perspectives." Ack! Gag me with a spoon. Lucy Maud Montgomery created Anne as a fictional character to tell a story, a story of fiction. You remember fiction? As in made up. But these card-carrying members of the loony left have to try and recreate a much-loved piece of Canadian fiction in their own woolly-headed image. I am so tired of the left. The next time they are right on anything will be the first time. I am, for the record, absolutely angry with BC Premier Gordon Campbell's handling of the HST and the apparent way he deliberately obfuscated the issue during the spring campaign of 2009. But, and...

Well, that’s alright then

For those of us who thought that politicians would do anything to get elected and then justify it by saying the end justifies the means, I give you, as evidence the truth of that statement, Bill Clinton. Clinton, whose only lasting legacy of eight years in the White House is a stain on Monica Lewinsky's dress, spoke at Robert C. Byrd's memorial yesterday. He justified the fact that Byrd had joined the Ku Klux Klan by saying he was just trying to get elected, as if that alone makes everything okay. Byrd, who died last week at the age of 92, was the longest serving member of the US Senate and the undisputed King of Pork. There are more buildings, roads, highways, bridges and what not named after him in West Virginia than any other Congressman or Senator in history in all the other states combined. He turned an office in the Capitol into the epitome of the practice of selling his vote in return for government largesse to his state. And then, to top it off, ensured the result was named after him. Do anything to get elected, including joining the KKK to get the votes of the good ol' boys then, once elected, engage in political extortion, that is the legacy celebrated by Bill Clinton and the Speechmaker-in-Chief Barack Obama yesterday. Have these people no shame? Sorry, stupid question. But really, how could the supposedly liberal, big tent party leaders like hopey-changey Obama...

Predicted recriminations come, but are undeserved

It is beginning to appear as though I am a soothsayer. Which, of course, I am not. But not hours after I said the recriminations would start against the Toronto Police on the one hand saying they didn't do enough when the Black-Blocheads went on their rampage at the G20 conference, and, on the other hand they went overboard and abused human rights etc., blah, blah, blah, the recriminations started and pieces of absurd journalism, like this appeared. Now, first of all, this is a sad excuse of an example of journalism. It is nothing more than a reporting of the propaganda of a collection of socialist wing-nuts. This collection of wing-nuts managed to get an audience with a mainstream media outlet that, in itself, defies logic, is trying to make a meal out of the fact the police did their job. Read this quote carefully and think about it. "Camille, a slight redhead who refused to give her last name, said police then rifled through her possessions and found some black clothing. She also had a lawyer's telephone number scrawled on her arm and an anarchist book in the car." Now, I may be little slow, but, if they had black clothing, an anarchist book AND a lawyer's phone number inked on their arm in case they got arrested, I suspect the police just might have, just maybe, in a pinch, thought they might be intent on committing an offence. I...

Damned if they do . . .

At the risk of saying I told you so, well, I told you so. The insanity visited upon the streets of Toronto yesterday by the so-called anarchists was shameful in the extreme. Toronto Mayor David Miller more properly called them criminals and Prime Minister Stephen Harper was spot on when he referred to them as thugs in a prepared statement. For everyone who whinged and moaned about the cost for security for the meetings of the most powerful leaders in the world, you have now seen the reason. The frustrating part of that though, is why do we constantly need to do this. Throughout the day's news coverage of events in Toronto, we watched as the biggest city in this country descended into chaos, into the very anarchy the police stand to protect us from. And yet, it seems to me the police are damned if they do and damned if they don't. When, in a coordinated move, the Black Bloc-heads split off from the main group of loopy lefty protestors and began their pre-meditated destruction in the financial sector of Toronto, the police backed off. They reinforced and brought in tactical-equipped officers and methodically took control. The mob hit in separate groups in different areas creating a fluid, moving situation of chaos. Media were saying the police weren’t doing enough, that they had lost control. The reality was that the police were playing a cat and mouse game with the main group of protestors who kept twisting...

Security budget anger mis-directed

Much is being made about the upcoming international gabfest coming to Toronto later this month. The G8 and G20 conferences will cost around a billion dollars to secure according to media estimates. Which may or may not be true. As an example, every dollar in salary of every member of the Armed Forces or police officer seconded to the events is calculated in that cost. But since they were going to earn those dollars regardless of whether they were assigned to G8/G20 I'm not sure that's fair to account in with those costs. Equally, much has been made about the $2 million man-made lake designed to provide a rural Canadiana backdrop for international media. Turns out the lake will only cost $57,000. The balance is on time, materials and labour to build the media pavilion. But why let the facts get in the way of a good story? A $2 million dollar man-made lake sounds much better to the baying media hordes desperate to inflict damage on a "scary" Prime Minister. This is not to say this isn't a colossal waste of money. At a time when the deficit is running at $48 billion and the national debt is soaring at over half a trillion dollars, I question any public spending that is not absolutely necessary. But, for good or for bad, this country's government had committed to hosting the leaders of the free world and given the current geopolitical climate, we must ensure their well-being. But,the irony is that the bulk of...