Entries by Peter Worthington from 07/2012

Military Torture Story Was all For the Sake of Selling Papers

| Posted 07.03.2012 | Canada

Eight military police officers whose conduct was under examination, have been cleared and the whole matter of whether or not Canadian military police tortured Afghanis is filed away as it should have been -- and would have been if the Globe and Mail hadn't had a bee in its bonnet, intent on rooting out scoundrels it believed were in our military.

Julian Fantino: The Perfect Antidote to Bev

| Posted 07.05.2012 | Canada Politics

It's unlikely that Bev Oda's successor as the Minister of International Co-operation, Julian Fantino, is addicted to $16 orange juice. More likely is that he'll provide tough leadership when it comes to international aid programs, and will keep the CIDA gang under ideological control.

We Let Karla Homolka Out, Now Let's Leave Her Alone

| Posted 07.09.2012 | Canada

Karla Homolka served her time and fled to the Caribbean, determined to avoid the spotlight -- until discovered by former TV reporter Paula Todd: married with three children living in Guadeloupe. It's difficult to have sympathy for Karla Homolka, even as she's persecuted by "public interest" reporters. Better to question the judicial system that freed her. As long as she stays out of trouble, why not leave her alone?

If You Want to Help Africa, Don't Send Money

| Posted 07.10.2012 | Canada

Zambian author Dambisa Moyo proposes a refreshingly original, and correct, take on the state of African affairs: that developing countries plan their own futures and not depend on foreign aid -- that excessive aid fosters dependency, inhibits enterpise, leads to corruption and too often results in tyrannical governments and massive poverty.

Brian Knight Case Shows Judges Can't Judge Between Right and Wrong

| Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada

What sort of a world do the people who run our courts live in? For defending and recovering his property, Brian Knight was convicted of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and sentenced to 90 days -- three times the sentence that the thief got. How dare this guy be saddled with a criminal record for doing what most of us hope we'd do if we were confronted with the same circumstances that faced Brian Knight.

Leonard Peltier's Sole Crime Was His Heritage

| Posted 07.12.2012 | Canada

Leonard Peltier, now 68, has been in prison for 35 years. Since 1977, petitions and pleas on his behalf have been ignored; appeals by the Arhbshiop of Canterbury, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, 55 U.S. Congressmen, and Canadian Parliamentarians, and members of the European Parliament Union. But the FBI is adamant that he killed two of their agents.

Are African Americans Better off With Mitt or Obama?

| Posted 07.13.2012 | Canada Politics

In the 2008 election, Republican John McCain got five per cent of the black vote. Romney is said to be hoping for 11 per cent in November -- enough to make a difference. Hence his recent foray into the liberal waters of the NAACP in Texas to deliver his message. To his credit, to didn't soften pedal or twist his message to pander to African American, but said to them what he's been saying all along -- that America (and people of colour) will do better with him as Prez, than it has done, or will do, with more of Obama.

Are Those Daisy Dukes Rape Bait?

| Posted 07.17.2012 | Canada

The main message in so-called "Muslim cleric" and street preacher al-Haashim Kamena Atangana's tirade against provocatively-dressed women is what it says about some Muslim men. Apparently, men are such lustful creatures that they can't control themselves if they spot a short skirt. He would favor a law requiring women to wear long robes that cover all parts of skin.

Chuckwagon Races -- Our Gladiator Fights?

| Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada

A poll of Canadians would probably come out in favour of chuckwagon races as something of an institution around which the annual Stampede is based. If one could turn the clock back to Roman times, a similar poll would also come down in favour of to-death gladiator fights in the Coloseum, and bear-baiting, lions eating Christians and, of course, Ben Hur-like chariot races.

You Can't Stop Crime if You Can't Say Who Is Doing it

| Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada

What to do about gun violence in Toronto -- or anywhere else, for that matter? Well, contrary to prevailing opinion, there's a lot that can be done. For starters, we (the police and government) should determine who is doing the shooting. Unfortunately, "Profiling" is a taboo word for many, especially human rights zealots who equate "profiling" with bullying or unfairly picking on a portion of the community.

Batman Massacre is a Crime Unique to Democracies

| Posted 07.23.2012 | Canada Politics

There are several reasons why America hosts most of the recent mass slaughterings. While such incidents can happen anywhere, they are most prevalent in free, or democratic countries. In autocratic or repressive regimes, mass killings by explosives are for political reasons - Chechen terrorism in the Moscow theatre bombing or the Beslan school massacre. But not random, mindless slaughter. There is no logical way to prevent such massacres in a democracy.

Canada: Where Taxpayers Reward Failure

| Posted 07.24.2012 | Canada Politics

Helen Guergis may have been treated badly, even unfairly, but it's hard to see the PM losing on this one. But with our courts, one never knows. And then we have Col. Ouelette who is suing DND for millions because apparently, he had inapropriate liaisons with a female member of the UN in Haiti. And the former CEO of Ornge! What is going on with these scandals?

So a Boy in a Burka Walks Into an LCBO...

| Posted 07.24.2012 | Canada Politics

The 14-year-old boy in the burka buying liquor from the LCBO was a big story recently -- and the problem is not 14-year-old grade 8 boys buying booze, but of anyone wearing a burka or veil, rarely being questioned. Who can blame the LCBO cashier for not risking the wrath of human rights zealots? The greater implications of this burka-and-booze story is that it could happen anywhere. The burka is an ideal disguise in our country, because we are so sensitized to pretending it's normal, that we are reluctant to cause a scene by asking questions.

The Column You'd Never Expect Me To Have Written

| Posted 07.25.2012 | Canada Style

I was chatting with the National Post's Andrew Coyne and a bunch of others at a party last weekend, and he mentioned a column I'd written for the old Financial Post that drew more response than anything the paper had experienced at that time. And you would never believe what the column was about.

As Harper Procrastinates, Khadr Gains Sympathy

| Posted 07.27.2012 | Canada

Now there are psychiatric reports that supposedly claim Omar Khadr more dangerous than ever, surrounded and influenced in Gitmo by committed Islamic terrorists. His return to Canada is on hold because Public Safety Minister Vic Toews wants to consider the contents of these reports. The longer they procrastinate, the more sympathy Khadr gains.

Using the Olympic Symbol Sans Permission? Off With your Head!

| Posted 07.28.2012 | Canada

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png Measures being taken to prevent misuse of the Olympic designation are intriguing, appalling and hilarious. Fines for abuse can total $30,000. There's the 81-year-old grandmother who made tiny sweaters with the Olympic logo for dolls selling for the equivalent of $1.63, proceeds going to a church charity. And the florist rebuked for arranging flowers with the colours of the Olympic rings. Off with their heads!

If He Shut Up, Romney Wouldn't Be Much of a Leader

| Posted 07.30.2012 | Canada Politics

A lot of sniping has been going on recently at alleged gaffes Republican Presidential contender Mitt Romney has been making. Except it's pretty hard to pin-point where he's been wrong -- unless one subscribes to the view that when travelling overseas he should shut up, and not say anything about anything.

Canadian Aid to Zimbabwe Won't Help Democracy

| Posted 07.31.2012 | Canada

By reducing foreign aid to Zimbabwe, Canada is said to be threatening chances for democracy in that country after the next election, expected in 2013. The concern seems misguided. Canada has always maintained close and cordial relations with Zimbabwe, but this relationship hasn't advanced democracy in that country.