This is terrifying!

Holy shit, this is insane!

Over the last week or so, local television news anchors across the the country have joined together to paradoxically warn viewers about the “troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country.” The identical, seemingly earnest editorial messages paid lip service to the importance of fact-checking and unbiased reporting, but they also complained about “false news” and “fake stories.” If that seems to echo the rhetoric of President Trump, it’s probably because the statement was written by one of his allies.

The anchors were forced to read the so-called journalistic responsibility messages word for word by their employer, the conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest owner of television stations in the country. The features were one of Sinclair’s now infamous “must-run” segments, consisting of conservative commentary that every Sinclair-owned station is required to air.

Source: NYMag

Check out the clips in the article, yes one side is definitely trying to undermine its own republic and that’s the Republican party.  The Democratic side sucks too but the Republicans have definitely gone off the deep end and do not serve the people’s interest at all.

0.6% of all crime

So this is a power point slide from the government and it shows that gun crime in 2016 makes up 0.6% of crime in Canada or 3% of violent crime…

Of the 0.6% of crime committed with a gun I wonder how many were perpetrated by licensed gun owners, considering we get RCMP background checks daily, I think probably very little.  If this doesn’t show people that we’re focusing on the wrong things, then they’re ideologues who do not listen to reason.  If one truly wants to deal with crime (or even violent crime), there are many other avenues that will get results much quicker and as I mentioned yesterday, complicated issues require a whole bunch of issues to be addressed at the same time.

Why spam me?

So over the last week I’ve started receiving spam bots posting anti gun, funny since my reach is near nil but whatever.  I’m about as left as one can get on many issues (equal rights, environment, fiscal, domestic, & foreign policy) and I try to be as intellectually consistent as possible.  While I understand why people don’t like guns, I’ve always been a proponent that one should be able to do whatever the hell they want as long as it doesn’t affect anyone else.  I don’t use recreational drugs but I recently applauded that the Liberal party is at least talking about legalizing all drugs as the current war on it has been a colossal failure.

I find one of the biggest problems in politics these days is that the sides only yell at each other and are not willing to listen to reason.  I love debating, post some facts, I’d love to see them and counter with my own.  Why do I have to justify my one of my many hobbies, we don’t ask people why they need a Ferrari or Rolls Royce when a Honda Civic will get one from point A to B in the same “legal” time frame.  There are many things that are bad that people do everyday, some even kill and at a much higher rate than guns but we don’t seem to be talking about banning alcohol for instance.

Totally willing to have a conversation on gun crime and the root causes of it but to blame it on guns I feel is wrong.  There are no easy answers to many of the ills that affect society and the sooner we recognize that the better.  I don’t think banning anything is helpful it’s a position I’ve always taken, I’m ok with tight regulation though and as a gun owner I jump through many loops already.  How many people out there can say they get a background check everyday?  Well I do.

Let’s have a talk as adults, there’s no reason why one should be an ideologue on any issue as nothing is ever black and white.

Argh why make it partisan…

While I empathize with the plight of the indigenous people in Canada, I absolutely hate how our PM has made the Colten Boushie case partisan.

In response to NDP demands for “concrete steps” to address the issue, Trudeau agreed that the overrepresentation of Indigenous persons in Canada’s prisons and their underrepresentation on juries and in jury-selection pools is a significant problem and said his government would address it.

Source: The Star

I think we can all agree that the treatment of native Canadians in society is terrible but there’s no easy answer to societal problems holding them as a community back. Giving them extra rights in court just means that we have a tiered justice system that works harder for one group than the other.  As a visible minority, I get it’s easy to yell racism but if I were on the jury I’d vote not guilty too the facts of the case showed that the kid was up to no good.

I guess that’s the conservative in me coming out but I believe that when I’m on my property or in my home that I should be able to use any amount of force necessary to repel an intruder.

A lawyer friend told me they’ll probably get Gerard Stanley on firearms charges though because he used a restricted weapon in a manner that’s not allowed.

Wealth inequality is terrible

I love debating political and economic policy and supply side or trickle down economics simply doesn’t work.  Lower taxes on the rich and corporations don’t generate jobs, demand for products and services do.  Don’t believe me?  How about listen to Nick Hanauer, he’s a billionaire venture capitalist.

I’ve complained about this for a long time and I hate how supply side economics has become the economic orthodoxy because it simply doesn’t work.  The Western world has tried this for the last 30 years, since Reagan (and his stupid policies affected the rest of us too) but what I hear from the right is if we just cut taxes enough, then everyone will do better but it’s bullshit.

It’s done nothing but to increase the gap between the rich and the poor and concentrated an immense amount of wealth in the hands of very few to the determent of the rest of us. Anyone who works a full time job should get a living wage, this wouldn’t benefit Maggie or I as we do pretty well already but it’s not about me, it’s about creating more consumers who are the drivers of economies.

I wish people would pay closer attention to the economic policies of political parties because frankly that’s what affects everyone the most.

A step in the right direction

The federal Liberal party caucus has discussed decriminalization of all drugs and I think it’s a great idea.  Portugal did it in 2001 and it’s been a huge success and if I were in charge I’d go one step further and legalize all drugs. I know a lot of people who feel strongly against it so I’ll list out my points on why it’s what I’d do.

  • There will always be a demand, keeping drugs illegal just empowers gangs and organized crime.
  • It gives users legal recourse against dealers and suppliers of drugs. If it’s bad, they can be sue and get proper restitution.  Right now if a dealer or supplier rips someone off, typically the only response is violence.
  • It allows drugs to be regulated, no more horror stories of drugs being cut with dangerous chemicals.  One will know exactly what they’re taking instead of right now where no one knows for sure.
  • The war on drugs has been a colossal failure, costing thousands of lives & money trying to enforce it.
  • It’s a government revenue bonanza, Colorado is an example and in a day where governments are struggling to finance their operations, taxation on drugs could bring in a large amount of money.

I could go on, but I see this as a very positive step…

The war on drugs may move to a new battlefield in Canada, if Liberal MPs get their way: the 2019 federal election campaign.

They’re pushing the Trudeau government to go much further than legalizing recreational marijuana. In a priority resolution they hope will be adopted at the Liberals’ policy convention in April for inclusion in the next election platform, the national caucus is calling on the government to eliminate criminal penalties for simple possession and consumption of all illicit drugs.

Source: The Globe & Mail

While I may be mistaken, it seems the older generations take a much harder line on drug use, mine (I’m a gen X’er) are a bit more liberal on that and millennials even more so.  At this point I think we can agree that after 30 years the war on drugs hasn’t worked, perhaps it’s time for governments to try something else.  For the record I’m not a drug user, I don’t drink or smoke (cigarettes or marijuana) so it doesn’t affect me in any way but when I see the human toll on what we’ve done so far, I think it’s time to move on.

Progress?

LOL well I guess this is bit of progress that the Republican candidate, a potential pedophile in Roy Moore lost by 1.5% in Alabama to Democratic candidate Doug Jones.

Doug Jones, a Democrat, won the special election on Tuesday to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, now the attorney general. Mr. Jones aimed to create a lead in the urban counties that include Birmingham and Montgomery, and across a band of largely black counties. Strong support for Roy S. Moore, the Republican, was expected in rural, mostly white parts of the state.

Source: New York Times

What is the world coming to where someone who should be shunned from society gets that close to being one a US senator…

Hypocrites

Anyone who reads my blog knows that I’m generally a lefty on most issues (not all though) but with all the sexual harassment/assaults coming to light, it’s time for the hypocrites to come out.

A HuffPost–YouGov survey finds 76 percent of Republicans and Republican leaners think Democrats have a very or somewhat serious problem with sexual harassment.

But just 40 percent of Republicans think sexual harassment is a very or somewhat serious problem in their own party, while a slightly higher percentage, 43 percent of Republicans, think it’s not an issue within their own party.

A majority of Democrats, 60 percent, think their own party has a sexual harassment problem, while 75 percent of Democrats think sexual harassment is a very or somewhat serious problem within the GOP.

Source: The Hill

WHAT?  Look all I’m asking for are people to be intellectually consistent, this isn’t a right or left thing it’s a power thing.  Those who have power often abuse that power for their own gains, what a surprise but this poll really makes me laugh, look who Republicans elected, Trump has so many accusers and is known to be a womanizer.  Is it too much to ask people not to be hypocrites and condemn bad shit that happens everywhere…

Tax cuts don’t spur economic growth!!!

How can the US electorate not see that the Republican party is completely bought and working for the rich and corporations?!?  Is it because they pay lip service to social values or are white?

The poor would be hardest hit, with those making between $20,000 and $30,000 seeing their tax bills rise starting in 2021. By 2027, they would see a 25.4 percent increase in their tax bill.

Source: The Hill

The Joint Committee on Taxation is a non partisan body and their findings are nuts.  How come the poor are always told to make due with less but politicians fall over themselves to give the rich more?  There has been class warfare since the 80s but it’s the rich that’s been committing it against everyone else, both parties are bad economically but one is completely brazen in its service to its donors and they want their tax cuts badly.

This one’s ok

There are many policies of the NDP that I do not agree with but this one I do.

Canadian health-care experts, including B.C.’s provincial health officer, have urged the federal government to strongly consider borrowing from Portugal’s approach to drug policy, including decriminalizing personal possession of illicit drugs.

Source: The Star

The war on drugs has been a colossal failure and frankly I think all drugs should be legal.  In any case if you look at Portugal, the world should use that country’s success as a template on how to move forward.  I’d also like to say, I don’t use any drugs, I have no interest in using drugs but I think people should be able to do whatever the hell they want to do as long as it doesn’t affect someone else.