Monday, May 18, 2015

George Jonas on Alan Borovoy

George Jonas: When my old leftist friend, Alan Borovoy, saw the light
A few days ago I reminisced about an old friend in this space, the founder and General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, A. Alan Borovoy, who passed away last weekend.

... I noted that he and I agreed on almost nothing, except the importance of liberty.

... Central to our debates were Canada’s human rights commissions: The laws and institutions Borovoy and like-minded civil libertarians, mostly leftwing activists, created, or at least played a major role in creating, ... Alan and his friends couldn’t imagine how civil liberties had anything to fear from laws and organizations they themselves, champions of civil liberties, were bringing to life.

... In the 1980s, with civil liberties already halfway down the throat of the voracious state, Alan was still dismissing the slippery slope as a shopworn myth. It took him another decade and a half to change his mind.

... By 1998 he did. “Ever since the government embarked on a course of trying to outlaw expressions of hatred, it’s shown that there is a slippery slope. One thing has led to another,” he said in relation to a proposed “hate speech” legislation in British Columbia. ..

... once he saw the light, Alan didn’t pull his punches. He was as outspoken in defending freedom against his own creation, the human rights bureaucracy, as he had been defending it against its traditional enemies. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

"White privilege" theory - academia a waste of time and money, and worse

Rex Murphy:
I’ve seen the captious phrase “white privilege” — a camp neologism by my reading — very often lately. It emerges from the intellectual marshes of social justice “educators,” a typical pseudo-concept from that roiling pastiche of academic pursuit.

... The obsession of seeing everything in race-coloured terms is itself racist. Anti-racism pursed by zealots transforms itself into the very vice it deplores. This is the cost of identity politics, and its close bedmate, victimology enterprises. ...

... It is to the great shame of modern universities that they have debased themselves to the pursuit of these follies ...
The radical academics who push this po-mo nonsense should be run off our campuses, and the faculties from which they push it should be shut down.  They are clearly a horrendous waste of taxpayers' money, but, much worse, they are polluting the minds of gullible young students and damaging society at large.

An absurd response to an absurd Supreme Court ruling

Canada's legal education system is producing a surplus of bozos and nitwits (aka liberals).  They are everywhere, most notably even on the Supreme Court.  Dimmer bulbs settle for serving as counsel to cities.  The Richmond Hill city council's legal team, taking an absurd Supreme Court ruling to an even more absurd extreme, appear not to have read even the first sentence of our constitution:

"Liberal" idiocy is out of control! We're doomed!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Alberta's radical new premier's radical new chief of staff hates Alberta energy

Just frickin' lovely!  Here's Ezra Levant with Brian Topp's resumé:

Can things get any worse for Alberta and Canada?  You bet they can.

That phony 97% consensus

The number 97 has become an almost magical symbol among true believers for their righteous belief that man-made global warming is a dangerous threat.  Both clueless believers and those who ought to know better shamelessly peddle that number as if it were some absolute truth.  Skeptics (aka "deniers"), on the other hand, try again and again to explain what is really going on.

Ross McKitrick: Climate change consensus among the misinformed is not worth much
In the lead-up to the Paris climate summit, massive activist pressure is on all governments ... to fall in line with the global warming agenda ... One of the most powerful rhetorical weapons being deployed is the claim that 97 per cent of the world’s scientists agree what the problem is and what we have to do about it.

 ... on what exactly are 97 per cent of experts supposed to agree? In 2013 President Obama sent out a tweet claiming 97 per cent of climate experts believe global warming is “real, man-made and dangerous.” As it turns out the survey he was referring to didn’t ask that question, so he was basically making it up.

... The Canadian government has the unenviable task of defending the interest of the energy producers and consumers of a cold, thinly-populated country, in the face of furious, deafening global warming alarmism. Some of the worst of it is now emanating from the highest places. Barack Obama’s website says “97 per cent of climate scientists agree that climate change is real and man-made…Find the deniers near you — and call them out today.” How nice.
True believers will no doubt be appalled by Prof McKitrick's heresy.

A realistic assessment of Omar Khadr and his lawyer

Christie Blatchford is one of the few mainstream media commenters who doesn't think of Omar Khadr as some kind of benign victim, if not hero:
... what Edney is doing is unorthodox and arguably even a risky mixing of the professional with the personal. While your lawyer is your best friend and sometimes your only one when you’re in trouble, he doesn’t usually move you into his house.
... I wonder if any lawyer who has so devoted himself to a client, can see him or her clearly.
... Edney also [accused the prime minister of being a mean, anti-Muslim bigot]This was one of those examples of a defence lawyer imagining he has the exclusive patent on principled conduct, which is ridiculous. ... it’s loathsome to ascribe the worst of motives – racism – to the prime minister.
Omar Khadr has spent his entire adult life immersed in radical Islam and jihad.  It stretches credulity to the extreme to believe that he has all of a sudden transformed his thinking and his allegiances.  No doubt al-Qaeda and Khadr view Dennis Edney and Khadr's media cheerleaders as some of their most useful idiots.