Quote of the Day, …What Laws Were Being Broken? edition.

I mean real laws, not ‘do not bathe your mule in a bathtub’ laws. From Canada:

A MPF officer, while travelling on KG Hwy, observed an ATV that was towing a couch, with two males sitting on the couch, going through the drive through at MacDonald’s restaurant. As the MPF officer approached, the ATV fled from the drive trough and managed to cross the highway then it ventured onto the frozen Miramichi River. The two couch passengers (aged 28 & 39) who were intoxicated were left behind and were arrested. This ATV was located later in the day and was seized. This matter is still under investigation. Court charges are pending.

I mean, as PhantomSway noted: the guys in the couches were wearing helmets. That’s pretty safe, right?


Hey, Canadian elections tonight.

Haven’t really mentioned them because I don’t particularly have a feel for Canadian politics. I get the general impression that Stephen Harper’s in trouble, largely because Stephen Harper’s center-right party has been in charge for ten years or so and that’s a while to be in charge in parliamentary politics. I presume that a lot of the Left will be happy by the end of the night.

One other note: my wife told me that she read a story today about how Canadians were tired of the constant drumbeat of election news after a whole three weeks of it. She thought of me, and laughed. So did I, with no small amount of envy…

[UPDATE]: AoSHQ Decision Desk is following the results.

Canadian anti-Semitic groups to be hoist on their own petard.

What goes around, comes around.

In Canada, various leftwing and pro-terror groups have used the odious hate speech laws to bludgeon critics into silence. Even though many of the cases are overturned upon appeal, the accused is out of a lot of money to defend themselves and their reputation is forever damaged. Now these laws might be put to good use…

…by using them to target Jew-hating Israeli boycott groups. streiff goes on to note that this is actually bad, because even hate speech like this is still free speech; and I, of course, agree. On the other hand, it’s not my country and Canada’s draconian regulations on freedom of expression don’t apply to me.  And on the gripping hand? If the Harper administration starts using those laws to smack the Left on the nose enough, the Left will fall all over itself to get those laws repealed.

Susan Rice’s Iranian oil connection? …And Canadian oil connection?

…And, well, there’s a lot, really.

Well, well, well. It turns out that UN Ambassador and prospective Secretary of State nominee Susan Rice (she’s a multimillionaire, by the way) has some rather interesting financial ties to numerous foreign energy companies that still do business with that oppressive, misogynistic, homophobic, and downright barking mad insane regime currently controlling Iran.  The most interesting one of those is Royal Dutch Shell, which has about a billion dollars’ worth of interest (literally) in getting Iran’s sanctions lifted; Rice has also invested in at least two other companies that are operating in Iran against the wishes of pretty much most of the West.

Hmm.  Let’s scroll through some of her other investments:

  • Transcanada ($300-600K).  Keystone Pipeline company.  Wonder whether the Greenies are comfortable about that? Spoiler warning: no.
  • Monsanto (10-50K). Agricultural conglomerate that works with genetically engineered food.  Wonder if the Greenies are comfortable about that?
  • Walmart ($50-100K). …If you haven’t figured out by now that Big Labor is gunning for Walmart, then… Big Labor is gunning for Walmart.
  • Ishares Silver Trust ($100-250K), Newmont Mining Corp ($100-250K).  Metal mining companies.  Hey, guess who has even more of a vested interest than usual in making sure that the government keeps the current capital gains and dividends tax rates?  Metal mining companies!

Continue reading Susan Rice’s Iranian oil connection? …And Canadian oil connection?

#rsrh So. We have Canada & Mexico mad at us. And by ‘us’ I mean ‘Barack Obama.’

Grim details here: apparently the Transcendently Evolved Intellect that has graced us with his presence in the Oval Office has insultingly provoked the Canadians because of his interference in the way that they can sell oil, while the Mexicans are infuriated at the way that the administration casually put guns into the hands of the narco-terrorists now murdering their way around northern Mexico.

Via Fausta and Instapundit: and may I add that while as a conservative I am in favor of reviving all sorts of traditions, the one about Ugly Americans was not one of them? – But don’t mind me. I’m not the President, after all: I’m instead a citizen who can find his own buttocks in a dark room with a flashlight.

Moe Lane

Ethical oil’s excellent enemies: Saudi Arabia & Think Progress.

Perfect together!

One of the nicest things about being a mainstream supporter of the Global War on Terror is that you are blessed, for a given value of ‘blessed,’ with a collection of the vilest, most despicable, most appalling domestic enemies in recent political history.  Nazis, Communists, Stalinists, Maoists, blackshirt anarchists, Jew-haters of various flavors, anti-human deep ecologists, anti-Israel conspiracy theorists… honestly, by the time that the antiwar movement was done they had managed to taint most of the groups out there that I casually despise, and virtually all of the progressive ones.  I’d like to pretend that this marvelous example of contagious karma isn’t really that big a deal, but honesty forces me to admit that the nasty, somewhat cognitively challenged nature of the Other Side was a powerful factor in keeping the antiwar folks firmly under the rocks that are in fact their native environment.

I mention this because it’s exciting to see this dynamic play out over in the ‘ethical oil’ arena as well. Continue reading Ethical oil’s excellent enemies: Saudi Arabia & Think Progress.

#rsrh Hey! Canadian conspiracy theorists!

Apparently, the election of Stephen Harper indicates that the USA is at war with Canada.  I don’t want to research this one, for three reasons:

  1. I kind of like the aesthetic of this particular Teh Crazy on its own terms. Having it explained might spoil things;
  2. I’m also pretty sure that the author will probably conclude that it’s All Because Of The Jooooo0oooooos anyway;
  3. And, lastly, the idea is absurd on its face.  Trust me: when the USA is at war with somebody, people know.

The underlying article is much less interesting, alas.  Apparently, some girl* held up a sign and got fired during a speech, and the Canadian Left is using the opportunity to complain and whine about how badly they did in the last election.  Glenn Reynolds is rolling his eyes over this almost as much as I am…

Moe Lane

*Hey, what would you call an immature human female?  A rutabaga?

#rsrh Conservatives win majority in Canada.

Apparently Canada has this thing where you don’t actually get told how many seats flipped nationwide, but the word is that current Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party of Canada will have an outright majority, which is not something that can be counted on in parliamentary proceedings.

Entertainingly, this election came about because the opposition parties forced a no-confidence vote.  Oops?

Moe Lane

PS: Yes, I know that ‘Conservative’ in Canada means something a bit different up there than it does down here.  Still a neighbor and a major trading partner, eh?  Worth reporting on, and all that.