Halloween is fun for everyone!

 

EVERYONE loves dressing up for Halloween!

(OK – the photo has ‘washed out’ the colours, but, this is one dog who absolutely LOVED getting his ‘make-up’ on.  When he saw the kids get theirs done, he just lined up and wanted the same treatment!)

Happy Halloween!

H/T:  BCF

Blazing Catfur needs our help!

BlazingCatFur is one of the most steadfast warriors in our fight for freedom of speech.

He is not afraid to speak his mind – and to speak up for others who have been oppressed.

In his own words:

About 18 months ago everybody’s favourite Ex-Canadian Human Rights Commission employee Richard Warman launched one of his many, as in very many, SLAPP suits against yours truly for, among other dastardly deeds, linking to the “far-right web site http://www.steynonline.com/“. Sheesh everybody knows Mark Steyn is controversial.

Warman is also suing for comments made by multiple readers. In one instance for the heinous crime of calling him a “Bully”. We all know what this SLAPP suit is really all about. Warman is using every lawfare tactic he can to prevent a discussion in the public interest of Section 13 (1) and the CHRC. A discussion in which he must feature prominently.

Warman is suing me for $500,000.00 Dollars. A ridiculous amount for an equally ridiculous lawsuit. Nonetheless even nuisance suits such as this must be defended against. To date legal fees have run me about 10K. I’ve covered that from my own pocket. I am now asking for your help. I know times are hard for many of us but if every reader who visited daily were to contribute 5 or 10 dollars then that would go a long way to helping all of us out.

This is your fight too, well except for the lawyer stuff anyway 😉

To help, either go to his site and click the PayPal ‘Feed-the-Kitty’ button, e-mail an internet banking transfer to blazingcatfur@gmail.com  or send a cheque to:

“Christopher Ashby in Trust”
Attn: Blazingcatfur defence fund
Suite 1013
8 King Street East
Toronto ON M5C 1B5

Pat Condell: ‘God or Nothing’

It keeps baffling me just how many people are either unable or unwilling to grasp the difference between ‘not believing something’ and ‘believing in something else’.

A non-deity centered example of this would be, say, the question:  do you believe that my mother has ‘naturally blond hair’?

Never having met my mother – and therefore not holding an opinion on the topic of her hair colour – seems the most obvious and logical position.

Yet, to have some people explain it, not having any opinion on the topic either way somehow implies a belief that her hair is NOT naturally blond – or even that it is ‘naturally red’!

Like Pat Condell, I find the suggestion that a ‘belief’ should be treated with respect similar to or greater than ‘fact-based reality’ actively offensive!  Whether that belief is religious or secular, it is a belief – a notion (perhaps deeply held, but a notion none-the-less).  It must never be afforded the level of respect that the anti-blasphemy movements demand.

No, I will not deny them the right to believe whatever they want to.  It is their right to believe whatever they wish.

But it is NOT their right to demand that I, you, or anyone else respects their beliefs and goes around pretending that just because they believe something, we must all behave as it it were true!

Yet that is exactly what the UN’s new anti-blasphemy laws demand…

Now, couple the religious beliefs with political ambitions and you have a recipe for oppression – of the worst kind.

 

 

Ottawa 2010 Municipal Elections results

Well, the results are in.

Almost!

Some ward races were won by less than 100 votes, so recounts are very likely.

Still, there do appear to be a few new faces on the Ottawa City Council.  Not enough (in my never-humble-opinion), but some are better than none!  The results, as of now, are as follows:

Mayor:  Jim Watson

Ward races:

  1. Orleans:  Bob Monette
  2. Innes:  Rainer Bloess
  3. Barrhaven:  Jan Harder
  4. Kanata North:  Marianne Wilkinson
  5. West Carleton-March:  Eli El-Chantiry
  6. Kanata-Stittsville:  Shad Qadri
  7. Bay:  Mark Taylor
  8. College:  Rick Chiarelli
  9. Knoxdale-Merivale:  Keith Egli
  10. Gloucester-Southgate:  Diane Deans
  11. Beacon Hill-Cyrville:  Tim Tierney
  12. Rideau-Vanier:  Mathieu Fleury
  13. Rideau-Rockcliffe:  Peter Clark
  14. Somerset:  Diane Holmes
  15. Kitchissippi:  Katherine Hobbs
  16. River:  Maria McRae
  17. Capital:  David Chernushenko
  18. Alta Vista:  Peter Hume
  19. Cumberland:  Stephen Blais
  20. Osgoode:  Doug Thompson
  21. Rideau-Goulbourn:  Scott Moffat
  22. Gloucester-South Nepean:  Steve Desroches
  23. Kanata South:  Allan Hubley

Pat Condell: ‘Drunk on Religion’

Not that long ago, I wrote a post because I was frustrated about the inaccurate use of the terms ‘agnostic’ and ‘atheist’.

In the comments following the post, JR and I got into a bit of a discussion on this topic:  JR insisted (at least, that is my understanding) that even though he considers himself an agnostic, he’d rather toss his lot in with theists than atheists.

In my never-humble-opinion, Pat Condell’s video (though it stands perfectly well on its own) makes an excellent addition to this discussion.

Videos from anti-McGuinty/Watson rally in Ottawa, 23rd of October 2010

UPDATE: new videos are being added, as they are being posted (….and the duplicate video has been replaced by the one that was meant to have been posted.)

Yesterday’s anti-McGuinty/Watson saw a smaller, but dedicated, group of honest citizens express their disgust at how these corrupt collectivists are ruining our lives.

Though I could not be there myself (my ‘technical difficulties’ are still putting a damper on my mobility), VideoManOttawa has posted the following videos:

Update:  More videos, as they are being posted