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The Pimply Minions Rebellion of 2010…

December 6th, 2010
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returns us to the days when officers of the law were pigs, and pigs were breakfast:

Ridley (Pimply Minion Graham Ridley) staked out Tijssen’s (Major Mark Tijssen) home for five full days in November 2009, watching from a tree-house on the neighbour’s property, waiting to see whether anyone would leave Tijssen’s property with meat.

…the following evening, after dark, Ridley raided Tijssen’s property accompanied by four police cars and two MNR trucks, lights flashing. Armed police officers searched the property painstakingly and carried off 14 articles of butchering equipment.

The crime this major in the Canadian Forces with a degree in biomedical toxicology from the University of Guelph, committed? He legally slaughtered a pig, for personal use, on his own property, then shared the meat with his friend, half owner of the pig.


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The Pimply Minions Rebellion of 2010…

September 7th, 2010
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The Pimply Minion Rebellion of 2010…

August 26th, 2010

Is now armed:

It has come to the attention of the National Firearms Association that the political police chief heads of law enforcement associations are planning a nation wide blitz against licensed firearm owners, as retribution for the political action of the Canadian firearms community…

Meanwhile in Toronto, there is open talk of not respecting the electorates wishes should Rob Ford be elected mayor.

First they come for your guns, then they come for your democracy, then they come for your freedom.


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Blog Tax

August 25th, 2010

The Pimply Minion’s Rebellion of 2010 continues apace.

It really seems this summer that governments in North America have started a war on the citizenry.

And it’s not big government, Stephen Harper and Barak Obama coming down from on high. It’s not even Premier Dad, Premier Uncle Jean and Premier Auntie Eva: Political middle managers bullying the staff. No, this is the locals, the councils and the by-law officers declaring what you can and cannot do full stop.

Want a lemonade? it must have the pimply minion seal of approval; want to get together with 75 friends and associates to discuss freedom on private property? not without a permit; want to write a blog? not without a license:

…Marilyn Bess has operated MS Philly Organic, a small, low-traffic blog…

In May, the city sent Bess a letter demanding that she pay $300, the price of a business privilege license.

“… for the city to tell me to pony up $300 for a business privilege license, pay a wage tax, business privilege tax, net profits tax on a handful of money is outrageous,” Bess says.

Of course, now Bess gets to write everything off, her computer, the room in her house where she blogs from, her server space &tc.

Except, I agree with William L. Anderson at The Freeman:

…I suspect there’s a more important reason for this new government outrage: intimidation of anyone who would use a blog to criticize government officials.

In other words, it’s not about the money, it’s about the rebellion.


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Minions, Bully’s and By-Law Officers

August 24th, 2010

I like to use the phrase “the pimply minions of bureaucracy,” on this blog. It comes from a 1799 quote from an unknown naval officer, regarding the introduction of an income tax:

It is a vile, Jacobian, jumped up Jack-in-Office piece of impertinence – is a true Briton to have no privacy? Are the fruits of his labour and toil to be picked over, farthing by farthing, by the pimply minions of bureaucracy?”

It seems a Pimply Minion Rebellion is on.

From Ezra Levant:

First came the health department. They poked and prodded, and even took water samples. No one has ever got sick at a Jaworski barbecue — the opposite; everyone comes for the food — but the government ordered that no home cooking would be allowed. The Jaworskis complied with these costly and ridiculous demands, catering the whole weekend and serving only bottled water, at great cost. But bureaucrats travel in packs. A local bylaw enforcement officer waited until the barbecue itself, and marched right onto the property — no search warrant needed! — and started peppering the guests with questions. He wasn’t a health officer; he was a bylaw officer. Yet he demanded to know what the guests had for lunch. In the name of the law! Armed with this devastating information, the officer charged Peter’s parents with running an illegal “commercial conference centre,” which carries a fine of up to $50,000. The officer, a burly, tattooed, six-foot-something man, told Peter’s mom to “be very careful.” She burst into tears.

In using the pimply minions part of the quote, I sometimes forget the second, also wonderful, portion of it, and it fits here. This is a “vile, Jacobian, jumped up Jack-in-Office piece of impertinence,” if ever I have seen one.

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Freedom’s Just Another Word…

August 17th, 2010

for you can’t do that here.

Surprisingly, shockingly even, a local government fails an irony test. Sadly for Canadians, it’s one more thing you can’t do in this country:

Orono, ON: Due to an anonymous zoning complaint filed with the local municipality, husband and wife bed-and-

Peter Jaworski and Gerry Nicholls at the 2008 Liberty Summer Seminar

Peter Jaworski and Gerry Nicholls

breakfast proprietors Marta & Lech Jaworski may be forced to pay as much as $50,000 in fines for permitting their son, Peter, to use his family’s property to host the Liberty Summer Seminar, an annual seminar in support of liberty.

Over the weekend of July 25, the LSS celebrated its tenth anniversary with a two-day event on the Orono property. On Sunday afternoon, as the event was wrapping up, a municipal law enforcement official arrived without notice in the car parking area. He quizzed a passing LSS participant about the event, asking him what had been served for lunch, as well as the cost of the registration fee, and the number of port-a-potties available. After a few minutes, the official left without attempting to speak to the Jaworski family.

On August 12th, the Jaworskis were served with a summons to appear in court on the grounds that they had “allowed the use of land in an agricultural zone for a use other than a permitted residential use; namely for a commercial conference centre,” which is contrary to Clarington by-laws.

Yes, in Canada you are not free to hold a freedom summit without government approval.

For further information you can contact the Jaworski’s:

Peter Jaworski
Marta & Lech Jaworski

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h/t Five Feet of Fury

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Contraband Lemonade in Vancouver Park

August 11th, 2010

I’m trying to decide what bothers me more about this story: the monkey’s ass who reported the kids, the bylaw officers who didn’t tell him/her to go get stuffed, bylaw services manager Dan Scoones, who said:

the next thing we would know, we would have two hot dog carts at the dog park and we would have two ice cream carts at the dog park

or the fact that I posted an almost exact story, this time out of Oregan, last week.

The world is being run by lunatics without an iota of sense.


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When Government Get So Big…

August 7th, 2010

that they’re shutting down little girls lemonade stands:

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz said she and Mayor Sam Adams will present a plan for Last Thursday in the next two weeks. She declined to discuss details, though she noted that vendors at Last Thursday don’t pay vendor fees, which she said is “different from any other street fair” in Portland.

She added she believes the health inspectors were right to shut down the lemonade stand.

The solution is not more government.

Amanda Fritz: bureaucracy’s pimpliest minion.


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The Pimply Minions Rebellion of 2010

August 3rd, 2010

The bureaucracy is up in arms over Prime Minister Stephen Harper choosing to – gasp – govern.

First there was StatsCan dictating to the rabble that they would give the information required – they have ways to make us talk you know. Tony Clement’s wouldn’t play along, so Canada’s chief statistician, Munir Sheikh, took his pocket protector and went home.

Now we have Errol Mendes, CHRC tribunal Member,  (there’s those thought police again) declaring the Pimply Minions to be the one true government.


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Liars, Damn Liars and (Green Party)Statisticians

August 3rd, 2010

Enjoyed this letter in today’s Toronto Sun from trained professional John Northey (edited because some of it is just silly):donato

…I have yet to see a single person with a statistical background (via degree or profession) in favour of the voluntary census. All surveys on this issue, which would become biased if the census were made voluntary, show a split among average Canadians on the issue – even though the majority have no statistical training and thus little knowledge of how vital the census is…

In other words how dare you, John Northey’s underling, question the use of imprisonment as a threat for refusing the pimply minions of bureaucracy’s desire for information. And don’t give me this “never had a… single person go to jail.”  Imprisonment is on the books, so it is under threat of imprisonment that you currently refuse the long form.

But really it’s all moot, since his argument is based on an unknown sample size of “person(s) with a statistical background,” who answered under no coercion. Therefore, we can conclude it is inaccurate and meaningless.

Interesting, as well, that Northey opens the letter with a shot at cartoonist Andy Donato’s presumed political affiliation:

Andy Donato’s July 30 political cartoon makes me wonder if he is now a Conservative staff member or shooting for one of those senate seats.

Yet he does not mention that he works for, or at least does work for the Green Party of Canada.


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The Tyranny of the Bylaw

July 31st, 2010
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private property rights protects more than your land

A handful of parents on a quiet Brampton court are crying foul after Brampton bylaw officers ruled it’s ‘game over’ for their children’s summer fun.

The residents were notified Tuesday that the basketball nets sitting on the grass at the bottom of their driveways were to be moved immediately, or the city would remove them and the owners charged.

The five families on Melissa Court in the area of Williams Parkway and Chinguacousy Road took a stand, insisting that bylaw 93-93 section 29 (1) — “No person shall obstruct, fail or encumber any city highway”— does not apply.
“We have no sidewalks. They (the basketball nets) are not on the road. They aren’t obstructing anything,” said Jean Catania whose 14-year-old son, Cody, won his basketball net for his school fundraising efforts.

But their defiance was short-lived. Cody Catania went outside Friday afternoon and discovered his basketball net was gone, removed by city officials.

Not on the street, mark you. On the boulevard. These nets cost anywhere from $100 to $500, and piddly little by-law officers, these pimply minions of bureaucracy, have the right to steal them off the lawn.


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Rex on Rights

April 3rd, 2010

Rex Murphy occasionally is way off base, such as his clobbering a few weeks ago of Christopher Hitchens, which had the gross effect of sounding like Murphy was not too upset about a bunch of pedophile priests, but dear God!, don’t you speak ill of my Pope.

This week in the National Post he has a go at the Human Rights industry in Canada, and knocks it out of the park:

By some crude osmosis, or just from the luxuriant carelessness of our pampered lives, we have overturned one of the great concepts of all human law. The concept of human rights, as experience and history inform us, is protection from the state’s power, not oversight, interference and punishment by the state’s power.

The core concept of human rights is the protection of the irreducible safety and dignity of the individual from the massive and arbitrary power of the state. Not, the state wandering in, with its apparatus and procedures, its boards and tribunals into the doings, or speech, of the individual…

Be sure to read the whole thing.

 

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Guy Earle

March 29th, 2010

Anybody looking for news on the Guy Earle trial, somebody has begun a Guy Earle Trial blog. So far it’s a complete resource on what’s happening at the trial.kangaroo_court-2

Today, complainant Lorna Pardy gave her version of events.

This after Earle’s lawyer,  James Millar, walked out on the tribunal, citing it as “an illegal proceeding against the rule of law” and the tribunal as ” proceeding illegally.” It was a “high handed,” “abusive process,” and to continue he would be “consenting to what is an illegal process.”


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Journalists for Thought Crime

March 24th, 2010

In the wake of the Ann Coulter fiasco, the most astounding letter appeared on the pages of the National Post Wednesday. From one Denise Cooke-Browne, a former journalist/human rights investigator (i.e. thought police-woman), the writer professes to be all for free speech. With a tone of, “well the proletariat twits will speak so we may as well let them,” she defends free speech as being a) in her favour and b) a fundamental freedom as defined in the Canadian Constitution, in that order.

The rest of the letter falls into the “be that as it may” form of argument. Ann Coulter, Cooke-Browne argues, should be charged for her uttering’s. Hell, she should be charged, in Canada, for what she said in the USA. She is a section 318 thought criminal and immoral as she finds the noose, an exception could be made.

The thing is, free speech isn’t just two little words in isolation which, depending on your inclination towards interpretation, could mean should be available at no cost on the internet. The phrase “free speech” is a contraction of the sentence “all speech will be free of prosecution.” You can’t be in favour of speech being free of prosecution and prosecuting Ann Coulter for her speech. It’s rather like being in favour of free love and thinking it’s OK to stone adulteresses… oh wait…. It’s rather like being a librarian in favour of book burning… no that won’t do…

If you want a peek into the minds of the the insufferable twitsour betters who run the HRC’s in Canada, have a peek at today’s letters page in the National Post, and see what former Newfoundland Human Rights Investigator Denise Cooke-Browne has to say. Frighteningly absurd posturing wrapped up in official condemnation.


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We Stand on Guard for Thee

March 4th, 2010

Some days you just feel old. My daughter is upset that they are going to change the anthem. I’m explaining, in my best “When I was a boy,” voice, nothing new.

11287423As a lad I learnt the anthem thus:

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
Oh Canada, glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Notice the difference? The third line from the end is different:

Oh Canada, glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

instead of

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

It was changed in the late 70’s by Montreal Canadian anthem singer Roger Doucet. I remember the scandal, my sainted mother herself was outraged. How dare he!

But we were a different country then, a hardier people. From Roger Doucet’s lips to Canada’s ears, as it were. Within’ a year or so the new lyrics were official, although I don’t recall anybody declaring them so. It was an improvement (sorry mom), and it changed.

If Stephen Harper wants to mess with the anthem, he isn’t the first, won’t be the last. I’ve re-learned the damn song once, I can do it again (but do hurry, my memory isn’t what it used to be).

 It shows you, however, how far we’ve fallen. The government decides to change the lyrics and everybody wants to debate the point, instead of asking why we can’t wait until changes occur organically. What’s needed is for John McDermott to step up and change the lyrics. Mom will complain, then presto magico, they’re changed. No pimply minions of bureaucracy needed.

 

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Update: Here’s the actual words from a 1976 recording, released by teh Government of Canada for the 1976 Olympics:

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love
in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts
we see thee rise,
The True North,
strong and free!
And stand on guard
O Canada
We stand on guard for thee
Oh Canada,
glorious and free!
we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada,
we stand on guard for thee

You’ll see in the comments I was challenged on my memory of the words. This is accurate as printed on the back of said recording (which I found in a collectible shop today).

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