Pedophilia: Not the "Worst" Assault

First off, behold the crime.
A man rapes his infant daughter. He began molesting her when she was 24 months old. This continued for two years until he was caught. He was originally sentenced to 15 years in prison. But, in what can only be the most astounding act of stupidity, in its 2-1 decision earlier this week, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled the assaults were not among the worst sexual assaults committed.
Not among the worst sexual assaults committed.
Raping a two year old is not the worst sexual assault.
"There was no violence, such as gagging, threatening or hitting the child," wrote Judge Lise Cote.
No violence??? And this is coming from a WOMAN?!?!?!?!?!?
If rape is not violence, then I just have to beg the courts to please tell us what is!! These judges should be taken off the bench, beaten within an inch of their life, and disbarred!


Nanny State

Canada is quickly becoming a nation of rules without reason. The irony is that most of our self-inflicted rules are utterly useless and do nothing to combat genuine problems in our society. Children must be in carseats until they are 8, but can have sex at 14. Smoking is soon to be illegal everywhere but your house in Ontario, but had the Conservatives not been elected, marijuana would have been legalized.
The latest?
Ottawa city politicians will begin debate this week on a program to get people to stop using perfume, scented soaps, cleaners, and deodorants and possibly ban them altogether in public places.
The rationale?
[A] 1999 survey of Canadians that found 2.5 million people suffer from asthma. Two other studies show that fragrances can trigger attacks in 72 per cent of people who have asthma.
There is no mention of where those 2.5million people live. I'd be willing to bet that cities like Hamilton have greater asthma problems than Ottawa.
Their example of similar schemes?
The universities of Toronto and Calgary, the Kingston General Hospital, and some federal buildings in Ottawa-Gatineau have also adopted programs designed to get people to use less perfumed products.
Please note that many hospitals have fragrance-free policies. Hospitals are also not general cases and shouldn't be used as examples of how Joe-Average-Citizen lives. Furthermore, there is no mention as to whether or not the federal buildings mentions house any employees with breathing problems.
Banning fragrance use within a city is a ridiculous notion. People should be turning their attention to genuine social ills... like rising drug use in teens, or prostitution.


Caledonia Protest: Near the End?

Is the media losing patience with the Native protest in Caledonia? Notice the wording in the opening paragraph of this article from the Star.
Businesses that suffered financially because of the aboriginal occupation in Caledonia...
I am so used to hearing about how this land was stolen from the Natives. Today I read the words "aboriginal occupation," which implies something entirely different. One cannot occupy (in the sense implied) what they already own.
The month-long blockade was removed this week, but only after confrontations between the Six Nations protesters and Caledonia residents turned violent last weekend. The article at Canada.com adds that the intent of removing the blockade is to show some goodwill. Later on in the article however, the word "occupation" is also used again.
Part of the reason for the protest is that the Natives say the subdivision is being built on land stolen from them more than 200 years ago. The property was leased in 1835, but there is some debate as to whether or not that land was later sold to the Crown. I wasn't there. Neither was anyone involved in the protest. Neither was any citizen or government member that is currently alive. Now, I'm not saying that there probably is no right side. There is. I just think that, with the information we currently have, it will probably be difficult to figure out who is right and who is wrong.
The better course of action is to try and determine what is best for all.
In my opinion, this is the wrong time for their protest. Complaints should have been lodged when plans for the subdivision were being developed. There is always a certain amount of time allotted during which people can file their concerns or complaints. As I have already mentioned elsewhere, there is a subdivision going up in my area, and there is a big sign down the road informing concerned parties of where they can take their issues. In the case of this development out in Caledonia, no complaints were lodged until after that time expired... and it would appear that instead of doing things in a reasonable manner, everyone jumped straight to the violent protest stage.
In Saskatchewan, more than 30 aboriginal protesters blocked traffic on the Yellowhead Highway near North Battleford for several hours Monday as a show of solidarity for the Caledonia occupation.
I find this to be totally wrong. The protest has nothing to do with anyone out in Saskatchewan. Why add more fuel to the fire? These people should be trying to assist their fellow Natives in finding a workable solution. Standing on the sidelines yelling "Fight! Fight! Fight!" is immature and does nothing.
According to the Star, local residents and Six Nations members have asked the federal government to step in and resolve the issue, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper has insisted the issue is a provincial matter, and he has no plans to visit the occupation site.
Good for him.
I wouldn't touch this situation with a ten foot pole. If the Federal government were to get involved, it would end in a lot of money being dumped on the situation to make it all go away. I definitely do not think that is the answer, since it's been done before.


The Caledonia Protest

A friend of mine in Simcoe was out of power for part of the long weekend due to the near-riot in Caledonia. Thankfully, her power has finally been restored and all is well.
I hesitated to post on this, as I am sure there will plenty of inflammatory comments on both side. Note to all: keep it clean and racial slur free or kiss all your comments on the topic goodbye.
If I have said it once, I have said it many times. The reserve system should never have been invented. Native peoples should have been integrated properly with the rest of Canadian society. Indian culture would have survived easily. One only has to look at Little Italy, Chinatown, Dutch Ghettos or any other ethnic grouping to know this would have been true.
But, hindsight is 20-20, and there is no going back now. We are stuck with an unworkable system that does not facilitate feelings of goodwill. It also does not foster a sense of communal or societal benefit. There is no common good.
I have no solution to the current problems in Caledonia. If the government were to call in the army, we would have another Oka on our hands. If the situation continues as is, the construction company will probably go bankrupt and the people who have already purchased the homes that were to be built on the site will be stuck. Money is not going to solve it either.


BT Site of the Week

It's me.

Site Update

I have added a link to Lots4Cheaps, an up and coming book comparison site. The site searches for books and then compares prices at different online book sellers. It doesn't look complete yet, but it definitely looks like it has potential.
I mean, I like a good deal, and if this will help me get one, then so much the better.


Red Ensign Standard #42:
Life, The Universe and Everything

Don't Panic

Red Ensign Standard #42: Life, The Universe and Everything

Don't Panic:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a wholly remarkable book. It is perhaps the most remarkable, certainly the most successful ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor. It is more popular than The Celestial Homecare Omnibus, better selling than 53 More Things to do in Zero Gravity and more controversial than Oolon Colluphid's trilogy of philosophical blockbusters, which cannot be mentioned here for religious reasons.
The Guide has already supplanted the Encyclopedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom for two important reasons. First, it's slightly cheaper. Secondly, it has the words "Don't Panic" printed in large, friendly letters on the cover. This has proven to be the source of its success, since the galaxy, Iran and more particularly the raving idiots in it, often give the average individual plenty of plots and things to panic about.

Vogons are one of the most unpleasant races in the galaxy. Not evil, but bad-tempered, bureaucratic, officious and callous. They wouldn't even lift a finger to save their own grandmothers from the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal without orders signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public inquiry again and again, lost again and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters. They spend a lot of money, especially on rubber stamps, paper clips and useless programs. They can't think or imagine. Most can't spell. They just run things.

Zaphod Beebelbrox, only Not as Cool:
Galactic President Wannabe Jack Layton was quoted today as saying "In the name of people, and freedom, and uh, democracy and stuff like that I hereby emasculate myself, and I'm taking the trannies with me. I've chosen a third way. So should you!" Layton is universally considered to be the dimmest star in several solar systems is most famous for his controversial surgery at the Shouldice.

The Babelfish is small, yellow, leech-like and probably the oddest thing in the universe. It feeds on brainwave energy, absorbing unconscious frequencies and excreting a matrix of conscious frequencies to the speech centers of the brain. The practical upshot of this is that, if you stick one in your ear, you instantly understand anything said to you in any language. How you deal with what is said to you, however, is another matter entirely. It has been found that many people prefer not to use the Babelfish, as they are unable to handle any opinions of others that may differ from their own. Dictators and the CBC are particularly bad for this.

Point of View: Guns
The Point of View Gun does precisely what its name suggests. That is, if you point it at someone and pull the trigger, they instantly see things from your point of view. It was designed by Deep Thought, but commissioned by a consortium of intergalactic angry housewives who, after countless stupid arguments with their husbands, were sick of ending those arguments with the phrase "You just don't get it, do you?"
Sadly, no one in Canada owns one, at least not a registered one. If they did, it seems likely that the former Liberal government would not have wasted so much taxpayer money on what everyone else thought was an utterly useless and very expensive project.

The Planet Builders:
Did you know there is a race of beings that used to build planets? Oh yes, endless fun they had. But then the galactic economy collapsed, mostly due to the rich people wasting their money on ineffective environmental improvement schemes. Bloody hacks. Should have left it to the professionals. Planets are extraordinarily resilient, and people never do as much damage as they like to think. Anyways, seeing that custom-built planets were a bit of a luxury commodity and no one was investing, the builders moved on to more mundane tasks.
Like patent trolling.
Frightfully good pay, you know.

There's not much to say about life in this edition of the Standard. A few people had some kind words to say about their mother's, but that's all.

Everything is a pretty big topic. You just won't believe how incredibly, hugely big it is. It's also pretty varied. It covers everything from whining actors to watches to Monty Python and the Celts. Everything has even been known to include tidbits on How to Motivate Your Kids, Web Addiction, and the occasional piece of poetry. Unfortunately for Jay, everything does not include his exodus from the Red Ensign.

The Universe:
Sorry. No Universe today. No towels either.

So long.
And thanks for all the fish.

Previous Red Ensign Standards

  1. Castle Argghhh

  2. Raging Kraut

  3. The Last Amazon

  4. Bumfonline

  5. Tiger in Winter (now blogging at Tiger in Exile)

  6. Taylor and Company (no longer online)

  7. Myrick

  8. Bound By Gravity

  9. Dust My Broom

  10. Ravishing Light

  11. Babbling Brooks

  12. Musing

  13. Freeway to Serfdom

  14. Nathan’s Updates From Seoul

  15. Striving Against Opposition

  16. The Phantom Observer

  17. Abraca-Pocus!

  18. Tipperography

  19. Turning 30 and a half

  20. Canadian Comment

  21. London Fog

  22. The Monarchist

  23. West Coast Chaos

  24. A Chick Named Marzi

  25. Raging Kraut

  26. Robot Guy

  27. The High Places

  28. The Last Amazon

  29. Robot Guy

  30. Quotulatiousness

  31. RootleWeb

  32. Gen X at 40

  33. Quotulatiousness

  34. The High Places

  35. RootleWeb

  36. The Phantom Observer

  37. West Coast Chaos

  38. Minority of One

  39. Dust My Broom

  40. Taylor & Company

  41. Raging Kraut


Hao Wu

Every now and then, I come across something that reminds me just how good I have it. Today in my cyber travels, I came across a site to Free Hao Wu. So, I clicked around.
Hao Wu, or Tian Yi, is a Chinese blogger and documentary film maker. He was working on a documentary of the underground church in China when he was detained by the authorities on February 22, 2006.
No doubt his government believes he has quite a bit of valuable information on the underground church.
We take our freedom of speech and freedom of religion for granted in this country. I don't think any of us can truly comprehend what Wu and his family are experiencing.


More on Sovereignty

A little while ago I wrote on the Sovereign Will of God and the will of man. I just happened to come across a similar post on another blog, Castle Sands. I have never read this blog before.
The post is called Sovereignty and Humility. The author states:
Believing in the sovereignty of God is not sufficient for us to entrust to Him every circumstance of life... Because unless we bow before God's sovereignty in humility, we will be at odds with the particular concrete outworking of His sovereignty... If we are to benefit from, and enjoy the sovereignty of God, we must rid ourselves of the pretence of knowing what is best for us, and to allow the decrees of God to take their appointed course. We must combine a belief in the sovereignty of God with humility, otherwise we will simply be fearing whatever God might permit or forbid.
This has definitely given me some food for thought. I may write more on the topic later.


And you thought the Sponsorship Scandal news was over.
According to the Canadian Press (article reprointed at Canada.com) Guite... produced a letter from Chretien's former chief of staff, Jean Pelletier, that showed the Prime Minister's Office would have a say in the awarding of contracts.
The PMO knew about the awarding of contracts?
It can't be!
They all swore innocence!
The April 1995 letter to blah blah blah David Dingwall said blah blah blah rules governing advertising and polling contracts.
Polling contracts?
I don't even want to know anymore.

100 Day Run Down

Politics Watch has an interesting article on Harper's first 100 Days as Prime Minister. It's a pretty good article, if you like concise newsbriefs.
The quote from Liberal Leader Bill Graham is a killer though. I don't know why the author chose to include it.
"In just 100 days, a disturbing picture has been formed of this prime minister and his government, one that Canadians should be deeply concerned about," said interim Liberal leader Bill Graham in a statement. "It is a picture of a prime minister who is so politically opportunistic that he consistently turns his back on his own promises of ethics and accountability and chooses vote-buying measures over sound policies that are in the best interest of the country."
Politically opportunistic.
Such an accusation from a Liberal (and not just any Liberal, their party leader) is totally laughable.

My First Mother's Day

Yesterday was my first Mother's Day. I feel the need to pause and reflect, albeit with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek.
I am the #1 Mom.
The necklace my husband bought me on behalf of my daughter even says so.
All you other #1 Mom's out there can just step aside.
Before you laugh though, consider this. In the eyes of my child, especially now since she's only 8 months and doesn't know the first thing about any of my inadequacies or short-comings, I really am #1 Mom. If she's hungry, tired, irritable, sick, sad, or just in need of a cuddle, I am the person she will turn to first. Sometimes this is at the expense of poor Dad. However, as my husband rightly said, if Eden is going to cling to someone, better it be me than some random stranger or daycare peon.
Let's talk about daycare for a moment, shall we. ;-)
Better yet, let's not. Instead, let us quietly reflect on what we would be giving up if we allowed the state to raise our children. And if, like me, you are #1 Mom in the eyes of your child, then you know what that is.
And besides, when was the last time you saw a necklace that said #1 Daycare Peon?

Where was I?

As I am sure many of you have noticed, my blogging has been rather light of late. I even forgot to link to Red Ensign Standard #41, much to my shame.
Blogging should be back to normal as of this week.


Conservative Budget Vote

The Conservative budget is up for a vote this evening. It looks like it will pass, since the Bloc have decided to support it. The NDP and Liberals are planning on voting it down.
One wonders what they would do if the Bloc were not going to support the budget. Would the other two parties have the balls to vote the budget down and drag everyone back to the polls? I admit, I have my doubts. It seems much more likely that they are posturing because they can.


Carolyn Bennett's Website

Has anyone out there looked at Carolyn Bennett's website?
I have a usability background. Now, I'm not saying I know everything, and I'm not saying I've never made a mistake.
But look at her site!!!
It's this random collection of images. I suppose the feel is supposed to be that of an office. It would have been a good idea, but for the truly brutal execution. Take a look at her blog, I dare you. I mean, a Blackberry? And each image has to load when you click next?
Did she dictate the design herself, or did some peon come up with this? Given what I have seen, it would not at all surprise me if this piece of cybercrap was her idea.
Politicians, Liberal Leader hopefuls, Ms. Bennett's site is a lesson in how not to build a website. Please, hire a professional. Don't do it yourself. And as an aside, charging $50-$75 an hour does not necessarily mean they are a professional.

On Having Babies

I read this interesting article at Canada.com this morning. There is also a forum discussion. The article is about the new 3-D ultrasound technology and the advancements made in birthing technology.
I wouldn't know.
I had a midwife and opted to forego an ultrasound.
But I love how the article begins, tongue firmly planted in cheek.
It will come as a surprise to Mother Nature, but having babies these days is a much more complicated thing than it used to be... Like booking the day we're going to give birth by caesarean section, so as to avoid that pesky painful vaginal delivery or allow for precise scheduling of that kitchen renovation. So intent are we on controlling the birth date, and the method of delivery, that the average gestation period for an American baby is now 39 weeks, one week shy of nature's time-tested 40-week gestation. And forget the is-it-a-boy-or-a-girl surprise of yore: we now have ways of finding out our baby's sex before it's born, including gender-testing blood sampling kits available on the Internet. And then there's our fascination with what's going on inside the uterus while junior is developing...
As I was reading this, I was struck by a thought. Fascination with fetal development aside, relative to 100 years ago, women now have more abortions, fewer children, less child rearing experience as they are growing up and spend less time with their children once they are born. Ironically, we also spend cash up the yin yang on gadgets to keep our babies safe and are required to keep our kids in car seats until they are 8years old and/or 100lbs. (As an aside, I just want to say that a 100lbs 8 year old is a HUGE kid. I was nowhere near that size at 8, and was out of a carseat by the time I was 4. One wonders why no law was enacted to make cars safer...)
It's like our children have become some sort of extremely expensive hobby.
Maybe if people had more children and not less they would start to realize that all the crap we think we need to have, isn't really necessary.
Not that I would presume to know ;-)


The Budget

PoliticsWatch has a few things to say on the new budget.
I don't have too many comments; I'll be happy to see my tax credit in July. It doesn't surprise me that the NDP and the Liberals are making a big bluster. Duceppe is right: no opposition party truly wants an election right now.


The Sovereign Will of God

God is not a man.
Yes, I know, Christ came down in human form, but you know what I am saying.
God is not us.
Only God truly has what we would call choice. True, when we are saved He gives us the ability and the faith to choose good, but it is only because He gives them to us that we ever have it. Only He has the Will to do of His own accord, and without help. He is not bound by the sin that entangles us and He is not bound by our limitations. He is Almighty, and He works His will in the way that He sees fit. What is more, God is the only Being in existence that can do things for Himself and His own reasons and not be called selfish.
The rest of us? Well, we have to look out for everyone else, and not ourselves.
What is more is that God is the only Being who truly has Glory, and can bring Glory to Himself without being called vain. We were to do this, it would be a mortal sin.
As One who truly has Glory, and who can truly bring Glory unto Himself, God does not allow Himself to be either defamed or mocked. Recall what Isaiah says in regards to the salvation of Israel:
"For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this.
How can I let myself be defamed?
I will not yield my glory to another. "

How often we assume that salvation is for us. On a certain level, it is. It saves us from hell and death, and brings us into fellowship with God. To be honest though, and especially since this weekend, I am beginning to wonder if any Christian truly realizes how much the salvation plan is for the Glory of God.
Many of us have seen God move in very real ways. My father has had cancer twice, for example, but is alive and well and currently cancer free. What a temptation though, when a loved one who claims to be a Christian clings to sin, to think that their choice could somehow hamper the Almighty Hand of God. I have considered many times Israel wandering in the desert for 40 years. Many times they saw the miracles of God, and yet still questioned, challenged and refused to obey. How like Israel we can be. We have seen God's Hand many times, and yet in this one area in particular, is it not difficult to trust?
As though the rebellion of man could somehow affect God's Sovereign Will.
As though "choice" is some great be all and end all.
If you are one with a rebellious loved one, let the words of Isaiah be a comfort to you. As hard as it is, keep in mind that God is Sovereign. He works in ways we cannot see and does things according to His own timetable, to bring Glory to none but Himself.
To the rebel, God does not allow Himself to be defamed or mocked. You cannot claim to be a Christian, deliberately walk in contradiction to His Divine Will and expect to get off scott free. It may take some very serious "refining, but not as silver" to bring you back into line.
You can bow your knee now, or you can bow after death, but you will bow.
Everyone does.

The Sovereign Will of Man

My title is a joke, of course. When have you ever heard it called the sovereign will of man? Probably never, since such a thing does not exist.
I grew up under the teaching that God died to save us, and that it was up to man to decide whether or not to follow God. I am sure you have all heard the phrase "God votes for you, Satan votes against you and you cast the deciding vote."
I choose.
Free will.
It is like some great, mythical holy (or rather, unholy) grail that we seek. Should we ever find it, then we will know that it is we who are in charge of our lives. As Satan said to Eve, we would be like God.
But, behold the true choice of man.
Behold the world in its fallen state. Behold sin, degradation, pain, suffering and every other evil you might name.
I choose.
In these two words, the heart of man shows that it is not truly broken. The will is not subject to God. It is as if somehow we vainly believe that we might be able to thwart the plans of an Almighty God and therefore congratulate ourselves for the brilliant choice in coming to God.
Read what the prophet Isaiah says to Israel again.
1 "Listen to this, O house of Jacob,
you who are called by the name of Israel
and come from the line of Judah,
you who take oaths in the name of the LORD
and invoke the God of IsraelĂ‚—
but not in truth or righteousness-
2 you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city
and rely on the God of Israel
4 For I knew how stubborn you were;
the sinews of your neck were iron,
your forehead was bronze.

This is the heart of those who say I choose, be they unconverted sinners or unrepentant Christians deep in sin. You choose the only thing you can, sin, and really, that is no choice at all.

Isaiah 48

1 "Listen to this, O house of Jacob,
you who are called by the name of Israel
and come from the line of Judah,
you who take oaths in the name of the LORD
and invoke the God of Israel—
but not in truth or righteousness-
2 you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city
and rely on the God of Israel—
the LORD Almighty is his name:
3 I foretold the former things long ago,
my mouth announced them and I made them known;
then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.
4 For I knew how stubborn you were;
the sinews of your neck were iron,
your forehead was bronze.
5 Therefore I told you these things long ago;
before they happened I announced them to you
so that you could not say,
'My idols did them;
my wooden image and metal god ordained them.' '
8 You have neither heard nor understood;
from of old your ear has not been open.
Well do I know how treacherous you are;
you were called a rebel from birth.
9 For my own name's sake I delay my wrath;
for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you,
so as not to cut you off.
10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this.
How can I let myself be defamed?
I will not yield my glory to another. "
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