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I want to salute Stephen Quinn for his recent article in The Globe & Mail. If you hadn’t written that article, Mr. Quinn, I’d have never known there were people who hate every expression of life and slavishly follow every law as closely as you do. What happened to you as a child that made you this way? Would you know how to breathe if it were not for the benevolent laws that make you do it? Have you ever had an independent thought in your life?

Please do read this man’s article. It’s all about how much he hates people in Vancouver who can’t follow a number of absurd, anti-freedom laws. Here’s an idea: maybe it’s because they are humans and not robots like you, you plague pustule. Not only does this schmuck hate everybody who has fun, he actually calls a city phoneline to rat them out and passive-aggressively reveals the name of a smoke-friendly patio-restaurant in this article. I hope you enjoyed writing that sentence as much as that small business owner enjoys receiving a fine in the mail that could put him out of business.

My first reaction upon reading this article was physical. My nostrils flared up and my heart started to beat faster. I was incensed that someone like this man could even exist, someone who could hate so much the expression of life, someone who could be such a maniacal rule-follower in every circumstance. I started to dash off an angry email to some friends.

But halfway through that email, I realized I couldn’t really be angry at this man. He’s basically a sub-human who has no understanding of the gift of life he’s been given. I don’t hate him, I pity him. He must hate each day. He must hate nearly everyone around him. I started to feel bad for this loser.

I’m still torn now. From my detached perspective, I pity him. But if I actually came across this guy telling people in a park not to smoke, would I still pity him? No, I would feel enraged again and I would probably berate him. So Stephen Quinn, please stay far away from me. Better yet, stay far away from everyone. Even your kids. You don’t value life. You don’t enjoy it. Leave the rest of us alone.

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I went to Canada again this past weekend. The line wasn’t very long at customs, so I got excited. Then I pulled up to the booth and saw one of those tough, serious-looking jerks who immediately causes you to expect the worst. It turned cold almost immediately. Somehow, talk of my purpose in entering Canada quickly turned to “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” and “Are you a criminal?” After the second time he asked me if I was a criminal, I noticed my hand shaking. I was so angry, so insulted that this man would ask me this question twice, that my hand was shaking. I rested it on the door to stop the tremor, but it was too late. I could already see him writing on a piece of paper, meaning a secondary inspection was in the offing. Not before he asked me to hold my hand up for his inspection, though.

“Is your hand shaking?”

“No.”

“Ok, pull over into the secondary inspection area.”

I parked my car and headed inside the building. I was again asked if I was a criminal. The officer also asked me why they might search a car. Something about that question insulted me even more. You want me to tell you why you are violating my human rights? You want me to be complicit? Finally he asked me for my cell phone (they like you to be silent and helpless) and my keys. I told him that I wanted to be present during any search of my vehicle.

“Is there anything I should know? Are you hiding anything?”

“No, I just don’t like how my property was treated last time this happened.”

“You can watch through the window.”

After ten minutes of wasted time, Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee walked out to my car. I watched through the window as they swung my doors open and shut, probed my seats, tugged at the floor and then went through the trunk. Drug search, obviously. Because drug smugglers would really pick a guy with conspicuous Ohio plates to smuggle drugs into Canada. Eventually they came back in and told me I was free to go.

“I’ve got a question. Why is it I’m searched so frequently going into Canada?”

“Your hand was shaking.”

“Do you know why my hand was shaking? Because I’m not used to being treated like a criminal and asked insulting questions over and over. Do you know what that feels like?”

My tone of voice remained measured, soft and respectful, but the supervisor noticed me talking to his officer at this point and walked over. He took over the discussion.

“We’re trying to catch criminals here. If I had the manpower, I would search every vehicle.”

Waste your time and money pissing on my rights by searching every vehicle so you can catch a few criminals. Guilty until proven innocent, indeed.

The other highlight came when I told them about my laptop being searched the previous time.

“Do you  know what it feels like to have someone take your computer away and search it without you even being present?”

“We’re trying to catch pedophiles.”

“By making innocent people feel like criminals?”

“What about the innocent children? I’d search 1000 hard drives to catch just one pedophile.”

These are the sort of people you deal with crossing the border. I tried to get them time and again to understand they are dealing with humans, not just robots driving cars. We have rights and feelings. But they shut down immediately, always with some stock response about crossing the U.S. border. Even when I told them that I’d written extensively about my displeasure with the way the U.S. treats people crossing our borders and that two wrongs don’t make a right, it fell on deaf ears.

Oh, and the best part? I heard a knocking noise all the way to Vancouver. When I got there, I was about to lift the hood to take a peek at the engine when I noticed they hadn’t even closed the hood. That was my knocking sound, a loose hood. A loose hood that could have presumably flown open and effectively blinded me. Thanks, guys.

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Andy McCarthy will forever be locked in a struggle with Michael Rubin to see who can be The Corner’s most noxious commentator. For every war-worshipping Rubin post, there seems to be a due process-hating/torture-loving McCarthy spew. Lucky us. But this past Tuesday, McCarthy really outdid himself.

First there was his insane online column, politely and moderately titled “Holder: Aiding al-Qaeda.” The headline is so absurd as to be humorous, sounding like it was torn from National Enquirer: CIA giftshop edition. How about a look at the lede?

Eric Holder is chief among the many Obama Justice Department lawyers who, during the Bush years, donated their services as private attorneys for the benefit of al-Qaeda terrorists. His motive was to frustrate efforts to treat our wartime enemies as just that: wartime enemies. He preferred the failed law-enforcement model that regards our enemies as garden-variety criminals — the counterterrorism approach he had overseen as deputy attorney general while America was serially attacked during the Clinton years.

Every sentence in that paragraph deserves to be corrected. (more…)

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This won’t be the first time I’ve discussed how much I hate Michael Rubin’s cold, Islamophobic, neocon writing, but his unsourced post on how five Turkish Islamists killed in Afghanistan symbolizes Turkey’s conversion from ally to foe in the war on terror got my blood boiling. Rubin is hardly an original. Ever since Israel raided the Turkish-flagged Gaza flotilla, neocons have been trampling each other in a race to the exit from supporting America’s Turkish alliance.

Somehow, Rubin managed to elevate his post today to a level of awfulness far above that of the normal shameful neocon attack. Money quote:

According to SITE Intelligence, a group that does an excellent job monitoring Islamist websites and publications, a Turkish extremist group has announced that five Turkish fighters were killed when U.S. or NATO forces bombed terrorists in Paktika (sorry, no link possible; SITE is a subscription service and the jihadist group’s website is unavailable in the United States).

It seems increasingly that Turks — the citizenry if not the government — are rooting for if not fighting on the wrong side of the war on terrorism. Turkey has become more an adversary than an ally and certainly a security risk. The Turkish government has created a milieu that encourages anti-Western incitement and support for terrorism. Turkish terrorists are becoming frequent participants in the world’s jihadi hot spots.

Stop for a second and notice that there’s “no link possible.” How convenient. Then consider just how dumb Rubin thinks we must be. According to his logic, a few dead Turkish Islamists in Afghanistan signals that the Turkish public and maybe even the government have gone pro-terrorist. By the same logic, shouldn’t we consider the American public to be pro-terrorist? After all, John Walker Lindh was an American Islamist captured in Afghanistan. Anwar al-Awlaki is an American citizen inciting hate from Yemen. Adam Gadahn, one of Al-Qaeda’s leading PR figures, is also from the U.S. If there are American terrorists, does that mean America has become a security risk to itself?

Rubin is a sick puppy. He would gladly see us get rid of our only strategically valuable moderate Muslim ally, Turkey. At the same time, he is an Afghanistan hawk and favors our continuing involvement with Pakistan, an ally far less moderate in its Islam and far less trustworthy than Turkey. And why? Because Turkey made the mistake of crossing Israel.

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One of mine: Jay Nordlinger posts on National Review‘s The Corner. I love to hate them. Whenever I read one, I picture Jay Nordlinger as being an aw-shucksy Jimmy Stewart look-alike who uses relentlessly optimistic, light prose to cloak his unthinking and rude partisan Republican agenda. He’s like the guy on the Cracker Barrel sign, except if he wore jackboots. (more…)

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Nancy Macdonald at Maclean’s has a blog post up about parental support laws in Canada. Yes, thanks to old pre-welfare state laws still on the books, you can be held liable for monetary support of your parents. The guy in the story was nearly deserted by his parents as a teen and has seen his widowed mother roughly once every three years since then, but now she is suing him for parental support.

Let me begin by saying that I place a ton of importance on family. A good family gives you a big leg-up on life. If your parents have treated you decently and helped you get that leg-up, I’d really hope you would support them in old age if it became necessary.

But to make it a matter of government compulsion? Repulsive. I can’t understand how government can condone the transfer of wealth from one adult to another on the grounds that one of the adults chose to help create the other adult and assume the attendant responsibilities. Parents don’t get into parenthood looking at it like a ledger, or at least they shouldn’t. Furthermore, there can be no consent implied in your own birth that you agree to care for your parents. You didn’t ask to be created.

For this mother, too, I wonder just how little dignity and self-respect you must have left to serve your estranged son with legal papers demanding money from him…without even broaching the subject with him.

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Lucky you, you get a double-dip today. The flavor is largely the same, though, since both have to do with the vile ways America is treating suspected terrorists. Full coverage after the jump. (more…)

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