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November 4, 2009



It’s all merely dirty politics. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s law-and-order Conservatives have no valid reason to kill off Canada’s rifle and shotgun registry,  machine gun and submachine gun (both classified as “long guns”), beyond pandering to their rural constituencies. Sadly the Harper government nudged forward a private member’s bill in the Commons last week that would kill the long gun registry and deprive police of a crime-fighting tool they find helpful. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police   strongly support the registry, and argue, rightly, that Canada’s 2 million gun owners “need to be accountable” for their 7 million firearms.  And guns that are duly registered to hunters, farmers and target shooters are also likelier to be disarmed, carefully stored under lock and key, kept out of criminals’ hands and not loaned out to unlicensed people. That makes life safer for us all. Scrapping the registry is a politically motivated move with no policy rationale.–distorting-the-gun-facts

Vote to kill gun registry exposes rural-urban split Globe and Mail –   OTTAWA – From Thursday’s Globe and Mail Published on Thursday, Nov. 05, 2009 12:00AM EST Last updated on Thursday, Nov. 05, 2009 2:25AM EST The House of Commons dealt a major blow to the federal long gun registry last night

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A decision by MPs in Ottawa to repeal the federal long-gun registry was met with harsh criticism by the Quebec government and law-enforcement groups across the country.MPs voted 164-137 yesterday evening to repeal the federal long-gun registry, despite police assertions that it saves lives. The private member’s bill, sponsored by Conservative backbencher Candice Hoeppner, had the backing of all the Tories. All Bloc Québécois MPs voted against. Other than the Tories, the only Quebec MP to vote for the bill was Portneuf’s André Arthur, an independent.  It’s an added tool for police to protect women against violence in their homes,  Law enforcement groups were also upset with yesterday’s vote.

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Guns and flu. The Liberals are charging that while the Harper Tories are bungling communications around the H1N1 flu vaccine they are providing stellar communications over their bill to abolish the contentious long-gun registry. Priorities, priorities, priorities. In advance of tonight’s vote in the House of Commons to scrap the registry, the Tories have been “hitting about 10 of our ridings … heavy,” a veteran Liberal strategist says. “They have big radio buys as well.”  In fact, in Liberal MP Mark Eyking’s Cape Breton riding, the Conservatives are running six to 10 ads a day asking people to call his office, the strategist says. In PEI Liberal MP Wayne Easter’s riding the Tories are circulating flyers that say, “The failed long-gun registry. Hard on farmers and hunters. Useless against real criminals. YOUR Member of Parliament, Wayne Easter, worked to support the registry AND end the amnesty. Is that the support you expect you’re your local MP?”  The strategist adds: “Nothing on H1N1 but … vote against the registry.”

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Opposition leaders claim their hands are tied. Sadly, they cannot stop their MPs from helping the Conservatives pass Bill C-391 today, which eliminates the need to register rifles and shotguns and requires that the records on more than 7 million guns be destroyed.Jack Layton says he must allow a free vote because it is a private member’s bill. Just a few short months ago, both he and Michael Ignatieff made impassioned speeches supporting gun control. But this is a private member’s bill in name only. The Conservative government is firmly behind it. The Conservative party is spending thousands of dollars on a media campaign targeting specific opposition MPs and bragging about it.Just weeks shy of the 20th anniversary of the Montreal massacre, the opposition will help Stephen Harper pass this bill. The parents of the Polytechnique victims called the registry a monument to the memory of their daughters killed that day. In spite of the problems with the implementation, the firearms registry is used 10,000 times a day. It has helped remove guns from dangerous people and solve crimes.


While Harper continues to allow more guns.. he has meanwhile mismanged most everything else too.. the senators he has appointed even.


Canadians who fear their hard-earned tax money is disappearing down a black hole will no doubt be relieved to learn they are actually investing in government mismanagement on a grand scale.  Auditor general Sheila Fraser’s latest compendium of federal misdeeds calls into question the basic competence of a Conservative government already under fire over stimulus squander and the current flu-shot fiasco.  Surprising only to those awaking from a long coma, Fraser concluded that Stephen Harper’s government of big cardboard cheques is far better at making announcements than actually implementing them. Some of Fraser’s findings would be worthy of a comedic spoof were the consequences not so dire. The Department of Public Safety, for instance, is responsible for co-ordinating national responses to large-scale emergencies, disasters and other crises such as the current H1N1 flu pandemic.  Most ordinary Canadians probably believe that preparing and dealing with catastrophe is rather fundamental to the whole concept of government.  Apparently not.  Fraser found that while the public safety department has a “federal emergency response plan,” it never has actually been implemented. The department also has spent a fortune and many memos to co-ordinate police, firefighters, medical and ambulance crews in response to a major disaster.  Nothing concrete Years later, Fraser reports, they still don’t even have compatible walkie-talkies.  The auditor general says the public safety department has made progress in the areas of “strategy, framework and plan development.”  The only thing missing is “what concrete steps it would take to co-ordinate federal action in the event of an actual emergency of national significance.” Details. Details. Over the past three years, the Harper government has announced no end of measures to bring order to the chaos that is Canada’s immigration and refugee system.  Fraser notes, for instance, that the backlog of skilled workers waiting to get into the country could take up to 25 years to eliminate.  In response, the Conservatives introduced “sweeping changes” almost two years ago that promised to fast-track foreign skilled workers to meet specific needs of the labour market.  It all sounded good in the press release.  But as Fraser notes: “We saw little evidence that this shift is part of any clear strategy to best meet Canada’s labour needs.” The measures did manage to reduce the old queue of more than 600,000 skilled workers by 6% last year, mainly by rejecting new applicants or putting them in a different lineup. Canada Health Infoway is a federal agency that has spent $1.6 billion since 2001, leading the development of a national system of electronic health records. Fraser notes the agency has been fabulously successful at planning, consulting, developing mechanisms, standards and management systems galore. Unfulfilled promises  The only things missing are electronic medical records, still only available to a small fraction of sick Canadians. The Canadian International Development Agency will dole out more than $4 billion of taxpayers’ money in foreign aid this year, but Fraser reports finding no real plan to ensure the money goes where it will do the most good. Over at National Defence, the procurement department has so far managed to spend three years buying new light armoured vehicles for our troops in Afghanistan, preferably before they leave.  So far, the project is only 120% over budget.


Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. His vassal-subjects must be committed to Peace. The Prince of Peace had commanded us to love our enemies. True Christians are willing to follow Christ to the cross (Matthew 16:25; 1 Peter 2:21). Real Christians are still always first led by the Holy Spirit should be pacifist and not by the still mostly secular, ungodly Americans, war loving fools..


Jesus has said, lived real Christians led by the Holy Spirit should be pacifists and not war mongers.. Jesus died for sinners, he did not want his disciples to take up arms and protect him or to revenge his death.. ” I do think it is more than fair to say that, historically, Christians have always attempted to be–and have always publicly taught the importance of being–peacemakers. Historically, Christians have preached–and tried to practice–love and brotherhood. The early church was born in a baptism of love and unity. Oh sure, there were always individual misunderstandings and differences, but, on the whole, the church was a loving, caring, compassionate ecclesia. The disciples of our Lord were called “Christians” first by the Gentiles of Antioch, because of the manner in which the disciples reminded them of Christ’s nature and teachings. I never thought I would hear myself say what I’m about to say, but the truth is, the term “Christian” today means anything but Christ-like. To many people today, “Christian” refers to some warmongering, mean-spirited, throw-anyone-to-the-wolves-who-crosses-them person, who then has the audacity to look down their nose in contempt against anyone who disagrees with them for even the smallest reason. And the word “church” has the stigma of being simply an enclave of warmongers to many people today. And that, my friends, is one reason so many people are so turned off with today’s Christianity. And I can’t say that I blame them. I’m turned off too! this blind support for illegal, immoral, unconstitutional war is anything but Christian. Not only is it turning people against our country among people abroad, it is turning our own countrymen against the Christ we Christians claim to love right here at home. I dare say that the modern Warfare State would grind to a screeching halt tomorrow if evangelical Christians would simply stop supporting it! And the thing that most evangelical Christians fail to realize is that the Warfare State is one of the primary tools that the evil one is using to usher in his devilish New World Order that even babes in Christ know to be of Satan. Hence, Christians are helping to promote the very thing that Satan, himself, is using to enslave them. if we Christians do not quickly repent of this bloodlust that seems to dominate evangelical Christianity today (spiritually and militarily), the word that was first used by un-churched Gentiles to describe Christ’s followers will be used as a curse-word to describe those who facilitated the ruination of our country.”…ns-warmongers/


Five American missionaries flew into Ecuador’s Amazon jungle 38 years ago in a yellow Piper. A week later they were all dead, speared in an act of self defence by primitive Indians who believed they were cannibals. Hidden from modern civilization in the Amazon rain forest, the Waodani were caught in a generations-old culture of violence. Sixty percent of adult deaths were homicides All five victims were young. Nate Saint was 32; James Elliot of Portland, Ore., 28; Edward McCully of Milwaukee, 28; Peter Fleming of Seattle, 27, and Roger Youderian of Lansing, Mich., 31. Although the missionaries were armed, they chose to fire their guns into the air instead of shooting the Indians. It was an Ironic act of sacrifice because the event next marks an end to the Indians killing when one of the dead missionaries spouses next still went to minister to the same Indians. They here did not buy more guns to kill them now next too. Steve Saint when his mother told him of his father’s death, Saint recalled, “I couldn’t imagine there was any reason to go on living.” Elliot’s widow, Elisabeth Elliot, who wrote a book on the incident, and Saint’s sister, Rachel Saint, went to live with the Waodani along with an adopted Waodani girl. They won over suspicious tribes people by treating children for polio and other diseases.The missionaries taught them the Creator did not want them to spear, and that his son had died by the spear but had not speared back. Within a few years, the tribe’s homicide rate dropped by 90 percent. About 20 percent became Christians. Many of Waodani learned faith through the missionaries’ actions, not their words. In 1958, two Huaorani women told Rachel Saint and Elisabeth Elliot, James Elliot’s widow, that the Indians had come to recognize that the killings were a mistake. The Huaorani and American women returned with Dayuma to the tribe to finish the missionaries’ work. Rachel Saint and Dayuma still live in the village of Tonampare, a muddy clearing ringed by tin-roofed shacks near Palm Beach.Steve Saint went on to grow up among the Waodani tribesmen that had killed the five missionaries. He befriended one of the tribesmen who speared his father. Saint says it never occurred to him to be bitter about his father’s death because his mother wasn’t. “By the time I went in to live with them, I already knew these people were very special to us,” said Saint, who now lives in Ocala, Fla. In 1994, when Saint returned to Ecuador to help bury his Aunt Rachel, the Waodani insisted he and his family stay there to teach them the ways of modern life. He obliged. Living in a rustic shack with his wife and children, Saint taught the Waodani dental and medical techniques, how to run a trading post and how to fly. Later, he set up the Indigenous Peoples Technology and Education Center, a Florida-based concern that provides tools and training to native people. Real Christian love overcomes even death, killings..





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