Apr 232012
 

Flash Drive with Ron Gray: The Sham “Ethics” of Campaign Finance

Watching the hearings by the Commons Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics is a bizarre sort of entertainment—almost as much fun as a root canal. The partisan jousting between the MPs makes a mockery of the idea that this is any sort of objective “enquiry”.

A example: NDP MP Pat Martin misquoted witness David Marler (a Conservative candidate) as having said the Tory “in-and-out” funding of television advertising “didn’t pass the smell test.”

“That’s not what I said,” retorted Marler, who then explained that he said he refused to sign because, as a first-time candidate, he didn’t understand what was being proposed—and as a lawyer, he refuses to sign anything he doesn’t understand. “If my Mom proposed it, I wouldn’t—well, maybe I’d sign it for my Mom, because I respect her,” he added. “But not even for a brother would I sign something I didn’t understand.”

Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro then skewered Martin nicely by pointing out that a shared national media purchase, partly reported as a local advertising expense, was exactly what the NDP had done for Olivia Chow in Toronto’s Trinity/Spadina riding.

What makes this “ethics” investigation so painful is that no one questions the ethics of the four parties in Parliament voting themselves $30 million a year of taxpayers’ money, while strangling the fund-raising of other parties.

Clearly, those already in the House want to pull up the drawbridge behind them, to block new parties and new ideas. The formula for funding the four parties in Parliament—tied to the number of votes they gained in the last election—is a formula for preserving the status quo: those who got the most votes get more money to campaign for reelection.

But left out in the cold by this equation is the indefeasible right of voters to have access to adequate information about all the options available to them.

The honorable Members sitting around the table seem only to care about holding onto their sinecures by bolstering their parties’ partisan advantages.

The CHP has several times proposed a plan by which each taxpayer—from whom the lion’s share of the money for election campaigns now comes, after all—should have the right to designate which party gets their money.

As Thomas Jefferson wrote, 200 years ago: “It is tyrannical to compel a man to pay for the promulgation of ideas with which he does not agree.” For example, like most pro-Life Canadians, I disagree strongly with the anti-life policies of the four parties that dominate the House of Commons. Why, then, should I be compelled to finance their immoral policies?

Canadians should write to their MPs and demand a change in the election financing formula. If taxpayers’ funds are to be doled out to politicians, let each taxpayer decide who gets their $2. Doesn’t that make more sense?

Mar 072012
 

BPV’s Gordon World Takes on Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is making serious money with the help of BC’s Ministry of Education, which has endorsed the 21st Century burlesque queen – immoral behaviour, racist costumes, questionable lyrics and all – by corraling pink-clad children into “flash mob” dances. Gordon World, member of the parents’ rights group Burnaby Parents’ Voice, joins Kari Simpson and Ron Gray in an examination of how our public education system is selling the wrong message to our children.

Further, Culture Guard examines how Pink Shirt Day, a national anti-bullying campaign, has been hijacked by sex activists who have bullied certain naive local school boards into promoting homosexuality to our kids instead of sticking to the original message that ALL bullying is wrong.

Mar 052012
 


This Week on Roadkill Radio

Join Kari Simpson & Ron Gray
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5, 6 & 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Crazy BCTF Demands,
Getting Rid of theAnti-Bullying Industry,
and the Ministry of Education Sells Lady Gaga!

RKR Flash Drive with Ron Gray

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Way It Looks to Me: Questions for the BC Teachers Federation

Culture Guard co-host Ron Gray comments runs down the list outrageous demands of the BC Teachers Federation for their new contract, making it abundantly clear why negotiations have dragged on for a year already. Now that the government is moving to legislate a new contract in this stalemate, the teachers have decided to go on strike.

While the BCTF maintains that their personal financial demands and insistence on much more time off for all teachers is “all for the children”, it is certainly obvious why public school enrollment and academic scores are declining rapidly in British Columbia.

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RoadKill Radio News

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dr. Helena Guldberg: Get Rid of Anti-Bullying Campaigns

Researcher and author Dr. Helene Guldberg joins Kari Simpson and Ron Gray to discuss her book, “Reclaiming Childhood: Freedom and Play in an Age of Fear“. Dr. Guldberg shows there there is no evidence at all that so-called “anti-bullying” programs reduce bulling. Furthermore, the anti-bullying industry may be doing more harm than good for children, denying them the character-building experiences that help them face the realities of later life.

An interesting observation by Dr. Guldberg is that the anti-bully advocates in Great Britain are every bit as vindictive, threatening, and – dare we say it? – bullying as those in Canada! Watch this show, learn the truth, and spread the word: Get rid of the Anti-Bullying Industry before they do irreparable damage to an entire generation!

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Culture Guard

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

BPV’s Gordon World Takes on Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is making serious money with the help of BC’s Ministry of Education, which has endorsed the 21st Century burlesque queen – immoral behaviour, racist costumes, questionable lyrics and all – by corraling pink-clad children into “flash mob” dances. Gordon World, member of the parents’ rights group Burnaby Parents’ Voice, joins Kari Simpson and Ron Gray in an examination of how our public education system is selling the wrong message to our children.

Further, Culture Guard examines how Pink Shirt Day, a national anti-bullying campaign, has been hijacked by sex activists who have bullied certain naive local school boards into promoting homosexuality to our kids instead of sticking to the original message that ALL bullying is wrong.

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Mar 182011
 

Does anyone other than a dwindling minority of Procrustean traditionalists recognize evil anymore—personal evil, that is? Oh, sure, there’s plenty of the geopolitical variety to go around these days, especially in North Africa. And there’s more than enough being identified on the national stage by perpetually outraged critics within this country too, most notably by those on the political left, who eagerly attach the E word to everything from corporate profits and free trade to the oil sands and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s piano playing.

But we rarely hear about individual Canadians doing “bad” things, exhibiting sinister behavior, acting wickedly, or carrying on immorally, let alone sinning.

Instead, there’s always some sort of exculpating explanation for bad behaviour. Shoplifters suffer from kleptomania; corrupt officials have succumbed to stress or have manifested a previously undiagnosed psychiatric disorder; prostitutes are victims of the patriarchy, poverty or both; juvenile delinquents are the recipients of inadequate parenting; inner-city gangsters are victims of racial discrimination; and thieves are impoverished or addicted, and, if the latter, are surely not responsible for the burden of the illness under which they are labouring. You get the picture.

Look at the website promoting the recent Pink Shirt Day/anti-bullying campaign—a cause that should easily give rise to descriptions of bullies acting wickedly, etc.—and you’ll see therapeutic twaddle aplenty along with much vigorous exhortation to get to the root of the problem, etc., but nothing about the plain and simple fact bullies are acting immorally.

Which brings me to Exhibit A, otherwise known as the spark that gave life to this particular column. You might have heard of a horrible hit-and-run accident in Coquitlam, B.C., two weeks ago which left two young women dead. In covering the aftermath of the crash, which included the laying of several charges against a suspect, including two counts of impaired driving causing death, a local newspaper turned to a clinical psychologist from Simon Fraser University for some “insight” into “what might lead someone to flee the scene” of a serious accident without giving help.

Dr. Joti Samra is quoted thusly: “Assuming that it’s a true accident, the reality is… even from the perspective of the person that caused the accident, it can be quite traumatic and cause an acute stress reaction.” Got that? Acute stress reaction.

The good doctor goes on to explain that the brain could be flooded with information and emotion that would cause a person to act unusually. “The fight or flight response is something we’re exposed to when we are faced with extreme traumatic events,” Dr. Samra concludes. “Our body kind of goes into a shock, it doesn’t know what to do.”

Notice the focus on the culprit’s body and not his mind? I suppose it’s true that this human-as-hormonal-machine answer is what you’d expect from a clinical psychologist, whose business, of course, is to produce exactly this sort of pseudo-scientific analysis. But there’s no excuse for the news media to limit their probing into human behaviour to “experts” such as Dr. Samra. Why not someone with some grasp of the profundity of human existence, someone like a novelist, a moral philosopher or a religious leader– someone who recognizes we’re more than just pre-programmed biological machines?

To my mind, it would be a welcome relief—and far more enlightening—to hear some real insights into moral character, the dark origins of personal cowardice, or the nature of evil in circumstances such as these. And so, for example, when asked why a driver might flee the scene of an accident in which he had struck two innocent people, a priest might comment that such a person had become alienated from God, had too easily succumbed to temptation, and had become a sinner in need of redemption.

This would be really useful information as far as I’m concerned, and might also help many readers reflect more deeply on their responsibility—indeed, their duty—to act in a moral fashion.

But, of course, in this secular, humanistic era of ours, we see very little serious discussion about evil in the public square. Perversely, one is more likely to find scintillatingly descriptive words, purring about the concept of evil, in advertisements attempting to induce a consumer to indulge in some sort of deliciously sinful wickedness for an affordable price. Moral inversion to sell chocolate pudding.

A recent full-page newspaper advertisement for Volvo is a perfect example of this lamentable trend. Emblazoned above an image of a shiny red S60 model, the ad copy informs us, “There’s more to life than a Volvo. Like raising a little hell with 300 horses, spanking corners with your all-new sport-tuned chassis. And feeling a little dangerous in a car tricked out with safety technology. That’s why you drive the all-new naughty Volvo S60.” (Emphasis added.)

A 16th-Century proverb holds, “Evil doers are evil dreaders.” Today, however, evil doers are either the next patient for the couch or a target market.