Random demi-thoughts and some content aggregation (aka author laziness).
Canada absolutely cannot dispense with the penny. If the penny disappears, I can no longer say, "A penny for your thoughts, Dalton McGuinty and Mikey Bryant, because that's all they're worth." Giving them a nickel for their thoughts would be runaway inflation.
Toronto Mayor David Miller calling for a handgun ban makes me want to run out and buy one, rightnow. Duh, Dave, a ban only affects law-abiding people. This is a round of photo-op, sound-bite politicking on Miller's part because Torontonians are really, really angry about how badly the city is managed and how much it has deteriorated on Miller's watch. This "ban" campaign can also be called "which hand is it in?", AKA a shell game. Makes you look one way while the operator moves things around in the other direction.
A handgun ban will probably just lead to a lot of sawed-off shotguns.
It truly worries me at how readily Ontario is sliding into this totalitarian mindset, starting with the Fibs' "pit bull" ban (the Fibs' church supper and fresh-fish-in-sushi bans got shot down, and Dalton likes his SUV so they weren't banned), progressing into the "no smoking with kids in car" ban, now a handgun ban.
What's next? The targets are getting bigger, the stakes are getting higher.
Bit by bit by bit, they whittle away at law-abiding people's rights and the sheeple just sit there and baaaaah.
Can we ban bans?
Prohibition should have been the object lesson in the fact that Bans. Don't. Work. Duh.
Unless the ban is a shadow show disguising a hidden agenda.
Caveat has an interesting article from the American Sporting Dog Alliance arising out of Oprah Winfrey's show on puppy mills. Long, but well worth the read, very thought-provoking.
Lassie Get Help has a nice article lambasting the City of Mississauga for its "thumbs up/thumbs down" Coliseum approach to evaluating a dog.
One of my favourite sites when I'm feeling blue, ICanHasCheezburger always makes me smile.