A Small Victory for Free Speech & Common Sense
Written by Paul Fromm
Saturday, 14 April 2012 04:06
A Small Victory for Free Speech & Common Sense

Chalk up a small victory for freedom and common sense. There's gangbanger
"tagging" or graffiti defacing walls and other public sites in Mississauga,
a community of 700,000 just west of Toronto.

What should the city fathers (and mothers) do? Don't target the gangs,
mostly ethnic. No, target all youth and ban the sale of art supplies to
anyone under 18 years of age? It doesn't take Nostrademus to predict that,
uh, all a 17 year-old would-be vandal needs do is get a 19 year old gang
member to buy a can of spray paint for him.

Luckily, the ban-the-art-supplies proposal, favoured by some councillors
and the Peel Police, was shot down by a majority on council recently.

*The Mississauga News* (March 29 - April 4, 2012) reports: "City
councillors are looking for ways to curb graffiti in Mississauga. One
approach, to ban the sale of drawing and painting implements to those under
age 18, as the City of London has done, was met with opposition at today's
meeting of General Committee. Mayor Hazel McCallion, several councillors
and staff all chimed in against the idea. In a report on the feasibility of
a bylaw that would prohibit the sale of 'any can of spray paint,
broad-tipped marker pen, paint pen, glass-cutting tool or glass etching
tool or instrument' to anyone under the age of 18, staff recommended
against taking such a step, citing concerns with enforcement. McCallion
and many councillors expressed similar concern. 'I don't think a ban on
these products will do anything and I doubt we have the human resources to
enforce it,' said McCallion."

Good as far as it goes, Madame Mayor, but the proposal, as well as being
impractical, is demeaning and wrong. It reflects the stifling nanny state
that treats all citizens as criminals or morons and seeks to legislate all
sorts of beheviour. So, a tiny minority of youth -- mostly immigrant
gangbangers-- desecrates others' property with their doodles and tags. Why
punish the vast majority of people under 18 who may wish to buy a can of
spray paint or magic marker?
What does that teach? It teaches that the State considers everyone a
criminal or an irresponsible child. Far better to treat everyone as a
responsible person and punish only those who don't live up to that ideal.

A similar example of the stifling nanny state is the ban in Ontario and
B.C., among other jurisdictions, on the use of hand-held cellphones in
cars. Yes, some drivers talk on cellphones and are distracted. Some drivers
are so addled, they shouldn't even talk to a fellow passenger or listen to
a radio. Why not treat all drivers as responsible adults, rather than
morons? The basic rule of driver responsibility is that the driver must be
in full control of his vehicle at all times. Some people can talk on a
cellphone and drive responsibly. A minority cannot. Why not deal with
results? Police should charge absent minded cellphone chatterers with
"dangerous driving," instead of restricting and punishing everyone.

*Paul Fromm*
Hear Paul Fromm -- The Fighting Side of Me: On Courage and Diversity
Written by Paul Fromm
Friday, 13 April 2012 08:16
Hear Paul Fromm -- The Fighting Side of Me: On Courage and
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* Joseph Warren*
*Paul Fromm*
* … marvels at the idiocy of Scarborough’s Centennial College
“committed … to global citizenship, social justice and equity” and seeks a
Vice-President, Academic and welcomes (nudge, nudge, Whites need not apply)
applicants from:”equity groups, including: Aboriginal People, Visible
Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender and Queer Persons.”;

- … honours Joseph Warren all-but-forgotten hero of the Revolutionary
- … notes more of that “diversity” — acid attacks for disobedient women
in Pakistan a cultural tradition;
- … reports on idea to fight mostly minority gang graffiti — ban sale of
drawing and painting supplies to those under 18, some politicians in
Mississauga, Ontario urge.

A Liberian And A Pakistani Walk Into A Bar (this isn't a joke)
Written by Paul Fromm
Thursday, 12 April 2012 04:53
*A Liberian And A Pakistani Walk Into A Bar (this isn't a joke)*

"A Liberian refugee who conned a fellow immigrant out of $20,000 with a
bizarre story about disguised Canadian cash will not have to spend time
behind bars for the crime. *Carter Brown*, 41, convinced Saskatoon cab
driver *Aftab Ahmed* that he was in possession of a large amount of
currency that had been stained black by a chemical process, a *Queen's Bench
* judge heard Thursday. Brown told Ahmed that if the black money was mixed
with Canadian cash and a certain chemical was added, 'the treated money
would take on the appearance of Canadian currency,' Crown prosecutor *Val
Adamko* told court during a sentencing hearing for Brown, who pleaded
guilty to the fraud.

On Nov. 29, 2010, 'Ahmed agreed to bring $20,000 in cash to (a) hotel room
for the purpose of being used in this chemical process,' she said. 'Brown
took the money and began to apply the chemical to it. He then advised that
the chemical process was not working and he needed more chemical. Brown
told Ahmed that he needed another $30,000. He took the $20,000, and Ahmed
never heard back from him.' Anxious to get his money back, Ahmed contacted
Brown and told him he had the $30,000, Adamko said. 'He agreed to a meeting
point and attended there. An argument ensued between the two men regarding
the $20,000, and the police were contacted,' she said. 'At the time the
police attended to the hotel room, they seized a large suitcase which
contained a container with a small amount of chemical inside

* Justice Mona Dovell* accepted a joint submission from Adamko and defence
lawyer *Kevin Hill*, imposing a *conditional sentence* of two years less a
day followed by two years of probation. The *Crown* would not have agreed
to a non-custodial term if Brown, an oil rig worker who now lives in
Estevan, had not agreed to make monthly restitution payments of at least
$300 until Ahmed has been repaid in full, Adamko told court. Brown already
had a prior record for a similar crime in Quebec, where he received an
18-month jail term in 2002. [Wow, so one conviction means a non-sentence
for the same crime next time 'round? Good to know.] Defence lawyer *Kevin
Hill* said his client 'takes this matter very seriously. He is remorseful
and frightened by this experience.' [So frightened that a second conviction
and a lighter sentence will act as a deterrent?] Brown survived traumatic
events in his home country and fears he may be deported for his crimes -
although such an extreme measure seems unlikely, Hill said." (*Star Phoenix*,
February 17, 2012)

Not a bad punch line when your country is determined to be the joke of the

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