Saturday, February 07, 2009

Daily Digest February 7, 2009


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
ARCHIVED at http://cdndailydigest.blogspot.com/

EDITORIAL PAGEs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
The trouble with equalization
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=219847&sc=80

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
Ill-advised remarks by a new senator
Senator Mike Duffy's remarks do little to advance the interests of Islanders.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=219870&sc=103

CAPE BRETON POST -
Problem faced head on
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=219709&sc=151

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
A boost for volunteers: Province to help with insurance
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1105072.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Free-range politicians serve us the best
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Free+range+politicians+serve+best/1263049/story.html

And another thing ...
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/another+thing/1263050/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Standing up for himself
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Standing+himself/1263265/story.html

Flexibility, not weakness
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Flexibility+weakness/1263266/story.html

OTTAWA SUN -
Big spending only raises false hopes
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/2009/02/07/8299196-sun.html

TORONTO STAR -
Jobless rate shows EI reform needed
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/583750

Growing food at home
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/583752

GLOBE & MAIL -
Manufacturing is part of the future
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090206.weJobs07/BNStory/specialComment/home

Abuse – and anger
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090206.weMom07/BNStory/specialComment/home

Fresh air from France
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090206.wesarkozy07/BNStory/specialComment/home

NATIONAL POST -
A mother of a certain age
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=1264374

ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
McGuinty finally gets serious about the economy
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1425288

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
We must learn to expect less from government
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1424834

K-W RECORD -
Are you an 'intravidual?'
You're not alone. Technology's tightning grasp on our lives means there are fewer boundaries between our workplaces and our homes http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/483823

SUDBURY STAR -
Health care a stimulus, too
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1425371

Green plan busted
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1425371

CALGARY HERALD -
It's hard to believe we're still debating free trade
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=d26d771e-2a12-4785-bea9-63d082978a73

Kids today! they're so passive
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=f1c266cb-954c-4c01-a574-21cc1f55f7ef

The right CEO compensation
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=04158e4f-373c-4114-8ba1-d56491f26d78

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Starting a family at age 60?
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Starting+family/1264159/story.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
Rage rises when people are feeling diminished
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=dd44951c-3112-4f09-b028-76481816843f

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Protectionism risks huge
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=9ae6372e-c540-450d-85a4-efbd2f266dde


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
Aboriginal leaders frustrated after report finds cancer rates higher than expected
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090206/national/alta_cancer_study


AFGHANISTAN -
Canadian firms to bid on $100M Kandahar airfield upgrade
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/584027

Germany, France dodge Afghanistan troop issue
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2009/02/07/8304041-ap.html

Afghanistan's Public Health Emergency
http://www.theglobalist.com/StoryId.aspx?StoryId=7476


CANADIAN FORCES -
Preserver to get refit
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Metro/1105099.html


CANUSA/USACAN -
Canadians spooked by U.S. news
http://www.vancouversun.com/Business/Canadians+spooked+news/1263678/story.html

Canadian trade talks aim to reduce dependence on U.S.
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=1261493


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
Juggling the TFSA with your RRSP
http://www.financialpost.com/news/story.html?id=1261786

In shrinking workforce, women may surpass men
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/583904

Pros, cons of floating loonie
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=e9eed5bc-512c-4700-bf1a-674275f68441


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -




Global crisis fuels protests

As their jobs disappear, people around the world have taken to the streets
http://therealnews.com/t/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=3256

Obama's vanity shines through
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/salim_mansur/2009/02/07/8299801-sun.html

U.S. Vice President Biden says it's time to repair relations with Russia
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2009/02/07/8304051-ap.html

Taking on the military-industrial complex
Korb: Reducing military spending can reform the US approach to national security and military hegemony
http://therealnews.com/t/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=3202


HEALTH CARE RELATED -
Genetic health of the unborn: Simple test, complex questions
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090206.wbabies07/BNStory/National/home

Food bans: healthy or hysterical?
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=1264369


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Williams' dukes are up - who's with him?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090206.wwilliams0207/BNStory/politics/home

Danny wants some of those loonies
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1105118.html

While markets burn, Ontario dithers
http://www.thestar.com/News/Insight/article/583736

McGuinty changes tune on use of regulations
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=1264362

McGuinty wants to help cos. in budget, may include harmonized taxes
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090207/national/ont_economy_liberals

McGuinty says Green Energy Act will create 50,000 jobs
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090207/mcguinty_green_090207/20090207?hub=TopStories


FEDERAL POLITICS -
VIDEO ON BACK OUT ON CHUCK CADMAN COURT CASE
http://watch.ctv.ca/news/power-play/friday-feb-6/#clip137497

A former candidate rejected by the establishment of the CCP, received a sum of money to abandon its pursuit
http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ledevoir.com%2F2009%2F02%2F07%2F232168.html&sl=fr&tl=en&history_state0 =

Tory lead over Liberals narrows, poll finds
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/584042

Ignatieff makes gains for Liberals: poll
Party narrows 23-point gap behind Tories in two months since he became leader
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Ignatieff+makes+gains+Liberals+poll/1262975/story.html

In tough times, Tories go soft on ads
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090207.NOTEBOOK07/TPStory/Comment

PM's fate now lies with bureaucrats he disdains
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/583835

Harper must guide, not just preside
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=1264358

Economic tough times to continue: former PM
http://news.guelphmercury.com/News/article/436496

Inside Ignatieff's quest to win back B.C.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090207.BCIGNATIEFF07/TPStory/Comment


PROGRAMMES -
Jobless need more help, critics charge
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/583880

Salmonella recall list grows to more than 200
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/584066

Ottawa accused of going overboard in recalling peanut snacks
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=1264366


PRESSURE POINTS -
How climate-change money went down the policy drain
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090206.wcosimp07/BNStory/specialComment/home

Should we limit family size to save the Earth?
http://www.thestar.com/parentcentral/babies&pregnancy/article/583741


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Coalition of unintended consequences
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090206.wcomurphy07/BNStory/specialComment/home

Bailout nation: The cries for more never end
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090207.RDECLOET07/TPStory/Business/columnists

Shoah business: Never forget, but never obsess, about the Holocaust
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/2009/02/07/8299206-sun.html

Media's rapidly shrinking mass
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/583748

Global slump hits home
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/583903

New Jobless Numbers Expose the Utter Inadequacy of the Harper Budget
  http://www.jameslaxer.com/2009/02/new-jobless-numbers-expose-utter.html

Will the economy drag down Harper?
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1262359


INFOS -
Le parti conservateur achète la paix
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/02/07/232168.html

Les libéraux se rapprochent des conservateurs
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200902/07/01-825134-les-liberaux-se-rapprochent-des-conservateurs.php

Sarkozy: une «bouffée d'air frais» au Canada anglais
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-quebecoise/200902/07/01-825167-sarkozy-une-bouffee-dair-frais-au-canada-anglais.php

Harper maintient le cap
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Economie-Affaires/2009/02/06/002-chomage-canada.shtml

Le chômage met de la pression sur Ottawa
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/02/07/232247.html

Abattage de volailles - Inspection des aliments: Ottawa se déleste de certaines obligations
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/02/07/232180.html

L'opposition reproche aux conservateurs de n'avoir rien fait pour l'emploi
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090206/N0206107AU.html


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Policies

I have become more and more convinced that "Policy Directions" is a more apt term to use rather than "Policies".  Unknown variables often come into play that throw fixed policies arising out of fixed principles into the realm of the unrealistic.

Rather than approaching the use of decision making power in government to bring in a "principled" view of what ought to be and acting to try and shape reality to fit it (and both right and left are like unto a Procrustean bed in setting an arbitrary standard to which exact conformity is forced.) the following is offered.

"I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times." are the words of Senator Everett Dirksen, http://thinkexist.com/quotes/everett_dirksen/

To "Progress with care", with progress applied as both noun and verb http://www.elook.org/dictionary/progress.html, is the wisest approach to determining action. Identification of the issue as it exists, consideration of all suggested alternatives, followed by implementation of what best addresses the problem in the present, with an eye on its effects into the future.

Reception of the post below stimulated the thoughts expressed above.

It's doubtful I'd be welcomed as a member of The Association of Principled Conservatives.

The invitation to seek information is on the Digest in that there may be those supportive of the positions taken at website  http://tapc.ca/ .

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Subject: The Association of Principled Canadians
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The Association of Principled Canadians.

Our goal is to bring better government to Canada by influencing a 
majority of Members of Parliament to adopt our Principles and 
Policies.

In June of 2007,  a small group of conservatives met in Kingston  to 
discuss our disappointments and dissatisfactions with the Harper 
government.  We were concerned that the Harper government lost it's 
way and had diverged and deviated from what we felt was fundamental 
conservative   concepts, beliefs and ideas.  Some of us felt the 
need to find a new path to better government for our nation.

The meeting was designed to discuss our concerns, and  come up with 
ideas.   At our first meetings, we had no  fixed plans as to where 
this would lead, other than to hash out ideas.    After several 
meetings, we finalized our ideas and put together a plan and a name 
­ The Association of Principled Canadians.

We decided that rather than start yet another right-of-centre party, 
we would instead start up a group of influential individuals who 
would try and influence the CPC from the inside.    "A new party if 
necessary but not necessarily a new party." Reflected the feeling of 
some that either it would be folly to split the vote (again), or, it 
would be better to effect change within the current CPC party. In 
other words, we should prepare ourselves to be ready if 
circumstances favour a new party, but strive to make it unnecessary 
to do so!

Thus, The Association of Principled Canadians.  Think of it as a 
"think-tank",  or may be just  a group of conservative activists and 
partisans  who are actively thinking of ways to influence the CPC 
towards more conservative governance.

We know we are just one group among many trying to find the key to 
transform the yearning among Canadians into enough public support to 
bring better governance to our beloved country.

We have incorporated an association as a signal of purpose and 
conviction and are in the process of increasing its membership in 
southern Ontario, and all of Canada.

We realize it is tremendously important to build something that will 
attract millions of citizens, not just a few dozen political 
activists. This is no small task and not one to be taken without the 
participation of talented and dedicated people.

You can get more information on TAPC from our website:  http:// tapc.ca/
Or, you can email us at: info@tapc.ca

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From: Ron Thornton

Hi Joe:

In the Feb. 6 Digest you wrote "that much of the federal government's plan to save the planet from global warming is hot air." Considering that the concept of saving our planet from global warming is, in itself, nothing but a bunch of hot air, what is the problem? I mean, other than just pissing away tax payer dollars on something based on nonsense to in the end accomplish accomplish nothing?

Ron

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From: Larry Kazdan
To: Vancouver Sun LetED <sunletters@vancouversun.com>
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Liberal fundraisers outperform NDP Elections B.C. documents show, Jonathan Fowlie,  February 06

Re:  Liberal fundraisers outperform NDP Elections B.C. documents show, Jonathan Fowlie,  February 06
http://www2.canada.com/business/liberal+fundraisers+outperform+elections+documents+show/1258357/story.html?id=1258357
Documents filed with Elections B.C. show that in the first 10 months of 2008, over 67% of B.C. Liberal political contributions came from businesses and corporations while 21% of donations to the NDP came from unions.  Do we really want businesses, corporations and unions funding our political parties?  Is it possible in B.C. that politicians and policies can be bought?  What kind of democracy is this?              
Larry Kazdan
Vancouver, B.C.

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From: "Jean  Pycock"
Subject: Re: Daily Digest February 4, 2009

Please keep us posted when, and whereever, you see unscrupulous behaviour by our politicians.  Jean Pycock

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Subject: To those who think the Madoff scheme was the Scam of the Millenium
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

To those who think the Madoff scheme was the Scam of the Millenium .. there's worse. Check it out:
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enten_currency_investigation
 
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From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: This applies equally to Canada


DO AMERICANS CHERISH FREEDOM ANYMORE?
http://www.newswithviews.com/baldwin/baldwin490.htm

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From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: missed

Charest missed chance to be a federalist
 The GazetteFebruary 6, 2009
 
Federalists have been in a state of high amusement, not to say hilarity, over what Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France, said Monday about Canadian unity.

Sovereignist sputtering and muttering have been tremendously entertaining. "Crass arrogance," said Gilles Duceppe who with Pauline Marois has dispatched a sternly-worded letter to Sarkozy - charmingly, they had to send it via the Canadian ambassador. At the Elysée Palace this missive will surely get all the attention it deserves.

No wonder they're upset. In the abstruse calculus of separatism, French sympathy has long been a perceived - and perhaps a real - asset. France's celebrated "ni-ni" policy, now abandoned like a stale croissant, meant France would not interfere overtly in the playing out of la question nationale, but was not disinterested, either. In the context, this meant that France was quietly waiting for the glorious day to dawn, and would welcome it cheerfully. The policy left the Canadian foreign ministry quietly infuriated.

Such is the importance of the old country in sovereignist mythology and iconography that this promise of a big friend had become a beacon in separatist thinking: Jacques Parizeau made it clear, in unguarded moments, that he had been counting on France to tolerate a unilateral declaration of independence following even a narrow Yes victory in the 1995 referendum.

Now the Parti Québécois leaders will have to push the rock up that hill all over again, France's current president having proclaimed himself in favour of Canadian unity. Sarkozy sounded contemptuous of separatism, almost, as he lauded "the message of the Francophonie ... the rejection of bigotry, the rejection of division, the rejection of self-confinement, the refusal to define one's identity through fierce opposition to another."

Very nice. But all Canadians should remember that what France thinks about Quebec's future doesn't really matter very much, whether the president in question is Sarkozy or Charles de Gaulle. It does matter, however, what the premier of Quebec thinks, and the nominally-federalist Jean Charest chose this occasion to misrepresent, again, the rules of the game.

"Quebecers will decide their own future," Charest said in reaction to Sarkozy's remarks. We agree with him to the extent that the French have no role in any future discussion of Quebec's constitutional status.

But the Canadians surely do - the federal government and the people of the rest of Canada would certainly have a say, as the Supreme Court and Parliament have asserted. Why won't Charest acknowledge that?

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Sorry
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From: John Kruithof
Subject: Constitutional Crisis

Joe,

In reference to your February 6th Daily Digest, it is cold comfort that the actions of the Prime Minister and Governor General in constitutional terms will forever bear the stigma of Canadian politics at its worst.

John Kruithof
Ottawa South

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From: "Suan H.Booiman"
To: "Stockwell DayOkanagan" <Day.S@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Cummins John Delta" <Cummins.J@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Cannan Ron" <Cannan.R@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Abbott Jim Kooteney" <Abbott.J@parl.gc.ca>,
        "Fast Ed Abborsford" <Fast.E@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Harris Richard Cariboo-Princ George" <Harris.R@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Hiebert Russ" <Hiebert.R@parl.gc.ca>,
        "Kamp Randy Pitmeados-Maple Ridge-Mission" <Kamp.R@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Grewal Nina Fleetwood" <Grewal.N@parl.gc.ca>,
        "Hill Jay Prince George" <Hill.J@parl.gc.ca>,
        "Lunn Gary Saanich" <Lunn.G@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Lunney James Nanaimo" <Lunney.J@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Moore James Port Moody" <Moore.J@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Strahl Chuck Chilliwack" <Strahl.C@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Mayes Colin Shuswap" <Mayes.C@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Stockwell Day" <days1@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Strahl Chuck B.C. CPC MP." <riding@chuckstrahl.com>,
         "Mcleod Cathy Kamloops" <McLeod.C@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Sexton Andrew Borth Vancouver" <Saxton.A@parl.gc.ca>,
        "Wong Alice Richmond" <Wong.A@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Cadman Donna Surrey" <cadman.d@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Duncon John Vanc.Isl.North" <duncan.j@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Weston John West Vancouver" <Weston.J@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Warawa Nark Langley" <Warawa.M@parl.gc.ca>,
         "Hievert Russ" <info@russhiebert.ca>
Subject: please rfegister
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2009 13:01:18 -0800


                                         Suan H.Booiman C.C.D.H.
                                            204-1220 Fir Street
British Columbia               White Rock V4B 4B1                 Western  Canada
ph.604-531-3501
 
February 7, 2009
 
The B.C.CPC Members of Parliament.
 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
An advertisement in the Vancouver Sun today by the
                          Government of Canada
 
               "Registration of Canadians Abroad"
                            New Upgraded System
 
Is it not ironic to see the Government admitting that it does know who and where
Canadians are, not only abroad but also within the country.
 
It give a number of "Why and What" suggestions adding to it that information is
protected by the Privacy Act.
 
All information about Canadian Citizens and other foreign residents is Private within
the Government, the unfortunate part is that we have a government that has no clue
who and where people are living in this divided country. Being silent partners in this
matter does not bring us anywhere, the country is on the edge to be taken over by
minorities.
 
Am sure you will not now or ever pay attention, but the records will show you have
been told.
 
Yours Truly,
 
Suan H.Booiman

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From: Larry Kazdan
To: letters@thegazette.canwest.com
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Mint warns eco-group to stop defacing loonies,  Judith Lavoie, February 6

Re: Mint warns eco-group to stop defacing loonies,   Judith Lavoie, February 6                  
http://www.montrealgazette.com/Technology/Mint+warns+group+stop+defacing+loonies/1262721/story.html
Congratulations to the Dogwood Initiative for their slick new advertising campaign.  We can appreciate why government is trying to protect the currency, but wouldn't their efforts be far better spent in preventing our shorebirds from indecent exposure to actual oil spills?
Larry Kazdan,
620 E. 23 Ave,
Vancouver, B.C.
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Subject: Troglodytes with typewriters
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

Mouth-breathers of the world, UNITE! You have nothing to lose but your whips and chains. (Stratos Marx (Harpo's dumb twin), 2009)
 
Yup, it's that time of the year, folks. Spring is coming to Vancouver, groundhogs are stickping their noses out to check the weather, and sociopathic wackos are waking up from a longwinter's torpor. This year, the wackos at Freedom Press, (aka 'The Social Institute of Correct Knowledge' ... figure out the acronym) have been locked up for months and they've got a baaaad case of cabin fever. They work it out themselves no longer by typing on yellow paper on an old Underwood with a bad type-ribbon and then snowshoeing to a post office 50 km away, but rather by Internet blog. Here's the latest example ...
 
(And psssstttt .. a clue: what's the link between a swastika, a hammer-and-sckle, and the Playboy bunny-logo? You'll be surprised. And no, I'm NOT making this up).
 
(Clue no 2: the dingdongs with the American accent you ran across recently? It's some of THEM ...)
 
http://www.freedompress.ca/blogs/news/768552-bunnies-and-swastikas-the-political-threat-of-pornography
 
 
Stratos (aka 'The One Immune To US Political Retch-Vomit Of All Sorts')
 


BUNNIES AND SWASTIKAS? THE POLITICAL THREAT OF PORNOGRAPHY

posted 2009 Feb by Freedom Press
Article originally published in the Reformed Perspective
http://www.freedompress.ca/blogs/news

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