Let me see if I have this right. The accused in the Eaton Centre shooting was under strict house arrest and facing charges from a November 2010 incident, having already in 2008 been caught with a bunch of pot and money, pled down to simple possession, and violated a condition imposed because of that little episode. But it is ludicrous to say we should be tougher on crime, or question the value of gun control, just because someone like that was roaming around a major Toronto shopping centre with a handgun.
Archive for June 5th, 2012
Yes, what you heard is true. The gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin tonight really matters. Here’s why:
MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin voters will decide on Tuesday whether to throw Governor Scott Walker out of office in a rare recall election forced by opponents of the Republican’s controversial effort to curb collective bargaining for most unionized government workers.
The rematch with Milwaukee’s Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett, who Walker defeated in a Republican sweep of the state in 2010, is the end-game of six months of bitter fighting in the Midwestern Rust Belt state over the union restrictions Walker proposed and enacted.
The recall election in closely divided Wisconsin, which helped elect Democrat Barack Obama as president in 2008, is seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2012 U.S. presidential election in November.
The vote is also viewed as a test of strength between organized labor and conservative opponents, both of whom have poured money and effort into the contest.
“This is going to be an early indication of which way the political wind is blowing in Wisconsin,” said Steven Schier, a political analyst at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. “It has implications for the presidential race and national politics. Wisconsin could be a swing state.”
If Walker wins by a margin of more than, say, 5 percentage points, this will mean a Romney rout in November. So stay tuned!