KABOOM! Special extra-furious and sarcastic human rights edition! Hooray for rage!
1 NOW WHAT? Supporters of same-sex marriage contemplate their next move after Maine voters vote to discriminate against gays. (New York Times)
2 TYRANNY OF THE MAJORITY Linda Herschman patiently explains why rights and freedoms should be determined by courts, not by voters. (The Daily Beast)
3 DON'T TREAD ON MY RIFLE So federal politicians vote to scrap the long gun registry. Let's scrap car registration next. Oh, licenses to practice medicine and law? That's socialism--let's scrap those. Hey let's just dismantle government all together. What ever could possibly go wrong? (CBC)
4 MAHER ARAR CAN'T SUE THE COUNTRY THAT SHIPPED HIM TO SYRIA TO BE TORTURED? Gimme a break. And while we're on the topic did you guys catch this bullshit from the new head of CSIS about liberal media supporting terrorists, boo hoo hoo? Tell you what dude, you spook guys stop sending innocent people to be tortured (in fact torture is evil and doesn't work so just knock it the fuck off altogether) and do your jobs competently and we whiners will dial it back. (Globe and Mail)
5 AND SPEAKING OF EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION How many CIA agents does it take to kidnap a Muslim cleric? Twenty-three, says an Italian judge. (Okay, technically 22 because one perp wasn't a CIA agent. But I didn't want to clutter up the punchline with trivia.) (Toronto Star)
6 KEEP YOUR FUCKING STUPID PERSONAL RELIGIOUS VIEWS OUT OF MY GOVERNMENT Reasonable, tolerant people do not launch petitions against Planned Parenthood because it provides legal abortions. I'm officially calling it and I'm sticking to it: Saskatoon MP Brad Trost is unfit for public office and frankly he's a threat to human rights, freedoms and civil society. Saskatoon-Humboldt voters, what the fuck exactly are you doing electing this guy? Are you crazy? Or ignorant? Or assholes? Or all three? Please seek professional help, all of you. And next time you have the chance, vote this guy out. I'll be watching you. (Star Phoenix)