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If the parole board needs a giant "NO" stamp I will gladly buy them one.
Convicted killer Paul Bernardo, who also pleaded guilty to numerous rapes, has applied for day parole in Toronto — a move that has left the victims' families devastated, according to their lawyer.
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Technically, he's within his rights to apply, but really, there's no hope in hell of him getting out.

It's frustrating, especially for the parole board. Nobody thinks this guy should ever see the light of day again, and his chance at parole is as close to zero as you can get. But if they don't follow procedure, you'll have every civil rights lawyer in the country screaming foul. 
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Raccoon Riders: 30 June 2015 Ride Report

Alexandria +Raccoon Riders Youth Cycling Club Tuesday ride was a huge success, and the club continues to add new riders. Yesterday saw the arrival of first-timers Max, Jonah and Sammy, to ride along with second-timers Louis and Derek, third-timer Owen and regulars Josh, Will, Anderson and yours truly, in all we were ten, with nine kids spanning rising third grade through riding ninth grade.

Commerce was on the agenda as we headed south through Bucknell Manor, Bucknell Heights and into the aptly-named Hollin Hills. Here we crossed paths with a grown-ups group ride, catching their breath on the same hilltop as we. Pleasantries were exchanged and I swear I heard the ride leader say to the youngest member of that ride, "I think that is Josh and Will's kids club," but we did not recognize any of them and rode off wondering if the Raccoon Riders have developed a rep.

We got strung out on Paul Spring Parkway in Hollin Hall, with such a large gap in ages and skill levels, the older kids dashed up the road while I hung back with the younger kids. No one complained about the extra two miles.

We met Jonah's and Sammy's mom at the shopping center, the commercial purpose of the ride, only to discover the dang hardware store closed at 6, not 7. So I still need my M6 bolts for the front rack.

We visited the Variety Store inside which the polite young lady behind the counter asked what in the heck was going on with the sudden influx. I told here we were the local kids bike club on a mission to do some local commerce. Candy was the main product bought, with a Beanie Boo (Leona, birthdate 18 November) for Anderson.

From there we came straight back via the path alongside Fort Hunt Road. There were no serious incidents on the ride, lots of polite drivers and crowding in the group now inspires laughter and not shrieks of terror followed by skinned palms. Derek wiped out trying for no-hands and Josh rolled the recumbent on a phantom rock that was in the road one second and gone the next.

7.6 miles for the main riders, with the kids in the north side neighborhoods getting another half mile to a mile getting home. A great ride and the club continues to develop into a real thing.

No ride Thursday, stay tuned for a possible special Elevation Burger ride across the Wilson Bridge Sunday, and the Raccoons will be back on the road for the regular Tuesday ride next week.
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Vader!

+Tim Hunt​ will like this.
 
Your destiny lies with me. (Breathes)
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A handy guide from +Eli Fennell .
 
U.S. Gay Marriage FAQ

With gay marriage now legal in all 50-states of the United States, some people may have questions. Here are some answers:

1) Do I Have to Get Gay Married Now?

No. You do not. Ever. Unless you want to.

2) Won't This Lead to Polygamy?

Not likely. SCOTUS ruled that same-sex couples deserve the same Due Process and Equal Protection rights as opposite-sex couples, interracial couples, etc... Their ruling requires only that the right of two consenting adults to marry not be limited by race, gender, sexuality, creed, etc... Subsequently, were a state to legalize Polygamy, they could not discriminate between one straight man marrying two straight women, one bi man marrying one straight woman and one gay man, one lesbian marrying two others, etc... However, as long as no one can enjoy the benefits of Polygamy (i.e. as long as it is equally illegal for everyone), Polygamy needn't be legalized.

3) Won't This Lead to People Marrying Animals?

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No. No it won't. Because animals aren't people, cannot consent, and do not have Constitutional protections like the right to marry. Does that answer your question, Mister Santorum?

4) How Will This Affect My Straight Marriage and Family?

It won't. Unless maybe you're in denial about being in the closet, and this gives you the courage to come out.

5) Won't It Violate My Religious Rights to Have to Treat Gays as Equals?

No, it really, really won't. But don't worry, I'm sure you'll find some way to still treat them as lesser beings if you try hard enough.
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tl;dr: It doesn't affect you in any way. Well, unless you're gay and you'd like to get married.

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In light of the recent ruling, we have updated the following guide, originally published in June 2013: In case you missed it, or just saw people screa...
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It's rather entertaining to watch the complete freakout in the comments section of the Fox story.  
The Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry in all 50 states. 
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Heads will be exploding all over the place I imagine :) 
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Anyone in the Bay area looking to adopt a great dog?
 
My foster dog, Bullet, is ready for his forever home! Please share!
Bullet -- 2 yr old, 40 lb - Desi Dog Mix NEUTERED MALE. He came all the way from India to find his forever home!!! Bullet has a cattle dog personality...
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This is a message worth repeating. The pursuit of knowledge and understanding of the universe's true nature is a noble pursuit.

Science ftw.
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Didn't realise he is Canadian. He's quite impressive, both as a speaker and as an author.
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Welcome to the clown bus, Mr. Christie.
New Jersey’s governor faces many hurdles in the 2016 race. But if his record seems wobbly, he’ll have to use his most prodigious asset: his personality.
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Its comical to see the list of all GOP contenders but Trump wins them all. So full of himself!
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Opponents of equal rights to marriage for all based on some definition of "traditional marriage" are full of shit.
 
Since the Supreme Court [narrowly] made same sex marriage legal in the US the other day (and as someone else pointed out on a post on G+, there should be more focus on the fact that the decision was 5-4, meaning 4 of the Judges were against gay people getting the same rights to marry as everyone else, which is a horrible fact), I've seen quite a number of the usual suspects crawling out of the woodwork and banging on about so called "traditional marriage".

Now, putting aside the fact that the traditional marriage they are on about only seems to extend to whatever arbitrary point in history they want to go back to, and doesn't, in actuality, bear any resemblance to actual history, I felt this would be a good time to repost something I originally posted back in 2012, which addresses the claims made by those alleged traditionalists.

It should be noted that, almost without exception, those people claim to be arguing from a Christian perspective. Of course, the fact of the matter is they are talking nonsense. But then again, bigots never tend to let little things like facts get in the way.

Anyway, here's the post, recreated:

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For all those Christians banging on about "same sex marriage goes against the Biblical definition of marriage", here is a list of biblical definitions of marriage. How many do you support?


1. Marriage shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5)

2. Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines, in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron 11:21)

3. A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. (Deut 22:13-21)

4. Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden. (Gen 24:3; Num 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Neh 10:30)

5. Marriage is for life, divorce is not permitted. (Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9)

6. If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his brother's widow or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe, and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Gen. 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10)

7. In lieu of marriage, if there are no acceptable men in your town, it is required that you get your dad drunk and have sex with him (even if he had previously offered you up as a sex toy to men young and old), tag-teaming with any sisters you may have. Of course, this rule applies only if you are female. (Gen 19:31-36)

8. If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives (Deut 22:28–29)

9. If you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife. Bring her into your home and have her shave her head, trim her nails  and put aside the clothes she was wearing when captured. After she has lived in your house and mourned her father and mother for a full month, then you may go to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife. If you are not pleased with her, let her go wherever she wishes. You must not sell her or treat her as a slave, since you have dishonored her. (Deut 21:11-14)

Christians don't get to pick and choose. The Bible is the Word of God, according to the Christian faith, and you don't get to say part of the Word of God is ok and part is inconvenient so I'll just ignore it.

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So, the rest of us should assume that Christians protesting same sex marriage as non-traditional, in the sense that it's not in the Bible, support all the versions of marriage listed here. And any Christians who are divorced, but protest about people of the same gender getting married, are nothing more than hypocrites. Presumably Jesus wouldn't have been very happy about them, given his dislike of hypocrites and people hating on others.

#lovewins #itsjustmarriage  
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Their position is flawed at an even more fundamental level. If everything was done on the basis of traditional practice then they would all still practice Judaism, at most. They never would have accepted the supposed teachings of Christ, because he was a radical who went against tradition in many areas of life.
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30C out, just got back from 100km on the bicycle, delicious cold beer, Radiohead's The Bends cranked on the stereo.

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Not me. Waiting for it to cool down and will clean my bikes. Maybe. Maybe I will just drink beer. 
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I live in Coquitlam, BC, just a little outside of Vancouver.  

I am a civil libertarian and many of my posts will reflect that view. I am a strong proponent of civil liberties (free speech, freedom to assemble, etc.) but I am not a capital-L Libertarian. I believe that there is a role for government in regulating markets.

I am also interested in the science and politics of global resources and resource depletion. I am a proponent of alternative energy sources including solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal. 

I enjoy reading (fiction and non-) and my interests tend towards science, especially astronomy, cosmology and physics. I find sociology and the study of modern culture fascinating as well. 

I play guitar (I have a Seagull Acoustic, a Gibson Les Paul and a Mesa Boogie amp), play recreational volleyball and squash, and I ride a Kawasaki Versys motorcycle and a Giant Defy bicycle.


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I have to give the guys at Burnaby Kawasaki a shout out for excellent service today. Earlier in the week I low-sided my brand new Versys and needed a new footpeg bracket, footpeg, and bent my rear brake cylinder rod. I brought the bike in this morning and they fixed me up right away with parts they borrowed from a bike in stock. Further, Manny threw in a pair of new swingarm spools because mine was rashed up, even though I didn't ask. Awesome!
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I took the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (both non-restricted and restricted) with Silvercore last summer, after a recommendation from a colleague. The course was well presented and the instructor, Sonet Sato, was knowledgeable, well-prepared and fun to learn from. The only negative was that it was a little busy around the practice firearms. (This is not a problem unique to Silvercore, though. It is a testament to how busy all these courses are these days!) Even so, we had ample time to practice with the different types of action. The training made it easy to ace the tests, and I felt very comfortable handling firearms afterward. I would not hesitate to recommend Silvercore.
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I was in Vancouver on Saturday and I stopped in to All-Court Stringing at their 1217 Nanaimo St location. I was hoping to get my squash racquet restrung, but because I live in Coquitlam I didn't want to have to come all the way back to pick it up later. Brandon and his team went out of their way to accommodate me, and put my job next in the queue. A run out for a cup of coffee, a short wait and my racquet was ready to go. The service was excellent and friendly. I would not hesitate in recommending All-Court. They also carry a good selection of racquets and accessories.
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I've been to lunch at Legends Pub several times with work colleagues. The atmosphere and decor are garden-variety pub, and the service meets the expectations one has for a casual lunch. I've eaten several items on the menu and have always been pleased with the food. The menu is not adventurous, but it does go beyond simple burgers and sandwiches. They occasionally offer a seared ahi tuna salad which is excellent, and their thin crust pizzas are very good and a good value as well.
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I can't properly review the Billy Miner Pub because they wouldn't allow us in. But I'm forced to fill in all the ratings, so I'm going to assume the food is good. Here is the story: A group of eleven of us had decided to go for food and beers at the Billy Miner. The pub was suggested by one of the group who lives in Maple Ridge. He offered us his extra beds and couches so that we could taxi to and from, and have no worries about drinking and driving. When we arrived at about 7:30pm (on a Friday) the place was packed. We were turned away, as the manager explained that they were already at capacity. Fair enough. We were disappointed, but that's what happens when you don't make reservations. Who knew the place was so popular? We asked him if the place would be quieter a little later on. He said that by 9:30 there were usually some seats to be had. Cool, we thought. We'll head up the street to the Haney Pub and get some food and a couple beers and we'll come back later. Which is what we did. One of the guys in the group called the pub at 9:30 and was told that there was still no room for our group. He tried again at 10:30 but nobody answered the phone. Since we were tired of the crappy beer selection at the Haney Pub and wanted to get some craft beer on, we decided just to walk down. Which is where we reach the crux of the story. Upon arrival at the pub we were told that we weren't welcome, since we had been drinking somewhere else. This despite the ample tables available, and the fact that none of us were inebriated. I can appreciate that businesses have the right to choose whom they will serve. But the Billy Miner has just alienated eleven beer lovers who will never return.
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Fantastic squash facility, with five singles courts and one doubles court. Courts are in great condition with hardwood floors and a glass back wall, open at the top. Although you can lose the occasional ball out the open back it really helps to keep the noise down and air circulation up, making it a pleasant playing environment. The locker room is well equipped with lots of lockers. Showers are split into stalls with curtains, so you don't feel like you're in a prison shower! The weight/cardio equipment area is wide open and warehouse-like. I haven't used the gym facilities so I can't comment on them. There is a licensed restaurant attached to the gym, so if you feel like a beer after your squash league night you will be well taken care of.
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