Monthly Archives: February 2008

Robert Latimer Free on Day Parole

It was bound to happen, Latimer out on day parole. There isn’t too much more to be said about this sad situation, but it does warrant just a few comments about what has occurred here.

Robert Latimer did murder his 12 year old daughter Tracy, who suffered from a severe form of cerebral palsy. He did plan it for several weeks in advance and did carry it out when his wife and other children were at church, by asphyxiation. His wife did not know about it or that it was about to happen. He denied his crime originally and later confessed, when he miscalculated that an autopsy would likely indicate that something other then what he said happened may be discovered. He was originally charged with first degree murder, that was later reduced to second degree and sentenced to life in prison.

Since the confession, he has been consistent in his belief that he did it because of the pain and suffering she was going through. Latimer feels absolutely no remorse and does not acknowledge that he has done anything wrong.

Now for the great irony of this, which epitomises the great freedom and liberty we all enjoy….Latimer has requested, (and it has been granted) to be placed in a half-way house in the Ottawa region, so he can lobby for the rights of others such as himself to be able to do what he did with impunity.

This is best summed up with a quote from an Editorial of the Winnipeg Free Press, February 29, 2008: A Line Crossed, (last paragraph),

Giving Mr. Latimer parole trivializes the enormity of his crime. It is a disservice not just to the disabled, but to all Canadians and an ugly redefinition of the nature of our society, raising the prospect that the line that separates sympathy and empathy has been crossed“.

RCN Web Pages…other stuff

First off, I want to thank all my matelot chums who have contributed to my RCN web pages. It just wouldn’t be the same without your input. My own collection of stuff would get boring after awhile, so regular input is great. Thanks so much…

Well I guess we have history in the making South of the 49th. I don’t think there’s much doubt that it will likely be a Democratic President, so either a Clinton or Obama. You may note I said “a” Clinton. That wasn’t a typo…I’m sure you get my drift. I don’t know about you, but when I say “Obama” I have to think whether I’m saying his first name or last name…

We wait up here in the frozen tundra with great anticipation for the results. Looks like McCain will be the Republican nominee. The issues will be many and certainly US forign policy and the war are the ones that affects us all, globally. Not withstanding, US economy, which seems to be in the tank just now….

I think health care will be a biggy for US folks. I just can’t understand why they have believed all the BS about single payer, government systems. The health care lobby is so powerful. The candidates are really just dancing around the health care issues and their personal solution. What it looks like on this side of the border, is that they are trying to make sure they don’t piss anybody off and still appear to have a solution….nice dance , but without the right music it’s just noise and extraneous movement.

It boggles the mind.

Thats about it for now…..