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June 15, 2014

Take a Wrong Turn – Go Directly to Jail


Right now Mexico is at the center of a huge controversy over their arrest and imprisonment of U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi for taking a wrong turn that led him to a border crossing.

The trouble with border crossings is that once you’re on the path you cannot turn around.

The issue at hand is the detention in Mexico of U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, who has been in prison since his arrest April 1 after he took a wrong turn and ended up over the border with his guns, which are legal in the United States but not in Mexico.

In the wake of trading 5 terrorists for 1 Army sergeant-turned-Taliban-supporter while leaving U.S. Marine Tahmooressi to rot in a Mexican prison, Obama’s inaction has many upset, and rightfully so.

“We’re proclaiming that the occupant of the White House … no longer speaks for us. The American people will speak for themselves,” John Harrington, president of gun seller Shield Tactical, told WND Friday.

While Obama plays golf a U.S. Marine is imprisoned in Mexico, abandoned by the nation he faithfully serves. It’s no surprise why John Harrington and others dislike the current President. His disdain for America’s service men and women is… distasteful… to be polite.

This border stupidity is not just a Mexico issue, however. The Canadian border is no friendlier to Americans who make a wrong turn and end up at our gates.

Retired U.S. Army sergeant major Louis DiNatale and his wife learned first-hand just how absurd Canada can be when a wrong turn lands a US citizen at a Canadian border crossing.

GPS units are neat toys but they really don’t comprehend how we travel. Ask for the shortest distance and your GPS will happily take you on a wild goose chase you could complete in half the time if you didn’t follow its directions.

Such is the tragic accident that landed Louis DiNatale on Canada’s doorstep. Their GPS directed the couple through Canada as if that was the best way to get from Kentucky to Vermont. When DiNatale finally realized he was headed for the Canadian border it was too late to turn around. There were no off-ramps.

Instead of simply letting DiNatale and his wife turn around and be on their way as the couple requested our faithful servants at the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) decided a much harsher response was necessary.

DiNatale was, you see, the worst kind of American. He is a gun owner.

CBSA agents arrested Louis DiNatale on charges of gun smuggling because he had forgotten one of his pistols was inside the vehicle.  He explained what happened, showed them his reservations in Vermont and his wife corroborated every word he said.

His word clearly isn’t enough despite, as DiNatale says,

“There’s not even a traffic ticket in my background. Why would I come to Canada to bring a small weapon to smuggle in?”

Common sense has no place at national borders. These invisible are far too sensitive to take a retired Army sergeant major’s word. He is a gun owner, and therefore a liar.

Bruce Engel, DiNatale’s lawyer in this case, made perfect sense when he said

They could have done their homework and looked at his background and seen he’s a professional. They could have accepted the word of his wife and released him on his own recognizance.”

Accepting the word of Louis DiNatale, a career military man, is just not the Canadian way. Making an example out of that military man, disgustingly, is the Canadian way.

While U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi sits in a Mexico prison cell awaiting trial DiNatale is slightly better off. He was eventually able to post bail and return home.

He vows to fight the charges and I’m very glad he is a man dedicated to common sense.

Owning firearms is legal in America.

That Canadians’ sense of nationhood insists we must be disarmed ninnies should not land our American cousins in prison simply for taking a wrong turn with a gun in their vehicle.

Like Canada, Mexico ought to do the right thing and release U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.

Then both nations ought to drop the criminal charges against the men who simply took a wrong turn. They had no criminal intent. That is obvious to anyone with half a brain.

Unfortunately that description doesn’t appear to apply to anyone at the Crown Prosecutor’s office handling Retired U.S. Army sergeant major Louis DiNatale’s case.

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March 12, 2014

Solar Power and Rainwater Collection Declared Illegal?



We’re told endlessly that we must be responsible for the energy we use; that we must be energy-self-sufficient; that the world as we know it will literally come to an end of we don’t buy into the eco-frenzy.

I have no issue with being energy-self-sufficient. In fact I completely agree with the philosophy.

Twenty-five years ago the power company wanted an exorbitant amount of my money in return for sending me an electricity bill each month. I told them to pound sand. I installed solar panels almost immediately and have run my home on them ever since.

Cut to Cape Coral, Florida, where Robin Speronis, a 54-year-old former real estate agent, had a judge declare her solar panels and rain-water collection system illegal.

From Living Off The Grid:

Speronis, a former real estate agent, decided to adopt an off the grid lifestyle in the home she owns after her husband died after a long illness. She cited her faith in God and desire to be self-sufficient.

It was an interest in empowering myself, like we did when we got off the health care system,” she said. “I wanted to look at every other part of my lifestyle and say, do I need this? Is this of value to me? If it went away tomorrow, what would I do? The more I got into it, the more exciting, the more of an adventure it became.

Then came the bureaucrats and with them their deeply ingrained fervor for “following the rules” and their highly illogical sense of injustice.

Last November a bylaw code enforcement officer showed up at the Speronis home and promptly tried evicting Robin Speronis from her own home.

The reason? Robin refused to use public utilities.

At the root of the case is an outdated and idiotic requirement that every home must be connected to the city water system. This dates back to the time when the city deemed using well water a sin and forced everyone to use the city water system.
The Cape Coral city bureaucrats now claim dominion over the skies and the water that falls freely from them. Collecting rain water is now considered a violation of this outdated (did I mention idiotic) city ordnance too.

Her case ended up in court, where Special Magistrate Harold S. Eskin made an utterly absurd ruling.

While declaring the bylaw regulations of Cape Coral redundant and unreasonable, Eskin ruled simultaneously that Robin Speronis violated both local city codes and the International Property Maintenance Code, which unilaterally declares any home without grid-sourced electricity and running water is “unsafe and unsanitary“.

In a word… Hogwash.

Speronis’s case should be a wakeup call for anyone living off the grid. The International Property Maintenance Code and similar regulations are on the books in many parts of the United States and Canada.

Speronis refuses to bow to the city’s demands, though, even while they force liens on her property and continue to issue more fines associated with her ‘violations.’ She is able to appeal the judge’s decision, which would allow her to carry on with her sustainable lifestyle.

She has said, “We have a long, long road to go. I’m sure justice will prevail.”

Living in harmony with nature is now a crime?

I can’t wait for the eco-freaks to catch onto this story.

They’ll surely shred Special Magistrate Harold S. Eskin with his own stupidity, and rightfully so.

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December 24, 2012

Every year stories of jackbooted thugs of the State dispensing the Spirit of Christmas warms my heart



Every year there are stories of government agents dispensing the Spirit of Christmas.  They never fail to warm the depths of my heart.

One story that caught my eye while scanning the headlines today was of Christian Critzer, a Christmas tree farmer in Waynesboro, Virginia.  Okay, technically these particular state thugs weren’t wearing jackboots, but they might as well have.

Christian Critzer wanted to raise money for the Martha Jefferson Hospital Cancer Center Foundation in nearby Charlottesville.   His wife recently won her battle with breast cancer and as his way of showing his gratitude to them, Christian wanted to give away Christmas trees in exchange for donations to Martha Jefferson Hospital’s cancer program.

Gratitude… it’s what Christmas is all about, right?

Only if you’re a tree farmer grateful that the scourge of cancer didn’t claim the life of your dear wife.  Only if you want to show your gratitude by raising money for the good people who helped save the life of your darling bride.

If you’re one of those many soulless cretins, one of those dastardly career bureaucrats who believes in, with whatever soul you might have, the great calling of Bureaucrat’s Rule #1:

The Rules are more Important than People

Waynesboro-Bureaucratic-Thug-183x250It’s a timeless philosophy, really.  Without rules we’re no better than the apes, for God’s sake!  Without rules… who knows what might happen?  The very fabric of society might unravel right before our very eyes!

Yes, there are rules that are for the betterment of society.  Thou shalt not kill comes readily to mind.  Thou shalt not steal is another.  Simple, really, like most good things are.

Rules designed to enhance the power of the State don’t really fall into that category, do they?  No, rules like the one Christian Critzer broke in his zeal to express his gratitude exist solely to make sure we mere citizens know our place and don’t stray from it.

We’re so unworthy, after all, for anything good and decent.  The Nanny State Ninnies absolutely must pounce on us the second we step out of line or, God forbid (Can I even say that any more?) the world might come crashing to a halt!

Christian Critzer’s sin was to perform what city officials classed as “retail activities” and he will be punished appropriately.  Repeatedly, if necessary, to gain compliance with Bureaucrat’s Rule #1.

Heaven forbid a man do something to show his gratitude… to help raise money for such a worthy cause!  Who does he think he is?

“This year has certainly been plagued with its fair share of Scrooges and Grinches disguised as government agents, threatening individuals with fines and arrest for such simple acts of kindness and charity as distributing free bottled water to the thirsty, giving away free food to the hungry and destitute, and making thermal shelters available to house the homeless during cold winter nights,” said John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute.

The Rutherford Institute is coming to Mr. Critzer’s aid, and Thank God someone has the decency to do so.  Thank God someone has the decency to stand up to these moronic Waynesboro bureaucrats who deserve nothing other than our scorn and ridicule.

“It’s our hope that Waynesboro officials will focus on solving the many real and pressing problems plaguing their community rather than creating problems where there are none.”

Did you hear that?

That’s the sound of common sense being trumpeted from the rooftops.

Pity that bureaucrats are deaf to anything but the sounds of their own pathetic, mewling voices, screaming that the Rules are More Important than People.

NOTE: If you want to read the letter (in pdf format) sent to the morons at the City of Waynesboro, please visit The Rutherford Institute.


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August 7, 2012

When is your private property not your own? Whenever a bureaucritter of the Nanny State says so.

Michel Beauchamp and Josee Landry's front yard garden

We like to believe that when we make the most expensive purchase of our lives, our family home, we’re actually the ones who own it.  It’s a fallacy, however, as more and more homeowners, if I can even call them that, are discovering across North America.

When we buy a piece of land and a house, we believe we can do what we want with that land and home.

Oh, we’re such silly people sometimes, aren’t we?  The bureaucritters of the Nanny State, ever desirous of control over our every waking moment, continually come up with stupider and stupider rules to inflict their will on us and our property.

It wouldn’t be so bad if these bureaucratic buffoons did not have the full power and weight of the State behind them, but they do.  Submit or Die seems to be the motto these Nanny State Bureaucrats live by, and they aren’t particularly caring about which one we do, either.

Anyone who knows the story of Carl Drega knows exactly what I’m talking about.  (For the full story on Carl Drega’s decades long nightmare that ended with his death please read The Ballad of Carl Drega by Vin Suprynowicz)

Michel Beauchamp and Josee Landry's front yard gardenThe latest case of bureaucratic stupidity comes out of La Belle Provence and the town of Drummondville, where Michel Beauchamp and Josee Landry are learning all about “approved” gardening from the mindless minions of the State.

Welcome to their municipal bylaw nightmare, where growing their own food is a crime punishable by a fine of $300 PER DAY for every day they do not comply with a bureaucratic order to remove their garden.

And why must they remove their beautiful and useful garden, you ask?  It doesn’t comply with The Rules, you silly citizen!  And the Rules say every front yard MUST… yes MUST contain the prescribed amount of useless green grass or else!

Ah yes, I remember now… The Rules Are More Important Than People.  How silly of me to forget, even for a moment, that it’s the Minions of The State who are in charge of my life and not me, a mere citizen.


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August 3, 2012

Steven Boyd and Karen Bursey are the latest victims of Bureaucrat’s Rule #1


Anyone hanging out here for any length of time will already be familiar with Bureaucrat’s Rule #1, but for the benefit of any newcomers, here it is in all its repulsive glory:

Bureaucrat’s Rule #1:  The Rules are More Important than People

As you can see, it’s quite a simple rule and it is gleefully used the world over by tyrannical bureaucrats who love nothing more than crushing mere citizens under the weight of their ever-more-oppressive rules.

Steven Boyd and Karen Bursey bought some property in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland.  They proceeded to build their dream home and things were going fine until they discovered they had violated one of Conception Bay South’s many rules about how you can build on your own land.

The town bylaw says the home must be 1.5 metres from the property line.  They had an exemption of up to 1.35 metres by the town council.  Their home is 1.26 metres from that property line.

The problem was discovered after the foundation was poured, and was compounded by the shape of their property, located in a cul de sac.  The property lines are curved, not straight.

As other commentators have said, that’s about the length of a single poker card.

Hardly seems worth forcing someone to tear down their home, does it?

Mindless automaton of the State: Conception Bay South Mayor Woodrow French

Only if you’re a mindless automaton of the State whose life purpose is living by Bureaucrat’s Rule #1.  In this case the mindless automaton of the State has a name: Conception Bay South Mayor Woodrow French.

It’s not about an inch, it’s not about two inches, it’s not about four inches, seven inches,” French said.

It’s about the policies of the town and where buildings have to be located within the town.”

“We have rules and regulations in place, and everybody has to follow those rules and regulations,” French said.

Ah yes… The Rules are More Important than People.


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June 27, 2012

Canadian Patriotism: Fly the Canadian Flag, get a fine, have a lien placed against your property

The Canadian Flag - the flag of the ENTIRE country, despite what Pauline Marois and her merry band of morons believe.

Did you know that Canadians have no right to fly the Canadian flag?  As shocking as that sounds, as unpatriotic as that sounds, this is the reality here in the land of True North Strong and Free.

Fly the Canadian Flag and you can be fined by your condo association and/or your municipality or both, depending upon where you live.

How incredibly… patriotic.

Imagine, if you will… that you are a Canadian veteran who has served your country faithfully and put your life on the line for Freedom and Liberty.  You return home to Canada and years later move into a condo in Edmonton, and because you are a Patriot you place a Canadian flag windsock on your balcony and fly it proudly.

Seems innocent enough, doesn’t it?

It’s not.

It’s a crime and the Aesthetics Police will hunt you down and make you pay.  Literally.

Bill and Franca Nienhuis were fined $250 by their condo association for the crime of flying the Canadian flag.  When Bill Nienhuis wrote “No Freedom” across the notice and posted it he was fined another $250 for littering.

You see, the good folks (read morons) who control the condo association are clearly proponents of Bureaucrat’s Rule #1:

The Rules Are More Important Than People.

It means nothing that Bill Nienhius served this country faithfully.  It makes no difference that he is a proud Canadian.

He broke the rules, therefore he must be punished.  It matters not that the rules are stupid.

For his crime of exposing their asinine rule for what it was he was fined an additional $250.

Is this the message we really want to send to Canadians as Canada Day approaches?  Serve your country, fly the Canadian Flag, be patriotic and we’ll fine you hundreds of dollars?

I would hope not.

I despise petty bureaucratic dictators like those who infest Bill Nienhius’ condo association.  They do nothing but suck the life force out of good and decent people all in the name of conformity.


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June 3, 2012

Texas Judge Lanny Moriarty: Arbiter of Justice or Pathetic Little Tyrant?


Common sense.  It’s such a simple thing but it’s in such short supply in our world, isn’t it?

The latest case of gross human stupidity to show up on my radar is that of  Texas Judge Lanny Moriarty, who felt the petty and pathetic need to make an example of grade 11 Texas honour student Diane Tran.

If you haven’t heard of her before, prepare yourself to be horrified.

Diane Tran is, as I said, a 17-year-old honours student at Willis High School, which is just outside of Houston, Texas.  After her parents separated and her mother moved away Diane took two jobs: one full-time at a dry-cleaning business and the other job is working part-time for a wedding planner.  She supports her brother and sister financially and only sees her father infrequently since he works in Houston all week.

It’s hard not to see why Diane would have missed some school.  Working two jobs to support yourself and your 2 siblings means something has to give, and that something in Diane’s case is NOT her grades but merely the amount of time her behind is in a chair in a classroom.

It is abundantly clear to me that Judge Lanny Moriarty has his head firmly planted up his own behind.  Were he able to pull it out of that suffocating and odious environment for just a minute he would be able to discern what is actually important in school.  The frighteningly moronic judge believes it is the amount of time your behind is planted in a chair in a classroom that is of greatest importance, not the grades one is getting. (more…)

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June 1, 2012

Union County police fine man for the “crime” of saving his son’s life

It sounds absurd, I know, but that’s the net result of police actions in Winfield Park, New Jersey, earlier this month.

Frank Roder thought he was doing a good thing when he took his son down to the Rahway River to feed the ducks.  No sooner had Frank and his son arrived at the parking lot when his young son jumped out of the jeep and ran directly for the edge of the riverbank and the 35 foot drop into the river below.

The horrified father jumped out of his vehicle as fast as he could and ran after his son.  Thankfully he managed to catch the boy just mere feet before he ran off the riverbank.

As he held his son close to his chest, young Aidan said to his dad:

“Um, Daddy…”

The two watched as Frank Roder’s jeep rolled down the embankment and into the muddy waters of the Rahway River.

Frank, in his rush to save his son’s life, had not put on the Jeep’s parking brake.

It’s an honest mistake and given the gravity of the situation one that any reasonable human being would forgive.

Unfortunately the Union County Police Department doesn’t seem to have any reasonable human beings serving as police officers… (more…)

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May 17, 2012

The Fredericton Police Service’s blatant intimidation of blogger Charles LeBlanc


Whether or not a person is annoying is not just cause for them to be harassed by police, yet that is exactly what is happening to Fredericton blogger Charles LeBlanc.

Charles LeBlanc is, by many accounts, an annoying blogger.  He has been called rude and  belligerent as well as names that are for worse on many occasions.  His blog posts are often rambling pieces that are hard to follow.

All that aside, Charles performs a valuable service to the community.

That service?  Pointing out the truth about politics, both city and provincial, in the province’s capital.  He also shines the light on how police treat the less fortunate citizens of Fredericton.

In LeBlanc’s sights are the Fredericton Police Force (FPF), who seems intent on proving Leblanc’s accusations correct.

Leblanc is on welfare, as far as I can discern.  He’s got some issues, but hey, name me a person on this planet that doesn’t and I’ll buy them a hero ring!

While he seems unable to hold down a job, LeBlanc’s passion and ability to bring issues to light in Fredericton are nothing short of amazing.

Charles LeBlanc roams the streets all hours of the day and night.  He often videotapes police interacting with citizens, and sometimes, well, let’s just say the police aren’t acting in the best possible manner in some cases.

That’s where LeBlanc’s troubles with the Fredericton Police Force seem to start.  he videotaped Fredericton Police Force members beating the crap out of someone.  That someone happened to be a Canadian Forces soldier.

Charles blogged about it and, apparently posted the video on YouTube.  That caused no end of grief for the Fredericton Police Force, and rightfully so.  Since then the FPF appear to be on mission to “get” The Blogger, the name Charles uses for himself.

New Brunswick resident Lawrence Manzer has an excellent timeline of events for LeBlanc’s problems with police, in which he asked the question “Is it Time that Fredericton Police Chief Barry McKnight Resigns?”

I would suggest the answer to that question is “Yes.”

Members of the police are public servants.  As such, the public has a right to protest when the police act undignified or worse, as in the case where they beat the crap out of a Canadian soldier.  Even welfare recipients who blog are citizens, a fact that obviously is lost on the Fredericton Police Force and Chief McKnight.

Here’s a tip.  If you don’t want people protesting outside the police station, try acting in a manner worthy of respect.  It’s just a thought…


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May 8, 2012

John Stossel on how everything, including common sense, has become illegal in America


Every day there is another asinine law passed, and every day there is another story of how some bureaucrat has abused a citizen because some rule buried in a regulation handbook says he can.

John Stossel has made a career out of exploring all of this stupidity, and his latest entry into the absurd is called “Illegal Everything.”

If you think you’ve seen every bureaucratic atrocity imaginable, think again.  Stossel has found some even I had no idea were happening!

From criminalizing children for setting up a lemonade stand, to the Midway police chief’s absurd justification for attacking the children, to fining a man $2,000 per day for having the wrong type of tree on his property and demanding a couple holding a home bible study to have a Conditional Use Permit.

Then there’s the man who was sentenced to 8 years in prison for the crime of importing lobster tails in bags instead of boxes.  Sound absurd? It is, but that doesn’t make it untrue.

As I’ve said many times before, Bureaucrat’s Rule #1 says “The Rules are more important than People.”  When governments take that to an extreme, all of society suffers.

When bureaucrats believe they know what’s best for you and me and wish to impose their believes upon us, nothing good can come from it.

C.S. Lewis once wrote something very profound on this subject:

“One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting every one else to give it up. That is not the Christian way. An individual Christian may see fit to give up all sorts of things for special reasons—marriage, or meat, or beer, or the cinema; but the moment he starts saying the things are bad in themselves, or looking down his nose at other people who use them, he has taken the wrong turning.”

Indeed.  Both America and Canada have definitely “taken the wrong turning.”

I was horrified by some of the examples John Stossel cites in this program.  I’m sure you will be too. (more…)

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May 1, 2012

The Day Fisheries and Oceans Lost Its Fish


According to Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada Keith Ashfield and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, the Stephen Harper Conservative government proposes to amend the Fisheries Act.

An article posted April 24 by Margo McDiarmid, CBC Environment Unit, quoted Gerry Ritz as telling reporters on a conference call that farmers and landowners have been pushing for changes to the Fisheries Act for years because it’s too restrictive.

We have heard from Canadians across the country that the current rules protecting fish and fish habitat go well beyond their intended conservation goals, bordering sometimes on the bizarre,” Ritz was quoted as saying.

He explained there are lots of examples of the current Fisheries Act preventing activities like “farmers flushing out their irrigation canals… or cottagers prohibited from keeping up their properties.”

He said that the proposed new law “will adopt a common sense approach to managing real and significant threats to fisheries and the habitat that supports them while minimizing the restrictions on everyday activities that have little to no impact.”

As for waterways like small streams or wetlands that have no commercial fisheries, Ritz hinted the job of protecting them could be downloaded to provinces and territories, noted the CBC article.

It’s way past due for government to prescribe a “common sense approach”. And the first thing I recommend is that the Harper government makes provisions to rein in and rehabilitate the armed, jackboot, badge-bearing bullies who have too much dictatorial, discretionary power and rule by sheer force and threats.

Front-line enforcement officers should learn to make sensible decisions and exercise good manners and common decency when dealing with the public.

Otherwise, the government should fire the whole lot and start over.

One day, some years back, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) lost its fish and had to lay the blame on somebody–anybody.

My neighbour, who lived two blocks down 4th Avenue, called me, a freelance writer, to bring my tape recorder and attend a meeting he had arranged with the DFO Chief Enforcement Officer and Steve Smith (phonetic), a DFO Field Supervisor.

Nobody in his right mind would ever go into a closed-door government meeting alone, especially one that carried the potential to be confrontational. (more…)

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January 27, 2012

Alberta Sheriff Thomas Bounds: Taking Insensitivity to an All-New Low


Thomas Bounds is a sheriff with the Alberta Sheriff’s Service.  He requires, at a bare minimum, a severe reprimand and retraining to learn how to act like a human being, since he clearly has no clue at the moment.  For his blatantly abusive and potentially life-threatening treatment of Bill Berry, a 52-year-old deaf and mute cancer survivor, Sheriff Thomas Bounds should really be fired.

Does that sound harsh?

Perhaps, but it’s certainly an apt punishment for almost killing Bill Berry for the dastardly crime of trying to pay a parking ticket.

That’s right, Bill Berry was attempting to pay a parking ticket on December 9, 2011 at Red Deer’s courthouse when Sheriff Thomas Bounds became enraged that the deaf man wouldn’t follow his orders.


Photo Credit: JEFF STOKOE, Red Deer Advocate staff

Bill Berry, as you can see, has some serious health issues.

He is deaf, mute, survived cancer and now breaths through his neck through a tube.  He has a feeding tube that runs into his nose.

It is instantly apparent that Mr. Berry is

a) absolutely no threat to anyone and
b) seriously in need of help.

Instantly apparent, that is, to everyone except a mindless bureaucratic thug like Sheriff Thomas Bounds.

Sheriff Thomas Bounds, unlike Bill Berry, has some serious mental issues, first and foremost being his utter devotion to what I like to call Bureaucrat’s Rule #1.

For the benefit of those visiting this great site for the first time, Bureaucrat’s Rule #1 is simply this:

The Rules Are More Important Than People.

It’s a simple rule, and we mere citizens had better learn our place before encountering such all-powerful bureaucrats (at least in their own eyes) such as Sheriff Thomas Bounds.


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December 17, 2011

Tom MacLachlan: Bureaucrat’s Rule #1 sucks, doesn’t it?


Tom MacLachlan was just doing what I’ve personally done numerous times…  he was dropping coins into parking meters to prevent a couple of total strangers from getting a parking ticket.

I must admit, there is an odd pleasure that comes from knowing you’ve prevented someone from getting a parking ticket.  That feeling is enhanced, even more strangely, by the knowledge that the person you just saved from that ticket has no idea what you did, or even that you exist.

I, however, don’t believe I was ever the victim of Bureaucrat’s Rule #1 when I was dropping coins into meters for strangers, unlike Vancouver’s Good Samaritan, Tom MacLachlan.

For those poor souls not familiar with it, The Bureaucrat’s Rule #1 is simply this:

The Rules Are More Important Than People

City of Vancouver bureaucrats have managed to take this rule to new heights, or, as I would prefer to characterize it, they’ve taken it to new depths of bureaucratic stupidity.

Tom MacLachlan’s bizarre story began with one Vancouver City employee who was obviously having a bad day and felt the need to vent his ill temper upon anyone in his path.

Despite the meters in his path having time left on them, in part due to Mr. MacLachlan’s kindness, the miserable city employee ticketed at least one of the vehicles anyway.

Enter Bureaucrat’s Rule #1: The Rules are More Important Than People


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