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Stockwell Day. Again. And that's without even considering this attempt to invent a new language. (Obviously BCL gets the tip of the hat for this one.)

No, my attention was drawn to Day's attempt to support the Conservative emphasis on their law and order agenda in the face of published reports that crime rates are down.

Mr. Day doesn't buy the view that crime rates are declining. Rather, he maintains crime is going unreported in Canada at "alarming" rates.

David Akin made the obvious reply.

There is a statistic about unreported crimes? I mean if they are not reported by definition we have no idea about these crimes.

Personally I'm thinking that Day heard it from Maxime Bernier who got it from all those emails about the census. You know the ones, don't you? The ones that were deleted?

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You eggheads don't realize that statistics are for losers in the new Ottawa. What count now are Stockwell Day's "gut feelings" and the opinions of the guys at the Canmore Tim Hortons.

Dan Gardner column (from 2008 apparently)

"...There's something to this. Victim surveys do find that a large proportion of crimes are not reported to the police.

But what the critics don't mention is that when people are asked why they don't report crimes, the most common answer is "didn't think it was important."..."

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/columnists/story.html?id=661571e4-f2d1-412e-9885-8e3c8dabe75a&p=3

Hat tip to http://scottdiatribe.canflag.com/2010/08/03/why-harper-keeps-a-tight-lid-on-his-cabinet-some-sense-on-the-census/

who says the Gardner column is from last week (?)

“Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance”- William Gaddis

If the Cons had backed off or even compromised this story would have been buried long ago. They failed to realize and in fact continue not to recognize that the narrative is not so much about the census itself, however it is also about a government that not only refuses to listen,but demonizes those who disagree with it, whether friend or foe. Their continued obstinacy and out right dishonesty on this issue,plays into the perception of them as overly partisan, doctrinaire, and arrogant.

So Kady suggests it could be about StatsCan information from 2004 or from the future (to be released in September) But there are problems with that...

http://www.cbc.ca/politics/insidepolitics/2010/08/stockwell-day-and-the-mystery-of-the-unreported-crime-surveys.html

Hat tip Buckdog

See, what we in the Reality Based Community don't realize is that they're history's actors and they create their own reality, blah blah. God, that quote is how they really think, isn't it?

that quote is how they really think, isn't it?

Stockwell Day thinks?

Stockwell Day thinks?

Well, more like "divines" or "intuits". It is more akin to listening for the voice of God, than what we understand as thinking.

Day does indeed think. He thinks that he is charming, intelligent and gods gift to this planet. And like a true conbot, he doesn't let the fact that he is wrong on all three counts deter him.

You eggheads don't realize that statistics are for losers in the new Ottawa. What count now are Stockwell Day's "gut feelings" and the opinions of the guys at the Canmore Tim Hortons.

That's literally true. From the CBC link that was already posted, but has now been updated:

Unlike the Liberals, we do not use statistics as an EXCUSE not to get tough on criminals.

pogge, the whole reply is amazing, and deserves a front page post, I think.

Ha! I just read the Kady O'Malley article and the Statscan Report it links. Reading the section about WHY crimes go unreported, I had to wonder if many of the people who do not report crimes are poor and marginalized. And if the cons are going to get so tough on crime, are they going to now come to the defense of these people who often feel voiceless? One sort of doubts it...

I had to wonder if many of the people who do not report crimes are poor and marginalized...

Exactly the sort of people who would tend to be under-represented in a voluntary census.

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