From the Things That Make You Go Hmmm Department: in The National Post yesterday: "Former U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney has cancelled an April appearance in Toronto citing concerns Canada is too dangerous. 'He felt that in Canada the risk of violent protest was simply too high,' said Ryan Ruppert, president of promotions company Spectre Live Corp., which had booked Mr. Cheney for an April 24 appearance at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. In September, Mr. Cheney was speaking at a private club in Vancouver when protesters massed outside the front door harassing ticket holders and in one instance, choking a security guard. The former Vice-President was reportedly held inside the building for more than seven hours as Vancouver Police in riot gear dispersed the demonstrators." On one hand I'm happy that Dick "Shotgun" Cheney isn't coming to Canada to spread his neo-con spew (Spectre Live indeed!), on the other hand this episode says something about the current lack of law and order in Canada. G-20 Toronto arsonists, and Vancouver Stanley Cup rioters famously walk free with a slap on the wrist (if that) thanks to Canada's weak-kneed revolving-door justice system, while innocent civilians, their businesses, and their property are too often the collateral damage of these punks. On the other hand, Tricky Dick needs to be reminded that in the U.S., where everyone can be assumed to carry a concealed weapon, politicians don't get stuck in their hotel rooms for hours if there's a security lapse - they get shot.