Well. We changed things up a bit and had a mid-week post. Which is good. Because the rest of the week was pretty busy.
is suggesting that policing costs are too high? And he is
actually talking about the drop in crime rate? Holy shit. I mean, just
when you think this guy is the most gigantic fucking idiot in the
entire fucking world he comes out and says something like this. I'm
actually imagining the fantasy world that Vic fucking Toews lives in
right now - More things are against the law. Criminals get put in jail
for longer. And there are no police to do any of this. CBC points out how much of a dipshit he is.
I live in British Columbia. Our Provincial Liberals treat the Government like it's their own party publicist/campaign arm. So, to me,
Julian Fantino posting some letters on a Government website that are
critical of the opposition doesn't seem like a huge deal.
This article is interesting for two reaons. First, it points out that
this certainly isn't the first minister to pull a Flaherty and use their ministerial role inapropriately. Next, if
you scroll through the comments, it seems to illuminate the official
Conservative talking point for this: That if a minister doesn't break
this rule, we're actually punishing the businesses in ridings that
happen to have a minister for an MP. Sooooo...how old is Canada? I
didn't realize that for over a hundred years we've been punishing
businesses in the ridings of Ministers. I mean, there's never been a case where a minister has unfairly handed out boatloads of cash within his own riding, has there? We really need to address this grave
injustice. Jim Flaherty is a hero, really. And what the fuck? Is it
honestly the job of an MP to write recommendations for businesses in his
riding? Is there some sort of daily line-up outside of MP's offices
where local business owners stand, cap in hand, waiting for the good
word of their MP?
Wow. The National Post is on it today.
First, an opinion piece taking Jim Flaherty to task for not simply admitting that he made a mistake. Next, they question the Prime Minister for his attack on a journalist who exposed sketchy election
spending by the Conservative party. Well done National Post.
And...There is an opinion piece written by Patrick Brazeau. And I
really, really hate to say this, but I think I might actually agree with
him on this. Whether you think First Nations receive too much support
or not enough support, it's impossible to make any sort of determination
without a better idea of where the current batch of money is going. I
realize that Idle No More is about more than money, and opponents are
trying to make it all about the money. But...well...he raises some
I'm not sure if I talked about this guy before. Was this before the
last election? Anyhow, an Edmonton MP was pulled over by the cops one
night and refused to provide a breathalyzer sample. And was a total
dick. Guess which party he's with? I don't think the article actually
states this. Perhaps in Alberta "MP" and "Conservative" are synonyms?
A Salon book discussion raises horrifying thoughts on the war in Vietnam. It's a pretty long read. It's very depressing. But it
warrants your attention.
The headline of this article states "GOP memo brags party kept the house
by gerrymandering". I didn't take this at face value. I expected some
subtle interpretation whereby the author read some innocuous phrase as
an endorsement of gerrymandering. But no. It really is a memo bragging
about redistricting to best support election of GOP congressmen even
wihthout a majority of the vote.
Another Liberal leadership candidate has come out in support for some sort of election reform. This time a ranked ballot.
Looks like there may be some identity theft related to lost student loan data.
You heard about the maple leaf on the new bills? Me too. Does it really matter? Stupid botanists. I actually heard one of them talking on the CBC about how we would never put a baboon or a palm tree on our bills, so why would we put the wrong maple leaf.