Canada's new Governor General David Johnston aims a C7 assault rifle at the perception that the Monarchy is archaic and ridiculous. For the next while it will be all about guns, soldiers, hockey and cheap donuts. I Miss the Haitian lady.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Come back Mrs. Teasdale, we need you
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Saturday, November 27, 2010
I realize website polls are primarily for entertainment and shouldn't be taken seriously, especially not on a hyper-conservative radio site.
But this poll really stuck out as having a totally meaningless, poorly worded and biased set of choices.
There is some context to this. The "bureaucrats" bad, PC Government good theme has been coalescing all week among partisan conservatives.
The messaging will get heavier this coming week, blaming anyone and everyone - except the Tory Government - for the latest Health Care crisis.
Friday, November 26, 2010
An ‘In Memoriam’ classified ad to be run on November 27th on behalf of the family of murdered anti-mining activist Mariano Abarca Roblero has been called "unsuitable" by the Calgary Herald, though several other Canadian newspapers, including the Globe and Mail and the Edmonton Journal, have agreed to print it.
"We are confused about why the Calgary Herald would refuse a paid ‘In Memoriam’ on the anniversary of the death of Mariano Abarca. Former employees of Blackfire Exploration, a Calgary-based firm, are in jail in Chiapas, Mexico awaiting court appearances related to his murder. We sincerely hope the Herald is not simply trying to avoid controversy from a local company," says Rick Arnold, coordinator of Common Frontiers.
Sickening if true. I look forward to a time when the Calgary Herald just doesn't matter anymore.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
- The bill would cause irreparable economic harm while at the same time mandating unattainble C02 reduction goals. Unattainable, yet catastrophic.
- Millions will end up out of work and we'll be standing in soup lines.
- Ideological climate change denial trumps any consideration of basic democracy.
- Stephen Harper had no choice but to appoint Conservative partisans to the Senate because no other province would hold fake Senate elections like Alberta.
- Canadians will freeze in the dark, will have to stop driving, and will have turn down their heat by 40%.
- Our estimates and statistics were very carefully checked by Lord Monckton.
- For rhetorical purposes, the oil sands and coal based electricity do not exist and do not produce C02. All reductions are on individuals.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
The Social, Humanitarian Cultural Affairs Committee of the UN General Assembly has voted to remove reference to sexuality from a resolution which condemns the use of "extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions".Shame on the United Nations. And since it was a close vote, shame on those nations that abstained or didn't show up. I realize the UN has little real power, but these kind of resolutions are extremely important. Please recommend this post
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
James Travers is such a great writer. Here he says exactly what needs to be said, at a politically incorrect time.
There are many things my father and uncle wouldn’t recognize. They wouldn’t understand a country where patriotism is partisan, where men and women in uniform are used as political props or where death and sports are shamelessly conflated on Hockey Night in Canada.
Every year on Remembrance day there's that one thing that I see or read that just caves me in.
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Monday, November 08, 2010
The Commons subcommittee on international human rights – part of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development – heard from the Pride Uganda Alliance International on the plight on queers in Uganda.
He also noted that the influence of American evangelical Christian groups has been widely felt as they try to use the proposed Ugandan law as a “model” for other countries to follow when it comes to legislating against homosexuality.
The mention of these evangelical groups prompted Conservative MP Dave Sweet to try assure the witnesses that not all Christians condone the acts of hate even though “we might not agree with the lifestyle choice,” while Reid said that he felt his parents, who were evangelical missionaries, would be horrified by what has transpired in Uganda.
Bold is mine. One hopes our government will do the right thing. It must be incredibly awkward for the social conservative caucus in Harper's Government, given their close ties to the groups that are exporting homophobia to Africa.Please recommend this post
Saturday, November 06, 2010
I attended the Canadian Veterans National Day of Protest this morning in Calgary. It was a good event on an unusually warm November day. I was disappointed that more Calgarians did not come out for this. After reading up a bit I was really shocked and saddened by how badly the current government has mishandled Veteran Affairs.
Here is a link to what they handed out at the rally today. There is more good reading at the Veteran`s voice website, and at the event website.
Please sign the petition here.
Here`s a video of the speech by retired Major C.J. Wallace, and under that is a link to some photos at the event.
|Canadian Veterans National Day of Protest - Calgary Alberta|
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Two Prentice moments that stick out for me:
1. Voting for same sex marriage. I believe that he was sincere in this vote, mostly alone among conservative MPs. In three elections in Calgary Centre North, Prentice won by wide margins. He took no political hit for this brave choice, which also says something about Calgary.
2. The second moment was the discovery of the wreckage of the British ship HMS Investigator. This ship was sent out in search of the Franklin Expedition in the 1850s and itself was destroyed in an ice pack. In August 2010 Prentice sailed out into ice free water to look down through the water at the wreckage of the Investigator. He gushed, apparently, that it was just like looking through a window into the 1800's. Actually, its probably more like looking into the future where there's no more ice and everything is under water. Prentice expressed no sense of the irony of this discovery given his responsibility as the environment minister. Archeology is made much easier by global warming I guess.
After the elaborate photo-op with the Archeologists it was back to Ottawa to cut more climate change programs.
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Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Isabel Samaras is my latest guilty pleasure artist. It hits my spot because I love both pop art and classical art. This Batman and Robin piece works in so many ways.
And then there was this homage to Bouguereau and all those birth of Venus paintings, using character from Gilligan's Island. Too much.
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