Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Congratulations Kate.

Congratulations Kate on hitting 20,000,000 visitors to Small Dead Animals.


BTW:  


I am not sure if I was the one or it was some sort of glitch but it makes for a cool screenshot either way.

WIll Justin Trudeau defend the charter from Sen. Celine Hervieux-Payette

Quick, someone call Justin Trudeau!

Liberal Senator Celine Hervieux-Payette continues on her quest to make herself the laughingstock of Canadian politics by perusing passage of Senate Bill S-206. The bill would require Parliament to ensure that all publicly traded companies, banks, insurance companies and trust companies to have 50% of their board of directors made up of women. Nanny state nonsense, which goes against not only the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that Liberals everywhere like to pretend that they are so concerned over but also against common sense and such basic ideals such as merit based advancement, all in the name of political correctness.

Here is what she said on S-206 in June 2009: She argues that last fall's market meltdown, which has sparked a deep worldwide recession, is the result of having a relatively small coterie of men holding multiple directorships in a host of corporations.

She suggests that bad investments might have been avoided had more women been sitting on boards, bringing fresh eyes and a more independent, prudent approach to decision-making than the `old boys' club.'
I may be old fashioned but blaming the market meltdown on men sounds sort of sexist if you ask me, but being part of the old boys club by virtue of my parts, I guess my judgment may be clouded by those very same parts, so I had best leave that sexist definition up to the rest of you to decide. (that is as long as your parts are deemed acceptable)

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Some related background on the esteemed Liberal Senator:

From a letter written to an American family concerned with the seal hunt: They should be more concerned with "the daily massacre of innocent people in Iraq, the execution of prisoners -- mainly blacks -- in American prisons, the massive sale of handguns to Americans, the destabilization of the entire world by the American government's aggressive foreign policy, etc." than the seal hunt.

Criticizing Alberta's Culture:  discussing statistics and how support for her bill was "off course" lower in Alberta than in Quebec because "we don't have the same culture" and went on to say in way of an explanation after being called out by host Tom Clarke "I am just telling you that maybe we (Quebec) have the appropriate way of dealing with children and education is different then hitting a child."  Not that her arrogant and clueless statement was enough she went on to laughingly say "We have some support in Alberta? That is news for me."

Filing a complaint against CTV and Bob Fife for doing their jobs, with just a bit of libel thrown in for good measure. ( "...and CTV is paid to broadcast these schemes.")


Where is Justin Trudeau and the "party of the charter" when you really need them?



Related: BC Blue on Payette.

Interesting Youtube video on affirmative action.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The lyrics PM Harper added to Sweet Caroline.

As most of you know PM Harper had a little fun performing a few songs at the CPC Christmas party this year and by all indications he was a big hit; but what most don't know is that the PM added an additional verse to the Neil Diamond classic Sweet Caroline. (Listen @ approx 3:20 and though hard to see, the PM is singing to the left side of the stage where his wife, Laureen Harper, is located)


But now I open my eyes...
With every dawn that wakes me
Seeing your face I feel the sun.
 And as I take every shot life throws at me
Here by my side you are the one.
Hearts...touching hearts
Reaching out
Touching me
Touching you


 






Considering the amount of media attention the PM's performance garnered I am surprised that the re-written lyrics went almost unnoticed, but I guess the media had other more important things to write about.


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Now the big question:

Does the PM now qualify to get a share of the iPod tax ( or the already existing, thanks to the Liberal Party of Canada, levy on all blank tapes/CD's sold in Canada) ?    =)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Globe and Mail pulls Norman Spector story on PM's marriage

Updated: This page has been a favorite link from many of the Harper hating internet groups out to find anything at all to discredit the Prime Minister with and they are more than happy to use a bullshit story to promote their hating agenda. This is the loony left in action folks, beware of ANYTHING they tell you because it, like the Spector article below, is BS.

 Original Post:

After almost every journalist covering politics called out Spector's blog entry for being BS, the Globe has decided to pull the entry because " it fell short of The Globe and Mail's editorial standards with respect to fairness, balance and accuracy."  It makes one wonder though, if this story was so far off the Globe's standards, how did it ever make it up in the first place?

Because the blog entry has itself became the story, and because it has now been removed, here it is in it's entirety:

Norman Spector

Globe and Mail Blog
Perusing the Special Holiday Edition of my morning read, I see that Laureen Harper has given her first television interview with the Prime Minister since he took office in 2006. And that we’ll all get to see her full nine minutes under the lights tomorrow night, when Lloyd Robertson and Robert Fife sit down with Mr. Harper for their annual one-hour chat on CTV.

According to The Globe article, Ms. Harper “is not shy at all...she has a wonderful sense of humour and a good political nose – but she has declined offers to sit down with journalists, preferring not to be the story. Rather, she wants the light to shine on the work of her husband and his government. …(Cynics may think that the couple agreed to the interview because an election may not be far away).”


Perhaps. But, I think that something else is at play here.

Three weeks ago, a most extraordinary paragraph appeared in a column published in the Ottawa Citizen. It read as follows:

“In Ottawa, tongues have been wagging for two years about trouble in one political marriage. One of the partners is now said to have left the nest. It hasn't made the newspapers, at least not yet.”

The column was written by Andrew Cohen—who’s not your ordinary thumb-sucker—and you would expect that it would have elicited a reaction. For one thing, Mr. Cohen is President of The Historica-Dominion Institute (http://www.historica-dominion.ca/en/), “the largest, independent organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship.” He’s also an Associate Professor of Journalism at Carleton University—the premier school of its kind in Canada. For another thing, Mr. Cohen has a long and distinguished career as a journalist himself, including stints as a member of the Globe and Mail editorial board, and as foreign editor and foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Post. As to his political preferences, I’d simply observe from having followed his writings over the years that Mr. Cohen once worshipped at the feet of Pierre Trudeau. And that the same cannot be said of his views of Stephen Harper.

In any case, Mr. Cohen’s “tongue-wagging” column was subsequently picked up by only one other PostMedia paper, the Windsor Star—a thinner take-up than usual for his offerings. And then there was silence—at least on the record.
 
Perhaps the silence was due to the limited circulation of the two papers that carried the column. Or maybe it was because the reference to the troubled marriage came at the end of the column, and many readers would likely have missed it. Or, and this is my guess, the same factors that kept the rumour of a troubled marriage out of the papers for the past two years continued to be at play.


Having been in the business myself, my guess is that there was one group of readers who would not have missed the reference to the troubled political marriage: staff at the PMO—up to and including the Chief of Staff--and the Prime Minister himself. In particular, none of these readers would have missed the kicker in the paragraph: that it was only a matter of time until someone reported the rumour--with names attached.


These days, being as far away from Ottawa as one can get, it was only a few months ago that I caught wind of rumours that the first couple (to borrow an Americanism) were living separately (Mr. Harper at 24 Sussex, Ms. Harper at the Chateau Laurier). And, truth be told, I learned this startling news, dear reader, in the comment boards on this website. Intrigued, I checked out the rumour with two journalists in Ottawa. From both, I got the sense that it was likely true. And that it was not being reported because it was deemed to be a personal matter.

I found this reasoning to be a bit strange—if the PM’s marriage was in trouble, that was something that could affect his performance and lead to bizarre decisions. (Have you heard about the census being abolished?) And given the power of the office, the troubled marriage could impact all Canadians. The Prime Minister himself acknowledged this, according to the Globe report, in one of his answers in the Christmas interview:
Asked about the stresses and strains of the job on their relationship, the Prime Minister jumped in to answer:

“Well, you know, we have a strong relationship,” said Mr. Harper. “I think, to be frank about it, I mean the demands are all on Laureen. Laureen is a very giving person. Laureen allows me to concentrate as fully as I do on the job and then on other things. She doesn’t put a lot of demands on me.”

The Prime Minister said his wife’s support is one of the reasons he has been “successful in this business.”

Having worked in the PMO myself, my guess is that Mr. Harper and his advisers have been struggling for some time over the best way to put paid to the rumours of marital discord.. In the wake of Mr. Cohen’s column, wait-and-hold-your-breath was no longer an attractive option. To deny the rumors formally would be counter-productive, as it would make out of them a huge news story that the media would have no choice but to report. The option decided upon--an interview with two friendly broadcasters—was the best course of action in the circumstances--and Christmas night you’ll get to see the results for yourself. A warning to all you Stephen Harper non-fans out there, however: Unless you have a PVR, you’ll have to stick with the interview to the end to see Ms. Harper scotch the rumours as untrue—albeit indirectly.

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A selection of media comments on the Spector entry as found on twitter:

Kady O'Malley: You know, sometimes when someone says there really isn't a story there, it means there really isn't a story there.

Susan Delacourt: Okay. Here it is. About those rumours. #cdnpoli Enough already.

Rob Silver: Norman Spector will be relaunching Frank magazine in January. Unfortunately he will only have year old rumors everyone has already heard.

Dan Gardner: Exactly. It would be shameful and silly in high school, which is a pretty good sign it's not responsible journalism.

Paul Wells: Why does the Globe and Mail keep Norman Spector around? I protested when Maclean's dumped him 5 years ago. But I was wrong.

More Wells: Comments disabled on Spector's Harper rant, and all comments erased. The story itself, apparently, violates no policy. 

Rosemary Barton: Oh for the record, Norman Spector is not a journalist. He's a guy who is allowed to write stuff. Big difference. Back to Holidays!

Kady again: That's right, @. If there's one thing you can count on, it's that no one ever notices when something vanishes from the internet.

and still more Paul Wells: Norman Spector stands repudiated by his publisher on grounds of professionalism. He has no choice but to apologize or resign.



Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Sergeant: An Alberta Politics spoof. ( and damn funny)

This has to be the funniest thing (political) I have seen in some time. Kudos to ALL involved!!




For those unfamiliar with Alberta politics.

The Cast:
Brian Mason, Leader of the NDP as the Sergeant.
Rachel Notley, NDP MLA as Corporal Notley.
Danielle Smith, Leader of the Wildrose Alliance as herself.
Paul Hinman, WRA MLA as himself
Guy Boutilier, WRA MLA (former PC MLA) as himself
Rob Anderson, WRA MLA (also a former PC MLA) as himself
Raj Sherman, Independent MLA (former PC MLA) as himself

ht Daveberta.ca

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Merry Christmas to all


Merry Christmas to everyone who has stopped by my little piece of cyberspace over this past year and here is hoping that you and yours have a great 2011.

Please enjoy my second favorite Christmas Film. (FYI: It is a Wonderful Life is #1)

From Canada's own NFB.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Justin Trudeau class(less) act

Today the 2 newest CPC MPs ( Robert Sopuck and Julian Fantino) were introduced to Parliament and as per tradition they were given a standing ovation by all MPs present.

All MPs except for Justin Trudeau that is.

Really classy Justin, real classy. Just toss aside 100's of years of Parliamentary tradition and the basic concept of respect because you are upset with Fanitno's democratic victory and decided to have a temper tantrum. Now that is LPC leadership material if I ever saw it!


Speaking of classy; here is our Justin making an ass of himself on CTVs Question Period talking over and badgering Shelly Glover who later described Trudeau's antics: “Justin is one of the worst examples of lack of decorum and lack of professionalism and lack of maturity that I have ever seen.”



Related: Waking up to the Trudeau hangover. (Ottawa Citizen)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Santa Kinsella on Ignatieff

Warren Kinsella: I increasingly doubt that he (Ignatieff) will ever become Prime Minister. He’s trying hard, however, so one never knows. But this week’s battery of polls – with Ekos increasingly looking like the outlier – have to have him wondering why he ever left Harvard.


Ouch.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

CBC President Hubert Lacroix wants into your living room

..or at least on the TV in your living room.

CBC president Hubert Lacroix : "Cable and satellite firms should be mandated to carry CBC and Radio-Canada signals "

Could someone explain to me why having the state owned and taxpayer funded CBC be a must carry on satellite and cable is OK, but giving SunTV (a network yet to broadcast anything BTW)  the same must status was an affront to all that as fair and Canadian?



 Don't worry CBC, it gets better.

When you grow up and move out on your own (go private) the rest of the media will treat you with more respect.




Updated: Obvious typo in title fixed

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Stephen Harper: Rock Star!!

The PM had some fun tonight at the CPC Christmas party. ( Crushing the opposition narrative at the same time)

Set list:

"Sweet Caroline" (Neil Diamond)
"I'm on My Way" (The Proclaimers)
"The Seeker" (The Who)
"Share the Land" (The Guess Who)
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" (Rolling Stones)   (love the 'smell of sulfur' comment)


Videos:





CBC:   Entire concert

Akin: Entire concert / in 5 separate videos.

"Jumpin' Jack Flash"


The audio can be downloaded here courtesy of David Akin. 



Related: The PM sings the Beatles.

also related from the Star.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Japan will oppose Kyoto Protocol extension.

You read that right.

"Japan won't agree to extend the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012 even if that means isolating itself at the U.N. climate change talks next week in Cancun, Mexico, a senior Japanese negotiator said Thursday."


"Even if the issue of extending the Kyoto Protocol becomes a major item on the agenda in Cancun and Japan finds itself isolated, Japan will not agree to this."

Reuters.

The Japan Times.


I think Steven Taylor (HT) said it best here.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Gunter on Edmonton EXPO 2017

Lorne Gunter in the National Post: Edmonton didn't need an Expo

A couple of excerpts
"But I have to admit I'm glad Ottawa chose, this week, to deny federal funding to Expo 2017. This event had "huge white elephant" written all over it."

"The Vancouver Olympics were supposed to bring in more billions than they cost. Yet despite being brilliantly run -- truly a world-class event -- the games have saddled taxpayers with hundreds of millions in debt. Just the overrun at the athletes' village will hit nearly three-quarters-of-a-billion dollars."

"Because of its perceived out-of-the-way location, Knoxville never attracted all the international pavilions it had planned for and ended up burdening the city with a $46-million debt -- and Knoxville never envisioned using its expo the way Edmonton did to justify massive transit upgrades and urban redevelopments."

I agree 100%. This decision looks to have averted a major disaster for not only the tax payers of Edmonton and Alberta, but from the rest of Canada as well. The amount of pork in the bid, that had nothing to do with the EXPO event itself, combined with the inevitable cost overruns and the low balled security costs make the decision by the Feds to deny funding the right choice. For all of us.

BTW would the Mayor, or any other supporters, explain to me just why the taxpayers of Canada were being asked to pay for the following:

EXPO 2017 will also generate new opportunities to increase the positive impression the city makes upon visitors, such as the construction of a signature bridge over the river to enhance the connection between the southside and downtown. Another is the redevelopment of the Legislature grounds and the West Rossdale area in time to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary. At the regional level, increasing access and enhancement to the river valley park system and using the river as a transportation conduit between downtown and the South Campus site could be lasting legacies for the entire community.

when they have nothing really to do with the EXPO event itself.

They may be wonderful ideas but it is deceitful to have the rest of the country pay for them under the guise of them being needed for EXPO 2017.



Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A note to the rest of Canada from Edmonton.

Don't buy into the BS on Edmontonians reaction to the federal government not backing our Expo bid because the average Edmontonian could give a rats ass about it. 

To date I have yet to meet one single Edmontonian who has even mentioned our cities Expo bid, and if I broached the subject, every single one said it was a waste of money.  

Monday, November 22, 2010

Alberta Health Services logic

Problem: Patients backed up in Emergency rooms because of lack of beds on the hospital wards are causing increased wait times.

Solution: Put MORE patients onto the already full hospital wards.


It is almost like the entire operation is being run by a Muppet.


BTW this plan is just the 2007(which is STILL in effect at our larger hospitals) plan revamped.  It didn't work; if it did we wouldn't be having the same problem today would we.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Alberta's very own Cookie Monster?

Alberta Health Services President/CEO Stephen Duckett, the media, and a cookie!


video from CTV Edmonton.




Stephen Duckett made $744,000 last year. $595,000 base salary and $76,619 in performance bonuses .



Related:
Today AHS announced a plan to improve the current 'emergency room crisis' which in reality is just the 2007 plan re-announced. Moving people from the ER into hallways or 3 beds to a 2 bed room etc on other hospital wards is already common practice in many hospitals in Alberta and has been since 2007.

The new (old) plan may make a nice sound bite ( at least better than the CEO's) and it might keep the masses of their backs for a while, but I see nothing in it that is really going to help the current situation in our hospitals.

Ross Rebagliati's candidacy goes up in smoke

Ross Rebagliati, Olympic gold medal winner infamous for testing positive for marijuana, has decided not to run as the Liberal Party candidate in Okanagan–Coquihalla.

How bad must it be in the Liberal Party right now if they can't even convince Ross to stick with them.

Related: a couple of posts from the Ice Man. Here and here.


From your MSM: 2 Articles. 1 Shoddy, 1 Cheap,

Yesterday was not a banner day for journalism in Canada.

First up from CTV News comes the Shoddy:

 Term-limit Senate bill shot down in the House.

The Conservative government has failed in its bid to push through a bill that would have limited senator terms to eight years.The bill required unanimous support in order to pass in the House, but the opposition parties denied the Conservative plan to send the bill directly to the Senate for approval.

Hands down the worst bit of journalism I read today in spite of the author(s) trying so hard to explain parliamentary procedure to us dumb Canadians. Reading the above story one might assume that the fate of Bill C 10 (the actual name of the senate term limit bill though this is NOT FOUND IN THE ARTICLE) had been settled and that it was dead, but you could not be more wrong.  Bill C 10 is alive & well and in fact will come up for a vote later today and then go on to committee for study. What happened yesterday was only an attempt to by-pass (fast track) the bill, nothing more, and it has no effect at all on its life.

But you wouldn't know that by reading that CTV story would you.

 

Next comes the cheap from See Magazine and its author former Liberal MLA Maurice Tougas.

(highlighting mine)

The Perils of Leadership


The burgeoning Alberta Party held its policy convention in Red Deer on the weekend.....

An example of what a charismatic leader can do for a party is, of course, Danielle Smith of the Wildrose Alliance. Smith is the Bobby Hull of Alberta politics. Without Smith, the Wildrose Alliance would be a party of right-wing cranks. With Smith, the Wildrose Alliance is a party of right-wing cranks, but with a hot leader. That’s a different thing entirely.


This may be the case with the comely Ms. Smith (how’s that for a segue?). The WAP leader got the full interview treatment from the Globe and Mail on Saturday, and it was revealing — beginning with the 6” x 12 1/2 “ photo. Smith is pictured with the top two buttons of her blouse undone, with the third barely hanging on, as if to say “Join the Wildrose Alliance, and I’ll pop the third button.


Seriously See Magazine? You actually have people paid to write and edit this stuff?


 Bonus update for fun:  Paul Wells on a story in the Globe and Mail.  

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Marlene Jennings is in a class by herself. Video.

Marlene Jennings, Liberal MP for Notre-Dame-de-Grace-Lachine, was busy playing cheap political games (the kind that the Liberals say they detest so much) yesterday in the House of Commons and let Canadians get another glimpse of this MP at work.


Watch the video:



video

Read it in Hansard.

Stay Classy Marlene. You are a true treasure for Canadian politics and the Liberal Party of Canada.

Lots more from Jennings here.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remember.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month an armistice was signed to end the war to end all wars. 

Lt Col John McCrae:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.



Remember.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Why my MLA makes me proud.

Carl Benito PC MLA for Edmonton-Millwoods.

"When Benito was cornered by reporters to explain why he had not paid municipal taxes owed this year on four rental properties he owns, he stopped, looked the journalists in the eye -- and blamed his wife."


"Ever since then, he's been trying to muddy the issue by blaming reporters for allegedly misquoting him in the 2008 campaign. We didn't. (For the record, here's Benito again in his own campaign literature: "Carl Benito will donate his MLA salary for scholarships to young people in Mill Woods.") "
Just a couple of excerpts from the Calgary Herald.  Full story here.

Friday, November 05, 2010

The City of Edmonton's new anti racism campaign

Words almost fail me on this.  Found on the City of Edmonton website ( http://www.racismfreeedmonton.ca/what-can-you-do-to-stop-racism.asp )

"What can you do to stop racism?


Acknowledge your white privilege.
White privilege refers to all the benefits we get just for being white. Most of us are aware of how racism hurts others, but we're not aware of how it benefits us


...Racial "whiteness" is many things, but one of its consistent qualities is power. As people granted unearned privileges by our own whiteness, and as people who have likely harmed non-white people with our own whiteness, it's our moral and ethical duty to find ways to combat racism.
Racism is real. Denying that racism exists perpetuates racism."


Seriously? This smells like a AHRC complaint ripe for the taking and worse yet my tax dollars pay for this nonsense.

If you are having problems seeing what is wrong with the linked page, try substituting another skin colour/group/ethnicity in place of the word 'white' and ask yourself if it would have ever made the cut for posting on a city website.

Singling out anyone on the basis of the colour of their skin and then attributing qualities to everyone in that same group is not only stupid, it is quite simply racist.

There can be no other word for it.



Updates:  Read the comments for plenty of updates and feel free to drop off a comment yourself.  








Thursday, November 04, 2010

The BHP potash decision: Ignatieff clueless on the law.

As most of you are now aware the decision on the BHP Billiton hostile takeover bid for Potash Corp of Saskatchewan came down today and as per usual, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff was quick to jump in front of the PPG cameras to give us his take on things. His take on things though was just a little bit different than what one might expect from someone who is trying to become this country's PM because Ignatieff had no clue as to what he was talking about.

And what did Ignatieff get so wrong?    Watch the video and see for yourself.


video



You see, under Canadian Law, when a decision like this is taken by the government, the party that they ruled against has 30 days to modify its bid/offer etc before the government can legally make a final decision on the matter. To not comply, as Ignatieff wants to do, would open the government up to a huge lawsuit (remember it was a 40 Billion dollar deal) that this country does not need to fight.


That is the law, there is no way around it and Michael Ignatieff had absolutely no clue at all on the matter and reminds us all once again why he is not suitable to be the leader of this country.


Ignatieff, having been out of the country for over 30 years or not having ever served in cabinet might have an excuse, but Ralph Goodale was in cabinet and all he could do today while Ignatieff was making a fool of himself with his lack of knowledge on the subject in front of the TV cameras was stare at his leader like a lost puppy.  What a team.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Time for 2 Liberal MP's to pay the piper.

Liberal MPs Judy Sgro and John Cannis have been busted for breaking the rules and now must break out the cheque book to pay back the taxpayer.

"The House of Commons has ordered at least two MPs to pay back thousands of tax dollars the government paid for their rent after a Chronicle Herald-Ottawa Citizen investigation early this summer found they were breaking rules that barred MPs from renting from family members.
Toronto Liberal MP John Cannis was ordered to pay back more than $80,000, and York West MP Judy Sgro, also a Grit, paid more than $60,000, a source said.


Cannis has refused comment on this matter since last June and Sgro has previously stated that she had no idea she was violating the rules; and why would she think so, because owning a condo yourself and then transferring the title to your kids so you can charge your rent to the Canadian taxpayer is just something that anyone would do in similar circumstances and happens every day in Ottawa.  NOT! 

Updated: Judy, Judy, Judy......"To claim such expenses, MPs must sign a travel expense claim, certifying that their claims comply with the bylaws of the board of internal economy. The first rule in those bylaws forbids MPs from entering into a "contract for goods, services, premises or employment" with a family member. "    

So the taxpayer gets some money back and the 2 Liberal MP's go about their business, thanks to the majority of the MSM who will ignore the story, as if nothing happened.

Previous blog post on Sgro,

Previous blog post on Cannis

NDP: Someone call the cops.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Liberal Senator Colin Kenny shoots down Ignatieff's position on the F35

Don Martin's latest.

Liberal Senator Colin Kenny: "
“I would be delighted to take a shot at the Conservatives for their apparent intention to go sole-source on this whopper of a contract, but I can’t,"

"Canada is in danger of falling back into its historic role of hewers of wood and drawers of water with all the technological advances in countries like India and China,” he warned. “We can’t afford to lose ground in the aerospace industry, and our involvement in this contract will create new jobs and opportunities in that and associated industries.”


Read the rest at the National Post.



Related on Ignatieff's latest F-35 policy ( which as per usual is just to oppose the Conservative position)

From the Star Pheonix.


From The Observer.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Congratulations Michael Ignatieff, You are now Number 1!

I believe in giving credit where credit due, and Michael Ignatieff deserves full credit and a hearty congratulations for finally reaching #1.

Number one at what you ask; read on...

Michael Ignatieff has now reached the top spot on the list of  Members of Parliament absent from recorded votes in the House of Commons and is clearly #1 at skipping out on his job of representing the people who elected him to be their voice in Ottawa in order to do other (and I assume more important to him) things. In essence proving that he is in it for himself.
 
Ignatieff's voting record:

In the 40th Parliament, 3rd session (March 2010 - Present) out of the 125 recorded divisions, Michael Ignatieff was recorded as absent a total 96 times which works out to him missing votes 76% of the time.



                                            76%



While you may be personally shocked by the 76% figure, missing votes in Parliament is really nothing new for Ignatieff.

In the second session of the 40th Parliament (Jan 2009-Dec 2009) Ignatieff was recorded as absent on 76 separate recorded divisions. When taken together with his 3rd session record (above) it brings the total to a whopping 172 times that Ignatieff has been absent from recorded votes in the House of Commons since his election undemocratic appointment as leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in Dec 2008.

That is a lot of absences by anyone's standard but what makes it even harder to understand is that it is Ignatieff and the Liberal party who scream the loudest  in front the media about getting back to work, working hard for Canadians, padlocking parliament, and spinning to the people that the Liberals are working hard at being a realistic alternative in the next election. They like to talk a good game but the record of Ignatieff and the Liberals proves otherwise. ( Note the total number of Liberals in the top 50 of that list. 72% are Liberals while just 6% are Conservatives. Bonus: for added fun scroll down the list to the bottom and note which party clearly has the best voting record.)
 

So stand proud Michael. The top spot is now yours and you continue to be a shining example of how hard the Liberal Party of Canada works for themselves on behalf of the people of Canada. Today is your day Michael; enjoy it.





Preemptive counter spin: You may hear that one of the reasons that Ignatieff missed so many votes was because he does not vote on private members bills, but don't believe it because that is nothing but a flat out lie.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

In war the age of someone trying to kill you does not matter.

A quick thought on the whole 'child soldier' meme being tossed about by so many lately.

Personally I believe that Omar K does not fit the established definition of a child soldier for a couple of reasons. First he was 15 which in some UN conventions (article 38) is the cut-off age for a CS, he did this with permission from his parents, factor in the age of majority in Afghanistan, and the little issue that he was not serving in what could be called a 'regular army'.  IMHO all of this combined precludes him from the definition of a child soldier. (A following UN convention, that Canada signed, sort of raises that age to 18.) 

But none of that really matters because, in international law and in every one of these UN conventions, the rules were written for the recruiters of child soldiers and not those that these child soldiers were shooting at and trying to kill.

In war the age of someone trying to kill you does not matter and it would be totally asinine for our soldiers to respond in combat, to child soldiers who are trying to kill them, any differently than they would towards anyone else doing the same.  Not only would it be impractical to ask for ID on a battlefield before you return fire, it would also more than likely get you killed.


All of these conventions were intended for those that recruit children into combat ( and that includes parents who allow this type of thing), not those he was trying to kill.

Why are those that recruited /enabled Omar to enter the fight not the ones on the receiving end of all this outrage?  I guess it is easier to send them a cheque every month than it is deal with the real problem.


A must read on the trial facts from the CBC.

Why Omar was NOT a child soldier.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Ignatieff tries to bridge the enormous gap between men and women.

Michael Ignatieff was busy campaigning again yesterday holding another open mike event and taking questions from the public. The previous one didn't go as well as he had hoped and from initial reports it looks like this one may have ended up the same way.

Some have said that last night Ignatieff discovered his feminine side, but if you take a look at what he actually had to say I would suggest that it was more like Ignatieff found his inner caveman rather than any so called 'feminine side'.

 Here is what he had to say while speaking about the recent Russell Williams murder trial:

 "I don't quite know what it's like to look at that news through a woman's eyes, but I can sort of imagine how difficult that week has been," 

"The thing that's so awful about this week is the breaking of that basic trust that we have to have between men and women in order to raise families, live with each other, work together as citizens. And a very bad man did that a lot of harm this week."


Yup, that was Michael Ignatieff claiming in one breath that he can't imagine what women must have thought about the Williams trial, but yet arrogantly claiming in another breath that relations between men and women ( every single one of us) has been somehow set back because of what some individual wacko did. I am sure every woman in the country is now eternally grateful for having Michael Ignatieff around to tell them about their future relations and trust with men and how they should be feeling rather than allowing them to think and feel for themselves. A true feminist ever their ever was one!

Think I am taking that a little bit too far?  Just take a look at what else Ignatieff had to say, this time after a female University of Ottawa student asked him if he's in touch with his "feminine side" and able to represent the concerns of women?"

"I think it is true, in fact, that men and women both have a feminine side and a masculine side.
And thank God we do. It's one of the things that allows us to get over that enormous gap that separates men and women."

I will leave the stereotypical comment about the so called  'feminine and masculine' sides alone because Ignatieff was more than likely just searching for a quick way to respond to the question and didn't realize how utterly cookie cutter and un-progressive it was, but I do need some serious clarification on his next comment about that "enormous gap" that separates men and women.

What exactly in Michael Ignatieff's mind makes up this enormous gap? I doubt that he was referring to biological differences or even something like wage parity because those would make no sense in terms of context, so just what was Ignatieff talking about. 

Are all women more emotional or have different emotions than men, do they think or act differently, are they less rational, capable, or intelligent than men, or maybe women really are from Venus while men do come from Mars. 

I don't know the answer to what he meant with his enormous gap comment but believe me when I say that I am looking forward to watching professor Ignatieff trying to spin answer that question today. That is if some in the media care enough to call him out for these obviously stereotypical remarks.

Time to be open with all of us Mike. If you would be so kind as to please define for us what you believe that enormous gap that separates men and women is, those of us who believe that men and women are equal would appreciate the clarification and no doubt we all would be better off for it.


Update: so far no one in the media has asked Ignatieff to clarify his comments but Scott Feschuk called them  'beyond f'ing stupid' and Andrew Coyne called the comment 'beyond asinine'.

Charles Adler deals with Iffy's comments in his monologue. Brings up a good point about Ignatieff dividing men and women.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Michael Ignatieff lies to highshool students.

Michael Ignatieff took yet another day off of work on Monday and went to Guelph Ontario where spoke to students at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School, and proceeded to flat out lie to them. Yes, lie!


Question: "Why did you walk out on the vote regarding American war resisters being granted permanent refugee status in Canada?"


Ignatieff's Answer: "I don't vote on private members bills. It's a technical detail, it's not a matter of me walking out, I just don't take positions."

video




The truth: Ignatieff lied; he has voted on private members bills ( During the 40th Parliament’s 3rd session Michael Ignatieff voted 6 times on Private Member’s Bills and 3 times in the 2nd session) and in fact on Candice Hoeppner's private members bill on the gun registry, not only did he vote on it himself but he also forced all Liberal MP's to take HIS position on the issue by whipping the vote (Perhaps the only time in history where a LPC leader did so on a private members bill)

Here is a list of the private members bills that Ignatieff has voted on while leader of the LPC: 40th Parliament, 3rd Session: C-391, C-471, C-309, C-310, C-311 40th Parliament, 2nd Session: C-291, C-308, C-391


HT Brian Lilley




Mike MacPherson, principal of Lourdes high school, said Ignatieff’s visit was an exceptional opportunity for the students to learn more about political leadership in this country.“Education is the world,” he said, “and when we allow our students to be a part of the world, we enrich their experiences.”

Indeed it does, and having the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada lie to his students is one of those real world experiences that I hope is never forgotten.

Related: Another education related lie. Ignatieff talks about his "publicly funded education".




Friday, October 15, 2010

Edmonton votes Oct 18. My Choice for Mayor.

This Monday October 18th Edmonton votes and IMHO this time around there is only 1 real choice to defeat Stephen Mandel, our current liberal leaning mayor who feels that the people of Edmonton do not even deserve a say in what happens to our airport, and that is David Dorward.

David Dorward is a fiscal conservative business man with a long record of community service who understands that the citizens of Edmonton deserve a say in how this city operates and that they are not just a source of revenue for the pet projects of the mayor and city council.


The Edmonton municipal election is only a few days away and although our election is not nearly getting the media attention of the Toronto mayoralty race, the stakes are just as high if not higher ( letting the people be heard on the permanent closure of the City Centre Airport) So if you have yet to make up your mind there is still time to do some research and make an informed choice when you head out to vote this upcoming Monday.  Stephen Mandel believes that he already has the election in the bag, as his indifference to the voters at the mayoralty debates clearly demonstrates, and he (and many other incumbent councilors) need to be reminded just who they are supposed to be working for.

On Monday Oct 18th, lets show the mayor and city council that they cannot take the citizens of Edmonton for granted.  Get out and vote Edmonton!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What would make the Liberals happier: a double dip recession, or proof of our troops committing torture?

I am having trouble trying to guess which of the following would make the Liberals happier?

Canada entering into the second part of a double dip recession or having proof of Canadian troops participating in torture.



It is hard question to answer because if you do answer it honestly you know that the Liberal are cheering for both to happen.




Related The Debbie Downers of Canadian politics.


Just a quick comment on the it is Iffy's fault spin:

Ignatieff's comments on Canada not being deserving to win a seat on the UNSC were not to blame for the loss but there can be little doubt that they did nothing to help Canada at the UN.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Liberal Senator Tommy Banks shills for shadowy anti-airport group

Unelected Liberal Senator Tommy Banks, who was appointed to the Senate by Jean Chretien against the wishes of the people of Alberta who had voted for Bert Brown twice for the job, has lent his voice to a 'shadowy' anti City Centre Airport group, yesforedmonton.com



Who are yesforedmonton?  We don't know.  A whois search reveals nothing as they have chosen to hide behind a proxy domain service, but there is plenty of speculation on who may be running this group.  ( I have no way of verifying if any of the info posted at that link is accurate so reader beware) (updated with Journal story on the above link)

Not that I am surprised that an unelected Senator, who accepted the appointment knowing full well that the people of Alberta had chosen someone else for the job, would stand against giving the people of Edmonton their democratic say by plebiscite if the airport should remain open or not, but what I do want to know is why did Senator Banks choose to record a video for a group that nobody seems to know for sure who set it up, who is running it, or where it gets its funding from?

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Mark Holland faces reality and apologizes, something he said he would never do.

Liberal MP Mark Holland, of secret box fame, has issued an apology after asserting back in March 2008 that he would not: Mr. Holland, the MP for Ajax-Pickering, yesterday said his comments did not warrant an apology and said that no bullying or legal threats would stop him from searching for the truth...

OTTAWA, Oct 8 /CNW/ - Today Mark Holland made the following statement with regards to the legal action between him and Mr. Chris Froggatt:
In an interview broadcast on CTV Newsnet on March 5, 2008, I made certain statements regarding Chris Froggatt, then Chief of Staff to Canada's Minister of Environment, and communications between Mr. Froggatt and the Ontario Provincial Police. I have since determined that my concerns regarding Mr. Froggatt were unwarranted. I apologize to Mr. Froggatt and retract the statements that may have caused grief to him and to his family.
This action has now been settled to the mutual satisfaction of both parties.

Here is what Mark Holland said in the House (March 11 2008) on this subject and how he claimed it was his privileges being violated. In other words he had no clue and thought he could say whatever he wanted wherever he wanted.

I have repeatedly questioned the Minister of the Environment about his involvement in both the actions of Mayor O’Brien and his dealings with the OPP in this matter. It was those questions that led to the CTV Newsnet interview, of which Mr. Froggatt now complains.
It is clear that the primary goal of Mr. Froggatt is to prevent me from continuing to raise the very serious questions that I have about his actions and the actions of the Minister of the Environment with respect to the OPP investigation.
Mr. Froggatt is well aware that he is unable to directly control what I say in this House. As a result, he has chosen to attempt to intimidate me outside the House by threatening a lawsuit should I refuse to withdraw my earlier comments and refrain from accusing him of inappropriate activity.
I believe that the involvement of the Minister of the Environment in a bribery scandal and improper interference by the chief of staff to a minister are two issues that are clearly of public importance. Indeed, I have laid these issues before the House on a number of occasions. Mr. Froggatt’s attempt to stifle debate is clearly a violation of my privileges.

Smack down #1 from Peter Van Loan:

The fact that one is a member of Parliament does not give one licence to make reckless accusations that harm the reputation of any individual in this country, regardless of one's position or status.

     Any comments that are made outside of this chamber, outside of one's direct role in the House, are comments for which a member must assume responsibility, comments which they should recognize have risks and that they should have a basis on which they can defend the truthfulness and accuracy of those remarks...


  We protect members within the House to allow for freedom of speech but we also respect the rights of every citizen and recognize that there is a difference between what Parliament means and what the House means. It is by virtue of membership and participation in the House that those privileges exist. It is for the protection of what happens in this chamber that those privileges exist. It is not to give individuals licence to engage in reckless behaviour and destroy people's reputations without any basis, which is exactly the conduct that the member continues to engage in outside the House.

    On that basis, he must, as any other citizen outside the House, be prepared to defend those comments, not to cry like a baby that he is not allowed to say what he wants. He must assume the adult responsibilities for the truth of the comments he makes. If they are not true, then he should own up to the lack of evidence and own up to the lack of truth and be prepared to defend those words in court. That is all he is being asked to do.


Holland still did not get it:
 Mr. Speaker, my comments are very clear. I stand by what I say both in this House and outside of this House.

    The issue is when members of Parliament in trying to execute their duties as members of Parliament ask legitimate questions of the government about matters of deep concern to the country, matters that are well reported, are sued by individuals who try to do indirectly what they cannot do directly, to try to intimidate individuals into not asking legitimate, fair questions on matters of fact, in my opinion, that is a serious attack upon the privileges of members of Parliament.

     I believe the courts are being abused and used to try to stifle the abilities of members of Parliament to ask questions.

Smack down #2 From the Speaker: The complaint was all about statements he had made on a television program, and those are not ones that are subject to parliamentary privilege.
As has been pointed out by the hon. government House leader, a privilege exists in respect of statements that members make in this House, but also in committees. Something he neglected to mention is that comments in committee are also protected. Statements made outside the House are not protected. If the hon. member received a letter that alleges he said something that was defamatory of someone else–and that is what I sense from the segment he read–somewhere other than in the House, then the question of privilege is not available to him to have this matter somehow protected under that guise.


Now if only if he would apologize to Alberta for his remarks about nationalizing the oil sandsTranscript of conversation here, Hollands letter denying his own words(and slamming Premier Stelmach) here.

Anyone see a pattern here?

ht The Phantom Observer 

Related:
Stephen Taylor gets letters (where is the media coverage?)


Update: October 15th (1 week later)   The Canadian MSM FINALLY picks up on the story.   What took them so long, and more importantly, if this was a Conservative does anyone really believe that the CBC, CTV, Globe and Mail, etc would have not have been all over this story from day 1 as opposed to the ZERO coverage it has received by them? 

Prime Minister Harper's visit to Edmonton Oct 8, 2010

PM Harper was in town yesterday and it looks like he had quite the full day.

He started the day doing an 'interesting' radio interview with Dave Rutherford. Transcript here.

A short time later the PM  he announced an $1.95 million investment in the Alberta high-technology sector towards Nanotechnology products for the expanding worldwide market which is expected to be reach $3 trillion by 2015.

Following the tech announcement the PM headed back to school where he took part in Edmonton's 'read in week' by reading the book Thanks for Thanksgiving to a grade 2 class at Kensington elementary. I bet there were more than a few surprised students there yesterday.  Story links here and here.


In the evening the PM spoke at a local hotel where he gave what sounded a lot like a campaign style speech to the assembled party faithful, and to put it mildly the PM didn't hold back. Story here (btw I think the #'s were closer to 800 then 500)  All I can say is that when the 3 opposition parties do get together and decide to pull the plug to force an election ( and it will take ALL 3 to do so), the Conservative Party and the Prime Minister look ready to go.


And this time no one is going to be shy about using the word 'majority'.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

A new low? Ignatieff again uses his mother's illness for personal gain.

Micheal Ignatieff sent out an email today titled "This is personal."

Here is what it said:


"My mother got sick with Alzheimer’s when she was in her 60s — early, in other words — and my dad took care of her at home. I’ve never admired my father more than when he looked after my mom, but it killed him, basically. It was tough, even with my brother, Andrew, stepping up, and our family and friends helping.
Like my Dad did, millions of Canadians care for family members at home when loved ones fall ill. They are a silent workforce, providing $9-billion in unpaid work each year. Many must use personal savings to survive, miss work or quit their jobs. Over half have household incomes under $45,000. Like the loved ones they are caring for, many of these caregivers are in the fight of their lives.
Yesterday, I announced a new Liberal Party policy to change that."

It goes on in detail describing this re-hashed policy plank but you get the idea. Ignatieff is using his own mother's illness to help his own fortunes and this isn't the first time!

In his book Scar Tissue described as a lyrical first person account of a son caring for a mother grappling with neurological breakdown, mirrored his own mother’s decent into Alzheimers” ....But not all family members shared critics' admiration for the book. Some expressed anger that privacy had been breached, a sentiment voiced about family stories published in Granta. There was distaste that the fiction veiled the fact it was not Ignatieff but his younger brother, Andrew, who cared for his mother in Toronto, sacrificing his work in international development to do so.

Related here:
In the August, 1984 — the summer of Michael Ignatieff's "good year" — there was a family gathering at the house in a village in Provence that George and Alison had bought in 1962 as their only permanent residence.


The older Ignatieffs were there. Andrew had flown in from the shanty barrios of Peru where he worked for the Canadian arm of Save the Children. Michael, Susan and baby Theo had come from London — making it the first time three generations of the family were gathered under one roof.


It was a taxing time. Alison had begun her descent into Alzheimer's. George, the all-powerful force in his sons' lives, was showing signs of frailty. There were raw emotions and difficult conversations as the family struggled with its psychological past, with the unfamiliarity of living together, with the pain of coming to terms with Alison's illness.


The sons' difficult relationship with their father came to the surface.


George, who had had no real childhood of his own, had little idea of what to do with fatherhood when it came to him. He could appear warm and affectionate, but found it difficult to convey his hopes and aspirations to his sons beyond declamations of grand dynastic expectations.


Michael said things that wounded his father. He accused him of crushing his mother's creativity and independence by taking over her life and making her subservient to his needs.


A year later, as Andrew would tell Sandra Martin for Saturday Night, he came home to Toronto from Peru for a visit, walked into a bookstore and saw the entire story of his family's summer laid out in an article Michael had written for the British literary magazine Granta.


Or, almost the entire story: Andrew had been written out of the script. He just didn't appear.


"I just remember standing there and my eyes filling up with tears in the middle of the bookstore," he said.


Not long afterward, Andrew quit his job in Peru to return to Toronto to care for his parents, while Michael's career continued to flower in England — as a television host, newspaper commentator, author and screenplay-writer.


In early 1989, he came briefly to Toronto to spell Andrew off as caregiver — "'once or twice a year, it's my turn" — and shortly afterward, Granta published "Deficits," a deeply moving account of a son looking after his mother, with a forensically detailed description of Alison's deteriorating mental state.


Said Andrew: "I came in one evening and my father was really upset, and I said, 'What's the matter?' and he said, 'Michael's written an article about your mother'"


There were family members — for example, Alison's sister, Charity Grant, and her brother, George Grant, and his wife, Sheila — who could never bring themselves to forgive Michael for having publicly exposed his intensely private mother.


That summer, George Ignatieff died. Andrew was with him. Michael was in France.

Wow! Is there NOTHING that is off limits or that this guy will not do to for personal gain?



You know that "all about me" stuff is ringing truer with every passing day. It appears to me like Ignatieff carries no emotions, has few if any real attachments, and is just working his way through some sort of academic exercise with the goal of being PM only so he can write yet another chapter in a future book. If that exercise takes him to these depths, I don't think he is fit to be the leader of the Liberal Party let alone ever be the Prime Minister of Canada.


They are not even pretending to be non biased anymore.

It looks like CBC Power and Politics has given up even pretending to be non biased.

“Our job — and we take it seriously — is to ensure that the information that we put out is fair and unbiased in everything that we do,” CBC President Hubert Lacroix


Yesterdays Question of the Day: "Is money for home-care a better use of taxpayer dollars than funding corporate tax cuts?"

Seriously, this was the question put up on the CBC website yesterday. It is not bad enough that the results of this bogus poll should be obvious, long before the first vote was cast, to anyone who passed grade 6, but the question itself comes right out of Liberal Party talking points and in fact Ignatieff used almost the exact same words himself when announcing the program. Want to make a wager that if you asked the question: Is buying puppies for everyone better use of taxpayer dollars than tax cuts?, that the puppies would win hands down?

Or better yet ( and I DARE you to ask this one Ryan): Is money for home-care a better use of taxpayer dollars than funding the CBC?


Today's question: "Are you concerned about illegal lobbying for government contracts?"

Wow, I wonder what the final results of this QOTD are going to be. DUH!

What does the CBC think they are accomplishing by rewording LPC talking points into their QOTD? Maybe they should get Frank Graves to write their question for them. On second thought...

“Our job — and we take it seriously — is to ensure that the information that we put out is fair and unbiased in everything that we do,” CBC President Hubert Lacroix

Sure you do

BC Blue on another fair and unbiased report.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Odds and ends.

A few things garnered from across the net that I found interesting.

Political correctness run amok as editors decide that cartoon which doesn't even have Muhammad in it is too controversial to print.    Story here, and cartoon here



Speaking of editors. "Beased", ahem!







Obama's former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel makes a video about home.


George Galloway show us here exactly why he will NEVER sue Jason Kenney.


Hope for the unemployable peeping tom sect or perhaps the future of CCTV in Canada?


And finally support Canadian art, Terry and Deaner need your help. (Warning a sense of humour required.  NSFW) Bonus footage with a VERY familiar background.