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Love ya

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Sometimes Twitter is an amazingly fun place to be. If you are looking for some Canadian character and a good laugh, check out #TellVicEverything.

You want to know why? http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/02/16/pol-twitter-tell-vic-everything.html

The best part is that we somehow succeeded in getting the Harper gov’t to *gasp* “consider amendments”.

Turn the other cheek so I can hit it

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Apparently the Holy Church of the Sepulchre isn’t the only victim of monk-to-monk combat.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/12/28/church-brawl-bethlehem.html

And look out fellas, we’re in the age of video…

We’ll miss you, Jack

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

I don’t have anything profound to say, and I didn’t necessarily agree with his platform, but Jack Layton believed in what he stood for, and wanted something better for the people he represented.

We’re hard pressed these days to put “good man” and “politician” in the same sentence, but Jack Layton was both.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/08/22/pol-layton-last-letter.html

Is it irony?

Friday, June 24th, 2011

When there is a filibuster that no one cares about for a Canada Post strike that no one seems to care about?

Granted, there is some discussion that small business is suffering since they still work on cheques, but there’s email transfers these days, or PayPal. And most everyone I know is vaguely missing their Lee Valley catalogues and that’s about it.

It’s an interesting issue for the NDP to flex their muscle on. They can’t win it, since the Tories have a majority, and I wonder if a whole bunch of people are going to take notice of the stronghand union support and not be so impressed.

Even worse for the CUPW, we’ll wake up and realize that their services aren’t as necessary as they once were…

Interpretation

Monday, June 13th, 2011

The Ebstorf Map was created at the Ebstorf Abbey in the mid 13th Century, then a convent. It’s not a map as we know them, but rather a representation of the world in Christ’s hands, with Jerusalem at its center, and scary things like manticores and cannibals around the edges of what’s known (and no North America at all).

Adam and Eve on the Ebstorf Map

Adam and Eve on the Ebstorf Map

When asked about this close-up of Adam and Eve, the current Abbess says each has an apple to represent equality. And she loves that the serpent is a man, as evidenced by his beard.

Best way to get a cushy political job?

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

…in a branch of government supposedly not supported by the Conservative Party of Canada?

  • Be a conservative.
  • Lose an election.

http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/rewards+success+with+Cabinet+failure+with+Senate/4806816/story.html

http://shitharperdid.ca/

Well,

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

What to say to that craziness that was #elxn41? I’m torn between quipping about Jack Layton’s menagerie of completely inexperienced MPs, including a woman who went on vacation and never canvassed, and genuinely wringing my hands about what we’re in for in the next four years.

Layton should be thrilled with his 102 seats, but the $ per seat money may be more of a boon than being the leader of the opposition in a majority government, since he effectively has LESS power in this situation. Plus, those votes in Quebec weren’t FOR the NDP, necessarily. The people were speaking to Gilles Duceppe, just as sure as they were speaking to Iggy. Quebec nationalism isn’t dead.

Neither is the Liberal Party. It was amazing how fast Twitterverse went to speculation on the “Democratic Liberal Party”. Maybe merging the Left is the right idea in terms of reducing the detrimental effects of vote-splitting. On pure percentages, the two parties together were 49% of the popular vote to the Conservatives’ 39.62%. Of course, with first past the post, they still would have been lacking #seats.

What the Liberal Party should not do is jump quickly. Ironic that Iggy was his warmest when he was graciously resigning – where the hell was this guy for the last parliament and the whole election? Apparently he hopes the next Liberal leader is young and female. I’ll be happy with good, which we haven’t had in a while. And as long as it’s not Justin flippin’ Trudeau, who couldn’t find “genuine” in the dictionary under “G”. The Party needs new leadership, should never have gone with Michael Ignatieff in the first place, but this is quite a hard lesson to learn.

What’s to fear in the Harper government? More funding cuts to women’s groups, the demise of the CBC, undercutting healthcare and healthcare transfers to the provinces, no public funding for political parties (after he gets his share from THIS election and simultaneously screws the LPC one more time), corporate tax cuts, no more long gun registry, and a continued gag on his own party and on the media, as best he can.

What is scariest, maybe, is the fact that my fellow Canadians voted for a man who believes bullying is a good way to lead, for a Party that was in contempt of parliament, and who launched vicious attack ads, and who have, on numerous occasions, diverted funds for their own purposes. I don’t understand their thinking, and perhaps that’s the most depressing fact of all.

Serving with distinction

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Feel free to add your own. There’s many more to choose from.

Satisfying

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Harper pollster: Hi, I’m calling on behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. I was wondering if we will have your support…

Me: Put me in the category that says Stephen Harper is a narrow-minded bully.

Harper pollster: In, ah, so you wouldn’t vote for him.

Me: No.

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I forgot “petty”, though.

Quotable – ferrety

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

The great thing about ferrety eyes was they never changed from being ferrety, so you couldn’t read much there.

– Bill James, Pix

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