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Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Compilation of ConMem.ca Politics Past

I logged a timeline of public news information about the deeds and direction of those leading our Canadian federal government from 16 October 2008 through 2012. That log was on my Web site named Conserving Memory (conmem.ca). I hoped to maintain an archive in critical blog format for public memory, which could be reviewed for ...

bastard.logic: SHOCKING: Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Suppress Democratic Votes

The NY Times: Several recent polls and studies suggest that long waiting times in some places depressed turnout in 2012 and that lines were longest in cities, where Democrats outnumber Republicans. In a New York Times/CBS News poll taken shortly after Election Day, 18 percent of Democrats said they waited at least a half-hour to ...

The Scott Ross: Wynne-ing Like It’s 2006…And Losing Like It’s 2008

Today Ontario Liberals chose their next leader, but if 2006 is any indication, they might have just chosen their next loser. Similarities between Kathleen Wynne’s recent victory in the Ontario leadership race and Stephane Dion’s in the federal Liberal leadership contest in 2006 suggest a just as similar electoral future. Old, Tired Parties: It was ...

Politics, Re-Spun: The Most Read Politics, Re-Spun Posts of 2012, Engage!

Welcome to the most-read posts of 2012! As we move into a fresh, optimistic 2013, let’s look back at what made a difference last year! Thanks for reading over 950k posts last year, on our way to one million this year! Place Post Author Date 1 Logical Absurdities: Only Anti-Government Sentiments Are Political Stephen Elliott-Buckley ...

LeDaro: 2012: The ‘Ooops’ moment

My favourite: Poor Rick Perry as his ‘Oops’ended his candidacy.

The Equivocator: 12 Words I (Re)Discovered in 2012

Defenestrate: To eject or throw (someone or something) from a window. Kludge: an improvised device, usually crudely constructed. Typically used to test the validity of a principle before doing a finished design. Portmanteau: Made by combining two (or more) words, stories, etc., in the manner of a linguistic portmanteau. Tmesis: The insertion of one or ...

Leftist Jab: Worst Staged Political Photo-Op of 2012: Jason Kenney

Reaffirming Jason Kenney is an egomaniac To describe this story as simply a staged photo-op would be a great disservice to the grandiose dick waving contest that Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney and professional media troll Ezra Levant were able to fully conceive. Through sheer ego and incompetence, they made what appeared to be an ...

LeDaro: So… the World hasn’t ended

I was watching a documentary on CBC, I couldn’t finish it. It was too nonsensical. The documentary was on the supposed end of the world predicted for 2012. About people who actually believed it was going to happen, and were “preparing” with bomb shelters and other measures. How can people be so gullible to believe ...

350 or bust: Shift Happens

* It’s solstice 2012, and we are on the verge of a paradigm shift. Here’s some inspiration for the journey, from SustainableMan.org: *

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Mayans, the ecological crisis and the end of the world: a little sanity please

It seems like a lot of people are going to extremes with regards to the Mayan predictions – and I mean the skeptics as well as the fanatics. Some are dismissive of the Mayans altogether, while others are taking a very literal and grossly overly simplistic view, and thinking the world will end on a ...

Things Are Good: 2012 Was/Is Arguably the Best Year Yet

If the world refuses to listen to the Mayan doomsayers on December 21 then 2012 many go down as the best year in humanity’s history (hopefully 2013 will be better). Most people are well aware that mainstream media is excellent at espousing doom and gloom, which may be why you’re reading this website. Well, despite ...

The Scott Ross: Now Americans Need To Follow Republican Lead

Voters showed the Republican Party doesn’t represent America, but in losing the election and now facing hard choices, for America’s sake, perhaps Republicans should. For today, after losing the Presidency, again, and additional senate seats, Republicans have realized that their difficulties were caused by themselves and that they need to change; Americans with their structural ...

The Scott Ross: Democrats Learn From Conservatives: Obama Like Harper, Romney Like Ignatieff

Many progressives are elated that Obama won last night, they should thank Stephen Harper. For though many Canadians were happily surprised that Obama’s re-election strategy worked, there was really little doubt, as Stephen Harper had already proved it would. The story of an incumbent winning an election by never ending his campaign and by first ...

Trashy's World: My nightmare scenario for tomorrow morning…

(4) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

The Scott Ross: Why Your Vote Means Something

If your vote is meaningless because it’s only one out of 140 million cast, what does that say about you, the importance of your one life on a planet with 7 billion others? Not to mention the short span of your years compared to the billions that came before it and the billions of years ...

The Scott Ross: There Is No End For Hope & Change

It is hard to imagine how much Obama has let the American people down from his lofty rhetoric in 2008 and how little hope and change he has actually delivered. This of course is not because Obama failed to uphold these particular promises, though it’s readily admitted he’s failed to uphold others; there is resentment ...

Art Threat: Art in the age of political absurdity

“The strength of our American-ness lies in our ability to question, to look frankly at the nation’s past and present, and to ask if we are living up to our own best selves.” – Eleanor Heartney, Party Headquarters curator The US Presidential election season is upon us, and with it, the proliferation of election centered political ...

The Scott Ross: Romney Is What He Appears To Be & That’s Not Being What He Appears to Be

From not releasing his tax returns to flip flopping on almost every major issue, Democrats often warn that Mitt Romney isn’t what he appears to be. Good news for Mitt, a new secret-video shows who he really seems to be; bad news for Mitt is that it shows that what he seems to be is ...

DeSmogBlog: Romney’s New Campaign Strategy: Attack Green Jobs During Massive Unemployment

Green Jobs US.jpg Since President Obama took office, industry-funded think tanks and faux grassroots organizations, along with oil-friendly politicians have been collectively demanding to know “where are the jobs?” And with last month’s jobs report showing an increase in the U.S. unemployment rate (even though there was a net job gain for the month, making ...

DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: Mitt Romney’s Energy Advisors

Romney and Bush.jpg In the last few months, the press has been drawing a lot of parallels between presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Republican President George W. Bush. And they have plenty of reasons for doing so. Romney has already tapped many of the same Bush economic and foreign policy advisers, and ...

DeSmogBlog: Romney, Obama Surrogates Spar Over Energy Policy

energy vote.jpg On Wednesday of this week, representatives from both the Obama and Romney campaigns debated issues of energy and environment, where the two campaigns’ differences on issues ranging from renewable energy subsidies to approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline were on full display. Speaking for the Obama campaign, spokesperson Dan Reicher told us that ...

The Scott Ross: Supply Management of Martha Hall Findlay’s Debt

For Martha Hall Findlay the economics of Supply Management are simple; the economics of her 6 year overdue personal political loans, however, are apparently far more complex. Where Ms. Findlay rightly believes the government should stop protecting dairy farmers, she wrongly believes the government should continue protecting her outstanding political campaign debt of $65,000. On ...

DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: Part 1 – What’s At Stake

vote-smart-button.jpg Environmental and energy issues became one of the central issues of the 2008 U.S. presidential election. While the economy itself took center stage, energy issues were right behind it, being pushed by the insufferable chant of “Drill baby drill.” In the four years that have followed, the U.S. has seen a boom in hydraulic ...

Art Threat: One Month Later – How the 2012 Federal Budget Impacts the Arts

With the release of the 2012 federal budget one month behind us you’ve likely captured the gist of the budget – cuts to the CBC and none to the Canada Council for the Arts. Here’s a full breakdown of how the cuts (and non cuts) affect arts and culture in Canada over the next three ...