Alberta Politics: How to put Christ back in Christmas: It starts with Christians pressing ‘Reset’

ILLUSTRATIONS: Santa Claus … not Jesus. Below: Karl Marx (not mentioned in the story) … also not Santa Claus. Jesus Christ (quoted at length) … not Santa Claus either. This is an edited version of a post that first appeared in this space in 2012. With the Right in Alberta working itself into a full-blown ...

Alberta Politics: O Canada? Sorry, no ad libbing, please! We’re Canadian!

PHOTOS: Don Cherry, Canada’s best-known right-wing weirdo, wearing a suit that ought to be illegal. (Toronto Star photo.) Below: Boston-born tenor Remigio Pereira, the man who fiddled with the words of O Canada, much to Mr. Cherry’s distress, and Bacchus, the god of grapes, wine, winemaking, fertility, theatre, and ritual madness, who figures in this ...

Alberta Politics: Message to the Wildrose Party: The NDP won and you’re going to need breakfast!

PHOTOS: The Wild Rose Breakfast Special. Just one of the many compensations of getting an early start on your day. Below: Infrastructure Minister and NDP House Leader Brian Mason, the NDP’s point man on early rising legislators; Wildrose Leader Brian Jean; and Interim Conservative Party of Canada Leader Rona Ambrose, whose literary preferences include Ayn ...

Alberta Politics: Rona Ambrose, disciplined Harper loyalist, to lead the Opposition

PHOTOS: A typical constituent of Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose searches their Sturgeon River-Parkland riding northwest of Edmonton for a sign of his MP. Actual constituents of this Alberta MP may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Ms. Ambrose herself (CBC Photo) and Ms. Ambrose’s favourite author. Well, nobody in the shrunken Parliamentary ranks of ...

Alberta Diary: The PM’s Christmas Message reimagined: What are Canadians willing to do about our most dangerous Arctic enemy?

The so-called Santa Claus, a militant socialist leader who poses a serious threat to Canada’s national security, lights up a cheap Russian cigarette and relaxes after persuading a group of Canadian children unschooled in Austrian economics to give up the benefits of the free market for socialist dependency on government handouts. Below: the sinister “Øverste ...

Dead Wild Roses: How is Ayn Rand Still A Thing?

The funny folks over at Last Week Tonight tackle cover Rand and her amazing set of ‘ideas’ – you remember the ones – the “fuck you, I’ve got mine” high minded ‘philosophy’ that, because it dovetails with capitalism, did not die the premature death it so rightly deserves.   Filed under: Humour Tagged: Ayn Rand, ...

Alberta Diary: Let’s hear a big welcome for Preston Manning, a fresh new voice in Canadian satirical writing!

Preston Manning admonishes the Children of Alberta for abandoning the principles of Social Credit. Actual right-wing patriarchs may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The real Mr. Manning and, speaking of patriarchs, the sainted Ernest Manning, Ron Paul, the crazy uncle of the American right, and Ukip Leader Nigel Farage. “Cancer and lightning go where they ...

The Disaffected Lib: Ayn Rand’s "Vision of Paradise" in Today’s America? Try Tennessee.

If there’s one State that practices what Ayn Rand preached, it would be Tennessee and the results are predictable.  From AlterNet: If you’re worried about where America is heading, look no further than Tennessee. Its lush mountains and verdant rolling countryside belie a mean-spirited public policy that only makes sense if you believe deeply in the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Ayn Rand – Blueprints for a Feudal Society

Most of what Rand has to say about economics and politics is complete bunk.  The idea that we should not restrict the wealthy classes in their endeavours strikes me as the fast forward button on the decline of Western Civilization.  Altruism and empathy are the qualities that will save our civilization, their antithesis, aka much ...

bastard.logic: The Original Torture Memos

FLASH: Idaho State Sen. tables bill mandating the torture of Idaho youth en masse. No, srsly: Coeur d’Alene Sen. John Goedde, chairman of the Idaho Senate’s Education Committee, introduced legislation Tuesday to require every Idaho high school student to read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” and pass a test on it to graduate from high school. ...

Alberta Diary: Tinker, Sailor, Soldier, Spy … Jeffrey Delisle and the real betrayal of Canada

Tinker, Sailor, Soldier, Spy … Below: H.A.R. “Kim” Philby; Philby honored on a Soviet stamp; Sub-Lieut. Jeffrey Delisle. Nowadays, Harold Adrian Russell “Kim” Philby’s betrayal of British and American military secrets to the beavering Bolsheviks of the Soviet security apparatus seems almost quaint. But that’s only because even with their nuclear arsenal the Soviets’ Russian ...

The Ranting Canadian: Why is it that on Wikipedia, Facebook and various other…

Why is it that on Wikipedia, Facebook and various other websites, the pushiest proselytizers are almost always the libertarian capitalists?  They are like cult members. The glassy-eyed worshippers of  the fortunate rich (who are rarely rich themselves) are by far the most persistent of the zealots who spread propaganda and attempt  — but fail — ...

Drive-by Planet: Pam Geller’s racist ‘savages’ ad generates angry backlash

There has been quite a bit of angry backlash generated by the racist ad activist Pamela Geller and group succeeded in placing on public transit in San Francisco and New York. The ad reads: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, defeat Jihad”. The slogan derives ...

Those Emergency Blues: Observations and Assessments

NOTIONS TO SMALL FOR A BLOG POST, ALL IN ONE PLACE, A.K.A. THE PERIODIC LINK DUMP. Further to my post “Sleepy Sleepy Nurse”: Sleep or Die. Really. My job: Registered Nurse. We don’t know as much about infection control as we think we do. “Less than a quarter of the Clostridium difficile cases in a hospital could be ...