Alberta Politics: A Happy New Year to all – seriously, to all of you – as AlbertaPolitics.ca begins its 10th year of publication

PHOTOS: Some of the high points … This one was taken about the time I broke the story that Danielle Smith would be running for the leadership of the “upstart” Wildrose Party. Below: chats, and photos, with Ed Stelmach, Alison Redford, Jim Prentice and Rachel Notley. Dear Readers, On this day in 2007 I sat ...

Views from the Beltline: Welcome to the Beltline

After blogging for over ten years as Bill Longstaff and before that as the Matriarchist, I decided to take a short break. It seems the short break has turned into a long break, so I am starting afresh and here I am as Views from the Beltline. A new blog for a new year. Why ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Being Useful: a Necessary Shift in Radicalism

“Oh, what can we do in a case like that? Nothing to do but sit on your hat, or your toothbrush, or your grandmother, or anything else that’s useless.“ Those are the butchered words of a Burl Ives song I sang as a kid until my sister corrected me. The last word is actually helpless, not useless. ...

Alberta Politics: AlbertaPolitics.ca is taking a short break, with possible interruptions, staring now

PHOTO: Don’t be fooled. The plan is for this blog to be closed for the virtual equivalent of overnight, not forever. AlbertaPolitics.ca will be back soon. There hasn’t been a dull moment in Alberta politics for about four years now. Which makes it hard to believe that, before 2011, when Alison Redford stumbled confidently onto ...

Politics – Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye: Developments in Applying Assisted Dying

Omar Ha-Redeye commented on Slaw on the new Alberta Court of Appeal decision on assisted dying in Canada (Attorney General) v E.F. The decision raises important constitutional issues in light of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Carter v. Canada. The Federal government is currently drafting Bill C-14, containing amendments to the law in light of the ...

Politics and its Discontents: To All Would-Be Bloggers

I’m feeling a bit stale these days in my blogging, and so would like to step back a little bit from daily posts. For those of you who do not have your own blog but like writing informed commentary, such as I often receive from some regular contributors, please feel free to submit guest posts ...

knitnut.net: Hello, goodbye

It snowed yesterday: 20 cm. I think we broke the record for the most snow ever on April 6th, which was previously held by 1958. Here are some of the Spring snowmen which sprung briefly to life yesterday: Help me! I’m melting! Zombie Spring Snowman will never die! By the way, I miss you guys. ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: A Belated Merry Yuletide and Happy New Year Post

It has been nothing but work work, sleep, work, work, sleep, work work workYEAH CHRISTMAS BREAK,… sleep sleep sleep sleep,…That is what it has felt like for the last few weeks, and thus my absence from blogging.  Do not fear, the Grumpy Hobbit will return in the New Year, the Tiny Home Project is still ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: A Belated Merry Yuletide and Happy New Year Post

It has been nothing but work work, sleep, work, work, sleep, work work workYEAH CHRISTMAS BREAK,… sleep sleep sleep sleep,…That is what it has felt like for the last few weeks, and thus my absence from blogging.  Do not fear, the Grumpy Hobbit will return in the New Year, the Tiny Home Project is still ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Why We Do What We Do.

    Tackling organized religion and all the inanity that goes along with it is a full time job.  It is quite possible to sink days worth of thought and engagement into the struggle against religion and the toxicity it spreads through our societies.  As a writer, one needs to know when to disengage and take ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Adios comments section

The comments section at SRBP is gone,  this time for good. The theory was great. People could offer their own views on your writing and then you could have an exchange of views based on mutual respect,  even if the conversation got animated. In practice,  online comments – whether on blogs or on conventional media ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: URMURGURD – He’s Back Blogging TOO!!! Mark Francis (aka Section 15)

My oldest and bestest of friends (deal with it Mark) is back Blogging, you need to check out his blog, he just started it and needs readers.  So head on over to Korptopia

A Grumpy Hobbit: URMURGURD – He’s Back Blogging TOO!!! Mark Francis (aka Section 15)

My oldest and bestest of friends (deal with it Mark) is back Blogging, you need to check out his blog, he just started it and needs readers.  So head on over to Korptopia

PostArctica: 10th Anniversary

Yep, 10 years here on Word Press as of yesterday. I sure got to meet a lot of really cool and interesting people because of this blog. I have been relatively quiet in the last 4 years or so basically taking the lazy route in my war on stephen harper by becoming a Facebook junkie. ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: I Normally Don’t Cross Post Other Peoples Material,… BUTTTT

Montreal Simon just went to town on Ezra’s ballsack with an automatic paintball gun.I highly recommend to pop over and read it, it will make you smile. The Wonderful Humiliation of the Ghastly Ezra Levant

A Grumpy Hobbit: I Normally Don’t Cross Post Other Peoples Material,… BUTTTT

Montreal Simon just went to town on Ezra’s ballsack with an automatic paintball gun.I highly recommend to pop over and read it, it will make you smile. The Wonderful Humiliation of the Ghastly Ezra Levant

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000009 – EXCLUSIVE * Ezra’s Huge Huge Cenorship Douchebag Move

You all know Ezra’s TheRebel.Media Web domain right?  You know, its the site where he posts all of his stories before the cross posting then over at his The Rebel Community FaceBook page.  This is without fail, first the video rant or post goes up on TheRebel site and then it appears on the FaceBook, ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000009 – EXCLUSIVE * Ezra’s Huge Huge Cenorship Douchebag Move

You all know Ezra’s TheRebel.Media Web domain right?  You know, its the site where he posts all of his stories before the cross posting then over at his The Rebel Community FaceBook page.  This is without fail, first the video rant or post goes up on TheRebel site and then it appears on the FaceBook, ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Have a Very Happy War on Christmas Everyone

Bah-Humbug Now that Remembrance Day is over, we can talk about the next Great War to come, The War on Christmas, where brave Christians loose life and limb because their Starbucks Coffee Cup doesn’t have a snowflake on it. Where these brave Christian Warriors line up for hours to buy the latest crap that they ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Have a Very Happy War on Christmas Everyone

Bah-Humbug Now that Remembrance Day is over, we can talk about the next Great War to come, The War on Christmas, where brave Christians loose life and limb because their Starbucks Coffee Cup doesn’t have a snowflake on it. Where these brave Christian Warriors line up for hours to buy the latest crap that they ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

WE REMEMBERIt is a shame that we seem to have forgotten the lessons of history.

A Grumpy Hobbit: at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

WE REMEMBERIt is a shame that we seem to have forgotten the lessons of history.

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000008 – The RWNJs at The Rebel Is Going To Do Sciency Science

Oh God, the impending hilarity that is going to ensue with this series from Joshua Lieblein at The Rebel Media.  Yup they are going to reclaim science for Conservatives and be like all sciency I guess.  So who is Joshua Lieblein?  I guess we should know who we are dealing with first.  Jashua is; A ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000008 – The RWNJs at The Rebel Is Going To Do Sciency Science

Oh God, the impending hilarity that is going to ensue with this series from Joshua Lieblein at The Rebel Media.  Yup they are going to reclaim science for Conservatives and be like all sciency I guess.  So who is Joshua Lieblein?  I guess we should know who we are dealing with first.  Jashua is; A ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000006 – The Ezra Levant Spinoff Fanboy Club

They call themselves “Life was Better Under Stephen Harper” and really are nothing more than Ezra Levant – The Rebel Media – regurgitation crew.  Yup, you will normally first see Ezra make something up, and then these little peons will puke it up on their own page,… I said normally, but occasionally these pea brains ...