I've never had much time for Gen. Tom Lawson, our country's top soldier.I believe he has helped turn our military into Harper's Army. And has not done enough to fight this hideous problem.The Canadian Armed Forces perpetuates a sexualized military culture that is hostile to women and gay members, and harassment and assault are often tolerated by senior officers, according to a report released Thursday.But this is the absolute limit. Read more »
When Stephen Harper introduced Bill C-51, the anti-terrorist bill that every sane person in Canada believes will turn us into a police state, I was sure that even some Cons would join the protests against it.The libertarians, the ones who believe that even meat inspectors are too much regulation. Or the legions of the paranoid, who believe that Big Government wants to steal their guns and introduce Sharia Law, and that we'll all end up in one of Obama's Death Camps.Because as you may know, they all share one thing in common: an enlarged fear gland. Read more »
I grabbed this shot with my mobile this afternoon of a debate that was going on in the House of Commons.Because the title jumped out at me, and made me wonder again what country I am living in.And then I remembered that the Con in the picture is Wladyslaw Lizon, one of the founding members of the group that wants to build that foul monument to Harperism.
And I was reminded of what Robert Fisk wrote the other day.If Stephen Harper is serious about criminalizing "barbaric cultural practices" then he should arrest himself. Read more »
Last night I told you how more and more decent Canadians are joining together to denounce the monstrous Memorial to the Victims of Communism.The ghastly monument Stephen Harper is building to himself.Just to pander to the ethnic vote, and stick another knife into the Supreme Court.
Well today it seems that the builders of that monstrosity may be getting some help from the Canada Revenue Agency. Read more »
I've written a few posts about the plans for a monstrous Memorial to the Victims of Communism And how it's really a monument to Stephen Harper and his ghastly regime. A Harper/Kenney/Baird production designed to pleasure their base and glorify themselves.And since the land had been reserved for a new federal court, is just another slap in the face of our justice system.I have also pointed out how many distinguished architects have criticized it for being too big and too ugly.While others have attacked it for its monumental cynicism. Read more »
The other night I wrote about the tragic story of Cpl. Stuart Langridge, who killed himself seven years ago after serving his country honourably in Bosnia and Afghanistan.And I described how the military didn't accept that he was suffering from PTSD, treated him like a criminal, and didn't let his family read the suicide note he addressed to them until more than a year after he died.Well today his family finally got to read a heavily redacted secret military report, and it couldn't be more shocking.Read more »
If there was any doubt that CBC management has either lost its moral compass, or its marbles, now there can be none.For all you have to do to arrive at that conclusion is read how they are defending Amanda Lang.So, let's add it up: the government thought RBC did something wrong and RBC apologized for doing something wrong. But Lang said they didn't, and now CBC management says she's "technically correct." Which couldn't be more absurd.Or watch Rex Murphy in action this weekend at the Manning Networking Conference, along with all the other Con clowns…Read more »
Yesterday I wondered whether Stephen Harper was helping to bring the Bloc Quebecois back from the land of the dead.By fanning the flames of xenophobia and bigotry, and replacing the Great War on Terrorism with the Great War on the Niqab.Which if you read the hideous comments in the newspapers, is what it has become. And today when I saw a new Bloc attack ad I got my answer:Yes, yes, he has.Read more »
I honestly thought that I would never have to write another word about the Con clown John Baird. And it was such a great feeling.I thought I had said all I needed to say about his shabby political career in this post. But unfortunately I'm going to have to write another post to register my protest at the way the opposition parties fell over themselves praising him yesterday.Or all but canonizing him. Making it sound like he was a saint flawed only by his partisan passion, instead of a political thug. Read more »
It's taken them long enough, and it never should have happened in the first place.But the useless managers at the CBC have finally surrendered, and banned paid appearances. Read more »
One of the things I despise the most about Stephen Harper is that he would turn this big, beautiful country, into something as small and as grubby as he is.Turn a still young country like Canada into an old and tired one, where greed rules and change is viewed as threatening. Or as Carol Goar writes, viewed as impossible to achieve. Read more »
He is without a doubt the most disgusting person on Canadian TV. An ugly bigoted bully if ever there was one.And he couldn't have had a worse year in 2014.But I see Ezra Levant can't handle the inconvenient truth. Or is finally losing his mind.Because not only does he think 2014 was his best year EVER.He thinks he's a real journalist!! Read more »
It's Christmas Day, and although I'm an atheist, and I believe that our beautiful planet is our heaven and our hell.And that it's up to us to decide what world we want to live in. Not up to some invisible deity or some bloodthirsty Godzilla. And although I hate the shopping and the greed. And although I know it can be a sad and lonely time for many. I was raised in the Christian tradition, I believe in the earthly message of Jesus the revolutionary, I share the vision of those fighting for a kinder, gentler world. (Read more…)
As I said in my last post, I wasn't impressed with the way Peter Mansbridge handled his year end interview with Stephen Harper.I thought he stroked Great Crazy Leader with a feather, and failed to challenge his many lies, or ask the follow up questions that needed to be asked.So the whole thing looked more like a cozy chat than an interview.But I see that Michael Harris was even less impressed.Read more »
Ezra Levant is without a shadow of a doubt the most disgusting person on Canadian television.A greasy, grubby oil pimp, a far-right demagogue, a bully and a bigot.But even by his low standards, this is absolutely outrageous.Read more »
It's been more than twelve years since he was horribly wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan. Then jailed and tortured in that hellhole called Guantanamo, even though he was a child soldier. Then betrayed by his own government. He is Canada's most famous prisoner, and yet for all that time he has also been its most invisible citizen. Never seen and never heard from. But now at last Omar Khadr has had a chance to address his fellow Canadians. And his words couldn't be more moving. Read more »
I see that the Canadian Human Rights Museum has finally opened its doors in Winnipeg.Which as someone who has fought all his life for human rights, is something I would normally celebrate.Except for the ghastly almost unbelievable fact that it doesn't recognize Canada's aboriginal genocide.Because Stephen Harper and his disgusting Con regime won't acknowledge what was done to our precious native people. Read more »
I couldn't have asked for a better sight to pick up my sagging spirits.In Stephen Harper's miserable Parliament, where democracy goes to die. Where there is all the time in the world to talk about war, but no time to talk about all those murdered and missing aboriginal women.And absolutely no time or money for an inquiry into why that happened, why it keeps happening, again, and again, and again. And what can we do to stop this MASSACRE…
There was the wonderful sight of the NDP outsmarting the Cons and forcing a debate on the issue. Read more »
With just 15 days to go before the Scottish referendum, a new poll has confirmed the trend that I wrote about yestarday. The YES side is surging, and Scotland could be soon heading for independence.
The poll by YouGov showed the unionist lead had shrunk to 6 percentage points from 22 a month ago as support for independence jumped to 47 percent in August, suggesting a major shift in opinion ahead of the September 18 referendum.And although some may be surprised, I'm not. And neither is the English writer George Monbiot, who says voting NO would be an (Read more…)
It's a trial that has caused outrage all over the world. The sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists, including a Canadian citizen Mohamed Fahmy, to long prison terms in Egypt.For the crime of committing journalism.But even though world leaders have been lining up to condemn that travesty of justice.Even though journalists all over the world have been muzzling themselves in solidarity with their jailed colleagues….
And even though the trial was an absolute farce. Stephen Harper has remained shamefully silent. And his government's actions have been totally PATHETIC.Read more »
It was one of the most sickening things I have ever witnessed, the police execution of Sammy Yatim.A teenager riddled with bullets on a streetcar for no sane reason. And then tasered as he lay there bleeding.It was brutal, it was senseless, it was madness.So I couldn't be happier about the decision to charge his killer. Read more »
I think it's fair to say that he was a better person at the end of his political career than he was at the beginning.He did reinvent himself from a pit bull to something vaguely resembling a pragmatist. He did become more human.And I'm sorry he died before he could spend more time with his family, or on the golf course, as he well deserved. But it also must be said that he was a prominent member of the worst government in Canadian history, and this is part of his legacy. Read more »
It's a horrible nightmare. I'm driving down a country road in rural Manitoba on a dark and stormy night, when my car breaks down.And before I know it I'm forced to run for my life.But I make it into this small hamlet, report the zombie invasion to the bubbah sheriff.Only to be arrested and dragged before Judge Toews. Read more »
I'm glad the mother of Cpl. Justin Stark decided to speak out about the one-cent cheque the government sent her dead son.And that the Cons were forced to apologize, for the pain that was caused.The mother of a dead Hamilton, Ont., soldier who received a cheque for one cent from the federal government has accepted an apology from Defence Minister Rob Nicholson but said the incident has reopened wounds.So hopefully it doesn't happen again, because it has happened before.Read more »