By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 25, 2013: The race for the Liberal Party of Canada gets even more interesting as former astronaut, Marc Garneau, challenges perceived front-runner, Justin Trudeau, to a one-on-one debate. “The leadership of the Liberal Party is too important a position to hand to an untested candidate hiding behind a carefully crafted public relations READ MORE
I’ll be there volunteering, but if you can’t make it, you can watch live at Liberal.ca/Live and join thousands of Liberals from across Canada on the live chat. The race is getting more and more heated, so you won’t want to miss all 9 candidates debating each other 1 on 1 and talking about how to rebuild our party and make Canada a better place.
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Why do we do what we do here at DWR? What can we offer to the stalwartly religious that happen on this atheistic nook of cyberspace? Not very much, some would opine, because people’s minds are made up and that is that.
Searching through my video subscriptions I found this video by Thermin Trees and with his usual candour, and oh so lovely English accent, he explains why it is important to continue the discussion about contentious issues. It is the process that is most important and not necessarily the results.
Listen as TT articulates why it
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The world suffered a tragedy when a gun man went and killed 20 students and 6 adults. The world was made worse when out of this horror people called others whackos and nuts for merely having a different opinion.
A tragedy should make us try to be better not worse.
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The goal is government. I’m interested in a party that wants into government. Anything else is a waste of time. It’s a waste of time to just complain and oppose, along with it being fundamentally unnatural and strange. I want a value-based and focused support of ideas. Bottom feeding and walking by the edge of the major [...]
I missed the first Presidential Debate last week, but gathered from the chatter that Mitt Romney stole a round from a woefully-underprepared President Obama. The commentary gave the sense that Obama prepared for the event in the way Apollo Creed prepared for the fight in the first Rocky movie. As Apollo’s trainer told him after the champ got knocked down the first round, “he doesn’t know it’s a damn show, he thinks it’s a damn fight!”
Media leaks even suggest that Obama actually thought he won the debate for most of the next day, until some metaphorical kid burst
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SNL’s take on the Vice-Presidential debate.
Just as you need a brain and a heart, a country needs voters who know the issues and voters that don’t.
As the election for the American President looms, after months, if not years of campaigning, countless ads, two debates so far (not counting the twenty or so for Mitt Romney), and four years of getting to know Barack Obama, many are right to wonder how there can still be undecided voters.
If that group isn’t broadly criticized, the not so mutually exclusive segment of uninformed voters is. Informed citizens may frown upon these other members of their electorate, but
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The War of 1812, WHO THE HELL CARES, edition! Will someone PLEASE tell the war-lovin’ CPC that a $30 million investment to “celebrate a war that happened 200 years ago and didn’t even involved anyone named a “Canadian” is NOT a good use of public money??? Please! ¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨ The Harperites have decided to cut all [...]
I’m not a fan of all of Jessie Ventura’s politics, but he makes a strong case against the use of torture while explaining to the designated right-wing nut on the View how and why its wrong.
Let’s open up the discussion. When, if ever, is torture permissible? Leave your opinion in the comments.
Filed under: Ethics, Politics Tagged: Debate, Jesse Ventura, Republican “values”, Torture
If a pregnant woman with a 38 week old fetus is violently attacked and survives but the fetus dies there is no charge of murder. Is that just?
Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth proposed Motion 312 ostensibly to update the archaic definition of when life begins in the Canadian legal code, but more realistically his intention was to re-open the debate on abortion. Though today M-312 was defeated, the questions it asked still need answers.
The question of when life begins is important but answers are distorted from both sides of the abortion debate.
Pro-life advocates mistakenly cling to the idea
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Not too many surprises here folks, subscribing to the radical notion that women are people too is how we roll around here.
Filed under: Atheism Tagged: Atheism, Debate, Rational Thought
As the 2012 U.S. presidential election approaches, it’s safe to assume that a significant chunk of the debate will revolve around same-sex unions. This graphic from the Marriage & Family Counseling puts things into perspective. Source: Marriage and Family Counseling Degrees RELATED: On the chopping block, Canada gay marriages Anderson Cooper: “The Fact Is, I’m Gay” Federal NDP launches Rainbow Day on May 1st International solidarity toperdos Uganda’s anti-gay bill
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 President believes that U.S. tax dollars can be used effectively to bolster development and investment into renewable energy technologies.
Linda Stuntz, Romney’s spokesperson who currently sits on the board of Shell Oil, said that her candidate is not completely against
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When people don’t talk about an issue because of fear, society becomes ignorant. Abortion is one such topic where ignorance abounds, and not just on one side of the debate either. The polarization of the issue has all but eliminated reasonable discussion, leaving most Canadians less than informed, and facing the sensationalistic extremes on either side, it is no wonder why the majority are content to stay so.
Not wanting to talk about controversial subjects is even worse than being uninformed of them, for the latter is accidental ignorance, while the former is intentional.There are clearly many people who
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Fantastic. Our cracked conservative government is floating yet another trial balloon on its anti-empirical evidence “tough” on reality crime bill. Listen to all the surreal talking points from the interview on CBC’s The Current Podcast.
Civilized states do not put people to death. We should remain counted as a civilized state.
Filed under: Canada, Politics Tagged: Canada, Capital Punishment, Civilization, Conservative Douchery, Death Penalty, Debate
The following is various reactions and analysis of the Halifax NDP Federal Leader debate on January 27th. Previous NDP debate commentary: Dec 4th Ottawa Debate | January 18th Toronto Debate part 1 | January 18th Toronto Debate part 2 (Issues and Themes). The third English language debate largely followed the themes and style of the first two debates.The inclusion of a Question & Answer period, analogous to the one done in Parliament, provided some of the most interesting back and forths yet seen the debates which have typically been pretty full of agreement with an agreeable tone. The moderator, Dan . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Halifax NDP Federal Leader Debate January 29th Analysis
Part one of this blog’s coverage of the Toronto NDP Federal Leadership debate on January 18th gives an overview of the various candidates more on the side of personality, debating skills, speaking skills, and the like. This second post takes a look at the dominant themes and issues raised in the debate. Violent Agreement: For the most part, the candidates agree with each other. Part way through, Nathan Cullen joked that as a parliamentarian he was getting uncomfortable by all this agreement. After that, the fact that they were all “violently agreeing” with each other on question after question became something . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Issues and Themes in the Toronto NDP Federal Leadership Debate
Rick Mercer rants against the erosion of public debate under the Harper Government® concerning various issues of the day and its paternalistic “My house, my rules” approach to enacting various decisions…
Um, sorry, but isn’t this semi-dictatorial kind of behaviour the nature of majority governments in parliament and, truth be told, part of the reason we elect them to effectively function as such in the first place? If anything, the virtual autocracy we temporarily grant to our leaders for several years at a time seems to be a feature, not a bug, of our system.
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I attended the Toronto Area Council NDP Federal Leadership Debate. What follows is a range of reactions about the candidates, policies, and themes in this debate.
Crowd: The crowd packed the 850 seat theater at the Bloor Collegiate Institute leaving 150 outside and unable to enter; an excellent showing, especially given that this is an informal debate and not one of the originally planned six. The foyer had vocal representation from all candidates, with a sight emphasis on Peggy Nash supporters which is to be expected given the proximity to her home riding. Demographically, the crowd was overwhelmingly Caucasian (especially relative to the city of . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Toronto NDP Federal Leadership Debate Reactions
Last Tuesday, the second game of the playoffs took place in New Hampshire with front runner Massachusetts Mitt leading the pack going into game three in South Carolina. For six months of the regular season the candidates squares off again and again and again, jostling for position in the rankings going into the playoffs. It has been a chaotic season with early hopefully like Bachmann and Perry seemingly down for the count, with Cain kicked out due to sex scandals, and late hopefuls Gingrich, Santorum and Huntsman desperately hoping to win a game and not let Paul, ever the underdog, secure the second place finish. . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: The appeal, and vacuousness, of sports team politics
The first NDP leadership debate is about to start. I’m not even going to liveblog in caps, THAT IS HOW SERIOUSLY I AM TREATING IT
Robert Chisholm, he is already somebody that I like. Here comes Niki Ashton, I like her too. So yeah, it’s going to be 120 minutes of me saying I like everyone and everything they say.
Brian Topp. Paraphrase, Let’s not be a bunch of Liberals about this, OK?
Damn you, Nathan Cullen. You are so likeable and I want you to be my best friend, but you are so wrong with your (Read more…)
Pundits seem to love to profess multitudes of differing explanations for the see-sawing GOP leadership contest that has seen, respectively, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain and now Newt Gingrich surge to the front of the pack in challenging Mitt Romney. These alternative explanations range from the simple to the complex, the realistic to the ridiculous. At the risk of simply indulging in this same game of choosing my favorite factor that is determining the outcome of this contest, I think the dominant factor is quite simply the likeability and personality of the candidates as expressed chiefly through the numerous . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: GOP Leadership Contest: The Likeability Factor
This week, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives sent a strong message to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – they’re not concerned about climate change. The NOAA had asked Congress for permission to create a new National Climate Service within the NOAA’s own offices, but Congress decided that the agency was just fine the way it is.
At a time when Congress is fiercely debating federal spending, it would seemingly make financial sense to deny additional funding to NOAA to create their new branch. But, in a rare occurrence on Capitol Hill,
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