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Alberta Diary: Dispatches from your crazy Uncle Steve: It’s all the fault of the media elite!

“Isn’t that Brian Mulroney talking to some guy … Hey! Isn’t that one-a those Trudeaus?! Mulroney’s just another Trudeau lover! Like the Ottawa media elite!” Yadda-yadda… Below: The real Crazy Uncle Steve, Mr. Mulroney again, Heather Mallick. You can tell she’s a member of the urban Ottawa media elite because she’s wearing pearls!

VICTORIA, B.C.

You may think the Harper Tories are getting ready to do battle with the Liberals under Justin Trudeau (whom former Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney just called “a potent package”) and the New Democrats under Thomas Mulcair (whom Mr. Mulroney called “the best (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Sober second thought: A half-hearted defence of Don Cherry, Stephen Harper and Julian Fantino in military drag

Stephen Harper in his cool green Canadian Forces flight jacket. With him, Alberta Premier Alison Redford and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, during last June’s flooding, both looking as if they wish they had cool military togs too. Below: Don Cherry in a tailored camo suit and Julian Fantino with a chest full of medals and a nice military blazer. All shots grabbed from the Internet.

A reader writes in response to my commentary on the politicization by so-called conservatives of Remembrance Day: “What combat unit did Don Cherry, Stephen Harper, Julian Fantino and the other chicken hawks ever serve in? (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canada must arrest Dick Cheney for torture, war crimes: Lawyers

A group of lawyers has asked Canada to arrest former US Vice President Dick Cheney for torture and war crimes when he visits Toronto later this week.

The post Canada must arrest Dick Cheney for torture, war crimes: Lawyers appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

LeDaro: Bradley Manning: A hero or a traitor

I believe that all Bradley Manning did was to expose the atrocities committed by the Americans in Iraq. He is a whistle-blower. Instead of making accountable and punish those who committed these crimes in Iraq; including Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld who invaded Iraq on false pretences; Bradley Manning is being punished. He is one of the many scapegoats. This is pure injustice.

Here is an interesting comment on Manning and Snowden case on the NBC story.

“Close the Fed“So let this be a lesson Americans,,,,,“,,,,, if you DARE tell the truth about how our corrupt government is trampling (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Arundhati Roy: Iraq and the ‘psychosis’ of U.S. foreign policy

This month marks the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion. The occasion is upon us with barely a whisper from Washington. Hardly surprising… the legacy of the U.S. invasion has been an Iraq in ongoing crisis. The truth of what is really going down doesn’t get anything close to adequate coverage in American mainstream media.

A staunch opponent of the Iraq war, author and global justice activist Arundhati Roy, spoke recently with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. Roy addresses the “psychosis” of war and questions the accuracy of “democracy versus radical Islam” rhetoric:

Roy:

So, unfortunately, we are

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Politics and its Discontents: The War Crimes of Our Political Leaders

Recently I wrote a brief post directing readers to a story written by Chris Hedges. Hedge’s piece, entitled The Crucifixion of Tomas Young, conveyed the very sad story, one that has probably been lived out many times, of a young man, paralyzed in Iraq in 2004, who has made the decision to die by refusing to take nourishment. His is an age-old tale of a naive but well-intentioned response to the patriotic call to war by a government adept at cynically manipulating its populace for its own immoral purposes (think access to oil as an example) and then ultimately

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The Disaffected Lib: How Dick Cheney Buried the Truth of His Iraq War

Dick Cheney has buried the truth of America’s conquest of Iraq so deep that he will himself be long dead and buried before the facts are ever exhumed.

It might have something to do with the annoying fact that the invasion of Iraq was a war of aggression waged on the flimsiest of pretences and, hence, the sort of war crime for which people have danced at the end of a rope.   People with that sort of problem like to keep the details quiet.

Cheney’s office, according to  [William Leonard, former director of the Information Security Oversight Office]

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Northern Reflections: Does Anyone Listen To Dick Cheny Anymore?

Speaking at a Republican dinner in Wyoming recently, Dick Cheney opined that President Obama’s national security personnel choices were “dismal.” He was particularly offended by Obama’s choice of Chuck Hegal to run the defense department. That’s Chuck Hegal, who was being wounded in Vietnam when Cheney was getting serial deferments — because, in his own words, he had “other priorities.”

Joe Conason writes:

It is hard to imagine a record as profoundly impressive as that of the Bush-Cheney administration, back when everyone knew that [Cheney] was really in charge of everything important—especially the war on terrorism, the

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The Disaffected Lib: Ya Think?

Dick “go fuck yourself” Cheney says John McCain’s decision in the 2008 campaign to pick Sarah Palin was his vice-presidential running mate was “a mistake.”

“I like Governor Palin. I’ve met her. I know her. She – attractive candidate,” Cheney told ABC’s Jonathan Karl. “But based on her background, she’d only been governor for, what, two years. I don’t think she passed that test … of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake.”

The former vice president, in his first interview since a successful heart transplant, suggested that Palin’s selection wasn’t well-handled.

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DeSmogBlog: ALEC Launches Assault on Renewable Energy Industry

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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as covered previously by DeSmogBlog, is the "Trojan Horse" behind mandating that climate change denial ("skepticism," or "balance," in its words) be taught in K-12 classrooms.

Well, ALEC is at it again, it appears. Facing an IRS complaint filed by Common Cause, one of the leading advocacy groups working to expose the corporate-funded bill mill, ALEC has also launched an assault on renewable energy legislation, according to a well-documented report written by Bloomberg News.

The two developments are worth unpacking.

Common Cause IRS Complaint

The Washington Post 

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LeDaro: Matt Damon “‘I Would Kiss George W. Bush on the Mouth’ for His AIDS Work”

Matt Damon: I would kiss George W. Bush on the mouth for what he did on PEPFAR.

Reporter Jeffrey Goldberg: How long would you kiss him?

Matt Damon: Three seconds. No tongue.

Read Matt story here.

I will personally kick George W. Bush on his butts for the murder and mayhem he caused in Iraq. His invasion of Iraq was totally unjustified and it can only be characterized as the major savagery of 21st century. This man along with his co-conspirators Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld must be tried in The International Court in the Hague.

LeDaro: Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld -the liars

These bastards are responsible for the killing of over one million Iraqis – majority of them women and children. No one has the courage to make them accountable including softy Obama. We live in a horrible world. Lest we forget.

LeDaro: Dick Cheney is Dead?

Ooops! They meant Dick Clark.

Read the story here.

LeDaro: Dick Cheney Gets Heart Transplant

Who did he kill this time to get a new heart? Is it an Afghani or an Iraqi heart?

This man will go down in history as a mass murderer along with his puppet George W. Bush. Read full story here.

You can go to jail to touch this man. He must consider himself a “holy man” where ordinary citizens with “sinful” hands must not touch him. If I ever touch this Satan I will wash my hands at least 10 times. He, Bush, and Rumsfeld are living top scums of the earth. Read more here.

Politics and its Discontents: Toronto Too Frightening A Venue For War-Mongerer

Suggested twenty-first century update for that old grade-school primer: See Dick Run Recommend this Post

Cheney chickens out of visit to Toronto

Must be all those mandatory minimum sentences that spooked the skittish Mr. Cheney. Do the crime, do the time must be scary words to a man wanted in much of the world for crimes against humanity. Plus I doubt the recent slaughter of innocent Iraqis at the hand of a US soldier will help . . . → Read More: Cheney chickens out of visit to Toronto

Cheney chickens out of visit to Toronto

Must be all those mandatory minimum sentences that spooked the skittish Mr. Cheney. Do the crime, do the time scary words to a man wanted the world over for crimes against humanity. Plus I doubt the recent slaughter of innocent Iraqis at the hand of a US soldier might not help his case.

But Cheney fans, don’t be too disappointed. Mark Steyn is taking his place! Lots of laughs, that fellah.

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Not Everyone Can Graduate from the Charles Koch Institute

Ezra Levant, above, when he was running for the Canadian Alliance Party.  After a heated battle, he stepped aside so that Stephen Harper could run in a safe riding, after being voted head of the Alliance Party.

Close confidant of Jason Kenney and Stockwell Day (coined the term “Stockaholic”) Levant is now a personality on Sun TV or Fox News North.

As much as I feared Fox coming to Canada  (thank you Stephen Harper), I still can’t take Levant seriously.  He’s just too excitable.  He starts to shudder even before he squeals some silly “revelation”.  I think

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DeSmogBlog: Report Partially Blames Federal Government For Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Explosion

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Perhaps one of the most honest assessments of last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion reveals the numerous failures of both industry and the federal government in the worst marine oil disaster in U.S. history.

The U.S. Department of the Interior sanctioned the report, compiled by more than a dozen experts operating with the temporary group called the Committee for Analysis of Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill to Identify Measures to Prevent Similar Accidents in the Future (The Committee). And while the experts on The Committee identified failures we’ve documented in

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DeSmogBlog: BP Accuses Halliburton Of Destroying Evidence In Gulf Deepwater Horizon Disaster

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Just months before trials are set to begin, BP is accusing Halliburton of destroying evidence related to their shoddy cement work that helped cause last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. According to Reuters, BP has officially filed their allegations with the courts, hoping to get the ball rolling on an investigation prior to trial.

Halliburton was responsible for supplying the cement on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig’s well, which was found to be substandard in investigations. According to Reuters, via Raw Story:

Citing recent depositions and Halliburton’s own documents, BP said Halliburton “intentionally” destroyed the

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They Call Me "Mr. Sinister": Sunday WTF

What kind of country allows Dick Cheney into it, but not Russel Brand? . . . → Read More: They Call Me “Mr. Sinister”: Sunday WTF

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Sun “News” Drinking Game

Okay, so here’s what I propose… Take a shot every time you hear execrable termagant and furious runt Kathy Shaidle casually tell a blatant LIE during this 7:00 minute interview with addlebrained guest-host Mark Bonokoski (to be fair, his cognitive … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Sun “News” Drinking Game

Cheney speech: c’mon Calgary, you can do better than this

Only about 50 protesters showed up to Cheney’s Calgary speech, a dismal showing compared to the far more sizeable crowd at his Vancouver speech the night before. I realize Calgary is a conservative city but with Nenshi, I thought things were changing.E… . . . → Read More: Cheney speech: c’mon Calgary, you can do better than this

The Vancouver Club, Dick Cheney and pedophilia

When socialite Leah Costello announced that Dick Cheney was to speak at the Vancouver Club, I thought nothing more of the venue, concentrating on the horror of a war criminal about to besmirch our fair city.In my many walks around downtown Va… . . . → Read More: The Vancouver Club, Dick Cheney and pedophilia

Tell Leah Costello that Dick Cheney is not welcome in Vancouver

Local right-wing gadfly and embarrassment to the city, Vancouver’s Paris Hilton, Leah Costello, is hosting war criminal Dick Cheney at her very elite, very right wing Bon Mot book club. It is appropriate however that a member of the cocktail wienie set is responsible for inviting such a ‘controversial’ criminal to our country and fair city. Protests are being organized and a healthy turnout is expected.

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