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Politics and its Discontents: Remembering The Harper Record

If the progressive community is to have any hope of ridding the country of the Harper scourge next election, it must be relentless in reminding as many people as possible of his sorry record.

While Harper is now desperately rebranding himself from the now-failed Oil Czar to Strong Leader Standing Against ISIS (even if . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Remembering The Harper Record

Politics and its Discontents: U.S. Military Takes Steps to Ensure There’ll Never Be Another Disaster Like the F-35

As far as the US military is concerned, the F-35 has broken the bank. With the American people on the hook for what is estimated to be up to 1.5-trillion greenbacks for a warplane, a gimmicky bomb truck, that keeps failing to live up to expectations, the military is determined to see that something . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: U.S. Military Takes Steps to Ensure There’ll Never Be Another Disaster Like the F-35

Politics and its Discontents: Slip Slidin’ Away

Slip sliding away, slip sliding away You know the nearer your destination, the more you’re slip sliding away – Paul Simon

I know, by his public efforts to appear reasonably normal, that Stephen Harper is a Beatles’ fan. Whether he has ever listened to or crooned any of Paul Simon’s songs is less certain. Yet . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Slip Slidin’ Away

Politics and its Discontents: Conservative And F-35 Myths

I have written numerous past posts both on the F-35 jets and the Minister of Incompetence who presides over the file in Canada, Peter MacKay. Despite the fact that the aircraft has had problems from almost the beginning, the myth of its superiority and the myth that it would cost our government $75 million dollars . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Conservative And F-35 Myths

Politics and its Discontents: He Certainly Has Mr. Harper’s Number

It is always heartening to me, and I am sure to countless others, to see that some members of the Canadian electorate are not asleep at the proverbial wheel but instead busy exercising their critical-thinking skills. Peter Dick of Toronto is one such citizen. Not content to blithely and blindly accept the official mythology . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: He Certainly Has Mr. Harper’s Number

Politics and its Discontents: What Do Stephen Harper and Rob Ford Have In Common?

Both, it seems, have a constitutional aversion to being honest with the people they purport to represent. Click here for a story on Harper’s folly (i.e., the F-35 fairy tale Haper Inc. is fond of spinning to benighted voters) and here for how Toronto Mayor Rob Ford tried to bury the truth about the Sheppard . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What Do Stephen Harper and Rob Ford Have In Common?

Politics and its Discontents: Department of National Defence Follies: $21 For A Bag Of Concrete Worth $2.67

While the Harper regime tells the rest of us that we must tighten our collective belts, its military arm, the DND, is spending, well, like drunken sailors. May I suggest that a trip to Home Depot might save about $18.50 per bag of concrete? Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: I’m Back – Nothing’s Changed, Just Getting Worse

After a week out of the country with limited access to the Internet and Canadian news, I see things keep getting worse. First thing I read this morning was how the Harper regime faked a Citizenship ceremony staged on Sun TV, the ever-faithful tool (and I mean that in the full sense of the word) . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: I’m Back – Nothing’s Changed, Just Getting Worse

Politics and its Discontents: From a Star Reader: Welcome to Harper’s Harsh New World

A particularly insightful lead letter is found in today’s Toronto Star. Because most letters seem to be available online for but a short time, I am reproducing writer Stephen Douglas’ thoughts on the folly of our pseudo-economist Prime Minister’s tax giveaways to the corporate sector, which continues its relentless mission of eradicating good-paying jobs from . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: From a Star Reader: Welcome to Harper’s Harsh New World

Politics and its Discontents: Caterpillar, Inc. – A Reprehensible Corporate ‘Citizen’

When I think of caterpillars (which, until recently, I have to admit, has been rarely), I think of a slow-moving yet determined creature on its way to metamorphosis, often into something quite beautiful. Unfortunately, that gentle imagery must be cast aside when considering Caterpillar Inc., an ugly corporate entity intent on wreaking havoc to those . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Caterpillar, Inc. – A Reprehensible Corporate ‘Citizen’