Politics and its Discontents: Lying: The Pillar Of Politics

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Politics and its Discontents: This And That

The start of a new week inspires me to look back on the one past; thanks to an array of editorial cartoonists, it was a week not kind to our outgoing (one hopes) prime minister: Government for all Canadians, not just the wealthy, offers this intriguing clip from the past. Keep your eyes on the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Your Morning Smile

Pinocchio, Snow White and Superman are out for a stroll in town one day. As they walk, they came across a sign: “Beauty contest for the most beautiful woman in the world.” “I am entering,” said Snow White. After half an hour she comes out and they ask her, “Well, how did you do?” ” ...

Politics and its Discontents: More Fun With ‘Deceivin’ Stephen’

H/t Theo Moudakis And this from Star letter-writers: Re: Duffy scandal dogs Harper, Aug. 17 Liars. There are many types, just as there are many kinds of lies – white, boastful, malicious, and the Big Lie. This last kind can perhaps be used successfully only by one class of liar – the Big Man or ...

Politics and its Discontents: Fun With Stephen

As a Facebook wag described the above, Harper’s caucus room post-election. I have always respected Smokey’s advice. At this critical juncture, Canadians would be foolish to ignore him. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The Evolving Harper ‘Narrative’ On The Duffy Scandal

Of course, I am using the word narrative quite euphemistically here. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Reveling In Ignorance

It is perhaps the supreme irony of our age; for the first time in history we have access to a world of information and data literally at our fingertips; it is an era when profound ignorance should be quickly receding into the status of historical artifact; yet we are led by a federal government that ...

Politics and its Discontents: Another Harper Lie Exposed

Despite assurances last year that the TFW (Temporary Foreign Workers) program was being reformed because of a myriad of reported abuses, those assurances, like so many other pronouncements and assertions coming from the Harper regime, appear to be false. Business continues to abuse the program, with what one can only assume is the tacit permission ...

Politics and its Discontents: They Tell Tales Designed To Frighten Children

They, of course, are all who comprise the Harper cabal, that conglomeration of feckless, ambitious and disloyal louts who, through their lies, distortions and propaganda, would frighten, confuse and bully the uninformed into surrendering much of what it means to be Canadian. People will recall, for example, the infamous lie told by Maxime Bernier of ...

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer Denounces Tory MP Brad Butt’s Lies

As usual, Rick Mercer offers an unsparing assessment of his target, in this instance Tory MP Brad Butt and his outright lie about being a witness to voter fraud. Thanks to the usual Conservative obstructionism, Mr. Butt escaped his lie unscathed. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The Little Station That Could

Living as I do close to both Toronto and Hamilton, it is my practice at 6:00 P.M. each evening to flip back and forth between Hamilton’s independent station, CHCH, and the CTV Toronto for my local news. Sometimes, despite resources that are constrained compared to those of CTV, CHCH offers some insightful coverage. Friday night ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Measure Of The Man

Sounds like Rick Mercer has the Harper cabal’s number: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: "I Know Nothing"

It seems I am not the only one to have connected the dots between Harper and Sgt Schultz: RCMP allege PMO played greater role, Nov. 21 Quoting from this news item, “On Wednesday, (Stephen) Harper repeatedly told the Commons the RCMP had found ‘no evidence’ he knew of the Wright repayment plan.” I am reminded ...

Politics and its Discontents: No Disagreement Here

H/t The Toronto Star And a Toronto Star reader weighs in on the issue: Re: RCMP investigating Nigel Wright, PM says, Nov. 20 If Prime Minister Stephen Harper didn’t know about illegal payments being made to Senator Mike Duffy (as he has claimed on numerous occasions) he doesn’t deserve to be in the office. We ...

Politics and its Discontents: Plausible Deniability?

After watching the Prime Minister’s ongoing repetitive and wholly unconvincing responses to Thomas Mulcair’s incisive questions during Question Period, and after reading the latest details of the RCMP investigation into the scandal engulfing his government, I couldn’t help but wonder if Stephen Harper, as a youngster, was unduly influenced by Hogan’s Heroes and perhaps identified ...

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer’s Disgust With Harper

The following video is self-explanatory, but if you would like to read more about it and the Harper clan’s seemingly endless capacity to not answer questions, check out this link to The Huffington Post. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Shocking And Inconvenient Truth

It is a statistic that should disturb even the most unflappable among us. It is also a window through which we see the bald lie in the Harper claim that his government is the best one to manage the nation’s economy. An RBC survey has revealed that three-quarters of Canadians are imprisoned by debt, exclusive ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Web Grows Ever More Tangled

They say that when he was a journalist, Mike Duffy would often regale his listeners with tales of political intrigue gleaned from his many sources. A raconteur at heart, Duffy is now turning his story-telling talents to narrate a tale of corruption, cover-ups and lies emanating from the PMO and, increasingly, by inference, from Stephen ...

Politics and its Discontents: Harper Lies Multiplying

The trouble with lies is that after a time, they become hard to keep track of. The latest untruth from Mr. Harper came today during a radio interview with a ‘friendly’ who did not even bother to raise the fact of the discrepancy when the Prime Minister asserted, for the first time, that he had ...

Politics and its Discontents: How Many Fingers Am I Holding Up, Winston?

O’Brien held up his left hand, its back toward Winston, with the thumb hidden and the four fingers extended. “How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?” “Four.” “And if the Party says that it is not four but five — then how many?” “Four.” The word ended in a gasp of pain. — George ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Internet As Lie Detector

Funny thing about the Internet, isn’t it? Almost everything that is uttered or printed by public officials cannot, happily, be rewritten à la Orwell’s Nineteen -Eighty-Four. But then again, the government depicted within the novel must have felt the need to guard against uprisings by the people and so relied on scapegoating, invective, close monitoring ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Change of Heart, Or A Change In Political Winds?

Much has been written and discussed about the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, both on this blog and in various other media; consequently, I suspect that the majority of well-informed Canadians will look with deep cynicism upon the announcement that the Harper regime intends to crack down on widespread employer abuses of the program that has ...

Politics and its Discontents: Is Harper Just A Big Bully?

These Star readers seem to think so: Tories attack Trudeau on first day in new job, April 16 It is fair to criticize opposing politicians for their political beliefs and policies. It is right to deplore bullying in all its forms. Now we find that the usual unfair, unjust and bullying attack ads of the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Fact-Checkers Be Damned

It would be comforting to think that the disdain for facts apparent in the current U.S. Presidential campaign ads were confined to that country. Unfortunately, experience with the Harper propaganda machine suggests otherwise. H/t Ryan McGreal Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: CETA – Part Four – Trust No One

Ultimately, the critical thinker has an obligation to educate him/herself. To simply accept government ‘assurances’ that all is well is to surrender the responsibilities inherent in being a citizen in a democracy. HARPER SAYS: CETA and free trade deals do not allow foreign investors and foreign companies to challenge Canadian laws and regulations. WE SAY: ...