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Politics and its Discontents: Putting A Stake Through The Heart Of Harper’s Lies

As a youngster, there were few things I enjoyed more than vampire films starring Christopher Lee, in my view the best cinematic vampire there ever was. Usually, at the end, either a stake through the heart or exposure to the rays of the sun ended his evil hold on people. It was a satisfying . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Putting A Stake Through The Heart Of Harper’s Lies

Politics and its Discontents: Harper Under Seige

Once more, editorial cartoonist Graeme MacKay scores a solid bullseye.

As does Corrigan over at The Star:

And let’s not forget Star readers: Since the post-2008 Great Recession, Stephen Harper’s primary focus on energy (oil/gas) economic action strategies have painted our economic flexibilities into a corner. Now we find our transnational economic drivers . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Harper Under Seige

Politics and its Discontents: Harperland As Seen By Editorial Cartoonists

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Politics and its Discontents: Like A Festering Pustule That Refuses To Heal

Perennial posterior pain K(T)ory Teneycke just won’t go away. Currently a Conservative Party campaign spokesman, he once again appears to be out of his depth.

In the following video, which gets really interesting at the four-minute mark, a principled Tom Clark pursues the irritating gnat over his party’s use of terrorist imagery in its . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Like A Festering Pustule That Refuses To Heal

Politics and its Discontents: Speaking Of Conservative Crime

It seems that our Prime Minister may have violated his own anti-terror law against terrorist imagery and propaganda.

As reported by CTV, A new Conservative attack ad takes aim at Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s position on the mission against the Islamic State, but it uses the terrorist group’s own horrifying propaganda images.

In the online . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Speaking Of Conservative Crime

The Canadian Progressive: Wasteful taxpayer-funded propaganda must stop, Harper told

Independent watchdog Democracy Watch calls on the Auditor General to audit the Conservatives ads, and on Harper to stop the taxpayer-funded propaganda.

The post Wasteful taxpayer-funded propaganda must stop, Harper told appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: Don’t Canadians Deserve Better Than This?

Dear Demagogue (a.k.a. Stephen Harper) is out and about sowing his usual hateful divisiveness: Prime Minister Stephen Harper says “a lot” of Radio-Canada employees “hate” conservative values.

Harper says those values that are loathed by many employees of CBC’s French-language network are the same ones that he says are supported by a large number . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Don’t Canadians Deserve Better Than This?

Politics and its Discontents: Perhaps They Were There For Crowd Control?

Given their losing ways, on one level it is not surprising that the Toronto Maple Leafs brought in the military the other night. But on another level, it is a disgrace that they have allowed themselves to become mere cogs in the Harper propaganda machine.

Special thanks to The Salamander for bringing this to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Perhaps They Were There For Crowd Control?

Politics and its Discontents: Herr Harper, His Propaganda Machine, Your Tax Dollars

Hmmm…. it seems that the CBC has not yet quite capitulated to the Harper regime, at least when chief appeaser Peter Mansbridge isn’t hosting The National:

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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: Herr Harper, Who Is Your Goebbels?

Having returned from our Cuban sojourn last evening, I have not yet had time to get caught up on the Canadian political scene, but this item by Heather Mallick deconstructing one of Herr Harper’s recent 24/Seven productions caught my eye.

Its martial music, military imagery and depiction of Dear leader’s steady hand on the tiller . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Herr Harper, Who Is Your Goebbels?

Politics and its Discontents: And Now, A Word From PropCan

About two weeks ago, the Toronto Star carried a story about the Harper regime’s engagement of the serves of a publicity agency called News Canada Ltd.. The organization provides copyright-free material to any media outlets that wish to carry it.

The Harper government pays up to $1.5 million annually for its services, but the real . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: And Now, A Word From PropCan

Politics and its Discontents: As The Year Ends

… this deserves one more play. For a full review of the abysmal Harper Veterans Affairs record, check out the good work by the good folks at Press Progress.

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Politics and its Discontents: A Harper Naming Contest

Although there is no official prize, except possibly the profound gratitude of all those who aspire to rid our country of the Harper regime, a response by Scotian to a previous post about the cowardly lion who now ‘leads’ us got me thinking about a contest with which we might have some fun.

First, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Harper Naming Contest

Politics and its Discontents: Setting The Record Straight

Weakly constituted as I am when it comes to tolerating disingenuous and dishonest political theatre, I was unable to watch the Chief Prevaricator, a.k.a. the Prime Minister, while his chief courtier and media enabler, the most Reverend (and reverent) Peter Mansbridge, performed what Michael Harris described as his Yuletide foot massage during their year-end chatfest.

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Politics and its Discontents: Harper Exposed Once More

Those of us who follow politics closely and with a critical eye have long seen through the myth his handlers have perpetuated that Stephen Harper is a wise and reliable steward of the economy. Doubtless that gross mischaracterization will continue to be applied, and with greater frequency, as we move closer to next year’s . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Harper Exposed Once More

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Repudiates Economic Action Plan Ads

Dishonest and manipulative, such taxpayer-funded government propaganda deservedly earns the scorn of Rick Mercer:

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Politics and its Discontents: Beware! Just Say No!

This latest anti-drug propaganda public service ad from the Harper regime is not being well received. Here is a sampling of the critical reaction culled from You Tube: – “As a Canadian taxpayer, I’m highly offended that my money contributed to this mass disinformation, which amounts to nothing more than scare tactics. It’s time . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Beware! Just Say No!

Politics and its Discontents: What Will Be The New Excuses For Inaction?

H/t The Globe and Mail

Now that the United States and China have signed a deal to drastically reduce their carbon emissions, one can only imagine that the Harper propaganda machine is now in overdrive, probably squirming under the unwanted attention this deal will direct at the regime.

As noted by The Pembina Institute yesterday, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What Will Be The New Excuses For Inaction?

Politics and its Discontents: A Sobering Remembrance Day Reminder

I have to confess that all of the extra ‘enthusiasm’ for this year’s Remberance Day makes me uneasy. Poppy sales are at an all time high. Special and protracted ceremonies are planned. Government propaganda is being churned out incessantly.

While I fully respect the fact that many people fought and died to protect our . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Sobering Remembrance Day Reminder

Politics and its Discontents: Was Nathan Cirillo A Hero? – Part 2

Yesterday’s post revolved around a column by The Hamilton Spectator’s Andrew Dreschel in which he questioned whether the circumstances of Nathan Cirollo’s death qualified him as a hero. I predicted that he would likely be subject to a barrage of criticism, given that the young man’s death was so recent, and a state funeral . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Was Nathan Cirillo A Hero? – Part 2

Politics and its Discontents: Was Nathan Cirillo A Hero?

As I noted on this blog previously, it is always a tragedy when a young person loses his or her life, whether to accident, disease, or mayhem. The lost potential is incalculable. Like me, however, I suspect many found the mythologizing of Nathan Cirillo’s murder, his passage on the Highway of Heroes, and what . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Was Nathan Cirillo A Hero?

Politics and its Discontents: Pay No Attention To This Video

Please regard this only as a rare anomaly of nature, totally unrelated to the propaganda about climate change being promulgated by enemies of your goverment.– The Harper Regime.

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Politics and its Discontents: Cheap Rhetoric Versus Practical Questions

With regard to the ISIS threat, here is what Prime Minister Harper had to say in the House: “These are necessary actions, they are noble actions” …. “When we think that something is necessary and noble, we don’t sit back and say that only other people should do it. The Canadian way is that you . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Cheap Rhetoric Versus Practical Questions

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A CRA Audit-Free Zone

Okay boys and girls. Please resist the impulse to manipulate the Fraser Institute’s data. Really, don’t do it. I mean it. There will be consequences. 😉 Recommend this Post