Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream

The Ranting Canadian: Canadian and American right-wing politicians going on about…

Canadian and American right-wing politicians going on about Islamic terrorism has a sickening stench of hypocrisy, considering the fact that the American government and other Western governments helped fund, arm and train Muslim extremists during the Cold War, which has contributed to many of the problems in the Middle East (and beyond) today. It looks like the American military-industrial-spy complex backed the wrong “enemy of my enemy is my friend” in that one. They made their bed, and now they are lying to us.

One of the main reasons there isn’t a strong secular, democratic alternative in most Middle Eastern (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: The Hypocrisy is Blinding

One of these people is Not Happy to Be Here

Barack Obama cuts short his state visit to India, after lecturing his hosts on tolerance and women’s rights, so that he can kiss the slippers of the new Saudi king, Salman.

So, Barack, how do you explain that one?  “Sometimes we need to balance our need to speak to them about human rights issues with immediate concerns we have in terms of counter-terrorism or dealing with regional stability.”Okay, I get it.  The state that has had its sticky fingers in every major terrorist outfit from al Qaeda (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: DDM Calling For Mistrial! #RoboCon

Hapless Dean Del Mastro, the former Prime Ministerial Parliamentary Secretary is supposed to soon find out how long he’ll spend in jail away from his wife and baby child.

What's the difference between $21K and $20K? No kids, not $1000, it is a mistrial! #DelMastro #DDM

— Far Side Peter (@FarSidePtbo) January 27, 2015

The Disaffected Lib: Well, They Do Have It Coming

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of Australia.  A new report claims that the ‘land down unda’ will be hit harder by climate change impacts than the rest of the world.

It’s a real ‘out of the frying pan and into the fire’ predicament.  Most of the country is already miserably hot.  Adding another 5.1 degrees Celsius by 2090 would be turning your oven up from ‘roast’ to ‘broil.’

Good thing Aussie prime minister Tony Abbott, the King of Coal, and our own Stephen Harper are BFFs.  At some point Abbott might need Steve’s help to (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Is Harper Collaborating With the Saudi Princes to Crush Their Shiite Minority?

Stephen Harper is beginning to catch a bit of flack over the sale of 15-billion dollars worth of Canadian-built light armoured fighting vehicles to Saudi Arabia.

At first blush it’s hard to understand what Saudi Arabia, that already has a significant armoured force but shows no inclination to use it except to suppress pro-democracy dissidents in places like Bahrain, wants with those LAVs.  Maybe it’s got something to do with this, the simmering religious conflict between the Sunni House of Saud and Shiite Iran.  Could the Saudis be gearing up to crush their own Shiite minority?

Last October, Saudi Arabia’s (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: It’s Nearly "Duffy Time" Again

We’re just over two months away from the start of the trial of senator Mike Duffy.  It’s scheduled to open April 7 and continue to May 12, when it will adjourn to be completed from June 1 to 19.  That’s 41 court days in all.

With trial prep, motions and 41 days in court, that adds up to one huge legal bill for a guy who, rumour has it, is somewhat impecunious.

I’m guessing those will be the longest 41 days in the political career of Stephen Joseph Harper.  It could turn into an ordeal for a lot of the (Read more…)

Left Over: Should the CBC Walk the Proverbial Plank?


The only valid argument for saving the CBC is that it has a MANDATE, coast to coast to coast, to be there for all the people of this country, to disseminate information (however flawed that process might be these days..) and news for the entire country, especially those less well-served by the media as it exists today.. Let’s be honest here, if all CBC did was make such turgid dramcoms as Republic of Doyle, King of Kensington, etc etc I would say toss it, too… But the fact that anyone anywhere in this country (Read more…)

Susan on the Soapbox: Anatomy of a Homicide Investigation

Just as Ms Soapbox was fretting over Prime Minister Harper’s decision to appoint former CSIS director Richard Fadden to the newly created post of National Security Advisor she received an invitation from Assentio Mentium.

Assentio Mentium is a program offered by the U of C law school to engage lawyers, alumni, academics, business people and students on current legal issues.

This month’s offering? Anatomy of a Homicide Investigation. At last! A chance to pull back the curtain and find out what homicide investigations are really like.

Alain Hepner QC

Detective Matt Demarino, a seasoned and highly entertaining investigator, kicked things (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Steve Jong-un, Canada’s Closet Croucher

I’ll bet if Steve Harper and Kim Jong-un were marooned on an island together for a few weeks they might discover they had more in common than they might have imagined.

Both are incredibly autocratic, skilled practitioners of one-man rule.  Both share the same approach to governance; secrecy and deceit.  Both harness the power of the state to control dissent and monitor their critics.  Both unhesitatingly throw underlings beneath any available bus as a diversion to allow them to distance themselves from scandal and failure although, as far as is known, Steve doesn’t get to send his to the firing (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Harper Casts a Dangerous Net. He’s Fishing For Your Rights, Your Freedoms.

One of the classic goals of terrorists is to force the government side to become regressive, to turn on its own people.  Western governments, too stupid to realize this, use incidents such as the Paris massacre, to invest themselves with new powers that usually do more to suppress dissent than thwart terrorism.

Case in point, French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala.  He’s facing up to 7-years in prison and a 5,000 Euro fine after being charged with “condoning terrorism.”

Prosecutors opened the case against the comedian after he posted on his Facebook page: “Tonight, as far as I’m concerned, (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: About That Islamic Terrorism, Who Are We Kidding?

Well those damned Muslims have us in hysterics now.  Rupert Murdoch says this is on all Muslims.  Bill Maher says ditto.

But wait.  There are two strains of Muslims – Sunni and Shia.  Our Muslims of choice, those we consider our allies, are Sunni – Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, that bunch. The Muslims we normally despise and distrust are those other guys, the Shiites.

So, let’s step back and look at all this Muslim terrorism that has us in such a state. Let’s start with Osama bin Laden.  Sunni.  Al Qaeda, Sunni.  ISIS, Sunni.  Those Muslims Obama keeps (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: The Top Ten Wars of 2015

And a Happy New Year to you too.

The new president of the International Crisis Group, Jean-Marie Guehenno, has issued his own New Year greetings in an article on the ten wars to watch in 2015 in Foreign Policy magazine.

For the most part they’re the old familiars that continue to plague Africa, the Middle East and Asia with two exceptions, Venezuela and Ukraine.  So, to summarize, here’s the rundown.  No. 10 – Venezuela.  No. 9 – Libya and the Sahel.  No. 8 – Yemen.  No. 7 – Afghanistan.  No. 6 – the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  No. 5 (Read more…)

Trashy's World: Does anyone doubt an early election now?

First, this morning, with the ouster of the Burglar of National Defense, Harper was clearly wiping the table of any “nuisance” that may dog him during the campaign. Now, it comes to light that Harper will deign to meet the Premier of Canada’s largest province before the junior hockey game tonight; thus deflecting criticism that […]

The Disaffected Lib: What’s a Single Issue Prime Minister to Do?

These are not good times for Canada’s petro-prime minister.  Harper’s Holy Grail, Canadian energy superpowerdom, has sprung a leak.  Even The Globe & Mail, says bitumen no longer makes any economic sense.

If $40 a barrel still seems a ways off, consider that the benchmark price for oil sands crude is already trading in that price range. What’s more, if production from high-cost sources isn’t withdrawn from an oversupplied market, oil prices may soon be trading even lower. The first thing Canadians should recognize about the new world order for oil prices is that – contrary to what we’re (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: More In Canada Now Willing To Accept Dictatorship

Here’s Harper’s legacy, as he’s attempted to plunge our country into darkness:

The group surveyed attitudes towards democracy and governance in interviews with 50,000 people in 28 countries. It found that Canada was among those nations most likely to support shuttering its legislatures. In fact, the study found that only the citizens of Paraguay, Peru, and Haiti were more likely to put their democracies in mothballs than Canadians.

… Could these strange numbers explain why Canadians yawned when Stephen Harper was found in contempt of parliament, and immediately handed him a majority government?

“His long term goal is to (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Just Three. What Are Yours?

Three will do; not four, not two.

I want you to take a bit of time to dwell on this.  What are the three character traits/flaws of Stephen Joseph Harper you most abhor? Maybe you see the world differently but I have never known any politician that wasn’t flawed in some way.  I suppose that’s a function of human nature.  Those from other parties always seem more burdened with personality failures than our own.  Yet even Mulroney made some good calls, several in fact.  He was right on South Africa, standing his ground even against Thatcher and Reagan.  He was (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: CRA Destroys Metadata Copy of Texts

Fortunately, the NSA likely has a backup copy of this attempt to cover up CRA efforts to target charities.

@saskboy @Belgraves @TorontoStar More to the point, If sent on taxpayer-funded, CRA-issued devices, they are *by definition* govt business.

— CC (@canadiancynic) December 23, 2014

@saskboy interesting question.

— Mike De Souza (@mikedesouza) December 23, 2014

Here's how CRA responded after logs were successfully deleted #cdnpoli

— Mike De Souza (@mikedesouza) December 23, 2014

The Disaffected Lib: If It Scares Canadians, It’s Manna from Heaven for the Tories

Manipulating the public with carefully tailored fear is despicable.  It’s also the entire first chapter in Stephen Harper’s playbook.  He’s been incredibly successful in using fear as a weapon to motivate his own political base from the outset.

If you own a working television set chances are you’ve seen the Harper government’s anti-marijuana ad.  It’s ostensibly the work of Health Canada but the ad bears the imprimatur of the Prime Minister’s Office because it’s based on falsehoods calculated to scare gullible parents.

An ominous 30-second ad now on YouTube and TV warns that smoking too many joints can seriously harm (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Harper Has No Plan B

The Hill times regarding the recent plunge in oil, and unspent money on renewable energy:

Liberal MP John McKay (Scarborough-Guildwood, Ont.) said the report is evidence the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Calgary Southwest, Alta.) has favoured Alberta’s oil and gas industry at the expense of other sectors.

“We’re not nearly dead last in climate change progress for nothing, we worked at it, and we worked at it by emphasizing the oil sands in preference to everything else,” he said.

“So when we have this impending oil deflation, the price of oil deflation, all of our eggs (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Export The Immigration Minister Please

It’s so fantastically shameful the Immigration Minister discriminates based on religion, denying Syrian refugees especially if they are Muslims. This would violate the Charter of Rights were these people Canadians. Not a good Christian case of “do unto others”, is it?


.@CBCAlerts if only we could export our low-price oil even faster! #NoKXL #cdnpoli

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) December 12, 2014

We have a mean-spirited PM presiding over a failing economy and trying to advertize his way out of trouble. #cdnpoli

— Tony Dean (@TonyDeanQPB) December 12, 2014

. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Export The Immigration Minister Please

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Harper’s “crazy” Comments

So, @PMHarper, if oil/gas regulations don’t work at $65 a barrel, at what price are they “uncrazy”? $80? $100?

— David Akin (@davidakin) December 9, 2014

Here’s an impressive takedown of the Prime Minister’s “crazy” comments in the House the other day. Since 2006 he’s promised to regulate oil and gas. Now he admits that would be “crazy”. Harper is nuts, and a liar, and he’s our Prime Minister for another year.

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: _THIS_

I was never a fan of Bush II and his malicious sidekick Cheney, and even less so of their misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Yesterday’s revelations of CIA Torture are crimes.  These people abused prisoners in ways that all Western powers should be horrified by, and they knew damn good and well what they were doing.

When we first starting hearing rumours of an “extraordinary rendition” program, and the wrongdoings at Abu Ghraib, I figured that there was something much, much worse going on.  Sure enough, that’s what was happening.

Round up the lot of these rotten bastards and hang (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Who Needs Water Anyway?

A delusional remark in a CBC article: “Canada, which has long been criticized for being heavily dependent on shipping natural resources to the rest of the world.” Our Prime Minister, and Saskatchewan’s Premier spend millions, hundreds of millions actually, to tell Canadians and the world how many resources we should be sending elsewhere.

Consider the stat from Gasland II, where about 60% of some wells’ casings are expected to fail within 30 years. Naturally that stat is going to err on the sensational, but even the more conservative ~10% estimates are extremely worrying. “Leaky plumbing on energy (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: May was never contacted about #elxnfraud complaint in #RoboCon

“If the Commissioner of Canada Elections is prepared to ignore the findings of two judges, I think that will speak very poorly of the powers of investigations we have in this country to explore electoral fraud.”

Côté has not yet responded to May’s complaint.

It’s absolutely unacceptable that Elections Canada failed to contact the leader of a national political party after they made a formal complaint in 2011 alleging election fraud took place on a wide scale.

Green party's Elizabeth May wants new investigation of 2011 election robocalls.

— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) November 27, 2014

Meanwhile (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: What Harry Said. Erdogan, Harper – Soul Brothers

Former diplomat Harry Sterling looks at Turkey’s thuggish leader Recep Erdogan and sees much that reminds him of our own prime ministerial punk, Stephen Harper.

While Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan obviously come from different backgrounds, both managed to not only polarize their populations and undermine national unity, but also have damaged their nations’ international standing in the process. In Harper’s case, he not only has polarized the Canadian population by his divisive policies, he’s also alienated foreign nations, some of whom traditionally had positive views of Canada and its international policies. Whereas previous (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: What Harry Said. Erdogan, Harper – Soul Brothers