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Left Over: Idle Worship….

Stephen Harper and the Beautiful Flag He Hates So Much http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2015/02/stephen-harper-and-beautiful-flag-he.html

 

As an ex-Yank who always found it profoundly disturbing that rampant, ignorant, my way or the highway stupid patriotism started with ridiculous flag-worship in the States, have to say that spending any kind of big money on the anniversary of a flag seems . . . → Read More: Left Over: Idle Worship….

Left Over: Won’t Take a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Smoke Blows…

Tories and Liberals gang up on NDP over mailings—why now? What’s to be gained by a normally secretive all-party club of MPs attacking some of its members?

By Leslie MacKinnon, CBC News Posted: Jun 21, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 21, 2014 7:30 AM ET

In another section of this . . . → Read More: Left Over: Won’t Take a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Smoke Blows…

bastard.logic: Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau: Accountability for Thee, Not For Me UPDATE: Senator Brazeau in Jail, Removed From Tory Caucus

Update: Holy shit:

Senator Patrick Brazeau is in jail following an alleged domestic assault, sources tell CBC News, and has been removed from the Conservative Party’s caucus.

Brazeau, who has weathered several controversies since his appointment in 2009, will continue to sit in the Senate as an Independent.

It’s not clear whether any charges have . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau: Accountability for Thee, Not For Me UPDATE: Senator Brazeau in Jail, Removed From Tory Caucus

bastard.logic: In Praise of NDP PR Jiu-Jitsu

Paul Wells on how it’s best sometimes to simply shut up and let your opponent’s own negative momentum take them down:

Harper is certain to keep portraying the NDP as the only bunch of witless ideologues in sight. In quiet moments Conservative strategists say that, if they ever tire of whacking Bob Rae, they . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: In Praise of NDP PR Jiu-Jitsu

bastard.logic: Happy 30th Anniversary, Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms

According to Louise Arbour, Canada’s internationally renowned & universally lauded Charter of Rights & Freedoms (HBD, eh?) “has transformed a country obsessed with the federal-provincial division of powers and enabled it to address its diversity in a substantive, principled way.”

Gee.

No wonder Harpercon insurrectionists can’t stand the fucking thing.

. . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Happy 30th Anniversary, Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms

Bye Bye Saulie!

Saulie Zajdel, former Harpercon candidate who ran against Irwin Cotler in Mount-Royal and up until today, James Moore’s “employee” has left under the same cloak of secrecy he was hired under. Yep, ol’ Saulie resigned his post as Irwin Cotler’s shadow.

“I’m no longer working for the federal government,” Zajdel said in a . . . . . → Read More: Bye Bye Saulie!

Sixth Communications’ Puppet, Angie Perischilli Quits Harper in Less Than a Year! But is he Being Hypocritical?

It is time to start calling the job of Communications director to ol’ Stevie “The wives of Henry the 8th”. Number 6 has just decided to get outta dodge, boys ‘n’ girls. Ol’ Angie is citing that long hours are starting to take a toll on his health. Let’s let him tell you about . . . . → Read More: Sixth Communications’ Puppet, Angie Perischilli Quits Harper in Less Than a Year! But is he Being Hypocritical?

Is It Just Me, or Does Anyone Else Find the Timing of the Latest Harpercon Ads a Tad Curious?

Yep, boys ‘n’ girls, the Harpercons have come out with a new shiny thing–an attack ad against the Liberal interim leader, Bob Rae. I guess it’s never too early to get a jump start on that election campaign now, is it? I mean, they better get chopping now!! Only 3 + years before . . . . . → Read More: Is It Just Me, or Does Anyone Else Find the Timing of the Latest Harpercon Ads a Tad Curious?

Another Step To Criminalizing Dissent?

It certainly looks that way as the Harpercons and the RCMP turn Canada into a more McArthyesque place to live. Apparently, one Mr. John Allsop became a “person of interest” as the RCMP made a special house call to his place of residence, basically, telling him he should watch what he does and . . . . . → Read More: Another Step To Criminalizing Dissent?

Word to Peggy Wente And Comic Relief: A Cheesy Cartoon And Latest From Montreal Icons, Bowser and Blue

Keep thinking you live in a democracy, dear.

What’s happened to my country? I went away for a couple of weeks and all hell broke loose. I came back to find that someone named Poutine stole the last election. At first I thought this was a typo, that they meant Putin.

Go . . . . . → Read More: Word to Peggy Wente And Comic Relief: A Cheesy Cartoon And Latest From Montreal Icons, Bowser and Blue

Why Did Bob Rae Apologize?

 

Indeed! Why the hell did you, Mr. Rae? So it was a Liberal staffer behind the Twitter moniker of vikileaks. So? Glad someone was fighting back. Also, once again, with feeling, boys ‘n’ girls, @vikileaks didn’t use documents that weren’t already public record. In fact, anyone who would bother to look, . . . . . → Read More: Why Did Bob Rae Apologize?

American law enforcement officials: “U.S. is becoming ‘more progressive’ than Canada”

"Hey, this is some good reefer. I just saw the future. It's just like the 30's in Canada only worse!"

Harper tells them to buzz off. He is determined to send Canada back a century, if not the middle ages.

But the Harper government remains unswayed.

In a statement Tuesday, a spokeswoman for . . . . → Read More: American law enforcement officials: “U.S. is becoming ‘more progressive’ than Canada”

The Anti-Choicer Loses Liberal Nomination For Toronto-Danforth And The Riding is the NDP’s To Lose

Well, I’m sure many Liberals can rest easy, for now–the fetus fetishist, Trifon Haitas, lost the nomination to advertising exec, Grant Gordon last night. There was concern that the Liberals being in such bad shape, that it was ripe for a take-over from single issue interest groups, like a fetus fetishing group looking . . . . . → Read More: The Anti-Choicer Loses Liberal Nomination For Toronto-Danforth And The Riding is the NDP’s To Lose

Today’s Conservative: afraid of debate, emboldened by a docile media

For the 13th time in nine months, the Conservatives have stifled debate on an issue important to Canadians, especially those approaching old age. “Enthusiastic support”, indeed. When the public is shut out from discussion, of whose support is Van Loan speaking?

Mr. Van Loan made the accusations of delay in spite of . . . . . → Read More: Today’s Conservative: afraid of debate, emboldened by a docile media

The Pension Plan fiasco. Who cares? There are few jobs for someone 60, let alone 65 or 67.

I’ve been watching bemusedly – and with no little horror – the arguments waged between elite media types, celebrated authors and lowly bloggers over Stephen Harper’s hint about raising the qualification for old age pension from 65 to 67.

It’s all academic, literally. What’s not being considered in these finely-wrought debates . . . . → Read More: The Pension Plan fiasco. Who cares? There are few jobs for someone 60, let alone 65 or 67.

See How Austerity Will Really Pay Off Canadians in the Long Run

Step right up, boys ‘n’ girls, see what you’re forced to sacrifice for!

Tell me again how these mega-low corporate tax cuts and austerity for the rest of us is supposed to benefit Canadians in the long run?

H/T deBeauxOs who also wrote some lyrics. I don’t think they’re white stuffed shirts . . . . . → Read More: See How Austerity Will Really Pay Off Canadians in the Long Run

On Ending Colonialism OR One Reason Why the Northern Gateway Pipeline Must Never Proceed

In light of the upcoming Crown-First Nations Gathering scheduled for this week — the one from which our Prime Minister will be “ducking out early” — trm thought it prudent to review some basics on Canada’s relationship with her First Peoples. Harper’s planned early exit, the crisis at Attawapiskat and other First Nations communities, as . . . → Read More: On Ending Colonialism OR One Reason Why the Northern Gateway Pipeline Must Never Proceed

Drip. Drip. Drip. Conservatives chip away at our freedoms.

Jean Chretien has a point about the role the Liberals need to play in the age of a Harper majority – be bold. With the Conservatives chiselling away at the personal freedoms formerly enjoyed by Canadians – and non-Canadians – this country needs strong opposition to counter the upcoming tsunami of . . . . → Read More: Drip. Drip. Drip. Conservatives chip away at our freedoms.

A Heartwarming Xmas Wish From the Harpercons

Well, boys ‘n’ girls, one that would warm everything else but the heart, anyway.

Comes complete with stepford wife stealing Tiny Tim’s line.

H/T Gritchik

We Don’t Have a Speaker! We Have a Stevie Spiteful Yes Man!

I honestly don’t know why people are so shocked about our adorable speaker, Andy Scheer. I always knew he would be a hyper-partisan speaker. Others speculated about whether or not he could be non-partisan, as well, despite the fact that the Harpercons would’ve preferred someone older.

And when push comes to shove in the . . . . → Read More: We Don’t Have a Speaker! We Have a Stevie Spiteful Yes Man!

Barely Five Minutes After He Was Announced Leader of The Bloc Quebecois, Daniel Paille is Out of The Starting Gate

It’s official, Daniel Paille has won the Bloc Quebecois leadership with a little over 61% on the second ballot (they used a preferential voting system). Ahuntsic MP, Maria Mourani came in second and Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapedia’s rookie MP, Jean-Francois Fortin came in third and was knocked off the second round.

I contend that this . . . . . → Read More: Barely Five Minutes After He Was Announced Leader of The Bloc Quebecois, Daniel Paille is Out of The Starting Gate

Another Lawn Order Harpercon Not Practicin’ What He a Preaches

Well, well, well! What have we here, boys ‘n’ girls? A Harpercon MP has bit it. Yes indeedy! Peter Goldring, MP for Edmonton-East has been arrested for drunk driving and refusing a breathalyzer! Apparently, he is has ‘voluntarily’ withdrawn from Harpercon caucus. Yeah, right! If you say so. Didn’t they originally say that Helena . . . . → Read More: Another Lawn Order Harpercon Not Practicin’ What He a Preaches

My Sentiments Exactly, However, Michel, We’re Not in Canada Anymore, This is Harperland, Now

An open letter to ol’ Chrissie Paradis, Harpercon MP for Megantic-L’Erable, which a fellow Montreal blogger, Michel from Chronicles of a Pure Laine graciously translated over at his site. I couldn’t have put my chagrin and embarrassment much better than that. Merci Michel de l’avoir partage et de l’avoir traduire cette lettre pour . . . . . → Read More: My Sentiments Exactly, However, Michel, We’re Not in Canada Anymore, This is Harperland, Now

Shorter Harpercons: Yeah, We’re Behind Those Pesky Phone Calls, Spreading Irwin Cotler Resigning Rumours, So What?

It’s not like it hasn’t been done since 1999, they say. Let’s see how some of them justify these latest actions, shall we?

“Every political party in the House identifies its voters in one way or another,” Conservative MP John Williamson said. “This is an important part of the political process.”

Hmm, perhaps, . . . . . → Read More: Shorter Harpercons: Yeah, We’re Behind Those Pesky Phone Calls, Spreading Irwin Cotler Resigning Rumours, So What?

And The Harpercon Hits Just Keep On Coming! Peter Kent: Basically, If I Don’t Know What it Is, It Can’t Be Important

Well, boys ‘n’ girls, we have a science and technology minister in ol’ Gary Goodyear who is a creationist and doesn’t believe in evolution. Ok, not all that surprising, given the gang of Christian evangelicals in our government.

Now, it appears that our very own environment minister, Peter Kent, is actually making Rona . . . . . → Read More: And The Harpercon Hits Just Keep On Coming! Peter Kent: Basically, If I Don’t Know What it Is, It Can’t Be Important