Politics, Re-Spun: Jesse Ventura Is On Our Side On Racist Team Names

More support for changing the name of the NFL team in Washington comes from Jesse “The Body” Ventura. Yesterday, I wrote about how incredibly easy it would be to change the racist name of any kind of team. It’s really not that hard. Imagine the reverse, though. Imagine changing the Vancouver “Canucks” to the Vancouver ...

Politics, Re-Spun: The NHL Gladiator Pimps

Risking player’s brain trauma for profit makes the NHL a gladiator pimp organization. At some point, as estimates continue to roll in, the NHL accountants and lawyers will realize that reducing concussion risk in the NHL will make the league more profitable. The NHLPA needs to do a better job advocating for the health of ...

Politics, Re-Spun: More CBC Privatization

The private sector is grinning at the stealth privatization of Hockey Night in Canada. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Hockey Night in Canada, privatization version! Yes, the CBC is now in a privatization scheme called a public-private partnership [see below] to continue its mission to dump the most culturally significant media brand in Canadian history: ...

Politics, Re-Spun: The Red Wings Fiddle While Detroit Burns

The new iconic photo of post-crash Detroit. Listen, can you hear the footsteps of Robocop? We can’t really blame just the Red Wings. We have to blame the Tigers and the Lions too, but really the 1% who own them. Detroit is bankrupt. Services will be privatized to privateer leeches. Human beings will lose pension ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Act of Valor, Redux

“Before my father died, he said the worst thing about growing old was that other men stop seeing you as dangerous….Dangerousness was sacred.” Last night I watched Act of Valor. I liveblogged it so you don’t have to watch it. You’re welcome. First there was The Lottery, a dystopic tale of social gruesomeness that I ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Challenging Homophobic NHL Fans

Having spent some time recently examining the NHL’s and NHLPA’s collective negligence about headshots, I was inspired to address the homophobia that surrounds hockey fandom last night. Sure the Canucks lost, but before that, someone called them a bunch of faggles in Twitterland. How did that all go down, and what hope is there that ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Boycott the National Headshot League (#NHL)

Before I get into my increasingly radical antipathy towards the NHL and NHLPA and their callous disregard for brain injury risks, I’d like you to spend a few moments watching this gratuitous display of intent to injure at a bantam hockey game in Kelowna last month involving teenagers. It will properly explain what I am ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Politics, Re-Spun on Coop Radio, September 5, 2011

Spending Labour Day with Imtiaz Popat on “The Rational” on Vancouver’s COOP Radio, talking about Christy Clark’s revocation of a pre-2013 election date [coup, not really a premier, perhaps a “notional premier”], the end of the HST, the BCTF negotiations and how the courts noted how the government yanked almost $3 billion from BC’s K-12 ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Canucks Riots: Turn your neighbours in?

Yesterday, I wrote about the narrative of division that’s going around in the traditional media and social media following the Vancouver Riots.  Jasmin wrote about the standard leap-to-blame-the-anarchists reaction that also came up. But now I’m getting kind of creeped out by the digital witch hunt that’s taking place, with a huge amount of websites ...

Politics, Re-Spun: On the Canucks Riot, Protest, and Division

I was saddened and disappointed to watch Vancouver burn last night.  Disappointed because the Canucks played so poorly and lost a game that they didn’t deserve to win, saddened to watch how the people in the streets ‘reacted’ to the game and went on a rampage, and I’m disappointed and saddened to watch the online–and ...

Politics, Re-Spun: On Riots & Anarchists: the Media’s Reactionary Propaganda

Good afternoon Vancouver, how’s your head? The hand-wringing and spinning has commenced in full force now in the wake of the riot which gripped the downtown core after the Canucks Game 7 loss. The narrative which emerged, both in the media and thanks to public statements by the Vancouver Police, is that—are you ready for ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Hockey Politics, Maybe?

Join Tia and me as we liveblog/snark our way through Game 7! Go Jets! Hockey Politics, Maybe? Share the Love: Twitter del.icio.us email RSS Facebook Google Bookmarks Digg LinkedIn StumbleUpon Technorati Yahoo! Buzz People who read this page, also read: On the Canucks Riot, Protest, and Division The American Dream, brought to you by Marvel ...