Scripturient: Will the Block’s hypocrisy never cease?

Last term, when they were raising their pitchforks to storm the bureaucratic castle, the members of today’s Collingwood Council – those we disparagingly refer to as The Block – were loudly castigating the former council for having once done a sole-source deal with the company that was the only Canadian supplier of a product in ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Not fit for it, indeed #nlpoli

Once upon a time not so long ago, you would think politics in this province was a mash up of  Nineteen eighty-four and Animal Farm. These days,  the Orwellian times in which Danny Williams thrived seem a kindergarten compared to the Franz Kafka novel in which we now dwell. “Before any election the [Auditor General] ...

Politics, Re-Spun: More of Harper’s First Nations Racism

The federal government tells CBC News that 84 First Nations have until Wednesday to post their audited financial statements for the last fiscal year, including the salaries and expenses of their chiefs and councillors. Pam Palmater is one of the most important voices in Canada in this young century so far. Here’s another reason why: ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Vic Toews’ horrible and hypocritical judicial appointment

When the Conservatives where in opposition they raised – as they often did – a legitimate point about the patronage within the then Liberal government. At the front of the pack was Justice Critic Vic Toews, who – quite rightly –  decried the partisan appointments themselves and the process by which they were made. As ...

Politics, Re-Spun: The Real Reason We Need to Get Rid of Corporate Media

Goodbye. While I’m also sad that the Kamloops Daily News is closing, I think Warren Kinsella is over-simplifying a few things [see below] with respect to how the media climate will be affected by the closing of this for-profit business, earning shareholder value by producing mass media content, while sometimes allowing its corporate revenue-generating employees ...

LeDaro: Arnon Milchan: A U.S filmmaker , billionaire and also spy for Israel

Arnon Milchan was the first one who provided the necessary material to Israel to make its first atomic bomb. Why U.S, Canada and other Europeon nations not go after Arnon Milchan. When it comes to Iran they are all gung ho. Hypocrisy and double-standards.

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Harper … Linking Him To Ford

In the last two weeks, we’ve heard a lot about – and from – Rob Ford.  He’s been, to say the least, prominent in the headlines – shocking most of the time, belligerent the rest. Of some consideration though is the dead silence coming from the PMO where Rob Ford is concerned.  Harper has been ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: What Was That About "Not Re-Opening the Abortion Debate"?

Since 2006, Harper has repeatedly “refused” to open the abortion debate in Canada … or at least so he claims. But then again, there’s the old saw about “actions speak louder than words”.  Once again, the Harper Government has taken actions which very clearly articulate where they stand.  On Huffington Post, the headline reads “Tories ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Harper Continues To Isolate Canada

With Harper and his band of geniuses running around the UN this, it’s actually been kind of interesting.  As I pointed out back in May, Harper’s foreign policy has served primarily to isolate Canada on the world stage, and continue the far-right narrative about the “irrelevance” of the United Nations. Today, in what must be ...

ParliamANT Hill: CanadiAnt Taxpayers Federation Demands Accountability, but Not for Itself

Inspired by this headline: http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2013/09/17/Canadian-Taxpayers-Federation-Accountability/

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Bottom Line on the Parti Québécois Proposed Values Charter

I was going to write a long blog post on this but since so much has been written about it I think this captures the spirit and intent of the proposal succinctly. The bottom line on Quebec’s proposed values charter is that you can visit a hospital named after a saint with a crucifix in ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Bottom Line on the Parti Québécois Proposed Values Charter

I was going to write a long blog post on this but since so much has been written about it I think this captures the spirit and intent of the proposal succinctly. The bottom line on Quebec’s proposed values charter is that you can visit a hospital named after a saint with a crucifix in ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: What should you do if you discover your leader is a hypocrite?

First of all, don’t be surprised. Then, I suppose it depends a little what kind of hypocrite. For example, if you are talking about a leader of a church — let’s say for the sake of argument, an evangelical church … Continue reading →

Politics and its Discontents: A Boorish Boar

The other day I posted a video in which Don Martin denounces the disgraced Senator Mike Duffy. He makes a reference to the exact point at which Mike Duffy ceased to be his friend. This is the episode I believe Martin is referring to: H/t janfromthebruce Recommend this Post

The Scott Ross: Atheist For Christmas, Christian For St.Paddy’s

Most atheists are as irrational as those who believe in religion. And perhaps even more hypocritical.  There’s no greater example of this than those vocal opponents of religion who criticize Christmas but in just a few months time celebrate St.Patrick’s Day and other religious holidays with unrivaled enthusiasm. St.Patrick’s Day is of course associated with ...

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 ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Fetus is Not A Person, So Sayeth the Catholic Church

Well.  I’m glad to see the Catlicks coming around on an important issue to women and their rights.  This is an object lesson for the deluded pro-life movement.  Your fetus worshipping is useful for whipping up the frenzy and getting people all frothy, but when serious issues come its time for you to sit the ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Musqueam Burial Ground Win Makes the Developer Look Brutally Ignorant

The provincial government has finally relented in its dignity-crushing stance of continuing to allow a developer to pursue building condos on top of a Musqueam burial ground. And while this change of provincial policy does not extend to a solution of land ownership, this is a critical first step to see the provincial government is ...

The Scott Ross: The Not So Leblanc Slate

Leadership races are often an opportunity for a political party to start over with a blank slate, Liberals might not get that chance if a slightly hypocritical Dominic Leblanc gets his way. Liberal MP Dominic Leblanc is discouraging anyone from running for leadership who only seeks to raise their profile and that members who lost ...

Left Over: Dis-honouring Our Homemade Monsters

Here’s a headline from CBC online today, talking about a sticker campaign to point out the hypocrisy of naming things after history’s deviates. In this case, the target is former Lieutenant Governor of BC Joseph Trutch..someone who  purposefully practiced his evil on our First Nations people, for a start…. Sticker campaign targets ‘racist’ B.C. lieutenant-governor ...

Impolitical: *Cough*

Riddle me this. How many days does it take a Harper cabinet minister to do the right thing? If you’re Bev Oda, too many! “Bev Oda coughs up cash for ‘ad hoc’ London limo rides.” International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda has agreed to repay almost $3,000 she charged taxpayers for “ad hoc requests” of a ...

Impolitical: An Oda apology and other notes

CLICK TO ENLARGE The cheeky folks at the Globe who do the celebrity photos have some fun with the Bev Oda Savoy swank affair. Slide 3 is devoted to Bev as well. And others, scroll through for all the fun. Also in Oda related reporting, CBC has this retrospective of sorts of great moments in ...

Impolitical: Conservative Senators bring the optics on budget eve

Conservative Senators are complaining today about news that they’ll be losing a cafeteria in one of the buildings in which Senators work, the Victoria Building. Former Conservative party president, Don Plett, unfamiliar with the phrase “entitled to their entitlements” apparently, said this: “What a bad, bad idea. The Victoria cafeteria was for the Senators and ...

Impolitical: Harper’s latest F-35 big 180

Harper yesterday: While the government isn’t giving any guarantees Canada will buy the F-35, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the country will remain involved in the stealth fighter project to ensure Canadian companies can continue participating. “We have received literally hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts for the Canadian aerospace industry. This is not ...

The Ethical Oil Spokespuppet Smear

A little bauble I ran across today … I can’t say for sure whether Ezra and Kathryn are faithfully represented, as I’ve never met them in person, but … snerk. (h/t Jymn) Related posts: Let Freedom Rain: “National Necrophilia Week”: Ezra Levant wears orange wig, drinks Orange Crush. Mocks Layton’s passing A little kosher wine ...