PHOTOS: Kevin Davediuk, whose appointment as a senior public sector negotiator by the Alberta Government was announced on March 9. (Screenshot of Global News broadcast.) Below: Recently retired Canadian ambassador to the United States Gary Doer and the… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Deplorable Wildrose attack on new government negotiator offers a glimpse of what party leaders really think
In 1954, when the U.S. Senate voted to censure Wisconsin Republican Joseph R. McCarthy, a man whose motivations were deemed “evil and unmatched in malice,” it closed the book on a particularly shameful chapter of American politics; One marked by relentless character assassinations, vicious demagoguery, and incessant partisan witch hunts. The extent to which the . . . → Read More: A. Picazo: As Some Fight To “Take Alberta Back,” Others Work To Move It Forward
Blaine Calkins (CPC – Wetaskiwin) and the 5 other government MPs have called for David McGuinty and Justin Trudeau to answer questions at the the House Natural Resources Committee. They want David McGuinty to speak because of a poorly phrased statement he made about politicians prioritizing the national interest about all else. The Conservatives . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Conservatives call Justin Trudeau to testify at the House Un-Canadian Activities Committee
Written by Justin Elliott | ProPublica On a Saturday afternoon last February, journalist Carl Bernstein got up on stage at the grand ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan and delivered a speech questioning the listing of an obscure Iranian group called the Mujahadin-e Khalq (MEK) on the U.S. government list of officially designated foreign . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Watergate Journalist Carl Bernstein Spoke at Event Supporting Iranian ‘Terrorist’ Group
This and that for your Thursday reading.
– Mitchell Anderson discusses the Ten Commandments that have ensured that Norway’s oil wealth is preserved for the benefit of citizens. But it’s particularly worth contrasting Norway’s philosophy surrounding non-renewable resources against the frenzy to extract everything today at any price (which of course currently dominates western Canadian . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
– Bruce Johnstone and the Star-Phoenix editorial board both join the voices decrying the Cons’ decision to throw parliamentary democracy under their omnibus budget bill. And Gerald Caplan points out the Harper Cons’ more general tendency to silence dissenting views: (T)here’s little doubt the government was deliberately crippling many . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
– Among the other possible tests in an impending Etobicoke Centre by-election, here’s one I’ll be curious to watch: will attention to the Robocon scandal turn the Cons’ usual misleading robocall blast strategy into a liability rather than a low-cost means of injecting messages into voters’ minds?
– Dr. . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links
Assorted content to end your week.
– Since the Cons don’t seem to have much else in their quiver at the moment, I’m sure they’ll keep trying to pretend that it’s monstrous of Thomas Mulcair to suggest that all industries (including those in Alberta) pay the cost of their real environmental impact. But the sales . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
In Tuesday’s Huffington Post Cameron Fenton, National Director of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, wrote an excellent article about the Harper government’s hounding of environmentalists and First Nations opposed to the Northern Gateway Pipeline. In Harper Government Can’t See the Forest For the Trees, Mr. Fenton starts off by describing a repetitive nightmare he is . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: McCarthyism, Canadian Style
Rep. Allen West says 78-81 democrats in the US Congress are also members of the Communist Party. This syndrome is also known as paranoia. I hope he gets help.
Ed Schultz of MSNBC had an interesting discussion on Allen West’s fear tactics and paranoia.
. . . → Read More: LeDaro: Allen West: Rebirth of Joseph McCarthy
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?
I remember when that hideous dumb on crime omnibus bill was first tabled and the noon hour “Free For All” show, starring Ric Petersen, Aaron Rand and of course, Tea-baggin’ Tommy Schnurmacher, on CJAD was discussing that very lunacy. One frightening thing that came out of Aaron Rand’s mouth stuck with me to . . . . . → Read More: Aaron Rand, You Still Think You’re Comfortable With Warrantless Online Spying? That Your Final Answer?
Yes, that would be the same Eric Duhaime, the one who begged the feds, not once, but twice, to somehow intervene in the construction scandal woes in la Belle province, a problem that dates decades that needs systemic changes that not even the feds can touch. That same scandal that ol’ Chrissie Paradis . . . → Read More: Quebecor And RLQ’s Chou-Chou, Eric Duhaime Has Hit a New Low–Enough With The Canadian Arrogant Complacency! . . . → Read More: Quebecor And RLQ’s Chou-Chou, Eric Duhaime Has Hit a New Low–Enough With The Canadian Arrogant Complacency!
This is one sick story. A prof made the following statement: “‘All Jews should be sterilized’ would be an example of an unacceptable and dangerous opinion”. One student jumped on the line from professor Cameron Johnston, who is Jewish, telegraphing the… . . . → Read More: York professor hit with bogus anti-Semitism charge. It’s getting out of hand, folks. Bring on McCarthy.
While we’re on the subject of journalistic ethics, let me just cite pogge and thwap. They’ve already said it better than I can.From pogge:Every year or two I find a reason to point to Declan’s post on the Media Failure Two-Step. (And actually I co… . . . → Read More: On that whole Nycole Turmel thing …