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Alberta Diary: The Six-Point-Four-Billion-Dollar Question: will the Redford Tories drop their budget balancing act?

Alberta Premier Alison Redford, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi talk to reporters with the swollen Bow River and Calgary’s skyline in the background. (Photo from Ms. Redford’s Facebook page.) Below: U.S. Republican contender Mitt Romney; Calgary talk show host Dave Rutherford.

It is not unreasonable, in a purely academic sort of way, to recognize that no major natural event happens without political consequences.

As Mitt Romney, the now nearly forgotten Republican candidate in last November’s U.S. election lamented not long after he was soundly beaten by President Barack Obama, “obviously, a hurricane with (Read more…)

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Sprawl Cabal of wealthy developers plot to take over Calgary City Council.

TweetA video leaked to Global Calgary showing a large group of prominent wealthy developers plotting to stack Calgary City Council with sympathetic candidates is making waves in Alberta’s largest city. The video shows developer Cal Wenzel presenting a plan to defeat certain members of City Council who he perceives to be anti-urban sprawl – including [...]

Alberta Diary: The Annals of Digital Recording: ‘Preston is out of the country and cannot comment’

Your blogger with Preston Manning, both exactly as illustrated, although, in fairness, Mr. Manning may not have known just who your blogger was. Then again, maybe he did. He did say something like, “Oh, you…” Below: Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Is somebody going around trying to pull a Mitt Romney on Preston Manning and the boys?

Mr. Romney, alert readers will recall, was the U.S. Republican presidential candidate who not so long ago was captured in a digital recording telling a bunch of well-wishers that, oh, about 47 per cent of the American population is made (Read more…) of lazy bums so dependent on government handouts they’re willing to do anything – even vote for Barack Obama – to stay that way!

If you enjoy playing Clue, you’ll appreciate the irony that it was the Bartender, in the Dining Room, with a Cellphone, who did in . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The Annals of Digital Recording: ‘Preston is out of the country and cannot comment’

Progressive Proselytizing: Republicans are from Mars, Democrats are from Venus

Some days it feels like the different sides of the US political map really are different species. Today was one of those days. Controversial freshman Republican Senator Ted Cruz got into a bit of an exchange with a Dianne Feinstein, a stalwart of the Senate Democratic leadership, over gun rights.

The video of this exchange lit up on the blogosphere today (yes, I am making one of those self indulgent posts where a blogger comments on the state of the blogosphere). What was interesting, however, is how both sides considered the victory an amusing knock out win for their side. . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Republicans are from Mars, Democrats are from Venus

Alberta Diary: Tom Flanagan, neoconservative spiritual leader, consigned to utter darkness

Conservative icon Tom Flanagan’s defining moment. Below: Dr. Flanagan in happier times; the six signatories of the Alberta separatist Firewall Manifesto; Richard Nixon saying goodbye during his 1952 Checkers speech. Unlike Dr. Flanagan’s likely career trajectory, Mr. Nixon came back.

Who could have predicted that yesterday would be the pope’s last day on the job?

I speak, of course, of Professor Tom Flanagan, spiritual leader of the neoconservative movement in Canada.

Well, Dr. Flanagan is the neocon pope no more, having uttered the astonishing opinion at a seminar the previous evening in the deep-south Alberta city of Lethbridge that

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LeDaro: Mitt Romney Pumps His Own Gas

Looks Romney has finally accepted his fate. Gone are all the trimmings of being presidential candidate. I read somewhere that he had rented a building in Washington D.C. to move there until he was sworn in as president in January 2013. . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Mitt Romney Pumps His Own Gas

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.- Haroon Siddiqui highlights the similarities between the Harper Cons and the U.S. Republicans – who lost last week’s election, and are even less popular outside their country’s own borders (including in Canada)… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: The Con Teabaggers and the Youth Vote

Oh boy. I know I shouldn't gloat about what happened to Mitt Romney and his Teabaggers, who were soooooooo sure they were going to win, they are now in astate of shock and awe.Or in the sixth stage of the five stages of grief, and in terrible, terr… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Teabaggers and the Youth Vote

CuriosityCat: Mitt Romney’s three miscalculations

Polls never lie, eh?Seems they can make you see things that aren’t there, as the Romney team did big time:They made three key miscalculations, in part because this race bucked historical trends: 1. They misread turnout. They expected it to be between … . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Mitt Romney’s three miscalculations

RedBedHead: Joy At Republican Humiliation Shouldn’t Make Us Forget The Choices Sucked

I was in a bar/restaurant near my house on election night, trying to get some work done and watching the results come in. At first it seemed like a nail-biter (though I was convinced that it would be a fairly easy sweep for Obama) and people were texting and Facebooking their fear that Romney the snake might win. Of course, he didn’t.

I must say that there was a palpable sense of relief.

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Republicans’ electoral strategy once again included a failed attempt to prioritize fossil fuels over mere people – and how the Harper Cons look to be on the verge of making the same mistake.For further reading on the developing resourc… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Alberta Diary: Republican failure shows conservative parties must adapt, like Alberta PCs, or die

Psychological/political portraits of Stephen Harper and Barack Obama by Edmonton artist William Prettie. Used with permission. This too shall pass… Now and then throughout history, as with Whigs and Communists, international political-ideological movements of enormous influence wither and disappear, often quite suddenly. It is rarely their call. Neoconservatives – or neoliberals, call them what you … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Republican failure shows conservative parties must adapt, like Alberta PCs, or die

Montreal Simon: Mitt Romney and the Con Cicadas

Oh boy. I don't know how to say this, but I feel I almost owe Mitt Romney an apology. For while it's true that he's a shameless huckster who lied so much he almost fooled enough Americans into making him President. Which scared the bejee… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Mitt Romney and the Con Cicadas

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alberta Conservatives can relate to Tea Party “bozos eruptions.”

TweetGlued to my television last night, I, like probably millions of other Canadians, watched as the blue states and red states were tallied until President Barack Obama defeated former Governor Mitt Romney. Last night and over the course of the Americ… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Alberta Conservatives can relate to Tea Party “bozos eruptions.”

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Aftermath

Paul Wells diagnoses the state of the GOP.  I would note also that the Republican nominating process has historically been a pretty orderly affair: typically, the guy that came second last item gets the job next time around. McCain and Romney, for… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Aftermath

Montreal Simon: Obama and the Wailing of the Cons

Wow. What an amazing night. It's hours after it ended and I still can't believe it.How Obama knocked Mitt Romney off his White Horse, and sent him back to Bain Capital riding backwards on a burro.For as even David Frum admitted "This isn&#… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Obama and the Wailing of the Cons

Alberta Diary: Message to Canada’s media: OK guys, you can stop campaigning for that Romney guy now …

Romney Defeats Obama! U.S. President Barack Obama – perhaps not exactly as illustrated – holds up a copy of the Toronto Globe and Mail after his election victory last night. Or something like that. Maybe they just missed it that we don’t get a vote. Most Canadians don’t get to vote, that is, in the … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Message to Canada’s media: OK guys, you can stop campaigning for that Romney guy now …

Cowichan Conversations: Barack Obama Has Won A Second Term Over Romney.

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger Barack Obama won fighting for Medicare, the poor, the working class, the middle class, the gays, the seniors, the students. Thank God! Every attack went into the ditch and now his second term and great… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Barack Obama Has Won A Second Term Over Romney.

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s New Democrats prefer Obama re-election

Canada’s Official Opposition, the New Democrats, prefers to see Barack Obama re-elected as U.S. President rather than Republican challenger Mitt Romney. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair told reporters in Montreal on Sunday that he “hopes to work wi… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s New Democrats prefer Obama re-election

Calgary Grit: Election Day in Ohio

While I may not be as overdosed on hope and change as I was four years ago, I’ll be rooting for Barack Obama tonight. I could write a lengthy treatise comparing policy positions and promises, but the short of it is I like the guy and I think he’d make a better President than Mitt Romney. I suspect that’s what it boils down to for most voters, so I’ll leave the deep analysis to those who follow US politics more … . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Election Day in Ohio

LeDaro: The Two Faces of Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney is champion of etch and sketch. . . . → Read More: LeDaro: The Two Faces of Mitt Romney

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Globally, Obama Overwhelmingly Preferred to Romney: Poll

by GlobScan A new 21-nation poll for BBC World Service indicates that citizens around the world would strongly prefer to see Barack Obama re-elected as US President rather than his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The poll of 21,797 people, conducted… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Globally, Obama Overwhelmingly Preferred to Romney: Poll

THE FIFTH COLUMN: America The Ugly

With friends like this Romney doesn’t need enemies:

It’s enough to make an atheist want to believe in god so we can call on him to save us from them, but as they tell us, and so fervently believe, he is on their side, their vengeful hateful god.

LeDaro: Mitt Romney’s Election Platform: Presidential Elections 2012

Which Mitt Romney Republicans will vote for tomorrow:

Alberta Diary: Harper Tories cry havoc and let slip the wars of dogs!

Meow! Prime Minister Stephen and Patron of the War Animals Laureen Harper with their Military Intelligence advisor “Trinity.” Below: the GRU and CSIS lapel pins. Note the similarity of design. Coincidence? I think not! A Royal Canadian animal hat: Here be Dragoons. And below that: Modern elephant-mounted light artillery … so don’t give me that Hannibal lecture! (OK, that’s enough … – ed.)

Doggone it! Readers concerned about the fondness of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government for the dogs of war – any old war at all, even if it involved burning down the White House

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