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Politics and its Discontents: Rick’s Latest Rant

In his latest, Rick Mercer turns his acerbic wit on the theft of copyright being engineered by the Harper regime to facilitate its campaign of attack ads.

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Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Adam Lent highlights the strong majority of respondents in the UK who see the political system as serving the powerful rather than the public. And Elizabeth Warren explains why the same conclusion applies in the U.S., while making the case that there’s room to improve matters simply by emphasizing the choices voters face: The system is rigged. And now that I’ve been in Washington and seen it up close and personal, I just see new ways in which that happens. But we have to stop and back up, and you (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer Assesses Andrew Scheer’s Job Performance

Unsurprisingly, the House Speaker gets a failing grade.

My two favourite lines:

“Show me one person who believes he’s done a good job on the decorum front. 308 meth addicts on the dance floor have better manners.”

“We [should] replace the Speaker with a bag of flour with a smiley face drawn on the front with a sharpie.”

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Montreal Simon: Rick Mercer On Why the Con Speaker Should be Fired

As you know I'm not a big fan of the Con Speaker Andrew Scheer. I blame him for allowing our Parliament to be turned into a fascist circus, or a dog and pony show.

By allowing the Cons to get away with never giving a straight answer to any question, and for always tilting the same way like the Tower of Pisa. Or in his case the Tower of Harper.

In fact, I recently wrote I think he should be fired.

And now I see so does Rick Mercer…Read more »

Cowichan Conversations: RMR Rick’s Rant Against Harper’s Secret Trade Deal (FIPA)

Cowichan Conversations: Rick Mercer Rants About The ‘Fair Election Act’

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer’s Solution To Voter Apathy

Sure beats the ‘Fair’ Elections Act:

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Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer – One Of Our True Patriots

I love this guy. Watch the following video to see why:

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Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Dean Starkman writes about the media’s failure to see and report on the culture of corruption and manipulation that led to the 2008 economic meltdown: Was the brewing crisis really such a secret? Was it all so complex as to be beyond the capacity of conventional journalism and, through it, the public to understand? Was it all so hidden? In fact, the answer to all those questions is “no.” The problem—distorted incentives corrupting the financial industry—was plain, but not to Wall Street executives, traders, rating agencies, analysts, quants, or other financial (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Another Gem From Our National Treasure

Oh, Rick, may your voice never be silenced.

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Montreal Simon: Pierre Poilievre’s Incredibly Horrible and Embarrassing Week

Oh dear. I can't help feeling that Pierre Poilievre is starting to regret that Big Daddy made him the Minister of Democratic Reform.And is probably wishing he could have another job PLEASE PRETTY PLEASE !!!!!!Because first the Chief Electoral Officer shredded his arguments in an appearance before a House committee.Then the author of a report on the last election made a complete fool out of him for misrepresenting his report. Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer Wipes Up With Pierre Poilivre

Rick Mercer does his usual excellent job in putting the smug and arrogant in their places:

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calgaryliberal.com: Liberals triple support in Lethbridge: Liberals at 24%, NDP at 14%, Conservatives at 38%

Something is happening in Lethbridge. According to a group out of Lethbridge College the Liberals under Trudeau have jumped from 8.38% (2011) to 24% for the area of Lethbridge. Provincially, Raj Sherman’s Liberals have jumped from 14.7% (2012) to 18% in Lethbridge-East, a point ahead of the Wildrose and the clear alternative compared to the […]

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- David Macdonald comments on Statistics Canada’s latest wealth survey, with particular emphasis on the continued gap between a privileged few and the vast majority of Canadians: (T)he top 20% of families have twice as much wealth as the bottom 80% of families combined. Even if the bottom 80% of families doubled their net worth tomorrow, they still wouldn’t have as much as the top 20% presently do.

Inequality is not only about the wealthy, it’s also about the middle class. Looking at the middle 20% of families, while they represent 20% (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer On The ‘Fair’ Elections Act

With Rick on the job, there is always reason for hope:

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Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer Takes Aim At Julian Fantino

Rick Mercer surely is one of our national treasures:

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Cowichan Conversations: Rick Mercer Reports

Politics and its Discontents: The Measure Of The Man

Sounds like Rick Mercer has the Harper cabal’s number:

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Politics and its Discontents: Some Things Never Change

Although the following Rick Mercer rant was made early in 2013, most, I think, would agree that nothing has changed in the interim:

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Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer On The Harper Regime’s Shoddy Treatment Of Vets

As a supplement to The Disaffected Lib’s excellent post on Remembrance Day, take a look at Rick Mercer’s thoughts on a government that not only has turned its back on wounded war vets but also tossed them out on the street:

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Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer’s Disgust With Harper

The following video is self-explanatory, but if you would like to read more about it and the Harper clan’s seemingly endless capacity to not answer questions, check out this link to The Huffington Post.

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Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Loyalty Rewards Program

While I await with less than bated breath for the announcement today of Dear Leader’s cabinet shuffle, the press has been all agog about it, offering rampant specualtion as to who will provide the new and fresh facade over the crumbling and morally bereft regime.

If the pattern of past autocracies holds true, we can expect those most unflinching in their loyalties, no matter the price they have had to pay in pre-existing integrity (a big assumption, I know) and public disdain, to be amply rewarded. Using that criterion, I can think of no worthier recipients of government elevation than (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Fatal Grip of the Duffinator

I'm sure historians will not fail to note that they were a REALLY odd couple.The jolly former journalist and the cold sinister leader of the Con mob.As they struggle to understand what brought them together with such fateful consequences.I used to think it was because the mob leader admired the sneaky way the journalist knifed Stephane Dion in the back just a few days before the 2008 election. Because that's the kind of thing that really turns his crank eh?But now I realize it wasn't twisted love, it was strictly BUSINESS.Read more »

Cowichan Conversations: Rick Mercer- Plastic Money- A Monetary Rant

Walking Turcot Yards: Rick Mercer Rants – Mike Duffy, The senate