The good citizens of Toronto faced 20 cm of snow overnight. This was back in ought four, but still, the trauma lingers on.
Addressing the supporter category the party has adopted: “an astounding experiment in democracy.” Could be indeed!
I see that Blogger/Journalist Laila Yuile is back with a new post coming today. As a warm up she has offered up a Rick Mercer piece. We all love Rick Mercer so here he is.
Why is it that it is our comediens who tell it like it is while PM Stephen Harper’s performance is so sadly laughable? . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rick Mercer Outs PM Harper Over Treatment of our Vets!
The Harper Conservatives must really hate Canadian military veterans. The HarperCons seem to prefer that our armed forces members either die in action or commit suicide due to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder than live to require healthcare and other b… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: The Harper Conservatives must really hate Canadian military…
This and that for your Thursday reading.- Barbara Yaffe writes about the continual rise in food bank use and the underlying political choices which have brought it about:(I)n the last decade food banks have been helping Canadians through both good time… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links
Rick Mercer Speaks Out! Speaking truth to power on the national scene? . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rick Mercer Weighs In On Canada-China Trade Deal
Happy to see another RMR to help us through the trials and tribulations inflicted upon us by our Harper Conservative Government. Enjoy. . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rick Mercer Sells the Omnibus
This and that for your Thursday reading.
- Annie Lowrey reports on the evidence showing that the perpetually-increasing inequality pitched by the right as an economic plan actually serves to damage economic development: The yawning gap between the haves and the have-nots — and the political questions that gap has raised about the plight of the middle class — has given rise to anti-Wall Street sentiment and animated the presidential campaign. Now, a growing body of economic research suggests that it might mean lower levels of economic growth and slower job creation in the years ahead, as well. “Growth becomes . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links
Yes, I’ve been posting Mr. Mercer’s rants of late. The last three have been bang on and deserve to be widely shared. It’s unfortunate that we don’t see more of such content on Canadian television given that the majority of Canadians don’t support this government yet the venues to see such opposition on our television screens are so limited. Panels on the various political shows just don’t cut it.
These latest ads are such a stretch. The notion that there is indeed an “Economic Action Plan” that is being carried out in the present day as an extension of the
. . . → Read More: Impolitical: Mercer on the Economic Action Plan ads
And P.S. Gerry Ritz should be fired.
Rick Mercer has made a habit of producing videos with major politicians. Skinny dipping with Liberal Leader Bob Rae, A Slumber party with PM Harper and now zip lining with NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair in picturesque Petty Harbour-Newfoundland.
Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.
- The Economist adds a noteworthy voice to the chorus calling for greater tax enforcement to ensure the corporate elite pays its fair share: Characterising this steady financing as short-term lending is “the ultimate example of form over substance” and undermines a fundamental tenet of American tax policy, huffed Mr Levin. When an HP executive tried to insist the manoeuvre did not constitute profit repatriation, the senator wielded an internal HP document in which it was discussed—in the repatriation-strategy section. The Senate investigators said they suspected other companies were doing the same thing but
. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links
Here is another RMR and although it is clever and cutting comedy it is also dead serious. Democracy is dying in our Canadian Parliament. There should be some serious pushback but where is the outrage? Where? The MP’s are behaving like lobsters in a pot. They had better jump up and start serious pushback, but will they? How about the NDP. Liberals, Bloc MP’s standing up and bolting the buildings in a mass coordinated exodus. This is a request, an urging, OK a pleathen to those elected to represent us. Get the hell out of the box
In the upside down world of politics today it is the comedians, musicians and film makers that are often making the difference.
As the US Networks ratings fall it is the creative genius of comedians like Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert who are gaining viewers and making an impact.
Jon Stewart’s ‘The Daily Show’ and Steven Colbert’s “The Colbert Report self described as ‘Fake News Shows’ are often outshining the networks.
Rick Mercer’s back, and in fine form. Here’s Rick’s rant from September 18th, Omnibus Bill II: The Sequel. Wake up, Canadians!
Assorted content to end your day.
- Common Dreams discusses the prevalence of inherited wealth among the U.S.’ richest individuals (as pointed out by a report by United for a Fair Economy): Forbes claims that their list of the 400 richest people is ‘the definitive scorecard of wealth’ in the United States, but UFE rebuffs that assertion, saying that the narrative of wealth and achievement pushed by Forbes ignores the other side of the coin— namely, that the opportunity to build wealth is not equally or broadly shared in contempory society.
According to the report: The net worth . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Evening Links
I agree. Could have done without the use of the word handsome but otherwise, spot on.
Also, look for MP pension reform to be included in the omnibus bill for public relations purposes, always a paramount priority: When Peter Van Loan announced Monday that scaling back MP’s retirement nest eggs would figure into the fall’s budget implementation bill, it lay an obvious trap: vote against what promises to be another hefty and likely controversial budget bill and the Conservatives can tell voters you voted against pension reform from now until 2015.
Conservatives and democracy, they just go together. Like
Would you please appoint a Royal Commission to investigate Canada’s ever widening election fraud scandal? Rick Mercer and millions of other Canadians would be very pleased if you did.
The Long Gun Registry, More Prisons, and of course, lets not forget the long form census…
Filed under: Canada, Humour, Politics Tagged: Conservative Tom-Foolery, Humour, Long form Census, Rick Mercer
… who want to derail your dogmatic agenda with icky data, facts and findings???? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH2_ueCeVv4 Mercer does it again! Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
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