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Left Over: There’s Somethin’ Happening Here…

I’ve been holding back on commenting….reality has been so overwhelming and I feel as if, for the first time since possibly the War of 1812, that the West is slowly, inexorably being pulled into another war, this time on home … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: There’s Somethin’ Happening Here…

Writings of J. Todd Ring: US government shutdown, and other fairy tales and political theatre

I’m not sure what to make of the hoopla going on in the US right now. I’m inclined to think it’s all just political theatre, as Gerald Celente calls it, designed to distract the people from the real issues – the central one being, who controls the government and the nation? Wall Street, the big . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: US government shutdown, and other fairy tales and political theatre

Cowichan Conversations: Fraser Institute Faces Ridicule Over Child Rearing Cost Study

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The Fraser Institute lives to conduct self serving, right wing studies, analysis and such, generally designed to be instructive to the ears of right wing politicians and the eager and uninformed, while still being reassuring to the economically well to do set.

The MSM often suck it up as if . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Fraser Institute Faces Ridicule Over Child Rearing Cost Study

bastard.logic: I’m Not Sayin’ (I’m Just Sayin’)

The following nugget was buried at the bottom of a follow-up CP report on how CIDA helped fund the Ugandan aid work of the virulently anti-gay Crossroads Christian Communications (in full PR damage control mode now that its homobigoted Evangelical slip is showing) to the tune of half a million dollars last year:

Francois . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: I’m Not Sayin’ (I’m Just Sayin’)

The Ranting Canadian: Any fool who still says “better dead than red” in…

Any fool who still says “better dead than red” in this day and age should have to prove it.

Try both options and get back to us.

bastard.logic: Creeping Fascism Like Woah

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The AP reports that 5,000 Golden Dawn supporters marched past the US Embassy in Athens, chanting anti-Turkish, anti-US and anti-immigrant slogans. The anti-US feeling was prompted by memories of a 1996 territorial dispute between Greece and Turkey that only ended peacefully after the intervention of the US, and led to three Greek . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Creeping Fascism Like Woah

The Canadian Progressive: Global Mining and Tar Sands Oil Drive Canadian Foreign Policy

by Guest Blogger | Jan. 28, 2013 In the era of dictatorial Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his right-wing Conservatives, global mining and tar sands oil drive Canadian foreign policy. Canadian author, activist and political commentator, Yves Engler, argues that Harper’s right wing foreign policy protects interests of big oil and mining at home and . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Global Mining and Tar Sands Oil Drive Canadian Foreign Policy

RedBedHead: Rob Ford Shouldn’t Be Removed On A Technicality

I’ve been thinking about this a lot since the decision came down to oust Rob Ford over a “conflict of interest” technicality a couple of weeks ago. I have a feeling that this might be controversial or get me into trouble so let me just start by saying that I’d love to see Rob Ford . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Rob Ford Shouldn’t Be Removed On A Technicality

The Ranting Canadian: The great lie of the populist politician – by Don Gillmor, November 23, 2012

The great lie of the populist politician – by Don Gillmor, November 23, 2012 : http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/1291812—the-great-lie-of-the-populist-politician The linked column is a great summary of the North American tradition of rich… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: The great lie of the populist politician – by Don Gillmor, November 23, 2012

Bill Longstaff: Is the U.S. right rigging elections?

After reading an article in the November 2012 issue of Harper’s (“How to Rig an Election” by Victoria Collier), I’m not as surprised that Barack Obama won the recent presidential election as I’m surprised he was allowed to win. The article points out that most votes in the U.S. are now tallied by voting machines, . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Is the U.S. right rigging elections?

Politics and its Discontents: A New Threat To Seniors

I think we are all aware, at least on an intellectual level, that the gift of a relatively long life comes at a cost: physical and sometimes cognitive diminishment, myriad aches and pains, both physical and emotional, and susceptibility to scams and … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A New Threat To Seniors

RedBedHead: Rob Ford Isnt The Mayor, He’s A Reality TV Show

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OK, OK, I get the joke now. For most of the last two years I’ve watched in horror as our metropolis was being run like a bingo game for compulsive cheaters. It was bad enough that his raison d’etre seemed to be to shut down as many . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Rob Ford Isnt The Mayor, He’s A Reality TV Show

Canadian Progressive: Right-wing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford should step down: POLL

Fifty-five per cent Torontonians want their right-wing Mayor Rob Ford to leave office if he is found guilty in the ongoing conflict of interest case, according to the results of a recent poll by Forum Research. Can you blame them? Last week, Ford appeared in court in a conflict of interest case “to explain why . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Right-wing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford should step down: POLL

Canadian Progressive: Photo Tells Us Why Canada Severed Diplomatic Ties With Iran

Last Friday, the right-wing Conservative government of Stephen Harper closed the Canadian embassy in Tehran, and kicked Iranian diplomats out of Canada. Since than, Canadians have struggled to figure out Harper’s motive for this hotile and undepolomatic move. This picture partly answers the question. The picture was taken during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu three-day . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Photo Tells Us Why Canada Severed Diplomatic Ties With Iran

Canadian Progressive World: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s Official White Supremacist Portrait: PHOTO

Our Ford, the (Lord) Mayor of Toronto is rabidly right-wing. No doubt about that. After all, he recently proposed exiling Toronto’s convicted criminals, most of whom tend to be persons of color. Fellow Conservative and immigrant-bashing minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Jason Kenney, endorsed the idea. Still, I would never have imagined the Mayor of . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s Official White Supremacist Portrait: PHOTO

DeSmogBlog: Forecast the Facts Challenges American Meteorological Society to Hold Weathercasters Accountable for Climate Denial

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Do you get your climate science from your weatherman? If so, you might be the dupe of an ongoing anti-science campaign, played out by some of national television’s most recognizable TV weathercasters – more than half of whom are climate change deniers. 

It might not be immediately apparent that America’s meteorologists . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Forecast the Facts Challenges American Meteorological Society to Hold Weathercasters Accountable for Climate Denial

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Occupy Wall Street: The emerging global pro-democracy movement, where it stands, what it means, and where we go from here

The Occupy Wall Street movement, which has already become a global grassroots populist pro-democracy movement, if we have eyes to see, has clearly already won a broad and growing base of support. What is needed now, I believe, is to further clarify and… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Occupy Wall Street: The emerging global pro-democracy movement, where it stands, what it means, and where we go from here

Harper hearts Georgia. "Tough-on-crime". Are you fucking kidding me?

This is what he wants us to become. Are Canadians this soulless, this racist, this unjust? How long will we let this man trample on our rights and make a mockery of our country. The next few years will be telling. Canadians will be forced to make choic… . . . → Read More: Harper hearts Georgia. "Tough-on-crime". Are you fucking kidding me?

DeSmogBlog: Solyndra Solar Panel Corporation Scandal Ablaze – ThinkProgress Sets Record Straight

Obama:Bush.jpg The ongoing scandal continues to blaze at Solyndra. Solyndra Corporation, a San Francisco Bay area solar panel start-up company, is under fire in the immediate aftermath of its Aug… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Solyndra Solar Panel Corporation Scandal Ablaze – ThinkProgress Sets Record Straight

Death By Trolley: Where do Observant Jews and Conservative Christians get their Morals, Theologically Speaking?

Theologically speaking, where do Jews and Conservative Christians get their values? . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Where do Observant Jews and Conservative Christians get their Morals, Theologically Speaking?

350 or bust: Response to Norway Horror: Faced With Inhumanity, We Must Be More Human

The contrast between Norway’s response to the brutal terror attacks last Friday and that of the United States after 9/11 couldn’t be starker. Imagine if President Bush had instead said, like Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg,… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Response to Norway Horror: Faced With Inhumanity, We Must Be More Human

Leftist Jab: Blogging Tories: Right-Wing Extremist? What Right-Wing Extremist?

The deaths, terror, injuries, pain and loss that Norwegians suffered as a result of the terrorist attack outweigh, by far, any political considerations. It matters little what political beliefs are held by deranged murderers that put so little a value … . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: Blogging Tories: Right-Wing Extremist? What Right-Wing Extremist?

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The system is broken: strategic voting, coalitions, and the political regime under which we live

While I can of course see the rationale for strategic voting, there is much to be said for voting with one’s conscience. When we consistently choose the lesser of two evils, our choices are reduced to evil, and the results are evil. When everyone hol… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The system is broken: strategic voting, coalitions, and the political regime under which we live

bastard.logic: Obama’s Citizenship & Race: Separated at Birth?

It never ceases to amaze me how eager some white liberals are to divorce race from political analysis when it comes to Obama. Bob Somerby of the Daily Howler (who seems to have settled nicely into his blogospheric role as … Continue reading . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Obama’s Citizenship & Race: Separated at Birth?

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Libertarianism, Anarchism, Socialism and Democracy

Fundamental questions And The future of humanity on earth Or, Further reflections on political economy in the real world The questions of philosophy, and in particular, political philosophy, are of course large: and the implications of our responses, v… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Libertarianism, Anarchism, Socialism and Democracy