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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Buying of the Next Election

It looked like a remake of the 1950s TV show Dialling for Dollars. Or one of those Christian TV programs where the lame are made to walk.But it was only Stephen Harper strutting around a stage in a Jewish school in Julian Fantino's riding.Announcing plans to buy the next election.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Harper’s War and the Rise of ISIS

Back in my teenage days when I was studying martial arts and fighting a lot, I tattooed this famous Sun Tzu quote on the back of my right shoulder:"Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster."Which I deeply regret now along with so many other things. But with Canadian warplanes maybe only hours away from beginning to bomb the ISIS hordes. It's probably a good time for all us to know the enemy. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair, and the Terrorist Menace

Well I'm happy to see that Great Warrior Chicken Leader has apologized for his somewhat less than Churchillian behaviour during the recent one-man assault on Parliament Hill. Prime Minister Stephen Harper told his hushed caucus Wednesday morning he felt remorse for surreptitiously ducking into a closet during last week's assault on Parliament Hill, CBC News has learned.But I see he's STILL insisting on calling it a terrorist attack, to try to make it sound bigger than it was, justify his decision to hide in a closet AND bomb Iraq. Use it as an excuse to ram through cyber-snooping (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s new terror laws must respect Canadians’ fundamental rights: watchdogs

Canada’s provincial and federal privacy commissioners are warning the Harper government against using the recent shootings in Ottawa and Quebec as a pretext to attack Canadians’ fundamental rights.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Canada’s Son, and the Forgotten Soldier

There couldn't have been a more impressive and moving tribute. Thousands of people lining the streets of downtown Hamilton, to pay their final respects to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. There couldn't have been a more heartbreaking sight…

That little boy couldn't have been braver on such a sad day.The media couldn't expend enough words praising "Canada's son." They were complete strangers and close friends. They were office workers and decorated generals. Some came from other countries, others needed only to stand up from their panhandling roosts to salute the casket.And then there was this…Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Planet Burners

He would have us believe that terrorism is a greater threat than climate change. But with every day that passes the burning planet proves Stephen Harper wrong.For imagine what might happen if a city of 20 million people runs out of water. Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman look into the spread of wealth inequality in the U.S., and find that it may be worse than we already knew. And Paul Krugman discusses how toxic anti-government ideology is preventing the U.S. from both getting its economy on track in the short term, and investing in infrastructure it will need down the road: More than seven years have passed since the housing bubble burst, and ever since, America has been awash in savings — or more accurately, desired savings — with nowhere to (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great War Election

Well at least now we know what will be Stephen Harper's main weapon in the next election campaign.Until about a week ago it was going to be all about the economy.But now he will mount his armoured closet.And it will be all about WAR. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Wonderful Day the Ford Nation Died

Well it was closer than I thought it would be, the bestial Fordzilla put up a desperate struggle.But at last he could hold on no longer.And after four long nightmarish years the Ford Nation has finally been defeated. Read more »

drive-by planet: ‘Terrorism threat’ hyped to fuel Harper government’s reactionary right-wing agenda

Following the Ottawa shooting both the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star ran headlines that signaled the nation was under assault. The Globe went with the single word “Attacked” superimposed on a silhouette of parliament, with a solitary red-and-white Canadian flag fluttering against the background gloom. The Star went with “Under Siege” with the sub-heading “Terror grips Ottawa and the nation.”

The message of ‘nation-under-threat’ contained in these headlines and images was also apparent in the rhetoric of the Harper government that framed the Ottawa shooting incident as a terrorist attack… an attack on the very heart of (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Seizing the day: Harper style

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Terror Story and the Lies the Media Told Us

You think you know the story. You've seen the pictures on TV a million times. Over and over again.You've seen how the media have tried to explain what happened, and how they've framed the narrative, complete with more heroes than you can count.You know what Stephen Harper wants you to believe, and why. You've seen how many Canadians have reacted, with an explosion of grief and emotion…

You think you know the story, until it starts to unravel.Read more »

CuriosityCat: Will Canada have a snap election over new anti-terrorist laws and ISIS?

Big Brother is watching …

There is a clear fault line between the two opposition parties, and PM Stephen Harper’s policies with regard to how to combat ISIS. 

The Conservatives favour actual fighting (planes dropping bombs etc.), while the opposition parties are against this. 

The NDP is further from the government’s position, while the Liberal Party would have Canadian armed forces join the anti-ISIS coalition led by the US and help its efforts (including transporting goods for the coalition), but short of Canadian planes dropping bombs on ISIS targets. Now another fault line has appeared: the Conservatives want (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Will Canada have a snap election over new anti-terrorist laws and ISIS?

LeDaro: A British Celebrity Russell Brand’s Reaction To Stephen Harper’s Handling Of Ottawa Attack

TORONTO – A British celebrity isn’t wowed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s handling of the aftermath of the shooting of an honour guard at the National War Memorial.

The video below is worth watching.

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Montreal Simon: Harper’s War and the Delusions of Salvation

It was a balmy 17 degrees, and my little corner of Canada looked very much like it always does at this time of the year.But the flags flying at half mast to honour our two murdered soldiers reminded me that this is no ordinary fall.We're at the beginning of Harper's War, we've just suffered our first casualties, Great Strong Leader wants us to believe that we have been attacked by the Caliphate hordes, instead of by two mental patients.And that only he can save us…Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great War on the Internet

Well he may have had some anxious moments, cowering in a broom closet, while his faithful cult members prepared to defend him with home made spears.And a mentally ill gunman was being gunned down by the heroic Kevin Vickers, and…um… others. And it certainly wasn't his finest hour.

But I see not so Great Warrior Leader did manage to salvage some advantage out of the situation by declaring war on the internet.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Sinister Plan to Suppress Our Freedoms

I knew Stephen Harper wouldn't waste any time exploiting the senseless tragedy on Parliament Hill.I knew he'd strike when many people were still in shock, emotions were still raw, the MSM in Ottawa was still making it sound like it was Canada's 911. And he could still scare some Canadians into believing that our country, and its values, were under attack.And that only he can save us… Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day Stephen Harper Was Forced to Hide in a Closet

It was a remarkable scene in the House of Commons. Stephen Harper hugging Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau. And I must admit I was impressed, because I've never seen Harper look so human.But then there's nothing like having to cower in a broom closet, while the Con caucus prepares to defend you with spears.Stephen Harper spent about 15 minutes hidden in a Parliament Hill closet after a gunman stormed Centre Block where he and the rest of the Conservative caucus were guarded by MPs who’d fashioned sharp spears from flagpoles, sources say.To make a Great Warrior Leader more humble…Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Assault on Democracy: When Fear is the Enemy

It was for me strangely enough, the most terrifying moment of a nightmarish day. Standing in a crowded subway station, waiting for a train to take me home, watching the fear on people's faces.It was only a few hours after most of them must have heard about, or seen what had happened on Parliament Hill.So I can understand why they were so deathly quiet. Many were probably still stunned by what they had seen. Or the idea that it could happen here. Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Ottawa Shooting: Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Address

Here’s the full transcript of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s address to the nation following the shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, The Great Fear, and the Great War on Justin

Uh oh. Now we really are at war again. The ominous signs are unmistakable.The CF-18s are on the way to the Middle East. To save us from the ISIS hordes that would behead us in our beds. Or mow us down in a Tim Horton's parking lot.Because you're not safe anywhere eh? And even if you arrest them you can't stop them.The dreaded Threat Level, which I didn't even know existed, is glowing yellow. And in the Seventh Sign of the Apocalypse, Stephen Harper has just fired another missile out of his rear orifice, in the (Read more…)

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, the Terrorist Scare, and the Police State

I warned that Stephen Harper was looking for a way to scare Canadians, so he could try to stampede them into believing that only a Great Strong Leader like himself could save them.So he could use fear to try to save himself, and turn this broken country into a police state.Well today he got his "terrorist incident." A 25-year-old man who injured two soldiers in a hit and run and was later fatally shot by police in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., was known to federal authorities as someone who had been "radicalized," according to the RCMP and (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Ebola Scandal

A few days ago I pointed out that Stephen Harper was trying to fan the flames of an Ebola panic.Even though his response to the epidemic has been lethally inadequate. And far from making us safer he has been decimating the ranks of those who would protect us from dangerous diseases.But this is simply obscene. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Journey to the End of the Con Regime

I was watching them make a music video on an old schooner in the harbour yesterday, when I suddenly realized that in exactly one year, if Stephen Harper doesn't break his own law, we'll be voting in a general election.And then, like the cabin boy lashed to the mast on a ship of female pirates, I thought oh boy this could be a long and exhausting journey eh?Because while just a few days ago I was almost sure that Harper was going to go for an early election, maybe even a late fall election. In a last desperate (Read more…)