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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Your Daily Nazi: Important News On Your Ward News

I wrote last year:So there’s an T.O. East End Newspaper called Your Ward News.  From what I gather its mostly a direct mail affair; the publisher, a guy named Leroy St. Germaine, has Canada Post deliver it to folks down in Ward 31 (The B… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Your Daily Nazi: Important News On Your Ward News

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Your Daily Nazi: Important News On Your Ward News

I wrote last year:So there’s an T.O. East End Newspaper called Your Ward News.  From what I gather its mostly a direct mail affair; the publisher, a guy named Leroy St. Germaine, has Canada Post deliver it to folks down in Ward 31 (The B… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Your Daily Nazi: Important News On Your Ward News

Accidental Deliberations: Spun out

Sadly, there are far too many half-baked outside arguments being made about the federal NDP’s leadership review and how it connects to provincial-level choices. (To be clear, I contrast those against some genuine concerns being raised by members.) But … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Spun out

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Journalism degrees or degrees of journalism

This week’s kerfuffle over the Rebel Media website’s fight with the Government of Alberta has dominated the news cycle, demonstrating the lack of experience of an NDP government still in their first year in government. Here is a quick summary… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Journalism degrees or degrees of journalism

Alberta Politics: Go figure! Ezra Levant, the Pied Piper of right-wing-nuttery, has the mainstream media singing his tune!

PHOTOS: Right-wing commentator Ezra Levant in a typical pose, photo by David Stobbe of the University of Saskatchewan. Below: stringer Sheila Gunn Reid in a screen shot of The Rebel’s approach to journalism; Mr. Levant in another familiar pose, a few… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Go figure! Ezra Levant, the Pied Piper of right-wing-nuttery, has the mainstream media singing his tune!

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Alberta Pre-Election 2015: Thursday Candidate Nomination Update

Progressive Conservative activist Jamie Lall was unexpectedly disqualified for unknown reasons before his party’s April 1 nomination meeting in Chestermere-Rockyview, allowing Wildrose PC MLA Bruce McAllister to be acclaimed. After months of campaigning, Mr. Lall lashed out at his party and questioned why he… Continue Reading →

Accidental Deliberations: History repeating

2008, pre-election: Liberal bigwigs make a ridiculous spectacle of themselves proclaiming that they’ll never deign to cooperate with the likes of the NDP.

2008, post-election: Having spent the campaign echoing Stephen Harper’s desperate message that a coalition would be illegitimate, the Liberals conclude that they’re willing to cooperate after all, only to botch the job.

. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: History repeating

Eh Types: Progressively Worse

Toronto seemed gripped in a mix of terror and disbelief yesterday. Rumours Wednesday night were a new poll would show Ford in the lead. Yesterday the poll while having Tory in front, had a significant bump for Ford. Panic ensued as though a raccoon army had arrived carrying signs that read “First Your Green Bins, . . . → Read More: Eh Types: Progressively Worse

Valerie Burns: If we can’t pin the tail to the donkey, then we are the donkey.

We could get Nigel Wright’s resignation, but so what? His polling numbers don’t matter. If he trends on Twitter during his scandal, who cares? Nobody is going to vote for him, or against him.

Mike Duffy, ditto. He can be the least popular politician in the country, and it changes positively nothing. Even if . . . → Read More: Valerie Burns: If we can’t pin the tail to the donkey, then we are the donkey.

The Canadian Progressive: Rehtaeh Parsons: Top Liberal strategist asked Anonymous to intervene

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: On Friday, hactivist collective Anonymous announced it had a confession from one of the boys who gang-raped Rehtaeh Parsons, the 17-year old Canadian girl who committed suicide last week. Anonymous’ involvement in the case undoubtedly pressured the RCMP, politicians and other authorities to get serious about […]

The . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Rehtaeh Parsons: Top Liberal strategist asked Anonymous to intervene

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Should Anonymous Identify Rehtaeh Parsons’ Tormentors?

WK ignited a crap storm yesterday when he tasked the hackivist group Anonymous with finding the identity of  four male teens who allegedly assaulted Miss. Parsons. Anon now claims to have done just that.  Furthermore, they have threatened to name names should it become apparent that the Nova Scotia authorities intend to do nothing further in what appears . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Should Anonymous Identify Rehtaeh Parsons’ Tormentors?

Politics and its Discontents: Egomania, Not Trudeaumania

Checking my Twitter feed this morning, I came upon a link to a story appearing in Sun News, an organization for which I usually refuse to spare the time of day, given its rather robust roster of strident, often hysterical voices desperately seeking to emulate the tone of Fox News. Nonetheless, I can . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Egomania, Not Trudeaumania

Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: Interview with Warren Kinsella (Pupatello Camp) Before the Third Ballot

Eric Hoskins | Gerard Kennedy | Sandra Pupatello | Charles Sousa | Harinder Takhar | Kathleen Wynne

Alberta Diary: Toews an ill-timed Johnny-on-the-spot justifying imposition of U.S.-style gun-show anarchy

Victor Toews, Canada’s Minister of Public Insecurity and Zombification, rendered by Edmonton artist William Prettie. Below, a shifty looking Mr. Toews as he appears in the halls of Parliament. Pat Martin is a Great Canadian. ™

What a perfect way to throw a little red meat to your gun-nut money machine!

Prime Minister . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Toews an ill-timed Johnny-on-the-spot justifying imposition of U.S.-style gun-show anarchy

Calgary Grit: Canada’s Greatest Losers

Last week, Martha Hall Findlay and Karen McCrimmon declared their candidacies for the Liberal leadership race. This week, George Takach has taken the plunge. I’ve posted one blog interview with David Merner, and will have others with David Bertschi and Alex Burton next week. Deborah Coyne, meanwhile, has already released more fresh ideas than we’ve seen from Stephen Harper during his entire tenure as Prime Minister. These are seven very different candidates with seven very different messages, but the one … . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Canada’s Greatest Losers

CuriosityCat: Warren Kinsella should start a Draft Dalton Movement

Dalton for leader of LPC?

With Dalton McGuinty stepping down as leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, the timing it is perfect for Warren Kinsella to start a Draft Dalton Movement to persuade Dalton to throw his hat into the ring for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Kinsella is a big . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Warren Kinsella should start a Draft Dalton Movement

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Rise Teenage Jesus…Or Fall!

WK says Justin Trudeau is going to run!  Great news?  Potentially.  If the guy can perform long-term.  But Justin’s fucked a few things up in his time as MP, in ways that have made folks (me included) question his maturity and readiness. I won’t get into specifics, but history may be repeating itself. WK says:

. . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Rise Teenage Jesus…Or Fall!

Accidental Deliberations: On political legacies

Ready the fainting couch for Warren Kinsella, because I’ve got a scoop that he’ll find shocking and appalling.

The NDP has been fund-raising for years based on appeals to Jack Layton’s public image.

In fact, Layton’s face and signature regularly appeared on financial appeals to his party’s supporters not just in the year since his . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On political legacies

An individual with opinions.: Underlooked Stephen Harper quotes P3. Neo-nazis and right-wing extremists

Part three of the underlooked Stephen Harper quotes from the leaked documents.Part one and two here.

Neo-nazis and right-wing extremists. He [Stephen Harper] likens the current anti-racism climate to medieval hysteria over witch-craft. ‘We’re talking about fighting unseen enemies,’ he says. ‘It’s getting spooky.’16/04/2001

To provide context, this was commentary over some obscure event involving . . . → Read More: An individual with opinions.: Underlooked Stephen Harper quotes P3. Neo-nazis and right-wing extremists

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Far Right Head Exploding Device

Richard Warman watching Warren Kinsella’s band play for the troops at Camp Pendleton‏.  I have warned Warren about playing that kind of music in front of men with guns, but its not my problem.  Also, congrats to Richard on his recent promotion. . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Far Right Head Exploding Device

Tattered Sleeve: The Inconvenient Truth about Thomas Mulcair’s "Four-Car" Garage Swiftboating

So my dad and “Tom” (Thomas Mulcair) met up at Briarwood Park in Beaconsfield the other day.

Yeah, really. Two grandfathers laughing it up with a couple of toddlers. They didn’t know each other beforehand, but my dad can still spot a pol with a national profile, and the wily salesman that he is, . . . → Read More: Tattered Sleeve: The Inconvenient Truth about Thomas Mulcair’s "Four-Car" Garage Swiftboating

Tattered Sleeve: The Inconvenient Truth about Thomas Mulcair’s "Four-Car" Garage Swiftboating

So my dad and “Tom” (Thomas Mulcair) met up at Briarwood Park in Beaconsfield the other day. Yeah, really. Two grandfathers laughing it up with a couple of toddlers. They didn’t know each other beforehand, but my dad can still spot a pol with a nationa… . . . → Read More: Tattered Sleeve: The Inconvenient Truth about Thomas Mulcair’s "Four-Car" Garage Swiftboating

Acts of Citizenship: Just in: Liberal Unwittingly Tells Truth of Liberal Ideology

While most of the time Warren Kinsella is a scheming, puerile, self-aggrandizing hypocrite (the list of examples is far too long but suffice it to bring up his recent outrage at Mulcair’s questioning of the impact of the Petro dollar on the rest of Canada when his man, Dalton McGuinty has previously done the exact . . . → Read More: Acts of Citizenship: Just in: Liberal Unwittingly Tells Truth of Liberal Ideology

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: What kind of message will Alison Redford send Stephen Harper in the next federal election?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Calgary West MP Rob Anders plot the destruction of Alberta Premier Alison Redford and her Progressive Conservative Party. Warning: neo-Con Alberta politicians may not have been scheming when this photo was taken. Then again… Below: a very creepy CP picture of Rob and Steve all dressed up with nowhere . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: What kind of message will Alison Redford send Stephen Harper in the next federal election?

Women in politics: the “squeeze” factor

As any student of Canadian politics knows, Ellen Fairclough was Canada’s first female cabinet minister, appointed by Diefenbaker in 1957 and serving until her defeat as MP for Hamilton West in 1963. I have mixed feelings about Fairclough’s politics: she did good work on the immigration file, but she was a Tory, of course, and . . . → Read More: Women in politics: the “squeeze” factor