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The Calgary Eye Opener Monday, October 26, 2020
 
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Stephen Harper - anal and out of his element
Back in 1877, Crowfoot was the leader of the Blackfoot --- the most feared native tribe in western North America.
All great men are gifted with INTUITION. They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know.
Alexis Carrel
10-Oct-08 -
 WELL ALL I'VE GOT TO SAY ABOUT THE FINANCIAL CRISIS IS THAT WE ARE SOOO LUCKY TO HAVE A STEADY HAND ON THE TILLER -- PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER -- A SOLID MANAGER   IN THIS FINANCIAL TYPHOON, HARPER IS WHAT WE DON'T NEED --- WHAT CANADA AND THE WORLD NEED ARE INTUITIVE LEADERS NOT ANAL RETENTIVE MANAGERS   I AGREE, CHIEF --- MANAGERS CAN STEER A SHIP THROUGH CALM WATERS --- BUT, BASICALLY, WHAT THEY ARE IS CLERKS --- STEERING THE CREW OF A SHIP THROUGH TEMPESTUOUS SEAS --- WHERE NO ONE, INCLUDING THE CAPTAIN, KNOWS WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT. TO STEER A SHIP --- AND ITS CREW THROUGH TODAY'S FINANCIAL TYPHOON REQUIRES INTUITION --- AND IMAGINATION --- HARPER IS AN ANAL RETENTIVE --- HE POSSESSES NEITHER
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COMPARE U.S. DEFENCE SECRETARY ROBERT McNAMARA, BASIALLY A COMMISSARY CLERK, WHO THOUGHT HE KNEW HOW TO BEAT GUERILLAS WITH FLOW CHARTS AND DATABASES --- TO VO NGUYEN GIAP --- THE LITTLE SCHOOL TEACHER WHO BEAT THE FRENCH ARMY AT DIEN BIEN PHU AND WENT ON TO HUMILIATE McNAMARA AND HIS GENERALS IN THE JUNGLES OF VIETNAM  COMPARE  HERBERT HOOVER, AN ANAL ENGINEER WHO, IN THE EARLY 30s, TRIED TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRESTORM RAGING THROUGH THE U.S. ECONOMY WITH A GARDEN HOSE, THE USELESS CONVENTIONAL ECONOMIC CLAPTRAP OF THE 1920s - COMPARE HOOVER TO FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT WHO STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE --- TOLD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SOMETHING HOOVER WAS TOO ANAL TO UNDERSTAND: "WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR BUT FEAR ITSELF" SINCE ROOSEVELT CAPTAINED AMERICA THROUGH THE DEPRESSEION AND WORLD WAR TWO, THE U.S. HAS BEEN GLIDING - THERE HASN'T BEEN A REAL NEED FOR INTUITIVE LEADERSHIP --- SO MICRO-MANAGING ANAL CONTROL FREAKS TOOK OVER --- UNTIL THIS FINANCIAL CRISIS STARTED THIS FALL, BUREAUCRATS HAVE MANAGED THE GOVERNMENT - GLORIFIED STENOGRAPHERS HAVE MANAGED THE MEDIA --- BEAN COUNTERS HAVE MANAGED BUSINESS AND BESPECTACLED STAFF OFFICERS HAVE MANAGING THE MILITARY AND STEPEHEN HARPER - A WALKING, TALKING LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR A SUPER-TIGHT SPHINCTER. OF COURSE NONE OF THESE ANAL DUDES HAS THE FAINTEST IDEA OF THE BIG PICTURE. GUESS WHAT - THIS CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING -- THIS FINANCIAL MESS WILL PRODUCE A RENAISSANNCE OF THE INTUITIVE OVER THE ANAL -- TO THAT EXTENT, IT'S A GOOD THING ON TUESDAY, TO SHOW HOW INADEQUATE THESE ANAL RETENTIVES ARE, ADRIAN RAESIDE DID UP A CARTOON SHOWING STEPHEN HARPER -- DELIVERING A FIRESIDE CHAT -- ON --- KIDDIE CRIME --- IN THE BACKGROUND, RAGING FIRE AND BILLOWING SMOKE AND BUG EYED MR. AND MRS. CANADA TRYING TO PUT IT OUT WELL, LIFE IMITATES ART -- BECAUSE ON THURSDAY, HARPER SPOKE AT THE BAYSHORE INN IN VANCOUVER --- TRIED TO POOH-POOH ALL THE PANIC --- BUT BEHIND HIM --- GOING OFF EVERY FIVE SECONDS, WAS A SMOKE ALARM --- AND NO ONE, INCLUDING HARPER, COULD SHUT IT OFF
  • Adrian's cartoons go off line in 24 hours so we can't link you to the one we told you about --- in the foreground is Harper wearing a casual blue cardigan and bedroom slippers, relaxing in an easy chair, delivering a fire side chat to the great unwashed. "I'D LIKE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT KIDDIE CRIME... ," reads the caption. In the background --- frantic-bug-eyed, futile-middle-class-looking men and women throw pails of water, spray fire extinguishers, try to smother with their suit jackets raging flames billowing clouds of black smoke entitled "THE ECONOMY".
  • To determine if you, dear reader, might be anal retentive CLICK HERE.

  • Here's Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman on the marvels and pitfalls of intutition:
  • The New Yorker's Malcolm Gladwell has written an excellent book on intuition, Blink
  • WRITES JACK LAMARSH OF CALGARY: I disagree with your "anal" analysis of PM Stephen Harper. He is the only leader with a scintilla of knowledge and understanding of the role of economic balance in this race. Stephane Dion should stick to his classroom where he can speculate all he likes about 30-day plans which will magically fix all that is (ostensibly) wrong with the Canadian economy Jack Layton sounds like a replay of Tommy Douglas in 1944 where he blames everything on the same old messed-up traditional parties. Give him enough tax dollars and he will make everyone rabidly happy and secure. Elizabeth May angers me most of all. Without a hope in hell of ever being able to influence anything or anybody in the political sphere, she lets her mouth demolish her mind and hopes she can bluff her way to making sense. She does not succeed. So what are we to make of all this? The Canadian economy is not suffering at this time. Our unemployment rate is the best it has been for years. Our fiscal accounts are in balance. Our trade surplus is firm. We are competing nicely in the new World order of trade. I say we are in no need of change in Ottawa. In fact we need more of the same. Count me solid Tory blue on Tuesday.
    REPLIES CHIEF CROWFOOT : Mr. Lamarsh, if Stephen Harper knows what's wrong with the economy, he's the only member of humankind who does. Jack, Peter Newman is a friend of yours. You may well have read what he wrote in the Globe and Mail yesterday morning --- A time when the gods changed. Peter Newman is a fine writer. Here's a man who can see the forest for the trees - but he sees nothing but smoke --- I can't think of anything with any more perspective than Newman's comments in the Globe. Peter Newman's old enough to have seen the end of the Great Depression of the 30s and Hitler (by the skin of his teeth Newman escaped Czechoslovakia in 1939) and Newman saw an anal little man with an umbrella - Neville Chamberlain, a fine businessman who thought he knew and understood human nature -- who was totally out of his element --- and how it took a man of intuition --- Winston Churchill --- to save us.

    What I should have added earlier is that neither Stephane Dion or Jack Layton can help either. What I hope is this. For whatever reason that Stephen Harper called an election. Whether he was trying to avoid parliamentary committees or --- actually foresaw economic trouble on the horizon (even an economist might have foreseen that) or --- thought he could destroy the Liberal Party and set up a conservative, North American neocom redoubt in English Canada --- whyever he did it --- he's a victim of the Law of Unintended Consequences. I hope he'll win a minority government --- that will be the end of Stephanie Dion --- in a word Dion makes Inspector Clouseau look good. But then, it is my hope that Michael Ignatieff will quickly take over the Liberal Party and will soon become Prime Minister. Ignatieff has potential --- he is intuitive --- he is a leader --- he hasn't the answer to the storm in the economy -- no one has -- but he knows he hasn't the answer --- he'll admit, just as Roosevelt did in 1933 -- that he has to fly by the seat of his pants --- which Harper, the anal control freak, would never do.

    And as for times being good --- on the surface. On the surface --- times were probably good too in November 1929, the month following the Great Crash.

    WRITES GEM OF SASKATOON: Sometimes slow and steady wins the race&.

    What do you have against anal personalities?
    With the information you have gleaned yourself from this article, you may be a little anal yourself.

    If you think this article will swing the undecided's as well, maybe it will, but now I am more confused than ever!! Ha Ha Ha
    Politics are a funny thing aren't they?
    One shouldn't vote on the personality of the person, but on what platform you like.
    I find that each party holds something for me so maybe they should form a party that is non-partisan .. working together sharing all of their ideas and going from there.
    Could that ever be that there are maybe only 2 parties, or three at the most?
    I still like Elizabeth May's platform .. It could be added to though in some things.
    Too bad that she doesn't have the money to get her word out¬ like the good old boys
    I think that a certain amount of money, the same, should be given to each party. They could not spend anymore than given and it would be a fairer system. We are losing a lot of good people because of the finances. Agree?????

    REPLIES OUR ESTEEMED EDITOR, BOB EDWARDS :I've been off the bottle for 10 days --- but if ever I thought of myself as anal, I'd be back on it before you could say "George Washington". Speaking of whom --- George Washington hated political parties -- you've hit the nail on the head ---

    I'm doubly negative on putting political party above personality. I most heartily disagree that one should not vote on personality. Churchill and Chamberlain belonged to the same party --- so do Michael Igantieff and Stephane Dion.

    In my view, there should be no political advertising --- just a series of properly run debates --- the kind Chief Crowfoot described last week.

           
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