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British Columbia --- Polarized Politics at its Worst
British Columbia --- Polarized Politics at its Worst
"I agree that it is not just the extremists who harbor bad thoughts or engage in bad acts, but they are usually the source of the polarization and try to keep education and communication of the main stream from moving forward." - Joichi Ito

Up to 2001, the government in B.C. weren't run out of the Legislature --- it was run out of the Robin Hood and His Merry Men Saloon in the Feather Bed Inn on Joyce St. in Vancouver cause that's where the labor bosses and wooly-minded left-wingers who run the NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY (NDP) hang out. And I want ta' be where the action is and I was the head bar-keep at Robin's.

But them "socialist hordes" --- as the folks down at the Vancouver Club on Hastings Street call the NDPers --- raped and plundered every B.C. capitalist known to man or beast and spent money like drunken sailors on things like "fast-ferries" that cost $460 million (once the Capitalist "LIBERALS" took over the government they sold the fast ferries for $20 million to their buddies and their buddies flipped the fast ferries real fast for a big profit). So the B.C. LIBERALS which is called the party of "Free-Enterprise" threw the socialist hordes out and promised to fix the ferries and have every livin' bein' within the province workin'. The Capitalists tried to turn the whole ferry system utility over to Chinese communist/capitalists. And the capitalists raped and plundered B.C. Electric with what they called "Independent Power Projects" and they transferred B.C. forests over to lumber barons who weren't even communists. And they didn't do nothin' about unemployment.

When the "LIBERAL" Party of British Columbia threw out the socialist hordes, the action moved over not to the Legislature but to The Pirates Den Bar at the Vancouver Club on Hastings Street where all the timber barons, mining moguls, condo pedlars and wooly-minded right-wingers hang out. So I moved over to the Vancouver Club and I'm the head bar-keep at the Pirates Den --- as I say I want to be where the action is --- but, until tonight, I thought I might be movin' again back to "Robins" because, in 2009, B.C.ers turfed the LIBERALS's premier Gordon Campbell --- who the Liberals now call "Gordon Who" --- turned out to be another Sheriff of Nottingham.

But what-a-ya-know a woman "LIBERAL" --- with more guts and smiles then the whole lot a' them put together --- slew the Socialist Goliath --- and they're whisperin' around the Pirate's Den that they may let her in through the front door a' the Club rather than only lettin' her in through the tradesman's entrance!!!

Now --- unless I didn't get my point across --- you gotta' understand that this "LIBERAL" Party of British Columbia ain't no real "liberal" party --- Attila the Hun, the Sheriff of Nottingham, Tyrannosaurs Rex and Stephen Harper'd feel perfectly at home in the B.C. LIBERAL PARTY. Now you also got to understand that "NDP" might stand for "NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY" but the NDP ain't no real "democratic" party. Fidel Castro, Kim Jong Un and Boss Tweed of New York would feel perfectly at home in the B.C. NEW "DEMOCRATIC" PARTY --- in fact they're plannin' on abolishing the secret ballot in union elections.

The other thing you got ta' understand is that --- if the Yanks think they've got "polarized politics" they ain't got nothin' on B.C. In B.C., the Capitalists and Socialist Hordes don't talk to each other let alone drink with each other --- they never have for the last 100 years or more --- and any capitalist or socialist who treats with the enemy is tarred and feathered and run out of town on a pole by his or her own kind. When the capitalists take over from the socialists, everything not nailed down real solid gets handed out to 100% red-blooded anonymous capitalists. And when the socialists gets elected they rape and pillage all them capitalists and drive them down to the tax-havens of the Carribean. So poor old B.C. gets lost in the middle.

Compare B.C. to Washington State right across the border. Because their politicians get along, and want to help their state grow and aren't too interested in ideology, Boeing and Microsoft and Starbucks and Alaska Air and lots of other real entrepreneurs --- with social consciences --- provide an economy that goes beyond cuttin' down trees and digging holes in the ground and buildin' condos....

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B.C. Premier AWOL?
"In the Maritimes, politics is a disease, in Quebec a religion, in Ontario a business, on the Prairies a protest and in British Columbia - entertainment" - Allan Fotheringham
I got bad news for ya' --- I've got me a new undercover job --- barkeep extraordinaire at The Vancouver Club where the Howe Street Boys that pulls the strings of B.C.'s governing Liberal Party hangs out. The club's not much on tips but big on prestige, B.C. Style. But you're not welcome ta' my new premises --- the moguls ha' got male mounties posted at the door --- with orders ta' keep out the great unwashed ...

Not one of them dignitaries'll unbutton their lip ta' tell me where B.C. Premier 's located. Not one. And I knows how ta' pry --- let me tell ya'. I'm startin' ta' suspect she's absent without leave of the club membership.

Before disappearin' her polls were way way down and still are. The Premier tried to pick a national battle agin' Alberta --- that didn't work. She tried the bible --- that didn't work.

When the last poll came in in June, Premier knew it couldn't get worse --- 45% of Left Coasters support the NDP --- only 23% support 's Liberals. But it did get worse --- soon as she became premier, issued shovels to all 216 shovellers in her propaganda department --- not for the usual exercise of heaving merdo de toro at the NDP but to bury any memory of her predecessor Gordon Campbell (unaffectionately known as "Gordo" or "Dr. Trickle-Down").

The Leader, Stephen Harper, obligingly appointed Gordo as Canada's High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Britain --- surely, the PropDocs postulated, he can do no harm there.

By the beginning of July the PropDocs were patting themselves on their backsides --- The Leader and, in no small way, they themselves had trickled Gordo down to yesterday's news. But then, last month, some swine sleuthed through the records of the The Leader's Department of Foreign Affairs and dug up Gordo's taxpayer sponsored entertainment bill in London. Of Olympian proportions it was. Gordo was not going away ...

Christy Clark's vanishing act follows Enbridge pipeline posturing ... Globe and Mail ...
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Terrible Tom Mulcair --- Maybe not the best for the NDP but the best for Canada
"Nice Guys finish last." - Leo (The Lip) Durocher

It's 3 o'clock and, across the bar, a latte in hand, sits NDP nice guy Ed Broadbent and Ed worries a plenty that Terrible Tom has a temper and ain't democratic towards other NDPers and doesn't suffer fools gladly and underestimates the intelligence of the Canadian people and sometimes loose-cannons and foot-in-mouths and --- even worse --- is a certifiable "moderate" and --- even worse --- ain't a certifiable "nice guy".

Like any successful bar keep, I knows more about what makes this old country tick than anyone --- why I reads 15 newspapers a day --- it's part of my job description. Why some of the best politicos in the business get sloshed at the Long Bar every night and, after half a dozen potables, they tells me anything I wants to know. And I asks myself (but not Ed ---- True --- he ain't a good customer but he is a customer): "How does Mulcair differ from George Washington and Winston Churchill and Charlie De Gaulle?" And anyway, believe me when I says that, if the Socialistas hadn't picked Terrible Tom last Saturday, Quebecers would've dumped the NDP and headed back to separatism. And, now that they've picked Tom --- Terrible as he is, why, as sure as water's wet and days are long and only successful barkeeps should go to the Senate, Canada'll be even a happier place ta' live in.

And what a fight it's going to be ... Mulcair's like a big-headed-hare but a mean 'un and The Leader's like a big-headed-tortoise (just listen to The Current's interview with Paul Wells) but a mean 'un ...

Mulcair wins race in four ballots ... Mark Kennedy ...
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"Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well." - Samuel Butler
I don't wanna' get rash and condemn this wee Weiner guy out a' hand --- what commandment did he break? asks I --- so I leafs through my dog-eared copy of the ten commandments (thank god there's only ten a' them). There's one against Bill-Clinton-style-cheatin'-at-golf, if yer playin' against yer neigbour. But none against lyin' in general...
The real lesson of Weinergate? Lying is as human as walking, talking and sex(ting) ... Elizabeth Renzetti ...
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"Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Acton
A quarter ta' three. Enters a strange dude walkin' on his hands --- long beard, mornin' coat, monocle, upper class Limey accent, claimin' to be the one and only Lord Acton. The guy who invented the power theory. "As sure as he demolished Count Iggy, your Leader's demolished the theory that made me immortal," says he. "Up until now, a Prime Minister and only a Prime Minister had the supreme power to name each and every senator. The last election gave your Leader absolute power. So what does he do with it --- he gives away the crown jewels --- he allows senators to be elected...
Senate reform --- The Leader turns Lord Acton on his head ... John Ibbitson ...
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"There is only one tool, one platform, one medium that allows the American people to take their government back, and that's the Internet." - Joe Trippi
A quarter ta' three and in walks the Ottawa Oracle's Uncle Fred --- "... as I told ma' brothers boy," says he. "Raisin' money fer political campaigns is revolutionated but, in Canada, only The Leader understands. People like Joe Trippi and Barak Obama have learned ta' raise huge amounts a' money from huge numbers of small contributors by usin' the internet. Used ta' be that the likes a' corporate fatcat like PowerCorp'd just bribe political parties --- that's how political parties was financed. Then the Liberals put the taxpayer on the hook fer' $1.25 for every vote a party's candidates got in an election. The people at the Liberal Party central office just sat around waitin' for their cheque and shinin' their guccis. To get hisself elected in 2006, The Leader copied the revolutionated money raisin' bein' done by the lefties in the U.S. --- even though the Leader never invented it. But not the Liberals and Socialists: 'not invented here' 'we've always done it the good old way'. Elected with a minority The Leader was all for gettin' rid of the taxpayer-pay boondoogle but 'acourse the other parties wouldn' go along --- life was too comfy. Now The Leader's got a majority and the boondoogle's done and the other parties'll have ta' get inta' the modern age."...
The Leader to abolish political party boondoogles - and it's a good thing ... Jeffrey Simpson ...
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"Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Acton
It's a quarter to three --- So in prances what I thought was a combination of a drag queen, doorman and spandexed bicycle-boy --- powdered up, rouged, talkin' bilingual. "I am called 'Monty'," says he. "For Montesquieu. I'm the grand thinker who invented le theory of checks and balances."

"You don't need them no more," says I. "Now we got e-bankin'."

"Monsieur --- I am misunderstood," says he. "Call it separation of powers. C'est n'est pas important. The main thing is you can't have all power in one person. Otherwise he or she'll get not only ornery but downright dangerous ..." ...

Since Pierre Trudeau every majority government has been an unchecked, unbalanced dictatorship and it's getting worse ... Dan Gardner ...
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"The Liberals have many tails, and chase them all." - H. L. Mencken
A quarter ta' three --- the joints full of celebratin' NDPers struck it rich. But in the corner --- a wheeler dealer lobbyist --- I won't name him cause I'm scared of the Mexican Mafia --- this smoothy's got more connections inside the Liberal Party than Carter has pills. Beside him (the two whisperin' into each other's ears) is the Ottawa Oracle's Uncle Fred dressed in his striped overalls and baseball cap but with pad and pencil in hand. "It don't make sense," says Fred. "Jean Chretien suddenly jumpin' right into the dung heap that is the Liberal Party and declarin' himself for Bob Rae for leader." Replies the high flyer: "Uncle Fred, realize there's two factions in the Liberal Party. One that's run by Toronto lawyers and is magnificent at producing outstanding losers --- John Turner, Paul Martin Minor, Professor St├ęphane Dion, Professor Michael Ignatieff. The other's run by Power Corp of Montreal and is magnificent for producing outstandin winners --- Pierre Trudeau and Chretien. Jean Chretien works for Power Corp. Bob Rae's brother John is second in command at Power Corp...
Power Corp recaptures control of the Liberal Party ... Canadian Press ...
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"The handwriting on the wall may be a forgery." - Ralph Hodgson
It's a quarter ta' three --- things are lookin' up --- my buddy-bar-keep, Ruth Ellen Brosseau, got herself elected socialist MP in Bethier-Maskinonge Quebec. She's now rakin' in 10 times as much as me even countin' my tips and blackmail money --- but wait --- she may be booted --- phony papers and all that --- so I figure I'll step in line --- I've signed up 500 socialists --- all legit. Mind you almost everyone in Bethier-Maskinonge --- who elected her --- is bilingual (speaks broken English with a French accent) --- and I don't parlaivoo --- but she don't neither...
St. John The Socialist has a tiger by the tail --- who signed Set 'em Up Ruthy's nomination papers? ... Tu Thanh Ha ...
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"That the Conservatives, despite these advantages, have not become a more dominant party, means Mr. Harper, with his style and tactics, turns off more Canadians than he attracts. But the collapse of the Liberals allowed his Conservatives to win their coveted majority. " - Jeffrey Simpson
It's three o'clock sharp --- just as the the Toronto Liberal stole into the night --- and stiffed me on the bill --- in comes this hick from the Ontario sticks who says he's Uncle Fred to a livin' Canadian Oracle --- says he supplies all the Oracle's brainpower. "Well --- then --- what the Hades happened yesterday?" says I. "11 lessons to be learned that I fed the Oracle," says he...
The 2011 Election --- How in Hades Come? ... Jeffrey Simpson ...
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"Divide and conquer" - Julius Caesar
A quarter ta' three and in staggers an unemployed Toronto Liberal lawyer shoed in scruffy guccis --- --- he brought us John Turner; Professor Dion; Count Iggy --- he's more stunned than ever --- in tears. He'll soon be back chasin' ambulances ... Says he: "We got suckered real good. The Liberals and the NDP should have voted against The Leader not against each other. The Leader deliberately divided and conquered both of em'. Now he's got a majority government. With less than 40% of the vote he's dictator for four years or maybe for ever ... and he lost a seat in Quebec so he can ignore her .... the NDP has a tiger by the tail --- they won't gloat for long ......
"Progressive" parties receive 50% of vote --- outflanked by Harperites with only 40% ... Globe and Mail ...
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"But the public still takes notice when the wrongdoing involves conflicts of interest or money going in pockets. The federal Liberals were thrown out because of the sponsorship scandal in which they stuffed their friends' pockets with taxpayers' money. That one stuck." - Jack Knox
A quarter ta' three --- the bar's empty --- I looks in the mirror --- says I to me --- "How come in America when they spot a wanna' be dictator like Nixon, they put 'em down but --- in Canada, they look like they'll elect The Leader," says I. Says me: "Not if the malfeesers 're linin' their pockets --- Canucks don't like ta' see other Canucks get rich ..."...
Unless someone's getting rich --- political sleaze just doesn't register in Canada ... Jack Knox ...
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"In Paris they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language." - Mark Twain
A quarter ta' three and in stagger all four leaders --- parleyvooing away --- who's sayin' what to who --- I haven't the slightest. But I sneaks the Terminator, Gilles Duceppe, up to the other end of the bar. "Who's the best at parleyvooin?" I says. "The Leader's perfect," he says. "But too perfect by a half. And he sounds like an alligator named H.A.L. Leighton speaks jual real good but Quebeckers don't like populist types. The Count sounds like a Transylvanian smoothy on furlough in Paris....
Which leader speaks the better French? ... Lysiane Gagnon ...
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"I'd hate to think, ... what Hitler could've done with the Internet." - Joe Trippi
A quarter a' three --- in comes this professor wearin' a mortar board --- followed by the Liberal head of operations wearin' Guccis and the NDPer wearin' a pocket protector and the Green wearin' a florescent beard --- the organizers are buyin' the drinks cause the prof says that if taxpayers pay $1.75 for every vote they get it's democracy and --- better still --- they can keep their jobs and won't have to innovate. The trouble is --- The Leader's learned to use the Internet and they haven't....
Professor claims taxpayer party subsidy is democracy in action ... Kathleen Cross ...
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"I wish I could give you a lot of advice, based on my experience of winning political debates. But I don't have that experience. My only experience is at losing them." - Richard M. Nixon
Its a quarter ta' three and I'm banging my head on the bar --- the only time in the whole election campaign that there's any chance of putting the leaders' guccis to the fire and they turn up with a milquetoast moderator in the employ of the monopoly --- so The Leader don't have to answer questions --- through all the fog though --- the debate made clear --- Canuckistan has a choice --- democracy or stability --- who impressed the most --- accordin' to the Globe and Mail: The Leader 40% -- the count 37% -- the Lenin-look-alike 19% -- the Separator 4%...
April 12 leaders' debate -- the video ... CBC ...
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"A patronizing disposition always has its meaner side." - George Elliot
It's a quarter to three ... into my humble premises enters the Count and five gucci-shoed assistants and his metro-nationalitied wife --- his nostrils abloated --- a bad smell in the room I wonders? --- Why it ain't but the day afore yesterday I lathered on the Lifeboy soap --- and when I arose yesterday evenin' --- why I splashed an industrial libation of vodka into the armpits --- so I asks the Count directly "Is it me yer Grace?"--- he ups his brows and his eye balls to the vertical ... "No, no, no my dear fellow -- NO" ... but he ain't goin' over well with Canada's great unwashed...
Is Count Ignatieff looking down his nose at me? ... Victoria Times Colonist ...
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"Figures don't lie but liars figure." - Mark Twain
It's a quarter ta' three and a flock a' Tory propagandars are havin' a night cap gloatin' over one a' their propaganda releases: "Harper Tax Cut gives families $1,300 tax cut." Turns out it weren't just stretched --- it weren't true...
Tory propagandars misfigure "family" tax cuts ... Elisabeth Gugl ...
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"The politician who tries to ape his rival or predecessor is, almost by definition, a second rater, inferior to the real thing." - Kim Beazley
It's a quarter to three --- up to the bar march 10 Gucci-clad Toronto lawyers. They're the ones who "found" the Count and "found" John Turner and "found" Paul Martin Minor. "Well we made our promise for the day --- one $B for the 'elderly' --- one a day - that'll do the trick --- . Garcon ... a round for the house!!!" They should be talkin' about "democracy" and "dictatorship" not giveaways. ...
Liberal campaign should be about democracy --- not Harperian rollin' out the barrel. ... Globe and Mail Editorial ...
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"... [corporate tax cuts] not only rob Peter to pay Paul, but hurt hard-working families and undermine our economy's strength ..." - John Kerry
It's a quarter ta' three --- and in staggers Editor Bob --- says it looks like he's goin' ta' haf ta' dole out a ton a' Calgary Eye Opener money to some distinguished economist to prove that The Leader's cuttin' taxes to corporations and fat cats is nothin' but Chamber of Commerce balderdash. "Don't bother," says I. "Just take a glance at today's Globe --- all they did was compare what Statistics Canada showed happened to corporate investment when The Leader cut his buddies' taxes...
Grim Fairy Tale --- corporate tax cuts grow the economy ... Karen Howlett ...
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Set "Em Up Joe --- one thing us bartenders know is everything about everybody --- most of it true ... more>>

Video --- Justin Trudeau TKOs Tough-Guy-Tory-Senator
"Perhaps the first manifestation of a dynasty?" - Claude Ryan
Inta' the bar whistlin' "Happy Days are Here Again" --- it's three o'clock and not in the afternoon --- staggers Dudley Fixit and Pierre Beaucoup d'Argent, bagmen (fundraisers) extraordinaire for the Natural Rulin' Party (aka Liberals). They orders three libations each a' Glen Parker Scotch. "That'll show these whipper-snappers pushin' to fool around with these data bases, and digits and and all these new-fangled ways of raisin' funds ... all we had ta' do is put the son a' the prophet in the ring with a Tory and beat the hell out a' him. Why now the media'll blow Justin up and make him into a famous hero."

Pardon fer' puttin' the video in French but if you ain't bilingual forget about the jocks doin' the commentatin' --- turn off the sound and watch Justin slay the dragon

Well anyway I begs ta' differ with the Liberal money boys. If it was the U.S. --- yeah --- if the Yankee Prophet's son, John Kennedy Jr., had beat the livin' daylights out a Bush Minor, yeah. Look at how they've elected war heroes President --- from Andrew (Old Hickory) Jackson to Dwight Eisenhower.

But, says I, and I'm in the only political class that should be senators: "Canadians are too world-wise to elect blockhead militarios or jocks to lead us --- why Billy Bishop the great fighter ace of WWI never got anywhere in politics and Pretty-Boy John Turner was a big-time athlete who struck out as soon as he took over from Justin's dad. All Canucks will ever do for these type of guys is to put 'em in the Senate and they shouldn't --- like I says --- the only ones who belong in the Senate, are successful bartenders." ...

Just watch him: Trudeau victorious in charity boxing bout with Tory senator ... Carys Mills ...
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Robo-gate --- Canadian Watergate or tempest in a teapot
"war is the continuation of politics by other means" - Carl von Clausewitz
Some, including the head of Nixon's DTS (Dirty Tricks Squad) and Rick Mercer, are saying this is the worst thing that ever happened to Canadian politics since Sir John A. Macdonald got caught taking bribes. And that thugs from across the border have turned Clauswitz on his ear --- i.e. "politics is the continuation of war by other means". Others, including Dan Gardner, normally nudging up to the left side of the bar, suggests it may all be overblown --- Stephen Harper says its all a bunch of hyperboliation and merdo de toro and he didn't do it.
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Elections Canada faces 31,000 complaints in robo-call probe ... Daniel LeBlanc ...
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"U.S. allegiance to 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" brushed up against Canadian fealty to "peace, order and good government.'" - Time Magazine commenting on the Karla Homulka case
A quarter ta' three --- at least I thought it was --- or was I drinkin' too much rot gut whiskey? --- into the bar barges Uncle Sam hisself --- all star-spangle and strut --- "Now I knows why you Kanucks voted fer your Leader --- it's right in yer constitution --- yer main principle isn't 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' --- yer's is 'peace order and good government' --- for whatever reason, you folks is happier that way...
Liberty be damned --- good government gives Canada high happiness rating ... Victoria Times Colonist Editorial ...
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"... [corporate tax cuts] not only rob Peter to pay Paul, but hurt hard-working families and undermine our economy's strength ..." - John Kerry
It's a quarter ta' three --- and in staggers Editor Bob --- says it looks like he's goin' ta' haf ta' dole out a ton a' Calgary Eye Opener money to some distinguished economist to prove that The Leader's cuttin' taxes to corporations and fat cats is nothin' but Chamber of Commerce balderdash. "Don't bother," says I. "Just take a glance at today's Globe --- all they did was compare what Statistics Canada showed happened to corporate investment when The Leader cut his buddies' taxes...
Grim Fairy Tale --- corporate tax cuts grow the economy ... Karen Howlett ...
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"See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." - NikkM TMshM-gk shrine
Its a quarter to three and in bursts a flock a' The Leader's geeks --- slappin' each other on the back --- full a' p and v and bleatin': "Are we protectin' the public or what." "I disappeared a bus full a' reporters." "Me and John Baird booted Liberal fellow-travellers out a' a public meetin' in Ontario." "The Kanada Kops are doin' their bit". "And we're all spyin' out subverts"...
Tory lackies shield The Leader from Bad Thought Bad Talk ... Victoria Times Colonist Editorial ...
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"Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely " - Lord Acton
It's a quarter to three --- and a little birdy lands on my shoulder and whispers in my ear that, back when he was a propaganda-shoveler and heavy-thinker, The Leader said that majority governments meant dictatorships. Now The Leader wants a majority government --- but --- even though he's a control freak --- he says it won't be a dictatorship...
Grim Fairy Tale --- unmuzzled, The Leader would not bite ... Andrew Mayeda ...
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"I never tell one client that I cannot attend his sales convention because I have a previous engagement with another client; successful polygamy depends upon pretending to each spouse that she is the only pebble on your beach." - David Ogilvy
Political correctness and the B.C. Human Rights Commission be damned ... I prohibit polygamers from enterin' into my bar ... but the B.C. bible-thumpers and fat cats are enterin' 'em into my wallet...
B.C. schools teaching pro-polygamating ... Daphne Bramham ...
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"How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?" - Harry S. Truman
It's a quarter to three and up to the bar bursts this disheveled CBC reporter lookin', as I says, much the worse for wear --- "a triple a' the best" says she like she's just one a' the boys --- and, from the bottom of her leather lungs, she tells me all about this CBC Compass poll or thing-a-madoodle or whatever and what a wonderful thing it is and how it'll save what knows who --- and I took it and I'm a Blog Quebecker supporter for sure...
The CBC's Compass poll --- what'd it tell me I didn't already know? ... CBC ...
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"A politician's goal is always to manipulate public debate. I think there are some politicians with higher goals. But all of them get corrupted by power." - Dean Konitz
It's a quarter to three and into the bar charges the Chief (Justice, that is) --- "pour me a double of your best" ... "These monopolists need a good boot in the a___ --- telling the people of Canada .. how to carry on a political debate ... on the people's airwaves. Hand it over to me --- I'll referee the whole thing ... any B.S. or propaganda and I'll have the court flunkies haul the offenders down to the cells ... just watch me ..." ...
Telecable monopoly dictates debate rules to Canada's political leaders --- how, what, where, when, how much --- t ... Globe and Mail ...
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""Hard-wired" -- pertaining to or being an intrinsic and relatively unmodifiable behavior pattern: Every cricket has a hard-wired pattern of chirps. " - Random House Dictionary
It's a quarter to three and in staggers a Tory wise-guy from Toronto --- he's been run off the Tory lease --- right in front of The Leader he told the Tory war cabinet "it's a great idea but it won't work" --- well isn't that what advisers are supposed to do? --- but trouble is the coalition strategy was The Leader's idea --- all ya' have to do is wave a red flag in front of this bull and The Leader ain't goin' to give up ...
Surpass --- The Leader makes big "coalition"smokescreen mistake --- Predictable --- The Leader ... Bruce Anderson ...
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"Going! Going! Gosh!" - Title of Roadrunner cartoon
Within the Tory (i.e. Harper) party the Leader's word is Allah's and Jerusalem Slim's combined and then some. And of course --- once he gets to be dictator ---a Leader Dictat will bind each and every Canadian and God too. Anyway the Leader hath issued an encyclical --- " The Coalition Scare Strategy" which commands that The Leader's get to be dictator by paintin' Count Ignatieff as lustin' for a menage a trois --- called a "coalition" with not only the socialist hordes but also the separators --- but --- startlingly --- the Count disowned coalitions --- and the chief separator produced a letter The Leader, Himself, had signed supportin' them --- and The Leader looked like Wile E. Coyote goin' over the cliff...
Ignatieff rules out leading a coalition ... Althia Raj ...
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"The most dangerous foe to truth and freedom in our midst is the compact majority." - Henrik Ibsen
The Leader is harpen' on about coalitions bein' as evil as original sin ... well he tried to seduce the Quebec separationists in 2004. Britain's done O.K. with one. Trouble is the Count is a total political no-count or he'd put coalition in The Leader's pipe and make him smoke it....
What's wrong with a coalition government? ... Victoria Times Colonist Editorial ...
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"Excessive dealings with tyrants are not good for the security of free states." - Demosthenes
The Victoria Times Colonist came out with an editorial this morning --- instructin' all of us as how --- in this federal election --- we should stick to the real issues --- like the $30,000,000,000 + and climbing fighter planes (6 X more cost than the tripling of the Panama Canal) --- cutting fat-cat taxes --- pension reform --- etc. --- but the most important issue is democracy --- The Leader doesn't believe in it ---...
What's wrong with attack ads? ... Victoria Times Colonist Editorial ...
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"Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching" - Mark Twain
It was a quarter to three --- this morning --- the Count had scored a victory yesterday --- he brought the government down on the issue of lyin' and cheatin' and not bein' open and translucent but you'd never know it from the look of the Count and his crowd a' Toronto propaganda experts --- they was cryin' in their beer, and lookin' glum and not smug like they usually is...
How it happened: The events that led to the fall of Canada's government ... Victoria Times Colonist ...
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"I believe you can forge success by maintaining principles. It appears that concept is more and more compromised in mainstream politics." - Shawn Atleo
Turns out Count Iggie ain't just one a' the boys --- Why supersnob Vincent Massey was his great uncle. Forget about that --- worry that the Count took speechifying lessons from Moamar Ghadaffi (I know, I spells Ghadaffi different from some a ma' colleagues -- but who doesn't) and Moamar taught the count way too much what they calls hyperbolizin', blowin', and blusterin' --- even then, Liberal fellow-traveler Lawrence Martin says the Count's got ta' learn to hit below the belt...
Tory attack ads kibosh Count Ignatieff's humble roots ... Lawrence Martin ...
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"If there were any such thing as true justice in this world, his (Richard Nixon's) rancid carcass would be somewhere down around Easter Island right now, in the belly of a hammerhead shark. " - Hunter S. Thompson
It's a quarter to three. A Federal Liberal's cryin' the blues at two this morning. He's doin' a lot of defamin'. I couldn't stop myself I blurted out: "Don't get me wrong but, ya' know, it's unfair to compare Stephen Harper to Richard Nixon. To Richard Nixon"...
Harper compared to Nixon!!! ... Dan Gardner ...
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"Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear." - William E. Gladstone
The Man's mighty mad at Christy Clark --- B.C.'s new "Liberal" premier --- for raisin' the minimum wage. "She must be dumb as a sack of hammers -- she's takin' this "Liberal" business seriously. Ain't all us B.C. "Liberals" just Neocons in Liberals' clothings?...
Is B.C. 's new "Liberal" premier the real thing? ... Victoria Times Colonist Editorial ...
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"In Canada, anyone can become prime minister. That's the problem" - Bob Edwards
Feel sorry for Michael (the Count) Ignatieff --- Canadians don't like Transylvanians. And for Jack Leyton Canadians don't like Lenin-look-alikes. And for Prime Minister Harper --- he was born with a speech defect --- he can't pronounce the word "democracy"...
What to expect when the Canadian election battle begins ... Jane Taber ...
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"...if the Liberals can create another narrative - about integrity, transparency and democracy itself - If the Liberals can make [the next election] about Harper and the hidden agenda, then they will be attacking him where he's vulnerable." - The Montreal Gazette
Harper don't visit me --- I hear he likes Scotch but he don't consort with bars or bartenders --- no matter --- a barkeep's gotta' have an opinion on everything --- here's mine --- if Harper gets a majority in the next election `... say goodbye to Canadian democracy...
Can Canadians trust Harper with majority government? ... The Montreal Gazette ...
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"Incivility is the extreme of pride; it is built on the contempt of mankind. " - Johann Georg Ritter von Zimmermann
There's been lying about who signed what and when; there's been outright refusals to answer; there's been U.S. style attack ads...
Will the public ever blush when the Harper government misspeaks, won'tspeaks and nastyspeaks? ... Lawrence Martin ...
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"Advertising ranks just above used-car sales in terms of professions that engender trust." - Alex Bogusky
Most advertising is straight bunk and the ad propagandars that come into see me admit it ...
A former rock star of the ad world explains why he doesn't watch commercials ... Simon Houpt ...
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"With Harper 16 points up in poll, do Liberals need a head transplant? " - Toronto Globe and Mail
Politically inept Liberal leader Michael (Count) Ignatieff is a disaster --- he opens the door to a Harper dictatorship...
Michael Ignatieff --- a problem --- not a solution ... Lawrence Martin ...
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"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad" - Aldous Huxley
The Tories want to slash the taxes of their wealthy friends and spend $15 billion on useless jet fighters --- how much is all this costing -- they refuse to say...
Tories hiding fighter jet, fat cat tax cut, crime costs ... Meagan Fitzpatrick ...
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"Oh, what a tangled web we weave / When first we practice to deceive." - Sir Walter Scott
Last year Federal cabinet minister Bev Oda tampered with a memo sent her by her bureaucrats. "Who did it?" the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee asked. "I have no idea," Oda replied. Before the Age of Stephen Harper a cabinet minister who lied automatically resigned. Not now....
Federal cabinet minister admits lying to parliamentary committee --- wants to "move on" ... Bill Curry ...
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"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." - William Shakespeare
In Alberta, naming a party "Liberal" is as good as a shot in the head. Refugees from the old Alberta Liberal Party and the right-moving "Progressive" Conservative Party have set up a new party in the centre they've named the Alberta Party --- it could work...
Calling a party "Liberal" in Alberta constitutes politcal suicide --- liberals are setting up a new ... Josh Wingrove ...
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"In constant pursuit of money to finance campaigns, the political system is simply unable to function. Its deliberative powers are paralyzed." - John Rawls
Politics is not all about money. Come here --- how did Obama lick Hilary Clinton. Other megabuck politicians who flopped --- Steve Forbes, Ross Perot, Meg Whitman...
NotsoGrim fairy tale --- Money is everything in politics ... The Economist ...
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