December 2, 2013
Just in case we waver and forget how the base Conservative actually views those of us who have eschewed organised religion:
Conservative Leader Brian Pallister says he didn’t mean to offend anyone last week when he wished everyone, including “infidel atheists,” the best of the holiday season…
“I’m always disappointed when people misrepresent the meaning of the words. What I was trying to do there is include everyone in my best wishes over the holidays,” he told a press conference this morning he called to blast the Selinger government over its tardiness in calling a byelection in Morris.
Sure you did, you old dogwhistler, you.
November 27, 2013
Just a quick post on something that’s occurred to me about the Senate/PMO implosion. Does anyone really believe that with RCMP indictments being handed out to everyone around him that a control freak like
Darth Prime Minister Harper wasn’t aware of what was happening? Besides which, if his staff members were keeping him in the dark then why haven’t they been replaced yet?
November 26, 2013
Well, that’s my explanation for this:
While the CBC holds onto “Hockey Night in Canada,” the new deal will limit its control over the broadcast and lead to job losses at the public broadcaster.
In an internal memo, CBC president Hubert Lacroix said that “starting next year, Rogers will assume all editorial control (all editorial decisions with respect to the content, on-air talent and the creative direction of HNIC — we have the right to be consulted and there is a commitment to excellence) under the new agreement.”
He added that it wasn’t “the outcome we had hoped for,” confirming there will be job losses, though not as many as there would have been had they lost the NHL altogether.
Sure it wasn’t, Mr. Lacroix, sure it wasn’t. I’m sure you weren’t seeking to damage the CBC brand when you opted to pass on the Hockey Night in Canada theme, either. Your appointer’s colours are showing.
November 21, 2013
At worst, he personally ordered it done and chose the people who executed the plan. At the very least, he fostered an attitude within the party [...], chose the managers of the people who committed these crimes and completely and utterly failed to exercise any oversight, supervision or leadership. In the end, it doesn’t really matter where [his] actions or lack of them fall on that scale. He is the leader and a leader is responsible for the actions of the people he leads. If he had a right or honourable bone in his body, he’d admit that and resign immediately.”
Stephen Harper during the Gomery Investigation
(h/t to commenter Pickngrin over at Macleans.ca)
(2nd h/t to the Prime Minister of this fair land)
November 19, 2013
In what I presume is an attempt to seem sensitive, and not schadenfreude-istic, many people who want Mayor Ford to step down say that they want the Mayor to seek treatment for his substance abuse problems. That is fine, and probably a prudent way to prevent the guy from killing himself and destroying his family.
But I have to ask this big picture question, which I think relates more to the problem Rob Ford (and Toronto) suffers from: Is there a cure for severe, unapologetic narcissism? Perhaps a psychiatrist could chime in.
November 18, 2013
I want to post something about
Mayor Guy They Let Wear The Big Gold Chain Rob Ford. Something concise and insightful perhaps, with an underpinning of satire. I can’t because I’ve been reading the latest news on the Rob Ford front. It’s all gone past that now and the best that I can manage is sarcasm, if I could be bothered. Robbie, if you’re reading this, it’s not us. It’s you. No one cares any more if you get help but it’s time to go. If for no other reason than because, and I can’t be the only one doing this, you shouldn’t have people opening the daily news sites to see if you’ve had your inevitable stress/rage induced heart attack yet. Also, You’re a crap mayor.
November 14, 2013
Dear Mr. Ford,
I believe it was Pierre Trudeau who said “There is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.”
I cannot say emphatically enough that the reverse is also true when it comes to you. The nation has no desire to even accidentally glimpse the bedroom of the state. Please keep any and all details of your relationship(s) to yourself in the future.
November 11, 2013
It’s Remembrance Day. It doesn’t matter if you have friends or family that have served their time in uniform, though I suspect that most of you do. It doesn’t matter whether you choose to wear a red poppy or a white one or whether, as you should be, you’re against war or if you believe that sometimes it serves its purpose. It doesn’t matter if you think that the war in Afghanistan was our solemn duty or a moral travesty and a rape of our nations resources. Go to a cenotaph today. Remember the men and women that gave up a part of their private life and those that didn’t came home. They all had their own reasons for going, and it wasn’t always for King and Country. Some went because of a sense duty owed and belief in what they were doing, some for the adventure, some just because a steady paycheque was enough to get bring them in. But they went when they were asked. Some still do. Today is the day for setting aside our own opinions and our political interests, left or right, to honour them and what they gave up.
November 8, 2013
Blame the messenger! Unless I happen to the the messenger, of course. Really, I just don’t like that other paper that keeps scooping the Grope and Flail on these Rob Ford revelations.