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Ma, they aren’t listening to the phone anymore… and I’m scared…

It looks like some people have indeed partaken of the confinement loaf and actually believe that spying on the citizenry in a sort of random, unconstrained manner is a good thing. Or am I to make something else of comments like “Thanks to the NYT we are a lot less safe“.

Yeah, buddy I’d get that tingly, safe-in-momma’s-arms feeling just thinking that my phone could be tapped, too.

Sheesh.

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So where are we now?

Hezbollah has done the predictable — declared victory based on the acceptance of a temporary cease-fire. However, also as predicted, George Bush says claims that Hezbollah has in fact been defeated:

Hezbollah suffered a defeat in this crisis… How can you claim victory when you were a state within a state in southern Lebanon, and now you’re going to be replaced by an international force?

All quips aside, for anyone to be declared a loser implies two things; that someone won, and that it is in fact over. Can either of these statements be considered true yet? Bush apparently thinks so, and so does Nasrallah, but naturally they’re just playing for political gain right now. Let’s just cross our fingers and hope that the cease fire holds for a while…

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Oh Well, At Least They Beat Turkey


As the linked article shows, a recent study of 34 countries shows the United States placing 33rd in belief in evolution. Best quote:

“American Protestantism is more fundamentalist than anybody except perhaps the Islamic fundamentalist, which is why Turkey and we are so close,” said study co-author Jon Miller of Michigan State University.

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Give It a Rest Mark II


As a followup to my previous post and as evidenced in the linked editorial, we see that some people aren’t satisfied with the spectacle of their elected government looking on impotently as the courts decide the fate of their bungled legislation. No, these guys want the government to use the Notwithstanding Clause if the courts don’t rule the way they want. There are a few things we can deduce about these people:

a. They’ve a piss-poor idea of how the Clause works – as shown here, it’s not as simple as the PCs declaring it into law – it has to be passed in the Legislature and it has to be renewed after 5 years, which leads us to the second conclusion;

b. They can’t count – all the times the Clause has been revoked were with Governments who had healthy majorities. With the razor-thin margin Premier MacDonald has, there is simply no way this would survive a vote, and Rodney’s smart enough to realize this, which is why it’s not going to happen, which leads us to the final conclusion about these folks:

c. They’re idiots.

Of course, speaking as a Newfoundlander, I can’t help but be cheered by these developments, cause if this keeps up the ‘Newfie Joke’ will be a thing of the past, and instead Canadians from Coast to Coast will be saying ‘Hey, did you hear the one about the Dumb Nova Scotian?”