Consevatives, Nova Scotia, Rodney MacDonald

I really want to follow the money…

…but the local media makes my life difficult.

I’ve checked every story written recently on the meat-headed idea by the Province to buy 66 kid-sized ATVs. I wanted to see a) who bought them (which was pretty easy: it’s coming out of the Health Promotion Budget, headed by Barry Barnet) and b) who they were bought from.

Part b) is proving to be a difficult question to answer. We know who manufactured them, but not which dealerships they were purchased through. 19 of the ATVs are Bombardier, 18 are Suzuki, 18 are Honda, and 11 are Arctic Cat. That’s nice information to have, but I want to know who made money on this ridiculous idea. Did individual local dealers have any connections to Mr. Barnet? To Mr. MacDonald? This kind of stupid spending can usually be traced to someone (or a group) who has the “ear” of government, and I really want to know if that’s the case with the ATV purchase. Neither the Herald nor the Metro has asked or answered this question.

PS – the purchase does not appear on the NS Procurement website when I use the search term “ATV” (whereas several older ATV purchases do appear).


Kucinich’s articles of impeachment: the full text

I won’t reprint them here, but click below to read a PDF containing congressman Kucinich’s full articles of impeachment against George W. Bush, as duly ignored by almost all mainstream media sources:

In a nutshell: Bush lied a lot!

This isn’t going anywhere, because of the flag lapel-wearing idiocy that passes for political discourse and “patriotism” in the Redneck States of America. Kucinich likely drafted this up for two reasons: to get the articles read into the record, and to embarrass his own party for continually scurrying into ratholes whenever an article of principle emerges. Nonetheless, makes for an interesting read, especially for we gloaters who recognized Bushco’s lies from the start.