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Jack Will Love This
April 4, 2008 @ 09:38
There is no excuse for the words that were spoken about homosexuals by Saskatchewan MP Tom Lukiwski during a party, but I’m sure all perspective will be lost on the incident.
First of all, it happened almost 17 years ago when Lukiwiski and now Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall were young Conservatives horsing around at a campaign get together.
Again, there’s no excuse for what Lukiwski said, and Wall looks foolish for some of things he said about then NDP leader Roy Romanow.
And you have to question the stupidity of leaving a video tape that contained all the nonsense in an office you’re vacating for another political party, but you also have to question to the tactics of the NDP.
It’s sad when a broken down, insignificant little party has to dust off a 17 year old video tape and go running to the press with it, and even more disgusting when the federal leader of the broken down party chooses to make political hay with it in Ottawa.
I’m sure Jack Layton will push and push and push on this one. It will give him some air time and attention, something he’s desperate for because his politics hold us much water and make as much sense as the stupid things Lukiwski said.
Seventeen years ago.
March 19, 2008 @ 09:44
It was interesting to hear the reaction to Barack Obama’s speech yesterday. I’m not sure how much it accomplished because when it comes to the discussion of race, there’s always a big line drawn down the middle.
Those who support Obama liked the speech and those who want to see the guy brought down, found lots of reasons to criticize it.
Needless to say most black people supported what he had to say, and his decision to disagree with, but not disown Reverend Jeremiah Wright showed commitment and loyalty which I assume is a quality most people would want in a President.
But more than that, Obama’s point that the use of the Reverend’s sound bites in the manner they were, only perpetuates what’s wrong with America.
Too often race is used to divide and tear down.
That doesn’t make what Reverend Wright said any more acceptable, but he’s from a different era, a different mind set and and different experience and Obama can’t be held responsible for what he said.
In some ways Obama can be commended for not turning his back on someone who amounts to a crazy old uncle who deep down you love dearly. Most of the things Wright had to say were said long before Obama decided to run for President.
At this point it doesn’t really matter anyway. What’s done is done and now it’s up to the people of the United States to decide.
March 18, 2008 @ 09:31
If you’ve read between the lines on this blog over the past couple of months you’ve probably determined that I was pulling for Barack Obama in the Democratic leadership race.
Now I’m not so sure.
Obama will deliver a speech on race relations this morning, prompted by his association with his pastor Jeremiah Wright, and it better be a doozy if he wants to pull himself out of the big pit he finds himself in right now.
If you haven’t seen some of the sermon highlights delivered by Obama’s pastor of twenty years, you should.
Check them out on You Tube.
Wright is “way out there” and the finest example of a racist you'll ever find, and even though Obama is not responsible for what Wright says or thinks, he’s got to explain why he’s maintained an association with him over the past two decades.
As a man running for President, he’s just got to do it and then the people have to decide whether to accept it or reject it.
Like it or not, choice of association plays a part in this situation.
Meanwhile, it’s amazing how race keeps forging its way into campaign, even in Toronto.
I listened to the Oakley Show for a while and I was amazed at how many people who identified themselves as black, defended the words of Jeremiah Wright, claiming all he was doing was telling the truth.
Among the things Wright said:
The U.S. government "lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of colour."
Just Another Day In Stupidville
March 17, 2008 @ 09:29
There are four federal by-elections today and although they all matter, I prefer to focus on the two in the land of the Liberal, aka Toronto.
It’s expected to be no contest in Toronto Centre and Willowdale where Liberals will romp to victory even though the party has done nothing but suck-out in opposition while contributing nothing to the country.
The Liberals claim to be a party of principle but they’re coming off 13 years of non-productive government while accomplishing nothing more than electing a milk toast leader who refuses to take a stand on anything when it really matters.
So afraid of going into a federal election, Stephan Dion and his wimp ass party have wasted several opportunities to bring down the Harper government, simply because they’re not sure they can win.
How’s that for leadership and integrity.
But it doesn’t matter in the Liberal Lagoon known as Toronto where people don’t vote with their heads, they vote with their past.
Who dad used to vote for, who led the country when the immigration flood gates were open, what party the Toronto Star has told them to vote for over the past few decades.
It’s hard to believe that Toronto maintains its liberal love-in when you consider the federal Liberals did absolutely nothing for the city during its rein of arrogance and corruption through the 90’s and early 2000’s.
It’s hard to believe that Torontonians are so freaked out by change, so sucked in by anti- conservative hysteria that they’ll line up like a bunch of flea bitten lemmings in two ridings today and vote for the same old shit.
On a municipal level Toronto is being destroyed by an NDP city council, and on the provincial level Toronto is being ignored by a gaggle of goohead’s who hold power through a legacy of lies.
The country needs to give the Harper government a clear man-date to govern, allow them to lead with strength and see where it takes us. It certainly can’t be any worse than the Chrétien years.
But in the end all that matters to Toronto is that Liberals aren’t Conservatives, so I guess the city deserves everything it gets.
Or doesn’t get.
Politics At Its Best
March 17, 2008 @ 09:28
I just listened to an emotional interview with Brenda Martin on the John Oakley Show.
A distraught Martin remains in a disgusting Mexican prison, another Canadian victim of a whacked out judicial system in a backward third world dump.
As it stands, the Liberals have taken a great interest story with former Prime Minister Paul Martin having visited Martin in prison, and Liberal MP Dan McTeague pushing from all sides for the Harper government to do something.
As I wrote last week, the Harper government should do something; The Prime Minister should make a statement about the welfare of Canadians in Mexico and the crappy treatment we’ve been getting over the past couple of years.
Having said that, don’t be fooled by the actions of the Liberals. This is the perfect opportunity for the opposition to make political hay.
It was kind of the former Prime Minister to visit the prison last week, but this shouldn’t open the door for the rest of the party to start hooting and hollering while placing unrealistic expectations on the current government.
It’s an emotional issue that has the sitting government caught between a rock and a hard place. Despite being extremely frustrating, diplomacy plays a part in this and you’ve got to believe if winning this women’s release was that simple, she’d be back in Canada by now.
Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier spoke with his Mexican counterpart on Saturday, but to this point, that’s about the extent of official government response.
It’s a touchy situation that has to be dealt with delicately by those in power; meanwhile its easy pickin’s for an opposition that had a dreadful record of Foreign Affairs while it enjoyed power under a bumbling fool named Jean Chretien.
Category: Politics | Radio
March 13, 2008 @ 09:38
It was interesting to see yesterday’s reaction to the remarks by Geraldine Ferraro about Barack Obama.
Ferraro intimated that a good measure of Obama’s success in the run for President is because he’s black.
Yea, no kidding.
Of course she’s been vilified from all sides for stating the obvious, but so it goes with today’s politically correct world. You’ve got to watch what you say, even if what you say is painfully obvious.
Ferraro’s right, Obama has benefited from being black but there’s nothing wrong with that. It used to be someone wouldn’t be considered because they were black, now it's gone the other way.
Talk about a major breakthrough.
Ferraro said Obama is “very lucky to be who he is, and the country is caught up in the concept”, and she’s bang on.
It’s all a question of timing and in 2008, on the heels of the United States being run into the ground by a goober, America is ready to consider anything, even something that’s perceived as radical by some, and Obama has definitely benefited from that.
The USA desperately wants to break away from the status quo and what better way to do it than this.
It’s awakened the youth vote, it’s changed the mindset of white America and needless to say it’s given hope to black America.
These are all wonderful things, but wonderful things that have come about for only one reason.
Barack Obama is black.
The Rest Of The Story
March 13, 2008 @ 09:37
Mike Stafford is filling in for John Oakley on am 640 this week and he made a great observation this morning.
The newspapers in Toronto, and I’m sure through most of North America are jam packed with wild stories about Eliot Spitzer and the 22 year old prostitute who was paid upwards of five thousand dollars a night.
We’ve learned everything we need to know about Ashley Alexandra Dupre. Her hopes and desires her career aspirations and her troubled child hood.
Meanwhile, the real story has been ignored, the true inspirational aspect of the Eliot Spitzer controversy.
On Monday he’ll be sworn in as New York’s next governor.
New York’s 55th Governor will be their first black Governor and he is legally blind.
Category: Politics | Stuff
March 12, 2008 @ 10:31
I was never big on Paul Martin as Prime Minister of our country but I’ve gotta say I’m rather impressed with his intention to help get Canadian Brenda Martin out of a Mexican jail.
Martin is in Mexico City for economic meetings and he met with some guy who acts as Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs for the asshole of North America.
The former Prime Minister thinks Ms. Martin should not be in jail and he’s disgusted that she’s been held without charges for over two years. Good on him.
But it raises the question, what is the current Prime Minister doing?
If a Prime Minister does nothing else, he should at least stand up for the rights of Canadians and Stephen Harpers inaction on this issue has been disappointing to say the least.
Even if he can’t do anything directly, I think it would make all Canadians feel better if our Prime Minister spoke out against the treatment of Canadians in Mexico and threaten economic measures if things don’t change and change quickly.
But for some reason he won’t do it.
Harper keeps his mouth shout and wastes an opportunity to show some positive strength to those Canadians who can’t stand the guy.
Diplomacy is one thing, but watching your citizens get pushed around and murdered in a third world toilet is another.
Spreading Spitzer's Sperm
March 11, 2008 @ 11:59
There are exceptions to every rule, but I think it’s safe to say, to be a politician you have to have a certain level of confidence and a good dash of arrogance.
How else can you explain the actions of New York State governor Eliot Spitzer?
He’s definitely not stupid. He went to Princeton and the Harvard Law School, so he’s got brains and a high level of intelligence, but political arrogance got the better of him and allowed him to do something unbelievably stupid.
Here’s a politician who ran on a platform of law and order and high moral ground, ironically he even wiped out a couple of prostitution rings over the past several years.
But like a lot of politicians (not all) he played the people for fools and thought he could stand behind his good guy image and his position would protect him from everything.
He rented hookers that cost 43 hundred dollars a night by using a high class prostitution ring, the very thing he fought against in public. He went into hotels under assumed names and apparently requested to do unnatural things (up the bum) all the while going to great lengths to project the image of Mr. Clean.
Talk about violating the trust of the people and thinking you’re way above the laws of the land. It’s pathetic, but more than that, it’s cruel.
Spitzer has a wife and three daughters and one of his last hotel flings was on February 13th, the night before Valentines Day.
How’s that for extra insult to his family?
The man is a skunk and if I was a citizen of New York State I’d be awfully pissed off that the hypocrite didn’t resign yesterday.
Category: Politics | Stuff
The System Sucks
March 7, 2008 @ 08:47
For a country that considers itself the greatest on earth, the United States sure has a screwed up way of choosing Presidential candidates.
Listen, I think it's great that the vote goes to the people. The average Joe should be able to decide who the leader of his party is, but holy cow, do they have to stretch it over two bloody years.
In Canada, I'm not so big on a system that sees only a select few decide who leads our respective parties. I actually prefer the American way.
But for cryin' out loud, condense it people. Stretching primaries and caucuses over several months does nothing more than confuse and divide. It really is stupid, but it will probably never change because Americans would never entertain the thought that that they could actually do something stupid.
Why would you want a system that creates war within a party before you even get to a general election? Why would you want a system that allows candidates to be dissected way beyond reason simply because the media runs out of things to talk about?
Why not get it get it over with quickly. Hold primaries and caucuses but have them all happen on the same day or during the same week after a brief campaigning period.
Let the people decide but expedite the process because the current system, under today's media, does nobody any favours.
Given the current system, whereby candidates are butchered beyond reason, you have to wonder how many quality people choose to stay out of it.