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Bali

December 10, 2007 @ 08:37

I'm not going to spend a lot of time on what happened in Bali this weekend. I must be some kind of stupid.

I see the position that Canada has taken, the position that was conveyed by Environment Minister John Baird, and I honestly can't see how anyone can argue with it.

There is no use going forward with any agreement on global warming until the United States, Indian and China agree as well.

Yesterday Stephane Dion said Canada should sign on and lead by example, but that's nothing by naive bullshit.

If he thinks the big three polluters will follow the lead of Canada he's sadly mistaken.

We sign, they don't. We suffer and they won't.

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Irene's An Arshole

December 6, 2007 @ 09:43

On Tuesday NDP MP Irene Mathyssen stood up in the House of Commons and accused Conservative James Moore of looking at a scantily clad woman on his laptop on Tuesday.

Mathyssen claims she saw the image on Moore’s computer when she stood to address the house.

“I saw the member from Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam with a laptop on his desk. It was open and on the screen was an image of a scantily clad woman. This was in my clear view and in the clear view of the public,” Ms. Mathyssen said.

At the time she had no proof of what she saw and nobody else saw it but she didn’t hesitate to take large steps towards ruining Moore’s career by getting overly dramatic and jumping to extreme conclusions with this little gem.

“I feel very strongly that this is not only disrespectful of women, but it's disrespectful of this House. It reflects an attitude of objectifying women, and we know that when women and other human beings are objectified and dehumanized, they become the objects of violence and abuse.”

How’s that for being a hysterical whack job? But there’s more.

Noting government cuts to a number of women's programs, Mathyssen said that Moore's actions added to the impression that the Conservative government is no friend of women.

It was even worse, she said, that it was coming up to the 18th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, in which a lone gunman killed 14 women at a city college.

"When a member of the House sits in the House and uses this kind of material, I think it's very clear that this lack of respect is something we need to be very concerned about," she said.

Wow! Mathyssen took an image that she claimed to see on a computer and turned it into violence and abuse against women and then linked it to the Montreal massacre. A bit of a leap I’d say.

And while we’re at it, nuts to Liberal MP Karen Redman who stood up and gave her two cents worth without having any more proof than Mathyssen.

“This is a serious allegation” said Redman. And then she proceeded to link it to the Montreal massacre.

Bullshit.

"Serious" is taking an alleged incident of very little consequence and blowing it way out of proportion with little or no regard for another politician’s reputation.

But here’s the best part. After claiming that he had no idea what Mathyssen was talking about, it finally dawned on Moore that Mathyssen must have seen a picture of his girlfriend in a bathing suit and when he offered this explanation she immediately apologized and promised to apologize in the house.

But the damage had been done and it displayed politics at its worst.


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I Don't Think So

December 6, 2007 @ 09:33

Toronto Ward 7 Councilor Georgio Mammoliti raised a few eyebrows yesterday when he suggested the army should be utilized to deal with the gun problem in Toronto.

As attractive as that may sound to some, this would open a can of worms that could end up being worse than the actual problem itself.

Unless you have your head shoved up your ass its common knowledge where most of the gun crime comes from.

Can you imagine the outcry if the Army was brought in to put them down?

Can you imagine how that would be perceived by certain communities and bleeding heart liberals?

As it stands the Police can hardly look at some people without being accused of being racist and/or intolerant.

Does anybody think a raid by the army would make things any better? If anything it would probably unify the gangs and turn the city into downtown Baghdad.

Now, if the army has anyone who’s an expert in family values and taking responsibility for the sperm you spray, and they have an effective seminar that could possibly get through to a certain culture, then by all means use the army.

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Another Round

December 4, 2007 @ 09:33

Prime Minister Harper is setting himself up for more Liberal bashing this week as the United Nations gathers in Bali, Indonesia to discuss the next phase of global warming.

All indication are that the Prime Minister will not waiver on his stance which was summed up nicely by the Canadian Press.

"Any new agreement must incorporate all the world's major emitters of greenhouse gases and must impose binding, absolute targets on them.

Those targets can be differentiated, depending on a country's circumstances. But unlike Kyoto, the next deal must not exclude big polluters such as the United States, China and India if any real progress is to be made. "The only way we're going to get an effective international agreement is to get everyone to sign on at one time," Harper said.

"We already saw at Kyoto, if we get a third of the world to sign on first and wait for the other two-thirds it's never going to happen."

Bang on and good for you Mr. Prime Minister.

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Romanuk

November 29, 2007 @ 09:41

Today I'd like you to visit Paul Romanuk's blog. Paul is a good friend but he doesn't like my politics.

Yesterday I mentioned one of Romy's responses to my blog so he turned around and wrote about it on his blog.

Paul once described me as a goose-stepping Conservative.

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Support This Man

November 28, 2007 @ 10:00

Quite the response to yesterday's posting "A Solid Leader." It never fails, any posting I make with Stephen Harper as the focus gets a lot of reaction.

You either love him or hate it seems, with the majority on the hate side and I still don't fully understand it. I wrack my brain and I try to determine exactly what this man has done to be so disliked by so many and I can't find a lot of evidence.

His first crime obviously is that he's a Conservative and to many it doesn't matter what you say, what you do, who you save or what you support, if you're a Conservative you're automatically a heartless bastard.

Of course some of you will come back and claim I'm the same way with Liberals, but I have a track record to point to, I have evidence of 13 years of bad and corrupt government.

But Liberals like to turn the other way when it comes to such evidence and direct their energy and scorn towards the right.

I for the life of me can't understand why Harper is being so vilified for his stand on global warming. All he's trying to do is rally the world behind one unified attack on the issue, knowing full well if we buy into the bullshit that's on the table right now, we'll end up going it alone.

What is the use of Canada signing on the dotted line only to have the United States and a whack of developing nations not part of the deal? It makes no sense.

Sure, if we did sign Harper could walk away from the table like a hero in the eyes of some and Canada would be considered a good global citizen, but what would it accomplish, what would be gained? Absolutely nothing would change.

I think its time that we recognize and appreciate that our Prime Minister is sticking his neck out with an eye on the big picture. He's putting his reputation on the line to make sure that the fight on global warming becomes what it has to be, a fight that includes every goddamn polluter on earth.

Yesterday I chuckled at some of the responses accusing Harper of being some kind of a wimp because he won't move forward "unless the other guy does."

When applied to this issue that's ridiculous. Stephen Harper knows that in the best of situations, even those who sign on to any deal will probably end up breaking the rules, so what's the use of having a deal without having everyone involved and at least having everyone accountable.

Yesterday my dear friend Paul Romanuk, who I'm quite sure would vote for Jack Latyon and the NDP in the next election, offered this.

"Here's the reality: Most people outside of Canada don't even know who Stephen Harper is; nor could they give a rat's ass what he thinks about anything."

That's fine Paul, but what has it got to do with anything relating to this subject?

The Prime Minister is acting on behalf of Canada first with an eye towards creating a game plan that actually has some teeth.

Give the man time, lay of the hysterical global warming rhetoric and just for a minute don't judge along partisan lines and all of sudden it might make sense to you: Stephen Harper might become a global hero.


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A Solid Leader

November 27, 2007 @ 09:29

What a shame that for the first time in a long time Canada has been blessed with a strong leader but we don't appreciate it.

Yesterday in the House of Commons Stephen Harper was vilified and pounded by the opposition for his bold stance on a climate change deal at the Commonwealth meetings in Africa.

Harper, to his credit refuses to sign or agree to any document that excludes other countries that pollute just as much or more than we do. He thinks it's ridiculous for Canada and other countries to commit to things that developing countries are exempt from.

The easiest thing on earth would be for Harper to buckle under and look like an environmental hero by signing something that could totally screw this country in the long run.

He's not an idiot, he knows what's expected of Canada, and if we sign something we'll be expected to follow it to the letter while other countries get off the hook.

It could have enormous effects on our economy but nobody seems to take that into consideration in their rush to buy into all this hysterical global warming bullshit.

Yes, there is a problem and nobody denies it, not even the "evil" Mr. Harper who's desperately trying to broker a deal that involves everyone and takes a more rational and fair approach to global warming.

Instead of being criticized and insulted for it he should be applauded for it. Here we have a Prime Minister with big enough balls to take an unpopular stand on the world stage and we can't appreciate the fact the he's doing it in the best interests of Canada.

Yesterday he was accused of being a pawn for the big oil companies and standing in the way of progress.

He wasn't standing in the way of anything. He was standing "up" for Canada.


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Meet The Mayor

November 27, 2007 @ 09:27

I was listening to the John Oakley Show this morning and he played a clip of Toronto Mayor David Miller responding to the weekend of death.

There were four murders in the city and the best Miller could do was blame the United States for their lax gun laws.

This guy is unbelievable. He can't really believe what he says because it's ridiculous. It's obvious he'd rather keep his head firmly planted in his ass and let the city crumble around him.

Why doesn't he have the guts to look the problem right in the eye and identify it?

There's a gun culture in Toronto that makes up a tiny speck of the population. It's the same profile of person that's dying week after week after week but Miller doesn't have the guts to say it.

He'd rather pass the buck.

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Public Inquiry

November 14, 2007 @ 10:30

Quite the reaction to yesterday's posting "Dealing with Simpletons." There's nothing like the hint of a political scandal to get the juices flowing, especially if it's someone like the evil Brian Mulroney and his little clone Stephen Harper.

When it comes to these guys there's very little patience when it comes to waiting for due process. There's a legion of people out there who want to see them nailed to the wall no matter what it takes and whether they deserve it or not.

I was quite amused by the reaction of some who were clambering for a public inquiry, almost delighted that Harper hadn't called before yesterday. It made him look more suspect, more conniving and ruthless.

But even after he made the announcement yesterday, that still wasn't good enough. Then it became question of timing. He didn't call it soon enough, and even though there will be an inquiry, it probably won't be above board and it was called only as a form of defense - whatever that means.

Meanwhile, thanks to regular read Trish who brought my attention to this article in the National Post.


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Party Time

November 1, 2007 @ 09:45

Great response to yesterday's posting, "You Can't Win."

If it tells us anything it tells us how hard it is to break party lines, especially Liberal lines, regardless of the issue.

Bingo Bob nailed it when he wrote, "only in Canada would people complain about a tax cut, it's insane."

Right you are Bob but when it comes to the anti-Conservative movement in Canada there's no explaining anything. In possession of a bizarre attitude that maintains they have a god given right to govern, Liberals refuse to give an inch on anything when it comes to Conservative policy.

On the flip side, I'm sure if the situation had been reversed and the Liberals had slashed a point off the GST it would have been widely accepted by Conservatives. Most Liberals would disagree but I truly believe it.

It's amazing who people can take something like a tax cut and proceed to write a comment on how it's no good and doesn't serve any purpose and deeper income tax cuts would have been a better option.

But you can bet your ass if the Harper Conservatives had dramatically slashed income taxes on Tuesday, the same people would be crying about the disadvantaged and the poor and how the Conservatives only care about the rich.

It really is nauseating but more than anything else it's sad. It's sad because it means we could be robbed of good government over the next few years.

The Liberals had a good run. Thirteen years of no competition, scandal and back-tracking on the very issue that got them elected in 1993, the GST.

But for some reason liberals refuse to give an inch, and as many of the comments from yesterday's posting reveal, they insist on resorting to the predictable scare tactics that are quickly growing tired.

Stephen Harper has a hidden agenda. He's in bed with George Bush and he doesn't care about the environment.

Meanwhile, all he does is run a good, steady and sensible government.

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