Canada elects the bogey-man…

May 3, 2011

Surfing the non-Con blogosphere one gets the impression that we are all doomed…

Indeed Canada as we know it has apparently ceased to exist.

Of course this ignores the fact the 60% of voters did not vote for Harper. Or to put it another way the Con’s received just under 40 per cent of the votes cast by the approximately 60 per cent of eligible Canadians who bothered to show up.

This also assumes that all these folks will just sit on their hands if and when Harper begins to run rough shod over all those things Canadians hold dear ,e.g health-care.

This also assumes that Conservatives can ignore public opinion and or pressure.

This also assumes that there the NDP/official opposition has no role to play and can not apply pressure on the government to mute or tone down some of their more questionable policies.If that were the case then why not just pack up and let the Con’s have at it ?

This also assumes that real change comes from the top & or that real power lay in the ballot box. Hardly, change has historically  come from the bottom,i.e from ordinary ever-day caring human-beings.

This also assumes that there is no validity to the truism,”the more things change the more they stay the same”.

My advice, take a chill pill and remember there is a reason that Canada is one of the best places to live. When push comes to shove – Canadians in most part – end up doing the right thing.

 

 

Dear Wellington Street Post

March 3, 2011

I am flattered,somewhat, that  out of hundreds upon hundreds of Canadian  political blogs you have linked to my blog.

Just one thing you seem to be under the impression that my blog is representative of or somehow represents a/the  NDP point of view. How you arrive at that conclusion is beyond me ?

That said feel free to reproduce pieces of my posts,albeit with a link back to my blog. All I ask is that you do not do so under the heading “NDP Edition” or any other of your current editions,i.e “Liberal Edition” , “Conservative Edition” or “Green Edition”.

My blog is a Non-Partisan blog.it represents  my point of view,& only mine.

 

 

 

The shadow of politics

January 26, 2010

I asked my self the same question every so often ,indeed as do some of my family & friends. Why do I spend so much time talking about politics ?  Particularly when the by-product is more often than not, irritation and or frustration.

I usually reply, well how can you not be interested in politics,its everything, its why the world is, the way it is ?

The inevitable retort goes something like this,yeah perhaps,but what can you do about it,how can one person change anything ? Why waste your time ?

Anyway to make a short story shorter. I happened across the following quote by  John Dewey ;American social philosopher (1859-1952). He states : politics will remain…

the shadow cast on society by big business[and] the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance

Wow so true…shit am I just piss’n in the wind ?

Even worse,  am I  a mere reflection of the very people for whom I have little respect or patience ?  That is,  corporate media pundits,assorted lackeys and hangers on. In short modern day courtiers.

Yikes…

Look at the tyranny of party — at what is called party allegiance, party loyalty — a snare invented by designing men for selfish purposes — and which turns voters into chattles, slaves, rabbits, and all the while their masters, and they themselves are shouting rubbish about liberty, independence, freedom of opinion, freedom of speech, honestly unconscious of the fantastic contradiction; and forgetting or ignoring that their fathers and the churches shouted the same blasphemies a generation earlier when they were closing their doors against the hunted slave, beating his handful of humane defenders with Bible texts and billies, and pocketing the insults and licking the shoes of his Southern master.
- “The Character of Man,” Mark Twain’s Autobiography

Be still my heart…

December 10, 2008

I think I am in love,and with a blog of all thing.But before you say dude that’s fucked up,check it out for yourself.

So much for blog awards,tis the season,yawn.

Definitely not the place to go if one is looking for a good blog worthy of one’s time.In fact the better the blog the more likely the writer of said blog would say, thanks but no thanks…

Blog awards are for losers,sorry I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings,but….

There is nothing quite so sad & pathetic,as a blogger,begging for votes.

Tis the season…

And I thought Canadian Cynic was a somewhat reasonable blogger

October 29, 2008

Although I have always been reluctant to link to his blog.

Seems to me he spends to much time attacking people ,on a personal level, but to be fair he does make a few good point ever now and then. But his methods…well that’s another matter.

Seems my latest post ‘In defense of Religion‘ and myself as a person,has come in for some criticism ridiculing.

The sad thing being,that CC in his haste to trash someone or something,totally misses the point.But then again  ridicule & personality attacks seem to be the raison de etre of his blog,so should I really be surprised ?

That said it should be noted,that some say cynicism is the last refuge of the broken-hearted & disillusioned. So I do understand where you are coming from CC, my condolences.

Green Party takes page from Harper’s litigious political playbook ;To Attack Freedom of Expression

September 11, 2008

My how quickly things change on the campaign trail.

Only yesterday the Greens were enjoying widespread and sympathetic media coverage after managing to get the decision reversed in regards to their participation in the upcoming leaders debate.

Today they show themselves to be ass-hats.

Threatening litigation,in an absurd attempt to silence Canadian blogger ‘Buck Dog’,for posting a YouTube video link…

Nothing could be worse on the campaign trail than a politician calling Canadians “stupid.”

But did it actually happen? Regina NDP blogger Buckdog (aka Leftdog) yesterday posted an audio clip of an interview with Green Party leader Elizabeth May in which it sounds a lot like she says something like that.

Further more shouldn’t the target  of the Green’s self righteous thin-skinned wrath be directed at the Stephen Taylor,the actual creator of said video/audio clip.But then it is easier to target the little guy with threats of litigation.In many cases a threat is sufficient to get the “offending” material removed,even if there is no substance behind the charge.

Talk about shooting the messenger.

Never thought I would quote a National Post article,but on this I believe Kevin Libin hit the nail squarely and convincing.

Of course, Ms. May has every right to demand that false and damaging charges against her be retracted. But this was a direct audio recording of the Green leader speaking on a TVO panel. And rather than trying to clear the record with some reasonable explanation (though, it’s hard to see what that might be), Ms. May takes a page from Stephen Harper’s litigious political playbook and reflexively threatens to sue — a day after she dropped another lawsuit against broadcasters for refusing to let her participate in televised debates. Given the Tories’ success with that tactic so far, it would be hard to call that stupid.

Perhaps the proper thing would be to let Canadians hear the remarks and decide for themselves. As Ms. May herself put it yesterday, after winning her battle to get on the debates, democracy “happens when Canadians are engaged and speak up.”

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