A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Shutting Down Moonbats, One At a Time

From a letter I sent to the Telegram (St. Johns) in regards to a ideologue who suggested we run from Afghanistan and then somehow started to rave about how we were going to join the Star Wars Program. This guy actually said that the Northern Alliance treated women worse than the Taliban did, and claimes that women were "protected" under the Taliban, albeit in a socially restricted lifestyle. Boy, is he ever wrong.



Tony Oxford's letter in the April 27 edition of the Telegram smacks of a disconnect with reality. From his apologetic attitude towards the Taliban to his raving about a 20 year old defunct missile defense plan, Oxford seems more interested with ideology than the issues.

To claim that "women found more protection" under the Taliban is the stuff of madness. Under the Taliban, women were beaten and murdered for showing a bit of their ankles and were considered nothing more than chattel. Mr. Oxford, how can you diminish the suffering of women under the Taliban? Is this your definition of protection, Mr. Oxford? Could you look these beaten women in the face and tell them that they were, in fact, protected?

Canada's role in Afghanistan is clearly defined, and has been defined ever since the Liberals sent our troops there back in 2001. Mr. Oxford are you aware that we invaded Afghanistan, and in doing so killed untold numbers of terrorists and Taliban fighters? Our role in Afghanistan has always been two-fold: fight those who would kill innocent women and children indiscriminately, and help rebuild a nation shattered by decades of war and oppression. But we cannot do the latter without accomplishing the former.

Remember, Mr. Oxford, that 24 of our fellow Canadians were attacked and murdered on September 11, 2001. That's 24 families, Mr. Oxford. Al Qaeda launched the attack, and its training grounds were in Afghanistan. We owe it to those families to destroy the Taliban and everything it represents, and it would be criminal for the current government to abandon its responsibilities in continuing to prevent such attacks. Our national anthem calls us to "stand on guard" for our country, and that's what the Canadian Forces are doing in Afghanistan.

As long as men who believe that changing your religion merits a death sentence and that women are nothing more than property threaten the peace and lives of innocent people, Canada will be there to say "no!" and to stand firm against these violent thugs.

But not according to Mr. Oxford's neatly ordered ideology. According to him, we should scurry like frightened rats and abandon the people that we, as a nation, made a commitment to - a people that express their gratitude to our troops every day for saving them from the Taliban.

Many of you will remember the image of an Afghanistani woman, her liberated fingers stretched in a peace sign and stained purple from her first time ever voting. You'd better hold on to that memory, because if people like Mr. Oxford get their way that's all it will ever be.


Yeesh.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Also, if you're looking for a good laugh...

Priceless

Lorrie Goldstein, on why we should replace the media with idiotic celebrities. You'll be clutching your sides.


H/T to Neale.

Tom Cruise Is Going to Eat His Baby's Placenta

I clearly have lost my sanity, because this couldn't possibly happen in the real world.


And here I thought that this was just a joke.


H/T To Neale.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Killer had a Blog

Incredibly horrifying. He seems almost boring for the most part, until you realize what a sick freak he really is.

Warning: if you're unnerved by this sort of thing, I suggest you not click on the link.

Which Torontonian Do You Want as Liberal Leader?

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Easter

I've got to get back to studying for exams now, but I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Easter. Rejoice in the light of the Risen Christ.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Seder Meal

So, last night I had the opportunity to partake in a Seder meal that my parish held. They do this every year on the Wednesday before Holy Thursday. The intent is, quite obviously, to give those in attendance a window into the faith of our Jewish brothers and sisters that we would not ordinarily get. This year, as last year, I was again given the opporunity to help lead the 'ceremony.'

If any of you get the opportunity, I encourage you to go to a Seder meal. You'll be glad you did (mostly because charoset is out of this world delicious).

Saturday, April 08, 2006

The Politics of the Old

I've never been impressed by Labrador Liberal MP Todd Russell. Thankfully, Russell has gone ahead and saved me the trouble of having to consider changing my mind. After the Speech from the Throne this week, Russell wasted no time trying to look good by grandstanding for his constituents in the House of Commons Lobby:
"There was a lack of any Atlantic vision...there was no mention of the fishery. I don't even believe the word 'fish' shows up. You have to do an anagram to get the word, and even then you'd be hard pressed...we want to be given respect for what we contribute to this federation, and to this country. No doubt Quebec has a special place, but there's room to recognize that for the Atlantic region as well." (Emphasis mine). (Credit: Richard Roik)
What you'd really be hard pressed to find is Todd Russell doing anything of use for his riding. Politics in rural Newfoundland and Labrador is even more shockingly about optics than it is elsewhere in Canada. As long as you play the "Ottawa and Quebec are evil" card, you can pretty much coast along until you collect that nice fat pension at the end of two terms.

Todd Norman Russell disgusts me. Part of what made this country so dysfunctional is the way the Liberal party played different regions against each other while never really accomplishing anything. Russell is no different, playing against the natural tension that exists between Labrador and a Quebec that still refuses to give up it's claims on the Big Land. It's so much divisive nonsense and it only hurts the country. That's irrelevant to Russell, though - as long as he looks good grandstanding in the House where the sheep that elected him can see it, he's good to go for another term. Never mind that he hasn't accomplished anything.

As for the fishery, Russell: get over it. The fishery is gone and it's not coming back. People like you are holding the province back by insisting that every 'Joe Batt's Tickle Arm Newfie Cove' and it's ten people should be given a fish quota just to keep it going another four years. As unfortunate as it is, rural Newfoundland is going to have to accept that they can't rely on the stupid fishery anymore. These outports simply can't sustain themselves and that's the way it is. You don't have to like it, but you can't change reality by plugging your ears and humming Saltwater Joys.

Small time political tactics like the ones Russell employs sicken me. They've got no place in a modern democracy that's trying to function and move forward in the world. Because they can't get their heads out of their asses long enough to see the state of the province around them, they obtusely insist on following ideas that have been tried and tried and still don't work. The backward thinking mentality displayed by people like Russell is just another reason I'm glad Stephen Harper is our Prime Minister. Thank God. Yeesh.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Your Colours Are Showing

Sometimes the media just goes ahead and blabs it's arrogance to the world.

It's hard to maintain my dislike for The Telegram columnist Brian Jones. Every now and then he goes ahead and writes something that I can completely agree with. The other 75% of the time, he bugs the hell out of me. Yesterday's column belonged to the latter category.

According to Brian:
I’m trying hard to maintain my dislike of Premier Danny Williams, I really am.

After all, this is a question of professional integrity. Journalists have a built-in dislike for politicians in general, which gets more pronounced when specific politicians are, in fact, unlikable.

For example, scribes from coast to coast to coast won’t have any problem disliking newly minted Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as is their right and professional responsibility.

I wasn't sure I had read that right the first time, so I looked at it again:

After all, this is a question of professional integrity. Journalists have a built-in dislike for politicians in general...For example, scribes from coast to coast to coast won’t have any problem disliking newly minted Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as is their right and professional responsibility.

The astounding arrogance of the Canadian media continues to make me shake my head, even long after I've accepted it as a given. Sure it's the right of the media to not like those in power. But it's the responsibility of the Canadian media to dislike the new PMO?

And here I thought the responsibilities of journalists included reporting the cold hard facts of a story with as little bias as possible. Silly me. However, Jones goes on:
However long Harper manages to hold onto power in Ottawa, the Canadian press corps can be relied upon to not like him, with the exception of the usual suspects at CBC-TV, who habitually cosy up to and get kissy-kissy with whoever occupies the PMO.
Brian should really clue in to the political predilections of the CBC. Like, now. The CBC knows which side of government their bread is buttered on however, so perhaps this might change. In any event, it's a striking 'conflict of interest' argument against state-run media.

But Brian, confound him, gives me reason to agree with him on other issues later in the article. He's entirely right about "hero-worship" in Newfoundland and Labrador - or should I say, outport Newfoundland and Labrador (I'm going to get it for that one, but I stand by it). He also quite intelligently points out how bad the provincial Liberals have been for this province over the years, although the Progressive Conservatives haven't been much better until now.

All that aside, Brian inadvertantly shows us why Harper's new approach towards the Canadian media is the right one. For a people to be so arrogant to assume that they can make or break the careers of politicians that they don't like is absolutely disgusting and a complete breach of the Canadian media's supposed "professional responsibilty" and "journalistic integrity."

Thankfully, there are those out there who do their jobs with integrity and a real sense of professionalism. CP reporter Bruce Cheadle can be relied upon for giving you the straight story and none of the spin when it comes to reporting on parliamentary affairs. And make no mistake, there are others like him out there. But what can't be ignored is the fact that three or four of the 'journalists' for my university's student rag are going off to journalism school, after which they will continue to perpetuate the inherent biases of the Canadian media as shown so clearly by Brian and his ilk.

Like I said - it's hard for me to maintain my dislike for Brian Jones sometimes, but sooner or later he always reminds me of why he gets on my nerves.

Thank God That's Over, Volume 1

Speaking of the Trudeaus...


I'll bet you're not longing for Trudeaupia, that's for sure.

He's Not His Father's Son

That's for sure. As bad as Trudeau Sr. was, at least he didn't put up with terrorism. As it stands, God help us from champagne socialists.

H/T to Neale.

Coffin to Serve Jail Time

If you were oblivious to the fact that things are going to be a lot more lawful under the new Conservative government, consider this your eye-opener. Paul Coffin, who was previously given a sentence that makes "a slap on the wrist" look like capital punishment, will be serving 18 months jail time for his role in defrauding Canadian taxpayers (you and me included) of $1.5
million. The crown appealed his previous sentence, citing public outrage over the lack of punishment meted out to Coffin.

Personally, I still think 18 months is a slap on the wrist. If I walked into a bank and ran out with $1.5 million after knocking the place over, you can be guaranteed I'd be going away for at least ten years, provided the judge doesn't adhere to a neo-liberal "I feel your pain" philosophy.

However, it's certainly a sign that the new government will not tolerate the kind of disgusting criminality and disrespect for democracy that the previous Liberal government so blatantly displayed. At the very least it's not community service and ethics lectures.

Source

-EDIT:- I know that his appeal has been in the works since the previous government. This isn't some sort of revelation. But I point out (again) that it was public outrage that forced the previous government ("The Crown") to appeal his sentencing, not a sense that justice was not done on the part of the Liberals.

I'll repeat what I've already said: the current government is going to govern with far more respect for the rule of law than the Liberals ever did. That's why the ridiculous bill to decriminalize marijuana was dropped, and that's why some of the five Conservative priorities include getting tough on crime and actually making the government accountable to the citizens of this great country for once.

Now, all that said, stop the partisan whining.

McGill University

More like a centre of Sexellence.

(Sorry, I couldn't resist. And yes, I know this story is already past it's expiration date for discussion.)

Source

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Priceless

I need to get a look at the Hansard for this some day. In question period yesterday, responding to calls that he had seduced Industry Minister David Emerson to join the Conservatives, Harper responded in perfect form (I'm paraphrasing here):

"I don't think I've ever seduced anyone. I don't think I've ever even seduced my wife." (commotion in the gallery, where Harper's wife and children sit) "There seems to be some agreement from the visitors gallery!"

Priceless.

-UPDATE-: Here is the (slightly incomplete) Hansard.

Mr. Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre, NDP): Mr. Speaker, Canadians have a democratic right to be represented by the political party that they elect to represent them. The Prime Minister offended all Canadians when he seduced the member for Vancouver Kingsway over into his camp and talked him into crossing the floor. Floor crossing undermines the democratic process and fuels cynicism. Will the Prime Minister use his new accountability act to put an end to floor crossing and these musical chairs once and for all?

Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I do not think I have ever been accused of seducing anyone, even my wife.

Some hon. members: Oh, oh!

The Speaker: Order, please. The right hon. Prime Minister has the floor.

(source)

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

I'm Still Alive

...Just in case you were wondering. Expect posting to pick up dramatically around the 22nd of April, although you can bet I'll squeeze in some posts in the interim.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Jill Carroll is Cool

You made it out, and then gave the jerks both barrels. Way to go, Jill.

I like this woman.

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Manning to Run?

I know everyone's commented on this already, but seriously - hell yeah.

Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer, as you may know, does not allow comments on his blog.

I always find the idea of turning off comments to be repugnant. Part and parcel of running a blog is to vent and express how you think and feel about certain issues, especially if you run a political blog like Uncommon Truths. But that's not the only aspect of a blog.

Comments are an integral part of the whole blog "idea." You state what you think first, and others provide their questions, comments, insights and/or criticisms afterwards. The great thing about the "comments system" is that someone just might change your mind on something or make you see an issue in a different way. People have changed my views on certain issues from comments they've left here at Uncommon Truths. I'm glad they have - it reassures me that I've got an inquisitive and open mind and that I can think for myself outside of blind ideology - which, we all have to admit, happens sometimes.

Rick has his comments turned off. Maybe he doesn't want to spend time moderating them. Maybe he doesn't want to pay someone to do it (although he probably could - he allegedly made a cool $85,000 promoting the "One Tonne Challenge" flop). Maybe he just doesn't care to hear what others have to say. We don't know. He just won't say.

In the end, it's his blog. He can do what he wants with it, and it's not my place to tell him what to do with it. Regardless, I don't respect his decision.


EDIT: I noticed Rick criticized the Conservative childcare allowance on his blog (under the satirical guise of member of parliament Paul Martin), saying that the top 100 richest people in Canada will get a childcare allowance. Well, no Rick. I'm pretty sure they have to have kids first. All that aside, the poorest ten thousand (and more) parents in this country are going to get it too.

Which leads me to my next question: why doesn't Rick Mercer support financial support for struggling parents?