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

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Newfoundlander to Challenge Rep. John Murtha

After nearly three decades in the military, William T. Russell’s latest mission has brought him to Johnstown.

The career Army man, just two years short of retirement, has left the service and moved to the Flood City in order
to mount a political campaign against veteran Democratic U.S. Rep. John Murtha...Murtha is a decorated Vietnam War veteran. But Russell also has extensive military credentials.

Born on an Air Force base in Newfoundland, Canada, Russell’s long Army and Army Reserve career includes duty in the Balkans and in both Iraq wars.***

Kick his ass, Bill.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Curiously Silent

Where are all the moonbats shouting, "No weaponization of space!"?

Probably waving Hamas flags or something.


Thursday, October 11, 2007

We Could Talk, But Money Talks So Talk Mo' Bucks

Bumped for Update: The very first comment received regarding this post started "Spoken like a true welfare bum" (I guess that's what they call medical students nowadays) and ended with the commenter telling me (in caps, no less) that my province and I could "go F***" ourselves. I don't think he got my point.

"Pay us like you owe us for all the years that you hold us
We could talk but money talks so talk mo' bucks" *

I am sad to say that I was wrong about Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Back in 2004, I attended a campaign stop at the "Star of the Sea Lounge" in the riding of Avalon, which was at the time John Efford's constituency. It was a bit of a drive to get out there, but I was very interested in seeing Harper so I didn't mind the long trip. I remember how he praised Newfoundland and Labrador and promised us great things - among them, he reiterated his promise that not one cent of our offshore oil and gas revenues would be clawed back under equalization. He was quite adamant about this fact, especially in light of the fact that (then Prime Minister) Paul Martin and NDP leader Jack Layton had made the same promise already. I remember how, as he passed by and shook my hand, I shouted above the din at him "Don't let us down like the others!" At the time I fully believed he wouldn't. Here was the dawn of a new era in our Canadian federation. Here was an end to the politics of regionalism, where one province was played against another for the gain of federal political masters.

Boy, was I wrong.

In hindsight, it was quite naïve of me to believe that things would be different under Stephen Harper. I always believed that a tenet of Canadian Conservativism was mutual respect for all of the provinces in this federation. In fact, I defined it as such in my first post ever on this blog. I truly - and foolishly - believed that this was something that separated us from the Liberals. All of that has changed now. During the equalization battle with Paul Martin and Stephen Harper I've heard the most shocking comments from fellow Blogging Tories members about my province. I've read comments on many of these sites saying the most despicable things about Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. I have seen a premier who has done nothing less than fight for his province called "Danny Chavez" for his tenacity in getting nothing less than what is the going rate from intransigent oil companies. It was a rude awakening for me. I understand now that no matter what political stripe a federal politician wears, Newfoundland and Labrador - a province of Canada - will never be treated as anything but a minor annoyance, and will never be dealt with fairly. We had to fight Paul Martin in order to get him to do something as simple as honour a signed promise. And now, we have to fight yet another Prime Minister in order to do the same. During the last election, Stephen Harper wrote a letter to the Telegram promising that no province would be adversely affected by any changes to the equalization program. I had hoped he was telling the truth, but in Newfoundland and Labrador we know quite well that central Canadian politicians have a short memory when it comes to things they promise to us. My political sources in Ottawa tell me that in an entire year only a cumulative(!) four days are spent minding the concerns of this province. Full and equal partner? Who are you trying to kid?

Many of you have likely read Right Side Up by the esteemed Paul Wells. In it, he talks about how Stephen Harper was supposedly once astonished at suggestions by the National Post that he was wasting his time trying to appeal to Quebec and that he should just give up on the province. The idea here is that Harper supposedly was shocked that someone would suggest he write off a province, a full partner in confederation, like it wasn't even part of Canada. It makes for a good story, but like so much that politicians say I suspect it's just so much spin. For someone who allegedly loves each and every one of his provincial children, Harper has shown a remarkable disdain for Newfoundland and Labrador. Indeed, he is content to leave it as scorched earth for his party because we simply do not matter to him. What are three Conservative seats in Newfoundland worth to him when he has 75 juicy Quebec seats to chase after?

So now our situation is this: a spineless Rodney Macdonald has refused to fight for his province and has instead caved to a government that refuses to do the honourable thing and keep its word. Their heads have been bowed, but Newfoundland and Labrador is not going to play that game. The truth is, we no longer care about the opinions of the Federal government or the rest of Canada. We are done with you. In an economy powered by oil, we are the gatekeepers of our own destiny whether or not the federal government cooperates. In a few years, the province will more than likely no longer receive equalization - not that the small amount we received was ever anywhere even near the billions of equalization money thrown at Quebec, the true beneficiary of the program.

So Prime Minister, you want us to come crawling to your table?

We could talk, but money talks. So talk more bucks.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Nova Scotia and Ottawa Signing Oil Deal

In what is very interesting timing, Nova Scotia and Ottawa have just signed an equalization deal. Details are just coming out, but one wonders if the timing has anything to do with last night's provincial election here in Newfoundland and Labrador. One thing is certain: the premier is not going to change his tack, nor should he.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

"That's Not a Landslide - That's an Avalanche"

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial election is all but over now, and the Liberal Party is it's lone casualty. At this point, the PC's have picked up 8 seats for a total of 44 seats. The Liberals have as of this moment only two seats - Yvonne Jones in Cartwright-L'anse au Clair (I actually spent the weekend in her riding), and Jim Baker.

Perhaps the most high-profile casualty is Liberal Leader Gerry Reid, whose son I am friends with. The official vote count at the moment is only seven votes in the difference, so there will almost certainly be a recount. However, if Reid loses his seat it will be the most symbolic loss for the Liberals this night.

The seat count at the moment:

PC - 44

Liberal - 2

NDP - 1

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Friday, October 05, 2007

More Headlines That Don't Fit the Article

I'm not one to believe in malicious twisting of news stories (on the whole), but the evidence this article presents seems to completely invalidate the point the headline is trying to make:

The Conservative government's new drug strategy could end up further
victimizing those caught up in drug useage and addiction, warns one expert.

and only a few lines away:

Stockwell did praise the Conservatives for directing more funds towards
addiction treatment and prevention campaigns.

Black is white.

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Wanted fortune teller nabbed in Calgary

You think she would have seen it coming...

(couldn't resist, sorry)

On a different note, I'll be blogging the Newfoundland provincial election results soon, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Kate Says...

..that this is the most popular video in Iran. It's got some stiff competition from this though!

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Monday, October 01, 2007

What Election?

Because seriously, I live here and I barely notice one is going on.

Perhaps that's because the provincial Liberals have effectively no advertising arranged for at all? I haven't seen or heard ads anywhere for the Liberal party; none in the newspapers, none on TV, and none on the radio. Meanwhile I see Danny Williams' face plastered in papers and on the side of buses, not to mention hearing him on the radio occasionally. At the university today I saw a number of PC candidates at a booth, including the one from my district. There are flyers, banners and pamphlets everywhere on campus for the PC's, and the local youth wing of the PC party blasts the Party's election song in the Student Centre. The Young Liberals had a beaten up table with an old boombox playing random songs from the Black Eyed Peas.

It's going to be a massacre come election day.


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Ottawa Citizen Newsflash! Political Bloggers "Partisan," In Pay of Tories

Whenever we make the news, you can be guaranteed it'll be good for a laugh:

"Unlike most journalists who work in the mainstream media -- the "MSM" in blogger parlance -- bloggers are not constrained by ethics rules that would keep them from taking contracts from the government they write about.

But news of Ms. Tintor's contract comes at a time when the relationship between partisan bloggers and political parties is under increased scrutiny.

Some Liberal strategists grumble that the Tories use sympathetic bloggers to provide political spin that the party cannot or will not, by circulating information that may be misleading, with little accountability." **

First off, Cherniak is ass-deep in the Liberal Party and he also blogs. Where's the story on him? I guess with that story you wouldn't be able to insinuate a deep, shadowy, 'hidden-agenda' style connection between the government and us lowly bloggers.

I don't know about you, but if there's some sort of secret Tory payroll for political bloggers out there, I'm missing out on my cut. Is it because I don't have much time for blogging anymore? Have I displeased you, secret federal overlords? Maybe I missed the last clandestine meeting *wink wink*? I'm just saying, is all. I mean, it's not like we're just doing this because we want to get our own opinions out there.

That would be ridiculous.

(h/t National Newswatch)

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