The Ukraine crisis: John Kerry and NATO must calm down and back off
Although in principle I agree that whatever progressives elected to Parliament should band together in the sense of controlling the votes, I fail to see why, or how, a coalition of ConLites and the NDP can be a good thing..at least as a formal coalition..
There is nothing very progressive about the Liberal agenda, aside from the usual vaporous nothings of Junior Trudeau re decriminalizing pot and some vague stuff that only he seems to be confident of..what does the guy stand for, anyway? He thinks that Keystone is just fine..wha…? He makes rude jokes about the Ukraine, he has no actual progressive views or by extension, does his party..
Remember, if you please, that what Harper fears is that those who used to vote Liberal and voted for him last time will desert the Cons..for what? Really, are voters that stupid that they cannot tell the difference between Harper and Trudeau and will in any case vote Liberal…what does that mean? That conservatives suddenly turn, magically, into progressives? Hardly..it means, and we have always known this, that those who might desert the Cons for the Libs are anything but progressives, and are only frightened by the worst excesses of Harper’s merry band of tricksters…they will do nothing to support any progressive ideas, and Trudeau knows this, so he will never publicly agree to anything like a coalition, for fear of offending these ConLites…and so it goes….
Actually, I think it was rather clever of Mulcair to say what he did..it exposes the Libs and Junior J for what they truly are, crass vote whores who could care less about policy, as long as they regain power…
Why are you even surprised, Simon? The fact that they are involved in the ‘owe-limp-icks’ tells you everything you need to know..they probably shop at MalWarts, and accept endorsement money from any PR hack from any company (can you say ‘Nike?) that gets waved in their faces..These people aren’t about making a statement re homophobia, dictatorships or anything else..the last time the Olympics showed any class at all was Berlin, 1936…since then it’s been nothing but a money-pit for taxpayers. Every time someone is shilling for our money for ‘athletes’ I want to vomit..Our tax dollars should never go to these hyped-up corporate welfare wannabes..
The extent of their ambition is to win a medal, not for their ‘country’ or their personal satisfaction, but so that they can get lucrative endorsement deals..just like the pros, except that we are asked to support them financially unless and until this economic windfall, minus anything like a conscience, comes through due to their good looks or ability to do something a fraction of a second faster than someone else…really?
This Western First World cult of celebrity is nothing more than a substitute for that other opiate, organized religion..and why be shocked and appalled that it’s ‘disciples’ are constantly shilling for mo’ money? Isn’t that what televangelists do in the name of their mythical gods?
CBC News Posted: Jan 22, 2014 9:28 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 22, 2014 5:33 PM ET
Personally? LMAO, sorry, but this latest RoFo Rant knocked Harpster off the front page of Canada’s fawning press…in all it’s dreariness…they can’t seem to help themselves, pushing each other aside, like papparazzi after a B grade starlet, trying to be the ones with the longest, most boring coverage of Great Leader droning on and on in Israel, where the media (rather like that in the States) ignores him for the little tinpot buttkisser that he is…when Sarah Palin tells you that you are doing great, it’s time to take stock of your melodramatic efforts to be as Rightwing as possible, even outgunning the TeaBaggers in Yankeeland
Now that Ford has managed to steal Gangsta Steve’s spotlight, the whole turgid melodrama creaks on and on..
What I don’t understand is why the people in Toronto The ‘Hood aren’t protesting in the streets..has everyone in Ontario become so numb that this idiot can get away with anything?
Not much of a Preston Manning fan, but he made a great point yesterday on “Power and Politics,” when he suggested that recall legislation could have nipped this sort of behaviour in the bud..so maybe there is a silver lining to this stench-making outrage that is RoFo …who. like Harper, seems stuck in the filth that he created, weaving back and forth, up and down, trying to get unstuck, blaming everyone and everything that he doesn’t see in the mirror…
CBC News Posted: Jan 14, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 14, 2014 7:06 AM ET
This is an article that could have been written forty-odd years ago, when I arrived on Canada’s doorstep as an immigrant. Knew that I would have to start at the bottom because citizens got the preferred jobs…and that was acceptable to me.
Over the years, I worked at several not-so-great jobs, got a University degree…and immediately found my final job as a labourer..a union job with decent pay and benefits..this was about 20 years after I arrived, became a Canadian citizen, etc. Was my ‘education’ a waste?
Nope..it helped me to use critical thinking in ways that benefited me, whether or not I actually used my degree for employment purposes.
While we are at it (and, obviously, I have no argument with immigrants working, etc.) let’s introduce ourselves to the working poor all over this country, immigrant or otherwise..
For instance, here on Vancouver Island,it is almost impossible to find anything but part-time minimum wage jobs for most of us..I thank the Harpsters for this..they’ve taken millions of dollars of our money and used it to fatten the coffers of their supporters by advertising non-existent job grants and back to work programs, while actually doing nothing for the working poor.
I can’t help but think that this is more voodoo economics from that unemployed economist, our Emperor Steve…
Education and experience are meaningless when the system is rigged. Now, even these minimum wage, part-time jobs are thin on the ground, and many chain stores (hardware, clothing, gas stations, etc.) are staffed by the very young and the very old…those who have less than supportive pensions, and those who have no other means of supporting themselves..
For those of us at retirement age, and I include myself in this bracket, not much is done other than conversations at higher political levels about what we need to do for seniors…nothing much happens…but for the young who really need the training for the new world jobs that are out there now going begging, this sort of fraudulent behaviour is criminal….
I get angry when I read still another diatribe about how the ‘boomers are taking all the jobs, have destroyed the economy, etc when I see rather frail seniors trying desperately to find part-time work to bolster their inadequate pensions (when they have pensions) and don’t even ask about those who have to rely on CPP and the OAP for support…stop blaming those who aren’t in control and start voting..
Those of you who are young enough to still have a future are the ones who refuse to participate in elections..and the result is that you help elect rightwing tyrants who could care less about your future..as a matter of fact, they love it when you don’t vote, because that helps to keep them in power…
The next time you decide, like me, to rant about the lack of decent jobs out there, look in the mirror and decide, finally, to support yourself and your future by voting for the person who will actually make an effort on your behalf to create jobs, and opportunities for training you and your peers for the next generation of challenging careers.
Give me a head with hair
Long beautiful hair
Shining streamin’ steamin’
Give me it down to there
Shoulder length or longer….
Here baby there mama
Everywhere daddy daddy..hair!
It’s certainly true that our ‘culture’ seems to worship hair, but not strictly for the sake of women’s beauty or a social trope that defines it…nope, as a sign of something, it is one body ‘part’ we mostly share in common…so hardly a ‘veil’ which is a culturally mandated oppressive item, strictly for women, to cover what fundamentalist men are, apparently, driven crazy by.
In our culture, you can even be sexy without any hair at all (Yul Brynner, Telly Savallas, etc.) but usually only if you are a man.. although I can remember back in the 70′s that it was a bit of a trend for black women to have bald heads and wear big, fantastic earrings..they looked beautiful, amazing…
The length of our hair is not an issue, either as many of our iconic women have or had shorter hair..certainly political women, and celebs like Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, and for us old fossils, Elizabeth Taylor…didn’t let short hair get in their way..
I feel you’ve picked a poor example in your quest to be an apologist for fundamentalist cultural blather.. and not just Muslims, either..there are many groups that insist on women keeping their heads covered, from conservative Jewish sects (where women shave their heads and then don wigs, go figure) to the Amish, Mennonites etc etc…all seem to suffer from the same issues of women being looked upon, and accepted, as evil temptresses..
Perhaps your next discourse could be a discussion of the way in which Muslim fundamentalist men keep women chained to the Stone Age…