Should We Pillory Hillary?

Hillary Clinton must reject the stigma that abortion should be legal but ‘rare’

Agreeing with anti-choice activists on even that single word hurts women and the cause of reproductive rights

 

Although this article  is referring to our  neighbors to the South and the possible next Prez,  and although Canada has, comparatively,  broader rights than  many or most in the US, thought I would chime in since this is a question that often simmers just below the surface of right wing politics here, always threatening to rear  its ugly head, and send  women back to the Stone Age regarding rights over our bodies..so my stance may surprise many…

Have to respectfully disagree with the author..I too am pro-choice, and the word ‘rare’ should stay..here’s why…aside from  the obvious interpretation, in a land of almost 400 million, the word ‘rare’ could be described as relative…
If abortion became the preferred means of birth control, instead of the alternatives (and a truly ‘safe’ birth-control pill does not yet exist) then men would, once again, be exempt from any sense of, or need for, responsibility – and women who have multiple abortions, out of stupidity or laziness, would have the perfect excuse to continue.
Yes I am pro choice, but I am also pro-education and pro-research money being devoted to the concept of safe birth control being found…right now, that consists of condoms and abstension, neither of which is particularly popular with men or women…Like many broadly philosophical questions of this sort, it is a difficult legal quagmire to  consider, and like it or not, most of our legislators are men, and women who are heavily influenced  by men.

To truly think for yourself is oxy-moronic in the  Team philosophy of modern politics, and it is a rare leader  who allows a free vote on any question, especially one fraught with emotional drop offs like  abortion. Can any leader of any ‘free’ nation say the ‘right’ thing to the largest number of potential voters?

Those of us without religious  hindrances can say ‘yes’ to that question, which means that  rights must be freely given with no conditions, and that would be fabulous  except for two  things…who pays, and how many times? For it is, by  far, the poorest of us who  have unwanted pregnancies,  and then the question becomes an economic one  as well….

I am not  a huge Hillary fan, I find her too right-wing by far to  be supported as a Democratic candidate, but in this case, she must in all conscience support not only women’s rights but  appease those of the citizenry who would deny women any rights at all, including the right to bear, or not, children…after all, in any democracy, the  successful candidate  must take into consideration the will of all the people, not simply her rabid supporters (sarcasm intended)…what happens after an election is successfully realized is another story altogether, as we all painfully must admit….

Poor Hillary, caught between her own often outraged sense of entitlement and the more practical needs of a potential presidential run….

 

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Desperation and Distraction, but a Little Satisfaction?

 

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2014/07/the-increasing-desperation-of-stephen.html

Two things have me momentarily distracted these days, and both are all about the lack of traction that the Cons are getting from attacking both Junior and the NDP..vis a vis the ‘scandal’ that never was re their supposed illegal Parliamentary postal charge avoidance..what happened with that?
Sadly (IMHO) the NDP are falling in the polls, yes, but I think that redemption may be at hand, at least in the form of continuing to be the Loyal Opposition after Junior’s team get elected..yes, I fear the writing is on the wall, I honestly don’t think that Mulcair will be our next PM because the concept of strategic voting seems ingrained now, among those who will do anything to un-elect the Cons…..
Whatever the outcome, it will be fabulous to see those ConJobs tossed on their respective rears.
Then again, last night I saw a tape of Rob (the Slob) Ford walking around glad-handing supporters, women with children in their arms acting as if he were some sort of Hollywood celeb, posing for pictures, selfies etc…I find that shocking beyond belief but it shows they are still out there, and probably willing to vote, too, so who knows, truly, if Harper will lose? Most of us cannot conceive of anything worse than another era of Cons, but unless and until people are truly willing to get out and vote, not just, whine, snivel, satirize and make sure that they have the cool jeans for the season, but get off their collective asses and be the change they say they want to see…all this is for squat. Anew slogan might just be – never mind the selfies, how about a little self-respect? The pundits always go on and on about how  seniors are keeping the Cons in power, which I think is  ridiculous, I’m a senior and all I know practically are seniors and none of them would ever vote for those creeps..it ain’t about who does vote for who, it’s about who doesn’t vote at all…and they are the ones who really piss me off.

Nope I will absolutely not stop going on and on about this…at least not until after the next Federal election, when I hope I am  going to be congratulating and thanking the populace for performing what should be, again IMHO. a mandatory duty to vote. Although I agree in principle that our system needs a huge change to make democracy valid (something along the lines of Scandinavian socialism would be a good start) the problem is that capitalism trumps democracy every time, if voters aren’t willing to do the absolute minimum ever few years…and we all know  deep down inside that we can never change it with a rightwing whack job in power….

So let’s all do the right thing, instead of the rightwing thing, and get  out the vote, and vote ourselves….it’s kinda like vacuuming, nobody wants to drag the damn thing out of the closet and  unwind the stupid cord and hump it around the house…but everybody eventually gets tired of living in their self-produced dirt..benign neglect is no excuse.  Let’s all be sure, come the next  election , to groan, stand up and shuffle off to the polling booth and do what little we can to preserve what little we have left….while we still can.

And try to remember that Harper tried to gut Elections Canada to prevent them from advertising re getting out and voting..they know that the fewer people who vote, the longer they stay in power…

 

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Incoming? Nah, Outgoing….

Guaranteed $20K income for all Canadians endorsed by academics

Advocates enjoy resurgence of plan to ease poverty

The Canadian Press Posted: Jun 30, 2014 9:53 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 30, 2014 11:31 AM ET

 

 

A great idea, but like many academic ideas, not too practical in the sadly real world we live in…Scandinavian countries  do it successfully, but they have intelligent  well-designed social programs and a population that is onside..a far cry from N. America. where getting rich and climbing the  wealth ladder is tantamount to sainthood, and damn the  undeserving poor..
They probably didn’t take into consideration the fact that with every raise of, let’s say, welfare rates here in BC (not anecdotal, the truth) all the (grotty hotels) places that rented to them would raise the rents by the exact amount of the raise given…and seemingly nothing goes up as far as compensation of any kind is concerned without prices for everything going up…
Without price controls on essentials such as shelter and food, without a complete overhaul of the philosophy of private ownership, the result would continue to be that the rich will get still richer..
Look to the States for a classic example of the attempt to level the playing field..Walmart workers make so little money that they are entitled to food stamps (which of course are paid for by taxpayers) so in fact taxpayers are subsidizing Walmart owners by allowing their profit margins to stay the same and instead of forcing the owners to pay a decent living wage, thus are adding to the problem..

When  we are educated enough to  accept that a level playing field is not only required but desirable, then maybe, but right now all that  ‘fair’ income represents is an opportunity for us to be well and truly screwed, yet again, by those who are in the best position to do so, that infamous  1%… who probably paid for the research  to get this thing published, to increase their own wealth…wouldn’t surprise me even a little bit…

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Our Home Is Native Land….

Tsilhqot’in First Nation granted B.C. title claim in Supreme Court ruling

Top court’s decision today resolves legal questions following 2012 B.C. Court of Appeal ruling

CBC News Posted: Jun 26, 2014 9:59 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 26, 2014 11:21 AM ET

As I’ve always sung it, and now  I can feel a bit more smug about it:

Oh Canada – Our home is native land

Thanks to the   Supremes, once again, for  their ruling, and for so not being the US Supreme Court, and not politicizing, but instead voting unanimously for  the right decision…

Now that the HarperCons have decided to further gut the  news programs of the CBC to make sure that we only get the approved message, have to wonder how much longer  the people of this country will remain informed of anything not modified and sanitized by Big Brother Steve…who will be very unhappy about this decision, as it throws still another legit monkey wrench into his pipeline pipedreams…..

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School is Out, Do the Teachers Get Ready?

B.C. teachers’ strike: government agrees to Vince Ready as mediator

Teachers have been calling for a mediated solution to their strike since Thursday

CBC News Posted: Jun 20, 2014 2:58 PM PT Last Updated: Jun 20, 2014 7:13 PM PT

 

A four year bachelor’s university degree, or a Master’s Degree for secondary teaching, coupled with something along the lines of an unpaid internship (PDP- Professional Development Program) where you are interning with in the system , unpaid, and put in 12-16 hour days for the duration, then spend, if you are lucky, several years of poorly paid service as a substitute (since the government insists on closing schools and shrinking numbers of instructors and special needs teachers)…gee, sounds so good that I decided I didn’t want to teach, after all..
I have nothing but respect for teachers and their ‘demands’ considering that the Supreme Court has back ed them up, fined the Province and then backed down over paying that fine, resulting in the Lieberals feeling they can run roughshod over the teachers and the entire educational system..now it seems that the public is less than sympathetic with the government’s stance, and with the advent of a threat of lawsuits to get tax refunds, they have been forced into mediation..let’s hope.

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Won’t Take a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Smoke Blows…

Tories and Liberals gang up on NDP over mailings—why now?

What’s to be gained by a normally secretive all-party club of MPs attacking some of its members?

By Leslie MacKinnon, CBC News Posted: Jun 21, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 21, 2014 7:30 AM ET

In another section of this site, (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-mp-claims-liberal-party-promoting-marijuana-to-kids-1.2683052)  you print an article about the Tories slamming the Federal Liberals in a mail-out, with many untruths..but I’m guessing that is okay, as long as there is no overt political message that takes a pro stance on the Tories?
The truth is these mail-outs have always been about politicizing the message, from all parties, and the Liberals must feel really proud of themselves for jumping on the bash the NDP wagon along with their brothers in arms the HarperCons.  But why let the truth get in the way of another  Con media  plant?

Ahhhh…the truth is, these ‘stories’ are starting to drift into the territory of analysis, and if the CBC doesn’t watch themselves, there will be still more cuts to their already anorexic budget.  If the ‘journalists’ that the MotherCorp still keeps on the payroll are allowed to be even a faint  shadow of the political weathervanes they were once capable of being, who knows what sort of trouble they might engender?

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Chretien’s Lesson for the Harper at the Gate(way)

Northern Gateway decision holds no easy political options for Harper

On the controversial B.C. pipeline, PM can say yes, no or not yet, but all answers come with a cost

By Max Paris, CBC News Posted: Jun 16, 2014 6:02 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 16, 2014 11:13 PM ET

All this bleating about Harper having such a tough decision is nonsense..and, to cap it off, he will have, in one action, guaranteed himself a chance for re-election by not approving it..just like Christy Clark did by denying support without meeting some tough conditions…
Let’s get real here, Albertans will vote for the Cons no matter what they do, and BCers like me do not want to know about this dirty bitumen being pumped across our Province and into our coastline (inevitable) and we will fight it with everything we have..and that is a considerable amount of  force..and Harper knows it.
Jean Chretien did one thing that made me forgive almost everything else..he kept Canada out of Iraq. No matter what else happened thereafter, he  was a hero, briefly, in my books, for putting the country ahead of US oil interests…
If Harper were to do the same by vetoing the pipeline, he would insure his place in the country’s history by putting our land first instead of supporting oil interests on this one issue..and, much as I dislike him and everything about his government, I would be the first one ( but not the last) to applaud him publicly for doing the right thing, and not the Right thing, for once….

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Well, to no one’s surprise, Harper did the worst thing possible and endorsed the bitumen flowing….time for us to gear up for the inevitable fightback.

A couple of points on a personal level..it’s way past time to start putting our morality where our bucks  live…keep it  in your wallet when you know that a company is supporting this pipeline..the BC Chamber of Commerce fell all over themselves endorsing it this evening, and that isn’t a surprise either, most Chambers of Commerce seem to  make the harperCons look mildly right wing by comparison and they have let us know that it’s all about Commerce, and to hell with the Province, the environment, people  and the  animals trying to live on this Coast and inland.

Get with the fightback program and support those who are fighting any way you can.

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