Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Toronto Star says, "Yes to democratic reform; no to voting reform"

Today's Toronto Star editorial must have been written by Ian Urquhart, a foe of voting reform and proportional representation.  Here's a quote from the editorial:
Electoral reform, the panacea favoured by some, would result in an even more fractured Parliament, with likely more power in the hands of the executive.
I assume that we should elect a Harper majority in the next election so that Harper can share his power with his fellow party MP's and with the opposition.

If Harper gets a majority, he will stop being a control-freak.

Yeah, right.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Maclean's blog: Toronto anti-prorogation rally

The Toronto anti-prorogation rally was a success in my opinion.  I estimate that there were about 5,000 to 10,000 in attendance.  All of Dundas Square was filled with participants.

Maclean's has a photo montage of the event in Toronto on one of its blogs.  Included is a photo of a homemade sign about "electoral dysfunction" that I stapled.  Note: I did not design the poster.  Thanks to Fair Vote Canada for the design.

Sunday, January 17, 2010



I wonder if Harper will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. Eastern next Saturday

There will be anti-prorogation rallies taking place in many cities across Canada next Saturday. Some rallies may be shown live in part or whole on the Canadian news channels. I wonder if Stephen Harper will hold some kind of news conference at 1 p.m. on Saturday just so that the television news media won't air the rallies live. I wonder if the media may fall for such a Harper trap.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Come on, prorogue

What Are You Looking At?

Strike a pose.
Strike a pose.
Prorogue, prorogue, prorogue
Prorogue, prorogue, prorogue

Look around everywhere you turn is a headache
It's everywhere that you go [look around]
You try everything you can to escape
The pain of life that you know [life that you know]

When all else fails and you long to be
More powerful than you are today
I know a place where you can get away
It's called the Olympics, and here's what it's for, so


Come on, prorogue
Let your body move to the music [move to the music]
Hey, hey, hey
Come on, prorogue
Let your body go with the flow [go with the flow]
You know you can do it

All you need is your own intimidation
So use it that's what it's for [that's what it's for]
Go inside, for your finest inspiration
Your dreams will close the door [close the door]

It makes no difference if you're a dictator or not
If you're a Con boy or a GG girl
If the music's pumping it will give you new life
You're a superstar, yes, that's what you are, you know it

(chorus, substituting "groove" for "move")

Beauty's where you find it
Not just where you bump and grind it
Soul is in the musical
That's where I feel so beautiful
Magical, life's a ball
So get up on the dance floor

Prorogue, [Prorogue]
Beauty's where you find it [move to the music]
Prorogue, [Prorogue]
Beauty's where you find it [go with the flow]

Ayn Rand, and Palin
Condi Rice and Glen Beck
Stephen Harper, Stephen Harper
On the cover of a magazine

Stephen Harper; Harper, Steve
Picture of a beauty king
Stephen Harper, Stephen Harper
Stephen Harper, quite a scare

I have tactics, I take away the mace
I can't stand the democratic place
McKay, Poilièvre, Flaherty too
Angry Baird, they don't think much of you

Conservatives with an attitude
Conbots that were in the mood
Don't just stand there, let's get to it
Strike a citizen, there's nothing to it

Prorogue, prorogue, prorogue, prorogue

Oooh, you've got to
Let your body move to the music
Oooh, you've got to just
Let your body go with the flow
Oooh, you've got to just,
Prorogue !

Saturday, January 9, 2010

From Arthur Kent: Afghan Quagmire Silences Canada's House of Commons

From Arthur Kent: Afghan Quagmire Silences Canada's House of Commons

Most Canadians Reject Muzzling Of Their Parliament
The silencing of the House of Commons enables Harper to dodge a parliamentary committee’s probe into his government’s stifling of bad news from the Afghan war, specifically red flags sent up by a senior Foreign Affairs official regarding the abuse of battlefield prisoners handed over by Canadian troops to Afghan authorities.
In truth, there has been an unwritten fatwa maintained by the Prime Minister’s Office against discussion of any and all controversial aspects of the Afghan debacle, as evidenced by the PMO’s consistent refusal to comment on the investigations reported here since Skyreporter went on line in March, 2007.

Happy 125,000th!

One hundred twenty-five thousand people have joined the Facebook group, Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Musings of the Technical Bard: On the danger of Islamist terror

After reading a Blogging Tory blog post about profiling, here is my comment:
I would be willing to profile terrorists if that is what we must do. However, I would not be willing to profile Muslims for I, too, am a Muslim.

“[King] Christian [of Denmark] remarked that if the German administration tried to introduce the symbol of the Star of David in Denmark, ‘perhaps then we should all wear it.’”
Update from the Jerusalem Post:
An overstretched army, supported by a weary home front, against an ill-defined enemy, does not offer a viable strategy for success. Better to tell people that the enemy is radical Islam, which wants to spread its religion using the sword, and that defeat would mean an end to Western values of pluralism, minority rights and democracy.
Thank goodness Stephen Harper is supporting democracy by asking the governor-general to shut down Canada's so-called democratic parliament.

Why oh why would the Toronto Star want this loonie rightie writing for them?

Today was the first time I’ve time I read one of the Toronto Star’s newest contributors and I gave my head a sad shake. (see column here)

Ezra Levant, known as Ezzy to the on-line blogger community,  is now getting his anti-Ignatieff/Liberal ramblings published in the only decent newspaper in Canada and you have to wonder what editorial page editor Ian Urquhart is thinking. Is this his way of trying to make the paper diverse? Well, we already have future conservative fascist wacko extremist Antonia Zerbisias for that, so I’m thinking this is just an attempt at trying to inject some controversy and reactions from readers such as me.

If that’s the case, Urquhart is playing with fire…

Update: Say "No" to my plagarism.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New site:

Hi fellow bloggers,

I just placed my blogsite on Top Blogs: Canada's Best Blogs.  So far, I am number five in the rankings.  Then again, there are only six blogs listed so far.  Top Blogs was created by one of the volunteers with the Canadian Blog Awards.

The rankings for Top Blogs are based upon  ranking is based on pageviews on your own blog. Everytime someone visits your blog, you get a point.

I do hope that bloggers will participate.  There are the following categories: general, art,journalism, professional, GLBT, French, humour, pop culture, culture and literature, politics, personal, religion & philosophy, sports, and science & technology.

I encourage you to join.