Monday, August 31, 2015

harper's stench Will Linger

For me, the most important issue in this election is (as it was last time) respect for our Parliamentary traditions.Because not only is harper unwilling to modify his policies so that they'll coincide with reality, .. he has destroyed the very ability of the legislature to observe him and communicate with the public about what they've found. More, he'll shred our constitutional rights to oppose him; and he'll do it again and again, regardless of how many times the Supreme Court tries to shut him down.efeat, his stench will linger. I think I should tell you all that I'm typing this with my eyes closed. Allergies have made my eyes so itchy and watery that I can't see. It got too much about three seconds ago. So what the hell.

harper's stench has already infected other politicians and parties. McGuinty of the Ontario Liberals is the second Canadian premier after harper to demonstrate contempt for the legislature. Thanks to harper's precedent.
harper's secrecy, abuse of process, attacks on our rights, ... they'll all have their influence on subsequent politicians. It is up to us to treat this infection and destroy it.
But I hold no great hopes that we're capable of that.

But even if harper goes down to d

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The "harperman" Investigation

So, Tony Turner is a federal scientist of some sort. As a private citizen he wrote a song called "harperman." (I'm listening to it for the first time as I type.) Anyway, it's anti-harper. And it has nothing to do with his work as a federal scientist. He's being investigated.

Some lawyers are having a debate as to whether or not Turner's blatantly partisan performance is technically allowed, irrespective of the fact that stephen harper stole power through election fraud, is a war criminal, and a thug who rips up treaties and shows contempt for Parliament.
At issue is whether Turner violated the code of ethics that all public servants must adhere to — one that mandates they be impartial and non-partisan.
At the same time, the courts have upheld public servants' right to engage in political activity.
So how should public servants strike the balance between what's forbidden under the code and permitted by the courts?
It's a fair question. But as someone at the CBC comments section asked: Are the PMO scuzz-balls who were lying to Parliament and totally prepared to interfere with an official public audit of the Senate, ... are they acting in a partisan manner? What about the military personnel who tried to investigate critics of stupid Peter MacKay's habit of using Canadian Forces resources for his own personal use?

Are they going to be suspended and investigated?

If not, then shut the fuck up.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Refugee Crises

It is shameful and appalling. The CIA and the House of Saud (together with the IMF, and other international institutions) foment wars and economic disasters in the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, ... and now, add global warming to the mix. Millions of refugees are created.

And the wealthiest countries in the world lock them out.
Between five and ten migrant children have been killed since February after the United States deported them back to Honduras, a morgue director told the Los Angeles Times. Lawmakers have yet to come up with best practices to deal with the waves of unaccompanied children apprehended by Border Patrol agents, but some politicians refute claims that children are fleeing violence and are opting instead to fund legislation that would fast-track their deportations.
Disgusting isn't it?
UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants François Crépeau described Europe's current response as a delusional way of trying to stop the influx.
"Building fences, using tear gas and other forms of violence against migrants and asylum seekers, detention, withholding access to basics such as shelter, food or water and using threatening language or hateful speech will not stop migrants from coming or trying to come to Europe," he said in a statement.
This is the degeneracy I was talking about yesterday. It's the reason why decent people need to give their heads a shake and figure out how the extreme right-wing managed to rise to political prominence in the White Settler Societies and in the White Settler Homeland of Europe.

Because if we don't take control, the ecological and human disasters are going to be even more monstrous than they are now.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Unite the Left and Banish the Degenerates

If I were a leftist opinion maker of any importance it would be a top priority of mine to address the relative disparity between the soundness of the left's policies and the practical impact of our political activity.

It seems to me that one thing we have to do is unite under a platform that is at least amenable to the various strands of progressive thought and then investigate strategies to make our collective will felt.

After all, why is it that WE have to be a position of reacting to initiatives implemented by a buffoon such as this?
You all remember this clown right? He said he could cut THREE BILLION DOLLARS worth of "gravy" from City of Toronto spending without cuts to services. He GUARANTEED there'd be no cuts to services. Then he talked about cutting library hours, closing fire stations, raising user fees for recreation centres, etc., etc., .

Now, ordinarily, when a politician guarantees something and then fails to deliver, people will say that said politician didn't know what he was talking about. But with Rob Ford and his fans, ... well, he "held the line on spending" so it's all good.

No. It's not all fucking good. You guys said he'd find $3,000,000,000 in waste and now you're cutting TTC routes and shuttering libraries??? Fuck you!

And, of course, Rob Ford had "zero tolerance" for drugs and gangs. And then, infamously, he was found to have been smoking crack with gangsters on a regular basis. Ford and his fan-base are the degenerates I'm talking about in the title of this post. People on the left don't generally go around talking about locking-up or deporting all the criminal scum, and how we should dish out "hard time" for drug addicts. More often, we talk about attacking the root causes that lead young men to pursue lives of crime and we deal with drug addiction as a medical problem that needs treatment, not criminalization. It's sickening how hypocritical Ford and his fans are when they were exposed on this issue.

And then the asshole had the nerve to vote in favour of carding (harassment of young black men) by the Toronto Police Service!

There was a time when such an obvious imbecile would be laughed out of politics after one term as a city councillor. Instead, this guy might have won re-election as mayor had it not been for his cancer.

Ah, fuck it.

I was going to type more, but instead I'll just post two pictures I downloaded of representative cretins of the political right:
Paul Calandra: Sleazy grifter and useless piece of shit
And ...
John Carmichael: Drooling backbench troglodyte

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tom Mulcair is my GOD!!!!

Nah. That ain't it. He's moved the NDP to the centre. (And, on foreign policy, into alignment with war criminals and nazis.) I've heard from the former EnMasser/Rabble Babbler "Cueball" that this election's NDP platform actually has some pretty good social policies in it. Maybe.

But Mulcair was never my man. I was going to be happy with a Liberal minority to be honest. A NDP minority would be better. A NDP majority would be great because it would eliminate all doubt about whether harper has lost power or not.

But this "dipper" doesn't feel like he has sold out his principles for power. I'm used to not getting what I want. I knew who Mulcair was (except for that insane praise for Thatcherism part) before this election.

I'll say this: Mulcair won't have a fight on his hands if he becomes prime minister. It would be nice to think the people opposed to the Tar Sands, and Israeli war crimes and Thatcherism would put pressure on Mulcair; but as I saw with harper, us types are no good at even knowing what "pressure" is. We certainly don't know how to apply it.

I do hope for a return to a respect for parliamentary procedures and oversight.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thanks to Andrew Coyne

I've already said on this blog that I have little respect for the man's economic views. But when it comes to defending Parliament against the serial outrages of stephen harper, I give a tip of my hat to Andrew Coyne.

Yesterday he wrote a valuable commentary about the Duffy scandal. Its main source of value is its serving as a counterweight to all the idiotic attempts by harpercon hacks to deny the scandal of the Duffy-Wright bribe. ("So Wright repaid the taxpayers instead of Duffy himself. What's the big deal?")

Coyne summarizes what other clear-headed critics of harper have been saying for months:
First, there is the matter of the payment itself. The secrecy of it is indeed a large part of what makes it such a big deal. It was one of the conditions attached to the payment — at Wright’s explicit insistence — of the kind that mark the difference between a possible bribe and a gift; moreover the failure to disclose it is itself one of the things the law forbids.
It is important to bear in mind: Wright’s bank draft was not made out to the Receiver General, but to Duffy’s law firm. It may have ultimately gone to repay his expenses, but its first purpose was to relieve him of the obligation. Whether that was illegal or not is for a court to decide, but it clearly sailed very close to the line: if not under the Criminal Code, then under Sect. 16 of the Parliament of Canada Act (“no member of the Senate shall receive or agree to receive any compensation … in relation to any bill, proceeding, contract, claim, controversy, charge, accusation, arrest or other matter before the Senate…”) Put simply, you can’t make clandestine payments to sitting legislators, no matter what your reason.
But the payment was in the service of a broader subterfuge: the pretense that Duffy had repaid his expenses himself. Again, to those who protest “what does it matter who paid as long as it was paid,” it pretty clearly mattered to those involved. It mattered, because they wanted to remove the public stain on Duffy’s name — and not incidentally, on the man who appointed him. And it mattered because the claim that Duffy had repaid was critical to the argument that the quasi-legal proceedings begun against Duffy — the Deloitte audit, the Senate committee report — had been rendered moot.
But Coyne is a nationally-syndicated columnist from the right-side of the political spectrum. When Coyne says it, it has cultural weight.
There was the scandal of harper's arrogance and incompetence in making Duffy the Senator for PEI when Duffy lived in Ontario. There was the scandal of Duffy claiming his principle Ontario residence as an expense to be reimbursed by the taxpayers. And there is the main scandal that all of this was a taxpayer subsidy for Duffy to act as a full-time party fund-raiser.
That was what Wright was trying to buy Duffy's silence on.
In other news, some Globe & Mail airhead named Konrad Yakabuski farted out an entire column dedicated to the phenomenon of "harper derangement syndrome." Poor ol' Yakabuski just can't figure out the animosity to the centrist stephen harper. Nope. No sirreeee. All he can think of his harper's perhaps misguided cancellation of the long-form Census. And, well, ... what's the big deal?
I'm not going to link to that Globe & Mail's trollish click-bait piece of garbage. If Yakabuski wants the country to know that he's a shit-head who hasn't made the slightest effort to read any of the numerous take-downs of harper's disastrous reign of error, that's his business. If any Globe & Mail minions are reading this, I'd just like to add that brazen bullshit like that Yakabuski column is one of the many reasons I refuse to pay money for your newspaper.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

We Aren't Going To Escape Into Space

We were designed to survive on this tiny island that exists in a vast ocean of deadly radiation, deadly cold, burning heat and nothingness. Supposedly there are stars or quasars or some damn things out there that could burst and wipe us all out anyway.

But if something out there doesn't kill us here on the Earth, it appears we'll probably do the job ourselves. And too many of us think that if we kill this planet's capacity to support human life, that somehow a small number of plucky individuals will be able to escape and humanity will survive among the stars.

That is impossible.

So "Stop Harper."