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Edward Snowden and the Scary Secrets of Stephen Harper

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 23:47


I'm glad that The Guardian and the Washington Post have been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on the out of control activities of the National Security Agency. 

And that Edward Snowden has been vindicated in his own country.

It has been nearly a year since a thin, pale computer whiz kid named Edward Snowden dramatically burst into our consciousness and became the most important whistleblower of modern times. As a result of his actions, we now live in a very different world and it is one — I would argue — that is better than before. At least now, we know.

Because thanks to him we do know so much more about the world we really live in. 

And so much more about the surveillance state that Stephen Harper is building...
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Harperland and the Winds of Change

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 02:44


Sometimes I think that getting Canadians to take any kind of political action is like that swan trying to get the wooden ones to follow.

Because we must be one of the most democratically complacent people on Earth.
But even in this frigid spring, even in Harperland, the winds of change are blowing. 

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Stephen Harper's Not So Good Good Friday

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 03:31


Lordy. I see that Stephen Harper didn't have a very good Good Friday.

His Easter Message was no doubt well received by his dwindling flock, the 28% of Canadians who still support him.

Because they all agree that Jimbo Flaherty would want the Cons to keep his legacy alive.

Canada’s budget watchdog says the federal public service has already lost more jobs than expected and projects thousands more cuts.

By killing government in his memory.
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Harperland, the Con Monsters, and the Death of Reason

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 02:39


Once upon a time Canada seemed like a brighter, better place to me than it does today.

A more hopeful, more optimistic, more decent country.

A country where an opposition MP could write a polite letter to a Minister like this one. (PDF)

And expect to get a reasonable reply.

But this is Harperland, and this is Pierre Poilievre...
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Stephen Harper and the Canonization of Jimbo Flaherty

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:43


Well I knew what he was going to do from the moment he announced that Jim Flaherty would have a state funeral, for no good reason.

And then let it be known that he had PERSONALLY written the eulogy he would deliver.

And sure enough he did turn that solemn occasion into yet another giant photo-op for the glorification of HIMSELF. 
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Pierre Poilievre and the Great Turkey Senate Scam

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 04:09


Oh. My. Gobble. I see that Pierre Poilievre is still trying to pretend that his foul Unfair Elections Act is perfect.

But that if the Cons in the House of Turkeys want to make it even better, he might  welcome their recommendations.

"I'm prepared to defend every single measure in the Fair Elections Act," Poilievre told CTV's Power Play on Tuesday. But he added: "From the beginning I've said if there are good ideas that will make this great bill even better, then I am happy to hear them." 

When in fact the bill is hideously flawed, those recommendations are only a SCAM designed to put lipstick on a pig. 

Or TWO.
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Why the Senate Scandal Can Still Bring Down Stephen Harper

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:48


For a brief moment today I wondered whether I should remove Nigel Wright from the poster for my new and exciting season of Senategate.

After the RCMP announced that he was no longer under investigation. 

The RCMP has ended its probe into Nigel Wright, the former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and his $90,000 payment to suspended Conservative Senator Mike Duffy.

But then I thought no, this scandal is still as sordid as ever. It couldn't have happened without Nigel. Bless him. And it could still bring down Stephen Harper.
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Is Stephen Harper Losing His Grip on Power And His Marbles?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:59


As you know, I've been watching Stephen Harper closely for eight long and horrible years, like some people watch birds.

And I can honestly say I've rarely seen him looking worse. Or more deeply disturbed.

I can't get what what Tom Flanagan says about him in his new book out of my mind:

“He can be suspicious, secretive, and vindictive, prone to sudden eruptions of white-hot rage over meaningless trivia, at other times falling into week-long depressions in which he is incapable of making decisions.” 

So the last thing I needed to see him talking about was the Third World War.  
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Linda Frum, the Unfair Elections Act, and the Senate Farce

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:43


When I saw Linda Frum had caused a flap on Twitter by trying to defend the indefensible Unfair Elections Act, all kind of thoughts flew into my mind.

How could somebody so dumb be a Senator? Can I be one?

And lucky for her she only made a fool out of herself on Twitter. 



Where everyone forgets what anyone said the day before.

But sadly I see, she couldn't leave dumb alone.
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The Unfair Elections Act and the Republican Connection

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:45


He has always been more of an American style politician than a Canadian one.

The closest thing to Richard Nixon and his dirty trick Republicans this country has ever seen.

He brought their disgusting attack ads to Canada.

And his foul Unfair Elections Act is right out of the Republican playbook.
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Stephen Harper and the Great Kitimat Rebellion

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 03:01


When historians assess the legacy of Stephen Harper fifty years from now, the many scandals of his corrupt regime will probably merit only a few paragraphs.

But what they will say of him without a doubt, is that at a critical point in human history he failed his country and his planet.

For at a time when scientists were warning that time was running out for climate change action. 

The disconnect couldn't be greater. 
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Rob Anders: The Con Loon Finally Bites the Dust

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 04:31


He tried every dirty trick in the book to try to win his nomination battle.

He smeared his opponents as closet Liberals. He used misleading robocalls against them. 

He called on his rabid religious base to save him.

But nothing could stop the Con loon Rob Anders from facing his own personal Armageddon. 
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The Unfair Elections Act and the Madness of Stephen Harper

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 02:26


I never can decide which famous story Harperland reminds me of the most.

The Emperor's New Clothes or Lord of the Flies.

Or answer the questions historians will ask.

Did he really think he could get away with it? Why were so many so silent for so long? Or failed to understand the nature of the monster?

But I'm glad to see that even Andrew Coyne now understands that maybe the Unfair Elections Act is just CRAZY. 
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Senategate : The RCMP Goes After the PMO !!!

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 04:18


Oh goody. It looks as if my favourite show Senategate is back.

With the whole cast of characters ready to entertain us again.

And now even MORE exciting than before.

With the RCMP going after the PMO !!!!
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Rob Anders and the Ghastly Foulness of the Cons

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 02:34


I see that voters in the riding of Calgary Signal Hill will be deciding the fate today of the Con loon Rob Anders.

And that his opponent believes that this time he can be beaten.

Ron Liepert says it's a myth that controversial Calgary MP Rob Anders is somehow untouchable after a 17-year run in federal politics. And it's a streak he's hoping to bust when federal Conservatives in the riding on Calgary Signal Hill pick their nominee on Saturday. 

So you might think that Stephen Harper and his inner circle would be secretly hoping that Liepert can rid them of a guy like Anders, who is always embarrassing the Cons and making them look like rednecks or MANIACS.

But sadly you'd be wrong.
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Are We Losing the Battle to Kill the Unfair Elections Act?

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 02:09


I thought we were making good progress in our struggle to try to force the Cons to change or kill their foul so-called Fair Elections Act.

But it turns out I may have been a bit too optimistic. 

For while we have made progress, it seems far too many Canadians are still too ignorant or too complacent. 
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Jim Flaherty: The Man and the Legacy

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 21:31


I think it's fair to say that he was a better person at the end of his political career than he was at the beginning.

He did reinvent himself from a pit bull to something vaguely resembling a pragmatist. 

He did become more human.

And I'm sorry he died before he could spend more time with his family, or on the golf course, as he well deserved. 

But it also must be said that he was a prominent member of  the worst government in Canadian history, and this is part of his legacy. 
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Could Stephen Harper Soon Be Toast?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:11


It's all going horribly wrong. His foul voter suppression bill is only making even more Canadians want to vote to throw him out of office.

He has more scandals than he can count. His Cons are fighting themselves or urging people to vote for another party.

Pro-life Conservative MP Kyle Seeback told attendees at Campaign Life Coalition’s national pro-life conference on the weekend that when he was first elected three years ago, he would have told people to “vote Conservative” to make a pro-life difference in the country. 

 “I don’t agree with that anymore. You have to find the right person to vote for, regardless of the party affiliation on this issue,” he said.

So I'm not surprised that some are asking is Harper toast?
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The Con Senator and the Brad Butt Challenge

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 02:08


Golly. I must admit I didn't think ANYBODY could beat out Brad Butt for the title of Con Klown of the Year.

Because when he told the Commons he had "personally witnessed" massive voter fraud. Only to admit he hadn't. He'd only heard about it. Years ago.

I didn't think it was possible to top that whopper eh?


But I was wrong.

It turns out we have another challenger !!!!! 
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BREAKING: Con Minister Accused of Threatening an NDP MP

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 15:35


If you want to know what Stephen Harper and his ghastly Cons have done to our Parliament all you had to do is watch Question Period today.

For I've rarely seen a more rowdy session. The Cons were howling like jackals, or drunks.

So I'm not surprised that a Con Minister has been accused of threatening an NDP MP. 
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