New Gay Marriage Vote dead in the water?
Because I can only subject my poor friends and family to my political rantings and ravings for so long.
An absolutely fantastic post by "Go on and Bleed" defends the votes of Michael Ignatieff and Scott Brison, and condemns the anti-war leanings of the other nine candidates.
Despite my belief that Harper is a very smart and calculating guy, and that almost everything he does is strategic in nature, I think that he has seriously misstepped by virtually declaring war on the press gallery. It may bring him some short-term success (maybe; I don't really see how, but maybe he does) but it can lead to nothing but long term pain for the Conservatives in general and Harper in particular.
Apparently, being anti-gay is enough to cost you a Conservative nomination.
You know, for people who rail against the government using public money for partisan purposes, they're really quite good at it themselves. It doesn't really surprise me, of course. Anyone who remembers the Mike Harris years in Ontario (oh, and look who's in that picture - none other than John "uncle Tom" Baird and Jim Flaherty, two Harris ministers!) remembers publicly-funded television ad campaigns praising the work of the government, and billboards everywhere with slogans like, "This road brought to you by Mike Harris." One of McGuinty's most popular promises was that he would cease all partisan advertising by the government of Ontario.
Two pairs of storks - one gay, one lesbian - have each successfully raised a family in the Netherlands, adding yet more proof that there's nothing inherently wrong with gay parenting.
A reader alerted me to this earlier:
From the Brison campaign's newsletter:
His speech about his vision for a more prosperous and innovative future was his first major policy address of the campaign.
Scott says a smarter tax system would make Canada a magnet for talent and capital and would also better respect the hard-earned dollars of working men and women in Canada.
He was addressing a room packed with business people in Toronto who enthusiastically applauded his bold ideas."Good stuff. Among his proposals are allowing young people to earn $25,000 a year tax free for the first 12 years of their careers. Also, setting up individual EI accounts, allowing people who do not draw on their EI for a decade to tap the unused money for further training and education.
Why did the Liberal Party even consent to having that ridiculous sham of a vote to happen, anyway?
Gerard Kennedy has resigned as Member of Provincial Parliament for Parkdale--High Park.
Isn't it funny how this gay marriage ban keeps coming up every two years in the United States? I'm telling you, like clockwork. I wonder if those redneck morons will be fooled into voting against their own economic interests again?
So sayeth this blowhard. Keep in mind this is one of the most homophobic men in America, and he is someone to whom that term most definitely implies in its most literal sense. His tirades about "buggery" are not to be missed by anyone looking to laugh and cringe at the same time.
Those are the only three states left in which George Bush still pulls in a higher approval than disapproval rating. His best numbers - in the 40's and 30's - come from states that voted for him in 2004.
Proof that we need, more than ever, a realistic drug policy in this country.
This issue really baffles me. I cannot for the life of me understand why any reasonable person would oppose registering guns.
Apparently the Tories are refusing to release the details of David Dingwall's now infamous severance package. They are censoring hundreds of pages of government documents with regards to David Dingwall. For those with short memories, Dingwall was harassed mercilessly by self-serving Tory blowhards like Brian Pallister when he resigned as head of the Canadian Mint, and used a technically correct but poor choice of words, "I'm entitled to my entitlements." Of course he was; one is technically entitled to one's entitlements. Normally a simple tautology wouldn't be so harangued, but the Tories smelt opportunity (or opportunism) and gleefully proceeded to destroy a good man's reputation, turning him into a poster-child for "Liberal corruption" and forcing his disgraced resignation. Of course, it was all a contrived show, as Dingwall did nothing wrong.
An Ignatieff supporter posted an editorial of his, along with the response from the American right, of which he is so frequently accused of being a shill. It's pretty illuminating stuff. Actually, it's quite stunning how little this pompous "anti-idiotarian" knows about the concept of a social contract, the common philosophical idea Ignatieff was talking about in his article.
A great post revealing the true connection between fundamentalism and sex. Religious dogma doesn't defeat sex - it just drives it underground. Like so many other fun things, you can't stamp it out, merely make it a part of a dark underworld. So where is the word "sex" googled the most? Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Arabic is the most popular language used to search for "sex."
As you can probably tell by the previous post, I'm not a huge fan of Maurice Vellacott. I can't say that I'm particularly bothered by the decision of the opposition majority to remove him as chair of the Indian Affairs committee. Frankly, his general unsuitability for that role given his less-than-stellar reputation among native communities should have been enough for them to do so.
Every so often, one of my less politically aware friends or family will say something that will make me go, "Couldn't have said it better myself." Over dinner tonight, my father gave me his assessment of Maurice Vellacott's stupidity.
Thus far it seems as if most of the Liberal caucus is holding off from endorsing anyone, but a few candidates do seem to have the advantage when it comes to support within caucus. Of the candidates who have caucus support, this is what it looks like:
A very helpful poster in my comments section (thank you to "curiositykilledthecat") pointed this out to me. I've read this before, and I think I may have even posted it here, and am frankly surprised that I was so quick to forget about it. It's a transcript of his remarks to a Civitas meeting in Toronto in 2003. (Hmm... Civitas... doesn't that sound familiar...)
In response to Pedro the Politico, is Stephen Harper an asshole or an idiot? Well sir, he's not an idiot. I think this much is clear.
What I'm struck by in this piece by Andrew Sullivan is the contrast struck between Bush/Cheney and their party. You can read the piece for yourself and see what I mean, but here is an exchange of some interest:
I'm not sure what methods the Strategic Counsel uses in gathering its polling data, but as I've mentioned before, they consistently have the Green Party several points up from what other polls say, and I really can't think of a reason why.
Sean Hannity thinks so. Yet another indication of just how unhinged the right, especially in the US, really is. Apparently, a vote for Hillary Clinton is the same as a vote for a terrorist organization.
Apparently, according to the Supreme Court, if someone consumes alcohol at my house, and then leaves and does something stupid, I can't be sued.
I'd just like to say, as someone who has moved far too many times, someone who has just moved, and someone who will be doing so again in about three months, that moving is bollocks.