When you Least Expect It

Wow do I love the Senate Republicans right about now!!! They actually managed to grow a pair and vote down the auto industry bailout. And their line of reasoning was rock solid: no government money until the UAW agrees to wages that approach sanity. Currently, you see, UAW workers earn 1.4 – 1.5 times as…

Duel

Blakes 7, as I’ve said before, isn’t just a send-up of Star Trek, but it’s frequently at its best when that’s what it’s doing. No surprise, then, that I’ll be counting Season 1’s “Duel” among my top ten episodes. This one isn’t a subtle jab so much as an outright taunting – for not only…

Making the Right Call

And then there was one. Bob Rae has dropped out of the Liberal leadership race and endorsed Ignatieff. It’s the right move. Yes, no doubt Rae had an actual shot should it have gone to voting. Not as good as Ignatieff’s, mind you, but let’s call it 30%: respectable. Still, as went Dion, so goes…

A New Leader?

Well, the good news is that it looks like the Liberal leadership race is winding down in Ignatieff’s favor. The bad news is that it looks like the Liberal leadership race is winding down in Ignatieff’s favor. I mean sure, given how decisively Dion’s ass was handed to him on this latest toe-to-toe with Harper,…

What was Plan B?

To hear the press tell it, Canada’s Governor General made a “controversial” and “unprecedented” decision in agreeing to prorogue Parliament until late January. I think this is both true and misleading. On one level, it’s true that anything is “controversial” about which people argue, so in that sense the decision qualifies. But it’s disingenuous to…

The Face of Things to Come

If this Globe and Mail article is to be believed, Bob Rae is using the Liberal Party’s disarray over prorogation to muscle his way to the front. The leadership battle apparently now comes down to positions on the coalition. Rae is very much in favor of it, while it seems Iganatieff is not and was,…

Go Harper!

Now and then real poetic justice does happen. Stephen Harper is riding high in polls after the Coalition’s failed attempt at a power grab. However letter-of-the-law legal it may have been for last election’s three runner-up parties to propose they be allowed to govern instead 7 weeks after these decisions were made official, the general…

Crisis Averted

Crisis averted. Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean, after meeting with Stephen Harper for two hours today, has approved Harper’s request to prorogue Parliament. This is an unusual measure that puts the government on ice temporarily. Parliament will close until January, when Harper and the Conservatives will be expected to table another budget. For those of…

Revolution in Canada?

Wow. Revolution in Canada. ALL the opposition parties (even the Bloc) managed to come together and agree to form a coalition headed by DION. For those 6billion of you who aren’t Canada junkies like me, this is stunning because Dion, the “head” of the Liberal Party, has actually already stepped down as party leader. He…

When Trauma isn’t Traumatic

I’m all for this. It’s an article by Helen Rittlemeyer – she whose name seems to be so up-and-coming amongst the conservative ashes – called “Jezebels with a Cause.” And it’s about reacting to date rape, so you know it’s a can o’ worms. The take is novel, but it shouldn’t be. To sum up…