CanWest v. Palestinian Media Collective

Gee, I haven’t heard any of brave and oh-so-strident “free speech” warriors over at “The Blogging Tories” speaking out about this. As a matter of fact, I hadn’t heard a thing about it until watching it discussed on the aptly-named Real News.

So how do they feel about their favourite newspaper chain and reliable purveyor of Conservative propaganda trying to muzzle what was clearly a parody of The Vancouver Sun because of its presumed pro-Israel bias? After all, there are many other ways of unreasonably silencing critics and suppressing free speech other than Human Rights Commissions, you know.

Leading by Greed


It just never ceases how shamelessly greedy some corporate executives can be. As reported the other day by Detroit Free Press, as Chrysler axes thousands of jobs and goes cap in hand to American and Canadian taxpayers seeking a multi-billion dollar bailout to stave off bankruptcy, they’re paying out $30 million in so-called retention bonuses to 50 top executives that range from a “low” of $200,000 to $1.89 million.

The apparent justification for this is in order to “prevent loss of leadership during critical times.” Gee, the same “leadership” that’s run the company into the ground through a succession of horrible business decisions, you mean? And where exactly is this “top talent” going to go in any case?

I’d say this is more than a little “awkward”… it’s absolutely outrageous.

The “Intolerant” Left

Oh yawn. Another piece about how “the Left” is “intolerant” and “emotional” whereas, by contrast, “the Right” consists of virtuous models of equanimity, reason and rational, respectful disagreement.

I really have no idea what compels some people to pump out sanctimonious clap-trap like this. Funnily enough, in the links on the sidebar include Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh amongst other right-wing luminaries.

What a fatuous jackass.

New Rules: Goddamn America!

“New rule: the rest of the world can go back to being completely jealous of America. Our majority white country just freely elected a black president; something no other democracy has ever done. Take that Canada! Where’s your Nubian warrior president? Your head of state is a boring white dude named Stephen Harper… and mine is kick-ass black ninja named Barack Hussein Obama!”

The “Bush Effect”

After having vowed to hang Georgian president Sakashvilli “by the balls,” Putin apparently was talked down by French president Sarkozy who cautioned him by saying, “You don’t want to end up like Bush do you?” To which Putin responded: “Ah, you have scored a point there.”

Speaking of Bush’s lame-duckitude, as reported by the CP, Canadian government officials have had their first face-to-face meeting with Madeleine Albright and Jim Leach, who are representing president-elect Obama at this weekend’s G20 summit.