Fallen Idol

One would think that the Omnipotent Creator of the Universe could manage the rather simple task of keeping a symbolic totem upright…

But sadly, no… And it was beheaded! Rather unseemly, wouldn’t you say?

Repeal Section 13!


Dump it. What’s holding the Conservative government back from doing this?

I’m sick and tired of hearing the incessant moaning, kvetching, bleating, and plaintive hand-wringing complaints from professional “victims” of the Right concerning this specific provision of the Human Rights code.

If doing away with it will effectively banish these pathetic, mewling whiners from existence, or at the very least hold out the possibility of cutting off the oxygen feeding this craptastic bunch of fucking wankers, then I’m all for it.

Go Steve! Kill it. Kill it now!

Update: Oh goody, now it seems we’re going to have public hearings on whether s. 13 should be repealed. Well, that should certainly be fun. Not to mention providing another wonderful grandstanding opportunity for St. Ezra to reprise his highly popular martyrdom routine because that just never gets tired.

Alberta: The “Engine” of Our Economy?


Alberta premier Ed Stelmach has a truly weird opinion piece in today’s Toronto Star that apparently aims to convince the rest of Canada that his province is the economic “engine” driving the country by virtue of the vast amount of oil reserves contained in the Athabasca tar sands.

Well, la-di-dah.

Have you checked the price of oil today? It’s trading at just under $55/barrel and the one year forecast is pegged at a rather measly $63/barrel.

Given the cost of extraction, upgrading and refining, this isn’t all that much above the final production cost involved — and that doesn’t begin to factor in the latent expense of environmental reclamation (that Stelmach himself notes is running at a woeful 13 percent of leases currently “undergoing rehabilitation” — a remarkably vague metric).

Maybe I’m missing something here, but I can’t quite fathom what prompted him to write this strangely perplexing, oddly defensive editorial.

SNL: Big Three Bailout Hearing

An excellent sketch from this past weekend’s SNL spoofing the automakers’ appearance before Congress.

I’m not sure how long this will be on YouTube as it’s almost certainly a copyright violation and NBC tends to be quite aggressive about these things, so enjoy it while you can.

The Vindication of Keynes

Some wags (Michael Moore, for one) have suggested that the current economic crisis is the veritable “death of capitalism” which of course is a preposterous notion, but it is arguably the final expiration and long overdue death rattle of “supply side economics” as a tenable theory in practice. With that in mind, here’s an amusing shriekfest from Fox News last week in which the insufferably obtuse Neil Cavuto engages in a shouting match with Ben Stein over the magnitude of the federal government’s “bail-out” of the financial market’s troubled assets and whether that recapitalization effort has gone far enough.

Funnily enough, it seems that our own free-marketer-in-chief has had a sudden epiphany and dramatic reversal of philosophical course…

Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Lima, Mr. Harper joined other world leaders in conceding governments will have to spend their way out of the crisis, saying that “there are occasions in which deficits are not necessarily bad, but in fact, they are essential.”His distinctly pessimistic tone was echoed by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who is preparing for Thursday’s economic and fiscal update amid the rapidly worsening economy.

“The most recent private sector forecasts suggest the strong possibility of a technical recession the end of this year, the beginning of next,” Mr. Harper said.

“Yes, I am surprised at this. I am also further surprised, more importantly, by deflationary pressure that we’re seeing around the world. This is a worrying development, one of the reasons why it may well be necessary to take unprecedented fiscal stimulus.”

Hmmmm. Gee, I wish I’d thought of that. Oh, right… I did.

This interventionist, Keynsian approach to spending our way out of what could otherwise turn into another Great Depression isn’t exactly rocket science, but the alternative approach advocated by many so-called “conservatives” that involves allowing major cities and whole sectors of the economy to simply go bankrupt is, quite frankly, insane. So, congratulations to Mr. Harper for demonstrating, once again, that when push comes to shove, he’s not really the dogmatic, orthodox right-wing ideologue some of his followers might want him to be, but is actually a consummate pragmatist. How very Liberal of him.