RMR: Tony Clement Gravy Boat

From the makers of the Barack Obama commemorative plate…

“As Health Minister he completely fixed our health care system. Now, he brings those same skills to the Prime Minister’s War Against Doing Anything About the Economy…”

Ah yes, we thought our politics were volatile there for a bit, but never fear — the ever-present undercurrent of supremely Canadian blandness, profoundly uninterested boredom and deeply entrenched apathy will ultimately prevail!

Celebrate the spirit of ineffectiveness!

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Prop 8: The Musical

Okay, let’s take another stab at this. Olbermann provides a more extended look at the new musical poking (ahem) fun at the absurdity of Prop 8. Hilarious.

Full disclosure: I generally despise Broadway musicals with a passion. I might make an exception for this one however.

Meanwhile, South of the Border…

While here in the Great White North we were all transfixed by our little “constitutional crisis” and parliamentary “psychodrama” there was actually news taking place in the good ol’ US of A today (there’s a switch, huh?).

The “Auto-Rescue — Take Two” seems to have flopped miserably.

That should throw more than a few spanners into the Conservatives’ thinking about the economy. Um, that’s what they’re going to be doing over the next six weeks, right? Or will they just be campaigning for re-election?

Harper’s Government Lock-Out


“When a government starts trying to cancel dissent or avoid dissent is when it’s rapidly losing its moral authority to govern.”

I’m sure you can figure out who spoke those words back in 2005.

Danielle Takacs asks a good question :

Can a single Conservative really say that if there was a Liberal PM today under similar circumstances that you would be applauding the Governor General’s decision to allow the prorogation of the House of Commons?

Indeed. One can only imagine the howls of outrage and indignant fury if a Liberal government had effectively locked the doors of the Reichstag parliament for the better part of two months. Especially seeing as the action (or inaction) is being taken in the midst of an global economic crisis that, depending on the day or week or who’s speaking at any given time, the Conservatives either saw coming last year or as recently as last month steadfastly refused to acknowledge would have any serious impact whatsoever on the Canadian economy. That is, of course, when not threatening to sell off federal assets in a down market and, contrary to every other government in the developed world, imposing billions of dollars worth of “belt-tightening” measures to preserve their surplus… something that independent reviews have indicated is likely smoke and mirrors in any case. Not to mention the confusion and uncertainty arising from the PM and Finance Minister suggesting the country would be going into deficit… except when saying it definitely wouldn’t be. Although it might, or maybe not — again depending on the day, week and who is speaking at the time.

But I digress. Yes, if the shoe was on the other foot the Conservatives would be righteously and justifiably indignant. Why they’d be out in the streets with manufactured rallies, buying up millions of dollars worth of advertising, whipping up their base with flurries of fundraising letters, firing off talking points and… oh wait — they’re doing all that anyway. Heil Harper!

La Coalition est Mort


Well, it was a rather pleasing thought while it lasted, but if as is expected today Stephen Harper manages to prorogue parliament until the last week of January, I’m afraid it spells the end of the nascent LibDem coalition.

Given the stories appearing in the papers today suggesting there’s growing dissent within the Liberal ranks about the prospect of a coalition government (here, here and here for example) under the temporary leadership of Stéphane Dion, it’s highly doubtful that it could manage to remain intact for the better part of two months. Quite aside from that, the Harper and his team of spinners will have that period of time to execute a sustained public relations campaign (i.e., “attack ads”) while putting together a comprehensive economic “stimulus” package in the budget that will be announced the day after parliament resumes.

By the end of January, it’s probably safe to say that public’s appetite for overturning the government will have waned to the point where if the opposition still maintains a position of “no confidence” (presuming the coalition hasn’t completely fallen apart by then), Harper will demand another election to resolve the matter. Whether the Liberals and NDP will have the stomach to go to the polls in the dead of winter when people are generally somewhat depressed and while the economy will be reeling in the post-Christmas doldrums is highly doubtful to say the least.

Update: Another take on Harper’s address to the nation last night. Heh. On a more serious note, his 40 minute meeting with the Governor General has just wrapped up now been going on for over an hour. Apparently, she may be meeting with Layton and Dion this afternoon (“developing” as Drudge says).

Update2: Well, according to the PMO Harper has his prorogation, now it’s just a case of whether there are any conditions attached to it…

All over but the crying now.

Just Enough • Ms. Information

The pop culture segment from yesterday’s show, featuring the new Proposition 8 musical (starring Jack Black as Jesus).

Speaking of Jesus (or God), get a load of this story about a lawsuit being brought by a group of atheists against the Commonwealth of Kentucky about some rather astounding provisions of the state’s homeland security legislation.

RMR: Rick’s Rant

In case you missed the show the other day, here’s Mercer’s rant about Harper’s attempt to kill the system of public financing for political parties that precipitated the current “crisis” the government finds itself in at the moment.