A Very Pointless Outing

Flame On

So, I see that the usual cadre of malicious retards and shrill termagants of the Right was downright orgasmic at Wendy Sullivan’s “outing” the other day of their arch-foe Canadian Cynic.

Ho hum. As some wag remarked concerning the “outing” of another blogger, Robert is kinda like the Human Torch of the Fantastic Four insofar as his “secret identity” was hardly much of a mystery in the first place.

Moreover, I rather doubt all the hopeless wankers, SoCon slackwits, and other cunning runts of the Canadian Wingnutosphere will get much respite from the heat of his fiery snark. Or at least I would hope not…

Harper on Faux News

Looks like it was another generous payday for Ari Fleischer last week.

Sheldon Alberts writing in the “Full Comment” section of today’s National Post makes quite a good point: “If Harper really wants to praise Obama and speak to a U.S. audience about Canada’s concerns about rising protectionism on the American left, here’s a thought: Less Fox, MSNBC.” No kidding.

Real Time: New Rules

“I’m glad Obama is president, but the ‘audacity of hope’ part is over. Right now, I’m hoping for a little more audacity.”

Ignatieff: A Paper Tiger

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As usual, Paul Wells hit the nail on the head the other day with what’s sure to be a prescient (if rather obvious) forecast of a mercifully election-free summer:

I now believe the opposition parties will not get their act together to vote the government down until after it delivers its next full budget. Of course that’s the worst possible time from the opposition’s point of view, because a budget is a chance to spend $200 billion: it’s the moment of maximum strength for any government.

But there’s always a reason not to make a decision. Was it 10 days ago the opposition parties, led by the Liberals, were demanding the finance minister be fired because he’d dug a $50 billion deficit? Stephen Harper ignored them. They did nothing in response…

Indeed. Harper has once again cleverly managed to gain a reprieve for himself and his party that also benefits everyone by sparing us all from the dreary horror and needless expense of yet another completely pointless election. Not that there aren’t a number of reasonably legitimate reasons to force one, of course — stubbornly disturbing grievances that are more than sufficient in the minds of some to “revoke this government’s probation.” But there’s an inconvenient problem with pulling the rug out from Harper at the moment, as made clear by Chantel Hébert this morning (emphasis added):

the notion that the thrust of a Liberal government would be dramatically different from that of the Conservatives is hard to sustain with facts. Moreover, given that the ship of state cannot be turned around overnight, the time it would take a new government to change tack might actually outrun the recession.

Polls show that the Liberals could eke out a victory in a summer vote, although it would hardly be a sure thing. But at the end of the day, the real question Ignatieff has to wrestle with is what, if anything, he has to offer that could possibly justify a second election in less than a year.

I’d go even further and suggest that until such time as Ignatieff can find some way of surmounting this awkwardly formidable stumbling block of distancing himself from the Conservatives, it’s difficult to imagine that the Liberals will be sending Canadians to the polls before sometime next year. Which brings us rather neatly back to Mr. Wells’ column:

Wow, does Michael Ignatieff ever talk a lot when he has nothing to say.

Sad but true. I look forward to the day when the Liberal leader has something positive to say, something that’s actually motivating or inspirational to communicate, rather than just faking outrage and endlessly sniping at the government of the day with empty bluster and hollow rhetoric…

And lest you think that’s a baseless charge, let me offer up this shining example of his fact-free rhetoric:

“My vision of the future of Canada is that we must urgently find other markets than that of America.”

Well, that’s certainly an astonishingly brilliant and innovative concept, isn’t it? Or at least it might be if it didn’t simply reflect government policy of the last thirty years while completely ignoring that in actuality (for better or worse) the Conservatives have been conducting business as usual by generously backstopping the EDC and assiduously hammering away at free trade pacts with various countries in the Caribbean and other nations throughout Central and South America in addition to rapidly moving to strengthen our ties with Asia and crafting a much stronger economic link to the European Union.

So what else is Mr. Ignatieff offering as part of his “vision for the future of Canada”? Anyone? Anyone? …Buehler?

Worms Petrol in the Wilderness!

Ah, Michele Bachmann… the gift that keeps on giving.

Sadly, I suspect that a BIGGER TYPEFACE on the talking points from her “puppeteers” won’t aid matters a great deal as the poor woman is clearly a deranged crackpot.

Coastal Inspiration

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Trekking back and forth from the mainland to Vancouver Island by ferry has always been something of an inconvenient hassle, even though the ride itself is usually a pleasant respite from daily life in the city, especially during the summer months. As far as I’m concerned, sunbathing on the upper deck (weather permitting) while enjoying the always beautiful scenery of the Gulf Islands is well worth the modest fare just for that experience alone.

Not having traveled much at all for quite a while, this past weekend was my first encounter with the deluxe new “Coastal” class of ferries that were added to the fleet in the last year (imported from Germany at the cost of $300 million each). Very impressive ships overall and certainly a far cry from the venerable old rust buckets of the 60s that dutifully plied the waters between Vancouver and Victoria for many decades until quite recently. Now, if the powers that be could only somehow improve the public transit links on either side in a similar way, the whole travel experience between BC’s two major cities might not be such a long and tiresome undertaking (15 hours involving 12 buses and 4 rail links on a return trip as a foot passenger just to traverse a paltry span of 50 miles).

So here’s my “coastal inspiration” — maybe we should demand that, for a period of one year, MLAs from the mainland commute as foot passengers to and from Victoria utilizing nothing but public transit to access the ferry so they can better appreciate how many of their non-motorized constituents routinely travel. I suspect that plans for LRT connections on either side might be regarded with more serious consideration before too long…