Bad Suits X3

Why are these smug jackasses smiling so deliriously?

3 Bad Suits

Your guess is as good as mine… quite possibly better.

Update: By the way, seeing as we’re on the topic of Preston Manning (kind of), where on earth is the Manning Institute getting all the money needed to mount the lavish advertising campaign they’ve undertaken of late on prime-time TV? Surely such an effort must cost millions of dollars… It just strikes me as somewhat bizarre. Is the commercial space being donated, because I really can’t see how it makes any sense at all as a business proposition… Perhaps one of our crack journalists could look into that.

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46 responses to “Bad Suits X3

  1. Uhm.

    a) They’ve just read another set of polls showing Michael Ignatieff is truly the lost academic many warned he would be?

    b) They just heard that Michael Ignatieff is pinning Liberal Party success on “National Daycare”? Sure to be, in a recession, about as popular as the “Greenshift”;

    c) They just told a good Sarah Palin joke, being unaware that she was standing right behind Preston Manning.

  2. Interesting comment Red on the photo.

    “….Contrary to appearances, this isn’t a terribly partisan site. We prefer honest discussion and good faith arguments here, not party political hackery.”-Red Tory

  3. Paul Raposo

    They’re smiling because Jason Kenney finally found a non-white voter willing to be in the same picture as Manning and Harper.

  4. Bad suits and bad hair.

    Lighten up there CanadianSense…………..get something to do.

  5. Joseph

    Perhaps the woman behind them in the photo is hoping her Sarah Palin glasses will get her actually into the front lines of the photo someday?

    The whispered image of the black man in the far back hints he’s not even considering the possibility.

    All in all, though, it just emits a sense of stuffy and somewhat forced familiarity, as I imagine most political gatherings do . . . regardless of party ;).

  6. Navvy

    Is it just me, or do Harper, Manning and the woman look sort of… cardboard-y? Could be Taylor’s foray into photorealistic fantasy.

    Wonder how often Canadiansense has been checking the blog to pull that one out.

  7. Ti-Guy

    They’re thinking; “Smiles, everyone, smiles. If anyone ever figures out that what we do can be outsourced to Bangalore at 1/100th of the cost, we’re screwed.”

  8. Canadiansense — And had the picture been of Iggy, Cherniak and Chrétien, I would have probably said the exact same thing (presuming they were wearing appalling suits and mugging for the camera, of course).

  9. Paul — I was actually going to mention that in this picture what really struck me as hilarious was the black fellow on the left and the woman on the right. Their expressions are priceless.

  10. Navvy

    I haven’t seen any Manning Centre ads here in Ontario. I’m hurt.

  11. Ti-Guy

    I haven’t seen any ads either, but then I watch very little teevee.

  12. Out here in B.C. we get them all the time… Maybe it’s a regional buy. I had assumed it was national.

  13. TofKW

    Hey RT, for the benefit of those readers who live in the evil east, mind sharing the basic message of that Manning centre ad?

    BTW – I actually caught an interview with Mr Manning on CBC radio back in the late summer. He was on a lecture tour promoting serious increases in R&D money as stimulus funding. I couldn’t help but agree with him 100%. Too bad his successors are throwing the funds away on retirement homes in Red Deer, or sports fields for private schools, rather than on actual strategies that will greatly benefit Canada’s economy in the future.

  14. Ti-Guy

    Out here in B.C. we get them all the time

    Do you know on what network(s) they’re running?

    Not that I really care. The question of who funds the Manning Centre is important, but likely won’t get any attention since our news media is, for some reason, not all that concerned about the influence of think tanks or political entrepreneurship (which is what the Manning Centre specialises in) on citizenship. Then again, as I heard Elly Alboim assert a few weeks ago on CBC’s Sunday Edition, the news media in this country is avoiding its role to promote, preserve or strengthen democracy since journalists are too sensitive to the accusations of political bias.

    And I’m more than convinced that the publishers of major news agencies in this country don’t really believe in democracy at all.

  15. Leasa

    Actually, this picture was taken as they discussed Iggy’s coronation as liberal leader. That was a very good day for Conservatives. LOL

  16. TofKW

    “And I’m more than convinced that the publishers of major news agencies in this country don’t really believe in democracy at all.”

    And why should they be? Capitalism works best under authoritarian governments. China is a wonderful case-study in that regard.

  17. Ti-Guy

    Actually, this picture was taken as they discussed Iggy’s coronation as liberal leader. That was a very good day for Conservatives. LOL

    This online derelict is still around? I thought she had died of a heroine overdose.

    And why should they be? Capitalism works best under authoritarian governments. China is a wonderful case-study in that regard.

    I’m sure that’s part of it. The other part of it might simply be boredom, exhaustion or failure of imagination. You get the sense from them that, on top of voting, paying taxes, paying for their shitty media products (directly or whenever we spend a single cent on anything), donating to political parties and campaigns, Canadians should also be spending their money and time on grassroots initiatives to preserve the democracy they’re helping to destroy.

    It’s more like disaster capitalism to promote the “post-industrial economy” or…*urg*…knowledge economy (which really only means paying for a whole bunch of things that are in fact, free or that we’ve already paid for) than authoritarian capitalism.

  18. …where on earth is the Manning Institute getting all the money needed to mount the lavish advertising campaign…?

    Would it be intellectually lazy to assume that the MI’s patron is the usual suspect–Big Oil—mirroring the way the early Fraser Institute was wet-nursed by Big Lumber?

  19. I thought she had died of a heroine[!] overdose.

    Heh. “Heroine overdose” [“heroine”= female hero + “overdose” = an unassimilable quantity]; noun phrase; 1. the fatal or near-fatal credence of a right-wing female in her own indigestibly colossal delusions of adequacy; 2. the death or near-death of Jason Kenney produced by excessive exposure to Ann Coulter.

  20. Ti-Guy

    The most galling thing about The Manning Centre is the new avenues of credentialed hyper-specialisation it’s opening up. Get a load of its Graduate Program in Political Management:

    Carleton University has agreed to work with us in designing a Graduate Program in Political Management and determining the feasibility of establishing it in Ottawa at Carleton, Canada’s Capital University…It is important to note that by “political management,” we are not referring to political science or public administration, but rather the development of the particular skills and abilities required by people filling such positions as the chief of staff in a minister’s office, senior executives in Minister’s offices, or senior executive officers of a political party, campaign, non-governmental organizations, or interest group.

    I’m really on the verge of calling for all universities to be shut down for a while. That this training program for glorified personal assistants can considered appropriate for graduate studies is depressing.

  21. sapphireandsteel

    It looks like three men who’ve been told they’re good looking by someone besides their moms.

    Why does CS whinge whenever it isn’t an article bagging Ignatieff? Doesn’t he have a blog dedicated to his own igna-issues? The Ignatieff Lust Blog or something like that?

  22. Ti-Guy

    Heh. “Heroine overdose”

    Darn. My spelling mistake provided you with the opportunity to attribute far more complexity to “Lying Leasa” than she deserves.

    I actually don’t find too many women overdosing on right wing heroine’s like Coulter. It’s the men who are addicted to them. Women’s relationships to harridans are complex and their support, highly selective and provisional.

  23. Navvy

    I had forgotten about that Ti-Guy. Wonder when UofO will open up their MA in Hackery to compete. I don’t understand what the need is for this. The lack of this sort of program hasn’t stopped the overweight, suit clad, blackberry obsessed wankers from breeding like mad and taking up every damned seat at D’Arcy’s on a Friday night. The fact that a mediocrity like Harper can become Prime Minister suggests that “political management” has come quite far enough in this country.

  24. TofKW

    Ti-Guy, I believe your points are quite valid also. There has definitely been a steady erosion of real journalism over the past 25 years, and though it is a big, slow-moving target, I tend to blame CNN for starting this lazy journalism trend. Before cable, it was a given that news was a money-loser, and they actually concentrated on the content. After cable showed news could be profitable, it has become info-tainment ever since.

    Additionally, since convergence has seriously squeezed out most smaller venues, the mass message is now in the control of a small number of organizations. Is there any wonder why Americans are being bombarded with stories about what Brittney & Paris are up to, and the latest on American Idol – plus add in all the right vs. left crap – meanwhile they are fighting two wars and bankers were bailed out with an obscene amount of taxpayer’s dollars.

    Maybe I’m sounding too much like a conspiracy theorist, but I find the whole thing to be like keeping a lid on the masses while the public treasury is looted.

  25. CWTF

    I’m really on the verge of calling for all universities to be shut down for a while. That this training program for glorified personal assistants can considered appropriate for graduate studies is depressing.
    Depressing to say the least.

    What I don’t understand is why real institutions would actually want to be associated with the Manning Centre. The discourse that comes out of Manning and fellows only serves to lower intellectual standards.

    Manning and all are practicing mass manipulation and nothing more. Their ideas are void and serve only partisan purposes.

    I see that the Manning Centre is having a debate on “Public Panel and Retreat on Climate Change as a moral issue” – If the Sierra Club and Climate Action Network really wanted to help, they would just abstain and say we don’t debate stupid. As it is, they only lend legitimacy to this…

    As for the suits, this is only on example of style over substance. Like most Conservative endeavours.

  26. Carleton University has agreed to work with us in designing a Graduate Program in Political Management and determining the feasibility of establishing it in Ottawa…

    …”in return for our generous donation to Carleton’s Alumni Capital Development fund…”.

    This really is sickening. The debasement of learning to pure nihilist technique appears to be something our “knowledge-industry” technocrats believe can now be offered without euphemistic evasion.

  27. TofKW — I will have to take closer note of its text. Essentially, it highlights some of their recipients and invites others to get on board with the institute’s programs. To be honest, I kind of let the things wash over me without paying much attention, but will be happy to oblige now that I realize the “evil east” has been deprived of their advertising efforts.

  28. Leasa — I believe “Just for Laughs” has its own website. You might want to check it out.

  29. Ti-Guy

    The debasement of learning to pure nihilist technique appears to be something our “knowledge-industry” technocrats believe can now be offered without euphemistic evasion.

    I remember when “knowledge management” first popped up in my field. I was enthusiastic. Then the technocrats and the media booboisie got a hold of it, and the most essential component of knowledge…wisdom (which can only be acquired through time and experience) was quickly left behind, since its continued presence was embarrassing…particularly to the boomer generation, which sheds wisdom at every stage of their lives when they “re-invent themselves.”

    No wonder the Chinese are cleaning our clocks.

  30. Wisdom is the product of time and experience… so of course the “boomers” shed it at every opportunity because they’re not only recklessly self-indulgent, but also it seems quite deeply engaged in some race to an imagined finish line where they’ll… what — suddenly expire?

    This bizarre generation of people mystifies and vexes me.

  31. Ti-Guy

    This bizarre generation of people mystifies and vexes me.

    I just wish they’d stop claiming the World is being born anew every decade or so without letting anyone else stop and think whether that’s in fact true or not or whether it’s true in any significant way.

    Somewhat related, I caught Frontline yesterday by chance and was surprised to hear the story of Brooksley Born, the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, whose warnings about the derivatives market in the late 1990’s were suppressed.

  32. Tomm

    I’m disappointed in all you guys. You scam a photo of two Canadian Gods and their roadies and all I hear are cat calls from the cheap seats.

    RT, you should be getting this photo signed.

    With respect to Carleton U. I am impressed. I hadn’t given those guys that much credit.

    EA’s, in my experience, tend to think the glow of their bosses gives them swagger privileges. It doesn’t. A gopher is still only a gopher. But a gopher from Carleton with an Masters in Political Management is probably more like a badger.

    But Sir Francis, our favourite academic, may want to weigh in here.

  33. You scam a photo of two Canadian Gods…

    How hold on a minute here. Preston Manning’s a god, too…

    …all I hear are cat calls from the cheap seats.

    Yep. From the cheap seats to the cheap suits. Poetic justice, I should think.

  34. CWTF

    With respect to Carleton U. I am impressed. I hadn’t given those guys that much credit.
    And that is why TOMM is a conservative fluffer…

    I’m sure you’d also approve of the KKK giving pointers on race relations….

  35. I’m sure you’d also approve of the KKK giving pointers on race relations….

    Now, now–let’s not get mean. Looks like that rare typo of mine created some bad vibes…

  36. jkg

    I have to say, the minute you showed me the link to Carleton Ti-Guy, the name Jacques Ellul came springing from my hazy undergraduate days. I cannot help but think this is what he was eerily portending when he highlighted the immense trouble with respect to the rise of a technical state in which ‘research’ and modern education were left to those technocrats.

    Some people can dismiss this as pretty nebulous, but it is hard to argue with the reality that modern education has become remarkably reductionist and focused on technique and simply acquiring information in the holy name of efficiency rather than understanding the reasoning behind the technology or information on which you base your training. Mr. Ellul has been long gone for at least 15 years, and we are still seeing a manifestation of what he was postulating.

    I don’t think this is really a surprise. In the sciences, research programmes are unabashedly reductionist and more concerned with the applied disciplines of the field simply because private and I suppose recently, public demand seem to focus on innovation and collaboration, the two most plastic words when it comes to research policy. It really means that they want academic research teams to develop more marketable technologies. Thus, there is simply little or no money with fundamental research, which is why there are relatively fewer research groups focusing on that as virtually the only funding source would be the school itself. However, universities also need to compete for private and public money, which means even then it is preferable to have applied research programmes promoted in disproportion to their fundamental programmes. It is a vicious cycle.

  37. Ti-Guy — Somewhat related, I caught Frontline yesterday by chance and was surprised to hear the story of Brooksley Born, the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission…

    That picture of Greenspan, Summers and Rubin could well be titled: “Masters of Disaster” or some such thing. How on earth could they have thought that regulating derivatives would create “financial turmoil” in the markets? It almost seems laughable now if it was such a completely wrongheaded mistake.

  38. Ti-Guy

    In that edition, it’s also revealed that Greenspan didn’t believe it was necessary to investigate fraud.

  39. That was quite amazing. Shows how much he was enthralled by Rand’s free-market philosophy at the time — which he then admitted (post crash) was, quite simply… wrong.

  40. Ti-Guy

    I wonder if Rand banged him along with all her other acolytes?

  41. The horror… the horror.

  42. Ti-Guy

    To me, Rand’s moral relativity just drives home what is so malign about these people. They claim that reason and morality are pretty much the same thing (or that morality is a consequence of flawless reason), which then permits them to excuse just about everything right up until the very point at which they can’t, which by then is too late and everyone is ruined.

    If Greenspan weren’t so old, I’m sure there’d be more people going after him.

  43. It is more than a little amazing that “the Wizard” has freely admitted that he was misdirecting the economy and driving it into the ditch on a false ideological premise and there’s no consequence whatsoever for that.

    Meanwhile, some kid can get thrown into jail forever on the “three strikes you’re out” policy for stealing a slice of pizza.

    Liberty and justice for all…

  44. Navvy

    This is a pretty funny cartoon:
    http://www.salon.com/comics/tomo/2008/12/09/tomo/

    Salon via Tbogg.

  45. Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion….

    I think Tom Tomorrow deserves a Nobel Prize for not going completely mental Humour.

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