• “Government not sure how to spend wireless windfall,” says the Ottawa Citizen headline translating Jim Prentice talking about various ways the $4.3-billion raised from auctioning off wireless spectrum licences might be spent once Stephen Harper’s “fiscal parameters” have been assessed. Previously, the government had promised that the auction proceeds would be used to pay down federal debt. Now, well, maybe not so much… after all, there are “other priorities” you know.
• Speaking of which, Harper is expected to announce three by-elections for the first week of September. The ridings involved are Westmount-Ville Marie (LPC), St. Lambert (BQ), and Guelph.(LPC). Two of the ridings promise to be close contests.
• Liberals promise to crack down on gas price-fixing as part of their Green Shift plan (not to be confused with GreenShift®, a “consulting” firm and distributor of paper coffee cups, toilet paper, urinal cakes, etc.).
• Two Czech bug hunters arrested in India for poaching have maintained their innocence and called to be released. The Indian press has suggested that the Czechs could belong to an international network of butterfly smugglers. Who knew?
• Why is ABC’s Jake Tapper (part of the “liberal media”) such a nihilistic asshole? Really. The man has the intellectual depth of a rock crab and a moral capacity quite a bit lower than that.
• Is Obama’s campaign team a dissolute bunch of Mooslim-lovin’ drug addicts? Via the always kooky Pam Geller at Atlas Shrugs: “With Senator Obama still in Iraq, his staff and press could be seen smoking flavored tobacco in hookahs in their Amman hotel bar, well past midnight local time.” Scary!!! Plus, there’s even bonus video of Obama “bumbling” and a transcript too! Sample: “Uh, uh, are, uh, uh, uh, um. That’s — that’s a bunch — so — so let me tick these off. Deh… Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, um, uh.” And so on.
• In case you haven’t seen it already, here’s the video showing President Bush caught on candid camera making light of the housing crisis:
Note: Updated with new version that includes an extended excerpt of Bush’s remarks, plus some fairly rabid commentary by TYT. More on the intrigue surrounding the now “banned” video here.