Monthly Archives: July 2012
When you do what you criticized others for doing, you have become what you criticized.
What does this president stand for? Do you really know or do you only know what you would like to believe he stands for? Does he stand for what he said in 2008 or what he has done and said since then which contradicts it? Is he prepared to defend the rights of citizens according to the constitution or will he go even farther in undermining those rights than George Bush and Dick Cheney? If you don’t know the answers to those questions, you would be well advised to find the answers before you vote.
In the same speech where he laid out his grand plan to detain and imprison people for what they ‘might’ do rather than for what they have been duly charged and convicted of doing, President Obama again criticized the Bush/Cheney record on judicial process. It is more than just a little hypocritical for a president to claim the moral high ground when it comes to legality when he proposes to do the same thing and especially when he continues to support his own Attorney General was found in contempt of Congress. Either you are prepared to defend and protect the law or you aren’t. There is no in between.
The fact that it is now a Democratic president doing the same thing and, in fact, has announced he is willing to go even further to eroding due process and fundamental rights like the presumption of innocence, doesn’t make it any less worthy of the harshest criticism.
Americans have a choice and it isn’t just between Obama and Romney. This election is about whether Americans want to lose their right to live freely, unafraid of their government or whether they want to buy the illusion of security by trading away those fundamental rights. I encourage my American friends to choose wisely not only for their sake but for the sake of democracy throughout the world.
|Canada’s Council of the Federation|
|The COF hard at work accomplishing nothing|
|Quebec Premier Charest gives
B.C. Premier Clark some insight on
how his province successfully extorted
revenues from Newfoundland’s hydro
power plants in Labrador.
|Ontario Premier McGunity who has
elevated cynical and wasteful politics
to an art form.
|Alberta Premier Redford who mananged
to squeeze in the COF meetings before
jetting off to the Olympic Games at
|Former radio show host and now
Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark
|One thing is clear, the COF never met a photo op
it didn’t just love
|Even bears know enough to poop in
their own woods and not the gardens
of their neighbours
When my daughter first shared my grandson Ben’s latest quote, my first reaction as it usually is was to laugh. Ben is not quite three and since he learned to talk, is pretty direct and often quite funny in what he chooses to say. What makes it all the more amusing is that he knows he’s funny and we believe he often says these things just to get a laugh. It’s fairly impressive cognitive thinking for someone his age.
I’ve had people on Twitter that I don’t know and with whom I was not interacting suddenly insert themselves into a conversation I’m having with someone else to inform me that I’m wrong, nuts or just plain stupid. They might be correct in their assessment but what gives them the right to jump into the middle of something that is really none of their business?
|Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s
head of state and a grand and
The party in parliament with the second highest number of members is called the Official Opposition. Currently, the New Democratic Party is the Official Opposition which provides them with a few extra perks over the other opposition parties; the Liberals, Bloc Quebecois and the Green Party who who get no perks beyond their six figure salary and gold-plated pension.
|Canada’s parliament buildings|
|Christy Clark, premier of British Columbia|
Fortunately, there is an election coming in British Columbia and it looks very much like Ms Clark, who is well back in the polls, will be seeking an involuntary career-path adjustment immediately after it is held. Unfortunately, she will be replaced by another politician.
You’re right….I’ve lost count too. It’s small wonder we keep going around in circles and never arrive anywhere.
The mainstream media have lost sight of the idea that reporting the news is about uncovering the truth, not spinning or editing the truth to support a political ideology or candidate. True journalists have been replaced by pretty boys with trendy haircuts and prettier (for the most part) girls with short skirts and nice legs or by gruff, opinionated impersonators of journalists.
The news is no longer about ‘Keeping Them Honest’ or presenting the facts in a clear and unvarnished manner. It is all entertainment now, one long never-ending reality show that is only missing Howard Stern as a celebrity judge.
|Katherine Jackson at the centre of the family feud|
For a little comic relief, the Jackson Family flipped out this week over Michael Jackson’s estate, with rumours of the kidnapping of Katherine Jackson and videos of squabbles at the Jackson compound.
We demand more entitlements even though our governments had to borrow money to pay for the ones we already have and can’t afford. Environmentalists push to devastate our economies with oppressive and irresponsible environmental policies and adolescent dreams about sustainable energy. A modern, industrial society is not going to be powered by wind and sunlight. Even James Lovelock, the scientist who started the whole global warming hysteria, has acknowledged that. He now supports nuclear power and power derived from fracking. I’m relieve. I would hate to be aboard a solar-powered Boeing trans-Atlantic jet on a rainy or cloudy day.
School boards and departments ban Christmas and Halloween, eradicate words like dinosaur and dancing while introducing curriculuums that teach grade-school children about oral sex. Boards of health fight to ban smoking everywhere while they throw their support to safe injection and inhalation facilities for the use of devastating illegal drugs like heroin and crack.
And conspiracy theories abound. If it isn’t terrorists who are trying to kill us, it’s our government, the left, the right or the guy who lives down the street. Whoever it is, God damn it! Somebody is trying to kill us.
We have serious economic problems thanks to pandering politicians and special interest groups who fund election campaigns and who rape our econimies. We have poverty in countries that are wealthy, child abuse in countries that have all the law and civilization required to eradicate it. That is reality.
It is also reality that too many of us have resisted the responsibility to defend that freedom for all that is demanded from each of us.
Stand Your Ground (But don’t pee on the electric fence!)
and the winner for managing to avoid reality altogether….
Colorado Batman shooting shows obvious signs of being staged
|Hitler, the politician campaigning
|Two students being humiliated by
fellow German students simply because
they were Jewish.
Typically it is used in democratic countries by one group of citizens against another group with whom they disagree but don’t really have much in the way of facts to support their argument.
|Early in his rise to power, Hitler received the support of
big business, the Catholic Church and special interest
|The autobiography of Adolf Hitler,
required reading for every
German during the Nazi years
Originally founded as a religious social organization, the Muslim Brotherhood was pan-Arabic and had the stated objective of political reform, democracy, freedom of the press and it officially opposes violence as a means to achieving its objectives. It is banned and repressed in countries like Syria and the former Egypt regime and is condemned by Al Qaeda for its belief in democracy as the means to achieving a successful society.
The Lynch Mob Mentality
|2012 U. S. presidential candidates
Mitt Romney and Barrack Obama
This isn’t leadership. There is no higher morality or vision being offered, no quiet dignity and sense of connection to the people. It is politics at it most cynical, policies made on the fly in response to polls and the opponent’s mistakes and weaknesses.
|Canadian Prime Minister
|Germany’s Angela Merkel, Italy’s former
PM Belusconi and France’s former
|South Africa’s Nelson Mandela,
an inspiring and uniting leader
with great integrity and quiet dignity
President of Iran
Our democracies have been so poorly led, that it has undermined whatever moral authority they once held in the world and our enemies no longer fear or respect us. Today, our democracies are seen as weak, confused and self-indulgent by those who would do us harm.
|U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder|
The current Canadian government is in court defending itself from allegations of election fraud while they’re point man on ethics is himself under investigation for possible violation of the elections act. A previous Liberal government just flat out stole more than $1 million from taxpayers and handed it out in brown paper bags to its supporters in Quebec and a Liberal senator was convicted of corruption in 2011 and sent to prison.
In every major democracy in the world, politicians have been charged with and convicted of corruption or some other illegal betrayal of the people’s trust. It is not the left or the right that lack the moral authority to lead with integrity, it is parties on all sides that have violated the oath of office and the laws and constitutions they were sworn to protect.
We are nations thirsting for inspired leadership. Where once our nations were led by people who dared to dream big dreams, we are now led by politicians who lack the courage and the ability to dream at all.