Saturday, October 25, 2014

Some lever. Some fulcrum

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. - Archimedes 
The Harper government might think that a deranged gunman has given the lever and fulcrum necessary to change their fortunes and introduce laws that might other wise be unpalatable. However, I'm not the only one to think that the rush to bring in anti-terror legislation as a response to an insane man with a dim knowledge of Islam runs screaming into Parliament with a gun is a bit of an overreaction.  Heck, even Russell Brand has a better read on this than most commentators: 
"The incidents in Ottawa are being used to advance a narrative that will not only entitle them to further wars abroad, but will entitle them to inhibit our freedoms," ...
Harper's repeated emphasis on terrorism and Islam are a subtle way of advancing a Conservative political agenda focused on increased military deployment.
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Brand went on to contrast the political reaction to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's slaying at the National War Memorial with the reaction after Justin Bourque's shooting rampage in Moncton, N.B. earlier this year, in which three RCMP officers were gunned down. 
Brand concluded the Moncton shooting didn't receive the same degree of attention from Harper because it was perpetrated by a disaffected white Canadian rather than someone believed to have ties to a perceived foreign enemy.
 Another bit of over-reaching is the headlines and articles about how bravely the Conservatives were going to defend themselves from the threat.  Why were the Harperistas so quick to breathlessly inform every newshound present of their bravery and composure?  I saw nothing similar from the other parties.  I find it improbable that the Harp-bots are singularly brave under threat.  It all smacks of opportunism.  The most contrived was from Laurie "The Russians are coming" Hawn.  It matters not a whit if that reflects what his intentions were.  What ever happened to quiet composure?

If there is a true threat from ISIS "lapping on our shores", defeat it by all means necessary.  But the last week does not reflect that threat.  It is another case of a suffering soul manifesting his derangement on others.  Add the names of this weeks villains to the list including Marc LePine and so many others.  In this case, they were clad in the cloak of Islam and, thereby, sullying the majority of good people who practice that faith.  Exploiting the recent extremely unfortunate events for their own purposes will only add to the heap of dishonour Harper et al. have already brought themselves.  

If you ask "What other options do we have rather than lashing out?", I suggest that the recent podcast on NPR's On Being program featuring Scott Atran is a good place to start.

As a nation, our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims, as they should.  By all means, use these events as a lever and fulcrum to help society identify and help troubled souls such as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.  Anyone who attempts this as a rationale for curtailing civil liberties or as a platform for re-election should be forever ashamed.Recommend this Post

Thursday, June 13, 2013

You don't have to be an even duck to be a good P. M.

After all, Mackenzie King was a very odd duck and he did a lot to build the modern Canada.  This piece about the crowning speech of his career is very interesting as an insight to the man.

Harper on the other hand is just odd.

That is all.

What? You were expecting more?Recommend this Post

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Conclusive evidence that Harper is worried

Harper is besieged on all sides.  Defections.  Senate scandal.  Duffy cheques. He is feeling more heat than ever.

The storyline has always been: "sure you don't like him.  He isn't a nice guy but he brings good government.".  And people lacking critical thinking skills bought it.  Sure once in a while the Party operatives would arrange awkward hand shaking photos ops with his family.  Tie up the NAC for a piano recital to show his human side.  But these were never the big weapons in that public relations arsenal.  Now that times are really, really bad, the Conservative war room has played the ace up it's sleeve.

An "ad-libbed" series of impersonations of past Progressive Conservative and CRAP leaders that just happened to find its way onto YouTube two years after it was recorded by cameras controlled byRecommend this Post

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Free investment advice

Chantal Hebert has joined the list of experts squishyly predicting that Harper will not stick at his post until 2015.  I agree with the pundits expecting that the Not So Great Dictator will read the writing on the wall and quit rather than face an election defeat.  But whither Steve after the PMO?

Like most ex-PMs, it is expected that Harper will join several Boards and collect fat director's fee cheques.  I can't dispute that that is likely the case.  Which corporations I don't care to predict.  But regardless of the industrial sector or the particular company, I can make an investment recommendation based on his experience and education.  Short these stocks.  Big. Time.

He has an M.A. in Economics from the fourth rate Calgary School.  He has had one job of consequence in his entire career.  In this position he has been unable to manage a budget. Costs are out of control.  Revenues are down due to poor fiscal choices. He tends to rule by fiat.  His style depends on driving all individuals of talent, intelligence and initiative out of his organization.  He will be unable to get along with peers and they will ridicule him and do nothing to help to disaster he will bring about. He will blatantly keep shareholders in the dark about the future of their investment.

In summary, short sell any company he is involved in.  This free advice is worth what you have paid for it.Recommend this Post

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Irony of ironies

My M. P., Stephen Harper just sent a pamphlet outlining how Parliament works.  Funny thing is, no mention of contempt, ministerial responsibility, responsible government, prorogation, confidence votes.  He did state that one of the key responsibilities of the Crown is to ensure there is always a P. M.  So long as he is called Dear Leader?Recommend this Post