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I thought I'd posted about this before, but I must just have linked it at The Other McCain.

Canada just had another election, forced on it by the Bloc Quebecois, Liberals and NDP, and to nobody's surprise (save for the chattering classes of Canada, who were all Pauline Kael about it), PM Stephen Harper's Conservatives utterly crushed both the Liberals and BQ to win a solid majority for the next four years. And by "utterly crushed", I mean kicked their asses. The BQ was reduced to four seats in the House of Commons, and the Liberals have gone from the "Natural Governing Party" to holding a mere 33 seats, which makes them the third party, far behind the radical-left New Democratic Party.

Obviously I find this encouraging. While Harper would be considered a RINO down here, up north he's considered somewhat of a slavering reactionary by the press. Well, most of them, anyway; as you can see in the video below, Rex Murphy sees PMSH for what he actually is*, the heir to Preston Manning's Reform Party, and that's no bad thing. This is what makes me hope Tim Pawlenty does well in the primaries and caucuses; he's a quiet, competent fellow who isn't afraid to admit he made a mistake, and I think we need that more than a firebrand.

*(Kate)

Post title taken from the chapter in P.J. O'Rourke's All The Trouble In The World dealing with the Nicaraguan elections of 1990, which ends with O'Rourke passing Bianca Jagger in a hotel lobby, where Jagger is sobbing brokenly over he defeat of the FSLN at the polls.
wombat_socho: Wombat (mountie)
Stacy McCain does the fish-in-a-barrel thing with Katie Couric, who seems to think that the cure for Americans' suspicion of radical Islam would be a Muslim version of The Cosby Show. Putting aside for the moment the fact that there just aren't any Muslim comics as funny and popular among the kufr as the Cos was among whites, I think la Couric is guilty of gross insensitivity and ignorance here. How can such a worldly, with-it talking head gal be unaware of that smash CBC hit Little Mosque On The Prairie? I mean, according to Wikipedia, Fox is looking at doing an American version.
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There's apparently machinations underway that would shut the party with the most seats in Ottawa's House of Commons out of the government in favor of a coalition of the Liberals, NDP, and the (nominally) secessionist Bloc Quebecois. Colby Cosh thinks PM Stephen Harper should call the coalition's bluff and watch them shoot themselves in the foot. A lot. Apparently not everyone in the Liberal Party is happy with what's already being called "Coupscam", either.

Lots of news and links at Kate's Place and of course at Bourque.
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[livejournal.com profile] beatonna is coming to the Small Press Expo!
She says so RIGHT HERE.

Frankly, I don't give a flying fuck about any of the guests they have scheduled, and that goes double for Tom Tomorrow.
Quadruple with extra helpings of disdain on the side for Ted Rall.

Well, okay, Ben Katchor being one of the guests is kind of cool, but I figure my chances of actually getting close enough for him to autograph my copy of Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer are right up there with having a hot date with Megumi Hayashibara when I finally make my pilgrimage to Beach Stutz Red 1. I'll drag it along anyway and hope for the best. But hey - Kate Beaton! Maybe she'll actually have prints and stuff!
wombat_socho: Wombat (mountie)
Canada to get its own pr0n channel, with 50% Canadian content. Feature version of Brokeback Mountie soon to be announced, no doubt.

(Hot Air)
wombat_socho: Wombat (Happy)
With fond remembrances of SaskPork's memorable billboard, I wish all y'all a happy Canada Day.
I had pork chops for dinner as my way of celebrating, since I can't tip a Molson's any more and hockey bores me senseless.
[livejournal.com profile] beatonna, of course, has a cartoon suitable to the occasion. (You knew that she would.)
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"It started out we just couldn't talk about his ears. Now we can't say anything about him." (Kate)

RCMP begins investigation of Canadian Human Rights Commission. Couldn't happen to a nicer gang of fascists. (Kate)

Saskatchewan becomes second province to elect senators. (Kate)

Colby Cosh points the finger at an obvious suspect in the recent deaths of forty cownose rays in Calgary.

Cobb throws down on the fuggheaded California Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage despite the voters and the Legislature saying "No" in rather emphatic terms. I predict that as with the late unlamented Chief Justice Bird, there's going to be some ex-Justices looking for work the next time elections roll around. I realize that as a Catholic my POV on this is already going to be "wrong" in some folks' minds, but even lawyers who have no problem with gay marriage are saying the California Supremes done screwed the pooch here. I think there's going to be gay marriage someday in some states, and maybe all of them, but the harder judges and lawyers keep trying to ram it through from the benches instead of doing the patient work of selling people on it one couple at a time, the longer it's going to take.

When Obama says "“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want…", what he really means is "Do as we say, not as we do." After all, some are more equal than others. (Instapundit)

Unfortunate resemblances, courtesy of Roger Kimball. (Instapundit)
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Well, maybe not that high, but things are continuing to go unusually well. True, the Katana is still dead after being charged for a night and a day; true, my Baby Ben has finally gone wacko. This is all overshadowed by the wonderful news that I can submit all the co-pays I racked up before February 29 to AFLAC for reimbursement from my FSA up to the limit of the annual election amount. Even if I haven't paid the whole $1,074.48 out of my former employer's paychecks yet, which I haven't. Yes, according to the AFLAC customer service rep, I can be reimbursed beyond the amount of my own contributions, and my former employers are on the hook for it. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Petty vistas of revenge have opened before me! :D

Also, [livejournal.com profile] beatonna will soon have merchandise for sale! Unleash your inner Canadian!

As if all this wasn't enough, I seem to be losing weight. w00tles!
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(Kathy Shaidle - "Where The Night Porter is a chick flick.")

By the way, Kathy and four other Canadian bloggers are getting sued by perennial plaintiff Richard Warman before the Canadian Human Rights Commission for being meanies and getting him all butthurt. Thought it couldn't happen here, eh? Canada isn't that far away, physically or politically. You might want to throw a couple of bucks Kathy's way, or Ezra's, or Kate's. The CHRC gets to spend all the taxpayer loonies they want, but their victims aren't so fortunate.
wombat_socho: Wombat (WTF)
Trust some stupid Orange bastard to screw this up. I don't care if Barack Obama has three Irish grandparents, his Kenyan daddy doesn't make him a "black Irishman". That term is reserved for those of us with a gallego or two in the paternal side of the woodpile. This is why I'm reverse Black Irish; the Hispanic genes come from Mom's side of the family...except since we're Basques and Sephardic Jews on that side, even that is questionable. Well, there's probably some real Spaniards in the gene pool somewhere. What, me worry?

(Jane Galt @Instapundit)
wombat_socho: Wombat (Boss Coffee)
Kate runs a letter from a local NDP actvist. Hilarity ensues.
"I'm so used to being misled by NDP governments, I've lost the ability to tell the real lies from the fake ones."

Plus, a cool animated map depicting the spread of world religions.

While we're looking at maps, where in Baghdad is Captain Jamil Hussein of the Iraqi Police - or, more likely, of AP's invention?
wombat_socho: Wombat (mountie)
Looks like W's not the only one having to deal with a hostile press. Canadian PM Stephen Harper has basically told the Ottawa press corps to fuck off after dealing with non-stop bitchiness since taking office. If you want to root around in the Tory parts of the Canadian blogosphere you could probably find still more examples dating back to the Preston Manning/Reform Party days, but it just goes to show that this nonsense about an "objective" press isn't just an American problem, or an Australian one for that matter as you can see on a regular basis at Tim Blair's blog.
wombat_socho: Wombat (mountie)
Another legend bites the dust, as Macleans reports that these days, the Mounties don't always get their man - and worse yet, can't be arsed to even try in a lot of cases because they're so short-staffed due to the demands of contract policing. Via Newsbeat One through Instapundit.

For this post alone, I wish I had [livejournal.com profile] marainsanity's "Brokeback Mountie" icon, although the context here is completely different. I was appalled to read that the RCMP does so much local police work - it would be like the FBI manning patrol cars in International Falls, MN or New Market MD. I thought that stuff went out with Dominion status in the 1950s.

EDIT Updated with special Mountie icon goodness thanks to [livejournal.com profile] marainsanity!
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Finally got around to tying up one of the loose ends left by my father's death a little over five years ago, which I really should have done immediately after I got back from Washington last month, but there was too much going on. In addition, I was...uneasy about handling his death certificate. It brings back some emotional memories that felt like they happened to someone else at the time they actually happened, but it's been long enough that it doesn't hurt any more. It just makes me feel uneasy. At any rate, I managed to get the account numbers from Delta so that I could compose the cover letter promptly and fax it and the death certificate to Atlanta. Without the certificate, it would have cost me a fair amount of cash to shift those miles; with it, just a few minutes feeling ill at ease as I ran the document through the fax. In about a week the miles will move and I can book my flight.

Meanwhile, at home, I wound up not doing the laundry or going to Coffee Cauldron. The former fell off the schedule due to inertia and a realization that I have an assload of Casual Day stickers, and the latter since [livejournal.com profile] phoenixalpha was off playing Exalted with [livejournal.com profile] redmartel and the gang, and I don't have a real reason to go there if she's not going to be there. I wound up surfing through various Tory blogs and chortling over the impending doom of the Grits before becoming bored and settling down for an hour of Civicrack before bedtime. Scientific progress is all well and good, but I think I'm going to have to lay some serious thrashing on the Incas if the American nation is going to avoid getting crushed between the Incas and the Iroquois.

And so to lunch.
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...for Spanish Socialist PM Zapatero, apparently. I thought Serena Powers was mistaken when she mentioned this over the weekend, but apparently not. I can understand eliminating the tax preference for the Catholic Church if you were honest about wanting to make Spain a secular state, but doing it while adding subsidies for Islam? That's just suicidal. The Socialists don't have that big a majority in the Cortes, and this could be the issue that makes that majority go poof.

Via the Merciful, the Compassionate One.
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Looks like my friend Starwolf won't be jumping off his balcony after all. Apparently Canadians don't get quite as upset about a little...okay, a lot of corruption on the part of the ruling Liberal party. The Grits will be forming a minority government, most likely with the help of the loony-left New Democrats and an independent MP or two, and even a casual observer of Canadian politics like me can see that this is a minority government that won't last. Given the iron hand of party discipline, I don't think the power of individual MPs is going to increase as much as some think it will (see this article from Instapundit) but rather, the junior partners of the Liberals are going to have clout all out of proportion to their numbers since they're going to have the ability to force a vote of no confidence at any time the PM crosses them.

Me, I don't think this minority government is going to last. Some Liberal MPs or independents will likely defect and help the Tories and the BQ bring down Paul Martin's house of cards once they realize how far to the left the NDP is likely to drag the Grits. I give it a year at the most.

Politics

Apr. 26th, 2004 10:09 pm
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Aside from the occasional snide comment and/or link here and there, I've been avoiding any discussion of politics here. Part of the reason is that while I have my own opinions about matters political at the local, state and national levels, I've been having a very hard time finding any intelligent opposition with which to have a reasoned discussion of the issues. In fact, I may have crippled a longstanding correspondence with a Canadian acquaintance after telling him that if he was going to sound like part of the Indymedia/Democratic Underground loony left when it came to American politics, I didn't want to hear any more out of him. To paraphrase Lynyrd Skynyrd, "If you want to/Talk anime/Well I guess that'll be okay." I admit to being ignorant about Canadian politics, OTOH, since most of what I know about it comes from the editorial page of the National Post (when I read it) and the rest from Colby Cosh's weblog, but my friend appears to take what he reads in the Toronto papers and hears from the CBC about what goes on down here at face value. Which he doesn't do when it comes to Canadian politics, so I don't know what's going on there.

Anyway, most of my friends know what my political opinions are (although my daughter occasionally is unpleasantly surprised to discover that I remain more Catholic and Federalist than libertarian) and also know that I don't suffer sloganeering idiocy particularly well. There are cogent arguments to be made against the policies that the President and Governor Pawlenty are pursuing, but for the most part those arguments seem to be coming from old-school conservatives like Jerry Pournelle and pro-war liberals like Roger Simon. They aren't coming from the editorial pages of the Star-Tribune or the New York Times - and let's not even drag the Ghidrah of TV network news (ABC/CBS/NBC) into this, shall we? I have better things to do than reply to commenters who are just barfing back what they read in City Pages or the Red Star, and I don't see wasting my time on people who are still bleating that "Bush KNEW!!!" or that he was AWOL from the Guard as a productive use of my time. The Northern Alliance of bloggers (most notably Mitch Berg, the Fraters and Captain Ed) do that sort of thing so I don't have to, and God bless them for it.

Meanwhile, it's a beautiful evening, the Red Sox swept the Yankees this weekend, and my Senators are in fourth place as we approach the end of the first month. With Torii Hunter just back from the DL (so long, Damian Rolls, I hardly knew ye) I should stay comfortably in the first division for a while. There's laundry to do and more CDs to put up on eBay. Later, y'all.

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