April 30, 2007
Knee in my package...
April 18, 2007
I'm the decider
The Liberal Party has released a new TV ad to counter the ones being run by the Conservatives. It touts Stephane Dion's work at the Montreal climate change conference in December 2005. The conference was attended by over 10,000 delegates from around the world, a feat which I'm sure didn't create any extra CO2 emissions. (But I digress...)
Anyway, the ad's narrator proclaims "They said he couldn't do it." (Who "they" are and the "it" he allegedly couldn't do is never specified.) We are then treated to a dramatic shot of "President" Dion banging his gavel, pumping his fists in the air, and declaring "Decided!"
So, what exactly was "decided" under Dion's leadership? Turning to the conference's press release, we find the following (emphasis mine):
- "...a dialogue about the future action has begun..." (Dion's words)
- "Key decisions were made that outline the path to future international action..."
- "A new working group was established to discuss future commitments..."
- "...a dialogue on strategic approaches... was also launched."
- "A series of workshops is planned..."
April 16, 2007
Chalk up another victory
Given the title of this blog, I can't help but showcase this column from Calgary Sun columnist Ian Robinson:
Something kind of cool happened in the case of shock jock Don Imus.
After calling the largely black Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos," Imus got a slap in the mouth from the invisible hand.
Much preferable to the visible fist of the state, with its ridiculous hate-crime legislation.
If Imus had done what he did in Canada, earnest people with law degrees would have applied hate-crimes legislation to him, and five years from now, after huge bucks were siphoned from the public purse, he'd be convicted of something or other and fined.
What happened to Imus instead was this: A bunch of folks got annoyed with him. They wrote stern letters. Sponsors -- big sponsors like Procter and Gamble and General Motors -- abandoned ship like there weren't going to be enough lifeboats, and Imus got fired.
And it took less than a week.
And it was free.
April 12, 2007
Elizabeth May decides to prop up Dion...
...by not running a Green Party candidate against him.
April 03, 2007
How many mistakes can the Globe & Mail cram into a single sentence?
A recent scare piece on a Tory proposal for a bill to protect freedom of religion (how awful!) contained this:
Ms. Hitch's reference materials included a private member's bill on religious freedom, since defeated in the Alberta legislature, from Conservative MPP Ted Morton, with links to socially conservative websites such as campaignlifecoalition.com; lifesite.net; evangelicalfellowship.com and a website that does not currently work called "http://www.thescaryliberals.com/blog."Let's see now:
- Bill 208 was not defeated in the Alberta legislature; it passed second reading. What actually happened was that the Liberals and NDP filibustered the Legislature in May and August of 2006 to prevent the bill from getting to third reading; it then died on the order paper at the end of the 2006 session.
- Ted Morton's party is called the Progressive Conservatives, not the Conservatives.
- Morton is an MLA, not an MPP. (How shocking that Toronto's National Newspaper would make this mistake!)