The Disaffected Lib: C’mon, You Have to Do Better Than That

What’s in a name?   Iran has just unveiled its latest surface-to-surface missile.  It’s been given the unfortunate name, Qiyam which, in English, means “Resurrection.”  Can we quit with the Apocalyptic names, please?   Just give it a rest. And from the “Yeah and if my aunt had balls, she’d be my uncle” file, two stories.  ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: What Did I Say?

Conservative senators balking at Senate reform. Seriously, who could not have predicted this? I sure did. To get appointed, you say yes sir yes sir Mr. Harper sir I will sir: but once you’ve been appointed to your job-for-life, its fuck you! time.

The Platform of the Socialist Party of Ontario

The Platform of the Socialist Party of OntarioOur Vision:The Socialist Party of Ontario believes that the labour power and natural resources of a society should be used in an ecologically compatible, equitable and sustainable manner for the benefit of all, including future generations. The economy of a truly democratic society should also be cooperative and ...

The Disaffected Lib: Pakistan Said to be Gearing Up for Nuclear War

The people who assess the risks of nuclear war spend a lot of time casting bones and reading entrails.   Right now they warn that Pakistan is seen readying to “cross the nuclear threshold.” Pakistan’s test launch last month of a new short-range ballistic missile, when added to its quickly growing arsenal of lower-power nuclear weapons, ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Hudak’s Solution To Rob Ford’s Contracting Out Problems?

…and, I would note, the fat guy in the photo will steal a well-paying, unionized job off your local garbage-man.  Is this some kind of deal between Rob Ford and the Hudak Torys to privatize T.O.’s trash collection? Inquiring minds want to know.

The Disaffected Lib: Doesn’t Anyone Just Bomb Any More? The US Moves to Militarize Cyberspace

America’s military/industrial/civilian warfighting complex must be running out of countries to bang away on.  It’s hard on a true warfare state when you run short of wars and begin suffering the pangs of acute Casus Belli Deficiency Syndrome (CBDS).  Just in the nick of time those enterprising war dogs at the Pentagon have found the ...

Blatchford back where she belongs

Into the belly of the diseased jaws of Conrad Black yellow journalism, where she once held court and can now once again discard any pretence of objectivity and balance that must have weighed on her at the grey lady. Good for Christie. And great for the Globe & Mail.

Progressive Proselytizing: Canada supports 1967 borders after all despite blocking this position at G8

Faced with significant pressure, Harper’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has affirmed that Canada does, in fact, support Obama’s position of using the 1967 borders with land swaps as a basis for a peace settlement between Israel and Palestine. In fact, he says it is “obvious” that Canada does. Forgive me, sir, but that was ...

Accountability from the #G20? Not gonna happen

From the Tumblr a couple of hours ago. Related posts: We ain’t gonna have no stinkin’ inquiry SIU re-opens another G20 investigation. Stop me if you’ve heard this before Michigan and the shredding of government of, by and for the people

A Blog By James Curran: If Ever There Was A Time When the Liberal National Executive Should Mass Resign, It’s NOW!!!

Here’s Why! Direct Violation of Constitutional Section 54.3.b. Regardless of whether or not there is a “Special Convention”, the Executive had to set out a Leadership vote for October, 2011. That includes all the rules for said leadership. Arrogance and stupidity are the only two logical explanations for this blatant disregard for our constitution. I ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Some further thoughts about the federal election and its implications for the left…

A reader asked me what I thought about the significant decline in the combined votes for the capitalist parties over the last decade—from 78.5% for the Liberals, Progressive Conservatives and Alliance in 2000, to 59% for the Liberals and Conservatives in 2011. I think the figures reflect three developments, essentially. The ongoing decline of the ...

What Have You Done, Clucking Christie Bitchford?

She’s a left the Grope & Fail and sayin’ hello to the Pestmedia!  CEO Paul Godfrey is just so wild about havin’ her! “We are thrilled to welcome Christie to Postmedia,” said Paul Godfrey President and CEO. “Christie Blatchford is a game changer in the world of journalism and we’re overjoyed to have her playing ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Failing U.S. Economy Explained

Of course! It’s all so obvious now.

CalgaryGrit: The ever shrinking Liberal shadow

There’s only so much you can read into the critic portfolios assigned to the third party in the house – especially when numbers dictate that everyone gets something. But the Liberal shadow cabinet deserves a bit of attention, if only because it marks Bob Rae’s first significant public decision as interim leader.Among the notables:-Ralph Goodale ...

cmkl: Why I support the postal workers

Not exactly a shock, I suppose, since I worked at CUPW for seven years. But I’m reading a bunch of stuff online about how we ‘must’ support postal workers because of all the great things CUPW has done for workers everywhere, how what Canada Post workers deliver has an important social policy function (aka universal ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Report from the Leg

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 We’re most of the way through the Spring 2011 sitting of BC’s Legislature – the first under Premier Christie Clark and Opposition Leader Adrian Dix.  What have our elected officials been doing for the environment?  Actually, given how short the sitting, there’s been a surprising number of environment-related laws introduced. We’re ...

Sudbury Steve May: ATV’s on City’s Streets Will Create Conflicts for Cyclists, Pedestrians

The following letter to the editor was submitted to the Sudbury Star for publication on Thursday, May 26, 2011. At the time of posting, the letter has not been published.—–ATV’s on streets will create conflict for cyclistsLater this year, our municipal council will be considering the creation of a by-law which may permit all-terrain vehicles ...

On the Quebec question: (3) Nationhood

Is Quebec a nation? Is Canada a nation? Can there be a nation within another nation? These are difficult points, but some committment on these issues seems to underlie both proponents’ and opponents’ attitudes towards Quebec separation and nationalism. (See? It’s even in that word: nationalism.)What is a nation, generally? This is a notoriously tricky ...

The World Famous Dan Shields: 3821…Where Have You Gone Mrs. Joe DiMaggio?

If she was still upright Mrs. DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe, would be blowing out 85 candles today. WFDS

In Other News, Casanova Accuses Girlfriend of Infidelity…

The federal government wants to hire a national detective service to streamline the way it investigates allegations of electoral impropriety in native communities. Indian Affairs and Northern Development, now known as Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued a tender last week for a national provider of private investigation services. The department said it may need ...

Clarity on Quebec

I’ve never supported the Clarity Act, and I spoke against it when it was still a Bill. I remain a supporter of self-determination for Quebec, but heck, these days I even have Lorne Gunter in my corner, sort of. And who was it who conferred “nationhood” status, if not upon Quebec, at least upon the ...

The Disaffected Lib: What’s Fueling Skyrocketing Gas Prices? Ask Goldman Sachs

I saw pump prices advertised at $131.9/litre yesterday.   Lately I’ve developed a game for these occasions.  When I see a gas price spike I try to match it to some supply catastrophe.  Is it the Mississippi refineries hit by recent flooding?   Could it be the civil war in Libya?  Perhaps it’s just another manifestation of ...

Manuel Zelaya returns; Honduras coup revisited

This marks the first step in the reversal of the Honduran coup of 2009. Mel is back, and dialogue is ON, babies: Part 1 of several; keep clicking through for the rest. Note that Mel’s plane is one from the fleet of the Venezuelan national airline, Conviasa. Chavecito and his neighbor, Juan Manuel Santos of ...

Impolitical: Soudas departing

The Globe headline this aft as news comes that one of Harper’s most committed partisans is leaving: “Harper loyalist Dimitri Soudas stepping down as PMO spokesman.” Termed a loyalist in a headline of the national paper. It sounds quite honourable at a glance. Marjory LeBreton is consulted: Senator Marjory LeBreton said she will miss Mr. ...

The World Famous Dan Shields: 3820…Jack Layton Is A Boor

Jessica Murphy of Sun Media dug out the info from a study by McMaster researcher Alex Sevigny that confirmed what Parliament watchers already knew: when it comes to civility Jack Layton of the Bloc NDP is dthe rudest of them all at 39. To pit that in perspective John Baird scored a 49/100. The average ...