The Roundhouse: Christopher Hitchens on Dealing with Mortality

I found this piece enormously powerful, and thought it was worth sharing. http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/09/hitchens-201009

The Roundhouse: Christopher Hitchens on Dealing with Mortality

I found this piece enormously powerful, and thought it was worth sharing. http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/09/hitchens-201009

The Roundhouse: Christopher Hitchens on Dealing with Mortality

I found this piece enormously powerful, and thought it was worth sharing. http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/09/hitchens-201009

Spain, Barcelona, part 1

The NDP might win, but…

The NDP under Carole James is poised for a landslide election at this moment. But there is another 3 years to go before the vote. A lot can happen between then and now. Its a perfect storm for the party, the governing BC Liberals are mired in scandal after scandal, and dealing with a new ...

If Necessary Blogging But Not Necessarily Blogging: Quote Of The Day on

“I would bet the mortgage money that the world would like its old Canada back.”  Courtesy of Dave from The Galloping Beaver in The Day the world rejected Stephen Harper.  It looks like the Nations truly are United.  They don’t like Mr. Angry. Canada has given the world many gifts.  Insulin.  Anne (This one was ...

blogging tories finger pointing after UN vote

So after yesterday’s sad rejection from the UN, I thought I’d flip the channel over to our Conservative friends over at the Blogging Tories to see what their reactions were. Basically it’s a lot of excuses and finger pointing: “Ignatieff’s fails the test of leadership” says one, “Bob Rae’s lack of class” says another, and ...

Nunc Scio: Greg Graffin on “Morning Joe”

Those who know me will not be surprised to hear that Bad Religion is my favourite band. In fact, you may be so intimately familiar with this fact that its mere mention will send you fleeing towards the proverbial fire escape (or perhaps literal fire escape – I have no idea where you are right ...

If Necessary Blogging But Not Necessarily Blogging: Blaming Ignatieff for UN failure is the most pathetic Harper ploy ever

Let me get this straight.The Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and various diplomats performed a full court press to try and avoid the embarrassment of losing out to Portugal in a vote for what has traditionally been a Canadian turn on the Security Council.  They applied all of the diplomatic resources available to them.  They made ...

Bill Given: Prestigious $2.3 million research award to GPRC

Grande Prairie Regional College is among the eleven colleges which will receive Federal funding from Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to work with their communities and local businesses to get new innovations from campuses into the marketplace.  The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced a total of nearly $15 Million to ...

Tories tab former Mallcop Fantino as Vaughan byelection candidate

Former mallcop Julian Fantino has been handpicked by the Conservatives to run as the party’s candidate in the upcoming federal byelecton in Vaughan, it was revealed at a press conference this morning. The erstwhile security guard has served as the top cop of the London, Toronto and OPP forces, as well as Cloverdale Mall and ...

Bill Given: Chamber of Commerce Survey Responses

Around election time a number of different organizations want to hear candidates views on specific issues. I previously posted my responses to a survey from the CFIB and you can see my responses (and all the other candidates in GP) to the Canadian Cancer Society here. This time around it’s the Grande Prairie & District ...

Bouquets of Gray: How many Canadians use American Health Care

Apparently not that many, according to the studies on Canadian use of American Health Care.

If Necessary Blogging But Not Necessarily Blogging: Is there an explanation for the Conservatives apparently working at cross purposes on UN seat?

Is this more Conservative bungling or part of a loopy strategy? International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan has announced a bid to strengthen the trade relationship with Israel — a move whose timing could affect Canada’s bid to win a seat on the United Nations Security Council. The 192-member General Assembly votes Tuesday for five ...

If Necessary Blogging But Not Necessarily Blogging: John Doyla nails it

I have never read a column by Mr. Doyle before this one because I am not that into TV. I owe a stetson tip to Mr. Sinister for pointing it out. The column works as a metaphor for all of the unsubtle changes Mr. Angry is bringing about to Canada. The desecration of the CBC ...

Bill Given: Eastlink Mayoral Interview

Eastlink is Grande Prairie’s local cable television provider. I went in to the studio for a short Q & A last week. Here’s the interview: Check Eastlink’s Youtube channel for interviews with the other candidates.

Dymaxion World: Thanksgiving reading

Hope you’re all stuffed with Turkey and whatnot. I had a lovely weekend with friends, family and all. Then I sat down to read an article (via Yglesias, of course) about Israel. There are so many things to say about “Why Israelis Don’t Care About Peace with Palestinians” by Karl Vick, but this part in ...

Dymaxion World: Thanksgiving reading

Hope you’re all stuffed with Turkey and whatnot. I had a lovely weekend with friends, family and all. Then I sat down to read an article (via Yglesias, of course) about Israel. There are so many things to say about “Why Israelis Don’t Care About Peace with Palestinians” by Karl Vick, but this part in ...

Dymaxion World: Thanksgiving reading

Hope you’re all stuffed with Turkey and whatnot. I had a lovely weekend with friends, family and all. Then I sat down to read an article (via Yglesias, of course) about Israel. There are so many things to say about “Why Israelis Don’t Care About Peace with Palestinians” by Karl Vick, but this part in ...

Imagine . . . .

giving peace a chance.Happy Birthday, John . . . . Recommend this Post at Progressive Bloggers

JimBobby Sez: Way Down Yonder in the Pumpkin Patch

Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, I just wanna share another little slice o’ rural life with all my erudite readers. I was out on an errand the other day an’ I spotted this here bigass field chock full o’ ripe pumpkins ’bout as far as the eye could see. I figgered some Toronto elites might ...

Pop The Stack: Democracy Around the Galaxy: A Hitchhikers Guide

In celebration of 42 day this Sunday here is an entry I offer from Pop The Stack for inclusion in that most remarkable of all books ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The subject is an introduction to some democratic systems in use around the galaxy.  This should ...

DTK: Raiders of the Lost Ark = Pointless

Seriously. Think about it. All Indy had to do was let that Belloq dude take the medallion. He would have found the ark, opened it, and killed himself and all the Nazis. Then the good guys swoop in with the greatest of ease and make off with the conveniently self-sealed ark and toss it in ...

DTK: Raiders of the Lost Ark = Pointless

Seriously. Think about it. All Indy had to do was let that Belloq dude take the medallion. He would have found the ark, opened it, and killed himself and all the Nazis. Then the good guys swoop in with the greatest of ease and make off with the conveniently self-sealed ark and toss it in ...

DTK: Raiders of the Lost Ark = Pointless

Seriously. Think about it. All Indy had to do was let that Belloq dude take the medallion. He would have found the ark, opened it, and killed himself and all the Nazis. Then the good guys swoop in with the greatest of ease and make off with the conveniently self-sealed ark and toss it in ...