My Canada Includes Justice: My Argument with CTV

Before the 2008 federal election fades into memory, I need to document an issue that cannot be forgotten. It is the scandal over CTV’s coverage of the Stephane Dion interview, and more importantly – how CTV used the footage to attack Dion and the liberal campaign.For the record:Steve Murphy, CTV’s interviewer, asked a hypothetical question ...

My Canada Includes Justice: Troops out of Afghanistan!

Q. Faced with the depressing prospect of another term with Harper – what to do? A. Get out on the streets and demonstrate. Four days after our election, demonstrations were held across the country to demand that Harper honour the wishes of the majority of Canadians. In Toronto, we rallied at Queen’s Park, and then ...

Canada Votes 2008: Pollster Winners, and the next Liberal Leader

Well, it appears that Angus Reid is this year’s pollster winner, coming within a percentage point of the actual popular vote totals! Though, as for seat projection, most sites (including the Election Prediction Project and the UBC Election Stock Market) didn’t foresee as much Liberal->Tory seat swaps. In other news, the most recent Constitution of ...

Updated Election Prediction

My original crazy prediction of a Liberal resurgence and Bloc collapse will be totally wrong in all likelihood. I therefore give you my new (less) crazy prediction: Conservatives: 148 Liberals: 83 NDP: 32 Bloc: 43 Green: 0 Independents: 2 Turnout: 68% Conservatives fair better than expected and return with a strengthened minority….

My Canada Includes Justice: How would you describe Stephen Harper?

Come on, people, we need a good adjective. Or a noun. I’m so tired of reading about all of the offensive things he’s said and done, and getting more and more frustrated. The idea of another term is discouraging, but in the event we get another tory govenment, let’s be well-prepared. Can you contribute a ...

Politics is No Place for Grown-ups

Responsibility for the Financial Crisis

Much has been made of the White House’s supposed role in creating the current financial crisis. While I don’t understand the causes well enough to attribute blame, it should be noted that the administration did try to pass these changes 5 years ago and was rebuffed by Congress. In particular, note the comments by Rep. ...

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Vote Swapping Breaks Democracy

I’ve always thought the concept of vote-swapping was problematic. Not only is it flawed in its own right but treating it as an acceptable strategy is like snuggling up to the idea that one party can function as a spoiler and that somehow, certain parties are entitled to votes. This is endemic to thinking of ...

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Unravelling Dion’s Political Strategy

Though my attention is tuned to our federal election, this post doesn’t continue the IP political issues I wrote detailing a stance against certain sorts of “intellectual property” regulation (NDP seems to address it best, though Dion provided a reasonable response to my letter). I’ll go on a tangent today: Stéphane Dion’s campaign strategy is ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: Sarah Palin, Harbinger Of The Apocalypse

As someone who has sat back and watched US Federal politics for a long time, and as someone who has prayed for the change I had hoped Barack Obama would bring, I am now officially putting my hopes for a better world in the freezer for the next few years. Why? For two reasons: 1) ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: Sarah Palin, Harbinger Of The Apocalypse

As someone who has sat back and watched US Federal politics for a long time, and as someone who has prayed for the change I had hoped Barack Obama would bring, I am now officially putting my hopes for a better world in the freezer for the next few years. Why? For two reasons: 1) ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: Sarah Palin, Harbinger Of The Apocalypse

As someone who has sat back and watched US Federal politics for a long time, and as someone who has prayed for the change I had hoped Barack Obama would bring, I am now officially putting my hopes for a better world in the freezer for the next few years. Why? For two reasons: 1) ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: Recurring Thoughts While Watching CNN’s Coverage Of The Democratic Convention

Soledad O’BrienYour analysis is weakBut I want you babe. .

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: Recurring Thoughts While Watching CNN’s Coverage Of The Democratic Convention

Soledad O’BrienYour analysis is weakBut I want you babe. .

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: Recurring Thoughts While Watching CNN’s Coverage Of The Democratic Convention

Soledad O’BrienYour analysis is weakBut I want you babe. .

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: And The Obama VP Nominee Is…

Recently I have exposed myself (partly by choice, partly by circumstance) to more CNN than usual, and a lot more Fox News. I’ve learned a lot about the news this way. Apparently, all one has to do is get to the “facts” first and then have a couple of people shout at each other as ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: And The Obama VP Nominee Is…

Recently I have exposed myself (partly by choice, partly by circumstance) to more CNN than usual, and a lot more Fox News. I’ve learned a lot about the news this way. Apparently, all one has to do is get to the “facts” first and then have a couple of people shout at each other as ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: And The Obama VP Nominee Is…

Recently I have exposed myself (partly by choice, partly by circumstance) to more CNN than usual, and a lot more Fox News. I’ve learned a lot about the news this way. Apparently, all one has to do is get to the “facts” first and then have a couple of people shout at each other as ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: Bill O’Reilly The Impaler Vs. Fictional European History

On today’s Billoreilly.com, Bill shows off his historical knowledge (which is a momentary break from his utter mangling of current events) by comparing Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to Vlad Tepeş, AKA Vlad The Impaler, AKA Dracula. Bram Stoker based the character of Dracula on the historical Vlad, who was notorious for his cruelty. Some ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: Bill O’Reilly The Impaler Vs. Fictional European History

On today’s Billoreilly.com, Bill shows off his historical knowledge (which is a momentary break from his utter mangling of current events) by comparing Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to Vlad Tepeş, AKA Vlad The Impaler, AKA Dracula. Bram Stoker based the character of Dracula on the historical Vlad, who was notorious for his cruelty. Some ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: Bill O’Reilly The Impaler Vs. Fictional European History

On today’s Billoreilly.com, Bill shows off his historical knowledge (which is a momentary break from his utter mangling of current events) by comparing Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to Vlad Tepeş, AKA Vlad The Impaler, AKA Dracula. Bram Stoker based the character of Dracula on the historical Vlad, who was notorious for his cruelty. Some ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: US Military In Iraq Votes With Their Dollars — For Obama

The traditional logic is that veteran and Republican John McCain, simply because he is a veteran and a Republican, should naturally earn the vote of US military personnel, especially those serving in Iraq. In fact, when it comes to campaign contributions, Obama has received five times the donation dollars that McCain has. And just to ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: US Military In Iraq Votes With Their Dollars — For Obama

The traditional logic is that veteran and Republican John McCain, simply because he is a veteran and a Republican, should naturally earn the vote of US military personnel, especially those serving in Iraq. In fact, when it comes to campaign contributions, Obama has received five times the donation dollars that McCain has. And just to ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: US Military In Iraq Votes With Their Dollars — For Obama

The traditional logic is that veteran and Republican John McCain, simply because he is a veteran and a Republican, should naturally earn the vote of US military personnel, especially those serving in Iraq. In fact, when it comes to campaign contributions, Obama has received five times the donation dollars that McCain has. And just to ...

The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: 43 Reasons To Not Care Who "Values Voters" Like

Barack Obama and John McCain will appear on the same stage for the first time this campaign Saturday, at the very posh Saddleback Church for a gathering sponsored by “TheCall,” a collection of people who are in favour of Christian principles and opposed to leaving a space after the word “The.” No one is expecting ...