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 the Eglinton Square Shopping Centre.

At the announcement, the former retail security specialist was asked whether he will be allowed to speak freely. “The Prime Minister deals with issues as he sees them,” Mr. Fantino replied. “I know what leadership is all about … It’s about doing whatever the leader says, no matter how unpopular or wacky it seems.” He added that he hoped the Conservative leader shares his strong interest in child pornography.

The former security guard is confident he can wrest Vaughan from the Liberals. “This is another journey. It’s a journey in pursuit of what I call ‘the other journey’, but a journey nonetheless. Just another one.” Mr. Fantino said. He praised Cowboy Steve’s steadfast commitment to law and order. “I’m no homo, but I’ve personally seen the Prime Minister’s cojones, and frankly, let me tell you  they’re quite impressive.”

Mr. Fantino closed the announcement, saying his selection is “a proud moment for rent-a-cops everywhere”. A Conservative Party insider commented “This is so exciting in two ways: We haven’t had a minority candidate since Rahim Jaffer. And he’s a redneck! Yee-Haw!”<div class=”statcounter”><a title=”blogger visitor counter” class=”statcounter” href=”http://www.statcounter.com/blogger/”><img class=”statcounter” src=”http://c.statcounter.com/5554999/0/1562fe85/1/” alt=”blogger visitor counter” /></a></div>

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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

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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

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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 particular was deeply troubling, and familiar:

“There was a time when people felt guilty about the Tel Aviv bubble,” says Shavit. “Then it turned out the bubble was pretty strong. The bubble was resilient.” Indeed, there are times when you can think most of the nation is within it. Polls are clear on the point. In a 2007 survey, 95% of Israeli Jews described themselves as happy, and a third said they were “very happy.” The rich are happier than the poor, and the religious are happiest of all. But the broad thrust, so incongruous to people who know Israel only from headlines, suits a country whose quality of life is high and getting better.

But wait. Deep down (you can almost hear the outside world ask), don’t Israelis know that finding peace with the Palestinians is the only way to guarantee their happiness and prosperity? Well, not exactly. Asked in a March poll to name the “most urgent problem” facing Israel, just 8% of Israeli Jews cited the conflict with Palestinians, putting it fifth behind education, crime, national security and poverty. Israeli Arabs placed peace first, but among Jews here, the issue that President Obama calls “critical for the world” just doesn’t seem — critical.

Frankly, I don’t see a lot of room for Canadians to scold the Israelis on their “bubble”. The Middle East peace process, at least, is unlikely to lead to (for example) a global food shortage and massive famines.

Canada’s bubble–and the lack of urgency towards global climate change and shutting down the tar sands–is far more damning, frankly.

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