Scripturient: Utter contempt at council

Utter contempt. That’s what The Block showed for process at council, on Monday night. And for ethics. And for you, the residents. Utter contempt. But when they want to give benefits to their friends or themselves, boy do they rise to the occasion. Which of course they did, Monday. Anything for a buddy, no matter ...

We Pivot: Trudeau: the Walking, Contradicting, Double Speaking, Self-Oxymoron

I just can’t even… As we pivot to a new world of passionately demanding integrity from politicians, we should demand non-contradictory talk. Right? We are being feasted with Orwell in BC and the USA, but now Trudeau is vaulting into … [Read more]

centre of the universe: Sing, O Muse

Hubris is a term that we equate with excessive pride. Not just being boastful. It isn’t regular pride in something you accomplished (I got out of bed today! You bet your butt I’m proud of that). It’s a kind of pathological pride in which you elevate yourself above the common man, when you challenge the…

Politics, Re-Spun: Parlez-Vous Contempt?

Comment? Anti-diversity! Conservative contempt for democracy, representation, culture, and people not like themselves [really really white!] does not end with Harper or #TheNewHarper. This new francophone minister, the anglophone Squires, not only clings to her talking points as if her political life depends on it [which it does], but she also waxes unironically about herself, ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Parlez-Vous Contempt?

Comment? Anti-diversity! Conservative contempt for democracy, representation, culture, and people not like themselves [really really white!] does not end with Harper or #TheNewHarper. This new francophone minister, the anglophone Squires, not only clings to her talking points as if her political life depends on it [which it does], but she also waxes unironically about herself, ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Where Are Our Leaders?

Vancouver is all but obscured in this satellite image It’s fire time in BC. Real leadership means speaking the words, recognizing facts and realities for people, and saying leader-y kinds of things like empathic comments that reflect understanding, like an acknowledgement that things are changing thus making BC more vulnerable to this huge fire risk, ...

Politics, Re-Spun: On Ghomeshi

Years ago, in the house of a queer friend from Atlantic Canada, I joked about Jian Ghomeshi and how he rudely and aggressively hit on her once. She laughed, I laughed, we laughed. She was queer – I thought he was queer. It was comedic gold. I didn’t think anything about it, and I sort of thought ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Help Conservative Senators Stop Harper’s Banana Republic

Emperor Stephen Harper and his double double. Interesting times indeed. 8 Conservative senators have decided that Emperor Stephen Harper has no clothes. The Emperor has whipped and intimidated his backbench, cabinet and senators for a long time. Senator Hugh Segal stood up to him on bad legislation. Though he left the senate. Jim Flaherty stood ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Occupy Canada For May Day, With Bananas

A few days ago, I wrote about picking May Day as a good time for Occupy Vancouver to reboot itself and catch up with the Occupy Movement’s worldwide #WaveOfAction. But I think that idea can be bigger, it can be a day for all of Occupy Canada to reboot. Here’s how: May Day is a ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Welcome to Stephen Harper’s Banana Republic

#PMSH goes #BananaRepublic: the (un) #FairElectionsAct lets incumbents SUPERVISE their own election! pic.twitter.com/SG3IT8GMAz #cdnpoli — Politics, Re-Spun (@PoliticsReSpun) April 6, 2014 Just how stupid does Stephen Harper think we are? He thinks that we’re fine with the idea that incumbent parties should be able to pick the poll supervisors in the next election. I kid ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Stop. Obeying. The. Rich. NOW!

Once upon a time, we were taught to envy and respect our “betters,” like the rich. No more. They’re taking our money and throwing us under the bus every day. And it’s not even just the super-rich or those in America, it’s the aspirational rich; they’re just as toxic. This stops now, it’s time to ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Are You Also Sick of Politicians’ Childish Behaviour?

The language toward women can also turn vulgar. In an interview I conducted with the Hon. Sheila Copps, the former MP recalled being called a ‘slut.’ A female NDP MP wrote about a time when she heard a Liberal frontbench MP stand up to speak only to be called a ‘c*nt’ by a government backbencher. ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Mr. Harper: Pathetic Media Flop

The contempt that our employee, Mr. Harper, holds for his 36 million employers is palpable. Sometimes it’s just goofy. He’s taken to skirting the “real” media, whom he despises, to becoming his own media, like bloggers or vloggers. Watch, and let’s examine how pathetic an employee he is: There are 36 million Canadians and barely ...

Politics, Re-Spun: What is Soft Fascism, Anyway?

I keep writing about soft fascism. Why is that, anyway? Soft fascism is a process of anti-democratic governing that is not as overtly totalitarian or authoritarian as more historically memorable fascist states. Soft fascist governing has features like: corrupt electoral processes legislative tactics that undermine democratic engagement warrantless monitoring of citizens limiting the time that ...

Politics, Re-Spun: The Media Corruption Trifecta!

It’s a trifecta of moral corruption! Rex Murphy shills for Big Oil and Gas. Postmedia consigns its editorial control to the Oil and Gas Lobby[TM]. Postmedia, naturally, fires one of the best energy/environment reporters in the nation. Film at 11. Ok, it’s 11. Let’s drill down. Journalists should declare when they receive money to speak ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Two Richmond Boycotts for 2014

Bill Zylmans, that awkward racist guy. First we have IKEA’s union busting, coming up on one year of locking out their workers because they won’t take major concessions in the face of billions in profits. Now we have the strawberry and potato farmer who worries about how few Caucasian farmers are left around these parts, ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Who Is the Least Qualified to Evaluate Teachers?

Let’s say you don’t employ public school teachers. Let’s say you make millions of dollars. Let’s say you earn sometimes hundreds of times more money than the lowest paid worker in your organization. And let’s say you may not have even attended public school in Canada? So what should you do? Release a report on ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Yesterday’s Climate Justice Protest #SpinAlert

Sean Devlin, of ShitHarperDid.ca, had the temerity to interact with our employee, Mr. Stephen Harper. Yesterday, we saw a new level of action against climate destruction policy. In the style of co-conspirator Brigette DePape, two protesters crashed Harper’s contemptuous public appearance. Harper holds the media and the general public of the nation of Canada in ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Stop Saying Tax “Haven” and Tax “Burden”

The finance minister and his tax evasion buddy. The latest nonsense of the hyper-rich 1% and their political compradors has reminded us once again, that the rich hide their money from government to avoid paying taxes…because they’re rich and can get their way. Part of how they do that is by using language against us ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Stephen Harper Thinks You’re Stupid: Yet Another Reason

You know it’s a rough day for the prime minister when the Sun News Network demonstrates they aren’t always a Fox News North Conservative Party lapdog by calling them on the Economic Action Plan lunacy. If you wonder why lots of people don’t vote, it’s in part because they think governments think we’re stupid. Running ...

calgaryliberal.com: Green Candidate Calls Calgarians Smug and Immature: Chris Turner’s Contempt For Industry, Calgary

It’s hard to take the Green party seriously. “[Calgary’s] emerging power and prominence come across from some angles as pure teenage bluster. I think I first heard it said about George W. Bush that he was born on third base and reckoned he must’ve hit a triple. Maybe this is an oil executive’s delusion, because ...

somecanuckchick dot com: Don’t worry about what the Harper government is ^not spending…

Tony Clement, the President of Treasury Board, would like Canadians to believe that Kevin Page, the Parliamentary Budget Officer, is operating outside his mandate when he requests details on how $5.2B will be cut from the Harper government’s operating budget over the next 3 years. According to the Member of Parliament from Parry Sound—Muskoka, it ...

Impolitical: Rae’s clever privilege motion on the F-35s

Here it is, the full text: Liberal Leader Bob Rae’s Point of Privilege (h/t to David Akin for posting) The most important parts are at pages 5-9. Essentially, Rae’s point is that the Auditor General’s report says one thing. The Harper ministers, on the other hand, said very different things in the House of Commons ...

cartoon life: Harper contempt

Filed under: caricature, cartoon Tagged: Canada, contempt, reproduce and share freely, Stephen Harper

Impolitical: The Mount Royal "Shadow Tory MP" departs government service

The right thing appears to have been done in the case of Saulie Zajdel, the ‘Shadow Tory MP’ who ran against Irwin Cotler in Mount Royal but who nevertheless gained a job in the Heritage minister’s office and who proceeded to act like a shadow MP in Cotler’s riding: An unsuccessful Conservative candidate from Montreal ...