Zorg Report: Stephen Harper Declares War

Stephen Harper Declares that War Has Been Declared on Canada (Scroll to the end if you like; the point of this message is that our Prime Minister should not be stirring up hate, but rather acting prime ministerial and urging all Canadians, as always, to respect and help one another; he clearly hasn’t had a Bible handy lately.)  ...

Zorg Report: Stephen Harper Declares War

Stephen Harper Declares that War Has Been Declared on Canada (Scroll to the end if you like; the point of this message is that our Prime Minister should not be stirring up hate, but rather acting prime ministerial and urging all Canadians, as always, to respect and help one another; he clearly hasn’t had a Bible handy lately.)  ...

Zorg Report: Stephen Harper Declares War

Stephen Harper Declares that War Has Been Declared on Canada (scroll to then end if you like; the point of this message is that our Prime Minister should not be stirring up hate, but rather acting prime ministerial and urging all Canadians, as always, to respect and help one another; he clearly hasn’t had a Bible handy lately)  ...

Zorg Report: The Nature of ISIS and the Key Harper Enablers

The Nature of ISIS and the Key Harper Enablers Well, first of all, it’s hopeless young men looking for or needing something to do.  They are easily swayed by a Manichean world view, and even the madrasa chants in languages they don’t even comprehend have a kind of mesmeric, repetitive, and building power.  Stand in ...

Zorg Report: The Nature of ISIS and the Key Harper Enablers

The Nature of ISIS and the Key Harper Enablers Well, first of all, it’s hopeless young men looking for or needing something to do.  They are easily swayed by a Manichean world view, and even the madrasa chants in languages they don’t even comprehend have a kind of mesmeric, repetitive, and building power.  Stand in ...

Zorg Report: Jim Flaherty is not dead, only in Ireland (or Michigan)

One ought not to speak ill of the dead, nor inflict more grief on the aggrieved.  Still, the instant hagiography surrounding Jim Flaherty will attach some burrs. Through his actions to protect himself, Jim Flaherty gleefully destroyed the lives of others.  He knew it, he loved it, and he did it for partisan, un-Canadian purposes. ...

Zorg Report: Jim Flaherty is not dead, only in Ireland (or Michigan)

One ought not to speak ill of the dead, nor inflict more grief on the aggrieved.  Still, the instant hagiography surrounding Jim Flaherty will attach some burrs. Through his actions to protect himself, Jim Flaherty gleefully destroyed the lives of others.  He knew it, he loved it, and he did it for partisan, un-Canadian purposes. ...

Zorg Report: Jim Flaherty is not dead, only in Ireland (or Michigan)

One ought not to speak ill of the dead, nor inflict more grief on the aggrieved.  Still, the instant hagiography surrounding Jim Flaherty will attach some burrs. Through his actions to protect himself, Jim Flaherty gleefully destroyed the lives of others.  He knew it, he loved it, and he did it for partisan, un-Canadian purposes. ...

Zorg Report: Just Give Me 5.10.15 Minutes of Your Hate: Parsing Rob Ford’s Rage

Just Give Me 5.10.15 Minutes of Your Hate: Parsing Rob Ford’s Rage   Yeah, I don’t know, I thought of one of Ruth Brown’s signature R&B songs (“5.10.15 Hours of Your Love”) when I watched Rob Ford’s drunken rant video (http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/11/07/mayor_rob_ford_caught_in_video_rant.html).   I only watched it once and I don’t need to see it again; ...

Zorg Report: Just Give Me 5.10.15 Minutes of Your Hate: Parsing Rob Ford’s Rage

Just Give Me 5.10.15 Minutes of Your Hate: Parsing Rob Ford’s Rage   Yeah, I don’t know, I thought of one of Ruth Brown’s signature R&B songs (“5.10.15 Hours of Your Love”) when I watched Rob Ford’s drunken rant video (http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/11/07/mayor_rob_ford_caught_in_video_rant.html).   I only watched it once and I don’t need to see it again; ...

Zorg Report: Just Give Me 5.10.15 Minutes of Your Hate: Parsing Rob Ford’s Rage

Just Give Me 5.10.15 Minutes of Your Hate: Parsing Rob Ford’s Rage   Yeah, I don’t know, I thought of one of Ruth Brown’s signature R&B songs (“5.10.15 Hours of Your Love”) when I watched Rob Ford’s drunken rant video (http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/11/07/mayor_rob_ford_caught_in_video_rant.html).   I only watched it once and I don’t need to see it again; ...

Zorg Report: Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, Stands Up and Lies in the Country’s Official Political Chamber – and No-One Cares

Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, Stands Up and Lies in the Country’s Official Political Chamber – and No-One Cares  What if the leader of a mature democratic country got up, routinely, in the official political forum of his/her country and lied, over and over?  Wouldn’t that have consequences?  Admittedly, perhaps not in every country, since ...

Zorg Report: Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, Stands Up and Lies in the Country’s Official Political Chamber – and No-One Cares

Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, Stands Up and Lies in the Country’s Official Political Chamber – and No-One Cares  What if the leader of a mature democratic country got up, routinely, in the official political forum of his/her country and lied, over and over?  Wouldn’t that have consequences?  Admittedly, perhaps not in every country, since ...

Zorg Report: Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, Stands Up and Lies in the Country’s Official Political Chamber – and No-One Cares

Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, Stands Up and Lies in the Country’s Official Political Chamber – and No-One Cares  What if the leader of a mature democratic country got up, routinely, in the official political forum of his/her country and lied, over and over?  Wouldn’t that have consequences?  Admittedly, perhaps not in every country, since ...

Zorg Report: Alberta Premier Redford Insists Elected Senators Best Way to Maximize Entitlements

Alberta Premier Redford Insists Elected Senators Best Way to Maximize Entitlements  (CPC) – Speaking this past weekend to supporters and supportive media, Alberta Premier Alison Redford asserted that elected senators were the best way to ensure democratic entitlements for Conservatives.  She went to particular lengths to laud Alberta’s elected senator, Bert Brown, for his achievements.  ...

Zorg Report: Tim Hortons Is Hiring!! (Must Speak Tagalog)

Tim Hortons Is Hiring!! (Must Speak Tagalog)   Up the street from me, Tims has only foreign workers.  Down the street from me, it also has, more or less, foreign workers.   This whole thing about how the Harper government was encouraging employers to hire cheap foreigners and bypass Canadian citizens seems to have become ...

Zorg Report: Reflecting on Ralph Klein

On the far-right CBC Rex Murphy program the other day, Rex was inviting Canadians to call in and join in on his hagiographical paean to his idol.  He bagged a few Tory bagpeople, like Rod Love and Joan Crockatt, to help him on his onanistic foray.  I only heard bits and pieces of Rex’s fevered ...

Zorg Report: Tom Flanagan’s Workday

Tom Flanagan’s Workday   8:23 Hoo well.  Gotta get up again, tell all those worthless losers to get out there and get a job.    8:25 Whoa, I just dreamed I was a young buck from Texas who paraphrased a bunch of  stuff and ‘wrote’ about hapless Indians and got a lifetime’s reward for it ...

Zorg Report: Why There Is No Left, Left (and Francis Fukuyama)

((Perhaps like Francis, I bit off more than I could chew. I started this post and set it aside for a while, but still I decided to finish and post.  Whatever you may think of anything I say, at least I try to offer some points.  Francis, given the opportunity in numerous powerful fora across ...

Zorg Report: The Lougheed Legacy: Christy Clark, and a Divided and Uncompetitive Nation

The Lougheed Legacy: Christy Clark, and a Divided and Uncompetitive Nation  You will note that I did not make this post at the time of Peter Lougheed’s death and the celebrations of his life.  People who knew him seemed to feel he was a good man.  I’m hardly here to dispute that—never met the man.  ...

Zorg Report: Zorg Report 2012-05-02 08:23:00

Alberta Votes, Redux:  How Danielle Smith and the Wildrose Managed to Lose Huge Pollsters, Pundits, the Media, and Academics Ironically Make Danielle Smith Lose Election I chose the word “manage” in the title above.  Losses can be managed every bit as well as can wins. As I noted in a prior post, the 2012 Alberta provincial ...

Zorg Report: Alberta Votes . . . for Mugabe Again!

Alberta Votes . . . for Mugabe Again! Pollsters, Pundits, and Academics Amazed; Blame Voters for Being Unvoterly Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the Soviet Union, Equatorial Guinea, Castro—strange bedfellows the Alberta Tories make out with on the world stage in terms of one-party rule. You would think that the univocal Alberta media would be ...

Zorg Report: Air Canada – do you want it, or do you want to live?

My local CBC radio station led this morning with: “Air Canada: do we need it?” I guess that’s a rhetorical question, like, “use of your left hand; do you care?” As usual, the Harperites are stepping in to attempt to back up merit-deprived CEOs against the people who put Jaguars in their driveways.  For the ...

Zorg Report: Fixed Elections, F**ked Democracy

 Ensuring dictatorships, as in Russia, one step at a time.  Of course, political scientists have already dilated at endless length on this subject, so far be it from me to invade that virgin unread territory with any comment I might have.  Still, I’d like to comment, specifically with reference to Canada, and also perhaps with ...

Zorg Report: Jim Flaherty Urges Lower Mortgage Rates; Insists Banking Sector Needs Freedom from Government Constraints

Jim Flaherty Urges Lower Mortgage Rates; Insists Banking Sector Needs Freedom from Government Constraints November 13, 2014 (CP) – Daniel Zorg Former Ontario and Canada finance minister Jim Flaherty today announced that Canada’s banking sector must be able to operate with complete freedom, without any government meddling.  Having left office 48 hours ago, former minister ...