Category Archives: Politics
Sorry, not a Newt Gingrich fan, BUT, this video of him beating up John King at the recent debate in South Carolina is a classic. Every politician has wanted to do this, but few are crazy (maybe like a fox) enough to actually do it. If by some miracle he becomes the Republican candidate, then I would say that they could sell tickets to an Obama-Gingrich debate. From the standing ovations given him, and the boos to John King during this smack down tells me that there is a lot of citizens that feel the same way. Much as it pains me to say it, way to go Newt.
Newt vs John King
Lots of crazy stuff this week. Let’s start with the stupid this week.
Some idiot from Jordan decided that the classic Moorish architecture of the Alhambra in Spain was missing that certain something, his name carved into the stone work. So the fool decided to do this using an amazing writing tool, a coin. More at the link.
Now we will move to the downright dangerous and arrogant. Striking longshoremen in Washington state stormed a port in Longview (a union port), taking hostages and destroying equipment and rail cars. Their reason, these jobs are ours. No recognition at all that the owners have the right to run their business however they wish, including hiring workers from OTHER unions to perform the work. I love this, no arrests have been made, so taking hostages is cool if you are doing it on union time. More at the link’
Speaking of arrogant, did you catch Obama’s speech. Pass this bill right away, even though there was no bill in existence. The best response to the speech was by Republican presidential primary candidate, Herman Cain. I won’t ruin the surprise, read it on your own, if you have 5 seconds that is.
And the final note for the week, an absolutely unbelievable post by New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman. This ASSHOLE published the attached commentary on the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks. I, for one will never forget this callous abomination. I only wish I had a subscription to the NYT so I could cancel it.
That’s it for this week. I feel better now.
A recent video by Donald Trump on Libya and the reporting of disasters. His big thing on Libya, why are we paying for rebels who are likely Iranians and not demanding they pay us back, a good tirade. The other is the “natural disaster reporting” conducted by the media. This was recorded prior to Irene hitting New York City and he looks clairvoyant in his statements on the severity.
As usual, provocative and confrontational.
Very long video (42 minutes) but very, very enlightening. If you missed this on Fox, then do yourself a favour and spend the time to watch and listen. John Stossel makes many valid points, some alarmist, but most are logical and, frankly, frightening. The comments by the uninformed and unrealistic are troubling as it brings out what many people really think of government spending. It’s not tax money, it was a grant. LOL.
As a rule, I sit and read, then seethed over some really crazy (to me) stuff. The ironic, the pompous, the ridiculous, the downright stupid, I ingest it and just basically get angry. Some of this is not anger worthy to you, Doesn’t matter, it is foolish to me. In this vein, I intend to do a weekly post of stuff that just plain pisses me off. Nothing fancy, an article or 2 and a comment or 2. You’ll either get pissed at me or you’ll join me at laughing in the face of the foolish.
Lets get started shall we.
The pompous. Al Gore compares climate change to the Civil Rights fight.* I am sure Al is well-meaning, but, come on. the science is loose at best, his personal reputation on the subject is crumbling. I wouldn’t be surprised if his Oscar gets yanked on him for that horrendous “Inconvenient Truth” bafflegab. Ridiculous comment by a spent force.
The ridiculous. Christine St-Pierre, Quebec’s Culture Minister has come up with a beautiful plan to control the press* (and bloggers). She floated a plan to, get this, license journalists. Needless to say, journalists were somewhat unanimous in condemning this dumbass idea. The best part, Christine St-Pierre was once a CBC employee. LOL.
The Crazy. A professor at the University of Manitoba lost his bid to rescind a student’s PhD* awarded despite the student failing the course. the student claimed a disability, which the university agreed with. The disability? “EXTREME EXAM ANXIETY”. I am enrolling at the U of M tomorrow. I’ll be a surgeon in a couple of years.
The foolish. My favourite for the NDP leadership. Libby Davies, came out in support of eliminating the 10 year rule* that immigrants are required to wait to be able to claim Old Age Security. Her thinking is that if you come to Canada and promptly retire, we should pay that person OAS and GIS, no questions asked. The bill was promptly pulled by the NDP for obvious optical reasons.
That is all.
Jack Layton, leader of the NDP, Canada’s official opposition party. passed away this morning at the age of 61. He had stepped down as leader in July to fight his personal battle with cancer and vowed to be back in time for the next parliament in September.
On a national level, he was likely Canada’s most popular political figure. His style was very personable and he seemed to above the fray. He connected with people with his down to earth personality. He projected honesty and stirred a belief that he deeply cared about people, which was reflected in his policies and beliefs. He dragged the NDP from oblivion to its’ current status. He forced them from being the “Left Wing” soldiers to being a viable alternative to Canada’s Liberal Party, the strategy that transformed from perennial 4th or 5th place finishes to second place.
On a personal level, there is not a chance that I could ever vote for him, and in fact, the very idea that he was head of Canada’s government in waiting scared me. This had nothing to do with him, but with his politics. I always enjoyed listening to him. I didn’t agree with 99,9% of what he said, but he said it well. In many respects, I have been one of his and his parties more vocal critics. That , though is the very nature of politics. One speaks out against or for what you or someone else believes. This discourse usually creates consensus and moves our society down the path to the future. Jack Layton definitely tried to move the discussion down his road, and I respected him for that.
Canada has lost a great personality in it’s political rainbow. He will certainly be missed by most everybody. So long Jack.
George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer in the United Kingdom gave the attached statement in Parliament. It is particularly scathing of both the Euro and the USA, and their approach to the “Crisis”
And earlier this week the UK’s Credit Default Swap spread, or the price of insuring against a sovereign default, was lower than Germany’s.
This is a huge vote of confidence in the credibility of British Government debt and a major source of stability for the British economy at a time of exceptional instability.
And it is a reminder of the reckless folly of those who said we were going too far, too fast.
We can all see now that their approach would have been too little, too late – with disastrous consequences for Britain.
Mr Speaker, it is not hard to identify the recent events that have triggered the latest market falls.
There has been the weak economic data from the US and the historic downgrade of that country’s credit rating.
And the crisis of confidence in the ability of Eurozone countries to pay their debts has spread from the periphery to major economies like Italy and Spain.
But these events did not come out of the blue.
They all have the same root cause.
Continue reading here*
- George Osborne calls for move towards eurozone fiscal union (telegraph.co.uk)
- Osborne says Britain is safe haven in debt storm (marketwatch.com)
- George Osborne: austerity measures make UK a ‘safe haven in the storm’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- George Osborne: Britain is leading the way out of this crisis (telegraph.co.uk)
- U.K. Still Plans Cuts Despite Riots (online.wsj.com)
“My desk is in my office”. Great line. Mr. Trump discusses the importance that his desk has in his success. Great stuff, yet it makes pragmatic, logical sense, and so trivial at the same time.
- The Wisdom of Donald Trump – Norway, Amanda Knox and the Debt Ceiling (speakinggenerally.wordpress.com)
- Donald Trump Discusses Jeter, Obamacare and Debt (joebeans2002.wordpress.com)
- The Wisdom of Donald Trump – Debt Ceiling and The Republicans (speakinggenerally.wordpress.com)
- Trump for Treasury? The Donald Rejects Chatter (foxnews.com)
I am so pleased that the CBC’s journalistic standards prevent them from publishing names and photos of wanted war criminals that are living in Canada illegally. It makes proud to know that the CBC supports the idea that Canada should be a haven for murderers, rapists and torturers from around the world without discrimination. As usual they are on the wrong side of the people they purport to represent, US. A recent poll showed around 80% support for the government’s request for the media to publish same. It doesn’t matter to the CBC though. Their standards won’t allow it. Their standards would allow them to cast aspersions against the other media and the government for doing what was asked of them. Oh, and or the record, the public has recognized, reported and had arrested 7 of these criminals to date, with 2 already deported to face their country’s legal system. Good riddance.
- Stop calling the deportees war criminals (fullcomment.nationalpost.com)
- I Love the CBC (joebeans2002.wordpress.com)
- Suspected war criminal removed from Canada: CBSA (ctv.ca)
- Canada releases names of suspected war criminals (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Suspected Peruvian war criminal removed from Canada, border services agency says (theglobeandmail.com)
- Public tips led to alleged war criminal’s arrest: Kenney (ctv.ca)
As usual, some direct and pointed commentary from Donald Trump. As blunt as always, he says what he believes should happen to the Norwegian mass murderer, his view of the Amanda Knox saga in Italy and of course, some final words on the debt ceiling strategy of the Republican Party. The debt video is from July 25, but hey, he still has an interesting take on who will be remembered a year from now when it will matter.
- Amanda Knox Trial: Battle Over DNA Evidence (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Wisdom of Donald Trump – Debt Ceiling and The Republicans (speakinggenerally.wordpress.com)