Monthly Archives: April 2008

“Harper is Canada’s Nixon”

A number of writers and publishers have made the connection between Canada’s Stephen Harper and impeached US-President Richard Nixon. Too bad the original article from The Guardian is from the UK.

Here’s a sample:

The Canadian Nixon, From the Guardian, UK

Canadians have never had a prime minister who has literally made his career attacking and undermining the legitimacy of Canadian institutions.

Until now.

Summary of major issues:

  • War on media
  • War on peace (turning Canada’s peacekeepers into NATO grunts)
  • War on the courts
  • Attacks on Elections Canada
  • Unwillingness to uphold the Constitional Rights of Canadian Citizens, regardless of where they might be

Favourite quotes:

Never has a prime minister publicly attacked a non-partisan election official in such a manner, essentially for partisan gain. The same goes for most of his party, which this week accused Elections Canada of a partisan witch-hunt, being in bed with the Liberals and the media and any other number of tin-foil-hat conspiracies. Of course, unsurprisingly, Harper and the Conservatives have blocked every other effort to examine the scheme in Parliament.

But then again, no one should be surprised. If it’s not the media, or the courts, or the Senate, or Elections Canada, it’s the Wheat Board, the federal government’s own spending power, the bureaucracy, the gun registry … .

Canadians should rightly wonder why their head of government has such a problem with so many Canadian institutions.

Comment on “The Canadian Nixon”

Let’s hope the name sticks.

Harper Lies to Canada Like Bush Lies to America.

US Stimulus Cheques (OR Wal-Mart Cashes In OR SAVE is a 4-letter word)

Full Story Here.

I’ve seen a number of stories related to the US economic stimulus packages and a very minor collection of people are brave enough to admit that they actually save the money that’s being given to them.

It seems the word “save” has become the most dreaded four-letter word imaginable. I mean, who in their right mind would save when they’ve been told repeatedly that the only way the US is going to dig itself out of the recession is if all Americans collectively spend, spend, spend?

And what happens when they spend? The cheques get cashed automatically by the world’s biggest economic vacuums, never to be seen again.

This is Keynesian economics that has been flipped on its head, shaken up and regurgitated as neo-con economic policy. And with all neo-con economic policies, the only people that truly benefit are those who are able to muscle their way to the front of the line.

In other words, it won’t help the US economy. Not by a long shot.

Greenwash Site

Link Here.

I’m glad that someone finally delivered a site that helps consumers understand what greenwashing really is and what they can do to educate themselves about environmental action.

Armored Car Used to Transport Hookers in Iraq

Full Story Here.

While Rome burns, these people have clearly found something to fiddle with.

Military Propoganda Pushed Me Off TV

Full Story Here.

No government agency forced MSNBC to repeatedly feature the hawkish generals unopposed. Or fire Phil Donahue. Or smear weapons expert Scott Ritter. Or blacklist former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. It was top NBC/MSNBC execs, not the feds, who imposed a quota system on the Donahue staff requiring two pro-war guests if we booked one antiwar advocate – affirmative action for hawks.

… No federal agency forced NBC and MSNBC to put McCaffrey on the air unopposed. No federal agency prevented those networks from telling viewers that the general sat on the boards of several military contactors, including one that made millions for doing God’s work on the Abrams and Bradley.

Genuine separation of press and state is one reason growing numbers of Americans are choosing independent media over corporate media.