Monthly Archives: February 2011

Irony? In North America, Think Free, Just Don’t Act It

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As Hillary Clinton makes some droning speech to a group, an ex-CIA analyst is dragged away for having made a silent protest about the state of freedom in the US.

Original link:  Raw Story.

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CCPA: Flaherty’s Irish is Showing

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As we prepare for the next federal budget (supported by the Conservative-NDP coalition of convenience), we see again that Jim Flaherty’s Irish will likely show through.

This is a bad thing.  Bruce Campbell of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives tells a cautionary tale about Irelend.

Ireland is bankrupt.

The Irish Prime Minister has been forced to resign.

Their economy is in ruin.

All because people bought the line that they had to make Ireland’s tax policy as attractive as possible.

Translate:  they sold the ‘cut corporate taxes’ routine and the people of Ireland were stupid enough to buy into it.

Now, unemployment is skyrocketing, the IMF (translate:  world corporations) owns Ireland and the Irish are screwed.

Canada is embarking on the same path.

Stop Corporate Tax Cuts NOW.  End Corporate Welfare.

NDP Media Strategy = Epic Fail

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I am concerned that the NDP has embarked on an epic mission to begin buying media in a run-up to a federal election.

This will be an epic fail. (Perhaps Hack Layton is aware of this and this is why he is busy negotiating and selling out all remaining dignity of the progressive left to form Canada’s latest Conservative-NDP coalition).

Getting back on track:  The inspiration for this piece was a call I received the other night from a volunteer who was raising funds for the NDP.

Mistake #1:  This person made the mistake of suggesting that they had to start planning their media buys now in anticipation of a major campaign some time later in the spring.

Mistake #2:  Booking all of this media when an election may not even happen will result in significant cancellation fees.

Mistake #3:  Planning a media campaign that revolves around dead traditional media formats.

Mistake #4 (and the biggest one of all):  trusting your media campaign to people that want you to fail.

Why does the NDP insist on lining the pockets of those who would destroy them?

Do we all think companies like Sun Media, Bell or Rogers give a shit about the NDP when it comes to election issues?  Do you think they’ll give the NDP the same level of discounts or rebates that the Cons will get?  Or maybe even the Liberals?

No … but they’ll gladly take their money as election fever ramps up.

Spending donations from me or hundreds of thousands of other Canadians on companies that seek to destroy our liberties is madness, to say the very least.  They would dump buckets of cash into the same machine that is bringing us lying via journalism and usage-based billing.

The best thing for all opposition parties to do would be to push a media boycott out into mainstream media.  Stop buying TV space on CTV.  Stop buying full-page ads in Maclean’s and the Globe.  Don’t bother with radio ads that belong to Astral stations.

Really think about ways that you can get grassroots momentum.

I’m not normally in the habit of giving free media strategy advice, but the reality is that getting 50,000 or 100,000 Facebook followers is easy.  Give them something to ‘Like’.

Getting people to re-tweet your content is basic.  Push up the volume on getting the public pissed off.

Wasting millions of donations on old media and companies that want your party buried is just sad.

Serious Questions About “Citizen’s Arrest” and Canadian Policing

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I find it disturbing that the changes to the Criminal Code in Canada were put forward by Olivia Chow, the NDP MP from Trinity-Spadina.

At first glance, the legislation seems to make sense.  Olivia Chow is from an urban riding and there are hundreds of corner stores just like the one that David Chen, the man who’s now famous for making a citizen’s arrest, runs.  These people become voters and donors, both of which are critical to one’s political survival.

It seems very reasonable that if a repeat offender comes into my store, I should be able to ‘arrest’ this person and hold him on the spot.

Until what?

Until the police come?

Aren’t the police supposed to be there in the first place to help with this kind of activity?

Why aren’t they there to help out Canadian citizens in need?

And why are we re-writing the Criminal Code to give them a further excuse to not show up to a crime scene?

Here’s the REAL question that’s bugging me:  Why are we changing the rules to basically enable vigilante justice?

Now, here’s an even BIGGER question: what’s the point of paying about one-third of my property taxes to a police force that’s no longer doing the job it’s supposed to be doing?  If I’m a stupid tool of a member of the public that believes the myth of ‘smaller is better’ when it comes to public affairs, this is powder for my flint and provokes me to ‘Tea-Party Rage’ when it comes to other myths of waste and fat that exists in City Halls across the country.

And the BIGGEST question of them all:  if we’re enabling vigilante justice, aren’t we just another small step from ‘privatizing’ the enforcement of our legal rights?

This is a frightening development for those who enjoy a free and liberal Canadian environment, where people believe they can walk the streets without having to fear our ‘security’ forces (note:  no longer police forces).

And just to top it all off:  what’s truly frightening about this evolution in Canadian legal and criminal society is that this change was brought about by an NDPer.

What a shame.

Still time to demand honest news from the CRTC

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Boy, the CRTC really is going down a path of self-ruin, isn’t it?

Thankfully, organizations like are petitioning for honest news from Canadian media institutions:

Please … if you do three things today, sign the petition, donate some money and tell your friends to act on this before the end of today.