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Undercover Provocatuers En Masse

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This story just goes to show how ridiculous things have become in terms of security, right to protest and the right to state your opinion about how things are being handled by those who think they know best.

They stage a fight, they pepper-spray themselves and then they get dragged away all while pretending to create a level of animosity that just wasn’t there.

And now, ‘activists’ are being labelled as ‘anarchists’.

Melissa Fung: Canadians Held Hostage to Kidnapping?

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It’s a tragedy that Melissa Fung, the CBC reporter, was kidnapped in Afghanistan nearly a month ago on October 12, 2008 .

It’s a blessing and testament to the tight security and actions taken to save her life and ensure that no harm came to her.

And I’m bothered by the nagging questions in my mind concerning the circumstances because I should just be happy that another innocent Canadian will be coming home from this mess alive.

But I still can’t shake my questions.  What’s the historical precedent for this kind of a situation?  Have we always approached these scenarios with the same kind of secrecy?

If Ms. Fung’s kidnapping was made more public would the Canadian outrage have been a little more intense during the Canadian election, which occurred just two days after her kidnapping?

Would her misfortune also have spelled the misfortune for the Conservatives, because Canadians may have collectively seriously put in question the miserable failure of the mission in Afghanistan?

Post your comments below.  I’ll repeat:  I’m bothered by the circumstances, but I’m open to your views on the subject.

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RCMP Officer Caught Vacating Hit and Run Scene

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This story is loaded with all kinds of issues that need to be addressed.  SOON.

First, there is the question concerning the state of the Robert Dziekanski investigation.  Virtually nothing has happened.

Second, the officers who were on duty are still, apparently, on duty.

Third, those that are on duty are clearly having issues with the outcome of the Robert Dziekanski situation.  The story quoted refers to one of the officers leaving the scene of an accident, raising questions about the moral and ethical compass of at least this one officer.

Canadian Election: The Harper Conservatives Absent Again

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Democratic Media did a survey of all major Canadian political parties, asking about a range of issues related to media, including net neutrality and the CBC.  The Conservatives refused to respond.

Really.  What the hell are the Conservatives afraid of that they can’t even spend 10 minutes to fill in a basic questionnaire?

Why are the Conservatives so silent on these kind of things?  Who the hell would vote for a bunch of goons that won’t even talk to representatives of the Canadian public?

OK.  I apologize that I’m letting my frustration show, but I’m mad now and it’s not because I dislike the Conservatives.  It’s because I dislike the mockery that the Conservatives are making of the last vestiges of our democracy.

I shouldn’t even be writing this, but it really annoys me that there are several million people out there that think that Stephen Harper is actually the right guy to run this country.  What are they thinking?  If you’re voting for Conservatives, please tell me:  what are you thinking?

Canadian Election: How to Chip Away at the Sweater Vest

Steve thought he’d pull a fast one on the Canadian public and launched his illegal election campaign with the sweater-vest fire-side chats.

Unfortunately, Canadians seem to be falling for it.  That, or the polls are full of ‘unusual anomolies’.  Something smells.

Anyways, I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I have some suggestions for the other leaders that they should at least consider if they’re going to have half a chance of beating Steve at his own game.  Here they are, in no particular order (readers are asked to submit their suggestions here as well or submit them as comments with the number of anti-Steve pages that exist on Facebook):

  1. Collectively, we need to make him snap.  I remember seeing him bark at a reporter once ("Do you have a question, Barbara?") when electioneering on the 2006 campaign.  (If someone’s got a link to a video, please post it in the comments).
  2. To make him snap, you’ll have to poke and poke often.  Dion tried referring to ‘ABC’.  Jack talked about Steve quitting.  Keep it up.  It will work.
  3. When talking with, about or to Stephen Harper, always refer to him as ‘Steve’.
  4. NEVER apologize for calling him Steve.
  5. Maybe every once in a while, find a creative way to suggest that there’s something not quite right (while we know there’s something too right) about Steve.
  6. Voting for Steve is voting for Steve.  Have you heard anything from any other Conservatives?  No.  This is Steve against Canada.
  7. Refer to all of the people that can’t work with him.  Refer to all of the people that have quit under his ‘command’.
  8. Talk about Daffy Duck or Elmer Fudd (what with his hunting jacket and all) and Steve in the same sentence.
  9. Constantly drop soundbites that speak to the notion that he’s a little more tolerable than that dude that Martin Sheen played in ‘The Dead Zone’.  ‘Hallelujah!!’
  10. Without getting into religion, get into religion.
  11. Without getting into race, get into race.  This is a great example of what happens when race, guns and violence become a topic of discussion.
  12. Without getting into homosexuality, get into homosexuality.
  13. Force him to talk about Obama and what he would do if Obama were the President of the US.
  14. Throw things at him that will be sure to dig a little at the superficiliaty that they’re showing us and watch him snap.

Anyways, I know I’m talking a lot of BS now as well.  It seems like everywhere you read, Dion and Layton are incapable of pushing the wrong buttons.