Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fingered for the FACEBOOK Meme via Peterborough Politics

Fingered and tagged by Blogger Northwestern Lad Blogger over at Peterborough Politics, as the Facebook meme morphed into the blogosphere, means alas answering ten questions, and get revenge by tagging five more bloggers, to reveal their inner selves (or at least the ones they are willing to reveal!).
  1. What specific cause are you most dedicated to?
    Easy - as a school trustee its always about kids and education. Kids need good places to learn and grow! Keeping kids at the centre and in one's heart and mind (which somedays I wonder about that) is and should be the main thing - the rest is politics. It's about keeping the public in education and the private out - as it's a slippery slope where propping up public dollars with private ones hide the underfunding and the "hidden" two tier nature of public education. Schools are more than about "getting an education" but about our culture, society, citizenship, and the future. School are the hubs of our communities.
  2. What positive change do you want to see in your city?
    I don't live in the city so that sure was a urban centric question - LOL. But I grew up in a city - Windsor - and frequently go to Toronto. That said, I would like cities to see rural places as more than places for "resource extraction" and give more respect to "farmers who feed cities."
  3. What cause (or movement) are you most dedicated against?
    I'm with Devon Johnstone on this one. "The growing anti-human rights movement that seems to be gaining momentum in Canada." I don't want those kinds of believes being ok in our schools. I believe - strongly - that all kids should go to school together and that diversity and differences should be celebrated and encouraged. I also agreed with his statement: "... there seem to be a lot of people out there who are using over-the-top rhetoric and deception to support a thinly veiled attempt to make xenophobia socially and politically palatable."
  4. What negative change do you want to see in your city?
    Again, I don't live in a city. I want to see less need for fundraising in schools for essentials, extra-curricular activities, and school programs and schools properly funded with public dollars. This is the hidden two-tier of public education where rich school areas get more because they can raise more private dollars.
  5. If you could live in any city in the world, where would it be?
    I would not live in a city except maybe Vancouver (I'm a warm weather lover), and maybe in the Mayan Rivera in Mexico. I love the heat, the beach, and the people, and I speak a bit of Spanish.
  6. If you could visit any city (not live), where would it be?
    Well not any particular city but Scotland in general - my last name use to be McIntyre - enough said. Most importantly, I have a very special place in my heart and always on my mind and thus - someday - may visit Escuala-in Llilla in Ecuador. Heavy heart....
  7. Favourite time of the year?
    Summer. I'm a beach person who loves to swim, be outdoors, and be active.
  8. Favourite reading subject?
    Education and social policy. And of course current events and politics - dah.
  9. Favourite author?
    Noam Chomsky & Robert Munsch.
  10. Tag at least 5 other bloggers to do this meme.
    I have decided to use an objective criterion for tagging. These are the last five bloggers who appear in my politics category on Google Reader: Buckdog, blogging a dead horse, ADHR, HUD, and Curiosity Cat.
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Liberals Missing from the House - SAME OLD, SAME OLD

Liberals missing from House of Commons votes

SAME OLD, SAME OLD:

Despite Official Opposition Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff’s "empty promise" that "his party would no longer sit on its hands during votes in Parliament, Liberal MPs have missed three times as many votes in the House of Commons so far this year as Conservative members."
WORSE VOTING RECORD
The Liberals posted the worst record for voting of the four parties in the House, standing to be counted fewer times on average than even Bloc Quebecois MPs.
PROPPING UP THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT
And when Liberal MPs did show up, they voted the same way as the Conservatives 79 per cent of the time.
NDP ACTING AS THE ONLY OPPOSITION TO THE REGRESSIVE NEOCON GOVERNMENT
With the exception of a few MPs on one motion, NDP members voted against the Conservatives at every chance. Most of the votes where the Liberals aligned with the Tories were related to the budget.
IGGY DIDN'T LIKE THE OLD STRATEGY
“tired of sitting down. Is that clear?”
SO NOW

Liberal's are standing together with the Harper Conservatives when they bother to show up

IGGY'S POOR LEADERSHIP
Ignatieff did not set a particularly strong example in this session, however. He missed eight of the 47 recorded votes.
THE REAL OPPOSITION
NDP Leader Jack Layton and Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe were in the House for all but two votes. Dion, now an MP, attended all but one vote this session [too little, too late].
LIBERALS ARE THE MOST REGRESSIVE "PRETEND" PROGRESSIVES~LOL
Some of the votes on which the Liberals supported the government were little more than parliamentary housekeeping, but they also helped the Tories defeat Bloc Quebecois and NDP amendments to the budget, quashed proposed changes to trade laws and backed a bill on the transport of dangerous goods, among others.
LIBERAL MOUTHPIECE FOR THE RIGHT WING LIBERAL FACTION

Angelo Persichilli a good old "regressive" pretend progressive liberal wonders (in his usual NDP bashing article)
Does anyone know where Jack's been?
Check the House on the Hill, Angelo. You know where you supposedly report "news" (questionable) from. Where MPs are suppose to work, and where MPs get paid by us, to represent us, and are suppose to do work for us, instead of "not showing up" or gad flying about and preening for the press as "SUPERFICIAL PRETENDERS"

WHO ARE FULL OF POMP AND HOT AIR



LIBERALS KEEPING THE HARPER AGENDA ON TRACK

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Re-RE-Making of Michael by Michael - as Canada burns!

Michael Ignatieff is adamant: He didn't write this book to help him win the prime minister's job. He didn't write it as a defence for living so long outside Canada. And he certainly wasn't trying to pen a political treatise or party platform.
The lady protests too much

Sure, right, gotcha, Michael

In the dark days, when Harper prologued government, Ignatieff was burning up the lamp light on the cold, dark days & nights, madly typing the finishing touches on his book (about him and his glorious "true patriot" ancestors), as the biggest debate on coalition or no coalition raged on in Canada.

Now there's priorities for yeah, but I digress

Ignatieff, by all appearances or more aptly "no appearances" showed he was "too busy" and "uninterested" to walk amongst ordinary Canadians in the bitter cold of December/January.

Rallies too plebeian for you Michael?

Now Michael is plugging his book, and "whispering sweet words" of nothing into our ears

But empty barrels do make the most noise, as my mom use to say

But actions speak louder than words - right?

This is the Liberals and Michael's record ~ ROFL



Actions do speak louder than words - et tu Canadians?
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Saturday, April 18, 2009

NDP - BAN asbestos - No Shameful Double Standard

The NDP is presently the only party in Parliament to adopt a policy in support of banning asbestos.
It's time for Mr. Harper and Mr. Ignatieff to end this shameful double standard: Our export of this dangerous product overseas has indeed got to stop.
Enough said: What Canadians see is that when it comes to conduct and ethics, neither Conservatives nor Liberals have a moral compass when dealing with this kind of matter.

Canadians have come to expect from the Harper Conservatives that their moral compass is lacking, but Liberals, well they protest too much.

Again, after another shameful about face by the Liberal leader - Mr. Ignatieff - it's fitting to remind Canadians, as York University political scientist James Laxer, leader of the NDP's former left-wing Waffle group, has written in another context but fits here as well:
"Ignatieff's slippery view of [ASBESTOS] could end by reminding people of what they like least about the Liberal party -- its tendency toward opportunism at the expense of principle."


AMEN
~ TRUE NORTH, STRONG AND ASBESTOS-EXPORTING~

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