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Monday, September 15, 2008


That Other House

In the heat of the campaign Uneven Steven has disclosed that apparently all along he has had the formula for SUCCESS in Afghanistan! I guess he was saving that disclosure until he could use it to garner votes for his Canadian Republican Party.

Dave, over at our Galloping Beaver, sez:

The metric here is important. The previous benchmarks, as loosely identified as they were, were based on some level of accomplishment and success. Now, it's based solely on a date and the length of the involvement. That's not an effective exit strategy - it's a fixed date on a calendar - like a dental appointment.

Putting it another way, success is defined as making good travel arrangements. Of course how can even Steven predict if the airline will still be in business by 2011?

Between Both Houses

For residents of British Columbia, it seems as if there is an election for every jurisdiction above the cellular level. Here we have municipal, regional, provincial, federal and then to distract the low-information crowd, the vote for Big Daddy of the Universe at full throttle to the south. This overlapping and interfacing of various levels of electoral aspirations leads to charming little tidbits like this below, from the Globe and Mail, daily of record from the riding of Universe-Center-Central.

After all, what's not to like when provincial Republicans and Canadian Republicans have a spat, and make each other pout. So far, Gordo the Gangster seems to be biting his tongue and not responding to his federal ally/rival. Of course, I figure that our local premier, who should only roam free on a day pass, is just trying to keep his head down and not become collateral damage in the war between Stephen Harper and Civilization.

VICTORIA -- Federal Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn slammed the B.C. government's carbon tax yesterday, abandoning the stand his party has nurtured for months that it can criticize the federal Liberal proposal without also attacking Premier Gordon Campbell's initiative.

To continue reading this article, you will need to purchase this article.

I guess the old Globe and Mail ain't just running out of, and running off, journalists, but has no clue about making money with advertising online, either. Oh well, the Goober and Maul can leave that to Google, youTube and the rest and quietly die, to many sighs of relief from many trees.

If you don't have $5.00 or just don't want to send it to Toronto, check out the CBC/Canadian Press or Vaughn Palmer in the Sun, for more than the Globe and Mail was willing to share, even for five bucks!

Closer to Our House

Before I forget, I should explain today's headline regarding whether I like or hate Mondays. Once I heard the news this morning about more banks and more airlines were going under, I felt it was going to be a good day. When we are having elections at every level and at almost every level the incumbents are from the Greedy Evil Privatize Everything and Run Off with the Ill-Gotten Gains Party - bad news is GOOD NEWS, and hopefully we will have enough jolts to awaken even the most blissfully unaware voters among us in time for our pilgrimages to the polls.

Our House

According to BC Mary, who may be one of the few who remembers there ever was a BC Rail or BC Rail Trial, the BC Rail trial actually, maybe, is supposed to shudder and creak into action this week. With so many elections, natural disasters, the World Series and the onset of hockey mania, the Campbellites can hope for no better time for letting the trial move forward. With all the distractions and the eager help of the compliant Canned Wasteland, nobody will be any the wiser, even if it turns out that the Ferret was using Basi's cell phone to call the Drug Lord to arrange drug deals (using Harmony Airlines to move product)- the local headline will be about Carole James' visit to the Beauty Salon.

Then again, maybe Gordo will decide he had better break his fixed election date also,just like Big Daddy Harper and try for a new mandate before the Republican brand at all levels becomes totally discredited - with the onset of the Great, Great Depression and/or DubyaDubyaThree - the Biggest One (apologies to Dobie Gillis' Father).

Not So Great News for Capitalists

TSX falls more than 500 points
Worrisome economic reports add to market fears in Canada, U.S.

That old Republican, Conservative, Reform/Alliance and BC Liberal Economic Management - IN ACTION!


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