Grab the Good News....
.......................while it lasts
This afternoon while Charlie Wyse in Cariboo-Chilcotin seems to be falling behind his BC liaR opponent in the recount, currently The Great Stone Wall of Silence, Discretion, and Privilege, Attorney-General Wally Oppal, after surging ahead by 7 votes, has slipped 13 votes behind independent challenger Vicky Huntington in Delta South.
Word has it that if returned to private life Mr. Oppal will be publishing a one page book titled Famous and Impotent* Quotes of Wally Oppal, I won't spoil the book for you by previewing the quote that will form the body of the work.
There's still a lot of votes to count and one must stay calm, but it is nice to have something, even a small thing, to celebrate, even briefly.
* Not a Spelling Error or Sic on you too
Dem Business Prognosticators!
Dem business prognosticators, you know, the ones that always can find some reason to recommend that you BUY, something, anything! Well they proved they got the stuff to me this afternoon. I was going through some papers, building a fire to get rid of some of my tree prunings when I came across the business section of the Stunning Vancouver Sun for January 16, 2009! The was the Humongous Headline:
42,000 jobs in '09:forecast
One can't call anyone a liar about the headline above. Now one might say "conservative" or overly optimistic, considering that on the day this article was published B.C. may have already shed a quarter of the projected jobs lost, just over two weeks into the year. As Bill Tieleman points out here:
B.C. led the country in jobs losses in March with 23,000 and lost 63,000 from January to March, disastrous numbers that should have been the focus of hard-hitting NDP ads -- but they weren't.
So the "experts" did say "more" than 42,000, though I doubt if they would have been willing to consider over 20,000 more in the first three months of the year. Yep, that's business acumen and management that one can only find by blindly trusting in the wisdom and firm hand of those business whizzes Gordon Campbell and Gang. I mean really could the NDP or even the Commies or Marijuana Party do much worse?
If I was a so-called economist or "business forecaster" I would insist that my predictions were printed in disappearing ink, so I wouldn't look quite so stupid or naive a few months or weeks later!
In a column next to these optimistic forecasts, Harvey "what's his angle?" Enchin waxes poetic about how this is no Great Depression, and by the way the Grapes of Wrath was fiction. Jeez thanks Harvey, now I understand why they called John Steinbeck a "NOVELIST" and not a historian or social scientist - Jeeeeeeeeeeeez - and Canned Waste pays him for such pearls of wisdom before us swine (I assume, for now anyway)!
My own prediction is that with Harper in charge in Ottawa and Gordo with a fresh four year mandate in Victoria, things are likely to get just about as bad as possible and SOON! As a resident of the Kootenays, I can take comfort in the fact that the Campbelloids can't shut down much more in our area, seeing as they pretty much did a scorched earth campaign back in 2002. As Kris Kristofferson said "Freedom's just another word, for nothin' left to lose." And we're like Richard Farina, immune (except for, apparently, to dying on his motorcycle, in Big Sur, if I remember correctly)! We can't lose what we've already lost!