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December, 2014

December 31, 2014
6:18 pm CST

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

December 31, 2014
2:47 pm CST

Pay no attention to the man in the closet

December 31, 2014
2:20 pm CST

December 30, 2014
6:22 pm CST

December 30, 2014

5:12 pm CST

Deep Dark Fears

More at Bored Panda

December 30, 2014
11:49 am CST

December 30, 2014
11:42 am CST

via this isn't happiness™ Peteski

December 29, 2014
6:02 pm CST

In Praise of Older Ladies

December 23, 2014
9:29 pm CST

Thanks, Ted!

December 22, 2014
8:20 am CST

Praise The Chord

December 21, 2014
6:18 pm CST

Conservative Jesus

Conservative Jesus is a cold psychopath. @CommonSenseTory #cdnpoli #topoli

— Boycott Sun News (@boycottsunnews) October 6, 2014

Merry Christmas.

December 21, 2014
5:52 pm CST

A letter to the PM from a lickspittle

(published Dec 15, 2014 in Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury)

Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper
24 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario.

My very dear Prime Minister:

Permit me, on behalf of a grateful nation, to extend our thanks for your enlightened stewardship and our best wishes for an exceptionally happy Christmas. Your loyal subjects join you in eager anticipation of your re-election next October to a fourth term as PM. Your place in Canadian history is secure; soon you will join the pantheon of world greats.

But you know all this. Let me get to the point. There's a pile of presents under your Christmas tree, gifts from supporters and favour-seekers. But be careful, Prime Minister, there is one "gift" you do not want to open. It will cause you great distress. It is a new book entitled "Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada's Radical Makeover" by iPolitics columnist Michael Harris.

It is a nasty piece of work, sir. Very nasty. It alleges that since you took command of the state in 2006, you have endeavored, with considerable success, to make the Conservative party and indeed the entire government accountable to just one person - to you, Mr. Harper.

The indictment is lengthy: You insist on controlling everything yet refuse to accept blame when things go wrong. You do not trust science, statistics or any information that does not coincide with your own beliefs or partisan intentions. You have no faith in public servants and diplomats to give you objective advice. You withhold information. You treat Parliament with contempt.

You have changed the country. As Michael Harris writes: "Until that moment (when you became prime minister), Canada had been a secular and progressive nation that believed in transfer payments to better distribute the country's wealth, the Westminster model of governance, a national medicare program, a peacekeeping role for the armed forces, an arm's-length public service, the separation of church and state, and solid support for the United Nations. Stephen Harper believed in none of these things."

Please, Prime Minister, do not assume "Party of One" is some sort of partisan rant, a piece of opposition propaganda in election year. It is much more than that. It is a deeply researched and meticulously documented account of your years in office. I have known Harris for years and I worked with him at the Globe and Mail. He is a superb investigative reporter, one the best. He specializes in finding slithery things hidden under rocks.

His first book, "Justice Denied," reported the wrongful conviction of Donald Marshall, a Mi'kmaq Indian in Nova Scotia, who spent 11 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. His second, "Unholy Orders," ripped the lid off the cover-up of sexual and physical abuse of boys at the Mount Cashel Orphanage in Newfoundland.

He brings the same intensity to his scrutiny of your reign. It's all there: the robocall scandal and election-spending abuses; the destruction of Linda Keen, the head of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission; the F-35 folly; your vendetta against Helena Guergis, who was one of your MPs and ministers until you threw her under the bus; your wars against Statistics Canada, the Parliamentary Budget Officer, the Chief Electoral Officer, the Auditor General and even the Chief Justice of Canada; your government's hypocritical treatment of veterans; and your errors in judgment in trusting high office to people who should be in jail instead. And, of course, there was your signature folly: Mike Duffy and the Senate-expense scandal; Harris probes your complicity in exhaustive detail.

As I advised at the outset, please, Prime Minister, do not read this book. It will make you angry. It will make you want to get even. You may even want to sue the author for being beastly to you. I wouldn't do that, Sir. If the case ends up before the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice and her colleagues may remember how you tried to beat her up after the court blocked your appointment of the ineligible Marc Nadon. Judges have long memories.

Your faithful lickspittle,
etc., etc.

from iPolitics

December 20, 2014
4:07 pm CST

December 20, 2014
10:57 am CST

December 19, 2014
5:01 pm CST

On this day:

Ray - 1994
Deryk - 2002

In memory of good friends

December 18, 2014
7:39 pm CST

HEADLINE: From moderate Democrats to white Evangelicals, nearly every demographic group believes torture can be justified

Well, yes. Of course.

Every demographic group contains "Authoritarians".

And they are the ones who form the posse.

December 18, 2014
6:06 pm CST

Why so many farmers miss the Wheat Board

"Henry Kuhl could see the hovering helicopter and police lights as he drove his truck toward Canada Customs. It was a sunny day in spring, 1996, and he and 40 other Manitoba farmers had crossed into North Dakota to sell their grain. It was a symbolic protest against the Canadian Wheat Board, the federal marketing agency that monopolized the grain trade and forbade farmers from disposing of their own wheat. "We were sick and tired of being pushed around by the Wheat Board," says Kuhl. "So we were pushing back to see what they'd do."

Continued here.

December 16, 2014
11:30 am CST


December 16, 2014
11:10 am CST

December 16, 2014
10:33 am CST

Unscheduled Musical Interlude

December 14, 2014
11:00 am CST

Merry Christmas From The Family

December 13, 2014
10:21 am CST

Happy Sequential Date Day (last one this century)

via this isn't happiness™ Peteski

December 13, 2014
8:57 am CST

December 12, 2014
3:41 pm CST

Welcome to the weekend, kiddies

Sending this one out to all the old Saskatoonians, past and present. Kick your shoes off, sit down with a refreshing beverage, and hit the "go" button on the way-back machine.

December 12, 2014
2:47 pm CST

Six to Eight Black Men

December 12, 2014
9:56 am CST


What could go wrong?

December 12, 2014
9:27 am CST

December 10, 2014
11:47 am CST

Res Ipsa Loquitur

December 10, 2014
10:37 am CST

Hemingway in 15 seconds

The Old Man and The Sea in 15 seconds. Learn about Hemingway?s own fishing adventures at The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park. #ehfop #hemingway #oakpark #papa #theoldmanandthesea #book

A video posted by Ernest Hemingway Foundation (@ehfop) on

More at ehfop.

December 9, 2014
11:37 am CST

December 9, 2014
11:02 am CST

Please Advise! This Christmas Music Is Goddamn Awful

Dear Dr. Steve,

I woke up this morning and Burl Ives was on the radio. I'm frightened. Are these the End Times?



Dr. Steve's answer here: Dear Doomed,

December 9, 2014
10:31 am CST

How the US Created the Islamic State

December 8, 2014
11:15 am CST

December 7, 2014
4:53 pm CST

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

I love this show.

Watch it (and others) on Crackle.

December 7, 2014
4:24 pm CST

Look What I Found

Some Steely Dan.

December 7, 2014
12:18 pm CST

Quote Of The Day

December 6, 2014
8:28 am CST

Welcome to the Weekend, Kiddies

December 5, 2014
10:19 am CST

via this isn't happiness™ Peteski

December 2, 2014
6:43 pm CST

Unscheduled musical interlude

Season 3 - "The Walking Dead"

December 2, 2014
10:37 am CST

December 1, 2014
11:28 am CST

Unscheduled Arctic Interlude

December 1, 2014
10:46 am CST


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