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July, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
5:44 pm

The Whip

I think I read somewhere that it was not until the 1970's that the candidate's name on the ballot was accompanied by the party affiliation, and that it was not long after that, the candidate required the nomination of the party.

This, I think, is what broke our system.

The expression, "Congratulations. You have chosen a colour. You may now quit thinking" is a pretty apt description of today's political landscape. Harper's party openly and actively reinforces this misconception by openly stating that when we vote for a local candidate, we are actually voting for a team. We are voting for a leader. We are voting for the Beloved Leader. We are voting for Harper.

I hasten to add that the other parties are not much better. The Liberals in particular still suffer under the delusion that they can annoint the next messiah.

Didn't work with Ignatieff, and, god willing, it won't work with Trudeau.

If I am going to commit to a colour, it will be green. And sorry, Elizabeth, I meant the Roughriders.

There, I DO bleed green.

Thank you for your patience. All Of The Above is by way of introduction to this:

Parliamentarians and the yoke of party discipline.

Go. Read. And then discuss amongst yourselves. I'm going for supper now.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
4:18 pm


Something for the afficionados of (1) trail cameras, (2) bluegrass, and (3) pole dancing.

(Lord Vanscoy has proffered proof that he is at least ONE of the above!)

More here. H/T The Galloping Beaver.

Monday, July 29, 2013
4:42 pm

There goes another one!

"Well I'll be damned! There goes Vellacott!! Looks like Rathgeber and Toews have started a real vogue, here!!!"

Saturday, July 27, 2013
9:07 am

Game Day




Thanks, Hamilton! We love you!

(Except for Henry)

Friday, July 26, 2013
5:38 pm


HEADLINE, NYT: " Iran Is Said to Want Direct Talks With U.S. on Nuclear Program"

Come ON. Murcans don't care. They NEED a villain. They have a bloodlust born in the bone which REQUIRES a villain. An "other".

Of COURSE we'll give him a fair trial. March the guilty bastard IN!!!

After all, we have ALWAYS been at war with Eastasia.

And real men want to go to Tehran.

No? Just me, then?

Friday, July 26, 2013
3:47 pm

It's The Weekend, Kiddies.

Kick back.

Thursday, July 25, 2013
7:33 pm

Dog Opens Door ...

Thursday, July 25, 2013
5:50 pm

The Man Behind The Desk

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
8:22 am

The rich ARE different

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
6:52 pm

Even deep down ...

. . . I am really very shallow.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
6:00 pm


Tuesday, July 23, 2013
5:09 pm

Riders' Number One Draft Pick ...

. . . in 2032!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
5:03 pm

Monday, July 15, 2013
6:38 am

Gone Fishing

Sunday, July 14, 2013
3:55 pm

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

"That's not a lie; it's a terminological inexactitude. Also, a tactical misrepresentation."

- General Alexander Haig

"It doesn't have to be true; it just has to be plausible."

- Tom Flanagan

"Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital."

~Aaron Levenstein

Sunday, July 14, 2013
3:21 pm

Sunday Afternoon Concert

Brought to you through the good offices of Lord Vanscoy.

Noblesse oblige.

Friday, July 12, 2013
4:53 pm

Welcome To The Weekend, Kiddies

Let's boogie!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
9:40 am

h/t driftglass

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
7:29 pm

Number one in our hearts, number one in the charts

Dear Murcans:

Too bad. Lost first place here. But still number one HERE!!!

But don't get too comfy, America. Canada is gunning for that title, too!!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
5:30 pm

A Tale of Two Cities

Toronto - a cosmopolitan world-class city - has Rob Ford: an ignorant, fat, neo-con redneck dope-smoking (allegedly) homophobic (allegedly) middle-aged white asshole for a mayor. (Yeah, I already know I'm going to hell)

And Calgary - the supposed redneck capitol of the world - has Naheed Nenshi: a Shi'a Muslim who has completed a Master of Public Policy from Harvard, and who is an urbane, sophisticated, committed, worldly, literate and articulate leader as ITS mayor.

Go figure.

AND - both cities have flooded this summer.

My heart goes out to the residents of both cities who have suffered losses due to flooding.

But particularly to the citizens of Toronto, who have been doubly cursed. And the sympathy is doubled because ONE of the curses they brought upon themselves.

Just where is karma in all this, I wonder?

Torontonians who mocked Calgarians for development in flood plain all wet.

— Coco Cabrera (@coco_urnews) July 9, 2013

Yet MORE!!! (So it's not just me then ...)

(One caveat: Calgary IS Stephen Harper's riding ... karma, again???)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
10:59 am

It's Time

Monday, July 8, 2013
11:36 pm

What Do Canadians Stand For?

"Democracy? Not so much. For the most part, Canadians hold their democracy in contempt and have no desire to fight to improve it. It's a-okay for most Canadians (or at least an indifferent matter) if the government of the day lies to them about the costs of the multi-billion dollar policies and outright refuses to show the people's representatives the facts about their true costs."

Continue reading here. Thwap says it much better than I could.

Sunday, July 7, 2013
4:07 pm

Hershel's Farm


Sunday, July 7, 2013
9:36 am

Good News

Feel-good story of the day.

Friday, July 5, 2013
5:16 pm

At first ...

When I first saw this headline, I thought, "No way. Canada does NOT need a president."

But after reading the article, I think this:

Canada does not need a president. But we also don't need a queen, a governor general, lieutenant governors, a senate or a speaker of the house.

Bloody useless, the lot of them.

Of course, that's just me.

I could be wrong.

Friday, July 5, 2013
4:12 pm

Welcome to the weekend, kiddies!

Big Rider game tonight, and tomorrow is the 100th birthday of the RM of Willow Creek. Pancake breakfast in the morning, cutting the cake in the afternoon, and a dance in the evening.

Hoping to see some ex-pats.

Come on home. You know the way.

Take the back roads!

Friday, July 5, 2013
11:28 am


Friday, July 5, 2013
8:20 am

Game Day

Riders take on the Stamps at home. Kickoff is 7 pm. Roster and depth chart here.

Go Riders!!!


Wednesday, July 3, 2013
2:48 pm

Fakers and Cons

h/t Alison and Montreal Simon

Extra Credit: Stephen Harper's Military Jacket Is Irritating and Offensive

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
4:30 pm

Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper

Chapter and verse HERE.

Monday, July 1, 2013
8:46 am


n. a recurring thought that only seems to strike you late at night - an overdue task, a nagging guilt, a looming and shapeless future - that circles high overhead during the day, that pecks at the back of your mind while you try to sleep, that you can successfully ignore for weeks, only to feel its presence hovering outside the window, waiting for you to finish your coffee, passing the time by quietly building a nest.

- from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Monday, July 1, 2013
7:47 am

Happy Canada Day

Or, for those of us who are well beyond our "best before" date, Happy Dominion Day!!!

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