Oh no. Somebody call Limousine Anonymous. I see poor Bev Oda has had another unfortunate relapse.
Oda was originally supposed to stay at the Grange St. Paul's Hotel, the site of the conference on international immunizations she was in London to attend. The Savoy is two kilometres away and Oda hired a car and driver to shuttle her between the hotels and around London over her three-day stay.
And as usual, the taxpayers were stuck with the bill. Except that this time not only were the limos expensive. So was the even fancier hotel.
Uh oh. Somebody call a tow truck. I see Danielle Smith and her Wild Hog Party's triumphal ride desperate race to the finishing line, is temporarily bogged down in a redneck swamp of pig shit and bigotry.
With Big Oil's Bubbah Barbie hiding from the public and the media.
The Conservatives said Wildrose candidates are “missing in action” from Fort McMurray to Lethbridge and the NDP said Smith — in a bid to preserve her party’s lead in the polls — is dodging tough questions about her stance on climate change and candidates’ social views.
So she can get enough sleep, get some more coaching from her campaign manager Tom "Strangelove" Flanagan...
And somehow find the strength to massage the fleshy hind quarters of yet another Wild Hog bigot.
Until about ten days ago I clung to the hope that all I ever needed to know about Danielle Smith was that she was the new Evita of the Alberta Teabaggers, and Big Oil's Bubbah Barbie doll. The one with the big wheels.
That she had vowed to make it easier to drink and drive. That she had been cruelly accused of not breeding enough...like a good Alberta cow. And that Tom "Strangelove" Flanagan was her campaign manager.
Because that's enough eh?
But of course now that polls suggest she could be the next Premier of the right-wing petro province, I've been forced to pay more attention to the Wildhog campaign and the stench is overwhelming.
Well I suppose it had to happen eh? Sooner or later the investigation into the RoboCon scandal had to lead all the way to the Con War Room.
Elections Canada investigators on the trail of the "Pierre Poutine" suspect in the robocalls case have been asking questions about the actions of staff at Conservative party headquarters in Ottawa.
And start to look more and more like Canada's Watergate.
Nearly a year after the investigation began, the agency is trying to determine why database records provided by the party appear to be missing entries that could help identify who downloaded the phone numbers used to make fraudulent robocalls, according to a source familiar with the probe.
Canada and the United States are finding themselves at odds with Latin American countries on two thorny issues — the war on drugs and the exclusion of Cuba — at a summit of hemispheric leaders in Colombia.
Trying to keep Cuba out of the Summit of the Americas. When everybody knows that the cruel Yankee embargo has caused the wonderful Cuban people all kinds of misery.
When I was in university I used to volunteer once a week at a nursing home in Montreal's East End. Sébastien used to play the piano and sing French songs, I would play the guitar, my lab Kerouac would lick them all to death. And we all had a hoot.
Except for one woman who would just sit there on her plastic chair looking sad, never said a word, and couldn't be reached by anyone.
It bothered me a lot. Because if loneliness hurts when you're young, when you're old it must be devastating. And if you can't reach them you can't do anything to try to cheer them up.
So you can imagine how I felt when I saw this video about a lonely old guy and the magic of music...
When I first saw this picture a couple of years ago, I remember being seized with the sudden urge to run to the toilet, and vomit violently. And of course I never forgave Bryan Adams.
But now that I've heard his version of what happened I'm feeling a little more generous.
It turns out he was just another prop in the Con Photo-Op Machine's relentless campaign to try to make Stephen Harper look half human. Just an ordinary guy who, when he's not keeping us safe from terrorists and labour unions, slashing jobs, stealing pensions, or turning us into a Petro/Police state.
Likes to play the piano, write books about hockey, and cuddle up with his kittens...
I'm glad to see that reported hate crimes are down in Canada. It's really good news for most people. Just not so good if you're gay.
The report said, though, that while the rate of racial hate crimes was down 20 per cent from 2009 and the rate of religion-based incidents was down 17 per cent, rate of crimes linked to sexual orientation was relatively stable.
Which is disturbing eh? For who wants to be attacked by strangers on the way to the supermarket? Or watch your lover's head being bashed in with a baseball bat. Just for who you are, and who you love.
But what's even more disturbing about this story is that the CBC, and CTV, and a number of other media outlets forgot to mention this bloody little detail.
Gays were more likely to be victims of violent hate crimes. Two-thirds of incidents targeting gays were violent. A third of racially-motivated offences and 17 per cent religiously-motivated crimes were violence.
Talk about a fatal blindness. That old devil homophobia still blinds so many.
Golly. You don't think Stephen Harper's government might launch a national anti-homophobia campaign? Like so many other countries have. Do you think we could have a blog burst like we just had on the abortion motion? Or a Twitter tornado?
Nah. I didn't think so either.
But I'm not discouraged eh? I'm determined to live long enough to not collect a pension and die in poverty. In my bed instead of on some sidewalk. I have studied martial arts, which might be helpful.
And if somebody should ask will it ever be safe to be gay in Canada?
I may hate pink eh? But when I see young Canada, in all its glorious diversity, standing up for bullied kids, and against the hate that kills. And I see how the movement is spreading across the country.
I know that they will be the ones who will finally destroy the old demon homophobia.
Golly. I see Peter MacKay was in the hot seat again today. Claiming he's smart enough to keep those fancy jets from costing us an arm and a leg. And failing miserably.
When questioned by reporters Tuesday, MacKay cited segments of Ferguson's report that he said showed Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page had also left operating costs out of his accounting on the F-35s.
But MacKay was actually citing the Department of National Defence's own accounting in the auditor general's report, not Page's. DND took out the operating costs for its lower estimate, while Page included them in his own $14-billion figure.
Gawd. Now can we call him Bobo?
Yes. But don't laugh too loudly, because now we finally know why the Cons want those jets soooooo badly. It's not to defend us from the Russians, it's for when we go to war with China.
Well I must admit I can't think of a better Easter message, than this one outside a church in Oregon.
Tom Tate, the pastor of Rose City Park United Methodist Church in northeast Portland, told The Blaze that the sign shows his 385-member church's "radical hospitality" towards people who feel alienated from faith.
"The ones that are upset think we are pitting atheism against Christianity," Pastor Tate told The Huffington Post, "We are actually pitting kindness against hatefulness."
Because goodness knows so many Christians, and other religious folk, can be so hateful.
It never made any sense. A movie where children kill each other gets a PG-13 rating, a documentary about children getting bullied gets rated R. So I'm glad to see that Bully has been reclassified.
I'm happy that kids are going to be able to see it, and that the new rating will make it easier for schools to use it as an educational tool. But I'm really hoping that more adults will see it as well.
Because they're the only ones who can change the situation, a lot of them are living in denial, so they need really need to see what happens when horror meets blindness
So that's it then: They knew and they lied. To Parliament. To all of us...if the AG is to be believed — one has to qualify, so explosive are his remarks — then the Harper government's credibility is in tatters, as is the prime minister's personal credibility. With more than three years to run in their mandate, the Tories have driven the bus into a concrete wall of their own making.
Then Stephen Harper invoked the mob's Code of Silence, so he didn't have to answer the obvious question.
I'm sorry to see that Liberals and the NDP are attacking each other, and that Bob Rae is calling Tom Mulcair a "mini-Harper."
“If there was any doubt in anyone’s mind in Canada, let me just say that the era of love and good feeling is clearly over inside the NDP. It’s a new regime,” he said.
“We’ve now moved to the world where anger apparently is better than love, arrogance is now better than humility and petulance is much stronger than respect.”
Because I'd rather see the opposition parties focus all their fire on the Cons. Mulcair is no Jack Layton, but no mini-Harper either.
And although I can understand why Rae is angry at the way the new leader is asserting himself, the truth is that thanks to the NDP leadership race, Rae has had the stage to himself for months. He has had trouble recognizing that the situation has changed.
Uh oh. I see Stephen Harper ran into a little moral turbulence today, courtesy of the Auditor General.
But he just shrugged it off, claiming he never said we would buy the fancy jets that don't work, and we don't need. After spending years telling us they were essential.
Not purchasing the F-35 presented a “real danger” that the country would be unable to defend our airspace and our sovereignty. We would be left susceptible to terrorist bombings and a Russian invasion. This was about “lives” and “jobs.” It was “disappointing” and “sad” and “unbelievable” that anyone would even think of doing otherwise. This went beyond politics. To not purchase the F-35, would leave our air force with an “operational gap,” isolate ourselves from our international allies and fail to sufficiently support the troops. Buying the F-35 was the “only option.” This was a “crusade.”
And he won't fire Peter MacKay, or kill the program, like most Canadians want.
Or even answer this question:
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said that if Harper knew the wrong figures were given to Canadians, it's "unconscionable" and if he didn't, it's "incompetence." Either way, Harper and his lead ministers on the file should be held accountable, he said.
No doubt believing that if he can fool a lot of Canadians with his last budget, he can get away with ANYTHING. Even if his budget only helps Alberta.
Gawd. I'm in the doghouse again. Some of my friends have been beating up on me for my post about the Thrilla on the Hilla.
For they were shocked and appalled that I should "glorify" such a brutal spectacle, and then crudely bait the Cons. And by so doing lower myself to their level.
I tried to explain to them that they don't call me Raging Simon, or the Beast from Montreal, for nothing eh? And the only reason got carried away in the heat of the moment was after listening to Ezra Levant's grotesque commentary.
I told them they should fast forward this video to the two minute mark and ask themselves whether THEIR heads wouldn't explode to hear such nerdy nonsense ...
OK. So I admit I was a bit worried about this one eh? In fact, to be perfectly honest I thought that Patrick Brazeau was going to KILL Justin Trudeau.
And so did the Ezra Levant...
Because in the minutes leading up to the match he was in a frenzy, raving like a crazy man about how he had always hoped somebody would punch Trudeau in the face. And now it was LEGAL !!!!!
"Look at the tats !!! Look at the shoulders on the man !!! " the fleshy nerd screamed as Brazeau made his way to the ring with his entourage. Only to hurl insults at Trudeau as he entered. "He's a shiny pony !!! He's in a trance, it's all that dance training, that ballet training. !!! He skips like my four-year-old daughter !!!! He wanted to use pink gloves but the Sun News network didn't let him !!!!"
It was so grotesque, and so clear he thought Justin was about to be executed, and he couldn't wait to see him carried out on a stretcher, and hopefully bite his ear. But sadly for Ezra, and happily for me, we wuz both wrong.