Sunday, October 04, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Night of the Raven
It was weird out there last night. A massive modern art show was going on all over the city, from dusk to dawn.
And in my neighbourhood there were all kinds of strange and disturbing sights. Like people writhing on the sidewalk, or a hall full of 30,000 black paper moths, which when you were there seemed to close in on you in a threatening manner.
But it was the raven figure on the wall that I found most chilling. For it made me think of Stephen Harper lurking in the darkness trying to figure out how to increase the climate of fear.
And then I saw this story.
The Citizen has obtained a series of photographs, spanning a period of less than two minutes, that show the terrible drama of the shooting at the War Memorial, including the last known photograph of Cpl. Cirillo taken before Zehaf-Bibeau started firing seconds later.
These photos are not the work of a professional photographer, nor are they grabbed from security camera footage. Instead, they were taken by a French visitor as he waited with his wife to hop on a tour bus. From the first casual snapshots of the Memorial to the deliberate photographs of a killer in action, these shocking images fill in important gaps in the record.
And the first thought that came into my mind was why NOW? And how convenient.
The pictures have been out there for almost a year, but are just now being made public two weeks before an election?
In a campaign where Stephen Harper and his poisonous Australian monkey Lynton Crosby are playing the fear and loathing card for all its worth, to try to scare Canadians into voting for the Cons...
Now it may be just a coincidence, part of the Citizen's coverage of the upcoming anniversary of that tragic shooting. But in this ghastly Harperland, in the rotting land of the Big Lie, I've come to believe that paranoia is a higher state of consciousness.
And since there is no doubt that Harper and his poisonous monkey will use those pictures to stir up emotions, I'd like to know more about how those pictures came to be published at this critical point in the campaign.
Because this is the situation. While some polls are encouraging.
Others like the latest Ekos poll suggest Harper could be heading for a majority.
With just 17 days until Election Day, the Conservative Party holds a clear (albeit somewhat narrowed) lead. Our poll of last week was controversial at the time as no one else was showing a clear Conservative lead. Our internal daily tracking (now being shared after the fact) shows that the Conservative Party has held the lead for 15 consecutive days and they now find themselves in roughly the same range as where they were at this stage of the 2011 election campaign.
And just the thought that he could snatch another bloody majority is enough to drive that depraved leader hog wild...
And make him capable of doing anything. Legal or illegal, false flag or not.
For the moment he introduced his grotesque wedge issues, and his monstrous "barbaric cultural practices" campaign, complete with a snitch line...
He crossed the dividing line between democracy and fascism.
He couldn't be more desperate or dangerous.
And as Frank Graves points out, the opposition badly needs to change the channel.
The race is anything but settled and is still very much open, but as long as the focus remains on these (wedge) issues, the opposition may be unable to change the channel to the issues that they want to talk about (for example, the economy and middle class). The opposition parties need to raise the volume on economy and consider their own values narrative about how core progressive values are threatened.
Or as I have strongly suggested, use Lynton Crosby as a blunt weapon against Stephen Harper. By accusing him of using a scummy foreigner to divide Canadians.
And of being a traitor to this country and its values.
Now I happen to believe that Justin Trudeau probably has the momentum to deny Stephen Harper a majority.
But we can't take any chances. We must attack the Cons harder than we ever have before. We can't play patty cake any longer. Not with just fifteen days to go.
For the stakes are just too high.
The night of the raven is upon us. Dark things are happening out there.
And this monster couldn't be more dangerous...
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