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Globe and Mail uses torturous logic to endorse CPC, but not Harper:

The Globe and Mail has endorsed the CPC as deserving of another mandate in the upcoming election, but says that Stephen Harper does not.

Link to the article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/editorials/the-tories-deserve-another-mandate-stephen-harper-doesnt/article26842506/?click=sf_globe

Some samples of the pretzel logic they use:

The election of 2015 has been powered by a well-founded desire for change. But it has also been an election where the opposition has recognized the electorate’s desire for stability and continuity on all things economic. That’s why the Liberals and the New Democrats, while running on the rhetoric of change, put forward economic platforms built largely on acceptance of the Conservative status quo.

The key issue of the election should have been the economy and the financial health of Canadians. On that score, the Conservative Party has a solid record. Hardly perfect but, relatively speaking, better than most. However, the election turned into a contest over something else: a referendum on the government’s meanness, its secretiveness, its centralization of power in the most centralized Prime Minister’s Office in history, its endless quest for ever more obscure wedge issues, and its proclivity for starting culture wars rather than sticking to the knitting of sound economic and fiscal stewardship. It turned this election into a referendum on the one-man show that has become the Harper government.

The thing is, the other two major parties have so much respect for the Conservatives’ record on economic, fiscal and tax policy that they propose to change almost none of it. Did Tom Mulcair’s NDP run on a promise to raise income taxes? To massively increase spending? To run deficits? No, no and no. The NDP tax platform was, essentially, the Conservative Party’s, plus a small increase in business taxes. The slogan may have been about “Change,” but the platform was about trying to reassure voters that an Orange Wave would leave the Conservative economic status quo largely in place.

The Liberals have in one respect been slightly different from the NDP in offering change – their call for the federal government to spend more on infrastructure, financed by two years of small deficits, deviates from the Harper government brand (though not its record) of balanced budgets.

Canada needs a change. It also needs the maintenance of many aspects of the economic status quo. What Canada needs, then, is a Conservative government that is no longer the Harper government.

The Conservatives have been a big tent party in the past, and they must be once again. Fiscally prudent, economically liberal and socially progressive – the party could be all of those things, and it once was. But it won’t be, as long as Mr. Harper is at its head. His party deserves to be re-elected. But after Oct. 19, he should quickly resign. The Conservative Party, in government or out, has to reclaim itself from Stephen Harper.


So, their logic is the Liberals and the NDP have moved to the centre/right, but they haven't moved far enough to the right. They're indistinguishable from the CPC, but they're too far to the left of the CPC. We need change, but not -that- much change. So, vote change, vote CPC! And then just clap your hands and hope really loud that Mr. Harper just really nicely steps aside after he's elected.

It's just crazy. And what's all that talk about "If it's about the economy, the CPC could win, and deserve to..." What? Last I checked they've spent the last decade flushing the economy down the drain.

The Ottawa Citizen has also made the case for the Tories: http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/editorial-the-case-for-returning-the-conservatives-to-power

And once again, the logic here is that the NDP has moved to the centre/right, but not enough, and Trudeau just isn't ready (where have we heard that over and over and over?) and what we really need is change, so vote CPC. Straight out of the CPC talking points.

This para from the Ottawa Citizen article makes me want to yank my hair out by the roots:

Nevertheless, there are two serious issues facing Canada right now: Ongoing economic uncertainty, and an increasingly unstable situation in the Middle East. In the face of the worst economic downturn in a generation, Harper has made sure that Canada remains on secure economic footing, something both his opponents’ plans put at risk. When it comes to confronting ISIL and the threat of global terror more generally, only the Conservatives are prepared to treat the matter with the strength of conviction it deserves.


Ugh, Monday can't come fast enough.

Remember to get out there and vote, folks. And Heave Steve!

4 men stabbed, 1 woman hit at Jimmy's Famous Seafood in Southeast Baltimore

Source: Baltimore Sun

Four men were stabbed or cut with a knife and a woman was struck in the face during an altercation at a Southeast Baltimore seafood restaurant early Friday morning, according to Baltimore Police.

Police responded to Jimmy's Famous Seafood in the 6500 block of Holabird Avenue about 1:30 a.m. for a report of a cutting and located five victims — a 29-year-old man cut in the hand, a 24-year-old man cut in the neck, a 27-year-old man cut in the left thigh and left torso, a 22-year-old man cut in the wrist and abdomen, and a 24-year-old woman who was struck in the nose, police said.

The five victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries considered to be non-life-threatening, police said.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bs-md-jimmys-seafood-20151009-story.html

XPost from Canada group: Article: Because I am Christian, I'm not voting Conservative

From the Toronto Star:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/09/08/voting-conservative-not-the-christian-thing-to-do.html

I will not be voting Conservative at the forthcoming election. Not because I am committed to party politics — far from it — and nor because I am convinced of the righteousness of any particular politicians — I am certainly not — but for one very simple reason. I am a Christian. Yes, I will not be voting Conservative because I am a Christian.

My own conservative credentials began to evaporate more than 18 months ago when I embraced equal marriage and once the door is unlocked it has a habit of opening wide. The journey from legalism to love, or religion to relationship, isn’t directly political as such and it’s dangerous and facile to overly politicize faith. But it’s also downright naïve to think that religion and politics have no mutual hinge. Cue the usual attacks because someone has dared to change his mind, as though evolution is a sin and ideological and spiritual stubbornness a virtue.

In terms of environmental protection and ecological concern the argument is almost axiomatic. Contrary to how even other conservative parties and administrations have behaved, the Harper government has allowed ideology to triumph over scientific reality and has empowered deniers who are not given table-room elsewhere. I interviewed many of them over the years and while they’re not always the big oil puppets their opponents claim, they are generally politicians more than experts.

The poor and marginalized? The government’s taxation policies have reversed a long-standing tradition of redistribution and have encouraged the perception that tax is a burden rather than a duty. We’ve heard too much about “the other” and of the so-called undeserving and this is as un-Christian as it is un-Canadian. We share therefore we are.


I feel like Harper's going to die the death of 1000 cuts with articles like this. Just little things constantly picking away at his base and pushing him further and further out of the mainstream.

I'm still aiming at the NDP slate in my riding, but it's been an NDP stronghold for ages. I'm not changing much where I live, though this will be my husband's first federal election since he gained citizenship (immigrated from the USA).

The topic sort of dovetails with what's happening in the USA right now, especially with the Pope visiting and such.

Article: Because I am Christian, I'm not voting Conservative

From the Toronto Star:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/09/08/voting-conservative-not-the-christian-thing-to-do.html

I will not be voting Conservative at the forthcoming election. Not because I am committed to party politics — far from it — and nor because I am convinced of the righteousness of any particular politicians — I am certainly not — but for one very simple reason. I am a Christian. Yes, I will not be voting Conservative because I am a Christian.

My own conservative credentials began to evaporate more than 18 months ago when I embraced equal marriage and once the door is unlocked it has a habit of opening wide. The journey from legalism to love, or religion to relationship, isn’t directly political as such and it’s dangerous and facile to overly politicize faith. But it’s also downright naïve to think that religion and politics have no mutual hinge. Cue the usual attacks because someone has dared to change his mind, as though evolution is a sin and ideological and spiritual stubbornness a virtue.

In terms of environmental protection and ecological concern the argument is almost axiomatic. Contrary to how even other conservative parties and administrations have behaved, the Harper government has allowed ideology to triumph over scientific reality and has empowered deniers who are not given table-room elsewhere. I interviewed many of them over the years and while they’re not always the big oil puppets their opponents claim, they are generally politicians more than experts.

The poor and marginalized? The government’s taxation policies have reversed a long-standing tradition of redistribution and have encouraged the perception that tax is a burden rather than a duty. We’ve heard too much about “the other” and of the so-called undeserving and this is as un-Christian as it is un-Canadian. We share therefore we are.


I feel like Harper's going to die the death of 1000 cuts with articles like this. Just little things constantly picking away at his base and pushing him further and further out of the mainstream.

I'm still aiming at the NDP slate in my riding, but it's been an NDP stronghold for ages. I'm not changing much where I live, though this will be my husband's first federal election since he gained citizenship (immigrated from the USA).

Atlantic columnist asks Trump supporters why they support Trump

...and it's about as terrible as you might expect:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/08/donald-trump-voters/401408/

From self-proclaimed anarchists who think he might just be the final straw that burns the whole system down to self-proclaimed liberals who think he's the perfect tonic to political correctness run amok *gag*.

From the lede:
Last week, I asked Donald Trump supporters why they believe that the billionaire real-estate developer will treat them any better than the career politicians they mistrust.

The dozens of replies that I received from across the United States make up the largest collection I’ve encountered of Trump supporters setting forth their thinking in their own words. And having read through this non-representative sample, I understand the candidate’s rise better than I did before. Broadly speaking, the men and women who wrote fall into two categories: Those who earnestly believe that Trump is the best choice to lead America and those who are motivated by giddyness at the chaotic spectacle of his success. Of course, anyone polling at the top of a major party is going to have supporters with all sorts of backgrounds and world views, and while the correspondence below includes several recurring themes, many of the rationales are singular.


The media's not going to slow down their coverage on him as long as he shifts units and captures eyeballs, so we as progressives have to make sure that every time some nugget drops from those lips, it's refuted with fact-checking and sound policy. Let's not let him turn into the next Reagan, for heaven's sake!

The writ is dropped

As everyone knew it would be, yesterday:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2015-stephen-harper-confirms-start-of-11-week-federal-campaign-1.3175136

Stephen Harper has started a long and cynical campaign, and the pundits and analysts are off and running. Who will benefit from the long campaign? Who's in danger? Who's secure? Who has money? Who's going to win the debates?

Substantive discussion on actual policy and platform is a little thin, of course. Election campaigns are all PR and marketing, now. But count on CBC et. al. to give us day-to-day updates of what everyone's doing:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2015-live-campaign-begins-1.3177165

We've got 11 weeks to ditch Harper, folks. Let's show him the door with authority. Many ridings have been redistricted to give more ridings to the now denser suburbs, so make sure you know your riding, make sure you know your candidates.

Heads up, Canada! Ridings are being redistricted.

Last night, the new NDP candidate for our riding was pounding the pavement, handing out flyers. I live in Kensington Market in Toronto, which has, up until now, been in the riding of Trinity-Spadina. Well, she was handing out flyers for University-Rosedale. I was wondering if maybe she had wandered across a riding barrier and not realized it, but also, I had never heard of Univeristy-Rosedale before. So, I went to the Elections Canada website. You can see what your current riding is, and what your riding will be for the upcoming federal election here:

http://www.elections.ca/Scripts/vis/ChooseED?L=e&QID=-1&PAGEID=20

Yeah, turns out I'm in a new riding called University-Rosedale that is such obvious gerrymandering.

http://www.elections.ca/Scripts/vis/Map338?L=e&ED=35110&EV=99&EV_TYPE=6&PC=M5T2N5&PROV=ON&PROVID=35&QID=-1&PAGEID=27

Looks to me like they're trying to balance out us hippies, commies, and liberals in Kensington/Univeristy/Little Portugal/Little Italy with the rich conservative voters up in Rosedale.

Heads up. Make sure you know what your riding is for the upcoming federal election!

The Breathtaking Hypocrisy Of The Republican Freak Out About John McCain, In One Letter

From ThinkProgress:

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2015/07/20/3682278/breathtaking-hypocrisy-republican-freak-john-mccain/

The remarks have predictably generated an avalanche of criticism from the rest of the Republican presidential field. Jeb Bush, for example, tweeted the following:


Enough with the slanderous attacks. @SenJohnMcCain and all our veterans – particularly POWs have earned our respect and admiration.

— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) July 18, 2015

This seems like an uncontroversial statement. Who would disagree with the notion that “all our veterans” deserve “respect and admiration” for their service?

One such person, recent history reveals, is Jeb Bush.


I mean, really, it's the usual Republican hypocrisy that we see constantly, but when you run into those people who insist that the GOP really supports those veterans, it's a great idea to remind them just how disrespectful they have been, and continue to be, so long as it is politically expedient. It's great to watch them turn on each other and beat each other up in the GOP primaries, but let's keep this sort of thing in the front of everyone's minds.

XPost from Canada group: ICYMI: Desmond Cole is bravely attacking racism in Toronto

Desmond Cole is a columnist for The Torontoist:

http://torontoist.com/author/desmondcole/

and Toronto Life:

http://www.torontolife.com/author/desmondcole/

ignited a bit of a firestorm when Toronto Life published his article attacking the Toronto Police Services practice of carding, and its incredibly racist implementation in this article:

http://www.torontolife.com/informer/features/2015/04/21/skin-im-ive-interrogated-police-50-times-im-black/

People would love to imagine Canada as a serene, post-racial society without this kind of trouble, but POC are still dying in Canada. It's overshadowed a little by the massive troubles that are erupting throughout the USA for the same problems, but it's still an issue, here. Since the article was posted, he's been talking about it non-stop on his Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/DesmondCole and finding a great deal of support and a bizarre amount of resistance.

It's worth your time to read the article and do some browsing of his Twitter feed.

Remember that carding is not simply "collecting data." Each instance of carding is recorded as a "non-arrest police interaction" which is something that can show up on a background check. Toronto Star did an article about this last year: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/05/17/no_charges_no_trial_but_presumed_guilty.html outlining the problem of people being denied jobs and housing based on things like these non-arrest interactions showing up on background checks.

ICYMI: Desmond Cole is bravely attacking racism in Toronto

Desmond Cole is a columnist for The Torontoist:

http://torontoist.com/author/desmondcole/

and Toronto Life:

http://www.torontolife.com/author/desmondcole/

ignited a bit of a firestorm when Toronto Life published his article attacking the Toronto Police Services practice of carding, and its incredibly racist implementation in this article:

http://www.torontolife.com/informer/features/2015/04/21/skin-im-ive-interrogated-police-50-times-im-black/

People would love to imagine Canada as a serene, post-racial society without this kind of trouble, but POC are still dying in Canada. It's overshadowed a little by the massive troubles that are erupting throughout the USA for the same problems, but it's still an issue, here. Since the article was posted, he's been talking about it non-stop on his Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/DesmondCole and finding a great deal of support and a bizarre amount of resistance.

It's worth your time to read the article and do some browsing of his Twitter feed.

Remember that carding is not simply "collecting data." Each instance of carding is recorded as a "non-arrest police interaction" which is something that can show up on a background check. Toronto Star did an article about this last year: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/05/17/no_charges_no_trial_but_presumed_guilty.html outlining the problem of people being denied jobs and housing based on things like these non-arrest interactions showing up on background checks.
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