Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesday Moody Blues


Bob Rae Should Be Leading Some Party, Somewhere

And here he gives us yet another reason why.

Pro-Israel, Pro-Arab and Pro-PeaceShare
Yesterday at 10:52am
As written in the Toronto Star - March 30, 2009 :

There is a story about two Israelis meeting in the street. "How are things?"

"In a word, 'good.' In two words, 'not good.' "

I have just spent 10 days travelling in the Middle East, meeting with leaders in Cairo, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Amman, Damascus and Beirut.

It is a time of intense discussion and debate: between Hamas and Fatah over a unity government; among Arab leaders about putting life into their peace initiative; among Israeli political leaders about a new government; among everyone about Iran.

Surrounding it all is public opinion in the region, which wants peace and security but in which deep resentments and anger rise up: Israeli opinion remains incensed with the vitriolic rhetoric, the constant threats, and what they see as a lack of real understanding of their situation. Arab opinion is incensed with Israel's attack on Gaza, a possible right-wing government in Israel, and a peace process that in their eyes has gone nowhere.

Seven years ago, Arab leaders launched an initiative that said the Arab world would establish normal relations with Israel if Israel would accept the borders of 1967 and thus allow for the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. There is some hope this approach will be revived at next week's Arab summit.

However, Iran espouses a radically different view. When its leaders talk of Israel's "occupation," they are not talking about what happened in 1967 and after, but of Israel's very existence and presence in the region. When they talk of "resisting the Zionist entity" and of their support for Hamas and Hezbollah, they are referring to a long-term vision of never-ending struggle.

Iran's refusal to comply with UN resolutions on the development of its nuclear program, its military buildup and role in supplying arms to Hamas and Hezbollah, both of which are publicly committed to the destruction of Israel, is destabilizing the entire region.

Not surprisingly, Israeli opinion has hardened as a result: both the Lebanon invasion of 2006 and the Gaza invasion of 2008-09 had widespread public support. Israelis point to the improved security on the Lebanese border and the dramatic drop in suicide bombs, which they attribute to the security wall, as evidence that regardless of how it plays elsewhere, their approach is working.

Israeli conservatives take this logic further, asserting that the conflict cannot be resolved, only managed – with Israel holding the upper hand.

What is troubling about the "managing the conflict" scenario is that it ignores how difficult living conditions are for most Palestinians. There are more than 500 roadblocks in the West Bank, making normal civilian and economic life extremely difficult. Israelis say "settlements are not an issue," meaning they will be resolved at the bargaining table, but continued building on deeply contested land is unquestionably seen as both a provocation and a barrier to peace by even the most moderate of Palestinians.

Israel's challenge is that Hamas and Hezbollah do not feel bound by the same rules of war and engagement as Israel. Rocket launchers are placed on the rooftops of schools and apartment buildings; military headquarters are buried beneath hospitals. These tactics are frequently used by guerrillas with popular support. But fighting these wars is painfully difficult. Rockets and bombs go astray, innocent men, women and children are killed, and the world is watching.

Being justified in a response does not mean the response will have a successful result. Life is not fair. Hitting back, and hitting back hard, will not necessarily produce the desired result.

Canada's friendship with Israel is deep and permanent. But that friendship does not mean we can be indifferent to the Palestinian claim to a viable state. The logic of the UN decision in 1947 to accept partition clearly implied there would be not just one but two states in the old Ottoman and British Mandate. We should be supporting the creation of a Palestinian state and showing more leadership in expressing what it will take to get there.

The Annapolis process set in motion an important effort to help the Palestinian Authority take greater responsibility for security matters, including assisting the Authority to train 6,000 members of the national security force and the 2,000-strong presidential guard. There are nine Canadians involved in this process. Canadians on the ground say the Authority is ready to take on more, that there is room to dismantle checkpoints and roadblocks. A wizened Fatah commander now in charge of the national security force goes even further. "Give us the tools to do the job and we shall do it." An old fedayeen fighter, he is ready to embrace the two-state solution. But he sees no deep willingness in Israel to walk down this path, which as he sees it only helps Hamas.

FOR THE LONGEST TIME Canadian foreign policy in the Middle East has been bedevilled by the notion that we must be either "pro-Israel" or "pro-Arab." We should be both. Our ties of emotion and friendship are deep with many countries, and we must be proud of our own history, our diplomatic achievements and commitments to human rights and international law.

Canada diminishes itself when it is less than it could be, when it chooses to see the world through a narrow lens, and when it turns every foreign issue into a partisan stance instead of an opportunity for statesmanship.



Monday, March 30, 2009

Woohoooo!!! I'm over 10%!!!

I'm all the way up to 13% of my sponsorship. Give to someone today.


Jason Cherniak is the Grit Girl - Day 2

The Straw Poll Continues today with non-believers leading the day.

Rumour has it ex-Superblogger Jason Cherniak is really the guy behind the now infamous "Grit Girl" you tube ads. Me? I'm not so sure. You be the judge.

For the record, most of us enjoy Grit Girl.


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Jason Cherniak is the "Grit Girl"?

Rumour has it ex-Superblogger Jason Cherniak is really the guy behind the now infamous "Grit Girl" you tube ads. Me? I'm not so sure. You be the judge.

For the record, most of us enjoy Grit Girl.


Jason Cherniak is the "Grit Girl"?

Rumour has it ex-Superblogger Jason Cherniak is really the guy behind the now infamous "Grit Girl" you tube ads. Me? I'm not so sure. You be the judge.

For the record, most of us enjoy Grit Girl.


New F1 Team Takes First and Second in Australia

Wow! Who woulda thunk it? Ross Brawn, formerly of Ferrari, takes his new Brawn racing team to the top in its inaugural race. Now that is incredible. Richard Branson gave the team a boost when he announced prior to the Aussie GP race that he will throw his financial support to the Brawn GP team. Sounds like a winning combination to me.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

McGuinty Gov't to Move Forward on Tax Harmonization

I'm not sure if it's a good idea or not. It just isn't sitting right in my stomach though. Raising taxes during a depression is always an interesting theory.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

We're having a Party and You Should Come

Liberal Helpings Niagara West Glanbrook Style

There's nothing like a barn party I always say. On Friday, the Niagara West Glanbrook Federal Liberal Association will be hosting a Liberal Helpings get together. The information for those that would like to attend is here:

My Event Details
When: Mar 27, 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Les and Judy Keczan's Farm
Address: 4585 King Street
City: Beamsville
PostCode: L0R 1B1

Please RSVP to: Andrew Iler @ andrew.iler@sympatico.ca

If you can't make it out but would like to sponsor the event, donations could be made online here @ Liberal Helpings.

Thank you for your support,

James C. Curran
Niagara West Glanbrook
Federal Liberal Association


Is the Liberal IT Division Out to Lunch????

First there was the embarrassing Green Shift vs. The Green Shift.

Now there's OnProbation.ca vs. onprobation.com.

Holy F@€k!!! Doesn't anyone research anything anymore?

I'm no strategist, but I would change our website.


It's Tough to Choose the Right Theme Song

After this, you can choose which song to go with.

h/t to hax0r


Tory Staffer Fired for Hacking

My question is what did they hope to achieve?


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Big News for Alan Parsons Fans!!!

After all these years, APP is releasing a new album! How exciting is that? It's called the Alan Parsons Project that Never Was. For those of you that knew me a little in HS, you know that I liked APP a wee bit back then.


LiberalsONLINE.ca welcomes "Little Fish in a Giant Pond"

Hey everyone, let's welcome our newest Featured Liberal Blogger, Little Fish in a Giant Pond, to LiberalsONLINE.ca. You can read his blog here.

Stop by his blog and say hello.


Monday, March 23, 2009

In Case You Haven't Seen Fox's Insult

Here it is.

I guess they forgot that the last war they had with Canada, they lost!!!


Vancouver Delegate Fundraising Update

It's been a busy 5 days over at the donation page. I'd like to thank my many sponsors. THANK YOU! Every dollar counts. Big or small, the party takes 'em all!

My goal has not been reached friends, so continue to give generously to the What Do I Know Grit. He promises to blog, and blog often, from the convention floor a la 2006.


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Hope for Kidnapped Canadians

In a world full of doom and gloom everyday in the media, we get a story of hope. Let's all be positive for the safe return of our missing Canadians.

The freeing in neighbouring Mali of Soumana Mounkaila has raised hope that Robert Fowler, the former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations, and Louis Guay, his Foreign Affairs department aide, may also soon be released.

The Canadians were on a UN mission in Niger when kidnapped along with Mounkaila Dec. 14.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Only 47 More Sponsors Required

Update: Only 45 more sponsors at $20 apiece are needed. Thank you for your generosity!! After I reach my goal, I will dedicate this site to other bloggers that will be attending to help them raise money. It's only fair.

Yep. That's correct. I only need 47 more sponsors at $20 apiece to achieve my fundraising goal for the Vancouver convention. Any additional funds raised go directly to the Liberal Party, so donate and donate often!

Thank you!


Stephen Harper - The Ultimate Zionist

And we Christians are just anti-semites. So are those Europeans.

Here's a brief history of anti-semitism:

Comment Columnists / Salim Mansur
Wise words from Harper

The recent words of Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed to a gathering of Jews, members of Chabad Lubavitch, on Parliament Hill need wide circulation.

He said, "Anti-Semitism is a pernicious evil that must be exposed, that must be confronted, that must be repudiated, whenever and wherever it appears. Fuelled by lies and paranoia we have learned from history it is an evil so profound, indeed as we saw in Mumbai, that it is ultimately a threat to us all."

In speaking forcefully as he did, Harper reminded Canadians how in troubled times such as the present -- the perils of global economic downturn converging with regional conflicts, Islamist terrorism, and the defiant push by Iran for nuclear power -- the exclusive race-hatred against Jews, as witnessed in the hunt for killing them by Pakistani terrorists in Mumbai, can precipitate disaster for many.

Anti-Semitism is perhaps the hottest and most prickly subject to discuss. Though it is deeply irrational, morbid and soaked in vile conspiracy theories, Jew hatred has a long, checkered history.

But the term anti-Semitism is of relatively recent coinage introduced by Wilhelm Marr (1819-1904) in his 1873 pamphlet "The Victory of Judaism over Germanism." Marr intended to make the ancient Jew hatred in Europe respectable through pseudo-scientific racial theories in vogue during the 19th century.


The eventual inferno anti-Semitism made of Europe pushed anti-Semites into the sewers of western democracies. However, unadulterated anti-Semitism was imported into the Middle East and fused with the long-standing anti-Jew bigotry within the Arab-Muslim world.

Though Jews did not receive the treatment among Muslims accorded them in Europe, culminating in the Holocaust, bigotry against Jews was abundant in Muslim society. Jews, for instance, were blamed by both Sunni and Shiite polemicists for the great schism that split asunder the followers of Muhammad soon after his demise. (A Jew named Abdullah Ibn Saba from the seventh century, as a convert to Islam but more likely a fictitious character, is mentioned in these polemics.)

Blaming Jews for the ills of Arabs and Muslims is an echo of Christian history over a much longer period. Yet there are differences as the Qur'an narrates the story of Jews and confirms their rights in the Holy Land.

Following the Spanish Inquisition and before the effects of the Enlightenment brought relief, Jews found shelter in the Ottoman Empire.

In recent times, since 1945 Arab-Muslim bigotry towards Jews is increasingly indistinguishable from the full-blown anti-Semitism in Europe during the first half of last century.

The twist in the story of anti-Semitism in modern Europe and the Middle East is in the trajectory of two different histories -- one as colonizing power, and the other under colonial rule.

Provides cover

This difference provides cover to Arab-Muslim anti-Semitism, for in this history the anti-Semites of the Middle East appear as victims and the persecuted Jews are represented ironically as colonizing victimizers.

This revised anti-Semitism denies Jews legitimacy to their historic national claims in Palestine, and gives cover for European and Christian anti-Semites crawling out of sewers once more to spread their slime.

The world seems fiendishly backing into the future and the good people in the West, to prevent another inferno, urgently need more leaders with Stephen Harper's resolve.


Losing 4 More Boys Just Sucks

I really am running out of adjectives. 116 Dead Canadians in an aimless mission. Our thoughts go out to their families and friends. Let's hope we can bring our troops back safely sooner rather than later.


Friday, March 20, 2009

Ignatieff Supports East/West Power Grid

One of the policy resolutions over at En Famille drew some attention over the past few weeks - an east/west power grid. The Leader has announced he will back the plan, making Manitobans happy campers.

The announcement should also make Liberal participants over at En Famille happy that they are being heard.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Liberal Party's Best Idea Yet

h/t to Jason Larmarche for pointing this out to us.

The Liberal Party has come a long way baby when they develop a strategy to help get delegates out to Vancouver for the Bi-ennial Convention. Delegates have had issues raising money over the years, especially our Liberal youth. Now, however, each delegate can register online to get sponsors to donate to them.

In so doing, the party benefits as well. Any excess funds raised by an individual go directly to the Liberal Party of Canada as a donation. Perhaps a greater number of pre-registraions will take place, perhaps requiring less volunteers in Vancouver for registration booths. Genius in my opinion.

Here, try it out today. Sponsor a delegate today.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Paul Martin, Kim Campbell and Joe Clark

Call me crazy, but why would any of the kids on "The Next Great Prime Minister" want to be scrutinized by a panel of judges that, combined, governed this great country for a grand total of 39 months combined.

Just saying.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Paddy's Day...Now Bugger Off eh.


LiberalsONLINE.ca welcomes "Quito".

It's bee a long time in the making, but Quito Maggi has finally brought back his wit to the blogworld. I trust no conservative will be safe at this point. Just as important as Quito's return to the interweb, is that he is the latest member to join as a Featured Liberal Blogger on LiberalsONLINE.ca.

Congratulations Quito. Everyone stop by Quito's blog and say hi.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Radiohead vs. Joy Division

Today's debate after last night's road trip to TeeOH. Which version of "Ceremony" is better? The original by Joy Division, or Radiohead's cover?


LiberalsONLINE.ca Welcomes "Pareta"

LiberalsONLINE.ca is happy to announce it's latest addition to its Featured Liberal Bloggers. "Pareta" is a fun little place to check out. Welcome aboard!


Saturday, March 14, 2009

LiberalsONLINE.ca Welcomes "Social Justice A LIberal View"

The latest to join our Featured Liberal Bloggers at LiberalsONLINE.ca is "Social Justice A Liberal View". Let's give them a great big welcome and visit their blog often.


Friday, March 13, 2009

The Organic Farming Debate - March 23, 2009

David Orchard is planning to debate Dr. Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, author, radio and T.V. personality on the issue of organic farming and genetically modified seeds.

Here are the details:

Facebook Group here.

Unearthing the Truth: the debate on organic farming

Dr. Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, author, radio and T.V. personality debates David Orchard, organic farmer, author and nationally known political figure on the following questions:

Is organic food better for you?

Is it better for the environment?

Are GMOs (genetically modified organisms) part of the problem or part of the solution?


Vanier College
Monday March 23 at 7:30 p.m.
In the Auditorium (room A-103)Date: Monday, March 23, 2009
Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Vanier College
Street: 821 Ste-Croix
City/Town: Montreal, QC


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Are You Saying it was Okay to Attack Mr. Dion Mr. Speaker?

With all due respect to the Speaker of the House, WERE YOU HIBERNATING THESE PAST 3 YEARS???

Relentless personal attacks have been leveled at Liberal MPs over the last three years. Intensified tenfold after the election of Stephane Dion as the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. So, again, why the sudden enlightenment?

As an aside, I've read both his books on political strategy, but I'm not sure that the Head of your War Room garnering more headlines than your leader is a good thing. Then again, I haven't written any books on strategy lately.


Turns Out Stephen Harper Loves 3rd Party Advertising

And former EnCana boss Gwyn Morgan loves 3rd party advertisers too. Say mister! Can you spare a fellow Conservative an extra $20k?


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

We Will All Remember Your Sacrifice Warrant Officer Dennis Brown





St. Catharines

One of Niagara's own came home to rest today.

Although the QEW to Niagara is not part of the Highway for Heroes, my car's-eye view shows the love and respect Canadians have for our fallen heroes. The camera wasn't the greatest, but I captured almost every overpass from Burlington to St. Catharines. There were literally thousands that pulled over to pay their respects.

We pray for you and your family Warrant Officer Brown.


Saturday, March 7, 2009

And Andrea it is!!!

Almost makes up for Tory getting a female to step aside.


And the New Ontario NDP Leader is.....................

Nobody.....yet. After two ballots, Horvath has 43% of the vote. Bisson now drops off and leaves Tabuns to fight the Hamilton juggernaut. Tabuns had 31% of the vote after the second ballot.

The first ballot saw Prue diappear with only 11% of the vote. Prue went to Bisson, but with little result.

The second ballot results:

Horvath 5259.06

Tabuns 3819.32

Bisson has waalked to Horvath's camp.

Bye bye Tabuns.


Friday, March 6, 2009

Don't feel too bad for John Tory

That a women stepped down to allow Tory to run and after billing the province with the tab of 500K in the midst of a recession; Tory is still the defeated leader that he was yesterday, even more so if that was ever possible. So we have 500K less to spend on things that actually help people when they need it the most and there is one less women in the Legislature today, all due to John Tory!

I think that is something important to point out as we will be celebrating International Women's Day on Monday!


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Hello Tim Hudak, You're the Next Contestant

Tory crushed.


Johnson 11751, Tory 11062

So there. Hello Tim Hudak.


Rick Johnson 9311, John Tory 8876

So there.


Is John Tory Buying his Seat?

"John has been selling himself as having a great deal of business experience. Of course being leader of the Opposition, he's indicated that will bring more to the riding," she said.

The locals seem to be saying that. And what about Laurie Scott? What's in it for her?