Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CPC Bounce Begone

Grenier notes that Nanos' latest has some actual voting intention numbers rather than their typical index thing:

Here's a cap from the NANOS website that shows the relevant trendline:
(Click on it to make it bigger.)

Pretty clearly the CPC "security bounce" has faded.  Whether it returns is probably more dependant on what happens on the home from than overseas.  I just can't see Harper and Co., try as they might, turning the country into a bunch of rootin' tootin' cowboys over the deployment of a few hundred of our guys in Iraq.  I can see them milking another "terrorist" attack.  Here's hoping for a peaceful year.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Fox News North Deal Stalls As Teneycke Balks?

From Canadaland:

Multiple sources tell CANADALAND that Sun News Network (SNN), the Quebecor-owned cable news channel that launched in 2011, is on the verge of closing.

Couple of weird things.  One is this:

As recently as three weeks ago, sources say that SNN management told several employees that negotiations with Zoomer looked promising and that a deal was close. But a dispute over potential severance packages for SNN executives (including Teneycke) who would not continue on with the network in the event of an acquisition has led to an impasse. 

If I am reading it correctly, the deal has gone sideways because Teneycke (among others) is demanding a bigger payout.  In other words, if his financial demands aren't met, he's threatening to stay.

The second is: who is The Source or sources?  Well shit one of them might be Ezra "The Source" Levant himself!  He was on the Canadaland podcast today...and suddenly this is news.  Did he blab, advertently or inadvertently? (talking on his cell in the john, for example?)

As a last note, I hope they hold up long enough for the CBSC to process my complaint.  It would be an end most fitting if these guys' last act as a news network was to run an apology for screwing up.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Gruending On John A. & Clearing The Plains

Since James Daschuk's Clearing The Plains came out last year Canadian's have been forced to reassess  John A. MacDonald's place in the pantheon of Canadian heros.  Among a fair bit of back-and-forth on the subject, Dennis Gruending's short piece stands out.  My favorite bit from it:

In Macdonald’s case, his attitude about the inferiority of indigenous people was commonplace at the time, but the scope of his actions presents a problem for his defenders. Did he use starvation and near starvation as a weapon against indigenous people in Western Canada whose communities had been decimated by loss of the bison? Daschuk says he did and that the deliberate withholding of food to hungry people led to hundreds of deaths by starvation, and also created the conditions for a tuberculosis epidemic in indigenous communities.

I have heard no worthy refutation of Daschuk’s claim.  In fact, he has been awarded the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for a Canadian book of history judged to have made the most significant contribution to an understanding of our past.  This is highly ironic but it also means that Daschuk has written a good book.

Incidentally, on the whole notion of  presentism; all we have to do to refute that charge in this case is to find a few folk back in John A.'s day who might have voiced moral objections to his policy.  And indeed we do find them, among the Canadian People themselves.  Apparently, MacDonald stopped just short of starving the native population to death due to worries this might cause a scandal in Eastern Canada.  From this we can conclude that at least some people back in the 1880s had qualms about refusing to provide readily available food to whole populations.  If they were allowed their doubts about John A.'s policy, so too can we be.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Break The Law And Aussie Cops Will Make You Listen To Nickelback!

Media preview

Oi Oi Oi Indeed. 

Should I Join "Ello!"?

Got an invite yesterday from some dude named "Lucian".  I've heard its like Facebook for hipsters, & with hotter women.  On the other hand, I was in one of my favorite Scarborough blue-collar pubs the other day and overheard some young fellow bragging about how he had just signed up.  He works on a City of T.O. road repair crew, and his nickname is "Pylon".

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Notes On Obama's 2015 State Of The Union Address

Are you kidding me?  I'm not watching that crap.  You people think I'm stupid?  I gotta life.  I'm watching Guardians of The Galaxy for the 15th time, to maybe be followed by Godzilla 2014, for the 22nd time.  As for the speech itself, social media says The Big O is acting pretty Liberal.  Go Big O! The rich are just a giant ATM that the rest of us should be able to withdraw from free of charge.  Tax 'em up the fucking wazoo!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

John Baird Pelted With Eggs: The Video here.  And it is good.
Baird 'egged' in West Bank from Sasa Petricic on Vimeo.

I might poach a few tonight in celebration.  Or no: in sadness at a Palestinian people who have never missed a chance to miss a chance.  Just kidding: in celebration.