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The Zalm or The Hoff: Quien es mas macho?

These are the questions that keep me awake at night. Anyone that goes by “The” as a first name is automatically super rad. But who is the coolest? You be the judge!

 The classic “How you doin’?” double point.

   Blue Steel.                 Devastsating.

   “You want some of this?”

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Carol James To Enter Liberal Leadership Race?

If you’ve been following BC politics the last couple of months, you know anything is possible.

The events have been about as predictable as Luongo’s play on any given night. It’s as close to “exciting” as politics get.

I’ve been trying to figure out what the NDP could possibly be hoping to accomplish with their public shenanigans. Seems like they’re tired of others shooting them in the feet and want to show they can do it to.

Then it all came clear to me: This is really a brilliant plan by Carol and her so-called dissidents to propel her into the Premier’s seat without having to wait until the next election!

It’s been beautifully orchestrated, from kicking out what’s-his-name, to the resignations, to the final killing blows from the Kwaninator. I can’t believe I didn’t see it earlier! The path is now clear for Carol to take over the reins of the BC Liberals, and therefore, the province.

Good luck you beautiful, brilliant, kooks. Such a move will definitely get you some points for trying.

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Sortuvocracy and the HST : protecting the Government from the will of the People.

The process of implementing the HST in BC continues to illuminate my long standing arguments about why people have lost faith in our system of government.

I have already written about the democraticness of introducing the new tax weeks after campaigning on a platform of no new taxes, but the Recall and Initiatives Act is an even better example of the safeguards in place to shield governments from having to represent the people.

 The Zalmer’s initiative to repeal the HST under the Act is a noble gesture that is doomed to failure. Not because there aren’t enough people who passionately hate the new tax. Not because the drive won’t be well-organized. Not because of a lack of volunteers. The initiative will fail because even if the canvassers somehow collect enough signatures under the incredibly stringent guidelines, the government DOESN’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT! That’s right. Even if every single person in BC signed the petition, the government would not have to repeal the hated new tax! The Recall and Initiatives Act is specially formulated to ensure that, ultimately, the ruling government can not be forced to represent its people.

How’s that for democracy? The funny thing is that the ACT is a groundbreaking and revolutionary tool of modern democracy. Before its inception in 1994 we didn’t even have a pretend process for people led initiatives! Now at least we have that.

I just don’t get why we cling–like a monkey to her dead baby–to the label of Democracy, when we so clearly don’t have one. Maybe a true democratic system isn’t currently possible, but who decided that all you have to do is hold the odd election in order to use the title? Now anyone who has an election gets to call itself a Democracy. It’s ludicrous. Pericles and Cleisthenes would be all hella trippin on these noobs if they were up in these times.

I see almost no connection between a democracy, in which citizens debate issues and make decisions, and our current system, in which decisions are made by one party or the other. The best we can hope for is a change of oligarchies every few years. Are we cool with that?

And don’t tell me that adding the qualifier “representative” before democracy makes it OK. That’s an even bigger insult, as it implies, well, representation. “Representation” means doing something on behalf of someone, not to someone. The HST debacle illustrates this beautifully. The vast majority of citizens clearly oppose the HST. So who is being represented in its implementation?

I’m not calling for true democracy over night. I’m just saying let’s call a spade a spade.

Either change the system or change the name.

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Why can’t I own a Canadian?

Time for a humour break. My search results for something completely different included this article, entitled “Why can’t I own a Canadian?” I couldn’t resist reading it and neither should you! If you interpret the Bible literally or feel that dude on dude love is evil, you might be offended…

Why Can’t I Own a Canadian?

October 2002

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a east coast resident, which was posted on the Internet. It’s funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

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Three halves of ruined life

Ferguson
Ferguson

Ok, so I haven’t posted for awhile. I shamelessly blame my new son, Fergus, who is now three months old!  All and all this go around has been less maddening than the first time, but any spare time I’ve had I’ve spent with my growing family. Or sleeping. Or sitting in the dark rocking and humming lullabies. By myself.

We received a joke card with a quote something like, “The first half of your life is ruined by your parents, the second by your children.” Kind of funny, though not true–there’s also that half of your life you ruin yourself. So, that’s like three halves of ruined life, but who’s counting?
The Trustee duties have been steadily increasing as well, as we get closer to the end of the school year. We’ve been going through the budget process, which has been an illuminating experience. It has been my first real taste of the ire and loathing of the public. I joke, of course, but it’s good to remember that the budget is more than a stack of paper–it’s people’s livelihood and our children’s education–and I truly thank people for their input on the process. I can honestly say that this input will help guide the Board in making the decisions that need to be made.
So far, so good. I am really enjoying representing you all on the Board of Education. We have a great district full of amazing people, and a lot to be proud of as a community.
Let me know what you’d like to see in the next couple of years.

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Norwalk a mile in my shoes…

My wife and I had the Norwalk virus last week. Luckily Rory was spared.
I guess I haven’t been that sick for a while, because I was down and out! Definately one of the more horrible experiences I’ve had in awhile.
But, there were some funny moments. Continue reading

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