Browsing All Posts published on »January, 2011«

I know that this is nitpicky, but…

January 31, 2011

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Why are political parties so obsessed with the word “family”? Don’t single people, divorcees, unmarried couples, and the like also deserve some consideration? Why not “Stephen Harper has forgotten about Canadian people?” Advertisements

Thoughts on Egypt

January 28, 2011

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I’m not going to try and say anything intelligent about what is going on in the Arab world right now. It’s too removed from my own reference frame for that. What is happening in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen belongs properly in the realm of emotion. Every politically engaged person should take a moment to reflect […]

The Difference Between Attack and Criticism

January 25, 2011

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I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter from both liberal (small l) and Conservative circles that the recent slate of liberal ads are attack ads, and should be viewed as a tactic identical to the fallacious nonsense that the Conservatives recently vomited forth. Let’s have a look. Despite the cliched choice of voice actor, these […]

Followup: Government as a Business

January 23, 2011

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I should probably rescind my use of the word “dumb” from the title of my recent post about running the government like a business. It was a simplistic term, which was designed more to attract attention than to accurately characterize my argument. Nevertheless, it seems to have worked. The morning after I wrote the post, […]

Random Thought: Prosecuting Sarah Palin?

January 22, 2011

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I’m going to briefly comment on this, but I need to preface my post with two relevant details: 1) I’m becoming more conflicted about the whole Sarah Palin liable for incitement thing. There seems to be mounting evidence that the man who attacked Rep. Giffords was not politically motivated. 2) I realize that what Wikileaks […]

Why Running the Government like a Business is Dumb.

January 21, 2011

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A Google search for “run this city like a business” yields 3 440 results. Replace  “city” with “country“, and you will get 8 560 results. This is a very popular, and somewhat understandable, political sentiment. With a multi-billion dollar deficit, it’s easy to think that there is some fundamental, structural problem with the status quo […]

Fish in a Barrel: The Conservative Attack Ads

January 19, 2011

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My god these are stupid. “The world is a scary place, but don’t worry. Our hardworking leader will protect you from the nasty protesters and scary financial charts. Just look at this obviously staged footage of him working late at night!” I know it’s really cliched, and bordering on Godwinnian, to make allusions to Orwell […]