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It’s terrible of me, I know, but I’m pretty sure what I enjoy most about IdleNoMore, aside from the vicarious thrill of somebody (i.e. others, and especially young others) doing something, is that it promises to take all the fun out of being Prime Minister for Stephen Harper.
He may even rue the day the (Preston) Manning Centre for Building (and by building it means destroying) Democracy taught his people how to play politics with people’s lives.
And cheat to win, of course.
Even proroguing Parliament can’t get him out of the hot seat and free him up to write his book about hockey or play piano and sing at the National Arts Centre or act in CBC murder mysteries or brave his dislike of travel and challenger jet off on yet another free (trade) trip.
Not that Parliament being in session has ever stopped him from traveling on the nation’s dime, er, I mean, business, of course.
(Really, I guess Tom Flanagan didn’t anticipate Stephen Harper still being in front of it when the shit hit the p.r. fan.)
And I don’t know if I dreamed or not but I seem to recall Laureen joking after some sort of Hindu razzamatazz over in India, “Now we’re married”. I can’t remember what the old ball & chain replied, or if he even did reply. It struck me as something I would say, though, something that would no doubt offend countless Hindu gods and require the poor bastard who performed the ceremony to have to commit Hara-kiri as soon as tourist season was over.
Or experience rebirth as a woman.
I got a kick out of it anyway. Funny how I have more respect for the gods of everybody else than I do for our own transplanted one from Europe that put the boots to the indigenous Creator (although I guess the infinite trickster just went underground because he? she? sure is on everybody who’s anybody’s lips these days).
I wonder if that’s a “wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member” thing – or just a Canadian thing.
Or maybe it’s a reaction to American Christianity, which has become so hilariously, yet sadly, perverse that it can hardly even be parodied anymore.
My god but that segment with poor shot in the head Gifford and her tailgating astronaut, “we support the 2nd amendment”, reminds me of that sad sad scene at the end of the Deerhunter when the survivors of the Vietnam war gather for Thanksgiving and sing God Bless America.
And I don’t know how many times I’ve read that they’re the last best hope for the gun control side.
Of course, there was a Canadian lunatic (disguised as a perfectly sane individual, so tricky) on TVO’s The Agenda the other night making the argument to Steve Paikin that gun laws in Canada should be eased up on so that when paid thugs fire bomb your house you can access your guns quicker’n is currently the case.
Honestly, how he (Steve Paikin) didn’t just reach across the table and slap that dangerously stupid fukker upside the head is a true testament as to how partisan he is, if you ask me.
A non-partisan would not have been able to stop himself, the fukker was that dangerously stupid.
Speaking of which, expect the Public Safety Minister of Canada and unregistered weapons advocate, Vic “dangerously stupid fukker” Toews, to take up the latest cause for gun owners – easier access to guns in the event of fire-bombs being lobbed into your living-room by thugs-for-hire.
Inuit are known to be hunters, aren’t they. First Nations, too, I guess. Most probably, IdleNoMore is a better armed group of protestors than most. And, of course, there are all those rural gun owners. Let’s hope they aren’t the same racists weighing in on every media comment site in the country.
Oh, that reminds me of an idea for how CBC can raise money – put comments behind a paywall.
I thought the chief who made the point that IdleNoMore could be called upon to wreak havoc on foreign investor confidence has it right. I doubt very much, for instance, that Aboriginal treaty rights factored much into Stephen Harper’s discussions with the corrupt political representatives China who are our (mostly unwelcome) new partners in the development of Alberta’s (i.e. Canada’s) tar sands that a more rational people would surely leave in the ground with a boreal forest (i.e. carbon sponge) on top, but that’s apparently terrorist talk and I have to be able to fly to Sault Ste. Marie to visit my mom next month.
It may even be that, thanks to IdleNoMore, Stephen Harper will actually welcome the return of Parliament so he can busy himself with deflecting billion dollar scandals back to Adscam and the fine the NDP had to pay for something or other last session.
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