Monday, November 29, 2010

Don't Do As I Do, Do What I Say

It's a strange Grey Cup Sunday evening, Wikileaks, verge of war in Korea, not so good elections in Haiti and a few by-elections that will probably go the Conservative's way.

Wikileaks are everywhere on the news, more like a hole in the pipe than a leak. Aside from the obvious embarrassing moments for the people concerned it brings up how far the difference is between the powers that be and the rest of us who have to deal and live with their consequences. Ask the folks in Ireland what they did to cause the strife they'll have to put with for the next decade.

Speaking of a double standard it appears there won't be any police charged for using excessive force during the G20 cafouful. It appears one goon in a black outfit can't be told apart from another goon in black.

On the other hand about 90 police officers face discipline over not wearing badges. And why did they not wear their badges? I figure they figured they were going to cause trouble and didn't want to be identified. Not really rocket science to figure out the evils of man. Looks like they will be paying the hefty penalty of loosing a days pay. A days pay to bash heads, I think in cop talk thats like a cheap night out. Of course the government has passed laws specifically outlawing the wearing of outfits that hide ones identity, whats good for the goose is defiantly not good for the gander.

There are three federal byelections being held Monday, luckily for the Liberals, Mr. Ignatieff (and the rest of us) the results won't give the Conservatives a majority should they get a clean sweep. The odds of that appear unlikely with the word on the street is at best they will get two out of the three ridings. The most interesting is in the Toronto area riding of Vaughan. Historically a Liberal strong hold but the Conservatives are running star candidate, ex-police commissioner Julian Fantino. The riding in Winnipeg North is between Liberal Kevin Lamoureux and NDP candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis. The third riding Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette has voted Conservative for more than a decade and it doesn't appear to be changing any time soon.

I was watching the Grey Cup and noticed the PM wearing a green hat, looks like his team lost. Those RCMP officers looked so proud carrying the Grey Cup into the stadium. It kinda made me wonder how many people they beat up while in the custody of the nation's constabulary?

Some Sunday-Monday vids,



Thats was a bit of a bummer vid so this should put a smile on one's face. Karl was worried about using a bad word in his post, (there are no bad words only bad intentions) so I thought of this comedic romp with lots of those 7 words your not supposed to say.

Who Is Accountable?

At every turn I extend the benefit of the doubt to our soldiers serving overseas. For the most part this is true of most of the people in the various media. The boys are following orders, doing their best and deserve our support. So when I read about soldiers handing over prisoners to the notorious NDS (Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security) who are infamous for using torture, I assume this is the fault of the policy makers and blame them and not the soldiers, and hope that somehow our system of justice will eventually hold those who are responsible for such actions accountable -- this is apparently pie in the sky as Prime Minister Harper manages to subvert democracy and accountability at every turn with the unwitting help of the opposition.

 But when I read, as I just have, in the Globe and Mail, The Canadian Forces in Afghanistan have for at least four years captured children accused of co-operating with the Taliban and transferred them to a local security unit suspected of torture, according to CBC News, I lose interest in giving anyone the benefit of the doubt. Children are off limits and fuck screw anyone who thinks different!

If indeed these children have been coerced into assisting the Taliban or whomever the hell it is Canada is at war with in Afghanistan, then get them out of the way without handing them over to know torturers! How difficult can that be? Our mission, after all, is supposed to have a humanitarian component to it.

 Does anyone in government anywhere on this planet have a moral compass anymore? Are we all to allow ourselves to be governed and ruled by sociopaths? What in Christ is the matter with us? Does anyone understand that actions have consequences and that things like this are why it is so easy to recruit more for terrorist causes?

We have helped bring nothing but war to Afghanistan. All else is propaganda. Unless you think 70% of the population living in poverty with more than half of all children under five (54%) whose growth has been stunted due to poor nutrition is some kind of victory for democracy, freedom and the NATO allies! By the way, life expectancy is just 44.

"Afghanistan has the highest infant mortality rate in the world," states Catherine Mbengue, UNICEF's country representative. Other indicators are equally appalling, such as 70% of the population lacking potable water. Diarrhea in particular kills tens of thousands of children every year and is, in Afghanistan, a particularly serious health risk.
 
Anything there make you feel proud of the Canadian efforts in Afghanistan? Anything there explain to you what we're doing in Afghanistan? Nine years and counting, and we've just signed on to staying until 2014 and beyond!