Monday, March 28, 2011

DAY THREE: Elizabeth May Advocating Jobs Programs For Youth

I'm a fan of Green Party policies and sincerely wish for their sake that they capture a seat or two as they deserve a seat at the table. Have a listen and maybe go check out their site:

DAY THREE: Tory Promises?

When observing the Conservative ideologue performing its' ritual mating dance (on the campaign trail making stuff up), it's important to keep in mind the a lot of the promises made during the dance will never come to fruition. For example, today on the hustings Harper promised a $2.5-billion tax break pledge aimed at parents of children under 18 -- a measure that would allow parents to split, or share, up to $50,000 of household income for tax purposes providing tax relief for almost 1.8 million families who would save on average $1,300 per year.

But there's a catch: It won't take effect until the deficit is eliminated – a date that is at least four years in the future. So essentially, Harper is promising nothing!

  Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff couldn't help but note and said, “It’s like you come to a family and say, ‘I’ve got good news. First, I’m going to cut taxes for the biggest and most profitable corporations in the country and then maybe in five years, if you take a ticket and you’re patient and you vote for us a couple of times, and we’ll do something really great for you."

Pollster Nick Nanos doesn't think the Tories talking about a majority is a good idea saying that Canadians are not comfortable with the idea of a Conservative majority. Hopefully the idea scares the crap out of people!

A reminder from elections Canada that keeping track of Tory malfeasance has cost them one third of their budget since 2005, fully $1.3 million dollars -- this includes the "in and out" investigation which has been put off until after June.

Looking around at newspaper editorials from around the country, it's hard to find those who agree with Harper's assertion that the election is unnecessary. The Ottawa Citizen also mentions that Harper shouldn't be taking too much credit for Canada's outperforming its' G-8 partners economically noting that, Had Canadian banks lent in the same fashion as their U.S. counterparts or had former Liberal finance minister Paul Martin not got the books in order years ago, Flaherty might not have had the stimulus money to spend.

Ignatieff goes further and says the Conservatives are responsible for driving Canada into a record deficit position and gives the government no credit for economic policies which he says favours already wealthy corporations. "Tory spending on fighter jets, crime and punishment and corporate tax breaks are robbing Canadians of important social programs," he added.


And lastly for now, a bit of fun as Misty Harris over at the Calgary Herald grades the party leaders on their twittering -- as an added bonus she also lists the twitter accounts of all the leaders as well so you can follow along. Ignatieff by the by scores the highest, at a B- for his incorporation of other social sites into tweets, extensive reach, and valuable content but limited participation. Harper scored an F due to his limited engagement, canned writing style and limited use of site tools. Seems to reflect more than just their social media know-how doesn't it?

Monday Mayhem

Here's the links to American wankery and International news that were covered on this morning's radio show to help you get the week started.

Beginning with the Nobel winning economist Paul Krugman and his thoughts on what he calls the 'Austerity Delusion.' That is tax monies to help bail out corporations but austerity in all its forms for working people in Europe and North America under the guise of fixing the economy... and surprise, it's not working!

The xenophobes in US politics can now count the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza (Herman Cain) as being one of them, and he swears if elected president he'll never appoint a Muslim to his cabinet.

Another potential Republican candidate for the presidency, Newt Gingrich, swears that his philandering affairs were patriotic. It's remarkable that he thinks he can get away with his hypocrisy by pretending he was saluting the flag the entire time he dicking around on his wives.

President Obama is included in today's list of wankers because last week his administration announced a massive coal mining expansion... that threatens to increase U.S. climate pollution by an amount equivalent to more than half of what the United States currently emits in a year.

In Arizona, a House panel approved a bill to let anybody bring their guns into “public establishments” and “public events.” Under this bill events without alcohol would likely have to allow firearms without restriction. Such public places would include “major events such as Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns games or rock concerts.” Or, as one major concert promoter noted, “Sesame Street Live” and “Disney On Ice”




Bob Herbert's last column for the New York Times is spot on on its' description of the current state of US politics and his voice will be missed over there. The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely.

RIP Ms. Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to ever be on the presidential ticket as the nominee for the Vice Presidency.

Rebels are attempting to seize control of Muammar Gaddafi's hometown, but government forces are gathered to stop them. The rebels, backed by international coalition air strikes, have advanced largely unchecked since Friday but claims in Benghazi, the rebel's eastern stronghold, earlier on Monday that Sirte had also fallen were premature.

Germany's Greens are expected to take charge of the key state of Baden-Wuerttemberg after a humiliating defeat for Chancellor Angela Merkel's party.

Japan on Sunday faced an increasing challenge of removing highly radioactive water found inside buildings near some troubled nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, with the radiation level of the surface of the pool in the basement of the No. 2 reactor's turbine building found to be more than 1,000 millisieverts per hour.Exposure to such an environment for four hours would raise the risk of dying in 30 days. Hidehiko Nishiyama, spokesman for the government's nuclear safety agency, said the figure is ''quite high'' but authorities must find a way to pump out the water without sending workers too close to push ahead with the restoration work. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said early Monday the concentration of radioactive substances of the puddle was 100,000 times higher than that usually measured in water in a reactor core, correcting its earlier analysis of 10 million times higher.