Monthly Archives: October 2009
At the request of one of my esteemed commenters (incidentally an avowed Liberal but of the rarest kind: intelligent and thoughtful), I am spending time on practical and prosaic considerations beckoning in these hard times. Thanks to the blog Relentlessly Progressive Political Economy for first drawing my attention to this brilliant video, in which even Liberals will be able to detect fundamental contradictions in the very system they hold so dear!
Once again, for the benefit of the spin impaired and the Kinsella challenged, a summary and translation of the week that was in Kinsella land.
The work week begins with a shot at the NDP, who apparently weren’t quick enough to layout the possibility that Harper will attempt to engineer his own government’s defeat with the HST. What Warren doesn’t tell you, however, is that the only reason this is now a very real possibility is that the Liberals’ ill-timed attempt to bring down the government, their failure to bring anything to the table, and their incessant internal squabbling have offered Harper an opportunity at forming a majority government the next time Canadians go to the polls. If Harper is secretly licking his lips to have an election, we have no one but the Liberals to thank!
As someone who very carefully observed and documented the negative attack by Kinsella et al on my now MPP, Cheri DiNovo, I have to say that perhaps even more dismaying than the kind of politics exhibited by Liberals, was the lesson drawn by Liberals. For this young brood of Liberals, which takes their cue from Kinsella (the Cherniaks, the Bowie’s, Derek “Born with a Tail” Raymaker etc.), the chilling lesson was not that attempting to destroy a person’s long earned reputation and good name is wrong, but that their error was the way in which they attempted to defame and dishonour this person in public. As they claimed at the time, they should have just released “the information” to media and let the media run with it and not they themselves.
Michael Narcissieff v2.0 codenamed TIN MAN FINDS HEART seems well under way. Seems that having not managed to dupe adults, “Miky” has opted for a longer term strategy (pretend you’re Mr. Rogers, snow the kids with your false pretense and hope they vote for you when they’re older). Problem is, in the couple of photos I’ve seen from this ridiculous photo-op, the children haven’t appear the least bit impressed. As far as the announcement is concerned, Stageleft has the best riposte. What’s next, a raise the minimum wage campaign, an outcry for affordable housing, for increasing welfare and disability benefits. Remember when Ignatieff sought “real” reform on employment insurance to protect workers. Well he quickly abandoned that when he thought he might have a shot at winning a forced election. Not even a child is fooled by Ignatieff’s recent LEFT TURN.
Not wanting to bad mouth the Daily Bread Food Bank because I’ve volunteered and worked with them in the past and they do amazing work, but Daily Bread definitely knows which side of the toast is buttered. Being essentially a Liberal run organization (the last two executive directors were Liberal MP Gerrard Kennedy and Kennedy campaign booster Gail Nyberg), it is often out of step with other anti-poverty groups and often the first to lend some credibility to the Ontario Liberals’ disingenuous attempts to deal with housing and poverty.
“Michael” is such a compassionate man of the people; not an elitist bone in his body (unless you’re Ukranian but that’s a story for another day). For a more kindhearted advocate of the poor and downtrodden, perhaps only….. Gerrard Kennedy.
As well, for all you social conservatives don’t fail to notice that Michael & Zsuzsanna are well suited to your nukelar (cf. Dubya) family values discourse. One “Hail Mary directed at “progressives”; one “Our Father” aimed at social conservatives (I mean, Ward, June, and Wally Cleaver- don’t think “the Beav” can vote yet).
No counterspin needed, the recent spin attempts unwind themselves.
For the benefit of the spin impaired and the Kinsella challenged, I thought I might provide another installment of translating Kinsella. The tortured and defiled word of the moment is “brilliant”, a word used by Kinsella to describe Paul Martin’s cheap shot at the Conservatives. You see, in Kinsellaland “brilliant” means predictably partisan, shallow analysis, and a word to be bandied about when trying desperately to survive an unthinkably abysmal couple of weeks. This isn’t, however, about piling on; rather about counterspinning. So here we go in the week that was Kinsella’s “musings” (remember back when the blog was named Kinsella’s “musings” as if reflection not deflection were the impetus for the writing).
Long overdue, but below is the third issue of Hearts & Minds. If there’s a more engaged and intelligent riding association than the Parkdale High Park NDP Riding Association, I’d love to see it. While this newsletter results almost entirely from the heroic volunteer effort J. MacNeil, I contend it is as good as anything else out there.