Predators

Like the aliens from the movie franchise, these sick fucks use a massive technological advantage to engage in some deranged sport shooting:

Murdoch, Toronto and Ontario

Bill Murdoch has made this claim that Toronto and the rest of Ontario should separate for the best of rural Ontario. The idea here is that the big bad city is overpowering the voices of the insane landowners’ groups springing up everywhere. The reality is though that even outside of Toronto’s clout, there’s a considerable population of urban Ontario – there’s some two or three million in the 905, another million or so around Ottawa, nearly 700, 000 in Hamilton, and half a million each in Kitchener-Waterloo and London. Right there we have a clear majority of Ontario voters living in cities. What frustrates Murdoch and fellow-nutjob, Randy Hillier is that more people live in cities, like cities and do not share the delusions of the Ontario Landowners. Sorry Bill, city-folk are in the majority, now shut up while we pass some laws on your ass.

Prorogued for This?

Everyone else has said it, but the government’s Olympic holiday was shown to be a total sham (like everyone knew it was) with today’s throne speech. We need to change the anthem? Ooooooh, that took three months to figure out. In three months we could have let someone rewrite the whole thing, make it more like this:

Not With A Bang But A Whimper?

Is this the way al Qaeda’s decade or so of terror pre-eminence ends? The details are still coming out but from what I’ve seen so far, the latest attempt to attack an American jetliner was done by a wealthy scion of a Nigerian banker who had explosive underwear that he was unable to detonate.

Now it is impossible (and stupid) to say that terrorism is over, but this sort of pathetic, bumbling attempt on a single jet in the US is a far cry from the massive synchronized assaults that were the trademark of al Qaeda’s perverse spectacles. Part of what makes a terror group successful is the perception of it as fearsome and daring – the sort of appeal that villains like Jesse James have accrued at other times. The pampered son of a banker setting his pants on firing and failing at it is not fearsome and daring, it’s lame. Recruiting disaffected young men in the wake of the 9/11 spectacle was surely easy for al Qaeda, doing so in the wake of this latest clusterfuck is surely a different matter.

I am confident that al Qaeda will continue to attempt to launch attacks and I think it even reasonable to expect some of them to succeed, but I also think this latest incident is indicative of their current capabilities. This will snowball, no one wants to join a group that is a shell of its former self.

I should also like to note that this plot could have been foiled with some good police work and some information, the father of this young man reported his suspicions – no waterboarding was necessary. I eagerly await Cheney calling to invade Nigeria though, perhaps he’s awaiting his large payments from that nice Nigerian general who he met through his email.

Still Firewalling Alberta

Reading about our pathetic show at the climate change conference in Copenhagen it’s hard for me not to conclude that the government we currently have has a clear number one priority: protect the oil extraction industry in Alberta. Once again I put forward my thesis that the current Conservative Party is every bit as regionalist as the Reform Party before it or even the Bloc today – except that they have duped the rest of the country into voting for them. Make no mistake, unless you work in non-renewable energy, the Cons are perfectly willing to sacrifice your industry to keep the dirty oil pumping out of the Athabasca basin.

The Devil Went Down

I heard this song on the radio the other day and it struck me – and that’s good enough to post it:

A bit more: Hawkins said that he wrote this song after hearing the small-town Ontario refugees in Toronto describe the places from which they came.

Who Are We? Where Are We Going?

Standing back and looking at the two big Canadian political stories in the past month – Afghan torture revelations and Copenhagen – I have been struck by how utterly changed we are in Canada. We are now one of the global foot-draggers on climate change and a country that is actively trying to cover up human rights violations (real ones, not ones that are less inconveniencing than the passport office, like Ezra Levant having to answer a couple questions one time) made by its own military. The contrast between this and Chretien’s wise decision to sit out the Gulf War in 2003 could not be greater.