Sunday, April 22, 2007

Mandatory Blogging

Two topics which I just could not go without some comment:

1. My bestest bud Rob Anders will have to go through with a nomination after a judge denied the request to delay it on the grounds that "[Rob] cannot fairly and effectively fight a new nomination battle while performing his duties as a sitting MP in a minority government." Uh-huh. This from a man who, according to Hansard, has not uttered a single word in the House on Commons since last spring.

That last little fact and many more like it, can be found in Don Martin's Saturday Herald column titled "pulseless Anders stayin' alive".

[As an aside, I found it amusing to see the Herald cite "wikipedia" as their source for Saturday's front page story on dwindling resource revenues]

2. I'm hesitant to comment on this because, quite frankly, whatever Stephen Harper's taxpayer-funded stylist does in her spare time really isn't relevant to the controversy. So long as she picks out a nice tie, combs Stephen's hair, and gives him his bath, I don't really care if she's communing with Mackenzie King's mother on the side.

And if she is giving him advice? Well, given the tactical moves Harper has made over the past year in a half, she's worth every penny he we are paying her.

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  • That Anders is an MP in that riding can be chalked up to good ol' complacency on the part of voters. God knows, the demographics of his riding would seem to suggest that social conservatism isn't exactly a priority in his community. My sense is that he's still an MP because Harper doesn't want to piss off his socon base -- that's all I can figure.

    By Blogger Sean Cummings, at 4:58 p.m.  

  • Maybe Harper just likes him, and as long as he keeps his trap shut there's no wider problem.

    By Blogger IslandLiberal, at 5:12 p.m.  

  • Hey, the electoral record of PM's that talk to the dead is pretty good.

    King was 6 for 7, and Chretien (and Jojo Savard) 3 for 3, giving psychics a 90% re-elect rate. Although at least Chretien and Harper rely on expert psychics - King relied on a magic table that would click out, in code, messages from William Lyon Mackenzie, his mother, Laurier, and Gladstone. On one occasion he was told that the survival of the world depended on the British Empire, and the survival of the empire depending on King (I think it was Mackenzie that told him that).

    Best. Prime minister. Ever.

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 9:57 p.m.  

  • Oh and you're all just jealous of Anders because he's a virgin.

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 9:57 p.m.  

  • a man who, according to Hansard, has not uttered a single word in the House on Commons since last spring

    Lucky for all of Canada.

    Dan, I was surprised one time after a workplace murder to discover that the FBI dispatches psychics to the scenes of difficult crimes to assist them. Apparently it is standard. And in my travels, I've met three psychics, all of whom amazed me. I've been converted - I believe that some of them are real. But hey, every government might as well have one!

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 10:52 p.m.  

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