Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Festivus

Today being December 23rd and, therefore, Festivus, I felt I would take this opportunity for the traditional airing of the grievances. While I may not have as many grievances as, say, Craig Chandler, there are certainly many people who have disappointed me over the past year:

1. To Jean Lapierre and Ralph Klein – you have disappointed me immensely by retiring from politics thus denying me hours of blogging material. I’m especially aggrieved towards LaP since his by election went a lot worse than Ralphie’s.

2. Boo to Dion and co for f’ing up the aforementioned by-election, if only because it made Jack Layton ego grow three sizes that day.

3. To Lindsay, Britney and Paris – quit grabbing headlines that could be used on something more interesting, like Senate reform.

4. To my buddy Steve – quit being such a prick. The Liberals are not allied with the Talliban, Navdeep Bains’ family are not all terrorists, and it wasn’t a Liberal appointee who created the isotope mess. Not every ill in this world can be exploited for political gain by blaming it on the Liberal Party. So, no, you won’t get that elusive Toronto breakthrough by trying to pin the state of the Leafs on the Liberals via Ken Dryden.

5. Shame on Ed Stelmach for not accepting the recommendations of his task forces. And shame on Kevin Taft and the Liberals for not being able to capitalize on this more.

6. A big thumbs down to Avril Lavigne for giving the world “hey hey you you I don’t like your girlfriend”. And a bigger thumbs down to myself for downloading it to my iPod.

7. To Wajid Khan. I don’t care that you crossed the floor. I don’t care that you broke election finance laws. What I am annoyed at is that whenever you do something I have to read a full page of Liblog posts titled “Khaaaaaaan!”

8. To Gilles Duceppe – just because.

9. Shame on whoever is to blame in the Writer’s Guild strike for denying me my daily Daily Show and Colbert Report snark.

10. Pat Martin, yet again you have annoyed me just by being yourself.

11. To Brian Mulroney – did you feel it necessary to go reminding Canadians why they didn’t like you in the first place? It’s a safe bet you’re on everyone’s Festivus list as the second most annoying comeback of 2007 (after, of course, the Spice Girls).

12. To the members of the House of Commons committee that tried to pass their time by smearing Shane Doan – you suck.

13. And my largest grievance of 2007 goes to Jim Dinning for not releasing a follow up to his 2006 smash hit “sing a song for Jim”.

And for those interested, Mr. Cherniak has aired his grievances too. It may take me a few days to recover from the feats of strength so don’t expect any posts over the next few days until my year end quiz goes up later this week (mind you, seeing how this government operates, I’m fully expecting some embarrassing story to be dumped on the 25th). So, to everyone, have yourself a merry little Christmas!



  • Actually, you might be able to blame at least part of the Leafs current situation on former Leafs President Ken Dryden.

    It would be way closer than, well, any of the PM's other partisan smears.

    That said, I'm not sure that any one man can be blamed for the entire Leafs situation.

    By Blogger CfSR, at 6:13 p.m.  

  • Dr. Taft should resolve to get the message out better in '08, but he does make a good point (in his book Democracy Derailed) that the Liberal budget is one tenth of the tax funds allocated to the Public Affairs Bureau.

    By Blogger Herbert B. Patrotage, at 6:48 p.m.  

  • Shame on whoever is to blame in the Writer’s Guild strike for denying me my daily Daily Show and Colbert Report snark.

    This has gone on so long, that they are now showing episodes from December 2006.

    Why can't they all just get along and make TV fun to watch again?

    By Blogger BC Tory, at 10:43 p.m.  

  • Merry Xmas HoHoHo!

    There is such diversity of opinions and worldviews on this forum. Yet, I offer these words of wisdom in the spirit of Christmas;

    God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him
    1 John 4:16
    This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
    1 John 4:21

    By Blogger JimTan, at 3:16 a.m.  

  • Odd that you didn't mention a certain Alnoor Kassam...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:58 a.m.  

  • Coal to our "MSM". They are weak, lazy and a total disappointment. They are putting out their views of who should get presents from Santa and who should get coal.

    You just need one issue and they all write about it over and over again - an issue that really isn't important and ignore what's really happening.

    And the partisanship is beyond belief.

    Yup - not just a lump - a huge bag of coal for their pitiful performance in 2007.

    By Blogger RuralSandi, at 8:31 a.m.  

  • P.S. You realize 5 and 6 are numbered twice, right? ;)

    By Blogger BC Tory, at 10:22 p.m.  

  • Dan, you're the best - I don't know how you do it, and so consistently and so spot-on, but I'm glad you keep it up. Thanks for another year of excellent reading and wondering and thinking - have an extremely merry Christmas holiday.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 11:02 p.m.  

  • bc tory; err...too much eggnog...

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 2:02 a.m.  

  • Don't cry for Lapierre; he may, indeed, have moved on to greener pastures: I am at least 95% certain that he's the banker on Le Banquier (the Québec version of Deal or No Deal)

    By Blogger Werner Patels, at 2:44 a.m.  

  • Since the banker is anonymous and unseen there's no reason to hire someoone famous to play the part. He is almost certainly one of the producers of the show.

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 6:12 p.m.  

  • Let's get it on for 2008!

    Dion votes down the Budget
    Dion loses the election

    Libs have another leadership convention.
    On CBC, all of it.

    By Blogger art, at 1:44 p.m.  

  • What a big disgrace to the Liberal race you are, Grit.

    You're smack down in the centre of the energy volcano, but you say nothing about the Fool's ravaging of energy trusts, or Ed Instead's royal confusion.

    Are you chronically naive? Speak up, eh?

    By Anonymous Petros, at 8:40 p.m.  

  • I think CG is the best Liberal on-line, personally. I think he pays very strong attention, with sincere curiosity and openness, to environmental and energy issues. I got no complaints with him on those files.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 9:12 p.m.  

  • Received a nice signed Xmas card from Stephane, Janine, Jeanne and Kyoto. The cover was a very traditional photo of the family by a fireplace. They could reuse the photo if dion ever wins an election

    By Blogger JimTan, at 10:47 p.m.  

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