Monday, May 12, 2008

Monday Morning Links

1) Dan Cook on the varying delegate counts floating around.

2) Marjory Lebreton on why the concept of facebook is "dangerous".

3) Paul Martin is writing his memoirs, titled "Come Hell or High Water". Feel free to post your alternative titles in the comments section!

4) With no election likely this spring, the media focus has now turned from election speculation to...election speculation! The Hill Times floats a bizarre scenario built on the premise of Liberal public support gains this summer.

5) The Edmonton Journal is running a "rename the Alberta Liberal Party" contest. I personally believe they should just borrow a page from the Sask Party and rename them the...Sask Party! Judging from the number of Riders fans at Esks and Stamps games, it'd probably be a winner.


  • While we wait for Dan to sort out his links, let’s discuss Burma.

    Why shouldn’t we invade Burma and set the people free? After all, we have intervened in Kosovo! We haven even interfered in Iraq based on WMD lies. And, we support a weak government in Kabul against the tribal Pashtun.

    Where are the Liberals and bleeding hearts? There is an elected pro-Western leader ready to replace the military dictatorship. Make no mistake, it is a brutal, ugly and illegitimate government. The military will fold quickly. There won’t be a civil war.

    It will be a walkover compared to Iraq and Afghanistan. Why not?

    By Blogger JimTan, at 11:00 a.m.  

  • "Come Beer or Popcorn"

    That's all I got.. I'm in a rush.

    By Blogger me dere robert, at 11:23 a.m.  

  • JimTan - ah, have you not thought about China? They have a vast economical interest in Burma - one has to be careful here.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:14 p.m.  

  • "Blow Me, But Leave the Beer & Popcorn"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:20 p.m.  

  • Jugger-NOT!

    Let me be perfectly clear

    Making History Footnotes

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:34 p.m.  

  • The politics of transformative achievement: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love focused grouped catch phrases

    By Blogger EnvironikPolitik, at 12:39 p.m.  

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    By Blogger leonsp, at 12:47 p.m.  

  • A suggestion for Mr. Martin's book

    My number one priority is...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:35 p.m.  

  • - "Thanks for nothing Scott Reid"

    - "I should have listened to Jean"

    - "Things I learned on the way out"

    - "Memo to Gordon Brown"

    By Blogger Forward Looking Canadian, at 1:38 p.m.  

  • "Idiot's Guide to Scandal Management"

    "Mad as Hell or Highwater"

    (and, based on the suggestion above)

    "Number One Priorities"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:10 p.m.  

  • OK, here's my book title suggestion after thinking it over:

    "The Most Important Book in the History of Publishing"

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 2:18 p.m.  

  • "I told Canadians they were making the most important electoral choice in the history of Canada. They agreed."

    By Blogger Tarkwell Robotico, at 4:14 p.m.  

  • "My top priority."

    By Blogger Paul, at 5:41 p.m.  

  • Please tell me Paul Martin is joking. Why would he even waste his time. I mean sure he was Prime Minister and a strong Finance Minister but, this is almost like John Turner writing a book.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:49 p.m.  

  • “Sit on our unelected, unrepresentative asses while the locals get restless? You can't create freedom out of nothing.”

    Dear Leon,

    Actually, Burma is the very opposite of Iraq. Burma has a dominant culture. The Burmese form @2/3 of the population, and Burmese kingdoms have ruled Burma (more or less) since the 12th Century. Therefore, the Burmese have a civilization as strong as the Celts/Anglo/Saxon/Norman/British.

    In Burma, Buddhism is the dominant religion. It tends to be a tolerant culture though it has had its militant phases.

    There were democratic governments from Independence in 1948 to 1962. Various military regimes have ruled since. Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of the political party that won election in 1990. They won 392 out of 489 seat. Internationally, Ms Suu Kyi is seen as the legitimate and obvious successor to the military regime.

    In contrast, Iraq was created in 1921 by the League of Nations. The population had an unstable mix of Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds. Power ended up in the hands of the minority Sunni. After the 2003 invasion, the American government created a mess because of misguided ideas of ‘freedom’.

    IMO, Burma has a solid base from which to create a new nation. The important point is that Burma should have the freedom to choose its future.

    The invading army should be under a UN mandate (unlike Iraq). The military occupation should not fire the army/police rank and file (done in Iraq). Ms. Suu Kyi and her advisors can be appointed immediately as the interim government. In Iraq, that carpet-bagger Chalabi was Dick Cheney’s nominee.

    The occupying forces pull out after fresh elections.

    What would the new Burma look like? Ms. Suu Kyi’s political outlook is democratic, but within a Buddhist moral tradition. Hopefully, there won’t be the ‘winner take all’ politics we see in the west. Nor, would there be the ‘free enterprise’ that Americans wished for in Iraq.

    It’s up to the Burmese to decide whether they are pro-west. IMO, they would be better off as a non-aligned nation that offends no one while using the best from everyone. We mustn’t repeat the Iraq mistake where the country is now caught between the Americans and Iranians.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 10:12 p.m.  

  • I was going to suggest:

    Mad As Hell (That I Lost)

    ...but most of the ones above are better.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:29 a.m.  

  • I know this is slightly meanspirited but is anyone else expecting the "Sad as Hell" Book Tour? Heck that would make a great title for the book "Sad as Hell - I Blame Chretien"

    By Blogger Chris, at 1:39 a.m.  

  • I fully expect that Paul Martin will have five, complex, thoughtful, and witty titles for his book, each title involving a semi-colon, and the titles circulated amongst an insightful group of friends and confidants who will provide useful suggestions. I also expect that he will not be able to decide between them, and the publisher will have to go with "The Memoirs of Paul Martin Jr."

    By Blogger matt, at 8:39 a.m.  

  • Stéphane Dion is writing a book. It'll be called "You think it's easy to write memoirs??"

    By Blogger Mike514, at 8:17 p.m.  

  • Hamlet: a tale of an ambitious prince, seeking what was "rightfully" his at the urging of the ghost of his father. At the end everybody dies.

    Actually, to be fair you could pick just about any Shakespeare play about usurping things (Richard III, Macbeth...). The Tempest will be when Chretien returns to lead the Liberals.

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 12:15 a.m.  

  • "The Tempest will be when Chretien returns to lead the Liberals."

    What play covers Obama's resurrection in Indiana?

    By Blogger JimTan, at 12:20 a.m.  

  • "I was Prime Minister and John Manley Wasn't" by Paul Martin.

    By Blogger James Bowie, at 1:01 p.m.  

  • Hi Calgary Grit,

    Changing the name of your party is fine, but as long as the party sticks with a socialist platform and identity, your party's fortunes won't improve. I still think the key is for the Alberta Liberals to take a page from Laurence Decore and become a true Liberal party - socially Liberal and economically Liberal too - to compete directly with the Tories.

    Albertans are too smart to ever elect a socialist party to power

    By Blogger John Murney , at 5:11 p.m.  

  • John, whatchu talking bout? Aren't the Alberta PC's a socialist party?

    At any rate, they are certainly WAY more socialist than the Ontario Libs.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:04 a.m.  

  • Hmmm...I guess the Alberta Tories are a bit pinko, given that Stelmach raised oil royalty rates. However, the Alberta Liberals are still to the left of the Tories. This must change if the Liberals are to move forward in Alberta provincial politics. Remember what Laurence Decore did.

    By Blogger John Murney , at 2:28 a.m.  

  • By Blogger Unknown, at 9:49 p.m.  

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