Obamaguinty is scary in stereo

Reposted from Blue Like You – Feb. 1, 2012

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I’ve often thought of Dalton McGuinty as a kind of Obama Mini-me; especially when he has the sleeves of his white shirt rolled up in the exact manner of his hero.

Their ruthless pursuit of green energy at the expense of economic common sense is one obvious comparison.

But it’s also interesting that both leaders are now alienating Catholics in what once was their traditional base, by attempting to force behaviour according to ideology of the state rather than faith.

With Obama, the battleground is forced employer health care coverage for items not condoned by the Catholic church including the morning-after pill.

In Ontario, Dalton McGuinty’s Government is trying to bully Catholic School boards into providing anti-bullying clubs with a preference for those specifically dealing with Gays.

Both men seem to be caught in the middle of a clash of values between mutually antagonistic rights’ groups (i.e.  Gay & Feminist activists vs. traditional Catholicism).

And both seem to be doing their best to eradicate what they perceive to be a bigoted attitude by legislating it out of existence – even if it treads on the toes of religious freedom.

This could have some political fallout in both countries.

Or else Big Government might be successful in stifling the very spirit that fosters concern for others in our western society – as Ross Douthat notes in the New York Times:

The White House attack on conscience is a vindication of health care reform’s critics, who saw exactly this kind of overreach coming. But it’s also an intimation of a darker American future, in which our voluntary communities wither away and government becomes the only word we have for the things we do together.

A chilling way for a supposed democracy to end up – on either side of the border.

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Update

Outstanding column by Michael GersonObama plays his Catholic allies for fools (Washington Post):

…And the astounding ambition of this federal precedent will soon be apparent to every religious institution. Obama is claiming the executive authority to determine which missions of believers are religious and which are not — and then to aggressively regulate institutions the government declares to be secular. It is a view of religious liberty so narrow and privatized that it barely covers the space between a believer’s ears.

Obama’s decision also reflects a certain view of liberalism. Classical liberalism was concerned with the freedom to hold and practice beliefs at odds with a public consensus. Modern liberalism uses the power of the state to impose liberal values on institutions it regards as backward…

Yes that last statement could certainly be applied to the Ontario Liberal Party.

More from Michelle MalkinFirst, they came for the Catholics:

As always, tolerance is a one-way street in the Age of Obama. “Choice” is in the eye (and iron fist) of the First Amendment usurper.

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…The ultimate goal is to shut down healthcare providers — Catholic healthcare institutions employ about 540,000 full-time workers and 240,000 part-time workers — whose religious views cannot be tolerated by secular zealots and radical social engineers.

Is it any surprise their counterparts in the “Occupy” movement have moved from protesting “Wall Street” to harassing pro-life marchers in Washington, DC, and hurling condoms at Catholic school girls in Rhode Island? Birds of a lawless, bigoted feather bully together.

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Issues with Primary Site

Having some problems with Blue Like You at the main site.

If you hit the stop button as soon as the page loads you won’t be redirected, but I’m in the process of trying to solve the problem. Thanks for your patience.

BTW please feel free to leave a comment here.

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Economy & Energy prime election issues

(Reposted from BLY)

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I’m still on my ‘break’ but the previous thread is moving in the direction of Ontario politics.

Some are saying that education should be a big election issue. Personally I want to stay far away from that one.

I’d rather see all party leaders and strategists focusing on the big-ticket items: Energy & the economy. Everything else flows from that.

And in that context, please tell me how Dalton McGuinty can keep shoveling that manure about wind turbines as a reasonable solution to our energy problems when that clearly is only an expensive drop in the bucket?

Ontarians want reasonably-priced, efficient and reliable energy. Industry demands it and our economy must have it going forward. How do the party leaders envision that we get there?

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Economy & Energy prime election issues

(Reposted from BLY)

 

I’m still on my ‘break’ but the previous thread is moving in the direction of Ontario politics.

Some are saying that education should be a big election issue. Personally I want to stay far away from that one.

I’d rather see all party leaders and strategists focusing on the big-ticket items: Energy & the economy. Everything else flows from that.

And in that context, please tell me how Dalton McGuinty can keep shoveling that manure about wind turbines as a reasonable solution to our energy problems when that clearly is only an expensive drop in the bucket?

Ontarians want reasonably-priced, efficient and reliable energy. Industry demands it and our economy must have it going forward. How do the party leaders envision that we get there?

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Update

Really good Post article here: Liberals sell local brand:

The Liberals have been trying to counter that trend by pointing out in aggressive attack ads that Mr. Hudak was minister in the cabinet of Progressive Conservative premier Mike Harris, who wore out the welcome mat after two terms in office.

But analysts say the tactic of connecting Mr. Hudak to a premier who left office nearly a decade ago isn’t likely to play well with voters who have largely forgotten why they were so angry with the previous PC government.

If anything, it might remind them just how long it has been since there was a fresh face in the premier’s office. The Tories are banking on this type of voter unrest by calling their platform Changebook.

Also a great related column by Kelly McParland which Ardvark mentions in comments.

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Right to know more?

No I’m not back to regular posting yet but I thought I’d better start a new thread and decided to throw out a question that I’ve been wrestling with myself over the past few days.

That is, do Canadians have a right to know more about Jack Layton’s health problems now that he is the leader of the Official Opposition (even though the party now has an interim leader)?

Comments will be moderated.

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Long overdue break

I’ve decided to take Sandy’s lead and go on hiatus.

I am totally burned out and need to refocus my priories. Also there are a lot of technical issue that need to be worked out here.

Thanks for your understanding.

 

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Update

I still plan to throw in my two-cents worth on Twitter during this blogging break.

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What went wrong?

Rex Murphy is right that those ‘whiny, pampered, useless sacks of skin‘ that caused so much destruction in Vancouver Wednesday night should be soundly punished for the mayhem they instigated.

But there is more blame to go around.

How about city officials who naively assume that they can jam tens of thousands of excited young people into tight spaces (some full of booze, drugs and obviously packing incendiary devices), and still expect everyone to sit around singing Kumbya?

In the age of social media that is simply not realistic. The mood of a large crowd can turn on a dime and a tweet. Organization takes only minutes. And then the pack mentality takes over. It is frightening to see how quickly our ‘civilized’ society can break down.

The Post’s Brian Hutchinson explains – A City that Can’t Cope:

…The chief described the massing on Wednesday night as “very, very large.” Some estimates put it at 100,000. This was simply too big for authorities to handle. There was reason to think the numbers would turn violent, because Vancouver has a history of madness in crowds. “When a crowd is this large, it is difficult to go and pick off the instigators and troublemakers,” Chief Const. Chu told reporters on Thursday. “That is what we encountered that night . At the live sites there was a plan to create corridors for people to get through but they were quickly taken over.”

The city’s crowd control plans were inadequate. That’s hindsight, suggests Chief Const. Chu. But was it not obvious? One and all were invited to come downtown to so-called fan-zones, to watch the hockey games unfold on giant TV screens that the city provided, gratis. No restrictions were placed on attendance, no attempts made to limit the crowds to a manageable size. Pack them in, pack them in…

 

The gawking bystanders need to accept some responsibility too, as today’s Post Editorial points out:

…the citizen’s right to free movement and assembly does not confer wisdom upon a decision to remain in a riot zone, even if one’s motives are benign. Law-abiding citizens should evacuate a riot zone as quickly as possible, without staying behind to observe or take photographs. That will not only reduce their own risk of injury, but also make it easier for police to respond with all necessary force without undue fear of harming innocent bystanders.

Finally we need to see some tough laws being enforced to punish the instigators. Here I’m blaming weak-kneed left-leaning politicians and justices who fear our ‘rights’ will be trampled.

I’m sorry but ordinary, hard-working Canadian taxpayers have a ‘right’ to expect that their major cities won’t be held hostage by anarchists.

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Vancouver shamed

Trending right now worldwide on Twitter: Dear Vancouver and #canucksriot.

Please report these losers to the Vancouver Police and post evidence at Vancouver 2011 Riot Criminal List.

The Guardian’s Matthew Good feels all the benefits from the Olympics have now been wiped out and seems to be blaming something systemic in the city itself – or at least that will be the optics in the aftermath:

And that’s the hard, cold, truth of it, no matter how cosmopolitan you believe this city to now be. If the Olympics succeeded in charming the pants off the world, that warm, fuzzy feeling has now been decimated.

I’m in no mood to start slicing pies. Whether you like it or not, what’s happening right now will be viewed as a representation of the city as a whole – not merely a handful of people. And even then, it’s not just a handful of people. Of course, alcohol has a great deal to do with it. When you mix booze with idiocy and an excuse to parade incivility what do you honestly expect, a spontaneous love-in?

Perhaps some BC readers would like to weigh in on this.  Should police have handled this differently? Have they been hamstrung by the G20 fallout?

What went wrong?

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Update

Canada AM just interviewed blogger Rebecca Bollwitt who is trying to help police ID those responsible for the destruction. Please check out her site and Twitter feed.
More at Full Comment from Brian Hutchinson who was there – Blood on the streets after Vancouver loss:

Two Vancouver Police Department spokespeople made themselves available to media. They stood outside the Sears building, a block south of West Georgia.

“Where are your officers?” I asked Constable Jana McGuinness.

“We have a full public safety unit deployed right now,” she said. “We have hundreds of officers, a full deployment. They’re all over.” Well, no, they weren’t. Some were standing in a circle a few metres from the constable, but they still weren’t out in force on West Georgia Street. I’m not blaming police for what happened this night. But did they not anticipate the worst?

They should have. Because a lot of us did. Because something is fundamentally wrong in the city and the surrounding region. A riot after Game Seven in 1994. A riot after a rock concert. A silly episode of street violence early on, during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Look, I was in Calgary in 2004, on the Red Mile, and Game Seven didn’t work out too well there, either. And there might — might — have been a broken pane of glass at the end of all of that.

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One NDP bill I can support

I’m sure I’ll suffer a pounding from fellow Conservatives on this one but I really do like NDP MP Peter Stoffer’s idea about a ban on floor crossing and having to win an election:

His bill, if passed, would prohibit MPs from crossing the floor. Instead, if an MP wanted to change parties, they’d have to quit and run for the new party in a by-election, assuming they won the nomination.

They could still sit as an independent, but someone elected as an independent couldn’t join a political party after the election.

After working so hard as a volunteer (as well as a blogger) in the last election I can’t imagine how angry and betrayed I’d feel if my MP sold out to another party after the fact.

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Conservatives vs. the Media Party

Stockwell Day feels that the new era in civility should extend to the media, and especially the Parliamentary Press Gallery – Conservatives ‘lay track’ to attack media, real opposition party in new Parliament – Hill Times:

“With great freedom comes great responsibility,” Mr. Day told Conservatives during a series of speeches that were gave to open the party convention. “And just as we are looking forward to somewhat of a new era in the House of Commons of civility and respect, and that doesn’t mean we don’t go hard on discussing these policies, it means we stay off of the personal attacks. And I think, my colleagues, I think MPs get that. I say to my friends in the media that’s a bit of a word of advice to you also,” as the crowd of Conservatives erupted in applause.

While saying he has friends in the fourth estate, Mr. Day claimed some journalists use personal attacks as part of their normal approach, although he was not specific.

 

I’m sure many of us have strong suspicions as to exactly who would qualify for Stockwell Day’s scolding. My first impression was a bitter, rude journo with the initials T.M. There certainly are others such as Robert Fife.

So the question is can the PPG still hold the government to account without the use of personal attacks? And should we call them out if they fail?

And what about those of us in the blogosphere? Should we hold ourselves to the same high standards of decorum?

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Update

Same old Warren Kinsella drivel here (News Flash for Tories). I can let most of it slide but I have to really take issue with this paragraph:

First off, the media in Canada are overwhelmingly small- or large-C conservative. Period. Sun News is pretty conservative, both in print and on-air.

Talk radio? Not a Liberal or New Democrat among the bunch. Ditto Postmedia, from the National Post to every single one of its newspaper properties, the latter of which unanimously endorsed the Harper Conservatives in the last election.

Same goes for the Globe and Mail, and its broadcast side, CTV, which has lately been a recruiting ground for Conservative senate appointments. The only editorial endorsement the Grits got in the last election was from a single newspaper, the Star.

 

[The last point is incorrect. See Bono’s link below.]

Talk radio does seem to be largely conservative, but there are notable exceptions such as CFRB’s John Moore.

And citing the Globe as conservative-leaning simply because it endorsed the CPC in the last election is hardly an accurate test of bias.  It only means that the other choices were so bad that the Conservatives were the only viable alternative. Only the Star and Andrew Coyne hung on to the Grits even as everyone else was abandoning them.

Using the appointment of Senator Duffy as proof of CTV’s supposed conservative bias is also bogus. It was a one-time phenomenon. Somehow I can’t picture Jane Taber, Robert Fife and Craig Oliver as being “Reformatories”.

Stay classy Warren.

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Related

Bonokoski: Canada’s conservative media? Really, Warren? – Sun

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