Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I Am Become Mr. Potter, Destroyer of Towns

Get the eff out of here. Dick Cheney has actually turned into Mr. Potter from It's a Wonderful Life.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Vancouver, Sometimes You're Like a Shitty Roommate

Vancouver may lose credit rating over Olympic village situation. Vancouver Sun

I hate to be the one to bring this up Vancouver, but remember how some of us voted YES to hosting the Olympics? I guess we screwed up.

I don't want to sound like an elitist cock, but next time somebody tries to get you to support something that they claim will be the best party ever, and that it won't cost as much as you might think, and in fact might actually make tonnes of money in the end, just remember the time they gave you an American Express Card in university.

It's not necessarily that anyone was trying to deceive us. It's just that they get that Olympic fever in them, get all hopped up on the awesomeness of the whole thing, and don't thinking things through. Now we're getting the shaft for nigh a billion dollars, getting calls from a collection agency, and our credit cards probably won't work.

Oh, and ultimately we kind of look like a bunch of assholes who don't know what we're doing, which I thought was at least a big part of the exercise in the first place - the looking like we know what we're doing part, not the asshole part.

Monday, December 29, 2008

I want to be this dog

It's all about the Bugs Bunny-esque tunneling.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Everything We Need In a Prime Minister

Conservative Reporter thinks Stephen Harper is everything we need in a Prime Minister. She was especially moved by a photo from Stephen Harper's trip to Auschwitz, in Poland. She writes:
"Our Prime Minister taking time to reflect on the horrors suffered by those who never left Auschwitz, Poland. No one told him to do this, he just did it. He left the others in his party and walked to a private spot, and to his own thoughts."
Coincidentally, a CP photographer was also in this private spot to capture the moment.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sometimes Shoe Trumps Pen

Usually I like Globe editorials, but the whingeing in "A disgrace to journalism" was a bit much.

The tone reeked of the sort of privilege enjoyed by Western journalist who sip $4 coffees, secure in the knowledge that he or she probably won't step in raw sewage on the way home from work, be kidnapped by gangs, or rounded up by U.S. forces for suspicion of being a terrorist.

Yeah, I know journalist probably shouldn't go hucking their shoes at world leaders, BUT when Muntadar al-Zaidi sat down at that press conference, he was faced with two clear choices...

He could jot down more of Bush's bullshit folksy comments re freedom, staying the course, and the determination of the Iraqi people as have tens of thousands of journalists before him, OR he could pull off a shoe and smack the smarmy sack of shit in the head in the most profound act of disrespect he could muster under the circumstances.

Seeing as Bush is unlikely to face any consequences for his malfeasance in Iraq, I think al-Zaidi made the right choice... unless of course he finds himself bagged, tagged and bound for Guantanamo.

Monday, December 15, 2008

They Should Make a Movie About This...

From the New York Times:
"Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia have filed charges against the chief executive officer and other executives at National Lampoon Inc. [NLN-A], saying they tried to inflate the company's stock price."
Might help with the legal fees. It would also help it it was funny.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Canada May Have Missed the Worst of the Mortgage Crisis, But You Can't Blame the Conservatives for Lack of Trying

From Saturday's Globe and Mail:
"Just yesterday, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty repeated the mantra that the government acted early to get rid of risky mortgages. What he and Prime Minister Stephen Harper do not explain, however, is that the expansion of zero-down, 40-year mortgages began with measures contained in the first Conservative budget in May of 2006."
If only they'd been in office longer, we too could be enjoying the kind of meltdown we're seeing south of the border.

Will this effect Harper's recent surge in popularity? A month ago, I'd have said this would be a heavy blow, but seeing as how clumsy partisan attacks, blatant lies and stoking the flames of separatist have won him support, I couldn't begin to guess at what Canadians look for in a leader these days.