Saturday, October 31, 2009
Gawd. This is going to be the WORST Halloween ever. I haven't even got my costume yet. I just can't make up my mind.
I mean how are you supposed to scare people eh? When you're living in Con Canada. And everyone is already terrified.
And who can blame them?
Since there is no data on the safety of adjuvants in pregnant women, the federal government decided to also purchase 1.8 million doses of unadjuvanted vaccine to be used on that high-risk group.
What they didn't foresee is the huge shortfall precipitated by GSK halting production in mid-October of the adjuvanted vaccine, in order to complete the unadjuvanted version.
Talk about FATAL incompetence.
Which of course means FORGET about dressing up as Stephen Harper.
Or putting on a Con costume.
Because the last thing I want to do is spend Halloween night being chased by an angry mob shouting: Damn your Porky Action Plan....we want to LIVE !!!!!!
I did briefly think of dressing up as this Con.
Because that would also be REALLY scary eh?
But Sébastien pointed out that I'd need to fill my inflatable costume with so much hot air.
I might as well go as Balloon Boy.
But that costume was sold out...
And besides I'm not sure it's butch enough.
Because I was traumatized as a child...
I wanted to dress-up as a fairy. With a plastic machine gun and a big kitchen knife...to cut off the wings of my enemies. But my parents wouldn't let me.
Oh well. I might as well face reality. I'm living in Con Canada. Stephen Harper and his Big Cheque gang were too busy buying a majority with OUR money to prepare the country for a flu pandemic.
Now we're going to start paying with our lives. But at least they're feeling the heat...
In the House of Commons yesterday, you could sense the unease on the Reform-Conservative backbenches. You could smell their fear
And at least I'm prepared eh?
And I've finally got my costume...
Because until these Con swine are defeated NOBODY is safe.
Have a great weekend everyone !!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Uh oh. I knew this Alaskan rube tale was going to end badly.
The redneck Evita is going after the redneck daddy....for calling her a bad mummy.
And for shamelessly selling his body...to Playgirl.
"Those who would sell their body for money reflect a desperate need for attention and are likely to say and do anything for even more attention.”
Hmmm. Well she should know eh?
Because she's been selling herself like a ghastly right wing hooker for what seems like FOREVER.
And if I had to choose between one publicity whore or the other I think I'd choose Levi.
Because at least he's trying to be classy.
“I’m not gonna just go out there and get naked,” he said.
And because at least he is who he is...and he isn't telling anybody what to do. Just working out in the gym...and probably hanging weights from his you know what...to try to make as
While the klown hooker Sarah thinks she's Evita of the Rednecks....or Jesus of Alaska.
And that she was born to save Amerika...from ITSELF.
When she's not feeling too greedy.
Sarah was sad for a while. She walked around the house pouting. I had assumed she was going to go back to her job as governor, but a week or two after she got back she started talking about how nice it would be to quit and write a book or do a show and make “triple the money.” It was, to her, “not as hard.” She would blatantly say, “I want to just take this money and quit being governor.”
And besides who is calling WHO a liar?
OMG. Keep her away from guns, meth.... and Levi.
And just be glad she's not in the White House...
Welcome to my nightmare. Long lines of panicky and impatient people.
Emergency rooms full of kids with nothing but sniffles, accompanied by freaked out parents demanding to know why older children aren't getting the vaccine. Or worried that the flu shot might kill their babies or give them autism.
Sébastien is too tired to stand up, I don't know how I'm going to make it through the dark days of November. I need sleep so badly.
But stories like this one keep me awake at night...
Not just because Dystonia has NEVER been linked to a vaccine.
Acquired dystonia, also called secondary dystonia, results from environmental or disease-related damage to the basal ganglia. Birth injury (particularly due to lack of oxygen), certain infections, reactions to certain drugs, heavy-metal or carbon monoxide poisoning, trauma, or stroke can cause dystonic symptoms. Dystonias can also be symptoms of other diseases, some of which may be hereditary.
But also because more than a million people have watched that YouTube. And ignorance is CONTAGIOUS.
So imagine how happy I was to find this excellent article.
Because that's just about all you need to know. And BONUS...it also reminds us what happened in countries that battled H1N1 during the REGULAR flu season.
The New England Journal of Medicine reported this month that pregnant women suffering from swine flu were admitted into intensive care units in Australia and New Zealand during their just completed winter at a rate nine times that normally expected based on their population.
Where they also found out the hard way that we can expect emergency rooms to be swamped.
And that it is critically important to have enough ventilators, or enough EKMO machines that oxygenate the blood outside the body. And not just in cities, but also in remote communities. Because indigenous people in Australia caught the flu and died of it at a rate SEVEN times greater than the general population.
Now ask yourselves are OUR First Nation communities properly protected? And would you trust Stephen Harper's Cons with a pandemic when they are so obviously FAILING?
Because they don't believe in a national role for government. And they're too busy selling their Porky Action Plan trying to buy themselves a majority....and apparently succeeding.
Oh boy. I guess the moral of this story is that some people are easily fooled and others are idiots.
The good news? Sébastien is getting his vaccine tomorrow. And if he starts hee hawing like a donkey...or starts walking backwards. And I'm still alive.
You'll be the first to know...
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
When you hear them laughing at the swine flu even as Canadians die.
When you read about how they are bullying women.
The sexist jeering and catcalling from the government bench is getting out of hand, opposition leaders charged during today’s Question Period.
NDP Leader Jack Layton, meanwhile, said the “abuse is growing hotter, it is growing more frequent and there is more bullying.” He said women, in particular, are being targeted.
When you remember how these Cons spent FIVE times as much promoting their Porky Action Plan than they did educating Canadians about H1N1. Trying to BUY themselves a majority with our money. Putting their hideous ideology before the health and safety of Canadians.
And how we're all paying for it now
With emergency rooms swamped with screaming children, panicky parents, and exhausted staff.
And how when these Cons are challenged they just laugh, howl like hyenas, and mock women members of Parliament.
Oh boy...you know when you think about all of the above you can only reach two conclusions eh?
One.... we REALLY need to defeat these Cons. Our lives may depend on it.
And two...oink oink.
They don't call them porkers for nothing....
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
They held a candlelight vigil for Chris Skinner the other night.
Skinner, 27, was killed Oct. 18 after being beaten by a group of men shortly after 3 a.m. Skinner was reportedly left lying on the pavement near a black SUV, which witnesses say was then deliberately driven over his body.
I was out of town but my friends are still talking about it. Police say they don't think it was a hate crime.
But what strikes me as a sign of the times is that so many gay people do.
"We will push light into the darkness that was the last week...Monsters that hide in the dark will be found and will be defeated."
And who can blame them? All they know is that a young gay man was walking home alone...
And moments after this picture was dead. Brutally murdered for no apparent reason, by a gang of strangers in an SUV.
In a city where reported hate crimes against LGBT people have DOUBLED in the last year. And police say are growing more and more violent.
In a country with a Con government that is trying to extract every little stinky turd of political advantage by "cracking down" on non-violent offenders. But hasn't lifted a finger to fight this VIOLENT homophobic crime wave.
And instead of organizing a national anti-homophobia campaign, as so many other countries have done, attacks gay groups, cuts their funding, and treats them like second-class citizens.
And by so doing sends out the message that it's OK to hate them because hey ...THEY do.
Just to please their rabid hatemongering base. Even though those values are not the values of most Canadians.
Oh yeah. We don't know who the cowardly thugs in this SUV are...
But we know who those other monsters are. The ones who can't do the right and decent thing.The ones who have voted against EVERY SINGLE BILL designed to protect gay people.
We know them too well.
They can't hide in the dark from us.
And we WILL defeat them...
Wow. What a sight in the House of Pork. A young flash mob in the visitors gallery and blood in the corridors
And all I can say is good for them. At least some people in this incredibly passive country are willing to get off their asses and let the politicians know we DEMAND they do more to save our burning planet.
Because Stephen Harper's dirty oil government isn't even PRETENDING it wants to do anything to fight global warming.
Canadians must also recognize that any national emissions cap has to reflect differing conditions across the country so as not to punish high-growth provinces, he added. The minister has been consulting with provinces on a plan that would impose a cap on industrial emissions, but allow Alberta's energy-intensive, emissions-heavy oil sands to continue expanding.
And these Con oil hogs ....you know the Calgary Gang....are actually planning to waddle off to Copenhagen and shame us in the eyes of the world. By telling other countries we can't do it because we...um...CAN'T.
And they're counting on the complacency and selfishness of Canadians to get away with this crime against the planet.
So if some young Canadians feel they need to make a bit of noise to remind the politicians that they need to do better. I say go for it. It's THEIR future that is being torched. This country is dying of smugness. So the more noise the better.
Time is running out. Those Con oil hogs and planet destroyers need to hear our anger.
And the time for action is NOW !!!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Golly. I just found out that Michael Ignatieff was in my neighbourhood this weekend, talking about his new book.
And I can't BELIEVE I missed a chance to hear him talk about Russian history, ask him why everybody in this country writes about the past rather than the future.
"We're a serious country. We take ourselves seriously. We've done serious things, tough things...You can't have faith in your future if you don't have faith in your past."
Whether he believes that being too serious might be boring. Yawn. And of course whether he thinks it's time we put on our life jackets. Because I got that sinking feeling.
I'd also ask him why an intelligent man like him can't seem to communicate with ordinary people. And suggest that he visit my university and learn how to craft a simple message.
Like this one:
Harper hates medicare.
We LOVE it.
or this one
Harper's oil pimps
Are DESTROYING Ontario.
or this one...for those under 30.
Don't jail kids
Just legalize marijuana.
Because even a simple message is better than nothing eh?
Oh well I'm sure he wouldn't listen to me anyway. And he definitely wouldn't like my favourite message.
Unite the Left.
Crush the Cons.
Nobody likes that simple message. But one day they'll wonder why it took them so long.
In the meantime...put on your life jackets everyone.
And get ready for Harper's World....
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Saturday, October 24, 2009
When history delivers its final judgement on Stephen Harper and his porker Cons, its verdict will be harsh.
They will be found guilty of so many foul things, from corrupting our democracy, and raping our Canadian values, to helping to torch the planet. But one of their biggest crimes could turn out to be not preparing the country for the Swine flu pandemic.
Because they chose to spend FIVE times as much money selling their Porky Action Plan...than they did on ads educating the public. So even as the second wave hits us the result is mass confusion.
Does the H1N1 vaccine give you the flu? Will it cause autism or Gulf War syndrome? Is it a cover for a sinister government plan to kill people? Is a plot by big pharma to sell drugs, make money and rule the world?
With people getting their information from old wives tales like this one.
Rather than from doctors like this one.
Why do people who would never use Google, or the opinions of friends and colleagues, to decide that they knew more than their lawyer, engineer or architect, decide that they know better than their physicians?
So let me put on my serious tuque for a change, and put all of this into even simpler words...that even a dummy like me can understand.
The H1N1 virus has only been around for about six months, and we can't predict what it could do next.
What we do know is that it's speading faster than any pandemic influenza ever has, and that while for most people it's only a mild illness, for some groups in society it can be particularly DEADLY. People like children, young and healthy adults, women...especially pregnant ones...and aboriginals.
People turn up in an emergency room one day, and the next day their lungs shutdown. And I mean shutdown, they can't get a BREATH of air. So they have to be put on a ventilator or on a machine that takes their blood and oxygenates it before returning it to their bodies.
And one of the biggest problems is, as a recent Canadian study showed...
The average stay on a ventilator is TWO weeks...which is incredibly long. And means that if the flu is allowed to surge out of control, we could run out of ventilators or intensive care unit nurses who operate them.
And force medical workers to make some terrible choices.
And then there's the moral dimension. Everyone should remember that if they don't take the vaccine, and they come down with the flu it may just mean a couple of days of misery for them. But they could infect others, swamp emergency rooms, and kill the pregnant woman at work, or the baby next door.
The Cons know that but they don't care. Because their ideology dictates that it's always about THEM. The jungle struggle of the individual over the health and safety of the collective.
Can you believe the shocking contrast? What are these criminally incompetent ideologues DOING? Apart from rubbing pork fat all over each other...trying to buy themselves a majority with OUR money.
Now don't take my word about the vaccine. Inform yourself. But please listen to doctors and scientists who know what they are talking about, not the internet charlatans who are just spreading fear and confusion.
And never forget how these Cons put their own corrupt interests before the health of Canadians. And left us drowning in ignorance in the midst of a pandemic.
Which is why I say, the sooner we can remove these porkers from power.
The SAFER we'll all be...
Thursday, October 22, 2009
OMG. I'm still in shock. It was like a halloween nightmare. I had a close encounter with Stephen Harper and it was HORRIBLE.
I was on my way home yesterday afternoon. I was just about to cross a highway that leads to the airport. When suddenly three motorcycle cops roared up, blocked the intersection, and shouted at me and other pedestrians to stay where we were.
Then about a minute later came the biggest police motorcade I've ever seen in Canada. For a moment I thought that Obama was making a surprise visit. Or that some brutish Banana Republic dictator had just arrived in town with his entourage.
But then I looked more closely, and hunched up in the back seat of one of the limos was Great Porker Leader on his way to the nearby convention center. And I swear his cold, cruel, piggy eyes were staring straight at me !!!!
Yikes. I didn't know what to do. I wanted to give him a fascist salute eh? But I was afraid I might be arrested or shot. So all I could think of doing was screwing up my nose and oinking loudly.
Because him and his porker Cons soooooo deserve it.
For trying to defend the indefensible. And for squirting their pig manure all over the country...to try to BUY themselves a majority with OUR money. So they can mount Canadians like hogs and screw the life out of the country.
But on the bright side....this horrible encounter did give me an idea on how to best capitalize on the Pork Action Plan (PAP) Scandal, and screw THEM out of power.
Because you know.... although I like words like Cheque-Gate, or Cheque-Mate and of course the Cheque Republic, I just don't think they're strong enough to draw attention to the scandal... and make Canadians fighting mad.
I do think this is a step in the right direction.
But doorknobs are a dime a dozen, and besides where are you going to find a halloween mask like that one?
When we could turn up at every Con porkathon in the country wearing a t-shirt like this one.
And a mask like this one.
And make really loud OINKING sounds.
Golly. Do you think the media would pay attention? Do you think it would keep the scandal alive? Do you think Canadians would get the message?
I bet they would. I mean it's not as if the concept is original...
You know I hope I never see Stephen Harper again, because it really was SCARY. But I have to thank Great Porker Leader for giving me a wicked idea for my halloween costume.
Heh heh heh. Today these Cons are oinking and grunting and squirting. But if we oink even louder than them.
Soon they'll be SQUEALING....
Editorial Cartoon: Patrick Corrigan/Toronto Star
Meet Stephen Harper's new speech writer.
Judge him by what he writes.
Referring to former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's 1969 decision to decriminalize homosexuality, Hannaford wrote in 2005, "Fine, said lots of people. Leave gays alone? Fair enough. But, let 'em be Boy Scout leaders? Have each other's benefits? Adopt kids? Marry each other? Ridiculous. Anybody seeking political office who suggested it would have been laughed off the hustings. Yet, the Liberals are ready to legalize gay marriage. How did we get to this point?"
Of the 1998 Delwin Vriend Supreme Court ruling, which required that Alberta add sexual orientation to its human rights legislation, Hannaford wrote in 2003, "So much for democracy."
Regarding discrimination and equality, Hannaford has argued in favour of the former and opposes the latter: "It's time we reclaimed the word 'discrimination' for polite conversation, and lose our fear of what it describes. And, let's also dump our obsession for equality: Between the two, we can no longer have a rational debate about the basics of society."
Recently, in his May 8, 2009 column, Hannaford lamented that Section 3 of Alberta's Human Rights Act makes it difficult to prevent Albertans from bringing the same kind of "creepy curriculum" that BC has allowed, "in which gay advocates design class material promoting their persuasion right down to kindergarten."
Judge him by the people he defends.
And by the company he keeps.
You know the people who believe that Human Rights Commissions are communist show trials.
Then ask yourself who is Stephen Harper, and where is he taking this country?
Why would he hire a man who doesn't believe in equality? Why has he declared war on gay Canadians?
And what kind of Canada would we live in if he ever got a majority?
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Well I'm a bit late on this one, but I see Pope Benny has decided to go fishing for Anglican bigots.
Although his flunkeys insist he isn't poaching.
Cardinal Walter Kasper, said "full visible unity" with Anglicans was Rome's long-term goal. "We are not fishing in the Anglican pond," he insisted.
Now look ....I understand why Der Popen needs to hook those fishy Anglicans. Do you think it's easy paying these bills?
What do you expect poor Benny to do? Sell his Prada shoes ...or turn the Sistine Chapel into a seafood restaurant? With a lobster tank where the altar was, and a brand new ceiling...
So the more fish the MERRIER.
But what I don't understand is why those Anglican bigots would join the Catholic Church.
When according to this new movie the Mormons are even MORE homophobic...
Golly. Isn't that scary? Are those Mormon leaders...or the Sopranos in funny pyjamas?When they catch fish do they wrap them in newspapers and send them to their enemies?
Or is it just that feesh of a feather
If my Mum wasn't a good Christian and a decent Anglican.
I'd tell them where to SHOVE it...
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I don't know what happened at this dark intersection in Toronto's so-called entertainment district early Sunday morning.
What I do know is that all my friends believe that Chris Skinner was assaulted and then brutally murdered because he was gay.
Even if the police don't.
Gallant said the notion the assault was related to Skinner's sexuality is "pure speculation."
"We don't have anything pointing to that at this time," he said. "There is no evidence of it."
Which at least one of Chris Skinner's friends finds troubling.
"Either they know more than they are saying and they are just trying to dampen down speculation, or they are just being wilfully blind to the fact that gays and lesbians suffer violence on our downtown streets on a regular basis."
Fights happen, but "the fact is they actually left him on the street and then drove over him," he said. "To actually get into an SUV and deliberately run somebody open, to extinguish their life, that has no justification."
As I said before I don't know what to think.The entertainment district is full of disgusting belligerent drunks. I've been involved in about five or six fights there, since I arrived in this city a few years ago. So I suppose ANYTHING could have happened.
But you have to wonder how a group of people could hate a stranger so much that they would beat him unconscious and then run him over with a SUV. Because it sounds so familiar.
What I do know is that anti-gay violence is growing in this country. Not enough is being done to fight homophobia.
Justice is a joke.
And we're not just fighting for our human rights.
We're fighting for our LIVES...
OMG. It's like a bad horror movie.These Con porkers are out of control. First they corrupt our democracy with their Big Cheques.
To try to STEAL the next election with OUR money.
Then they get into such a rutting frenzy, they start rubbing up against doorknobs claiming they're stimulating the economy.
When of course they're only stimulating THEMSELVES.
Now it turns out they've been squirting patronage manure all over their own ridings.
Conservative ridings across Canada received more than their fair share of big-money stimulus projects paid for by taxpayers, an investigation into the Harper government's Economic Action Plan shows.
An Ottawa Citizen-Halifax Chronicle-Herald investigation shows 57 per cent of the projects, with more than $1 million in federal funding nationwide, went to Conservative ridings.
The party holds only 46 per cent of the seats in the House of Commons. Conservative ridings therefore received 23 per cent more million-dollar-plus projects than if the projects were divided evenly among all ridings.
The filthy little piggies.
They hated all those stimulus dollars. Until they got a whiff of them. Oink. Oink. And then they couldn't keep their snouts out of the trough.
Welcome to the Conservative PATRONAGE Scandal. The biggest and porkiest patronage scandal in Canadian political history.
Golly. I love bacon don't you?
I do believe we have them where we want them. Now more than ever we need to know what they've done with OUR money.
And before these Con hogs try to steal our country.
We need a public INQUIRY...
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Of all the stories I read this weekend I liked this one the best.
Firstly because it gives gay and lesbian parents their due. Many adopt children that others don't want. Children with special needs, or kids who have been horribly abused in broken homes.
(James) and his biological half-brother Brandon (now 13) were just 3 and 5 when they first met their fathers-to-be in 2002. Removed from a home plagued by abuse, addictions and mental-health issues when James was scarcely 18 months old, the two were living with their second set of foster parents when Gibson and Jones came their way.
And despite the extra challenges, and the bigotry aimed at them, so many do an amazing job.
Secondly, because although I don't like ballet, I greatly admire ballet dancers. I used to take martial arts classes next to a ballet school, so I know how brutally hard they have to train if they want to be good...and what awesome athletes they are.
And thirdly because I LOVE the movie Billy Elliot. I love the music and the dancing. Especially the Angry Dance. I love the message it sends out: Boys and girls should be free to follow their dreams, and not have to settle for society's narrow stereotypical roles.
And I especially love the final scene. When although Billy Elliot isn't gay, he does something so many gay boys wish they could have done.
Impress his dad at last...
I've known so many gay guys who tried so hard to do that, but never could. Because their dads couldn't accept them for who they are...and were too disappointed to love them, or encourage them to be themselves.
Somehow I don't think this little Billy Elliot from Bowmanville is going to have that problem. Good for his dads.
Great parents are AWESOME.
Fly James fly !!!
Well one thing is for sure eh? You can't take your eyes off these Con porkers for a minute.
One moment they're threatening to plaster their Porky Action Plan (PAP) on billboards all over the country.
Git yer ECONomic Action plan !! Give us you votes and you can have a Big Cheque too !!!
The next moment they're scrubbing the PAP website.
Trying to make it appear that this outrage never happened.
But how are they going to explain this one?
The Harper government spent well over $100,000 staging a one-hour event in June to deliver an update on its efforts to help the recession-ravaged economy.
Invoices obtained by The Canadian Press through the Access to Information Act show a nominal bill to taxpayers of $108,000 for the carefully scripted "town hall" meeting in Cambridge, Ont.
Can you believe that? More than a 100-thousand dollars just so Harper could stage his little photo-op...and not have to face questions by the national media. Their cheap politics, our hard earned tax dollars...in the middle of a RECESSION.
Canada's New/Old Conservative Government. Screwing us...but helping their buddies.
A Montreal firm landed a federal stimulus contract while a top Tory organizer and senator was on the payroll, The Canadian Press has learned.
Senator Leo Housakos's employer, BPR Inc., was part of a consortium that won a $1.4-million engineering contract to study the future of Montreal's aging Champlain Bridge.
You know, as I pointed out the other day, this is nothing less than the most brazen attempt to STEAL an election in Canadian political history. A multi-billion dollar bribe-a-thon to buy votes with OUR money. And it cannot be allowed to succeed.
And the reason is simple. Should any election be held in the near future, its results could not be considered legitimate. Not after this porky vote-buying binge. Because can you imagine what the social unrest would be like in this country, if Harper won a majority, and most Canadians believed they had been ROBBED?
So the opposition should inform Harper and the Governor-General that they have reason to believe that our democratic process has been tainted and corrupted to its very core. And that a public inquiry MUST be held before any election can be called.
If the Cons refuse to call one, and invent some fake reason to engineer their own downfall, then the opposition should go to the Governor General and ask to form a coalition government.
To rescue our democratic system, clean up the House of Pork, and give Canadians the kind of stable, decent, honest government they deserve.
Because Canada does deserve better.
And these piggy Cons have gotta GO...
Friday, October 16, 2009
I love this collage. It just about says it all. About their thug mentality... and how low they are prepared to go. Stephen Harper and the Big Cheque Gang. Buying votes with OUR money.
So I'm glad the Liberals and the NDP are going after them.
But I don't understand why so many are letting the Cons get away with the argument that Adscam was worse than Cheque-Gate.
Asked about suggestions from some Conservatives who say this issue is nothing compared to the Liberal sponsorship scandal, McGuinty said: "That was then, this is now. We dealt with it, had an inquiry and as a Parliament we passed the Accountability Act. We were supposed to have a fresh start in 2006."
Because let's be blunt. The Liberal sponsorship program ...as stinky as it was... was just a chintzy get-rich quick scheme for some corrupt Liberal officials and ad agency losers.
While the selling of this Con Pork Action Plan is a massive multi-billion dollar attempt to corrupt our democracy.
And it's working.
You can't get away from these ads. They're EVERYWHERE. Even on the Health Canada website...
Even on the Pork Action Plan website.
Can you believe it? Pumping up the economy by playing the PIANO? I know these shameless Cons think they're Super Nerds, but do they think we're IDIOTS?
Yup.There can be no denying it now. Stephen Harper and his Big Cheque Gang have turned a government program into a propaganda branch of the Con regime. And are trying to BUY themselves a majority.
Can you imagine what these political gangsters might do if they ever got that majority?
Can you imagine how Canadians might react if they felt the next election had been STOLEN?
With OUR money.
You know.... I don't think our country and our democracy can afford to let Stephen Harper and his Big Cheque Gang get away with it any longer.
Complaining to the Ethics Commissioner is a good start. But before any election can be held.....if we can't get the police to arrest these Cons.
We need a public INQUIRY...
First it took police in Thunder Bay more than an hour to respond to the 911 call.
John "Jake" Raynard suffered 15 fractures to his cheekbone, a broken eye socket, a broken jaw and a broken upper palate when six to eight men surrounded him near a North Cumberland Street business.
Then they dragged their heels over whether it was a hate crime despite all the evidence.
His attackers, who yelled words like "faggot" and "vagina" at him, chased him into an alley. Raynard grabbed a brick for self-defence. It went black from there.
Now they say it wasn't a hate crime...and they've charged Jake Raynard with assault.
Jake Raynard, 30, is facing one assault charge and two charges of assault with a weapon. The weapon involved,Thunder Bay Police spokesman Chris Adams said, is a brick.
Police chief Bob Herman said at a news conference Thursday that there is much speculation that the larger group targeted Raynard and two of his friends after they left the bar because the three are gay. However, investigations – including interviews with independent witnesses – have determined that it was not a hate crime.
Isn't that great? Talk about beating up on the victim.
I guess the message is gays should not fight back against the thugs that threaten our lives.
Like these two who almost killed a gay man earlier this week...
But my message is FORGET IT. Because when I see something like that I know that I could be next, or my lover, or my friends, or anyone.
And I know what kind of message gay bashings send out to gay kids.
The student union at Fanshawe College has approved a plan to hold self-defence classes for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students following two separate gay bashing incidents in London over the past few weeks.
So until police restrain or cage these violent homophobes that threaten our lives, what choice do we have but to defend ourselves? Any way we can.
Gay people are a peaceful people.
But enough is enough is ENOUGH...
P.S. If you're on Facebook you can join Jake's support group here.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
And most of them admitted they were totally confused...and almost all of them were afraid of getting the vaccine. Despite the latest ominous signs.
A “striking” proportion of severe swine flu infections are occurring among young women, according to Canadian research that shows severe H1N1 can hit previously healthy teens and young adults hard and fast in a pattern previously only ever seen with 1918 Spanish flu.
And I couldn't help think how much better prepared we might have been if the Cons had spent more money on informing the public about the Swine flu. Instead of spending gazillions selling their disgusting Con Patronage Action Plan.
And whether things would have been different if old white men were particularly vulnerable, instead of women, young people and aboriginals.
But then what can we expect from this gang of political thugs? Who are prepared to put partisan politics before the lives of Canadians.
And will do ANYTHING for a majority. Like keep up the link to the Con Patronage Action Plan ....on the Health Canada web site.
As if their porky vote buying plan was more important than our health.
And then as if all of this wasn't bad enough ....Great Porker Leader only adds to the general confusion.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper may have added to the confusion about the H1N1 vaccine on Wednesday by appearing to hedge on whether he would get immunized against the swine flu virus.
OMG. I always knew these ignorant Con fanatics would kill our country... now I'm worried they could kill us first.
On the other hand I also knew that if we waited a while, instead of rushing into an election, the Cons would screw themselves.
But who knew it would be so
Hmmm....remind me to get some porky shots for my next fabulous video...Stephen Harper and the Pig People.
Golly. I think we finally got the break we needed eh? Oink. Oink.
I think we can work with this one...
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
When I see Stephen Harper continuing his ridiculous campaign to try to make us believe he's really a nice Ordinary Guy.
And I see how his phony act seems to be fooling so many Canadians.
The missing piece for Conservatives has long been leader likability. Harper has been seen as boring, remote and stiff.
His musical performance at a National Arts Centre fundraising gala helped complete the puzzle by allowing him -- nearly four years into his current job -- to appear approachable and fun-loving. An ordinary guy.
I wonder how ANYONE can really believe that an angry right-wing ideologue with authoritarian tendencies like Harper, can somehow magically morph into a gentler kinder version of himself.
And do they ever wonder what might happen if a man like Great
When the mask could finally come off...like the Phantom of the Opera's did.
The REAL Stephen Harper could emerge.
And carve up this country like a TURKEY.
Which is such a scary nightmare eh?
I just had to make a new video....
You know I haven't a clue why so many Canadians are so easily fooled. And I'm not sure I want to know. But I think I can understand why they can't see the danger.
They probably don't think that bad things like that could happen in Canada eh?
And who can really blame them?
I can hardly believe it myself.
Fight them, fight them, don't give up.
Don't let them win....
Sunday, October 11, 2009
When I saw this picture of the National Equality March in Washington today, at first I was moved.
But then I saw this raw video and it made me feel proud, but also angry...
Because I simply can't understand why gay Americans are still being forced to fight for their most basic human rights forty years after Stonewall. Still chanting the same slogans in the so-called land of the free, that others shouted out before them. How slow the march of justice is when it comes to gay people.
But then this cheered me up.
Unlike previous marches promoting gay civil rights, the rally was primarily the undertaking of a new generation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocates who have grown disillusioned with the movement’s established leadership.
Because those gay suits in Washington really need a kick in the ass...and so does Obama. The new generation has arrived to take up its place on the front lines of our struggle. It's impatient.
And we are beautiful.
There were black LGBT people and Latino LGBT people. Numerous communities of faith with large and vocal groups of marchers. Former and current military service members. Self-proclaimed socialists. A sprinkling of the leather community. A few fabulous drag queens. Young people. Old people. Singles and couples. Countless LGBT parents with babes in arms or young ones in strollers. A major showing of straight allies, young adults and college students. The list could go on.
Golly. What an amazing family to belong to eh? And what great straight friends we have. You know if I hadn't turned out this way I think I would have sued my parents.
Of course it's not always great to be gay. Not only are crazy people always trying to put us down...or kill us. Not only are we seemingly condemned to fight FOREVER. Even though we rather just live our lives like everybody else.
But today we had a death in the family.
He may not have been the greatest singer, and it's definitely not my kind of music. But by coming out publicly Stephen Gately sent out a positive message to gay kids everywhere. In a sane world it would have been nothing. In a world rotten with homophobia it was HUGE.
So tonight the gay boys in this house are wearing a gay pride flag on one arm, and a black arm band on the other...
Oh well. Some things are for sure eh?
The music goes on.So does life.And if you're gay.
So does the struggle...