Conservative Policy

July 28, 2006 at 12:59 pm (Uncategorized)

  The Conservative honeymoon is over, this marriage will not fly. Our PM, Mr.Harper is just saying all kinds of stuff these days. Does he reflect before he says things? Does anyone help him write his speeches ? Is there an actual foreign policy in place or is he just making it up as he goes along.

      First he was just repeating what President Bush had to say on the Middle East crisis, now it is this outrageous stuff on what the United Nations was doing in Southern Lebanon. I just do not get it anymore.

   I will agree that Hezbollah is not a group of Boy Scouts, and that they started it, by kidnapping the two soldiers and spreading terrorism. It is alright to say that Isreal has the right to defend itself, but the PM should be more objective and condemn them a little but for going at it a bit strong.

   What is happening to Canadian pacifism and our role as peacekeepers, this Harper government is turning us into a military nation, with his close relationship with Mr Bush and Ms Rice.

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Hot on the Planet

July 28, 2006 at 11:57 am (Uncategorized)

  It has been hot  during the last few weeks on the third rock from the sun. It has been quite warm here in Montreal but nothing compared to some other spots on the planet. Europe and some parts of the US are having really bad heat waves. They have been getting close to forty degrees lately, just really hot.

   Something is definitely up I am thinking. Anyone that still says that global warming is just the imagination of a group of scientists is really not paying attention to what is going on. The signs are everywhere with all these heat waves and, who knows what is else is to come. We have not even reached hurricane season, I wonder what that will bring us this year.

    Everyone has to help and pitch in to do something to help this planet to cool down a bit. I posted these links before, but I think they are worth a second look.

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/

http://www.climatecrisis.net/

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Chasing Karla

July 26, 2006 at 12:44 pm (Uncategorized)

    So after a year some reporter tracked down Karla Homolka. He has been spying on her for close to six months and yesterday he finally confronted her. She has nothing to say apparently. I am guessing she will move now, that a journalist knows where she lives.

  I am not defending Karla here but I do not understand the chase for Karla. She is definitely not  a good person, and as guilty as Paul Bernardo in all this. What is the point of chasing her around other than some journalistic thrill. If she moves which is likely will he chase her there as well. I think everyone knows who she is and she can not get away with much.

   The courts made a really bad deal with her and after twelve years she is out free as a bird they say. She did her time, what can we really do with her now.  No one really wants her in their neighborhood, but we can not make her move to some other country.

  The time to do something was when this deal was made with her. The justice system at times is too quick to make deals, and does not always make the best ones.

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Getting Out of Hand

July 26, 2006 at 11:58 am (Uncategorized)

  Four members of the United Nations died yesterday when their post was hit by Israel in the Israeli-Hezbollah war(let us call it for what it is, I think conflict is out). The post was not a secret post, and the Israelis were warned to watch out for it, but nonetheless the post was hit and people were killed.

   What is going on I wonder in this war, was this just a message to the United Nations to just stay out. Was the attack on the UN a subtle warning to the UN to just mind their own business, and let us just destroy the Hezbollah and Lebanon in the process. 

   The talks in Rome have also failed this morning as well, that was a real quick failure. No one can agree on a ceasefire, or on a way to stop all this.

   As I said in an earlier post, someone has to try to find a solution to this folly, before the whole region falls into this war.

   

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Dumping the Gazette

July 21, 2006 at 1:03 pm (Uncategorized)

  After many years of being a loyal reader, I have decided to cancel my subscription to the Montreal Gazette. I have been reflecting on it for some time now, and finally came to a decision on it.

   The paper just seems to lack real news these days. I take as an example the Saturday edition, which is the *big* edition and just seems to lack any real information lately, just alot of advertising. The paper also seems to have stopped doing any real investigative journalism and to no longer take real opinions on issues. Many of these changes reflect the acquistion of the paper by the  CanWest Global Communications group a few years back. 

   I have decided to subscribe to Le Devoir instead starting today. It is the last independent paper in Montreal since all the others are part of some huge media group.

The website for Le Devoir is below.

http://www.ledevoir.com/

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Out of the War Zone

July 21, 2006 at 12:21 pm (Uncategorized)

   Canadians have started arriving from Lebanon. The trip was very trying and difficult according to the passengers. PM Harper said they looked relaxed, I think they are just dead tired. Could Canada have handled this better ? Yes, I definitely believe so is my answer.

    PM Harper should have started organizing this a few days earlier than he did. He should have come back to Canada after that G8 thing of his, instead of hanging in France with Chirac.

  After the position that he took saying that Israel had the right to defend itself, did he think that Israel was just going to stop. Obviously Israel was going to continue and it is at this point that he should have started planning the evacuation of Canadians.

  Mr Harper and his government definitely have a few lessons to learn from this experience I think.

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Just War News

July 18, 2006 at 12:55 pm (Uncategorized)

  The news sites have just bad news this morning. I checked all the main sites and it is just news about war/conflicts. I am not sure what is going on this summer but the conflicts are getting worse. What will happen I am not sure, but it is getting worrisome.

  The war in Lebanon is taking alot of space in the media. That conflict just gets worse as the days go on. As I was saying in my last post, someone needs to get these people talking about peace. This thing is taking on dangerous proportions, a country and innocent lives are getting destroyed here.

  Iraq is also ongoing, there was another vicious suicide attack there today. According to the Associated Press at least 617 people have been killed in Iraq since the beginning of the month. This is a totally unreal price to pay for getting rid of Saddam Hussein which all that this war did, because there were no weapons of mass destruction to be found.

  The other war/conflict that is always still happening is Afghanistan. The Taliban is still alive and kicking there. The news this morning has them taking over some towns. That Afghan war/conflict will approach 5 years in the fall. Just last week another Canadian soldier died there.

   Someone has to step up and do something about all these conflicts. The world leaders(G8,UN,etc) really need to get together and talk about this. I suggest that they do a type of global evaluation on the subject and take some charge on these matters.

  A re-evaluation of policies is definitely needed, things are not going so well these days.

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In the Name of Peace

July 14, 2006 at 8:53 am (Uncategorized)

  In the name of peace someone should do something about the Middle East. There has to be someone on this planet of six billion people that can get these people to talk. A war is getting under way and political leaders are having a G8 meeting in Russia.

   They should cancel the G8 and figure a way to put an end to the madness in the Middle East, which is in a crisis state right now. I guess they do not want to cancel that G8 thing, Putin has the party all ready with caviar and everything. They should put all the politicians involved in this in a locked room, till a solution is found, like a papal conclave, where no one comes out till they have a peace plan that everyone agrees on.

    The problem is that no politician wants to take responsibility for anything these days. The politicians everywhere are at fault, including the ones in the Middle East. Hezbollah is not a secret and has been co-existing in southern Lebanon for years, and the world leaders definitely know this but take no action.

  What this world needs is strong politicians, not afraid to take stands on issues. The politicians we have today just react with violence when it is already too late to get a peaceful solution, and have no global vision on anything it seems.

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New Buddies

July 7, 2006 at 1:15 pm (Uncategorized)

    PM Harper was in Washington yesterday visiting his new best friend George W and, I for one am not happy about it.

  Our policy is getting too close to American policy and we are slowly giving up our Canadian values to become more like the US. This is not a good thing for Canada, we are becoming too conservative.
  I would rather have a PM that gets the cold shoulder from the US, because we are not like them, as opposed to one that gets helicopter rides with Mr. Bush.
  Someone should remind Mr.Harper that he is governing Canada, and that we do not want to become a US state. We do not want to governed by the conservative politics of fear that the US Prez is selling. Mr Bush actually said yesterday that maybe North Korea is aiming to attack Canada. These are just Mr Bush`s scare tactics.
   I am not sure, that all Canadians want to be best buddies with the US administration. Mr Harper should remember that he has a minority government and reflect on his decisions, concerning who his friends are.

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Just Bull

July 7, 2006 at 1:04 pm (Uncategorized)

    The San Firmin festival has started in Pamplona, Spain, and so far one person appears to have been paralyzed but getting trampled by a bull. It is only day one and there is about a week left to the festivies and folly.
    People just party/drink all night and then in the morning they try to run as fast as they can in front of some suprisingly fast and angry bulls. Most years lots of people get gored by the bulls, and some people have died over the years, the last in 1995.
  Sure their is the thrill and the andrenaline of it all, but I can still not understand it. I guess some people need extreme thrills. I happened to read the book by Hemingway called the Sun Also Rises that is set around the festival, but still I do not feel the urge, to run in front of a few tons of angry bulls.
     The things that people will do for thrills, especially when they are a bit drunk never cease to amaze me.

For more info on the festival, see link below.

http://www.sanfermin.com/2006/guia.php?lang=cas

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