Sunday, October 5, 2008

Am I feeling more safe now?

Why has the City of Vancouver - especially during a lame duck period leading to a general election - voted to hire more private security guards in their silly "Ambassador" program?

Why is this contract UNTENDERED?

Who owns Genesis Security?

This is not a good, clean family story, kids.

Look deeper.

Read more.

Revenue Neutral? No such.

Here's something that nobody has mentioned yet.

If Gordon Campbell's famous carbon tax is supposed to be famously "revenue-neutral," then what is the cost of administration of close to $2 Billion and the alleged tax cuts that are alleged to offset it?

This is like the old idiocy of Victoria or Ottawa spending nine dollars to send you a $1.35 refund on something.

Why should we spend millions on the paper work to bring in money that will be returned in some other way?

Is there aything about this hair-brained scheme that isn't patently smoke?

Out of Control

"Palin says Obama friendly with terrorists"

If that headline doesn't make clear the narrow, shallow guttersnipe character of this appalling candidate, what ever will?

Perhaps she and McCain are desparate.

Even so, they abandon all dignity with this kind of attack.

This abomination speaks clearly about their fitness for high public office.

The entire story from this morning's Province can be read here.

Go ahead, defend her. Defend this. Good luck.

Reports Link Karzai’s Brother to Afghan Heroin Trade

The White House says it believes that Ahmed Wali Karzai is involved in drug trafficking, and American officials have repeatedly warned President Karzai that his brother is a political liability, two senior Bush administration officials said in interviews last week.



If you can handle it, read the whole sickeningmess here.

It is for this that Canadian soldiers are dying?

Gone, but not for cheap...

The Provincial by-elections being held on October 29th in Burrard and Fairview present a good object lesson in civics.

The Burrard seat has been vacated by Lorne Mayencourt so that he can run for federal office, the Fairview seat by Gregor Robertson so that he can run for Mayor of Vancouver.

Both are honorable men and may in time serve their communities well, as they may have already.


As a principle, I always find this move suspect and unattractive.

The simple truths are these:

The Jenny Kwans, Stephen Owens, Lorne Mayencourts and Gregor Robertsons vacate their elected offices entirely for reasons that are selfish and ego-gratifying.

These people have been elected by their public and neighbours and are honor-bound to fulfill the terms of their offices.

By-elections cost upwards of $300,000 per seat. Do any of these wanderers offer to pay the tab?

It is fascinating to watch the public by and large forget all of these concerns and get caught up in The New Thing.

But how is it possible to take seriously the fresh promises?

And yes, I have Abandonment Issues.