Thursday, December 31, 2009

Vin Diesel, Social Media Giant

True, according to Subscriber Wars.

Vin Diesel has 7,200,962 fans on Facebook, making him fourth in total online fan subscribers. It puts him behind Michael Jackson, Barack Obama, and Ashton Kutcher.

Wow.

Updated: In true prorogation tradition, neither Stephen Harper nor Michael Ignatieff can be found.

Congratulations, Mr. Prime Minister

Stephen Harper, by proroguing Parliament, has confirmed what Canadians think [Montreal Gazette, Canadians think politicians get little done: poll]:

Canadians think politicians don't get along well, that they've accomplished little in the past year, and few would want their kids to grow up to be one.

...

And yet, 72 per cent of those surveyed by Ipsos Reid said they disagreed with the statement "Politicians in Ottawa got a lot done this year." And that disagreement was consistent across sex and regional lines.
Stephen Harper has now confirmed to Canadians he believes Parliament is irrelevant as well.

Congratulations, Mr. Prime Minister.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Canada's Back!

I, for one, am glad that Canada is back on the world stage as a leader and an innovator [Yahoo Canada News, Harper not on Obama's climate guest list as U.S. president meets with 19 leaders]:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was left off U.S. President Barack Obama's guest list for an emergency meeting of world leaders in the final hours of the Copenhagen climate talks.

...

Among the attendees were Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei, Brazilian President Luiz Lula da Silva and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

The list, provided by the White House, did not include Harper.
Canada's position, such as it is, is considered irrelevant.

Quick, something shiny!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

James Travers | PM Should Have Tried Honesty

James Travers nails it [Toronto Star, Travers: PM should have tried honesty]:

It's in Conservative nature to dig deeper when in a hole. Their reflex is to reject, refute and rebut rather than rely on the famous decency of Canadians to forgive and forget inevitable political failures.
This pattern applies to Conservative supporters as well - reject, refute and rebut.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hypocrisy

This illustrates the right wing hypocrisy in the United States regarding health care.


[via Center for American Progress].

On a related note, I got my H1N1 flu shot today. No credit card nor private insurance card needed from the doctor I chose. Asked her about something else while I was in there. No extra charge.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Good Luck, Rocco

I like Rocco, and I wish him good luck in his run for mayor of Toronto.

I'm still waiting for the big man.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Peter MacKay Must Resign

There's just no way around it [Toronto Star, Afghan beaten by police was in Canadian custody: top general]:

In an unexpected and explosive admission, Chief of Defence Staff Walter Natynczyk said not only was it known Afghan police abused prisoners but that one in particular had been handed over by Canadian troops.

Natynczyk said suddenly new information arrived on his desk today after telling a parliamentary defence committee Tuesday that a prisoner beaten by Afghan police had not be in Canadian custody before he was handed over in May 2007.

"The moment I saw this report his morning I realized that the information I provided yesterday was incorrect and I am responsible for that," he told reporters.
I don't believe for a moment that "suddenly new information" arrived. Suddenly, they realized, this story wasn't going away with constant denials.

Peter MacKay must resign.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Another One Bites the Dust

Those of us who formerly identified themselves as Conservative, can easily identify with this.

[H/T, Dr. Dawg]

World AIDS Day

Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day.

World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It is common to hold memorials to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS on this day. Government and health officials also observe the event, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements.

AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children.
Consider today joining the "Give a Day" campaign.