Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Compare and Contrast

Prime Minister Stephen Harper [Canada.com, Manning named to federal advisory panel]:

The Conservative government Friday named Reform party founder Preston Manning to a group which advises the federal government on the public policy implications of new scientific research.
President Barack Obama [CTV, Obama nominates UBC professor for science position]:

A University of British Columbia physics professor has been nominated for a position in President Barack Obama's White House.

The U.S. president nominated Prof. Carl Wieman as his associate director of science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Wieman won the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics for the creation of a new form of matter.

Updated: I should note that Professor Wieman must be approved by the Senate before taking his post. Mr. Manning just had to say, "Sure, I love that word SCIENNNCE."

Friday, March 05, 2010

Selective Hearing

“We offered to hear from Canadians on this issue and they have already spoken loud and clear. They overwhelmingly do not want to open the issue. The Government will not proceed any further to change our national anthem.”

Dimitri Soudas, official spokesman for the Prime Minister
[H/T, Stephen Taylor]

However, they apparently ignored Canadians on the issue of prorogation.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Conservatives Tapping into Patriotic Spirit to Boost Poll Woes

Canada has experienced a tremendous outpouring of patriotic spirit at the conclusion of the winter Olympics. It was also during this time that the Conservative Party experienced it's worst showing at the polls.

So, the Conservative Party needs to tap into that patriotic spirit a little - by creating a crisis where there isn't one.

CBC, O Canada Lyrics to be reviewed:
Parliament is to be asked to review the "original gender-neutral wording of the national anthem," says the throne speech delivered by Gov. Gen. Michaƫlle Jean on Wednesday.
This will charge up the Conservative base as another attack by the politically correct elite on one of Canada's sacred insititutions. Stephen Harper will be able to unmuzzle the less refined of his caucus to defend Canada all the while, maintaining a calm, cool exterior - "let Parliament do its work".

There's a Facebook group too about keeping the lyrics to O Canada the same. I could have sworn it started before the announcement during the throne speech. I wonder if there will be rallies ...

It's transparent. It's disgusting.

I only hope Canadians see it for what it is.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Mind the Dust

Blogger has a new function that lets you import and export blogs into it. So, I'm finally uploading all my old blog's posts into this one. So, now this blog appears older than it was. I'm going to have to go through and clean up the labels though.

Roll Up the Rim Stats 2010

It's time for the fourth annual tracking of my Roll Up the Rim statistics. I'll update this post as my consumption totals rise up.

As always, I record three statistics.

The first number represents the number of 'Wins'. I will update the post to indicate what I've won and what size of beverage.

The second number represents the number of 'Please Play Agains'.

The third number represents the number of times I did not receive a Roll Up cup. This usually happens twice or three times in the middle of the campaign, as opposed to the trailing end when cups begin to be snatched up.

0 - 12 - 0

Last updated: March 23, 2010.