Musings —04.23.2010 08:25 AM—
- The Decentralized Centre: CP veteran Steve Mertl – who shares my fondness for big dogs, and less so tiny yappy ones – discovers that Harper’s PMO has now seeped into places other than Ottawa. Norman Spector, me and a few others don’t ever recall that happening with any Prime Minister, going way back. When we were in power, we shut down regional ministerial offices. The Harper guys, meanwhile, expand them. Interesting contrast.
- Lobbyists lobbying: I’m a lobbyist. Also lobbyists, or lobbying, are the Salvation Army, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Oxfam Canada, the Lung Association, the World Wildlife Fund and every Canadian university. What gives lobbyists a bad name, mainly, are people/organizations who try to pretend they’re not lobbying, or registered lobbyists, when they are. It’s only a dirty word if you act like it is. That, among other things, is the legacy of Rahim Jaffer and his ilk.
- Border buffoonery: During the course of various cross-border jaunts over the years, I’ve encountered some very polite border guards. Increasingly, however, I’ve dealt with some – on both sides of the border – who are rude and crude tin-pot dictators who, among other things, have used exaggerated “terrorist” threats to justify their rude and crude behaviour. They need to be reined in, big time.
- Sex sells: Sorry, Adam, but you’d be among the first to say “The provincial Liberals have failed because they haven’t put the brakes on their bureaucrat’s sex ed proposals.” Instead, you and others are now saying we “failed” because, um, we did. Some days, you just can’t win. (Even when sex is the subject matter!)
- The iPhone i-Leak: I was a bit suspicious about the story about the over-refreshed Apple employee who “lost” a prototype of the new 4G iPhone in a bar. I mean, these guys at Apple are more secretive than an invitation-only get-together by the Yakuza, the Cosa Nostra and the NSA. I grew more suspicious when I saw what the “accident” did to their stock price. Anyway – looks like others were suspicious too. And, yes, I’ll get it when it comes out: it may be a trick, but it’s a fun trick.