Musings —09.30.2010 08:52 AM—
Lotsa stuff going on. Here goes:
- Coalition Blowback: The Harper Reformatories are being mocked and/or criticized, far and wide, for their ridiculous reliance on ridiculouser talking points. The Globe’s lead editorial today is a representative sample: “The Conservatives should know – and when they pause to think, they do know – that the Canadian public is not gullible. They cannot persuade the electorate or win their desired majority by repeating the word “coalition” again and again., and the public isn’t scared by the Con scaremongering.” The reason why Harper is so preoccupied by a coalition? Harper would be defeated by a coalition.
- Maclean’s Quebec-Bashing Blowback: The House of Commons, which is never unanimous about anything, has passed a unanimous resolution condemning Maclean’s for the prejudice it displayed in its “Quebec Is Corrupt” issue. The magazine has finally acknowledged that it lacks any statistical/factual basis for its claim: “It’s true that we lack a statistical database to prove [the Quebec-is-corrupt allegation],” the magazine’s editors admitted yesterday. The condemnations continue to roll in, as a result, here and here and here. The magazine’s writers, meanwhile, continue to mock their detractors on Twitter; the public, for its part, likely wonders why journalists demand that politicians apologize when they screw up, but won’t do likewise when the roles are reversed.
- Hooker Blowback: I’ve had no shortage of libertarians taking me to task for applauding Messr. Harper and McGuinty’s decision to appeal that social-engineering Superior Court prostitution decision, which always tells me I’m on the right track. Until one of the kooky libertarian fringe start up a petition to welcome a bawdy house in their neighbourhood, I’ll continue to oppose trafficking in human beings. So do others, here and here and here.