Musings —09.10.2012 08:06 AM—
- Rotten Apple: If, as rumoured, today’s big Apple announcement is about a smaller iPhone or iPad, I don’t really care. Like billions of other people, however, I will care if they are planning to start manufacturing a smaller dock connector on Apple devices. That move, alone, will make me, and billions of other people, really mad – because all of the devices we’ve bought over the years will be rendered obsolete. Steve Jobs, where are you?
- The Assault on Reason: Allan Gregg has charted an amazing career path, and he is one of the smartest people in Canada – which is why I quote him at considerable length in my new book. Check out this Hill Times article about his speech, and read it all.
- The Permanent Campaign: Tom Flanagan – his recent dalliance with Wildrose notwithstanding – is also one of Canada’s smartest people (and is quoted on the cover of the new book). His views on continual election readiness should be considered by every single Liberal. One of Michael Ignatieff’s biggest mistakes was allowing his B-Team of mercenaries to shut down election readiness in Fall 2009. He paid the price, dearly, and Harper reaped the benefits.
- Tea Party Tim To Stay: The Lord has heard my prayers! Thank you! Thank you! Tim Hudak is one of the principal reasons Ontario Liberals won the last provincial election – and why Conservatives lost their Kitchener-Waterloo fiefdom. As long as Hudak remains leader, I’m a happy Ontario Grit.
- Obama vs. The Rich Guy: And the rich guy isn’t doing so well on the money front, turns out. The fact that Obama’s also definitively ahead in the polls, to me, is pretty surprising: no U.S. president has recently won re-election with the economy doing badly (i.e.., less than three per cent GDP). Tells me that impressions may indeed trump facts these days (see Gregg, above), and that it works in both ideological directions.
- The federal benefits of anti-federalism: It’s true. There are indeed some – within the Liberals and the Conservatives – who see the election of the Parti Quebecois as useful, in that it gives them an opportunity to wave the flag, and reap the benefits in TROC. The theory falls apart, however, when the country does. That’s the, you know, problem with it.
- Idiot of the Month: We have a winner! This idiot – licence plate AMNX 030 – was photographed by my daughter on the 401, as she and Son Three and me headed up to the rainy lake on Friday. In case you cannot make it out clearly, Queen Idiot is steering with her elbows while she eats an ice cream sundae.