10.06.2015 07:21 AM

Tonight: come meet a great Prime Minister – and I’ll be there, too, to serve you dinner



  1. Geoff says:

    Mulroney will be there ?

    • KBab says:

      Interesting rumble of rumours regarding this. Reminds me of Monty Python– “Welease Bwian.”

      And all may be forgiven, almost.

  2. walking_trees says:

    Man, that cat really has the looks.

  3. Richard says:

    Hope that it goes well for all involved.

  4. fan590 says:

    The electorate got fooled in 84 and voted the wrong guy as PM. This still bothers me.

    All the best to Turner!

  5. T. Mason says:

    False Hope and the Eurasian Nightmare

    “Kill, kill, kill! There should be no more conversations. As a professor, I think so.” – Aleksandr Dugin, Russia’s premier intellectual and founder of neo-Eurasianism on how to deal with Ukrainians

    Vladimir Putin is in Vogue. Former Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien, while acknowledging unspecified “controversies” [Ukraine] stated: “I met Putin. He’s a tough guy. He’s clear-minded. But to run Russia, you cannot be a pussycat. They play hockey very rough in the corners.” This harmonizes with Justin Trudeau who shocked a television audience by joking as Ukrainians were dying the streets that “It is very worrisome, particularly since Russia lost in hockey, they will be in a bad mood…” Of course, both Chretien and Trudeau are Internationalists, laissez-Maoists, believe in Putin’s “multi-polarity” and a paranoid and revolutionary end to “Anglo-Saxon hegemony.”

    The Le Pens of France and most of the so-called far-right, love Putin. Marine hails Russia as “a natural ally of Europe.” Perhaps as Chretien and Trudeau, it’s a French thing. American evangelist Franklin Graham sees holy things in Putin and his crackdown on “gay propaganda.” The fly in this ointment is that dyed-in-the-wool heterosexual dissidents have found themselves exiled under this state mechanism in something eerily reminiscent of the notorious Article 58 – those one-way tickets to Gulag. Andrew Murray, Chief of Staff of Britain’s largest trade union Unite, are Putinites. Murray launched a group supporting pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine: “Solidarity With The Antifascist Resistance In Ukraine (SARU).” Representing the Communist Party of Britain, it branded the Kiev government “fascist.” Liberal-far-right-Christian-Communist Putinites? Abandon all logic ye that enter in.

    Amidst the toasting: “WARSAW. The Russian ambassador to Poland has prompted outrage here for putting some of the blame for World War II on Poland, creating a new spat amid deepening tensions between the nations. Ambassador Sergey Andreev of Russia on Friday described the Soviet Union’s 1939 invasion of Poland as an act of self-defense, not aggression. Poland’s Foreign Ministry responded on Saturday, saying the ambassador ‘undermines historical truth’ and seemed to be trying to justify the crimes of Stalin, then the Soviet leader.” (NYT). Whether they grasp it or not, Putinites are willing to cast Eastern Europe to the wolves.

    Certainly, political realists must confess that American power under Barrack Hussein Obama II is dangerously vacuous. The regime pulled the rug out from under Iraq before anything near a cohesive state had gelled. SOS Clinton, even though Gadhafi had come heal to Western constraints, killed him off anyway sending the message to world that there is no point standing down. The United States is adrift, controlled by at best by someone overly sympathetic to the Nation of Islam; at worst, one of history’s worst fifth columns. It likely vacillates hour-by-hour depending on how much POTUS is craving a cigarette. (Never underestimate the banal in human affairs.) Likewise, the European Union, with Red Prussian Angela Merkel as her de facto leader, appears to have lost even the most basic impulse for self-preservation. Europe metalizes to Jonestown, Quietus and Swiss suicide clinics offering that European sense of style in the final hour.

    Into this bleak scenario the idea that Vladimir Putin and Russia offers some way-out.
    Returning to Dugin who represents the vanguard of Russian nationalism and a power bloc Putin cannot afford to alienate, it becomes quickly obvious that neo-Eurasianism is in fact anti-European. Dugin nurtures a dark vision of Russian alliances with Middle Eastern powers, most fundamentally Iran. Dugin proposes “a Turkic-Slavic alliance in the Eurasian sphere”, popular in the Ergenekon network. Dugin envisions alliances with Arab powers, the Assad regime being the notable example.

    In terms of Russia neutralizing the Nation of Islam, anti-jihadists will be disappointed. The cardinal Russian nationalist position: “…our stupid twenty-year policy of closing and destroying the Moslem mosques in the Crimea. And compare that with the policy of the farsighted conqueror Catherine the Great, who contributed state funds for building and expanding the Crimean mosques. And the Hitlerites, when they arrived, were smart enough to present themselves as their defenders.” (Solzhenitsyn.)

    It is for this reason Putin recently opened Moscow’s largest mosque flanked by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority…” (NYT) “MOSCOW (AP) – The groom is approaching 50, a silver-haired boss in the Chechen strongman’s feared police force. The bride is 17, a shy beauty reportedly devastated at the idea of wedding a man nearly three times her age. Many Russians expressed outrage over the nuptials, causing a firestorm in the media and putting Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov – a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin – on the defensive.” Pan-Eurasian mores are decidedly medieval – only marginally less so than the Islamic State.

    Of course, the fundamental problem in Russia, Ukraine, all former Soviet satellites in Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Iran, Syria, Canada, is sub-replacement fertility due to soft totalitarianism. These are societies in perpetual stagnation and decline. A protracted European war of attrition will be the final nail in the coffins of Russia, all Slavs, all Europeans. The fantasists of ethnic supremacism – whether German socialism, Russian imperialism, or some half-baked Mein Kampf rehash tribal manifesto out of Western Europe – will be the doom of all as vigorous Asians and Africans move north and west to occupy civilizations so sophisticated they forgot how to have babies amidst the haze of vodka, cigarette smoke and deranged intelligentsia. Neo-Rasputinism must be denounced for what it is: corrupt, vicious and fading personality cults cozily ensconced in crony capitalism – for now.

    “How could an ugly Asian attract the attention of a white girl, while a beautiful Eurasian like myself never had any attention from them?” – the mentality of spree killer and blond hunter Elliot Rodger

  6. Sean says:

    Hey T. Mason… Do you think its more important that the Jays carry two lefties in the bullpen or three catchers on the 25 man Playoff Roster?

  7. Joe says:

    John Turner? Oh you mean the guy with the unfortunate accident. PET gave Mulrooooooney a stick of political dynamite, Mulrooooney lit the fuse and jammed down John Turner’s pants and the resulting explosion ended PM Turner’s political career. That John Turner. Unfortunately we will never know what he could have done as PM if he had his own mandate.

  8. Kaplan says:

    Turner was an excellent justice and finance minister, and an able opposition leader. But a great prime minister? Not sure he was PM long enough to have accomplished anything great there, unless you can point something out.

  9. Jack D says:

    Oshawa is one of those ridings where TPP could be a major factor. Depending on how well Mulcair does at exploiting the hell out of this issue, Conservatives could feel some hurt here.

    There’s a lot of these kinds of riding where the Conservatives could lose because of NDP fear mongering so if the Conservatives are finding it harder to sell the TPP as a positive, it might be wise to start pushing back a little on Mulcair’s grandstanding.

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