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...here, exclusively, are some leaked numbers from the Strategy Consultants, Inc. Don't ask me how I got them - suffice to say they are going to have tongues wagging up in Ottawa!
1. Do you care about mid-Summer polls about political leaders? Have you read, seen or heard anything about that kind of stuff?
99.9 per cent: No and no. I couldn't give a rat's ass, either. 0.1 per cent: Yes, because I wear jammies all day, live in my Mom's basement, and am paid a stipend by the Conservative Party to blog about it.
99.9 per cent: Yes, yes and yes. To real people, out here in the real world, those are the numbers that count the most. Harper and his crew don't give a shit about me, or what is happening in my life. 0.1 per cent: No. I've been a Reform/Alliance/Harper Con and living in Mom's basement for a decade or so. I don't get too fussed about the real world.
In my letter of July 13, 2009 to The Hill Times I suggested that Mr. Kaplan uttered a falsehood. I accept his statement that the RCMP told him it had no evidence of payments made to Mr. Mulroney by Mr. Schreiber. I unreservedly apologize to Mr. Kaplan.
It has come to our attention that your party is considering changing its name from the “New Democratic Party” to, well, something else. Specifically, we are intrigued by the suggestion that your party, having been in existence for approximately four decades, now realizes it is no longer “new.” We certainly agree.
In the spirit of Parliamentary cooperation, my Liberal friends and I have assembled a list of possible names for your newly-branded political party. Here are some of our favourites:
• The You Don’t Know Jack Party: This name reflects the fact – from his perspective, at least – it’s all about Jack. This name will only work if Jack Layton remains party leader indefinitely, which we particularly favour. • The Middle Aged Party: Given the fact that your party is clearly going through a troubling midlife crisis, and searching for a new identity, we thought this name might be appropriate. As in all midlife crises, we advise against garish tattoos or radical hairstyle changes. • The We’re Still Here Party: Canadians periodically wonder if your political party still exists, so often does it slip into the political equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle. This name reflects an attempt to address that challenge, while displaying a degree of humility – a notion with which some might argue the NDP has only a passing acquaintance. • The Dippers: As you are painfully aware, it is what many media people call your party already. There is a pejorative connotation associated with this appellation (cf. you are "dippy"), but - from our perspective - it is highly, highly accurate. • Paris Hilton Party: This name refers to the fact that, while you may be famous among some people, you tend to lack talent. Sorry. • The Transformers Party: The movie is popular, you're not. It'll generate some interest, perhaps. You never know.
There are many other possibilities for a new name for the NDP. By way of conclusion, we would only echo that old adage: if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.
In every war room, in every election campaign, I try to nominate a catchy little ditty to rouse sleepy-eyed war roomers at all times of day or night. I play these tunes at ear-splitting volume. It gets the creative juices flowing, among other things.
This year's nominee is 'Hail Destroyer' by the Cancer Bats. It's a guaranteed war room waker-upper, and - added bonus - these loveable moptops are all-Canadian!
We've just gone through a crippling municipal strike that left millions of people without any basic services - one in which the Mayor and his minions repeatedly claimed how fiscally-responsible they were.
So what do 25 of these idiots do at one of their very first get-togethers? They take care of themselves.
Questions abound. Who gets the money, if she wins? Do taxpayers pay court costs, too, if she loses? Won't there be more of these taxpayer-funded lawsuits in the future, as other councillors try to figure out ways to silence their critics? Will city workers - who get no end of shit and abuse from the public, being on the front line - get to rely upon this added job benefit, too? Why not, if not? Julian Porter is respected, and he's also one of the highest-paid lawyers around: did these morons consider, even for a moment, someone with a lower billable rate?
Some of you have wondered why me and my friends aren't fans of Sandra Bussin. This is yet another example of why, but there are others - here and here and here and here.
If you want to express yourself on this to Ms. Bussin, her contact info is here. The "mayor" who approved this perq for a political crony, meanwhile, is here.
THE HARPER REFORMATORY LEGACY: A COUNTRY "FULLY BACK ON ITS HEELS"
Friday, August 7, 2009, 07:24 AM
This internal note was sent to me by a Bay Street analyst his morning. The bottom line: Canadians are continuing to lose their jobs at an astonishing pace - and the Harper regime's spin (eg. the recession is "over") is unadulterated bullshit.
Who lives in "fantasyland," now, Reformatories? You do. And, ultimately, it is the thing that will defeat you.
CANADA'S JOBS REPORT WORSE ON HEADLINE AND DETAILS
Our first impression is that this is a much worse than expected report on both headline and details. The headline July decline was worse than expected, both full-time and part-time jobs fell, private and public sector jobs were lost, the hit to private sector jobs was the worst since January's massive decline, self-employment rose but discount that at this point in the cycle, and people exited the workforce thereby driving a decline in the labour force. Canada's job market remains fully back on its heels.
Net change in jobs (000s) / UR (%): Actual: -44.5 / 8.6% Prior: -7.4 / 8.6% Consensus: -15 / 8.8%