Six In The Morning: Politics, Lies, Bigotry, Minchin!

1 HOUSE BLOWS UP, TWO INJURED A couple’s home on 1000 block Shannon road (south Regina) exploded this morning. CBC has the report and the pics.

2 LOCAL MAN PROTESTS MAY-EXCLUDING DEBATE SHENANIGANS Friend O’ The Dog John Klein, A.K.A. Saskboy, will march with indignant purpose against the evil decision to exclude Green Party Leader Elizabeth May from the party leader’s TV debates. Good for John. And because you didn’t ask, here’s my suggestion to permanently balance fair debate participation with everybody-gets-a-turn anarchy: Up to the top seven vote-getting parties that receive a minimum five per cent of the vote in the previous election get an invitation to the TV debates. Because this is ridiculous. Excluding May is just a sick joke. By the way, May will answer the debate questions in real time in an online chat session.

3 “MISLED” IS SUCH A POLITE WORD A Canadian Press story reports that, well, I’m not gonna bother paraphrasing. Here’s the quote:

The Auditor-General says the Harper government misinformed Parliament to win approval for a $50-million G8 fund that lavished money on dubious projects in a Conservative riding. And she suggests the process may have been illegal. The findings are contained in a confidential report Sheila Fraser was to have tabled in Parliament on April 5.

More here. The article’s much too short, might update this post with a better link later.

4 FRENCH FREAKOUT French idiots are arresting and/or fining Muslim women for covering their faces with religious veils. I come down pretty heavily on the side of religious freedoms so I’m going to have to issue an official PD Hosepail Of The Day ticket to France. Having said that, covering up women’s faces for religious reasons is icky. Head scarves like the hijab are a better option. Plus, styley!

5 THE NDP RELEASE THEIR PLATFORM Story here.  BoingBoing has some very favourable coverage of the party’s Internet policy proposals.

6 MEANWHILE IN THE UNITED STATES The government didn’t shut down after a Teabagger tantrum over funding to Planned Parenthood, which boils down to Teabagger craziness over sex and pregnancy and women and religion. Also, this from the same gang of allegedly deficit-fighting goons that increased the U.S. federal deficit by extending Bush-era tax cuts. On the bright side, if this kind of bullshit is your thing you can vote Conservative in three weeks and help move Canada closer to looney U.S. style values.

Okay, time to cleanse the palate. Here’s a new cartoon of a great Tim Minchin song about a dinner war between an exasperated rational atheist comedian and a dippy superstitious flake. Tim Minchin always cheers me up.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

10 thoughts on “Six In The Morning: Politics, Lies, Bigotry, Minchin!”

  1. I moved you up to number two because you’re so great! And also because I didn’t like the way the blockquote in the G20 item was elbowing the logo.

  2. In that case, I have high hopes that I’ll make it to #1 by the end of the day. If you can rearrange it for a logo, you can certainly bump me up above an explosion and fire. Hopefully neither of those happen at my protest tonight.

    Although I’d argue my rally is slightly less noteworthy than massive fraud and Larry-Smith-explained vote buying in the G8 spending in Clement’s riding.

  3. On the TV debate thing:
    Instead of being based on nothing (which it is now), or being based on popular vote in the previous election, I think inclusion in the debate ought to be based on the number of candidates is fielding in the current election. A new party could come out of the woodwork at any time, and why shouldn’t they be included in the TV debate if they are running candidates in, say, 25% of the ridings (The BQ have candidates in 75 ridings, which is pretty close to 25%)?
    Basing participation on what happened in the past seems silly to me.

  4. It’s tough to come up with a perfect system but I like mine better than yours. Mine would exclude new parties, it’s true. But yours would have put the Natural Law Party into the 1993 debate because (assuming Wikipedia’s facts are right) they ran 231 candidates that year. The NLP wound up with 0.63 per cent of the popular vote. Now that’s a fringe party.

    (Wikipedia link here.)

    I agree with those who say that some barrier to entry is necessary to prevent the debates from being a joke. Right now the barrier is arbitrary and unreasonable. Pay your reasonable dues and get a seat at the table, I say. And the Greens have done that.

  5. I would be willing to bet that more people would have watched and talked about the debate if the NLP were there.

  6. So would forcing politicians to dress like clowns or Star Trek characters. One ought not manufacture train wrecks for attention.

  7. I don’t know, I think that the whole deal NEEDS to be made a mockery of in order to get more people to care, and take it seriously.

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