London Ontario Canada

May 3, 2011

Stay tuned… new friend.. in case I need bail money.

“Stay tuned… new friend.. in case I need bail money.” – – Twitterer

Is that the kind of message I really want to see? What with the impending small style NWO of the Cons, we may be hearing them more often. Instead of saving up for baby Joe’s education, you should start saving up for his bail.

Correct me if I am overly wrong here.  Any of the leaders are concerned about the economy. They all want to improve the economy and get out of debt. I’ll go out on a limb and suggest that since they got where they can handle such a commonly understood goal. With that, let’s look at Election 2011 with The Economy Issue off the table. Then which way would you vote?

On this, The Morning After, my thoughts go to the type of government the Cons are offering. Specifically the omni-bill on crime.  Bill C-21 There are a lot of good things in there, sure. But a lot of  harmful things are being. Mandatory leaves no wiggle room for circumstance. Mandatory mean you go to jail. Period. In some cases, these laws would have touched us all as we grew up. We would all have done time and have records. Most politicians would not qualify to run for office. Most of us have moved on as “free” citizens. With these new laws it will be our kids getting the charges, education of doing prison time, and having their potential diminished by a criminal record. Super Prisons. It is like the government is grasping at straws in an attempt to fill them. Are we in a race with the US to see who can have the largest prison population? Is Mexico in on it, too? I this like a joint North American initiative?

Off the top of my head, which is rather shallow to begin with, I see the cannabis law having a great contribution to the prison population. There are other things too, like cheap smokes, herbal medicines, raw milk….okay, maybe some of those are American issues, but we are not that much different. We certainly don’t learn from each other. I mean, how can banning herbal medicine be “for our own good”? What the hell is the federal government doing messing with “our own good”? They aren’t my parents. They have better stuff to deal with. Yet, no matter what side of the border we vote in more and more restrictions. The US has a beacon of hope in Ron Paul. He’ll likely get trashed. He appears too human an honest to survive the jungle. Too bad. The US needs a Ron Paul and so does Canada. All the talk of CHANGE and we just keep doing the same old same old.

Back to Canada:

Contempt of Parliament (Good Read). What’s up with that? Anything? I sit all over or is that the next Breaking News? What about Con criminal charges? (Catch22) (In-and-out scam)  How are these things going to effect the Cons and our alleged “majority” government?

One thing I really liked about Jack was he carried little baggage. He appeared more honest and human. More importantly he appeared human. I couldn’t feel anything from Ignatieff. Nothing at all really. I did feel sorry for him though, what with all the attacks on him years before the election. He didn’t stand a chance. With Harper I feel fear. Flat out fear and that is not how one should live their life in a land that is “glorious and free”.  I vote out of hope. I should have stayed the course with strategy voting, since the Con in this riding narrowly defeated the Lib. Ontario is what? 72% Con? Makes me want to move to Victoria. What can Jack actually do as opposition in a “majority” government? Make a lot of noise, sure. But “speak for the voice of Canada”? 60% of them already spoke and here we have a Con “majority”. They spoke but it is perfectly okay to ignore them. I don’t think I’ll ever get that. I know this has happened in the past. Then people were outraged and demanded change. Nothing happened. This time people are outraged and are demanding change. Will anything happen? Not likely.

Enough about all that stuff, let’s talk about me. I started blogging 11 days ago. I got all excited when my hits for the day were at 30. A few days later I hit 31. Coolness. Yesterday I had 281. Oddly, the most common search string was osama bin laden hanging at 77. Just bin laden hanging came in 2nd at 37. Layton massage got 16 hits and bout 70 search strings shared the rest for a total of 221. The most common post viewed was about Bin Laden, though it wasn’t really about him. That got 146 views. Second was Vote Mob at 27.

Of all this activity I have 1 subscriber. Of 5 comments 3 are mine. Maybe 4. Looks like people (or bots) are heavy on the looks but short on the input. I think I do better with input. Inspire me to write by writing. I am not saying if I don’t get some response I’ll peter out (I wonder how the Peters of the world feel about that phrase?) but it’s sure be nice. Let’s interact and see what happens.

Cheri, see what you started with one Tweet?

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May 2, 2011

Live 2011 Election Day Coverage–Read It Here First! Or Whatever.

Today is the big day in Canada! Last week the Britain’s tried to upstage our elections with a Royal Wedding. Last night the American’s tried to upstage us by finally killing Bin Laden while he was at his mansion in Pakistan shooting Osama Gone Wild: Indie Edition. Voices in my head  claim the CIA wore burqa disguises. Neither ploy worked. A headline this morning (or maybe it was a Twitter feed (The Nielsen Company says an estimated 5.2 million Canadians watched the Royal Wedding; 23 million Americans rose early to watch #fb),  said that some people got up early to watch the wedding and even more got up to watch FB. Is that Facebook? Why get up early? The good shit don’t start until the polls close . Personally, I got up early to pee, but that does not reflect on the rest of the country. No pollsters called to inquire. Anyways, as the title says this will be Live! coverage of Election Day in Canada. I can say live, because I am alive. If I stop being alive I will change the title and hope my passing is met with “sober satisfaction” as opposed to “drunken glee”.

Timeline:

8:00 am : scour FB and Twitter to see if there are any good lines to steal. Get the feel of how one covers that day of the election when nothing really starts getting exciting until the polls close. Reply to Buddy’s email re: golfing in the rain.

8:05 am: Done “scouring” FB and Twitter. It was exhausting and I feel like a nap. E-taunted Buddy re: golf.

8:29 am:  Taking a break for a coffee and smoke or as my late mom used to say, “A whore’s breakfast”.

10:14 am. I can see the roof of the polling station from here. I can report there is no activity on the roof at this time.

10:17 am: Moments of realization…. I just learned that “real” writers proofread their work (or have someone else do it) BEFORE they publish.  To me that is a novel concept I will contemplate…sorta’ proofread it in my head.

I have to be ready for golf in 45 minutes and have done zero prep so far. As Norm McDonald Tweeted “I better go look in my closet for the least dirty shirt.” Or something like that.

10:22 am: Putting foot down on procrastination and hitting the showers, finding my golf shoes, grabbing my balls and heading out.

10:23 am:  Orange is my colour of the day.

10:35 am: Had the idea to do a LIVE POLLING RESULTS thingy in contrary to the Elections Canada rule on that. I will not report the actual polls, so I am safe. Neener-neener.

10:57 am: Hangs sign saying” Gone Golfing

5:33pm : Done golfing, dropping off rent cheque,voting, getting catfood and batteries for my mouse…I think I am safe to hunker down now.

Golf was fine. No rain, but little sun. It was cool, to say the most. I shot about what I always do. Some pars,  a string of 4’s and then those other ones. My golf swing is like a box of chocolates……

Voting: The polling station was dead, Nary a soul, except in my line. The pollsters were deathly slow. The guy in front of me needed to register. That’s okay. I dig that. But the woman doing the registering was slow, slow, slow and talked like the guy was a 12 year old. When it was my turn ( I had all documents at the ready) she took a look and said fine, then had her partner circle some numbers on a form she screwed up before I got there. That done she then took a few minutes seemingly teaching her partner how to find and mark off my name. Finally I had ballot in hand and I went into hiding to mark it. I came out with the number side up, but the woman was now talking to someone else, explaining that they didn’t have proper ID. It took a few minutes to get through the tearing off the number part, then a second for her to move the clipboard so the previously cast ballots couldn’t escape. And they said they made it easier!!

But enough about me. The polling station was slow and the few workers I talked to said it was slow all day but “expected it to pick up”. That didn’t sound all that reassuring, but I got my bet down and made it home. That is all that really matters for the moment.

5:47pm: Not much action on the polling yet.  No emails. I haven’t gone through all the tweets yet. No notifications of replies on the blog and there were not many people on the course. I’ll be going through FB and Twitter to see if anyone is tipping their hand. Details before eleven.

LIVE POLLING RESULTS (now closed to lack of interest. If you were anxiously following this then frankly, and I am sorry, but you are an idiot.)

Jack: 17

Harpo: 2

Iggy: 5

May: 1

These results are 100% accurate, reflecting actual statements, innuendo or supposition from people I actually talk to, Tweet, email,FB or overhear. If you want you voice heard here comment, twitter @thatguyinlondon, email tgil@420-friendly.com or yell outside my window. I’ll try to keep this up to date….starting when I get back from golf.

8:21pm: Did you read above about scrapping the LIVE POLL? No? Go do it, we’ll wait………not.

Twitter is all a twitter with election talk. Mostly it is boasts to just get out and vote, some hashtags are trying to circumvent the Election Canada laws on social media. Or are they going for free speech? Either way they are saying it can be seen by time shifting, or feeds from the USA.  No wonder Canada will need new prisons. Those who can make more and more laws. That is the “unreported crimes” they want us to prepare for. It sucks.

I was reading about other voting methods. I wish I had kept that page open so I could link to it, but sorry, for now it is gone. I liked the one where you vote for a rep in your riding AND who you want at the helm. There were quite a few options given and all sounded better than the one we have now. Never in my life will I ever accept that less than 50% is a majority.

8:32pm: 1 hour before local polls close.

10:12pm: The numbers are coming in and looked scary at first. I cannot fathom how many people are voting Con. The Con supporter’s big slam on NDP is calling them socialist. I looked that up and NDP is not socialist, social maybe, but then shouldn’t we all be social? I also looked up fascist . Go ahead and read it. Does that resemble anyone you have heard of, or a party you may have voted for? No label is truly accurate, they so rarely are.  I guess we get the government we let big business pay for.

That said I am really happy the NDP and Jack are doing so well. He’ll make a great opposition leader and deserves a place in history. Nobody anywhere, not even Jack could have predicted this level of electoral success.

10:23pm: Not many words coming. I think I am in shock a bit. I really thought the public would send the Cons a different message.

10:40pm: May spoke well on CBC.  London Free Press (not the live chat one) has a nice graphic for showing the results and projected results. I like it because it is passive (not all in your face) and it is more optimistic  of projected outcomes than CBC. More optimistic for me anyways. CBC: 160/105/32. LFP: 160/106/30.  Damn, so much for a brighter outlook, they evened out. Damn! This guy is saying more people voted Con just to stop an NDP government.  My guess for our near future is if you don’t make at least $50K a year, they’ll figure a way to get you into the super jails. Sound bleak? Never have I wished to be wrong more than now. Well….there was that time….I’ll tell ya’ later.

12:07am: The day after. Sorta’. Where do I start? With the positive stuff or the major buzzkill reality I see? I’ll start with positive. That way if you bail early at least you get the good stuff.

Elizabeth May has won a seat and that is very, very good. A small voice indeed, but a voice just the same.

Jack, not the NDP got a lot of support today. That is good, but good enough? What can he really do with a Con “majority”? He also gets new digs.

Another example of good escapes me at the moment. If you know of any, please let me know so I can fill that list out a bit.

To set the tone, let me say I feel like Canada fell for the dropped soap in the shower scam.

Over 60% of Canadians voted for a Con “majority”. I feel conned.

From what I can see it was a pitiful voter turn-out. So much for the Main Stream Media “having a major effect” on this election. The students were supposed to come out in force. Where were you? MSM can sure talk the talk, but….

Super prisons are coming. New laws are being slipped through with the omni-bill. Those “unreported crimes” will soon become a reality. It may be time to lock up your kids before the super prisons do.

Some are saying same sex marriage and right to choice will be re-opened. Add to that the increase in “The War on Drugs” moneysink. Those prisons are getting fuller and fuller.

65 Fighter Jets. Zoom, zoom goes billions of dollars.

My own conspiracy theory is anyone making under say $50K a year will be undesirable and a law will be made to get them. I sure hope I get over that quickly, it’s friggin’ scary. I’m going to have to find some more work. Got a job for me?

Thank goodness I got to play golf today or it would have been the worst day of my life. I’ll get over it. I’ll wonder about contempt of parliament and hope that comes back and bites HIM in the ass. Other charges pending against the Cons may have an effect as well.

12:26 am: Jack is about to speak. I am out of here.

END

April 30, 2011

Vote Mob Election 2011 – London, Ontario

April 30, 2011 London, Ontario Vote Mob

My dog and I walked down to Victoria Park today to witness the London version of The Vote Mob. Did you see me? I was the guy with the dog who wouldn’t stop barking. He barked whenever the crowd applauded. He barked at other dogs, squirrels, stroller (or anything with wheels) and I am sure he also barked at his shadow and for no reason at all. He did growl at one guy. I suspect he was a Conservative.

I was talking to someone and didn’t really see or hear one speaker. I asked my friend who it was and he told me it was Joe Fontana. Ooops. In my defence I was not very close. Is he really short? Or was I THAT far back. Not that I care if he is short, just asking. mY friend also said he saw Pearson and a couple other Liberals, but none were flying their colours or campaigning. Only the Green Party seemed to be visible, but they kept way back with a table far from the crowd.

There were purple people there and even an old guy. The purple guy told me they said fly your Western colours.  And so he did. Who is The Purple Guy? There was even a guy with a bent nose walking around saying, “fogetaboutit” over and over. I think he was confused by the term “vote mob”. There was lots of red, but it was Canadian red not Liberal red. I was worried about that when the organizers suggested wearing red, but it worked. The turnout was of all ages, but us old folks were well out numbered. If even half the people who showed up actually go and vote I think this event can be called a success.

Rick Mercer spoke for a long time then gave what seemed to be a lesson in photo-ops. He had the crowd do the wave and set up the “Surprise! We’re voting” clip I expect to see with the evening news, looking like it wasn’t staged.  No problem with that. I guess that is how TV works. I was too far away for Rick to see me, but I said hi just the same. Somewhere in the cosmic make up of life he’ll get the greeting.

One thing I noticed was there were only three London Police there for a crowd of (reportedly) 1,000 people. 10 days ago in the same park there were 25 police for a crowd of about 200 people for the 420 Celebration. I guess students aren’t as risky as anti-prohibitionists.

For more Vote Mob photos CLICK HERE


Mayor Joe. I don’t know. He seemed out of his element. Still, he got them cheering and that inspires them and all is good.

Okay, here is another video which I stopped watching at 1:33 so I could post it. I am endorsing this as the “best video ever”, then going back to watch the other half. More than once, for sure.  Got more videos? Send them in and I’ll post them.

This is one from London Fuse, including an interview with Rick Mercer.

As a matter of perspective and contrast or whatever the right words are, but mostly  because I can, here is a shot from Victoria Park (close enough to the same angle as the purple guy) of April 20th 2010, 420.

Click to enlarge

(okay, there wasn’t a confused mobster walking around)

April 28, 2011

Harper’s Susan Truppe Ignattieff Slam Flyer

Filed under: Federal — Tags: , , , , , , — thatguyinlondon @ 7:57 pm

Today I was honoured with a 5 1/2 by 9 1/2 piece of junk mail from Harper.  I am not sure which is supposed to be the facing side. The first side I saw had a big red square (attention-getting) with a waving Ignatieff. The quot above read:

“Canadians associate the Conservatives with Economic recovery and low taxes, and the Liberals with weak leadership and internal divisions”

I am not sure if they are attached, but below in much smaller print is the quote:

“stronger economy weakens Liberals” – John Ivison, National Post, January 7, 2011

I believe it is true that Canadians associate the Conservatives with economic recovery. The thing is, it was the Conservatives who caused the deficit. As far as the low taxes, they didn’t trickle down to the likes of me. I am paying more taxes as far as I can tell. That last bit I cannot make sense out unless Ivison is saying this false perception makes the Liberals look bad.

Flip this card. I say card because it is made with a very heavy stock. (I wonder what that set the Conservatives back?) On this side I am forced to look at a picture of Harper. That smile of his makes me think he is about to turn on me any second. Here are listed quotes boasted the Cons achievements.

“Good jobs stage comeback” – Globe and Mail, January 7, 2011 (only good ones, like maybe appointments and upper management)

“Canada’s economy is creating more secure, higher paying jobs” – Globe and Mail January 7, 2011. (secure? Those must be Senate posts)

“The Canadian job market capped off its best year since 2002…powered by a record surge in manufacturing (jobs)” – “Canada sees robust gains in new job data” – National Post, January 8, 2011 (The best record since 2002. This was written in 2011.  And how robust were those gains over 9 years?)

“Better job security” – Globe and Mail, January 7, 2011. (How do you measure job security? That is likely just a sound bite from the same Jan. 7 article)

“Canada has the strongest economy in the G7 and has already made up all the jobs lost in the 2008 recession. (but not as good as it was in 2002 and I am still reading about job cuts, layoffs and high unemployment rates.)

Back to Iggy at the bottom of all this with the  quote:

“Good news could evaporate if the debate – led by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff- continues to escalate (and) result in a ‘long-run’ cost of….roughly 200,000 jobs.” – “Analysis: Tax cuts needed to stay in game” – Financial Post, January 25, 2011.

Okay, so not Iggy either. Thanks for the tip, Steph. Just curious though what these 200,000 jobs are going to be and what do the ….’s replace?

Did I mention Susan Truppe gets a small, quoteless section at the bottom of the Iggy-slam side? Normally this kind of junk mail goes directly to the recycle box. What a waste of paper! Note the dates? All from January 2011, all but a few from the same paper. My guess is the same article. Was Harper campaigning in January? I heard the Con rhetoric that this was an election that Canadians did not want. But it sure seems that is was one that Harper not only wanted, but was getting in early. They are still airing that one slam add that has Iggy saying he won’t take a GST hike off the table. From 2008. Here it is 2011 and the GST is gone with a higher rate HST.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not an Ignatieff fan. I was afraid I would have to vote for Pearson (another Lib who doesn’t show up to vote) just to deny Harper a majority. Now I can vote with my heart and give Jack a chance. They say he has no experience. Maybe that assumed lack of experience will translate to more accountability. Maybe that assumed lack of experience will mean more transparency (he’ll certainly be under the microscope) and maybe, just maybe we will see less spin come out of Ottawa.

April 25, 2011

Inevitably I Write About The 2011 Federal Election

Filed under: Federal — Tags: , , , , , , , , — thatguyinlondon @ 11:30 am

I have never really been big on politics or the news in general. To me politicians are spin doctors and little more and the news is so slanted on cannot believe what one sees. Maybe it was the movie Wag The Dog that got to me, maybe it is just reality. Well, I am paying attention now.

When I first heard there was going to be another election I was glad. In the past couple years or so I have been reading tons about Cannabis, the “War on Drugs” and prisons. The USA has the #1 prison population, and though I cannot be bothered to look up the stats as I sit here and type, I am betting Canada is not that far behind. This scares me and seeing Harper wants to pass a “tough on crime” bill that will imprison people for smoking a joint, I KNOW I don’t want a Harper Government. Besides that, I am Canadian and will always want the Government of Canada no matter who is the leader.

To test the mettle of a person I like to find out what their stand is on the decriminalization of marijuana, or as it should be called, Prohibition. I don’t do this because I am a pothead who just want to get high, though that argument could be fairly made, I do this because it is a good testament to one’s character. The whole illegal cannabis thing is political. It started with William Hurts worrying about his paper mills, and I suppose that industry is still involved. But the main players are Big Pharma.  They cannot patent cannabis, cannot make money off of it and it doesn’t lead to their completely legal, highly addictive, expensive prescription drugs. So to me, if you are pro-prohibition, you do not care about the lives of others and support the age-old propaganda.

With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that I first looked at each parties view on cannabis. It is amazing how many politicians claim they have smoked pot, yet they won’t put the laws on their platform. They think it should be legal. That means they broke the law. That means they are admitted criminals, yet they can still run for public office. Does that make sense? And even if that doesn’t make them criminals, it certainly makes them hypocrites. Not a real popular trait for someone saying what we can or cannot put into out bodies.

Sure that’s just one point and an election platform has many. I was thinking that for this election my only option was to vote against Harper. That means I’d have to vote for Pearson (the guy who doesn’t show up in Parliament to vote so therefore doesn’t really carry your voice) because he stood the biggest chance of defeating Truppe. As the campaigns rolled on my fear of Harper increased and I really, really tried to give Iggy a chance but I just don’t trust him. Both the Greens and PQ are caught up in a single issues, or so it seems. The PQ want to be their own country and the Greens are banging the environment drum. They are both issues worthy of attention, but it takes more than that to run the country.

This leaves Jack. I have always liked the NDP because they took the time to make me feel like they really cared about people. I see Jack stumping around and just like him. I like a lot of what he says and like the sense of hope he instills. I really like the fact that I feel I can call our PM Jack. The attack ads I saw lately have questioned where Jack is going to get the money to support his platform. I don’t know, but I bet the NDP have given it some thought. You could ask that about any party, really. Where is the money coming from to but jets and build super prisons? It costs somewhere around $80k a year to house a prisoner.  That means for every non-violent, no victim criminal released from jail, 5 seniors could have a pension closer to, but not quite there yet, to the poverty level. Buy one less jet (how many are going to crash anyways?) and you could do the same for about 830 seniors. That’s just a flip example a dough head like me can come up with. The money is there and being spent by every party, so let’s look at where it is spent not where it is coming from.

In news comment posts I often see Bob Rae waved as a red flag against the NDP. When was that? 20 years ago? Is Jack Bob? Has nothing changed with the NDP since Rae? And isn’t Rae a Liberal now anyways? The only people who can use Rae as a slight against the NDP are Harper Canadians. Man, those people scare me.

If I wasn’t really paying attention to the campaigns I would be voting Liberal to oust (and send a message) to Harper. Since I have been paying attention I realized I can vote for Liberal out of fear, or NDP out of hope. Harper is just friggin’ scary. Iggy will say whatever works. Jack feels real and I have faith in him to continue caring about the country and its people.

I do believe my mind is made up and I don’t just want Jack to beat Iggy to lead the minority opposition, I want Jack as PM and the NDP as the minority. I mean yes, I like him, but I don’t want any of them to have a majority. I the beginning of all this I was just saying VOTE. Just get out there and vote (out Harper). Now I am convinced that voting NDP is the best of the choices we are given. Now, even if there were a “none of the above” on the ballot, I would still put my X next to NDP. Now to spend the last week of the election looking up German Gutierrez to see what he is all about personally, not that it really, really matters. In Canada we have to vote for the party, not the representative. I am pretty darn sure the Cons would do better this tine around if they didn’t have a Harper attached to them.

Vote NDP. If you cannot manage that, at least get out and vote, unless you like Harper then maybe it’s best you just stayed at home.

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