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September 27, 2007

Not now, Stephane, I'm trying to focus!

With Captain Destructo and the Mistress of Chaos in school only part time this year, it's hard enough trying to scrape a few hours together to work on my exciting new priority. But if the so-called 'leader' of the Liberals follows through on his big talk and triggers an election this fall, it'll be very hard to get anything off the ground. I'll have a bit more responsibility in the next campaign, and plan to keep very busy running the Grits out of Quebec. But I'd really like a little more time to focus right now.

For the life of me, I can't understand what Dion is thinking. After the pasting his party took in Quebec a little while ago, I thought he'd want to step back from the brink to put together a real platform and do some fund-raising. But no, he's putting up his fists again, with one black eye and a couple of broken teeth, and trotting out the same warmed over mush that knocked him on his ass before. 'Hidden agenda!' 'Kyoto!' 'Abandon Afghanistan!' 'A new plan to fight poverty!'

The only explanation I can see is that Dion is getting some very bad advice from others in the party who see that only an election will purge this mistake from their midst -- and that the sooner it happens, the sooner they can begin rebuilding and refinancing. They want him gone, and they're cheering him forward into a battle he cannot win.

Which is probably true enough, but why should the taxpayers of Canada have to pay for the Liberals' mistake?

Oh, that's right! I remember now...

Tradition.

September 22, 2007

But are you a robot?

Hillary Clinton: I'm not a lesbian.

September 18, 2007

"You may say that I'm a dreamer..."

Stéphane Dion is losing touch with reality:

"It's clear that many people did not vote for us tonight, but they listened to us and they respect us," said Dion, speaking to election workers and surrounded by prominent members of the Liberal caucus. "Respect comes first. The support will follow."
I really hope the Liberals don't dump Dion too soon. He's even more entertaining than Paul Martin.

UPDATE: Andrew Coyne is back to blogging after a long, long absence, and suggests that the biggest losers in these by-elections are the Bloc. Sounds reasonable.

September 13, 2007

Not everyone in Quebec wants to abandon Afghanistan

Last weekend, local businessman Andre Dupont took out a full page ad in Le Droit, the largest French language paper in the Gatineau-Hull-Ottawa region.

An English translation:

Be proud of our Canadian military

Nobody is in favour of War

No one is in favour of war for the sake of war.

But when our country mobilizes to defend people’s freedom, democracy and peace, we have the duty to support our soldiers, to acknowledge their courage and to honour them.

We should be proud of these men and women who put their lives on the line every day in the name of defending our institutions and our freedom.

Our prayers go out to our soldiers deployed in Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world, and there is a special place in our heart for those who fall on the battlefield and give their lives carrying out their mission. To their families, their wives and their husbands and their children we offer our most profound sympathies.

Would that their sacrifice serve as an example to all of us, and their example inspire the next generation.

Andre Dupont

You really have to respect someone willing to spend his own money and risk losing customers to state something he believes in and feels needs more support.

Feel free to use the image and translation on your own blog to help spread Andre's message.

Now, back to work...

September 10, 2007

Dimming the lights

This blog will get even quieter for the next little while as my new and improved priorities take up the majority of my time. I need to focus, so I'm ditching my distractions -- and this is a big one.

I hope to come back in a week or two (or three) with some interesting news, but until then Autonomous Source will be silent. I know it's traumatic for some of you, but I have no choice, sorry.

September 07, 2007

'Bin Laden' speaks

And the Ottawa Citizen -- first, as far as I can tell -- has the full transcript.

What a bunch of nonsense it is. A couple of years ago, bin Laden was getting his material from Michael Moore. Now it seems composed of a mish-mash of Chavez speeches, NDP pamphlets, Noam Chomsky, and some guy muttering to himself in a bus station somewhere. He's getting more sophisticated in his lunacy.

It seems to me that bin Laden -- if this is bin Laden, and I'm still kind of doubtful of that -- is appealing in a ham-fisted way to those in the West he considers his allies. I'll generously assume that they aren't really his allies, but by their actions, sometimes it isn't easy to tell. They fooled him, anyways. Perhaps for this reason, most of the news stories' I've seen on this new tape (ie. BBC's 'extracts' from the transcript) are overlooking these blatant and desperate attempts at finding common ground with the modern left. Here's a few of the choicer passages that probably won't find their way into the pages of the Globe or the Star tomorrow:

In the Vietnam War, the leaders of the White House claimed at the time that it was a necessary and crucial war, and during it, Rumsfeld and his aides murdered two million villagers. And when Kennedy took over the presidency and deviated from the general line of policy drawn up for the White House and wanted to stop this unjust war, that angered the owners of the major corporations who were benefiting from its continuation.

And so Kennedy was killed, and Al-Qaeda wasn't present at that time, but rather, those corporations were the primary beneficiary from his killing. And the war continued after that for approximately one decade.

[...]

This war [Iraq] was entirely unnecessary, as testified to by your own reports. And among the most capable of those from your own side who speak to you on this topic and on the manufacturing of public opinion is Noam Chomsky, who spoke sober words of advice prior to the war, but the leader of Texas doesn't like those who give advice. The entire world came out in unprecedented demonstrations to warn against waging the war and describe its true nature in eloquent terms like "no to spilling red blood for black oil," yet he paid them no heed. It is time for humankind to know that talk of the rights of man and freedom are lies produced by the White House and its allies in Europe to deceive humans, take control of their destinies and subjugate them.

So in answer to the question about the causes of the Democrats' failure to stop the war, I say: they are the same reasons which led to the failure of former president Kennedy to stop the Vietnam war.

Those with real power and influence are those with the most capital. And since the democratic system permits major corporations to back candidates, be they presidential or congressional, there shouldn't be any cause for astonishment - and there isn't any - in the Democrats' failure to stop the war. And you're the ones who have the saying which goes, "Money talks." And I tell you: after the failure of your representatives in the Democratic Party to implement your desire to stop the war, you can still carry anti-war placards and spread out in the streets of major cities, then go back to your homes, but that will be of no use and will lead to the prolonging of the war.

[...]

In fact, the life of all of mankind is in danger because of the global warming resulting to a large degree from the emissions of the factories of the major corporations, yet despite that, the representative of these corporations in the White House insists on not observing the Kyoto accord, with the knowledge that the statistic speaks of the death and displacement of the millions of human beings because of that, especially in Africa.

[...]

And Iraq and Afghanistan and their tragedies; and the reeling of many of you under the burden of interest-related debts, insane taxes and real estate mortgages; global warming and its woes; and the abject poverty and tragic hunger in Africa: all of this is but one side of the grim face of this global system.

So it is imperative that you free yourselves from all of that and search for an alternative, upright methodology in which it is not the business of any class of humanity to lay down its own laws to its own advantage at the expense of the other classes as is the case with you, since the essence of man-made positive laws is that they serve the interests of those with the capital and thus make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

Oh, and he hasn't completely forgotten the more conservative Westerners. Apparently taxes will be much lower when we finally get around to submitting to Allah:
There are no taxes in Islam, but rather there is a limited Zakaat (alms) totaling only 2.5 percent. So beware of the deception of those with the capital.
But can you really believe these kinds of campaign promises? Does he have the numbers to back it up?

Speaking of Superheroes...

It's clear now that I'll never get around to recording our family's travels in the great province of New Brunswick. I don't really want to relive some parts, and you don't want to hear about them. So we're both better off. But I have to display this action shot of Captain Destructo and the Mistress of Chaos preparing to do battle with the tides of the Bay of Fundy. You don't want to mess with Max...

Unfortunately, I usually don't have any choice.

Marvel Premiere! Featuring... Rollerman!

Finding the world's true superheroes has been what this blog has been about since its inception in 2003. Well okay, I've found one: the Perplexing Polarman, currently making Iqaluit a safer place. But now word comes of the arrival of... Rollerman!

But is he really a superhero? He does have a cool costume and name, but in the entirety of this video he does not once apprehend a bad guy. However, it looks like he has violated many traffic laws. It's just a matter of time until he flattens some poor innocent bystander. So he must be a supervillain.

Luckily for him he lives in Paris, far from the forces of justice that might put an end to his evil ways. But he shouldn't get too comfortable, evil will always be defeated in the end.

September 05, 2007

Yeah, I know...

Still in filler mode here in Autonomous Source headquarters.

Everybody's aware of I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER right? Why bother even linking it? But it's still amusing, and there may just be one person out there... No? Okay, okay...

Here's a sample anyway...

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This blog is in a shameful state.

September 04, 2007

KLM flights now offering haircuts

And you don't even have buy a ticket!

Blogging is just not a priority right now as I busy myself reseting my priorities. So here's a cool filler photo (larger) of a 747 landing on St. Maarten's in the Caribbean.

I don't think this happens all that often, as this well circulated video appears to show the exact same landing.