Thanks for the Memories....
From a tiny following, the blog has blossomed, giving a small voice to a not so insignificant segment of Quebec Anglo society that the mainstream media doesn't seem to address. It has been, to say the least, entirely rewarding and I've kept going far beyond where I first thought I'd go solely because of the readership.
But all things come to an end.
With the election of the Liberals and the prospect of the PQ dim for the short and immediate term, there is less of an impetus for me to continue.
Can we as Anglos and Ethnics claim victory over sovereigntist forces?
Perhaps yes, but the real problem was never sovereignty, but rather the treatment of Anglos and Ethnics by all Quebec governments.
It is sad to see that we continue to be viewed as interlopers, a people to be controlled not appreciated, an alien nation within the legitimate body politic of French Quebec.
Nope, I don't think so. I continue to believe that if Quebec chooses to remain in Canada, it is simply an economic decision, the alternative of an independent and truly French Quebec a dream too costly and unrealistic for a generation whose real values include Facebook and Nintendo.
I remain convinced that if Quebec had the wealth of Alberta's oil sands, this province would have overwhelmingly voted for independence years ago.
It's really just about the money and when Quebecers finally realized how much money Canada lavishes upon them, the independence movement withered.
Such is the reality of our Quebec society, locked into a loveless marriage of convenience, forever unhappy and unfulfilled but financially comfortable, a difficult trade off to make.
As for myself, I look forward to the summer, sipping margaritas by the backyard pool, leaving the bitching and moaning to others, God knows, I've done my share.
To those who have been faithful readers and contributors I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your interest, friendship and lively conversation.
I would never have come this far without you.
and so I fade to black....
I'll leave the comments section open for a while and the blog itself open for research purposes.
Thank you all once again.....
Posted on 1 July 2014 | 9:23 am
Liberal Opposition Day motion calls for end to wasteful spending on partisan government ads
Posted on 27 April 2015 | 3:39 pm
New community blog: The Megaphone at TheRebel.media!
Posted on 27 April 2015 | 9:29 pm
Guest Blog by Leanne Bourassa: 1st Year Reflections as Liberal Party Membership Secretary
(I had the pleasure of getting to meet and know Leanne at the Feb 2014 Liberal Convention in Montreal. We had been vaguely aware of each other before through blog interactions, so we weren’t total strangers, but it was a treat to meet her in person, and after getting to know her, I was pleased she was elected to National Membership Secretary. I thank Leanna for contributing this guest-blogpost to assess her first year on the “job”!. As usual, all guestblog posts/opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of me or this site. – Scott.)
Well, as the poet says “Time flies when you’re having fun”! It’s hard [...]
Posted on 24 April 2015 | 1:05 pm
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Posted on 25 April 2015 | 5:39 pm
Canada’s Oily Media
Posted on 27 April 2015 | 4:03 pm
You can have too much of a good thing
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Posted on 23 April 2015 | 7:04 pm
Cowardly old scumbag Michael Ondaatje among writers withdrawing from PEN event for ‘Charlie Hebdo’
Posted on 27 April 2015 | 2:33 pm
Happy Birthday Madiba
Posted on 18 July 2014 | 4:29 am
How Stephen Harper Created the Duffy/Senate Mess ......
In a May, 2013 Buckdog post, I told you how the Duffy/Harper mess got started ...
May 20, 2013:
"When Stephen Harper decided to add Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy to Canada's unelected, undemocratic Senate, he started in motion a series of events that has ultimately become an ugly, nasty political scandal.
For starters, neither Duffy nor Wallin qualified for senate appointment as representatives of their respective native provinces.
While Ms. Wallin is originally from Saskatchewan, she has lived away for most of her adult life and Saskatchewan was no longer her principle residence. Saskatchewan's right leaning corporate MSM came running to Harper's defence and tried to murky the waters about Wallin's residency requirement.
Same with Mr. Duffy. While originally from Prince Edward Island, he has for decades made Ontario the site of his actual 'principle residence'.
In his haste to add these two high powered, Conservative fundraisers to the 'Upper House', Stephen Harper and the Senate turned a blind eye to the residency requirements for Duffy and Wallin. In fact, to try and maintain the optics of residency in their respective provinces, both Senators started to declare, in writing, that their residences were 'back home' in both PEI and Saskatchewan.
Here is where it all went wrong.
In order to be appointed to the Senate, ‘principle residence' reality had to be fabricated in order for Harper's appointments to be acknowledged under existing Senate rules. False expense claims were the only way to maintain the charade ...
Stephen Harper wanted both Duffy and Wallin in the Senate so that these well-known Canadians could crisscross the nation and rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations for Conservative Party coffers.
Harper created this mess. It is his doing ... and hopefully, it will also be his undoing.
-Buckdog 2008: Academic Says Pamela Wallin Does NOT Meet Residency Requirements - Should NOT Be Appointed Senator 'From Saskatchewan'!
Posted on 23 April 2015 | 3:11 pm
Patients and Panderers
Posted on 27 April 2015 | 2:00 pm
Renewable Energy Sources Mean Higher Electricity Bills
In the debate over how electricity should be provided, we often hear such lofty and optimistic projections. But if national and international experiences can teach us anything, it's that so far, more renewable generation leads to one thing -- higher prices.
For example, Germany's Energiewende program. Since 2000, German producers of renewable energy have received fixed contracts at above-market prices, and preferential access to the grid.
The result? Unreliable and intermittent electricity from wind and solar sources has caused service failures to increase by 31 per cent since 2009. At certain times, when Germany's renewables are not producing, high energy-use businesses have been asked to stop production. And who's on the hook for compensating businesses that lose profits? Your everyday, average electricity customer.
In 2001, German electricity prices were 12 cents (US) per kilowatt-hour. According to OECD data, by 2011, electricity prices had skyrocketed to 35 cents per kWh in 2011 -- an increase of 192 per cent and far above the average European cost of about 25 cents. Prices for Canada in 2010 came in at nine cents per kWh, making the cost of electricity for German households almost four times higher than in Canada.
While switching to renewable electric generation is always cast against the backdrop of protecting the environment and reducing CO2 emissions, the policies that stimulate renewables have undercut relatively clean sources of electricity like natural gas. In fact, Germany actually increased its consumption of lignite coal in 2013 to levels not seen since 1990. Although this is not entirely shocking; something has to keep the lights on when it's not sunny or windy, and coal happens to be the cheapest option.
Most troubling, though, is that energy in Germany is becoming a luxury good, as those at lower income levels simply can't afford to power their lights, refrigerators and other energy-powered household comforts that we take for granted. According to one estimate, more than 300,000 German households have their power cut off every year because of an inability to pay electricity bills.
But Canadians need to look no further than Ontario to see how renewables can affect electricity prices. In 2009, Ontario launched its Green Energy Act, which subsidizes the use of renewable energy by providing long-term guarantees at above market prices for renewable producers (wind farms, for example) through its Feed-in-Tariff system.
The results? Since 2004, the total annual power cost in Ontario has risen by more than 50 per cent. And while wind and solar energy provide just under four per cent of Ontario's power, they account for 20 per cent of the average commodity cost.
These higher prices also impact business and industry. A study by economist Ross McKitrick found that a 50 per cent increase in the price of electricity would reduce the return on investment for the mining industry by 13 per cent and manufacturing by 29 per cent.
Like in Germany, green energy policies have produced little, if any, environmental benefits. Indeed, one analysis found that if only four of the 12 coal-fired power units at Lambton and Naticoke, which could have been outfitted with advanced technology to mitigate pollution before the Ontario government shut them down, remained in operation, similar environmental results could have been achieved at one-tenth of what was spent on green energy.
Canadians need access to affordable and reliable energy to help grow the economy and enjoy the comforts of modern life. Based on recent experience, the consequences are clear. Renewables all but guarantee higher electricity bills.
This piece was co-written by Taylor Jackson, Fraser Institute analyst.
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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 9:55 pm
The following tweets were originally posted by Bryan Runnels on Twitter via his personal account (https://twitter.com/TheLibertysmith), variously, on November 24, 2012; April 25, 2013; November 29, 2013; December 27, 2013; January 17, 2014; January 24, 2014; January 25, 2014; January 28, 2014; January 30, 2014; January 31, 2014; February 4, 2014; February 7, 2014; February 8, 2014; February 16, 2014; March 7, 2014; March 26, 2014; May 13, 2014; May 18, 2014; July 4, 2014; August 31, 2014; September 7, 2014; and January 2, 2015.
SupportTheWarOnUsury:The greatest evil in any land is that people who make no useful thing should prosper by lending money. Usurors whore.
@punkboyinsf Bankers have never earned a dime in banking. Able people who don't work with their hands either beg our steal to live.
Men who can't trade without money hate the prospect of limiting their consumption to their production.
Bankers&Merchants use TV programs to get you into debt. They use computers to calculate how much you owe, & phones to remind you of it.
The lie is,"Everyone needs $s". The truth is,"Bankers&merchants need $s so they can defraud workers in an unnoticeable way".
When money is fiat, bankers & merchants are the enemies of the free State.
The poor don't need jobs. Bankers & merchants need people to plunder. Pricing land forces men into cities, & makes them plunderable.
#Bankers&Merchants make captives using contracts. The prices they name require little of themselves, & much of their captives.
Putting a price on land is treacherous enough. Giving the #FederalReserve power to inflate prices endlessly was hellish, indeed.
Usurors know how to make business an excuse to steal earthly treasures from you- get gov't officials to build something on borrowed money.
#Merchants will sell anything- regardless of the damage their merchandise does to the world. That makes the profession immoral.
#Merchants will sell things that threaten the honest just to force the honest to buy the remedy for the threatening merchandise.
Corporations, considered people, are #Merchants. They are the mighty men of the earth who cause disorientation in leaders of nations.
Corporations, as people, are #Merchants the values of which are produced by the most unscrupulous of men. They have no souls.
When the interests of #Merchants are placed above the interests of honest men, making slaves of honest men becomes necessary.
Loan #Merchants are the enemies of low prices. Your support for them increases prices because you pay them for producing nothing.
Money-making businesses are organized for the purpose of selling indoctrination all the time. In a way, they are like #whores
Fiat money drives inflation. Fiat banking gives bankers the power to 'tax' savings into oblivion with inflation.
The #FederalReserve attacks the honor due producers of necessary things trans-generationally- postponing deflation in the usury cycle.
People who see the rich as their source of support rather than as their robbers will always be slaves.
Usurors offer "The American Dream" to everyone who will enter debt. 'In debt' means not entering into rest. #Imagine rest.
Scoundrels who don't want to labor find money a means to live off your labor & the labor of your children. #KillMoney
When you are yoked together with capitalists, you have to fight the wars they want fought- &, support all other kinds of evils, too.
Money is a fiction. "Let's agree to a medium of exchange" they say. #Bankers&merchants have a built-in cheat. #KillMoney
Are you for #FedRes money? You're for selling your own kids into slavery, and, sending you're own kids to die in wars. Sucker.
To the #BankersAndMerchants, freedom is an evil from which their economy must be protected.
The production of money is the stealing of honor from labor. #KillMoney
Capitalism is the cocaine and socialism is the heroine sold by #BankersAndMerchants to governments. #KillMoney
Politicians are the pushers of the junk produced by #BankersAndMerchants. #KillMoney
People who have set themselves in agreement with the #FedRes have set themselves in agreement with all wickedness.
Americans must recognize that Corporate #Bankers&Merchants have lobbied themselves into ownership of American workers. Liberty has been lost
Posted on 27 April 2015 | 5:01 am
Andrew Coyne: It’s time to get serious about election debates
Posted on 28 April 2015 | 1:50 am
Salman Rushdie chastises authors protesting PEN’s Charlie Hebdo tribute
Posted on 28 April 2015 | 3:00 am
No One To Blame For Rob Ford But The Media And Ignorance
I disagree. The voters are partially to blame, but there were other major factors.
1) The Media
The Media is very much to blame for the election of Rob Ford. During the election campaign they, pretty much as a whole, focused much more on the celebrity of Rob Ford than on the policies of the candidates. This influenced the many voters who are more easily swayed by name recognition and celebrity than policies.
Also, the Media is largely to blame for discouraging people from voting, by convincing many that it is pointless to vote as it will change nothing. Remember, the vast majority of media is or is owned by large corporations. So, it is in their best interests for the most part to support Conservative ideology. It is known that the most avid voters are conservative supporters. So, by convincing those who disagree with and are disappointed by government policies and trends that it is a waste of time to vote, they are removing votes against the parties/people that support the conservative/corporate agenda/ideologies.
A large part of Conservative ideology is the celebration of ignorance over knowledge and reason. Just look at the popularity of the Tea Party in the USA, especially a couple of years ago, during the time of the last Toronto municipal election. Those people in Toronto who embraced this celebration of ignorance over knowledge and reason at the time of the election were/are at the core of Ford Nation. The popularity and sensationalizing of this ideology convinced many more to jump on the bandwagon of celebrating ignorance.
And now, with all that, there is the issue of trying to reason with those who have chosen to abandon reason.
It is easier to fool someone that to convince them that they have been fooled.
We have our work cut out for us. And it is made especially hard for individuals to fight against the Media for the attention of people, especially for those people who currently won't be reasoned with.
Posted on 24 November 2013 | 7:58 pm
HOLY FUCKING SHIT! Rob Ford To Run For CPC Against Bill Blair?
Sooo @towhey says that Doug Ford talked this morning about Rob Ford running against Bill Blair for Scarborough Southwest federal seatSo the CPC would counter Justin's marijuana legalization position by running a crack smoker? Hard to imagine. But we can always hope.
— Siobhan Morris (@siomo) April 26, 2015
Posted on 26 April 2015 | 7:33 pm
Omar Khadr's boosters
The National Post (editorial, no author named, but smells like Chris Selley channeling Dennis Edney):
“It is time to give Khadr his first shot at building a life in the country of his birth.”Riiight! The country he left, with his al-Qaeda father, to fight on the side of our terrorist enemies.
Welcome back, Khadr!
The editorial then goes on to help Khadr build a case for a mega$ lawsuit against Canada. That's probably his lawyer's real objective - a 30% cut.
Posted on 27 April 2015 | 7:09 pm
Government Procurement Failure: BC Ministry of Education Case Study
Posted on 6 June 2014 | 5:46 am
Arctic Apple Takes a Bite Out of Pseudo-Science
Posted on 20 March 2015 | 5:08 pm
Monday Morning Links
- Barrie McKenna takes a look at how the Cons are pushing serious liabilities onto future generations in order to hand out short-term tax baubles within a supposedly-balanced budget, while Jennifer Robson highlights the complete lack of policy merit behind those giveaways. And Ian McGugan writes that even as they're trumpeted as attempts to improve saving none of the Cons' plans have anything to do with actually improving retirement security, especially for the people who need it most:
Our reliance on private savings to fund our retirements makes Canada an outlier among developed countries. Public transfers – programs such as Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security – account for less than 39 per cent of seniors’ incomes compared to 59 per cent on average among OECD members.- Zach Carter reports that at least some U.S. Democrats are rightly challenging the position that free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership should be drafted entirely by corporate interests without any public accountability, then accepted without question. And Paul Krugman responds to the trade-at-all-costs crowd by pointing out that there's little reason to think the TPP will do much to encourage trade in general - as opposed to locking in monopolies - in the first place.
Women are most at risk, especially if they are divorced or separated. “Higher poverty among older women reflects lower wages, more part-time work and career gaps during women’s working lives, as well as the effect of longer female life expectancy,” the OECD notes.
These are problems that Ottawa should be addressing, but isn’t. Instead, it’s bending its efforts to ensuring that those who already have substantial retirement nest eggs can live even better.
To make matters worse, the TFSA system narrows the tax base. As wealth builds up in those tax-sheltered accounts over the years to come, Ottawa will have to push more of the tax burden on to the remainder of the population – in effect, shifting the load from affluent, older Canadians onto younger, poorer Canadians.
There are ways to fix the problem while still maintaining all the good parts of the TFSA program. Armine Yalnizyan, senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, recommends instituting a lifetime cap of $150,000 on contributions to TFSAs, as well as a lifetime tax-exempt limit of $450,000 on each TFSA holder. That would allow typical Canadians to amass a substantial nest egg without subsidizing million-dollar-plus portfolios for the affluent.
- Jim Coyle reports on George Lakoff's advice for progressives in framing our vision for Canada. And Susan Delacourt observes that there may be a natural disincentive for parties to try out new or different messages even if they otherwise wanted to.
- But lest anybody presume that political courage will never be rewarded, Ryan Donnelly comments on Tom Mulcair's opposition to the Cons' terror bill - which was once seen as a political risk, but has proven to be a boon instead.
- Finally, Michael Harris points out that Mike Duffy's trial may represent the only opportunity to seek honest answers from Stephen Harper about his appointment of ineligible senators.
Posted on 27 April 2015 | 1:04 pm
Happy Birthday Madiba
Posted on 18 July 2014 | 4:29 am
"Organic" Is The Latin Word For "Grown In Pig Shit"
Posted on 24 February 2015 | 2:46 pm
La culpabilité par amalgames !
Posted on 25 April 2015 | 12:28 am
Has Kid Kodak lost his mind?
Posted on 28 April 2015 | 3:17 am