Mike “Pinball” Clemons—Canadian Obama???

This past article in The Toronto Star on Sunday discussed a possibility of making the 43 year old, Toronto Argos CEO, a potential leader of the Liberal Party, as a post-Stephane Dion era begins with a long goodbye. Actually, I think if he decides to go into federal politics, for starters–this American by birth, Canadian by choice needs to close the deal and become a Canadian citizen.  Secondly,  I think he should be Conservative (not only I am saying this because I have a membership in the party)–being a devout evangelical Christian (without the judgementalism and fanaticism)  as he is and a responsible social conservative would be more of a place home for him. Also, his hard work of where he got to is a positive testament of what conservatism is all about. There is also rumour of him going into municipal politics in Toronto in 2010. Anybody but Miller is becoming more attractive and throwing Pinball Clemons into the mix makes it a heck of a lot more interesting.

Read the article here at: http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/524815

Margolis GETS IT AGAIN!

 

Yes Eric does throw in his, “Israel is always wrong and if you have a problem with that, Israel is always wrong” rhetoric BUT the gist of his article in the Toronto Sun was right about the future of the U.S. Republican party and it needs to ALSO shed it’s anti-intellectual rheotoric (does Newt Gingrich have to be the only academic in the party—come on!!!). Here is some wise words on what he had to say,

[T]oday’s Republicans are no longer a party of the democratic centre. After the 9/11 attacks, Bush and Dick Cheney packed their administration with ideological blackshirts called “neocons” who drove the nation and Republican Party so far right it flirted at times with fascism.

When I hear “Republican” these days, the words that come to my mind are: Arrogance, ignorance, and just plain dumb. And now, add economic disaster caused by Enron-style fraud and allowing crooks to run the nation’s finances.

Two of today’s most regressive political movements, far right American Christian conservatives — the Rush Limbaugh crowd — and supporters of Israel’s far right expansionist parties, joined forces to become the bedrock of the Bush presidency. Today, 44-50% of Republican voters call themselves born-again Christian fundamentalists who believe every word of the Bible is true.

The Grand Old Party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan has been hijacked by America’s rural heartland and the Southern Bible Belt — what we nasty New Yorkers call “hicks and holy rollers.” …

Republicans now speak for rich fat cats, military-industrial-petroleum complex, the financial industry and some of the least educated, most backwards, most prejudiced Americans. “…

America desperately needs a reborn, moderate Republican Party freed from narrow-minded religious ideology and ruralism that will return the nation to its former democratic values and decency.

Keep it coming Eric. I look forward to more critiques as they are desperately needed, in a stinging, strident and authentic manner as you have in your previous articles.

Read the rest of the article at: http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/eric_margolis/2008/10/26/7208511-sun.html

Eric Margolis gets it! Eisenhower Republicans needed after November 4th

Though Toronto Sun columnist Eric Margolis gets on my nerves with his premise, “America and Israel are always wrong and the Palestinians and radical Islamists are always right.  If you got a problem with the former, refer to the later”— he is unmistakably bang on where the U.S. Republicans should turn post election day. This column was written before the Canadian election on October 14th but it still relevant for the two countries more than ever before.  Time permitting, I am going to write series of posts wher the Republicans should go. Let us make no mistake, come after the election day in the U.S., there will be a political bloodbath and a cleaning of the house. Frankly, it is time that the wingnuts, market fundamentalists, social darwinists, religious fundamentalists, crypto-racists, bigots and all other polarizing forces in the Republican party need to go and fast! If not it deserves to be an irrelevant, impractical southern US rump insignificant to American politics.

Margolis agrees,

“America’s Republicans long ago deserted the conservative political, economic and foreign policies of the greatest true conservative president, Dwight Eisenhower. “Ike” believed in small government, avoiding foreign wars and entanglements, a non-aggressive foreign policy, low taxes, restrained government spending and keeping government out of the social domain.

This greatest modern American president called for nuclear disarmament and rightly warned his nation of the dangers of what he called “the military industrial complex.” Half a century later, I still like Ike — and am proud to call myself an “Eisenhower Republican.”

Equally important, traditional conservative principles demand hard work, thrift and saving. One does not buy anything until saved-up cash is available. Governments spend only what they collect in taxes, not future generations’ money known as “deficit spending.” While necessary for long-term investment, borrowing must be strictly limited and tightly supervised.

Today’s Republicans call themselves “conservatives” but are nothing of the kind. Under President George W. Bush, government size, spending and deficits have become gargantuan. “Conservative” in the U.S. has become synonymous with social dogmatism of the religious hard right and rural crassness and ignorance. Now, thanks to their “rescue package,” Republicans (and Democrats) seem well on their way to socialism.”

As I said Eric Margolis GETS IT! What is there NOT to get? At the same time, he does gives us this sober caveat,

Like Canada, America desperately needs some real conservatives of the type common to Europe’s moderate centrist parties. But if the financial disaster worsens, we could end up with jackbooted demagogues rather than moderates.

By what reports it seems that Republican vp canidate, Governor Sarah Palin whom I once was approved (now no longer, her anti-intellectualism did it in for me) may fit the bill of being a demagogue. If a McCain adviser is calling her a “diva” and doesn’t take advice from anybody (this is so Harperesque of her) should be taken seriously. I have came to the conclusion that 2008 IS the wrong decade for her to enter presidential  (or vp)politics and I dare say that 2012 IS STILL the wrong decade for her participate in presidential politics. I think 2020 would have been more appropriate because she would have at least 14 years as Governor as opposed to having the nearly 2 she has now. Frankly, if she dares to run in 2012, I hope that Mike Huckabee will crush her in the primaries and he can well position himself as a “progressive conservative” in the Jack Kemp sense and  present himself more “moderate” than Palin. This is the beginning of interesting times for the Republican party.

Read the entire article of Eric Margolis’ article here at: http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/eric_margolis/2008/10/12/7059671-sun.html

My political babe of the day

                                                                                                                               

An extremely intelligent person, ferocious debater (which is good but trust me I would hate to be on the receiving end debating her) and a woman of stunning heartpounding beauty. Who can ask for anything more!This is a thirty-something California-based Attorney who graduated from Howard University and Yale Law School who serves as a political analyst and strategist for the Barack Obama presidential campaign on many news stations such as CNN by the name of Tanya Acker. May  U.S. President in-waiting Obama (yeah, yeah McCain might have something up his sleeve) take note that Ms.Acker goes very, very far. God willing, I hope one of these years I get to meet her. A full profile on her is at SheSource.org at http://www.shesource.org/shesource/expert.php?source_id=382.

Two thumbs up for W

 This past weekend I finally seen the anticipated film W, the biopick on the current U.S. President’s ascent to power (who is played in the movie by Josh Brolin who has him down pat) .  Directror  Oliver Stone made this story into a very simple one of a son trying to please his father. So therefore, I agree that it was a sympathetic movie to George W.Bush and it is not a typical Bush-bashing movie. I also felt that it was also sympathetic to former Secretary of State Colin Powell (who was played by Jeffrey Wright) who presented as the voice of reason in sea of advisors who either psychophants and/or egomaniacs with destructive agendas when it came to the issue of invading Iraq. In comparson to the recent event of Colin Powell endorsing Barack Obama, one can see very clearly why this is so. Not everyone shared my enthusiasm of the movie. One bloggist Thud of Thudfactor is making darn sure that he’s not seeing this movie in his youth but in his last days on planet earth. He said to me in his blog,

“FT, someday I might see the movie. But having seen what the results of this simple story are, I’m just not inclined to engage with Bush on the level of a literary character. Or feel sorry for him, or Colin Powell, or anyone associated with the debacle of the last eight years. But perhaps in the fullness of time, when I am in a nursing home and have seen every single movie on the planet.” Read Thud’s review (who I am proud to call him a sensible liberal in the Joe Biden sense of the word) at Thudfactor at http://www.thudfactor.com/entertainment/movies-i-may-never-see/#comments.

Suprisingly, a conservative (who sometimes is very conservative on some issues) was a mature adult in viewing the movie. James Pate of James Thoughts and Musings had some disappointments,  “The movie wasn’t as emotionally gut-wrenching or deep as other Oliver Stone movies: JFK, Nixon, Born on the Fourth of July. That was disappointing. There wasn’t even a dramatic soundtrack!”  Read James’ review on W. at
http://jamesbradfordpate.blogspot.com/2008/10/quick-reaction-to-w.html

Roger Ebert (sadly without his weekly show, I want to discuss this later) gave this film four stars and I would agree with him there. James may be right that it wasn’t one Stone’s deepest movies but probably it was his intention because Bush is in no way a deep thinker. Maybe if there’s a biopick on Obama it will probably be more substantive but probably way less funny.  Anyway, for those who want a review of what happened the past 8 years, see W. and enjoy it.

A tribute to greatest supervisor ever had

 

Canadian ARMED Forces, Richy—not Arm.

Associates of The Home Depot do a ritual, or initiation when someone leaves the company or goes to another sector of the company (eg. a transfer from the Distrubution Centre to a Store). If one owes a car, it is customary that plastic shrink wrap is literally wrapped around it. Former Shipping Supervisor, Shift 3 at the Distribution Cenre at Arrow and Sheppard in Toronto, Kumar Singh was no exception. He is now promoted to the well deserved position of Assistant Store Manager of  The Home Depot at Sherway Gardens in  southern Etobicoke. Kumar, on the night of his leaving, early this September (on a nice warm Friday night mind you), had no problem UN-wrapping that shrink wrap with labels saying “Sherway Gardens” on it.  I salute this man (with a lovely and supporting family behind him) who has inspired many, who raised the bar on leadership and the standards of how a distribution centre is to be run.  One associate has rightly credited Kumar for not “losing his temper” meaning he has been cool, calm and collective in almost every situation with every person he dealt with.  Everything with Kumar wasn’t all work, it was fun discussing him on a variety of topics—which ranged from political science and even economics. I am proud to have served under this very intelligent man who has been a “jack of all trades” from studying IT at Devry, serving our country in the Canadian Armed Forces in Rwanda to up until recently started a career at The Home Depot. May it only get better for him and may his new team at Sherway Gardens enjoy him and learn some incredible life lessons as we did at Arrow and Sheppard.

The Second Coming of Miss Spears and I’m LOVIN’ it!

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Over a year ago in this blog , I was hoping a comeback for Britney Spears and it seems I got it. She has found her groove back, her style back and oh yes, praise God, her toned body back! Amen! Her latest song and video, “Womanizer” which is from her soon to be released album Circus (which debuts on December 2nd, her 27th birthday). According to wikipedia.com,

“On October 15, 2008, the song made a record-breaking jump to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 breaking the record set by T.I.‘s “Live Your Life” which jumped from number eighty to number one the week before.[3] It also garnered first-week download sales of 286,000, the biggest opening-week tally by a female artist since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking digital downloads in 2003, topping Mariah Carey‘s take for “Touch My Body” by just over 200 units.[4] This marked Spears’s first number one single on the Hot 100 since her debut “…Baby One More Time“, almost 10 years ago.”

Kick ass Britney and make us always growl over ya!