#elxn42 underway

Although political blog traffic goes way up during an election campaign, I haven’t put anything on my blog since the writ dropped. That’s partly because I have better things to do than analyze an election campaign that is too bloody long (unless it is 140 characters at a time on Twitter). Maybe I’ll add more in three weeks when it’s a more reasonable time to start talking about election day.

Hands up if you think the Cons will take illegal donations and overspend again.
*shows hand*

This is also the first election in 9 years that I don’t intend to work for Elections Canada so I may volunteer to scrutineer instead.

Rise Of The “Religious Assailant”

Reuters has brought a new phrase to the surface in an effort to describe someone religiously and politically motivated to attempt to murder peaceful political demonstrators.

“Religious assailant” is far more precise than “terrorist”.

I looked on Google with this search
“Religious assailant” -jerusalem
to see what other news comes up. Nothing of note. Apparently this is the first publicly noted crime by a “religious assailant” in years, if ever.

Every Once in a While

A Canadian journalist reawakens after a nap several years long. Why is our media like Rip Van Winkle?

No more of this bullshit. I’m done. Whether it’s this summer, during the campaign, next year: I’d rather get tasered than put up with this nonsense anymore.

But also, please don’t taser me.

ADDED
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/paul-watson-toronto-star-resignation-820147

ConCalls: Conservative Defender of Robocalls now Jailed for #elxnfraud

Dean Del Mastro is going to jail for a month, house arrest for longer, and cannot run (for office) for at least 5 years.

#C51 Is a Brazen Power Grab

Canadians are so trained to accept power grabs, that we didn’t fight sufficiently to stop it.

The police state usually pads up behind you on cat’s paws. But this time, Harper has stabbed his finger into everyone’s chest to give us a hearty shove. This is a blatant, brazen grab for the kind of power no leader in a democracy should seek — let alone have in perpetuity.

How can there be unfettered sharing of information between departments of government without massive and illegal privacy violations?

Here’s a typical response by a Harper supporter on Twitter:

C-51 says whatever CSIS, CSE, the RCMP and the federal government want it to say. It is not an anti-terror measure; it is a manifesto for a police state, conferring on it vast powers to spy on and control its citizens. This blather about being at war with ISIS is utter nonsense.

ConCalls: Documentary Underway

I was interviewed for the E-Day documentary film being wrapped up this Summer. What’d I say? You’ll have to wait until it’s been all put together. I can’t wait!

Please help Peter put this movie in front of thousands of Canadians.