Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pot and Gay Marriage

Hurray Washington, Colorado, Maryland and Maine! 
War on drugs = Fail
War on equal rights = Fail
Legalization = Winning!
Gay marriage, I just don't understand the opposition at all. Completely confounded as to why this is an issue. Let LGBT people be as miserable as the rest of us married folk. Just kidding sweetheart, if you ever read this :)

War on drugs, I understand the controversy. But, as soon as you do any kind of research into it, it becomes abundantly clear this is not the best, most efficient way to tackle the problem. Unless of course you are in the drug trade, or correctional institute providers, or security firms.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What's up?

The Honourable Jim Flaherty
I have no idea if this will be the first in a series of posts, or if I will again allow my blog to languish unattended. What brought me back today was this article about the budget. I wanted to say something about it, but I'm not so much into twitter, I try to keep politics to a minimum on Facebook, so Blogger seemed a likely pulpit from which I can vent. Especially since there are normally only 2 people who read this blog, and I am unlikely to offend either of them :)
Jim Flaherty, my second-most politician I love to hate, is trying to balance the budget. A laudable goal to be true. His approach seems to be to cut anything that actually helps Canadians who need help or that protects our environment/cultural diversity/real science. My loathing of this politician has been ongoing since at least 2006 when he became Minister of Finance, although he was pretty annoying during his time in provincial politics in Ontario as well. So when the budget officer says the current round of cuts are primarily going to affect services while the "Honourable" Member of Parliament, Mr. Flaherty, says they are primarily to affect "back office", I have to call "pants on fire" on one of them. And for me the pattern of obfuscation and out and out untruths would fit the Harper government modus operandi. The outrageous part, for me, is that no one knows where the cuts will take place. Not the MPs who voted on them, not the departments affected by them, certainly not Kevin Page who is trying to give an independent assessment of the impact of this budget. I don't even know if Flaherty himself knows.
Ok. All for now. But if I continue to use Blogger to vent, expect a lot more posts :)