Thursday, October 09, 2008

The (Canadian) Election

We vote this coming Tuesday, and while I understand many people are talking more and more about Harper's Conservatives perhaps not getting their majority government, I hesitate to believe it until I see it. It's nice to see people trying to do something about this, but the fear for me is that progressive voters sit on their butts because they feel like it's all going to pan out, or worse, because they feel there's no use.

For those of you who'd like to vote but are unsure how to make it work for you, check out Vote Strategic, which gives some geographic-specific advice on how to vote. You can also have a boo at Vote For Environment, which is pretty self-explanatory.

Those of you in the vast majority of Alberta, just go back to sleep. I suspect that a few two-by-fours and fire hydrants are running as Tories, and they will of course be voted in.


I loved Linda Goyette's comment on CBC this morning. She suspects that if the Tories ran a dead goat as their candidate in every riding, they'd STILL win in Alberta!
Our PC candidate, Leon Benoit, has a tiny tight little mouth and shifty eyes -- makes Harper look positively trustworthy. I haven't decided if he's a goat or a 2x4. But he's not my choice, nuh-uh.
Don't you love how people can be bigots and totally intolerant of the conservative viewpoint but if a conservative speaker in this country stands up from anything they are roasted by those very same bigots?
a Dead goat? Try that kind of bigotry in quebec with the bloq and see how far you get.

A 2x4? I'm so tired of listening to the media prepare the throne for Justin Trudeau...the coronation of the king has begun...
This time Alberta won't stand for it.
Dave, I first heard the 2X4 and fire hydrant line from my father. And no, hes not a bigot, and you know damned well he's not.

Goyette, and me and my father, were proven wrong, at least with Rahim Jaffer. And where is this media coronation of Justin Trudeau going on?

Feel free to come by and comment any time, my friend, but leave your anger at the door in the future. If you're offended by something you read here, make your argument without resorting to flinging about names.

So one person can say that the tory candidates are "Dead Goats" and your upset with me?

Sigh...tolerance tolerance tolerance...unless you disagree with the media and then your "flinging names".

Sigh. No worries I will just crawl back to the top of the mountain...

“For the scientist, who lives by faith in his own intelligence, the end of the way is turning out to be a horrible dream. He is climbing up a mountain of ignorance and he is about to reach the top. As soon as he is ready to make his last push and almost stands on the top, he is welcomed by the company of theologians, who have been seating there for centuries.”

Robert Jastrow - Harvard Astronomer
No one said the Tories actually ran dead goats, Dave. Are you being deliberately obtuse? It was a joke, although I believe a telling one, at the expense of Alberta voters who have been, for the most part, proven to vote as a monoculture since the beginning of time. Tories since Lougheed took over, yes, but other parties before. The province I once called home has a long and storied tradition of picking a horse and sticking with it until some years after the glue factory should have been the last option.

Yeah, I was upset with you. This is my space, and you're welcome to come in with your 2 cents worth, but the moment words like "bigots" arise, it's no longer OK. Especially when it arises from misreading, deliberate or not, of what other me and my guests have written.

"'Believing' cannot tip the scales in making a historical judgment about whether something really happened. I can choose to believe that George Washington threw a silver dollar across the Rappahannock, but my believing that he did it has nothing to do with whether or not he really did to it. So also with the story of Jesus walking on the water: Believing that he did it has nothing to do with whether he really did do it. 'Belief' cannot be the basis for historical conclusion; it has no direct relevance."

From "Faith and Scholarship" by Marcus J. Borg August, 1993 issue of Bible Review

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