Friday, November 16, 2012

Idle Thoughts . . . .

Just Wondering . . . .

- The Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party consists of seven men. There are more than a billion people, don't you think they could have found a couple of women?

-How long to we have to listen to people suggest that Jason Kenney is a good model of the GOP to follow? I mean a) the guy is blatantly racist and sexist, b) the movement of recent immigrants toward the Conservative Party has been way over exaggerated, and c) Romney won a much larger portion of the vote in general than the Conservative Party did.

- How long do we have to listen to the myth that conservatives are the best money managers? First of all, over all, the NDP in Canada have delivered the most balanced budgets. Conservative Governments consistently run deficits, expand the size of governments, and only ever cut taxes selectively in ways that increase the financial burden on average people. If Harper told us that his cabinet ministers can fly, would the media believe that too??

- How long are people going to believe that the State of Israel is a poor defenceless  victim? Besides having one of the strongest militaries in the world and being the recipient of the majority of US foreign aid (particularly military aid), every time that Israel builds a house in the occupied territory (against international law and UN General Assembly directives, by the way) it is an act of war! Thus the claim that Israel is simply defending itself while it is actually engaged in a systematic and militaristic expansionist program on stolen land is wearing a bit thin.

- How long are people going to be stupid enough to believe that conservatives and capitalists desire generalized prosperity?? In a globalized economy, for example, in which we could never compete with countries like China for labour costs, the only way to greater prosperity for countries in the West is through significant technological innovation. And the way to achieve this is very simple, free universal post-secondary education and a significant shift in government resources toward new technologies. But most Western nations are doing neither of these things because the rich generally want more poverty at home because it means cheaper labour and a larger piece of the pie for them. Open a bloody history book once in a while.

- Why is Wayne Brady waisting his significant comic talents hosting "Let's Make a Deal" ??

- Why are the books that are nominated for the Giller Prize always simpering, bourgeoise, melodramas written in a hopelessly antiquated, 19th century style?

- Now that Hostess is going out of business, what will a world without Twinkies be like? Considerably less yummy I would think.

10 comments:

Owen Gray said...

For better or for worse, Kirby, if the twinkee has gone the way of the dodo, change is indeed in the air.

Maybe that's an omen for Stephen Harper's Conservatives.

Boris said...

- Why are the books that are nominated for the Giller Prize always simpering, bourgeoise, melodramas written in a hopelessly antiquated, 19th century style?

I think the answer to this question might also do for most of the rest.

doconnor said...

Wayne Brady had two chances over three seasons with his own talk show, but it didn't make it. You can't win them all.

Maybe black, talented, yet inoffensive, doesn't sell these days... I think I'll go watch Whose Line? reruns.

Anonymous said...

How is Jason Kenney "blatantly racist and sexist"?

kirbycairo said...

Anonymous - if you can't follow Jason Kenney's career, I am not going to take the time to give you lessons. His life-long activism against gay rights, against women's rights (which began when he was attending a Catholic university - and few institutions have been as actively racist as the Catholic Church), his efforts to create a racist and exclusionary immigration system, his anti-Palestinian rants. . . its all a matter of public record.

Troy Thomas said...

Reading into the Hostess bankruptcy is infuriating. The major shareholders are trying to place the blame onto the union. However, what had actually occurred was blatant strip mining of the company until little value was left.

Anonymous said...

How can you interpret our immigration system as racist and exclusionary??

kirbycairo said...

If you don't understand this then you really aren't' paying attention.

Anonymous said...

If you can't provide details, then it is just Ad Hominem.

kirbycairo said...

Oh, but I can. However, if you are so hopelessly out of touch that you don't know, then anything I say would be a waste of time. Your sympathies to Kenney would make you blind to the racist implications of his reforms. Bigotry never admits itself, and Kenney parades himself as a friend of women and friend of immigrants.

But if you really want to know, go make an effort to inform yourself about Mr. Kenney's "Bang for the Buck," pro-business, immigrations reforms, as well as the racist implications of this Government's outrageous refugee policies.