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2013/14 Leitch Lecture with Andrew Coyne

This is an excellent lecture from optimistic contrarian Andrew Coyne. There is large Liberal policy meeting in Montreal in February. Perhaps this can be copied to a flash drive or DVD and given out in the delegate package.

Love the quote “every time the leader burps, his entire caucus jumps to their feet shouting their applause.”

 

 

Posted by Carey Miller - November 19, 2013 at 1:26 pm

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Syria – What is our interest?

I find myself more than a little conflicted about Syria.

On one side, I hold a dislike of tyrannical governments and their actions. I detest the loss of life in the two year old civil war, especially the deaths of children. The use of chemical weapons on civilians is properly considered an evil act.

On the other side, I do not see the national benefit for Canada or the United States to get involved in a Syrian civil war. No matter who takes power, the people of Syria will not be better off. No matter what happens, Canada and the US will gain nothing. Inevitably, we will squander our treasure and the blood of our military in either a useless gesture or a long term failure.

I wonder whether it might be better to put a perimeter around these folks and let them fight it out. We can provide some humanitarian aid while we let this tribal fighting play itself out.

More thinking on this is needed. What do you think?

Posted by Carey Miller - September 10, 2013 at 12:32 pm

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Phobia This! Phobia That!

I am coming to agree with my daughter that I deserve the sobriquet Grumpy. Case in point was seeing the entry below on a Facebook entry:

How many homophobes does it take to change a light bulb? A: None – They are afraid of change, even if it will make the world a brighter place.

I saw this a few weeks after the Supreme Court rendered its decision on DOMA and gay marriage was legalized in California. To me these decisions were good steps to getting the government out of peoples’ lives. There may be valid reasons for denying gays state sanctioned marriage but none have to do with the sanctity of heterosexual union. But that is for another entry.

What raised my hackles and my blood pressure was that stupid entry. A homophobia joke which, in the current context if its use, paints a picture of fear on anyone who does not agree with the politically correct current slogans. As an example of similar phobias we have

  • Homophobia – Does not agree that gay marriage should be accepted and endorsed by the state. Does not agree that being gay is just as normal as being straight. Afraid of the obvious truth.
  • Islamophobia – Does not believe that Islam cannot possibly be a threat. Afraid of the obvious truth.

How do I state this nicely and politically correctly? Fu## You!

There are solid arguments against gay marriage, Islam and other, so-called, phobias. It seems that the arguments for these are stronger and have begun to triumph. To label everyone who disagrees with the current political correctness as phobic diminishes the argument and makes the labeler look like a moron. It makes the labeler look intelligence-phobic.

Posted by Carey Miller - July 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

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The not so new normal

We live an existence of change and uncertainty. We should celebrate.


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Posted by Carey Miller - February 7, 2013 at 8:46 am

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A Great Ad. For the Liberal party?

Warren Kinsella called attention to this ad on his blog. Thanks Warren.

This is a fantastic ad, glorifying the triumph of hard work, persistence in the face of adversity and progress. Damned if this is not an ad for the Liberal Party of Canada. Or it should be. And if it is not, then why the hell not?


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Posted by Carey Miller - February 4, 2013 at 2:22 pm

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LPC leadership race – I want some fire in the belly

Audio Podcast: some initial thoughts after the second Liberal party leadership debate in Winnipeg.


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Posted by Carey Miller - February 4, 2013 at 2:16 pm

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