Monday, May 30, 2005

Thank a Vet Today

It's Memorial Day in the U.S. and what better way to pay tribute to ALL of our Vets by saying thank you for the sacrifices they made so we could all be free to life, liberty, personal property, and for the right to share our thoughts and opinions in forums like blogs.

So the next time you complain about your government and do nothing constructive to change the system, you are doing these honourable men and women a disservice.

Listen folks, it costs $7.50 per Canadian to vote. That's all... a measly $7.50 plus 10 minutes of your time. I think the cost to the veterans was a far cry steeper than $7.50 and 10 minutes.

Where would we be if these vets decided that they were too busy and had other things that were more important to do than fight for the freedom you have?. Think about that the next time you complain and do nothing.

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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Who Has Benefited from Energy Deregulation??

I was reading an interesting article in the Western Standard about energy deregulation in Alberta and Enron's pillaging of consumers, similar to a scheme played out in California, which we all know produced disasterous results for Californian's - energy prices they couldn't afford, businesses closing, brownouts everywhere.

Enron Canada (despite denials from the Klien gov't) was suspected to be a key architect in the market's design. This allowed them leverage when purchasing gov't contracts to supply energy to Alberta residents.

So here is how the scam played out. Enron would bid on supplying a certain amount of the demanded electricity to the marketplace, then at the last minute feign some sort of problem with a generator. This would reduce significantly, the amount originally offered which would in turn leave the province without enough energy to meet its needs. This made spot prices (which is how the majority of Albertan's now pay for the electricity) soar. At this point, anyone selling power into the spot market would make a killing.

This is what Enron was doing - with help of course from other energy generator's. A Frontier Economic's assessment (who Enron used to consult on the Alberta marketplace once it deregulated) shows that Enron Canada made roughly $45 million in a single 22 hour period in 1999. Meanwhile, seniors and those on low or fixed incomes were (and some still are) being forced to go without electricity and gas because they could ill afford the prices being charged.

The June 13/05 issue details the complete story. I urge you to read the article by Cyril Doll and then decide for yourself if you think we got a raw deal.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Cause I'm the Taxman... yeah I'm the Taxman

I met up with John Carpay (Alberta Director) of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation the other day. He was still up to his old tricks.... trying to save the average Cdn a buck or two in taxes.

He was talking to me about spending control legislation necessity. Do you know that in Alberta, between 1996-2004, gov't program spending increased 90% to a whopping $24.2B from $12.7. All the while, the "Conservative" party was boasting about cutting waste, stopping uncontrolled spending (meanwhile increasing Alberta's inflation rate by 23%) and reducing gov't bureaucracy in an effort to clear the debt and balance the budget.

Boy, if that is fiscal conservatism, I must be just plain cheap.

Spending controls are a must have in all legislative branches, not just provincially. To purport that you are managing spending prudently, all the while raising program spending and doubling the size of gov't, is shameful management of hard working Cdns money. Period.

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Alberta Alliance Party

I spent last night and a good part of today (while the weather was incredibly warm and sunny outside I might add) attending the Alberta Alliance Party's AGM. It was an interesting event and it was a real pleasure to see grassroots politics at it's best.

They appear to be a middle of the road party that tilts slightly to the right. From what I hear the current MLA seems to have Ralph and Co. on the run. Gotta love that!

I am a firm believer in less gov't, more money/power to the people - something the governing "conservative" party does not.

If you live in Alberta and are lookin to hang your hat back with REAL conservatives you should meander over and have a look at their site via the link provided.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Joke of the Day

TGIF everyone!!!

We could certainly use a joke today couldn't we?

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Cadman Sells Out??

Well I was having a good day until I read this post about Chuck Cadman.

Call me cynical, but doesn't it seem odd that not less than 1 week after the budget vote, Irwin Cotler, Justice Minister, has stated that changes will be made to the victim's rights initiatives.

Here is an excerpt:

"Justice Minister Irwin Cotler has told independent MP Chuck Cadman he'll move forward with victims' rights initiatives after Cadman's vote saved the minority Liberal government from defeat last Thursday.
But the popular Surrey North MP, who has long argued that victims of violence should have a voice in the justice system, says there was no bargaining when he spoke with Cotler shortly after the NDP budget amendment -- the second of two non-confidence votes -- passed by a single vote.


"It was strictly off the cuff -- there was nothing asked for and nothing offered," Cadman said Monday from his Surrey home."

Off the cuff eh? Somehow I am finding this pill a little hard to swallow.

Question of the Day

How about a change of pace from the everyday.

Now that the Michael Jackson trial is winding up (I know there is a rebuttal, but I am talking about the meat and potatoes) do you think the prosecution has proved their case? If so, why? If not, why?

Monday, May 23, 2005

Sinclair Stevens Saves Canada?

While I normally don't endorse websites, I did find this one offered a rather interesting perspective. A bit of background first so you can give the site the consideration it deserves.

For those of you too young to remember, Sinclair Stevens was a Conservative MP first elected in 1972 and lost the leadership bid in 1976 after coming in 7th on the ballot. He was forced to resign his seat in 1987 amidst shameful and bitter conflict of interest allegations - on which he eventually was found guilty on 14 counts. He tried, unsuccessfully, to run again in his riding in 1988 and finally left government for good. (or did he??).

The gist of Sinclair's website, Bloc-CPC Alliance is that there is a Stephen Harper/Gilles Duceppe alliance designed to promote the separatist movement and create provincial divisions within Canada.

Mr. Stevens has been quoted as saying he "wants to save Canada from these diabolical fiends who are hell bent on wrecking Canada".

You decide for yourself - are Mr. Sinclair's fears founded in truth or just more federalist rhetoric.

Karma Chameleon

My mother, a smart lassie, used to tell me that "What goes around, comes around". I think they call this karma. Perhaps Peter MacKay 's mother/father should have taught him this all important lesson.

While he was busy complaining about Stronach's doublecrossing, seems he forgot all about the fast one he pulled on David Orchard. David, as you recall, had an actual written agreement with Peter MacKay not to bed down with the Canadian Alliance. And we all know what happened there.

I am not saying that what BS did was correct, but come on. Let's cut the spin and call a spade a spade. Peter isn't any better in my opinion than Belinda.

Joke of the Day

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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Question of the Day

Do you support/not support Belinda Stronach's decision to cross the floor? Why?

Spring has come to Alberta

Well, I know I make be taking a BIG leap of faith, but I am planting my garden this weekend.

This is the first long weekend in May since time immemorial that I can recall sun and warmth for Albertans. Maybe the Queen's visit has bestowed us with some good weather (hey, I'll take it no matter how it gets here... lol).

Have a great long weekend everyone. Take some downtime to enjoy yourself with a wee brewskie or wine cooler and some dogs on the barbie and some family/friends to surround yourselves with. Nothin could be finer.

Belinda Barbie

Here is a funny site that you should take a wander over to - www.turncoatbarbie.com.

It's a great little spoof on BS - who is more than deserving of it in my opinion.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Rally Anyone?

I am sure many of you feel the same way as me. You want to change things, but how.

We all want accountable politicians. It must be made fundamentally clear to them that we will not tolerate corrupt, inept governments bereft of any ethics or fudiciary responsibility.

If you are interested in starting rallies to get this point across than this post is for you. I am in the process of creating a list of people who are interested in starting rallies or email campaigns in their locale to protest against Liberal policies/monetary panderings.

We need to stay on top of this group every step of the way. They are counting on us to forget: the HRDC boondoggle; the Gun Registry fiasco; Shawinigate; Adscam. Let's show em we are not the forgettin kind.

If you want your name added to the list please email me at odysey@shaw.ca. I will then contact you to discuss strategies and put you in touch with others in your area.

Question of the Day

Do you think the Liberal Party has caused an irreparable wedge between Alberta and Ontario?

Welcome to the Canadian No Spin Zone

Welcome to my no spin zone where any and all forms of BS will be handled in a way befitting to the government.

Your comments are always welcome provided they are respectful and done in the spirit in which honest debate was intended. No name calling, derogatory or sexist remarks will be tolerated. Offensive posters may be banned and will be required to clean my bathrooms for 2 weeks!
Keep it clean or you'll have to clean!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts" - Sir Winston Churchill.

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