Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Take Two Aspirin ... And Stop Drinking the Blue Koolaid

If I was an MP in the Conservative government these days, I would be keeping a large bottle of aspirin close by.

And if I was a diehard Tory supporter, I would stop drinking the blue koolaid.

For you see, this announcement by Canadian Press confirms a posting yesterday on TDH Strategies website that broke a story about civil servant Maryantonett Flumian being promoted by Stephen Harper.

This is the same gal you may recall who ran the gun registry into the ground, according to Conservatives anyway, and obviously an embarrassed Gary Breitkreuz, in particular.

Here is an excerpt from the press release:

OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper's promotion of a senior gun registry bureaucrat has put one of his MPs in a tough spot -- Gary Breitkreuz once blamed the civil servant for huge cost overruns.

"The transition team must have seen something under the hood that I didn't see," the Saskatchewan MP said yesterday.


But according to some blogging Tories who posted responses, it's actually a "demotion" and that the blogger who released the info is a blowhard Liberal who cannot be believed. And for that matter, if you believe the story, than you are a bigger fool than TDH.

Yes, well call me a fool! A fool for voting Tory perhaps.

I will be the first to tell people that I had alot of hope that Harper would change things. So far though, all he has done is alienate certain MP's with embarrassing cabinet and service positions, disrespect the democratic electoral process he once professed was sorely needing reform, and virtually ignore the press so that Canadians haven't a clue what the heck he is doing as PM.

Let's hope when the house finally sits we see a different side of Harper because I sure am not liking the version being presented right now!

10 Comments:

At Wed Feb 15, 01:39:00 PM MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Right you are, Aiz. I'm truly puzzled about it all, myself. I can only hope he's doing this unexpected stuff for some higher purpose and is willing to take the shit for it.

Though I do have trouble seeing how the bureaucrat in question can be the one to blame for the Registry... so far all I know is she's somebody who perhaps needed a job when it was offered and then found herself having to follow stupid orders from the PMO or something and was trapped. It's a possibility. Maybe there's more to this appointment than meets the eye? Maybe she's providing some information which could be damning to the Libranos and in return was moved somewhere better? If it helps bring Libranos to justice... I cannot help but wonder. After all, PMSH is bloody smart; no denying that. If it's all in the interest of kicking the Libranos while they're down, at least before they get down to the real business of governing, I might be able to excuse it. Still too soon for me to judge.

I just need to see more; learn more facts. It's the way I operate, after all. Perhaps I'm just anal-retentively analytical.

I've learned in the past to refrain from jumping to quick conclusions on little observation, no matter how galling something might be. Too many times I've had to kiss serious ass for jumping the gun, so... and sometimes others do it to me as well, and I know how off-pissing it can be to have one's actions prematurely judged. Sometimes folks think I'm stupid or out of my mind but eventually they realize I knew all along exactly what I was doing. This happens all the time as, remember, I'm pretty much the only conservative around where I live, remember... well, you get the picture, knowing the nature of leftists...

I hope something like that is what's going on here with Mr. Harper. It better be.

We'll all see it our own individual ways; anyone can change their opinion in the future, including myself.

 
At Wed Feb 15, 02:14:00 PM MST, Blogger Aizlynne said...

Hey Steve:

I was actually going to post this story yesterday, but waited on purpose to see if anything else would be said about it, because I, like many, can jump the gun sometimes.

And if you see from my comments, these were opinions of Conservatives within the party, not my own personal opinions. They were the ones who placed the blame squarely on her shoulders .. at least if you read the text taking from Hansard on TDH.

I haven't tossed it all in yet. That is why I said that PERHAPS I voted the wrong way. That's why I said I will see what happens when the house finally sits. I trust for his own sake he will actually do some of the things he has promised.

 
At Wed Feb 15, 03:38:00 PM MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Of course.

And the Tory MPs who blamed, whatshername, Mary Antoinette Phlegmian, was it, whatever (just making fun of the name... heh), perhaps were losing sight of the fact that it was Jean Chretien who brought it in and Paul Martin who kept it. They're the ones who should be taking all the shit but somehow got away too easily. Remember, even the best MPs sometimes have to come up with someone to blame and sometimes forget who, I guess. Not a single one of them is perfect or always is in top mental functioning form. Maybe something in the water in Ottawa?

After all, it's the ones with the most power who must be held accountable, not some bureaucrats. I don't believe for a second, for eg. that Chuck Guite himself is at fault; rather he was forced, perhaps, into his position and actions by those at the top; yet he's perhaps made a scapegoat. For many, they don't understand that what they're doing is wrong since they're following the boss's orders, I believe. Some just don't think for themselves and simply do and think what they're told. This is the problem with the world today: people are no longer taught to use their brains and aren't given information as to ethics, morals, etc., etc., which is a major reason why so many still voted Liberal in the last election (responding now to your recent comment on my site).

There is more to Chretien's famous saying, "Don't worry; be happy" than meets the eye. I'm coming to understand the problem of leftism in the world today and how it developed into such dangerous extremes as we see every day.

PMJC wanted Canadians to forget about the problems and "leave it up to him... let him do his job", right? Boy, did he ever do some really crappy stuff instead of "his job", eh? Folks didn't want to think; too hard to do; rather they wanted to be told what's what and do as the state told them. It's been decades and generations in the making. Decadence borne of a desire to fill an empty void (drugs, alcohol, screwing around like there was no tomorrow, all kinds of self-destructive behavior stemming from "quick highs", accepting quick fixes rather than solutions to fundamental problems, letting the kids go out and do as they wish without any care for homework, gambling, all sorts of risk taking and on and on...)

So is it any surprise so many folks don't care that the Liberals are crooks and governed as such? Is it a surprise that since so much is free or seems to be free, they'll accept incompetence and corruption even though they should (but don't) realize that it's actually leading to the ultimate undoing of the country? Is it any wonder they could care less about having a military or not; I actually think many leftists prefer to gamble that there won't be any terrorism or war-type invasions or WWIII as long as the money saved will somehow benefit them as long as they demonstrate their unquestioning syncophancy to the Liberal state and accept to be apparatchik drones parroting the dogmas of the state? It's much the same as under communism while it seems to be working and under Islamotyranny as long as the Islamotyrants are able to convince the people that all problems are the fault of the "Infidels"...

I have no idea how much sense I just made; I just let my thoughts and fingertips do as they pleased and there's the output above.

I think, to put it in a nutshell, what I mean above is that in many people, there's a void; an emptiness... a lack of purpose, perhaps despair, hopelessness, loneliness, you name it, in today's valueless, moralless society as we know it, and, being human, creatures of pain and pleasure and addiction, these people will naturally be led astray in all kinds of unhelpful, destructive directions. They want to fill a void and have been fooled into believing that "liberalism" and "progressiveness" (neither of which deserves their label) as offered by the Liberal Party of Canada is that which will fulfill them. We know they're wrong, but they don't know it yet. My hope is that given good government and restoration of real values to Canada, they'll see the light in increasing numbers, hopefully giving the Tories a majority so they can then really get to the serious work needed but which will be blocked in the short run with the minority situation.

Oh, dear! I think that'll be enough vomiting of the contents of my mind for now! Boy, once I get started... LOL

 
At Wed Feb 15, 03:43:00 PM MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

BTW, you'll have to excuse me today. I believe I'm actually sleep-deprived, mentally, though physically I feel pretty energetic. I really need a full eight hours or so now... been working too hard!

I think it's insomnia city this week for me!

 
At Wed Feb 15, 05:24:00 PM MST, Blogger SpaceNeedleBoy said...

Aiz and all: I've been reading A LOT in the past two weeks and writing little. Methinks there is incredibly deep disappointment among a "silent majority" of Canadians.

I'm very familiar with the institutional shortcomings of the American republican form of government (used in each of the 50 states as well as in the U.S. Federal Government). The Canadian system seems to provide fewer rights for ordinary citizens to have a meaningful say in government.

Post-Emerson, Canadians who were warned by political parties' advertising to "choose your Canada" are now being told that they were only voting for the man, not for the party. Voters are now being told that the person who won the most votes is "entitled" to do whatever they want....

And now, Canadians are being instructed to "never mind" previous criticisms of Maryantonett Flumian and the gun registry..... the powers that be (PTB) have changed their minds. After all, the PTB are "entitled to their entitlements" including the "right" to change their minds on key policy issues.

Au revoir!

 
At Wed Feb 15, 06:21:00 PM MST, Blogger ABFreedom said...

Strike two...... nough said...

 
At Thu Feb 16, 08:52:00 AM MST, Blogger Aizlynne said...

Spaceboy... great to hear from you. I think your perceptions are very astute and bang on.

I don't think it is in anyone's best interest to blindly follow one party or one leader. It's not good for them, nor for Canada as a whole.

Credit should be given where due, and criticism should be given equal due. The two are not inseparable as some diehard Tory followers want to believe. Same goes for those Liberal diehards.

Interesting to see today that it is Jean Charest who is doing all the talking and not SH. I know the media has not been kind to him, but as PM he needs to put that poor boy attitude aside and deal with the press. He can't forget that for alot of us, that is how we know what the PM and the house is doing. As a Cdn, I have the right to know what they are doing, whether he thinks we do or not.

The Liberals have mastered speaking with the media and I think Harper needs to do the same if he expects any kind of re-election chances.

 
At Thu Feb 16, 01:10:00 PM MST, Blogger Lex Luthor said...

Great post Aiz (again)!

As long as you are willing to put all the parties up to the same level of scrutiny, I will continue reading.

Lex

 
At Thu Feb 16, 05:29:00 PM MST, Blogger Justthinkin said...

Excellent post Aiz. I myself have given up the aspirins and am moving on to Valium! I keep telling myself there just has to be a good reason he is doing this, but I can't figure out what it is. Perhaps I have been infected with a bit of rose-colored glasses syndrome.

 
At Thu Feb 16, 06:50:00 PM MST, Blogger Aizlynne said...

Valium ... hmmm - that may be actually better medicine, plus SH can then get some of his backbenchers to shush up .. lol.

Lex - I call em as I see em and am not beholdin to any particular party - except the Alberta Alliance, whom I strongly believe in.

 

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