Monthly Archives: November 2008

CBC News: Liberals, NDP Reach Coalition Deal

by matttbastard It’s (reportedly) on like Donkey Kong: A deal has been negotiated between NDP Leader Jack Layton and Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion that would see them form a coalition government for two and a half years, the CBC’s Keith … Continue reading

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Apparently We’re All Supposed To Be Shocked and Outraged Now (OH NOES–SEPARATISTS! SOCIALISTS!)

by matttbastard Shorter Stephen Harpercons: “How dare those undemocratic Opposition leaders (SEPARATISTS! SOCIALISTS!) actually take their parliamentary duties seriously!” Regarding the high dudgeon and great consternation from the Serious Set (farts in Bob Fife’s general direction) at the notion of … Continue reading

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On ‘Myths’, Memes, and Former GOP Media Flunkies

by matttbastard “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, … Continue reading

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Irony is a Dead Horse and the Conservative Party of Canada is Wielding the Flogger

by matttbastard “This is pure political self-interest and they are doing this in the most undemocratic fashion.” – Kory Teneycke, communications director for PM Stephen Harper, reacting to news that the opposition may (may) have finally grown a spine after … Continue reading

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Consumerism Kills Long Island Wal-Mart Worker

by matttbastard Ok, maybe the title of this post is a tad hyperbolic, but Jesus wept–I don’t care what day of the year it is, working retail should not be a life-threatening pursuit: A worker died after being trampled and … Continue reading

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Mumbai Attack Resources

by matttbastard Canadians concerned about relatives/loved ones in Mumbai can call the Department of Foreign Affairs at 1-613-996-8885 from inside Canada or 1-800-387-3124 from other countries. US citizens contact special State Department call center phone number set up for the … Continue reading

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Ann Coulter’s Atypical Silence During General Explained: Page Six Reports Jaw Wired Shut

by matttbastard (image: Wikipedia Commons) Sometimes a punchline isn’t necessary. Hee. Related: Dave Neiwert highlights Coulter’s new business endeavour, “[s]hilling for Patriot-style right-wing moneymaking scams,” while Steve M. wonders if the report is part of a Machiavellian plot on the … Continue reading

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Andrew Sullivan: “We cannot know hope until we end torture.”

by matttbastard Even though I’m hardly his biggest fan (*cough*), I gotta give Andrew Sullivan props for his recent scorching takedown of a blithely banal WaPo op-ed by High Contrarian torture apologist (and former WaPo editorial page editor) Benjamin Wittes. … Continue reading

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John Brennan Will Not Be CIA Director in Obama Administration

by matttbastard Thank Maude: John Brennan, President-elect Barack Obama’s top adviser on intelligence, took his name out of the running Tuesday for any intelligence position in the new administration.Brennan wrote in a Nov. 25 letter to Obama that he did not … Continue reading

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Ph34r Mah 1337 W1mm1nz 5tud33z Xp3r733z!

by matttbastard Shorter CBA’s: “Sorry, JJ–you’re only a technical feminist.” Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

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