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 Boag reported, citing sources.

The NDP would be invited into cabinet and get 25 per cent of seats, Boag said, adding that the party wouldn’t get the position of the finance chair or the deputy prime minister’s post.

[...]

“The most difficult question is who’ll be the leader,” Boag said, adding that Dion, who negotiated the deal, believes he has the right to be prime minister.

Goddammit–someone (ok, probably at least a million someones) already took my snark re: ‘I for one welcome our coalition overlords.’

So, who wants to take bets on the likelihood of prorogue before December 8th?

h/t Kady O’Malley by way of NatNewsWatch

Update: John Ivison reports that Iggy will be PM, with Bob Rae likely getting the Foreign Affairs portfolio.

Update 2 (12/01): Well, so much for Ivison’s fleeting flirtation with something resembling credibility. CTV News reports that Dion will helm a proposed coalition government, having attained the support today of the three Liberal leadership candidates, Dominic LeBlanc, Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae. h/t pogge @ BnR

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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 the Bloc and the NDP (SEPARATISTS! SOCIALISTS!) doing the unthinkable and actually *gasp* talking with each other, what Impolitical said:

…and? It’s news that the NDP and Bloc have been speaking? In a minority parliament? How scandalous. The other parties outnumber the Conservatives and if the Conservatives aren’t acting in a manner that the other parties agree with…then such discussions are entirely appropriate. It’s appropriate to explore at any moment and lay the groundwork for alternatives in an inherently fragile parliament, which, contrary to Conservative spinning, it is.

Uncle Steve appears to have become quite enamoured with governing like he had a majority last session (thanks in large part to perpetual Liberal acquiescence) and seemed fully prepared to continue the trend in the current session. Alas, in actuality, the Conservatives only hold a minority of seats in Parliament and minority governments have to maintain the confidence of the House. If the government loses the confidence of the House, the government falls.

Maybe if Mr. Harper weren’t so hostile to the concept of Canadian parliamentary democracy he might, y’know, have a better understanding of how it works [link corrected -- mb].

Regardless, methinks Fife (SEPARATISTS! SOCIALISTS!) should perhaps pay more attention to the real scandal here: Members of our government are apparently so terrified their little empire may be in decline and on the brink of collapse that they believe it’s entirely appropriate (justified, even) to employ what some might call Nixonian ratfucking tactics, specifically, “invade other party telephone calls, tape them and distribute [them] to the media”, as Impolitical put it. Or are such piddling matters simply not newsworthy inside the Queensway cocktail circuit? Oh, wait, I forgot — Guy Giorno already sent out the script, and you’re not allowed to make any rewrites mid-production.

Gotcha.

Related: Chet takes a closer look at the the ongoing meltdown in Toryland (update: more here), while fern muses about drafting a list of demands now that our not-so-New (perhaps soon-to-be-former) Canadian Government is in such a giving mood. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to pour a glass of schadenfreude shiraz to sip on while I observe the all-too-amusing exhibit of wingnut splutter and flail.

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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, it would. You see?”

- Alice in Wonderland

File under “Andrew Malcolm is a tool and a hack“: Greg Mitchell takes apart that Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) report on Barack Obama’s donors currently making the rounds:

The Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) study disclosing that Barack Obama actually raised most of his campaign money from “larger” not “small” donors has gained wide, approving, coverage in recent days, from USA Today to the New York Times and Los Angeles Times and countless web sites, even making Huffington Post at least twice, including as a top link. Inevitably the headlines refer to the “myth” of Obama riding a wave of small donations to victory. That study’s author himself uses it.

But the “myth” is actually in the spinning of the report, including by its author, Michael Malbin, a former speechwriter for Dick Cheney, when he was Pentagon chief, and a resident fellow at The American Enterprise Institute from 1977 to 1986.

As usual in these cases, it’s not that the numbers are wrong, it’s the analysis and how the interpretation is being played by the media. Because, buried in the report, are all the figures and arguments for showing that the CFI’s “myth” is actually a myth.

Make sure to read the whole thing, as Mitchell quite thoroughly addresses a lot of the issues brought up by both the report and its breathless beltway boosters. With that said, I suppose it would do you all well to keep the following caveat in mind, in the interest of fairness: Don’t let, y’know, facts and reality automatically stand in the way of all those oh-so-balanced-and-objective attempts to erect a solid foundation of misinformation that reinforces lazy conventional wisdom.

For all we know, up really is down.

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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 the Tory government assassinated the NSOC with its proposed economic update.

Related: Bob Fife muses on the likelihood of a potential Grit/Dipper coalition, which “changes hour after hour,” and talks to former NDP leader Ed Broadbent regarding coalition negotiations.

Flashback: Props to Murray Dobbin. That is all.

Update: Canadians for a Progressive Coalition — add your name.

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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 a woman miscarried when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island Wal-Mart Friday morning, witnesses said.

The unidentified worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the store opened at 5 a.m.

Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.

“He was bum-rushed by 200 people,” said Jimmy Overby, 43, a co-worker. “They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me. They took me down too…I literally had to fight people off my back.”

Talk about a great reason to celebrate Buy Nothing Day.

h/t Patti Digh

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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 crisis: 1-888-407-4747. UPDATE For Australians:1300 555 135 or +61 2 6261 3305 (DFAT) UK: 0207 008 0000 (Foreign Office) (h/t Brandy Betz)

Please add additional resources in comments and I’ll update accordingly.

- Indian dead tree media: Hindustan Times, Times of India, The Hindu, Outlook India, Deccan Herald, Indian Express

- list of Mumbai bloggers liveblogging events as they unfold, comprehensive round-up from DesiPundit

- Vinu’s Mumbai attacks Flickr photostream UPDATE new sets from Vinu here and here, ashesh shah’s photostream (h/t Gauravonomics) UPDATE Boston Globe photoset (h/t dina)

- Google Map of attacks

- regularly updated Wikipedia page

- YouTube and VodPod videos, sorted by date (most recent first)

- Ongoing coverage from Neha Vishwanathan of Global Voices Online [UPDATE Global Voices special Mumbai attacks page) and from GroundReport.com

- searchable list of injured/dead

- regularly updated emergency information at Mumbai Help

- PinStorm information page

- Livestreams from CNN-IBN and NDTV

- Twitter content marked #mumbai, Colaba, Oberoi, Taj

- Mumbai Tweetgrid (automatically refreshes)

- invaluable Twitter updates from MumbaiAttacks, zigzackly, vinu, gsik, chhavi, asfaq and dina .

- SkyNews MicroBlog

- Timeline of terror attacks in India, 1993-present

- UPDATE public Google Notebook aggregating key points and facts (thanks, Anannya Deb!)

- UPDATE Mahalo , Addictomatic and NowPublic pages

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

by matttbastard

silence is golden

(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 part of Coulter to garner sympathy (and, more importantly, as many schadenfreude-laden missives from the left as possible) prior to the release of her new book. Yes, she has a new book set to be released, and, yes, the subject is–wait for it–the evils of ‘liberalism’. Try to hide your shock, true believers.

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