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Has Centralization of Power to the PMO Put Canadian Democracy on Life Support?

Don Lenihan has a must-read column up today, on how centralization of power to the Prime Minister’s office over the past several decades has atrophied the connection Canadians — especially youth — had with our government, and what he believes this could … Continue reading

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Greatly Exaggerated Rumours, Jack Layton Edition

by matttbastard Michael Valpy addresses the current conventional wisdom that without Jack Layton, the NDP — and Canada’s left — is now doomed, doomed, DOOMED! Ahem. Sorry ’bout that. Now, where were we? Oh! Right. Valpy: When polls from the … Continue reading

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Red Red Meat (Or, Why Are Democrats Afraid of Getting Their Hands Bloody?)

by matttbastard Following a long summer recess spent navigating heavily astro-turfed town halls and trying to bring yappy Blue Dogs to heel, President Obama finds himself  barely clinging to a piss-poor public option on health insurance (after preemptively tossing single-payer … Continue reading

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John Baird Pwnd by Don Newman

by matttbastard h/t 900ftjesus, video courtesy Jeff Jedras Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

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Jonathan Kay: Wrong on the Internet

by matttbastard Jonathan Kay once again illustrates why the thin ranks of the Canadian pundit corps do not represent a meritocracy: It so happens that, with Barack Obama gradually rolling out his star-studded Cabinet in recent days, I’d already been … 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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matttbastard @ The Unapologetic Mexican

by matttbastard This week, The Unapologetic Mexican has a series of guest posts featuring various African-American responses to the election of Barack Obama, The African American Perspective, which runs through November 16th. Yours truly truly was given the privilege of … Continue reading

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Al Jazeera: Courting the ‘grey’ vote

by matttbatard Elderly voters are considered to be the most reliable group of voters in the US, needing no encouragement to get down to the polling station. So, it’s no surprise that senior citizens have become one of the most … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin a “Complete Fiction” – David Talbot

by matttbastard ForaTv: Author and Salon.com Founder David Talbot dismisses Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin as a “complete fiction” created by Republican Party strategists. Full video here. Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

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On Gwen Ifill, White Privilege and Working the Refs

by matttbastard Yeah, about that *cough* top-secret “pro-Obama” book by notoriously anodyne PBS anchor and longtime Beltway insider Gwen Ifill that has the usual suspects in a histrionic froth: Howie Kurtz quotes from his September 4th profile of Ifill, in … Continue reading

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