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Watch out, President-elect Obama! Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, archenemy of the environment, is activating his master plan to prevent any meaningful progress on reducing the carbon emissions that are choking our planet to death. And he's coming at you right now, before you can get settled in and develop your own policies.

From the Globe & Mail:

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper said yesterday he will stress to Barack Obama that Canada's relationship with the U.S. is its most important, and that he will make energy and the environment a top priority for dealings with the new administration.

Translation: We got a lotta dirty oil up here, so don't pass any environmental legislation that could screw up the Alberta Taliban's gravy train.

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The wife and I got up early to vote in our federal election today up here in Canada. We were some of the first ones to vote and we voted to return our NDP MP, Catherine Bell, to Parliament. We're keeping our fingers crossed that enough Dippers and Greens will vote Liberal where appropriate to kick Stephen Harper and his Harpies out of government. It's a longshot.

Wifey then abandoned me to catch the ferry to Vancouver, leaving me with half a turkey left over from Thanksgiving, two cans of cranberry sauce, and enough bread to make a week's worth of turkey sandwiches. Sometimes life is good.

So in between turkey sandwiches, I thought I'd help out John McCain and Sarahcuda with their campaign a little - they're doing so poorly you almost, but not quite, feel sorry for them. So without further ado, I present my Top 10 Ways McCain Can Turn His Campaign Around...

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Sat Jun 21, 2008 at 10:35 AM PDT

Take the FISA Repeal Pledge.

by skrymir

Now that the betrayal of the constitution and the rights of all Americans under the Fourth Amendment is nearly complete, we need to ask ourselves if there is anything that can be done to hold the Democratic Congress accountable and reverse this egregious violation of fundamental democratic principles. I think there is. We can, ourselves, take the FISA Repeal Pledge and ask our members of Congress to take a corresponding pledge. Details of the pledge on the other side.

Please recommend this diary so it stays alive if you think this effort is worth it.

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Wed May 07, 2008 at 01:08 PM PDT

President Obama's "Things To Do" List.

by skrymir

During my working career (I'm retired now), I used two tools to keep myself organized and productive through even the most hectic days. Those tools were a day planner and a pocket notepad. The day planner recorded all appointments, meetings, trips, deadlines, etc., and the notepad was for a list of Things To Do - things I thought needed doing that day. I spent the first part of each day updating both, adding items that moved up in priority, scratching out the completed items, and moving items not completed the previous day to the new page. This worked very well for me and I taught it to the kids as they grew up.

Anyway, I thought I'd help out Obama and make up a "Things To Do" list for him so he could go to work on Day One. See what you think and feel free to add your own items or dispute items you don't like. My hope is that it stimulates thought on what actions people would actually expect from a Democratic administration and Congress.

I am assuming a filibuster-proof Senate, and that is probably a little overoptimistic, but I suspect a Senate result in the 57-43 or better range would cause the GOPers up in 2010 to become very accommodating without BushCo in the background threatening their political lives unless they support Bush's neocon insanities.

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Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 10:53 AM PDT

"Gloom, despair, and misery on me-e!"

by skrymir

Some of you will recognize the title of this diary as the opening refrain from a sketch on the american classic TV show Hee-Haw. I thought it might be appropriate after the setbacks experienced by progressives recently. Soooo, to counterbalance the gloom and despair many here are feeling, and to celebrate TGIF, I thought it would be more than appropriate to start a GW Bush Joke Thread, which begins below the fold.

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Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 11:57 AM PST

Canadian Election Update

by skrymir

The Canadian election is beginning it's second season this week after having been correctly ignored by most sane people during the holiday season. This is an election only Stephen Harper of the CPC and Paul Martin of the Liberals wanted; Harper to prevent himself from being turfed as a loser by his own party and Martin in an opportunistic attempt to form a majority government that doesn't have to deal with NDP demands in a minority government. Election day is January 23rd.


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I don't really think this topic is of diary-level significance since it's pure speculation, but I don't see anyone else discussing this yet, and it's just too good a topic to ignore.

Is anyone else becoming more curious about Rove's four trips to the Grand Jury? What I'm wondering is; is Fitz gunning for  'unindicted co-conspirator' status for Bush? Today's reports indicating Bush knew about the whole thing from the beginning and was pissed at Rove for screwing it up moves this whole operation into the Oval Office, at Bush's feet. My GUESS is that Fitz was attempting to get Rove to flip on Bush - otherwise he could simply indict Rove on obstruction charges for lying to government agents and to the GJ. Fitz has also called many people close to Bush in the WH, including Andy Card and Abu Gonzales and Harriet Miers, all people who are in close contact with Bush every day and would be in a position to overhear and note statements by Bush.

Fitz is going for the big enchilada folks! Stock up on the popcorn and beer - it's party time!

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Thu Sep 15, 2005 at 11:14 AM PDT

How Dems Gave Away the SCOTUS.

by skrymir

I really can't imagine that anyone following the Roberts confirmation hearings for Chief Justice of the SCOTUS can be pleased with the performances of the Democratic Senators on the Judiciary Committee. They have engaged in speechmaking (Biden), pointless and inept questioning (DiFi), and just plain old rants (pick one). Not one of them has dented Roberts' carefully crafted demeanor or impressed the american public with the importance and seriousness of those hearings.

Below the fold are questions I would have asked. You be the judge (/snark)!

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Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 08:50 AM PDT

Stopping the SCOTUS takeover.

by skrymir

The SCOTUS is on the verge of being taken over by right-wing extremists who most probably will repeal much of the Bill Of Rights and destroy what is left of the Enlightenment as well as the scientific method. This must be stopped, not only for the sake of American citizens, but for the sake of all people on the planet. The US has, over the years, set the standard for human rights, compassion for the weak and sick, and has been a champion for equality in the law for ALL people. If Bush is allowed to pack the SCOTUS with right-wing troglodytes, this heritage will be lost and the world will become a more dangerous place for those not wealthy or powerful.

Below the fold is my idea for stopping this travesty.

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Tue Jun 21, 2005 at 09:20 AM PDT

OK, How would YOU fix Iraq?

by skrymir

There is little doubt, at least on this blog, that Iraq was a premeditated disaster engineered by a small cabal of neocon lunatics who believe not only that might makes right, but that the use of force to impose the will of the US on the world is a good and righteous thing. If justice is ever done, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Feith, Bolton, Gonzales, Gen. Sanchez, Gen. Miller, and Rice will all have a date with a war crimes tribunal.

But in the meantime, young men and women are dying in Iraq and there is no end in sight. The Republicans have accused Democrats of having no solutions to this problem other than to get rid of Bush. So below the fold I outline my own solution to the Iraq mess, and I invite others to criticize freely and to add your own ideas.

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Yesterday was election day in British Columbia. Many of you will read in the papers that the Liberals won an unprecedented second term as the majority party while the NDP made a remarkable comeback from two seats after the 2001 election to 33 today. The real story, however, is that the BC Greens managed to draw enough left-of-center votes to deliver that majority to Gordon Campbell on a silver platter with a big wet kiss.

As I predicted in my previous diary, the progressive split between the Greens and the NDP was the direct cause of the Liberal victory. The Liberals managed to pull 46% of the popular vote while the NDP picked up 43% and the Greens siphoned off 9%. This was better than in 2001, when the Greens managed to convince over 20% of the electorate to waste their vote.

More screed below the fold...

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Mon May 16, 2005 at 10:40 AM PDT

Election in Lotusland (w/poll)

by skrymir

Tomorrow is election day in British Columbia, Canada. In the grand scheme of things, a canadian provincial election may be small potatoes, but it's very important to those of us who are lucky enough to live here. For Kossacks, the strategy and tactics used by both sides may be instructive, especially in the case of the Liberals, who have run, once again, a campaign that appears to have been crafted by Karl Rove himself.

A description of the parties, the players, the issues, and the campaigns are below the fold. I will be doing some GOTV tomorrow, but will report on the final results later this week.

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