October 6, 2008

She Can See Us From Her Front Porch

Home from the Left Coast, had a magnificent time in a magnificent car. Managed to catch some of the live VP debate in the bathroom while trying to put on mascara - the problem was, every time that twit Palin said 'maverick', I blinked, and therefore made a hell of a mess. Shouldn't the word be meted out in the spirit of its meaning? Like, something rare, or special, or, or, or....forget it. It was tough enough following her double dutch method of speaking without getting all upset over her pronunciation of a word that didn't end with a 'g'. Or in her case, an 'n'...Somebody should remind her she's running for high political office, not a role in a high school play. Wink, wink.

As always, interesting conversations were had with journalists from other places. A lovely man from Atlanta wanted the real scoop on Canada - he's watching his country in a freefall, as are most, and is increasingly curious about how we're run. Unfortunately, I had to confirm most of what he'd heard about Harper - yes, he'd heard about Harper, wanted to know if he was really Dubya Lite - I said we think so, but as he's running a campaign based on top secret information it's kinda hard to know. I mentioned that Layton wants to make having children a profit enterprise, and that Dion has made the political misstep of actually acknowledging that the world is an environmental disaster. Doesn't he know we can't handle the truth? We want lies, dammit, until you get into office and then we can drop our jaws and pretend we never knew.

For the record? If you help hand Harper a majority government, I hope you're richer than Midas so you can weather the coming decisions he's gonna make. And I don't mean "hope you will one day be rich, and hope to benefit from his decisions", I mean already there. Liquid there.

This is an administration incubated in the Reform Party, hatched in the Alliance and with a new name tag sloppily pasted over it calling it Progressive Conservative. Many, many original Tories are spinning in their graves at this cruel new deliverance.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Harper and his policies and hope he achieves a majority gov't. And I'm poor!(low income) Please have a look at Angelo Persichilli's column in Sunday Star, esp. last paragraph.

As for Palin; what a light-weight. I find her speeches cringe inducing and think her popularity can only be attributed to her looks.

October 06, 2008 11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine: I couldn't agree more on Harper..."Shhhhhhhh, I don't want anyone to know what I am up too". One thing that has come out, is he is trying to work out a Free Trade deal with Europe. Shhhhh!!! Don't tell anyone. The Globe broke that story a week or so ago. That is all we need to nail the coffin shut, if it is drawn up like the Mulroney fiasco. Harper is a costume wearer. A man of many disguises and don't trust him. Nice sweater? Did he fool you?

Like I said before, I am voting for none of the above, and don't tell me I can't say anything if I don't vote. AS I told a gentleman last week, who got all offended by that statement, I told him this. If and when revenue Canada removes me from the tax column, where I no longer pay any, then I'll be quiet but until that day comes, they still work for me! I'll bitch and complain all I want. He shut up...

Palin has a nice view or a vivid imagination? Yikes! Of all the people McCain could have picked, he picked her? Give her Harper's sweater...

Nice to have you back.


October 06, 2008 11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anon #1:
Hope you're used to being 'poor'. Your vote for Harper will ensure you stay that way.

Persichilli is an idiot. Do a little research, and check the history of this 'not mean-spirited' Harper. Check his roots. He's a fresh coat of paint on a rotten board.

And, even if you find him all warm and wonderful, his policies should make you run far, far away. He is anti-everything that makes Canada a decent place to live.

October 06, 2008 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The truth about Harper? Simple, takin care of business according to whatever Calgary and United States says is business. The truth about Dion? hopeless policy wonk who was elevated to leader to annoy Rae and Ignatieff the Peter Principle in living colour. The truth about Layton? Boldly Bald opportunistic vote splitter without a clue how to run office. The septic tank has backed up... again.

October 06, 2008 3:42 PM  
Blogger DJW said...

Here's my take on why our economy is going south, literally and figuratively.

Don't blame our current motley crew in Ottawa, or their immediate predecessors, or their heirs, blame the guys a half generation ago who brought in NAFTA.

Think about it: if you were a major manufacturer with plants all over North America, and you could build your products for 2/3 the labour cost in the U.S., and for less than half that same cost in Mexico, with no tariffs to bar you from leaving, why would you stay here?

We are shifting away from National Economies to a North American Economy. Our high paying manufacturing jobs will continue to go south, and no union or politician can stop it until the entire North American economy balances.

What will that mean?

The standard of living will rise for Mexico, and lower for Canada, and stay the same for the U.S.

Its going to be long and tough, and we can only hope that Mexico rises quicker than Canada falls.


October 06, 2008 10:37 PM  
Blogger DJW said...


Welcome back Lorraine.


October 06, 2008 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DJW: Agreed...A little off topic here but we have Harper and Flaherty touting that Canada is strong, that the crisis in the U.S. will have no affect on us, they have been saying it since day one, then on Monday, like Harper just woke up from a big sleep, changes his tune, "We could be affected financially by this crisis in the States". What did he think we would be? The whole world is affected. Did he think because he is in Bush's back pocket that we would be given a grace period till it was all over? He is so out of touch with reality in Canada on this issue, time he got on track, stop worrying about the trivial crap. We have to get through this or all the crap they all have been mumbling about, "I promise this", "I promise that", that makes them so great, ha,ha, will be of no use anyways. Most won't, a waste to time and energy regardless. He has no plan in place to be productive, to get us over the crunch, yet yesterday spouts that he has a new plan. He never had one in the first place. You can't make this up in a hour or two, in hopes it will buy him votes. He had to say something after he noticed the polls have him falling like a rock. It is all BS!!! I really think, come January when they swear in the new President in the U.S., Harper will suffer separation anxiety, like a puppy, the fact that Bush is gone. He'll be totally lost, no one to turn too..Face it. They are all painted with the same brush when it comes to politics, no matter who they are. Me, me, me!!!
This is democracy and proper representation? I think not. Harper is not the leader he thinks he is. Bring on the next disguise. Off with the sweater and on with the knight in shining armour...


October 07, 2008 5:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sitting in class, watching you speak right now. I wanted to learn more about you. You're a fantastic speaker, and I love this blog entry.
I want to be like you when I grow up :)

October 07, 2008 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the last comment. how cute.

I agree, only I'm all growed up already.

October 07, 2008 4:36 PM  

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