Well, the letter that H-Dawg our humble PM wrote a few years ago to members of the old Canadian Alliance party blasting Kyoto as a money-sucking socialist scheme is old news. In the letter, he swore he would battle the Accord and vowed to defeat it.
Of course he is now Mister Green but the fact is, he has already done what he set out to do. With the late Ambrose acting as Environment minister, the Tories for all intents and purposes withdrew Canada from Kyoto, and in fact went on to say that their own pathetic "plan" was no different than years of other people's lack of progress.
Now, with the environment quite literally heating up, he is suddenly Mister Green... however, I think that nothing will change. The Conservatives are the last group of folks I would expect to actually give two craps about the environment.
Talk about "getting things done" for Canadians! Good job H-Dawg!
There is no doubt in my mind this is true.... Especially considering the Religious Right's fight to disallow the teaching of real science in high school's down there...
What really gets me is how in so many instances, McChimpy's administration has received the "Ruprecht the Monkey boy genital cuff", and H-Dawg's wanna be policies so closely mimic the same drivel... whether it's "Staying the course" or "Global Warming is a pinko commie plot". Apparently, the Environment Commissioner has been fired from her post at the Auditor-General's office for, get this, doing her job...
H-Dawg maintains that he is in no way attempting to expediate an election. I find it funny that the Conservatives are running campaign ads attacking the new Liberal leader, Dion, but yet they are not even preparing for an election?
The best part is that they could be in hot water over copyright violation for using footage of the Liberal Leadership Convention without permission! All I have to say is HAHA!!!
Well I have been quiet all last week and very busy painting because Saturday was the Golden Goblin Painting Contest at the Kingsway Mall Games Workshop store in Edmonton. Basically, they have 3 categories (each split into Youngbloods for the kids, and Old Gits for well, us old Gits) and you may enter one model in each category. This was my first "live" contest.
The first model was the Giant I recently completed for our local store. Sadly, he may have come in 4th or something, but he didn't place in the winning 3. However, all of the news isn't so glum!
I also entered my Gandalf the White in the Lord of the Rings category, and won Gold with him! I was very pleased with that, and there was also more good news...
I worked late every night last week in order to finish my entry for the 40K (sci-fi) category, and I very nearly completed Asurmen, the Hand of Asuryan from the Eldar race. I consider him unfinished still, as at 10 pm on friday I decided enough was enough. He still needs some trim and freehand on his cloth and cape, and possibly a new base, but even so, I managed a 3rd place with him. He is also my first ever 40K miniature. All in all, there are about 48 gems on him and that was one of the last things I had to do friday. When he is actually completed, I will post an update.
Meeting some good friends and some new friends is always nice as well, and after all of the chatting and judging was over, we went for a good supper. it was really fun, and now I definately know what I need to do next time to get the gold in each category :D
At any rate, we can get back to our regular programming sometime soon!!!
I thought it was funny that the day after the US decision that all Canadians need passports to enter their country came into effect, ambassador Wilkins appears on the news, saying he wants open movement of cattle across the border...
If I was a terrorist, I would definately hide inside a cow. Or at least put bombs inside. Suicide cattle bombers. Cool.
Even though the Canadian government has found that the RCMP supplied faulty info on Maher Arar, and that he was deported and sent to Syria to be tortured wrongfully, Alberto (I love torture) Gonzalez and Michael Chertoff say he will stay on theUS security watch list, because their own intelligence which has been gathered independantly from the Canadian intelligence suggests he should still be on the list.
Last week, I watched Senator Leahy hand Gonzales a smack down on why they deported him to an obvious fate of torture and he is still waiting for answers as far as I know... hurry up and wait I bet.
It's kind of funny because I have never wanted to have adverts on my blog at all. Those google ads drive me nuts on other people's blogs, so why would I want them? At any rate, I have decided to post an advert for a program I feel is invaluable to musicians no matter the level they are at.
I have used Guitar Pro for some time, and I firmly believe it has made my playing much better, and it makes it super easy for beginners to learn songs, as well as other rudiments of music theory. For the puny amount of money the software costs, it is a worthwhile investment in my opinion. Keep in mind that there are literally thousands upon thousands of songs on the internet for this program, which can include (but not be limited to) tracks for guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, horns, you name it. The program shows you tablature as well as the standard musical staff, a fretboard, keyboard, you name it. You can play along as the software plays the song even, and adjust the tempo to help learn those faster bits.
In light of this, I have an ad for their latest version on the sidebar now, just above the Habs Watch section. Feel free to check it out!
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has drafted a manual for upcoming detainee trials that would allow suspected terrorists to be convicted on hearsay evidence and coerced testimony and imprisoned or put to death.
Oh that's really great. And I thought things were slowly beginning to look up. So you are telling me that a "civilized" nation would allow detainees (SUSPECTED PEOPLE) to be tried with hearsay evidence, and possibly put to death?
My birthday weekend was a lot of fun. Originally, I thought we were goign to pack up my music gear and head to a friend's for a night of fun and music, but as it turns out, my wife set up a fun and very nearly a complete surprise party for me. There were quite a few folks over, and in the end, two of my friends (both bass players) got to hang and jam a bit after the others had left.
I do have a new addiction to try out in the form of Guild Wars. We shall see. I only just began toying around with World of Warcrack.
Today shall be an interesting work day. We have been usign some fairly old software for our roadway design stuff, and with the new Windows coming out, chances are, it won't work anymore. Therefore, we are all hauling our computers to the board room today to learn how to design roads with Eaglepoint software.
I dunno... old dogs, new tricks. We'll see I suppose :)
Ever since Flightsuit McChimpy made his brave announcement that he plans to ESCALATE the war on Terror by sending over 20,000 more young men and women into Baghdad in an effort to get all of the troops out faster by the new technique known as SURGE (formerly Shock and Awe) the talk of the town has been about securing Baghdad, and making Baghdad safe for the Iraqi military to take over... Even Senator Clinton (who I think is pretty good, though no Bill for sure LOL) mistakingly says that the Iraqis could likely not secure Baghdad on their own...
What about the rest of the country? Any news folks? Must be all roses and peach crumble I guess. This is why the US will never win in Iraqnam.
Today, H-Dawg tells us about his government's new Child Wait Times Plan that they are spending a massive $2.6 million on. This plan is really only going to create an "information system" that will LEAD to a wait times guarantee. Nice. Kinda like their Clean Air Act that will LEAD to something else... or the Child Care plan that was supposed to create spaces...
Anyways, consider how the Tory government spends money on their priorities.
Child care spaces? 25000 promised within 12 months before the election... number of spaces created? ZERO. Child health care wait times? $2.6 million and it is only for an "information system", not a wait times plan. To put these priorities in context, last june, Harper announced more military spending for planes, helicopters, ships and trucks to the tune of $15 billion, or nearly 6000 times as much. I wonder how the grown up health care wait-times guarantee is coming along...
We survived the blizzard yesterday. The snow was blowing so badly on the highways that it was difficult getting anywhere. This morning however, it is clear out which is good, but if course the cloud cover had kept in what heat was left. -32 on the thermometer this morning... The car seat is like a rock, and everythign struggles to get going. Praise Bob for block heaters...
I kind of figured that about the ONLY logic the Chimpster could use to actually convince people that increasing the number of troops would be that they would all come home faster. The Iraqis say they can have control soon (like november or something) and it wouldn't be long after that the US and other coalition members could leave. Naturally, he thinks that more might now will stop the violence and that the Iraqis must do their part. I think that more US troops will only serve to increase the violence as has happened in the past.
Former Liberal MP Wajid Khan has joined the Tories. It's kind of funny how the press says he "defected" but Dion was right. It is a difficult situation when the MP is serving as the Government's advisor on the Middle East but is also a member of the opposition party.
The motives behind his final decision are obviously up in the air, and he only says that H-Dawg is the guy he wishes to serve and that the Tories follow more closely his view of Canada. Fair enough I guess. I hope they have a by-election in his riding however, something many people are still waiting for with David Emerson.
Notice the rage in Kirk's eyes... click the picture something fun.
Why does this guy continue to spew rubbish with impunity? I mean really... he called for the assassination of Chavez in Venezuala, slandered Olmert in Israel, and continues to create an atmosphere of fear and intolerance.
His latest message received directly from "God" suggests that there will be a terrorist attack in the US resulting in a "mass killing" of possibly millions of people by evil folks.
It's a good thing the Lord knows it won't be a nuclear attack. otherwise, I am sure all of the automatons that actually eat up his senseless drivel would be calling for the invasion of Iran and North Korea...
The toughest thing about holidays is when you ahve to go back to work. Don't get em wrong, I really do enjoy my job, but it never feels like holidays are long enough. I had a great time of course, what with loads of jamming, and games, and visiting and relaxing, but then you come back to work and everyone wants everything done NOW.
Soon I am going to write some thoughts on the coming year, and look back at certain events that I am still sorting out, such as the execution of a certain dictator and the process that led to it. Was it justice? Was it right? Tough call. I fear the worst, but like I say, I am still mulling over things.
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I have lived in Central Alberta almost my entire life, except for a 4 year stint when I was younger in Swaziland, and about 5 years in beautiful BC. I have a wonderful girlfriend and am expecting very soon! I work in the engineering field and enjoy writing in my spare time.