Saturday, June 14, 2008

Daily Digest June 14, 2008




Rodney's mentorship scandal

And another thing ...
Concise comments on some current topics

Poilievre's bad week

A year to grow up
The gap year is not a Canadian thing, at least not yet. But it should be.

Taliban learns art of the spin

Rethinking our java habits

Are native Canadians better off today than they were Tuesday?

For a real debate on a carbon tax

Don't ask, don't tell

When two leagues collide

Preventing Dutch disease

The rule of law prevails in the U.S.

Opening a theological can of worms
Lord's Prayer debacle displays McGuinty's hypocrisy at its worst

Hospital offload delays are still cause for concern in Niagara

Tradition retained, with an added touch

New mediums, same principles

MP3 legislation makes too many criminals

Lower quality of life creates difficult moral decisions

NAFTA problems need fixing

Gas price fixing incidents justify industry review

Parity doesn't mean equality

Food for thought

Getting off the trolley

Research appears to undo what we thought we knew about sex and stuff

Campbell must back off gas tax

We're too blind to alcohol's ills


Schooled in the business of hope

Two bands who back Olympics to receive $34-million

Six Nations, government negotiators take break from talks as fall deadline looms

Actions speak much louder than words
Aboriginal women need to be empowered for first nations to break the cycle of poverty and despair

Kandahar memorial plates make Afghanistan war "personal": soldier

A tribute to the soldiers returning from Afghanistan

Senator: Navy must be made bigger, better, cheaper

No open Tory arms for McCain

This report will tick off every government in Canada

GM 'almost deceitful' in union talks, judge says

Much ado about the auto industry

(Jun 13, '08) Rattled Pakistan looks to Musharraf

US garrisons and global gas stations

Canada's top soldier downplays Kandahar prison break that freed Taliban

Prison break may cause problems in field: general

Military assesses damage from Afghan prison break

350 Taliban prisoners escape in attack on jail

Roadside bomb kills 4 U.S. troops in Afghanistan

(Jun 10, '08) Pakistan at the mercy of marching lawyers

(Jun 12, '08) US strike hits Pakistan's raw nerve

Desperate hunt for 1,100 who fled Afghan jail in Taliban raid
AFP (06/14/2008)
Sex trade thrives in Afghanistan
The Associated Press (06/14/2008)
Many 'Important' Taliban Among Hundreds Of Prison Escapees
RFE/RL (06/14/2008)
Pakistan's shaky politics fuels the instability in Afghanistan
Vancouver Sun (06/14/2008)
US prison plans lead to tension in Afghanistan
The Guardian (06/14/2008)
Afghanistan's hidden treasures, hidden no more
Los Angeles Times (06/14/2008)
Netherlands urges judicial reform in Afghanistan, threatens aid withdrawal
Xinhua (06/14/2008)
Unfulfilled promises haunt Afghanistan
BBC (06/14/2008)
He Won't Have Paris - at Least Not This Time
The Washington Post (06/14/2008)

Canada's nursing crisis worse than ever

A good night's sleep can help keep you alive: Study

Human rights tribunal has a fine line to tread

A silver lining for Guantanamo detainees

Africa's unjust deserts
The world has spent billions in its attempts to punish those who have perpetrated horrendous crimes against their fellow Africans. But is this effort paying off?

Quebec outraged by federal cut to non-profit groups

Foreign Affairs Minister denies unregistered-lobbying allegation

Bernier has no memory of leaving documents

Couillard's ties known to chief of airport security, source says

Michael Fortier makes a donation

MPs want probe of scandal expanded

Inquiry demanded on Couillard
Opposition mps irate. 'Don't know if she did it, but it merits questions'

'Sordid little inquiries' no longer

Harper apologizes, but his attack dog keeps barking

The Court Challenges program on the verge of revival

Tories wrestle with airfare ads

Federal gov't, most provinces failing on daycare

Beware the experts

Environmentalists Seize Green Moral High Ground Ignoring Science

Scientists find bugs that eat waste and excrete petrol

Scientists create diesel-producing algae

Japanese company invents car that runs on water

RCMP paid mole $300,000 for terror cell infiltration
Informant says life as he knew it changed 'in a single day'

Terror trial star plays role as informant and expert witness
Crown's case depends on credibility of confident, articulate paid police informer

The high costs of being Canadian

Change anathema to Harper

and as for Dion, he may as well speak Swahili

Nafta energy policy

Don't blame George Bush for anti-Americanism

Harper's Quebec strategy falls apart

Giving, but not necessarily helping

Americans don't have monopoly on shame

Tories download digital straitjacket

Wordsmiths at work

It's deja vu all over again in oil market

Let's sell water to the U.S.A.

Hard right neocons and AIPAC

Supreme Court condemns Guantanamo

Ottawa clarifie enfin les règles du jeu pour le droit d'auteur

Le juge ordonne la levée du blocus devant le siège social de GM Canada

Québec dépose un projet de loi contre les poursuites abusives

Prix de l'essence: un avocat de Québec initie un recours collectif

Ottawa et la FCFA trouvent un terrain d'entente dans leur litige sur le PCJ

Michael Fortier rend un don

Un remaniement ministériel serait imminent à Ottawa

Le programme de contestation judiciaire sur le point de renaître

Les libéraux réclament une enquête publique

L'Opposition réclame la tête de Poilièvre

Hommage aux soldats de retour d'Afghanistan

Revenus d'Afghanistan, ils entrent dans l'histoire

Graham Fraser fait écho aux petites misères des anglophones minoritaires

Les trous de mémoire de l'ex-ministre



Some hours ago these were put up for
a purpose I can no longer recall after  
doing the BELOW (30) - so y'all know   
my repetitive thoughts well enough by
now. Why d'ya think I put them up?    

If you have an idea, let me know Please

The notion that citizens should accept, on the word of "experts," things they cannot possibly understand, is itself inimical to democracy. And while I'm by no means democracy's biggest fan, it is the only weapon we have against our bureaucratic masters.

Always vote No. But watch out for trick questions

A far more fruitful approach, better designed to promote American self-sufficiency and technological vigor in the intensely competitive world of the mid-21st century, would emphasize the use of domestic ingenuity and entrepreneurial skills to maximize the potential of renewable energy sources, including solar, wind, geothermal and wave power. The same skills should also be applied to developing methods for producing ethanol from non-food plant matter ("cellulosic ethanol"), for using coal without releasing carbon into the atmosphere (via "carbon capture and storage," or CCS), for miniaturizing hydrogen fuel cells, and for massively increasing the energy efficiency of vehicles, buildings and industrial processes.


From:  Gary Davidson

Subject: RE: Have you heard about the Dion Tax Trick?

RE: The hoopla about the DION TAX TRICK. 

I have some serious issues with these ads. 

The first is that Harper's Conservatives have always been against Carbon Taxes so having them attack this is a little like a dog attacking meat, its what they do. 

Secondly is that nearly every claim made is already happening so it's very much like crocodile tears to say this would be the "last coffin in Auto manufacturing", or "jump the price of everything" when the rising cost of gas is already doing that.  Are Harper's Conservatives taking responsibility for the rising cost of gas or is that also a Liberal caused problem too? 

Which brings me to my third problem with these ads.  The Liberals aren't Canada's government, Harper is.  I don't think Harper and his lot realize that Canadians aren't fooled by Harper's claims of the Dion boogeyman when Dion isn't the Prime Minister, yet every one of his anti-Liberal ads since forming Canada's New Government have spoken in a language that makes it sound like Dion is actually running things.  I'm sure the Liberals appreciate the Harper-Cons giving Canadians that impression, it obviously hasn't hurt the Liberals in the polls none, and as many Canadians in central canada worry about keeping the perceived status quo Harper's strategy of making it look like Dion is running things could work out very well... for Dion.
And that brings me to my fourth problem with these ads.  Obviously there isn't a rule/law that limits election ads to election time, but there should be.  Because we use a TV Antenna I get direct US channels and during their elections it's wall to wall attack ads on every level running.  But at least its limited to General Elections.  Since Harper became PM we've had almost 2 solid years of election attack ads trying to paint Dion and the Liberals as incompetent boogeymen and frankly we need Elections Canada to rule they can't run party ads unless there's an election. 

How do we go about getting that done so we can enjoy the peace and quiet that the time between elections is suppose to bring?

Thanks and take care,
Gary Davidson

From: "Thomas Beeston"
Subject: carbon tax

The following is something I sent to certain friends of mine, but thought you may be interested. Feel free to comment back to me if you think I may have made an error somewhere....
As I'm sure you're aware by no, Stephane Dion has proposed a new measure to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the form of a "carbon tax".
In recent defense of this strategy, Liberals have said:
(We) have repeatedly stressed that the Liberal Plan will be revenue-neutral and no new tax will be imposed on gasoline.
He has also said something similar to the following:
The way we will do this is by way of shifting taxes from the things we want more of, (income, etc) to the things we want less of, which would be polluters and greenhouse gasses.
But wait a minute, by my understanding of economic theory, that doesn't work. If it's revenue-neutral, that would mean that in reality, nothing costs more. So you pay $1000/year to heat your home, but pay $1000 less in income tax, so therefore, what incentive do you have to reduce your emissions? Although we as individuals may have difficulties with this, as tax savings would only be realized at the end of the year, the big polluters are used to making investments over the longer term before turning a profit. The same theory applies. So now they pay $50'000/yr in carbon tax, but save $50'000/yr on corporate tax. hmmmm. I think I'd keep polluting since nothing has changed.
Dion also claims that he will invest this money into "green technology" (finding ways to do things without emitting greenhouse gasses), and I quote the statement, "We will reduce our emissions by megatonnes, but we will also make megatonnes of money".
I apologize for my question Mr. Dion, but aren't you selling your strategy as "revenue-neutral"? If that's true, then how are you going to make "megatonnes of money"? I thought this was a tax shift.
I'm sorry, but I'm not stupid, and if this "Carbon Tax" is indeed revenue-neutral as Dion claims it is, that would mean that the federal government would not generate any more revenue than it currently receives, which would also mean that there would be no increase in revenue to invest into "green technology". On top of this, it is allowing polluters to continue to pollute by buying their way out.
Dion's plan as I understand it thus far, simply doesn't work, and for it to work, it could not possibly be revenue-neutral.
I'm sorry Dion, but I believe that I have just proved that you're either a liar or an idiot. Either way I don't want you running my country.

Frankly Tom? Whatever Grand Plan is brought in aside from underdeveloped and/or as yet developed energy sources will be an economic disaster IMNSHO

From: BeverleySmith
Subject: news of interest maybe - Bev

Reaction to Bill 88, private member's bill in Ontario to permit income splitting
June 12 2008
This bill is being presented by MPP Tim Hudak

It is GREAT!!

Reaction by

Beverley Smith

past president Kids First Parent Assoc of Canada
editor Recent Research on Caregiving
longtime women's and children's rights advocate
521-18 A ST NW Calgary T2N2H3

General reaction:

It is laudable and about time that Ontario moves towards income splitting as a tax option. It is a way that many governments around the world recognize the fact that income is shared within a household and a way therefore to create tax fairness. 

It is a way to level the field so that households that earn equally are taxed equally, removing the current penalty against some earning styles such as one adult earning only part-time in order to be an unpaid caregiver to others. The option to split income recognizes the lower paid or unpaid worker as a full partner in the household and not simply a dependant.

it is also a way to ensure adequate financial means to households where a care role is being provided, and a dramatic way to reduce child poverty.  In a country that has no birth bonus, no universal family allowance and very few tax benefits for child-rearing or care of the elderly, it is a strong message to value those roles and enable them.

It is a fair bill in that it does not take sides. It neither encourages nor discourages full time paid work for women. It neither encourages nor discourages choices about having a child or elderly relative in informal, kin based or more formal institutional settings. It simply allows households to have enough money to make their own decisions about care and helps them fund those decisions.

Income splitting has long been proposed in Canada. This is a strong move to push it onto the public agenda. Our conference in Jan 2006 on Parliament Hill showed the other merits of the plan

 In specifics:

It is a pretty well worded idea. I like these things
-that they are doing it
-that they are saying this benefits lots of people not just the single earner household but also those who have one earning part-time
-the examples given are great, both the financial ones and the lifestyle ones of holidays etc.  Very concrete
-the 1960s Carter Commission citing is good
-the recommendation that the feds also adopt this is good
-the idea that it is an option and people can choose to income-split or not is excellent because that way those who don't want it don't have to do it.  It removes the right of others to criticize. In that way it's like the abortion debate. If you don't approve of it for yourself, then don't do it- but let others do what they believe.
-the examples of other countries are great
-the mention of who benefits to include those recently laid off is brilliant. I had not thought of that. Good idea.
- a person could also mention the shock to the household budget of any sudden and dramatic loss of an income such as an accident or illness. We have some insurance and other coverage for these circumstances but it rarely is a full second income like there used to be and income-splitting would be kinder.
-that the bill is to ensure that tax rates' do not interfere with' personal lifestyle decisions like being home with the children. That is a brilliant way to state this because in fact government should not nudge people one way or the other. The current system of course does and this removes the nudging and lets people choose. Good wording.
-citing the other programs of government that already use family-based or household income to be calculated is great. It shows an inconsistency that needs to be corrected.
-a person could also point out how sometimes a person has a sudden loss of income due to a caregiving responsiblity such as sudden illness of an elderly relative and the need to provide their care.  In other words although a person can't go on about it forever, there are many circumstances beyond a person's control, where the full-time earner has to become a part-time earner in order to do other selfless and vital work, but simply unpaid.  The sector of Ontario residents who are now providing elder care is huge and they would for sure appreciate a recognition of the value of this role.

I find it less good that
-the wording is for 'working ' families since that expression is vague.  Would the bill not also give an income splitting option to couples on for instance disability benefits? I bet it would and it should.
-the idea that some women choose to 'stay home' and that some "work" only part-time is using language of the male-based economy that assumes that role at home is lazy and that it is not work or useful. It would be better to have said that some women choose to work in the home, or to do caregiving work, and that some women have only part-time income.  It is a subtle thing, based on politeness but would be more consistent with the idea of trying to value the at -home role. The at-home role of course is also vital work to a household and to an economy and the whole purpose of the bill is to recognize that
-the women's rights issue is not mentionned and could be - to value unpaid labor
-the dispute often raised about single earners and their children was  not addressed. This could be. If there is a mechanism to permit income splitting with a child - well I guess currently there kind of is but not as significant a one- that could be mentionned and the French system is a model.
-the bill does not mention circumstances where income is shared in a household between  nonspouses and non common law. Two sisters, two friends, a grandfather with an adult grandchild. Obviously the writer of the bill has decided to not include these situations and yet if the principle is to identify what is already happening - sharing income- and to tax to recognize its reality- then those who are sharing what they earn could have that option even if not married. 
This is a great bill and I plan to mention it this week in my national newsletter on caregiving.

From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: GW?

"Tsuneta said solar physicists aren't like weather forecasters; They can't
predict the future. They do have the ability to observe, however, and they
have observed a longer-than-normal period of solar inactivity. In the past,
they observed that the sun once went 50 years without producing sunspots.
That period, from approximately 1650 to 1700, occurred during the middle of
a little ice age on Earth that lasted from as early as the mid-15th century
to as late as the mid-19th century."

Maybe we don't need a 'carbon tax' but should instead get credits for all
the CO2 we produce to prevent another ice age?


Subject: DD

Joe--by appointing this man to head our forces, the Canadian 'decision' has
already been made re 'extending the mission past 2011!  It will be extended
if the Americans decide to stay.  We now have our own 'General Betrayus'!!!    The Americans are
already doing what they do best in 'war'. was 'not playing
the game' with his statement that 'war is stupid'.


Actually got a hit !

Walter Natynczyk: Canada's New Number One at Defence

From: "Claudia Hudson"

Subject: learning from Cubans

Urban farming a stunning success
We have yet to see the tip of the iceberg regarding the grand plan to make us very hungry for real food which does not poison the body. This article may be a good place to learn about survival


Subject: oil and American dollar

Why the Oil Price Is High
Please take careful note of the last paragragh and tell me why any MPs who cared about us or even themselves would support their party in the SPP

From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: Look out Alberta

Comment posted on AGWN

If we are going to play gotcha, I heard Consumers Affairs and Consular
Services critic Dan McTeague (the Liberal M.P. from Pickering-Scarborough)
on 940 News Joe Cannon show in Montreal around 9:40 make a really
interesting remark. Cannon brought up someone's musing to him why the
governmnet didn't nationalize the oil industry and said that of course this
was tried in the past with Petro Canada and it didn't work.

Then McTeague said something like "this was an idea that was tried too

What does that mean? That he thinks it would be a good idea in the future?

I will say that McTeague went on to say that such a move now would probably
cause Alberta to separate and would also alienate Newfoundland with their
new oil wealth.

From: "Leo Chisholm"

         If the news media were to interview mental health people who have treated
sexual abuse victims,they could help us understand the pain involved and the value of the apology.
Leo Chisholm

From: "Rubie Britton" <
Subject: Why Are the World's Lakes Disappearing?
| Water | AlterNet

From: "Brian D. Marlatt"
Subject: Hit, a little closer to you London Free Press: : Letters

From: "Rene Moreau" <>
To: "Toronto star" <>
Subject: lte,torstar,robertm

Toronto, ON

Letters to the editor
Toronto Star
June 10th, 2008

To the editor;
re; Milton to reap windfall with dissolution of A.C.E, by Brent Jang, June 7.

There are two ways of looking at this latest episode of Air Canada, the selling of ACE holdings and Robert Milton.

First, the good news; We have been given a perfect example of the dangers of giving total control of Canadian assets to foreign, American, entities. Yes, Robert holds dual, American-Canadian citizenship, which it seems, would protect him from, among other things, a charge of treason, or acting against the interests of a whole nation. But, the good news is that now we are reminded that we have no protection from governments that let this happen. They even give Air Canada etc. self-regulation! True, this may have been the result of infiltration in to the governments ministries to facilitate such ploys. Nevertheless, a reminder of our weaknesses!

The bad news is that we, collectively, will probably let this happen again, in the name of 'Don't rock the boat'. At what point do we start to realize that we are being scammed?

We can't even say our media didn't tell us.

It was in the paper when;

1. Robert Milton, American, without dual at the time, is put in charge of Air Canada. (Much like how Carl L'andognini, American, helped to run up a 38 billion debt when his team of six was put in charge of the nuclear efforts of Ontario Hydro)

2. Robert bankrupts Air Canada, yet keeps  the job. 3. Robert and corporate friends do an end run around the 25% foreign ownership rule by buying 53 million worth of planes, while in bankruptcy, from G.E. Capital. And then selling out to a consortium of G.E. Capital, Deutschebank, and Cerberus Hedge funds. (. ( Does the last name sound familiar, since Ace is to be sold off to them, Cerburus, again.) Anyway, the end result of this is that Air Canada ends up 80% in the hands of FOREIGN, AMERICAN, CORPORATE, SUPER ASTUTE (shrewd and crafty) entities that are working diligently to get the Canadian governments to make more of them self-regulating. If we needed a reason, a group and a person to watch and learn from corporate malfeasance, this is it, is it not? Consideration should be given to, perhaps, an Order of Canada, or the chicken cannon, for Robert Milton, only, for his lesson in what to watch for in scammers. It would, however, be really, really, unseemly to give that to the foreign corporate entities that put these things together! Since Nafta says we must not discriminate against American corporations, or, even, apparently, defend ourselves from their antics, I can just see them demanding the Order of Canada, and Harper apologizing for taking so long to give it to them!

Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

From: "John Halonen"
Subject: Re: Daily Digest June 11, 2008

General Motors - Loss of Vision

Recently General Motors made an astute decision to forgo truck production of some of their poorest performing vehicles. Failure, however, to implement this in the best interests of their shareholders and consumers shows the lack of leadership within their management chain.

Putting quality of their products last, possibly behind political and profit scenarios is the last thing that is needed to put the organization back into a number one position.

North American consumer should not be taken for granted, and with this move they have removed one of their top plants at Oshawa, Ontario, and have replaced their products by self proclaimed inferior vehicles. Quality is a word that builds an organization, makes the products that they build sell, and retains a bright ongoing future for their shareholders, management and employee teams. Here management have decided quality was not the deciding issue.

Such a mistake, and if the decision is not reversed, shows little vision in maintaining permanent growth to a business that was once the premier organization in the world.

 John P.L.

Subject: Re: Daily Digest May 22, 2008
From: "Edward A. Speeers"

Let's have a taste of the soup, Joe.

Ted Speers


For quite a while i've been considering posting some of the plethora
 of information that comes my way which some hold to be valid while
 others consider as looney to say the least.                                   

Aristotle wrote something about the persons eating the soup are the
 ones whose opinion determines its quality.  This would be like unto 
  adding a completely different type of vegetable in to whatever the      
  potpourri or Mulligan stew or whatever the Digest may be termed 
The heading that came to mind does not google in English hence the
   Spanish  The colour? While it's been used in the past for humour there
is none other on my programme that's not in use that is bold enough

   The number of posts are potentially limitless.  A fixed maximum a day
may be the way to go.  The five a day that seem the best available?

    You are the consumer of the potage to which this may be added. Does
the concept and the number commend them selves to you or not?  

Please let me know whether you agree or disagree with these thoughts.

From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: new copyright law

From: Henry Atkinson
Subject: Fwd: John Coleman's Comments Before the San Diego Chamber of Commerce

This one is a "Must Read". It is exactly what I've been saying all along. One of my University professors
warned that this scam was going to do great harm. That was a little while ago.


Global Warming and the Price of a Gallon of Gas.

From: "Raymond Denson"
Subject: 9/11 parliamentary petition

Raymond Denson would like you to visit the following online campaign,
by iPetitions:

This petition for an enquiry into 9/11 is worthy of universal support.


Dear Joe,

Libby Davies did read the petition in the house on June 10th. A report is available at  (

There has been no mention of this momentous event in the "Globe and Mail" or in our local paper, the "Chronicle Journal". I strongly suspect that no other Canadian newspaper has or will report it. What is going on in the Canadian press? Are all the owners collaborating and agreeing that nothing which questions the official account of 9/11 will be published? If so, what exactly is the purpose of this censorship? Is it possible that the owners or the editors or both have been advised by the government that this is the way it has to be?

I can't figure it out; I'm really puzzled. After all, 9/11 is something that happened in another country. Are there forces at work which want to keep us in a state of ignorance, believing only what we are told by the Bush dynasty? Why is this so important in Canada?


Questions not likely to be answered
From: Charles Tupper
Subject: Good NEWS - EU Lisbon Treaty defeated by Ireland

It's somewhat analogous to there having been a referendum on North American Union only in Prince Edward Ireland.

From: "Judy Lewis"
Subject: RE: Daily Digest June 13, 2008

But then the drive to transform Europe (NORTH AMERICA) from an economic union to a federal superstate has really very little to do with democracy. It is a juggernaut set in motion by professional Europeans (NORTH AMERICANs) and, no matter how many voters throw themselves in its path, it rumbles forward. Nothing will deter EU (SECURITY AND PROSPERITY PARTNERSHIP) leaders. Least of all the voice of the

Have you been following the articles sent out by the Council of Canadians and Canadian Action Party?  Our Government is letting us find out that they're negotiating agreements beyond the reach of the democratic process because they know that the voters can do very little about it.  The foxes are in charge of the hen houses (government, media, etc.) – so far, at any rate.
Judy Lewis

There are other information sources as well of happenings that never make the MSM.

Minister Clement has responded to public pressure.  Bill C-51 is to be altered

About-face on natural health products

This matter of consequence to many R&F Canadians is covered in only one media group ( that I've seen.  Here's the google link to check for your self:clement amend Bill 51

From: alan heisey
Subject: Re: Daily Digest June 13, 2008

j, when it comes to further integration with foreigners, "those who 
live outside our borders", as william davis so elegantly put it years 
ago, i favour the inch process rather than the grand design. this is 
the true tory in me, joe, and i am sure that if we examine each inch 
in its turn we will be able to cope very well.

so in the words of that famous saying, cheer up, joe, things could get 

(So Joe cheers up and sure enough, things get worse!) yours in the 
faith, cz

From: Caspar Davis
Subject: Re: [WFC-L] Ireland can turn back if it wants to, but not the EU

Hi Joe,

I have sent this to the another list, where two people have posted Jeffrey Simpson's article.

The fact is that the EU is a profoundly undemocratic agglomeration. It is certainly NOT a democratic federation. That is why the enhancement of its powers is almost always rejected when put to the voters of any country.

Jeffrey Simpson fairly drips contempt for democracy:

In Ireland, as elsewhere in Europe for that matter, there is a sense
of political remoteness. A small, tidy political structure - the Irish
use a complicated voting system called a Single Transferable Vote -
[too complicated for Simpson it seems, but clearly understood by the Irish who somehow manage to rank the choices according to their preference; it requires that people be able to count up to three or so, and is therefor apparently beyond Mr. Simpson's grasp] allowed people to know directly or by reputation all their politicians. Now, decisions are made in Brussels, at EU headquarters, or Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament, and people feel they have lost control. [Why in the world would they feel that, just because power is removed to the faceless bureaucrats of Brux?]

The Lisbon Treaty tried to update the EU's arrangements to take
account of the 10 new member states. As a result, a small country such as Ireland, which used to always have one member of the powerful European Commission, will now, only periodically, have a commissioner.
This was completely logical from a political-science perspective, but
a red flag for the No forces, who said it proved how Ireland would
lose influence in a Europe that already was too distant and remote
and, they might have added but didn't, now taking Irish money rather
than shipping money from Brussels to Dublin.
Who are these peons to reject the wisdom of their betters?

A democratic European federation would be a great step toward world federation. The current bureaucratic nightmare admittedly makes war between its members much less likely but it has turned its back on democracy, the only vestige of which is the Parliament , which still occupies a subordinate role.

Caspar Davis


Subject: Da Vinci Movie Tonight

Thanks to Murray Dobbin:

Hi everyone…fans of Chris Haddock's Da Vinci are in for a treat tonight (Saturday)as his made-for-TV movie – Quality of Life with Da Vinci as mayor of Vancouver - runs at 9:00 p.m. In an incredibly infantile move (based on his conflict over Intelligence) Richard Stursberg, VP of English language services for CBC, has refused to spend a dime on promotion so unless you've read about it you would have missed it.
Cheers, Murray

Nicholas Campbell reprises Da Vinci role in spinoff movie on CBC

From: Rubie Britton
Subject: New School Prayer

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.
If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the state.
We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong.
We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.
It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!
From: "John Duddy"
Subject: 9/11 cover-up.

Hi Joe.


From: "John Duddy"
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Subject: Petition.  Investigate 9/11 truth.

Dear Minister Stockwell Day.

Re the petition on your desk calling for an investigation into 9/11 2001.

My MP, Lee Richardson has a file on this material I hand delivered to his office in Calgary.   I have an email from Lee's office confirming
that he knows of no investigation into the murder of 24 Canadians on 9/11 2001 in New York.  One year ago Lee agreed to refer this to you.
A year ago I asked Lee to invite the Prime Minister to send RCMP officers to the Vancouver 9/11 truth conference where they
would hear from professionals showing that the official story is false.  I mailed all four political party leaders in the House of Commons
asking the parties to support Mr. Harper in this investigation.  When a Canadian is murdered in Mexico we demand action.
On two occasions in a full hall in Vancouver I asked for a show of hands from RCMP or CSIS sent by the PM.  None raised.
Over the past three years I gave DVDs and documents to many politicians of the four political parties, some copied in this email.
I contacted candidates running for party leadership positions in two campaigns; you are aware of those PC days.
I handed the material to three party leaders in public meetings asking for their attention.
In Victoria BC I attended a town-hall meeting and gave the MP solid information showing that there is a cover-up.
Over the years I spoke to several Senators and MPs coming through Calgary, handing over a package of overwhelming facts.

Now in Montreal you have another opportunity to see the Official Report of the 9/11 Commission exposed as false.
You have an opportunity to send officers to either investigate the crime or silence Conspiracy Nuts like me.
The crime will not go away; parliamentary time must not be wasted ignoring petitions which will grow larger over time.

John Duddy.