Saturday, June 25, 2011

Daily Digest June 25, 2011




Canada Post back-to-work bill clears House
Conservatives reject changes to bill, which moves to Senate next.
A Conservative bill ordering 48,000 Canada Post employees back to work cleared the House of Commons on Saturday night after a marathon debate and several failed opposition attempts to amend it. MORE...

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This headline was in the Winnipeg Free Press
G20 riot remembered with rally at the Ontario legislature on Saturday
By: Pat Hewitt, The Canadian Press

Pat erred. There was no riot. There was vandalism by the Black Bloc but nothing was done. When they had doffed their blacks the police charge was not announced by the reading of the Riot Act - there was no announcement - they just charged. And that night and the next day there was not vandalism by those who were indiscriminately swept up and placed in the detention facility.

Peggy writes "I believe that this has become a political football for every lefty who wants to keep the pot boiling." and is no doubt correct in her belief.

For me this is not a game.  For me the police acted on orders.  Orders that were unjustified.  Orders that can best be prevented from being given again not by castigating the police who took them but by identifying the chain of command. Should those with decision making power contemplate issuing orders for mass detention and incarceration again, they ought to know for a certainty they will be held responsible.

What happened a year ago was a first. 

Read and watch the newest information that follows. concerning what transpired in our peaceful kingdom.

Accept it as legitimate use of those we are taught "Serve and Protect" and in my view you accept setting
the preconditions for those who issued the orders to do so again

To: National Media <>
From: Joe Hueglin <>
Subject: Thousands of G20 Detentions Illegal: RCMP vs Toronto Police -
  Who Wanted "Martial Law" Legislation? "The cop calling the kettling back."

There will be a gathering in Toronto to-day protesting
what transpired June 26th and 27th last year.

Would you believe the Waterloo Police Department was
aware of planning the RCMP was not? That with modern
technologies in play feeding in the RCMP Commander
was unaware of what was transpiring to fill the prepared
detention centre?

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"The cop calling the kettling back."
just came to attention. Chief Bill Blair
was not the decision maker - then how
can it be determined WHO WAS?

The cop calling the kettling back.
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair responds to a new report that's critical of security at the city's G-20 Summit.

Thousands of G20 Detentions Illegal: Ontario Ombudsman
Paul Jay asks Ombudsman Andre Marin who is responsible and who has been held accountable for "the most massive compromise of civil liberties in Canadian history"

RCMP vs Toronto Police - Who Wanted "Martial Law" Legislation?
The RCMP says they didn't know that Chief Blair requested Public Works Protection Act, Blair says he did it on their advice

Toronto G-20: Will Police be Held Accountable After Scathing Ombudsman's Report?
TRNN Replay: Paul Jay: If use of "martial law" was illegal, are most arrests at G-20 also illegal? | Living Out Loud | Two days in June; the G20 one year after
"I wasn't an activist before G20 but they've made me an activist now."
Tommy Taylor describes how he was peacefully protesting at last year's summit in Toronto,
then arrested and taken to a makeshift detention centre.

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: [Agree--but let's make sure it is a REAL inquiry--not the faux ones we usually get

Joe--I do not believe the politicians, Federal or Provincial, are defending the police--I believe they are defending their own asses.  The police are directed by politicians and answerable only to politicians.  That this situation was even allowed to happen is proof that the politicians were in charge.  Remember the picture of the boot worn by a Black Bloc member burning the police cars and destroying property?  It was a police issue boot!!!

The same smell emanates from the Vancouver riots.  The more disruption that can be seen to be done, the more governments can clamp down on all of us.  This is the aim of these 'protests'.  It seems in Vancouver the police were held back so the greatest amount of damage could be done. 

"This ain't Canada right now" were the only true words spoken about these situations.  We have long ceased to be Canada--we are a dictatorship and being serfs is our position in the new Canada.


From: Brad Thomson

Of course a full public inquiry would be in order with respect to police actions and non-actions at the G20.
But understand that anyone implicated will plead incompetence rather than culpability. And there will
always be fall-guys protecting those truly responsible.

From: Peggy Merritt
Subject: no judicial inquiry

Hi Again:   It is obvious that the leadership of the police and the chain of command that a leader organizes was badly executed.  Bill Blair was presumably in charge so.... where was his leadership and why haven't the numerous inquiries uncovered his leadership failings?  I believe that this has become a political football for every lefty who wants to keep the pot boiling. These inquiries have become great cash cows for every so called Human Rights advocate to exploit.  Lets get busy with promoting jobs (not for lawyers) and the economy and put this nonsense to rest. Peggy Merritt

From: Ray Strachan
Subject: Joe a link..." The US monetary system and decent into Fascism by Dr. Vieria"

I think this is a must read ,for millions of North Americans.

U.S. Monetary System Descent into Fascism

From: "Henryk"
see the movie, it gives the answer "who gave the  order"

Great movie. Think. It isn't illegal yet.

From: "Richard Neumann"

A few closing thoughts on the G20 riot, and I mean closing thoughts because after the one year anniversary, this issue is going to disappear from the radar screen only to be revisited periodically after the next riot, and the one after that.
First, there are no winners, only losers when citizens fail to understand that the right to peaceful protest is not only a right but a dual responsibility that falls on both the protestors and those charged with protection of life and property.  The right to peaceful protest is fundamental to any democracy and it is one which we must protect, but it does not come free of the responsibility to exercise that right with the utmost care and caution for fellow citizens.  Somewhere along the way, those citizens representing special causes and interests blurred the line between what is peaceful and acceptible, and what is necessary to provoke response from authority and thus generate attention to their cause.  Somewhere along the way, professional protesters took over from ordinary and concerned citizens and determined that the act of protesting is not about the message or the words attached to that message, but rather it is about pushing the envelope of what constitutes a peaceful assembly, in the hopes of creating the type of situation which forces authority to respond, polarizing citizens and ultimately forcing us to debate not the issues that generated the protests, but rather the authority we willingly delegate to our governments to protect us.
Ultimately, this form of protest does not serve the interests of the many reasonable social causes that permeate and motivate most of the protesters, as their message is lost in the aftermath. Likewise, the response by authority does not serve the citizens as we lose faith in our justice system and its ability to perform the task of protecting both our lives and property, and our fundamental rights to protest (the latter often falling victim to the former).  The only winners in this situation are the professional protesters whose message is not tied to any specific interest, but rather represents a greater challenge to all authority, all government, and all notions of collective interest and democratic practice. 
In the case of the G20, the police were roundly criticized on day one for a failure to respond, and roundly criticized on day two for the vigour of their response.  There were certainly failures of leadership, failures of communication, failures of organization, and the rights of some citizens were unnecessarily compromised.  In part this is due to the fact that in Canada, these situations remain extremely rare and as such we have never developed a unified command structure capable of dealing with large scale protests of this sort.  Unlike many other nations that routinely deal with this challenge, the circumstances surrounding this event are such that it would not be cost effective to have a permanent and unified force dedicated principally to maintaining law and order in such an environment.  As such, when an event like the G20 does occur, we do the best we can with what we have, and it becomes almost inevitable that mistakes are made in response to the challenge.  We can learn from these events, but ultimately we will never be able to perfect how we deal with them until they become so commonplace that the resources and organization to cope with them are provided not as the exception, but on an ongoing basis.  It is my hope that in this country, that type of situation never occurs. 
The riot in Vancouver is most certainly not comparable to the events of the G20, in that there was no underlying social benefit sought by any of the participants following the Stanley Cup final.  It was purely mob violence at its worst, not protest, and certainly not peaceful protest.  In that instance, the broader question of what constitutes the protection of peaceful gatherings in a democracy clearly gives way to the protection of life and property.  The G20 response challenges our democracy in a different way, but as the media and this Digest focus almost exclusively on the response of authority, a realistic and progressive debate must include the responsibility of those exercising their rights to peaceful protest to respect their fellow citizens and to become parteners with authority in protecting our fundamental democratic freedoms, instead of agents challenging those very rights.
Although organizationally we might gain from a public inquiry into the events surrounding the G20, in the long run such an inquiry could never have the sufficient mandate to deal with the most fundamental issues.  Protesters must accept that they must ultimately become part of the system of law, order and justice they seek to challenge if their rights are to be properly protected.  Our police and justice system must understand that utlimately, when we task them to protect us, we likewise demand and expect that their actions include not only protecting our lives and property, but also our democratic rights and values.
In conclusion, many of the contributers to the DD including its Editor-in-Chief, whom I respect, seem intent on identifying a clear and direct answer to the question "who gave the orders?"  The clarity you seek simply does not exist.  Certainly a chain of command existed, but in responding to an event of this nature those lines become immediately blurred, with operational decisions being made at ground level with imperfect information, based on broad directives that could not possibly account for every circumstance.  We put our police forces into impossible situations and expect that they navigate those situations flawlessly, but that expectation is unreasonable.  Mistakes are inevitable.  Individual applications and interpretations of the appropriate use of force will differ from officer to officer.  Decisions will have to be made instantaneously and without the benefit of waiting around for directives to come from a single individual capable of exercising immediate and consistent control over the entire situation.  In this case, the system failed, but that failure was as provoked as it was inevitable. 
Richard Neumann
From: Mary-Sue Haliburton

"The last line of defence of the parliamentary "Responsible Government" is the Senate as the Chamber of Sober Second Thought. It must not be subject to the Prime Minister's agenda. Sen. Nolin made a very thoughtful defence of the Senate and how to preserve its constitutional functionality on As It Happens. He emphasizes that Senators do NOT owe loyalty to the PM, and proposes a provincial selection route that would avoid this kind of political manipulation of the Upper House by the Lower. < > Audio link is in third section of the program."

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: G20  DD

Joe--sadly the G20 was another indicator of what Canada has become.  The government/police can justify anything they do by blaming it on our actions for their legislation/behaviour.  I find it very interesting that the police did not intervene in the Black Bloc destruction but they had those special buses all ready for the 'protesters' and the cages prepared for the same people. The interview with Paul Jay did not mention the 'protesters' in Seattle or Montreal and the treatment they rec'd at the hands of the government/police. 
The treatment of Tommy Taylor and his friends is more than disgusting.  I have to believe that the police in Vancouver did not react so that they could then be held up as the 'good guys'  It is all smoke and mirrors to make us believe that we are still persons--when in Canada we are just taxpayers.

From: John Duddy
Cc: "Carole Halko" <>,
         "Senator Grant Mitchell" <>,
        "Joe Hueglin" <>
Subject: Re: Liberal Speak- New Beginning

Greetings, Liberals and Mr. Hueglin of Daily Digest. Liberals, thanks for asking my opinion.
Please scroll way down to the comments section of this Conservative Daily Digest.
You will see my letter sent to Senator Grant Mitchell.
He did not answer; several hundred people got to read my contribution.
Imagine:- the Liberal Party asking me for feedback after the lost election.
I have been sending clear evidence ignored by all four recent Liberal Party leaders.
Canada needs a party with real leadership.
Elizabeth May showed such leadership when she was the only MP to vote "no" to the Libya bombing.
I have been keeping the Prime Minister, Gilles Duceppe and Jack Layton supplied with 9/11 truth evidence.
For a new beginning we need to acknowledge past failures to enforce existing Canadian law.
From: John Duddy, Calgary Centre.
To: "Senator Grant Mitchell" <>
Subject: Re: Representing Alberta / Représentant  l'Alberta

Dear Senator Grant Mitchell.
Please pass this on to other Alberta Senators.
I know you are busy, being one of our Aberta Senators.
Therefore I request you ask one of your staff to research Canadian law
on the matter of allowing crime suspects to enter the country.
Well known Conservatives, Paul Craig Roberts and Patrick J Buchanan. are
very clear in writing that G.W.Bush committed war crimes by attacking Iraq, a
nation that did not pose a threat to the US.  Both writers served in the White

Death and destruction has continued since this folly.

On the matter of using torture please have staff follow up on this: ent/

And then, please ask the Prime Minister to enforce Canadian Law.
The Conservative Party claims to be tough on crime.
Here is your chance to make a difference on behalf of our grand-children.
Show the world that Canada stands firm upholding existing law.

John Duddy, Calgary Centre.

From: Dan Kahraman
Subject: New poll finds 'monumental shift' in public perception of      Toronto police because of G20 actions

Subject: PNAC-Reborn: Calling for Greater Libyan War

From: The Natroses

Hi Joe, This is directly aimed at Gord
"Peaceful assembly" be damned! There was nothing peaceful about this and the police were at a huge disadvantage.
Don't waste our money on a witch hunt against police and politicians!
If you are tallying responses, count me against a useless inquiry!"
Well Gord, there was better people in the past that felt the same way, as one leader that came in power. They watch while freedoms were being stripped away. They watch while the leader consolidate his power base, by actually murdering his opposition. They watch while groups of people were forced to wear identifying emblems, and the rest must carried ID papers at all times. They watch while law authorities were invading homes of the law-abiding, to arrest, and were never seen again. And the people that were watching, eventually took sides, and for the most part they did the bidding of the government's goals and became just as evil as their leader, or just as sadistic. And they stayed to the bitter end, and than others came for them to demand answers why they would let such a man be elected as their leader. And their answers were for the most part, in exchange for a better life.
Pretty pathetic eh Gord?  Or you could be the type that actually enjoys seeing their government and law agencies throwing their weight around, because they can, and get away with it. You must have enjoy the actions of the police officers zapping the Polish tourist a number of times, until he was dead. Or even the most recent one, where the typical Canadian is shocked and we have the look in our faces, I can't believe this happen in Canada. "The lawyer for a man suing the Toronto Police Service says his client was "terrified" when he was arrested, strip-searched and led naked past a female officer a few days prior to last year's G20 Summit.

In an interview on CBC News Network on Friday, lawyer Murray Klippenstein said his client, Sean Salvati, 33, was held without access to a lawyer for 11 hours before being released.

A police security video, posted by the Toronto Star after it was obtained by Salvati's lawyer through freedom of information requests, shows a completely naked Salvati being led by three male officers out of an interrogation room and past a female officer.

"Sean is asking for a court declaration that his civil rights and constitutional rights were violated," said Klippenstein, who is representing Salvati in a civil lawsuit against the Toronto police. "He's asking for a court order that removes all of these police records and he said 'I did nothing wrong whatsoever and I was brutalized.'"

Or the next news article, the following day: "When he heard about Salvati's allegations, Morton said he was struck by the paralegal's claim that an officer mocked his civil rights. In an interview with the Star, Salvati alleged that one officer told him during a beating, "You think you have rights? These are your rights."

"In my dealings with G20 cases, I've had at least 20 to 30 people tell me that sort of thing was said," Morton remarked. "(Things like) you think this is Canada? You think you have rights?"

As you and many others like yourself Gord, dismissed the police actions as being justified, along with other government agencies; just remember as you are watching, one day they may come for you. And you may it is certain you will plead but I have rights, while the authorities laugh, only the rights that we grant you.

The Canada you think you know, is not the Canada that exists today. And the funny thing Gord, the arguments that are being used today by our politicians on either side, are exactly the same arguments that Hitler used to get himself elected. and gained power. And people like yourself elected him, and endure many hardships to watch and the only privilege left was the ability to call down people who were against the government. In your case, you chose to label them - because in your world, all people must follow the commands and edicts of those who are in power. Your words Gord, "Why would any peaceful, law-abiding citizen go downtown after being told about this and being told not to do so. Only idiots and trouble-makers.
We know there were professional hoodlums, rabble rousers, trouble makers etc. who came from far and wide just for the soul purpose of causing trouble."

Have you forgotten Gord, we live under a democracy. Currently there is a filibuster going on in the House of Commons, and the latest news the NDP may just get what they want, to bring the original offer by Canada Post back on the agenda. It is democracy and rather messy at times. But I do enjoyed seeing our over paid MPs working away 24 hours and however long it takes. Money well spent in my eyes, compared to the security of the G20 that was spent on, using their latest toys on peaceful protesters for the most part, What happen at the G20 summit, that stain will go as deep as the stain that the German people are living with.  It is all about conditioning people Gord, to accept trade-offs between standard of living and human rights. Are you willing to watch, while other people's rights are systematically being taken away, because you think that the sitting government has the power and authority to do just that?  Are you willing to trade off some of your rights, for a few pieces of silver?  Are you willing to trade off some of your rights,  in exchange for a few boutique tax credits. Is is really worth it, Doug?  Remaining silent, but watching. Is it really worth it Doug, to accept the word of politicians who are for the most part, looking after their own best interests, and not the interests of the people of Canada. Is it really worth it Gord.

"I wasn't an activist before G20 but they've made me an activist now."  Tommy Taylor describes how he was peacefully protesting at last year's summit in Toronto, then arrested and taken to a makeshift detention centre. "

Gord, he could be your own child. Think about it.


Joe, Speaking about the going ons with the Harper government, and their cuts to bust the deficit. Or better yet the deficit will be paid down by the ordinary people of Canada, without regard to their safety or welfare. Why after all the people are to serve the government, and like hand maidens to serve the sitting government to carry out their wishes and edicts.
Well something is brewing down here in NL, and should be hitting the mainland papers sometime next week, and that is the mainland reporters are told not to, by the esteem government. Some news just never do make it in the mainland media, but this one would probably get picked up by the American media, as they do seem to love NL and appreciate it for its past, the present and the future. And cannot really understand why NL is neglected by the federal government of any stripe, especially their coastal waters. Perhaps as some have said, we should become the 51st state, and United States can have bookends in the Great White North.
"Around 2,500 people gathered at the waterfront in St. John's on Saturday for a rally against the federal government's decision to close the Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre.

Chanting, sign waving, live music and special guest speakers highlighted the event.

A very passionate St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe told the crowd he hoped Prime Minister Stephen Harper and local Conservative MP Peter Penashue would hear the rally cry and reverse the government's decision.

Displeasure with Prime Minister Stephen Harper was the focus of Displeasure with Prime Minister Stephen Harper was the focus of the rally on Saturday. CBC"All I can say this morning is Mr. Harper, are you listening?" he said. "And Penashue, our man in Ottawa, are you listening? My fear is that this is the beginning of a tidal wave of protest that will roll across this country in the coming years as the Harper government tries to turn back all of the progress that we've made here in this country."

"There will be a day of reckoning," O'Keefe added."

And it is a mayor voicing these strong words - a tidal wave of protest will roll across this country in the coming years as the Harper government tries to turn back all of the progress that we've made here in this country.  One has to watch the video, because at the end the Mayor adds, "There will be a day of reckoning."  That is for the lone Conservative MP, and Premier Dunderdale who will have their day of reckoning, and Dunderdale will regret the day she even joined the bandwagon of Harper's brand of conservatism for a few pieces of silver, regarding the Muskrat Fall Hydro project. As for the lone Conservative MP, he is toast unless the search and rescue center decision is cancelled, and it stays in St. John's. As one woman on the video in the CBC link said with all her passion, "They don't know jack-s_ _ t."

Meanwhile, Premier Dunderdale could not attend the rally, but than again not even the lone Conservative MP was willing to show up and face the people. But still Dunderdale is doing damage control, earlier in the week, and she drops this bomb shell. " But even if the phone call and the protest don't persuade the federal government, the sub-centre may not be dead.

Dunderdale mused about the possibility of assuming responsibility for the service, even though she lamented "downloading" it onto the province.

She noted that on fishery enforcement, research and other issues the province has already assumed duties that were traditionally federal responsibilities.

"We have to take on more and more of what are really federal responsibilities, you're right it's downloading and it puts more pressure on our system," she said. "I wish that we didn't have to do it, but you've got to weigh it off, in how important is it to the people of the province?

"They're our first responsibility and we have to ensure that their needs are met."

Oh how I wish Williams did not retire, and he was running NL. At least he would have the good sense to attend the rally, unlike others who found more pressing engagements, instead of facing the music. But than again, Williams did make it clear to everyone from coast to coast, that Harper would not be good for Canada.

From one poster from the last link provided, is the humor and what Dunderdale is facing in the fall election. Just a taste, with a lot of hard questions coming from one and all. Whose side is she on?

"This is a fictional transcript of the telephone conversation between Premier Dunderdale and Prime Minister Harper: Harper: "Hello, this is Minister Harper, who is calling?" Dunderdale: "Hello Mr. Prime Minister, it's Premier Dunderdale from Newfoundland and Labrador calling you about the closure of our rescue center here, this center is very important to the people of this provi......" Harper: "Dunderdale?" Dunderdale: "Yes, sir, Premier Dunderdale of....." Harper: "Oh, yes, yes, I remember you now, didn't you just take over from Danny Williams?" Dunderdale: "Yes, Mr. Prime Minister I did...." Harper: "How are things?" Dunderdale: "Just fine, sir, now about the closure....." Harper: "I'm very glad to hear it Premier Dunderhead, I heard that you and Williams were having some sort of dispute" Dunderdale: "No, everything is fine and it's DUNDERDALE, it's spelled D.U.N.D.E.R.D.A.L.E!" Harper: "Yes, yes I've got it now, well nice to hear from you, I'm glad everything is going well out there....well....anyway, your request for a $6 Billion loan guarantee for the Lower Churchill project has been approved but your request for more Federal money for Cupids has been denied. My people tell me that we were more than generous to that town last year....but they voted for the LIBERAL candidate anyway! I have several other urgent calls waiting from John Baird, Tony Clement and the RCMP, very nice speaking with you....good bye for now." CLICK...bzzzzzz...Dunderale: "Mr.Harper, sir, Mr. Prime Minister...about the closure...hello...hello...hello....are you there?"

I assume, 22 minutes will not be inviting her on the set, as they did with Williams, showing off his sense of humor. She will be used alright being the receiving end of their own  jokes.

From: "Efstratios (Stratos) Psarianos"
Subject: Inner-national news and commentary

Inner-national news from The Economist and commentary from Yours Truly


 The EU summit - EUphemisms
WHAT is the meaning of the word "voluntary"? In the European Union, these days, it has become an elastic concept.

Take the bail-out of Greece. Countries of the euro area say that (communique  here, PDF), in order to agree to a second Greek rescue, they must first obtain the "voluntary" participation of Greece's private creditors in taking up new bonds when current ones are paid out. At a time when markets see a Greek default as a near-certainty, most sensible investors, unless offered something better, would gratefully collect their pay-out and take their money elsewhere. But "voluntary", in this case, seems to mean anything short of overt torture: how far will governments be able to twist the arms of the bankers without them screaming?

The stretching of "voluntary" is closely connected with the distortion of "independent".

Take today's fraught appointment of Mario Draghi as the new president of the European Central Bank, replacing Jean-Claude Trichet. There was never any doubt that Mr Draghi, the straight-talking Italian central banker, would be the chosen successor. But his formal appointment risked being delayed—so giving yet another signal of European disunity at a time of financial crisis—by a spat between France and Italy.

Mr Draghi's arrival would mean that Italy had two members on the ECB's six-member executive board. Worse, with the departure of Mr Trichet, France would be left with none. The answer is to swap an Italian for a Frenchman (or woman). The trouble is, ECB board members are supposed to enjoy security of tenure for eight years to ensure their independence. The Italian incumbent, Lorenzo Bini Smaghi (pictured), was not due to leave until 2013.

Central-bank autonomy is dear to Germany, and annoying to France. Indeed, Nicolas Sarkozy rarely misses a chance to slap down Mr Trichet (today he attacked his idea of one day creating a European finance ministry). Of late, though, the roles have been reversed: the ECB's resistance to Geman demands for a less-voluntary form of creditor involvement (it wanted holders of Greek bonds to accept new seven-year debt) has suited France and infuriated Germany.

Mr Draghi has been hailed in Germany as the most Germanic of the available candidates. France, for its part, was first to endorse him publicly. But before agreeing to his formal appointment, France wanted an assurance that Mr Bini Smaghi would do the decent thing. The Italian government publicly called on him to step aside. But he declined, to the point of citing Sir Thomas More, the Catholic saint and martyr who, as chancellor to King Henry VIII, was imprisoned and then executed in 1535 for refusing to accept the king's primacy over the church.

In the end, though, Mr Bini Smaghi offered himself for the chop. He telephoned Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, and then Mr Sarkozy, to announce his decision to step down. Officials are careful to say that he called them, voluntarily, of course.

Still, this has not gone down well in parts of Brussels. Should Mr Van Rompuy, the impartial leader of one European institution, the European Council (representing the leaders), be seen to be undermining the independence of another, the ECB, by brokering a shoddy political deal with some member-states?

This week, then, EU leaders have not just redefined "voluntary". They have also re-interpreted the meaning of "independent" and of "impartial". One veteran Eurocrat complained recently that the EU had become "an empire of words". Even worse, perhaps, that the words are losing their meaning.

Efstratios Psarianos – Political commentary (2011-06-25)

Zzzzzzzz ... instead of building a giant of a European civilization, its political pygmies are preventing it from forming. Except by stealth, that is; so far, Europe has been the creation of technocrats, with the silent acquiescence of politicians now and then.

So much for 'civilization building'. Instead of seeking a good balance between centralized (federal) and decentralized governance (national, subnational, provincial, departmental), political 'Europe' (I apostrophize it to make 'it' a euphemism) is headed the way of THE bad example of decentralized (or, more strictly speaking, malorganized) governance, the US.

Take your playbook from us here in Canada, people ... PLEASE!

Consider starting with two things: a representative federal government with independent fiscal power and authority; and that government with independent LEGAL power and authority.

Cook the books for admission to the Euro Zone à la Grecque? Put the sods who do it into jail! Bad produce gives your people the bloody sh*ts? Federalize the food monitoring system and set up a Europe-wide insurance/compensation scheme for victims and for food producers/distributors/processors/retailers/whatever federationwide (dare I say 'civilizationwide').

Europe makes it a point of pride for having the International Criminal Court within its borders; time to have authoritative federal institutions IN Europe FOR Europe!

International institution-building is a fraught subject; but the time to do it is when opportunities like the present financial one manifest. Great leaders rise above contemporary situations when such opportunities present themselves; rickety weaklings just try to get by. Time for federal officeholders (note that I'm NOT saying 'leaders' just yet, Mr. Rompuy! ... same goes for Bini Smaghi, who shouldn't have resigned) to assert the institutions they head and represent.

The responsibility of federal officeholders must be to the 'European Federation' and not to 'national' governments/stakeholders; but, given that major federal officeholders are appointed by Europe's national governments/'stakeholders', federal officeholders may have to make a revolution from above to create the European Federation in the first place.

May they rise to the call of history! For if not, they'll sink to well-deserved obscurity.

(Note: As a well-wisher, I quote to you Cicero from his prosecution of Catiline (or Verres? I never remember): "If reason won't bring you back from madness, perhaps shame will." I pray that as Canadian sympathetic to a well-made Euro-federalism, someone somewhere will be embarassed into proper action.)