July 24, 2008

Cons Try to Buy Ontario Votes

This was too easy to pass up...

Yesterday's headlines, 'Canadians hungry for an election this fall: Dion'

"We have seen over the winter and the spring more and more interest for federal politics," Dion told reporters Wednesday at a hotel in Ottawa's west end. "And more and more appetite for an election."

Today's headlines, '$7 billion deal to lift economy'

"The federal government will pump almost $7 billion into Ontario's aging infrastructure – most of it in towns and cities – under a deal with Queen's Park to be announced today...Those on hand will include federal Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon, who is also responsible for Ottawa's communities and infrastructure portfolio, and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty."

So Dion practically calls for a fall election and the Conservatives suddenly want to play nice with Ontario? Flaherty (or any Durham Conservative) has yet to show his face in any place in his own riding that one of thousands of soon-to-be unemployed autoworker might be present. Though he'll show up and make a purely cynical announcement about giving funding to Ontario after he trashed the province and said it was the 'last place' to invest.

The Conservative Party has generally ignored the issues facing Ontario as they have been more worried about trying to buy Quebec or trying to show too much support for the East for fears that the West may question their loyalties. My faith lies with the judgement of Ontarians, however. We experienced the Flaherty road-show for too many years and were right to initially mistrust the empty promises of Harper. Ontario will gladly take the funding the Conservatives are offering but they shouldn't expect anything in return - let alone, support. After all, the $7 billion likely came from Ontario in the first place.

July 17, 2008

Looking for Long, Lost Website

I know that there are much more internet/tech savvy people out there than myself. And its you that I'm appealing to.

I used to have a website called Crying Out Loud. There were two manifestations of this website: One was hosted on Geocities and the other on the Univ. of Waterloo servers. I am hoping to find an archive version of this site out of personal and blogging interest. Is there anyone that can help me?

I have tried to use the Wayback Machine and can't seem to get anywhere. Not sure why that it is, though it's likely me not knowing enough about how to use it. Anyway here are some details.

Title of the site was called Crying Out Loud, the homepage had a picture of Edvard Munch's The Scream. It was originally hosted by Geocities (I believe in the Athens neighbourhood, though this could be wrong) between the years 1996 and 2000, and there was incarnation of it on the arts.uwaterloo.ca server between 1999 and 2002. There were several pages connected to the database of it that were essay-like or blog-like. The titles for some of these were 'history of lies', 'human animal', and 'creative destruction'.

Any assistance would be really appreciated.

July 07, 2008

Annual Summer Hiatus

Taking a summer hiatus, I am.

Traditionally, the summer is cooling off period for my brain. Why? Because I work so damned hard at this blogging thing. This year I've already posted a whole 29 times. That matches the total for the entire 2007 session. While I may have one or two posts that pop up during the summer months, it's unlikely there'll be much until September.

September is a big month for me this year. It will mark the 4th year I have run this blog. Four years! That's right, I may not post a lot but at least the longevity is there so far.

I was sorta hoping to to get to my 200th post (I'm at 176) around the same time but that seems unlikely, as I was worried about posting too much irrelevant material for my own good just for the sake of reaching my 4th anniversary and 200th post all at once. Instead, I'm going to take my cue from Wedding Crasher's Jeremy Grey (aka Vince Vaughn) and leave you with this quote.

"I'd like to recharge my batteries, and shut down the engines, and get myself back to neutral."

In the fall I'll return and be more than ready to begin feeding cyberspace more of my reverent and idiosyncratic thoughts. Until then, keep fighting the good fight. So goodnight and,

"You stay classy, San Diego"

Quotes from people smarter than me...

"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich" ~ JFK

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. " ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. " ~ Benjamin Franklin

"First it is necessary to stand on your own two feet. But the minute a man finds himself in that position, the next thing he should do is reach out his arms. " ~ Kristin Hunter

"When you're a mayor and you have a problem you blame the provincial government. If you are provincial government and you have a problem you blame the federal government. We don't blame the Queen any more, so once in a while we might blame the Americans." ~ Jean Chretien

"Which is ideology? Which not? You shall know them by their assertion of truth, their contempt for considered reflection, and their fear of debate." ~ John Ralston Saul

"It is undoubtedly easier to believe in absolutes, follow blindly, mouth received wisdom. But that is self-betrayal." ~ John Ralston Saul

"Everybody dies, Tracey. Someone's carrying a bullet for you right now, doesn't even know it. The trick is to die of old age before it finds you." ~ Cpt. Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly, Episode 12)