Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I love Lucy

Former Price Is Right host, Bob Barker, is makin' waves about our Lucy the elephant at the Edmonton Storyland Valley Zoo.

From Zoo

I first met Lucy when I was a kid and she was on Al Oeming's farm near Edmonton. I often pay her a visit every couple of years at the zoo because I think she remembers me somehow. Whenever I go watch her outside then head inside, she always follows me in and comes over to where I am. I don't know why, people, I'm just telling you.

Here's a video of her rocking. I'm told that she's actually dancing and showing off.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

More Insenaty!

But Christopherson, MP for Hamilton Centre, who has not yet seen the proposed legislation, said the Conservatives are "missing the opportunity for real action."

"This is nothing but another sideshow, a distraction from the real issue: How do we make the Senate accountable to the people of Canada?" Christopherson said in an email statement sent to CTV.ca.

"Setting term limits for patronage appointments will only let the Conservatives spread out their patronage among even more of their friends - it won't ensure that senators make their decisions based on the will of Canadian electors."

Read more here.

I like how the NDP critic ..um.. criticizes but then offers no solutions of their own.

I like how LibIntLead Michael Ignatieff says Harper broke his word and cannot be trusted, yet when have the Liberals done ANYTHING on Senate reform?


Friday, February 13, 2009

Ignatieff removes leading Ukrainian Canadian from shadow cabinet

Seems there are a lot of Ukrainian-Canadians upset with Liberal Interim Leader Michael Ignatieff's decision about removing a very active Liberal MP from his shadow cabinet, and some remarks he's made in the past...

"Isn’t nationalism just an exercise in kitsch, in fervent emotional insincerity? Especially so in Ukraine. It has been part of Russia for centuries."

"Into this inauthentic void streams nationalist emotionalism," he continues, "striving to convince them that there always was a Ukrainian nation; that it has been suppressed for centuries; that it has at last found its freedom, and so on. The reality is different."

"My difficulty in taking Ukraine seriously goes deeper than just my cosmopolitan suspicion of nationalists everywhere. Somewhere inside, I’m also what Ukrainians would call a Great Russian, and there is just a trace of old Russian disdain for these "little Russians.""

My late grandfather, who proudly fought for the Ukrainian Army against the Russians after World War I (a period of time he wouldn't talk about) wouldn't be too happy about those statements. Not happy at all.

And neither am I.

Spread the word.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Taser Phaser

So RCMP officers need to tone it down then...

Under the amended policy, an officer is only permitted to use a stun gun if he or she is in physical danger or the public is in danger.

It means Mounties can no longer shock people who are simply were "actively resistant" to officers' orders, the commissioner said.

Where's "the line" though? I don't think this permission will really change anything.

Dog the Bounty Hunter uses pepper spray quite effectively I might add.

Update: The Edmonton Police Service isn't changing their position on Tasers.