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Blue Blogging Soapbox
...rambling rants, thoughts and musings on mostly political topics - from your late night blogger.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Only in Canada 
(en francais)

Industry blasts new review of digital radio

Suckers bet on this issue. The Liberal cabinet will send it back for review, in the "interest of protecting Canadian programming".

We have CHUM, who wants to operate a land-based system, which will most likely start in the major cities only and maybe, eventually expand to other areas. The service will only be offered by them, with no competition. Yup -that's the Canadian way.

Meanwhile, consumers will vote with their feet and continue to buy grey market systems. The XM and Sirius satellite footprints currently cover the majority of Canada. These companies will already be fighting an uphill battle to get many Canadians to subscribe to the Canadian version and not the US one. Further delays by the Liberals only guarantee that we will end up with a sub-standard, overpriced 'made in Canada' solution.

The efforts to protect Canadian content will end up having the exact opposite effect, driving more and more people away. This is 2005 and government efforts to restrict what Canadians watch and listen to are becoming more and more irrelevant with each and every passing day.

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Be a Supreme! 
(en francais)

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Canadian Healthcare story 
(en francais)

Canadian Healthcare inaction in action
"Don’t accuse me of wanting a healthcare system where people can’t get the health care they need because they can’t afford it. That is not what I want. But I would really like to have a healthcare system where providers are more concerned about the first challenge rather than the second. We do not have to give up a healthcare system that ensures all are cared for to get a healthcare system where my business is wanted. We just have to get the government out of trying to control all aspects of supply and demand."

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Martin not as successful with 'democratic' deficit as he was with the real one 
(en francais)

"No longer will the key to Ottawa be who do you know. We are going to condemn to history the practice and the politics of cronyism,"
Paul Martin, Quebec City 2004

Edit: from today's Windsor Star editorial, on Paul Martin's promise to fix the 'Democratic Deficit'.
"At least Mr. Dithers didn't hem and haw about breaking that promise. He smashed it at the first opportunity and has been jumping up and down on the broken shards ever since."
Their closer is bang on:
"But until all senators are elected instead of unilaterally appointed, the upper chamber will remain impotent, illegitimate and emptier than one of Martin's campaign promises."

One Person - One Vote at a Time

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Canada and conditional sentencing 
(en francais)

Just another reason why conditional sentencing needs to be removed as an option for violent crimes.
Mandatory minimum jail time for violent crimes may be needed: Tories
Amy Carmichael
Canadian Press

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

CREDIT: Dave Chan, National Post
Conservative MP, Vic Toews.

VANCOUVER -- Cutting a woman off e-mail and ordering her to serve two years of house arrest for fatally stabbing her cheating lover in the groin suggests there is a need for mandatory minimum jail sentences for violent crimes, says the Conservative justice critic
Maybe the judge should have got really tough with her and cut off her TV privileges too.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

One Person - One Vote at a Time 
(en francais)

So, I will carry on with what I can control. One door at a time. One street, mean or otherwise – until I have walked every step there is to take. Garth Turner
Great quote, and a great post.

Take a look at the comments for this one, first from a supporter in another riding:

I live in Willowdale. Where is my candidate? Why isn’t he working like you?

Your candidate is Jovan Boseovski, and you can contact him at willowdale@votejovan.ca. - Garth

By Paully on 08.28.05 9:13 pm
Then the response from Willowdale candidate Jovan Boseovski:

Hi Paully,

Glad to hear that you are concerned! I wanted to let you know that we are working in Willowdale. In fact, we are door knocking three times a week (Monday, Thursday, and Sunday afternoon…if you are available you are welcome to volunteer your time!), meeting with key leaders in the community and mainstreeting once a week. Also, you should be aware that we are planning a BBQ on the 25th of September. If you are a member of the party you will get an invitation in the mail.

I would encourage you to get involved, so feel free to contact me directly: Jovan@votejovan.ca

Regards and Blessings,
Jovan Boseovski
Candidate for Willowdale

By Jovan Boseovski on 08.29.05 12:10 pm
Simply beautiful.

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Welcome New BT Bloggers 
(en francais)

Here's some new BT bloggers that I've noticed over the last month. If I've missed your name here or here , just add your blog in the comments section and I'll edit the post. If I've put you here and you're not new - oh well, enjoy the extra hits!

Silence No More
- "If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable." - Justice Louis Brandeis

Blue Thunder! - Attack, Advance, and Give No Quarter!

DrewBlog - Surveying the Ontario landscape

Matt's Thoughts
- My innermost thoughts on various issues and times in my life...if you're willing to look into the abyss of my psyche, that is

Blog on everyone, and once again - Welcome to the Blogging Tories! Your next job is to recruit two more people to blog - we'll give you to next week!

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Conservative Resources - Update 
(en francais)

Conservative Resources - Complete List

MP Blog Tracker - Coming Soon - new tool by Stephen Taylor.

Add Canconv to your blog - Andrew has come up with some more improvements for his Canconv blogging resource. Take a few minutes and join the conversation.

Where is Paul Martin? - great little flash presentation on what Stephen Harper has been up to all summer, and what Paul Martin hasn't been doing. Get your "Where's Paul Martin?" button from Stephen Taylor.

Add the Tory Transit Calculatotor your blog/website - cut and paste code brought to you courtesy of Stephen Taylor.

JustBlogit - great little Firefox ad-on. Gives you right-click blogging capability. Has 5 custom spots available. I have one programmed so that I can easily add posts from peoples blogs who don't have a Canconv button added. Right click, copy permalink, Right Click - add To Canconv. Very easy to use.

Google News RSS Feeds
- use the power of Google to create custom RSS feeds. Helps you keep an eye on specific topics, keywords. For eg, I have created feeds for Harper, Martin and Layton, Conservative, Liberal and NDP. Helps catch some interesting articles, at times.

Conservative Wallpaper - three new wallpapers. Resolutions available: 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x960, 1400x1050

Videocast - http://www.conservative.ca/rss/mod/2900/2032

Radio Free CPC Podcast - http://www.conservative.ca/rss/mod/2726

BT Blogging Tips - a few simple tips for new Blogging Tories members

CPC Employment Opportunities - new section added to CPC site.

Add French Translation to Your Blog
- code available for Blogger and MT. If anyone has come up with the code for any other blogging platform - drop me a line.

Liberal's Kyoto Plan - worth looking over. The so called 'plan' is nothing more than hot air. Lots of fuzzy goals and targets.

Government of Canada RSS Feeds - stay up to date on the latest Liberal propaganda Government announcements.

If you have any other useful tools to share, drop me a line at bluebloggingsoapbox@gmail.com

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A helping hand for Paul Martin and the Liberals 
(en francais)

Take this -

And do this -

Call President George Bush, NOW.

(H/T to the CPC and the new CPC webmaster - kicking ass and taking names. Keep up the good work. Let the party know what you think.)

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Monday, August 29, 2005

NDP MPs seek to “irritate many fewer voters” 
(en francais)

Stop in and let Messrs Layton, Comartin and Martin know what you think about ANY further delays to an election call!

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YAP Results 
(en francais)

(Yet Another Poll)
when all else fails, create a poll!

Make sure you cast your vote on this weeks YAP contribution to the din and commotion of totally useless political polls.

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Blogging Tories Site of the Week 
(en francais)

Spiderman's Web

Combating Asshattery and Moonbattery since 9:00AM this morning.I had to finish my coffee and donut eh?!

Drop in and say hello.

(P.S. - he could REALLY use a camping buddy for future outings!)

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Blog on

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

and last, but not least, The Stephen Harper Pictorial 
(en francais)

Sense of Humour
"Did ya hear the one about the guy from Toronto who came to Calgary?"

Sense of Humour Pt II
"Not bad eh? I've been working on my Mulroney imitation"

Media Relations
"Ok - I know you radio types. What's in the bag?"

Politicians and thier Outfits
"It's all Kinsella's fault. Yah - that's it, I'll blame Kinsella"

Dedication to work
"Really, I get one of those cool Blackberrys too? What a great job!"

"Don't feel bad James, I tune out Brison too."

Meeting average Canadians
"Thank-you sir, just step over there and pay the gentleman $5.00, $10.00 if you want the wallet size."

Media Relations Pt II
"Honestly people, Jack left half an hour ago."

Campaign Trail
"Would somebody tell Stephen I've got the campaign bus all warmed up."

Election Day
"What? You let Paul vote twice!"

Stephen Harper
Out of the mouths of babes

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SDA rates a mention in Canwest article 
(en francais)

Nazi rhetoric haunts activist (subscriber only)
Even supporters of 'Prince of Pot' disturbed by content of websites

Canwest News Service

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Earlier this month, a doctored picture of Cotler in a Nazi uniform, with a caption calling him a "neocon-kapo," was removed by one of the site's administrators after it had been posted by one of the regular participants of the site's discussion groups. Several weblogs, including smalldeadanimals.com, later began to draw attention to that posting and to Emery's "capo" comment.
Well done Kate!

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Dear Dad... 
(en francais)

Glad to hear the surgery went well.

Hope you're able to get up and about soon, I know you're anxious to get back to the good life at the trailer. Here's some incentive for you:

Love Paul

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Friday, August 26, 2005

Must Read Book 
(en francais)

This book just made the top of my 'must read' list. (H/T to Mike Brock for pointing out this book)

Jean Chretien: A Legacy of Scandal

...The decade-long rule of Jean Chretien is a real-life Aesop's fable, a lesson for democracies of what can happen when a country has an inattentive public, a negligent media and an ineffective Opposition. There will always be corrupt and arrogant leaders, but their potential to inflict harm on the country is usually attenuated when others - citizens, journalists and opposition politicians - fulfill their responsibilities.

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Jack Layton in pictures 
(en francais)

Last nights pictorial on Paul Martin was such fun, I thought it was only fair to produce one for my favourite Jack Pack leader - Jack Layton.

Official Picture
Oops - wrong picture (I think...?)

Music Man
"Hey, who let him in here!"

"Olivia would like me to ask you if I can borrow your wig - it's perfect!"

Makeover Pt II
"Gimme a break, it's laundry day. Besides, there's no microphones around."

Politicians and Head Coverings
"Hmm... I think Olivia's right, the wig was better"

Technical Difficulties
"I don't care about the lighting, just turn on the damn microphone."

Parliamentary Etiquette
"Honestly Mr Speaker, it's not my fault. Bill said 'pull my finger', so I did. That's it"

"Sign here, here and here. Pick up your lawn sign in the back and stay away from the microphone!"

Just sign here and Alexa can retire we can be finished for the day.

A Monumental Day in Canadian History
Jack Layton at a loss for words...

Jack Pack Training Session
"All together now - Yea. Very good everyone, we have to get this right, it's worth $4.6 billion"

The Real Deal
"OK everyone, just like we practiced. This is where is counts. Those nice Liberals have promised us a lot of money to get this right"

Excuse me...
"um... do you have a microphone?"

"Ahh - microphones, that's better!"

Dean Scream Revisited
"But Paul promised the money would start flowing right away?"

"That's more like it!"

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Jack Pack #8 - Button pushing 
(en francais)

Jack Pack #8

This one was just too good to pass up. Stop in to Blue Thunder and check out his post "Private time with Jack Layton".

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Government of Canada invests in your Maritime Security 
(en francais)

At the rate the Liberals are going, I feel like suing the government for breaking the pledge in our national anthem. "We stand on guard for thee" has been replaced by "We need the money to get re-elected".

Regan Announces Fulltime Aerial Surveillance Program on the Pacific Coast

I guess if you want to continue starving the military of equipment and capabilities this is how you do it:

Take a Beech King Air 200 - rented from a civilian contractor,

Put a Department of Fisheries and Oceans officer on board, and;

Patrol - Air surveillance patrols will be conducted randomly any day including weekends with a mix of day and night patrols. Fishery officers will be onboard for all patrols, identifying vessels and their activities and providing expert assessment of marine activities relevant to legislation and regulations. Additionally, patrols will document and report oil spills, identify and monitor marine mammals and their activities and report activities which may threaten fish habitat. The aircraft may also assist with maritime search and rescue and conduct habitat work in the BC Interior and Yukon Territory.

In the past our Maritime Coastal security was monitored by CP 121 Trackers, and CP-140 Auroras. Today the Trackers have been retired without replacement and the Auroras are undergoing a $1 Billion dollar "modernization" program. (read - squeeze as many years as possible out of them - see Sea King,Canada - otherwise known as the Flying Coffin)

Canada's Maritime Security is managed by a hodge-podge mix of Coast Guard, DFO, RCMP, Border Services and the Canadian Forces, all services which have been continually neglected by the current Liberal government. The men and women of these services continue to perform above and beyond the call of duty, despite an appalling lack of support from their country.

Now, more than ever is the time to Stand Up for Canada!

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Having fun tonight - Paul Martin in picutres 
(en francais)

Paul Martin's first day as Prime Minister
"...and to my good friend, Jean, I wish a long and happy retirement. "

Paul Martin on Adscam
"Nah, Nah, Nah, I'm not listening. I told you I don't want to hear that word 'Sponsorship', I might have to testify some day. "

I'm Mad as Hell!
I can't believe Alfonso got me into this mess!

Paul Martin - Meeting Average Canadians
"Where's the RCMP when you need them. That man looks shifty for some reason."

Paul Martin in Action!
"You can't make me make a decision, I WON'T !"

Paul Martin on the G-G
"Gee, and I thought I was a talking head. Who writes her stuff?"

Paul Martin on the Election Trail
"Just hurry up and take the damn picture, I've gotta go!"

"At least it's not a cheese factory"

"I feel funny!"

On youth and vigour...
"If Stephen can throw a football, so can I"
("That ambulance is standing by, right?")

On the Liberal Record of Government...
Now wait a minute, you didn't ACTUALLY think we were going to DO what we promised...Did you?

Come on, you can trust me!

Paul Martin - Election Day
" Shhh..., don't say anything. I've only voted twice and I promise not to do it again, really!"

Paul Martin the morning after the election...

"Why did I listen to that Herle?"

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