Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tuesday digest

- Mentally unbalanced see no evil, hear no evil "peace" activist Cindy Sheehan, pictured above with Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, is pulling a Rosie O'Donnell and quitting. Among her reasons: America is descending into a "fascist, corporate wasteland" and the sacrifice implicit in her hunger strike last summer, the one which included smoothies and coffee with ice cream, when she "almost died", went unrecognized. (With that kind of ego, is it any wonder she chose Memorial Day, a day to remember those who have given their lives for freedom, to hold a pity party for herself? She has no limits when it comes to exploitation.) Sheehan is also offering up "Camp Casey" for sale, the Crawford, Texas protest site where she allegedly buried her uterus, apparently so she could be one with the earth for all eternity.

I hope this delusional woman gets the help she so obviously needs.

- The federal Liberal party is proposing a three-month freeze on foreign takeovers of Canadian companies. I suppose this means that they believe that pre-West Jet-era Air Canada is the business model to which all captains of industry in the Great White North should aspire.

- The province of Quebec, with North America's biggest public sector, highest rates of regulation, most punitive tax rates and most militant unions is lagging behind when it comes to economic growth and is projected to face steep decline over the medium to long term future. Clearly, statism has led to deep trouble, but this hasn't stopped Quebec's opposition parties from threatening Premier Jean Charest with defeat because of the reform-oriented budget that he introduced earlier this month.

- The bottom fifth of earners in America saw an 80% increase in income from 1991 to 2005, in no small part because of welfare reform.

- Final reminder that tonight is the Free Thinking Film Society's showing of "Mine Your Own Business", a documentary about the hidden costs of the environmentalist agenda, being held at the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library at 7 PM. Cost is $6.00.


At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing on the Sens? I am not one of them but over here in the land of Toronto the locals are pretty giddy about the Senators blowing it yesterday.

I don't know why they care so much, but even if Ottawa won the Leafs would still be Canada's team.

At 4:21 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

I'm not a Sens fan so no commentary from the bandwagon here.

As for the Leafs, you mean Canada's "brand", don't you, Jim?

At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I suppose they believe that pre-West Jet-era Air Canada is the business model to which all captains of industry in the Great White North should aspire."

I don't get it - what do West-Jet and AC have to do with foreign ownership?

At 4:54 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

It was an admitted cheap shot at the Trudeaupian nationalist mentality that prolonged the turmoil in the airline industry after the Air Canada/Canadian merger by both refusing cabotage and (to a lesser extent) substantial foreign investment in Air Canada, leaving customers with high prices, poor service and little (if any) real competition until recently.

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