( Jul. 15th, 2005 12:01 pm)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] jim_smith, seen at [livejournal.com profile] metaquotes
political satire AND Harry Potter spoiler mockage )

I seriously just had three different charities call me in a row, asking for my mom. I'm all for charity and helping other people, but sometimes it just feels ridiculous. I mean really- we don't have that much money to begin with, and we already donate a good bit to some charities. So don't try to guilt us into donating more than we can- I'm really tempted to just tell them to fuck off and screw their dying children in Africa.

Uh, wow. That was much more angry than the "Grr! People keep phoning!" post I was going to make.

I really want to go out and see a movie. I need to get out of the house today- this being a shut-in thing is beyond ridiculous. But I hate going to see movies on Friday nights- Far too many people. And that's why I won't be going to any Harry Potter things tonight either- I just wouldn't be able to handle it. I'm getting freaked out just thinking about it (yet another thing I appear to have learned from my dad.)

I hate, hate, hate the fact that they've closed down the Cinema City at Pembina- the one at McPhillips isn't open yet, and I'm not going to be able to convince people to go all the way out to Northgate. Fucking hell, the one at Pembina was always super busy; why close it down before the "super cheap seats" was finished being built? (In a location that really isn't convenient to anyone at all?) For serious- the one at Pembina was close enough to a large student population, families with small children and regular folks (and being regular Winnipeggers they'd be cheap bastards waiting for movies to be at the cheap seats. Come on Winnipeggers, you know it's true.) The theatres at Pembina probably got business from the theatres at St.Vital (how many times have we gone to St.Vital, looked at the movies, thought "no way" and made our way to Pembina?)

It just makes no sense. And I really want to see a couple of movies at the cheap seats. So maybe I'll make my way out to the other side of the city to do that.

ETA: My cousin and I are going to see Fantastic Four at 37:40 today, at St. Vital. People are welcome to show up and join us.
( Jun. 28th, 2005 11:16 pm)
Same-sex legislation passed

I love my big gay country.
( Jun. 14th, 2005 03:04 pm)
Airbase hosts 1st military gay wedding Cool.

MP O'Brien throws wrench into night of confidence votes Not cool.

A part of my life seems to be flailing wildly out of control. I'm not sure what to do about it- I'd like to go for it, but I know that in doing so I'd be putting other things at risk. /cryptic

Is there any way I can edit mps and wavs? I'm getting sick of having songs with up to a minute of crowd reactions on them.
So. I've been paying much closer attention to the news since I've been up here, and dude. I know we talk a lot about the conservative and "liberal" (ie, "left wing" bias of the media, that I'm putting in quotation marks because it's kind of a joke, really) but I was watching the CBC Newsworld coverage of the Grewal tapes, and the possible doctoring of them, and dude. The anchor moderating the converstaion between the four parties was so biased towards the Liberals, it was a joke. Gah.

The whole Grewal thing is just so fucked up, man. And, while I don't like the idea of the Liberals having offered (if they did indeed offer anything, which I'm sure they did, because hey. Politics.) the fact that Harper has no problem with one of his MPs having recorded a private conversation just blows my mind. This whole thing has just dragged Canadian politics back into the bitterness that it was just starting to leave behind. Bah.

In other news, I may be home Monday morning now.
( May. 18th, 2005 11:33 pm)
Party went well. Had some interesting conversations. Watched The National with my girls. Alternately want to screw/slap around Peter MacKay, and take Belinda Stronach out for drinks. Not quite sure what this says about me.

Was way too amused by the CBC's use of the pronunciation "hoor" as opposed to "whore".
( May. 18th, 2005 12:20 am)
Now the Conservatives are going to support the budget, but they'll then force a confidence vote on the amendment which is the Liberal's deal with the NDP.
Harper said Stronach's fellow MPs "are feeling quite devastated, quite betrayed by this" – especially Peter MacKay, who has been romantically involved with Stronach for about six months.

"I think Peter's taken this pretty badly, as you can imagine."

I don't even know what to think anymore, other than hee! Awkward.

ETA: I really am hoping that those two crazy kids can work it out, but it's looking less and less likely.


( May. 17th, 2005 10:44 am)
Dude! Belinda Stronach crossed the floor and joined the Liberal cabinet.


And yes, the whole article is interesting, and then there's this tidbit at the end:
Pressed on how her decision will affect her romantic relationship with Central Nova MP Peter MacKay, the deputy leader of the Conservatives, Stronach called that a "personal matter" that she did not intend to comment upon.

Oh dear.
( May. 10th, 2005 11:39 pm)
I'm rereading Order of the Phoenix, and dear god. I forgot how creepy/depressing this book is.

Adding to this is the whole, you know, people trying to overthrow the government and send us into another election.

You know, I don't even think I mind the politics of it so much (in a way, I'm in awe of the political maneuvering). It's the sheer audacity of it, and the fear-mongering that's being done by the Conservatives and the Bloq (and who ever thought that we'd see those two crazy kids hanging out together?)

Outside the House, Harper slammed the Liberal's position, saying they are ignoring the democratically expressed will of the House of Commons.

Harper said the government does not have the moral, financial or constitutional authority to govern.

He criticized Martin's behaviour, saying it "has gone from dithering, to desperate, to dangerous. This is a very serious situation."

I must commend Harper for his use of both tricolon, climax and alliteration.

I'm waiting to see if the people in orange sashes show up tomorrow, like MacKay promised. :)
( May. 9th, 2005 06:42 pm)
Harper and MacKay have to get over themselves. Yes, the minority government will soon come to an end, but using tomorrow's procedural vote and calling it a confidence vote? Arrgh.

And MacKay being interviewed on the CBC, saying that if the Liberals ignore the vote we'll see what happened in the Ukraine, with "people in orange sashes on the front lawn." Dude.

(Talking to my mom I originally said most, but I must amend this) A good deal of Canadians don't even understand the significance of a minority government as opposed to a majority government, never mind the distinction between a procedural and confidence vote. And I'd say an even greater number of those who do understand the difference aren't necessarily the type to go around protesting the government (even if they are dissatisfied with it). That was just fear-mongering.




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