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  1. Acorn

    Election 2015

    A bit of an omnibus post here. I'm sure only some of you will mind.  ;D Re: the media - I'll accept that there's no legal obligation for a politician to speak to the media, but trying to manage the message the way the Harper Government (R) has done is clearly working against them - given their...
  2. Acorn

    Election 2015

    I'll refrain from unparliamentary language in response to this, despite the temptation. The media are our representatives. They range from openly hostile to the government, to being unapolagetic syncophants (I though "bag-lickers" might be too strong?). You can choose to read it all and derive...
  3. Acorn

    Election 2015

    Alexander was hoist on his own petard for the performance the day before the boy's picture hit the front pages. He may be a smart guy, but he wasn't on form for that CBC piece. I hope the Tarek Fatahs and Irshad Manjis can influence the Muslim Reformation I spoke of elsewhere.
  4. Acorn

    Syrian Refugee Crisis (aka: Muslim Exodus and Europe)

    Really George? A fraction of the refugees and IDPs from Iraq and Syria are getting into Europe, or even trying to. For some reason I can't access the UNHCR site for actual numbers, but it would not constitute a culture changing "invasion" unless the existing culture is extremely weak. While they...
  5. Acorn

    Op IMPACT: CAF in the Iraq & Syria crisis

    What you describe is a troubling aspect of how some Islamic organizations have evolved. Islam is due for a Reformation, but I don't know if it'll get worse before better. An Iranian gentleman of my aquaintance (a settled refugee from the Ayatollahs' regime) made similar comments about certain...
  6. Acorn

    On the lighter side

    Daym - I forgot to think about the beard - I have one. But so does Corbyn. Am I a bearded leftie?  :crybaby:
  7. Acorn

    Veteran groups seek to influence the 2015 vote

    There were some hard questions posed to the CF/Component CWOs in the theatre at St Jean when the subject came up during my ILQ before the Charter was written into law. It was serving soldiers, sr. NCOs and WOs, questioning it at the time, but abiding by their obligations to "keep it in the...
  8. Acorn

    Election 2015

    Worked with the Axis. Too bad nobody took that on board with the recent ME troubles.
  9. Acorn

    On the lighter side

    Congratulations. You just lost Ontario for the Conservatives.  ;D
  10. Acorn

    Veteran groups seek to influence the 2015 vote

    :goodpost: I have way more beefs with this government than just veterans' issues. But their handling of it has been appalling, IMO (the "owe no social contract" gaffe was mind-boggling - though I suppose not surprising given that Borden's promise was never written into Law). My problem is that...
  11. Acorn

    Op IMPACT: CAF in the Iraq & Syria crisis

    Frankly I'd rather see our own governments face down the house of Saud and tell them what they can do with their oil. I'd rather see IS as a red mist and the Saudis treated like South Africa was in the '80s (at least). Even if the Saudis (and inclue the other Gulf States) were inclined to...
  12. Acorn

    Syria Superthread [merged]

    Russian material support isn't surprising. Playing up the utility of a six-pack of MiG-31s is over-egging the pudding a bit though. Now, if there were Russian pilots manning them, that would truly change the channel, but there's no suggestion of that is there? Also, I think there was at least a...
  13. Acorn

    Op IMPACT: CAF in the Iraq & Syria crisis

    Probably the leading example, as you say. Palestinian refugee "camps" in Lebanon and (those not destroyed) in Syria are very permanent villages. Other refugees that never returned include the Vietnamese Boat People though, which we welcomed, and integrated, knowing full well even if they could...
  14. Acorn

    Liberal Party of Canada Leadership

    I'm not sure the whole crew is working towards the captain's objective though. I wonder if the Greens are going to pick up some of the dissaffected left that'll inevitably jump ship?
  15. Acorn

    Election 2015

    Re the Lawrence Martin article: While I agree it's not all about spin, it's not very flattering is it?
  16. Acorn

    Liberal Party of Canada Leadership

    Just one qubble - the Liberal Party is, IMO, firmly Centerist, but quite willing to cherry-pick from the left and right at need. That kept them in power for quite some time. Both the NDP and Conservatives remain left and right, though both have adopted the cherry-picking, and what's hurting...
  17. Acorn

    Election 2015

    :bravo: I don't think he's damaged the party as much as Mulroney damaged the PCs, but I'd rather he not get the chance to do any more. If he won't take his walk in the snow voluntarily, the electorate needs to ask him to leave. As already mentioned by ERC, I don't think any of the current...
  18. Acorn

    Election 2015

    Or Paul Martin. And I think Flaherty, RIP, would have made a better leader than Martin or Harper, but that's probably because he wasn't gagging for the job. Maybe that's what it boils down to: anyone who really wants the job probably doesn't deserve it.
  19. Acorn

    Election 2015

    Harper could have been up front about it and said "we're not impressed by this, but Duffy was my appointment so we are paying back his expenses and ejecting him from caucus" (and ragged Trudeau that Harb was merely ejected from caucus, but the Libs won't pay back the mistake). And if he really...
  20. Acorn

    Election 2015

    But the PM seems to have opinions that could easily fail the sniff test if he was willing to listen, and had advisors who're willing to challenge him on it. Instead he's exhibiting characteristics I'm trying to teach out of my 8 year old son: bending reality to justify his desires. Nadon is one...
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