July 2nd, 2016 | M. Menuck

Let's Briefly Indulge A Crazy Person

July 2nd, 2016 | T. Carter

A neighbor of mine, who once considered himself a Bernie supporter, handed me a copy of the book after I expressed some curiosity and told him that I read some of it online. The book talks about everything from government engineered diseases to extraterrestrial conspiracies, most of which is complete nonsense, but some that also rings eerily accurate in 2016. I'm not willing to do more than brush Cooper's book off as coincidental rubbish – which I really think it is – but I find myself compelled to share the passages and moments from the book that struck me the most. I'm not a big fan of conspiracy theories, but I do get a little bit excited when some of them hit close to home as a result of pure coincidence. I find myself more fascinated with the accuracies that are accidentally conjured up by a paranoid – and possibly insane – mind. Discussing Cooper's theories also creates a platform to bring up relevant concerns and realities that are afflicting America's more impoverished communities.

Salon's Latest Racial Fail

July 2nd, 2016 | T. Carter

It sounds a lot like Nico Lang thinks that Hollywood should start apologizing for not making every one of their movies a manifesto for social justice warriors. Lang goes on to complain about how we don't learn enough about the movie's Latino extras and background characters, and about how Latinos are always cast as “shark bait” when they aren't chauffering rich white people around – which is completely false. Lang seems to have conveniently forgotten all of the insufferable Jennifer Lopez movies we have had to endure. Black actors like Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Jamie Fox have also taken on prominent hero roles in Hollywood while white actors played their sidekicks and foes. Reactions to Lang's pathetic attempt to shame Hollywood were immediate and Salon's link to Lang's piece received only 25 likes in over an hour. Almost all of the comments were of a mocking nature and directly named Nico Lang and Salon as shameless race-baiters.

Tories Must Support CPP Expansion

July 2nd, 2016 | J. Hodgson

Something needs to be done in order to stave off the retirement crisis. People aren’t saving and when they do they don’t save enough and when they do save enough, they don’t invest it in the appropriate vehicles to ensure a return. Harper tried to encourage the private path, but all we got was millions of confused Canadians holding cash in their TFSA. People just aren’t able to “do retirement” on their own accord. I know that doesn’t jive with conservative/libertarian orthodoxy, but it’s true. Throughout most of human history people simply died before stuff like this was a problem and in the last 100 years there were pensions...private and public. Today requires some “soft” big government in order to prevent future “hard” big government. 

Yes, Andrew Scheer Should Run

July 4th, 2016 | D. Stone

When I heard that Andrew Scheer spoke at a recent Conservative leadership event in Calgary, it injected some long-needed excitement into my veins. So far, the Conservative race has been marred with speculation about Kevin O'Leary and Peter Mackay, but has produced no actual results. As far as we can see, Kevin O'Leary is playing games and Peter Mackay is as unsure and uninspiring as he was as Defence Minister. The three declared candidates can barely keep my attention long enough to explain their positions on important issues. With the exception of Maxime Bernier, the current Conservative leadership race is worse than a campy 80's soap opera and has about as much substance as an episode of Falcon Crest.

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