Archive for March 23rd, 2012

Stuff government says

- March 23rd, 2012

Minister of State Ablonczy Concludes Successful Trip to Peru and Honduras”Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office, March 23

Baird Concludes Successful Visit to Middle East – Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office, March 22

“Minister Baird Concludes Successful United Kingdom Visit – Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office, January 25

“Minister Baird Concludes Successful Visit to the Gulf Region” – Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office, November 22, 2011

“Minister Ed Fast Wraps Up Successful Six-City Trade Visit to China”  - Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office, October 14, 2011

Etc.

Admit it. You write the headlines before the trips. You say the same thing no matter where they go and no matter what happens.

Which means it’s meaningless, right?

So why do you say it?

Race-based sentencing

- March 23rd, 2012

Here is a link to the ruling. I summarized it here.

Is the F-35 dividing the federal cabinet?

- March 23rd, 2012

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Defence Minister Peter MacKay’s enthusiasm for the F-35 fighter jets could put him on a collision course with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“We’re still very sure that the F-35 is the right aircraft,” MacKay said following an unrelated announcement Thursday in Winnipeg.

That’s very different from Harper’s comments on the F-35 in question period last week. Read more…

Two minutes of politics, March 23

- March 23rd, 2012

David Suzuki
My goodness we have a kerfuffle on our hands. And in the Senate no less! Who ever said nothing ever happened there, huh?

Read more…

Santorum takes one for the team – but which team?

- March 23rd, 2012

Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney
This was then…

“I have to admit, I voted for that. It was against the principles I believed in, but you know when you’re part of the team sometimes you take one for the team, for the leader, and I made a mistake,” Rick Santorum said about No Child Left Behind at last night’s debate in Arizona.

“You know, politics is a team sport, folks, and sometimes you’ve got to rally together and do something and in this case I thought testing and finding out how bad the problem was wasn’t a bad idea,” he added.

This is now:

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday said Republicans should give President Barack Obama another term if Santorum isn’t the GOP nominee and for a second day compared rival Mitt Romney to an Etch A Sketch toy.

Santorum reiterated an argument he has made before: The former Massachusetts governor is not conservative enough to offer voters a clear choice in the fall election and that only he can provide that contrast.

“You win by giving people a choice,” Santorum said during a campaign stop in Texas. “You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there.”

Santorum added: “If they’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future.”

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Romney, who made no public appearances Thursday, issued a statement expressing disappointment “that Rick Santorum would rather have Barack Obama as president than a Republican.”