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Monday, January 24, 2011

Coalitions and reclaiming the discursive turf

This is how Steve Harpoon wants us to think about the idea of a coalition.

(All right, all right. I wanted an image for "monster under the bed," and, well ... whaddayagonnado. Cheap laugh.)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

That's awful! Really awful!

Best / worst line from yesterday's massive Blue PR offen – er, funeral! :

"Time to stop the gravy hearse."

Sometimes I just hate myself.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

As long as we're asking quis custodiet ipsos custodes ...

I know, I know, it's Sunday night and people just want to wind down the weekend and fall asleep in front of the Golden Globes and for chrissakes, can't you just give it a rest already?

Yeah, well. Michael Geist flagged this last week, and pogge and Jymn have picked up on it, but it bears more than a little emphasis. The Star and the Globe seem to think it's important too.

Hey, RCMP? How's that kicky, tasery, shooty thing workin' out for ya?

Not much to add to this. Kelowna RCMP pull a guy over, order him out of his vehicle, he complies, and cop kicks him in the face for no apparent reason.

Monday, January 10, 2011

A meta-narrative for the Tucson shootings

Not much to add to the chorus of horror and outrage regarding the shootings in Tucson. Everything that can be said in terms of immediate reaction and analysis has already been said, and for that I must acknowledge, once again, the stellar work of the Dawgmeister, Cathie, and Montreal Simon, among others.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Police budgets, and how a phony narrative gets manufactured

Earlier this week, the Star ran an essay in which the best mayor Toronto's had in the last half-century argues that there's plenty of wasteful spending in the police budget, and that if the Ford regime is serious about trimming fat and stopping the gravy train, there's lots of room to cut there.