Friday, May 21, 2010

What's The Difference Between a Partisan Hack And An Unbiased Pollster?

$5500.00. At least that's if you use the logic used by Kady O'Malley and the CBC. Seems Kady seems to infer the appointment of D.O. Braley is somewhat sinister because he donated $16,500 to Stephen Harper's leadership campaign. Of course any journalist with a shred of integrity might have pointed out the donations the senator has made, in the millions, to hospitals, universities, and research funds, but I'll save that for another time.

No, what is truly a barrel of laughs is this comes on the heels of CBC clearing EKOS pollster Frank Graves of being a partisan Liberal. Interestingly, Graves donated $11,000 to Liberals, but apparently Kady and the higher ups at the CBC say this does not mean a thing regarding Graves being biased. How much were those contracts Graves polling company got again?

Here's the comment I left on Kady's blog. Let's see if it passes that stringent comment moderation:

"So let me see if I have this right Kady. Braly is a Conservative Party hack and the proof is he donated $16,500. In return for this the multi-millionaire philanthropist bought himself a cushy job making less than $200,000 a year.

To contrast, EKOS head Frank Graves donated $11,000 to the Liberal Party, yet you and the CBC say that doesn't prove he has any ties to the Liberal Party. How many millions did Graves company get again in polling contracts ?

Thanks for being so consistently inconsistent.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Helena Guergis Appears To Have Lied To Peter Mansbridge..

Much is being made of Helena Guergis now playing the victim card. During a televised 15 minute interview with Peter Mansbridge, Guergis says she doesn't even know what the allegations against her are. The PMO quickly took Guergis to task, stating she was less than honest about the conversation the PM had with her when booting her from cabinet and caucus. The problem is this appeared to be a he said-she said type of situation. Just one problem for Guergis. Her lawyer way back on April 15th actually acknowledged they knew what the allegations were. Here is what Guergis told Mansbridge-"I have not had an opportunity to defend myself. What is it that I’m supposed to be charged with? I feel as though I have been charged, I feel as though I’ve gone through a trial, I have been convicted and now I’m been sentenced. And I still don ’t know what it is I’m supposed to have done.

From the National Post April 15th:

"The prime minister's office was made aware of some allegations about the conduct of Ms. Guergis, who was then the minister of state for Status of Women. Within hours of that meeting, Mr. Harper fired Ms. Guergis.

"We are convinced that the allegations are serious and believable as well," Mr. Harper said Wednesday. "It's not up to us to determine whether or not these allegations are true. It's up to the authorities to do that, but to our mind and our opinion, there is enough credibility to give the information to the authorities."

Ms. Guergis's lawyer, Howard Rubel said Thursday: "After days of unfair speculation we finally know what the allegations [against Ms. Guergis] are. More important, we know that the source of these allegations is a report from a private investigator who, apparently while presenting himself as another potential victim of a man currently facing fraud charges, was told these ridiculous ‘boasts' in an attempt to convince the investigator to do business with him. We believe these circumstances speak for themselves.

"Ms. Guergis vigorously denies all of this man's bizarre claims, and looks forward to helping the RCMP demonstrate that they are completely false."

Note to Peter Mansbridge, the CBC, and all the other lazy journalists that comprise our media. It took roughly 6 seconds on Google to find that. Try it next time.

Will Jane Taber Take Ignatieff To Task For Guergis Firing?

I mean after all, he demanded it. Jane Taber now questioning the PM's decision to fire Helena Guergis. Using the old Graves strategy, Stephen Harper hates women, and Guergis is a victim of the PM's control freak tendencies. But wait, let's take a look at a few recent quotes from Michael Ignatieff and members of his caucus.

Ignatieff March 31st: "Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff didn’t hold back in condemning Status of Women minister Helena Guergis earlier Wednesday. Ignatieff accused the Ontario MP of coordinating the letter-writing campaign that had Guergis’s staffers sending anonymous letters of praise about the junior minister to newspapers and magazines (like Maclean’s). “If they have someone make up little letters in my book that’s lying,” Ignatieff said. “And then pretending that you didn’t really have anything to do with it, it was all the staff—that’s lying a second time.” Ignatieff has called on Stephen Harper to fire the junior minister, saying Guergis is not “worthy of the confidence of Canadians.” Along with drawing the ire of members of the opposition, Guergis has reportedly also become alienated from some members of the Conservative caucus after a string of scandals that included a now-infamous tantrum in a P.E.I. airport."

Wayne Easter April 11th: "On Wednesday, Easter stood in the House of Commons and called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to fire Guergis.
“It speaks to a sense of entitlement and different rules applying,” Easter said. “Will the prime minister do the right thing, accept this responsibility and fire the minister?

Anita Neville February 27th: "Anita Neville, Liberal critic for the status of women, is calling for the immediate resignation of Guergis.
“An apology is not enough,” said Neville.
“She must resign now.”
Neville said airport security measures are in place for public safety.
“Stephen Harper needs to hold his ministers to a higher standard and go beyond insincere apologies and childish excuses,” said Neville.
He needs to ask her to step down. Ms. Guergis’s behaviour is completely unacceptable of any citizen, let alone a minister of the Crown.”

Pity poor Helena Guergis. I think for my next post I'll show quotes of some of our most beloved journalists. Say Oliver and Travers to start. Something along the lines of Harper was wrong to not get rid of her sooner. Now it's he shouldn't have dumped her.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

CBC: The Great Defender Of Helena Geurgis

It's so pathetic that it can't even be funny. CBC, led by Peter Mansbridge, now is playing Helena Geurgis as the victim. Note to Peter. I watch the At Issue panel that you host. Seems to me you guys wrote off Geurgis long before the PM did. And hey, didn't Wayne Easter, among other notable Liberals, continually demand her resignation over that airport temper tantrum? Could have sworn Suhanna was downright giddy when all the different twists on the Geurgis/Jaffer affair came out in the open.

So excuse me for being a little confused as to why you felt she deserved 15 minutes interview time on The National. Maybe it's because try as you did to tarnish the PM and Conservative Party because of her and her husbands actions, the polls actually showed an uptick in Conservative support, and a corrosponding down tick in Liberal support.

Maybe you guys are on the right track. Pull an audible out of EKOS head Graves playbook and start screaming anti-woman, control freak, hidden agenda, yada, yada, yada. However, I might recommend you ask Paul Martin how that worked out for ya in 2006, or Stephane Dion in 2008.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Heather Mallick Proves Herself Even More Ignorant Than Previously Thought.

Case in point. Mallick's latest, uh, editorial. Here's an excerpt:

"Excellent campaigning. If only our hateful pseudo-human prime minister would meet a nice granny in Kamloops and hurt her feelings. Actually, Harper would knee her in the groin and block her hip replacement, he's that personal in his hates.

Canada has a Conservative minority government right now that does have a core belief. It's that Canadians deserve a good stomping, all of them. Conservatives can't stand people, particularly if they're female, or second-generation Canadian, or educated, or principled, or not from Alberta, which is the home of the hard-right belly-bulging middle-aged Tory male. Watch them at the G8, ostensibly fighting for women's health internationally while blocking abortions for raped Congolese.

Harper cannot get a real majority. If the centre-right Liberals and the centre-left New Democrats would form a coalition, Harper would be toast and we'd get started on what we need: national day care, TGV trains, an economic strategy, a green strategy, oh a strategy for anything, a plan is all we seek."

She also gets in her usual American's are stupid redneck propoganda, along with the usual Conservative voters are stupid. Maybe us stupid Conservative's should let the Gaurdian know what we think of both Mallik and their paper.