Wouldn't it be great if we could all just get along? Well, so long as we do not get along with the Americans, that is. This is the foreign policy of the NDP. Watching Layton on CTV's Question period gave me that jerk feeling you get when someone is embarrassing themselves and they don't even know it. Apparently, Mr. Layton wants to debate the application of the Geneva Convention to Taliban prisoners if they are turned over to the Government of Afghanistan or to the Americans. That debate should be simple, the Geneva Convention has no application. Geneva sets the rules for war between sovereign states. The Taliban are a deposed government with some members hiding in the hills. It is the government of the sovereign state that we are assisting. There is no application. Non-uniform combatants can be summarily executed. The Taliban are non-uniformed combatants. While that may be shocking, it is a rule designed to stop soldiers from disguising themselves as civilians which in turn helps the uniformed soldiers in not killing civilians.

But the kicker here is the good old USA. Layton is simply saying that we need to know if we are going to turn our prisoners over to the USA to suffer, as David Janes would say, the indignity of the naked human pyramid. It would be better that we let the Taliban return to stone their women for adultery than face the horror of battery cables not attached to a battery.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/23/2006 06:05:00 a.m. TITLE: Canada vs. America summed up ----- BODY:
Mark Steyn in MacLean's magazine:
A couple of years back, I began some generalization or other by saying, "The difference between America and Canada is . . ." And the American I was imparting this insight to interrupted me with: "The difference between America and Canada is that Americans don't care what the difference between America and Canada is."

That just about says it all, though the whole thing by Steyn, as usual, is worth the read.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/21/2006 09:48:00 a.m. TITLE: Leadership Vacuum And The Fiddler ----- BODY:
Does anyone recall the brothers that ran for the Tory leadership after the departure of Jean Charest as leader? As I have written before, the leadership vacuum that is created when there is no heir and the leader suddenly disappears in a time of turmoil can be a disaster for a Federal Party. Well the Liberal Party of Canada has no heir. They have no one who resembles the same. Paul Martin was to govern with a 200+ seats for years. Now the choices are Scott Brison, Belinda Stronach and ... this is great... Ashley MacIssac, the "bad boy" fiddler of Cape Breton who has turned everything he touched to stone: From the National Post:

Ashley MacIsaac says he is hoping to trade his fiddle and bad-boy ways for a new career as leader of the federal Liberal party.
The Cape Breton musician -- best known on stage for his electrifying performances and off stage for his drug troubles and sexual peccadilloes -- called his hometown paper on the weekend to
say he plans to join the race to succeed Paul Martin.

He said he wants the job because he fears the threat of Quebec separation is poised to further divide Canada. "I would say it's going to take a very charismatic figure to turn Quebec into the province that has elected as many Liberals as it has in the past again," he said in an interview from Toronto.

"Clearly, there's a war happening in Quebec right now. And it's happening under the guise of we're just going to let it slip away because people aren't talking about it enough in the rest of the country. "I see that's going to rear its ugly head really, really

Mr. MacIsaac also said he wants to run to bring his youth to the party
and to end the "continuous mockery that's been allowed to take place of my party."

This not the first time Mr. MacIsaac, a voracious reader of political
books and newspapers, has mused publicly about running for elected office. He canvassed for a seat as an Independent in Dartmouth, N.S., before the 2004 federal election, but dropped the plan when it became clear his past was too big a roadblock.

Mr. MacIsaac burst on to the Canadian music scene as a teenager
and went on to play with such musical luminaries as Phillip Glass and Paul Simon. However, scandal dogged him. Maclean's dropped him from its 1996 "Honour Roll" after he told a reporter about his 16-year-old boyfriend (Mr. MacIsaac was 21 at the time) and an appetite for kinky sex that included urination.

He struggled with marijuana and crack addiction. He filed for

At a concert during the height of the SARS scare he made a comment -- which he has since insisted was an innocent joke -- about an Asian
woman in the audience spreading the virus.

But he has been working hard to
clean up his act. Last fall, he said he hoped to study constitutional law at the University of Toronto. And in his interview with The Daily News in Halifax, he insisted he is serious about his bid to lead the Liberals.

Mr. MacIsaac said he will finance his bid by selling some art he owns. Leadership contenders must pay the Liberal party $50,000.
The three pieces consist of paintings of the House of Commons, a Canadian flag and a cartoon depiction of the Last Supper with 9/11-era world leaders and terrorists.

He said the transition from entertainment to politics is something he has thought about all his life. "I've never in my life had any reason to speak my mind if I didn't think that I had something that was politically motivating me to do so. As an entertainer, you're given a platform to be able to do that on a stage."

Tough times for the Liberals when the joke candidates start showing up.
-------- AUTHOR: Little Tobacco DATE: 3/15/2006 09:42:00 a.m. TITLE: First instinct - Lie ----- BODY:
Scott Brison is continuing his bid for the leadership of the Liberal Party despite being caught in a email exchange hinting to a buddy at CIBC as to the the direction the government was gong on income trusts. Caught is the operative word. He was specifically asked and he reacted in the manner of any good Liberal: he lied. He would have continued to lie but the press had copies of the emails. Then he came clean and demands that he be rewarded for his new found honesty.

From the Globe & Mail:

The interview came just one week after Mr. Brison called a news conference in which he admitted e-mailing a senior bank official the day before the government's income-trust decision was announced. Initially he had denied to a Globe and Mail reporter that he had sent it.

Asked yesterday why he lied to the newspaper, Mr. Brison said, "I was caught off guard at the time. I was not expecting the question, and the moment I read The Globe the next day, I immediately knew that I wanted to correct the record and to do a press conference."

We have always been at war with Oceania.