Archive for June, 2004

forever everlasting …

so yesterday i went out and actually bought a CD

yes, that’s right, i paid money for music

and it’s a great album, has some wicked tracks
it’s worth it

most people have heard everlast’s “what it’s like” and they probably like it, but don’t find themselves liking much of his other music

well i think the problem might be that most people don’t know about much of his other music, and besides that his voice — the raspy voice, can be kind of unsettling if you aren’t used to it

oh well

it’s an awesome record

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When people look at the options, they’re saying that Stephen Harper looks like Paul Martin in a hurry.

- Jack Layton, NDP

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collingwood…

yaser took some great photos of ASSU‘s trip to collingwood

nice place, kind of culturally homogeneous
when we walked into a restaurant (two brown folks, one latina, three white folks), we got some stares from the largely, well all white folk

though there was a brown family in there, they seemed local (so the other locals had time to acclimatize to their brownness)

it can be great to get away from the city and its trappings to a place where the religiously discriminatory christian heritage party is actually running a candidate

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who you voting?

a few days ago i was considering making a quiz not unlike those idiot online quizzes everyone takes but pretends not to take

only this quiz would be about the upcoming elections and would tell you which party best suits your views

i quickly stopped thinking about it because i don’t have the technical expertise to make something like this (though i probably have friends who do) and because i wouldn’t know how to stay unbiased (mainly via the questions asked)

but, the folks over at politics watch have done precisely such a thing

their voteselector quiz asks you a few key questions and turns out the political party (and leader) whose views most match your own

very cool
(for a guy doing a major in political science)

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letter to the editor:

Tax cuts? Stiffer penalties for criminals? A return to governmental accountability? And all propped up on the myth of the ever-expanding economy. For an American who left California on the heels of George W. Bush’s bloodless coup, on the cusp of his illegal war, it all sounds very familiar. My Canadian wife and daughter and I came to Canada in 2002, expecting to find the Canada my wife left 20 years ago: Trudeau’s Canada, a place where no one’s too poor to be sick or sheltered, where no one’s too rich to be above the law. As the election looms, we can only shake our heads.

On one hand, the corrupt Liberal government and its zillionaire leader talking in whichever direction the wind blows and on the other, the Conservative leadership, finger-pointing, privatizing and apparently gaining ground by promising tax cuts to an Ontario that only months ago voted in a new Premier on the grounds that we needed to restore our public services to pre-Tory levels.

Round and round they go with the sound bytes and the tax cuts and the ducking and dodging of their own words as they go in and out of vogue, all the while vilifying and ostracizing Jack Layton, the only one of the bunch who, to me, actually sounds like a Canadian � the only one whose plans for the future of Canada actually include all Canadians.

I guess with all this going on, I felt obliged as an American to reach out to my Canadian neighbours and say, “Welcome to America.”

- David Kemker

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