Voters should be turning up the heat on Harper.
Turn up the heat on Harper
With presidential hopeful Barack Obama calling for a troop pull-out from Iraq (NOW, September 4-10), and with an election just called here, Canadians should turn up the heat to get our troops out of Afghanistan and finally stop the slaughter of innocents. How much more blood needs to be spilled to protect Canadian investments in the Afghan gas pipelines? Will those responsible for the deaths ever be brought to trial? If not, why not?
No business in Afghanistan
Three more Canadian soldiers died in Afghanistan last week. I have the greatest respect for our troops (I had great uncles in both world wars), but they have no business in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is a miserable place. I've been at the border twice since 2000 - in 2007 at the Khyber Pass with a heavily armed convoy of Pakistan's best troops. I was in the Khyber Bazaar in Peshawar talking to the locals. The ramp ceremonies won't end until we have a ramp ceremony for the Conservatives. Anyone who votes for them has the blood of our soldiers on their hands.
What's the point of voting for Steve or Gil or whomever? Do not kid yourselves.
It's the multinationals, banks and wealthy families that are calling the shots in Canada, not elected officials.
The illusion that things will change after election day is false. Just read the history books.
I was going to throw in a few words about the Illuminati and the Bilderbergers, but you can figure it out.
Regarding Pained by Palin by Susan G. Cole (NOW, September 4-10). A gun-toting right-wing mama isn't exactly what we feminists had in mind?
Firstly, is feminism the exclusive monopoly of the left? Is a woman with five children seeking high political power to break the glass ceiling not the definition of a feminist?
Susan Cole comes across as a totalitarian extremist when she writes that Palin has "a closet full of pure right-wing trash." Such insults do not lead to constructive debate or dialogue. You may disagree with her, but being pro-life is hardly "right-wing trash."
Wrap your lips around this
I am deeply impressed by Susan Cole's hope that Yankee voters won't lay off pregnant 17-year-old Bristol Palin and will flog her "front and centre as an attack on anti-sex-education platforms."
This demonstrates quite clearly that Cole will stoop to exploit an underage pregnant girl to further a political point. Cole is an exemplary "progressive" role model for all feminists in this regard.
Her snake-belly abuse of an underage teen disgusts me.
I hear the Comedian Human Rights Commission is flogging a pro-diversity policy concerning sex education in our schools. They're reprimanding girls who cry out, "Oh God! Oh God!" when having their orgasms. Surely, this is something Cole could wrap her mouth around.
Tom Hayden writes that Barack Obama is a "transformational leader" capable of rallying the United States to overcome its racist, nation-building past (NOW, August 28-September 3).
However remarkable it is that a biracial American with brown skin rallied a generation to clinch the leadership of a major political party in the U.S., that same history may fight against him.
Previous seemingly transformational presidents loved by youth have for the most part failed: Kennedy, for all his charm, couldn't escape Vietnam, Cuba and race riots. Clinton became infamous for interns and cigars.
I could be wrong. Obama may indeed pull out of Iraq, solve Afghanistan and refocus the country on domestic issues.His opponent openly kisses the ass of the war machine. Will Obama be brave enough to give that same ass a strong kick?
Another year, another TIFF
My wife and I are novice screenwriters trying to sell our Harriet Tubman biopic. We heard about the Toronto International Film Festival's Pitch This contest last November and thereafter left monthly messages in a fruitless attempt to find out how to enter. No one at TIFF ever answered our e-mails, voice mail or snail mail. Finally, the contest supervisor did - to inform us that we'd missed the June deadline! We were disappointed at the lack of professionalism. One is reminded of Zappa's song Flakes.
Love is Blindness
Just thought I'd give you a heads up that since Blindness screened at Cannes (in HD, I might add), a newly revised and edited 35mm print will premiere at TIFF. Your review in the Film Festival Guide (NOW, September 4-10) is based on the Cannes screening and is therefore out of date and perhaps misleading, if not unfair.
I hope you revise your review before the film is released theatrically, so it may get a just viewership.
In her otherwise informative and entertaining article on the electric vibrator (NOW, September 4-10), Samantha Nagthall trots out the tired and deeply flawed mantra "If it feels good, do it."
Should this apply to a married man who feels really good when he's consuming large quantities of pornography or frequenting strip clubs at the expense of ignoring his wife and children?
Is it socially acceptable for a man to spend more time masturbating to hardcore porn than making love to his wife?
I certainly do not want to sound like a prude. There are, in many instances, consequences for this "feel-good" policy.
CKLN needs new blood
First, I must say thanks to Paul Terefenko for bringing the CKLN situation to the forefront (NOW, August 28-September 3). It has been simmering for a long time. "Dysfunctional" is not the word.
The politics needs to be taken out of CKLN. The students should be in charge. How can it be considered a community radio station? It's not.
The station should be reconfigured and all those old hands and heads gotten rid of. Bring in fresh talent.
The Ryerson Students Association should have the majority say. They pay the bills. Outsiders have taken control. That's the way I see it. And the beat goes on.
Dialing up trouble
As a supporter, volunteer and listener of CKLN Radio since 1995, I am greatly disappointed by the state of affairs at the station.
The mismanagement and firing of more than 30 CKLN volunteers is completely unacceptable.
Management is doing a great disservice to our communities by running one of Toronto's last independent media outlets into the ground.
Until this issue is resolved in a fair and equitable way, I, along with many others, refuse to donate any resources to the station's fundraising campaign. Let's see some accountability, transparency and integrity, please.