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Gomery Blogging
Published by Toronto Mike on April 6, 2005 @ 15:53 in Politics

JusticeI'm not in the mood for a contempt charge. The Gomery Commission has imposed a publication ban on the testimony received from Jean S. Brault, Paul Coffin and Joseph Charles Guité and this publication ban has been violated by an American blogger. The original intent of this entry was to link to this blog that's sharing details of this testimony, but apparently I can be charged with contempt of court for doing such a thing. Instead, I'm going to link to this Globe & Mail story and let you Google your own way there.

In this age of blogging, is a true publication ban even possible? This American blogger that is posting the details feels safe in doing so because he's not on Canadian soil. Yet, the Internet is borderless and I'm able to read every word as easily from Toronto as I could from his next door neighbour's home in Minnesota. Information is so easily shared I'm not sure how you'd even police such a publication ban. It's easy to monitor the releases from the main stream media, but is there really someone monitoring what appears on MikeBoon.com?

As I said off the top, I'm not in the mood to find out.

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The Politics Are Dancing
Published by Toronto Mike on February 25, 2005 @ 14:13 in Politics

A NewspaperPrime Minister Paul Martin is insisting that the United States seek permission before firing any missiles over Canada. Our big buddies to the South have said that the United States would not consult us before firing at incoming missiles over our airspace. To that notion, the Prime Minister says, "This is our airspace, we're a sovereign nation and you don't intrude on a sovereign nation's airspace without seeking permission."

This of course stems from Martin's courageous decision to not sign on to the U.S. missile defence program. I was never comfortable with Dubya's eager desire to have us sign on. We're not the 51st state and I feared the possibilities should we have buckled to his pressure. Make no mistake, America is our ally, but our role in the missile defence program reked of subserviency.

In a less courageous move, our Ontario government passed legislation yesterday recognizing same-sex marriage. Don't get me wrong, I'm very pleased this legislation passed, but I'm not proud of the manner in which the votes were registered.

The government approved the bill by a simple voice vote, which allowed it to pass without forcing Liberal MPPs who object to same-sex marriage to go on the record as having voted against their party. This is cowardly. We have the right to know which MPPs don't want to recognize gay and lesbian marriages. They need to be accountable for their vote and permitting them to vote anonymously is a serious blow to the entire democratic process.

Regardless of how they were implemented, these are two positive political actions on the Federal and Provincial levels respectively. The politics are indeed dancing because we've got da groovy beat.

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Stepping Up On Bill C-38
Published by Toronto Mike on February 17, 2005 @ 18:51 in O Canada, Politics

The Canadian FlagRead the address by Prime Minister Paul Martin on Bill C-38, the Civil Marriage Act. If you're too lazy to read, play the video while you surf the web. Sometimes I'm unsure about Martin's ability to lead, but on this issue he's stepped up to the plate and hit one out. The following two sentences sum it up nicely.

The people of Canada have worked hard to build a country that opens its doors to include all, regardless of their differences; a country that respects all, regardless of their differences; a country that demands equality for all, regardless of their differences.

If we do not step forward, then we step back. If we do not protect a right, then we deny it. Mr. Speaker, together as a nation, together as Canadians: Let us step forward.

A colleague of mine, aware of my views with regards to this subject, attempted to "enlighten" me this morning. I won't divulge too many details, but the gist of her point was that homosexuality was a violation of God's law and therefore recognizing the rights of a homosexual was a horrid sin. For a little while I tried to reason with her explaining that a literal interpretation of the bible had no place in our law books and that this was question of equal rights and freedoms, but she simply pitied me and condemned me to hell. This colleague of mine is why Bill C-38 absolutely must pass. Hatred cannot be condoned by our laws.

Let us step forward.

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A Word About Strippergate
Published by Toronto Mike on November 26, 2004 @ 12:47 in Politics

A Word About StrippergateImmigration Minister Judy Sgro has been under attack this week because of our government's policy of admitting foreign exotic dancers to work in Canada. Essentially, strip clubs in this country can't find enough "talent" from the pool of Canadian-born women and have been recruiting women from other countries. These immigrants are granted special work visas enabling them to come and stay in Canada.

I'm wondering how you prove stripping is a skill you behold. Considering this is being used as a way for some women to jump the immigration line, is it as simple as putting "stripper" next to the "Occupation" line on your application to enter this country? There has to be some criteria as to what exactly defines a stripper, much like there's criteria as to what exactly defines a doctor, engineer or plumber.

First and foremost, we want our strippers to be aesthetically pleasing. A fit body and fairly pretty face is a prerequisite. Also, some rhythm is required when dancing with that pole. These are rather subjective traits, so I assume there's a bureaucratic body that would review the woman's performance and deem them Canadian stripper-worthy, or not. Each applicant is judged on a scale of one to ten on body, face and grace. The highest and lowest scores for each is dropped and the remaining scores are averaged together. Then, if the final score is greater than X, she's granted her special work visa and welcomed to our home and native land.

To do it any other way would be unfair to our hard-working strip club attendees.

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Oh Carolyn!
Published by Toronto Mike on November 18, 2004 @ 12:40 in Politics

Oh Carolyn!Carolyn Parrish is at it again. Last year the Mississauga MP raised a ruckus by declaring "Damn Americans ... I hate those bastards." A few months ago she followed that up by calling Duyba "war-like" and expressed astonishment that he was re-elected. Now there's a stink because of a skit she performed on "This Hour Has 22 Minutes".

In the skit, which airs tomorrow, Parrish stomps on a Dubya doll. With only twelve days to go before Dubya makes his first official visit to Canada, this act by an MP has some people concerned it could further damage relations between us.

I think it's much ado about nothing. "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" is a comedy program, it's not "The National". Anyone with a half-decent sense of humour would crack a smile and not think twice about it.

It seems everything is being taken too seriously these days and everything is offending someone. That "Desperate Housewives" skit that opened Monday Night Football was a piece of harmless fun too and they're still talking about it.

Stop this world, I want to get off!

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What If?
Published by Toronto Mike on November 10, 2004 @ 20:20 in Politics

2008You don't hear much about it, but Ohio's provisional ballots are still being counted. Officials in the state's 88 counties must check 155,337 provisional ballots to ensure they are valid, then count them in a process that is expected to take another week or more.

I realize it's extremely unlikely, but what if John Kerry wins Ohio? It's still mathematically possible. There's still hope. If Kerry takes Ohio, Dubya's out. Concession, conshmeshion. Kerry's the prez!

I'm so damn delusional.

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Election Day
Published by Toronto Mike on November 2, 2004 @ 09:24 in Politics

Election DayIt's election day for our neighbours to the South. This morning, to mark the occasion, I wrote an entry that was sure to rank amongst my best. It was worthy of being placed alongside "Touch 'Em All, Joe", "My New Year's Eve" and "Bands I Hate". It really was something special.

Just prior to FTPing it to this site, I surfed a little web and saw that another Mike with a blog had written a very similar piece. This other Mike nailed it right on the head so I decided to delete my entry and link to his instead.

"One Day Left" by Michael Moore. The man makes some excellent points. It's a very good read.

Now for my prediction... I believe John Kerry will win this election. It will be close, and Dubya may very well eke out a slim victory in the popular vote, but the Electoral College votes will go to Kerry by a whisker. I think this election will be decided by the youth. I'm talking about college kids, Howard Stern and Eminem fans and the like. These are the people who aren't reflected in the polls...they don't have a home land line and don't make the polling lists. They live on their cell phones and "the Internets". These youth can see what other's can't. They can see that the choice is clear. They will vote for Kerry.

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We Endorse...
Published by Toronto Mike on October 26, 2004 @ 17:52 in Politics

We EndorseAfter much deliberation, the people behind MikeBoon.com wish to publicly endorse Senator John Kerry for the office of President of the United States of America.

From our vantage point, Americans are fortunate to have a clear choice in Kerry. We believe Kerry has the will and a plan to put America back on a course toward prosperity and security at home and respect and support around the world. We are not alone in this endorsement. The list of newspaper and media outlets documenting their support for Kerry is lengthy and impressive while the list for George W. Bush is brief and pitiful.

Make us proud.

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Kerry's Sox
Published by Toronto Mike on October 21, 2004 @ 15:12 in Politics

Kerry's SoxYou've got a formidable but basically evil incumbent machine, that clearly represents big money interests and has zillions of dollars to try to buy victory, which it has been quite successful at doing ever since the mid-90s. You've got a challenger from Massachusetts, who fell behind early and has made a variety of missteps that hurt its/his chances. Now, in a series of highly-watched contests on national television, the challenger has managed to climb back into it, to eventually win.

Sure, that describes the Red Sox' big win over New York last night, but it's also a good description of the American election next month. I can't take all the credit for is as I stole the gist from here, but you can't deny the similarities.

If the Red Sox can come back from a three games to none deficit against the Yankees, who says John Kerry can't come back and beat Dubya? I think the Red Sox victory will even help Kerry in his campaign. Everyone suddenly has warm-fuzzy feelings about all things New England and if they manage to reverse the curse and win the World Series Kerry may ride that Boston high to victory on November 4th.

We can only hope.

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Overheard
Published by Toronto Mike on October 14, 2004 @ 12:31 in Politics

OverheardThe following was overheard last night at Arizona State University and is attributed to Dubya.

Gosh, I just don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. It's kind of one of those exaggerations.

The following was overheard at the White House on March 13, 2002 and is attributed to Dubya.

So I don't know where he is. Nor -- you know, I just don't spend that much time on him really, to be honest with you...And, you know, again, I don't know where he is...I'll repeat what I said: I truly am not that concerned about him.

Liar, liar, pants on fire.

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