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Hyperbolic Overdrive

It’s been quite a week for leftist columnists in Canada’s papers.  Lots of hyperbole, the best examples being here and here.

Below we’ve provided a sampling of just a few quotes from articles in this week’s Toronto Star.  See if you can guess which ones are real, and which ones we’ve made up:

“We must remember how close we came to lasting damage, and how important it is to resist the temptation of poisonous politics”

“It was Harper’s first cluster bomb in the War on Women.”

“While it never came to death squads in the street, how close did we come under this regime?”

“The child-care movement became enemies of the state during the Harper era.”

“The war on women was not simply figurative.  It was a literal war on women, with many causalities and collateral damage.”

“Feminists across the country are emerging from their bomb shelters.”

“The registry saved the lives of 600 people every year.”

“How many Muslims will die thanks to Harper’s stance on the niqab?”

“It’s been a terrible decade. Thank God it’s over.”

“What did we ever do to this strange punitive man to make him put us in a cell?”

“What I remember was how violent and frightening the reaction was for many years, especially when the Conservative Party targeted me personally.”

“I remember the day he won a majority all those years ago.  I hugged my partner and we wept.”

“Like survivors of a long and bitter occupation, old friends greeted each other with silent wide smiles, and then fell into quiet reminiscence under the sun of a beautiful autumn day, sharing inflated war stories on their part in driving the barbarians from the gate.”

“Recognition of the courageous fallen, especially among New Democrats — of those MPs, officials and staffers who did not survive the long campaign — were muttered in respectful sadness.”

“This apparatus of hate has been destroyed.  We must remain forever vigilante.”

“…returning to the capital by train from working hard for the ouster of the Hun”

“But today, like the war-weary senior, slowly sweeping his front step of the mess left behind by the retreating armies, Canadians will reflect on how it happened.”

“Many Bothans died to bring us this information.”

“Canadians will soon move to long glasses of wine in front of winter fires, sharing the “where-were-you” chapter of story-telling about the dark years already fading.”

The unfortunate part of all this is, even if Trudeau turns out to be a failure, these people won’t (can’t) ever acknowledge any failings.  Rather, for the next 10 years plus everything that goes wrong will be blamed on Stephen Harper.  Just look at Ontario; we’re over a decade removed from the Mike Harris governments and still to this day the Wynne Liberals hide behind his ghost every time they’re caught screwing things up.

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Premier Dad’s Small Ontario

It’s getting downright embarrassing to have this guy as Premier of our province any longer.  Ontarians have been ready to fire this guy for two elections now, but of course the Ontario PCs are led by idiots who try to run from any mention of Mike Harris and worry too much about what the editorial board at the Toronto Red Star thinks of them. Screw ‘em.

As it is, our Premier Dad insists, that on balance if he had his druthers, he’d prefer a low Canadian dollar to a vibrant oil and gas exporting sector out west, because the result of the latter is a strong petro-dollar that makes our manufacturing sector in the east less competitive.  And Ontario has been bleeding manufacturing jobs for close to a decade now, so his infallible logic is that it must be because of the high currency, right?

The Toronto Red Star was trying to strike a similar theme last week in an editorial casting a jealous eye toward the resource based economies of the west, saying grossly stupid things like “it’s relatively easy to grow based on resource extraction”.  Sho’ eez!  We guess it’s as simple as good ol’ Jed, out one day shootin’ at some food, and Lordy! What’s this when he misses that rabbit with his unregistered long gun?  Why, up through the ground come a bubblin’ crude.  Gazillionaire!  So easy to find oil and get it out of the ground.  Just like the Beverly Hillbillies. 

Never mind the geotechnical expertise, the manufacturing of extraction/refining/delivery equipment, the transportation logistics, the financing, and the petro-chemical engineering and on and on.  And that’s just the oil sector.  Forget the agricultural, the mining, the forestry and other resource extraction industries.  It’s so easy.  Just ask the Toronto Star editorial board.

What you have in Premier Dad and his Apologists at the Toronto Red Star are believers in the Small Ontario.  The Ontario with an economy, especially a manufacturing sector, that is so precious, so fragile, and so uncompetitive unless it has all sorts of built in advantages in terms of low currency, government subsidies, federal largesse and cheap energy.  And wonderful leaders who will hold us all by the hand and lead the way to new green(er) pastures.

Conversely, believers in a Big Ontario would look at things this way;

  • We have natural resources of our own; if that’s truly the ticket to the future (it’s not, but let’s not get off here).  We sit on huge shale natural gas resources in eastern Ontario, mining in northern Ontario – maybe we could look into exploiting these resources more fully?;
  • Toronto is within a day’s drive of 70% of the population of North America – we are closer, and have better access to bigger markets than BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan can ever be, even with Northern Gateway pipelines or Keystone XL’s;
  • Those manufacturing jobs we are losing to other jurisdictions are the low rent, unskilled manufacturing jobs.  That doesn’t mean the sector is in terminal decline.  Instead we could take the route of Germany, a country with a vibrant manufacturing export sector, by producing higher end goods, with more value added manufacturing;
  • We could decide that we can create our own economic advantages in the form of lower taxes, reduced bureaucratic interference and improved infrastructure to get goods and persons to markets

We could do all of those things, and probably a lot more that just don’t come quickly to mind.

But no, the believers in a Small Ontario are preparing the excuses for failure.  And with that comes the inevitably airing of grievances on how Ontario propped up Canada for so long, maybe it’s time for the rest of Canada to prop up Ontario.  And that means federal transfers to Ontario to help McGuinty with averting some hard decisions.

Small Ontario has a Small Leader.

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Premier JackAss

We were wondering when Premier Dad would say something about the Drummond report.

Well, now he has, and it seems not only will they not be implementing all the Drummond report recommendations, the Liberals will also not be raising taxes to pay for those programs they refuse to cut as per the aforementioned recommendations.

I guess that experiment growing money on trees in the Toronto Red Star basement Liberatory has been a smashing success, because where these idiots think they’re going to find the money to keep paying for all their wonderful sacred cows, like our medical system, is a mystery.

Denials, delusion, call it what you will, but the chickens have come home finally.  It’s expected that the Liberals will pull their best ostrich act and jam their head subsurface, hoping that this will all pass but for them, the truth of the matter is there is no divorcing fiscal conservatism and social libertarianism.  

When your first instinct as a governing party is to pass laws and regulations for everything under the sun, from anti-bullying legislation to making kids wear helmets 24/7, to grandiose subsidy schemes to create a green-energy manufacturing sector when there is no demand for one, the reality that all of these initiatives require government.  Laws need to be enforced, programs need to be monitored, subsidies need to be delivered. 

When you believe in activist government, you in turn surrender yourself to the need for more government and the costs of running more government.

Hence all these types who run around and say they are “fiscally conservative” but “socially liberal” are full of shit.  If you believe in government interference in peoples’ lives, you can’t believe in a fiscally prudent government.  The two are not compatible.

So, McGuinty is in a dilemma.  He can talk all he wants about reforming government, cutting costs, getting the fiscal house in order.  But so long as he is a believer in government as a deliverer of solutions to all manners of problems, big and small, he can never really pull it off.

What the Drummond report did was indicate that we need to get weaned off activist government.  That is a massive culture shift, and at the center of that culture is the Ontario Liberals.  They won’t change.  McGuinty won’t change.

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Regressively Good Eats: Official RA Endorsement of Hillbilly Heaven

The Regressive Analysis official seal of endorsement is very coveted. Well, not really, but one day we’re sure it will be.

So, the next time anyone is in Hamilton, please make sure to visit Hillbilly Heaven our first officially RA endorsed restaurant.

The Hamilton Spectator (a crap newspaper, sister publication to the Toronto Red Star), saw fit to post a three-quarter page article about allegedly racist signs the restaurant has posted, saying things like;

“Things we don’t have and never will – Halal, rice, kabob, shawarma, fries, wings, ¼ chicken, Mexican and burgers”

“To better serve you, our staff speaks ENGLISH”

“What would make you think this was a Korean BBQ? Do you see any f’n ducks in the window?”

Of course, we here at RA find this sense of humor hilarious. It’s not racist. It’s simply anti-political correctness.

How annoyed would the owner of a Pakistani cuisine restaurant be if someone kept coming in and asking if they sold pork? Probably pretty annoyed. So why shouldn’t Mr. Bailey, the owner of Hillbilly Heaven be annoyed with repeated questions about halal meat, when it is clear to everyone outside and inside the restaurant that this is a BBQ joint?

But lo and behold, it’s not even a Muslim or a Korean, or someone who doesn’t speak English who has complained. It’s a busy body, Evelyn Myrie, Executive director for the Centre for Civic Inclusion.

Really. It’s surreal. Check out their website. There is a cottage industry in this province of useless people who try to justify their sucking off the public teat by pointing out any instance of supposed racism they can find. This organization received $260,000 from the City of Hamilton in funding, and because we can see on their website that they have Ontario government links, no doubt they’ve received matching funding or more from the us the taxpayers at large in this province.

So, in order to justify her salary, this woman needs to run around and invent grievances. It goes without saying – without any racism, this woman and her organization wouldn’t need to exist. And they may need to get real jobs. So, racism abounds in their minds. We’re just a step away from being the new South Africa or deep south U.S.

Next up, we’re sure is that she will file a human rights complaint, saying that she or her group is offended on behalf of these aggrieved groups, and thus she should get some cash for her organization and her alleged fight against racism in Hamilton. And she’ll win no doubt. That’s the messed up Ontario we live in right now.

Ah well. But in the interim, if you’re in the Hamilton area try and go out of your way to visit Hillbilly Heaven, the first officially endorsed RA restaurant.

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Heather Mallick, First of Many Many Posts to Come

Those who decide to stick with Regressive Analysis and keep reading our site will learn that we have a thing for Heather Mallick.  Not that kind of a thing, oh God no.

For those of you unfamiliar with Heather, she’s a columnist for the Toronto Red Star, and an occasional columnist for the Guardian in the UK, and of course is infamous for being shown the door by the CBC, for being a little too viscious in an attack she made on Bristol Palin, and comparing Sarah Palin to a porn star.  You know where you stand when even the CBC can’t turn a blind eye to attacks on conservatives and their families, which is standard fare over there at the MotherShip and it’s cadre of communists.

Anyway, we here at Regressive Analysis find Heather Mallick to be quite ridiculous.

A few years ago there was a TV reality show, Rockstar Supernova, and after one contestant Magni Ásgeirsson performed his version of “Fire” by Jimi Hendrix, one of the judges, Tommy Lee, jumped up and said “Yo, man!  That was ridiculous!”  But you knew from the joyful expression on his face, the fist pump and the crowd cheering was that he meant it was ridiculous in the best possible way.

Yeah, well…  When when we say Heather Mallick is ridiculous, we mean in almost the exact 180 degree way to that.

We mean ridiculous in the who-lets-her-write-this-shit, is-she-insane, what-the-fuck? type of way.

She is a commentator who takes ad hominem attacks, the verbal diarrhea of slurs, mis-truths and name calling, amazing mind-reading feats and the presentation of caricatures instead of real persons involved in any issues to new heights.

Take her latest “column” in the Red Star yesterday.

This is all typical Mallick.  Her “research” involves reading the works of only those people with whom she agrees.  She claims that she “know[s] about the American hard-right lunacy from watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report”.  Most journalists would be embarrassed to admit that their primary source for their political commentary came from comedy shows, but not Heather.  She makes the outrageous claim that all of the negative political discourse originates from the right side of the spectrum, while working for a newspaper that has been running a year long campaign to vilify Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

We here at Regressive Analysis are obviously deeply conflicted.  On the one hand, the world would be a more rational, reasonable place if what passes for discourse from the likes of Heather Mallick would somehow evaporate.  However, we know that so long as she is around, and somebody is stupid enough to give her a platform, that we will always have something to write about.

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