Harper is demanding MPs...bypass normal approval processes for $3-billion of stimulus spending, saying it's imperative to rush aid as the economy falters...he's willing to head to another election should opposition parties block it.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
"Please come back at 9am CST for the launch of the new PC Manitoba website. Thank you."And a new election slogan for the Hughie-mobile:
"Manitoba's Tories: Better Late Than Never"
UPDATE: it's up, it's up! We are so grateful to have been there for this historic moment (albeit an hour and a half late). It was right up there with Obama, except without the Internet traffic problems...good to see whizzing wee-Hughie is still on the job. He's cool!
UPDATE DEUX: McWho?Tube Hits the Web
Despite being arseholes we are not without our sense of civic duty. And so we have taken the extraordinary step of helping the Tories overcome the technical challenges of launching their new website by hosting wee-Hughie's new video section. Enjoy (it gets really good at about the 30 second mark).
LE TROISIEME UPDATE: Don't you think it "personalizes the leader and shows him at work" just as Curtis desires?
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
But I guess it means I don't have to eat Fat Arse's shorts if it turns out I/we were wrong on the WRHA envelopes.
It's quite a relief, as you can well imagine, unless reports of Fat Arse taking to wearing these are true - they look downright tasty!
Monday, February 9, 2009
We've already come up with an innovative solution to the crisis of confidence, so this never happens again.
[Not to worry gentle readers, we haven’t sacrificed the rigorous arsehole method you have come to expect in arriving at this solution]
But first, we'll give you 3 guesses on our proposed replacement for Health Minister:
- If you guessed this guy you'd have picked a worthy candidate (intelligent, experienced, good in QP), but he’s not the snappiest dresser, and you'd be wrong.
- If you guessed this gal you’d have picked a veritable pit bull of energy, but she doesn’t exactly ooze compassion - so wrong again.
- If you guessed this guy, you’d have to be crazy (and wrong).
We don't think one person is enough for the Health portfolio, given the size of it’s budget and it’s importance. Our solution calls for a three-person ruling junta comprised of Hugh McFadyen, Myrna Driedger and Jon Gerrard. Here’s how the junta would operate:
- As a doctor, Liberal leader jovial Jon would have the proper credentials to tackle the lack of accountability in physician culture that is the principal barrier to meaningful health care reform in this province/country, a culture that is partially responsible for Sinclair's death.
- As a nurse, Tory Health critic mournful Myrna can whip those lazy, derelict nurses (and triage aides) into shape. Or better, just fire them.
- As a so-called lawyer and former backroom boy, wee-Hughie can advise Brock Wright’s replacement not to say anything (ever), to remove the security cameras from HSC and how to operate the shredding machine.
With this all star team in place, this will never happen again. Oh sure, people like Brian Sinclair will still die (because Myrna will succeed in firing nurses), but we will never know about it (because Dr. Jon will fail and wee-Hughie will succeed). Scandal avoided.
Yup, that should restore confidence in Room 302.
All hail the junta! Hasta la victoria siempre!
UPDATE on "Fishin' for Scandal": we don't know Adam Topp from Adam. Never heard of him in fact, but he made some very sensible points countering the hyperbole on the "brown envelopes" in Sunday's Freep opinion page.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Just because we are on the left (obviously), doesn't mean we are a shill for the government. Unlike the Premier, we prefer to skate on the Left wing - not at Center. Besides, Doer hardly needs our help, wouldn't want it, and wouldn't want to be remotely associated with it! We're too radical for him.
Are we anti-Tory? Sure. But, make no mistake, we don't only throw at the right. In Arsehole 'chute-land' any deserving pol or pundit is fair game. Dung sticks where it belongs! Manitoba's Health Minister and the Premier are no exception (see here). We know we suffer from anal hyperbolitis; but the opposition and media also need to account for their shortcomings. Their recurrent ja' accuse hyperbole is juvenile. The facts please: just the facts.
As for Curtis's analysis of the issue, I find it interesting and insightful. He appears to be saying the government hedges it's bets in how it deals with potential scandals. Fair enough. But by commenting on process rather than context, isn't Curtis doing the same thing (i.e hedging his bets)? Is this issue really worthy? Is it really a 'scandal'?
Bad optics for Doer? Sure. Bad press? ibid. "Scandal"? Hardly.
What we are talking about is standard industry business practice - albeit flawed. And, unfortunately, our Health System is indeed part of an industry so large that today's red flag does little more than distract us from its real problems. Yes, $20M over 8 years is a lot of money. But in perspective, at 1% of the WRHA's annual budget, is this really our biggest problem? Should it be fixed - sure. But, if you want real corruption in health care, take a look at what Siemens has been up to.
The envelopes? Well our guess is they contain "free" supplies, software, support, etc - which we all pay for one way or the other. So, isn't it better it is "free"? Does anyone actually think the bidding mega-corps don't factor in the cost of the "free" stuff into their original bids? Fools.
If the OAG investigation does find that individuals at the WRHA personally profited from the contents of these envelopes: I, Smart Arse, will eat Fat Arse's shorts and post it on YouTube!
In the meantime, we're calling a red herring a red herring. For anyone to seriously think the WRHA tendering process is corrupt is absurd. Only the naive, or politically motivated, would actually try to advance such an argument.
Our health care system has bigger problems. Not the least of which is a Minister of Health who is not up to the job!