So… Now what

So this morning I awoke to find out that there was a terrorist attack in Brussels Belgium…

Islamic State claimed responsibility for suicide bomb attacks on Brussels airport and a rush-hour metro train in the Belgian capital on Tuesday which killed at least 30 people, with police hunting a suspect who fled the air terminal.

Source: Reuters

While it’s terrible and very sad, the typical right wing talking heads are already slamming Syrian refugees, Europe’s response to those refugees and even president Obama before any information comes out.  Why do they jump to conclusions before all the information is available, I mean whenever there’s a mass shooting the same people say how not to politicize the events but when there’s a terrorist attack (and isn’t a mass shooting a terrorist attack too…) then politics is front and center.

Like with Paris back in Nov, people are blaming the Syrian refugees and the perpetrators may indeed be them but I doubt it.  The Paris attacks were done by European nationals who had a legal right to move in and around the EU and I have a feeling the Brussels bombers will be too but time will tell.

ISIS claimed responsibility but I mean they claim responsibility for everything whether they did it, inspired it or didn’t have anything to do with it.  We can’t kill our way out of this problem, you can argue that there may be violence in Islam but I think before we blame the religion, we should take a good look at the history of Western intervention in the middle east.  Frankly I think that’s a huge factor but what do I know, I’m just a regular civilian who looks at history and tries to understand the motives of these attackers.  Perhaps it’s just easier to be intellectually lazy and blame Islam, yeah that’s the in thing now isn’t it.

Absolutely pathetic…

So last night’s Republican debate was a complete food fight and yes, this really did happen…


In fact if you want to read the article it’s right here.  At least Fox was tough on the candidates, the other networks wouldn’t dare ask the tough questions and if you like insults and name calling then this reality TV show is for you.  What a joke, go Bernie he has an excellent path to the Democratic nomination still and he’s the only one of the bunch that is honest.

Hillary is fake!

I’m a lefty, I agree with the majority of the opinions from The Young Turks and they put together this clip that really shows that Hillary Clinton is no friend to minorities…

Any liberal or progressive person that votes for Hillary over Bernie is voting against their own interest.  Trying to inform my American friends anyway I can. 🙂

Get lost NDP!

I’m pretty active politically and for one of the causes that I believe in, I joined all three political parties. Yes you pledge not to join another when signing up but unless you do something stupid like overtly campaigning for one while waving your membership card for another, the parties don’t care and just want your money.

Anyway thanks to the NDP, I now screen my calls because they call me at least daily and on a few occasions more than once a day asking for donations! The Conservatives call me maybe once every two to three days and the Liberals once a week but man it’s driving me crazy though I guess it’s not as bad as the 6 emails a day I use to get from the NDP during the last federal election.

Sanders is the best candidate

So I chime in every little while about the ongoing US presidential election and lol it’s a lot of fun.  The candidates on the Republican side are fighting over who’ll be tougher yet more scared against ISIS, illegal immigration from Mexico (more are leaving the US than entering) and who will cut taxes most to spur the economy (because the last 30 years of that have worked great).

Well Hillary Clinton and her surrogates didn’t want to be left out of the fun and now they’re trying to shame women into voting for Clinton because she’s a woman…  Isn’t that great, it comes off as extremely desperate and while yeah she won Iowa by a razor thin margin Bernie is going to win New Hampshire and I can’t wait to see how the Clinton campaign freaks out afterwards…

I quite enjoyed this op ed piece in the Guardian, a woman explaining why Bernie is the better choice for women voters.

I am a feminist. And I would like to one day break the glass ceiling with a progressive woman who sees class and race as fundamental problems in American society.

But I don’t believe that the divide the Hillary Clinton campaign has created meets that standard – especially not after the destructive political dilemma that Clinton campaign surrogates Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem attempted to create last weekend when they accused young women who support Bernie Sanders of being insufficiently feminist. (Steinem has since apologized and Clinton made excuses for Albright.)

As he has repeatedly said, Bernie Sanders is a feminist, too. And he’s the feminist who has my vote.

I am the executive director of the largest nurses union in the US: my members are overwhelmingly female and, not by accident, we were the first large organization to endorse Sanders. Nurses recognized Sanders as one of their own as soon as he got into the race, because they, like he, believe that all people should be treated equally – especially when it comes to healthcare – regardless of race, gender or ability to pay.

Source: The Guardian

I’m not a feminist but I do believe in equal rights for everyone and Bernie has been so consistent in his career about his values…  Sure Hillary has more experience but as Mr. Sanders suggested, Dick Cheney has a lot of experience too and we wouldn’t want him anywhere close to the presidency again. The sleazy Clinton campaign is getting desperate and more dirty tricks will come out when she starts losing (remember her suggesting someone could kill Obama during the 08 democratic nomination?) and I couldn’t be happier.

I wish I could vote for Bernie Sanders, this is one Canadian that FEELS THE BERN!

So Canada is going to get screwed!

Today the Liberal International Trade Minister signed onto the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement and yeah we’re going to be screwed.  If you like what NAFTA, WTO, etc has done to the Canadian economy (move jobs overseas, enrich corporations) then you’ll love the TPP.

Ministers from the 12 Pacific Rim countries met at Auckland’s Sky City Casino on Thursday morning, local time. The signing ceremony kicks off a two-year ratification period, during which the United States, Japan and at least four of the remaining 10 countries must approve the final legal text in order for the deal to take effect.

Source: CBC

Fitting that the deal would be signed in a casino, another place that screws over people…  There are so many bad points about the TPP and I am very much against free trade.  All I can do is hope that with the upcoming election in the US and in the other countries, that the new administrations do away with this monstrosity because it’s definitely going to be bad for the Western world.

I would…

I like Thom Hartmann’s show on RT America and I really feel bad for this mom…  Her daughter has a special genetic disorder and cannabis oil really helps but her state doesn’t allow it and she’s risking losing her child because of it.

What a terrible position to be in… I do not use any recreational drugs and even if it were legalized, would have no interest in doing so however I do know that the “War on drugs” has been a colossal failure that’s only emboldened organized crime. People will do it no matter what so it’s better to legalize it, put standards in place along with removing the stigma of being an addict and finally having actively promoting treatment centers.

Get out of here…

So you’re telling me low taxes doesn’t spur economic growth for everyone and increases the wealth of the rich?!? Who would have thunk it…

The findings, published by the poverty-fighting organization Oxfam, highlight the growing divide between those at either end of the income spectrum. Since 2010, the wealth of the richest 62 people increased 44 per cent to $1.76 trillion (all figures U.S. dollars), the report found. Over the same period, the wealth of the world’s poorest half fell over a trillion dollars or 41 per cent.
“Our economic system is heavily skewed in their (the wealthiest) favour, and arguably increasingly so,” Oxfam said. “Far from trickling down, income and wealth are instead being sucked upwards at an alarming rate.”
Source: The Star

While Republicans in the US like to scream class warfare when Democratic members talk about raising taxes, class warfare has been fought since Reagan introduced supply side economics and the bullshit that lower taxes on the rich and corporations would benefit us all. The fix seems pretty easy to me, if low taxes is causing wealth to move upwards then maybe we should increase taxes on the wealthy…