Category Archives: Video

Bill Nye teaches you how to tie a bowtie

Bill Nye check list:

  • Whimsy ✓
  • Bowtie ✓
  • Seemingly infinite knowledge of the universe ✓

Someone needs to check if Bill Nye has 2 hearts.

Capybara by Shonen Knife

This is pure magic.

“Try spending your days like a capybara. No greed or anything like that.” – Capybara, by Shonen Knife

President Obama Evolves on Marriage-Equality. Thankfully, Nobody Pressed “B.”

Mitt Romney reacts–if you wonder why he doesn’t try and slam President Obama for changing his position, it’s probably because he doesn’t believe in evolution and he would lose any “flip flopping” debate.

Someone needs to re-mix President Obama’s statement on marriage-equality like Will.I.Am did in 2008. Maybe Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber could collaborate?

Crash Course History: Islam, the Quran, and the Five Pillars

The Conservative Attack on the CBC Continues

Today was the first session in the House of Commons of 2012. During QP 3 Conservative MPs subbmitted anti-CBC petitions. The three MPs were:

Colin Carrie (Oshawa.)

Brian Jean (Fort-McMurray – Athabasca.)

Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew – Nipissing – Pembroke.)

The CBC needs defending. As Liberals we can’t just take this nation’s support for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a given. We need to publicly defend the CBC and make sure Canadians know why it is an important institution. It is tempting to dismiss these petitions because they are non-binding. We should all remember how Harper chose to go after the gun-registry. He had Candice Hoeppner, a former financial planner who had no experience with law enforcement, introduce a private members bill so he could kill the registry away from the public eye. If you are a constituent of any of these three MPs, please write them a letter or call them as soon as possible.

Please visit: ReImagineCBC.ca (H/T Impolitical.)

Dalton McGuinty speaks at the Liberal Party of Canada Biennial Convention 2012

Favourite quotes:

Polls can impede our vision of the future.

Laurier’s Definition of Liberalism: “I am a Liberal. I am one of these who think that everywhere, in human things, there are abuses to be reformed, new horizons to be opened up, and new forces to be developed.

At a time when global competition is growing and our crime rate is falling, it is smarter to invest in education than jails. At a time when global economic uncertainty is costing us jobs it’s smarted to get busy building a new foundation of growth than to lecture world leaders about their struggling economies. At a time when the reality of climate change is here, its smarter to tackle it in a way that create jobs rather than deny it. And at a time when Canadians are worried about the future of their medicare, it is smarter to bring us together to find a way forward than to tell the provinces and territories ‘you’re on your own.‘”

On what Liberals stand for:
The Liberal party has always been guided by the best of Canadian charater, and so it is only Liberals who can renew social programs for the next generation. The Liberal party has always greeted the future with a sense of optimism and so it’s only Liberals that can seizes exciting opportunities for growth. The Liberal party has always been able to see all that Canadians are and so it’s only Liberals who can truly see all that Canada can be. These are the values and beliefs that we hold dearly as Liberals… Liberals have no greater desire, no greater ambition, than to put our country first.

Should Premier McGuinty run for federal Liberal leader?

As the son of a teacher and a nurse, my childhood growing up under the Harris government was formative for a lot of my political views. From 1995 to 2003 my family felt the hammer from our provincial government. My first two years of high school were under a PC government in Ontario, there was a stark contrast with my last two years. To say that I have “drunk the Dalton McGuinty Kool-Aid” is an understatement. Though my first experience in political activism was during the 2004 election at the federal level, I have always admired Premier McGuinty.

I do think Premier McGuinty should run for the federal Liberal leadership. He has done a great job as Premier of Ontario, has a solid record on jobs, the environment, education and health care. He is also bland enough to succeed in the federal arena. I really liked what he had to say in this speech about the need for federal liberals to have a multi-election strategy and have patience with our leader. Dalton McGuinty was defined by Harris/Eves but he fought back.

The Liberal party needs a vigorous leadership race with a number of candidates with diverse political and personal backgrounds. I believe Premier McGuinty would bring a lot to that race.

Mark Holland on rebuilding the Liberal Party of Canada

Politics Reimagined: Mark Holland from Corey Hogan on Vimeo.

This is a tremendous speech. The part I thought was most insightful was the need to make the Liberal Party “open source” and the fact that after this election we have no choice but to become a bottom-up party.

The Medium Is the Message: Brigette DePape and the NDP’s Ineffective Response To The Throne Speech

Some thoughts on Brigette DePape:

I don’t like Stephen Harper or his government but I also think that what Ms. DePape did was stupid. What she did during the June 2011 Throne Speech reminded me of Congressman Joe Wilson yelling “You lie” during President Obama’s address to congress. Both of them disrupted an event while doing nothing to effectively promote their cause.Though I agree that PM Harper’s agenda is quite regressive, holding a sign up during the middle of the SFTT hardly constitutes real bravery and only distracts from valid criticism of Mr. Harper’s agenda.

The Medium = The Message

Ms. DePape clearly hasn’t read her Marshall Mcluhan. The medium by which you present an argument is as important as the argument itself. What she did during the Throne Speech was a stunt, and therefore it will be perceived as an immature stunt by most Canadians. The problem is that she decided to pull this stunt during a large and important event that is steeped in tradition. The fact that there was so much press coverage of the speech has amplified what Brigette DePape did and this has overshadowed legitimate opposition to the Harper Government. For a short while after the speech was presented to Canadians, opposition to that speech was personified by a petulant girl who appeared to me questing after her 15 minutes of fame. This plays into PM Harper’s strategy of lowering the level of debate. Ms. DePape stooped Harper’s level.

Where exactly are the NDP?
It has been three days since the Speech From The Throne and the NDP has failed to put forward a coherent criticism of the Harper Government’s agenda. You can’t place all the blame at DePape’s feet and it is starting to look like Jack Layton’s Nouveau Parti démocratique is shaping up to be a fairly feckless opposition. Some topics they have failed to bring up: The killing of the party subsidies, the lack of any environmental focus in the Throne Speech, the unconstitutionality of Harper’s so-called “Senate Reforms”, and the regressive nature of Harper’s dumb-on-crime legislation. So far the NDP have failed to get the Canadian media to look away from Brigette DePape and actually scrutinize the SFTT.

Conclusion:

Lack of respect for Canada’s institutions, be it contempt of parliament or disrupting a Throne Speech, should always be denounced. When Brigette DePape went on television and said Canada needs to rise up like what is going on in the Middle East she embarrassed herself. Disagree with Stephen Harper all you want but he isn’t a comic book supervillain or a Dickens character. We had an election and our system enabled the PM to get a majority government. I personally believe that there are very few occasions where protest is inappropriate and a Throne Speech is one of those times/places.

Grant Humes: The Best Side Of Politics

Grant Humes, the Liberal candidate in the riding of Durham, is the exact opposite of his opponent Bev Oda: he is honest, intelligent and truly decent. Grant got into politics after thirty years in business. He was Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Toronto Board of Trade. In 2008, Mr. Humes, a long time resident of Durham, talked to all of the candidates in his riding and found that the Liberal was the only one really talking about local issues. Grant decided on entering politics before it was revealed that Ms. Oda had mislead parliament over the Kairos funding issue. Throughout his campaign Mr. Humes has been more focused on job creation, families and agriculture policy. However, in a riding like Durham, which is comprised of a number of small communities, trust and integrity are extremely important.

I really like Grant Humes. His business experience has given him a sharp mind and a personal philosophy that abhors the gridlock and phoniness of partisan politics. Grant comes from a world where solutions and evidence mattered and his pragmatism and thirst for clever solutions is quite refreshing. Grant says that he likes to “look people in the eye and shake their hand” which is kind of old school.

Bev Oda won every poll in the riding of Durham in 2008. The Liberals in the riding aren’t naive about their chances. However, the fact that Ms. Oda has completely ignored local issues (like agriculture, the environment or Darlington New Build), the Kairos/NOT scandal, the strength of Grant Humes as a candidate and Liberal momentum in Ontario have created a kind of perfect storm.

Durham isn’t getting too much attention from the national media. The Liberal team has great ground strength here. Grant is canvassing every day, and it is no longer surprising when someone at the door or visiting the office says “I’m a Conservative but I just can’t vote for Bev Oda.”

Grant Humes’ sincerity is a bit startling to some people to have certain negative preconceptions of what a politician should be like. Hopefully his humility and hard work can get him elected. He has really inspired me to work as hard as I can in this campaign. Change isn’t always drastic and flashy, and after meting Grant Humes I sincerely believe that politics can be about bringing out the best in people.

Find Grant Humes on twitter: @GrantHumes

Grant Humes on the Campaign Trail from Lee Parsons on Vimeo.

Demand Better: Stephen Harper in his own words