From SpannerBook: Reverend Doctor Pastor Predator Esquire


The Don Meredith saga hasn’t managed to reveal anything new to us about the operations of the creaky, antiquated wasteland that is the Senate of Canada. It was designed as a bastion of patronage and will remain ever thus until it is levelled to the foundations, restructured or deleted. Piecemeal tinkering, such as when Trudeau declared that there are no more Liberal senators, will never repair it. It was built to reward the party cronies and faithful pure and simple; some of whom are replete with skills, others are a downright waste of space. If Harper had wanted to boost his cred with the social conservatives in the party ranks, there are plenty of Reverend Doctor Pastors out there to choose from. Instead he picked a guy as phoney as the people who were rustled up from Jason Kenney’s office to fake a citizenship ceremony for Sun News. What is…

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Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 30, 2017

On this week’s Open Sources Guelph we have to embrace the inevitable. A long-await return appearance on the show of a much discussed politician… Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield! After having to bail last minute last week, Longfield graciously offered to appear live and in-person on this Thrusday’s show to talk about the budget and other Ottawa-related stuff. Speaking of which, we’ll also discuss the government’s long-awaited plan to legalize marijuana, and while we’re on the topic of drugs, we may need to take some after we check in with Donald Trump and see what he’s been doing and saying lately.  Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 30, 2017”

The Weekender: Trump Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

Let us pause the resistance for a moment to wallow in the crapulance of Donald Trump’s reputation as a negotiator and great deal maker. Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency was based on the erroneous notion that he was a businessman par excellence, that he could run the government like a business and make the deals that career politicians cannot. In fact, there’s miles of evidence that shows Trump’s horrid track record as a businessman, and in just 64 very long days there’s now quite a collection of proof that the talents Trump doesn’t have in business are not helping him as president either. Continue reading “The Weekender: Trump Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 23, 2017

Now going three weeks strong without a branded Trump topic (you just can’t get away from this guy), Open Sources Guelph comes at you this Thursday with 100 per cent Can Con (and 75 per cent Con Con). First up, we’ll look at the now victorious new leader of the Alberta PCs and the big job he has ahead of him, and then we’ll talk about the dirty tricks employed in the federal Conservative race, which, surprisingly, were not the figment of one candidate’s imagination. Then we’ll look at this year’s federal budget with out local Member of Parliament, and discuss the concerning mess over at our favourite media punching bag.  Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 23, 2017”

Now Donald Trump’s Going to Get a Comic Book Too…

Almost a year ago, we posted about the arrival of Justin Trudeau in comic book form, and how it mirrored the comic book boom of Barack Obama when he was first elected as President in 2008. Well, the new President, Donald J. Trump, is not immune to comic book inspiration in seems, but in the case of “45” this graphic novel is hardly going to be flattering. Continue reading “Now Donald Trump’s Going to Get a Comic Book Too…”

The Weekender: What Did You Do to Fight Trump This Week?

It really is hard to pair down every scandal thus far in the two-month old presidency of Donald Trump to just one that can be named the overall biggest scandal, but if you could, his taxes would have to make the Top 3. Not since Richard M. Nixon has a presidential candidate and victor hoarded magpie-like the completed taxation information they’ve sent to the Internal Revenue Service. That’s why when Rachel Maddow announced Tuesday evening that she had his taxes, there was significant interest. Too bad most of the wags couldn’t see the forest for the trees.  Continue reading “The Weekender: What Did You Do to Fight Trump This Week?”

Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 16, 2017

This week Open Sources Guelph is going 14 days without mentioning “45”, that is unless he does something Earth-shatteringly stupid before showtime. In lieu of talking about orange-coloured drama, we’ll look within our own borders for news worthy discussion topics, and we’ll bring in a new friend to talk about the very important issue of protecting whistleblowers. After that, we’ll look at the guy who’s giving the senate a bad(der) name, and the slate of by-elections to fill high-profile vacant seats in the House of Commons. We’ll wrap up the show with something European was we mediate whatever’s going on between Turkey and the Netherlands. Continue reading “Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday March 16, 2017”