Quote of the day

31 May

“A justification for constitutional bills of rights which I have always liked is that they provide ‘an appeal from the people drunk to the people sober.'”

(From Barry L. Strayer’s Timlin Lecture, “Patriation of the Constitution and the Charter: 25 years after”)

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Guardian Comment of the Day

15 May

There were a lot of great ones on this article, but this one amused me most:

ALLDIEU
– May 14, 2011 at 13:32:21

Marxist Lennist ideology, (aka Ghiz and Casey) is alive and well on Prince Edward Island.

On the topic of graduation

10 May

I can’t count the number of times I’ve recalled this conversation from October 2009 that I had with Casey.  He is prescient (and maybe kinda cruel)


I am glad you asked.

10 May

Honestly, I love school and I have a feeling I’ll being in formalized school for most of my life.  But I did a lot in my undergrad.  And I didn’t take a full courseload.  So leave me the eff alone while I quietly finish up my degree.

Free Books

8 May

I’m purging some of my books. Are you interested in any?  I’d prefer if they went to a good home and didn’t sit on shelves!  Many of them are recent/advances from when I was at Bookmark.

List:

Ann Eriksson – Falling from grace
Nicholas Ruddock – The Parabolist
Joseph Monninger – Eternal on the Water
Miguel Syjuco – Illustrado
Sandra Brown – Rainwater
Todd Babiak – Toby: A Man
Tracy Morgan – I am the new Black
Walter Lippmann – A preface  to morals (non fiction, philosophy)
Lionel Shriver (especially well-reviewed) – So Much for That
Paul Tremblay – The Little Sleep (very cool cover)
Isaac Deuscher – Stalin (biography)
Anna Elliott – Dark Moon of Avalon
Harvard Lampoon – Nightlight (Twilight parody)
Danielle Trussoni – Angelology
Buzz Hargrove – Laying it on the Line
Ann Herendeen – Pride/Prejudice
Monica Kidd – Any Other Woman
ML Malcolm – Heart of Lies
Penelope Lively – Family Album
Lee Henderson – The Man Game
Paulette Jiles – The Colour of Lightening
Peter Darbyshire – The Warhol Gang
David Gordon – The Serialist
Nahoko Uehashi – Moribito
Maggie Stiefvater – Linger

There’s nothing wrong with any of these books, I just don’t have room for ’em 😦   Free to a good home.

Why I am a conservative at 22 years old

10 Apr

I get asked often why I’d align myself with a party that very few people my age seem to (at least in Atlantic Canada).  I thought I’d blog about it to get things straight.

When I was in second year university, I moved back to PEI after working/schooling in Ottawa for a bit.  I had a job, but I kind of sucked at it, and eventually I left.  I slept on a mattress in a truly terrible apartment in Sherwood and I spent far too much money.  I ran up my credit card and overdraft trying to remain independent despite netting almost none.  It was dumb.  I was a bad roommate.  I was spending way out of my means and had the option to stop, admit defeat, and go home.

My mom bailed me out, and I suspect it cost about $1000… my minimum payment was well over what I was netting a month as a student.   I had no groceries or credit left (thank goodness they don’t give students much!).  My only saving grace was that I didn’t have any loans – that is the only reason I can afford to live alone even now, after school.  It was embarrassing and I moved home into her basement for half a year to get myself sorted out.

No government should behave the way that I did when I was 19.  But national (and provincial) debt keeps rising and payments per person are soaring.  But this time, instead of having parents bail us out, it’ll be the kids.  It’ll be my generation with far fewer social programs/support funding unless Canada with just as much, or more taxation.  The only foreseeable way of fixing this would be drastically increasing the industry of the country – i.e. the proposed corporate tax cuts by the Harper Conservatives.  Look, it’s hard to defend other things the government has done.  Being in contempt of parliament is shitty, though there is definitely argument that the Conservatives were just the only ones to get caught and that Question Period has been a lark since QP began to be filmed and aired publicly.  The jets wouldn’t be my ideal, though I strongly support military spending since it’s been cut and cut, putting the Canadians serving at risk.  The very-foreseeable future involves much higher taxation with much less available services for Canadians, or worse, further debt.

There’s a perception that only hicks of scary business suits can get behind this kind of thinking.  That makes no sense to me.  I know that arts spending and social programs are important to Canadian identity as well as the well-being of Canada as a nation.  I know that there are arguments that social programs go around and improve industry in an indirect, immeasurable way.  And I agree that we have to strike a balance.  But like the environmental deficit, constant spending will catch up with us, and when it does, it won’t be pretty.

Anyway, I welcome any challenging/diverging viewpoints ’cause I think political thought should be constantly changing rather than ingrained.

hint hint

30 Mar