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Saturday, 26 June 2004
Bashing Is Easy. Debate Is Difficult
Mood:  smelly
It seems easier for one politician to bash another than to engage in an intelligent debate on something.

Elections have a tendency to dumb down issues and fixate on stereotypes concerning political parties or leaders who lean to "the left or right."

If one can make a certain politician look worse than oneself, then the attacker wins because "he looks better by comparision".

Arousing negative emotions and attitudes seem to be the favoured tactic rather than well reasoned and well researched arguments.

The demonizing and generalizing give a bad taste in one's mouth for politicos and political parties. That's why many choose not to vote at all.

Posted by qualteam at 9:47 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 27 June 2004 11:04 PM EDT
Friday, 25 June 2004
The Passion Of Michael Moore
Mood:  on fire
When a filmmaker is passionate about his subject matter, it certainly communicates well to a passive audience.

Fahrenheit/9/11 certainly creates an emotional reaction negatively or positively with its fans and critics.

I can see this film going to number one at the box office this weekend.

So what, if it's partisan or controversial, this will just assist the documentary in gettting a bigger boxoffice take.

Check out the Nixon documentary "Millhouse" if you get a chance.
Reviews Of Fahrenheit/9/11
Richard Milhouse Nixon

Posted by qualteam at 10:42 PM EDT
Thursday, 24 June 2004
My Life: It's More Than My Earthly Existence
Anyone reading this blog should know that I consider "my life" more than the sum of my physical experiences as David Barron. The journey of my basic self(spirit/soul)into intuitive knowledge and past lives is as valid as any human perception past, present or future.

The detailed artistic works of J.K. Rawlings, Stephen King, Gene Roddenberry, Isaac Asimov, George Lucas, etc, etc. seem to point in that direction.

The memories of the soul can come out as hideous nightmares or incredible hi-tech dreams.

To know a person well is to know the shape of his inner life as well as his outer appearance. In that respect, it's highly likely that Bill Clinton failed in his autobiograpy: Too many mundane external details.

What do you think? Have you read the book?
Reviews Of Bill Clinton's "My Life"

Posted by qualteam at 10:24 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 25 June 2004 5:01 PM EDT
Tuesday, 22 June 2004
Investing In A House And Property
Recently, my wife and I spent $3300 on a new bathroom and $5700 on vinyl siding.

Renovations enhance the value of a house and vinyl siding also provides greater insulation for rooms that are upstairs.

We'll be getting a rebate from the Government for the siding upgrade.

Like many others, we lost money on the stock market, but we've gained with enhanced real estate values.

What do you think is a good investment these days?

Posted by qualteam at 11:00 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 22 June 2004 11:14 PM EDT
Monday, 21 June 2004
How Could The Liberals Win A Majority?
By winning more seats in Quebec, but that won't be easy because Gilles Duceppe of the Bloc Quebecois has successfully played the "accountability card" there. In a sentence, it could be spelled out as follows: "The Government scandals were Liberal and not Quebecois."

As I stated in my blog of June/16/04, Martin has to take a "hardline position" on government waste and/or fraud beyond the Auditor General's actions. This would be a broad Liberal plan to deal with governmental fiscal irregularities before they become "Sink Holes".

The Prime Minister hasn't done the above and it could cost him a majority by denying his party seats in Quebec. That's my viewpoint.
Election Update

Posted by qualteam at 9:06 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 21 June 2004 9:11 PM EDT
Sunday, 20 June 2004
The Alfred E. Neuman Award For 2004
Goes to Conservative leader, Stephen Harper. Alberta premier, Ralph Klein was the first runner up. Well done.
Mad Magazine

Who is Ralph Klein?

Posted by qualteam at 5:14 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 20 June 2004 9:54 PM EDT
Saturday, 19 June 2004
The Federal Election: Political Ad Of The Week
Mood:  a-ok
This has to go to the Liberal ad people who have successfully lumped Brian Mulroney(43 billion dollar deficit),Mike Harris(6 billion dollar deficit)and Stephen Harper together as the "Three Conservative Fiscal Stooges." This is the latest TV ad by the Liberal party that goes for the jugular on the subject of fiscal responsibility. Three stars
Former Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney
Former Ontario Premier, Mike Harris
Present Conservative Leader, Stephen Harper

Posted by qualteam at 9:49 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 19 June 2004 9:52 AM EDT
Thursday, 17 June 2004
Who's Going To Win The Canadian Federal Election?
The Liberals under the leadership of Prime Minister, Paul Martin, have not run a good campaign so far: too much mud slingling, too much focus on health care issues. The Prime Minister could have stressed his record against the deficit or produced a new policy on government accountability, but he didn't do this.

The Conservative have the best ad of the campaign which pictures Liberals or bureaucrats throwing money into garbage cans while circus music plays in the background.

The Conservatives have an outside chance of winning a majority(155 seats in the House of Commons)but the most likely scenerio is a minority Government with a coalition between the Conservatives and The Bloc Quebecois. This would be a government that might last eight months before a non-confidence vote goes through and another election is called.

Lester Person never won a majority, but he was Prime Minister for five years in the 1960s.
More Election News
Lester Pearson's Biography

Posted by qualteam at 10:37 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 17 June 2004 10:50 PM EDT
Wednesday, 16 June 2004
#1 Issue In The Canadian Federal Election
The number one issue in this election is FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. No government can afford to waste billions, even millions of dollars of the
taxpayer's money.

Promises relating to social programs and even the every day operation of government is dependent on revenues from the citizens of Canada.

What I wanted to hear on last night's debate was "a hard line on fiscal responsibility" from the party's leaders. I didn't get it. What I mean by
"HARD LINE" is complete accountability for every dollar, dime and nickel that a government department spends.

I want to see upgraded accountancy and monitoring practices that can catch boondoggles, waste, criminal activities before the red ink begins to gush through the press to the public.

There has to be legislation in place that goes beyond Auditor General scrutiny to accomplish this. Something that can correct monetary
irregularities before they become "SINK HOLES".

If a party wants my vote and maybe millions of others, it should tell me and the Canadian public its bright ideas for handling problems that have plagued Liberal and Conservative Governments since Confederation.

More Views On "The Great Debate"

From left to right, Stephen Harper, Conservative, Paul Martin, Prime Minister, Jack Layton, NDP, Gilles Duceppe, Bloc Quebecois

Posted by qualteam at 11:37 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 16 June 2004 11:39 AM EDT
Tuesday, 15 June 2004
Who Won The Great Leadership Debate?
Mood:  quizzical
He's probably the one whose party you are favouring.

All candidates had a tendency to dumb the debate down to the common denominator: lots of slogans, lots of stereotypes, lots of interruptions. However, Paul Martin seemed the most knowledgeable on "how government works" and "the financial issues".

After having went through the Ontario tax cuts with Ontario premier, Mike Harris, and the resulting Ontario deficit(8 billion dollars), I don't feel inclined to relive this experience nationally with Conservative, Stephen Harper.
More On The Debate

Posted by qualteam at 10:59 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 15 June 2004 11:01 PM EDT

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