2008 ends with
war still on–check
Countless thousands are losing their lives to wars and as of 28 Dec. 106 Canadian soldiers have perished in Afghanistan.
ongoing human rights infractions–check
Too many to write to as every country around the world is guilty of this including Canada
Lying Liars still Lying or How I Sold My Foetus On Ebay
2008 saw an attempt in Colorado to have eggs legally regarded as persons. This was rightly defeated. An attempt to make abortion illegal under essentially any condition including life of the mother in South Dakota. Again defeated.
And a number of bills proposed which would reopen the abortion debate in Canada, as well as make contraception and abortion more difficult to access. Bill C484, C537 And we find out there is a plotting to take away women’s rights.
Women still to Blame
One of the rules of a journalist agreement signed in Argentina was
We will never look for justifications or “motives” (alcohol, drugs, arguments, jealousy, a couple’s separation, infidelity, and so on) that only distract attention from the central issue: violence. The cause of gender-based violence is the control and domination that certain men exercise over women.
Too bad media didn’t take that tact when reporting on the killing spree in the so called Santa Killer case. References are consistently made to how his wife leaving him triggered his violence as if it was her fault. This is not an isolated instance in fact it is a sickeningly common occurrence.
Conservatives™ hate Democracy
Harper decided to prorogue parliament rather than face a coalition which represented 62% of the Canadian 2008 election voters. He relied heavily on many Canadians lack of knowledge of how our system works to shift that blame to the coalition members. An Angus Reid poll had this question;
Which of these political systems do you think would be best for Canada?
Please select one response only.
A presidential system, with an executive branch that is separate from the legislature
The current parliamentary system, with the prime minister and cabinet exercising power
A semi-presidential system, with a president in charge of foreign policy and a prime minister in charge of domestic policy
Why I can’t imagine who *cough* Harper *cough* would want to go to an American style of government.
Fundies Discover Feminism
Sarah Palin is chosen as the running mate for McCain. Every remark made about her from her clothing expenditures to her ability to answer simple questions like what newspapers do you read, is met with a refrain of that is sexist!
An ironic twist in a campaign that featured right wing talking heads making egregiously sexist remarks re Clinton and whose GOP fan base eschews feminism like reality.
Morgentaler receives the Order of Canada.
An award highly overdue. Fundie heads explode and calls for return of other awards are made. Interestingly they didn’t see the awards as being tainted by the likes of a paedophile priest. Oh well we all have our own moral compass.
Khadr Still Waits for Justice
You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting
Just a few of the highlights. There is always hope that 2009 will be better but it is unlikely.
To my readers I wish you peace, health, happiness and friendship in the coming year.