We Could’ve Been the NDP of the Right

I’ll be honest, Rachel Notley comes across as pretty decent person. I’d invite her to my summer time BBQ. She’d show up with a great potato salad or slaw and everyone would have a good time. The other thing I like about her is that she has principles. She sticks with them whether she is in a party of a few seats or a powerful majority.

I absolutely disagree with her politics and socialism on principle. At best, I believe the role of the government should be very limited. The government is generally terrible and can’t do the simplest things well.

Now, to be fair, the NDP government hasn’t done a thing yet so I will reserve judgment until they try to socially engineer us into oblivion. Then I’ll start kicking and screaming. I’ll make a prediction right now though.

It’s going to be tough and in 4 years I’ll be yelling I told you so.

What I am going to kick and scream about today are the PCs and the Wildrose party. I would have preferred a PC government to NDP 10 times out of 10. Even more so for the Wildrose party. Even with all its faults I would take the watered down, weak-willed, milquetoast conservatism of either of those parties over the socialism of the NDP.

Remember when Danielle Smith and legend-in-his-own-mind campaigner Vitor Marciano said they didn’t want the Wildrose to be the NDP of the right? What they were really saying was “Let’s sell out our principles for power.” Well, it turns out you don’t have to do that.

The NDP didn’t win because Alberta went socialist. It won because Rachel Notley comes across as a real person trying to do her best to serve Alberta and she was a stark contrast to Prentice and Jean who practically leave a slime trail wherever they go.

Albertans wanted a change and they wanted nothing to do with PCs and Wildrose because they stand for nothing but gathering power.

If Danielle Smith hadn’t crossed the floor she would be Premier right now. Albertans wanted change and Wildrose was the natural choice.

Then they went and messed it all up. It reminds me of the famous planet of the Apes scene. “You Maniacs! You Blew it  Up!”

Now we have 4 years of socialism. I put the blame firmly on the PCs and the Wildrose for leaving behind their conservative values and not knowing how to campaign.

Famous campaign educator Morton Blackwell has said it best ” You owe it to your ideology to learn how to win.”

Wildrose, you have 4 years to learn how to win so you can undo the damage done by NDP.

As for me, I won’t be letting the NDP get away with anything. I will remain vigilant.

Brian Jean and the Billion Dollar project that wasn’t

So I made my way down to Red Deer tonight for the Wildrose Leadership debate tonight. I had a good seat near the front.  There was no real knockout punch but Brian Jean certainly told some whoppers.

Brian Jean congratulated himself on his management of the federal government’s $1 billion “Green Infrastructure Fund” (GIF), delegated to him by his boss, the Minister of Transport.

Two things: why would you brag about spending government money?

Two, people who worked with him say he was lazy. 

Think about it. 

Government workers are calling Brian Jean lazy. 

 Apparently, Jean’s project approval process was so leisurely and lazy that in 2010 the PM and the Minister of Finance took away $170 million away from the GIF and Brian Jean’s boss and turned it over to‎ more engaged and proactive members of the Conservative Government in Ottawa. A further $45 million was also diverted away from the GIF. 

But then, word has it that Brian Jean’s international playboy mantra is “Why do today what I can put off till tomorrow?”

Can Wildrose afford a procrastinator in the leader’s chair? Should Albertans trust a playboy with their hard-earned tax dollars and their families’ future prospects and well-being? 

He’s running around screaming he’s Wildrose to anyone who will listen but he’s always acted like a PC. I keep saying it: Brian Jean is Danielle Smith in pants.

One last thing: did anyone else hear about a provincial Reform Party planning to run a well funded campaign in every riding? If it’s true, you heard it here first and the Wildrose should be scared.

Brian Jean IS a “Crazy Nutbar”

Is Brian Jean serious?

In yesterday’s Calgary Sun Brian Jean quickly tried to distance himself from his true social conservative roots.

He called everyone who is pro-life and believes that marriage is between a man and a woman “crazy and a nutbar.”

Well, apparently Brian Jean was a nutbar when he said this in parliament:

On the definition of Marriage:  “The word ‘marriage’ … describes a relationship between one man and one woman in a state-recognized contract. The institution of marriage was created for the purpose of procreation and for the nurturing of the children of the union…In my view, a stable home with a mother and father is and has always been – the foundation of our civilization and, although it may not always be attainable, I would argue that we should work toward this environment as it is best for our children. Our children are our future and must be protected.” [Hansard transcript, Dec. 7, 2006]

Or what about his Absolutely perfect voting record for the Campaign Life Coalition.

Just to give you an idea of how hardcore nutbar Brian Jean is, Campaign Life Coalition ranks him MORE CONSERVATIVE than Arch “Nutbar” Rob Anders!

 Let me say that again:

Brian Jean is MORE Socially Conservative than Rob Anders!! 

Campaign Life Coalition gives Brian Jean the green light and Rob Anders a mere yellow light. You can count on Brian Jean to vote for the social conservative issues EVERYTIME. 

So why did he practically scream NO! from the mountain tops when Rick Bell asked him if he was socially conservative?  Why did he call the core support of Wildrose nutbars and crazy? Why does he want to “sweep ” them all out of the party?

Is he a liar? Or is he betraying his beliefs for crass political opportunity?

Brian Jean has been one of those “crazies” and “nutbars” his whole life. He was born a baptist, went to a Christian liberal arts college and swore up and down that he was socially conservative during his stint in Ottawa. (Although his previous 5 or 6 wives and the alleged, secret-to-no-one harem he kept in his office of perky staffers looking to get …ahem… ahead might speak otherwise)

So now we come to yesterday and he’s bad mouthing socially conservative people… the backbone of Wildrose. Apparently there is no one he won’t flip on.

First he donates $10,000 to Jim Prentice to become leader and then wants to run against him as Wildrose.

He spends his whole life telling anyone in earshot how socially conservative he is (more than Rob Anders!) and now he’s calling them nutbars.  It’s almost too bad. I’d probably vote for the socially conservative Brian Jean.

Instead, we have  Brian “The Spatula” Jean because apparently there is nothing he won’t flip on: political parties, supporters, staffers, wives, personal religious faith…

Brian Jean: One Foot Across the Floor

You ever meet those people who just keep getting cheated on by their partners? It doesn’t matter who they date, it’s like they have a magnet for cheaters.

I’m beginning to think the Wildrose Party is like that.

Former Conservative MP Brian Jean threw his hat into the ring yesterday for the Wildrose leadership.  Great, Right? Except… there’s an $11,000 problem with that.

As you can see below, the City Centre Group donated $10,000 to Jim Prentice’s leadership campaign.

There it is in black and white. Page 12. Just a few down in the $10,000 range. City Centre Group. You know who owns City Centre Group? Brian Jean and his mother, Francis Jean. You probably know it as the famous Fort McMurray landmark:  City Centre Car Wash.

What’s really rich is that just yesterday Brian Jean was saying “I think the people of Alberta deserve better than what they’ve had for the last 44 years“.

Put your money where your mouth is Brian!

If they were really that bad, why did Brian Jean donate $10,000 to Jim Prentice? How many free PC memberships did he hand out with that money? And don’t forget  the time you and your mom donated $1,000 to Alison Redford  during the last election to help her defeat Wildrose.

$10,000 for Premier Prentice

And now Brian Jeans wants to lead Wildrose? Just what is his game here? You donate your money to the PCs and run for Wildrose? You’ve already got it figured out, don’t you? You donate to Prentice, get on his good side, win the Wildrose leadership, and then cross the floor into a cushy position… say Finance Minister?

Wildrose needs to elect someone who isn’t just a PC trying to get elected in a rural riding. They need someone who actually believes in the party and the province. We’ve had enough of these clowns.

I’m begging Wildrose not to pick Brian Jean. He’s already shown ZERO loyalty to the party. Don’t get cheated on again. Brian Jean’s already got one foot across the floor.

Seriously, even Danielle didn’t donate to Alison Redford.

 

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Manliness in 2015- Accepting Reality for What It Is

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what 2015 should be all about. What is the one thing about men that I would change to make the world a better place.

I would have men accept reality for what it is and deal with it on its own terms.

There would be no room for fancy social theories pulled from the white towers of academia. No utopian dreams. It would be a simple life. Not an easy life, but very straightforward one.

The phrase: “If you don’t work, you die.” Comes to mind. Not that society or the government would force people to work. Wanting to put food in your own belly would make you work. You’d be free to work and become as honestly wealthy as your talents would allow it.

Most of the “isms” would be gone. We’d realize that isms are just personal buggaboos that people want the government to fix so they don’t have to fix themselves. That’s my wish right there: That we would accept reality and stop trying to get rid of personal and private fears by legislating them out of existence. It’s never worked and never will.

Danielle Smith -The PC Pretender

Over this past weekend Danielle Smith had her caucus over to her house. Nothing strange about that. It’s the Christmas season and why wouldn’t work colleagues get together for some holiday fun?

This Christmas party was a little different. Mainly because the

point of the party wasn’t to celebrate the birth of Jesus or jolly old St. Nick.

Nope. This party was Smith’s attempt to beg the Wildrose MLAs to cross the floor to the PCs.

Wildrose insiders have seen a disturbing trend with Smith. She’s been having closed door meetings with PC and Alberta Party stalwarts like Stephen Carter in order to facilitate Smith becoming a PC. Her floor crossing plans are the worst kept secret in the Legislature.

Now, she’s finally come out and openly asked her caucus to cross with her. I guess if they all go together it won’t break her “no more floor crossing” promise.

Rob Anderson, the natural successor to Smith once she’s no longer leader couldn’t be happier. He’s wanted to go back to being a PC for a long time. He’s missed the perks of power.

The real surprise here is that Danielle Smith didn’t cross earlier.

Smith has always been PC. In fact she’s only been Wildrose for a little more than a sneeze in her political career. She was president of the federal PC party after Reform had come to prominence in Alberta. She already had aspirations of political power in university.

In 2008 she was waiting in the wings to run for the PCs provincially. In 2009 she finally left the party when it was crumbling under Stelmach. Less than a year later she was running for the Wildrose Leadership.

She’s never held Wildrose values. She’s always just wanted to hold onto some sort of power and she’s been terrible at it since the beginning of her career. She couldn’t run the school board she was elected to. Gordon Dirks had to come in and save it. She snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the 2012 provincial election and she’s driven Wildrose into the ground with whatever momentum they had for the next election.

I will say this about her. That kind of political failure is special. To take a party that was supposed to win the last election and the upcoming election and suicide it so completely, that takes talent.

So, Danielle Smith and  power hungry Wildrose MLAs will cross the floor around Christmas so the news is drowned out by the chorus of “O’ Holy Night”. She’ll probably be the Deputy Premier, or Prentice’s poodle as I will call her. And then, at Prentice’s earliest convenience he will slit their collective throats in the nominations.

Never suffer a traitor in your numbers. And that will be it for the Wildrose and the real conservatives in Alberta will take back the party that they began.

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Love and Gender Confusion

I know that right away people will label me a bigot.

I’m okay with that. I’m coming from a place of love and dignity. Real love and real dignity.

I’m just going to come out and say it:

I don’t know that providing gender reassignment surgery for people is good. In fact I think it’s incredibly harmful.

I say this because the operation is horrifying. It can’t be right and good to use part of your stomach or intestines to make a vagina. It can be right to alter the clitoris through the use of testosterone and carve your own skin up in order to make a penis.  It sounds like mutilation.

And after the operation, there’s still the need for hormones to maintain the transformation. Changing, or mutilating the genitals does not make you a man or woman. You need the hormones.

This got me thinking.

If someone has to take more estrogen to “feel” like a woman or testosterone to “feel” like a man, why not just give them the hormone that corresponds with their body?

Surely taking a pill is more loving than surgery. If someone can feel better about themselves without having their body cut, that has to be the best option.

This all points to a larger issue. You can see it in the amount of post-op suicides and regrets.

If you feel like you’re stuck in the body of the opposite gender, you’re mentally ill. This isn’t a moral judgment. I don’t think people with anorexia are evil. I want to help them. I don’t help them by paying for their liposuction. We have to deal with reality. We shouldn’t buy into their disease and discomfort. It’s not loving, it’s lazy.

Same with parents who let their kids decide one day that they’re a boy or a girl. Given the choice, most kids would decide they were a dinosaur. A parent who lets their kid decide their gender is neglecting the development of their kid. They’re abdicating their parental responsibility.

Now I know there’s money to be made in the surgery, that it’s posh to see gender as something we made up and it reinforces the idea that nothing is right or wrong or correct or incorrect in this world.I know that’s so important for progressives.

This idea isn’t true, of course. There is reality and it doesn’t care about you. I remember meeting a devout Catholic woman and the topic of homosexuality came up. She said one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever heard:

“God forgives. Nature doesn’t.”

There are consequences to every action. Including gender reassignment surgery. That consequence is often suicide, or soul crushing regret.

I don’t want people experiencing that. It’s time we take an honest look at people who feel they are trapped in the wrong body and do something that actually helps them, regardless of the politics surrounding the issue.

I’m willing to be completely wrong on this. I just don’t want them to suffer because we as a society were lazy and pretended it was loving to buy into a mental illness. Lives are at stake. We need to show real love.