"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Thursday 31 October 2013

Cleaning Up In The Kitchen

I cooked yesterday. Ribs'n beans in  home- made barbecue sauce in the crock pot. I cleaned up as I went.

Doesn't matter there was still clean-up today. Not finished yet.

That's one reason  I posted someone else on David Suzuki.

Besides  enlightenment  there was the mention of speaker fees.

$40,000. a pop .

Travel, accommodation and meals would be provided by the host as well.

Think about that:

Suppose  Senators Wallin and Duffy were asked to  tally the number of speaking engagements on behalf of the Government(Conservative Party) .

Expenses  claimed  against the Senate budget  and speaker's fees would  be higher  than  that which they are now accused of improperly claiming .

The Prime Minister , to house applause , says they deserve to be suspended without pay and should  resign.

The Prime Minister made the appointments.  Did  he not know Mike Duffy worked and lived in Ottawa for years.

For sure, he knew Pamela Wallin had not resided in Saskatchewan  for  decades.

ThePrime  Minister's private sector brand of  integrity/ expediency is not useful in politics.

Every politician understands very well why Wallin and Duffy were appointed.

What is happening  to them now,at the ands of the Prime Minister,is  precisely  the reason Senate appointments  cannot be  put asunder.

Cheques from "private funds" of the PMO Chief of Staff, legal fees paid by the Conservative Party.
are  merely dots to be connected.

In the public eye, Wallin and Duffy can't be defended .

In Harper's estimation, they could be jettisoned. They should just crawl away quietly.

Well no, they were never going to do that.

Masters of Communication are  least likely victims.  Even if told in the first person, the more salacious the story the more delicious to tell.  This story is too hot to hold.

Duffy can't hide his glee.Wallin is more ladylike but she is a veteran  of wars.

The only Conservative with courage  intelligence and decency enough to defend their right to due process was Hugh Segal.  No slouch himself in the art of communication.

But never fear,  it was likely enough

Now I need to  go finish cleaning up in the kitchen


Anonymous said...

Himself is going to be hard-pressed to lecture on family values. By taking shots at Mr Trudeau' few encounters with pot, he has opened himself up to what has been simmering for years. Nor can he get away with blaming the Senate fiasco on the Liberal media. They have protected his butt so far but I think that might be coming to an end.
Someone said this was all like an Italian film because you can't find any good guys.

Anonymous said...

what's that sound? Oh yeah, it's Stephen Harper scratching the epitaph on his own tombstone with a penknife. 'Here Lies'

Historian said...

@ 1254
Are you referring to the same Liberal Media that reported Hrdc and Adscam as back page news. The same media that allowed Chrétien's Chief of Staff
Jean Pelletier to deflect (ie like Nigel Wright) all hints of wrong doing away from mr Chrétien? If so where is the balance

Anonymous said...

Who got the Sport Aurora magazine this week. Who can look at this and not think it is from the Town? Downey even does an article.

It's so Aurora focused though. The Barbarians play in W-Stoufville. CDS is in King.

Anonymous said...

That is all such old garbage. This is Now.

Anonymous said...

It's been a week since Watts posted something. I guess he's busy cutting and pasting.

Anonymous said...

can you imagine being on the plane going west with Mr Harper ? What a silent ride that will be

Anonymous said...

Glad to see the Barbarians brought up here. It would be an interesting exercise to find out how many actual Aurora residents or children of residents play for this club. When we were involved a few years ago, almost nobody from Aurora played for the Barbs. The ladies squads had more locals, but the junoir teams had less than 30% from here.

Anonymous said...

Lose your vendetta. Mr Watts does very well despite your petty snarling. You ?

Anonymous said...

Tossing aside the junk about military procurement, gazebos, cutting off aid to vets & seniors etc, this is boiling down to one thing. Was Nigel sacked or did he resign? Either way the PM has told a resonating whopper.

Anonymous said...

Canadian Press
" Senior Conservatives pull Nigel Wright out from under Harper's bus "

Anonymous said...

I wish Harper would stop with this stuff about being a Home-town Albertan. He was raised in TO and doesn't know one end of a cow from the other. Likes the jeans and cowboy hat but have you ever see him actually ' ride ' a horse ? Not going to see him in a canoe either - only does sports with wheels and plenty of covering clothes.

Anonymous said...

Yes, 09:21, there aren't a lot of ranches in Leaside or Etobicoke.