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Miss Myrtle’s Rectal Cranial Impaction Hall of Fame Part 11

Illegitimi non carborundum – Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down

Here for your edification and enjoyment are yet more Inductees into the Rectal Cranial Impaction Hall of Fame. These are the folks who leave us dumbstruck, dumbfounded and dumbfucked. DISCLAIMERS: Any picture/Inductee duplication is purely intentional. You may also notice that the majority of Inductees are men. That should require no further explanation. This blog post includes text and photos…because a picture is worth a thousand words.

SPECIAL THANKS to Colonel Morris Davis, former Guantanamo Chief Prosecutor, for creating the phrase Rectal Cranial Impaction

Bugs and Daffy Around Campfire

Breaking with tradition, am inducting only Canadians in this blog post. It’s a bit of an education for our American, Aussie, British, European and other cousins. Bear with me, there is more than enough stupidity to go around.

Well Dear Hearts, the American Election had shifted the focus off many Tea Party North nefarious shenanigans. And nothing says Tea Party North like the Conservative Party of Canada Leadership race and upcoming British Columbia election in 2017… with the Conservatives-In-Liberal-Clothing.

It is impossible to choose which of the flyweights and nincompoops running for the Leadership since Stephen Harper had his hateful arse kicked to the curb, is more deplorable. But the Conservatives are gathered around the campfire and they’re roasting their weenies…

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My personal favorite is Dr. Kellie Leitch. She reminds me of Michele Bachmann, she of the Tea Party Tin Foil Hat Brigade. While Minister for Women under Herr Harper, Leitch’s accomplishments on behalf of her Canadian sisters were stunning. The high point was undoubtedly the removal of the 12% tampon tax. Kellie, a grateful nation will never forget your sacrifice! But wait – there’s more! Dr. Leitch stepped up to the podium with colleague Chris Alexander, then- Immigration Minister, to propose that Canadians rat-out each other and report on Barbaric Cultural Practices. I kid you not. Inform on your Muslim and other “foreign” neighbors.This was part of the fear-mongering hysteria the Conservatives whipped up as Election 2015 neared.

It turns out Dr. Leitch was just getting warmed up. Oblivious to the quote “physician heal thyself” she is running for the Leadership of the Canadian Conservative Party, in part on a platform she likes to call screening immigrants for anti-Canadian values. Does that sound vaguely familiar? It should.

In a tip of the hat to Donald Trump, bombastic, bloviating, bullying business buffoon Kevin So Bleary of Shark Tank fame, has thrown his hat in the ring, as have many others incompetents.

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There is a special place in Hell reserved for British Columbia’s Minister of Social Development Michelle Stilwell and her colleague Peter Fassbender, Minister of Everything Else including Translink, our regional transportation network. Fassbender ground teachers into the dust as Education Minister. Just when you thought Donald Trump had set the bar as low as it could go by refusing to rent to African-Americans in the 70’s and 80’s and then courting their votes in the recent election … along comes Tea Party North, British Columbia branch.

Taking yet another page from the Stephen Harper – Joe Oliver  balance-the-budget playbook, Premier Christy Clark’s minions clawed back Disability Bus Passes from over 3,500 needy people. This forced people to choose between having enough food to eat or do without public transit. At the same time, the Ministry pretended they were increasing Income Assistance (Canadian welfare/The Dole) rates  that had been frozen for over the past 8 years, even as the cost of living rose dramatically during that time.

But wait – there’s more!  Then the BC Liberals launched relentless TV ads crowing about how fiscally responsible they are – with a huge budget surplus, nearly a year out from the election. It doesn’t get more cynically opportunistic than this, balancing the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable. But wait – it does! They launched their new election slogan “British Columbia – The Future Is Here“. Well, I say NO. It is fucking NOT, if you happen to be poor and disabled!

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Don’t get me started on Site C Dam or the Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline and Petronas LNG tanker terminals. British Columbia has some of the most breathtaking natural habitat in the world and it is under siege by Big Oil and Gas and other corporate entities. Will do another blog post about that shortly. Gawd, I need a drink. Fittingly, the BC Conservatives-In-Liberal-Clothing make me want to cry in my beer, then deny me the beer to cry in.

Rare white kermode bear mother and cub in the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada - Nov 2014 christy-clark-royals

Would someone please explain to Betty Battenberg that Christy Clark did NOT deserve to receive an award at Buckingham Palace for saving The Great Bear Rainforest! The Great Bear Rainforest has been saved in spite of – not because of her. And it is not out of the woods so to speak, as she and the BC Liberal Caucus continue to allow annual bear hunts of endangered grizzlies in an elaborate bait-and-switch license scam.

Am stopping here before my brain explodes – the smoke is actually coming out my ears. And you thought it was easy being Canadian, eh.

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Miss Myrtle’s Rectal Cranial Impaction Hall of Fame Part 8

Illegitimi non carborundum – Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down

Bugs and Daffy Around Campfire

Here for your edification and enjoyment are yet more Inductees into the Rectal Cranial Impaction Hall of Fame. These are the folks who leave us dumbfounded, dumbstruck and dumbfucked, in no particular order:

DISCLAIMERS: Any picture/Inductee duplication is purely intentional. You may also notice that the majority of Inductees are men. Dearies, that should require no further explanation. This blog post includes text and photos…because a picture is worth a thousand words.

SPECIAL THANKS to Colonel Morris Davis, former Guantanamo Chief Prosecutor for creating the phrase Rectal Cranial Impaction

OMG, Iowa Caucuses are really over and the “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain” folks have spoken. Firstly, let me say that as a Canadian, this is one of the things I love about American politics. It is messy, it is exasperating, entertaining and for the most part, it is all out there. We Canucks are more politically anally retentive as demonstrated by the former fascist Stephen Harper government, which shut down all national debate and discussion…but I digress.

Donald Trump

Cirque Du Toupee was handed a humiliating defeat at the hands of Ted Cruz.  Showing fake humility when conceding, Donald Trump reverted to form in a relentless and hysterical twitter rant the next morning calling Cruz a liar and cheat, and demanding a do-over. Revealed for the sniveling whiner that he is, Cirque Du Toupee is heading for implosion. and its going to be UGE! Ted Cruz, that picture-perfect Tea Party evangelical prays to a GOP Jesus who is so hateful it is embarrassing. Perhaps he comes by that genetically.  Cruz’s father Rafael is a Cuban emigre and RWNJ evangelical preacher who encourages congregants to “tithe mightily”. Speaking of tithing mightily, Ted is married to Heidi Cruz, a Goldman Sachs investment manager. Needless to say. Goldman Sachs has been a big Cruz Campaign supporter. Add the fact that Ted is mucho unpopular in Congress and out, and he fits in perfectly into the GOP Clown Car.

Donald Tump Toon Varvel   Ted Cruz

Uncle Ben Carson DID NOT QUIT THE RACE but has yet to show up in New Hampshire. Apparently he flew to Florida because he needs a change of clothes, a nap and Plan B. Oh, and he’s furious with Ted Cruz…whose campaign apparently spread rumors that he had quit. Honestly Dearies, I can’t make this stuff up and it truly isn’t brain surgery. The GOP and GOP Clown Car are indeed The Gift That Keeps On Giving.

Ben Carson

Here in Beautiful British Columbia, Conservative-In-Liberal-Clothing Christy Clark posed for yet another cheesy photo op after FINALLY being dragged kicking and screaming to sign legislation to preserve our Great Bear Rain Forest and the iconic Spirit Bear. First Nations, for whom the Rain Forest has been home for thousands of years, are also its guardians. As part of the Rainforest Solutions Project, they have relentlessly pursued The Great Bear Rainforest Order on our behalf. See the link to Elizabeth McSheffrey‘s excellent article in the National Observer, below. You know an election is on the horizon next year, because taking a page from the Fourth Reich & Stephen Harper playbook, warm fuzzy TV ads are playing relentlessly, telling us how wonderfully Christy has NOT been doing for BC children and families…The Bigger The Lie

Great Bear RainForest

WTF is up with the NFL? They are still partnered with that paragon of slave labor Papa John’s Pizza for the Super Bowl. Papa John’s Owner John Schnatter was successfully sued by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, for amongst other things, wage theft. Shame on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell & Co. Methinks we probably won’t be seeing any public service announcements about concussions, during the game…

Roger Goodell   PAPA JOHNSJohn Shnatter and Peyton Manning

There is a Special Place In Hell reserved for Shepherdsville Kentucky’s classy Mayor Scott Ellis who admitted to soliciting & receiving sex in return for helping parolees, but defiantly refused to resign. “I needed a blowjob” said Hiz Honor. His partners in crime, Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office  fired Detective Lynn Hunt after she uncovered enough evidence to arrest Ellis. Special Prosecutor Mark Shouse “went where the evidence took me” – NOT. The Good Ole’ Boys Club is alive and well in Shepherdsville Kentucky Y’All! Joining Ellis in hell is anti-abortion rights activist and sweet little old lady, Pat Lohman who secretly bought abortion clinics and lured in poor and vulnerable clients who thought they were Pro-Choice. Once there, potential clients were struck by the wrath of god and persuaded not to have an abortion. See the link to Petula Dvorak‘s article in the Washington Post, below. Am willing to bet my life that Pat Lohman would be horrified if you suggested that she take financial care of all of the poor babies she forces into this world. Hallelujah and pass the poverty!

Scott Ellis    Dvorak__1331454537890

Hell-bound too is Martin Shkreli, the Wall Street PharmaScum appeared before a congressional committee this week and smirked his way through the hearing about pharmaceutical price gouging and his companies Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and Turing Pharmaceuticals AG.  Of course Shkreli invoked the Fifth.  He later tweeted that committee-members were imbeciles. It is comforting to know that this scumbag will probably be convicted on unrelated federal fraud charges. Dare I suggest that Shkreli is a text-book narcissistic sociopath-which describes so many on Wall Street. Am sure his bravado will quickly fade in the general prison population with his new boyfriends…

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Am nursing a migraine after discussing all of this buffoonery. There is never a shortage of Inductees, on the contrary too many and too little space.

PLEASE tweet me your suggestions for future Inductees into the Rectal Cranial Impaction Hall of Fame… Your input is invaluable! And Keep The Flag Flying @MissMyrtle2

Many Thanks to The Looney Tunes Show, Political Cartoonist Varvel, @NYDailyNews  Elizabeth McSheffrey @NatObserver @emcsheff  http://www.savethegreatbear.org/region/first_nations, Petula Devorak @petulad @washingtonpost http://wpo.st/HAS91 @RawStory

 

 

Miss Myrtle’s Rectal Cranial Impaction Hall of Fame Part 7

Illegitimi non carborundum – Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down

Bugs and Daffy Around Campfire

Here for your edification and enjoyment are yet more Inductees into the Rectal Cranial Impaction Hall of Fame. These are the folks who leave us dumbfounded, dumbstruck and dumbfucked, in no particular order:

DISCLAIMERS: Any picture/Inductee duplication is purely intentional. You may also notice that the majority of Inductees are men. Dearies, that should require no further explanation. This blog post includes text and photos…because a picture is worth a thousand words.

SPECIAL THANKS to Colonel Morris Davis, former Guantanamo Chief Prosecutor for creating the phrase Rectal Cranial Impaction

Well Dearies, The Bundy Militia Stand-Off in Oregon has entered a new phase. Ammon Bundy and 5 of his posse were arrested en route to a community meeting in the city of John Day. Lavoy Finicum was shot and killed.  As someone tweeted, at least he provided his own body-bag (he was Blue Tarp Man – sitting under a blue tarp with a gun in his lap, during the Occupation).  Here’s hoping that Orange will be the new Bundy Black, but it’s anyone’s guess where things go from here. Portland’s Voodoo Doughnuts even made Ammon his very own doughnut…

Voodoo Donuts Ammon Bundy DOnut

Speaking of Orange being the new Black,  Karma has finally bitten David Dalieden and Sandra Merritt in the butt. Harris, Texas DA Devon Anderson turned the tables on these slimy creators of the notorious fake Planned Parenthood videos, and instead of indicting that organization, indicted Dalieden and Merritt, for tampering with government files. Their Center for Medical Progress twitter feed has gone silent. In all fairness, this delicious and ironic twist has been a long time in coming. When I open Miss Myrtle’s  Heroes Hall of Fame, Ms. Anderson will be one of the first Inductees.

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In the Bizzaro World of Donald Trump, Cirque Du Toupee just received an endorsement from Sarah Palin, and although I can not decipher its total meaning (cracking the Enigma Code was tougher – with apologies to Alan Turing), have no doubt that she is angling for a spot on The Ticket. Trump/Palin 2016 has a certain je ne sais quoi ring to it. Ms. Palin had to leave her endorsement press conference to go bail out here wayward son Track Palin, who had just been arrested for domestic violence. But not before she blamed President Obama for her son’s behaviour and PTSD. Sarah has been busy, what with her unmarried daughter Bristol, spokesperson for Abstinence Is Us, giving birth to a second grandchild over the Holidays.  I for one, am salivating at the prospect of a Trump/Palin run. They are indeed The Gift That Keeps On Giving.

Trump Palin Im With Stupid Track Palin1 palin-pregnant-daughter

Meanwhile, back here in Beautiful British Columbia, Premier Christy Clark, our very own Conservative-In-Liberal-Clothing is busy posing for cheesy photo-ops with Search and Rescue Teams whose budgets SHE CUT…crowing about the paltry thousands she is graciously giving them. She is also trying to ram through the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Project, transporting Alberta Tar Sands sludge through much of pristine BC, to the Coast, and on to the rapacious Asian market. This is the same broad who wanted to close a major connector, The Burrard Bridge, for yoga classes. Talk about downward dog…

Christy Clark BC Tourism Caribou

While I usually rant about one corporation or another, have given this space to the imploding Republican Party. The Grand Old Party has Teddy Roosevelt, and so many others, turning over in their graves. As Republican Party National Committee Chairman Reince Prebus so blithely tweets… “Great job Gov Nikki Haley! Fantastic balance and substance. Our party is the new, young and diverse party!” – in response to President Obama‘s final State of the Nation address. Balance and substance are the OPPOSITE of what the GOP is. The carnage wrought upon American cities and states by GOP troglodytes  is truly breath-taking…The Bigger The Lie! The GOP has lost its moral compass.

GOP Toon NEw Yorker  PRO REPUBLICAN REINCE PREBUS

There is a Special Place In Hell reserved for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who is trying to spin his way out of the fact that he poisoned tens of thousands of Flint residents, many of whom are from the black community, while crowing about saving millions as a tough Republican wise-ass. Social advocate and brilliant documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has launched an #ArrestGovSnyder twitter campaign that we all must support.The Flint Water Crisis underscores the fact that the GOP have not only lost their way, they have lost their moral compass. Re-christened his twitter moniker @onetoughnerd to @onetoughturd.

Flint Pat Bagely

Joining him in Hell, is James Monroe High School Principal Brendan Lyons. Lyons forced the resignation of beloved and award-winning teacher Tom Porton, in the Bronx. Porton, who is a National Teachers Hall of Fame Inductee, has been honored by the City of New York and The Kennedy Centre for The Arts. His legion of student-supporters grows every year. His ground-breaking and life-changing AIDS activism put him at loggerheads with Brendan Lyons, who needs to go and stand in the corner! Meanwhile, Donald Trump BFF Vladimir Putin was found “almost certain” to have ordered the polonium poisoning of yet another political critic Alexander Litvinenko by the official British inquiry into his murder. The bodies of journalists and others who oppose Putin’s quest for nothing less than total world domination, continue to pile up.

  Tom Porton      Brendan Lyons   Litivenenko 

Honestly Dearies, my head is exploding and it is only January 29, 2016. The Iowa Caucus is on Monday. There are times when I wish I could just go into a coma until November 8. Must break out the Talisker and have a dram or 5. Part 8 to follow soon.

Many Thanks To:  Looney Tunes, Daryl Cagle @dcagle Barry Blitt http://barryblitt.com/, The New Yorker @NewYorker Pat Bagley @Patbagley

Links You May Find Interesting:  @Ammon_Bundy  @christyclarkbc  @CtrMedProgress @onetoughnerd

PLEASE tweet me your suggestions for new Inductees: @MissMyrtle2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Myrtle’s Rectal Cranial Impaction Hall of Fame (RCIHOF) – Part 1

Illegitimi Non Carborundum – Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down

Dearies, it is absolutely impossible to get through a day without witnessing gobsmacking, as my friend N.O.T.O.R.I.O.U.S.™ says, Dumbfuckery.

I have therefore decided to honor those who leave us dumbfounded, dumbstruck and dumbfucked. The RCIHOF is a registered non-profit, although Revenue Canada may not see it that way.

Began this wee project in 2014, and realized that there would really never be a finite date of completion. This truly is the Never Ending Story…

Would like to recap our recent Inductees for your predilection and INVITE YOU share your nominees at any time…

DISCLAIMERS: Any picture duplication is purely intentional. You may also notice that the majority of Inductees are men. Dearies, that should require no further explanation. This blog post has less written text and more photos…because a picture is worth a thousand words.

SPECIAL THANKS to Colonel Morris Davis, former Guantanamo Chief Prosecutor for creating the phrase Rectal Cranial Impaction

Here in no particular order are your Inductees:

Fox News, for their incomparable search for the Untruth. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Economic Action Plan for using taxpayer’s dollars on campaign ads. Senator Joni Ernst for her gobsmacking response to President Obama’s State of the Union address and so much else…

FoxNews   Canadas Economic Action Plan Penises   JoniErnst

House Speak John Boehner for cat-wrangling the GOP. Benjamin Netanyahu for subverting justice and humanity everywhere. The Honorable Kerry Lynne Findlay, Minister of National Revenue for overseeing the farce that has become Prime Minister Harper’s CRA – Canada’s version of the IRS…

Boehner Netenyahu  Kerry Lynne Findlay and PM Harper

Goldman Sachs for their ongoing warm and fuzzy advertising. There is no doubt yet another mammoth scandal is about to blow. Chip Wilson, the clueless Canadian CEO of Lululemon whose hubris is as big as the 2,500 sq.ft dock he wants to build on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. Dick Cheney for his great humanitarian work…

Goldman-Sachs-Executive-f-004  Chip Wilson    DCheney

Judge Jeanine Pirro for her obvious self-loathing and hatred of everyone else…plus a dangerously low IQ. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for dragging this country through the mud…one of The Boys From Brazil. Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister and betrayer of principles…avid personal wealth and glory accruer.

Jeanine Pirro     PM Harper Emperor    Tony Blair2

Bill O’Reilly that wacky Irish wit, raconteur and Fox News beacon of darkness. The Donald Trump self-made capitalist windbag, all-round nasty guy and flyweight. The Honourable Peter MacKay (obviously Dearies, Honourable is a real Canadian misnomer), that political flyweight and Canada’s answer to the Teabaggers Sarah Palin and Joni Ernst.

Bill O'Reilly   Donald   peter-mackay-wears-no-compromise-pro-gun-t-shirt

Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, a true American patriot-not. The Donald Trump’s law enforcement doppleganger. FYI Joe, doppleganger means a look-alike harbinger of bad luck … not another gangbanger. Harbinger means…oh to hell with it. Don Lemon, that aptly named CNN guy who should really be sitting behind a Fox News Desk. Former Canadian Senator and CBC News shill Mike Duffy. Ironically might have the power to bring down this Imperial Stephen Harper government. Wears public disgrace as a badge of honour.

Joe Arpaio3   Don Lemon   Mike Duffy

Halliburton, that ethically minded offshoot of former Vice President and humanitarian Dick Cheney (see above). A multinational oil conglomerate with tentacles that reach everywhere.Monsanto that model of successful global domination-genetically modifying our food and our minds. Tim Hortons, that great Canadian traitor sells out to Burger King. The late Tim Horton was a mediocre hockey player but his donut empire was epic. Any delusion that Canadians are superior to Americans is sorely misplaced.

Halliburton  Monsanto2    Tim Hortons

The RCMP, Canada’s legendary Royal Canadian Mounted Police. With PR nightmares like officers taking Aboriginal arrestees home for sex, to tasing an unarmed Robert Dziekanski to death at YVR, its time to disband that once honourable outfit. The NYPD for its treatment of folks like Eric Garner. The KKK those wacky cowardly white supremacists and assassins in white bed sheets have infiltrated law enforcement at every level, from police departments to prisons.

Dudley Do Right 6   NYPD   KKK

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark. This Conservative in Liberal clothing is friends with any corporation that wishes to destroy BC’s pristine environment. Soulmate of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. All-round nasty girl. Saudi Arabian Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid issued a fatwa against snowmen. Honestly-it is impossible to make this stuff up. Salman Rushdie is much amused. Dearies, Stedji Brewery in Iceland makes small batch beer with whale testicles. Would love to turn the tables on those brewmasters. Their website says and we quote ” Our brewer is a german genios..”. Am sure he is, and he probably worked with Dr. Mengele.

Christy Clark   Fatwa Snowman   whaleBIG

There is a special place in Hell reserved for Deron Puro and his spawn. When his teenage sons cyber-bullied uber-dad Brad Knudson’s daughter, and Knudson called him out, Puro tried the same. I really hope he has been neutered, Dearies. Under the misguidance of union leader Patrick Lynch, the NYPD has turned its back on the citizens of NYC, not just Mayor De Blasio. There is also a special place in Hell reserved for Bill Cosby, betrayer of trust. The absolute farce of a “comedy tour” in the face of mounting accusations of sexual predator behavior, is beyond nauseating. Not man enough to stand up and face the music, methinks this is going to end very badly for all.

Daron Puro   Patrick Lynch   Bill Cosby 2

Well Dearies, there you have it… a small sampling of our Members of the Rectal Cranial Impaction Hall of Fame. Part 2 of this epic saga follows shortly. Frankly, had to stop here or my head would have exploded.

Once again, we invite you to submit your own Inductees @MissMyrtle2

With Many Thanks to   RCIHOF Patron N.O.T.O.R.I.O.U.S.™ – Mr. Militant Negro

The War on Education

Sadly Dearies, there are no winners in The War on Education.

I live in a country and a province that places very little value on Education and Educators. It has not always been thus.

A nation maintains its place in the world, and contributes to its well-being and progress, through educated citizens.

Canadians in general tend to look down their noses at the US. I have never been one of those people.

The fact that the US has a Cabinet Department devoted to Education, speaks volumes. Canada has none. The provinces are left to their own devices…

The US Secretary of Education, Arnie Duncan, is as passionate about education as anyone on this planet. He has the greatest respect for students and educators. He once said “When I ask teachers why they teach, they almost always say that it is because they want to make a difference in the lives of children”. He is an advocate for both; he is passionate about his job.

Before becoming secretary of education, Duncan served as the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), a position he held from June 2001 through December 2008. In that time, he won praise for uniting education reformers, teachers, principals and business stakeholders behind an aggressive education reform agenda that included opening more than 100 new schools, expanding after-school and summer learning programs, closing down underperforming schools, increasing early childhood and college access, dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers, and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives.

BC Education Minister Peter Fassbender has a background in broadcasting and PR. He went on to become a career politician. His initial run as a Socred (with apologies to the great Socrates, this defunct party had little to do with philosophical wisdom, and much to do with fiscal and social conservatism) failed. Mr. Fassbender’s passion is clinging to power. He has no experience, and it would seem no interest or understanding of the importance of education, unless it might be to ban a book or two.

Going back to the BC Socred party for a moment… It ruled British Columbia with an iron fist for nearly 30 years. Many see it as a precursor to the Alliance Party of Alberta, which underwent a miraculous transformation to become the Conservative Party of Canada. Forgive me if I am having a “Come to Jesus” moment here, but I sense a miraculous transformation taking place for the BC Liberal Party, under the leadership of Christy Clark. It has truly become the BC Conservative Party, in sheep’s clothing.

Who better then, to trample the teachers, in their unholy insurrection, than Peter Fassbender?

Teachers are talking about class sizes, programs for children with Special Needs, They want guaranteed levels of specialist teachers and extra lesson-planning time, as well as more one-on-one support for students who need extra help. They are asking for a fair wage and modest benefits. How Dare They!

The battle lines have been drawn, and as teachers walk the picket lines, Premier Clark and Mr. Fassbender hold “tough talk” photo ops while failing to understand the most basic elements of the discussion. It is ironic, that while Ms. Clark is busy courting investment from China and India, the immigrants from those very countries are swelling the ranks of students across all educational spectrums, to unprecedented levels in BC schools, while infrastructure and funding levels have failed to keep pace overall.

The cynicism of this government is breathtaking. Look no further than the 2012 TOIFA Awards. This 3 day Indian Film Awards Show cost taxpayers over $13 million (or is it closer to $20million as some have suggested), payable to The Times of India. You have to hand it to TOI, they have a great gig going on, sucking money away from Education and local Arts and Culture organizations, who have had their funding significantly cut back. TOIFA moves on to another city, another country, but not before the Premier and the Party pandered directly to the South Asian vote.

Under the Christy Clark regime, “there are “76,000 students attending British Columbia’s 348 private schools, accounting for about 12 per cent of the province’s total kindergarten to Grade 12 population. That figure has climbed steadily for decades, up from just 4.3 per cent in the late 1970s” says the nation’s Globe and Mail.

The Globe goes on to say that “B.C. has provided partial funding to private schools for nearly 40 years, since Social Credit premier Bill Bennett introduced the practice in 1977. Prior to that, private schools were unregulated and received no grants; today, they receive funding of up to 50 per cent of their local school district’s per-student operating grants.” THIS IS SHAMEFUL.

Rebuilding confidence in the public school system is critical, and this government is undermining it at every turn. We need a passionate advocate such as Arnie Duncan, to support and help innovate a strong and healthy public school system in British Columbia and across the country/

Education Secretary Duncan and President Obama fully understand the importance of education, and the growing challenges faced by all involved…

Premier Clark and Minister Fassbender (and de facto, Prime Minister Stephen Harper) see this as a Holy War, part of the attack on Unions, and those who support them. Education, students, educators and their families are the collateral damage in this campaign.

Jim Iker, President of the BCTF has held the line well, in the face of relentless government pressure. He has represented BC teachers, students and their families, with dignity and quietly firm resolve. As strike coffers run dry, fellow unions stepped in to contribute funds for needy teachers.

It has always been the Wild West out here. Perhaps that explains why the government has chosen to ignore the Rule of Law, as dictated by the courts after binding arbitration the last go round. The government’s failure to honestly sit down and bargain in good faith undermines the public trust and punishes all.

Forgive me Dearies for going back again to Socrates, for I fear that it will take nothing less than an act of Socratic wisdom to resolve this critical issue. Even though an agreement has been reached at this time, the future of education in BC is tenuous at best.

An all or nothing, scorched earth policy does not bode well for BC. Accepting nothing less than the complete defeat and annihilation of Unions is neither pragmatic nor wise. Unions at their best are the checks and balances against tyranny. They are changing with the times-they have had to. Those in power would be wise to follow suit.