i don’t feel

i don’t feel much like blogging lately. i think it’s because i was blogging a lot for the last few weeks and burned myself out on it. for the last several days whenever i have checked in here, i’ve felt bored and annoyed, like i was just here out of some sense of obligation.

of course, that’s no fun so i’m making a point to blog less until such time as it starts feeling less forced.

however, there are a few things i want to get off my chest before receding into the abyss once again.

#1. i saw in the news that comedian kathy griffin posted a photo of herself holding donald trump’s bloody head. i don’t really care about this either way, but then i saw that old rocker ted nugent called her picture “downright vulgar, obscene and a genuine variation of a death threat.”

this is coming from the same guy who said barack obama could “suck his machine gun” and hilary clinton was a “worthless bitch” who could “ride one of his guns into the sunset.”

what a fucking hypocrite. it seems like lots of politically active people want to say incendiary things, mock people who take offense and call them “snowflakes,” and wave a flag for freedom of speech — only to cry foul when someone with a different opinion says something similarly inflammatory. it’s a bunch of bullshit. everyone should get some thicker skin, go ahead and talk shit, and not take offense when anyone else talks shit. then i’d never have to hear crowds of hypocrites calling each other snowflakes.

#2. last night i saw a well-dressed middle-aged guy, gassing up his very nice all-wheel drive volvo. his car had an “i [heart] vancouver island” sticker on it, and one of those annoying thule roof rack-mounted cargo boxes. he clearly thought he was a hardcore islander.

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you know you’re a wannabe outdoor enthusiast when…

then he tossed an empty plastic jug of windshield cleaner in the trash can and drove off. i wanted to say, “i see by your car, sticker, and cargo box you’re a real outdoorsy type, so perhaps you’d be interested to know that plastic like the jug you just tossed out is being found by the ton in teeny, tiny pieces throughout the guts of fish and birds in even the most remote regions of earth. since you’re so rugged and adventurous, i thought maybe you’d like to help preserve what’s left of our rotting world by recycling that fucking jug instead of tossing it carelessly in the trash.” but instead, like a coward, i said nothing, and now i hate myself as much as i hate him.

#3. i have been thinking lately that when i’m at my most depressed, i wish i would just die and get the shit over with. conversely, when i’m at my happiest, i wish i would die so as to go out on a high note. i basically think there is never a bad time to hop off of this ride. i mentioned this to riley and he responded that this philosophy should be written in a breezy large print bestseller and promoted by oprah. i thought that was funny.

#4. i went into a lee’s famous chicken and then a tim horton’s yesterday to get junk food for a wedding party. both establishments were filled with the most wretched human vermin: hunchbacked, confused white trash; toothless drunks; mute yet incredibly rude and dismissive ESL students. it occurred to me that perhaps bill and i should go for dinner at lee’s chicken and then wash it down with a double double and some tim bits sometime, and soak in this rich cultural experience that the cowichan valley has to offer.

over and out.

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no electoral reform in canada after all: typical politician bullshit from trudeau.

i was really pumped when the liberals won a majority government in the last election because justin trudeau had said that election would be the last one under the ‘first past the post’ system. i have been a big supporter of proportional representation for years because while i recognize that i’m a ‘fringe’ voter, i don’t believe that means that my opinion shouldn’t count. fringe voters still make up a good chunk of the population so why shouldn’t they take up a proportionate amount of seats in the house of parliament?

but it didn’t take long for trudeau to start toning down his speech down and pumping his brakes on the whole electoral reform thing, sidestepping questions about the issue. then a few weeks ago, he said he “wasn’t sure if electoral reform was right for canada.” awful funny that he’d say that only after he made bold claims to the contrary to help get himself fucking elected. typical lying politician scum.

now trudeau is saying he has backed away from electoral reform over fear of extremist groups like white nationalists and white supremacists getting a foothold in our government. that’s just a baseless scare tactic to make the uninformed public associate electoral reform with extremism, terrorism. many other countries around the world — including most of the countries that have a high standard of living than canada — use proportional representation, and you sure don’t hear about their burgeoning white supremacist governments. and what’s more, with our current first past the post system, we just had an extremist government for 8 years with harper’s conservatives. and the same system in the US just got donald trump elected. so don’t tell me that proportional representation is for radicals while the first past the post system keeps extremists out of power. that’s bullshit.

this quote from a senior liberal really kills me too, it’s so asinine:

“…the more [trudeau] thought about proportional representation, the more he thought it was exactly the wrong system for a big, regionally and culturally diverse country.”

that’s totally backwards. if a country is culturally diverse, you WANT proportional representation so that all those different cultures are adequately represented. holy fuck, this is is so incredibly stupid.

trudeau himself just said this regarding his about-face on the topic:

“The fact of the matter is that I am not going to do something that is wrong for Canadians just to tick off a box on an electoral platform…”

that’s a flimsy excuse that any and every politician could use, and likely has, whenever they break election promises. “i thought it was good then, but now i see it’s actually not.” if it’s wrong for canada now, why did trudeau think it was so right for canada before he got elected? i guess he didn’t know the first fucking thing about it when he was talking about it back on the election trail. if he didn’t know what he was talking about, he shouldn’t have made such big promises about it.

the worst part about all of this is that we have no recourse. think about it like this: if i called a plumber to fix a leak and they said “sure i can fix it, i’ll be right over,” but then they showed up and said they weren’t going to fix that leak, i would fire them — i hired them to do a specific task they said they would do, but now they say they’re not going to do it, so end of story. they’re gone, fired. why is it any different with elected officials? why is there no way to assure accountability in government? this is a massive flaw in politics. greasy, opportunistic sons of bitches need to be held accountable for their lies.

trudeau and his government should get the fucking boot, as far as i’m concerned.

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send him packing and wipe that smug, smarmy look off his face.