Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Karwacki's chances; Canada; Pot; Cartoon

SK Liberal leader David Karwacki has a good chance of winning when he runs in Weyburn-Big Muddy [PDF]. In 1995 the Liberals got as many votes as both the NDP and PC parties, and only in '99 after the meltdown from the defection of SK Liberal members to the Sask Party, that they got fewer votes than the NDP.

1995 G.E. – June 21
Judy Llewellyn Bradley............................................................................................ NDP 3506
Hugh M. Kimball ...................................................................................................... Lib 2373
Brenda Bakken........................................................................................................ PC 2434

1999 G.E. – September 16
Brenda Bakken ....................................................................................................... SP 4015
Judy Llewellyn Bradley............................................................................................ NDP 2899
Joseph F. Weisgerber ........................................................................................... Lib 1373
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Connect2Canada is a website run by the Canadian Embassy in Washington. It's designed to help deliver facts about Canada to Americans, so that lies spread by Fox News and misinformed bloggers will be debunked.
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On the CKOM.com Reality Check, 79% said Harper is right to not decriminalize Pot. I said No, but I'm not sure they counted my vote because I didn't hear my "no" voice played on the radio when they called "Line 5". Why did I say no, even though I don't think people should not smoke? Because the criminalization of pot hinders "no THC" hemp acceptance as a textile industry that Saskatchewan could be making money from, and it's a waste of police resources to break up the pot trade that could be making blood money for the government in a legal market instead. There could still be fines for smoking pot in public, or driving while impaired, so it's not like decriminalization would be carte blanche for the public to go out and get high.
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I sent John Gormley this email today, to signify that not all of his listeners are pleased with his overeager reporting on The Sheaf Cartoon.

Hi John,
I wasn't impressed yesterday when you stated several times that you'd push the cartoon issue until everyone at The Sheaf was turfed. I agree with a few of your callers that you're blowing a youthfully-misguided stunt out of proportion. The cartoon is offensive yes, but it's clearly a satire of media/capitalist exploitation of religion, and it did a damn good job at demonstrating that too.
Remember how at one point you favoured the publication of similar cartoons considered at least as offensive in the Muslim world? And now you're using your considerable influence to crusade for the heads of people protesting the censorship of the Jyllands-Posten cartoon in The Sheaf. I don't think that's right.
-Saskboy

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