Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Vancouver Model...."$800,000 In Twenties Is Very Heavy."

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Well, well, well...

The Globe and (NoLongerEmpire) Mail is floating the idea, in the form of a piece under Adrienne Tanner's byline, that our money laundering problem should be subjected to a public inquiry.

Of course, the usual suspects agree that we should get to the bottom of the matter:

...That view (that we should get to the bottom of things) is shared by two former provincial attorney-generals, Wally Oppal (Liberal) and Ujjal Dosanjh (NDP). Both applaud Mr. Eby’s efforts to get at the truth but say calls for a public inquiry are premature...


Except that, of course, we wouldn't want to really go whole hog because that would be very bad for business or some such undefined thing:

...Public inquiries work best when they are narrowly focused. Both Mr. Oppal and Mr. Dosanjh agree the person best positioned to limit the scope is Peter German, a respected former RCMP officer hired by Mr. Eby to investigate money laundering and its connections to real estate...


Hmmmmm....Not sure I agree.

Still, if you want narrow Mess'rs Oppal and Dosanjh, I'll give you narrow.

Because I am of the opinion that an in-depth inquiry specifically into the whys and wherefores of the following would open up all kinds of legitimate avenues for investigation by, say, stringers from the New York Times:




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Need background?...It's here.
Quote in header?....Mr. Eby goes to Ottawa.


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Monday, April 16, 2018

The Dilbit Pipe Chronicles (ctd)...Mr. Scheer Follows Ron Down The Rabbit Hole, Obviously.

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On Saturday we pointed out that Mr. Mason of the Globe has concluded that Mr. Trudeau would be blamed by Albertans, regardless, even if he does succeed in getting the pipeline built.

What's it all about this time Alfie?

Well...

Noted obviousologist Andrew Scheer, as quoted by Mike de Souza in his excellent NatObserver piece published Sunday, explains (and amplifies) the Ron's thinking for all to behold:

..."I believe conversations around using taxpayers' dollars to backstop the project is a result of the crisis that we're in, that is of the prime minister's own making," Scheer said. "Had he seen the lay of the land politically in British Columbia and quickly referenced any jurisdictional questions to the Supreme Court back in the fall, had he not brought in Bill C-69, which further destabilized the investment community's confidence in these type(s) of project, we very well may not be under the May 31 deadline."...

Gosh.

Is it possible that somebody's very best Western affairs columnist really does have his finger on the pulse of the political zeitgeist....errrrrrrr...the finest of the fine folks whispering sweet nothings in his ear?


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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Ron Hits The Dilbit Pipe Hard, Obviously.

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According to Mr. Mason of the Globe, Justin Trudeau will lose even if he wins.

Because, apparently, every grain of prairie grass will diss him for doing so.

Or some such thing:

...If he (Trudeau) does succeed in pushing the pipeline through, he’ll anger people in Metro Vancouver where most of the opposition to the venture is based. But he would also get little credit in Alberta, or the neighbouring jurisdictions of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, where there is a common view he made a hash out of this issue unnecessarily...


Meanwhile, heading to a place the authorially obvious one dares not tread, 'Curious George' actually did some actual analyzing of the situation on the Twittmachine:



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In less obvious news of the deeply buried lede kind, it turns out that the good Mr. Mason would like at least some of his readers to conclude that 57% of British Columbians did not actually elect the members that formed the minority government led by Mr Horgan:

...Mr. Trudeau had to have known this pipeline had the potential to grow into a national nightmare the moment Mr. Horgan’s NDP was allowed to form government in B.C...


Gosh.

Just who was it, exactly, that elected the ol' sportswriter and made him a member of the puffed-up proMedia poli-punditry anyway?




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You want a real take from a proMedia member who is actually paying attention?....Check out this thread from the GStraight's Travis Lupick.
And, just in case you missed it, Horgan has taken up blogging....Imagine that!


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Friday, April 13, 2018

So...Why Didn't George Bush Pardon Scooter Libby?

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So, why, indeed, did George Bush the younger not pardon Scooter Libby for his part in outing CIA operative Valerie Plame back in the darkest days of yet another venal Republican administration?

Well...

Over the next news cycle or two you will likely hear and read all kinds of variations on the theme that Bush didn't believe Libby 'deserved' it  given the so called 'facts' that had been unearthed by Saint Patrick the Lord of Cross Harbour slayer.

But there is something else very important to consider, especially when you also hear about the 'message' that Mr. Trump is apparently sending to all of his minions, both current and former, who have been hooked by Mr. Mueller.

The world's top Plameologist, Marcy Wheeler, made that point yesterday before the slow moving Saturday Night Massacre, Part Deux, started rolling out, in slow motion, this fine Friday afternoon:

"...Bush commuted but did not pardon Libby, then refused, against PapaDick (Cheney)’s plaints, because (smarter lawyer) his lawyer counseled that’d be obstruction [update, or counseled that Libby could still incriminate Bush]. Trump can’t fully pardon his firewall, for the same reason: bc these witnesses will lose Fifth Amendment privileges against self-incrimination..."


Do you see the problem for the likes of Mess'rs Manafort, Kushner, Gates, Cohen, Flynn and, perhaps, Bannon there?



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Update: And now, unbeknownest to so many of this in blogworld earlier today, Ms. Wheeler has been given the big stage on the biggest page....This is a good thing.
And what's likely to be the next stop on the slow rolling Trump Train to Massacray?....Ms. Wheeler thinks it just might be the end of Rosenstein at the DOJ (the guy who appointed Mueller after the Sessions recusal and the Comey firing)...Interestingly, this afternoon Rosenstein started to pushback against one of the screamers' shouting points (that is sure to show up on Fox and Friends if it hasn't already).
Meanwhile....Patrick Fitzgerald point out that Mr. Trump is full of obstructionist oompaloompafish offal when it comes to the Judy!Judy!Judy!-backed 'reason' for the pardoning of Scooter Boy.


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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Winnability Whinermeisterer.

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This just in...


Don't know about you all but I, for one, sure am wondering who, exactly, the good Mr. Marissen 'always' said this to.

If you get my drift.


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Link to the MoCo story referred to is here...Based on the numbers and graphs in the actual piece the header is more than a little misleading...And, based on those massive corporate money mounds that the Clarklandians amassed in 2016 and 2017 I can almost forgive the Horganites for accepting the big money globs up to the deadline...Almost...Regardless, Mr. Weaver and friends are the only folks that come out of this one clean which should, in my opinion, be the real story here.
In other, more important, news analysis re-nalyzed news...Norm Farrell takes Colby Cosh's latest apart completely and discovers that it is made entirely of sand buried deep beneath a dilbit pond...Seriously.


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Sunday, April 08, 2018

Kids These Days.



After six weeks spent (literally) tap dancing around Europe, littler e. flew in from Copenhagen via Reykjavik last night.

And, with a few days to go before she goes back to work, this morning she rushed off to the train station to catch the Amtrack to Seattle.

Gosh.

If only kids these days had some get up and go.


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Saturday, April 07, 2018

Relative Affordability.

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"...Condominium properties are the last bastion of relative affordability in Vancouver..."


Sure thing Mr. Soper.

Because...

You know.


...The average price for condos hit $723,827 in March, up 22.8 per cent from a year earlier and just shy of the record $751,358 in January...


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Subheader
put a worm in your ear?....This!


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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Who Knew...




Lotusland's Nat Bailey Stadium has never been known as a slugger's park.

Heckfire, even my favourite Vancouver Canadian of all time had a hard time launching them out of there before he moved on to the real pad in Atlanta, a place where bloopers could win World Series games.

But....

Here's something I did not know until today, courtesy Tom Hawthorn's great Globe obituary of the even greater Le Grand Orange, Rusty Staub:

...It was in Vancouver (for an exhibition game) that (Expos) manager Gene Mauch convinced the outfielder to alter his swing to better pull the ball for power, as he had only hit five home runs into the first week of June. "I just bent my knees a little and dropped my hands a bit and started swinging, and it just felt free," Mr. Staub recounted in John Robertson's 1971 biography, Rusty Staub of the Expos. He hit batting-practice homer after batting-practice homer at Capilano (now Nat Bailey) Stadium in Vancouver.

"That was the day that I became a home-run hitter again," he later said...



Imagine that!



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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Keef Report...Coalition Baiting Uber Alles!

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Sheesh.


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Previous editions of the Keef Report can be found....Here.


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Norm Farrell's Modest Proposal To Deal With BC Hydro's Big Troubles.

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For tens of billions of easily demonstrated reasons that local proMedia will never tell you about BC Hydro is in big, big trouble.

Norm Farrell, who has done so much to demonstrate said reasons, has come up with a way out of the jam (scroll down to the comments):

"...Sell BC Hydro’s generating and transmission assets at depreciated market value to a new BC Electric Company financed by a reformed bcIMC and owned by the pension fund and current employees with government continuing to hold shares. Public pension funds would be kept at work in BC instead of being invested abroad, funding the tobacco industry, arms dealers, Chinese state-controlled enterprises and other undesirable investments.

BC Hydro is already a financial basket case. Aging plant, worthless assets (about $7 billion of intangibles and deferred costs), unprofitable markets and a changing energy landscape means it cannot survive long term without huge subsidies from the province. Selling generating and distribution assets and paying off the enormous existing secured debt would leave a company with no ability to continue. It would have to declare its insolvency, unable to pay contractors.

IPPs could do contracts with the new company and ones that serve local needs would find success. Those expecting to sell power profitably to a public utility so that agency can sell it into money losing markets might not fair as well..."



Seems to me that the fine folks who currently hold the decision making power when it comes to such matters just might want to unplug their ears and start paying attention to Norm (once again).


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