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New polls show Obama has the momentum

IF you’re a supporter of President Obama and want him re-elected, these new polling numbers will make you smile. Markos over at Daily Kos is clearly pleased, and he should be, as will a lot of Democrat supporters:

Quinnipiac University, on behalf of CBS and the NY Times, stuck a dagger in Romney’s Ohio hopes by showing President Barack Obama up 50-45, as well as a one-point lead in Florida and two-point lead in Virginia. Marquette University, the best pollster during the Wisconsin recall, now shows Obama winning the state 51-43. Their last poll a couple of weeks ago had it 49-48 Obama. PPP has Obama cruising in Iowa 50-45, […]

We’ve found the only sane Republican in 2012

Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey praises Obama and his leadership for assisting New Jersey with the aftermath of Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy (which means of course he’ll be automatically disqualified from running for President in 2016 by the frothing tea party wing):

Even better, he went on Fox News and chastised the Republican-biased hosts for trying to bring politics into it.. praised Obama there too… another strike against him (in his fellow Republicans eyes).

Dalton decides against running; Obama shows Romney foreign affairs isn’t about playing Battleship

As you know by now, Dalton Mcguinty has declared he won’t be running for the federal Liberal leadership. I’ve said previous to this that I didn’t think he would be able to beat Harper, particularly in Ontario, where his reputation wouldn’t be the best. Perhaps Dalton figured this out too, or perhaps he was just persuaded that he should call it a day politically… but I think his decision was the correct one and for the best.

That of course means the Liberals still don’t have any real ‘big names’ to currently run against Justin Trudeau, the obvious front-runner at this point. Everyone agrees, it seems, that the Liberals […]

Random Friday musings

– I wished Dalton Mcguinty well a few days ago, but the reason (or one of the reasons) I soured on him and the Ontario Liberals is they seemed to try to copy a lot of what Harper and the Federal Conservatives were doing – from the same slogans, to using an omnibus bull (er.. bill), to weakening environmental laws to now proroguing the legislature – too similar for me to be very comfortable with the OLP in its current configuration under Dalton. That is why I hope for a more progressive leader to lead the OLP, and why if Dalton Mcguinty runs for federal Liberal leader (which I am […]

Thanks Dalton for your public service.

Who said Canadian politics was boring? Premier Dalton Mcguinty of Ontario resigned yesterday, in a rather unexpected move. He has been premier of Ontario for 9 years. I’ve had my beefs with him and his government the past year or 2, but no denying that a) he did bring in a lot of good things while Premier (ie all-day kindergarten) and he also helped to bring Ontario out of the dark rule of Mike Harris and his bunch. For that especially, I am thankful.

Will he run as a federal Liberal leader? If he does, he may be that “moderate” or business-type Liberal counterweight some federal Liberals are desperately […]

An early Trudeau effect in polling?

Nanos is out with a new poll today. It shows the Liberals have made some large gains:

A Nanos Research survey reveals the Liberals have picked up almost six points over the Opposition New Democrats in the past month, and are edging the NDP for overall support for the first time since April 2012. The new poll shows support for the Conservatives remains steady at 33.3 per cent, with the Liberals at 30.1 per cent, the NDP at 27.9 per cent, the Bloc Québécois at 4.7 per cent, and the Green Party at 2.9 per cent.

Mr Nanos indicates that may be to do with the Liberal leadership race:

“Many […]

Good move

It seems the publicity and protests about the treatment of marine animals at Marineland has had an effect on the provincial government in Ontario:

The provincial government plans to bring in regulations to protect captive marine mammals in Ontario, the Star has learned…Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur will announce Wednesday at Queen’s Park that her ministry will conduct an extensive consultation in order to formulate new regulations, according to sources…Licensing would include both marine mammals and land animals in captivity.

Currently, anyone in Ontario can own a tiger or beluga whale in their backyard, with no restrictions or government oversight.

This follows an investigation the Star did on Marineland […]

‘Just Stay’ book details couple’s last journey together against cancer.

On this Thanksgiving long weekend, I decided this was a good day to publicize a book that my cousin has just published. It is called “Just Stay”; it details the year and a half journey that she took with her husband, Rob, when he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in August 2009, to the day he passed away in late September, 2010. Here is an explanation from Jen in her foreword a bit about the book:

When Rob was diagnosed with cancer, I made a decision to leave my job and become Rob’s primary caregiver for whatever short period we had left together. Within a very brief time, a […]

Non-political post – 3D printing for everyone

A slight break from politics today. I thought I’d point you to a very interesting article at the Financial Post, which features an article on Panda Robotics and 3D Printing and the effort to bring that to home users – where it was once only found in design studios and research labs.

I reference it because the fellow who owns it was once a fellow Progressive Blogger (and he may still consider himself that 😉 ) Kelly John Rose. In fact, this blog of mine is sitting on one of Kelly’s servers.. so I think the least I could do is to publicize what he’s up to with his […]

Did Vic Toews do this because he doesn’t want Omar Khadr to have an Imam visit him?

Let me state from the start here that I’m a practicing Christian. As a Christian – not as a partisan political observer – I think this move to stop non-Christian chaplains from ministering to prisoners of other faiths is idiotic:

The federal government is cancelling the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons, CBC News has learned. Inmates of other faiths, such as Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jews, will be expected to turn to Christian prison chaplains for religious counsel and guidance, according to the office of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, who is also responsible for Canada’s penitentiaries.

If this isn’t religious discrimination, I don’t know what is. […]

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