Jim’s Journal

Posted on 07. Jun, 2011 by in Writing

April 23, 2013 (Tuesday)
“When you have frustrations with people, imagine your way into their lives, so you will have an openness and compassion for them.” —Judith Clark, inmate serving 75 years at Bedford Hills Penitentiary.
This is sound advice for all writers and other human beings, I think. I will try to remember these words and let them guide me through the rest of my days.

November 5, 2012 (Monday)
I like this line: “That which is left unexamined eventually becomes invisible, and as a result, few Americans today are giving sufficient consideration to the full range of violent activities the government undertakes in their names.” (Source: Aaaron B. O’Connell, The Permanent Militarization of America, New York Times.)

May 29, 2012 (Tuesday)
Reading the comments section of The Gazette is like watching monkeys wielding chainsaws. And, seriously, their columnists have grown way too jaded before their time.

May 1, 2012 (Tuesday)
My thought for today: Be the change you want to see in the world. You’re welcome.

October 7, 2011 (Friday)
We’re definitely living in interesting times. First there was WikiLeaks. And now we have Occupy Wall Street. Naturally, the powers that be have reacted with predictable force and hysteria to both phenomena. I love you guys!

June 21, 2011 (Tuesday)
The left, as usual, is taking a beating. Here are three signs:
Injustice #1:
Yesterday, the corporate suckups on the U.S. Supreme Court screwed a million women by denying them the right to have a class action suit against their employer, Wal-Mart. This was a foregone conclusion.
Injustice #2:
The Wisconsin Supreme Court screwed public workers who want to keep their right to collective bargaining.
Injustice #3:
The PIma County Attorney’s Office in Arizona screwed the widow of a marine who was shot 71 times by a SWAT team in a no-knock drug search. No drugs were found. What a surprise.

June 19, 2011 (Sunday)
Happy 66th birthday to Aung San Suu Kyi! I count you, Dear Lady, among my heroes. Others include Noam Chomsky, Bill Moyers, and the Dalai Lama. I’m sure there are others, but I’m too tired to remember who they are.

June 13, 2011 (Tuesday)
Is Henry Aubin on crack? No, seriously, I like Henry’s articles about ways to rein in Montreal cops. But this time he slipped up. Last Tuesday he wrote an article entitled “Abandoning war on drugs would leave our youth vulnerable.” In the article, Henry claims to be all about the poor, dear, precious children. Hey, Henry, if you were so damned concerned about our kids you’d write about keeping them out of all those lousy prisons Stephen Harper plans on building for them. If you cared anything about the wee ones, you’d argue that we don’t have much to show after 40 years and $2.5 trillion spent on ruining the lives of said kids. If you were so concerned with kids you’d know that the War on Drugs is actually a War on the Poor, especially poor black, Hispanic and native kids. Hey, Henry, how did Prohibition work for you?
The Gazette has hired yet another Cheerleader for War. In their ads, The Gazette refers to Christie Blatchford’s “inimitable writing style.” By inimitable they apparently mean “sensationalistic, mean-spirited, ultra-rightwing and
Stephen Harper water carrier.” Makes me wonder why The Globe and Mail let her go. Things are about to get really ugly in Montreal.
Our Fearless Leader will soon get to pick
two new Supreme Court Justices. But Harper may be hamstrung by the process instituted in 2005 by Irwin Cotler, the Liberal Minister of Justice under Paul Martin. It’s a four-stage process. First, the Minister consults “key legal stakeholders (e.g. the Canadian Bar Association), and generates a list of candidates. Second, an advisory committee evaluates the candidates on “merit,” and shortens the list to three unranked candidates. Third, the Prime Minister advises the Cabinet of his selection. Fourth, the Minster appears before the Justice Committee to “explain the…professional and personal qualities of the appointee.”

June 9, 2011 (Thursday)
Two more killed by police. This time the victims were Mario Hamel, a mentally-ill man, who was shot for the unspeakable crime of cutting garbage bags in downtown Montreal, and Patrick Limoges, who was walking to his work at Hopital St-Luc. Once again, the same old questions arise: (1) Why aren’t cops better trained to defuse situations with people and why do they always resort to shooting? (2) Why are cops allowed to investigate themselves when everyone knows they’ll always cover their own asses? (3) Can anyone remember a case in which a cop was charged with murder? (4) Why are cops—who already possess enormous power individually—allowed to form unions?  and (5) Why is Quebec’s Public Security Minister Robert Dutil such a coward when it comes to implementing changes to the way police operate in Quebec?

June 7, 2011 (Tuesday)
Oh, the shame. When will Americans learn that their politicians are human? New York Rep. Anthony Weiner has joined the ranks of Gary Hart, Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton—not to mention a lot of Republicans—for thinking with his genitals. The worst part of the “scandal” is not so much that Wiener lied for an entire week about sending naughty pictures of himself to women who are above the age of consent, or even that he gave credence to smear-artist Andrew Breitbart. The worst part of this whole messy business is that Wiener was getting close to seeking the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for what may have been a conflict of interest in the Citizen’s United case. Now, thanks to Wiener’s horny nature, a powerful voice for progressives may be silenced.
Canada has a new hero. The Montreal Gazette reported today that filmmaker Michael Moore has offered a job to Brigette DePape, the ex-Senate page who held up that Stop Harper sign the other day. “We have to stop him from wasting billions on fighter jets, military bases and corporate tax cuts while cutting social programs and destroying the climate,” said Ms. DePape about our fearless leader. Now that’s speaking truth to power!
Speaking of The Gazette. When they’re not busy dumping on the NDP, they’re busy glorifying war. In a pitch to sell the war in Afghanistan beyond 2011 to Canadians, The Gazette has given up nearly a whole page  to their senior war cheerleading columnist Matthew Fisher. Today he appeared on page six, all decked out in flak jacket, helmet and smile. It’s not just The Gazette that does this, however; all corporate media know that war sells. Just ask Judith Miller, formerly of the New York Times.

3 Responses to “Jim’s Journal”

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