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  1. Obama really screwed us on this one. How long have they been purposely dithering on Keystone? Everyone knew those prices weren't gonna last and he wrecked our chance to get all that oil to market before the market conditions changed. Obama bends over backwards to help out Iran and all the while he's giving Canada the finger, you wanna talk about your skewed priorities.
  2. I mean, the parallel IS pretty decent. Even down to appearance. You've got the buttoned-down incumbent with the "conservative" (ahem) haircut, who's maybe worn out his welcome. You've got the hotshot young candidate with the inexperience and stupid hair. You've got the grizzled old hand with the scruffy salt-and-pepper look. And someone actually agreed! If this keeps up yall are gonna hear about my 2011 Canucks/World War One analogy, so be careful cause nobody wants that.
  3. The one thing I can't stop thinking about, and this being CDC I feel like this is a good place to discuss this without seeming too crazy, now when a government's been around as long as Harper's has been, there's a lot of pent-up "throw the bums out" feeling, it just accumulates over the years. That's natural. But the thing I can't put out of my head is, it's this traumatic memory I have of how the Canucks got rid of Vigneault and brought in Tortorella, right? "Throw the bums out!" is a natural response to have when someone's been around in a controversial spot for a while and grievances build up, it's an emotional response. But sometimes that reaction leads to the bums getting thrown out and there not being anyone better. Now I am not going so far as to say that Harper is Vigneault, and Mulcair is Tortorella, and Trudeau is Eakins. That would be unfair and premature, since we know how that situation panned out while in the political arena the jury is still very much out. But it COULD be like that. I am haunted by the parallels in that analogy and it tempers my visceral "throw the bums out!" line of thinking as an undecided voter.
  4. I did hear one interesting claim concerning the election just the other day, a theory that was put to me which I had not considered. We've all seen those damn commercials with young Trudeau getting rejected for a job interview. I found it baffling because the commercials are so annoying I figured they couldn't possibly be doing the Tories any good. Well the theory goes, polling shows those commercials are actually hurting the Tories slightly, because they make people feel sorry for poor young Trudeau, getting beat up by the Conservative media machine. The effect is weakening the Conservatives relative to the Liberals but strengthening them relative to the NDP. The media strategy is to divide and conquer by annoying us all with these intentionally stupid ads.
  5. I got a big problem figuring who to vote for in this thing. See, I've always believed and followed the old dictum "anyone under thirty who votes conservative has no heart, anyone over thirty who votes labour has no brain." Trouble is this election is taking place as I am thirty years old precisely. I figure I will therefore lean more towards the conservatives as the campaign goes by and I, in turn, grow older. However at the moment I am entirely undecided. None of the four major parties or leaders have displayed any governing philosophy, developed any platform, or announced any policy ideas that really appeal to me strongly. On the other hand all four have done, said, or proposed a variety of minor things that tick me off. If it continues like this it will be down to which of the local candidates for MP seems most competent and capable of representing the local interest to the chumps back in Ottawa, provided there is such a person and their party/leader doesn't do anything egregiously awful.
  6. As good as Hodgson was/is/may still become, Kassian has quickly become one of my favorite players. Sure, Hodgson showed some terrific skills but there are always a ton of good young offensive players coming in to the league. Guys with Kassian's size and grit who can skate and make plays like he does are rare. If there's even a chance that he can reach his full potential here it's a risk worth taking. To me the trade was won when he punched Eager in his face, and everything else is just gravy.
  7. Ouch...well I guess when Lucy from TPB is against you you got no chance.
  8. Eh, maybe three to five years ago when we were in solid contention, you could say that the hateful, self-important local media, the aggressively bi-polar fanbase, and the conspiracy of international jewry were the main obstacles to the Canucks getting over the hump...but now we have much bigger problems, such as a lack of young talent, lack of overall depth, shaky goaltending situation, three coaches in three seasons, and major front-office transition. Hell, maybe an extended period of sucky play and finishing out of the playoffs is exactly what the Canucks need to shed of some of the ignorant bandwagoners and spoiled frontrunners who are giving our core fanbase a bad name.
  9. I can't believe that the Province is already slagging Trevor freakin Linden. One of the most popular guys in British Columbia, and he gets less than a day on the job before they publish an anonymous editorial calling him a liar. Why? Because he didn't confirm his position to some random reporter the day before the introductory press conference! What a bunch of freaking jokers over there, if I still lived in Van I would go down there and give them a piece of my mind. Those scum would write a hit piece on their own mothers if it got a couple of pageviews, the best thing the Canucks organization could do would be to refuse any and all comment to any Province employee. Hit em where it hurts!
  10. There's preferential treatment for some teams, it sure looks like it to me. Teams whose success would be beneficial to the league sure seem to end up having an inordinate amount of success. Teams whose success does not matter one way or another to the league always seem to be fighting against the current. There's something of a favourite sons/abused stepchildren dichotomy to the way the NHL treats its franchises, and it comes down to where there are profits to be realized. Remember Bettman comes from the NBA background, and the NBA was notorious for boosting the favoured sons, remember when Sacramento almost upset the Lakers until the league intervened? That's the environment Bettman comes from. It's not that the outcomes are predetermined, but when you see certain matchups you know ahead of time that one team is gonna have to go above and beyond in order to overcome those in-built biases. It's not so much "the fix is in" sort of business, it's more swimming with the current or against it, that's the metaphor I'd use.
  11. CBC doesn't ignore the Canucks at all, they bash the Canucks every chance they get!
  12. When we got that top-ten pick I was all, "take Shinkaruk Gillis, c'mon" then they took Horvat and I was like, "ok he's pretty good too." To get Shinkaruk at 24 and to stick it in Calgary's face like that is just amazing! Watching this kid play against Saskatoon this spring, he was far and away the best player in that series, it was crazy.
  13. If Willes is so scared of Tortorella that he's saying this garbage before he's even been officially announced as coach...well, all I have to say is, Willes is more than welcome to quit his job and leave town, we don't need his sort associated with this team.
  14. Some key differences: 1. Keenan stopped the Canucks in Game Seven of the Finals, after Vancouver's epic first-round victory over the hated Calgary Flames...Tortorella stopped the hated Calgary Flames in Game Seven of the Finals, after the Canucks' crushing first-round defeat. 2. Keenan was once fired and replaced by Tom Renney. Tom Renney was once fired and replaced with John Tortorella. I hope Tortorella's first order of business is to go down to The Province, physically demolish their sports-page offices, and throw everyone out on their backside. If they replaced all those hacks with random people they found down on Skid Row it would noticeably improve the quality of sports journalism in this city. Have we forgotten how Willes in particular, and others of his ilk stabbed this team in the back and offered nothing but criticism during the Finals? I have not forgotten, nor will I ever.
  15. So looks like Eakins just got hired to coach Edmonton, he is out of the running for the Canucks job and will instead be coaching against us! What is the deal with that? Oh well, I think a first-time NHL head coach is probably a better fit for a young, up-and-coming team like the Oilers than for a veteran team like the Canucks, we should go with someone who has done the job before, preferably in a big media market.