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Lockout Casualty last won the day on May 18 2015

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  1. I guess you're proof of what others have said - you're a law abiding gun owner... until you're not.
  2. I'm gonna need a shower after I say this, but I agree. Americans want a choice between status quo and further decline (or is that the status quo now?), they deserve what they get. No matter if it's Trump or Biden, it'll be more PATRIOT Act, more war on drugs, more prisoners, more white collar corruption, more inequality, more people foregoing treatment due to costs, more rich controlling the government, while the peasants fight over whose donkeyhole smells better, Republican or Democrat. For all the bitching Americans do over the two-party system, they're awful quick to try and buck the only guy with the potential to change things. So in a race between Trump and Biden, I'll quote one of the smartest Americans I've ever known, "Go banana!" #ThanksChuck
  3. Let me know when they go after the employers of undocumented workers and I might even entertain the idea that Republicans aren't outright worse at everything. Until then I will continue to defer to the 85% of black voters, who support any democratic nominee over the republican president, as to which party is doing more constructive things for them as a people. Republicans, not racist, but #1 with racists. Nuff said.
  4. Yep. I feel much better about these NDP-led reforms to ICBC than lawyers' protests against them.
  5. Democratic Party's first line of defense against democracy.
  6. Canada is not broken Scott Gilmore: Despite our flaws and constant challenges, we live in what is arguably among the least broken countries in human history Here is the National Post’s headline this morning: “‘Canada is broken’ says majority of Canadians”. It is the lead story and it goes on to explain that a poll by DART & Maru/Blue (a brand name that sort of just rolls off the tongue) found that 59 per cent of Canadians believe the country is not headed in the right direction. And, 69 per cent believe the country is “broken”. Another way of describing that poll result could be, “Over two thirds of Canadians have no idea the country has never had it so good”. Just a few weeks ago, the US News & World report named Canada as the second best country in the world. The annual survey tabulated a variety of factors, including overall quality of life—where Canada was ranked first. They are not alone. The OECD’s “Better Life Index” also ranks Canada as one of the best countries in the world for well-being. Their data finds us doing especially well in terms of life satisfaction, health and economics. Speaking of jobs, the right wing Heritage Foundation in Washington continually ranks Canada as having one of the most free economies in the world, citing our government integrity, low taxation levels and fiscal health. Why? Probably because it is so easy to start and run a business in Canada. The World Bank’s annual Doing Business rankings find that our low level of regulations, lack of corruption, and access to finance (among other things), make this country the third best in the world for entrepreneurs who want to launch a new company. That lack of corruption might have something to do with our stable political environment. How stable? The Economist Intelligence Unit ranks Canada as one of the most democratic countries on earth. They rank us far above the United States and most of Europe. Press freedom? Reporters Without Borders ranks us among the best. The Canadian Brand? Some indexes rank us as number five in the world. Others say we are number one. Global competitiveness? Doing great. Overall happiness? We are among the top 10 again this year. “Yeah, but…” I hear you stutter. “Come to Alberta and argue that!” you say. Alberta? The province that continues to enjoy the highest GDP per capita in the country? In a country that enjoys one of the highest GDP per capita rankings in the world? “Our health care system is broken!” you shout. Sure. Which is why our life expectancy is one of the highest in the world, better than the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Ireland. “But the Liberals are terrible!” You have a point. And, because this is one of the healthiest democracies in the world, soon there will be a free and fair election and you can toss them out so they can be replaced by the Conservatives who will then be terrible in an entirely different way. “The blockades!” You mean the democratic demonstrations that are being peacefully managed by our professional (and accountable) police forces? “Our First Nations!” Yes, we need reconciliation, a new social compact with Indigenous Canadians, better infrastructure in the north, and a solution to a dozen other critical shortcomings. And, we as a nation are trying to find those solutions. We get it wrong, we stumble, we often don’t try nearly as hard as we should. But we try. Every government provincially and federally (even the ones you hate) sincerely sees this is a problem and is working peacefully towards a solution. Compare that to any other time in our history, or any other country in the world that faces similar problems. This country is not broken. It is arguably among the least broken countries in human history. It seems like a paradox, but we continually fail and falter our way to success. We bumble along, doing everything wrong from military procurement to hockey. Our Premiers will not talk to our Prime Ministers, our economies crash and boom. Our politicians are idiots, corrupt and clueless. The media is fake. The French can’t stand the English. We’re racist and sexist. It’s too cold. And yet—here we are. Doing pretty damn well. Better than well, actually. Incredibly, we’re doing fantastic. And the most incredible thing of all is that most of us have no idea. So, do this. Get off the internet. Go outside. Take a look around. Talk to your neighbour. Breathe the air. Pause for a moment to actually consider how well we are doing. And then, after you’ve taken a deep breath, appreciate the fact that while we can do so much better, what we already have is pretty damn good. And appreciate it. https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/canada-is-not-broken/ Damn straight. Some people need a good dose of perspective.
  7. How many? I'm curious, what did you do before you became a retiree? Did you work hard enough to forego CPP and OAS completely, and are living off your hard-earned dollars that you wisely invested?
  8. Sometimes it's a wonder that you're still here.
  9. Oh no, whatever will I do. Strome is retaliating. I think there's a clown college missing its instructor. Toodles.
  10. Why do you whine about people condescending to you, when you're one of the most condescending posters around? Now go ahead, call someone else a hypocrite.
  11. Um, no it isn't. Dairy tariff is a tax. The cost of a good is the cost of a good. A business may pay tax on it as revenue, it may avoid tax via a scheme, or it may not pay any tax on this revenue. I am not privy to what the business does with its revenue, nor is my paying for said good reflected in my tax forms. It is not a my tax burden. It is not a hidden tax on consumers. It is a business tax that business may pay on revenue.
  12. IT WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE THIS! ALBERTA SHEDS JOBS WHILE THE REST OF THE COUNTRY CREATES THEM ...Canada’s job market blew past the forecasts for the month. Unemployment also fell. In Alberta, not so much. Indeed, Alberta was the only province in Canada to see jobs disappearing — and in significant numbers, with 19,000 lost in January, the second month of the past three the province has experienced big job losses. Canada, meanwhile, added 34,000 jobs nationwide in January, Statistics Canada said, which was pretty good considering the expectation the country would be up only 17,500 jobs by the end of the month. Unemployment nationwide edged downward to 5.5 per cent — not a record low, but within shouting distance. In Alberta, by contrast, unemployment is now at 7.3 per cent, similar to the rates being experienced in the Maritimes — that part of Canada former Calgary MP Stephen Harper in the days he was leader of the Canadian Alliance Party famously and arrogantly dismissed as having a “culture of defeatism.” ... https://albertapolitics.ca/2020/02/it-wasnt-supposed-to-be-like-this-alberta-sheds-jobs-while-the-rest-of-the-country-creates-them/ Maybe we should let them go before all the unemployed Albertan refugees scatter to the rest of Canada to take our jobs, brass balls and chewing tobacco in tow. #closetheborder
  13. You're welcome to, or do you need me to lead? Ok. It's disingenuous to consider cost of goods as part of the tax burden. Individuals pay the price set, and businesses do whatever they wish with that money. It's not a tax when my apples cost 1.99/lb, no matter how hard the Fraser Institute wishes it to be.
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