Captain Ed Morrisey’s coverage of the Canadian “AdScam” situation wherein the country’s ruling Liberal party has been caught siphoning millions of dollars into theirs and their minion’s pockets. (Including into the pockets of the separatist Quebecors, even, the very people the ad program from which AdScam derives its name was supposed to be opposing.) Two days ago the Tories gathered the support to pass a vote of no confidence – which the Liberals have decided to ignore. Tonight, the Tories aren’t even letting the Liberals go home:
|::::::::||If nothing else, a marathon session of defeated adjournments will expose the folly of the Liberal position that Parliament has not issued a no-confidence call for the Martin government. The Liberals can’t even garner enough votes to get out of the chamber for dinner! Stephen Harper may intend on getting his latest motion on the table before allowing for any adjournment, which could take all night. It certainly demonstrates that the Tories have no intention of allowing Martin and the Liberals to set the election date, regardless of whether the difference only amounts to eight days. Harper also wants to avoid giving them the excuse of claiming that the no-confidence vote reflects on budgetary priorities instead of the widespread corruption revealed thus far at the Gomery Inquiry.||::::::::|
The Canadian judiciary has compounded the problem by issuing publication bans at the request of the ruling Liberals. The problem with doing that, in this day and age, is that bloggers in America aren’t restricted by such an action. Captain’s Quarters has provided great coverage of the event. His efforts have served Canadians most, since he’s about the only place they can go to find out what’s happening in their own government.
Tonight’s events sound be interesting.
|::::::::||WASHINGTON — The nation’s capital was given the green light Wednesday afternoon about one hour after a small airplane violated restricted airspace over the city, forcing the rapid evacuation of the White House, the U.S. Capitol Building (search) and the Supreme Court around noontime.
A pilot and student pilot, en route from Pennsylvania to an air show in North Carolina, were taken into custody after their flight sparked a frenzy of activity that tested the capital’s post-Sept. 11 response system. The government decided not to press charges.
“The two men in the plane have been interviewed, and it has been determined that the intrusion into restricted airspace appears to have been accidental. And no charges are being sought at this time,” said Homeland Security spokesman Brian Roehrkasse.
OK, first off here’s some advice to the student on board. If that was your instructor, find yourself a new instructor. It may be that no charges are warranted, but someone needs to seriously examine what the hell went on up there that managed to get these guys nearly shot down by a pair of F-16′s.
Austin Bay writes his take on the recent meeting of the “We Hate America” club in Brazil.
|::::::::||Anti-American elites have staged a conference in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia. And they immediately discovered their various gripes with “America” didn’t mesh. Nope, varied stripes of jealousy, hate, envy, and fear of liberty aren’t the foundation for a cohesive “united front,” though bellicose demands and “we’re victims” propaganda will get them headlines.||::::::::|
Indeed. Nice comment on the Berbers there at the end, too.
Saw this one over at Instapundit. There’s 25 pieces of advice for new bloggers there and it’s worth a read even if you’re not new. In keeping with the advice, I’d like to add my own little caveat to item #10:
|::::::::||10) If you’re going to talk about something that everybody else in the blogosphere seems to be talking about, at least try to say something original about it. If you sound just like everybody else, why should anyone come back?||::::::::|
One of the pitfalls you can easily get into is trying to comment on everything. Sure, we all have opinions on most everything we encounter, one way or the other, but you’re going to find that your blog is just way to limited a medium to dump your entire mental workload onto. As humans, we generally can absorb information, analyze, compare, and produce a judgement on a given matter in mere moments. You’ll never keep up.
The point is that you don’t have to. Simply because 6 of your favorite bloggers have posted on a given event doesn’t mean you must post one, too. Feel free to comment on their posts, if you’d like, but there’s no rule that says anything you comment upon you must post upon. Write on events that interest you, not what you think will interest everyone else. You’ll find that in writing on your interests, people of like interests will find you, especially if you follow the other items of advice listed.