Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday notes

1. The Rural Canadian points out an unfortunate and frustrating situation, the announcement on Friday of the military's purchase of logistic trucks from Navistar Defence in Illinois for $274 million while the Navistar truck plant in Chatham is hemorrhaging jobs. More reading here and here on that.

2. Yes, please: "Help Obama shut the Gitmo prison."
This is an occasion Prime Minister Stephen Harper should seize, by publicly offering to bring home Omar Khadr, the Canadian who is Gitmo's youngest prisoner and the last Western one. If Obama is in a hurry to close the place, Harper can oblige.
Whatever one may think of Khadr and his family, Harper's neglect of this file is shameful. Now that the Gitmo legal process is crumbling, Harper should bring Canada's sorry role to a close by offering to empty one more cell for Obama.
Way, way overdue on this matter.

3. It was very sad to read all the reports on Jean Pelletier yesterday. They were well done, evoking nostalgia for our politics of not so long ago that seemed much more respectable than what we experience today.

4. Maureen Dowd today:
In the past week, I’ve twice been close enough to Dick Cheney to kick him in the shins.

I didn’t. It’s probably a federal crime of some sort. But a girl can fantasize.
Heh...and Frank Rich too, just read.

5. The dedicated Mr. Parks gets published, again: "Time to invest in renewable resources."

6. What? No Brazeau Senate appointment fix this morning? Later today.