Sunday, November 13, 2005

Not Going To Be A Dad Anymore

My wife had a miscarriage at the beginning of October, but I didn't quite feel like writing about it until now.

More to point, I'm not terribly interested in writing about it at all, so I am going to leave it at that. We're still broken up about it, but are trying our best to move forward.

We just returned from a trip out to Calgary and Winnipeg, which included a very nice weekend in Banff. Beautiful place! It was quite the contrast to Winnipeg, which is freaking hole. Seriously. Picture a bunch of buildings constructed in 1975, left to flounder, throw in a few abandoned grain elevators and factories, and some that SHOULD be abandoned, and you have Winnipeg.

Oh, and many people in Winnipeg are rude and quite ignorant. Want examples? Too bad, you'll just have to take my word. I'll worry about evidcence the next time I'm writing an essay, treatise, or political speech.

Here is a random picture of myself and my better half in Banff.

Now, here are two random and cynical observations of the North American political landscape:

1) Our opposition parties in the Canadian House of Commons are the sorriest bunch that I've ever seen. It's like watching a bunch crackheads play 'double dutch' on the edge of a short pier. They all cry moral outrage at the Martin Liberals over something the Chretien Liberals pulled, yet don't have the balls to pull the trigger and send us to a Christmas election. That, and they are also not eager to have an election because the Gomery report did not triggger the appropriate public outrage and corresponding dive in the polls for the Liberals.

2) To defend his War in Iraq, Bush recently went to a gathering of veterans on Veteran's day and delivered a completely self serving speech. I would normally expect sleazy behaviour from people of all political stripes at many occasions and not feel any true sense of moral outrage, but seriously folks... Bush basically went to a gathering designed to honour the sacrifices of all past, present, and future soldiers, and tried to tie his reasons for going to war to the sacrifices of those people. Unnacceptable. He even used that forum to call his critics a bunch of liars, further drifting away from the point of the ceremony. In contrast, our Prime Minister went to a Remembrance day ceremony, talked entirely about the sacrifices of our troops, and left it at that. I don't know what makes me more angry; the audacity of Bushs' stunt, or the relative lack of outrage from veterans and the public alike. There was some standard rhetoric from Democrat leaders, but nothing of a sufficient nature.

Stupid planet.

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