The recent Canadian parliamentary elections saw the surge of the extreme left wing socialists- the NDP (National Democratic Party) – to new heights never before seen in history. The party garnered the second highest seats thus gaining status of official opposition to the ruling Conservative majority. The NDP bested their left wing rivals, the Liberal Party, who suffered their most humiliating defeat since the party’s inception. The result was a clear manifestation of the socialist appeal. People are fed up with the economic uncertainties and like the idea of the government being a social safety net when everything else fails – better pensions, better unemployment benefits, more health care and child support benefits, more benefits to seniors and students – in short, more dole outs from the government much like western European model.

The protest votes found NDP candidates winning without much campaigning. The NDP orange tide swept the nation like a flood. As Shakepeare said ” There is a tide in the affairs of men, which when taken at the flood, leads on to fortune“. Fortune did strike many NDP candidates, some of whom you would unlikely expect to win, like the 4 university students in Quebec who ran and won in their respective ridings. A young woman candidate who went to take a Vegas vacation week prior to the election instead of campaigning found herself a new member of parliament after the ballot counting. A karate instructor with ties to the Communist Party in the past defeated the incumbent Minister of Foreign Affairs in his Quebec riding – what could be more shocking than that ? I guess there is. Here’s an excerpt from a online newspaper :

After the election, NDP candidate Pierre-Luc Dusseault, 19, had planned to take up a summer job at a golf course before returning to the Universite de Sherbrooke for his second year in poly sci. Instead, he’ll be going to Ottawa as Canada’s youngest-ever MP — at $157,731 per year.

Alright, now this dude who is old enough to be grandchild to some of his honorable colleagues, is a legit MP (Member of Parliament). How would he fare ? I assume he wasn’t voted blindly by his constituency. His is not a celebrity so I bet voters had found something in him worth taking a risk – unless he looks like Justin Bieber πŸ™‚ I’m sure the media will have no shortage of time shadowing these new MP’s, how they would handle the stressful atmosphere of the national parliament. Well, Mr. MP would likely get a credit card ( if he doesn’t have one yet ) with a fat limit at that and will hire staffers likely older than him. This sounds like stuff from the movies man, like a Richie Rich episode πŸ™‚ Don’t be surprised if you see Mr. MP make rounds at the parliament grounds with his skateboard at lunch break or playing Angry Birds with his IPhone at the question and answer break period πŸ˜‰

Is it prudent to do “team rebuilding” in politics, where like in sports, we invest in young, raw and inexperienced talents for the future of the franchise? These personalities weren’t elected because of their fame nor social stature so it is befitting to give it the benefit of doubt – for now. But we must be prepared for the consequences of failure because the wisdom of “ye reap what ye sow ” seldom fails in politics, where every action is in real time mode and results is the bottom line, the singular parameter of performance.


Shane Mosley is a damn good boxer who always makes it a point to fight the best fighter for the best money and it follows that a Mosley fight is always entertaining, full of action. However, in his latest mega fight with Pacquiao the 39 year old Mosley looked like a man who was more interested in cashing his $5M paycheck than giving the fans the value of their hard earned tickets. Trainer Robert Garcia ( Margarito’s trainer) said that he would have done the same. He said that when you’re 39, at the verge of retirement and you have a girlfriend like Bella Gonzales, you wouldn’t want to get killed in the ring πŸ˜‰ Running scared for most of the night, a few bruises here and there, a deflated ego – all for $5M, Mosley looked like he wanted to get out of the fight unharmed so he could party with his sexy chick πŸ™‚

On the local scene, it looked like Manny Pacquiao KO’d himself – depending on whose side you are on πŸ™‚ – when he challenged the bill on the house floor. His stance made anti RH supporters ecstatic, with hopes that the Pacman’s popularity could drag those undecided folks to their ranks or even delude those pro RH supporters to switch camps. Problem is, Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee admitted to taking pills after their 4th child ! Now, the anti RH supporters are saying two things to soften the charge of hypocrisy – a. that Jinkee never told the Pacman about the pills and b. she stopped taking it because it is wrong πŸ™‚ Who are we kidding here ? I love the Pacman and clearly his supporters are asking too much of him. He better concentrate on knocking out his next opponent Marquez rather than fighting on the house floor and claiming the holier-than-thou, life changing impact of the RH bill on his life 😯


I don’t know about you folks but I thought the elimination of Haley Reinhart was a travesty, a mockery of art in my opinion. Haley Reinhart clearly had the versatility, range and charisma compared to the two other contestants. She looks chic and sophisticated which perfectly fits her singing style. I guess it is time for country music to prevail at the American Idol contest this time around. Scotty and Lauren are typical southern folks who dig country music and I figure the votes from country music fans would have been strong, lifting these two to the finals. I admire Haley’ sense of confidence. She never bogged down or cried upon the announcement of her elimination but instead sang her heart out and was estatic to proclaim that her singing career has started. I thought that was classy. Thumbs up to Stephen Tyler who tells his heart most of the time. Thumbs down to Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson for not giving enough credit to Haley when she sang superbly. One more thing – darn, that Simon Cowell guy. Aren’t you glad he’s out of Idol ? I am.


22 Responses

  1. I now think I can be an MP too πŸ˜‰

    It was a dull fight. Thats the problem when almost retired people are promised a fat paycheck. They just want to cash it in.

    I pick Scotty to win. He can sing and has a good attitude.

    • any one above 18 can be an MP – even a punk πŸ™‚

      Mosley got intimidated by Pacquiao’s punches most likely so he went into survival mode.

      Scotty would be a better choice than Lauren IMO. The guy has a pleasant presonality and has some sense of humor.

  2. What’s even worse than Pacquiao making an ass out of himself in the halls of congress is his flamboyant mom defending him and his stance on the RH issue, spewing venom against those who, err… “dared” disagree with his views. Hay… I guess fame and having lots of moolahs does make one crazy. πŸ˜€

    • It’s hypocrisy to the max. At the end of the day, Pacquiao is being used like a pawn by his supporters. The bad part is him agreeing to be used 😦

  3. I’m older than the 19 year old kid but I’d be scared to become an MP πŸ˜‰

    Pacquiao’s head seems to be swelling. I saw him speak on TV and did not find him impressive at all.

    I’m a Haley fan too. She’s really cool. I liked James Durbin but he got booted out in the top 4. I even thought he would win. I don’t even care who wins now 😦

    • I’d be scared too πŸ™‚

      Pacquiao is just a boxing guy – no more no less. He tries to be a Robin Hood and that’s OK but he can’t go on forever. He has to be smart with his money.

      I think America hates rockers. Look at what happened to Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert. They were both eliminated. Daughtry is one of he most successful Idol contestants – a Grammy Award winner.

  4. Thanks For This Blog, was added to my bookmarks.

  5. I like the song House of Rising Sun and Haley did justice to it naman… however… when Paul got kicked out of AI… hindi na ako ganung ka excited panoorin yun…

    • That was an awesome rendition by Haley. I liked the part when her dad was playing lead guitar.

      Paula was soft but she was an artist and she was a good critic. I liked her too. I thought the most useless judge was Helen Degeneres but she was brought in as a comic for the most part.

  6. I don’t think MP has any original thought in his mind. He’s probably a puppet spewing spiels. I don’t think he believed or even understood what he’s standing up for or against.

    Well for AI – my watching experience had taught me that Southern contestants make it to the finals because their hometowns support them. I watch religiously for years now and outside of the first year that I watched I never voted for my fave. I keep telling my husband and myself that this is a popularity contest and not completely a talent contest.

    Oh your Canucks are beating the bejeesus out of our Sharks 😦

    • As for AI, you’re absolutely right. It is a popularity contest more than talent. Remember Jasmine Trias from Hawaii ? She couldn’t be eliminated because the entire Hawaii voted for her everytime ! Another Idol contestant that got carried by country folk vote all the way to the trophy was Carrie Underwood πŸ˜‰

      I think the Canucks are on some destiny. Every Olympic year in Canada, the host city hockey team always wins the Stanley Cup the year after – Montreal in 77 and Calgary in 89. Vancouver hosted 2010 and they’re due for the cup in 2011 πŸ™‚

  7. I disagree with Pacquiao’s position on RH, but then again, he’s who the people voted for. The people who voted for him must be happy regarding his position. πŸ˜€

    • I think most of his supporters are rather condescending about Pacquiao’s stance. I bet most of them think he’s wrong and ill informed and they just shrug it off. After all at this point, it is still a debate. We are all interested in his next fight with Marquez πŸ˜‰

  8. Although I am Scotty McCreery’s number 1 fan from Abu Dhabi (heehee), I will objectively admit that Haley is more talented. But to pick just one, I really, really wanted Casey Abrams to win.

    • Can’t blame you. Casey is one heck of an artist πŸ˜‰ Scotty is OK but honestly, to me Lauren Alaina didn’t deserve to be in the finals. She’s so one dimensional and karaoke-ish IMO. Just look at Haley Reinhart’s YOU TUBE videos. Some of them have more than a million hits ! That’s an indication of how her talent is sought by the viewers.

  9. Para yang pag kapanalo ni Trillianes as senator. He didn’t won because people believed in him. People voted for him to spite Gloria.

    I didn’t watch the Pacman-Mosley fight even though its in our cable in Pinas. Alam ko, like the “golden boy”, nag hahanap lang man din ng pang “retirement” si Mosley.

    • Triallianes got the protest votes to win for sure his seat for sure.

      Good for you not to watch it. It was pretty boring anyways. Yep, the fight with Pacquiao was his pre-retirement package πŸ˜‰

  10. the NDP tide was most significant in Quebec. According to my Quebecois friends, many voted in Jack because he was charismatic on some television show. Quite amusing.

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