Archive for May, 2004

Hey, I'm in the paper

Hey, I’m in the paper


Too bad they think I live in Hepburn!  At the campaign office we were talking about how journalists often mix up facts.  At the office I’m called the “rock star” volunteer.  I said “as long as they don’t get rock star volunteer confused with porn star volunteer I’ll be alright”. 

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About Chris Axworthy

About Chris Axworthy


Tonight I was reading a thread about Chris Axworthy on a bulletin board.  It was mostly NDPers ranting.  Now that I’m on the inside of things it is really funny watching people making their commentary from the outside.  I don’t think anyone came close to an accurate interpreation of Chris’ move to the Liberals.

I can’t speak for Chris but this is what I’ve observed.  The NDP are simply out of touch with the economic realities of our nation.  There was once a time when the NDP believed strongly in being fiscally responsible, but in the era of large deficits and debt they aren’t.  On the federal stage they have decided to be protest party and an activist party, but not a governing party. 

Roy Romanow was a pragmatic and a fiscally responsible New Democrat   Moving from federal politics to provincial was a way for Chris to go to

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There is something very good about America

There is something very good about America


As more revelations come out about prisoner abuse in Iraq I’m more and more convinced that there is still a significant amount of freedom and democracy in the US.  The mere fact that the world has seen these embarrasing photos, that the press can hold the government accountable, and that people can sift through the rhetoric to find the facts is a testament to how America works.  There are dozens of regimes around the world that do nastier stuff to more people than America has done.  None of those countries have the same checks and balances to eventually remedy the situation. 

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We shall win through, no matter the cost

We shall win through, no matter the cost


Fellow Canadians, I come to you in the wake of recent events to issue a call to reason. Let no Canuck deny the perils of our time. While we battle one another, divided by the petty strife of our common history, the tide of greater conflict is turning against us, threatening to destroy all that we have accomplished

It is time for us as provinces and as individuals, to set aside our long-standing feuds and unite. The tides of an unwinnable conflict are upon us, and we must seek refuge on higher ground, lest we be swept away by the flood.

The Leafs are no more – whatever semblance of unity and potential they once provided is a phantom…a memory. With the  Americans left unchecked, who will you turn to protect our hockey heritage? The devastation wrought by the American teams is self-evident.

We have seen the Jets and the Nordiques destroyed by the calculated moves of Gary Bettman – We have seen first hand our teams erode under the financial inequities of the NHL. Unprecedented and unimaginable though they may be, these are the signs of our time.

The time has come, my fellow Canadians, to rally to a new banner – In unity lies strength; already many of the dissident factions have joined us. Out of the many we shall forge an indivisible whole.

From this day forward let no Canadian cheer against any other Canadian team, let no fan conspire against this new beginning. And let no one support American clubs, and to all the enemies of Calgary seek not to bar our way, for we shall win through, no matter the cost.

This slightly modified from a speech in Blizzard’s Starcraft.

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Freshwater fish in a salt water world

Freshwater fish in a salt water world


Every year in May the college has planning and evaluation meetings. Two things I like to do: evaluate and plan! Despite my somewhat limited role in college life I am an incurable big picture thinker. No one has told me I’m not the president so sometimes I start thinking as if I am. One might think a person like me would thrive on things like big picture meetings. I do get really excited. In the end the results are very mixed. I often feel like we never have enough time to talk about stuff. At other times I feel like we spend too much time delving in to the theological details. This is particularly true when it comes to issues one might think should already have been settled a long time ago. I believe it is necessary to debate our theological and philosophical foundations, but if it never reaches the real world it is very futile discussion. It is a safe discussion because it doesn’t involve risking anything, and I think that is why we get caught there so often. In the same vein there are other times where people are stuck the concrete and never examine their assumptions. That is just as dangerous.

A lot of people who work in ministry live most of their lives inside the Christian bubble. They are like river fish and the rest of the world swims in salt water. They have a hard time seeing the realities of the ocean and the need to leave the river. I think that is why so many churches create elaborate programs to attract people to “river” without having swim in the ocean. As a person who swims in both places its hard for me to understand the freshwater folk sometimes. They evaluate things based on well they work in the freshwater not considering how well things go in the saltwater.

Becky and I have talked about an concept she has learned. The perspective of incongruity. I hope do justice to it. It is essential to immerse yourself in a place where people have a significantly different world view than your own so you can critique your own world view. In other words, you’ll be able to understand yourself and the world better if you can look at it from a completely different angle. The more one says in their own little world, the more skewed their self perception will be.

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Wish Leafs Were Here

Wish Leafs Were Here


So, so you think you can tell
Antropov from Yelle,
Blue Leafs from Flame.
Can you tell a golf green
From playoff fan mail?
A save from a flail?
Do you think you can tell?

And did they get you to trade
Rookies for old farts?
Real players for Swedes?
Potential for Brian Leetch?
Pat Quinn for change?
And did you exchange
A chance for Lord Stanley’s Cup
For great tee offs Saturday?

How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re two Canadian teams
In the same league,
Year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have you found?
The same old tears.
Wish Leafs were here.

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Mike, you are the only republican on my blog roll

Mike, you are the only Republican on my blog roll


Why do I see no content on your blog?  Without your influence the left wing will completely take over.  Soon the blogroll will become the comrade roll as I completely succumb to Canadian socialist leanings and spiral in to the dark depths of anti-Americanism.

Help me Reverend Mike, you’re my only hope!

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Team Martin Said, Stephen Harper Said

Team Martin Said, Stephen Harper Said


On the eve of an election call the political cold war has heated up with a couple of websites.  Both sides are trying to damage the other with quotes.

The Liberal site packs a little more punch.  It also has the context of the quotes as well.  It does have some quotes that do represent some of the things that concern me about Harper.  The “firewalls around Alberta” quote is oh so typical of the Albertan attitude.  A lot of Albertans don’t think it is fair that they carry Canada economically.  Trust me, I’ve heard more than one rant about the issue.  Far more money flows from Alberta to Ottawa than that which flows back to Alberta.  They have a legitimate beef, but I think their irritation comes from short sighted thinking.  Eventually the oil will run out and they will need the rest of Canada. 

The Conservative site is too heavy with quotes that don’t mean very much to most Canadians.  They do expose that “Team Martin” is a little more right wing than they let on, but that is one of the reasons why I like these Liberals.  Lots of the the quotes made me want to vote for the Liberals more because some of the Liberal’s quoted spoke about things honestly.  I’ll be fair and say there are Liberals that think much like the Conservatives on some issues. The quotes document  some simularities even though the Liberals are trying to paint the Conservatives as radicals. 

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Theology Pub: Ethics in Leadership

Theology Pub: Ethics in Leadership


Thursday night at 7pm some of Saskatoon’s finest scholars and theologians will be gathering at the Botanica lounge in the Saskatoon in to discuss ethics and leadership.  Well, “finest” might be an overstatment….a handful of people get together to talk about stuff we are interested in.  Feel free to join us!  Jordon will be posting an article on the subject tonight or tomorrow.

Some of the questions I have floating around my head lately relate to ethical leadership practices.

  • When is it unethical to withhold information from people because it might cause more harm than good?
  • Is it wrong to intentionally influence or manage your own public image?
  • When should churches disclose factual but negative information that can tarnish their corporate image?  When do you keep that stuff in the inner circle of leadership?

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