Monday, May 4, 2015

May the 4th on #cdnpoli

For May the 4th I thought I'd bring together some of my Star Wars themed Photoshop creations made for #cdnpoli.

First, there's Harper's new shuttle, the "Panda 1" -


To be fair, here is Tom Mulcair as "Tom-Tom" the Ewok. Very little Photoshop required ;-)


I miss John Baird (sort of). He would have made a great Princess Leia escaping the Conservative Death Star -


Finally, Harper visited Peter MacKay in hospital when his child was born...


Just remember, "You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine..."


Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Birthday Party of One


It's Prime Minister Harper's 56 birthday today, but even that is decidedly odd. It started with a report that blank birthday cards were being sent out to the Party faithful to sign and return to him.

I noticed the same thing last year when wife Laureen posted on Twitter a photo of Harper going though last year's haul of birthday cards. See anything odd? All the cards are the same. I've received duplicate cards once in a while for my birthday, but 200 exactly the same? What are the odds?


If that wasn't enough, to ensure Dear Leader has a happy birthday the Conservatives sent out this email today under Laureen's signature to go to a website and send little Stevie birthday greetings:


But keep it quiet - apparently it's a surprise. The website you are directed to is festive, but one of my more technical friends tells me when you send greetings you are asked to link it to your Facebook account so the app knows who your friends are. Nice. Who needs #C-51?



Several other megalomaniacs in history were photographed accepting the birthday greetings of an adoring population, but I never thought I'd see it in Canada. Quite aside from the cult of personality aspect, the contrived nature of it strikes me as kind of sad, like the kid who invites the class to his birthday party and no one shows up. 


It seems Harper's birthday truly is a "party of one."

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Canada 150 - A Logo To Ponder

The government has ended the competition for a new logo for Canada 150. It's pick is... um... colourful. While the student who designed it collected a cool $5000, she also said the diamonds and colours in her design are not representative of anything in particular. “I just wanted to go with something very simple."

On the www.Canada150.gc.ca Heritage Canada says the four diamonds at the base of the Maple Leaf represent the four provinces that formed Confederation. The nine other diamonds represent the six other provinces and three territories, or something. I guess it's in the eye of the beholder.

What do I see? I see the unholy love child of the NBC peacock and the Klingon Empire.