Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Minor Snipe

Here's a snipe we saw a few weeks ago on a Sunday drive.
I was going to use it as an illustration for a post where I went on about various politicians from Premier Ed Stelmach to George W. Bush.
Stelmach recently gave himself a raise as did several cabinet ministers. A few days later three of Alberta's top doctors, all women, quit. The Health Minister and the Premier made some noises about how all three left for better-paying jobs and that the Province only had so much money to pay for these positions. At least one of the doctors said money was not the only issue. For the record Alberta has just recorded another obscene multi-billion dollar surplus.
Mr. Ed and the boys gave themselves raises because, as Ed said, you've got to pay the big bucks to attract the best people.
So, Ed, you and the boys in cabinet (most are middle-aged white guys) are not the best people for the job and you know it? Is that what you're telling us, Ed?
And that you don't need to pay the doctors all that much money because... oh, never mind. My brain hurts.
As to incurious George, well, he has managed to mess up the US economy, found a way to ignore and offend the US constitution, and has tanked the great country's reputation throughout the world.
What do they have in common, Ed and George?
Well, they're both out of their leagues.
But Incurious George will be out soon while Mr. Ed will be in charge of the Province until such time as he completely tears it up and poisons the air to get out the oil.
Whatever else Dubya has done to offend the Constitution and the American people at least you will be rid of him soon.
I hope you like the photo of the snipe.
I was going to use it to illustrate a post, and apparently I did.


Crabby McSlacker said...

I am counting the days until George is gone. The damage he has done is incalcuable.

the Bag Lady said...

I do like the photo of the snipe.

Must need more coffee - my brain is tumbling around some really pithy statement about Mr. Ed being the horse's ass.... wasn't Mr. Ed the talking horse?
And George Dubyaaaa... well, the least said about him, the better.

But I do like the picture of the snipe!! (always like to end my comments on a positive note!)

Leah J. Utas said...

Crabby, I imagine you are not alone in counting the days. His latest stunt is refusing to open an email that has something to do with the EPA. Best stop there.

dfBag Lady, yes, that's who Mr. Ed was and certainly Stelmach is part of said horse, as are all of our current benevolent rulers.
Glad you like the snipe. Thought it was kind of cute myself.

Missicat said...

Crabby, you are definitely NOT alone in counting the days. I am counting the minutes....hope we have a Constitution left to repair!

Leah J. Utas said...

Missicat, I have great faith that the American people, having stared into the abyss, will get things sorted out in the next election.

Reb said...

Too bad we don't have a limit on the number of years a person can be in office like they do in the states. You know as long as the oil is flowing, Mr.Ed will be in power.

I like the photo of the snipe too.

Leah J. Utas said...

You're right, Reb. The Conservatives believe they have a divine right to rule here.

Fortune Cookies said...

I love your illustration!
Howard Zinn said it well when he said, "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism" - because by dissent, we can put a stop to the wrongful practices of our leaders, or at least help to curb them.
... government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. - Abramham Lincoln Gettysburg Address

Leah J. Utas said...

Fortune Cookies, thanks. I knew there was a quote somewhere about dissent. I'm glad you brought it up and I absolutely agree with it.
How can you be sure you're in a democracy if everyone's agreeing?