December 1st, 2008

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Oi vey!

So, matociquala has a feature, wherein she informs us of the words Word didn't know.

I have long ago given up on the grammar checker in Word being able to keep track of subject/verb relationships when an intermediate phrase intrudes, but today I got one I just had to share. I was roughing out some text, and wrote the following (clunky) sentence.

One of my film bodies is an FE2, which has no mirror lock-up, but when I activate the self-timer the first thing to happen is the mirror flips up.

It needs some work, mostly in the last half. Word agreed with that assessement, kindly offering up this version instead.

One of my film bodies is an FE2, which has no mirror lock-up, but when I activate the self-timer the first thing to happen be the mirror flips up.

Right now, I'm tending toward something like this:

One of my film bodies is an FE2, which has no mirror lock-up, but the first thing to happen when I activate the self-timer is the mirror flipping up.
Hat

Canada has a sudden outbreak of parliamentary democracy

Harper called an election last October, probably because he was afraid an Obama win would affect things up North. He managed to keep a minority gov't in being; one which was almost the same as the one he called, "dysfunctional and unworkable," when he called the election.

With Bushlike grace he promptly began to act as if he had an unassailable majority. A couple of weeks ago the agenda they wanted to carry out was made known. It had a lot of things Canadians, by and large, are against: things like three striks laws, the repeal of parts of the Canadian Charter of Human Rights, creating; "crimes against the unborn", restricting the right to strike, and a bunch of other stuff.

As a result the opposition got together to discuss, well opposing.

Last week Harper really stepped in it, he proposed a budget which the opposition (and a lot of the MP constituents) didn't like, and he proposed; as a means of saving money, that the funding of Candian Parties be removed.

Since the Conservatives are flush, at the moment this didn't go down too well (the Liberals just had a leadership race, the NDP is always short of cash, and Canada has had had more elections of late than normal; three, in a time period where one is the norm, added to that new funding rules drastically changed who can donate, and how much).

I guess Harper was thinking the opposition in Canada would act like the Democrats, instead of the Republicans, in his neighbor to the south. He was wrong.

Come the next vote of confidence, he's out. In all probability he will hold a record for the shortest lived gov't in Canadian history. The wonderful irony of it all is the tactics being used against him (even to some of the critical players) is exactly the same as those he put forward in 2004, when he was leading an opposition party.