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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
I crossed many states just to stand here now, my face all hot with tears, / I crossed city, and valley, desert, and stream, to bring my body here:
— Woody Guthrie, Remember the Mountain Bed
October 4, 2004
The Liberals won the X-Prize by taking off from Mt. St. Helens

It’s been an exciting weekend on the west coast, where everything old is new again. This of course all started on Saturday with the Globe & Mail’s printing of the news that the Liberal government set aside its own rules - less than 6 months old, and never applied - to hire the newly appointed president of Canada Post.

“Wait,” I know you’re asking, “Isn’t this what got them into trouble last time?”

The short answer is yes, although you can expect Paul Martin to provide you with a much longer explanation of the differences between this and the situation with Denis Jolette. This Prime Minister seems to like making excuses: it’s all he ever does.

John McCallum just hired a guy he used to work with for one of the top civil service jobs in the country, without even advertising the job and without hiring an outside search firm, both of which are required by the new rules. For this, McCallum should be kicked out of cabinet and they should be starting fresh with a hiring process. What’s the point of the rules if this doesn’t happen?

Mt. St. Helens has been rumbling for about a week now. I was hoping it would blow when we were down Portland way, but it didn’t. How inconvenient.

What’s shocking though is that last Friday the gaggle of geologists surrounding the volcano all figured that a single, mildly aggressive steam outbreak was the “event we’d all been waiting for.” On Saturday, after another major tremor, minds were changed. All of this technology, and nature still likes to surprise us whenever it can.

Paul Allen’s SpaceShip One project claimed the X-Prize this weekend too, a US$10 Million prize for the first manned spaceflight which required two succesful attempts within 5 days to be won. Allen’s team was the first to meet the two attempts rule, although others had succesfully achieved flight.

This isn’t really flight though; nobody’s orbiting - these are pretty much up and down gigs. I’m not saying this makes the effort any less impressive, I’m just saying that there’s still some room to grow here.

So almost 40 years after it was first achieved, man is flying in space again but without spending government money; 20 years after it last did, Mt. St. Helen’s is heading for an eruption; 6 months after getting elected, the Liberal government is breaking its own rules and promises.

As they say in France: plus ca change, plus ca meme chose.

Posted by skooter at 11:29 AM This entry is filed under Politics.

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