Friday, June 22, 2012

And now for something completely different...

With the House of Commons rising for the summer and ThreeHundredEight finally being hosted on its own URL, I thought it might be fun to celebrate with something a little different.

I enjoy the webcomic xkcd by Randall Munroe and a few weeks ago he did a great parody of Gilbert & Sullivan's "Modern Major General" about the different subjects one can major in, called "Every Major's Terrible". Here's what I consider the best rendition of the song by one of Munroe's readers, though this one is also good if you just want to get the tune.

So I humbly took a crack at doing my own parody of "Modern Major General" focusing on that thing we all love (help us) - Canadian politics!


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  1. That is most excellent, Eric. I particularly liked:

    "Critics believe opinion polls are given to much prominence.
    They say this with a 95 per cent degree of confidence."

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  2. I like it Eric, good job! Never knew you could rhyme so well with as mundane a topic as Canadian politics.

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    1. Finding something that worked with "omnibus" was a challenge.

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    2. "Underthebus" would have worked!!

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    3. Ummm...excuse me but politics is not mundane. It is freakin' exciting! I live for it!!

      cheeseplease

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    4. I'm not surprised that finding something that worked with "omnibus" was a challenge, considering that there is nothing that rhymes with "omnibus". As for "monotonous", the only thing that rhymes with it is "forgotten us"--or maybe, if you really, really stretch it, "haughtiness".

      Gilbert would admire the sentiment and thought, but probably not the craft.

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    5. Harsh. I hope they would recognize that not everything has to rhyme perfectly...

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  3. Well done, Éric. The penultimate and antepenultimate stanzas are terrific.

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  4. Brilliant, nice work :-) Especially when contrasted against Greg Weston's quite lame attempt to use omnibus and ominous in a single subheader today...

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  5. Very good job eric :)



    Sask poll from insightrix released yesterday:

    http://www.insightrix.com/?action=d7_article_viewer_view_article&Join_ID=370217

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    1. That Insightrix poll isn't really good for anyone. Brad Wall's personal numbers are down, but Nilsson hasn't improved at all on Lingenfelter's terrible personal numbers.

      Maybe success is making Saskatchewan people more cynical.

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    2. Nilson is just an interm leader anyway.

      Wall has received much negative coverage along with much handwringing from the media and a few vocal groups over some policy decisions.

      He wants to modernize the Sask union acts. Terminated the film tax credit (which was really basically a grant) and replaced it with a far less lucrative actual tax credit. Even suggesting there there might be circumstances where someone could opt out of paying union dues. There are others.

      As for the approval numbers. You are right, he hasn't improved much. But 32% approve almost exactly matches the party support. This is still basically a rock bottom base for the NDP, they haven't scored this low since they were first created. This 30% is very rock solid for the NDP. And very well organized, not to mention vocal and funded well with union dollars.

      At 67.5%, Wall still leads his party which is only at 60.8% its only down 1.5% from the last poll near the election. This despite the beating he took in the spring session. The conservative hard base is also about 30 give or take. But they are not nearly so organized, nor will they probably put the same effort in as the NDP support.

      Wall's government hinges on him, and the party remaining popular. This is made easier with the NDP trying to push the left side of the party forward. We will see which way they go with the convention this weekend, and the coming leadership convention. Walls union act review will be a big issue in the coming year. 1/4 of sask works in a union. And alot more live with a union member. Wall could push people toward the NDP or even the (currently irrelevant) liberals depending on whether he is too tough, or not tough enough.

      Gonna be fun watching in Sask this year even though an election is 3 years away. :)

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  6. Very witty and enjoyable Eric - tres bien!

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