Rep Steve Vaillancourt



Monday
Sep102012

Fascism And Fetishism On Liberty Express

Talk about eclectic!
I just finished taping this week's Liberty Express which airs Monday night at 10 p.m. on Manchester TV23 (rebroadcast Thursday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 6 a.m. and noon; always available at vimeo.com/channels/libertyx).
As promised, I saved the last 15 minutes for highlights of the Fetish Festival weekend which I filmed Labor Day eve in Montreal.  I intersperse footage of the colorfully clad festival goers with talk of the Quebec election which was going on at the time.  Where else can you get fetishism and Quebec politics in the same segment?
For the rest of the show, I was going to talk about the primary but since it will be over by the time the show reairs, I discuss it only briefly; I also don't spend much time with the latest polls since they appear to be in a state of post-convention flux.
Since I tend to use the word "fascism" a great deal, I decided to look the word up in the dictionary, just to make sure all the people I refer to as "fascists" truly deserve the term.
I wasn't disappointed, so I spend much of the show exploring that worst of all political philosophies, fascism.
At least two dictionaries I checked defined Fascism as "a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and race and stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader,severe economic and social regimentation and forcible suppression of opposition."
After exaltation of nation and race, I would add the clause "at the expense of individual liberties".
That's fascism, and clearly it can come in from either the left or the right, from Democrats with their slavish devotion to centralization of economic control and regimentation to Republicans who, try as they might, cannot seem to get away from their suppression of individual freedoms for those who think differently than they do.
Libertarianism is the antithesis of fascism.
Democrats are fascists when they pretend to have two-thirds vote to put god and Jerusalem back in their party platform (when in fact they may well not even have had a simple majority; I run the clip).  But Republicans like Bill O'Brien are fascists when they call close votes without allowing a division to prove that their hearing is adequate.
I'm quite satisfied with calling a spade a spade and a fascist a fascist.
I don't do it lightly; that's why I decided to explore a definition of the word on this week's show.
It goes well with fetishism which perhaps best epitomized the freedom we should all allow others.  Besides, the costume are rather...shall we say...FABULOUS.  If you can't make it to Montreal for Labor Day, try Easter weekend in Barcelona, I heard.
Life is too much fun for petty politics!
Thursday
Sep062012

Quebec Shooter Could Have Killed More

Here's how the Montreal Gazette covered the arraignment of the man who opened fire in a rally of the victorious Parti Quebecois Tuesday night.  The Boston Channel web site is reporting that had the gun not jammed, the shooter may well have killed more people.  Apparently he had quite the arsenal at home, so much for the charge that only Americans are gun nuts!
Don't trust entirely any Canadian or Quebecer who is quoted as saying theirs is a more peaceful society than ours.  While I have always felt safe on visits to Montreal (including this past weekend when I went on an eight-hour bike ride around the island), the city and province have a history of famous mass shootings and violence, including one a McGill College several years ago.  As proven in recent shootings in Colorado in the U.S., ours is a violent society, but we are not alone in the world community.
Also, don't expect this shooter, 61 year old Richard Henry Bain, to get the death penalty--it's not used in Canada--or even life in prison.  I've followed cases of far more heinous criminals to our north being released after rather short prison terms.  Apparently, Bain was upset because he wasn't denied permission to expand his hunting camp 90 miles north of Montreal.
 

Shooting suspect Richard Henry Bain arraigned on 16 charges, including first-degree murder

Also charged with three counts of attempted murder, possession of explosive material and possession of prohibited weapons
 
 

Richard Henry Bain was arraigned Thursday on 16 charges, including first-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with Tuesday night’s shooting at Metropolis during Premier-designate Pauline Marois’s victory speech.

Bain, who turns 62 Sunday, appeared briefly at the Montreal courthouse Thursday and was also charged with three counts of attempted murder, possession of explosive material and possession of prohibited weapons.

Crown prosecutor Éliane Perreault said Bain had about 22 guns, five in his vehicle and the rest at home, all except one of which were registered.

Bain is charged with killing Denis Blanchette, a 48-year-old father of one and sound technician who was working at the Metropolis election night. He was apparently outside having a cigarette when Bain, dressed in a housecoat and armed with handgun and assault rifle, tried to enter the popular night club.

One of Blanchette’s family members sat in the courtroom, clutching a photo of Blanchette with two small children. Bain is also charged with shooting David Courage, 27, who is recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery for his bullet injuries.

Police arrested Bain outside the Metropolis moments after the shooting. While being placed in a police cruiser, Bain yelled in French, “Anglos are waking up!” Then in English, he said, “It’s f----ing payback time.”

Marois was pulled from the stage by her body guards, but returned moments later to finish her speech. She was unharmed and she, like everyone inside the club, were unaware people had been shot outside.

Bain is back in court Oct. 11.

:Shooting suspect Richard Henry Bain in the back of a police car as he arrives at the Montreal courthouse on Thursday, September 6, 2012. He was arraigned on 16 charges, including first-degree murder and attempted murder.
 

:Shooting suspect Richard Henry Bain in the back of a police car as he arrives at the Montreal courthouse on Thursday, September 6, 2012. He was arraigned on 16 charges, including first-degree murder and attempted murder.

Photograph by: Phil Carpenter , Montreal Gazette



Wednesday
Sep052012

Sad To Say They Both Can't Win

Many politicians, from both parties, truly have no business being in office; I would like nothing better than to see voters reject these frauds come November if not in next week's primary.  Many incumbents, who haven't even bothered to show up half the time, have the unmitigated gall to seek re-election.

I will name no names here; I'm sure you can guess who they are.

However, I am troubled by today's media reports that two candidates I like a great deal are involved in a down and dirty battle in Senate District 9, the new district which runs from Bedford all the west into Cheshire County.

I like Bedford State Rep. Ken Hawkins a great deal.  As a member of the Executive Departments and Administration Committee, he knows as much about pension reform as anyone in Concord.

I like former Senator Andy Sanborn a great deal.  He's a libertaran through and through, my kind of Republican.

It's truly a shame that they both cannot win.  It's truly a shame that this race has degenerated into a mud slinging contest.

Senator Sanborn had every right to move into this district; we are a mobile society and people tend to move around.  The Union Leader was wrong earlier when it suggested he was shopping around for a new district since his old one had been carved up.  Truth is the district was carved up only after he moved;  had he remained in Henniker, you can be sure Senate redistricting experts would have made his district more "Republican", and we could most have both Hawkins and Sanborn in the Senate.

Sad to say, that's not possible.  May the best man win.  Although  Democrats think they have a chance of capturing this seat in  November, I still rate it highly Republican.  Bedord, about the most Republican town in the state, has nearly half the people in the district, and it enjoys such a high turnout that it should overwhelm the more liberal or moderate communities to the west.

In my district (18  which icludes Manchester Wards five through nine and Litchfield), it's Gail Barry all the way running against Democrats wedded to big government, Donna Soucy the actual Democrat and Art Beaudry who is running an an independent but is still every bit the big tax and spender.

 

Wednesday
Sep052012

Lame American Media Ignores Historic Quebec Election

You wouldn't know it by watching American media, but yesterday's provincial election in Quebec could go down as one of the most historic days for voting in world history.

By an unexpectedly narrow margin, Quebecers elected their first woman premier, Pauline Marois of the Parti Quebecois (PQ) which is dedicated to removing Quebec from Canada.

However, the real story was --and we're not talking some Middle Eastern or Third World country here--that a 62 year old man crashed the Marois victory party shooting one person to death and injuring another.  We await further details as to whether the as yet unidentified man was in fact trying to gun down Marois.  Apparently he shouted--in less than perfect French--"The English are waking up."

Not that you'd know that by watching American media.

As I reported from Quebec over the weekend, feelings were running high with dirty tricks (including robocalls against the Liberals and rumors that Marois had sent her son to English-speaking Harvard--wow!) rampant in the final days.  I also alluded to reports on English radio stations that English fears were on the rise as the PQ seemed all but sure of winning.  There was much talk of some Anglophones looking for property in neighboring Ontario province.  One can only wonder how such wild rhetoric might have played into the shooting.  I'm not usually one to bring up such things, but you can be sure, Quebecers will be wondering about it.

As it turned out, the PQ captured only 54 of the 125 seats in the Quebec Parliament meaning that a minority government will be formed an most likely will not last long enough for Ms. Marois to beat the drums of separation.

The Liberals, riddled with corruption and given up for dead over the weekend, came on strongly election day (in fact, the PQ tends to do less well in actual vote total than pre-election polls) gaining 50 seats to 19 for the newly formed Coalition Avenir Quebec and two for Solidaire led by Leninist Separtist Amir Khadir who was re-elected.  (I actually witnessed two of his workers putting up a street sign in the Plateau region Sunday night).

Try as I might to get a report on American TV last night, all I could get was a crawl on Fox News around midnight.  Obsessed with running the same Democratic covention coverage over and over again, Fox not only failed to mention this major story out of Quebec all night but all morning as well--and I watched most of the morning.  Channel 9's morning news went with the briefest of stories imaginable.

One would think that with an election generating a murder, American media would run with the story big time even though it's only in a province (state) of the country to our north.

Raw vote totals seems to have been very close:  31.9% for the PQ, 31.2 % for the rejuvenaged Liberals of Jean Charest (who apparently lost his own seat by 100 votes in Sherbrooke), 27.1 % for the CAQ, 6.0% for Solidaire, and 3.8% other--not that you'd know any other that by watching American television.

I admit that as a regular visitor to Montreal, I care more about Quebec and Canadian elections than your run of the mill American, but this lack of coverage by U.S. media is simply ridiculous although, I suppose I should add that it's not unusual given the American media's fixation on covering only one story at a time.

A man in Colorado goes mad and blows up the crowd of a Batman movie, and it gets wall to wall 24 hour coverage.  Political murder in a great democracy to our north is ignored by the media, no wonder they are called LAME STREAM MEDIA.

Two good web sites for details are montrealgazette.com and cjad.com, both in English.  I suspect the Toronto Globe and Mail and National Post will also be covering this.  Who knows?  Maybe Fox will even get around to it...if they can tear themsevles away from wall to wall coverage of pablum from Charlotte!

Wednesday
Sep052012

Ovide Flaunts Egomania With Commercial

Ovide LaMontagne will most likely win next week's GOP primary for governor, but if he does so, it will be in spite of, rather than because of the single TV ad he has chosen to run.

With extremely low turnout expected, anything could happen.  In fact, no one deserves to win the Republican primary.  We read about how Ovide has raised tons of money, but he's obviously not spending it on getting his message out to potenetial voters.  He must be resting on his laurels, on the inevitability factor.  Those who take voters for granted have been known the wake on the losing end the day after election day.

Ovide's single commericals is one of the worst imaginable.  "I am New Hampshire," he boasts like someone on a big ego trip.  Of all the people in the state, who does LaMontagne think he is to make such a claim?  He's never won an election, at least at the state level.  His incompetence in campaigning led to six years of Jeanne Shaheen, and now he has the nerve to claim that he is New Hampshire.

Ovide refuses to take a stand on any issues, almost as if he's afraid to tell people where he stands.  Rather, he goes with this weird commercial sylistically shot with strange camera angles, shots of road signs, or scene sets which tell us nothing of importance about the man except that he was born in New Hampshire and still lives here.

Maggie Hassan has run a series of commericials on the Democratic side; Jackie Cilley has broken new ground with her zombie ad; and Kevin Smith is on the air with some type of message.

Ovide's commercial is so bad it seems like it's intentionally meant to be bad.  I didn't notice this before because it fails to cut through the clutter, but a very powerful Republican pointed out to me how bad the spot was so I decided I'd better tak a look at it.

It's as bad as a spot can be, and one can only wonder what Ovide is doing with all the money he's raised.  Probably saving it for the general election which, if commercials were the criteria, he would never advance to.

Truth in blogging, I am not endorsing anyone in the Republican primary.  I will of course take a Republican ballot (after all, I need to vote for myself for State Representative), but the lack of choice at the top of the ticket is truly astounding. 

I note that the Concord Monitor has endorsed Jackie Cilley.  Were I a Democrat, I would vote for Jackie over Maggie The Dog Torturer Hassan.

Republicans can only hope that if Ovide survives the primary, he'll go to a new ad agency for his general election commercials.

"I am New Hampshire" is hardly the message we need to hear.  Tell us what you'll do for us, Ovide, not where you were born and grew up.