1 BODY IN WASCANA Police have removed a deceased man from the lake. The Leader-Post’s story says “check back for updates”.
2 CONSERVATIVES PLAN TO SEND SOLDIERS TO THE NORTH POLE TO WIGGLE THEIR DICKS AT RUSSIA This is a fantastically stupid and lame idea.
3 CULTY BADNESS A Quebec man who leads a religious sect that believes the world will end in 2012 is under investigation for allegedly trying to convince people to kill themselves.
4 CANADIAN ROBOTS TO MARS! Astronaut-turned politician Marc Garneau has a plan and I like it.
5 STRAUSS-KAHN IS STILL IN THE NEWS There’s a new accusation of sexual assault against the former head of the International Monetary Fund. This happens as the witness in the current sexual assault case disintegrates.
6 HAPPY AMERICA DAY! But there’s troubles:
With the United States mired in three foreign wars, beaten down by an economy that shows few signs of emerging from deep recession and deeply disillusioned with President Barack Obama, his Republican challengers and Congress, the mood is dark.
The last comparable Fourth of July was probably in 1980, when there was a recession, skyrocketing petrol prices and an Iranian hostage crisis, with 53 Americans being held in Tehran.
Frank Luntz, perhaps America’s pre-eminent pollster, argues that his countrymen are much more downbeat now than in 1980. “The assumption with the Carter years was that it was a failure of the elites, not the system. We thought the people in charge screwed up. We didn’t blame ourselves.” Remarkably, many Americans think things will only get worse and the good times will never return.
Happy Fourth of July…