Something serious and a little humor and a GET OUT and VOTE suggestion

Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter. 
The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups: 
1. Liberals 
2. Conservatives. 
Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were form. 
Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to B-B-Q at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement. 
Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly B-B-Q's and doing the sewing, fetching, and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement. 
Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. The rest became known as girlie-men. Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided. 
Over the years Conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant.  Liberals are symbolized by the jackass. 
Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare.  Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group therapists are liberals.  Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn't fair to make the pitcher also bat. 
Conservatives drink domestic beer. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, athletes, Marines, and generally anyone who works productively. Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living. 
Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America.  They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get more for nothing. 
Here ends today's lesson in world history: It should be noted that a Liberal may have a momentary urge to angrily respond to the above before forwarding it. A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other true believers and to more liberals just to piss them off.
Of course members of the he BC Provincial Liberal party are really Federal Conservatives (even the ones who think they are Federal Liberals are really the far right wing members of that party).
Which brings me to the MMP vote taking place in Ontario on Wed Oct 10, 2007.
In 1993, the popular vote was 41.24% for the Liberals
13.5% for the Bloc Quebecois
18.69% for the Reform
6.8% for the NDP and 
16.04% for the Conservatives who has received 42% in trhe 1988 election and who had split apart with meany members joining the BLOC and REFORM parties.
The Liberals got 177 seats for 41.24%
The Bloc got 54 seats for 13.5%
The REFORM gor 52 seats for 18.69% and
the Conservatives got "2" seats for 16.02% of the popular vote, one of the greatest under represented situations if not the greatest in Canadian politics.
The MMP (Mixed Member Proporioal) or a STP (single transferable vote) would have changed that and been more representative. I prefer the STP but almost anything is better than the First past the Post we have now.
Think about  the 2000 US federal election in florida for a second.  If the 5% who voted  for Ralph Nader ahd had their second choice recorded for Gore or Bush, it would likely have been a fairer election with less controversy.
Movie Review
If you get a chance, go to see "Across the Universe" which is showing now.  
I am not a person who listens to music.  In the car I look for talk radio.  However, I was shocked by how much i loved this movie built around the Beatles and the vietnam war.
What really surprized me was that in a crowded theater that I went to with a 15, 17, and 20 year old at their invitation, there was only one other person close to my age (65).  Everyone else seemed to be under 25.
The movie is all Beatles Music but puts people and events to the JHude Lucy and Pridence.  
The central character is Jude (Hey Jude) and the show goes from the Cavern in Liverpool (where my father was born) to the halls of Princeton University and the riots in Detroit and the assassination of Martin Luther King.
Pridence (dear Prudence) comes to life as a real person.  Lucy (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - I am the Walrus- I am the Eggman) also fits the songs.
I sat there stunned at the end having just relived a few years of my life when I supported items like Cool Aid (the northern end of the draft dodger underground railroad) in Vancouver.  Mike harcourt who became the Mayor of Vancouver (I ran against him) and the Premier of BC was the lawyer for the society.  Simon DeJong who became a federal NDP member of Parliament  for Regina East) was a major palayer fdirector of the society and I believe the other major leader whose name I can not remember became the warden or deputy warden of stoney mountain penitentiary in Winnipeg.
Interestingly, Simon served as a MP with Phl Edmunston (author of New and Used car guide LEMONAID - and the founder of the Automotive Protective Association ) who was the only Quebec NDP member for years.  Phil is fun because in the 60's, he was a close associate of Ralp Nader (remember the Florida election above) and involved in the writing of the book "UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED" which resulted in general Motors stopping production of the Corvair.
This, of course started as a spoof (which I did not write but was sent to me by Klondike Kate) on Liberals and Conservative Politicians and ended up with the demise of the Corvair while touching on Viet Nam, Voting Rights and the draft Dodgers of the 70's.  
It was my association with those young American men coming to Canada and the entertainers i was bringing in to my Coffee Houses starting in 1962 (George Carlin as one example) which resulted in my interest in US / Canadian tax and immigration today.
So this has gone out to just about everyone.  Will the approxiamately 500 readers in Ontario get out and vote pro or con MMP but do pay attention.  It will shape the way our politics go.  For those 6,000 readers in the US, pay attention to how we vote.  It will change the way you live and by that, also change the rest of the world.    
david ingram
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