And despite Scott Tribe's best intentions, I'm forced to gift Canadian blogger cum journalist cum political pundit cum utter nutjob Weiner Pratfall one more orifice, just because no one deserves it more.
To recap, Weiner is a drooling racist -- we've already established that. But it's additionally depressing that he's a pathetic excuse for a journalist or pundit since he is incapable of getting right even the most basic facts.
It started here:
[Dziekanski] was not a regular traveller or tourist: he had come here as an immigrant. As such, it was his duty to learn English before coming to Canada.
a claim which I believe I put to rest back here. But when Weiner's on a roll, well, there's just no stopping the Whackjob Express, even when commenter "Dorothy" tries politely to correct him:
I don't believe that there is a law making knowledge of English mandatory for the new immigrants.
And if one (unlike the Big Weiner) had a clue, one might think, "Hmmmmm ... could that be right? I'd better check before I embarrass myself any further." But this is Weiner we're talking about, which precipitates his predictable reply:
But generally speaking, you're wrong, Dorothy: he was not a visitor but an immigrant, and according to the letter of our immigration rules and laws, speaking at least one of the two official languages is actually a requirement for immigrating to Canada (it's only because of the morons working at Immigration Canada who don't enforce the law -- in fact, they break it on a regular basis -- that we keep receiving immigrants who don't even meet the most fundamental of all requirements).
Weiner's commenters -- perhaps recognizing his failing grip on his fragile and over-burdened sanity -- continue to nudge him gently in the direction of reality:
Werner: I am not convinced by the argument that the man had an obligation to learn English before crossing the pond.
For good measure, commenter "Lulu" pipes up, hoping against hope that maybe Weiner will twig on the pattern here -- numerous people suggesting he's out to lunch:
Acording to CIC'c website, only people immigrating as "Skilled Workers and Professionals" require "knowledge of English or French". Mr. Dziekanski came to Canada via his mother's sponsorship (aka Family Sponsorship) which has no language requirement.
And, finally, Weiner clues in, at which point ... well, you can read the weaselly, evasive hilarity for yourself:
Which is why I think the family reunion category must be abolished for purely economic reasons (as I wrote not too long ago). Immigration is supposed to boost our economy and provide future pension funding, not rip ever bigger holes into our finances. We're a country, not a charity organization (and apart from that, charity must always begin at home).
Yes, by God, you read that right. Rather than admit he's been full of shit up to his eyeballs all this time, Weiner changes course and uses reality to attack the very concept of a Family Class visa. Because, as we all know, that's easier than 'fessing up to having been a total dink all this time and basing your argument on something you pulled out of your Patrick Ross-inhabited ass.
And never forget, this is the Big Weiner, whose slogan you can read on his masthead: "Telling it like it is." Except for the times when he tells it like it isn't. But I guess it's your job to be able to tell the difference.
Good luck with that.
GRATUITOUS BOOT TO THE NADS: And never forget that there are people who actually contemplate whether or not to take the Big Weiner seriously. Somehow, the word "creepy" doesn't begin to do that justice, does it?
NOW I FEEL CHASTENED: Apparently, all of my brilliant Weiner-oriented smackdown is just water off a duck's back. Or Patrick Ross' splooge off of Weiner's backside. Whatever metaphor grosses you out more.