From this morning's CBC comments section (all further emphasis eye-rollingly added):
The taxpayers owe this lady nothing. She should have taken reasonable precautions when travelling...like: having a passport photo that actually looks like her, having a secondary piece of government photo ID like a drivers license ...
On May 21, after a Kenyan airport official suggested that Mohamud's lips and eyeglasses were different from her four-year-old passport photo, the hapless traveller laid out all her ID at the Canadian high commission.
She displayed her Ontario driver's licence, OHIP card, social insurance card and Canadian citizenship certificate.
I propose that, from now on, all mainstream media outlets support two comments sections for all of their stories -- one for sane people, and one for unspeakable idiots. They could call that second one, "Thoughts from the Right." Or maybe just, "Holy Crap, the Burning Stupid!"
Either one works for me.
THERE ARE SANE PEOPLE, AND THEN THERE ARE CONSERVATIVES: That comments section is truly the gift that gives on giving, furnishing ample evidence of the true intellectual bankruptcy of the Right. Here's "CalmCalm," channelling every Blogging Tory you've ever read:
The Canadian government has no "Legal" responsibility to assist any citizen outside Canada.
It is a "Perogative" [sic] of the government and not a legal requirement.
And then there's commenter "katedoe" who, unlike every conservative you've ever met, appears to know stuff:
Posted 2009/08/12 - at 10:59 PM ET
"The Canadian government has no "Legal" responsibility to assist any citizen outside Canada. It is a "Perogative" of the government and not a legal requirement."
Assuming you're not a lawyer - or even familiar with basic international law.
Every passport is a legal document. It is bound in International laws long enough to fill a library shelf. It is a document that compels every government in the world to recognize the bearer as a citizen of the issuing country and even states that in the front page.
The very purpose of a passport is to bind all other countries to any and all agreements and diplomatic treaties they have with the bearers country in any and all dealings with the person holding the passport.
So yes, it is a legal requirement - not a naffy little option. No one would travel otherwise.
and follows that up with:
Just for the record -
Outdated passport photos, bad hair days and head coverings do not negate the legitimacy of a passport - only the issuing government can do that.
Germany issues "kinderpasses" to minors under the age of 16. A kinderpass has a stapled on baby photo of the minor - right up until they are 16!
Many other countries issue passports for periods of 10 - 12 years - with the option of extending them for an additional 5, without updating the photo.
Canada only changed their passport photo rules a few years ago - with a whole set of very weird guidelines not used in other countries.
People - get honest here - the High Commission in Kenya lied and no member of our government has - to date - asked why!
Isn't it awesome to read the musings of someone who, you know, actually knows stuff? Now if you'll excuse me, I have to pop over to the Blogging Tories and check out what the mouth-breathing retards are saying this morning. It's going to be such a comedown.