Tuesday, March 31, 2009



And, no, we're not done with this.

Stephen Taylor's Blogging Tories: Rape is good.

Now, in all fairness, none of them actually came right out and said that. But, oddly, as far as I can tell, not one of them has come out and explicitly condemned this. And, if memory serves, it wasn't that long ago that one of the Idiotsphere's yappy little poodles was prancing around CC HQ, taking the position that, if you don't directly condemn something, that must mean you implicitly approve of it.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I remember something like that. I don't need to mention any names but, what the hell, if that's the position he wants to take, I can't wait for him to now publicly accuse all of Stephen Taylor's Blogging Tories of being pro-rape.

After all, that would be the consistent thing to do.

A strong recommendation, in two parts.

First, go read this. And when you're done, and you've fully digested it, pop over to Ezra's place and tell him to, for the love of freakin' God, quit his pathetic, infantile, mewling and whining and just fucking shut the fucking fuck up.

"Paging Dr. Roy. Dr. Roy to the lack-of-courtesy phone."

Here's some free advice for Blogging Tory Dr. Roy Eappen: You should spend less time pimping yourself in the pages of Canada's National Disgrace, and more time listening to your patients.

It's just a thought.

(Wag of the tail to e-mailer WJ.)

BY THE WAY, DOC, if you're going to disseminate medical advice, do you think you could get it from somewhere other than National Review and World Net Daily? There are these things called "medical journals" ...

Stephen Taylor's Blogging Tories: Because even deranged, retarded crackpots deserve a social circle.

The dumbassitude that keeps on giving.

The Democratic establishment recognizes a gift horse when it sees one:

Dem Strategists: Sarah Palin Is The New Rush Limbaugh

... Multiple Democratic strategists say the party plans to increasingly elevate Palin in the same manner it has employed Rush for weeks, using her high-visibility, her social conservatism, and memories of her harsh attacks on Obama during the campaign to tar the GOP as partisan, obstructionist, and backward-looking.

James Carville, a key architect of the Limbaugh strategy, says Dems will be seeking to elevate Palin more and more, because she’s “an identifiable person who has a hook,” unlike GOP leaders like Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell.

“Her name conjures up all kinds of reactions in people’s minds,” Carville told me, adding that her association with the campaign will be used to portray the GOP as hidebound and to alienate moderates. “She’s an uncomfortable figure for a lot of Republicans,” Carville says. “They want to move beyond her. We like her.”

“Luckily, she seems to present us with an opportunity every few days,” added a senior Dem strategist. “You could say it’s a turkey shoot.”

And then there's your "Hunter"-flavoured, Blogging Tory retarditude:

What was gained? Nothing, except showing how scared the lefties are of Sarah Palin.

I swear, I don't think I'm ever going to get tired of that one.

Don't hate her because she's beautiful, ...

... hate her because she's a total fucking idiot.

AND NEVER FORGET, they had two types of fruit:

You bitch about "rape" like it's a bad thing.

Refresh my memory -- why exactly are we in Afghanistan again?

Afghan leader accused of bid to 'legalise rape'

Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai, has signed a law which "legalises" rape, women's groups and the United Nations warn. Critics claim the president helped rush the bill through parliament in a bid to appease Islamic fundamentalists ahead of elections in August.

In a massive blow for women's rights, the new Shia Family Law negates the need for sexual consent between married couples, tacitly approves child marriage and restricts a woman's right to leave the home, according to UN papers seen by The Independent.

I'd ask Stephen Taylor's Blogging Tories what they think of this exciting new political development, but they're kind of occupied "defending" free speech while simultaneously shrieking about George Galloway, so their schedules are a bit full.

P.S. I'd ask Blogging Tory co-founder and Manning Centre for Building Democracy's Stephen Taylor himself about this novel experiment in Afghan "democracy" but, last time I looked, Stephen was just crazy busy pressing the flesh and eating well:

Sure, Afghan women being raped sucks, but there's an open bar and Stephen always understands his priorities.

P.P.S. Wouldn't it be great fun to check in occasionally on Stephen Taylor and his stable of intellectual cripples Blogging Tories and see if anyone there gets even the littlest bit outraged by this development? After all, they're all such fans of (other) Canadians fighting and dying over there. Perhaps it's time for those folks to take a public stand and defend what our military is dying for -- the right for Afghan men to rape their wives.

Yeah, let's see if anyone over there in Wankerville can remove their nose from Ezra Levant's asscrack long enough to stand up for the chicks.

I don't plan on being optimistic.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Let me make a prediction.

If you pop over to Stephen Taylor's Blogging Tories, you will find a large group of people who, having for months now denigrated the Canadian Human Rights Commission and shriekingly defended their right to say what they want even if it offends others, are now popping the corks and celebrating the fact that British MP George Galloway was officially prevented from entering the country today because, well, he says things that offend them.

Did I get that about right? Yeah, I'm pretty sure I got that right.

And after the bubbly is gone and the celebration peters out, Stephen Taylor's BTs will go back to fawning over Ezra Levant who, by God, was the one person who stood up for their right to say things even if it offended other people.

And not one of them will appreciate the rancid hypocrisy of it all.

No reason.

Coleman! Douchebag!

Once upon a time, ex-Senator Norm Coleman was all about the "healing":

Coleman urged [Al] Franken to waive his right to a recount, saying that the prospect of changing the result was remote and that a recount would be costly to taxpayers (about $86,000).

"I just think the need for the healing process is so important. ... hopefully, you don't have TV ads during an election recount," Coleman said.

And today? Eh, not so much:

Cornyn: Minnesota Senate Seat Could Take "Years" To Resolve
By Eric Kleefeld - March 30, 2009, 9:50AM

The Minnesota election dispute has now lasted for almost five months, with the seat vacant for the last three of them -- but that might just be the beginning, with NRSC chairman John Cornyn telling the Politico that it could take "years" to resolve.

If you're a politics junkie, make sure you read the comments at TPM. Some good stuff there.

P.S. Republicans are such douchebags.

Dear PZ: I'll see your environmental imbecile and raise you another one.

It was only a matter of time before PZ discovered this intellectual cripple, who dismisses CO2-based global warming thusly:

It's plant food ... So if we decrease the use of carbon dioxide, are we not taking away plant food from the atmosphere? ... So all our good intentions could be for naught. In fact, we could be doing just the opposite of what the people who want to save the world are saying.

Not bad, PZ, but that will still never match Blogging Tory Frank "Mr. Potato Head" Hilliard, who cautions us not to get so excited about water "shortages":

The truth is, of course, the amount of water in the world is the same as it's always been. The oceans, the water aloft and the icecaps; all there. The rain will continue, the rivers will flow, the snow will fall. No matter what the loony environmentalists have to say, and no matter how long they say it, the cycle will continue.

Stephen Taylor's Blogging Tories: Because someone has to make up the far end of the bell curve.

The George Galloway Catch-22 two-step. Banjo music optional.

So British MP George Galloway was "banned" from entering Canada. Oh, wait ... actually, he wasn't:

Two weeks ago, allegations surfaced that he had financially supported Hamas, a group that Canada defines as a terrorist organization. On a preliminary basis, the Canada Border Services Agency decided to block Galloway from entering Canada.

"On a preliminary basis?" What exactly does that mean? Oh (emphasis leg-humpingly added):

Stephen Gold, a federal lawyer, told the judge that, notwithstanding the government’s letter, no one has barred Galloway from Canada yet, and therefore, the court cannot over-rule a determination that has not yet been made. Only after a border guard refused Galloway entry could he seek remedy from the court, Gold said.

“The designated power resides in the (Canada Border Services Agency) officer, notwithstanding that there was a preliminary assessment done,” Gold said.

Ah. So, if I read this correctly, Galloway was "banned" based on some government letter. Except that he wasn't really, which means that he can't appeal something that, technically, never happened, even though the government says it did. Unless it becomes legally inconvenient, at which point it didn't happen so there's nothing they can do about it. Until it, in fact, happens.

Oh, and there's no point in blaming Jason Kenney since, technically, he had nothing to do with it. Unless you count his spokesman saying something stupid like:

But Mr Kenney’s spokesman said: “George Galloway is not getting a permit — end of story."

But, remember, it's not Jason Kenney's decision. Unless it is.

P.S. I'm sure Canada's "free-speech" warriors will be all over this:

Supporters of British MP and outspoken antiwar crusader George Galloway say federal lawyers are now attempting to have their submissions in his case excluded from a federal court hearing in Toronto Sunday.

Yes, I'm sure the outrage over at Stephen Taylor's Blogging Tories regarding this hideous quashing of free speech will be palpable. Well, maybe not right away. Maybe after someone explains to them what "palpable" means.

: It's tres amusante to watch Canadian Minister of Hypocritical Double Standards Jason Kenney hang his argument on a very pedantic reading of legislation:

"It's not about words, it's about deeds. It's not about his opinions, it's about his financial, material support for an illegal terrorist organization," said Mr. Kenney, adding that Mr. Galloway is free to publish his views in Canada.

"The law is clear, and experts will tell you this, that anybody who provides material and financial support to an illegal terrorist organization is prima facie inadmissible to Canada."

Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, foreign nationals can be deemed inadmissible to Canada on national security grounds for "engaging in terrorism.

Quite so, Jason, sort of the same way Canadian law is fairly unambiguous about the admissibility of anyone involved in torture:

[George W.] Bush is scheduled to speak at the Telus Convention Centre March 17, but Vancouver lawyer Gail Davidson says that because Bush has been “credibly accused” of supporting torture in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Canada has a legal obligation to deny him entry under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The law says foreign nationals who have committed war crimes or crimes against humanity, including torture, are “inadmissible” to Canada.

”The test isn’t whether the person’s been convicted, but whether there’s reasonable grounds to think that they have been involved,” says Davidson, who’s with Lawyers Against the War (LAW). “…It’s now a matter of public record that Bush was in charge of setting up a regime of torture that spanned several parts of the globe and resulted in horrendous injuries and even death. Canada has a duty.”

Oddly enough, former President Chimpy McFlightsuit had no trouble whatsoever crossing the border, despite the blindingly clear Canadian legislation that suggested he should have been barred. Apparently, Canadian immigration legislation is exceedingly context dependent.

I'm sure you're shocked.

I'M CONFUSED: From this link, we read:

Justice Luc Martineau, who heard the case from his office in Ottawa via a video conference hook-up, promised a ruling by 2 p.m. ET Monday. The judge noted that as it stands, should Galloway show up at the border and ask for admission, “it would be an automatic detention.”

I have no idea what means. Is Martineau suggesting that, if Galloway shows up and asks for admission, he would be arrested? The last time I looked, the worst that could happen would be for the Canadian border services to simply refuse him entrance. How could they possibly "detain" him without admitting him first?

Can someone clarify this, because it sounds howlingly retarded.

AH, THE DISHONEST DOUCHEBAGITUDE: There's so much crippling stupid surrounding this case, and here's another example:

The federal government advised Galloway in a letter last week that he could not enter Canada because he violated two provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Those provisions say "engaging in terrorism" and "being a member of an organization" that engages in terrorism, are grounds for barring someone from Canada.

But no one is accusing Galloway of either of those two alleged violations. No one, including Canada's Retarded Government™, is suggesting that Galloway has either personally committed terrorist acts, or is a member of a terrorist organization (that would supposedly be Hamas). In short, the Harper government's legal basis for barring Galloway is pure and unadulterated horseshit. And I suspect they know it.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Just 'cuz ...

... it’s a rainy Sunday, I'm in my pyjamas and a girl can never have enough Bugs Bunny.

So there.

One more ... I think the "cackle-off" is my favourite part.

... and then there's "Dental Hygiene Month."

Having (out of sheer spite and infantile contrariness) done everything they could to denigrate and neutralize "Earth Hour," Stephen Taylor's Blogging Tories are now looking forward to similarly mocking "Don't Crap Your Pants in Public" Week and "Don't Masturbate in Church" Day.

I'm thinking of proposing "Don't Stick Your Head in a Woodchipper" Month. The potential entertainment value would be massive.

I'm sorry ... does "twatwaffle" count?

Blogging Tory "Sharon" is just plain pissed with her fellow wingnuts. She starts off well:

Memo to all name-calling cave-dwelling troglodytes

Listen up, bitches. Sharon has a newsflash for you: name-calling is not a substitute for reasoned argumentation. This goes for all you demented half-wit monkeys, regardless of political stripe...

To be more specific, and I am directing this at my fellow conservatives ...

and that's when things go straight to hell:

... (because who can read that stinking pile of sewage excreted by the left?)

Join us tomorrow when Sharon further chastises her fellow Blogging Tories to show some class and civility towards those stupid, fat, ugly, douchebag, butthead liberals.

Happy Sunday.

Go to church.

Or maybe not.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Profiles in Catholic courage.

Dear Calgary Catholic Teachers' Association:

I suppose it’s too much to ask that you remove your collective heads from Bishop Henry’s ass long enough to read this?

You suck.

Yours in endless disgust,

Then there's "Don't Punch Yourself in the Face" Day.

As we did last year, we are going to celebrate the mouth-breathing, anti-Earth Hour, spiteful contrariness of Canada's special ed kids by designating April 15, 2009 as "Don't Slam Your Wang in a Car Door" Day. Male members of Stephen Taylor's Blogging Tories are invited to post the subsequent videos on YouTube.

Boy, won't that teach us progressives a lesson.

Saturday Morning Cartoons.

The return of Pussyfoot and Marc Antony.

Coffee? Don't mind if I do ... I'm up to my ears in final reviews but I should have them done today. And then it's on to the next disaster.

One can only hope that leaves a mark.

Now that's a smackdown:

Don't feel too special, Matt -- we'll see your Michele Bachmann and raise you Helena Guergis and Bev Oda.

Oh, and Marjory LeBreton. Especially Marjory LeBreton.

(Wag of the tail to Firedoglake.)

AFTERSNARK: This is almost cruel:


The dumbass politicians who say, "Ni!!"

Oh, wait ... we weren't done here.

Sometimes, the snark just writes itself, doesn't it?

P.S. And if you're wondering what Blogging Tories co-founder Stephen Taylor has to do with this sorry saga, stay tuned. I'll get to it.

Apparently, douchebagitude knows no national boundaries.

Down south, TBogg makes fun of people who mock Earth Hour. Not surprisingly, up here, we have our own ignorant, redneck douchebags. The only difference is that, down south, they're politically as well as environmentally retarded at the same time.

Oh, wait. It's the same.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Well This Is Just Wrong


Here's Shawn Kellerman playing "Love Is Sweet" as written by the late Mel Brown. Shawn's a hell of a player and Mel was his mentor. This performance is from the Gig Theatre and Mel was scheduled to be on the bill before falling ill. This scorching tribute takes place only hours after Mel's passing. Here's Shawn backed up by Mel's band, The Homewreckers and caught on video by one of the region's eminent cultural chroniclers Phil Bast.

Geeking out open thread.

Things here at CC HQ are about to get intensely busy as we are about to embark on a new, well, geek project that may involve 25-hour days. And that's only if we're lucky.

So here's your chance to make a nuisance of yourself. And if postings start to get few and far between over the next little while, that's only because, depending on what one does with one's time, some things are billable, and some things aren't.

Go wild.

And that's how science is done.

One T. Ryan Gregory has a piece in the Grope and Flail explaining that whole "fact vs theory" thing with respect to evolution. Educated people will understand of what he writes. Deeply stupid people will not have a clue.

GOP doofitude: Part deux.

I really do find this intensely amusing. Then again, I'm easily amused.

: I will go out on a limb and predict that Stephen Taylor's Blogging Tories, who can't seem to stop howling about Barack Obama and teleprompters, will say absolutely squat about this hysterical example of vacuous, self-absorbed idiocy by their Republican overlords.

Call it a hunch.

I think I just wet myself.

No, really.

The douchebagitude of the Denyse.

Just when you think Canadian IDiot and scientific illiterate Denyse O'Leary can't get any whinier and douchebaggier, well, behold:

Once again, this time with feeling: Why this blog does not host Comments

Just when I was settling in to get something done this afternoon, I get this post:


This is to formally request that you stop being an intellectual coward and open up your blog for comments. There is a certain irony that you censor all dissenting opinion, yet write at length about how 'Darwin fanatics' won't allow for another side of the story to be told. Way to set an example.


Logically Speaking

A perfectly reasonable observation by LS, given how Denyse whinges on and on and on and on and Jesus, Mary, Mother of God, tediously on about suppression of dissenting views. So Denyse attempts to explain her pants-pissing cowardice position. Make yourself comfortable; this is going to be good:

I closed the comments on my blog because of problems with bloggers in Canada getting sued or charged, as well as for time management reasons.

Regarding the time management reasons, I submit that someone who runs and/or participates in at least half a dozen blogs in her infamous self-referential, hermetically-sealed link farm:

really has no grounds for whining that she has no time to simply flip the "Comments" switch to allow public discussion. But we're just getting started, because this is where Denyse's gibbering descends into utter imbecility:

Re problems with bloggers getting sued or charged, read civil rights lawyer Ezra Levant’s just-released Shakedown.

In this country, it is an act of courage to blog at all.

Yes, Denyse, because when it comes to charging people under the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) for alleged hate speech, there is an absolute line-up to go after people whose only crime is to be a scientific moron and write inanely idiotic things about biological evolution. And let's not even point out that, if anyone were to write something so horrific that it would run afoul of the law, it wouldn't be Denyse but one of her commenters which would leave her pretty much in the clear.

Really, if there was a lamer possible excuse for cutting off public criticism of Denyse's screeching scientific retarditude, I can't imagine what it could be. (One should also note that the no-comments policy appears to hold at all of Denyse's personal blogs, even the ones devoted to cosmology and neuroscience which, as we all know, are absolutely ripe topics for savage CHRC litigation.)

It's disappointing when someone is as two-faced and hypocritical as Denyse O'Leary. It descends into purely pathetic when she can't even come up with a half-convincing lie to defend her hypocrisy.

Just so we're clear here, Denyse, no one with the intellect of a urinal deodorizer disc takes you seriously. You are, quite simply, the laughing stock of the Canadian blogosphere and I intend to see that it stays that way. Just think of CC HQ as your comments section away from home. We'll always have room here to tear you a new orifice.

Call it a public service.

AND SHE'S A LIAR, TOO. By the way, note carefully how Denyse seems to suggest that she explicitly closed comments on her blog(s) due to possible litigation issues related to the CHRC. However, if one goes back to the very first post of Denyse's Post-Darwinist blog back in May of 2005, one notices that there is no Comments link to begin with, suggesting that Denyse never allowed comments in the first place. In short, her CHRC-related excuse is utterly bogus. Colour me shocked.

Denyse O'Leary: Just another lying IDiot for God.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


This adorable little space buggy is the Aptera. Yes! Want. It is a three wheeled electric and soon electric/hybrid vehicle that achieves mileage equivalent to between 200 and 250 MPG. And because it is more intelligently designed (take that O'Leary and other tards) the wizards of Congress down in the ol' US of A are denying it a slice of the loans and subsidy pie. That would be the 25 billion tax payer's dollar pie set aside for the development and manufacture of more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles. That would be the same pie that the serial fuckwits, design cretins and terminal failures at General Motors have petitioned for something on the order of 8 billion smackroos. GM, a company that sucks and blows and produces shitbox after shitbox will no doubt cash some big old checks. Aptera, a company that appears to deliver, nada.


A whole new methodology for software development:


It just gets better.

Um ... no.

PZ asks: "Even dumber than Denyse O'Leary?"

Not physically possible.

Just you wait.

When the GOP comes up with its budget, it's going to have, like, numbers and everything.

Can you say "cover-up", boys and girls?

I knew you could!

My sister's girlfriend's dermatologist knows this guy who ...

Blogging Tory Brian Lemon reports that he read on a blog that another blog that talks about climate change the same way David Suzuki does might have got some money from a guy who did some illegal things and, boy, wouldn't that prove that David Suzuki was a crook?

Suzuki Propaganda Agency Funded by Proceeds of Illegal Activity

Desmog Blog is part of a highly organized and well financed public relations program to continue the money train for David Suzuki and his ideological brothers and sisters dedicated to the destruction of western economies.

Yes, Brian, the "destruction of western economies." Right after, I'm guessing, forcing everyone to abort their fetuses and recruiting all children into gay, Astroglide-related lifestyles.

Join us next week when Brian learns of other propaganda funded by illegal activity and courageously looks the other way.

UNSURPRISINGLY, poor Brian gets his ass paddled in his own comments section and, in the spirit of Blogging Toryness, shuts down the dissension. And "free speech" dies a little more inside.

Day 66 of a failed presidency.

Apparently, after just over two months, we can safely -- without any fear of contradiction -- declare the presidency of Barack Obama a total and unmitigated disaster.

On the other hand, let's not rush to judgment about the legacy of one George W. Bush. That might take years, if not decades, to become clear. And those Iraqi weapons of mass destruction? Yeah, they'll show up. Just be patient. Really, really patient.

BY THE WAY, do you know why President Chimpy W. McChimpster was such an abject, horrific failure? Because he was a liberal. I'll bet you never knew that.

magazine: Just as retarded as the National Post, but not as absorbent.

When you're wanking furiously, logic just slows things down.

Shorter Blogging Tory Jonathan Strong: "It's not that I want Obama to, you know, fail. It's that I don't want him to demonstrate how utterly, totally and spectacularly bankrupt conservatism has been all these years. There's a difference, right?"

It's easier when you're used to it.

Sure, you Americans might be stunned by this level of stupid. On the other hand, we Canadians have Stephen Taylor's Blogging Tories -- that kind of dumbfuckitude wouldn't even stand out in a crowd.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Even More Better

If The Munchkin of Finance...

... one Jimminy Flaherty, applied his mad economic skillz to the transport sector:

Dead Cool Segway Variant

Screw the bail-out for the failures of the automobile industry, give the people what they don't quite know that they want! One of these for every girl and boy.

This is what education is all about.

Sadly, the audio track has been disabled because WMG doesn't want their rebellious music attached to anything cool or interesting.

Times are tough all over, I guess.

"Ford chief executive Alan Mulally, you and your folks just lost $15 billion! What are you going to do now?"

"I'm going to Disneyland! No, no, actually, I'm just taking a pay cut."

Mulally's total compensation fell by 37% to $13.57 million in 2008, according to a proxy filing from Ford on Tuesday.

I'm guessing Mulally's stable of pool boys and gardeners might take a hit. We all have to make sacrifices.

In other news, the same people who absolutely deserve those multi-million dollar bonuses for burning their companies to the ground would like you to know that raising the minimum wage would be very, very, very, very bad for the economy.

I'm sorry, was that a cheap shot?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Holy shrieking, spectacular, Republican clusterfuck!

Part deux.

HAVE FUN. Take your time.

Better Than Battlestar!

Cat Shit One!


Because I like causing trouble, that's why.

Canadian IDiot Denyse O'Leary is, well, an idiot. PZ says so.

Smackdown by proxy. Saves time.

DEAR PHARYNGULOIDS: Sorry, nothing really original here today. Pop back in a day or two, I'll see what I can do.

AFTERSNARK: Perhaps the funniest part of Denyse's dumbassitude is her re-interpretation of evolutionary biology as applied to the (allegedly) static octopus:

As a handy guide for the lay reader: In a great many cases, "new finds help us understand the way these animals evolved" is jargon for "new finds demonstrate that these animals didn't really evolve. They strutted around on the stage of life in a more or less consistent form and then disappeared."

We still await the science theory that sheds light on this, and it isn't Darwin's.

Quite so, Denyse -- because what we might have here are two total mysteries:

  • Things might not evolve for a while.

  • Things might just up and disappear.

Yeah, I'm sure Darwin never considered either of those possibilities.

Lord, what a screeching twit.

It's video time.


P.S. Given the alleged time criticality related to the economic meltdown, we probably could have done without the distraction of that last election as well. I'm guessing that's the Liberals' fault, too.

Thanks, Star.

In honour of Canada's pseudo-scientific quack Minister of Science Gary Goodyear, the Toronto Star brings you, well, more pseudo-scientific quackery.

I guess it seemed funny at the time.

None dare call it "sedition."

Oh, this is delightful. As more than one pundit has pointed out, if a left-wing pol had done this during the Bush administration, the wingnut shrieking would have been off the scale. On the other hand, when a Republican does it, well, behold:

Michelle Bachmann: The Obama Administration is “Foreign,” “Nefarious,” “The Enemy”

"I’m a foreign correspondent on enemy lines and I try to let everyone back here in Minnesota know exactly the nefarious activities that are taking place in Washington."

Oh, but wait ... it gets so much better:

Asked about the White House-backed cap-and-trade proposal to reduce carbon emissions, Bachmann told WWTC 1280 AM, "I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us 'having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,' and the people -- we the people -- are going to have to fight back hard if we're not going to lose our country. And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States."

In other news, we on the Left are, apparently, uncivil. Or so I've heard.

It's funny until dead Canadian soldiers are mocked, ...

... then it's apparently hilarious. At least, that's the take one gets cruising through the right-wing Idiot-sphere yesterday, during which one learns that the proper reaction to this is that, geez, you lefties need to lighten up already, it was just a joke, man, talk about, you know, getting carried away.

In closing, then, the same Blogging Tories who went totally, screechingly, spectacularly batshit fucking crazy with (fake) anguish and rage over Warren Kinsella's joke over Chinese people eating cat meat are, like, absolutely down with the folks who ridicule Canada's military 'cuz, um, that's funny.

Go figure.

P.S. I believe I've made my point. Canada's troop-hating conservative wankers are now welcome to shut the fuck up.


AFTERSNARK: Via that "harebell" link, we learn that "Red Eye" participant and troop-mocking comedian Doug Benson suddenly isn't that popular in Edmonton:

EDMONTON - The Comic Strip at West Edmonton Mall has cancelled an appearance by comedian Doug Benson after the club received threats in response to his remarks on an American TV show about Canada's military.

This, of course, only proves that Lefties are censors and closed-minded and intolerant of free speech. Or something.

APPARENTLY, from that same "Red Eye" program, this is Greg Gutfeld's heartfelt apology. Touching, no?

Monday, March 23, 2009

When truly stupid bloggers blog.

First, there was the original article in French (emphasis tail-waggingly added):

Barack Obama a écrit à Jacques Chirac

Le président américain vient d'adresser une lettre «très sympathique » à Jacques Chirac, selon l'expression de ce dernier. «Je suis certain que nous pourrons au cours des quatre années à venir collaborer ensemble dans un esprit de paix et d'amitié afin de construire un monde plus sûr» , écrit le successeur de George W. Bush au prédécesseur de Nicolas Sarkozy. En évoquant le mot de « paix», Obama rend un hommage implicite à l'action de l'ancien président français qui s'était opposé à la guerre en Irak. Une intervention américaine contre laquelle le futur président américain s'était opposé comme sénateur, lors du vote au Congrès.

Now, even if you don't understand French, it doesn't take a rocket surgeon to realize that "écrit le successeur de George W. Bush au prédécesseur de Nicolas Sarkozy" translates as "wrote the successor of George W. Bush to the predecessor of Nicolas Sarkozy." I mean, how howlingly stupid would you have to be to think that Obama actually thought Jacques Chirac was still the president of France? Oh ... this howlingly stupid.

And how doubly howlingly stupid would you have to be to read Free Republic and simply and unthinkingly reprint the idiocy they write? I recommend a trip to the Blogging Tories to answer that one.

OH, LOOK! This is what happens when not-stupid people write stuff. See the difference?

Go ahead ... pop by the BTs and see who just made an ass of themselves.

Witness, if you will, the mass dumbassitude. Mercifully, buried in the midst of all that retardedness is the occasional voice of sanity.

The stupid really does burn, doesn't it?

Sometimes, the timing is just too delicious.

First, we have PZ, pointing out the obvious harassment of one Richard Dawkins:

It's been confirmed: members of the Oklahoma legislature are investigating the suspicious circumstances of Richard Dawkins' lecture.

Meanwhile, over at the blog of premiere Canadian IDiot and scientifically illiterate nutbar Denyse O'Leary:

Here's a useful link to the response to efforts to pretend that scientists whose research convinces them that the universe shows evidence of design do not face persecution.

(I've covered the persecution for years. To say it is not happening is, to me, like saying 9-11 didn't happen. It is always possible for an ideologue to construct an alternate reality - a legend in his own mind, in which the event is not happening. He likes his alternate reality, of course.)

Oh, yes, Denyse -- given the obvious harassment of Richard Dawkins and everyone associated with his lecture in Oklahoma, you're just the person who should be lecturing us on intellectual persecution.

No, really, carry on. Just let me make myself comfortable first.

Oh, this one's too easy.

Get ready because here it comes -- the same folks who have absolutely no problem with camping out in front of abortion clinics and howling with outrage at traumatized pregnant women are going to be the first ones who shriek inconsolably about how this is creepy stalking and a hideous invasion of privacy:

A busload of activists representing working- and middle-class families paid visits yesterday to the executives' homes in Fairfield County to protest the bonuses awarded by the struggling insurance company after it received a huge federal bailout

You know it's coming. Just wait for it. Hypocrisy will always out itself.

AFTERSNARK: I'm guessing that the wankers who go batshit crazy with rage over a simple protest will never have raised even the slightest voice in disgust over this.

Do I really need to go on?

Never Too Late For A Cover Up

"The Canadian public should not unfairly judge the RCMP for its handling of the Robert Dziekanski incident without having a better understanding of the challenges of modern-day policing, says Commissioner William Elliott.
"I think the expression, 'Walk a mile in my shoes,' comes to mind," Elliott said Sunday"

Fairness? How's this for fair... four big, heavily armed officers of the nation's "elite" police force killed a frightened, exhausted man with an unnecessary use of force. They stood about and watched him die with no attempt to render assistance. They promptly lied through their teeth on official reports. The force then attempted to intimidate witnesses and suppress evidence in an effort to cover up the incident thus showing the national police force to be corrupted from the top down. And now, after all of the outrage and perfidy, the commissioner who is supposed to be investigating the incident is asking people to be fair. Fuck you Mr. Elliott, how's about
you take a little stroll in the shoes that Mr. Dziekanski used to wear before his life was taken by the lying thugs for whom you wield the whitewash. 

Stephen Taylor's Blogging Tories: Still in love with Fox News.

It must be awkward being a war-loving, troop-loving, Fox News-loving Blogging Tory at the moment. When Fox so hilariously mocks Canadian soldiers at the same time four of them lose their lives in Afghanistan, I'd guess a number of Blogging Tories are grappling with who they adore more -- Fox or our troops. And, from a quick perusal of the BTs, it would appear that our troops are coming in a very distant second.

Currently, at the BT main page, we have one Blue Blogging Soapbox showing some serious annoyance and ... well, that's about it.

Stephen Taylor's Blogging Tories: Telling Canada's military that they can fuck right off because, hey, there's American right-wing news to worship. I'm sure it was a tough decision.

HERE'S A THOUGHT: Given Canada's Blogging Tories' constant whinging, griping, pissing and moaning about how "Lefties" don't support the troops, let's do a quick survey. In the comments section, leave a link to either a Canadian Leftie or a Canadian Rightie who's thoroughly miffed with Fox News' mocking of our military. At the end of the day, we'll tally the results and see who stood up more for our troops.

To make this fair, any posts published after this one simply to skew the survey won't count. This addendum is going up at 5:24 AM Monday morning so that's your cut-off point. And away you go. Let's give it a day and see who loves our troops more and is more inclined to defend them from mockery and ridicule, shall we? Yes, let's do that.

A running tally follows:




Free Dominion weighs in. Not a lot of troop love there, if I read it correctly. Kind of a mixed message. Then there's FD, part deux.

AFTERSNARK: Check out the comments at Frum's piece. Apparently, David needs to, like, totally lighten up because it was all meant as a joke.

The Ann Coulter Defense. Sadly, it never works for lefties.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Hello? Free-speech warriors? *Tap* *tap*. Is this thing on?

I'm guessing Canada's crack, free-speech defense force won't have much to say about this:

Israel police ban Arab culture day in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – Israeli authorities broke up a series of Palestinian cultural events in Jerusalem on Saturday, disrupting a children's march and bursting balloons at a schoolyard celebration in a crackdown that underscored the emotional battle over control of the disputed holy city...

At one event, teenage girls at an east Jerusalem Catholic school released a few dozen balloons in the red, white, green and black colors of the Palestinian flag over the walled Old City. Israeli military police and soldiers quickly moved into the schoolyard and popped the remaining balloons, students said.

Zein, an 18-year-old student, said the police popped them with their hands and told them they weren't allowed to release them into the air. She asked not to use her last name, fearing further problems with the police.

An Israeli intelligence official at the school who refused to give his name said the balloons were burst "because they are Palestinian."

Balloons. They burst a bunch of kids' balloons. I'm guessing that pointing that out makes me anti-Semitic. That's kind of how it works these days, isn't it?

P.S. Oh, and the IDF is kind of classless these days. Am I allowed to mention that? That anti-Semitism thing, remember?

What part of "is" or "a" didn't you get, Doc?

Blogging Tory Jabba the Roy is all about the pedantic nitpickery:

omar khadr is not a child soldier

Let's go to the official record, shall we?

Official Definition of a Child Soldier - from Cape Town Principles

A child soldier is any person under 18 years of age who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity, including but not limited to cooks, porters, messengers and anyone accompanying such groups, other than family members.

In other news, Jabba and the rest of the Blogging Tories would like to stress that a lot of people aren't "real" Canadians just because, you know, they're citizens and have those convenient Canadian passports and stuff. Like that's supposed to convince us.

Stephen Taylor must be so proud.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Duty calls.

Just another day here at CC HQ:

Speaking of, I wonder what Twatsy's up to. Actually, never mind, I'm sorry I asked.


Yeah. Kind of like this.

Bring it on, doughboy.

Fox News finds the Canadian military ... amusing:

Yeah, dude, you just keep talkin' that smack, cuz after our fighting men and women get back, and unpack, and chill, and kick back, and take a year off ... we are so gonna be ready to kick your ass.

We'll get back to you to set a time, OK?

(Wag of the tail to e-mailer JT.)

Pot. Kettle. Not hard to connect the dots here.

Blogging Tory and diversity proponent Brian Lemon learns that there are some things even he can't handle:

Jason Kenny [sic] to Host BLACK ENGAGEMENT DAYS

I hate having to do this sort of thing, but until this gang starts using their brains, I will... This comes from the Ryan Sparrow School Of Communications Stupidity...

This is the most patronizing thing I have seen in my many, many years of observing politics.

And if anyone knows childish, offensive patronizing, it's Brian. He's kind of an authority on the subject.

How can we miss you if you don't, you know, fuck off?

John Rogers on "going Galt":

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

I'm assuming that, when obscenely rich people yammer on about "going Galt," that would involve moving to their summer house and dismissing Carlos, the pool boy, since they're by gosh going to look after that pool by themselves now and won't that just teach that whole economy thing a harsh lesson?

Or something.

Me so hoooooooooorny.

Oh, wait, that's not me, that's not-Joe, the tax-evading not-plumber. That should pretty much ruin your Saturday for you.

Saturday Morning Cartoons.

I am the Captain and you, darling, are my first mate -- the promotions will follow quickly.

More coffee, please ... more, more, more. I’m buried in edits and reviews while dealing with some very uncooperative people.

You're jealous, aren't you? You should be.

OH, NOEZZ!1!!11! Hamas! Terrorists! Oh, wait ...

Apparently, Canada's diaper-clad Jason Kenney has his George W. Bush Underoos in a bunch over George Galloway's support for Hamas, a "terrorist organization." Curiously (and under-appreciated by numerous brain-dead wanks), Hamas was legitimately elected. Go figure. And how exactly did that happen? Oh:

An inside story of how the US magnified Palestinian suffering

A million and a half Palestinians are learning the hard way that democracy isn't so good if you vote the wrong way. In 2006, they elected Hamas when the US and Israel wanted them to support the more-moderate Fatah. As a result, having long ago lost their homes and property, Gazans have endured three years of embargo, crippling shortages of food and basic necessities, and total economic collapse...

Hamas never called for the elections that put them in power. That was the brainstorm of Secretary Rice and her staff, who had apparently decided they could steer Palestinians into supporting the more-compliant Mahmoud Abbas (the current president of the Palestinian authority) and his Fatah Party through a marketing campaign that was to counter Hamas's growing popularity – all while ignoring continued Israeli settlement construction, land confiscation, and cantonization of the West Bank.

State Department staffers helped finance and supervise the Fatah campaign, down to the choice of backdrop color for the podium where Mr. Abbas was to proclaim victory. An adviser working for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) explained to incredulous staffers at the Embassy in Tel Aviv how he would finance and direct elements of the campaign, leaving no US fingerprints. USAID teams, meanwhile, struggled to implement projects for which Abbas could claim credit. Once the covert political program cemented Fatah in place, the militia Washington was building for Fatah warlord-wannabee Mohammed Dahlan would destroy Hamas militarily.

Their collective confidence was unbounded. But the Palestinians didn't get the memo. Rice was reportedly blindsided when she heard the news of Hamas's victory during her 5 a.m. treadmill workout.

See, Jason? That's what happens when truly stupid people fuck around with things that are beyond their intellectual capacity to control.

Will Jason have learned anything from that? Let's check back in a few months and find out.

AFTERSNARK: Curiously, there was not a peep out of Kenney regarding the possible inadmissability to Canada of one George W. Bush, who popped by recently to grab a honking big paycheque for an evening's work:

Canada should bar or prosecute Bush: lawyer

As George W. Bush’s St. Patrick’s Day visit to Calgary draws near, the federal government is facing pressure from activists and human rights lawyers to bar the former U.S. president from the country or prosecute him for war crimes and crimes against humanity once he steps on Canadian soil.

Bush is scheduled to speak at the Telus Convention Centre March 17, but Vancouver lawyer Gail Davidson says that because Bush has been “credibly accused” of supporting torture in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Canada has a legal obligation to deny him entry under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The law says foreign nationals who have committed war crimes or crimes against humanity, including torture, are “inadmissible” to Canada.

”The test isn’t whether the person’s been convicted, but whether there’s reasonable grounds to think that they have been involved,” says Davidson, who’s with Lawyers Against the War (LAW). “…It’s now a matter of public record that Bush was in charge of setting up a regime of torture that spanned several parts of the globe and resulted in horrendous injuries and even death. Canada has a duty.”

So, George Galloway gets barred, while George W. gets a limo to the Telus Centre. Raise your hand if you didn't see that coming.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Oh my.

I may never stop laughing.

H/T to a very witty email.

RIP Mel Brown

It is with a very heavy heart that I must note the passing of an unsung giant of the music world. Mel Brown spent his life playing with the style and easy grace that endeared him to audiences around the world. For the last decade or two Mel and his lovely partner Miss Angel have been true pillars of the music scene here in Kitchener and Waterloo. Hailing from Jackson, Mississippi Mel had a heart as big as his adopted homeland and he shared the wealth of his love and knowledge of the blues and jazz with a couple of generations of local players who are all the better for his mentoring. When he started his stint fronting the house band at Pop the Gator, a seminal local blues club, it was as though this little cracker city had discovered a secret treasure. Mel became a touchstone and standard for players from throughout the region. I got to know Mel when he was laying down tracks at Threshold Sound, my friend and producer Ron had helped record Mel's live album and they were working on Miss Angel's album. At that time I lived upstairs and shared the house with Ron and the studio and was privileged to hang out while they worked. I gave Mel his first computer when I upgraded and spent a hilarious afternoon trying to get him sorted out with the internet. I'll never forget the warmth of his smile, the depth of his drawl or the way a chuckle seemed to be just at the end of every sentence. Mel's health had been declining over the last few years but he never stopped playing and his influence and his love of music will live on in a lot of hearts that are just a little sadder tonight.

Thanks Mel, for all that you gave us. It isn't hyperbole to say that this town loved you man and we'll miss you but you won't be forgotten. Peace.

Shame on Canada, Kenney Strikes Again

Given the long history of domestic terrorism that characterizes fanatical religious opposition to safe and legal abortion procedures in this country, it is only a bit ironic that the unfuckable Jason Kenney is off-gassing about George Galloway.

Video swiped from the always superb Alison at Creekside.

Apparently, atheists have no morals.

Oh, wait, sorry ... I misread the lede.

Of anonymity, blazing cats and howling hypocrisy.

Apparently, Blogging Tory "Blazing Cat Fur" is none other than Mr. Five Feet of Shrieking Racist, one Arnie Lemaire. Let us now document the douchebagitude.

First, Lemaire gets all weepy thusly:

Have I felt it unethical to blog anonymously? - yes the issue has been of concern to me.

So our first revelation is that Mr. Lemaire is an idiot, since there's nothing whatsoever unethical about blogging anonymously, and I see no reason for him to apologize for it, but that's when the douchebagitude starts, as Lemaire's sidebar reads:

In Canada, saying the wrong thing even in jest can drag you through Star Chamber tribunals and commissions without the benefit of due process, can bankrupt you, destroy your career and your family, result in lifetime bans on free speech and expression (of the Gospel, no less) and ultimately even lead to imprisonment.

And yet, curiously, we have the Missus, who openly admits:

A commenter at BCF is threatening to file a Section 13 complaint against me.


I've been TRYING to get a "hate speech" complaint for years now, by purposefully saying politically incorrect things about every ethnic group, including my own, on this blog.

I'm thinking that it would be nice if Mr. and Mrs. Blazing Stupid Racist could get their stories straight. Seriously, it's hard to whinge on about the horrific trampling of free expression in Canada when you can't get busted for that even when you're trying.

Or am I the only person who noticed that logical disconnect?

CORRECTION: I had thought BCF/Lemaire was a Blogging Tory. I stand corrected.

CONNED! One wonders if TVO's Steve Paikin is feeling ever so suckered since -- as Ti-Guy points out in the comments -- Lemaire was all over Paikin's blog, posting as BCF and supporting the little woman. If Paikin had any principles, he should at least have the class to be embarrassed.

Yeah, that'll happen.

Jason Kenney: National Hero

In one short week, Jason Kenney has saved Canada from not one, but two, unspeakable dangers:

But! Lest you think Jason is anything less than a brave, stalwart man of action, here he is showing his sure-handed diplomacy in meeting one of these deportees. I mean, look at him hurry away. God-like, wouldn't you say?

Jason Kenney: standing up for Canadian values.

UPDATE: When you've lost Jonathan Kay, what have you got left?

Ooooooh ... bright shiny thing!

At this point, it's beyond maddening and into morbid entertainment.

P.S. Given their vaunted respect for truth, Stephen Taylor's Blogging Tories will immediately call out Condi Rice on her blatant dishonesty and historical revisionism.


Sometimes, I crack me up.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

No reason.

Now be a good boy and go fetch CC some more bourbon.

This is not going to end well.

Not the editorial title you expect to see in a major American newspaper:

Condom Sense
Pope Benedict XVI is wrong.

I'm guessing no one at the WaPo wanted to deal with that whole "papal infallibility" issue. I mean, they apologized over Galileo, but I doubt they're going to do that over Durex.

And for no good reason whatsoever:

Yeah, I'm free associating again. Deal with it.

Dear LuLu:

I win:

Smug mode: On.

It's funny until Stephen Taylor craps his pants in shrieking panic.

Then it's hilarious. It's amusing, isn't it? You can dress him up and give him a fancy title but, when you strip off that thin veneer of respectability, he's just another screechy, right-wing dingbat, conspiracy theorist and gibbering loon.

Tell me you're surprised.

BY THE WAY, here's what all the fuss is about. The Stephen Harper Party of Canada: Because numbers are a bad thing.

Of Jane Taber, Gary Goodyear and really dull knives.

Given the last few days of milk-snorting fun involving Canada's Minister of Scientific Illiteracy Gary Goodyear and his "clarifications," it's hard to know what to think, but there is one thing we can finally say without fear of contradiction:

Canada's science minister Gary Goodyear does not believe in evolution.

Surprised? Let's go to the record, shall we?

Science minister Gary Goodyear now says he believes in evolution.

"Of course I do," he told guest host Jane Taber during an appearance on the CTV program Power Play. "But it is an irrelevant question." ...

Yesterday, Mr. Goodyear said twice during the CTV interview that he believes in evolution.

"We are evolving every year, every decade. That's a fact, whether it is to the intensity of the sun, whether it is to, as a chiropractor, walking on cement versus anything else, whether it is running shoes or high heels, of course we are evolving to our environment. But that's not relevant and that is why I refused to answer the question. The interview was about our science and tech strategy, which is strong."

So, what can we conclude from the above? First, we can conclude that Jane Taber is an imbecile -- far and away not the sharpest knife in the drawer -- for reasons that will become obvious shortly. And we can conclude that Gary Goodyear most emphatically does not "believe" in evolution in any meaningful way, which I will now explain.

Note how carefully Goodyear provided his own definition of "evolution" -- that, as humans, we are "evolving" to adapt to our environment. Sounds impressive, doesn't it? Until you remember that the first symptom of being a creationist is to always carefully distinguish between "micro" evolution and "macro" evolution. "Sure," say the creationists, "we're evolving, but only within our species. That's not the same as actually creating new species. That's where we draw the line." And that's where Goodyear drew that line -- right under Taber's nose, and she was too dense to realize she was being conned.

Taber's mistake was in not having a clue as to how to ask the question. It's worthless to ask a creationist publicly if they "believe" in evolution, because you're almost certain to get the vague, nebulous weaselitude you got from Goodyear, who can state that he "believes" in evolution while quietly redefining the word to basic worthlessness.

What Taber should have asked was, "Do you accept the mainstream scientific position that life evolved over the last 3.5 billion years?", a question that Goodyear would not have been able to mangle beyond recognition and redefine into utter meaningless without being howlingly obvious about it.

But because of Taber's stupidity, we will never have the opportunity to go back and revisit that because every attempt to do so will give us nothing but, "I'm sorry, but I've already addressed that question." Yes, Goodyear has. And he suckered Jane Taber, and he got away with being a sleazy douchebag and, at this point, we'll never be able to hold him accountable for it. Thanks, Jane. Thanks ever so much.

CTV's Jane Taber: Perhaps she's not a complete retard. She just plays one on TV.

AFTERSNARK FOR THE HARD OF THINKING: Just in case you're not convinced by my impeccable logic, go back and read Goodyear's meandering idiocy after being asked about his belief:

"We are evolving every year, every decade. That's a fact, whether it is to the intensity of the sun, whether it is to, as a chiropractor, walking on cement versus anything else, whether it is running shoes or high heels, of course we are evolving to our environment."

If Goodyear wanted to make it clear that he "believes" in evolution, he could have just said, "Of course I do. Absolutely. Without reservation." But he didn't. He said he believed, but didn't stop there, instead going on to make it clear how he understands the concept and how he defines it as simple and limited adaptation within a species. In short, Canada's Minister of State for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear believes in evolution, as long as you allow him to define evolution in a simplistic, restricted, utterly useless way.

Only truly stupid people are going to be suckered by Goodyear's sleazy douchebaggery. Some of them already were.

BONUS TRACK: I'm assuming that most intelligent readers caught Goodyear's reference to the idea that we are evolving "every year, every decade." Um, no, Gary, evolution works with timeframes slightly longer than that. Really. I'm pretty sure I read that somewhere.

BY THE WAY, KIDS, just to make sure this angle gets as much airplay as possible, feel free to, you know, link to it. And recommend it. As I understand it, that's how this whole bloggysphere thing works.

OH, MY. Let the piling on begin.

Which means that thousands of people from all over the world are going to follow one of those links above and learn that Patrick Ross is a retarded doofus.

It's not what I was going for. Just think of it as entertainment at no extra charge.

, there's no need to be cruel to Gary Goodyear.


I am such a kidder.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Um ... what?

Apparently, the Progressive Bloggers of Canada are getting a bit lax in their membership criteria again. For example, the requirement that you have to be, you know, progressive.

Or educated. That, too.

The more you try to make it go away, ...

... the uglier it gets. And, no, we're not even remotely done here. But it'll have to wait.

AFTERSNARK: I'm waiting for the first reporter to ask Goodyear how old he believes the Earth to be, based solely on scientific evidence. This is most emphatically not a religious question, and Goodyear shouldn't be allowed to weasel and tap-dance his way around it with that kind of, well, weaselitude.

How old is the earth, Gary? It's a simple question, and it deserves a simple answer. Who's going to be the first one to ask it?

Oh, this is delightful.

Suddenly, socialism is all the rage on Wall Street. Funny how that works, isn't it?

Dr. Dawg speak.

You bloody well listen.

I GOTTA get me one of these.

(Stolen shamelessly from Runesmith.)

Ego Food For She Boots

Pipe Up?

Nothing says sexy like Bill O'Reilly reading from his own dismal porn novel.

Oh, snap.

When both TBogg and Keith Olbermann compete to see who can give you the wickedest towel snap to the nads, you're pretty much just a punchline at this point.

There's right wing, and there's reality.


Dick Cheney, in his first television interview since leaving office, didn't shy away from throwing a few haymakers at his White House successors, saying at one point that Barack Obama's policies had raised the risk of a domestic terrorist attack.

And there's an emailer over at AmericaBlog:

Of the two major terrorist attacks on US soil, WTC and Oklahoma City, one was on a Republican administration's watch, and the other was actually carried out by a Republican. Jus sayin...

So if you're keeping score:

  • Number of Americans dead due to Republican-related terrorism: Lots.

  • Number of Americans dead because of Barack Obama-related terrorism: Zero.

I love math.

What the hell?

An e-mailer brings this to my attention but, truth be told, I have no idea what to make of it. Thoughts? I mean, besides being a collection of some of Canada's biggest whackjobs, con artists, douchebags and yahoos, is there something else here worth noticing?

I'm just asking.

Gary Goodyear, meet shitstorm. Shitstorm, Gary.

I suspect you two are going to get to know each other really well:

Federal Science Minister Gary Goodyear's refusal to say whether he believes in evolution has left scientists questioning what that means for Canadian research.

It means that Canada has a "Science Minister" who is a scientifically illiterate retard. Duh. I didn't think that required connecting that many dots.

THE STUPID ... IT BURNS. Yeah, let's try to bury the controversy by saying the dumbest possible things (emphasis tail-waggingly added):

But Goodyear, a self-described Christian, said religious beliefs – his or anyone else's in government – have no bearing on federal science policy.

"Our decisions on the science and tech file are not based on what one reporter wants to have people believe, which is that religion somehow forms a part of our policy," he said...

Kory Teneycke defended Goodyear's refusal to answer the initial Globe question, arguing that agreeing to discuss his beliefs would have given credence to the idea that religion plays a role in science policy.

"It's a dangerous road to go down to make religious beliefs a part of science funding," Teneycke said.

Um, Gary? When you and your defenders openly admit that you think biological evolution represents a "religious" belief, well, that kind of gives away the game right there, wouldn't you say?

And Canada's position on the worldwide laughing stock-o-meter clicks up one more notch.

AFTERSNARK: Make sure you appreciate something important that happened at that second link. There was this:

Goodyear said he initially refused to answer the Globe question because it was "irrelevant" since his beliefs have nothing to do with government policy...

Kory Teneycke defended Goodyear's refusal to answer the initial Globe question, arguing that agreeing to discuss his beliefs would have given credence to the idea that religion plays a role in science policy.

And yet, suddenly, Goodyear can't shut the hell up about how much he lurrrves the evolution:

But the minister of state for science and technology clarified Tuesday that he does indeed believe in evolution.

"We're evolving all the time," Goodyear said in an interview.

"Of course I believe in evolution."

Um, OK, so what was initially totally out of bounds because we didn't want to drag irrelevant "religious" beliefs into it is suddenly a perfectly acceptable topic of conversation. If I were an enterprising reporter, I might ask just how that happened.

P.S. An enterprising reporter might also ask whether Goodyear still believes biological evolution is a "religious" issue. And, at this point, from Goodyear's perspective, I don't think there's any right answer to that anymore.