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(5) Mike Brock: My first and only thoughts on the Ground Zero Mosque
(3) Hugh MacIntyre: Poll shows Michael Ignatieff has recovered from the Spring
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(4) PUBLIUS: The redeeming social benefits of the Sunshine Girls
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The story of South Park, and the recent Muhammad episode controversy
Click the image for larger pic.
Thanks to OnlineSchools.org for the comic.
Jenny, the whiteboard quitter, was too good to be true
Yesterday, I posted the pictures of "Jenny," the young girl who supposedly quit her job by emailing a mountain of pictures that spelled out why she's quitting. It turns out "Jenny" is really Elyse Porterfield, an actress in L.A., and the whole thing was, uhm, here's Elyse's way of explaining it:
You can see more pictures explaining the whole thing at The Chive website. But, really, why bother? After digging a little bit, it turns out that these folks are the same folks that pulled the Donald Trump $10,000 tip hoax. They claimed that Trump left that tip for a $30-some-odd restaurant bill.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Quitting your job in style
UPDATE: This is a hoax.
The Chive (dot com) received the below photos in an email. The photos depict a girl (Jenny, they think, is her first name) quitting her job yesterday in a most spectacular fashion. According to The Chive, Jenny emailed these photos to her entire office. If you're going to quit, this seems to be the best way to do it:
Check below for the remainder of the photos in sequence.
Monday, August 02, 2010
Michael Ignatieff's Facebook wall
Friday, July 30, 2010
Cheeky suitcase stickers banned in Canada
The above sticker has gotten entrepreneurs at Vancouver-based thecheeky.com in trouble with Transport Canada.
James Kusie, spokesman for Transport Minister John Baird, told the Vancouver Province in an email that "Joking around like this could possibly be a serious violation of the aeronautics act."
"Joking about potentially trafficking illegal substances, or worse, is not funny, and the government will use the full force of the law to ensure Canadians who travel by air are safe."
No one from Transport Canada has yet explained how stickers could possibly make air travel less safe for Canadians. Although some might speculate that stickers might become unstuck, causing paper cuts or stickiness of the fingers for baggage handlers. Whether or not that is an issue that Transport Canada should really be getting stuck up on is a separate matter.
Additionally, Kusie is apparently unaware of the fact that what counts as funny is not determined by the legality of an activity, or even it's potential offensiveness. Humour is not indicative of normative approval; laughing at stickers that portray illegal activity is not the same as endorsing an illegal activity.
In spite of Kusie's bad philosophy, he's managed to scare theCheeky.com from selling the $15 stickers in Canada. A footnote on their suitcase sticker section reads:
"*We are sorry but suitcase stickers are not available to residents of Canada."
The website further explains:
Due to the statement issued by the Canadian Government through the Ministry of Transportation for Canada, thecheeky.com will no longer sell suitcase stickers in Canada. ‘The full force of the law’ is too strong a statement to risk and we hope that at some point the Government will look around the world at some other reactions and re-consider their position.
Our intention has never been to cause risk or harm and was only to make stickers; stickers to put on a bag that might make people take a second glance and maybe smile… at the sticker. It’s a sticker. Our exposure to this media attention has been fun but not fun enough to hang out in prison and this statement puts us in a very awkward place.
The many orders for suitcase stickers that we have had in Canada will be fulfilled but after that we can’t take the risk and we’re sorry. All other products on thecheeky.com will continue. We hope.
Meanwhile, unlike the bumblers at Transport Canada, British security personnel do not appear concerned about the potentially harmful paper-cut-causing stickers. A UKBA spokesperson, asked about the stickers Canada has deemed dangerous and definitely not funny said:
"Our officers see a lot of joke stickers on suitcases and it doesn’t affect their professional approach to tackling smuggling of illegal goods. Staff that protect our borders are highly trained to identify people trying to smuggle illegal items. Our staff use intelligence and utilities the latest technology to ensure our border checks remain robust."
Dear Transport Canada: Please do not make Canada a laughingstock over stickers.
And, Dear Kusie: Those stickers are funny. Please stop being such a humourless, histrionic sourpuss and look up Louis CK on YouTube. When you've accustomed yourself to what is, in fact, funny, come back and look at the stickers, the rest of which we've conveniently posted for you below:
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Does Canada lead the world in Jedi knights?
It is difficult to argue with the claims of long-form census supporters that the long form of the census is really important and vital (although we've given it a shot -- see here for the latest in a series of posts entitled "WS on the census"). For example, how else can we find out how many people are Jedi knights?
According to the 2001 census, 21,000 Canadians listed "Jedi knight" as their religion. Dmitri Soudas, communications director for the prime minister's office, made prominent reference to this fact in an email to the press gallery:
21,000 Canadians registered Jedi knight as a religion in the 2001 census.
Religion is asked every 10 years.
We made the 40-page long form voluntary because government should not threaten prosecution or jail time to force Canadians to divulge unnecessary private and personal information.
Canadians don't want the government at their doorstep at 10 o'clock at night while they may be doing something in their bedroom, like reading, because government wants to know how many bedrooms they have.
The Ignatieff Liberals promise to force all Canadians to answer personal and intrusive questions about their private lives under threat of jail, fine, or both.
We're not sure if Canadians want the government to show up on someone's doorstep at 10 at night, but we are fairly certain that no government official wants to mess with a competent Jedi knight, especially if the knight has succumbed to the dark side of the force.
This is unfortunately the case for Canadian Hayden Christensen, whose Jedi name is Anakin Skywalker. Christensen is one of the three or four most significant adherents to Jedi knightry.
In spite of the significance of this Canadian to the faith, and in spite of Canada being, on January 12, 2009, the first country in the world to recognize the Order of the Jedi Inc. as a federally incorporated non-profit religious entity, Canada did not lead the world in Jedis.
According to 2001 census reports from the English-speaking world, England and Wales led the world in absolute terms, with over 390,000 (0.8%) Jedis. "The 2001 census reveals that 390,000 people across England and Wales are devoted followers of the Jedi 'faith,'" the BBC reported in 2003.
England also has the distinction of having elected a Jedi Member of Parliament. Jamie Reed, then-newly-elected Labour Party MP, commented on the proposed Incitement to Religious Hatred Bill by saying, "as the first Jedi Member of this place, I look forward to the protection under the law that will be provided to me by the Bill."
Canada also lagged behind Australia, with over 70,000 (0.37%) Jedis in 2001. In May of 2001, the Australian Board of Statistics released a press release to the media on the topic of Jedis. "If your belief system is "Jedi" then answer as such on the census form. But if you would normally answer Anglican or Jewish or Buddhist or something else to the question "what is your religion?" and for the census you answer "Jedi" then this may impact on social services provision if enough people do the same," read the press release.
The honour of most Jedis on a per capita basis goes to New Zealand, with over 53,000 adherents, making up 1.5 per cent of the population, second only to "Christian" at 58.9 per cent ("No Religion" accounted for 28.9 per cent, with 6.9 per cent objecting to the question).
Membership in the Jedi Church is not restricted to English-speaking humans from Earth. "The Jedi Church recognises that there is one all powerful force that binds all things in the universe together, and accepts all races and species from all over the universe as potential members of the religion," explains the official website of the Jedi Church.
The Conservative Party promises to make the long-form of the census voluntary, which may, according to census experts, make the results statistically non-robust, and therefore will not be as useful as earlier censuses have been at accurately capturing the total number of Jedis, and providing specific services tailored to the needs of Canadian Jedis.
More WS on the census (a.k.a. the "libertarian cavalry"): Pierre Lemieux, Mark D. Hughes, Karen Selick, Paul McKeever, Kalim Kassam, PUBLIUS, Hugh MacIntyre, Martin Masse, Terrence Watson, J.J. McCullough, Walter Block, and P.M. Jaworski.
UPDATE: This story appears on Fark. You can read Fark readers' comments on this story by clicking here. It's worth the trip.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Pamela Anderson's PETA advertisement too sexist for Montreal
Above is Pamela Anderson's proposed PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) advertisement. Anderson and PETA were hoping to get the blessing of Montreal's city council to host an event educating people about how terrible it is to eat meat. They didn't get that blessing.
It's feminists versus vegetarians, round 12 (PETA has been busy ignoring feminist concerns about the way they use women in their advertising for some time now).
Pamela Anderson was pretty upset with Montreal's decision:
"In a city that is known for its exotic dancing and for being progressive and edgy, how sad that a woman would be banned from using her own body in a political protest," Anderson said.
"I didn't think that Canada would be so puritanical."
No one's banned Anderson from showing up and holding an event, she just doesn't have the city's blessing, said a municipal official.
Why no blessing? Says Montreal film commissioner Daniel Bissonnette:
"On one hand we're working for an organization where we're getting reminded on a daily basis that we should work in a sexism-free environment and that equality between men and women and the image of women is very important," Bissonnette said.
"On the other hand, it's not our intention at all to prevent people from going in the public domain and sharing their message."
In short, the advertisement is sexist, and that's not something city officials can get behind.
"We, as public officials representing a municipal government, cannot endorse this image of Ms. Anderson," wrote Josée Rochefort, an official in charge of issuing permits with the city's television and film office.
"It is not so much controversial as it goes against all principles public organizations are fighting for in the everlasting battle of equality between men and women."
While PETA has not yet responded, I'm pretty sure they'll lambaste Montreal's city council for failing to understand the possibly more important issue of equality between male human and non-human animals and female human and non-human animals.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Filibuster: Immigrant shopping
With (possibly) Lou Dobbs himself commenting on a post about a debate between Judge Andrew Napolitano and Lou Dobbs over rights and immigration, what better time to get this new comic from J.J. McCullough:
Check out J.J.'s other cartoons (in a fancy flash app), as well as his commentary on this comic below the fold:
In what has been cynically analyzed as a last-ditch attempt to find a winning issue for his party, President Obama recently declared that the time is ripe for a new immigration debate in the United States. America’s present immigration system “is broken,” said the President. “And everybody knows it.”
As evidence of its brokenness, Obama called attention to the ongoing fallout over the controversial Arizona “show us your papers” law, which was of course prompted by the larger problem of illegal Mexican immigration in the Southern U.S. The latter issue is the narrow focus of nearly all immigration debate in America, and the prescribed “solutions” from the political establishment are usually amnesty schemes in one form or another. President Obama says he does not favour a “blanket amnesty” and wants illegals to be “held accountable” for breaking U.S. law, but beyond fines or temporary trips back to their home country, he still supports -- as do many Republicans -- some sort of “path to citizenship” for them in the long-term. Anything harsher is both cruel and impratical, they say.
It may well be. But immigration is a bigger issue than just that. When the President proceeds to declare that any future immigration bill must likewise “make it easier for the best and the brightest to come to start businesses and develop products and create jobs,” he is acknowledging the fact that most immigrants to the United States -- even the legal ones -- are not being imported for any clear economic purpose. It’s a little-discussed fact that most legal U.S. migrants in any given year are simply refugees or the family members of existing immigrants, with qualified, accredited, ready-to-work professionals only representing a minority.
At some point Americans need to have a frank discussion about what they want and need their immigration system to actually do -- both for the betterment of the nation, and the interests of its existing, native-born citizenry. Illegals may grab everyone’s attention, but they are hardly the only issue in a very complex and multi-dimensional national dilemma.
Monday, July 12, 2010
24 different types of libertarians and the 24 different types of authoritarians
A little while ago, cartoonist Barry Deutsch of Ampersand made a bit of a splash in the libertari-overse with his comic strip depicting "The 24 Different Types of Libertarian." In response, Davi Barker, a self-described Muslim Agorist (an agorist is a specific kind of libertarian, please click the link for the wiki explanation), put together a nice rebuttal entitled "The 24 Different Types of Authoritarian."
Here's the original (click for size big enough to read):
And here's Barker's retort (again, click for readable size):
Nice work, Barker!
UPDATED with correct attribution.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Friday Filibuster Funny: Canada's underclass
It's been a while since we posted J.J. McCullough's political cartoons (you can click on the comic above for the full size). While J.J. did take a break, he's been back delivering quality comics for his fans on his website for some time now (so the fault is ours, dear reader, not his). To help catch you up, we put together this little pictobrowser below, which will let you see some of the work we've missed:
Do check out J.J.'s website Filibuster Cartoons, and scroll through a few more of his cartoons. You'll be glad you did). Below the fold, J.J.'s commentary:
Stephen Harper announced his pick for Canada’s next governor general yesterday, and in a somewhat surprising pick, selected University of Waterloo president and longtime law professor David Johnston. Somewhat surprising, but not really. As you can see by consulting my handy governor generals chart, there has never been a governor general from British Columbia, despite the fact that it’s Canada’s third largest province, and an extremely influential part of the country, both culturally and economically. Prior to the Johnston announcement, the B.C. media was thus giddy with anticipation, assuming that this would finally be our year. But once again, it was not. Not even with a noted “friend of the west” like Harper as prime minister did B.C. get one of its own in Canada’s top job.
The major reason, once again, was apparently bilingualism, a cruel and inescapable expectation of all holders of high office in modern Canada. Almost no one in British Columbia speaks fluent French, not even people in extremely elite positions of society, simply because there is no real need to. B.C. is not a province with an ample French population, so important people tend to focus their educational time elsewhere, studying matters that may actual have some tangible relevance to their career.
But British Columbia is hardly unusual in this regard. According to the Government of Canada’s own statistics (PDF link) only a measly 8.8% of Canadian Anglos can speak French, meaning about 91% of Canada’s majority population can never hope to be governor general (or prime minister for that matter). As a result, the people who do get appointed to the office are either French-Canadians, who have a much more immediate interest in being bilingual, or strange lawyer-types like Mr. Johnston, who come from a very isolated, elite subculture in Eastern Canada, centered around the greater Ottawa-Montreal axis, in which functional bilingualism is common and practical.
At one time, right-wing politicians like Mr. Harper criticized official bilingualism for extracting such a high toll on Canada’s majority population in order to appease French Canadian resentment — which didn’t even seem to be lessening, by the way. Now, however, Harper seems perfectly keen to continue to prop up the system he once opposed, in his suddenly pressing pursuit of eastern votes. The substantial differences between Canada’s two political parties continue to lessen as a result, and unilingual are once again left wondering if anyone in the political system actually cares about their interests.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Your awesome Jack Layton image of the day
The Toronto Star's Susan Delacourt explains:
Yes, this is NDP leader Jack Layton (circa 1991 at a Trekkie convention) and we thought we'd throw this picture up in honour of the Star Trek movie opening this week in Ottawa and other major markets.
I asked Olivia Chow about the costume today and she told me that she had one too -- she and Jack had them custom made by a tailor. "Very form fitting," she said. And they even had the special beam-me-up badge affixed to them.
Chow told me that she and Layton are still devoted Trekkies, but they're not going to the movie opening. "Too busy," she said. "We have to work."
This one's jumping, screaming and shouting for a caption competition... so let 'em rip.
(h/t Aaron Wherry)
Friday, February 13, 2009
A Canadian healthcare plan: "Don't get sick!"
Actor and stand-up comic Steven Crowder (he voiced this character on PBS' Arthur) responds to the frequent calls he hears by American liberals for a Canadian-style universal healthcare system.
As someone who spent time living in Canada, he speaks from experience:
Friday, February 06, 2009
"Someday we'll find it, that rainbow connection"
Hugh, if the Age of Obama is really becoming so hard to handle that you need to watch videos of really fiscally conservative congresscritters to keep your spirits up, maybe I can help you by showing the softer, cuddlier side of the new regime.
Click here to see President Kermit's Cabinet-level Muppet Officers and the Muppet Cabinet themselves.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
This guy is either illiterate and antisemitic or he really hates Tang:
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Rick Mercer: Conservative policy -- 20 minutes fresh. Always.
Worth a laugh. Too bad it's true:
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Yes, Minister: Party games
Yes, Minister, and Yes, Prime Minister, is probably my favourite British television series. And why shouldn't it be? Here's a show that purports to be a comedy, but accurately describes what really happens in government.
I've spent the afternoon watching a few episodes on YouTube, and thought I'd share my absolute favourite set of them. In "Party Games," Jim Hacker, that's the minister, gets tapped for Number 10 Downing Street. How did this blubbering buffoon get chosen? You'll have to watch the videos.
I'm thinking this is exactly how Stephane Dion got picked to lead the Liberals before Ignatieff.
(Parts 2 through 8 below the fold)
Just brilliant, don't you think?
Monday, January 19, 2009
Don't get your hopes up
My two sons went to Canadian comic Norm Macdonald's show in Richmond, B.C., on Saturday night. They report that Macdonald is not quite as worked up about Obama's inauguration as most show-biz types are. In fact, Macdonald says he's got a problem with the whole "hope" thing. Fact is, he says, whenever you read the word "hope," it's almost always followed by the word "dashed."
Monday, January 12, 2009
Excerpt from Ric Dolphin's latest posting...
Back home with our scotches, waiting for the last year of the decade to dawn, my brothers-in-law and I considered how the Zeroes or the Oughts - or whatever this decade will be called - will be remembered. What will define it in people's memories? Probably terrorism and its offshoots: 9/11 and the aftermath, the War on Terror, Homeland Security, the war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan ... the Great Satan squaring off against the Lions of Islam.
It will doubtlessly be a more definable decade than the 1990s. None of us could figure out the defining characteristic of those final ten years of the 20th century. Most other decades seemed to have had vivid identities - the roaring Twenties, the Dirty Thirties, the wartime Forties, the prosperous, grey-flannel Fifties, the hippy-dippy Sixties, the Me-generation 1970s, the Greedy 1980s. But what were the 1990s? Grant suggested The Internet Decade, but then dismissed the idea because the Internet really didn't become commonplace until the current decade. Ditto cellphones. So although true that the digital communications revolution started in the 1990s, I don't think you can say it defined them. The final decade of the millennium should have something to define it. Maybe its lack of identity defines it. The Lost Decade? I welcome your thoughts.
As for the prospects going into 2009, your guess is as good as mine. The economic predictions are so dire it could happen that the recession helps define the decade, along with the terror stuff. Decade of Woe? Regarding the financial meltdown, there is a perverse part of me that says, Bring it on. Let's see what a real Depression is like. Give us the kind of privations with which to bore our grandkids that our grandparents bored us with. Hey, Ma, we cain't afford meat this month. Let's fry up the dawg...
To read more of Dolphin's blog, click here
Posted by Ric Dolphin on January 12, 2009 in Aboriginal Issues, American History, Canadian Politics, Current Affairs, Economic freedom, Humour, Media, Television, U.S. politics | Permalink | Comments (2)
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Shocking media bias revealed by Fairness in Media
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Some animated gifs of the Bush shoe dodge (plus a video game)
At a recent press conference in Iraq, an Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes at U.S. president George W. Bush. Bush managed to dodge both of the shoes (you can see video of the actual press conference here).
Not surprisingly, several people have put together animated pictures of the incident. Here are two of the funnier ones (you can see the rest over on boingboing).
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
The money hole
The US government is facing massive amount of debt and there seems to be an uncontrollable political pressure to increase that debt. I think it is time for the United States to finally close the money hole.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Classic Kids in the Hall: Screw you Taxpayer!
Here's a gem of a sketch from Kids in the Hall:
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
And now for something completely different: Cap'n (Horatio Magellan) Crunch
Cap'n Crunch, the character, was created by Jay Ward, the same animator responsible for the Rocky & Bullwinkle show.
Well here's a little known fact: The full name of Cap'n Crunch is Cap'n Horatio Magellan Crunch. Captain H.M. Crunch.
Now you know. And knowing is half the battle. (Know where those lines come from? You'll get some Whuffie bucks if you guess it in the comment section.)
Monday, December 01, 2008
Filibuster: Canada's first coup
Credit: J.J. McCullough
(Video) James Cohen on the looming tidal lock crisis
If a Liberal-NDP coalition government emerges, we're about to start hearing a lot about the urgent need to decrease our standard of living on account of global warming.
James Cohen, co-host with Emrys Graefe of the Western Standard Radio Network's newest show Right or Wrong, alerts us to a much more pressing issue facing our fragile earth, the tidal lock crisis.
James and Emrys played the video during a discussion of global warming in Episode 10 of Right or Wrong. You can catch the boys live from 4-6pm EST every Friday here on the Shotgun Blog or check out their archives for any shows you might miss.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Hank Reardon, hedge fund manager
Via Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution comes this brilliant story "Atlas Shrugged Updated for the Current Financial Crisis"
"Damn it, Dagny! I need the government to get out of the way and let me do my job!"
She sat across the desk from him. She appeared casual but confident, a slim body with rounded shoulders like an exquisitely engineered truss. How he hated his debased need for her, he who loathed self-sacrifice but would give up everything he valued to get in her pants ... Did she know?
"I heard the thugs in Washington were trying to take your Rearden metal at the point of a gun," she said. "Don't let them, Hank. With your advanced alloy and my high-tech railroad, we'll revitalize our country's failing infrastructure and make big, virtuous profits."
"Oh, no, I got out of that suckers' game. I now run my own hedge-fund firm, Rearden Capital Management."
He stood and adjusted his suit jacket so that his body didn't betray his shameful weakness. He walked toward her and sat informally on the edge of her desk. "Why make a product when you can make dollars? Right this second, I'm earning millions in interest off money I don't even have."
He gestured to his floor-to-ceiling windows, a symbol of his productive ability and goodness.
"There's a whole world out there of byzantine financial products just waiting to be invented, Dagny. Let the leeches run my factories into the ground! I hope they do! I've taken out more insurance on a single Rearden Steel bond than the entire company is even worth! When my old company finally tanks, I'll make a cool $877 million."
Go and read the whole piece. One of the funniest things I've read on McSweeney's in a while, and that's saying a lot.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
One of my favorite bloggers (a libertarian) said you should send this picture to libertarians if you want to give them a headache.
Is that the kind of headache that comes from too much laughter, or too much fury?
Friday, November 07, 2008
Red Staters head north to escape Obama
As was kinda predicted here on the Western Standard a couple weeks ago - Americans have greeted their new Democrat overlords by heading north. First over the border - the uber-Republicans, Jackie and Dunlap of 'Red State Update':
Thursday, November 06, 2008
What if Bob Barr had won? A timeline
A touch of humour from the National Post. What would happen if the Western Standard contributors' favoured presidential candidate, the US Libertarian Party's Bob Barr, somehow managed to become president?
It begins with Drew Carey, moves on to the obligatory moustache joke, a little big-government slash-and-burn, and climaxes with a "radical Vermont anti-anti-government militia [which] holes itself up inside its compound after the IRS refuses to accept its tax cheque." And that's when things get a little out of hand.
JULY 4, 2009
Standing outside of Faneuil Hall in Boston, Barr delivers an Independence Day speech denouncing "tyranny in all its forms," citing especially Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and cookbooks. "Who is Irma Rombauer to tell you how to braise that coq au vin?" he tells a confused crowd. Gourmet magazine achieves political awareness.
DEC. 17, 2009
Prostitution is officially decriminalized. Eliot Spitzer high-fives an imaginary friend and returns to begging for change.
MAY 22, 2010
Barr vetoes a copyright protection bill, citing concerns about its capacity to limit individual freedom. He then vetoes his veto, citing concerns about its capacity to limit corporate freedom. He then vetoes his veto of his veto, citing concerns about its capacity to limit the personal freedom of the president. He then vetoes his veto of the veto he vetoed, citing personal confusion. He then has an egg-salad sandwich and takes a nap.
Read the rest.
What did you expect? I told you guys not to vote.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
ELITE plan for American liberals who want to move to Canada (should John McCain win)
I think I've posted this video before. But it's been updated a little bit. And there really should be a video for libertarians and small government conservatives who want to move to Canada. Because we beat the U.S. in the latest Economic Freedom of the World annual report, our health care system is unconstitutional, and we haven't nationalized the banks (yet... and with your help, never).
Anyhow, here's the vid for libs:
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday Night Live makes fun of Obama, Biden and Murtha
Republican challenger William Russell just might pull off an election win in Pennsylvania. Especially when Joe Murtha is busy insulting his own constituents. It's what SNL played off of with this pretty hard-hitting skit:
Friday, October 24, 2008
The Onion: Ron Paul promises to return when country needs him most
Things are panning out almost exactly as Ron Paul was predicting for the last 30 years. When he had a national audience during the 2008 Republican primary process, he was dismissed, insulted, and jeered; even now that he has been vindicated, instead of listening to him the political and media establishment are taking advice from Hank Paulsen, Ben Bernanke, Barney Frank, George Bush and all the other guys who assured us that there was no problem, the economy was on solid footing, the housing market was not in a bubble, sub-prime would not be that big a problem, inflation doesn't matter etc. If you're as frustrated as me, rest assured that there is a reason: the world is not yet ready for Ron Paul.
Though it may seem like this is the time that the world needs Ron Paul the most, he knows better. Like the sagely Merlin of Arthurian legend he will disappear only to return when the time is right. The Onion reports:
WASHINGTON—After piling the last of his Campaign for Liberty signs in the back of a beat-up Ford truck Thursday, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) once again abandoned his candidacy for president and rode on out toward the low western sun, but not before vowing to come back to Washington "when [the country] is ready." "When the river swirls and the wind blows, and when uncontrollable inflation forces us to revert to the gold standard, and the Federal Reserve bank is exposed as the unconstitutional, neofascist cabal it really is, you'll see me coming over that hill," said Paul, leaving a dusty cowboy hat and a stack of "no" votes on his seat in the House of Representatives. "But don't you fret, America. If you ever feel like your government is getting too big or too intrusive, just give a little whistle, and there I'll be. I'll be there quicker'n you can spit." Although no one has seen or heard from the Texas congressman since Thursday, sources report the Ron Paul for President campaign has gained an additional $2.3 million in contributions since his disappearance.
And while we're making Ron-Paul-as-wizard jokes, I think its an appropriate time to remember current.com's fantastic sendup of the first Republican Debate at the Reagan Library:
Your awesome Sarah Palin song of the day (from Russia with love edition)
(h/t Xeni Jardin)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
American latitude and longitude but Canadian politics
From an e-mail:
A Balloonist and a Fisherman
A man in a hot air balloon realizes he is lost. He lowers his altitude and spots a man fishing from a boat below..
He shouts to him, 'Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am.'
The man consults his portable GPS and replies, 'You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.0 9 minutes west longitude.
The balloonist rolls his eyes and says, 'You must be a Conservative!'
'I am,' replies the man. 'How did you know?'
'Well,' answers the balloonist, 'everything you tell me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you're not much help to me.'
The man smiles and responds, 'You must be a Liberal'
'I am,' replies the balloonist. 'How did you know?'
Well,' says the man, 'You don't know where you are or where you're going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and now you expect me to solve your problem.
You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but, somehow, now it's my fault...
Friday, October 10, 2008
Finally, central banking explained
The U.S. Federal Reserve and other central banks have been in the headlines recently. First there were the various expansions of power that allowed the Fed a greater role in the economy, and then there was yesterday's coordinated interest rate cut by six of the world's central banks, including the Fed and the Bank of Canada.
A month ago few Canadians knew who Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke was, now they've seen him testifying before Congress clamoring for a bailout, but they still may be unsure exactly what he does.
Here is Australia's answer to Jon Stewart, Shaun Micallef, interviewing the Reserve Bank of Australia's Tony Froth (remember then-Fed Chair Alan Greenspan's July 2005 comment that "the apparent froth in the housing markets appears to have interacted with evolving practices in mortgage markets") trying to get to the bottom of it:
UPDATE: Welcome to our fine blog LewRockwellites!
We are Canada's #1 political blog, but, more importantly, we're pro-liberty! Go ahead and explore.
We've covered Canadians giving an Austrian explanation of the financial crisis here and here. If you want to learn more about Canada, we recently compared gun rights in Canada and Switzerland and if you're curious about Canada's political scene and our present election, we've got some short but apt summaries here and here.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
(Video) Bill O'Reilly's mini-me
Here's what Bill O'Reilly might have been like as a tyke:
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Your awesome Sarah Palin picture of the day
With this $700 billion dollar Wall Street bailout looming as a possibility, the following picture is apropos (if the Republicans win):
Saturday, September 13, 2008
U.S. economy teetering on the brink
This just in from The Onion News Network:
Sunday, August 24, 2008
John McCain ad, now in Spanish
Okay, I got a good laugh out of this:
I believe that this is, roughly, the original version of the above radio ad. But I don't speak Spanish, so correct me if I'm wrong:
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Guy Earle handling hecklers (and a Mac v. Pencil vid)
This past Monday, Terrence, Jay, and I interviewed Guy Earle, the Toronto-based comic in trouble for responding to lesbian hecklers with a flurry of heckles himself last May in British Columbia.
Here's how he responded to a different heckler in a different context:
And here is a video of his that I thought was pretty funny. Language alert:
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Ric Dolphin Writes Again
Although loath to use another of those horrible words concocted by the geeks who, sadly, have inherited the world, there seems to be no avoiding it. I now have a "blog" which I shall endeavor to update at least every Monday and which you are
invited to visit at, ricdolphin.com
Be aware that, unlike when I wrote for Western Standard magazine, I am not being censored for language. I am also not specifically writing about politics, although the subject may be broached on occasion. Be assured, however, that I shall never use "blog" as a verb.
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Thursday, June 26, 2008
The "Comedy Police" is Not Amused
Kudos and a rim-shot for my old colleague Terry O'Neill who noticed below the woes that comedian Guy Earle is having at the hands of the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. In the Province's version of the story, though, Mr. Earle is getting no help from someone who should be an ally:
But Mark Dennison, a longstanding Vancouver comedian and instructor at Langara College's stand-up comedy clinic, said there is a fine line between comedy and outright discrimination.
And from what he's heard, he said, the material Earle supposedly used was "mean-spirited" and a "pointed attack" based on "completely wrong assumptions."
"Comedy is inclusive. We laugh because we see commonality," he said.
"I don't think anything is off-limits as long as it is handled in a way that shows us what makes us the same."
I can imagine Mr. Earle being punished on the grounds that his comedy is not *inclusive* enough, thanks to Mr. Dennison's opinions.
I can also imagine U.S. late night comics like Leno, Letterman and Ferguson having a lot of fun with this. I can see Gordon Campbell being Photoshopped into the uniform of the "Comedy Police", raising gales of laughter across the United States. Well, if Mr. Campbell won't listen to reasoned arguments about how silly the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal can be, perhaps ridicule might work.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Supreme Court on death penalty
Below, I mentioned the Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of the death penalty in child rapist cases. I overlooked the Supreme Court's ruling about the death penalty in general, which The Onion News Network covered today. Apparently, the Court has ruled that the death penalty is "totally badass." See for yourself (lots of foul language, particularly from Chief Justice Roberts):
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Filibuster: State Secrets
Maxime Bernier left some secret documents at his former girlfriend's house, and resigned on account of it. Makes you wonder: Just what kind of state secrets does Canada have to protect? WS cartoonist J.J. McCullough has your answer:
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Hug a bear
Ya gotta love the idiot editor who spliced in stock footage of PENGUINS to illustrate a story about the Arctic. Check it out at the 29-sec mark.
And ya just gotta love our heroine, who, after her training session with a rifle (to learn how to protect herself from polar bears), said she'd rather hug the creatures instead. Right. One Brit popsicle treat for mamma polar bear coming up!
Friday, March 14, 2008
How can you call this man anti-American?
(Non-photoshopped cover of the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Article here.)
You wouldn't call Luke Skywalker anti-American, would you?
Previous Shotgun post on Obama here.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Mike Huckacockroach & Glove Romney
Well, almost all the results are in from today's US presidential primaries (except for the under-reported Democrats Abroad primary) and they are pretty clear. Obama continued his weekend winning streak today in the Potomac region (Virginia, Maryland, and D.C.), picking up approximately 63 more delegates, with Hillary getting 28. Since the Republican contests were winner-take-all, McCain's sweep of the three contests means he'll be getting an 89 delegate boost, further securing his position as the presumptive GOP nominee. With all this talk about how the in-the-know pundits in the Capitol region would be choosing their candidates and voting, it's interesting to look at the flip-side: How much do average Americans know about the candidates and how do they choose between them?
Jay Leno investigated:
Evidently they don't know much more than your average resident of Beijing, China:
What's the moral? H.L. Mencken said it even better than Leno: "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."
Saturday, February 02, 2008
My fellow Report magazine alumni, and Report readers who might have heard Ted Byfield talking on radio or television, might be amused when watching The Pink Panther (the original movie made in the early 1960s) on DVD.
I was playing the director commentary for the movie and I thought to myself, "Gosh, Blake Edwards' voice reminds me of Ted Byfield's voice."
See if you agree. :)