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Tuesday, May 03, 2005
He doth protest too much
Joe Volpe, a Liberal cabinet minister who makes ol' Sheila Copps look even-keeled and thoughtful, didn't seem to like our poster of "The Libranos" much.
(For a video, click here and scroll forward to 40 minutes to see him in high dudgeon.)
Volpe knows that we didn't call the Liberals the Libranos because they're Italian -- Chretien, Martin, Brison, Brault, these aren't Italian names. We called them the Libranos because their party is an organization that has engaged in a criminal conspiracy to steal money from the public purse.
Volpe knows that. He hates that. He can't rebut that. So he's trying to turn this into an Italian thing -- anything to distract from the fact that his party festers with corruption.
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You can't BUY publicity like that. You owe Volpe a free subscription!
Posted by: Kate | 2005-05-03 5:23:11 PM
You can't buy publicity like that, but in the deranged dominion, if you know the right libranos, and kick back the right sums, you can get a sponsorship for it...
Volpe's going to be out of his cushy job pretty soon.
Posted by: FreeRider | 2005-05-03 6:01:09 PM
When Volpe tells a joke, it's funny. When Conservatives tell a joke, it's racism. Boy oh boy, Volpe's logic is impeccable. (*sarcasm* duly noted, i'm sure.)
Posted by: 905 Tory | 2005-05-03 6:24:10 PM
If Volpe is going to be out his cushy job soon, he really should look to an acting career. His performance deserves two thumbs up.
Posted by: Kathryn | 2005-05-03 6:24:34 PM
I just got my Western Standard copy of the poster today.
It's magnificent, ...magnificent...
It should be put up everywhere; it should be on stamps, on cards, ...everywhere.
Harper? He should laugh when asked about it. And say - 'quite the poster, isn't it?' If questioned, he can say something like: The Gomery testimony is quite shocking, isn't it? But that's all.
After all, the CPC didn't design it. The closest analogy is the Swift Boat Veteran's rebuttal of Kerry's pompous claims-to-Vietnam fame. Bush didn't take down Kerry about his claims; the Swift Boat people did. Equally, this poster is something made by the people of Canada. The Liberals are so used to an oligarchy rather than a democracy, so used to ignoring what regular people (never mind their own backbenchers) are saying...that they simply cannot accept that Canadians have the right, the duty and the capacity, to think - and to speak out.
That poster has to be replicated everywhere, in all sizes. On flags, on T-shirts. Sell them on T-shirts. On coffee cups. Everywhere. Make sure that it's clear - it's the people who are talking, and people have the right to do this.
They have the right to make fun of political leaders. Think of all the cartoons in the daily press; think of the television shows.
Spread that poster everywhere.
Posted by: ET | 2005-05-03 6:24:58 PM
just keep hammering at the bastards . . . Liberal death by a thousand cuts
Posted by: paul | 2005-05-03 7:50:00 PM
How can I obtain a copy of the poster? I would love to put it up at home and at the office.
Posted by: Michael Dabioch | 2005-05-03 8:00:14 PM
Put me down for a poster, a T-shirt (2 if you make them kid-size), and a coffee cup. I'm hoping I can find a copy of the magazine tomorrow, but I suspect it'll be sold out dammit. I trust you'll be reprinting it?
Posted by: Candace | 2005-05-03 8:15:29 PM
The magazine should be just arriving in stores this week, so call your local Chapters/Indigo, Mac's or McNally Robinson to find out if it's in. If you patronize other retailers that don't carry the Western Standard, tell them to start.
Better yet, call our offices and order a subscription, and tell them you want the poster. It's yours free with every subscription. We need your support to keep up this kind of good work.
As for additional merchandise, we are working on T-shirts, posters, mugs, cookbooks, etc. Watch this space for future Librano$ merchandise.
Posted by: Kevin Libin | 2005-05-03 8:22:44 PM
Who will posterize Layton aka Lenin?
"Lenin created the first truly modern propaganda machine, and its most clorful, dramatic and original form was the poster."
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-05-03 8:32:23 PM
T-shirts! Excellent. Throw in a "My Canada doesn't include Liberal corruptiom." while you're at it.
Posted by: Greg Staples | 2005-05-03 8:48:55 PM
Posterize Captain Martin: "The Ancient Mariner"
CSL as his "Albatross" round his neck.
His screw/Canada has gone: Martin alone with his "CSL" albatross.
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-05-03 9:28:53 PM
Forget coffee mugs and posters. I want this in campaign sign format to hammer into the lawn for the election...
Posted by: GMO | 2005-05-03 10:14:59 PM
OK Kevin, I subscribed. Get working on the t-shirts (actually, sweatshirts would be better, but whatever)...
Posted by: Candace | 2005-05-03 11:16:15 PM
Perhaps the title "Libranos" might have been a bad choice.
Tories need to take seats in Ontario. There's large Itlian community in Ontario. They've got lots of votes and lots of money.
Why run the risk of alienating some of them?
Posted by: John Palubiski | 2005-05-04 8:43:41 AM
Write to any store you know to put Western Standard on their stands.
By the way, in the Liberal world everybody is either offende or allinated by something. Get yourself a sense of humor!
Posted by: Mariusz Kolakowski | 2005-05-04 10:07:24 AM
Just heard Volpe on Dave Rutherford.
His language was a "little intemperate" yesterday and he might apologize if the CPC apologizes first for the racial slur.
Oh, and Ezra, you may want to start quaking in your boots. Joe may be dealing with you later.
Posted by: Kathryn | 2005-05-04 11:36:18 AM
I don't mean to be a party-pooper here, but why are we giving the Libs ammo?
They portray themselves as the party of "multiculturalism2, the party of "ethnics"....as opposed to the evil *racisr*
Is anyone here old enough to remember the "Yvette" remark during the 1980 referendum? Before Lise Payette put her fat, stinky, triple"E" foot in her mouth the Péquists were at about 60%. Within about a week support for the "oui" was back down to 40%.
They lost bigtime!
For god's sakes, in our eagerness to defeat the Libs are we about to have an Yvette moment?
I hope not!
There are other and better ways to attack the Libs WITHOUT incurring the risk of being placed on the defensive.
The "Libranos" may be a very CLEVER play on words, but it isn't a very BRIGHT one.
Don't hand them the ammo, fire it at 'em!
Posted by: John Palubiski | 2005-05-04 12:16:57 PM
Just heard Joe Volpe being interviewed live on CFRB Newstalk Radio, (on the Mott Show), and he denied calling the CPC "Klan". The Mott's said "oh really?" and they played him a tape of what he said. He kept trying to deny it even after hearing it on the tape...unbelievable.
BTW, he also referred to the Western Standard as the Conservative Party's "Pravda". Yeesh.
Posted by: Robyn | 2005-05-04 12:29:11 PM
If the Guite testimony is only half as "hair curling" as it's claimed to be, Volpe may have unwittingly done the Conservatives a huge favour by popularizing the word "Libranos" at precisely the moment when Canadians are reminded of how well it suits them.
Posted by: Kate | 2005-05-04 2:20:26 PM
Mr. Volpe is historically accurate in making a connection between the KKK and the Conservative party. During the 1930's, the Sask Conservative Government was VERY much tied to the KLan.
Please note the following articles which verify this little known Canadian historical item:
Posted by: Jim Fodey | 2005-05-04 4:30:57 PM
Kevin, Just an idea for your planned Libranos cookbook, you should ask subscribers to submit their favorite PORK recipies.
Posted by: Annette | 2005-05-04 4:56:25 PM
Which makes the NDP the party of eugenics.
Thanks for the historical relevance!
Posted by: Kate | 2005-05-04 5:16:06 PM
Got my poster today - it's in the magazine! Sweet. Kevin, I hope you weren't kidding about other merchandise - I need a Libranos t-shirt.
Posted by: Michael Dabioch | 2005-05-04 9:29:25 PM
Wow, good job, Kate, you found a connection between a PROVINCIAL conservative party (which in itself is no longer the same) and the current FEDERAL conservative party that has only been around since the last election. You must have been a fiberal campaigner in a former life.
Posted by: Makeu | 2005-05-24 3:16:00 PM
Wait, wait, wait, my bad... gotta figure out how to read better, srry.
Posted by: Makeu | 2005-05-24 3:19:31 PM
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