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Alex Jones: Clueless About Canada

If you didn’t know already that Alex Jones is a hopeless crackpot who doesn’t have the slightest clue what he’s talking about when spinning his delusional conspiracy theories, this hilarious bit of punditry from his radio show about our constitutional “crisis” should settle any doubts in that regard.

I have no idea who his “expert” guest is, but the poor fellow wasn’t even aware of the fact that the Governor General is a woman. It doesn’t stop him freely opining about the situation however.

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• What’s this, National Post letter writers are complaining that the Conservatives are “governing like socialists”? Well duh. As John Ivison notes: “The Conservatives have never been averse to tweaking the nose of orthodox conservatives since the backlash makes them look more moderate.” Cynical and unprincipled? Um, yeah… and this would be a surprise, how?

• “Ontarians are coming together to more effectively assert themselves in the face of an unfairness caused by the financial arrangements between us and Ottawa,” says Dalton McGuinty about a $20 billion “gap” in the federal equalization scheme. Well that might certainly throw a bit of a spanner in the works for the Harper government’s next budget, wouldn’t it?

• Harper’s hapless apology for the Komagata Maru incident almost a century ago seems to be backfiring horribly with the Indo-Canadian community. Surely Ruby Dhalla never had this outcome in mind, did she?

• A sixth disembodied foot has washed up on the shores of the West Coast and a dead body was found in Lake Ontario near a beachfront park in the city’s east end. Time for yet another Clorox® scrub-down of Neo’s keyboard…

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• “Government not sure how to spend wireless windfall,” says the Ottawa Citizen headline translating Jim Prentice talking about various ways the $4.3-billion raised from auctioning off wireless spectrum licences might be spent once Stephen Harper’s “fiscal parameters” have been assessed. Previously, the government had promised that the auction proceeds would be used to pay down federal debt. Now, well, maybe not so much… after all, there are “other priorities” you know.

• Speaking of which, Harper is expected to announce three by-elections for the first week of September. The ridings involved are Westmount-Ville Marie (LPC), St. Lambert (BQ), and Guelph.(LPC). Two of the ridings promise to be close contests.

• Liberals promise to crack down on gas price-fixing as part of their Green Shift plan (not to be confused with GreenShift®, a “consulting” firm and distributor of paper coffee cups, toilet paper, urinal cakes, etc.).

• Two Czech bug hunters arrested in India for poaching have maintained their innocence and called to be released. The Indian press has suggested that the Czechs could belong to an international network of butterfly smugglers. Who knew?

• Why is ABC’s Jake Tapper (part of the “liberal media”) such a nihilistic asshole? Really. The man has the intellectual depth of a rock crab and a moral capacity quite a bit lower than that.

• Is Obama’s campaign team a dissolute bunch of Mooslim-lovin’ drug addicts? Via the always kooky Pam Geller at Atlas Shrugs: “With Senator Obama still in Iraq, his staff and press could be seen smoking flavored tobacco in hookahs in their Amman hotel bar, well past midnight local time.” Scary!!! Plus, there’s even bonus video of Obama “bumbling” and a transcript too! Sample: “Uh, uh, are, uh, uh, uh, um. That’s — that’s a bunch — so — so let me tick these off. Deh… Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, um, uh.” And so on.

• In case you haven’t seen it already, here’s the video showing President Bush caught on candid camera making light of the housing crisis:

Note: Updated with new version that includes an extended excerpt of Bush’s remarks, plus some fairly rabid commentary by TYT. More on the intrigue surrounding the now “banned” video here.

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• The sanity of the wingnuts takes a kern for the worse… Apparently Obama was never actually born at all!

• The unconvincing statement by an aide to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki calling his remarks in Der Spiegel “misinterpreted and mistranslated” followed a call to the prime minister’s office from U.S. government officials in Iraq. Quelle surprise.

• Hey Jake, here’s a cracker-jack idea, instead of “just guessing” why don’t you actually ask Obama what his “8-10 years” remark meant? I hear that’s what journalists are supposed to do instead of floating silly notions about “the butterfly effect” or other such fatuous nonsense.

• I’m a little late picking this up, but here’s a bit of an oddity: a tribute to Tony Snow by, get this, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.

• An estimated 200,000 fans packed the historic Plains of Abraham last night to see Paul McCartney at a free outdoor concert in Quebec City (video below — Live and Let Die).

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• Iraqi PM disputes report on withdrawal plan that seemed to support Obama’s position, a spokesman now saying they “were misunderstood, mistranslated and not conveyed accurately” but without specifying how to a credulous CNN.

• Stubborn seniors refuse to die. Failure to yet appear on Smuckers jar cited as one reason.

• “Despite the claims by some British officers that the Taliban is being tactically routed, no one seems to have told the Islamist insurgents,” quips an editorial in today’s Guardian. The paper concludes saying: “there needs to be an end to the cosy client relationship with Karzai, who has yet to show himself a capable leader, and a retreat from the West’s view that he is the country’s only possible saviour.”

• Writing in the Toronto Sun, columnist Michael Den Tandt says all the mounting evidence of a steady slide into chaos should be steadfastly ignored. “The moment it becomes difficult we wring our hands and imagine the inevitability of failure,” he says of the now seven year long war.

• Grassroots movement to “Save Our Starbucks” springing up across America. Time used to be that Starbucks made news when it came into town… How things have changed.

• Latest Gallup Poll shows U.S. presidential race still a statistical tie.

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• Whatever you do, don’t call it a “timeline”! No, no, no. It’s a “general time horizon” for withdrawal. Politics: Enemy of the English language!

• More insane bullshit from the Second Dumbest Blogger on the Planet®, Larry C. Johnson, who now claims there’s proof floating around that the New Yorker cover was NOT satire. Yes, he’s really advancing this crackpot story. Good grief, the man is almost as stupid as Patrick Ross. Almost.

• According to The National Post, gas prices are expected to drop this summer. No, it’s not a typo, but the free market in action! Should be interesting to see whether the laws of supply and demand still hold true.

• Not that it should surprise anyone, but California’s ballot measure to ban gay marriage is failing according to the latest survey.

• West Vancouver MP Blair Wilson admits to breaking Elections Canada rules but says the “smear campaign” against him has “backfired.” Commissioner of Elections William Corbett found that most of the allegations in an anonymous complaint were unfounded or insufficiently substantiated.

• It’s hard to imagine that McCain’s latest gaffe was anything but an innocent mistake, but even so, it’s sloppy and given all the trips to Iraq that he’s taken, he of all people, should have known better than to spill the beans.

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Attention Bloggers: Please stop thinking your terribly witty post titles riffing off “a million dollars” in connection with this story are in any way original. Resist the urge!

• I’m just curious, when the Fraser Institute issues one of its reports, are they “lecturing us” too?

• Another teaser from the Ottawa Citizen about the mysterious “civil war” going on at the National Gallery that’s pitted the deputy director against the retiring director. I just can’t wait to find out what the real dirt is here.

• Oh, and here’s the latest JibJab video in case you haven’t seen the whole thing yet. It was all over CNN yesterday, but only a few seconds of it.

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