Banned Wingnuts Thwart CBSA

Darn! Missed them by that much.

Fag-Hating Protesters Evade Border Security

Nice to know that after the investment of untold millions of dollars over several years into various programs and initiatives aimed at “securing the border” with the United States since 9/11 (much to the consternation, inconvenience and expense of commercial transport carriers and the import/export trade community), in practice, it turns out that all of the highly sophisticated measures taken to date are almost completely useless when it comes to fulfilling even their most primary objective of interdiction.

Shirley Phelps-Roper, the daughter of the founding member of the Westboro Baptist Church, told CTV.ca a group of seven members was turned away when they tried to cross the U.S. border into Canada Thursday night. But she said other members managed to get through at another border crossing, although she would not say how many.

… Phelps-Roper said the church’s first group of protesters was refused entry into Canada. Members of the second group, however, carried no signs or leaflets indicating they belonged to the Westboro Baptist Church. That group got through and is now in Canada, Phelps-Roper said.

What a brilliant ploy! Yes, all it took to circumvent CBSA border agents, that reportedly had been issued instructions from Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day explicitly barring members of the notoriously lunatic church group from entering the country, was to be somewhat less than completely obvious.

Well, I guess in the future, as long as any “terrorists” don’t come encumbered by bothersome placards or leaflets, it should be smooth sailing across the border!

Just Wondering…

What’s happening with Dave Batters, the Tory MP for the Saskatchewan riding of Palliser? He was hospitalized over a month ago for undisclosed (but “serious”) reasons “following an incident” on Canada Day.

The reason it came to mind is that Garry Oledzki just resigned as the Liberal candidate in that same riding with the rather unsatisfactory boilerplate explanation of “personal and professional reasons” offered up.

Is there something freakishly unusual about Palliser that’s particularly conducive to cloaking everything in mystery?

The New C-Word

Writing in this morning’s New York Times, Paul Krugman wearily observed something many of us here on Earth have known for quite some time now — that the Republicans, once hailed as the “party of ideas,” have now become the “party of stupid.” Indeed.

As if to lend credence to that claim, John McCain and his aides — despite having been ridiculed by Paris Hilton earlier in the week — have decided that labeling Obama a “celebrity” is a theme still worth flogging. A new television ad released today featuring the “C-word” (no, not that one) opens by asking: “Is the biggest celebrity in the world ready to help your family?” Groan.

Some deeply cynical pundits believe that no matter how shameful, childish and breathtakingly stupid this particular line of attack may be, such clowning could nevertheless prove to be highly effective in discrediting Obama. Perhaps. After all, most of us can easily remember the ludicrous framing of “character” issues from the past. John Kerry looks French — and he wind-surfs!

But step away from conventional coverage of the press corps and the nattering nabobs of the cable news networks and the view is a little different:

McCain complains that his opponent is too much of a glamour puss to be President — usually while doing a badly lit photo op in the dairy aisle of a Midwestern supermarket. But Obama is merely appropriating the pop cultural syntax of our time, speaking to voters in the visual language of our celebrity-crazed, media-saturated, consumer-driven age. Sure, it can be derided as shallow and trivial, but this is how you infiltrate people’s head space in the 21st Century. It’s one of the reasons Obama is reaching voters who never paid much attention to politics before (like all those kids snapping up Obama “superhero” T-shirts at Comic-Con last week). These days, when more people read People than Newsweek, when some of our best friends are celebrities — when we know more about Brad and Angelina’s kids than our neighbor’s and have a more intimate relationship with Oprah than with our doctors — star power isn’t such a terrible thing to have if you happen to be running for President of the United States.

For obvious reasons, the idea of “star power” and celebrity as good things doesn’t exactly cheer me, although I have to admit that it would be quite amusingly ironic if the McCain attacks backfired and the GOP was hoisted on their own petard of “stupidification” for a change.

Pretty Sad

So-called “Breck Girl” admits to cheating and lying.

Well, I guess we can put those rumours about John Edwards being “a faggot” to rest now. Although it’s hardly satisfying to learn instead, that by his own belated admissions, he’s a dirty rotten scoundrel.

Thank goodness that no “conservatives” have ever fallen from grace or engaged in such behaviour! Unlike say… Bruce Barclay, former Cumberland County commissioner, videotaped hundreds of sexual encounters — many with male escorts — using cameras hidden throughout his Monroe Township home. Matthew Joseph Elliott, former aide to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was convicted of sexual exploitation of a child. Vito Fossella, the only Republican member of Congress from New York City, admitted to police to having a child out-of-wedlock when stopped for drunk driving. Robert McKee, Republican delegate from Western Maryland, announced his resignation after authorities seized two computers, videotapes and printed materials from his Hagerstown home in a child pornography investigation. McKee also resigned his position as executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County. Daniel Dean Thompson, 31, a Utah retailer of “family-friendly” tapes and DVDs (Hollywood films with the “dirty parts” cut out of them), arrested and booked into the Utah County jail on charges of sexual abuse and unlawful sexual activity with a 14-year-old. Derek Walker, former Eagle Scout and candidate seeking the GOP nomination in a race for north-central Pennsylvania district, was charged with felony burglary and criminal trespass stemming from an encounter last year with an ex-girlfriend, during which he allegedly broke into her home and used his cell phone to videotape her engaged in an intimate moment with another man. And that was just this year! (Many, many more where that came from.)

But never mind. You know those “conservatives”… Why, they’ll even emerge from their “dignified isolation in rural Eastern Ontario, Canada” to crow about the immoral hypocrisy of a Democrat that can’t keep his dick in his pants if it means seizing the moral high ground, if only for a fleeting moment.

Great Deceivers

More of our nefarious perfidy revealed

… time to admit that Deborah Gyapong has it all figured out.

We’re also behind McMillan, Shaidle, SUZANNE and of course RightGirl. All Left psy-ops. We call it the “Pied Piper strategy.” We lure the foolish and the unhappy out of the normal part of town towards the distant crazy mountains. At some prearranged time, we’re simply going to go off-air and abandon them to their fate.

For those who thought splicing of the montage in the Liberals’ recent “Green Shift” advertisement was too fast, check this out. It’s like Koyaanisqatsi minus the contrapuntal slow bits.

Cigarettes, ice cream, figurines of the Virgin Mary…

There’s simply no end to the malevolent depths of our evil.

A golden smile and a proposition
And the breath of God smells of sweet sedition.

Update: What’s that I hear? A Dominionist dog whistle, you say?

Peter MacKay: A Lowly Man

It has to be said that there was something tremendously underwhelming in yesterday’s announcement by Defence Minister Peter MacKay and the new Public Works Minister Christian Paradis that Canada will be purchasing six used CH-47D Chinooks from the Pentagon for $292-million.

Under the new and improved scheme — that had been rejected fully two years ago by air force staff — the previously-owned choppers will be delivered next year, just before the February 2009 deadline imposed by the Manley commission. For the meantime, the air force will be leasing the same number of Russian-built Mi-8s for $36 million from Toronto-based company Skylink.

Woo-hoo!

Nonetheless, MacKay made this remarkable statement to an audience at the Canadian Forces air base in St. Hubert, Quebec:

”After some dark years after previous governments starved our Forces, as the prime minister has announced with much enthusiasm, we’re happy to say that Canada is back and I’m proud to make this announcement today in support of that claim.”

So, after two years of bureaucratic wrangling, failing to the get the latest Chinook model that the Air Force had actually recommended as best meeting its needs, and settling instead on the short-term lease of six helicopters said to be a “1960s vintage design” from the Soviet era before the promised arrival of six used CH-47D Chinooks from the Americans for $292-million, MacKay is now filled with some mysterious “enthusiasm” about this? It seems Mackay’s expectations are about as low as the political road he always prefers to take.

As for “previous governments” having “starved our Forces” for years, once again, it has to be noted that when Harper was a key player in the Reform Party that was calling for massive spending cuts across the board in the name of eliminating Ottawa’s multibillion-dollar annual budget deficit during the late 1980s and early 1990s, he had supported the very cuts to the military that he and MacKay now revile the Liberals for having made.

I do not intend to dispute in any way the need for defence cuts and the need for government spending cuts in general. …I do not share a not in my backyard approach to government spending reductions.” — Stephen Harper, Hansard, May 23rd 1995

When Harper later changed his tune and was then promising to “rebuild the military” (sometimes quite ludicrously), the Conservatives’ actual projected allocation for military spending in their 2004 platform, while significantly more than that of the Liberals, would still have underfunded the status quo budget of the Canadian Forces by some $8 billion dollars.

Update: Bonus hilarity via that awful “troll” CC regarding the Chinooks that the cash-hungry Mulroney government sold to the Dutch that are ironically still flying today on missions in Afghanistan for the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

Maverickety

An absolutely hilarious (or frightening) compilation of McCain’s “greatest misses” on the trail to become the next leader of the free world…

It simply amazes me beyond all understanding that the campaign of the “wrinkly old white dude” (to quote the surprisingly adept Paris Hilton) — despite having been an utterly chaotic, incoherent, blundering trainwreck thusfar — continues to poll favourably with four in ten of the electorate. Go figure.

Update: Via BCL, a Canadian parallel of sorts in terms of inexplicable gridlock in the polls. Perhaps the answer to the mystery of why nothing at all seems to be gaining sufficient traction to move the stubbornly fixed poll numbers for any of the parties will remain as elusive as Bigfoot

Update2: It’s the stupidity, stupid.