Con Jobs: “A Nation of Immigrants”

This time, sweater guy wants us to know that ethnic voters are really important to him — at election time. Kidding… No, he wants to know that he thinks “immigrants are excited about the opportunities and possibilities of the new land they’re in…” and that the Conservative government has “cut the landing fee” and will be doing a bunch of other… stuff for immigrants at some time in the future. Foreign credential program… wasn’t that implemented in 2003 with funding due to expire next year?

Speaking of immigration, Monte Solberg is retiring. Not that it will make any difference. He’s been virtually invisible since 2006. As for his seat, the Conservatives could run a bag of cat litter in Medicine Hat and have it elected to the Commons.

Con Jobs: “Family is Everything”

Part of a treacly new series of advertisements in which the “straight up guy” in the slimming blue sweater vest talks from the heart to Canadians about… stuff. In this spot, called “family is everything,” the Dear Leader mawkishly prattles on about the joys of fatherhood.

The ad closes with the tag line: “Canada. We’re better off with Harper.” Rousing. How about: “Harper – it could be worse.”

Drill Baby, Drill!

(An Apocalyptic Prophesy)

Here’s the second part of the church video that you probably haven’t seen. In it we learn that Palin was elected Governor of Alaska as part of divine prophesy, and that the state’s natural resources are things that “God wants to tap into to be a refuge for the lower 48” and moreover, that Alaska is one of the “refuge states in the last days” (the end time before the Apocalypse, that is).

The attitude of some Christian fundamentalists towards the environment has been the stuff of jokes ever since Ronald Reagan’s Environment Secretary James Watt reputedly told the U.S. Congress that protecting natural resources was unimportant in light of the imminent return of Jesus Christ (in fairness, a statement that’s disputed), but there does seem to be a school of thought within the Republican Party now that end-times prophesy should be a guiding principle in addressing the country’s energy needs. Go figure.

RNC: Just For Laughs

Day three of the Republican National Convention featured an evening of shrill stand-up “comedy” focused around the party’s key campaign themes of truculently sliming Democrats and venomously lashing out at the mainstream press, all the while steadfastly ignoring the economy and the monumental trillion dollar clusterfuck of the war in Eye-raq. Seems to have been a big hit with the small crowd of mainly white hardcore Republicans in attendance.

Update: Not that the right ever seems to care much about the facts, but AP reporter Jim Kuhnhenn exposes some of the most ludicrous lies and distortions that were unloaded last night. Here’s one whopper from Mike Huckabee that was especially funny. He said that Sarah Palin “got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States.” In fact, Palin got 616 votes in the 1996 mayoral election, and got 909 in her 1999 re-election race, for a total of 1,525. Biden dropped out of the race after the Iowa caucuses, but he still got 76,165 votes in 23 states and the District of Columbia where he was on the ballot during the 2008 presidential primaries.

Update2: Here’s another whopper. Palin proudly said: “I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history. And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.” In fact, the price tag for the planned 1,715-mile pipeline being built by Calgary-based TransCanada is estimated to be $26 billion not $40 billion (kind of a large discrepancy) and as for it being the “largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history” it’s dwarfed by the Alberta tar sands where estimates of capital investment over the next 20 years range from $120-220 billion.