Greg Gutfeld pens an absolutely hilarious article in The Huffington Post mocking some of the more outrageous muckraking that some left-wing activists have been engaging in to discredit Sarah Palin.
One must wonder if George Orwell would have seen the irony in Palin winning the Miss Wasilla Pageant, for it happened, of course — in 1984, only a few miles from a local animal farm. Eerily, this is the same year that Richard Ramirez, also known as the Night Stalker, claimed his first victim. Whether Palin was in contact with Ramirez at the time cannot be verified, but when Palin finished second runner-up in the Miss Alaska pageant, it is unlikely that the outcome sat well with either of them. Few experts know what drives serial killers to kill serially — but later, Palin winning the “Miss Congeniality” award, must have been icing on the cake.
A very deadly cake, one might add. With murderous frosting. Made of death.
Ending her term as mayor of Wasilla in 2002, the town itself had about 6,300 residents. Now, according to 2008 statistics, there are 7,000 plus — a profoundly dramatic increase since Palin vacated the job. Where were these 700 people during her reign? No one knows – and to raise the possibility that these individuals were possibly “hidden,” perhaps because they were the products of a right wing Christian baby mill, seems a tad premature. Sure, you and I both know that Hipparchus is the father of trigonometry. Yet we still don’t know who the mother of Trig is.
And that math just doesn’t add up.
I hope nobody is dumb enough to take it seriously. Hello, Matt Damon!
Speaking of silly politicians, let’s see what London Mayor Boris Johnston is up to these days. Here, he describes the essential difference between the British and the French.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone like that in Canadian politics to relieve in insufferable dullness of it all?
Cartoonist Ingrid Rice takes a gentle poke at the Dear Leader in the latest Tyee. Despite efforts at re-branding it’s not sure they’ve been entirely successful, as we’re reminded by Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams’ newly launched (and really butt-ugly) Anything But Conservative website.
Taking a break from all of the election antics for a moment… here’s the last part (there are three others) of an interview with Richard Dawkins on TVO’s The Agenda in which Steve Paikin attempts to argue that religion deserves more respect and deference than Dawkins is willing to grant.
The interview was an addendum to a series on faith and religion that The Agenda ran after the producers were pressured to bring on some atheists for balance, the theme of the show being: “Can We Live By Reason Alone?” Following the interview with Dawkins, the program then brought on three believers to affirm the value of religion while contemptuously slagging Dawkins and misrepresenting his views.
Ontario employment lawyer Paul McKeever attempts to demystify the Liberal proposed “Green Shift” carbon tax proposal.
McKeever concludes that “Either it’s not green, or it does not involve a shift. In other words: either it will not reduce CO2 emissions, or it will be a tax grab.” He suggests the latter, calling it not only a “bad plan” but a “very dangerous one.”
It would be interesting to hear the responses of those Libs who enthusiastically support this plan.
Shorter Bob Plamondon: Stephen Harper has no conservative principles or scary ideological “hidden agenda” — it’s all just about getting and holding power for its own sake.
Gee, isn’t that what “Conservative” supporters used to bitterly criticize the Liberals for? I guess it’s another one of those instances where it’s different now…
While the Conservatives have gone to great pains to re-cast Stephen Harper as a warm, avuncular, sweater-vest wearing, genuinely “human” guy, there are a few timely reminders in the papers this morning of the more obnoxious side of the Dear Leader and his fanatical party operatives.
Canwest’s Margaret Munro, describes the ridiculously “strict control” over the Harper government’s messaging that not only pre-approves all comments made by its ministers, but even revises remarks attributed to them with “new quotes” if they don’t conform to the party line.
Meanwhile, over at the London Free Press some quite revealing light is shed on the failed by-election campaign of Dianne Haskett and the involvement in it of Ryan Sparrow, the Conservative’s communications chief:
Driving a gus-guzzling SUV with Alberta plates, Sparrow went about his London assignment with vigour. He inserted himself between Haskett and reporters with whom she’d had an easy rapport during her time as mayor. He wanted to vet questions, brief the candidate and help craft her answers.
It was obvious Haskett chafed at the level of control that was placed on her. And it’s doubtful she ever knew of Sparrow’s highly partisan e-mails that went out to reporters behind the scenes slagging her rivals and their campaign teams. Haskett would never have approved of Sparrow’s bag of dirty tricks and smear tactics.
What a charming character. Sparrow may have been sidelined temporarily from the Conservatives’ campaign for his “puffin poop” antics last week, but reporter Chip Martin makes an important point noting that: “The incident last week tells much about Ryan Sparrow. But also about the people who gave him increasingly important responsibilities.”
Won’t it be a joy if the Conservatives win their expected majority (or so it seems at the moment) and such people are essentially running the government from the PCO?
Update: Case in point…