Gutfeld Issues Non-Apology Apology

Correction: Fox News publicist issues an apology in Gutfeld’s name. Gutfeld apparently being far too gutless to respond directly to Globe & Mail or take a trivia quiz about Canada…

Harry Shearer will love this one, I’m sure:

”The March 17th episode of Red Eye included a segment discussing Canada’s plan for a ‘synchronized break,’ which was in no way an attempt to make light of troop efforts. However, I realize that my words may have been misunderstood. It was not my intent to disrespect the brave men, women and families of the Canadian military, and for that I apologize.”

Translation: Sorry if you misunderstood what I said and got all offended by it for some reason.

HM Jabba the Roy just doesn’t seem to get what all the fuss is about. He’s “a little surprised by the over reaction…” Yeah, well that’s what happens when your cranium is stuffed full of inert blubber.

Update: Okay, at the risk of being accused of beating this to death (or “wasting” more of those precious pixels), I liked this comment from Rick Mercer: “If you’re going to do satire, three of the most important rules are you have to tell the truth, you can’t be a bully and don’t be an asshole.”

Geithner’s Bank Detox Plan

From tonight’s News Hour, Paul Krugman & Donald Marron, CEO of Lightyear Capital, a private equity firm, discuss Geithner’s plan.

So, it’s good… or bad. And it may work… or it may not.

I wonder if those opposed to Obama’s policies will now draw on Krugman’s criticisms to bolster their arguments that this plan won’t work. That would be pretty funny, considering they’ve dismissed him as a clueless liberal for the last ten years or so.

Update: With the plan receiving generally favourable reviews in the press (liberal reformers like Krugman and “doomers” like Schiff notwithstanding) and with Wall Street making its biggest rally since last November… you can be sure that the Bloggin’ Tories will say NOTHING about it. Doesn’t even exist in their whacky funhouse world of lies and distortion. Now, had the market tanked… then they’d be all over it like Jabba the Roy on a case lot of pudding. Not that I’m suggesting they’re self-serving, two-faced douchebags with highly selective vision or anything…

Nano: Car of the Future?

The world’s cheapest car rolled out commercially today at an event in Mumbai. The Tata Motors Nano will retail for just over $2,000 and can be yours by July; if you live in India that is. A sturdier model is being developed for European and North American markets.

In case you’re wondering, the Chevrolet Aveo, which has a base price of $10,895, is currently the cheapest car available in the North American market.

Car Scrapping

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If the Conservatives want to give the automotive sector a boost, rather than just doling out money to manufacturers (and likely parts suppliers in due course as well), why don’t they provide a subsidy for purchasers by introducing an incentive for “car scrapping”?

AFP reports that a German program offering €2,500 (about $4,200 CAD) accounted for more than 300,000 requests since late January, helping boost car sales in that country by 21.5% in February. Under the scheme, buyers of cars no more than one year old qualify for the rebate when turning in a car at least 9 years old.

This seems like a win-win-win situation to me, although I’m sure some folks will manage to find fault in the program or will have certain ideological objections to it for one reason or another.

(No) Sign of the Times

Raw video from the AP indicates that the large AIG sign was removed from the embattled company’s downtown Manhattan offices over the weekend. Executives in AGI’s disgraced financial products division are reported to have entered the federal witness protection program…

When “Red Eye” Fans Attack

David Frum expressed his distaste for the unfunny “joke” on Fox News’ “comedy” program Red Eye mocking and belittling the Canadian military in Afghanistan — that coincidentally appeared on the same day four soldiers had been killed by IEDs — by providing a list of all those Canadian soldiers who had died in the eight-year long conflict thusfar.

Would it surprise you to learn that doing so made him a piñata for fans of the show’s puerile brand of right-wing “humour”?

Word Association

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LEVANT — FINK

Whether by design or happy coincidence, it’s somewhat amusing that Ezra Levant’s blog today (announcing the “official” release of his yawntastic new book*) is graced by a banner advertisement for The Keith Fink Files — a website detailing the legal antics of “the worst lawyer in Los Angeles” who it seems has been sued repeatedly for malpractice, defamation, and malicious prosecution, amongst other things. Fink and Levant… a rather curious juxtaposition that.

*Here’s the shorter version of his blog entry today: “Me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me!”

Dehumanizing Palestinians

T-shirts worn by some Jewish soldiers mock the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including pregnant women and children. “1 shot, two kills” says one depicting a pregnant Palestinian woman in a sniper’s crosshairs.

Apparently, the shirts came into fashion following disclosures that soldiers who took part in Israel’s military offensive in Gaza complained about rules of engagement allowing them to kill civilians and destroy property. According to Dr. Orna Sasson-Levy, a sociologist at Bar-Ilan University, the phenomenon is “part of a radicalization process the entire country is undergoing, and the soldiers are at its forefront.”