Rules of Civility: Glenn Beck Style!

I know that attacking right-wing blowhards for their hypocritical douchebaggery is swinging at the low hanging fruit, but sometimes the urge is just impossible to resist.

On his show today, Beck spent a few minutes decrying the behaviour of people in Los Angeles who, for several hours, exploited a pricing mistake by a gas station without ever bringing the dumb oversight to the attention of the staff. Beck claimed this was a breach of our “moral obligations” and to reinforce his point, he piously wielded a copy of George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation as being a model that we should all strive to live by…

And now, here’s Beck practicing what he preaches about civility and decent behaviour by spending 8 full minutes of his radio program the other week making the sound of vomiting into a bucket at the thought of Meghan McCain baring herself for a PSA about the risks of skin cancer.

Funny thing about those “Rules of Civility” that Beck was flaunting as if they were Holy writ from the Founding Father. In fact, they’re based on a code of conduct devised by the French Jesuits in 1595 and most probably were just copied out as part of an exercise in penmanship assigned by the young Washington’s schoolmaster.

Finally, where does Beck’s “moral obligation” enter into the equation of that free market gemstone Caveat emptor? This, of course was a far more rare case of Caveat venditor, but the principle is essentially the same, no?

Sheila Fraser: A Tough Act to Follow

After ten years as Auditor General of Canada, Sheila Fraser will be finishing her mandate at the end of May. Recently, she sat down with TVO to discuss defining moments of her tenure, and reflect on why she is one of the most widely trusted public figures in Canada.

Hamilton NDP MP David Christopherson, the vice-chair of the Commons public accounts committee in the last Parliament, put it this way: “Canadians have come to see Fraser as someone who is on their side…they knew in their heart and in their gut that she was there for them.” A sentiment notably absent when it comes to public regard for most politicians, it almost goes without saying.

Fraser has done some excellent work over the years as head of the OAG and will be a tough act to follow. Lets hope that the Harper government selects a worthy successor capable of earning the same level of trust, respect and public confidence.

World to End on Saturday – Pet Care Available

As you may have heard, according to evangelist Harold Camping, the Rapture is going to occur on May 21st – this weekend!

For true believers concerned about the post-Doomsday fate of their pets, some atheists are happy to provide a solution. For a fee of $135 plus $20 for each additional animal (payable in advance, naturally) a company called Eternal Earth-Bound Pets will drive to your home within 24 hours, find your dog, cat, bird, or caged rodent and adopt it for up to 10 years.

Advice for the Raptured Update: Somegreybloke offers some courteous tips for those about to be teleported to the great hereafter. You know, don‘t drive, don’t go on a vengeful pre-Rapture killing spree… that sort of thing.

Thanks to “Philosoraptor” in the comments for that one.