Rex Murphy’s Year Ender

CBC’s professional curmudgeon offers up his patented barnacle encrusted summary of the year’s events:

Hypothetically, suppose you slept through the entire year of 2011 like a modern-day Rip Van Winkle and then suddenly awoke to watch that demoralizing re-cap… might you not have been quite glad to have missed the whole demoralizing affair resting in comatose slumber?

Take Off, Eh?

As a Halloween treat, Ezra Levant attempts to be funny by masquerading as an obnoxious “Barge Delahunty” intruding on a Rob Ford look-alike (who knew?) in a series of increasingly awkward encounters.

I have to admit that this parody had its humorous moments, even though the premise was quickly beaten to death; although that may well have been part of the point.

Not shown in its entirety here, Levant went on from this spoof to viciously excoriate the CBC for… well, you know the usual litany of whiny, self-serving complaints that are fiercely propounded on a daily basis in every “news” outlet of the Quebecor Media conglomerate.

Rob F–king Ford v. Marge Delahunty

Talking to a group of reporters at his extracurricular gig as a high school football coach, Canada’s least popular mayor delivers his latest bullshit version of events concerning a recent encounter with the crew from CBC’s satirical 22 Minutes program.

Aside from Ford’s story seeming to be at complete odds with reality (e.g., it was clearly not dark outside as he originally claimed, nor did his petrified kiddywink seem to be present), more than anything this incident shows what an angry, humourless prick the guy is. I mean, seriously… what would your reaction be if unexpectedly confronted in your driveway by Marge Warrior Princess?

I really hope the tape of the 911 call will be released in due course.

Update: The right-wing perspective on this goofy incident…

Unsurprisingly, the conversation quickly turns into a whine-fest of pity for the embattled mayor who is supposedly being unfairly persecuted and ridiculed by the evil lefties.

Kevin O’Leary v. Chris Hedges

This is from last week, but I just ran across it tonight. Both O’Leary and Hedges play to type… with quite spectacular results.

O’Leary’s shtick as a flippant, amoral greedhead plays well on Dragons’ Den but falls utterly flat in this confrontation.

Mansbridge One on One

With the Honorable* Barack Obama

If (like me) you missed the interview on The National last night with that impertinent scamp Peter Mansbridge trying to “one-up” the Dear Leader by preemptively stealing the spotlight for nefarious purposes known only to the addle-brained “Conservative Reporter”… well, here it is for your edification.

I presume there’s much hilarity to be found in the comments to the above-linked post, but I really can’t bring myself to confirm that.

*How extremely bizarre.

“Obama’s Playlist”

Oh no! Not another fantastically lame contest devised by the CBC braintrust to help “define” us… Urgh.

It seems that Canadians are being challenged by CBC Radio 2 to nominate 49 examples of our “mighty distinctive music.” (*cough*) for the next U.S. president “to groove to as he takes office Jan. 20.”

Good grief, how pathetic. I’m normally a pretty staunch defender of our public broadcaster, but when they indulge in puerile exercises like this the dismissive contempt with which some regard the CBC seems entirely deserving.

Update: Argh! It’s got a website!

Update2: My suggestions for this travesty…

From the Decision Desk

Well, it’s 7:30 PM here in Victoria, B.C. and when I rode past one of the local polling stations just a short while ago, many good citizens were still dutifully lined up outside the Colwood Community Hall, waiting to cast their ballot.

But uh-oh! It’s all over except for the moaning. Canada has re-elected Harper (stupid Canada!) and all that remains to be seen now is whether it will be a majority or a minority. And how do I know that…? From CBC! (And despite Newsworld being literally blacked-out, I have the screengrabs and backed-up website page to prove it — so there, SCOC!)

Accordingly, feel free to spill the beans and ignore that archaic Elections Canada prohibition from the 30s. Comment away! If the authorities want to charge me for violating the law, then I say… take a number and get in line.

New Rules: Bristol Whipped

From yesterday’s show… Watch this with the previous post regarding the “beyond vicious” column by Heather Mallick in mind and, if wasn’t already abundantly obvious, I think the monumental phoniness of the “outrage” about the things she said will become crystal clear.

Now, if for some reason, you still don’t get it, chances are you’re a hopeless wanker in any case, but let me explain this to you very, very slowly. What Mallick said is nothing new, nothing startling, and nothing that hasn’t been said by many, many others in many different places and not, I might add, just by the “far left” but also by conservatives… Palin is, as Andrew Sullivan observed “a farce” and “a joke.” Indeed, as he added, “It’s absurd… it should be dismissed out of hand as the most irresponsible act any candidate has ever made.” Oh, and furthermore, I strongly suggest you read this most excellent piece by Tim Wise on “white privilege” as it provides much insight that’s been sorely lacking from certain quarters of the wingnutosphere concerning this issue.

Update: CNews describes the reactions that have been flooding into Fox News from irate “conservatives” across the USA in response to Mallick’s article. Here, for example, a fellow ideological traveler of “The Blogging Tories” wrote: “Those morons up north just can’t keep their ignorant mouths shut when it’s really none of their socialist business … the People’s Republic of Canada is no friend of the USA!” And of course they’ve been directly sending her e-mails too, such as the one from a fellow who wrote: “I’d love to punch you right in your chops and knock every tooth out of your head. Come see me bitch, I have something for you!”

Charming. There’s that “civility” thing again as it’s actually practiced by some of the more extreme elements of the right-wing…