Designated Driver of North America

Right now I hate Alberta

Evolution classes optional under proposed Alberta law:

A controversial Alberta bill will enshrine into law the rights of parents to pull their children out of classes discussing the topics of evolution and homosexuality.

The new rules, which would require schools to notify parents in advance of “subject-matter that deals explicitly with religion, sexuality or sexual orientation,” is buried in a bill that extends human rights to homosexuals. Parents can ask for their child to be excluded from the discussion.

“This government supports a very, very fundamental right and that is parental rights with respect to education,” said Premier Ed Stelmach.

The public secular school system allowing religious people to pick and choose which parts of human rights and rational thought are going to be exercised in the public square??

They don’t like scientific facts, and they hate homosexuals, so instead of having to notice any of them, they can just walk around with their hands over their ears going “Lalalalala, I can’t hear or see you!”

Christian Shari’a law! Enshrined right into a secular state!

I am beyond disgusted. Today I hate my home province more than I can possibly express.

I wish all those bigoted, anti-democratic, narrow-minded wingnut Christian Taliban neo-Cons would move to Iran where they belong and where they can impose all their anti-human beliefs on each other to their hearts’ content.

May 1, 2009 Posted by | * Anti-democracy, * Anti-every-family-but-theirs, * General government stupidity, * Neo-Con Stupidity, * War against Homosexuals, * War on Science | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dear Premier Stelmach: Alberta is only the same *size* as England…

In the “Just How Stupid Do You Think People Are” category, I give you this:

Photo hasn’t been a trip to the beach for Alberta rebranding campaign

Tourism officials in northeastern England are both pleased and baffled by a new $25-million Alberta rebranding campaign that features a photo of children frolicking on one of its North Sea beaches.

While the tagline on the advertisement reads: “Alberta: Freedom to Create. Spirit to Achieve.”, the Alberta government has confirmed the photo was taken near the English village of Bamburgh in Northumberland.

Because clearly, there are no photos of any nice Alberta scenery around. Nope. Nothing like that.

And rather than admitting the wrong move, the provincial spin doctors did their usual thing, of course, as every politician alive feels compelled to do:

“There’s no attempt to make people think that this is Alberta,” Tom Olsen, a spokesman for Premier Ed Stelmach, told the Edmonton Journal.

“There’s no attempt to mislead. That picture just fit the mood and tone of what we were trying to do.”

Translation #1: “…’cause everyone on the planet is rilly rilly stupid, unable to make inferences based on context, and is gullible enough to swallow any crap we feed them, including this explanation.”

Reiteration #1: “Because clearly, there are no photos of any nice Alberta scenery around. Nope. Nothing like that.” (See above)

This lying (or colossally stupid, take your pick) government official only admitted there had been an error when his nose was deeply rubbed into it. No such thing as, you know, really taking responsibility for stupidity. Can’t have that.

And lest the lying spin be too thin on the ground, the Alberta Tourism minister chimes in as well:

Tourism Minister Cindy Ady told reporters that her department wasn’t involved in the rebranding campaign (it was spearheaded by an Edmonton-based public-relations firm).

Translation #2: “We never did anything, and anyway, it was their fault!”

‘Cause of course nobody in the government who was actually in charge of this project would have bothered to notice that photos of England were being used to promote Alberta before signing off on the finished product.

Nope. Nothing like that.

April 24, 2009 Posted by | * General government stupidity | , , , | Leave a comment