Designated Driver of North America


Limbaugh: Obama is ‘frightened of me’


Naw, son. He just wants people to stop turning their minds to mush.


January 28, 2009 Posted by | * Anti-democracy, * Kowtowing to American Neo-Cons, * Neo-Con Stupidity | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

In the “Can’t Stand the Heat, Get out of the Kitchen” department…


Sarah Palin continues her non-stop whine that she gets the exact same media scrutiny as every other well-known public figure on the planet:

Sarah Palin fired a new salvo in her war on the media, unloading in a new interview on her home state paper and “bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie.”

Which followed her whining about the interviews she chose to do with with Katie Kouric, and her choice to participate in Tina Fey’s doing a sendup of her (the way, you know, satirists do sendups of every political figure in the public eye):

She gave Ms. Couric the back of her hand. “Katie,” she said, “you’re not the center of everybody’s universe.” … Ms. Palin was similarly peevish about Tina Fey’s impersonations of her on “Saturday Night Live.” There was “some, perhaps, exploiting, that was done via me, my family, my administration,” she said. Yet she was more than happy to have done some, perhaps, exploiting of her own. She did, after all, do a star turn on what she referred to familiarly as “S.N.L.”

Ms. Palin, it’s called “going through the same public scrutiny, praise, and criticism that every public figure on the planet goes through.” Grow up and live with it, or step out of the public eye.

Of course, I’d have a lot more sympathy if I could recall hearing Ms. Palin yelling at the media for putting the Clintons through this identical thing for, oh, the last sixteen years or so. Did I miss that bit, Sarah?

Didn’t think so. So grow up and live with it. Or, you know, just go away and shut up.

January 14, 2009 Posted by | * Anti-democracy, * Kowtowing to American Neo-Cons | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Big Nasty gets to meet his Maker

One of the instigators of the most evil, fascist political movements we’ve seen in North America in decades (and of which we’re now seeing the devastating economic results, worldwide) has died.

Conservative activist Paul Weyrich dies

Weyrich was one of three founders of the Moral Majority and later had a hand in creating the Christian Coalition.

Nuff said. If Weyrich was right about the existence of an afterlife, I suspect he is now in the middle of a Very Big Surprise.

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Matthew 25:41-46)

Or this:

Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7:22,23)

RIH, Paul Weyrich.

December 18, 2008 Posted by | * Anti-democracy, * Kowtowing to American Neo-Cons, * Religion, * Theocracy, * War against women | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Barely even *trying* to hide their racism any more

People like Reagan, Bush, Rove, Cheney, and — Stephen Harper and all his Reform Party and C.R.A.P. cronies, who avidly follow in the Bushies’ footsteps — have finally made it A-Okay to spout racist lies in public and not even care that it is racist crap.

Thanks so much, guys, for setting civilized society back, oh, a century or so.

October 14, 2008 Posted by | * Kowtowing to American Neo-Cons | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CBC panders to Fox News, the National Post, and a right-wing astroturf campaign

Read about the CBC’s cowardice here, and here.

And this is Heather Mallick’s actual column: A Mighty Wind blows through Republican convention. Spread it around!

One portion of CBC publisher John Cruickshank’s self-justification that I find most appalling, in the entire abominable grovelling screed, is this:

The column, by award-winning freelance writer Heather Mallick, was also pilloried by The National Post in Canada and by Fox News in the U.S.

So…the CBC partly made its decision based on whining by FOX NEWS?? The right-wing American mouthpiece of Bush/Cheney’s neo-Con fascists?? Who hate the French, staunchly and stupidly vaunted their “freedom fries” abomination, and feature Ann Coulter (that lovely woman who wants all left-wingers rounded up and executed) as one of their so-called “pundits”? THAT Fox News?

Um…just what country do the CBC’s bosses reside in? I thought, if the CBC pandered to anybody, it was supposed to be CANADIANS. We are NOT the United States! To hell with what the Americans think of us! This is not either Fox News or the American Broadcasting Corporation!

Fucking cowards. Fucking cowards, hoping to god that if Harper’s own neo-Cons get a majority government and the CBC grovels enough, the Cons won’t kill their poor witto network.

This is my response sent to Mr. Cruickshank:

You, Mr. Cruickshank, have become a willing victim of a right-wing “astroturf” campaign, where a few pearl-clutching wingnuts who were forced to read a reality-based account of their world view drummed up a screaming horde to pile on you and complain, and pretend they represented a sizeable segment of society. I guarantee that most of the people who complained HAD NOT EVEN READ THE PIECE until told to do so by the few thin-skinned people who decided to roast you.

To make a move based on even a bit of whining from FOX NEWS?? What damn country do you live in, sir??

The network that hates the French and talks about “freedom fries” — helping you to derail a CBC columnist you should be supporting?? The same network that features brainless ANN COULTER — who wants left-wingers rounded up and executed??


I sense that you are attempting to pander to the right-wingers who, it seems, may soon have a majority in Parliament. Maybe you hope that they won’t kill your network, so you are selling your heritage for a mess of potage.

Fie on you for that cowardice, sir! I do NOT want the “alternate” view, from people who think the world is 6000 years old and think science and fact should be decided by ideology!

What you SHOULD be doing, if you have any integrity, is FIGHT FOR TRUTH. So what if the neo-Cons destroy your network as a result? GO DOWN FIGHTING, for gods’ sake!

Instead you compromise and compromise and compromise until the CBC has no integrity left.

I’m pretty close, at this point, to abandoning the CBC altogether. And you have no idea what a death that would be, for me.

You have betrayed the trust of the Canadian people by pandering to right-wing, America-based, neo-Con interests.

In the end, HAVE YOU NO SHAME?

Here are some excellent analyses of the CBC’s cowardly act:

A mighty wind blows up the arse of the CBC – the original at The Galloping Beaver blog

A mighty wind blows up the arse of the CBC – reproduced at the Creekside blog

Who’s your daddy, CBC?Shorter CBC: “We, for one, welcome our new American media overlords.”

CBC Gutless, Cowers Before Freepers

CBC: Canadian Butt-kissing Corporation

CBC Ombudsman and Due Diligence

Dear MotherCorp – “Do you seriously believe that your last-minute recantation and offering up of your daughter will save you from the fire?”

September 30, 2008 Posted by | * Kowtowing to American Neo-Cons | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The U.S. is not a safe country

I am so pleased that as my country is taken down the right-wingnut road by “Canada’s Neo-Con Government,” there are still elements of sanity in the realm. Note this Globe and Mail article of Friday:

Third-party asylum repugnant to Charter, federal court rules

Citing the example of Maher Arar, a Federal Court judge ruled yesterday that Canada must reconsider a reciprocal refugee-processing agreement with the United States because Washington flouts conventions meant to safeguard immigrants against torture in their homelands.

Experts say the effect of the ruling may ultimately be that Canada will have to process thousands more refugee claimants each year, now that the continued existence of the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA), passed in 2004, is in question.

Mr. Justice Michael Phelan wrote that the U.S. does not comply with international refugee conventions and that the Canadian government, in entering into the agreement, “acted unreasonably” in concluding that it did.


The STCA requires refugee claimants to seek protection in the first country they reach, and has allowed Canada to automatically send refugee claimants at the border back to the United States, from where they are usually detained or deported.


Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees, which mounted the legal challenge based on the argument that the U.S. is not a safe country for refugee claimants, said the court’s decision is significant.

“It is very good to see a court is taking seriously the human rights of refugees because there are times when we feel the rights of refugees don’t count for much around the world.”

Do you get what the judge said here? In short — the U.S. has a bad enough human rights record that Canada should not regard it as a “safe” country for refugees.

About time someone said it out loud.

December 2, 2007 Posted by | * Kowtowing to American Neo-Cons | , | Leave a comment