religious right, Virginia Tech

When faux-martial artists get religion…

…you know times are weird.

As if his lame acting and faux-philosophizing aren’t enough to make it obvious, there is still more evidence that Chuck Norris is a fucking tool. This week in World Net Daily he blames the Virginia Tech shootings on those who wield the baton of the secular progressive agenda. More specifically, he blames these deviants for “teach(ing) our children they are nothing more than glorified apes” and implores us to “to return and call out to the God of our founders, Jesus Christ“. He goes on:

If we are ever to restore civility in our land and our schools, we must turn back the clocks to a time when such shocking crimes didn’t even exist – when we valued life and respected one another much more then we do today. We must use the Bible (humanity’s blueprint for life and ”bluebook” for value) to retrain our youth about theirs and others’ value as children of God, made in His image. We must each contribute to rebuild the infrastructure of our homes, schools, and society upon respect.

Deferring to current trends that require us to call all dead people “heroes”, he does that, too. Sorry Chuck, while perhaps a few of the victims sacrificed themselves for others, more than likely most of them just got shot and are simply dead. That doesn’t make them heroes, just dead, plain and simple. Dead because some psychotic jackass that should not have been able to get his hands on guns did, not because evolution is taught in schools and certainly not because we haven’t returned to some weird Biblical nirvana that would make Norman Rockwell appear hedonistic.

This from a guy that made his money by pretending to beat people up. I suspect he has suffered one or two breakfalls too many in his career and it’s beginning to show.

(h/t to Pandagon)

environment

The new neo-con mantra regarding global climate change…

…has changed from “It’s not happening!” to “You first!”, after making a brief stop at “Human’s aren’t responsible!”.

Let me explain “You First!”. “You First!” is the notion that no one group can make an impact alone, so no one group should bother trying until every other group makes the effort. Including, but not restricted to, the group known as Canadians. This new mantra is politically powerful, because it can be used very effectively in the politics of divide-and-conquer. Ontario’s auto manufacturers can’t think about phasing out 6.3 mpg auto designs until Ontario Hydro starts phasing out coal- and oil- generated power. “You First!” Albertan energy giants can’t begin implementing CO2 sequestering technologies until the Siberian energy giants do the same. “You First!”. The Federal Canadian government can’t pass legislation to attempt to meet it’s Kyoto commitments because China and India are continuing to increase their carbon outputs. “You First!” There are numerous examples, I’m sure.

What if nobody goes first?

afghanistan, Consevatives, Liberal, NDP

Jack is always Charlie Brown

and this time the role of Lucy is played by Stephane Dion, not Stephen “do you like my hair, my personal assistant knows it’s going to look good” Harper.

I read this morning that the Liberal motion to pull Canadian troops out of Afghanistan in February, 2009 went down to defeat after the NDP voted with
the Conservatives. The motion was a clever move by the Liberals, because it puts the NDP in a tight spot (see Galloping Beaver for more on this) having to either back the government or the opposition.

And Layton did what Layton does, he handled it pretty badly.

He claims he voted with the Conservatives because he wants the troops withdrawn now, not in 2009, however this looks like a simple gloss to cover his increasingly cozy relationship with the Conservatives – a relationship I’m sure borne not of ideological similarities but of fear of what will happen to the NDP, more importantly his leadership, if an election were to be called. (Not that this was not a confidence issue as written, but Harper has used the threat to force condfidence motions in the past and the Opposition has always blinked.) Layton fears that the NDP would fare quite badly in a pop election and knows that his days as leader are numbered from that point forward.

Getting played by the Liberals like this is not going to help – in the next election campaign you can be sure that the NDP’s support of the Conservative government is going to be played hard in any riding where the two leading candidates are Liberal and NDP.

It’s good to have principles, and perhaps Jack’s opposition to this war is done on principle, but somehow I doubt it. Perhaps he really thinks we should be out of there right now, but does he really think that the NDP’s 20-odd seats is going to force this? Is he planning to put forward and NDP motion to get the troops out right away and expect the Liberals and BQ to back it? I doubt that, too.

What could he have done? He could have voted with the Opposition and then said to his base, which is largely against the war, that it was the best way to get Canadian troops out in the shortest time. In short, a compromise, which is what parliamentary politics is supposed to be about.

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Howard, great leader of sycophants

I caught this story yesterday while perusing the New Zealand Herald, and it continues to amaze me.  The Right Honourable Mr. John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia, thinks that the potential of “humiliating” the USA and Britain is good reason to leave his nation’s troops in the meat grinder that is Iraq.  Observe:

It would be a “colossal blow to American prestige in the Middle East and around the world” if the coalition pulled out of Iraq and appeared to have lost the war, he said.

“There is nothing in it for Australia in seeing America humiliated in the Middle East,” he told ABC Radio.

And that’s the effect of calling for Australian withdrawal, because if it’s OK for us to go why isn’t it OK for the Americans and the British to go?

The irony of that last statement leaves me breathless. I wonder if Howard will ever realize that he just made a great point for Australian withdrawl?

Bush, politics, United States

Meine Kampf – Crawford Style

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it gain: Don’t be afraid, average citizen. Be very,very afraid. This article on how to set up a facist state in The Guardian Unlimited by Naomi Wolf should be ringing alarm bells with all Americans. A disturbing number of the ten steps could be argued to be under execution here in Canada too. If its a little more gradual, and drawn out, the possibilities/ implications are no less scary.   I guess what scares me most is that I suspect Canadians of being even more complacent and apathetic than our southern cousins when it comes to opposing the Neocons’ and Neolibs’ little erosions of the social benefits and our constitutional rights our forefathers[mothers] fought for.  How many times has Tommy Douglas spun in his grave? Can he get drunk in heaven?