Sunday, August 29, 2010

Doubling Down On The Stupid

It's hard to keep up with all the stupid lately as our own government has decided that the GWB jr. model for running the country is the way to go. In the latest example fear-mongering, a fact free explanation for policy that the majority of the country disagrees came from Lawrie McFarlane, former deputy health minister from B.C., who said Canadians lie on the census. He cited the 21,000 who registered Jedi as their religion in 2001 and then compared compelling Canadians to filling out the census to having a gun pointed to one's head and that the arguments for the census are equivalent to the arguments for water-boarding. Did you get all the stupid contained therein?
So what if his idiot opinions are outnumbered by economists, researchers and social policy groups! Water-boarding!

Hell, do his arguments even deserve a refutation? I'm sitting here asking myself why didn't the Tories just pull some crazy person off a street corner to argue their case -- they certainly couldn't do any worse. Anyhow, the upshot of all this is that the Commons industry committee passed a motion Friday calling on the Conservative government to reinstate the mandatory long-form census. Also, the federal opposition Liberals say they will table a private member's bill to reinstate the mandatory long-form census when Parliament returns next  week.

The Unbearable Whiteness Of Being

I'm at a loss for words as to what to say about a media that treats Glenn Beck's megalomania as worthy of coverage -- C-Span covered the whole thing and then replayed it! I also don't understand what this snake-oil salesman has done to merit any credibility. Having a TV show that plays to the rubes and bilks them is no great accomplishment. Watch this video collection of some of the most self-aggrandizing moments not featured on the WWE that you'll ever witness or hear:



Bonus link to a great kos diary with pics of the very white rally ( and some teabagger fools climbing all over a WWII memorial!) -- you might want to note that MLK's rally was about 1/4 white while Beck's was 1/1000th black. And because I love you, here's a clip from that movie Keith Olbermann is always referring to in his op-eds about Glenn Beck's alter-ego, Lonesome Rhodes.