Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk, in motorcycle sidecar, gives the order to go after a pesky trade unionist’s blog. But look out! Alison Redford’s Alberta Thought Police may already have their eyes on you! Actual Redford cabinet ministers may not appear exactly as illustrated. Then again, new uniforms for cabinet and caucus may already be on order.
Now that the Redford Government’s unconstitutional attack on free collective bargaining and free speech is in full swing, we have to ask ourselves who’s next?
I mean, who else would they like to shut up right now as much as they (Read more…)
Toronto City Hall. Actual city halls in Canada’s largest city may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Rob Ford, Doug Ford, Kory Teneycke and Ezra Levant.
Does anyone seriously believe Sun News Network cancelled Ford Nation after its inaugural show on Monday because of Rob and Doug Ford’s “relative inexperience with the medium”?
Lots of people will accept at face value this claim about the loony-right-wing cable channel’s show starring the Ford Brothers, along with the equally fatuous suggestion “the brutal economics of cable TV” played a role. After all, both ideas come from no less an august source (Read more…)
Justin Trudeau at left, with some boring white guy in a tie that’s too wide. Don’t ever underrate the power of pixie dust! Below: The same boring guy with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and with well-known cage fighter Patrick Brazeau. Weirdly, everyone in these pictures appears exactly as illustrated!
Repeat after me: Rookie mistakes. Rookie mistakes. Rookie mistakes…
Do you think if we say it enough times, it’ll be true?
Plus, don’t forget Ladies’ Night, Red China and marijuana… I mean, like, really, is this a meme yet?
The entire Canadian punditocracy now seems to have jumped on the Justin-Trudeau-is-a-totally-flaky-rookie (Read more…)
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone – as long as the person getting stoned is a conservative. Below: a typical strained pea conservative blubbers, although not in this case about the cruel treatment meted out to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford by liberal bullies and the media. Interestingly, this tear was shed back in 2011. Below that: Spiro T. Agnew. Where’s a conservative with a way with words now that we could actually use one?
What’s the No. 1 characteristic of “conservative” Canadian politicians and their supporters at this late date in the eras of Toronto Mayor (Read more…)
CIJA is the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, an advocacy group for the Canada’s Jewish community. Arguably, there are things they have to do. Arguably, they have to go shmoozing at wing-dings thrown by the current governing party.
Arguably, they do NOT have to swap drinks with the likes of Ezra Levant, whose media career has been a series of brushes with the hate crimes unit, and the CBSC, the CBSC, and the CBSC again, for spreading hate the Roma, Indians, and others too numerous to count.
Show a little class, CIJA.
Slowly, slowly, after many months of inactivity, tar-sands promoting lobbying thingy EthicalOil.org has been trying to reboot. Amanda Achtman has become their media contact, and they’ve attempted a few (guest) posts on their website. Furthermore, last month Amanda put together a ”Social Oil” youtube video, which was announced to some fan-fare. But then after that one media hit…nothing. And if you follow the links at EO you see:
Curious, I contacted Amanda to find out what was up. Turns out EO had originally used this song by Fatboy Slim as soundtrack, and given the video’s controversial nature, (Read more…)
Trying to change the channel: Unfortunately for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the remote seems to have disappeared under a pillow and the movie stuck on the TV screen stars Mike Duffy, shown above moving toward the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary Friday night. Actual Canadian Senators may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Andrew Nikiforuk and David Suzuki.
So it all comes down to this, then? It’s not my fault. Now shut up and vote for me!
What else can we take away from Stephen Harper’s first campaign speech of the 2015 election season, made to the nervously shuffling (Read more…)
The site Ezra is using to raise money for his latest defamation suit has been hacked. Don’t know what issue B3Yaz has with him, but there’s some nice gypsy-like music playing on the site now, so maybe it’s in solidarity with The Roma (who Ezra slimed).
Update: Dawg says the music is Turkish.
From the release:
The host of The Source, Ezra Levant, showed videoclips of a protest that had occurred outside the Sun’s Toronto office. The protestors objected to Sun Media’s coverage of the Idle No More movement. A few days later, Levant replayed the clips, saying that, following their initial broadcast, he had received information from viewers about who some of the protestors were. He identified one couple by their names, stating that they were “professional protestors” who had engaged in other protest activity.
The CBSC received a complaint from the identified woman, who asserted that she was not the person (Read more…)
A civic election all-candidates’ meeting in Calgary. “Why don’t we pass the time with a game of solitaire?” Actual Manning Centre supported candidates may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Manning Centre namesake Preston Manning; Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi; Calgary developer Cal Wenzel (CTV photo).
If on Oct. 21 the market-fundamentalist slate trained and sponsored by the so-called Manning Centre for Building Democracy should fail to sweep most of the seats on Calgary City Council, the wealthy developers who bankrolled this effort can take comfort in the knowledge they received their money’s worth in other ways.
Leastways, the Calgary-based (Read more…)
Another case of “she who smelled it, dealt it?”
So shouts Fox News North. Or, Faith Goldy to be exact. Goldy spoke about the incident on The Source, saying, “”I’m just minding my own business, when all of sudden something putrid emerges in the air. So I gaze from my phone and there before me is one of the bottoms of one of the Line 9 protesters.”
“So they farted in your face? That’s what you are saying,” Levant replied.
“That is exactly what happened, Ezra,” Goldy said.
No video or photo exists of the alleged Line (Read more…)
Sun News Network gets ready to take Phase II of its campaign for subsidies on the road. Actual action plans by the right-wing broadcaster in light of the CRTC’s denial Wednesday of free cash from consumers and a favourable location on the TV tuner may not turn out to be exactly as illustrated. Below: Sun TV VP Kory Teneycke, commentator Ezra Levant.
Canadians troubled by the loony right Sun News Network’s tireless campaign for “mandatory carriage” on cable TV and the forced subsidies from consumers that would have gone with it are entitled to feel some satisfaction at this week’s (Read more…)
In yet another meteorological anomaly, the sun may not rise tomorrow.
Ezra Levant is at it again and no sunshine for him.
H/t: Dr. Dawg’s Blawg Blog. I first misunderstood him. I needed more coffee.:)
The first evidence emerges that Ezra Levant’s “Freedom Cruise” is not an elaborate hoax. Through the link given at bottom you can see the uncropped version of this shot, with Ezra himself and FrackNation co-director Magdalena Segieda visible to the right.
Lets analyze what we can see here a bit, shall we:
Minus Ezra and Magdalena, I count 70 people in this, the ship’s theater of the Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam. My count includes special guests John Robson and Patrick Moore, visible towards the back. Also, from the flaming hairdoo, I also suspect that the dark, standing figure rear-center (Read more…)
The estimable Mark Lisac, at left, interviews Ted Morton, the worst premier Alberta never had, back in 2011. Below: Insight Into Government Publisher Ric Dolphin, photo grabbed from his Twitter account.
Mark Lisac’s Insight Into Government newsletter was always worth reading.
This retro-style, subscription-only publication – which was emphatically not available online – was nevertheless distinguished by its author’s elegant prose and its ability to live up to its name as an insightful source of commentary on Alberta’s politics. As befits quality material, subscriptions to IIG were not inexpensive.
Because he was consistently fair to the people he wrote about, (Read more…)
TweetIn America’s Forbes Magazine this week, Alejandro Chafuen praised the leadership of the conservative policy think-tanks that helped set the stage for the election of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative majority government in 2011 and the success of conservative politicians across the country. This apparatus of conservative special interest groups, think-tanks and news media has contributed to shifting […]
Just a brief note.
Coming up on their August 3rd sail date, the twitter feeds of Ezra Levant, Brian Lilley, Monte Solberg, and other Freedom Cruise “celebrities” have gone dark. These folk are either on the move, or it went bust and Ezra has sworn them to silence.
But I am inclined to think its a go. The Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam seems to host these kinds of gathering on a regular basis. Or at least, the same day Ezra’s crowd boards, a tour led by Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey disembarks. They’ll probably pass one (Read more…)
Bye Bye Dresden-Bothwell Leader-Spirit! Sun Media needs the money it saves from closing you down to fund the antics of The Monkey King: .@montesolberg and I posing in our swimsuits in preparation for the FreedomCruise.ca #spanx pic.twitter.com/K7qDxaQBmA— Ezra Levant (@ezralevant) August 1, 2013
Apparently they ship out in a couple of days. As for me, I’d rather be the only woman on a Greek freighter.
With not much happening in Ottawa these days, I thought I’d check in on the state of Ezra Levant’s Freedom Cruise. And the news is…its still sucking. But in a slightly different way:
Wildrose leader Danielle Smith has also scraped [sic] her original summer plans, including a weeklong Alaska “Freedom Cruise” organized by Sun News host Ezra Levant, to focus on the disaster recovery in High River, part of her Highwood constituency.
No worries though, true believers, the Universe remains in balance. For while the leader of Alberta’s official opposition and possible one day premier is out, (Read more…)
Dave Rodney, the only Conservative MLA for Calgary Lougheed ever to have climbed Mt. Everest twice, or once, for that matter. He is an inspirational speaker. Really. Below: The young Justin Trudeau. Below Mr. Trudeau: The young G. Gordon Liddy and your blogger, also young. Is that 1970s moustache action just a coincidence, or what?
Aspiring journalists and bloggers who secretly crave mainstream credibility are bound to soon be trolling the client lists of the Atlantic Speakers Bureau and other businesses of its ilk looking for charities they have done business with that have fallen on hard times.
I (Read more…)
No. Almost certainly not. Its still just these losers:
The “crazy 8″, as I like to call them. But its another slow news day and I wanted to spike this rumor before it got too far.
Andrew Coyne, in response to a query from Ezra Levant, has written a short letter outlining his position with respect to the CRTC’s granting CBC special distribution rights. I have been able to acquire (through secret sources at the National Post) an early draft of this letter, which I think more clearly reveals Andrew’s state of mind during these hard times in the newspaper business:
So there you have it.
Lady Black and Lord Black of Crossharbour contemplate the future of our fair Dominion, or something. Below: The real Conrad Black, in happier times, lectures a gangrenous limb as his bodyguard ponders his boss’s remarkable vocabulary; the House of Lords.
Poor old Tubby Black, welcomed back home after his legal difficulties south of the Medicine Line by our ever-tolerant Canadian nation, finds himself once again bellowing ultra-right clichés like a wounded dinosaur.
It is almost as if His Lordship is in competition with Ezra Levant for the title of the Nick Bottom of Canadian Letters – Bottom! O (Read more…)
As you know, last year Ezra Levant and the Sun News Network arranged a “Freedom Weekend” up in Muskoka for big-C Conservative zealots. Since nobody who signed up for that trip has ever spoken ill of it, or even been seen again, Ezra and the gang have decided to try again with a 7-day excursion up the West Coast to Alaska. A “Freedom Cruise”, as they are calling it. Ezra and co. have even provided a nice FAQ for potential cruise-goers. I shall reproduce a few of the Q/As below, along with my comments and interpretations:
What to (Read more…)
From the Twitter “fake follower” check, which tells you how many of your twitter followers are real:
So it looks like someone has been buying Ezra bulk followers. Anyway, compare this with the report you get for a real journalist–Canada’s sweetest little angel, Kady O’Malley:
Or even Hairface, from Lethbridge:
So the upshot is Ezra’s fans are mostly among the non-existent. That bodes ill for his “freedom cruise” . Fake people use fake credit.