Wow. I’ve known that Buchanan had long since fallen off the rhetorical cliff of the far right, but today’s column is a real prize winner.
A radical idea: Suppose we repealed the civil rights laws and fired all the bureaucrats enforcing these laws.
Does anyone think hotels, motels and restaurants across Dixie, from D.C. to Texas, would stop serving black customers? Does anyone think there would again be signs sprouting up reading “whites” and “colored” on drinking foundations and restrooms?
Does anyone think restrictive covenants against Jews would be rewritten into contracts on houses? Does anything think (Read more…)
Mr Ezra Levant
Ezra Levant is a Canadian media personality, an ultra-conservative political activist, author and lawyer who has made a brilliant career out of being half right. In a recent episode of The Source, Mr Levant outlined the flaws in Neil Young’s rationale for the Honour the Treaties Tour.
According to Mr Levant, Neil Young’s biggest mistake was assuming that the Canadian government violated Treaty 8. Mr Levant told the audience that he’d read Treaty 8 and “all you need to know” about Treaty 8 was contained in the following sentence.*
“… the said (Read more…)
Ezra and crew created the racist hashtag #IndianIgnorant for Neil Young. Then they deleted it when they realized their own racism. This is what we’re up against. It’s not just Licia Corbella and the Conservative press. It’s assholes like Vivian Krause, who take money from oil companies to do their bidding. It’s Ezra Levant and the rest of the Con media who are colluding to demean Young and Canada’s proud First Nations people.
If you don’t have an argument, attack the messenger(s).
Thanks to @trapdinawrpoolUPDATE: This says it all (bolding mine). Ethical Oil, the pro-industry group named after (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: Let Freedom Rain II: UPDATED: Ethical Oil calls Neil Young ‘IndianIgnorant’
Neil Young: Giving as good as he’s been getting during an all-out attack by the Petroleum Party. Below: Dr. John O’Connor, vilified by the hirelings, toadies and pet legislators of the petroleum industry; Edmonton Journal reporter Sheila Pratt.
Here in Alberta, the Petroleum Party dominates everything – the federal government, the provincial government, the government benches in the Legislature, the opposition benches in the same place, the media and, it turns out, parts of the medical profession as well.
Refusal to bend to the will of this nearly omnipotent and omnipresent industry, with its vast wealth and numberless retainers, hirelings (Read more…)
So-called free-speech advocate and celebrity commentator Ezra Levant. Below: Free-speech opponent Alison Redford, Canada’s answer to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, shown below her; that Voltaire guy; nearly forgotten Tory political strategist Stephen Carter.
Where’s Ezra Levant now that we need him?
Mr. Levant, after all, is frequently billed as Canada’s foremost “free speech advocate,” although mostly by himself and his friends in the headline writing department at the National Pest.
Still, establishing his free-speech-defending cred is an effort the celebrity Sun News Network entertainer seems to take seriously, going so far as to have a whiny website called StandWithEzra.ca (Read more…)
TweetWill former provincial cabinet minister Ron Liepert make the jump into federal politics? With the launch of the TimeToDoBetter.ca website today, rumours began to spread that the former two-term Calgary-West Progressive Conservative MLA turned consultant could challenge ultra-conservative Rob Anders for the Conservative Party nomination in the new Calgary Signal Hill riding. Mr. Liepert’s candidacy […]
The Canadian University Press is the oldest student newswire service in the world, and the oldest national student organization in North America.And when I was a cub reporter at the McGill Daily, I vaguely remember attending one of its conventions and meeting some great young progressives, and having a really good time. At least at their fabulous parties eh?So you can imagine how I felt when I learned that one of the keynote speakers at this upcoming event will be Ezra Levant. Read more »
It's the kind of tragedy than can strike many families, particularly at this time of the year. Politicians from all parties and levels of government are paying tribute to Christopher Peloso, the husband of Ontario's former deputy premier George Smitherman, after Peloso was found dead following a long struggle with depression.A very sad story. But don't expect Con animals like the disgusting Ezra Levant to show any sympathy.Because he's having a field day…Read more »
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…)