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Ann Coulter and Tucker Carlson on Why Canada Sucks

Posted in Political Hooey on December 14th 2004 by Randy Reichardt

:: (Warning: use your popup blocker before looking at this clip) – Listen and learn that: the worst Americans move to Canada; we are lucky the US allows my country to share the same continent with it; only Western Canada matters (right wingers, cowboys, and ski areas here); we don’t need an army; without the US, Canada is essentially Honduras, but colder and more boring; Norway would invade my country if it wasn’t for our American neighbours – oops – neighbors; that the US doesn’t need Canada (we’re only the States’ largest trading partner on the planet); and finally, Canadians with ambition move to the United States. Gosh, the things I didn’t know. Ann Coulter and Tucker Carlson need to sit down and shut the f*ck up.

I’ll leave the last word to Steely Dan: “That right-wing hooey sure stunk up the joint.”

Fallout 3 – The New Geography

Posted in Political Hooey on November 5th 2004 by Randy Reichardt

:: It’s interesting to see how some view the new geopolitical landscape in the USA. Living next door, we watch from the north side of the border, incredulous and nonplussed. The UK’s Daily Mirror summed it up for a lot of people with this cover and headline. The new geography could look like this or this. Parental advisory: Could this be the cover of Time next week? Probably not.

:: Is it my imagination, or does the Red Sox’ World Series win seem like months ago already?

:: I wanna go see the Firesign Theatre perform on the west coast next year.

Fallout 2 – Let’s Marry an American!

Posted in Political Hooey on November 4th 2004 by Randy Reichardt

:: The new map of Canada and the USA, featuring Minniwillinois, Tropic of Canada, Baja Canada, and the United States of Texas.

:: Unhappy Democrats Need to Wait to Get Into Canada

:: From The Boston Globe, the new red coloured map of the USA.

:: US Election Results Listed by Average IQ.

:: This is my favorite: Marry an American:

Now that George W. Bush has been officially elected, single, sexy, American liberals – already a threatened species – will be desperate to escape. These lonely, afraid (did we mention really hot?) progressives will need a safe haven. You can help. Open your heart, and your home. Marry an American. Legions of Canadians have already pledged to sacrifice their singlehood to save our southern neighbours from four more years of cowboy conservatism.

Don’t believe it? Check out these pledges:

  • I’d marry an American woman and in a hurry if she was the type of woman I’m looking for, and to show that I am a true and real Canadian, I will take her to Tim Hortons at least once a week for coffee and donuts.
  • Don’t like Bush? You’ll like mine!
  • Marrying a Canadian is like eating poutine. At first, putting cheese curds and gravy on fries may put you off. But trust me, you will quickly learn to enjoy it. No fatties, please. (People from Detroit, I’m looking in your general direction…)
  • Help! CDN fem trapped in US pending greencard approval. Seeking to adopt, er MARRY democratically minded American man to take back to the homeland. Down with warmongering fear perpetuating gun totin’ illiterate idocrity! Mom I’m comin’ home!
  • Not a good time to be on the left in America! Come up north, we’ve got more liberals than we know what to do with!! Must like hockey.
  • I have space for one progressive thinking American woman. I don’t have to stipulate intelligence, the fact that you’re fleeing the evil empire speaks to your good sense.
  • Old Bushy can steal your elections but not your soul. I, on the other hand, offer you mine if it will save a poor american liberal girl from the clutch of religious theocracy, belligerant militarism, and suffocating ignorance.
  • Canucks in the millions marry Yanks achieve dual citizenship scatter themselves throughout the South then elect evil liberal mongerers to the Senate Congress and Penn Ave. Brilliant!

Check Aboot This Site.

:: From Michael Moore’s site: 17 Reasons Not To Slit Your Wrists. (No permanent link, this will probably change tomorrow.)

:: My favorite quote from yesterday’s The Daily Show came from Ed Helms, reporting on Bush’s new agenda for the next for years: “A word of advice, if you want to have gay sex or visit a library, it’s probably your last night to do those things.” While the latter former doesn’t concern me personally, luckily I can visit my library tomorrow, because I work there.

Fallout 1 – The Day After

Posted in Political Hooey on November 3rd 2004 by Randy Reichardt

:: Some interesting posts worth reading on The Day After:

I may add a few more.

Weblogs Become Op-Ed Fodder, But First…

Posted in Political Hooey on November 3rd 2004 by Randy Reichardt

:: I’m staring at the CNN web site, refreshing it every few minutes, waiting for them to project Bush the winner in the US federal election. How bloody depressing. I’ve never been very political, but my feeling is that the United States, home to many relatives and great friends of mine, is becoming more and more myopic, unable to see past their own border, unaware that life exists outside the 48 contiguous states. This changes only when something is to be gained elsewhere, such as oil in Iraq. The rest of Planet Earth can’t stand Bush; what can we expect now through to 2008?

I can’t for the life of me understand why Americans would re-elect him. Did he win by playing the fear card? Elect me, or OSB and his posse will kill you and your family? He’s sending their children to their deaths in Iraq, which is quickly becoming another Vietnam. More jobs were lost in his four years in office than were created, and his administration has little regard for the environment. But hey, he’s back in again – at least, it sure looks like it. Then again, I live in Alberta, which has voted the right into power for the last, lessee, gajillion years. To my American friends who didn’t vote for Bush, you have my sympathies and condolences. To those who suggested to me you might want to move to Canada, please do so as quickly as you can make the necessary arrangements.

:: Today’s NYTimes’ Op-Ed page opens as follows:

Every very four years, by journalistic if not political tradition, the presidential election must be accompanied by a “revolution.” So what transformed politics this time around? The rise of the Web log, or blog. The commentary of bloggers – individuals or groups posting daily, hourly or second-by-second observations of and opinions on the campaign on their own Web sites – helped shape the 2004 race. The Op-Ed page asked bloggers from all points on the political spectrum to say what they thought was the most important event or moment of the campaign that, we hope, comes to an end today.

This is a major acknowledgement and endorsement of the impact of blogging. The rest of the “editorial”, featuring comments from 12 bloggers, is here.

In my own, tiny world, I’ve been helping student groups in 4th-year mechanical and chemical engineering design classes set up blogs for their project management. For them, the blog becomes a powerful tool to manage their work and progress, freeing up valuable time that would otherwise be spent sending multiple e-mails, making phone calls, setting up meetings, and the like. Only a very small number of the estimated 8-10 million blogs in existence have become influential enough to reach a place as important as the NYT Op-Ed page. Most live in the expanding blogosphere, like the ones I just described, maintained by single or multiple authors, created for fun, or for a specific purpose. I’ve been at this for >2.5 years, and it’s still fun.

Into the Florida Electoral Abyss

Posted in Political Hooey on October 20th 2004 by Randy Reichardt

:: The worst nightmare of a Democrat voting in the 2004 US presidential election. (If that link doesn’t work, try this one.)

Update – both links not working one day later. The domain name for the BoomChicago site in The Netherlands appears to have been claimed another group. Pity, because the video is a good one, and very funny.