Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Maclean's Conjob MP Circle Jerk

On Tuesday Michael Petrou at Maclean's reported on a controversial Peace Conference organized by two current and two former Green Party members, due to take place in Ottawa today:
"An RCMP “ethnic liaison officer” is urging his colleagues to attend a conference on a “Just and Sustainable Peace” that was organized in part by a Green Party of Canada candidate who believes the 9/11 attacks were an “inside job,” and whose participants include the director general of an NGO that endorses hate-filled stereotypes about Jews. Three academics from Iran are flying in for the event."
A bit further down he notes that Zijad Delic, head of the Canadian Islamic Congress, will also be attending, and that he was advised by organizer Paul Maillet, a retired air force colonel, that, in the group's effort to get a free Hill booking :
"Bloc Québécois MP Richard Nadeau was originally booked as a sponsor but canceled due to a scheduling conflict."

On Wednesday a new piece by the same author at Maclean's reported the following exchange in the House :
Mr. Steven Blaney (Lévis—Bellechasse, CPC):

"Mr. Speaker, we recently discovered that some Bloc members are supporting a conference that will be attended by the executive director of an NGO that sanctions hateful stereotypes about Jews. The spokesperson for the Canadian Islamic Congress claims that all Israelis over 18 are legitimate targets for Palestinians. That organization will be represented at the conference. Those remarks are unacceptable."

Can the Minister of Public Safety comment on the Maclean’s magazine article that reports that the Bloc Québécois member for Gatineau is sponsoring this hateful event?"

Six years after former CIC head Elmasry made his ill-chosen remarks about the Israeli draft system - remarks for which he apologized and resigned - a Con MP pretends those were the words of Zijad Delic, the current head of the CIC, and Maclean's duly reports the Con MP's disinformation at its "World Desk".

Back in the House on Wednesday, Bloc MP Nadeau says he has nothing to do with the Peace Conference and asks Con MP Blaney for an apology :
"I am not giving a speech anywhere tomorrow evening, nor have I given any of my own money or my member's allowance to the organization hosting the conference tomorrow. I would like the Conservative member who said that I support hate groups to explain himself and apologize."
Blaney :
"Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Gatineau for his point of order. I would just like to remind him that in my question, I was referring to the fact that it was reported in an article published in Maclean's, which is a trustworthy magazine."
And round and round it goes ...

Result : Elizabeth May made a frowny face at the four Greens; Vic Toews ordered the RCMP not to attend.

Actually the most interesting exchange occurred when the aforementioned colonel Paul Maillet showed up in the comments under the first Maclean's article, where he patiently explained to the resident ZOMGs freaking out that peace talks are, by definition, pretty much usually held with people with whom you may at first violently disagree.

It's a difficult point to grasp, I know.


Patrick Ross said...

What you and Maillet seem to fail to understand, in pure and comical naivete, is that you can only constructively engage with adversaries who are willing to come to the table in good faith.

The current Iranian regime has never come to the table in good faith. Rather, they simpy come to spread their agitprop.

I, meanwhile, fail to understand why it is that people like yourself insist on schilling for a regime that is anathema to everything you claim you stand for. The only answer seems to be that you don't stand for these things at all. You stand against them.

double nickel said...

Twatsy misses the point again. Quelle surprise!

Anonymous said...

LOL And just what is your point?

Patrick Ross said...

There really is no point. Conservatives dislike Iran because it's an oppressive regime. Because conservatives dislike Iran, some so-called "progressives" are willing to discard their values and fawn over them.

Anonymous said...

Yes, whenever I want to read cogent analysis, I naturally turn to a blog called 'Bum Connection'


Patrick Ross said...

Meh. So far as genetic fallacies go, I've heard better.

thwap said...

Hey asshole,

What you, mullet, fail to understand, in pure and comical blindness to your own massive shortcomings, is that telling people that they can only constructively engage with adversaries who are willing to come to the table in good faith, undercuts any hope you might have had that people will constructively engage with YOU, you lying piece of shit.

wv="repected" ... as in "Patsy just wasn't repected by anybody with half a brain in the blog-o-sphere."

Patrick Ross said...

Speaking of people who aren't respected...

That's amusing coming from someone who doesn't have anything resembling half a brain.

After all, Thwapsy, if you were so smart, you'd have something more to offer than smear-and-run insult attacks.

You're not, so you don't. And it's pretty much self-evident.

Now run along, little Chickenwanker. Only adults need apply here.

thwap said...

Sure thing patsy. I have to thank you though.

I still chuckle at your idiotic "there is no deficit and there won't be a deficit" exhibition of cluelessness.

I leave you to your self-gratification. Putz.

Patrick Ross said...


Poor Thwapsy. Living in the past because reality at present is just too uncomfortable for him.

thwap said...

Tee-hee! I'm know you don't live in the past because you've humiliated and debased yourself so many times!

"there is no deficit and there won't be a deficit"

Oh-ha-ha-ha! And you imagine yourself fit to comment on politics and current affairs!

Bye Patsy, for real this time. It's been swell, but I really have better things to do with my time.

Patrick Ross said...

Yawn. Poor Thwapsy.

Still pathetic. Still living in the past. And still has nothing to contribute.

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