Friday, August 17, 2007

John Birchers and Swift Boaters and Minutemen, oh my!

Jack McManus, President of the John Birch Society, Swift Boater Jerome Corsi, and Howard Phillips, Chairman of The Conservative Caucus, are scheduled to hold a press conference in Ottawa on Monday in solidarity with activists against the SPP. They will be joined by Connie Fogal of the Canada Action Party.

Time: Monday, August 20, 2007 at 10 a.m.
Location: Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent Street, Ottawa
Sponsor: Coalition to Block the North American Union

- others to be confirmed, reports The Canadian National Newspaper in their announcement.

The Coalition to Block the North American Union, founded by Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum, Jerome "ragheads are boybumpers" Corsi, and paleo- paleo Howard Phillips, is an interesting mix of Minutemen, Birchers, Constitution Party members, advocates for bible curriculum in public schools, ...and rightwing media hitman and Ann Coulter apologist Brent Bozell III.


It's not enough that we already have Ibbitson and Reynolds of the G&M writing editorials attempting to smear Maude Barlow and all other Canadian resistance to SPP with the extremist John Birch Society brush, but now, if The Canadian National Newspaper is correct, the Birchers are bringing their own brand of New World Order anti-government anti-immigrant paranoia up here "in solidarity with activists against the SPP".

Thanks. Ever. So.

Chet Scoville from Vanity Press has a brilliant post up at Shakespeare's Sister.
Responding to Orcinus in the comments below it, Chet said :
"Canadians who've been doing work on this issue have absolutely nothing to do with the Birchers or anyone else of that kind. I'm not sure how to distance ourselves from them when we already have nothing to do with them."

Connie Fogal's alledged attendence here notwithstanding, I think Chet has this right.
But guys like Ibbitson and Reynolds are going to have a field day with this and any other muck they can find come Monday.


West End Bob said...

We're counting on you to keep us up to speed an anything you think relevant from this "summit", Alison.

You're the expert!

Anonymous said...

That has to be the most depressing 'news' I've read today.

This media conference is not going to be helpful in any way. These people are not our friends in any way, shape or form. Another huge setback in our attempts to engage the American progressive community in this issue.

Appreciate the work both you and Chet have done on this. I share your frustrations.


Anonymous said...

Holy shit!

Anonymous said...

Hey you scooped the National Post! They just came out with it an hour ago, with the added detail that Pat Boone will also be with their delegation.

What's with Fogal? She's the widow of communist Harry Rankin, ferchristsake!

Anonymous said...

I know Ian, I know.

I've been scratching my head over that one for at least a couple weeks.

RossK said...

Ms. Fogal, unfortunately, appears to have lost her way.

In fact, her actions during the last civic election helped to drive a wedge between progressives such that we currently have a ConScripted mayor and council in Vancouver at the moment.

But don't expect any analysis of this depth in the 'commentaries' that, as Alison predicts, is sure to follow from Messr's Reynolds and Ibbitson et al.

Anybody else around here smell a Luntz?



Anonymous said...

Sadly Glen Beck is also against SPP.

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