PSA: Sign The Petition

by matttbastard

Via ACR:

Pass it on. If there’s enough signatures, we can mail the petition to the media of the other Commonwealth countries, and the Canadian media as well.

To all the people in the Commonwealth,

RE: The Commonwealth leaders meeting in Uganda, November 2007.

We the undersigned, apologize profusely for the utter stupidity and arrogance of the Minority Conservative Government of Canada.

We apologize for Stephen Harper’s uneducated, stubborn, small minded and heavily subsidized denial of the climate crisis.

36% of the Canadian population voted for the Harper Conservatives, but the rest of us are well aware that Mr. Harper’s actions are very destructive to humanity, and only help out the world’s large corporate polluters such as big oil, etc.

We the undersigned promise to do everything in our power to elect a better more responsible government in the future, for all our sakes.
In the meanwhile, please know that we are as horrified and disgusted as many of our fellow citizens in the Commonwealth, and we hope that you don’t completely lose faith in us.

Sign it now!

I can make a PDF version to take out in meatspace, (stores, meetings, schools etc.) Let me know if you are interested.
pale (dot) cold (at) gmail (dot) com

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Friday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

Happy holidays to our Southerly neighbours, two of whom kindly presented holiday themed posts yesterday. Hope you’re having a halfway-decent BND/Black Friday, y’all. Love and runaway consumerism forever.

(All Hail The Queen.)

Eric Stoller: The 19th Erase Racism Carnival

Designated Protest Zone: The Micro, Meso, And Meta of Robert Dziekanski’s State Execution

OurKingdom: Ayaan Hirsi Ali and coherent disagreement

Afghanistanica: Theorizing Conflict In Afghanistan

unrepentant old hippie: It’s about protecting choice. Really. (h/t fern hill)

Birth Pangs: Another Tedious Poll

Questioning Transphobia: The Goddess

Slap Upside The Head: Alberta Premier Reviews Anti-Gay Candidate

A Creative Revolution: The New Tobacco?

The Gimp Parade: My fat (but actually very normal-sized) legs (Kay Olsen is one of the best writers on teh webz – period.)

Dawg’s Blawg: Slate Magazine’s true colours

Intrapolitics: On William Saletan’s sense of humor

Too Sense: NYPD Says Frisk Policy Is ‘Not Biased’ (h/t Racialicious)

Black Looks: Invading Black women’s spaces: Further attack on Megan Williams (h/t Kevin)

Reclusive Leftist: Thanksgiving, Life and Death, and Anti-feminism

The Angry Black Woman: Irrational Men

Mandolin @ Alas, a Blog: Atheists In Ur Blogosphere, Dominatin’ Ur Discourse

Justice is a Woman with a Sword: Being the Catholic Church is never having to say you’re sorry…

(en)Gender: Remembering We’re Living

Taking Steps: vigilance (h/t Lisa)

William K. Wolfrum: By making America suck, Republican rule ushering in new immigration problem

Suburban Guerrilla: Kennedy Assassination

nexy’s cocoon: thanksgiving

Jon Swift: This Year Let’s Celebrate Thankstaking Instead of Thanksgiving (FTW!)

First Draft: Embarrassment Squick

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Saturday Night Blog Whoring

by matttbastard

Sock it to me one time, brethren–show me what you got. Love for y’all (and respect for teh Shakes).

AngryBlackBitch: Ain’t I a black woman? and This is your brain on privilege…

Birth Pangs: Nicaragua to Decriminalize Gay Sex — WTF?

Marginal Notes: Me, Myself and I

Jack and Jill Politics: Williams: Middle Class Blacks Are A Different Race and
NPR Presents Juan Williams Cherrypicking of Pew Poll Without Counterpoint

Improvisations: When a Woman is Gang Raped in the Happy Kingdom… (h/t brownfemipower)

Questioning Transphobia: Gender Reality Denied by Political Bias

Anti-Choice is Anti-Awesome: A 40th Post Treat

Renegade Evolution: The F Bomb.

Vox ex Machina: Racism and location

misscripchick: faith

Fetch Me My Axe: …and this emphatically does NOT make me giggle.

The Apostate: The Thin Little Brown Girl With Welts On Her Arms

Too Sense: They’re Still Controlling The Discourse

The Galloping Beaver: RCMP Believe Laws Are For Civilians and The RCMP Finally Speak Up

unrepentant old hippie: Tall dark and dead

A Creative Revolution: Control And Compliance: The Next Generation

The Newshoggers: Patriot Act abuse

Designated Protest Zone: Brings New Meaning to the Phrase “Lethal Warning”

Slant Truth: Guest Post from Donna Darko

Leftist Looney Lunchbox: Internalized sexism at least a hundred times more prevalent in women of color than internalized racism

Tiny Cat Pants: In Which I Admit to Giving Up on the Huffington Post

Scruffy Dan: Book publishers sues Staples because they have photocopy machines

Shiraz Socialist: Poseur who could write

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I Am Beginning To Heart Toronto Sun Family

by matttbastard

Their latest Marsden update is absolutely delicious:

One respected op ed columnist tells TSF: “You may also want to note on Sun Family that Marsden actually alleges some sort of Liberal conspiracy headed by Lou Clancy as the reason for her firing. WOW – I was always taught to leave a job graciously.”

[…]

TSF also received these “anonymous” comments and we’ll leave it to our readers to judge their merit:

“Be real. This blog has never liked Marsden because she’s not a “day one-er” and shows up the old-timers. Warmington, Granatstein, Goldstein, Williamson, Jennings, Pyette, and everyone who has actually worked with her has always liked her and have nothing but good things to say about her.

And she didn’t get “thrown out” of Fox. She left a variety show to do politics with CNN and got escorted out, as did Paula Zahn and Kiran Chetry when they left Fox.

You’re making stuff up that doesn’t exist. And your seething jealousy and hatred are all too evident.”

(TSF: Jealousy and hatred? We have barely mentioned Rachel since we launched this blog. Toronto Sun readers repulsed by her flippant attitude about torture have said more about her in two days than we have in the past year. Good luck in her new ventures.)

And

“Marsden always lands on her feet, at CNN for example. Controversy sells, she’ll do just fine, as usual. You have to applaud those who stand by their principles, as she does.”

Well, TSF does applaud Toronto Sun management for standing by their principles, siding with readers and showing Marsden the door. They will most likely avoid Ann Coulter-style writing in the future.

A (capital ‘L’) ‘Liberal conspiracy’ spearheaded by her (now former) boss. Riiiight.

Also: TSF has a poll up on the main page asking readers how they’d like to fill the column space formerly occupied by Marsden. Go vote!

Finally, Dave @ The Galloping Beaver recommends sending emails to Sun editor-in-chief (and apparent co-conspirator) Lou Clancy thanking him for the swift, decisive response, and rejection of ‘Ann Coulter-style writing’ in the pages of the Sun.  Hats off to you, Lou!

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V-Day: Rachel Marsden Turfed From The Toronto Sun!!11

by matttbastard

From Toronto Sun Family:

“Attention terrorists and Islamofascists: You can now read the Toronto Sun without having your delicate sensibilities offended, as my weekly column is no longer with Sun Media. I am currently exploring US syndication and other venues for the column. In the meantime, you can continue to read it here at RachelMarsden.com, every Monday. And yes (to respond to some of your queries), after more than 2 years of writing weekly for the Sun, I’ve been under a new Editor-in-Chief, Lou Clancy, since October 5th, who comes from Canada’s most liberal newspaper: The Toronto Star. My column about Islam was spiked on his first day at the job. Best of luck to any principled conservatives who remain.”

– Rachel Marsden, November 7/07

Her ass must have a thick layer of callous from doors hitting it so often. 

 (Nice  work, brethren.)

Update: pale @ ACR: “The Man With No Point, who started all of this has a diary on the KOS rec list this morning, in celebration. he deserves it. Go give him some love.

Big ups TMWNP for kickin’ off the campaign.  Without you none of this would have been possible.  Good show, old bean!

Update 2: h/t exposedmusic for passing along the good news.

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Dispatches From The (Creative) Revolution: Maximizing Impact

guest post by Frank Frink

Rule #1, as prole expressed, is be polite. And respectful.

The individual advertisers did not directly place their ad on her page, and they would not necessarily be aware of any specific placements within the Toronto Sun web pages.

Make them aware, however, of the placement. Respectfully point out the optics.

Having been employed as both a media buyer and seller I can share this. Neither the advertiser nor the the media buying service they employ will be able to specifically request to have their ad removed from that specific page, not from any specific page. It doesn’t work like that.

The suggestion should be made to them that, if they disagree with the expressed viewpoint in then column and understand the harm of being associated with it no matter how peripherally, they contact Sun Media Corp. with their concern. Suggest that they make it known to Sun Media Corp. that they will remove all their advertising from Sun Media Corp. and Quebecor web and print properties unless a retraction is published in a highly visible manner; Marsden is fired; or both. And that they will direct their media buying service to withdraw their ads as soon as possible (some campaigns will have been contracted for a specific duration. They, the advertiser, may face certain contractual liabilities – Sun Media Corp. may make the counter-threat of suing them for breach of contract should they attempt to pull unilaterally. Be patient and understanding in that regard).

Sun Media Corp. and Quebecor properties include:
– Sun Media Corp. newspapers and web sites
– Osprey Media newspapers and web sites
– The canoe.ca network

Here’s a list of Sun Media Corp. and Osprey Media newspapers (with links to web sites where they apply) after the fold:

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Dispatches From The (Creative) Revolution UPDATE – The Heat Is On!

by matttbastard

Prole makes a preemptive strike against the ‘free speech’ red herring:

Yes, Rachel Marsden has the right to say pretty much anything she wants, even that she thinks we should torture teh terrerists, even before we know if they’re really terrerists. They’re brown and live in the sand, so they must be. She can even agree with Republican Representative Chris Shays that the sexual torture and abuse of the not-prisoners at Abu Ghraib was not abuse, but a swingin’ sex party. You know, just like Mom and Dad used to go to. She can say those things. As far as I’m concerned, she can utter whatever sick, twisted words or ideas her depraved mind can come up with.

But.

She has no right – no entitlement – to make a living saying those things at the Toronto Sun or anywhere else.

Let’s let the Sun’s advertisers know who is endorsing their friendly neighborhood car dealership. Let’s remind them that it doesn’t look good to be associated with known convicted criminals. Especially ones who damage our national reputation by mocking international law and human rights, and put our troops in danger of reciprocal torture if they are captured. Let’s remind them that by advertising in a publication that not only continues to employ someone like Marsden, but supports her, their business is effectively condoning her screeds and validating her opinions.

Let’s let the market decide.

As consumers in a market-based economy, the way we spend our dollars is, in essence, our seal of approval. We are under no obligation to support business entities willing to underwrite someone who approves of torture. Unlike Ms Marsden, most of us don’t have the luxury–the privilege–of prominent column space in a high circulation daily newspaper to express our opinions; a lot of us feel Marsden has abused her privilege. By making these advertisers aware of our disapproval and encouraging others to do the same, we are using the only avenue we possess as consumers to make ourselves heard.

We are exercising our free speech, utilizing the tools at our disposal.

Update: Frank Frink and JJ both see daylight piercing the darkness. As Frank says:

Don’t loosen that vise grip on their cojones.

Keep blaring your horns and shaking your maracas.

Keep your fingers blazing on your keyboards or keypads.

Or, to use an old Acadien/Cajun expression from my childhood. ‘Lâche pas la patate’. (Ai-yiiiiiii!)

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T-Dot’s Favourite Birdcage Liner Outdoes Itself – UPDATED; UPDATED 11.06: Welcome Galloping Beaver Readers!

by matttbastard

Ok. I always knew the Toronto Sun wasn’t exactly the most progressive daily in the Great White North, but this goes above and beyond anything I’ve ever read within its garish tabloid pages (including some choice Michael Coren columns):

So now that we’ve established that the detainees in question aren’t even protected by the Geneva convention, and that they often have crucial information that can save lives, what about the idea of waterboarding as “torture”?

When asked about it during a recent CNN appearance, I suggested that “one man’s torture is another’s CIA-sponsored swim lesson.” In case anyone thought I was being facetious — I wasn’t.

Not sure what’s more offensive: the trite, almost gleeful apologia for torture, or the also-ran, reheated strudel tenor of the piece. Memo to Quebecor: the world only needs one Ann Coulter. Why give her less-talented brunette doppelgänger a dead tree forum to spew rote, third-rate right-wing rants?

That’s what blogs are for.

TheManWithNoPoint @ A Creative Revolution has put out the action call. Send your respectful correspondence to:

Editor:

torsun.editor@sunmedia.ca

Editorial page editor:

rob.granatstein@sunmedia.ca

[edit: Quebecor, Inc contact info:

Head Office
612 rue St-Jacques Street
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3C 4M8
Tel.: (514) 954-0101
(800) 567-7070
Fax: (514) 954-9624]

Related: Frank Frink (in ACR comments) has more details on the ever so delightful Rachel Marsden. [edit expanded on the ACR main page by the one and only pale.] Seriously, she makes even Debbie Stussel Schlussel seem…well, ok, but not quite as…alright, they’re all equally fucked up, but…

Update: Via Think Progress, as noted above, Marsden first coined the waterboarding = ‘CIA-sponsored swim lesson’ one-liner last Wednesday on The Situation Room while defending controversial prospective Attorney General Michael Mukasey:

As TP observes, “Marsden’s analogy is reminiscent of Rush Limbaugh’s distasteful contention that Abu Ghraib was nothing more than guards “having a good time,” “blow[ing] some steam off.””

Update 2: You know, it’s one thing for a D-list Coulter wannabe to casually deny the fact that waterboarding is indeed torture, but quite another for a top State Department official to essentially do the same thing (albeit minus the pithy sound bite):

The top legal adviser within the US state department, who counsels the secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, on international law, has declined to rule out the use of the interrogation technique known as waterboarding even if it were applied by foreign intelligence services on US citizens. John Bellinger refused to denounce the technique, which has been condemned by human rights groups as a form of torture, during a debate on the Bush administration’s stance on international law held by Guardian America, the Guardian’s US website. He said he would not include or exclude any technique without first considering whether it violated the convention on torture.

Said Bellinger:

One would have to apply the facts to the law, the law to the facts, to determine whether any technique, whatever it happened to be, would cause severe physical pain or suffering… .

…I’m not willing to include…or exclude [the possibility of water boarding being used on a United States national by foreign intelligence service], I mean, these are issues that our justice department as a matter of interpreting both the domestic law on torture and international law, has concluded that just don’t want to get involved in abstract discussions of applying the law to any set of facts.

Now, I don’t want to get all argumentum ad verecundiam on Marsden and Bellinger, but I’ll give the final word on the matter to Malcolm Nance:

As a former Master Instructor and Chief of Training at the US Navy Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School (SERE) in San Diego, California I know the waterboard personally and intimately. SERE staff were required undergo the waterboard at its fullest. I was no exception. I have personally led, witnessed and supervised waterboarding of hundreds of people.

[…]

Waterboarding is a torture technique. Period. There is no way to gloss over it or sugarcoat it. It has no justification outside of its limited role as a training demonstrator. Our service members have to learn that the will to survive requires them accept and understand that they may be subjected to torture, but that America is better than its enemies and it is one’s duty to trust in your nation and God, endure the hardships and return home with honor.

[…]

If you support the use of waterboarding on enemy captives, you support the use of that torture on any future American captives.

[…]

According to the President, this is not a torture, so future torturers in other countries now have an American legal basis to perform the acts. Every hostile intelligence agency and terrorist in the world will consider it a viable tool, which can be used with impunity. It has been turned into perfectly acceptable behavior for information finding.

A torture victim can be made to say anything by an evil nation that does not abide by humanity, morality, treaties or rule of law. Today we are on the verge of becoming that nation. Is it possible that September 11 hurt us so much that we have decided to gladly adopt the tools of KGB, the Khmer Rouge, the Nazi Gestapo, the North Vietnamese, the North Koreans and the Burmese Junta?

Update 3 11.06: Welcome Galloping Beaver readers! Here’s what we have thus far:

I’ve started compiling a list of advertisors whose ads have been served up to me directly on the Marsden column web page. Feel free to add on and pile on. Obviously these are being served up through the Canoe.ca network (Canoe.ca is another Quebec/Sun Media property), and done through media buying services not the advertisors directly but they should be made aware that they have been associated with the condoning of illegal torture.

Here’s what prole and I have found so far:

Second City www.secondcity.com

ebay – www.ebay.ca

www.summitford.ca

toronto film school – http://www.torontofilmschool.ca/

Sheraton Fallsview http://www.fallsview.com

www.classifiedextra.ca

PJ’s Pet Centres- www.pjspet.com

www.mazda.ca

www.lavalife.com

Sheridan College – www.sheridaninstitute.ca

thorncrest ford – http://thorncrestsherway.dealerconnection.com/?lang=en

East Court Ford – www.eastcourtfordlincoln.com

Ontario Science Centre http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/

Summit Ford 12 Carrier Drive, Rexdale, ON M9V 2C1 1-800-397-2017
http://www.summitford.com/en/index.spy

tdwaterhouse – http://www.tdwaterhouse.ca

Plaza Auto Group – http://www.plazaautogroup.com/

http://www.chrysler.ca

Please take heed of Prole’s sound advice:

You catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Mind your manners!

[edited om 11.05 to add original Marsden quote, correct some glaring errors and for overall clarity. I hate posting @ work.]

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Thursday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

And the whole world dragged us down
Not a sonnet not a sound
And the whole world turned aside
The cruelest hand just turned an eye”

(Turn all eyes towards tha one Melissa McEwan, y0. But save the cruelty for someone less awesome.)

The Gimp Parade: Mail with Mom and The next Ashley X

Kill Bigotry!: 18th Erase Racism Carnival (h/t belledame)

Blue Gal: Something is wrong…

Birth Pangs: Religion, Science, and the Law

Red Jenny: Interesting maps of income and voting patterns in the USA and Tories say “nanner nanner” to Scary Veiled Women

AngryBlackBitch: Just jokes? – A dream-based exploration… (Money quote: “[C]alling a woman the N-Word six times in a rant about how she may expose your frequent use of the N-Word is the verbal equivalent of taking out a I’M A FUCKING RACIST ad on the A&E television web site.”)

Oh No a WoC PhD: What is Violence against WOC?

Jack and Jill Politics: The Right Discovers The Jena Six

Tiny Cat Pants: The Bitchass Tyrant Addresses Her Critics

The Galloping Beaver: Harper’s Conservatives and the Death Penalty (Pierre Trudeau’s corpse must be glowing by now from the rotational friction)

A Creative Revolution: Myths. A Rant.

The Newshoggers: Bush’s Derangement Syndrome

Sly Civilian: Concern

William K. Wolfrum: WSJ: Murder of two female sailors proves media’s anti-war bias

PoliTits: Cherish Is the Word (I shore do loves me sum DCup)

The Heathlander: Losing the fight on Iran

Who Is IOZ?: It’s All Just a Little Bit of History Repeating (Wow. Must read IOZ more often.)

M.LeBlanc @ Bitch Ph.D.: Baby, You Sexy: Equal Opportunity Edition (boom, you really need to read this one)

The Republic of T.: The Evolution & Diffusion of Gay Culture (Coulda sworn Terrance was on the ‘roll already. An unfortunate but easily remedied oversight.)

Cosellout: It’s Not Steve Nash’s Fault!: A Study in White Privilege and It’s STILL Not Steve Nash’s Fault: A Response to Jack McCallum

Lock The Bedroom Door: Come On, Boys. I Think We’ll Go to the Little Donkey’s Room. (h/t Bitch Ph.D.)

Orcinus: The spiral tightens and The Two Evangelical Futures

The Vanity Press: The 2007 Right-Wing Awards

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Alison Bodine Update: Barred From Canada For Two Years

by matttbastard

@$%#@!!11 pale @ A Creative Revolution brings the bad news:

The Immigration and Refugee board says [Alison Bodine] “lied” or misrepresented herself when entering Canada, way back on September 10.

The Canadian Press has more details on the ruling:

Marc Tessler said the Immigration Act stipulated that her lack of full disclosure at the border crossing south of Vancouver amounted to “misrepresentation” as defined in the legislation.

[…]

He said Bodine arrived at the Peace Arch crossing south of Vancouver about 2 a.m. Sept. 10 with a vehicle loaded with personal belongings. The border officer said the amount of belongings and her limited funds made it unlikely she only planned to stay for the two months she indicated.

[…]

She was refused entry and headed south to the small community of Blaine, Wash., where a friend loaded much of her belongings and the anti-war literature into his car.

She returned to the border crossing, said Tessler, and was admitted into Canada but didn’t tell the border agent of her earlier attempt to cross. The bulk of her belongings and the anti-war literature were seized when the friend attempted to cross the border.

The adjudicator conceded he was “bewildered” by the earlier opinion of the border agent that she might not leave after two months. He said she had been at UBC for four years and had crossed the border many times.

He also said the anti-war literature and her belief that they were what led to her problems had nothing to do with his decision.

The adjudicator said that when she went to the border the second time she told the official her car contained only her possessions; she didn’t tell the agent that some of her belongings had been transferred to her friend’s vehicle.

She also said she planned to stay in Canada for two to three days and did not mention her earlier entry refusal, said Tessler.

While the initial refusal was “unjustified,” the “elements of the allegations of misrepresentation are established,” he said in ordering her removal.

So, Tessler’s decision has nothing to with the anti-war literature found in Bodine’s car. Right, but the adjudicator did admit to being “bewildered” by the first border guard’s “unjustified” initial refusal. Any way you look at it, the optics aren’t good – especially when coupled with the repeated refusal by Canadian border officials to allow Medea Benjamin and Ann Wright entry into Canada.

Keep watch for more updates @ ACR & Alison Bodine Speaks Out!

[edited to reflect additional information and for style, format and clarity]

Update: What Prole said.

Update 11.01:

The Province quotes Bodine:

“There is no reason to exclude me,” said Bodine, originally from Denver but who studied at the University of B.C. for four years. “I was just an easy target. We’ll continue organizing.”

[…]

She said her ordeal is meant to intimidate others who oppose Canada’s role in the war in Afghanistan.

“This is political targeting. They did this to intimidate people in the anti-war effort,” Bodine said.

more from The Globe:

“They shouldn’t have arrested me at all,” she said outside. “What the Immigration adjudicator ruled on upstairs was completely a technicality that they’ve chosen to pursue based on the fact I’m a political organizer. … I will not be allowed back in Canada for two years, for political organizing, for raising my voice, speaking out against war and occupation.”

Asked if her numerous bags, her pending job interview and the presence of a boyfriend in Vancouver signalled a desire to move here, she replied, “Eventually yes, I do want to live here in Canada.”

Also:

Alison Bodine Defence Committee Meeting

THUR NOV 1 6:30pm

in the Large North Hall of Joe’s Cafe

(on Commercial Drive at Napier St)

Join us to meet, discuss and analyze the legal outcome of the Admissibility Hearing Process. The Alison Bodine Defence Committee will meet, and invites all who are interested, to assess the campaign and discuss what’s next after this legal stage of this battle!

I’m several thousand kilometres away from spitting distance–anyone closer to the ‘hood going to attend the meeting?

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