Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Radio Canada on blogs and the leadership: Now Quebec thinks I’m a nutjob too!

Nearly two months ago, not feeling like taking the time to write something insightful, I fired off a post of “short, snarky comments on recent news stories” on a Thursday afternoon. One of the stories was Joe Volpe’s strong membership sign-up showing, and I made the following snarky comment:

Snark: Looks like we may be forming a new party on Dec. 4. We should start thinking about names now to avoid any CCRAP issues with the acronym.

That little throw-away sarcastic comment earned me a mention in a Globe and Mail story on blogging and the Liberal leadership race (now behind the subscriber firewall) where I come off as some kind of Liberal counterinsurgent nutjob. Still, no such thing as bad PR, right?

Well now that one, innocent snark has caught the media eye again. Came across this recent piece on the Radio Canada Web site (en français, naturellement) on blogging and the Liberal leadership race. It mentions Cerberus, Calgary Grit and Shoshana, among others, including myself and that dammed Volpe line, of course:

Un autre exemple: Stop Iggy, qui s'inquiète de la candidature de Michael Ignatieff, les créateurs du site trouvant ses positions trop à droite. D'autres, comme le blogue de Shoshana Berman, évaluent quels candidats devraient se retirer de la course ou encore, comme ABCer in Toronto, proposent de fonder un autre parti si Joe Volpe devient chef du parti.


Allow me to translate: there’s this crazy mofo from B.C. that is hoarding arms, ammunition and beef jerky in Scarborough to launch a counter coup if Joe Volpe wins the leadership. He will establish a socialist paradise, and invite Iran to station nuclear missiles near that imprisoned Toronto Island Airport.

Oy vey, will I ever live this one down? Hey, trust me MSM, while I don’t like Joe Volpe, I won’t be the one launching a countercoup if he wins (which he won’t). Ask anyone that has met me IRL. Fidel Castro, I am not. At least not until hockey season is over, or the Canucks are out of the playoffs. And with Luongo in goal now this is our year, so Joe would have until July to consolidate his power, suspend civil liberties, etc.

Actually, truth be told the MSM has found me out. I will be forming a new party in the event of a Volpe win in Montreal. It will be called the No Joes Liberal Party. Here's how it will play out:

“Cool party, can I join?” Joe Volpe will ask.

“No Joe, look at the name, it’s the No JOEs Liberal Party!” I’ll reply.

“But you let in Fontana!” he’ll complain.

“It’s called No JoeS, we’re allowed one,” I’ll tell him. “And if Fontana leaves to run for Mayor in London, Comuzzi is next on the waiting list. Take a hike Volpe!”

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11 comments:

bigcitylib said...

Congrats! Have you noticed a spike in traffic?

Zac said...

No Joe's! Ha!

I love it. If Radio Canada is reading, perhaps the Simpsons are too. Beware the copyright infringement!

Great post.

Red Tory said...

Funny, I never had you pegged for a left-wing radical nutjob. Now, Shoshanna on the other hand... ;-)

A BCer in Toronto said...

Someone got the Simpsons reference, thanks Zac! You won't believe this, but the person in the cube accross from me at work doesn't watch the Simpsons!I know, it's crazy. And annoying, because at least twice a day something happens that is easily referencable to a Simpsons episode.

No traffic spike, I've noticed exactly one refferal, which is how I found the article myself. Probably for the best. :)

Jason Hickman said...

You guys can have the "No Joes" Club (I guess that means Joe Clark can't cross the figurative floor after all...), but us right-wingers get dibs on the Stonecutters song.

I mean, c'mon, fair is fair. Who else in this country has a better claim for controlling the British crown, keeping the metric system down, and holding back the electric car (given that we're such tools of the oil industry, etc., just like Al Gore says)!

A BCer in Toronto said...

Maybe you can do something about Steve Gutenberg then Jason.

But really, everyone knows that Power Corp. runs Canada, and they cross all party boundaries. Chretien's daughter married a Desmarais, and Peter McKay was dating one last I heard.

But I've said too much already, I'm afraid.

Zac said...

I mean, c'mon, fair is fair. Who else in this country has a better claim for controlling the British crown, keeping the metric system down, and holding back the electric car (given that we're such tools of the oil industry, etc., just like Al Gore says)!

What about rigging every Oscar night? Are you guys not doing that anymore?

A BCer in Toronto said...

What about rigging every Oscar night? Are you guys not doing that anymore?

I guess not, or that gay cowboy movie wouldn't have won.

Jason Hickman said...

Jeff/Zac:

1. Making Steve Gutenberg a star was a decision made prior to the merger of the PCs and the CA. I wash my hands of it.

2. If I rigged every Oscar night, "Goodfellas" wouldn't have lost the best pic award to "Dances With Wolves" back in '90.

3. I am, however, willing to accept responsibility for Atlantis being off the maps, and for all of those blind cavefish out there.

Penny said...

Personally, Penny is responsible for the high Canadian loonie.... and my rants against the greenback have....ummm, encouraged the terrorist's hatred of Amerikan freedom and demokracy.... ??

Anywayz, that bit the MSM picked up on just shows to go ya how they twist anything they want to, to make their point.

We've all seen the articles on how bloggers are not journalists and basically just spin what the MSM put out, and this shows that you are a major competitor, BCer!! Wow, I'll have to stop by more often!!

Hey! Anyone wanna have a contest to see who Peter's next Main Squeeze will be? (Rumour has it - firsthand from someone who knows him very well - is that he is no rocket scientist.) It will be someone with big money behind her, big poltical money....

A BCer in Toronto said...

OK Penny, you can live when I launch the revolution.

As for Peter, is he not with Sophie Desmirais anymore? Because she would fit the conditions you list.