Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Dr. Roy's Hypocritical Oath

Dr. Roy Eappen's blog is a fascinating little look into early-onset dementia. An unabashed monarchist, Christian, and right-wing cheerleader, he's not as hateful as some of his Blogging Tory counterparts, but he's as spectacularly devoid of logic.

This was Dr. Roy's "thought" on June 10, 2007 at 7:45am:

"I do not support doctor assissted suicide. Human life is

Okay. But these were his insights later the same day, at 10:08pm:

"I belive [sic] that the death penalty is a sometimes necessary deterrent, There are some people too dangerous to allow to live."
I says pardon?? That someone could, within the space of a few hours, advocate vociferously for the sanctity of all human life and then advocate for putting people to death almost beggars belief. But such nuances seem lost on poor Dr. Roy, who dutifully blogs on, safely ensconced in the blissful ignorance of his Christian conservative fantasia.

The Craptastical Fantabulous Flip-Floppery of Peter MacKay

Peter MacKay has been looking especially long-faced these days. What to do when you get caught saying this:

"We will not throw a member out of caucus for voting his conscience. There will be no whipping, flipping, hiring or firing on budget votes as we saw with the Liberal government."
And then doing this:

Nova Scotian Bill Casey, a veteran Conservative MP, was ejected from the party for voting against a budget that will alter the province's cherished Atlantic Accord on offshore energy revenues
Maybe he should do what he did when he got caught saying this:

"No merger, joint candidates w[ith] Alliance" - May 31, 2003 Agreement between Peter MacKay and David Orchard
And then doing this:

The leaders of Canada's two conservative parties are prepared to unveil a historic merger agreement.
Might be time for this duplicitous snake to head back to the farm, pull on some rubber boots, and give the cameras his best wounded puppy dog look. As far as I'm concerned, he can stay there too.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Harry Potter Poses Threat To The Irretrievably Stupid

I'm not a big fan of Harry Potter. I'll admit it. I've seen a couple of the movies, and frankly, I can't figure out what all the fuss is about. The reasons for the mass hysteria surrounding the fictional character could probably be explained by Malcolm Gladwell, but to me they remain elusive.

Nevertheless, if Potter is able to weed religious nuts out of the education system, then more power to him! You see, it seems that Sariya Allan, a teaching assistant in England, refused to allow her 7 year old student to read from a Harry Potter book. Why? Well, of course because she felt she would be "cursed" by hearing of the young wizard's adventures. Allan explained to the obviously bewildered student, "I don't do witchcraft in any form". Good for her! Messing with the fictional otherworldy is no game for mere teaching assistants!

Naturally, Ms. Allan was dismissed. She is now seeking damages of £50,000 for religious discrimination. When asked to elaborate, Allan provided this bit of wisdom:
"I said this because it is known that the subject of the Harry Potter books is white magic, the main character is a wizard who casts spells and uses the supernatural to triumph in various plots throughout the stories. The Holy Bible gives express instruction against some of the practices contained in the book, and I therefore objected to the child reading this book to me."

If anyone else out there feels that the kid in the picture above poses a serious threat to their religion, may I suggest you take a moment to re-evaluate your belief system.

As I said earlier, I'm no fan of Harry Potter. But making an irretrievably stupid teaching assistant disappear from a classroom may just be his best magic trick ever.

Update: Apparently, Sariya Allan is not alone in her lunacy...

Excerpt from "Jesus Camp"