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IDFDave has photos of the protesters idiotarians against Bush (via Damian Penny).

As I scrolled the online album of swastika posters, antisemitic and racist statements, and just plain idiocies, it occurred to me that anyone both reasonable and against Bush’s policies had two choices yesterday: To join forces with the wingnuts, or to stay home.

No wonder most of them stayed home.

The wingnuts do these protests a vast disservice. It’s one thing to be against Bush. Hell, I’m not exactly his #1 fan either. But it’s quite another to associate with people who wrap the American flag in swastikas and who hold signs depicting Sharon and Bush as monkeys. There are plenty of good arguments for protesting against the US’s foreign policies, but I really hope that most Canadians are still turned off by yesterday’s kind of displays.

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What if you held a protest and nobody came?

The first demonstration — of Palestinians and sympathisers of the Palestinian cause opposed to Washington’s support of Israel — attracted less than 40 demonstrators.

According to a quick head count by journalists, the protest attracted 39 demonstrators, 42 journalists and television crew members and three police officers.

A second, ostensibly larger, demonstration scheduled for the midst of the evening rush hour — was called by a group calling itself Students Against Bush.

Nobody turned up.

I’m sure Jaggi Singh will find a way of blaming the Zionists and the corporations for the massive failure of his protests.


Around the blogosphere


Alan has the follow-up on the UNRWA story, namely that Kofi Annan is backing Peter Hansen, the corrupt agency head who freely admits employing terrorists, among other things. I can’t claim to be too surprised at that one. Debbye has thoughts on the CBC’s “Greatest Canadian” contest, something I’ve tried to avoid watching because I […]

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Maybe he should look in the mirror


This headline seems better suited to The Onion than to real news: North Korea likens Bush to Hitler: North Korea has described US President George W Bush as an “imbecile” and a “tyrant that puts Hitler in the shade”. A Foreign Ministry spokesman was responding to comments President Bush made last week in which he […]

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Blame America


Terrorists blow up a mosque in Afghanistan to prevent people from registering to vote, and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) blames the United States: Arguing that aid groups were now being specifically targeted, MSF issued a stinging rebuke to U.S. forces in Afghanistan, saying they used aid to help win a “hearts and minds” […]

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Liar, liar


In a not-so-shocking twist, turns out Michael Moore made up the whole thing as a publicity stunt (via Damian Penny): Dissecting the current dust-up, it seems clear that Disney never intended to distribute Moore’s film. Maybe the Mousketeers are cowards, but at least they are consistent. And Moore is whining now only to hype the […]

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Surprisingly good editorials


A few surprisingly on-point Gazette editorials today: Here’s Norman Webster on the Khadr family and Canada’s welcoming of terrorists: In his book, Cold Terror: How Canada Nurtures and Exports Terrorism Around the World, [author Stuart] Bell sums up: “Canada has tried to smother terrorism with kindness. … It is perhaps a typically Canadian approach. But […]

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Now that’s class


Last night’s game was fun to watch. It’s not over yet for the Habs. But perhaps almost more notable than the game itself was how the Boston crowd reacted to the Canadian national anthem. In light of the recent booing of the US anthem at the two Bell Centre games, a notice was posted in […]

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Playoff update


All Eddie as the Leafs shut out the Sens 2-0 tonight. And you just gotta feel bad for Ottawa, cause they absolutely dominated the play, getting all the good scoring chances… gotta be frustrating after a while when you realize you’re trying to score on a brick wall. In any case, their win tonight puts […]

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And more about booing


A Peewee hockey team from the U.S. was not booed this year. That’s the news. Why? Cause they were booed last year. Of course, this year they played in New Brunswick, and last year’s series was here in Quebec. That could have something to do with it: Having borne the brunt of anti-American sentiment during […]

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