Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Week: Saturday Night Special

Need a costume idea? Try this.

Behold the gore and foul horror of "Occupy" all its bodily fluid infamy.

Look on the violence of "Occupy" Oakland and wonder how brainless the left can be.

After scarring our retinas with the sight of a flabby walrus in a red outfit, the CBC takes the terror further by trying to swallow its own tongue:

The CBC "misrepresented" calls embattled Mayor Rob Ford made to 911 in which he did not call the operators insulting names, the city's police chief said Friday.

In a statement, Bill Blair said he had listened to the three emergency calls Ford made and felt it necessary "to set the record straight" about the calls.

CBC report had outlined, and said there had been "no complaints" by any members of the police service about the conversations.

"We are reporting what was told to us," spokesman Chris Ball said in an email.

The CBC said late Friday that it had "multiple, credible, well-placed sources" within the police service, including a dispatcher.

"This is a developing story and we're continuing to report on it as it unfolds."

The embattled mayor gave no indication Friday he would release tapes of the calls in which he admitted "saying the F-word" but denied using any slurs.

As the Twitterverse howled in outrage, derision, glee — and occasionally in support — the mayor remained mum on the outburst that followed a confrontation with a comedy troupe in his driveway.

"I have nothing further to add on this matter at this time," Ford spokeswoman Adrienne Batra said Friday.

On Monday, Ford called emergency services after Mary Walsh of the CBC's comedy series "22 Minutes" confronted him in his driveway.

Ford, who has had death threats, said he didn't know who Walsh was and feared for his safety.

On Thursday, the CBC cited unspecified sources as saying Ford called the operators an insulting name, and said: "Don't you (expletive) know? I’m Rob (expletive) Ford, the mayor of this city."

In response, Ford admitted to being frustrated at how long the police took to arrive, but called the allegations he made "foul and derogatory comments" toward 911 staff "absolutely false."

"After being attacked in my driveway, I hope I can be excused for saying the F-word," Ford said in a statement Thursday.

In one unscientific online poll, almost 80 per cent called on Ford, who has a history of public temper tantrums, to release the tapes as "the only way to prove his side of the story."

In an editorial, the Toronto Star sternly urged: "Release the tapes, Mr. Mayor."

The situation prompted some Twitter users to resurrect the term "schadenford" — taking pleasure at the mayor's misfortunes — and a play on the German word schadenfreude.

A few, however, criticized the CBC, which has said it stands by its story, for reporting the contents of the private 911 call on the basis of unnamed sources.

"For its own integrity, the CBC needs to produce a tape," said Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington.

Even though the call was "nobody else's business," Warmington did urge Ford to at least release a transcript.

"There is a true story out there because when you cut through it all, somebody is lying," he wrote.


Why address the concerns of an oppressed group when you can just ignore it?

Beirut Arab news agency al Nashra reported on Saturday November 22, that [White House Muslim envoy] Dalia Mogahed has succeeded in canceling a meeting between the Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon and President Barack Obama. Writing in al Nashra, the reporter said “an unnamed US source told the news agency, that those who sought canceling a visit of (the spiritual head of the Maronite Church) Patriarch Beshara Rahi to the White House are Dalia Mujahid (Mogahed), the highest adviser on Arab and Islamic Affairs in the State Department, who is from Egyptian origins. And that,” according to al Nashra, “heeding a request by the higher leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, who consider that US Administration must support the Islamist Sunni current facing the Iranian current in the region.”

(round of applause)

Destroying fun one cultural pillar at a time:

Darth Vader has been forced out. Thor has fallen under the hammer of political correctness.

Any sign of blood, gore or death is likely to be met with a groan at the school doors, where costumes deemed violent are headed for the crypt.

At least that's the fear of some kids and parents at two southeast elementary schools, as yet another fun childhood holiday is sent through the wringer of social sanitation, to emerge flat and boring.

"I don't want to pull Halloween away from the kids -- they are losing too many celebrations already," said Jackie Ford, mother to two children attending Ramsay elementary.

"I think this is a valid holiday and we need to celebrate it. It's a Canadian classic, scary and all."

And she's right, with Christmas now a non-religious winter break, Valentine's Day robbed of choice with cards shared out equally, and Easter's meaning eradicated altogether.

Occasions that once defined the Canadian experience have been watered down to the point of being sanitized, safe-for-all celebrations of not much at all.

The obscenity of obscuring or completely removing a holiday or custom by the ham-fisted left is met with the squishiness of the perpetually timid. Black and Orange Day is a farce spawned by the milquetoasts who fear those who cannot pick a real religion. Now we have the hovercraft of cultural events.

The guise of protection against the potentially harmful is as deceptive as any mask. It sounds, on its face, as reasonable but it is not. It's a polite paranoia, something unacceptable in the face of reason. At what point are those of age expected to grow up? Hand over expensive cell phones that are no more than toys but refrain from wearing a Frankenstein costume?

Halloween is a day set aside for the freaky and strange, for the chilling of the blood, and for the fun of children, whose years of innocence are short and subject to the encroachment of the whims of the impatient. Where is the amusement in whimpering and cowering away from rubber masks, props and fun-sized confections? It's bad enough that Baby Jesus no longer merits a day of His own but now Halloween, too, must join Him in the dustbin of wrongfully discarded holidays and customs.

And now, things you never want to find on your property.  

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