Monday, March 27, 2006

Photo Op

Although I'm a Liberal, I still feel the need to offer Stephen Harper advice on occasion. Since Harper has, quite rightfully, defended the Canadian seal hunt, I would suggest he take a page from his Afghanistan photo op and go one step further.

I encourage Harper to fly down to Newfoundland and invite the media out to watch him club a baby seal to death. I think the photo op would be great and, if nothing else, it would make everyone forget the cowboy costume.

That's my completely 100% non-partisan advice for Mr. Harper.

UPDATE: Paul McCartney's wife now wants a ban on milk. Milk. You heard that right: milk. Just let it be already.


  • I'm still laughing from the visual I got of Commander Chubby trying to hack some seal to death.

    By Blogger Don, at 1:57 PM  

  • And then you could get your photo taken with someone getting an abortion for supporting a woman's right to choose?

    I'm pro-choice, but some causes are better left without phot ops.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:15 PM  

  • I would absolutely put politics aside and put my hands together if Steve went clubbin'.

    By Blogger Jason Townsend, at 2:24 PM  

  • The visual alone is enough to make me laugh until I was doubled over; I'm sure anything Harper were to wear would be better than that hideous cowboy costume.

    By Blogger Misanthropic-Denizen, at 2:42 PM  

  • This is Canada where you can crack an unborn babies skull in the womb and suck out the dead body with a vacuum. Yup a few dead seals is a real tragedy.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:42 PM  

  • This whole seal hunt thing is driving me nuts... I am hardly a big supporter of the hunt... but I have to say it REALLY pisses me off to see all the lobbying from people who don't live in this country... the other day my aunt who lives in New York sent me this email forward inviting me to sign a petition which is apparently going to our PM... where do these people get off... I pay taxes + I vote thus I have a legitimate say in what MY government does... why can't these people lobby their own gov... there are PLENTY of environmental causes in the US and elsewhere.

    By Anonymous andrew, at 2:43 PM  

  • Just remember, these people who lobby against the seal hunt sit in their fancy homes eating a nice meal of veal the same night.

    By Blogger Kegger, at 3:05 PM  

  • Well, actually, not to come to their defence or anything, but I'm pretty certain that Paul McCartney and Brigitte Bardot are not eating veal tonight.

    By Blogger Cerberus, at 3:08 PM  

  • I have no problem with people like McCartney being all-out vegetarians and opposing killing animals full stop - but of course, he should be going after the global cow megadeath that goes on every day long before the seals.

    The seals, however, are good politics, and I suppose as an activist he has to go after that. So, hypocritical in one sense but also pragmatic. Either way, I get very angry at the way Canada is targeted while the various cow mass-death countries aren't.

    And Bardot has a lot of screwy far-right and generally flakey viewpoints, so no love there.

    By Blogger Jason Townsend, at 3:24 PM  

  • Brilliant!

    Next, as a former NDP supporter, I would suggest Prime Minister Harper then invite reporters to watch him club Jack Layton to death.

    Meh, that's not as funny as yours was... or, is, rather.

    By Anonymous NBT, at 3:49 PM  

  • When did Harper defend the seal hunt?

    By Blogger Robert McClelland, at 3:50 PM  

  • robert,
    There's this great website at that allows you to search for information on the internet by typing in keywords. If you type in Harper and Seal Hunt, it just might find something useful! You should try it sometime!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:07 PM  

  • For what it's worth, I don't have a problem with the seal hunt...if they looked like pigs or gophers, no one would raise their pinky in protest. The old beattle should just butt out.

    I just think the visuals would be horrificly amusing.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 4:10 PM  

  • One has to love the Tory trolls that enter a joke thread and start posting about abortion....

    FYI: The baby seals are much cuter than an embryo...

    By Anonymous Manitoba Liberal, at 4:33 PM  

  • If Harper wants to really make a point, he could shoot the seal in the face with an unregistered handgun.

    By Anonymous No MSG, at 4:35 PM  

  • If you type in Harper and Seal Hunt, it just might find something useful!

    Neither Harper nor Hearn have made any meaningful statements in defense of the seal hunt.

    Hence the reason for the question.

    By Blogger Robert McClelland, at 4:54 PM  

  • "Let me make it clear," Hearn said Friday when asked about the former Beatle's pressure campaign. "If Paul McCartney thinks he's going to stop the seal hunt, ahead of him there's a long and winding road."

    During a visit to New Brunswick, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the hunt is humane and that "Canada is the victim of an international propaganda campaign" by anti-hunt activists.

    By Anonymous Justin Tetreault, at 5:00 PM  

  • Hey, that's not quite non-partisan. Harper should shoot the seal since clubbing is no longer legal. Are you trying to trick him into breaking the law?

    By Blogger Jason Cherniak, at 5:40 PM  

  • I seriously can't stop laughing.

    I do agree though, shooting one in the face would be better. Hope he has no friends nearby though, wouldn't want a Canadian version of "Cheney's Got A Gun" ....

    By Anonymous Roby, at 6:35 PM  

  • Here's a visual.... David Orchard running for the leadership of the Liberal party...


    By Blogger Riley Hennessey, at 6:47 PM  

  • You saw here first folks.

    On Calgary Grit, about 1 month ago, I tried to start rumour about Orchard running. I thought it was too funny.

    Smartly, none of the Liberal bloggers on this site took the bait. Dumbly, someone else did.

    I love it! Joe Clark, you know you're itching to try your hand one more time.

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 7:15 PM  

  • I think this would be bad advice you want to give to Herper.

    For example look at what happened during the election. He "clubbed" Martin so bad Martin up and quit the same day and he may well have "killed" the whole lieberal party if all the in-fighting and bickering is any indication.Not a preeety sight.

    Nope, I think that Prime Minister Harper has done enough for the time being.

    Horny Toad

    Horny Toad

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:51 PM  

  • The topic of milk and dairy consumption and its cruelness has been a subject for quite some time now. I do consume milk and dairy products (i.e. I am not a vegan) though I am a vegetarian. If you read up books like this :

    you do come to appreciate the Vegan point of view. In some ways, it is odd, as we are the only animals who drink the milk of other animals. On the ethical side, what dairy industry does to cattles to provide for the mass consumption is also rather cruel.

    Though I may never become a Vegan, I fully understand and respect it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:13 PM  

  • Honestly! You needed a "spew alert" on that one - ROFLMAO! But I'd rather seem him club Jack.

    By Blogger Candace, at 9:46 PM  

  • I don't drink Milk - but only because I think it's gross.

    Most people who fight the seal hunt are quickly exposed as hypocrites. At least McCartney is consistent in his attitudes towards animals - although I have to wonder how many animals he kills with the exhaust from his private jet as he travels around the globe.

    By Blogger Toronto Tory, at 9:47 PM  

  • The Seal Hunt has been going on since the 1700's. There are currently 5,800,000 Seals in the east coast of Canada who eat up more fish than are caught by draggers. The government wants to rightfully reduce the Seal population to 3,800,over the next 3 years. The hunt brings in $20,000,000. annually to the outport communities and keeps 20,000 people employed. Imagine the revenues of all the slaughter houses in North America and the number of people involved in their operations. I have some posts on Stephen Harper. If you are interested in reading them, turn to my Blog, "Politics and the Law" at

    By Blogger HLS, at 10:21 PM  

  • I'm tired of hearing about the baby seals. The sick and perverted, indiscriminate slaughter of bacteria and fungus has to stop. Every day trillions of microbes are destroyed, not just by antibiotics and your immune system, but also every time people wash thier hands or boil water! Its an indictment of our pathetic modern society that such an horrific massacre is carried out while activists and the media remain silent!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:50 PM  

  • At least Bardot is a star in her own right and not just some uppidy social climber who bagged the second best Beatle.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:54 PM  

  • Second best Beatle? Are you slagging Lennon or Harrison?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:20 AM  

  • Well, I think the fight against the sealhunt is symbolic somewhat. Many of the more hardcore opponents oppose any kind of animal abuse, but the sealhunt has an imagery that sort of captivates the audience more so than other animal slaughters. And I think that's why they cover it.

    Otherwise, what we do to other animals is far more gross and inhumane than the sealhunt. I mean killing a cow and then feeding it to other cows must rank up there as one of the grossest thing we could do. It's like killing a parent and then feeding it to the kids. Plus the beef and chicken and fish industries are too powerful to tackle.

    Nevertheless, I believe that the work of these opponents is important. As our civilization continues to mature, we have to start looking deeper into our place in this world and our relationship with other inhabitants. We do have a very human-centric view of this world, partly because we are the most intelligent being on this planet, and partly because of religions and traditions passed down to us. But it is time to review those deeply held beliefs and values even in areas we take for granted like what we eat, as in the words of Ghandi, "You become what you eat".

    Many great thinkers like Einstein, Bernard Shaw and Ghandi in the past century have raised the issue of animal treatment and how it reflects on our overall treatment and view of the world and I don't think we can utterly ignore the wisdom of people of that caliber.

    Nevertheless, I believe that the change towards a better treatment of animals in general, will be a very gradual process which will take many decades if not centuries.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:00 AM  

  • Second best Beatle? Are you slagging Lennon or Harrison?

    Hell, with the way Sir Paul and Lady McC are carying on, I think he's slagging Ringo ...

    By Blogger Jason Hickman, at 11:22 AM  

  • The Conservative Party is one of the few to put support for the seal hunt there in black and white . . .

    Thanks to one of the ammendments brought forward by myself and supporters from many other parts of Canada, it was included in the March 2005 CPC Policy Document
    , which is still the main CPC policy document.

    99. . . vi) A Conservative Government will continue to support the Canadian Sealing Industry by working to eliminate unfair international trade bans on Canadian seal products.

    I think that both the government of Canada and the government of Newfoundland and Labrador did a decent job on this one -- I think they may need ot expand the online information campaign, while the industry needs to consider seeking out more celebtrity spokespeople for the industry.

    In the meantime, it wouldn't bother me in the least if the Canadian government promised to up the quota by one extra seal for every letter received that included a misrepresentation of the facts re the seal hunt. It could then up that by 5 seals for every phone call, 10 for every blog entry. 20 for every TV ad with the same problem. . . .and inform them that this will continue.

    Harper could do a double whammy on sealing -- get his photo taken shooting (how 90%+ are harvested anyway) a big ugly seal, and then point out that the rifle he used no longer needs to be registered!

    I'd cheer both statements!

    By Blogger Liam O'Brien, at 11:25 AM  

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