Congratulations President Monkey

Well, January 20th, 2013 isn't too far away now is it? On the bright side, its now time to campaign for George W. Bush to get the job that I think he's been secretly auditioning for the past eight years: the Commissioner of Major Leauge Baseball. [and even the most hardcore of Liberals would be unable to claim he was the worst person to ever hold that position... -ed]


Maher Arar guilty: Feynman & Coulter's Love Child correct

Perhaps these aren't surprising revelations...

I see Arar hasn't finished making political hay out of his "ordeal", and that he's now asked the CSIS watchdog to reopen the probe to his unpleasant stay in Syria. I would like to take this time to agree that CSIS should investigate this matter further. Specifically, CSIS has never told us (possibly because unlike Arar and the U.S. State Department, they don't know) the reason Maher Arar was imprisoned by the Syrians. I know the NDP talking points hold that Damascus is a puppet agency of Dick Cheney, but the claim that state-terrorist Syria would imprison a man that the U.S. believes is a terrorist just doesn't hold water. There may be a perfectly unfair reason why Arar ended up in a Mideastern gulag (and why his Canadian buddy Ahmad Abou-ElMaati ended up in that same jail), but if there is we've still yet to hear it. Until then, I agree with Orenthal James Arar, that this investigation is not closed, and CSIS has a little more probing to do.

Omar Khadr identified Maher Arar as one of the people he saw in an al-Qaeda safe house in Afghanistan, an FBI agent testified in a Guantanamo Bay courtroom Monday, presenting a version of events that contradicts Mr. Arar's claim that he has never been to Afghanistan.

Robert Fuller, who interrogated Mr. Khadr in October of 2002, while the then-15-year-old was detained at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, testified that Mr. Khadr said he saw Mr. Arar in a Kabul guesthouse run by a suspected al-Qaeda operative known as Abu Musab al-Suri.

The revelation came as prosecution lawyers in Mr. Khadr's Guantanamo Bay military commission case brought forward the first of their witnesses.

Mr. Arar – who was sent to Syria by the United States and subsequently tortured there – has always denied ever going “anywhere near” Afghanistan. In 2006, a Canadian commission of inquiry cleared him of any links to terrorist activities, leading to a $10.5-million compensation package and an apology from Ottawa, after officials admitted culpability in the affair.
Canadian defendant Omar Khadr sits during a hearing at the U.S. Military Commissions court for war crimes, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Monday.

Yet Mr. Arar has never been removed from a U.S. no-fly list. Monday's testimony may offer some explanation why.

Well who would have thought it? Well, I would have. And I said it, in this post from September 18th of 2006:
I've said for a long time that something in Arar's story smells fishy. Syria is a lousy place to visit and an even worse place to be a prisoner in, but they aren't Red China. They may treat you awfully bad in jail, but they do actually have a reason to put you there in the first place. Arar did something. I don't know what. The Americans know what. Maher Arar knows what. The Syrians almost certainly know what. It's up in the air if the RCMP knows what, and its almost certain nobody in the Canadian government (except perhaps Jack Layton) knows what he did. But he did do something.
I supposed more details of his involvement, but I didn't have much to go on. Homeland Security and the FBI seem to have had the information I was lacking. But I told you the Americans knew what was going on.

As Rob Breakenridge says, can we check if Arar has cashed the cheque yet?



Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark

TORONTO (AP) — A broken water main knocked out power to 100,000 people in a residential area near downtown Toronto during a bitter cold snap, closing some subways stations and disrupting the morning rush hour Friday.

Residents scrambled to find extra blankets and clothing as overnight temperatures plunged to minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 20 degrees Celsius).


"You still remember, Admiral. I cannot help but be touched. I of course remember you."

Ricardo Montalban died today at 88 years of age.

In his memory, I stuck Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan into the ol' DVD player to watch his immortal entrance.

And now the picture is horrible distorted and screwed up. Khan broke my DVD player.

Bonus Youtube footage: Ricardo brings a suave charm and sophistication to the 1975 Chrysler Cordova (quality workmanship jokes aside!)

And now the same commercial with Wrath of Khan footage:

And dancing the tango with Cyd Charisse:

And Jane Powell:

And while it won't embed for some reason, here is Montalban and Esther Williams singing the classic "Baby its Cold Outside" (with some sociopolitical commentary courtesy Mark Steyn


Rosa Sat so Martin could walk, Martin walked so Obama could run, Obama ran so children could fly

Yes, there are actually morons who actually believe this post's title. You just have to remind them, technically this isn't flying...


The greatest five inventors of all time

Archimedes, the inventor of the pulley.

The 4th Earl of Sandwich, the inventor of the sandwich.

Bruce Johnson, inventor of the Breathe Right Strip

Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press

And finally...

1. The anonymous inventor of Strip Beer Pong!


Musical discoveries

Anybody notice that the opening riff of Against Me's "Thrash Unreal"...

...sounds a lot like the opening of "Brand New Day" on the Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog soundtrack?


An Inconvenient Scheduling

So let me get this straight: last night CBC decides to show An Inconvenient Truth. This afternoon Space decide to how The Day After Tomororw.

You guys really don't know how to sell this whole global warming overreaction, do you? Do you think anybody is worried about global warming in one of Edmonton's coldest Decembers on record? Does the "global warming will cause a massive freezing" movie not lose its punch when we already have massive freezing without it?

Bonus link: Saskabush.com: Saskatchewan's answer to The Onion, has their take on selling global warming in western winters.