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Slings And Arrows #1

If there’s one thing this blog hasn’t attempted yet, it’s political satire. Well, I think it’s time. So folks, nonamedufus would like to introduce you to his satirizing sidekick Uni Blogger. (Everyone: “Hi Uni!”) Each week, Uni and I will share with you a new feature called Slings and Arrows. We couldn’t call it Darts and Laurels. After all, that would mean one of us would have to be nice to someone, and we can’t have that. So Slings and Arrows it is. Which of us is which is immaterial because we’re both gonna heap it on. So we’ll try to share our notion of the state of the nation with you at least once a week – same bat place, same bat channel. To kick us off, here's a little something we both worked on...


HONESTY IN POLITICS
by Uni Blogger and nonamedufus

OTTAWA (S&A) In a development seldom seen in federal politics and one which rocked the very foundations of Parliamentary procedure the New Democratic Party today undertook a new approach to political discourse…honesty! The party released the following news release:

APOLOGY FROM THE NDP

OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS, LEADERS OF THE NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAVE MADE STATEMENTS THAT MAY HAVE LEFT THE IMPRESSION THAT PRIME MINISTER HARPER AND HIS GOVERNMENT ARE A BUNCH OF UNTRUSTWORTHY LIARS AND THAT WE WOULD UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SUPPORT THEM .

FOR EXAMPLE…
"New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton made clear his MPs are poised to vote against the budget regardless of what's in it because he doesn't trust Harper.
'If the Liberals decide to support Mr. Harper, I have to tell them they should know this — they will be doing it alone,' Layton said in a speech to his parliamentary caucus." (Ottawa Citizen Jan 19 2009)

"(Deputy Leader Thomas)Mulcair said the partisan measures in last week's economic statement showed Harper cannot be trusted ... "It showed his true face. It showed his true colours." Mulcair said. 'It let us know who we were dealing with - someone who simply could not be trusted under any circumstances. And we will not trust him, not give him the slightest possibility to go forward with this and we will vote him down under the first opportunity.'" (Toronto Star Dec 5, 2008 under the Headline: NDP AFFIRMS ITS PLEDGE TO BRING DOWN THE HARPER GOVERNMENT AT EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY

"I've been working with Mr. Harper now for quite a few years, I've lost confidence, I've lost a sense of trust that he'll do what he said. ...If you look, he said there'd be lots of money for infrastructure, most of that money is still sitting in the federal bank account. It hasn't made it to the mayors and councillors who have projects they can be working in right now." (interview with Peter Mansbridge Dec 10, 2008)

WE TRULY APOLOGIZE IF THE ABOVE STATEMENTS LEFT THE WRONG IMPRESSION. WHAT WE REALLY MEANT IS THE FOLLOWING:

The federal New Democrats said Wednesday they will help to prevent a potential election by supporting the Conservatives’ stay in power when a confidence vote is held in the House of Commons on Thursday (Ottawa Citizen Oct 1 2009.

Political observers and pundits observed and pundited that this new, fresh, honest approach to political discourse was welcomed but wondered if leader Jack Layton may have hurt himself in the worst case of political ass-kissing whiplash ever seen.




Mr. Layton is singing a different tune.

Comments

Don said…
I don't particularly follow American politics, and I certainly don't follow anyone else's. I have to admit, however, that was even funny to me. I'm a big fan of satire. Nice job.
CatLadyLarew said…
Glad they got to restate their position one more time before apologizing for it! Zing!
I kind of got hung up on the whole slings and arrows versus darts and laurels thing. Slings and arrows sounds sorta dirty, whereas darts and laurels has a very literate ring to it. It seems to me that slings and arrows would be better suited to an American audience, which is mostly illiterate and shallow, while darts and laurels would appeal more to Canadians. But then I saw that photo of Mr. Layton doing his best impression of Porter Wagner, I thought, "Maybe NoName is right, it should be slings and arrows."
nonamedufus said…
Don: Thanks, Don. I appreciate your input.

CatLady: Isn't it amazing. These guys'll go any way the wind blows.

MikeWJ: Glad you're on board, Mike! American politicians won't be safe from our sling(shot)s and arrows either.
Knucklehead said…
Sometimes I think that the only reason politicians exist is so political satirists have something to do.

It's the only reason that makes sense, anyway.
nonamedufus said…
Knucklehead: I ceretainly have no shotage of things to write about!
Now THIS - is MY kind of post. I've visited your blog several times, and always enjoy it, but now you're talking politicalsatire like The Old Silly Hippie likes to hear it. Right on! LOL

Hey I bet you'd enjoy my post today - not satire, but more of a political rant.

Keep on keepin on, love your blog - stay in touch.

The Old Silly
Donna said…
Some people are in to politics and some not.I'm not into it.I have to be with CatLady on that one.
nonamedufus said…
Marvin: Well, thanks for your endorsement Marvin.

Donna: I appreciate your comments. You're right. Politics is one of those things people love to love or love to hate.
Anonymous said…
Cool blog, I hadn't noticed nonamedufus.blogspot.com before during my searches!
Continue the superb work!
Anonymous said…
Hello there,

This is a message for the webmaster/admin here at nonamedufus.blogspot.com.

Can I use some of the information from this blog post right above if I provide a backlink back to this website?

Thanks,
Mark
nonamedufus said…
Anon: Just noticed your comment. Thanks a bunch.
nonamedufus said…
Mike: Can you be a bit more specific as to what you intend to use it for?
Now THIS - is MY kind of post. I've visited your blog several times, and always enjoy it, but now you're talking politicalsatire like The Old Silly Hippie likes to hear it. Right on! LOL

Hey I bet you'd enjoy my post today - not satire, but more of a political rant.

Keep on keepin on, love your blog - stay in touch.

The Old Silly

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