Here are a few outrageous statements made in the media this year:
“Former Reagan administration Secretary of Education Bill Bennett: “[Y]ou could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.” [Salem Radio Network’s Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, 9/28/05]
Pat Robertson: “If [Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez] thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it.” [Christian Broadcasting Network’s The 700 Club, 8/22/05]
Bill O’Reilly to San Francisco: “[I]f Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we’re not going to do anything about it. … You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.” [Westwood One’s The Radio Factor with Bill O’Reilly, 12/8/05]
Bill O’Reilly, agreeing with caller that illegal immigrants are “biological weapon[s]”: “I think you could probably make an absolutely airtight case that more than 3,000 Americans have been either killed or injured, based upon the 11 million illegals who are here.” [Westwood One’s The Radio Factor with Bill O’Reilly, 4/15/05]
Rush Limbaugh: “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.” [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 8/12/05]
Rush Limbaugh on the kidnapping of peace activists in Iraq: “I’m telling you, folks, there’s a part of me that likes this.” [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 11/29/05]
Ann Coulter: Bill Clinton “was a very good rapist”; “I’m getting a little fed up with hearing about, oh, civilian casualties”; “I think we ought to nuke North Korea right now just to give the rest of the world a warning.” [New York Observer, 1/10/05]
To view the complete list visit: Media Matters
Matt Good shows his favourites here: matthewgood/mblog » Media Matters Most Outrageous Statements of 2005
Bridget and I volunteered to work for the the 50/50 sales team at last night’s Vancouver Canucks game. We had never sold 50/50 tickets before and were a little nervous about screaming across the concourse to get people to purchase tickets. I was pleasantly surprised by all the fans – everyone wanted tickets and they were really supportive. Canucks fans are phenomenal!
The great thing about the 50/50 at Canucks games is that the proceeds go to the Canucks for Kids Fund. Last night we raised over $22,000 for the kids.
The only thing that would have made last night better would have been if the Canucks could get that Alberta monkey off their back!
It’s been busy this year – I’ve only now managed to get a few minutes of down-time to write a note wishing you all the best over the holidays and into 2006.
We’ve had a great holiday so far, spending time with my folks, Bridget’s folks, and lots of friends from the Lower Mainland.
I’m staying in Burnaby for the holidays but hope to be back in Campbell River for a week sometime in January. Hopefully there’ll be a few of you around to lift a glass with me when I’m there. Once I’m on the Island I usually try to make it down to Vic too – so count on seeing me there sometime early in the New Year.
I just finished reading a great book – A Million Little Pieces, if you haven’t read it, check it out.
We watched The Dukes of Hazard movie last night – Hello Jessica Simpson! All in all it was a pretty funny couple of hours – exactly what I expected. Did I mention Jessica Simpson?!
I hope everyone is healthy, safe, and having a great holiday season. Looking forward to a great 2006 for all!
A judge barred the teaching of intelligent design, as an alternative to evolution, in Pennsylvania. Read the full story.
Judge bans teaching intelligent design
The federal Conservatives have proposed cutting the GST by 1% next year and another 1% sometime within five years if they’re elected. I’ll be honest with you, I don’t even notice the GST anymore – and collectively I think the revenue from the GST can be put to better use than if we all receive a break of a couple hundred dollars on purchases throughout the year.
If we’ve got money to spare, wouldn’t it make more sense to provide a bigger tax cut to low-income earners? How about no tax cut and we put more money into public health care or education?
Reality Check: Conservative GST Plan