August 16, 2006


Stephen Harper snubs The Invisible Hand's birthday party

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has come under sharp criticism for failing to show up at the birthday party of The Invisible Hand.

Birthday party organizer Ronald Trickledown released a statement, calling it "a slap in the face to millions of people worldwide who suffer from the scourge of non-visible body parts and economic metaphorism." Harper's decision comes on the heels of similar controversies over his non-attendance at the Monteral Out Games, the International AIDS Conference, and the Porcupine Plain Show & Shine.

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I am glad that Mr Harper is not paying any attention to these stupid events.
Why would someone show up to get booed by a bunch of snobs?
Ha ha ha!

AIDS is so funny!

Stupid elitist snobs who want to save Africa. Shame on them.

Go Harper go!
I would not go to anything put on by Steven Lewis. What a moron.
Listen to Bill Good interviewing Maclean's Ottawa Bureau Chief John Gedes (sp?) here

Bring up Wed Aug 16, 11am
Fast forward to the 21 minute mark

He makes some good points about the bungled news conferences by Tony Clement. And also suggests:

"It's kind of fun to see a politician walk into the lion's den once in a while. And I have a feeling ... had he gone ... he probably would have shored up support from his base, and probably won some grudging respect from people who aren't in his base"

To me, Harper is methodically putting together a resume of accomplishments, vision, priorities that he will eventually take to the electorate, asking to be re-hired. But who knows when the next election will happen ? So there may not be much time to get all his "points" across, so he's ignoring the nit-pickers, and sticking to his game plan.

The guy has thought most of this stuff out, probably even has images from his Arctic trip to be used in some slick campaign commercials.

Meanwhile, what will the Libs be using as a counter-argument to Harper's impressive record ? The usual medicore stuff aimed at their base and the brain-dead ... scary, hidden agenda, Bush poodle, etc etc.

Harper is just too good. He's the Tiger Woods of federal politics, and the Libs know it.
Stupid elitist snobs who want to save Africa.

And if only Harper had gone to the conference and given a speech or shaken a bunch of hands or something, Africa would be saved!
Hey! Where's my invite?

When will women get a seat at the table???

That sentence was CLEARLY in reference to the previous post who refered to attendees of the conference as "a bunch of snobs".

I don't for a second believe that Harper's attendance would have had more than symbolic effect. But I am sick of conservatives painting the largest AIDS conference in the history of the planet as some sort of communist conspiracy of elitist left wing loonies. The implication is that only "lefties" want to stop AIDS and save Africa, and the further implication is that there is something immoral about those who suffer from AIDS, and/or that AIDS is not a problem in need of addressing.

It's this impression that Harper's absence perpetuates, to the great detriment of conservatives, and those tireless advocates trying to halt a global pandemic that infects another peson every six seconds, and kills someone's daughter or son every ten.

Suggetsing that the Prime Minister avoiding the largest conference ever held on the AIDS pandemic, and the single largest international conference of any kind to be held in Canada this year is akin to snubbing a bloger's birthday party is, imho, either simply idiotic, or an indication of a severe misunderstanding of the extent of this crisis (or perhaps just a lack of empathy).

I'm not sure when right-wingers decided that stopping AIDS was an ideological issue, but I suspect it came right around the time Harper decided not to attend the conference.
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