Thursday, June 22, 2006

And our pepper spray is from Moose Jaw

As reported here, three youth delegates to the World Urban Forum in Vancouver allege that UN security officers -- apparently from either New York or Nairobi -- dragged them out of the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre Wednesday night, one of the by the hair, after the youths objected to the officers' confiscation of t-shirts bearing a political slogan.

Assuming that the complaint is true, this is absolutely outrageous and deplorable conduct. It is simply unacceptable and must not be tolerated.

I mean, if anybody is going to deny the civil liberties of individuals on Canadian soil, it had better be a representative of the Canadian government.

The nerve, the unmitigated gall, of an international agency to think it can march in here and allow its thugs to stifle political expression and physically assault peaceful protesters -- as though we don't have our own homegrown thugs that are perfectly capable of doing the job. History has shown otherwise.

It's a denial of Canadian sovereignty. It's insulting.

Vancouverites in particular should be appalled, given this city's track record of excellence in the area of police misconduct. When it comes to excessive force and violation of rights, our cops can not only compete with any police force in the Western world, but our cops can kick their asses. (Most likely after dark, possibly in a secluded park somewhere.)

So I call on Ministers McKay and Day and Ambassador Rock to make a clear and unequivocal statement to the UN and the international community in general: It's our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Canadian minds conceived it. A Canadian Prime Minister signed it. And when it's trampled, those size 12 standard-issue bootprints are goddamn well gonna say "Made in Canada".


At June 23, 2006 10:21 a.m., Blogger Havril said...

Hav looks around. Seeing nobody, he tries to anonymously prime the flow of comments..

Er, hi, Havril. You don't know me. First time commenter, long time reader. This post of your rocks. That was some biting satire there. Funny, funny stuff. When are you gonna replace Jon Stewart? Or at least that little bitch Samantha B.? You are too good for just the blogosphere!

PS. Nice abs. You work out?

At June 23, 2006 10:33 a.m., Blogger cheezwhiz said...

Havril's priming of the flow has worked. It's not really Cheezwhiz, though. Someone has high-jacked my blogdentity.

VEry stimulating post, HAvril. Especially the reference to size 12 boots.

At June 23, 2006 11:00 a.m., Blogger dief said...

That prime worked so well it pulled me out of hiding

At June 23, 2006 11:12 a.m., Blogger Havril said...

OMFG. Dief. You're back! Guess that hunt for the remaining Avro Arrow didn't pan out, eh?

At June 23, 2006 11:37 a.m., Blogger cheezwhiz said...

I printed those boots.

At June 23, 2006 11:47 a.m., Blogger Havril said...

They are stylish, CW. But remember, when administering back-alley street justice, kick with the top of the boot. No stomping, as the tread marks on the perp can be traced.

PS. By that link, I'm not implying anything negative about the RCMP. No, I'm more implying something negative about the VPD, who I assume have similar regulation footwear.

PPS. As an aside to anyone who noticed the disappearing typos and added snipets of snark in this post today, apologies for the post-post editing, which I'm told is frowned upon in blogging circles. Sometimes what I write in the heat of Thursday looks pretty shitty in the cool objectivity of Friday. Man, I just figured out who to hire as an editor: me, but the day after I post something. Nah, I'm unreliable and I'd probably steal office supplies.

At June 23, 2006 6:03 p.m., Blogger Sheena said...

The two most heartbreaking words in the English language: "Spurs Extra".

At June 24, 2006 1:34 a.m., Blogger Scout said...

oh no, havril apologizing the self-imposed bloggerville police? do they wear size 12 keyboards?

a good friend of mine got through three security checks at the conference with no badge!!! she was scanned each floor she went too.

kahentenitha horn and kevin annett were cancelled by the conference because 'the powers that be' decided 'indigenous genocice' would not be an appropriate topic. i guess vancouver's as polite as toronto :)

At June 24, 2006 12:38 p.m., Blogger Havril said...

sheena... It's right up there with batteries not included.

scout... Not quite catching the drift of your first sentence. Either I need more coffee this morning (er, afternoon now), or you need less. As for your friend, guess she either went through when the UN goons were on a roid break, or she wasn't wearing anything so dangerous and objectionable as a "war sucks" baby tee. And as for Indigenous Genocice not being a topic relevant to a World Urban Forum? Yeah, right. I can see that... 'cause there are nooo major urban centres built on stolen land. Certainly not in BC, eh?

At June 24, 2006 3:04 p.m., Blogger Scout said...

you didn't understand because i didn't clarity :)

>As an aside to anyone who noticed the disappearing typos and added snipets of snark in this post today, apologies for the post-post editing, which I'm told is frowned upon in blogging circles. <
just seems people get so nitpicky. the last thing we need is blogging police. i mean ya, the basics are no hate, porn blah blah blah. but little social rules, barf! only serves to create 'country club' mentality. sorta like 'suburbia goes to the blogs'.

as for my friend, she was wearing her regalia and carries herself in that certain way that says, 'i belong here nothing you can do about it'. quite the woman! so ya, no t-shirts!!!!!!

and ya, who needs items like genocide addressed at a peace coference, it is a silly notion, isn't it :)

At June 25, 2006 4:54 p.m., Blogger cheezwhiz said...

I must agree with Scout ("Near, Far... WherEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeever you are..." barf...) - go ahead and post-edit away at will - it's your blog. As long as the closest thing to porn on here is size 12 boots, you're A-OK by me.

At June 25, 2006 4:55 p.m., Blogger cheezwhiz said...

Uh...Ya, I was trying to channel Celin Dion there incase it wasn't clear...:)

At June 25, 2006 10:14 p.m., Blogger Scout said...

i, i.....i feel my eyes crossing. a hint of barbara streisand is coming through, wait, no, i've got a french accent. oh my gawd, i have a sequined gown on!!!!!!!!! everything, yes , everything is ABOUT ME!!!

'i'm celine dion and you're not'.

shit havril, post something else quick or the whiz 'n me will be having identity crisis!!!! come on, weren't there any two headed babies born lately?

At June 26, 2006 6:53 a.m., Blogger Havril said...

Sorry, Dion twins, I can't just force a post. One shouldn't do that. Causes hemmroids.

But don't worry. You can BOTH be Celine Dion. Celine Dion isn't a so much a person as a state of mind. A long faced, cheesy, chest-thumping state of mind.

So embrace your shared Celineness. Just don't share it with me.

At June 26, 2006 4:45 p.m., Blogger cheezwhiz said...

I think the Dion's were actually quints. Pierre Berton wrote a book about them after a really good reefer. Next Front Page Challenger, please?

At June 26, 2006 5:03 p.m., Blogger Havril said...

I think you are referring to the Dionne quintuplets, cw. But I was alluding to to a couple of gals I met once at "le Scorpion" in downtown Jonquiere. At least, I think they were twins. I was seeing double that night.

At June 27, 2006 9:55 a.m., Blogger Scout said...

now that i've healed the celine withing i think i might channel gordon sinclaire. front page challenge should be revised, i'm sure ben mulroney would be willing to host it.

havril, you could always force a blog then use preperation h. the 'roids' are great for bouncing around on when you don't feel like walking...kinda like one of those exersize balls.

whattam i talking about? oh ya, as for the scorpion twins, did you get their dual phone numbers?

At June 28, 2006 1:54 p.m., Blogger cheezwhiz said...

I loved Front Page Challenge!
BUt pleeeeeeeeeeease no more Ben Mulroney...I just gagged... and please no more Ghion Gomeshi...I could puke...

It would only work again with some serious types. I nominate Ralph Ben Murgi for one (smart and funny), possibly Michael Enright, one of the Richler boys, uh...Flora McDonald, Anne-Marie Mcdonald, Margaret Atwood would be great but not likely available, how about Sandy Rinaldo, or better yet Chantal Hebert, perhaps Michael Ondaatje...????? As host, how about Havril?

'Twould be GREAT. Not holding my breath...

At June 28, 2006 8:45 p.m., Blogger Saskboy said...

As a longtime shopper of Moose Jaw, I must implore you to spell it as two words. Also if you ever see anyone calling home of the Canadian Idol star from Rockglen by two names "Rock Glen", please give them a punch from the spelling police.

At June 28, 2006 9:13 p.m., Blogger Havril said...


Momentary lapse in spelling. And if you find more examples in my archives, those are just other momentary lapses. That's the great thing about momentay lapses -- you are only limited by the number of moments you have.

Anyway, consider it changed and consider me redfaced. Er.. Red Faced.

You probably think I should pay for this mistake. In case the knowledge that this is really gonna eff with my permalink isn't enough retribution for ya, maybe you could do a post on your site and spell the sunny little municipality south of my burb Whiterock.

Oops. I forgot to say my bad. My bad.

We okay?

At July 03, 2006 11:01 p.m., Blogger Scout said...

ix-nay on ulroney-may and en-murgey-bay.
it's obvious we need havril as a tv host, complete with hand over face.

At July 28, 2006 9:03 p.m., Blogger Saskboy said...

No harm no foul Havril, you didn't have to fix the URL to satisfy me ;-)

But you did just say "momentay". Not that I'm counting or anything...

At July 31, 2006 4:34 p.m., Blogger Havril said...

Saskboy. The grmmar and spelling portions of my brian were removed after a tobogganing accident in '83 that also killed 19 members of my family. Hope you feel good.


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