Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Oh yeah, Harper is clever all right. Bank robber clever.

I am tired of constantly reading in the media about how "clever" Harper is.

Yeah, "clever" in much the same way that I suppose robbing a bank could be considered "clever"? Or how virtually all in the media thought Harper’s raiding of seniors’ nest eggs was “clever”.

For those in the media who are without a Thesaurus, might I suggest that a more apt descriptor of our little Stephen Harper friend would perhaps be any one of:

"sneaky, underhanded, conniving, cowardly, dishonest, fraudulent, base, contemptible, deceitful, devious, disingenuous, double-dealing, duplicitous, furtive, guileful, malicious, mean, nasty, recreant, shifty, slippery, sly, sneaking, snide, stealthy, surreptitious, tricky, unscrupulous, untrustworthy, self-serving".

Meanwhile, events like Harper’s attempted Cadman bribery would fall under the single descriptor of “criminal”, whereas his income trust tax and his hoax known as tax leakage would fall under the single descriptor of “fraudulent”.

It is through the use of terms like "clever" that the media is responsible for playing an active role in debasing Canada’s system of democracy and lowering the public's standards of acceptable behaviour on the part of our elected representatives, through such subliminal means, as the press attempts (and often succeeds) in transforming the intolerable into the tolerable, through the not so clever use of terms like clever, but rather through the malicious misuse of terms like clever, when words like duplicitous, criminal and fraudulent are called for.

How do you think Harper became PM, without the avid support of many in the press, and their constant misuse of the English language on his behalf?


Anonymous said...

I've always liked "conniving" and "duplicitous". The underlying theme however is that all of Harper's "talents" are directed at advancing and maintaining his grip on power. He couldn't give rat's ass about the electorate.


CAITI said...


Just add equal parts of “audacious”, and you have the Colonel’s secret recipe for making the thug we know as Harper.

Brent Fullard

Dr Mike said...

Where is Marx-A-Million---how clever it must be to steal seniors hard earned savings by lying to them about not taxing income trusts.

Any idiot can get up in front of 33 million people & say on thing & do another.

A snake-oil salesman maybe , but not clever.

Dr Mike Popovich

Anonymous said...

How does p*ssing off Harper help Income Trust Investors?

ENLIM (a trust investor)

CAITI said...

Re: " How does p*ssing off Harper help Income Trust Investors?"

What we are witnessing here with this comment by ENLIM is a perfect example of the "Stockholm Syndrome" in action. A syndrome made famous by Patty Hearst, where the victim starts identifying with their captor, and starts heaping more abuse on themselves and more hero worship of their abuser.

You really should visit a doctor ENLIM, as your case of Stockholm Syndrome is quite acute and in immediate need of professional help.

Failing that. perhaps you should consider a stand up comic gig at Yuk Yuk's?

Brent Fullard

Anonymous said...


I read recently that the number of cases of dementia are on the increase in Canada and could reach epidemic proportions over the next few years...Hmmmmm!


WesternGrit said...

I would consider some of his backroom advisors (including the Republi-fugees from the USA) to be "clever". I have YET to see Harper outshine anyone in a debate, or outshine them in a speech. He is not nearly as intelligent as Ignatieff, Layton, or even May... He could not cut it at the U of T - let alone Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, or even Yale...

I agree with Neville - Harper is conniving and duplicitous, and full Conservative coffers have allowed him to buy good advice.

Look out though, the Liberals have an amazing OLO team - and they're working within the rules, guidelines, and traditions of Parliament...