NOTE: but for a technical glitch, this would have been posted on Day 12. Now you get two posts on Day 13.
Friends and colleagues are aware that I am fond of a joke about the two kinds of stupid.One is running around naked in your living room.The second is running around naked on the front lawn.As a journalist, I don't care about the first one. The second one is a front-page story.I was overheard to tell this joke on a couple of occasions yesterday as everyone discussed a particularly healthy dose of stupidity. First there was Conservative Ag Minister Gerry Ritz
, who during a conference call with reporters cracked a couple of tasteless jokes
about the listeriosis crisis. He suggested the food crisis was the "death of a thousand cold cuts." When told there was another death in Atlantic Canada, Ritz asked jokingly if it was Wayne Easter
, the federal Liberal ag critic who has dogged Ritz on the listeriosis crisis.Gerry Ritz - buck naked on the front lawn.Then of course there was Dana Larsen
, a NDP candidate from British Columbia who previously had been co-owner of a store that sold, among other things, coco seeds. Seeds that theoretically you could use to make cocaine. Turns out he was also a former marijuana party candidate, and someone had produced video
of him dropping acid and driving under the influence of drugs. Since this information became known, the party has asked him to step down as a candidate.Ladies and gentlemen, Dana Larsen and the candidate selection staff at the NDP, all buck naked on the front lawn.From now till the end of the election, I'll try to pay tribute to other political naturists.-30-