As you all know, it has been a long-standing tradition of this blog (since August 2005, and possibly never again) to nominate, at the beginning each month, a number of individuals who we think qualify for the “Chutzpah-nik of the Month Award.”
These individuals, all of whom must be public figures, vie for this prize which will be given to the nominee with “the most Chutzpah-dik statement, action and/or behaviour actualized in the past month.” (I have not yet decided whether or not I will send the winner a certificate for “Chutzpah-nik of the Month,” but I think we can all agree that it would be funny if I did.)
Feel free to add your own nominations.
I humbly nominate the following for the month of July 2005:
#1 - Carolyn Parrish:
Her previous antics aside, her wanton act of Chutzpah this past month takes the cake.
Recently, Chief of Defence Staff Rick Hillier called terrorists in Afghanistan and around the world “detestable murderers and scumbags.” Offended by this for some reason, Parrish, taking time out of her busy schedule as a lunatic, wrote a letter to cabinet balloon-head, Bill Graham, Minister of Defence. In this letter, Parrish (Former Liberal MP, now Independent) called the Chief of Staff's comments “truly barbaric” and called on Graham to “muzzle the beast.”
Furthermore, in an interview with the Globe and Mail’s left-leaning Jane Taber, Parrish said, “I’m totally offended by [Hellier] … and I think somebody should put a clamp on his mouth.”
But here’s the clincher. Recently, in an attempt to get back into the Liberal Party, she met with the PMO. At this meeting it became clear that should she return, she would be asked to moderate her comments about subjects such as the Middle East and President Bush. Parrish responded to this by saying, “I'm appalled the Liberal Party wants to curb free speech as badly as it wants to,” she said.
“Appalled,” are you? So Hellier should be “muzzled” and “shouldn’t speak that way” about terrorists, and that “somebody should put a clamp on his mouth.” But when Queen Wacko of Looney Land wants to say ridiculous things about world leaders, it’s “appalling” that her party would want her to curb her free speech.
Carolyn Parrish, I hereby nominate you “Chutzpah-nik of the Month.”
#2 - David Ahenekew:
In December, 2002, Ahenakew, head of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations at the time, spoke to a reporter and praised Hitler for trying to “clean up the world” when he “fried” six million Jews in the Holocaust. He also said Hitler's rise to power was a response to the “disease” of Jewish world domination.
Ahenekew (aka Chief-Talks-Big-Bull) never disputed any of these comments. In fact, he acknowledged and apologized for them that same December. In his apology he even said “Such comments have no excuse.”
But later he decided that they did have an excuse.
In his four-day hearing in April he told the court the racist comments were made because he had not been feeling well the day he made the speech, because his blood sugar was up and his diabetes medication had been changed. Well that explains that! Everyone knows anti-Semitism and Holocaust-praising is a common side effect of diabetes medication! Also, at his most recent trial Chief Talks-Big-Bull said he still believes Jews started the war. Other than that though, his comments had “no excuse.”
And so on July 8, 2005, Chief Talks-Big-Bull was fined the massive sum of $1,000 (and that’s like, $1.50 American) for wilfully promoting hatred. Upon leaving the court, an angry Ahenekew said he's a victim of a justice system that's unfair to First Nations people and vowed to appeal. “My case was as much about racism against First Nations as it was about alleged racism against the Jewish community.”
Huh? So, in other words, he has admitted that he said every word he was accused of saying to a reporter and, therefore, was violating the part of the Criminal Code that says:
“Every one who, by communicating statements, other than in private conversation, wilfully promotes hatred against any identifiable group is guilty…”
But that pesky issue of “breaking the law” and all isn’t why he was found guilty. No! It’s obviously because of racism against the First Nations. And keep in mind he’s appealing rather than paying $1,000, even though the appeal will inevitably cost more than that fine (after all, famed Nazi lawyer Doug Christie does not work for free.)
And so, for blaming your racist comments on your medication, by claiming your self-confessed guilt was a result of racism, and by appealing the fine which will be less than the legal bills upon appeal, I hereby nominate you, David Ahenakew, “Chutzpah-nik” of the Month.
If anyone else has any nominations, feel free to add them.
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