On Insensitive Douchebags & Swine of the Week Award

Insensitive Douchebaggery was a popular item this week, flying off the shelves like half-price X-Boxes at Walmart on Black Friday (but without the pepper spray, heart attacks and constabulary boots to the head). It was everywhere, like on Old McDoucheald’s farm: here a douche, there a douche, everywhere a douche-douche.

But of all the insensitive douchebaggery cluttering up the week’s cultural brainscape, there was one insensitive douchebag who stood apart from the rest.  No, it wasn’t CPC MP  Jim Hillyer, whose sophomoric “air gun” gesturing during the gun registry vote last month — almost 6 weeks ago, for those keeping track — was immortalized on a video uploaded to Youtube on the December 6th anniversary of the Polytechnique massacre.  Though chances are better than fair-to-middling that Hillyer really is an insensitive douche, it isn’t because of his celebratory Firing of The Air Guns on November 1st.

No, it’s a far more insensitive douchebag who video-clipped Hillyer’s goofy 6-second performance and waited five(5) weeks to upload it to Youtube on the anniversary of Polytechnique.

It’s not hard to imagine what this brainless fuckstick hoped to achieve with this disingenuous, intellectually dishonest and manipulative routine: presumably it was done to make some kind of faux-connection between the CPC and violence against women, with outrage ramped up by posting it on the anniversary of a horrific act of the same.  And to some extent it worked, with the more neurotic registry advocates reacting like Pavlov’s slavering curs to a dangling hunk of raw liver.  That purposely uploading and spreading around this particular video on that particular day makes the Youtuber a far more insensitive douchebag than Jim Hillyer could ever hope to be was lost on most of them.

But not on me.  And since I think such outstanding, above-and-beyond the call of douchey douchebaggery deserves recognition, “SleepyRobAnders” come on down!  You’re Swine of the Week!

13 Responses to “On Insensitive Douchebags & Swine of the Week Award”


  1. 1 Phatbiker Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Although I think the gun registry was a huge waste of money and did little to make Canadians safer, Hillyer’s gesturing was in poor taste and shows the typical Tory attitude of ” we got a majority and we can do the f**k we want now na de na na”. Will he wave hand-cuffs around when the crime bill becomes law?

  2. 2 fhg1893 Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    When I saw the video, I thought C-19 had just passed third reading.

    And here I thought I was about the only one who realized that this event actually took place several weeks ago.

    It seems there is something rather Pavlovian about the gun registry doesn’t it? Almost like it had become a bit of a sacred cow. Hmmm…

    Oh, and I’d like to nominate a runner-up for Swine of the Week. For turning the December 6th Memorial Ceremony into little more than a political rally, I nominate Wendy Cukier, president of the Coalition for Gun Control as runner-up for Swine of the Week.

  3. 3 JJ Monday, December 12, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Totally. There’s really no place for that kind of childish assholishness in Parliament, and had I been aware of it the week it happened, I probably would have pronounced Hillyer “Parliamentary Frat Boy of the Week”.

    Unfortunately, uploading a video of Hillyer’s dumbness on Dec.6th and trying to equate it with insensitivity of the Polytechnique massacre and violence against women doesn’t work either, and makes the pro-registry people who fell for it look a little goofy. (Thankfully, most pro-reg people that I know of didn’t fall for it.)

  4. 4 JJ Monday, December 12, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Unless someone’s keeping close track of this issue, it would have appeared that Hillyer actually did that on Dec.6, which would have been in bad taste beyond belief. For a split-second I even I thought 3rd reading must have taken place that day and I thought, Ew, creepy, how could they. Then I thought, wait a minute… So imagine what people thought who don’t follow the issue closely. Of course, that was the objective.

    And yeah, I was a little disgusted by how CPC members were pointedly told they weren’t welcome at the memorial, and from there it was totally politicized. Dec.6 should be a non-partisan day of remembrance for all Canadians.

  5. 5 bleatmop Monday, December 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    To me the irony is that advocating for better mental health services here in Canada would go much further to preventing another Dec. 6 than any gun registry. To me, the second tragedy of Dec 6 was that instead of demanding increased funding to help diagnose, treat, and management for those with mental illnesses (an appropriate compassionate response imo), the response instead was an outright revenge mode on anyone who owns a gun, no matter for what reason. The state was all too happy to oblige them in increasing its scope of intrusion into ordinary persons lives.

  6. 6 fhg1893 Monday, December 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Yeah, I thought it was third reading too, and was wondering why the hell the gunnutz didn’t mention it. Of course, when I saw that the caption said second reading, I just decided to ignore it as obviously baiting the pro-registry side.

    I’m a supporter, and I can fully admit that the CPC can with alarming frequency display some of the worst behaviour in Canadian politics. In particular, it seems that some of the back-benchers from the west have a perpetual case of foot-in-mouth disease.

    But as tasteless and crude as the CPC’s antics can be, I don’t think the CPC on it’s worst day could manage to be as spiteful and vile as those who made the CPC unwelcome at the December 6th memorial. It seems to me that it’s a bit like making NDP and Liberal supporters unwelcome at a Rememberance day service because the left tends to be anti-military. As cringe-worthy as the CPC can be, I just can’t imagine even them doing something on the same level as what the NDP did concerning December 6th.

    And what’s worse is that you seem to be just about the only person on the left who seems to have noticed that what the rest of the left did to the right just shouldn’t fly in any kind of decent democractic society. And what’s even more gobsmacking is that it’s always the political right that seems to be facing accusations of hyper-partisanship, when what we’re seeing now flies completely in the face of that dominant narrative.

    We all knew that a Tory majority government would be followed by a period of adjustment and change, but seriously, I don’t think anyone in their wildest dreams imagined that the divide between Canadians had grown so wide, or that we’d see this much turbulence in such a short space of time.

  7. 7 fhg1893 Monday, December 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I don’t have a deep personal connection with December 6th, I was out of the country at the time, and too young to be aware of this incident at all, I would have been 8 years old at the time. Since we returned to Canada, I’ve been subtly reminded several times over the years, that it seems to me that while guns are often considered the primary and obvious villain to be fingered by December 6th, I can’t help but feel that men have been quietly and tacitly turned into Lepine/Gharbi’s accomplices in the very same manner.

    I still cringe a little every time December 6th comes up, if only because it seems like I always be doubly associated with Marc Lepine/Ghamil Gharbi, being both male and a gun owner…

    I guess I’m growing quite weary of being in the cross-hairs all the time…

  8. 8 JJ Monday, December 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    it seems like I always be doubly associated with Marc Lepine/Ghamil Gharbi, being both male and a gun owner…

    Oh yeah? 😆 Try being a female gun owner 😯 and feminist 😯 😯 Talk about “out of lockstep”.

    I’m lucky, most of my feminist friends are open minded and we can agree to disagree with mutual respect (and I love them♥ for it). But some people… 🙄 You’d think I joined the Phelps family.

  9. 9 JJ Monday, December 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    It seems to me that it’s a bit like making NDP and Liberal supporters unwelcome at a Rememberance day service because the left tends to be anti-military.

    I wouldn’t say anti-military as much as anti-war. In the old days there was a lot of anti-military sentiment (people spitting on soldiers coming home from Nam, calling them baby killers etc). Few if any on the left would disrespect our military that way nowadays.

    But that’s just me being picky, I see what you’re saying and it’s a reasonable analogy.

    I was actually quite surprised to see that the Cons were so pointedly “not invited” to the memorial. I knew our political climate was getting worse, but wasn’t aware that it had sunk to that level. The “Harper government” has only itself to blame, although I suspect they’re quite happy with this rotten state of affairs — they’re the ones who started playing up the politics of division, and as long as everyone is divided, it’s all good to them.

    The CPC caucus has quite a few knuckledraggers in it, genuine nitwits prone to gaffes and goofy behaviour, which is why Harpie keeps them on a short leash. The scary part is someone votes them in.

  10. 10 fhg1893 Monday, December 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    “I wouldn’t say anti-military as much as anti-war. In the old days there was a lot of anti-military sentiment (people spitting on soldiers coming home from Nam, calling them baby killers etc). Few if any on the left would disrespect our military that way nowadays.”

    Well, I say anti-military because the left is usually, but not always, of the opinion that we as a human species have outgrown the need for the Canadian Armed Forces. While I don’t share the opinion of some on the right who see enemies very often, I don’t think it’s wise to simply ditch, or even significantly cut-back the CF – F-35’s not withstanding – here’s hoping that the F-35 project gets scrapped by the ‘States. We ought to maintain, and upgrade our military, perhaps not as a top priority, but certainly as important enough to merit better- much better! than the decade of darkness.

    “The “Harper government” has only itself to blame, although I suspect they’re quite happy with this rotten state of affairs — they’re the ones who started playing up the politics of division, and as long as everyone is divided, it’s all good to them.”

    Now JJ, I don’t think that’s entirely fair, and it’s unbecoming of you to point fingers in only one direction when there’s plenty of blame to go around. Chretien certainly was no friend to firearms owners, one could argue that he, or Alan Rock anyway, was the originator behind this division. My point is, whatever the case may be, all parties are guilty of cashing in on the wedges so to speak. Nobody has kept it clean, or done much to elevate the level of discourse. It’s gotten so bad that there’s a sneer behind every sentence. Perhaps it’s always been like that, or perhaps politicians used to be better at concealing it. If Harper’s guilty of anything, it’s accelerating, and even perhaps profiting from this trend, but not starting it. The fire was already burning when Harper became the opposition, though you can certainly fault the right for steadily adding fuel, but then again, you can do the same to the left. I guess it’s the difference between a squirt-gun for years ala the right, vs. the occasional dump-truck ala the left. See December 6th fiasco. Either way, we’re all getting burned.

    “The CPC caucus has quite a few knuckledraggers in it, genuine nitwits prone to gaffes and goofy behaviour, which is why Harpie keeps them on a short leash. The scary part is someone votes them in.”

    My thoughts, more or less exactly.

  11. 11 fhg1893 Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 3:39 am

    “Oh yeah? 😆 Try being a female gun owner 😯 and feminist 😯 😯 Talk about “out of lockstep”.”

    Female gun owners are the minority, that’s true. But I don’t know think it’s incompatible in the slightest with feminism. Wendy McElroy and Camile Paglia come to mind.

    “I’m lucky, most of my feminist friends are open minded and we can agree to disagree with mutual respect (and I love them♥ for it). But some people… 🙄 You’d think I joined the Phelps family.”

    Dunno what stripes your friends are, but I’m guessing more of the same. When it comes to modern, third-wave Marxist gender feminism, which seems to be pretty much the dominant brand these days, I’ve experienced first-hand that there is zero tolerance for opinions which deviate from the commonly accepted point of view. Just look what happened to Erin Pizzey.

  12. 12 Extremely Extreme Extremist Friday, December 16, 2011 at 1:34 am

    “Totally. There’s really no place for that kind of childish assholishness in Parliament”

    I assume you will be denouncing Justin Turdeau for calling Mr Kent a “piece of shit” in Parliament, right?

  13. 13 JJ Friday, December 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Did he do that? What a dumbass. Parliament continues to live down to my expectations.


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