November 28, 2004

The opinions of students and/or stoners . . .

are quite possibly the one thing more useless than teats on a bull.

What follows is my best attempt at an HTML recreation of a handbill I "liberated" this morning from a bulletin board at Carleton University after church. (Marc Emery is a major Canadian pot activist.)

[image of marijuana leaf]

SMOKE OUT

BUSH

ON PARLIAMENT HILL

MARC EMERY INVITES YOU TO RALLY AGAINST BUSH

AND THE US WAR ON DRUGS IN CANADA

4 :20

EACH DAY AT 4:20

BRING YOUR BONGS, BUDS, AND BANNERS

NOV. 30 - DEC 1

MARC EMERY WILL

LEAD A SMOKE-OUT

IN DEFIANCE OF

BUSH'S OTTAWA VISIT

What, exactly, the nation's stoners are supposed to be protesting is unclear, as Bush does not direct Canada's drug policy; indeed, the current status of pot possession as a non-criminal offense is in opposition to U.S. policy. More likely this is an excuse to get on the hate-Bush bandwagon with the rest of the flea-infested crowd. At least they will be too mellow to smash windows at Starbucks and McDonald's.

Of course, with a state visit by the President scheduled for Tuesday, the hate-Bush-for-no-particular-reason crowd is all over the place this weekend. I passed a cadre of hippie types this afternoon in Carleton's Unicentre assembling placards with the usual slogans on them. (I snickered all the way across the room, but I don't think they heard me.) An article in the school newspaper, The Charlatan (aka the Charlarag) complains about the timing of Bush's visit because CUSA, the student union, can't give protests their full support thanks to other pressing concerns, e.g. actual student-related issues on campus.

Also seen around town on telephone poles and construction sites: handbills portraying Dubya as Darth Vader protesting the missile defense, and Dubya as Alfred E. Neuman. Well, at least the moonbats have given up on the Hitler motif.

Bottom line: It's going to be an interesting week in downtown Ottawa, to say the least.

Incidentally, I think my friend Rand has the right general idea.