Thursday, December 18, 2008

WBTA VP grumps at Buckets' Slump dump pump

Apparently I pumped the story of the dumping of Ernest Slump just a little too soon. WBTA VP Dan Doherty writes to assure me that there was in fact no internal coup, merely a slight snafu updating the website. (He didn't actually do it grumpily -- he was quite friendly -- but I couldn't resist the rhyme.)

He also asked that I inform my regular readers of the WBTA's position vis-a-vis Slump's controversial statements.
    This letter is in response to the recent comments circulating regarding Ernie Slump. The Western Businesses and Taxpayers Association does not support any offensive remarks and or actions, particularly regarding ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation. David Crutcher and our Council have contacted Ernie to provide him with a forum to explain his comments.

    Our policy is one of inclusion and we deeply apologize to anyone this may have offended. I will keep you up to date of any new developments.

    We greatly appreciate you bringing this to our attention and I look forward to any comments or questions you may have.

    Warmest Regards

    Dan Doherty
    Vice President
    Western Businesses & Taxpayers Association.
We thank Mr. Doherty for this clarification. Nonetheless, I have one concern. So far, four offensive remarks have been attributed to Mr. Slump.
  1. his observation that "the White man" is better at killing than other races (here),
  2. his stated desire to exclude Vancouver from a new western Canadian state (here)
  3. a call for all Liberals to be executed (here),
  4. his offer to point out Liberals to invading marksmen (here)
Now, given the WBTA's commitment to inclusion in matters of ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation, we can probably assume that:
  1. white men will be thankful no longer to be considered especially homocidal.
  2.  Vancouverites (an ethnicity? I suppose in a stretch) will be glad that the WBTA does not want to discriminate against them
I'm troubled, however, that the WBTA has chosen not to include Liberals among the protected minorities in their new regime.

This is surely an oversight that the WBTA will correct soon.

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