August 29, 2007

Lorne Calvert's Party of 5th Graders

I've met Brad Wall and listened to him speak, and detected no trace of any speech impediment.

Apparently, the Saskatchewan NDP think differently.


Apparently, they think that it's appropriate to reference an established physical disability to ridicule a political opponent on their official party website.

Quite the little inside joke, that.

Or at least, it used to be.

Update: 5:50pm In an uncharacteristic mea culpa, the NDP has changed the photo and acknowledged their shame. The file name on the new one is "380_ashamedbradnews.jpg"

SDA gets results!

Posted by Kate at August 29, 2007 3:52 PM

This is absolutlely disgusting and another example of a morally bankrupt NDP party.

I believe that the people in charge of this are in need of some basic sensitivity training, starting with this organization.

The Canadian Stuttering Organization

The insult to those with this disability is truly horrifying. The tag of Mr. Wall's picture is meant to demean him but at the same time demeans anyone who has long suffered with this condition.

Will these people continue to stoop to the lowest level?

Mr. Calvert, as a former United Church minister, have you lost your entire sense of decency? For shame.

Please Saskatchewan, vote this NDP government out as soon as you can!

Posted by: Peter S at August 29, 2007 5:21 PM

Where on the NDP site is there any reference to Wall's alleged speech impediment? I couldn't find it. All I found was this folksy looking chap, in an open collared shirt, rambling on a bout the future of the best place to live and raise your family in Canada. (Apparently he means Saskatchewan)

Making fun of a political opponent's speech or other physical impediment is a tried and true Canadian tradition. Remember Kim Campbell's okay on the ads that made fun of Jean Chretien's twisted mouth, and how well it worked for the Conservatives?

Umm,from 175 seats, to 2, if I remember correctly.

Posted by: dmorris at August 29, 2007 5:31 PM

Dat are be de proof.
Dat de n DEE pee are no to win de race!
De meedeee uh , day doan like de makin fun-a-du speech.

De Strangler

Posted by: De Strangler at August 29, 2007 5:38 PM

Thanks for making young, progressive, successful people proud of their gov't and their smear campaign. My demo is exactly who the NDP will lose in this campaign. Good luck with rallying seniors and union members. The rest of the province is tired of these bush league tactics.

Posted by: Tired of the same crap at August 29, 2007 5:40 PM

These clowns just go from one daily bungle to another. How low can you get, Lorne? I hope the media picks this one up.

Posted by: Paul at August 29, 2007 5:43 PM


Check out the filename on that image.

Posted by: Woody Woodpecker at August 29, 2007 5:50 PM

Just go to the website, right-click on the picture and choose to save picture, then you will see that is the filename for that picture.

Posted by: Shawn at August 29, 2007 5:51 PM

Could have been worse. They could have called him a spaz. :)

Posted by: The Phantom at August 29, 2007 5:56 PM

You guys are simply 'inventing' things to be OUTRAGED over. This is ridiculous and laughable!

(Actually not a bad photo of old 'Lambchop' Wall by the way!!)

Posted by: leftdog at August 29, 2007 6:03 PM


How DARE you think this is nothing to be outraged about.

I've seen your posts here before. You are an apologist for a morally bankrupt party. In your eyes, they can do no wrong. People like you are what's wrong with Saskatchewan!

I have seen the direct effects of, the bias, the bullying of a person close to me that stutters. To debase my experiences and those of those who have suffered is arrogant to the nth degree.

To try to tag Mr. Wall with the term "stutter" is not tagging someone with a term of endearment. It is an insult and an affront to those and their families that have suffered from a condition that they didn't ask for.

One the other hand, you chose your foolish words and your foolish political allegiances.

You deserve to be publically humiliated and redressed for moral ignorance and your arrogance. It's not like your beloved NDP would not attack the SK Party if they were to find something similar.

leftdog, you are a fool of the highest order.

Posted by: Peter S at August 29, 2007 6:26 PM

Waiting for the kind of outrage that followed the JC ads back in '93... any day now. (How long has that been up there, and how long is it going to take the media to notice?)

Posted by: Eugene at August 29, 2007 6:31 PM

Check out Red Tory's blog where a commenter referenced all the vile and3 nasty SDA insults invoving "stuttering."

Wingnut hypocrites and your faux outrage.

Posted by: Smart progressive at August 29, 2007 6:41 PM


While I don’t claim to know Brad Wall I would point out that he may be a stutterer and you might never know it.

There are many of us born in the 60s, 70s and early 80s (when school districts still had full time speech therapists on staff) who were lucky enough to have had intensive speech therapy at an early age. Hearing me speak you would never know that I was and remain a stutterer. You might wonder about the occasional odd pause or unusual slowness if enough sses and cees are spaced too closely together but as long as I am sober and not over-tired it is possible that you wouldn’t know me for a stutterer.

Close friends eventually figure it out and given the workload on a typical MLA I'm betting his opponents have heard him lose it once or twice if he is indeed a stutterer which might explain the cruel insult.

Posted by: MeinBC at August 29, 2007 6:49 PM

Well put Peter S, although I doubt if it will sink into leftdog's head.

Posted by: Texas Canuck at August 29, 2007 6:51 PM

Smart progressive (sic) said...

"Check out Red Tory's blog where a commenter referenced all the vile and3 nasty SDA insults invoving "stuttering."

Wingnut hypocrites and your faux outrage."

From Google: Results 1 - 10 of about 21 from for stuttering OR stutter OR stutterer. (0.13 seconds)

What ARE you blathering on about?!

Posted by: Tenebris at August 29, 2007 7:16 PM

Funny thing that you should mention Red Tory. There's a long comments thread there about the Asian Pacific post, and not a single one of the raving, foul-mouthed moonbats has noticed that the question posed in my subject line - "Why are all the Canadian soldiers being killed in Afghanistan white?" - is a direct quote from the editorial.

They apparently haven't read past the first three sentences.

I've remarked on the legendary reading comprehension levels of the left before...

But from a blogger who has allowed overt threats of sexual assault towards me to remain standing in his comments section, I can't say I'm surprised.

Small wonder he hides behind anonymity.

Posted by: Kate at August 29, 2007 7:30 PM

Sorry, next time I'll mime it for you.

*rolls eyes*

Posted by: Smart progressive at August 29, 2007 7:31 PM

People like leftdog are the prime reson more people are leaving Sask than moving in. I have family there, but would I ever consider living in an NDP infested province.........NEVER!!

Posted by: odie441 at August 29, 2007 7:37 PM

The Dippers don't like Brad Wall talking, but it's what he says and how he says it that scares them the most.
If you get a chance to hear him speak, don't miss it, he's very entertaining and charming and sticks it to the NDP in hilarious and very true ways.
One example was when Calvert used a canoe race where the leaders stopped and waited for everyone else to catch up as a fine example of how to live.
Brad's take on it was that Calvert was trying to inspire everyone with a canoe race in which everyone finished last.
Then he took it a step farther; he wondered what Lorne's sermons must have been like back when he was a preacher.
Perhaps he would tell everyone on the right side of the church that they had been good and prayed lots and were honest and generous, but those on the left side were drinking and sinning and swearing and generally being bad.
Brad suggested that Lorne's solution would be for all those on the right side of the church to start drinking and gambling and lying and stealing like the others so they could all go to hell together!
It wasn't a bad metaphor for what is wrong with Saskatchewan.
Once again, if you get a chance to hear him speak, it's well worth it.

Posted by: Stan at August 29, 2007 7:40 PM

"should she indicate that she is agreeable" Ooh, that's a nasty threat.
So, does your spam filter look for links to your own website?

Posted by: lenny at August 29, 2007 7:56 PM

Yes, it is - and no it doesn't.

Posted by: Kate at August 29, 2007 8:05 PM

Nice work Kate...

Obviously the NDP see the error (or rather the outrage) of their ways.

Too bad some of their supporters don't.

What will you find next? I'm sure there are plenty more bodies in the Internet graveyard with NDP fingerprints all over them.

Keep up the good work...

Posted by: The Greek at August 29, 2007 8:09 PM

Now the file name is 'ashamed'.
Speaking of ashamed, Lorne,Pat and any of the other NDP'ers who claim to be morally superior than us, shouldn't it be you whose pictures are titled 'ashamed'?
Pat Atkinson for one is a good person and should be reminded that she is hanging with nerds.
She took a lot of heat for defending Murdoch Carriere, I wonder if it left a bad taste in her mouth.
Why not ask her?
Ask her how low they are prepared to go.

Pat Atkinson
Minister of Finance
Minister Responsible for Immigration
Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy
Contact Info

Constituency Office:
621A Main St.
Saskatoon, SK S7H 0J8
Phone: 664-6101, Fax: 665-5633

Posted by: Stan at August 29, 2007 8:16 PM

The NDP:

Making life bitter for Saskatchewan families.

Posted by: Farmer Ben at August 29, 2007 8:21 PM

Far be it from me to disagree (yeah, right) but looking at the "new" picture and file name, I do believe they are infering that Mr. Wall is acting like he is ashamed not the Dippers. Apparently getting an apology or acknowledgement of wrong doing is as foreign to the NDP as it is to it's sheeple.

Posted by: Texas Canuck at August 29, 2007 8:30 PM

Oh, how I recall the mis-step taken by the Progressive Conservatives in the 1993 election, making fun of "the driver of the getaway car's" frozen face.

These things backfire. Perhaps it will receive the airplay it has earned.

Posted by: Bruce Stewart at August 29, 2007 8:43 PM

dmorris asked, and I'll go one further.

Who knew that it was possible for John Tory (Ms. Campbell's campaign manager) to be simultaneously working to be an Ontario PC Premier and the Campaign Manager for the Saskatchewan NDP? That's durability!

Posted by: Trev at August 29, 2007 8:44 PM

About what I would expect from a tired old party that sees the public as sheep.. I would take that beautifull wolf, protecting the flock from the mange ridden coyotes and make it the spokesman for a campaign against this gov'ts record, asking the public if they feel like sheep.

Posted by: Speedy at August 29, 2007 9:04 PM

Peter S, I understand your outrage at Leftard but don't waste your breath nor your keystrokes. The dude has drunk the koolaid and he's beyond help.

Posted by: Daverbonz at August 29, 2007 10:08 PM

I would like to see a photoshopped pic with Lorne's mug in he sheep outfit;

he is the boy that cried wolf;

I can't imagine that SK residents will fall for Calverts hokey nice-guy schtick hiding his selfish, dishonest and mean-spirited character.

Posted by: Bushman at August 29, 2007 10:48 PM

Has Mr. Wall's physical disablity been publicly established? If not, then it's just a shot at someone stammering over something....

Posted by: justcurious at August 29, 2007 10:59 PM

I grew up with a stutter and I can assure you that it was not always a pleasant experience. It was wrong for the Tories to make fun of JC's speech impediement then and it is wrong for SK's NDP party to make fun of Wall's here.

I don't think I have found a politican out there that hasn't provided a moment that someone from another party could easily point to that would be embarressing and would also be appropriate, Harper in his cowboy getup a few years ago and Dion skipping around just recently for examples.

Posted by: Iain at August 29, 2007 11:50 PM

Have to check SDA more often, I missed the ndp video.
One thing that marks virtually all left wingers is their ability to shut off and stop listening to anything they disagree with. One way to get to be a certified wacko, is to only talk and associate with people that think and act exactly like yourself. Variety is the spice of life, listening to varied opinions keeps you centered.

Posted by: Tom at August 29, 2007 11:58 PM

The dippers need to take a break from the negative stuff.
Time to regroup, gather around the campfire, sing a few
verses of Joe Hill and enjoy a Soviet Cola.

Posted by: Bernie at August 30, 2007 12:58 AM

I never saw the video. I'm not afraid of the NDP but are leary of you facists on this blog. You are tooo scary.

Posted by: ok4ua at August 30, 2007 1:09 AM

Looks like ok4ua has been drinking the koolaid too. He's probably got the wolf/sheep brochures taped to his windows. Advertising works, particularly on simple minds.

Posted by: sf at August 30, 2007 1:55 AM

Making Life Better? That bragging by the NDP is seriously in doubt when it comes to work-disabled persons who on average are forced to live on less than $7000 per year by the NDP.

Lorne Calvert and the NDP have accomplished nothing worth mentioning for people with disabilities in Saskatchewan. Today more then ever persons with disabilities in Saskatchewan are living in abject poverty owing to severe mismanagement of Saskatchewan's economy by the NDP. This is well in keeping with the NDP's strategy of crafting carefully worded statement to give the appearance of making a change for the better while in fact doing nothing at all or very little.

An excellent example of the empty gestures that are the hallmark of the NDP, is the ridiculously empty symbolic Seniors Drug Plan. While it is true that some seniors paid large bills for prescriptions, those people are already largely covered by other government programs. Overall, on average, seniors pay about 30 per month "retail" cost for prescription pharmaceuticals. The actual medicare cost is significantly less - less, in fact, than the 15 per month that NDP are claiming is their gift to seniors.

So have the NDP really done anything for Seniors... the answer clearly is "No." All they've done is what political scientists call engage in Tokenism. If you look at the NDP's policies carefully, you will easily notice that they all of their policies fall neatly into this category of symbolic effort - Tokenism.

In keeping with the excellent catch that Small Dead Animals made on the NDP's shameful mocking of people with disabilities, we at the Saskatchewan Democratic Action Party would like to agree whole-heartedly that it is abhorrent and amoral of the NDP (who claim to stand for social justice) to abuse the dignity of persons with disabilities in order to cling to their cozy government leather chairs and free (taxpayer funded in reality) Catered sodas and bite-sized pre-chewed canapés. Our thanks to Small Dead Animals for bringing this abuse of Persons with Disabilities by the NDP to light.

Posted by: SDAP at August 30, 2007 1:57 AM

"should she indicate that she is agreeable" Ooh, that's a nasty threat.
So, does your spam filter look for links to your own website?

Posted by: lenny at August 29, 2007 7:56 PM
Yes, it is - and no it doesn't.

Posted by: Kate at August 29, 2007 8:05 PM

Hehehehehe....please don't confuse the sheeples.

Posted by: Justthinkin at August 30, 2007 4:41 AM

Oh. And your upcoming election.10 bucks the dippers are back in.Sorry to say it,but most modern-day farmers are socialist.Bring on the the price controls!!!

Posted by: Justthinkin at August 30, 2007 4:44 AM

I know I am going to get slapped for this..but who is smarter then a 5th grader???

Posted by: Justthinkin at August 30, 2007 4:46 AM

As for Red Tory, what do you expect from a self-admitted criminal and ex-Nazi sympathizer? Of course Red says the Nazi stuff is just youthful indiscretion(I guess he sees himself in the vein of Pierre "Wasser" Trudeau), and he only stole a small amount of money and it was a white-collar crime. The guy is the prototypical Liberal. Still, he's not all that anonymous, a small effort on Google will reveal his real name quickly enough because he didn't post anonymously when he started out . . .

Posted by: the_rat at August 30, 2007 10:55 AM

Jesus,,, I think I will change my handle to Yuma,,

Posted by: Ratt at August 30, 2007 11:39 AM

"a small effort on Google will reveal his real name quickly enough because he didn't post anonymously when he started out . . ."

By all means, share!

Posted by: Kate at August 30, 2007 12:33 PM

"Overt threats of sexual assualt..?"

Ridiculous stretch....and I've seen you do this several times before.

For a blogger who appears to be on the right side of the spectrum, you sure sound a lot like those humourless, shrill, feminist harpies when you're cornered.

Don't cry wolf...why not respond to humour (tasteless as it may be) with wit rather than a specious cry of sexual assault?

Brutal hypocrisy.

Posted by: evilprinceweasel at August 30, 2007 6:04 PM

Wow, that didn't take long . . .

Posted by: The Rat at August 30, 2007 6:28 PM

It is great that the NDP are committing political suicide and maybe the next election they will finally get out of power. But none of the other parties want to offer more than the status quo with a minor change here or there to reflect which side of center they are on. Can't anybody in politics see that without major changes this province is going to be left behind.

Posted by: Ihateithere at August 30, 2007 10:52 PM

The NDP and their chronic displacement!

They are defective in every way and pretend that others are the defectives:

Check out my new NDP youtube video - 'wolf in sheep's clothing':

Posted by: don muntean at August 31, 2007 9:00 PM

Quote [bushman]:

I would like to see a photoshopped pic with Lorne's mug in he sheep outfit;

he is the boy that cried wolf;

I can't imagine that SK residents will fall for Calverts hokey nice-guy schtick hiding his selfish, dishonest and mean-spirited character.:


Check out my new NDP youtube video - 'wolf in sheep's clothing':

[great to see small dead animals going strong!!]

Posted by: don muntean at August 31, 2007 9:16 PM

MARCH OF THE WARRIOR PENGUINS Ahh mumble and the other empoere penguins have declaired war on the leopard seals WE,LL WIPE THEM OUT SQUAWK SQUAWK

Posted by: spurwing plover at September 2, 2007 3:33 PM