Political Actions Irony

Actions Speak Louder Than Words:

Arising from email with a friend,

A tale of [Canadian] political irony.

Read it and weep:

From: My Friend

Subject: very interesting

Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2006 23:05:51 -0400

from the Globe and Mail


A tale of two speeches

A busy (mischievous?) senior Liberal staffer decided to compare former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin's speech to the United Nations last year with Prime Minister Stephen Harper's effort this week.

The easiest way, thought the staffer, was a count of "relevant" words. And this is what he came up with: Mr. Martin said the words "development or aid" 11 times compared with six for Mr. Harper. Mr. Martin said "human rights" 13 times; Mr. Harper said it three times.

The words "environment or climate" were said five times by Mr. Martin; those words did not pass Mr. Harper's lips. However, Mr. Harper said "military" four times compared with one time for Mr. Martin. The word "terror" was spoken six times by Mr. Harper; Mr. Martin never said it. He also never said the word "war;" Mr. Harper said it three times.

Dear Friend,

The news you relay certainly exemplifies the Liberal way - to dodge facts-of-reality by removing context, history, and surrounding circumstance(s). Does such a superficial count of words does mean much to anyone? In a world where actions speak louder than words, Liberals and their followers should find better things to do.

Irony was at full-strength when I clicked the link, because the resulting page was a request for a globeandmail.com registration, and provided the following article sample:

Domi's wife names Stronach as mistress


Saturday, September 23, 2006, Page A6

Liberal MP Belinda Stronach has been named as the other woman in a divorce application filed by Leanne Domi, the wife of former Maple Leafs tough guy Tie Domi.

Ms. Domi, who has been married to the hockey player for 13 years, says in the 20-page document filed in court this week that she believes her husband and Ms. Stronach have been involved in an "intimate sexual relationship" since he "began working with her on her political campaign in January, 2006."

The full text of this article has 854 words.
It is true, “actions speak louder than words.”

Thank you for the amusing combination of news articles,

Daniel Shakhmundes


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