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Friday, August 05, 2005


Offa yahoo:
Americans didn't flock to Canada after Bush win

Canadians can put away those extra welcome mats -- it seems Americans unhappy about the result of last November's presidential election have decided to stay at home after all.

In the days after President Bush won a second term, the number of U.S. citizens visiting Canada's main immigration Web site shot up sixfold, prompting speculation that unhappy Democrats would flock north.

But official statistics show the number of Americans actually applying to live permanently in Canada fell in the six months after the election.
GASP!!! What? Surely you jest.
Toby Condliffe, who heads the Canadian chapter of Democrats Abroad, did have an explanation of sorts.

"I can only assume the Americans who checked out the Web site subsequently checked out our winter temperatures and further took note that the National Hockey League was being locked out and had second thoughts," he told Reuters.
Yup. That's it. Cold temps and no hockey.
Snopes has a a couple follow-ups on some of the morons who vowed to move there if Bush was elected. I found it quite amuzing:
What happened to those celebrities who had said they'd flee the country? The London Times' Jack Malvern attempted to track them down a few days after Bush's inauguration on 20 January 2001. Alec Baldwin was sticking to his previous denial:
Alec [Baldwin] was busy denying everything. "My wife never heard of Focus magazine and never talked to them," he told the New York Daily News on August 19. Then, on August 20: "Kim [Basinger] did indeed speak to a Focus magazine . . . but my wife and I never said unequivocally that we would leave the country if Bush won. Never."
Robert Altman, who had since re-interpreted his previous remarks, was disinclined to offer further comment:
Second up the gangplank was the film director Robert Altman, the man behind such films as Short Cuts and The Player. "If George Bush gets elected President, I will move back to France," he told reporters at the Cannes film festival. "He's not a very smart man. He's been put up by his father and a bunch of cronies." Despite the fact that this statement was caught on film, Altman later denied making it. He meant to say, he said, that he would move to Paris, Texas, "because the state would be better off if [Bush] is out of it".
When contacted for this article, Altman was no longer inclined to discuss the matter. "Isn't this all getting a little silly?" he asked.
And Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder was disappointed with the election results, but apparently not disappointed enough to make good on his boast:
So far Eddie [Vedder] has only got as far as Hawaii, where, his spokesman explains, he is commiserating by "catching a wave". "He won't be leaving the US but he is extremely disappointed," says Matt Reynolds of Epic Records
Pierre Salinger, at least, reportedly stuck to his guns:
In fact, the only person who has made good on his promise is Pierre Salinger, former press secretary to President Kennedy, who is moving to France.
Yeah, with a quickness.
What a bunch of big mouthed wimps. I guess they figgered that if they didn't, everyone would forget their promises and move on.


As always... Rachael said...

That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard of. If you don't like the way your country is being run, you stick around, get involved and try to fix it. Fuck, if they want to leave, don't let the door hit you in the ass! I'm annoyed by big-mouthed celebs... even when I agree with them. No one elected them to be the official spokesperson of... anything! They always come across as arrogant know-it-alls and pisses me off.

Actors should stick to acting, and if they feel passionate, raising awareness for charities... but I'd like it if they kept their politics and kooky religions to themselves! Shit, now I'm sounding a little curmudgeony - what have you done to me??

Pooke said...

Yeah, Rachael!!!

All I was going to say was "Damn, they're still here?"

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, being on the other
side of the border in Canada,
I only had one close friend
that actually applied to
move to Canada, totally
because of the Bush

Unbelievable red tape involved, and the more
she sent me it, the
more I knew that she
would be staying put,
and being one of the
'I hate all Bushes but
my own'.

Who knows? Neither
country has their 'shit'

Interesting post though.

I do like Kim Basinger...
acting that is.


Katie back for a visit

curmudgeon said...

Like I've said before. Celebs should just stick to what they know. Entertainers should entertain and keep their moron mouths shut. They shouldn't try to make us think they know all, see all, have their shit together. We know better.

Rachael: Sorry if I corrupted you in any way. :)

pooke: Me too.

Katie: Yup. No nation is perfect. But there are a lot worse situations we could be in than living in the U.S. or Canada.

There are always two choices in life - fight or flight. Things can either be fixed or fled from. I prefer to try and make the best of a situation rather than run away from or sit around and bitch about it.

Anonymous said...

Very good points Curmudgeon.

I agree, now what?