Hitler on Alberta

by Michael Schultz on September 30, 2015

Of course there is the classic Hitler spoof on politics….here’s his take on Rachel Notley coming to office in Alberta recently.



A Little Different

by Michael Schultz on September 30, 2015

Maybe it is a little different when someone outside a political party makes a protest……way to go Blue Rodeo! ….”Stealing All My Dreams”, classic line – “Have you forgot you work for me?”


Cheap Shots

by Michael Schultz on September 30, 2015

I contend that political attack ads are a form of heckling and in and of themselves allow parties to protest the others. However, they are wrong.

When he led the NDP in Canada, Jack Layton coached his MPs to not disrupt and heckle in the House of Commons. Two months ago Thomas Mulcair said he wouldn’t resort to attack ads. My how things change – desperate times – desperate measures. Here’s one just out:

But really – they are all doing it – chipping away at the other guy relentlessly.

Heckling from the Wilderness – The New Heckler?

by Michael Schultz on September 28, 2015

I must admit when I saw this headline in the paper I thought the animals were starting to talk. Instead it was about all the angry keyboard critics. Comedian Patton Oswalt is talking about the ‘unsatisfied type of person who upon stories published online spews venom in the comments section.’Much of it is vindictive not thoughtful. Gilbert Gottfried suggests it is ‘basically ringing someone’s door bell and running away’. We used to call this ‘nicky nicky nine doors’……not sure why.

The other trend comedians have noticed is an abundance of ‘knee-jerk political correctness’. This has led to an ‘apology epidemic’.

As the article says, ‘The sad, angry online voice is the new heckler – a lonely, frustrated type seeking a stage.’

The Wizard of Canada

by Michael Schultz on September 2, 2015

Freedom of Expression vs. Political Neutrality

by Michael Schultz on September 2, 2015

Freedom of expression vs. political neutrality = political correctness.

So it would appear that Environment Canada scientist/singer Tony Turner

has been suspended from his job for his performance of the song “Harperman”.

I covered this episode in Canadian politics/culture last month. The song calls for PM Harper “to go”.

Now he’s been gagged and apparently has violated the “non-political nature of public service…” What’s at issue is whether Mr. Turner has the right to express himself as a private citizen through a ‘folk (protest) song’. Mr. Turner is set for retirement but that might just be  a blessing.

Even Raffi is singing “I want my country back”. Elizabeth May is suggesting we return to door-to-door postal delivery. Is any politician really listening to the pleas of Canadians to make our country great – again?

The video does reveal a sizeable number of left-wing boomers who obviously like the song’s message too.

With the election a month and a half away – watch for further measures that will constrict personal freedom of expression here in Canada.

Who is this guy? ….a big ’0′…..

by Michael Schultz on August 25, 2015

Here’s the dude who swore at reporters this week and protected Duffy and

Harper in the ongoing bozo-like saga of $90,000 gone wrong.

This footage is brutal – the guy really ‘loses it’ – he vehemently supports

his conservative cronies. We would never have seen behaviour from conser-

natives like this in the days before the Alliance and Reform Party – this guy

is a true blue right of right rightist. It shows you how easy it is to snap and lose

it….another reason I am skeptical that the conservative party represents me as

a Canadian.


F – - K Harper

by Michael Schultz on August 20, 2015

A fellow named Rob Wells from Edmonton was pulled over in Leduc for bearing a bold pink sign on the inside back window of his car that says “F – - K Harper”.

He’s fed up with the PM and wants to voice his displeasure. In a recent CBC interview he chats about the incident:


Mr. Wells was pulled over by police in Alberta and fined $543.00 for distracting drivers with his ‘profane’ sign. Wells tells the interviewer that he is upset with Harper’s tactics and wants to speak out. He’s also concerned that he is being charged for profanity.

He’ll fight the fine and vows to keep the sign in his car to protest and make his ‘voice’ heard. Wells says lots of drivers gave him a thumbs up and a few showed displeasure with a flip of the bird.

It is a little unusual and maybe something you’d see from a younger person….so “nut bar”? – maybe…..sure he has 3 pens in his shirt pocket. Perhaps this is another case of impending ‘police state’ in the lean to the right of fear and fright.

Good for Mr. Wells in attracting attention. Canadians are too complacent and tolerant of their leaders and the political system. It may not be the best way to voice displeasure but it certainly has attracted attention……and it’s all over the media. Of course there’s always election day when Canadians can really say “F – -K Harper.”

The Courage to Face Dissenters

by Michael Schultz on August 12, 2015

Federal elections are forthcoming in both Canada and the United States in the near future.

The Globe and Mail’s Lawrence Martin suggested in yesterday’s paper that ‘we need Jon Stewart to set Canada straight’. That might be particularly true during election time. He says this to say that he might have fun lampooning Canada. Maybe we just need a person like Stewart.


Lawrence took a particular shot at the Canadian Conservative party. Apparently a headline on IPolitics tells us that”Participants at Conservative events must agree to gag order.” Attendees to a Harper campaign event must a) be invited and b) cleared by the party. Scary.

Mr. Lawrence offers this bit of wisdom for us to reflect upon:

“We used to be able to just line up at the door of a rally ( I remember a big one I attended in Hamilton in the 70s – as part of a poli-sci university course – just attended it) , pass through security, and get in to heckle or cheer.”

Entering politics meant having the courage to face dissenters. Lawrence goes on to tell us that we are experiencing “the shrinking of liberties”. I thought liberty of the individual was a major plank of the conservative platform?

At the same time, folk and children’s singer Raffi has come out with his own little ditty – he wants “his Canada back” – so do I. This message isn’t for the kids…..it’s about the kids. Thanks Raffi!

I like his message – “the more we vote together”, a little tribute to “The More We Get Together”.

Or as Kinky Friedman defines “politics”…..’poli’….means more than one…..’tics’ are bloodsucking parasites. Thanks for keeping it real Kinky.


Jon Stewart’s Final Hurrah…..(Heckle)

by Michael Schultz on August 7, 2015

I liked today’s editorial in The Globe and Mail…..a story that is probably running universally in the news about Jon Stewart and his final appearance on The Daily Show.

In Chapter 3 of my book HECKLE I reference the implications of bullshit as it related to speaking out. The Globe’s editorial:

“Jon Stewart was not the first person to have noticed that a lot of television news is bullshit”…..but he and the show’s writers did notice that “they could not only milk the world’s endless supply of b.s. for laughs -they could also put the laughs to serious purpose…”

Stewart is first and foremost a comedian and a humorist. Mocking the news has become big business because people do not want to tolerate the ludicrous and ridiculous state of the nation and the world. I wish this approach had been around in the 1950s and 1960s when I was growing up.

Stewart is the consummate heckler. Here is expounding on ….well, b.s.: