August 30, 2015

UPDATE: Get the "I'm a Harperman" t-shirt! Harperman: When the "angry old white men" are unionized leftists, the Media Party loves them

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

(UPDATE: Get a NEW "I'm a Harperman" t-shirt from The Rebel! Scroll down to find out more...)

I was born too late to be part of the hippie, draft dodger generation, but I got a good look at that self-absorbed generation thanks to "Harperman."

"Harperman" is a "folk song" about Stephen Harper, and the lyrics are basically every single leftwing talking point about the PM going back over ten years, set to "music."

The song is credited to "Ottawa folk singer" Tony Turner, but Turner actually works in the civil service, at the Ministry of the Environment.

I'm all for free speech, but the trouble is, civil servants are bound by a code of non-partisanship.

Because he violated those workplace non-partisan rules, Turner's been put on paid leave -- he's in a union, remember -- so of course the media has turned him into a hero.

PS: I couldn't help but notice the rest of the people in Turner's video. They're stuck in the 1960s.

The left loves to make fun of the right's "angry old white men," but look at this bunch!

I wonder how many of them work in the civil service too? Will they be reprimanded as well?

And why are they all white? What happened to diversity? (Not that there's much of that in their unionized workplaces -- I explain why in my report.)

UPDATE from Ezra Levant: 

The "Harperman" video mocks Harper for many things — including for sending CF-18s to Iraq to fight against the Islamic State terrorists. And of course, being an environmental extremist, that "Harperman" folksinger hates the oilsands too. These and other conservative values define what he calls “Harperman”.

I thought about it for a bit, and I realized: I guess that makes me a Harperman too! I don’t take it as an insult — it’s a summary of what I believe in!

So we at The Rebel have created a simple new T-shirt that proudly says, “I’m a Harperman”. It’s going to drive all my left-wing friends nuts!

You can order your very own Harperman T-shirt on our online store, by clicking here or by clicking on the image below. 



I can hardly wait to start wearing mine around town. I just know it will make every hippie, eco-activist, university professor and journalist furious. And every hard-working, law-abiding, patriotic Canadian will give me a knowing thumbs-up!

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commented 2015-09-10 22:11:00 -0400
Jimmy, LOL, not much. We are the epitome of “opposites attract”, but he does tend to agree with me on politics more often than not, at least. And I’ve played some video games in my day. We just celebrated 2 years of marriage, and they say those are the hardest, so looking good!
Are you married?
commented 2015-09-05 21:59:20 -0400

There are many dog breeds that are just perfect for apartments or condos if that is where you are living now. Get a pug – they don’t need to move around much.

A husband who loves video games and dogs – what could you possibly have in common? :)

Is he a liberal too? Do you prefer him in briefs – but he likes boxers? Oh the things that unravel a marriage.
commented 2015-09-05 05:04:59 -0400
Jimmy, not yet, we’re waiting to have a house/fenced yard. Meanwhile, we’re looking into getting a cat (I’ve had cats my whole life). What can I say? I’m a cat person who married a dog person. I deliberately chose a life of contrast, opposition, debate and — most importantly — compromise. My mother warned me…
commented 2015-09-04 20:48:01 -0400
While it’s naive to imagine civil servants are all neutral, nearly all the newspapers which should be neutral are wildly leftist, as are the TV channels, so it’s par for the course!
commented 2015-09-04 11:09:29 -0400
Not in my world, Bill, but thanks for sharing.
commented 2015-09-04 10:09:03 -0400
Terry Rudden commented 13 hours ago
“I think you may have set a Guinness Record for serial cliché deployment there, Bill.”

Well if “felt” it was the right thing to do and that’s all that counts, right Terry? Feeling is truth and objective reality is cliche
commented 2015-09-04 09:42:19 -0400

I am sorry that my rotting corpse won’t continue to care about things.
commented 2015-09-04 09:12:17 -0400
“and then I won’t give a shit about what happens to Canada after that. "

May your concern be returned in spades while you continue to breathe.
commented 2015-09-04 07:49:07 -0400

You rule!

Thank you for acknowledging that I add value to The Rebel.

Pugs are awesome. Do you have a dog?
commented 2015-09-04 07:36:37 -0400

Why is everything a doomsday scenario for conservatives. There is no middle ground. If Trudeau or Mulcair become Prime Minister – Canada is finished.

I am sorry, but I just cannot believe the hyperbole and fear mongering that apparently has worked on you. Canada will be just fine until my hopefully old age death and then I won’t give a shit about what happens to Canada after that.
commented 2015-09-04 07:28:57 -0400
You are going to look pretty fucking stupid – when Harper loses this election. These shirts have a shelf life of a couple of weeks.
commented 2015-09-04 01:50:50 -0400
The t-shirt is too expensive. Where do we get the Harper stickers to put on stop signs?
commented 2015-09-03 20:41:59 -0400
I think you may have set a Guinness Record for serial cliché deployment there, Bill..
commented 2015-09-03 19:32:32 -0400
I wouldn’t stereotype anyone unless I know them and they fit the mold – but the common cause I see openly represented here is self-absorbed immaturity and arrogant group sanctimony. So regardless of the personal or group demographics of this over-ripe adolescent snit fest, narrow minded unenlightened self interest just bores me – like the boomers, their petty self-interested causes and those fools who emulate their arrogant entitled narcissim.
commented 2015-09-03 15:24:13 -0400
“These ‘wannabe hippies’ in the video, some of which I believe ARE baby boomers, were the ‘nerds’ of my generation, almost caricatures of the real hippies. They’re the ones who stood on the sidelines and never really fit in, or understood the significance of social change.”
That’s a wonderful gift you have, Rocky – the ability to make that assessment from a video.
Actually, I am a musicion in Ottawa, and some of these folks are my friends. Some are people that I’ve gigged with. Ann Downey, for example, is one of the busiest musicians in town, but still finds time to work as a volunteer for wide range of community organizations, and is an active, engaged part of our community here.
So have the courtesy to keep your lazy, insulting cultural generalizations to yourself.
commented 2015-09-03 00:43:23 -0400
Ezra, in the 1960’s I was a teenager, and being a hippie was a trendy thing to be. If you had long hair, smoked pot, and got behind any anti-establishment causes, you were ‘cool’. But us ‘baby boomers’, now that we’re older, we realize maybe we didn’t have to lean so far to the left. Yes, we opened the door to social change, but our leanings back then were too extreme, and a new version of Conservatism emerged. We all started leaning more to the center and a bit to the right. Now when baby boomers look at Liberalism, and it’s political correctness, we’re reminded of the crazy times of the 60’s and see political correctness as a burden to progress, and in general, a nuisance that has clouded common sense.
These ‘wannabe hippies’ in the video, some of which I believe ARE baby boomers, were the ‘nerds’ of my generation, almost caricatures of the real hippies. They’re the ones who stood on the sidelines and never really fit in, or understood the significance of social change. I think they should build a nice fire somewhere and sing Kumbya, while flashing groovy peace signs at each other. Us old hippies, yeah, we’re grown ups now, with life experience and, you guessed it, common sense.
commented 2015-09-02 21:44:39 -0400
Joan Abernathy, I’m really starting to like you. Cute dog, too. Jimmy, I love pugs. Hyacinth, you make some valid points, but what’s with reporting Jimmy to “the authorities”? WTF?
It’s people like Jimmy that make visiting TheRebel interesting. He and guys like Terry Rudden provide a much-needed counter perspective, and in my view, actually try to encourage a lively debate. Peter Neverville, would you prefer only talking to people who agree with everything you say? I sure wouldn’t.
And that’s kind of the real issue in this story. I’d never heard of this guy Turner until now, so he’s clearly just some low-level civil servant. Yes, he has to abide by the rules for civil servants when it comes to engaging in partisan activities, but those rules leave a lot of room for interpretation, even after the Supreme Court considered this issue in 1991 and ruled that blanket prohibitions on participation in political activities was unconstitutional. If we forbade every single civil servant, no matter his/her position, from engaging in “political” acts, we would severely trample the constitutional rights of A LOT of people, something like 1 in 8 Canadians.
Do people really believe that civil servants shouldn’t have the same rights to freedom of expression as the rest of us?
I admit, this may have crossed the line, primarily because it’s a specific attack on Harper. In that way it’s much different than the types of 60s protest songs many commenters have cited. For my part, I thought of the “I’m a fixin’ to die rag” by Country Joe & The Fish, as just one example. Note the difference. But should he be fired? I’m not so sure.
Perhaps this incident affords a valuable opportunity to examine what limits of expression on civil servants should be. SOME limits are arguably necessary, but the question is where to draw the line and when.
Peter and Jimmy, I would gladly moderate a live debate between the two of you.
commented 2015-09-02 16:53:38 -0400
Jimmy, there was a time when all ‘progressives’ wanted to do was put the means of production and distribution under state ownership and control. I was actually into that back then. That was before I had some life experience and grew a brain. But progressivism has morphed into a much more dangerous force, one that rejects the values that built Canada as a viable society for anyone who was willing to work. The cultural fascism of today’s ‘progressives’ will be the end of Canada as a viable society, a civilized society, and that is why I would not want to ever see them take power in Canada again. That said, I fully well realize that it will happen, since Canada is a democracy, so all I can say is, enjoy life while Canada is still only a semi-demented, three-quarters progressive moral and cultural disaster, because after you ‘progressives’ take over next time, it will be so disastrous (Ontario today being a foretaste of that) that you will wish you had never been born. I don’t mean instantly, but after a few years of ‘progressive’ rule in Canada at the federal level by the likes of Justin Trudeau or the NDP. When that time comes, remember that Jesus Christ will save your soul if you ask him to sincerely. But it would be much better for you to do that before the total societal collapse that is coming, than afterward, when you will be lucky to have a crumb to put in your mouth to give you the energy you will need to mouth the words. You think I’m joking? I’m not. It’s coming, and the irony for you is that it will be your ilk, the ‘progressives’ of whatever stripe, who will have caused it to happen. Cheers. – KL
commented 2015-09-02 10:55:05 -0400
Born in 1972 Ezra? No wonder you missed out on a lot of Hootenanny Fun!
This is a fun song and even the good folks of the Conservative party probably had a good laugh over it…
Folks born after 1972 need to lighten up and laugh at the world sometimes – we still have a long way to go before this election is over…
commented 2015-09-02 07:50:10 -0400
“..self entitled fools from the GLEBE. "
Heh, sure looks like a gathering of old GLEBITES, RAE FRASER. Despite having government wipe their arses all their lives they still moan for more. Some of the trappers and hunters I know in the rural areas around Ottawa make it a point to live-trap racoons and coyotes and release them into the Glebe – into the attics and hedges of the anti-hunting/anti-trapping crowd.
commented 2015-09-01 19:08:05 -0400
Such a lively song from a bunch of self entitled fools from the GLEBE. Could you Fools even begin to imagine if Business people— Yes the ones you continually persecute with silly new rules— suddenly decided to not work for FREE——and stopped collecting taxes ? You morons—-actually have no idea of how to survive without the Gov’t. WE DO !
commented 2015-09-01 18:53:21 -0400
Holy Mackerel. Nine pages of comments! Imagine the coverage these old turkeys would get if they had talent!
commented 2015-09-01 18:41:58 -0400
Jimmy …..those evil conservatives cut the funding for vital research into toxic masculinity and thereby setback the feminist agenda by decades.

Far too much Liberal “charity” goes to their cronies.

The Liberals passed legislation severely limiting corporate political donation…..the fools believed their own propaganda that the tories got the lion’s share of their funding from the evil capitalist corporations.

The party that lost out the most by that move was the Liberals…so the Liberals tried to make the taxpayers fund them…..which the tories repealed….at the insistence of those who voted them in….that led to the cynical coalition attempt.

Right now tory fund raising from ordinary citizens exceeds that of all other parties combined.

Jimmy….I don’t consider battered women’s shelters….a high priority in Liberal funding… be particularly charitable to men who are subjected to domestic violence.

I do not consider “Women and the Law” now called LEAF (and self funded by the six figure salaried lawyers who are it’s members) to have a particularly charitable legal perspective of men…in fact they are a bunch of bigoted bulldykes.

Jimmy…..I did a student internship at the UNITEDWAY…..and frankly I wouldn’t give them one nickel .

Those who know me know that I am a generous man….but I would never trust the Liberals to broker my generosity…..Jean Chretien was far too generous with it….dispensed in brown envelopes.
commented 2015-09-01 18:18:32 -0400
Peter, the link I posted is what all federal employees are subject to in regards to political activities. Read it. As a federal employee you are permitted to participate in elections including prevention of the election of a candidate….unless your position would be in conflict of interest to the public clientele you serve. Expressing contempt of Harper does not impact weather forecasts.

From 2006 onward I had nothing good to say about the Liberal Party….or the CBC….or the gun registry. But it could not be demonstrated that would impact the clientele I served. All of my decisions were peer and supervisory reviewed.

There is no grounds to dismiss this man.
commented 2015-09-01 18:04:55 -0400
Note to Jimmy Da Silva: Walmart was a major supporter of Obozocare. Many of the Walton family are big contributors to Obozo and Democrats. And you call them “conservative?” Not only is your ability to use language stunted at sophomore level, your knowledge of the facts is idiotic. But after all nothing more can be expected from a liberal.
commented 2015-09-01 16:35:32 -0400
You know who gives money to charities? Walmart.

You know who fucks their own employees in the ass on a daily basis and treats them like shit? Walmart.

Way to go conservatives!
commented 2015-09-01 16:06:03 -0400

I answered your question that you also asked Terry.

And please – writing cheques to charities is simple, tax deductible and often done by many rich conservatives as a way to defend the horrible things they do for the rest of the year. It’s like sure I steal money from hard working people every day, but to make up for it – I will give money to charity to make up for my sins.

I don’t view the funding of important and essential programs as forcibly taking my money. I am willing to give it gladly to make Canada better for all.
commented 2015-09-01 15:42:20 -0400
Jimmy claimed, "Because conservatives typically only care about themselves and demonize those that need and use social programs. "

Aside from that being a load of pure fecal matter, what are you responding to? What does your statement have anything to do with any post that I have made?

Conservatives give more money and their personal time freely than liberals. Conservative don’t believe in the socialist method of forcibly taking the money from us to pay for social programs. They give it freely.