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Death by a thousand inappropriate comments

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I spent the earlier part of this month blogging about celebrities, kind of hoping those in town for the Toronto International Film Festival would drink too much, say something stupid and get in a fistfight caught on a cellphone camera then put up on Youtube for everyone to see.
Turns out members of the Conservative Party are so much more belligerent this election than LiLo or Paris could ever be. Except it’s not booze that gets them behaving badly but long work days and stressful meetings. And instead of calling their nemesis fat or slutty, they wish them dead and makes jokes about a national outbreak that has the elderly, ill and pregnant women fearing for their lives–all during a conference call with a lot of important people.
Does anyone remember when Stephen Harper had tight control over his communications department? Come election time he clearly lost it. Even his communications director Ryan Sparrow, who was removed from his post for suggesting the father of a fallen soldier criticized Canada’s war strategy because of partisan ambitions, began contacting reporters with conspiracy theories so often, some felt it “bordered on harassment,” wrote Jane Taber, for the Globe and Mail.
The election is evidently an exciting time for Conservatives who were perhaps muzzled for the last two years, but please, before you speak, design an ad, or criticize the opposition, ask yourselves: could this in any way be considered “clearly inappropriate” “insensitive” or a “remark that is hurtful and wrong?”

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