In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight
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So stupid it's scary

I'm not sure if I ever posted this but I stumbled across a story a while back about the former canadian minister of defense going on about how UFOs existed and that the united states was on the verge of starting an intergalactic war with aliens. I thought the guy was just bat-shit crazy, and to my complete lack of surprise, he apparently had enough support from soft-brained morons at three NGOs to petition the canadian parliment to hold hearings on the possibility of Star Wars breaking out. Here's a snippet of the news wire about it:

On September 25, 2005, in a startling speech at the University of Toronto that caught the attention of mainstream newspapers and magazines, Paul Hellyer, Canada’s Defence Minister from 1963-67 under Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prime Minister Lester Pearson, publicly stated: "UFOs, are as real as the airplanes that fly over your head."

Mr. Hellyer went on to say, "I'm so concerned about what the consequences might be of starting an intergalactic war, that I just think I had to say something."

Hellyer warned, "The United States military are preparing weapons which could be used against the aliens, and they could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning. He stated, "The Bush administration has finally agreed to let the military build a forward base on the moon, which will put them in a better position to keep track of the goings and comings of the visitors from space, and to shoot at them, if they so decide."


I simply assumed that he was a crazy nutjob. Maybe he had gone off his meds or was developing some sort of degenerative neurological disease. I can't even begin to assess how stupid you would have to be to believe any such thing and I thought he simply invented it out of whole cloth. I'm sorry to say that it's possible that it's actually worse than that. I just caught someone's synopsis of last year's episodes of The West Wing.

A military space shuttle was discussed, but not shown, in the NBC television series The West Wing. The disclosure of its existence by White House Communications Director Toby Ziegler was the focus of a protracted investigation. Ziegler breached Federal national-security laws by revealing the classified military space shuttle's existence to Greg Brock, a reporter for The New York Times, apparently because of his belief that four astronauts marooned on the malfunctioning International Space Station would otherwise not be rescued. President Josiah Bartlet personally fired Ziegler for his willful breach of the law.

Considering the episode about the shuttle aired just a few months before dingus's speech, and the insane nature of the content, I'm thinking that there's a better than average chance that this idiot was watching tv and mistook the show for reality. I figure that any day now we're going to see some press release from him about the horrors that might occur if we fail to respect animals and bring gigantic apes to our cities after he sees King Kong.
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