Monday, December 12, 2005

When NDP Supporters Behave Like American Moonbats ...

... let's just say it ain't pretty. An NDP supporter has decided to borrow a tactic from the moonbat crowd in an effort to boost his party's profile among the law-and-order crowd:
Last week, police departments in several Canadian cities surprised to find that websites with similar names to theirs were redirecting web users to the NDP website.

The web addresses included www., and several others with names similar to police departments in Vancouver, Windsor and Edmonton.

The domain names are similar, but not identical, to the real web addresses used by police in those cities.

Burnaby, B.C. businessman and self-described NDP supporter David Bedford owns the sound-alike web addresses and it was his idea to reroute the traffic to the NDP website.

Bedford said he wanted to help the NDP and planned to keep it up until election day on Jan. 23.

An NDP spokesperson said Friday the party didn't have the power to make Bedford stop, but hadn't asked him to stop either.
Apparently Bedford realized his tactic wound up making the NDP look bad. So now those police sites direct traffic towards a more explicitly anti-Harper site.

Mr. Bedford (who calls himself "Darwin" in this site, as opposed to "David" in the CBC story) opposes Mr. Harper for all the "right" (i.e. typical "left") reasons. He's an atheist (he explicitly calls himself the ironic "Atheist Messiah"), he supports same-sex marriage (his hyperlink for Harper's link go, not to the Tory website, but to, and he links to a Stephen Harper essay appearing in a Christian magazine and considers this a bad thing.

Naturally the police are ticked off by this sort of guerilla tactic, but if I were the Tory brain trust I'd be tickled by this news. It's proof positive that Stephen Harper is at least making the right sort of enemies -- the type who believe that the voters will excuse any sort of misbehaviour on their part, so long as their goal is achieved.

Mr. Bedford's antics, ironically, may wind up helping Harper. Not so much by driving the undecideds into his camp, but by getting the law-and-order-crowd riled up enough to bring bigger numbers up to vote.

Hey ... it worked for George Bush, right?