Tuesday, July 03, 2012

CyberSmokeBlog is not *&%$# -ed off but we should have won this @#%^& - ing contest!

$%$&ing the Constitution

The first week for The Hill Times' Quizzical Hill Tweeter Challenge generated, witty and some very creative takes on rather noteworthy political highlights from the last year
NDP MP Pat Martin is well known for using an expletive on Twitter. (The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright)

The first week for The Hill Times' Quizzical Hill Twitter Challenge generated interesting, witty and some very creative takes on rather noteworthy political highlights from the last year.
The question: “In honour of summer reading and the Donner Prize for political writing, if an MP wrote a public policy book, what would the title be? Use a word/theme from one of the Donner prize nominees.”

While HT readers and Tweeters got their creative juices flowing on new book titles by our illustrious MPs (for example, C-38: The Bra that Holds All, by Stephen Harper from @Vic_Andres), the winner was the one who answered the question best, that is, using a theme or word from one of the Donner Prize-winner and the Donner-Prize nominees.

And, the winner is: $%$&ing the Constitution: Jesus Chris, Fix this #*%&ing Government Already or I'll Do It My #&$%ing Self, by Pat Martin from tweeter @justin_ling, who also happened to be the first person to tweet a response. The book title played on Pat Martin's outburst on Twitter which resulted in news stories about MPs' online etiquette and the prize winning Donner book, Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government. Congrats!

The other answers deserve an honourable mention for their creativity, thoughtfulness, and original book titles:

1. How to Hang Yourself out To Dry and Other Constituency Engagement Best Practices by David Wilks (@Vic_Andres)

2. Wrong is right: How to undermine responsible government by S. Harper and D. Del Mastro. (@messyDeskWoman)

3. The Courts, The Internet, and Kevin Page. Thoughts on How To Circumvent Impediments To One Man Rule. By Stephen Harper (@Vic_Andres)

4. H2Oh-oh: Water Bottles and the Limits of Political Promotion by Shelly Glover (@johnlyttle)

5. I heard it through the CBSA line, a privacy primer by Marvin Gaye/Vic Toews. (@Doug_Bies)

6. How ^NOT^ to Make Friends and Influence People, by Bev Oda (@grreengirl)

MPs who are reading this summer are free to run with any of these ideas. We look forward to reading the books!


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