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Friday miscellany…Twitter edition – Hudak and junk food too!

Things I am learning about Twitter.

  1. Don’t try to engage those who are so blinded by dogmatism that they can’t even wish you a good morning without first judging your views on the CPC law and order agenda.
  2. Don’t take things personally. There are some real jerks in the Twitterverse.
  3. Do defend what you say but if confronted with facts that refute your argument, back down instead of going off on an irrelevant tangent.
  4. Respectfully acknowledge those with whom you engage – even if you disagree with them.
  5. Play nice – be polite.  Rudeness does not get you anywhere and undermines your legitimacy.


Some Tweeps are pretending that they are really in the HoC on the Government side during QP. Instead of answering a question or engaging in debate, they come back with a completely unrelated missive in response to a legitimate comment.

Let me show you.

baldjam(me) baldjam: So what happens after the Cons run out of fugitives?Make more fugitives?Will I become a fugitive?Will u? #cdnpoli 5:03pm, Aug 18 from HootSuite
CanadianSenseCanadianSense: @baldjam U seem out of touch with the public opinion on many files including those found inadmissible. #cdnpoli 5:07pm, Aug 18 from TweetDeck
baldjambaldjam: @canadiansense Sorry. Not following. What public opinion and which files and what are inadmissible to whom? 5:12pm, Aug 18 from HootSuite
baldjambaldjam: @canadiansense I wondered that since crime & punishment is the #CPC‘s calling card,what would happen if all the bad guys were caught? 5:27pm, Aug 18 from HootSuite
CanadianSenseCanadianSense: @baldjam Do u know the # of people deemed inadmissible(s) status we can’t find? 5:33pm, Aug 18 from TweetDeck
baldjambaldjam: @canadiansense Huh? And Holy Crime Superhero! Why do you have to be so damned rude? #cdnpoli 6:43pm, Aug 18 from HootSuite

CanadianSense CanadianSense: @baldjam That was quick, no more defense of illegal aliens, now U want to protect pot smokers? #cdnpoli

No. I didn’t follow either. I really think that some of these guys have so many convos going on at once that they mix up their venom!

But, I have only myself to blame… shouldn’t try to engage these types in a meaningful debate. Too bad, because there are those out there with whom I do not agree politically BUT can still have a good back and forth… damned extremists.. which leads me to…


Tim Hudak – Ontario’s version of a Tea Partier…

I was very disappointed to see a talk by former Premier Bill Davis (he used to be my Grandfather’s lawyer, ya know!) disrupted by a few of the ol’ Double-Double’s flunkies. This is a tact used by the We Don’t Want to Hear Facts. Facts are Socialist Tea Party in the States. Show up at a public event. Spew meaningless venom. Leave.

Hudak supporters/candidates showed up at a speech by Davis in Brampton to hold up a sign saying “don’t let them fool you!”  Aside from being unclear, (i.e. who’s doing the fooling to whom??)  its also disrespectful to a former leader of their own party.  There was some question as to whether the three holding the sign were there at the invitation of Davis and whether the sign was directed towards the Liberal Party.  However a friend who is more in the loop on such political matters says that this would be contrary to the purpose of the event and that Hudak has been trying to disassociate his party from so called “Red Conservatives” for some time now. The fact that this situation is ambiguous is a statement in itself.  An article in this morning’s Brampton Post reported that the three Conservative candidates were not invited and had to be asked to move away from the podium as they were blocking the view to the speakers.

Yup. Time Hudak = Tea Party North. Don’t need jerks like these at Queen’s Park. Don’t need U.S.-style divisiveness.

Oh wait, we already HAVE that!


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Check this tasty treat out – served at the CNE this year… but even Coke won’t allow its name to be attached to this 1000 calories heart attack in a cup!


What a summer, eh? At least if you were in my neck of the woods. Yeah, it’s winding down now but I cannot remember the last time we had consistently beautiful weather for such a long period of time! But, alas, the season will turn soon…

Happy last couple weeks of summer everyone!



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