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Goodbye yellow brick road. Hello Mordor.

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Very soon, a racist, classless and misogynist piece of trash moves into to the White House.

Be above this swamp rat, American friends. You are better than him and his sputtering jackals. Most of you are fine people.

Fight and obstruct everything he and the GOP for the full four years, just like the GOP and their gun-totin’ cohorts did to the policies of a fine and honourable President for 8 years. Liberals must not allow the destruction and division of America.

I wish you all bonne chance for the next four years. You are going to need it.

 

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A fine capital project brought to you by the Government of Canada

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

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  Request for Proposal (RFP)

Canada Wall Project

  Date: November 9, 2016

  aussi disponible en français

1.     Summary and Background

As a result of the change in government in the United States, the Government of Canada (GoC) finds it necessary to take unusual measures to protect its frontier with the U.S. from incursions by U.S. citizens who:

  • Espouse similar views to the new President-elect
  • Are members of the National Rifle Association
  • Are named “Newt”

To this end, the GoC is requesting Proposals from qualified Canadian firms to construct two (2) separate walls along its borders.

2.     Proposal Guidelines

This Request for Proposal represents the requirements for an open and competitive process. Proposals will be accepted until 11:59 pm EST January 31, 2017.  Any proposals received after this date and time will be returned to the sender.  All proposals must be signed by an official agent or representative of the company submitting the proposal.

If the organization submitting a proposal must outsource or contract any work to meet the requirements contained herein, this must be clearly stated in the proposal. Additionally, all costs included in proposals must be all-inclusive to include any outsourced or contracted work.  Any proposals which call for outsourcing or contracting work must include a name and description of the organizations being contracted.

All costs must be itemized to include an explanation of all fees and costs.

Contract terms and conditions will be negotiated upon selection of the winning bidder for this RFP. All contractual terms and conditions will be subject to review by Ace Consulting legal department and will include scope, budget, schedule, and other necessary items pertaining to the project.

3.     Project Purpose and Description

The purpose of this project is as follows:

To build a Wall to keep out undesirable U.S. citizens in order to prevent them from spreading their hate, misogynistic, gun-happy and racist ideas north of the border (or east, in the case of Alaska).

Project Description:

The Government of Canada is looking for interested and qualified parties to submit a comprehensive and costed proposal to build two walls – total length of 6,786 kilometre –  along the borders of Canada and the United States. One along its southern contiguous border and one along the border with the State of Alaska.

Specifications.

  1. Wall must be constructed of materials that are long lasting, sustainable and durable.
  2. Height – no less than 8 metres at any point along the length of the wall.
  3. Thickness – no less than 1 metre.
  4. Access points – one every 100 kilometres. Design of access points must include provisions for guard station and passport, visa and security check facilities.

 4.     Project Scope

The scope of this project includes all design, development, building and quality testing, of Canada’s new Wall.

The selected bidder will be responsible for planning and conducting a thorough environmental and hydrogeological study of the immediate area where the Wall will be located. However, the GoC is committed to carry forward with this project even if Red-tailed hawks and rare tortoises are found nesting on the sites. All easements from First Nation Communities, municipalities, utilities and private landowners have already been obtained by the GoC (given the reason for the Wall, this process was remarkable quick and simple). 

5.     Request for Proposal and Project Timeline

Key dates:

  1. RFPs must be received at the date above by 11:59 pm, January 31, EST
  2. RFPs will be assessed by April 1, 2017 and successful proposal submission will be announced the following day.
  3. Construction must begin by November 8, 2017 and must conclude by November 8, 2019

 6.     Budget

All proposals must include proposed costs to complete the tasks described in the project scope. Costs should be stated as one-time or non-recurring costs (NRC) or monthly recurring costs (MRC).

NOTE: All costs and fees must be clearly described in each proposal.

7.     Bidder Qualifications

Bidders should provide the following items as part of their proposal for consideration:

  • Description of experience in planning and building walls
  • List of how many full time, part time, and contractor staff in your organization
  • Examples of 3 or more major walls designed and built by your organization (IKEA folding walls do not count)
  • Testimonials from past clients wall building
  • Anticipated resources you will assign to this project (total number, role, title, experience with walls)
  • A full testing plan to ensure wall integrity
  • Timeframe for completion of the project

8.     Proposal Evaluation Criteria

The GoC will evaluate all proposals based on the following criteria. To ensure consideration for this Request for Proposal, your proposal should be complete and include all of the following criteria:

  • Overall proposal suitability: proposed solution(s) must meet the scope and needs included herein and be presented in a clear and organized manner
  • Organizational Experience: Bidders will be evaluated on their experience as it pertains to the scope of this project
  • Previous work: Bidders will be evaluated on examples of their work pertaining to web site design and hosting as well as client testimonials and references
  • Value and cost: Bidders will be evaluated on the cost of their solution(s) based on the work to be performed in accordance with the scope of this project
  • Technical expertise and experience: Bidders must provide descriptions and documentation of staff technical expertise and experience
  • Each bidder must submit 5 copies of their proposal to the address below by January 31, 2017, at 11:59 pm EST:

 

Public Works and Government Services Canada

Wall Procurement Branch

Attention – Wall RFP coordinating unit

21 Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON, K6H W0W

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An election that Rod Serling would be frightened by…

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Seriously.

This past year or so has been something out of the Twilight Zone. So surreal and way beyond the bounds of imagination.

So today is the day, my dear neighbours to the south.  For the sane ones – don’t drop the ball on this one. get off your chesterfields (I think you call them “sofas”) and vote for the red team.

To the blue team supporters – the sane ones, anyways – suck it up and vote for Hilary or stay home.

To the GOP Trumpster whack-jobs: being beneath my contempt, I don’t even acknowledge you.

Bonne chance, America. The world is watching.

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Request that the CBSA ban Donald Trump from entering Canada

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

The following is a letter from my buddy, Mike.

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Open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Dear Sir:

On behalf of Canadians everywhere I respectfully request you instruct the Hon. Minister of Justice to initiate proceedings to place the name of Mr. Donald J. Trump of New York City, NY on the Canadian Border Services watch list for individuals prohibited from entering Canada.

Mr. Trump has publicly supported significant and repeated racist actions, made statements that violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and has endorsed actions in violation of the United Nations treaty on basic human rights. Mr. Trump has clearly demonstrated his intention to spread intolerance of specific religious and race based groups and as such should be immediately be placed on all official lists of individuals prohibited from entering Canada.

Trusting you understand the seriousness of this request and the need for Canada to stand absolute in its refusal to allow blatant racial and religious intolerance to be spread within our borders.

I remain;
Michael B. McGrattan
Peterborough, Ontario

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It is sad that this debate is even happening…

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

… in 2013.

The Boy Scouts of America has decided to delay a decision on lifting its archaic ban on gay members and volunteers in order to more comprehensively review their policies.

Suuuurrrrrrrrre.

Some, including former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, have argued the change could destroy scouting. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention said the change could be a “catastrophe.”

“What they’ve said to us and to other religious leaders is that they are doing this under pressure, and we’re going to give people what basically amounts to a local option,” Land said. “You can’t have a local option of a core conviction.”

Changing the policy against having openly gay leaders or Scouts “would be a grave mistake,” the conservative Family Research Council and dozens of other groups said in a half-page ad in USA Today this week.

The message called on the Boy Scouts to “show courage” and “stand firm for timeless values.”

They are actually caving, even if only a little, to the frothy-mouthed ravings of the lunatic religious right who believe that gays are hell-bound sinners who should not ever be in close contact with those dear young boys.

Catholic Church priests? Sure, That’s A-OK! What we they ever do to young boys?

Anyhow, I do hope that the Scouts have the guts to follow through on this and put aside as mere noise, the backward voices telling them not to do so.

 

 

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So what now, NRA?

Monday, December 24th, 2012

 

Arm firefighters?

This is so tragic. But what can you expect when you allow its citizenry to arm itself to the teeth?

I’m so glad that my family and I live in Canada.

 

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Everyone has heard of the “fiscal cliff”…

Monday, December 24th, 2012

in America.

But they are tumbling toward the precipices of other cliffs as well.

How about the “sanity cliff” or maybe the “culture cliff”?

Or the “society cliff”…

After reading about how this news guy (rightfully) called a gun-toter and “unbelievably stupid man”.

LONDON — More than 31,400 people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the U.S. over his gun-control views.

Morgan has taken an aggressive stand for tighter U.S. gun laws in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. Last week, he called a gun advocate appearing on his “Piers Morgan Tonight” show an “unbelievably stupid man.”

Now, gun-rights activists are fighting back. A petition created Dec. 21 on the White House e-petition website by a user in Texas accuses Morgan of engaging in a “hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution” by targeting the Second Amendment and demands he be deported immediately.

Deport. Really. For stating the obvious.

After what I have written about the American far right, I think it would be wise for me to stay on this side of the border, permanently. After all, there are at least 31,400 unbelievably stupid people down there who might try to have me shipped to Gitmo!

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NOW watch the gun-lobby…

Monday, December 17th, 2012

…propaganda machine shift into high gear!

President Obama’s speech at the Newtown vigil was very, very good. One might even declare it to be great.

But what will come of it?

Will there be action on gun control in the States? Real action? Like banning assault weapons so they do not fall into the hands of whack jobs?

Yes, I am well aware that this is a complex issue – especially for Americans and their so-called “gun culture”. And the talk over the past few days about the need for better mental health care is all good and true. However, it is time to change this “culture”.

Don’t be distracted, my American friends, because surely the NRA and other cold and faceless organisations will try their best to keep you from thinking that guns aren’t the problem. They ARE the problem. The gun lobby doesn’t care about your children and their safety. All that concerns them are their balance sheets while they cowardly hide behind their claims of Second Amendment “rights”.

Neither Rush Limbaugh nor his vile and disgusting Tea Party compatriots care about your kids. Not one iota.

The shooter in Newtown might have still gone on that senseless rampage. Yet, if there were stricter controls on the possession of firearms, he may have been armed only with a hunting rifle or a shotgun. Yes, their may still have been deaths, but not so many. Lives would have been spared. It is certain.

So email and call your Senator, your Congressperson, Councillor, Alderman, Mayor, Governor! Contact anyone who has any measure of influence in your part of the country and DEMAND that they support your President’s call for “some to be done”.  Because if things stay as they are, there may sadly be more Newtowns and Auroras.

 

Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm?

Can we claim, as a nation, that we’re all together there, letting them know they are loved and teaching them to love in return?

Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?

I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer’s no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change. Since I’ve been president, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings, fourth time we’ve hugged survivors, the fourth time we’ve consoled the families of victims.

And in between, there have been an endless series of deadly shootings across the country, almost daily reports of victims, many of them children, in small towns and in big cities all across America, victims whose — much of the time their only fault was being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.

 

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Spare a thought for the innocents

Friday, December 14th, 2012

As a father, I cannot come close to imagining what those parents are going through right now.

No, I’m not going to rant about gun control. That can wait.

I just want to express my profound and utter despair about how fucked-up this world can be.

And spare some thoughts and some tears for the innocents and their families.

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Obama

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Unscripted.
Cares.
Warm.
Praised by GOP Governor Christie.
Firm leadership.
Sincere.

Words written around this pic today.

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First time a hurricane has propelled a President back into office, I reckon.

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