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OC  Transpo wants to keep the GPS data all to themselves – it’s all about the money!

The head of OC Transpo told Ottawa’s transit commission the transit provider didn’t want to make information about bus locations and other data open to the public until it could determine how much money could be made using the data.

OC Transpo general manager Alain Mercier had told the transit commission the data would be made available in keeping with the city’s push to become a municipality that shares its data openly.

Um. Not meaning to be picky or anything, but… don’t we – the taxpayers and riders – pay for the operation of OC Transpo – GPS data and all?

Whatta crock. Improved location data accessed and used by an app developed by a third-party is the best and fastest way to go on this. Service improvement would be the result.

But no one can really claim Ottawa’s transit system to be the best or the fastest, have they?


So Rick Perry is out of the GOP race in the States and he has thrown his support behind the Newt-meister…

Personally, I have been cheering hard and madly for Perry, and Bachmann, Santorum, et al. All complete kooks that Obama could easily swipe aside in the upcoming election. I mean, these boneheads make even Jason Kenney look normal!

Check this out. There was a CNN hosted debate last night where the moderator asked Newt about some extramarital boo-yaws that might have been going down. Immediately,they go after the moderator.

In his opening question, King asked Gingrich whether he wanted to respond to allegations by an ex-wife that he had asked her for an “open marriage” that would allow him to continue an affair he was having with a staffer.

“I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for office, and I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that,” the former House speaker replied icily amid cheers from the audience at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Gingrich, describing the story as false, said he was “tired of the elite media protecting Barack Obama” by attacking potential Republican opponents. That won a standing ovation — though it was hard to judge whether he had succeeded in defusing the issue among the Palmetto State’s conservative voters.

Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, said he was grateful for God’s forgiveness but indicated the topic was legitimate. “What we did in our lives are issues of character for people to consider,” he said.

Yup. The wahoos are handing Obama this election on a platter! Or, as Kinsella put it this morn’:

The Winner?

You could not do better than this if you planned it: no clear winner in the Republican field, with assorted extremists doing well, and the one moderate doing badly.

And this all happens without you lifting a finger. Not bad.


Wow! There are/were Russian spies in Canada??? Ain’t that outlandish!


C’mon. Let’s be realistic. The Superpowers like Russia, the U.S. and China have never, ever left espionage behind in spite of the collapse of the Soviet Union and all of the other geopolitical changes that have taken place in the past couple of decades. So this should not shock too many people. I’m actually surprised that this doesn’t happen more often!


Sarah Burke’s untimely demise is a sad story. But she lived on the edge and the edge bit back.


There’s a great idea! Make Canada’s already sparse rail service even sparser (sp?). Who needs a passenger train service anyways? What with air travel so convenient and cheap and gasoline prices at such affordable levels – who needs trains???

I’m betting they will go ahead with these cuts – or privatization. It would not be out of line with the normal, short-sighted CPC thinking…


Sooo… why is the OCDSB blocking this? And classifying atheism as a cult? Just a oversight, I’m sure… but one that should be fixed.

Tx to @onegoodpicture for this


Lastly, one of my baseball heroes isn’t doing so well. Cancer is getting the best of former Expos catcher, Gary Carter. I was an Expos fan before the Blue Jays came along and remained one. But there were two Expos that I admired the most, Steve Rogers and Gary Carter.

Sending some positive mojo your way, Mr. Carter.



Yup, Obama will win a second term…

….because Rick Perry is a slow, slow, drunk train wreck

“Commerce, Education, and the, uh, what’s the third one?” Perry said as he pointed to his head while trying to recall the third federal agency he rails against every day on the stump.

When Romney helpfully offered, “The EPA,” the Texas governor glanced over thankfully before coming to his senses, waving off his rival, and attempting to move on.

Yet co-moderator John Harwood, a veteran of The Wall Street Journal who now works for both The New York Times and CNBC, seized the moment and would not let it pass so quickly.

“Seriously? Is EPA the one you were talking about?” he asked.

Perry replied, “No sir, no sir,” again seeming to wish the moment would end.

“You can’t name the third one?” Harwood again said.

Perry, now seeming to see his political life flashing before his eyes, replied, “The third agency of government I would do away with (pause), the Education, the, uh, Commerce, and, let’s see (pause), I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry.”

Then, “Oops.”

Michele Bachmann is a moron:

Some of her gaffes — such as mixing up actor John Wayne with serial killer John Wayne Gacy on the day she entered the campaign in June — are only groaners, but others – such as saying a vaccine against a sexually transmitted disease caused mental retardation — are campaign-damaging, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

During a campaign swing in Iowa recently, the Minnesota congresswoman, citing a report she said she heard, stated that 59,000 undocumented immigrants entered the United States “from Yemen, from Syria. These are nations that are state sponsors of terror.”

The State Department says Yemen is not a state sponsor of terrorism, and the Border Patrol report Bachmann referenced said only 663 of the 59,000 apprehended illegal immigrants from nations other than Mexico had ties to countries that have links to terrorism, the Times reported.

And the über-Christian right will never vote for Romney because he’s a, uh, Mormon and not near conservative “enough”.(?)

Ron Paul? Meh. He’ll run as a third party candidate in the end…


So, barring any major mistakes by the President, I am predicting clear sailing right through to a second term, no?



Movember – continued… and as a bonus – a good belly laugh!

Well, I went and did it… I shaved off my beloved goatee. My companion of the past 11 years. My defense against frostbite. My soup-catcher. My…

Aw hell, it was just hair, Trashy! Get a hold of yerself!

Anyhow, I did make the leap and am participating in the Movember campaign to raise funds for prostate cancer research. Cancer sux. ALL cancers suck and each of us knows someone – family, friends, colleagues – who have been affected by this insidious killer. So if we can raise a few bucks to go toward some solid science that may someday make prostate cancer and ALL cancers a thing of the past… well, where do I sign up?

So here’s the pitch: I’m setting a modest goal of $500 for myself and $1000 for my team. If you wish to donate to me individually or to the team (Mo EASD), click on this link. It’s really simple and any little bit helps.


Now back to our regularly scheduled blog posts….

The Belly Laugh of the Day

This really had me ROTFL!

Straying from his normally composed and collected delivery, U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry larded a 23-minute speech to New Hampshire conservatives with facial contortions, wisecracks and words like “dude” and “awesome” on Friday.

It was just the latest in a string of goof-ups, including a campaign appearance the same day where he tried to slag the burgeoning Occupy movement by quoting a Toronto activist mentioned in a Globe and Mail story. Unbeknownst to Perry, however, the article was a satire and the activist, a fiction.

Video of both incidents has gone viral. Perry’s bizarre speech has rightist American publications speculating whether the Texas governor was intoxicated, and whether the incident will derail his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination like Howard Dean’s 2004 run for the Democratic nod was scuttled by his emphatic peroration at a rally in Iowa.

Once considered a top contender for his party’s candidacy, Perry has seen his poll numbers dwindle in the last two months following a series of widely criticized debate performances. In Iowa, the first state to hold a primary or caucus in the presidential electoral cycle, the latest poll has him in fifth place, well behind Georgia businessman Herman Cain and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

Against these assorted morons and incompetents that the GOP is trying to disguise as legitimate leadership contenders, Mitt Romney will be the 2012 candidate. There will be a third candidate supported by the Tea Party nincompoops and Obama will cruise into a second term.

Money. In. The. Bank.



Right now, this guy has a shot at the Presidency…


Those crazy Americans! Ain’t they adorable?